December 31, 2015

New Years Eve Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Sequin pants new years eve outfits

I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday.  I headed down to Miami and will post pictures from there soon but New Years Eve is here and its time to get ready!  From the East to the West coast, celebrations will be abundant and the bubbly will be flowing.  One such party will be held at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, CA, one of the city's most luxurious hotels.  With its gorgeous landscapes and scenic views, this is the perfect location to ring in the new year.

This New Year's Eve outfit is both fun and flirty.  The sequin pants is a great take on formal NYE attire.  Paired with this strapless leather top creates a sexy look that is great for this venue.  The white blazer is a welcome contrast to the navy and black and is helpful when the temperatures drop later in the night.  New Years Eve at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is an event not to be missed.

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

Fairmont Grand Del Mar San Diego

Fairmont Grand Del Mar San Diego


Fairmont Grand Del Mar San Diego New Years Eve outfit

Sequin pants NYE outfit

sequin pants new years eve outfits

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December 21, 2015

Yellow and White

Yellow and grey Astoria in Heels

I know that in New York, most people tend to wear darker colors.  In my current office, I notice it especially with almost everyone wearing either black or grey every day.  I know this is seasonal but I just can't do it.  I like bright colors and need to wear them year long, especially when it is sunny outside.  These warm sunny days call for warm sunny colors!  And we all know I love to wear white!  I mixed these two summery colors with this light grey Theory blazer and my new Jetsetter bag from Henri Bendel.  This achieves a casual Friday office look and a brunching with friends weekend look.  Don't push your bright colored pieces to back of the closet, bring them to the forefront this fall and winter season!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

Theory blazer and equipment blouse

Henri Bendel Jetsetter bag Astoria in Heels
Blazer: Theory, Jeans: 7FAM, Blouse: Equipment, Bag: Henri Bendel

Warby parker shades Astoria in Heels
Blazer: Theory, Jeans: 7FAM, Blouse: Equipment, Bag: Henri Bendel


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December 18, 2015

Astoria Finds: The Brass Owl


I am a big fan of shoes and also of boutiques so when I found The Brass Owl, I was estatic!
This is the cutest boutique that is located on Ditmars Blvd between 36th and 37th streets.  This shop is flanked by great restaurants and is very close to the local train.  They have an assortment of shoes, jewelry, candles, and so many other cute gifts you can find for your friends and yourself.  They carry those unique items that are perfect for your holiday gifts.  In addition, you are finding quality items here as well as items made from local artists.    

The Brass Owl also offers events such as workshops and trunk shows.  The owner, Nicole, is so friendly and helpful.  She is literally one of the nicest people I have met here in Astoria.  She has decorated the store so well, you always feel very welcomed and want to stay a while.  It is very well organized and all the great items are displayed so well that you can't decide where to start once you walk in.  The Brass Owl is that boutique that was missing in Astoria and I am happy they are here to fill the void.  

The Brass Owl Astoria

Shoes in Astoria at The Brass Owl

last minute holiday gifts

The Brass Owl Astoria New York

Astoria new York gift shop

Mugs in Astoria gift shop

December 17, 2015

Holiday Party Lace

BCBG lace dress Astoria in heels

Its Holiday Potluck time again!  I have been throwing a holiday potluck for over the last ten years and I am so happy that I have been able to keep the tradition going.  It is great having everyone come over and bring their favorite dish to share.  I enjoy gathering friends from all over together and being festive.  Christmas is my favorite holiday and putting up the tree, baking cookies, and drinking bubbly with friends are part of what the holidays are about.  The weather was incredible this year and I was actually outside without a jacket in December!  We also incorporated a White Elephant gift exchange into the potluck this year and everyone had a great time "stealing" gifts from one another.  Surprisingly, the hot item was the tupperware....who would have thought!

Since I was hosting and knew I would be doing a lot of running around, I wore this lace dress that is stretchy and comfortable.  It is not constricting and fits well to my body.  Lace is always great for the holidays and black was a safe color to wear since I would be handling a lot of food.  I wore low Club Monaco heels and straightened my hair for a low fuss evening.  The night was a success and now I am looking forward to heading to Miami for Christmas.  Happy Holidays everyone!!!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea   

BCBG holiday lace dress astoria in heels

black lace dress club monaco heels

christmas party dress astoria in heels

Christmas party lace dress BCBG
Dress: BCBG, Shoes: Club Monaco

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December 10, 2015

Mirina Collections Necklace

Mirina collections

My Mirina Collections necklace is an instant outfit transformer.  It will dress up a simple tee or a simple dress like it did for me with this navy zipper dress from H&M.  It may look massive but it is not heavy at all.  It is actually quite comfortable.  They have a large variety of these layered necklaces and multiple pieces can be stacked to create an even bigger look.  Now you can get 20% any necklace from their site, Mirina Collections, with the code 'astoria20'.  

I wore all solid colors to make sure this necklace stand out.  To keep my legs warm on this fall day, my over the knee boots did the trick and my Zara coat that I purchased last spring ties all the color combinations together.  

Thank you for reading,

Andrea
bib necklace over the knee boots

mirina necklace

over the knee boots stuart weitzman astoria in heels

over the knee boots

stuart weitzman over the knee boots astoria in heels
Dress: H&M, Coat: Zara, Boots: Stuart Weitzman, Necklace: Mirina Collections

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December 6, 2015

Holiday Gala

astoria in heels snowcoming

Happy Holidays!  I love long gowns and I pulled this one all the way from the back of my closet.  The last time I wore this dress was for a friends wedding but I went to a holiday gala this past Friday for the VHI Save the Music foundation and I was excited to wear this again.  It was an opportunity to get dolled up and head over to the New York Public Libary.  This was my first gala and I had a great time.  For the holidays, a long dress is always appropriate as well.  It is elegant and comfortable in this fall weather.

I kept my makeup simple and let the print on the dress make the statement.  I wore Ben Amun drop earrings and a small silver clutch.
I pulled my hair into a simple ponytail which I adorned with a strand of jewels.  Holidays are fun to dress up for and I am looking forward to doing this again next year!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea

New York gala snowcoming astoria in heels

  young benefactors save the music astoria in heels

snowcoming gala VH1 astoria in heels

December 3, 2015

Uniqlo in Red

Uniqlo Merino sweater Astoria in heels

Welcome to December!  The days are brisker but as long as the sun is out, you can find me outside.  The Socrates Sculpture park in Astoria is a great spot to walk to on the weekend.  It is a nice sized park that has art exhibits throughout  the year.  It is great for a day with the family or a quick stroll along the water.  You will also find a great view of midtown NYC. 

With these chilly days, I am happy to have this Uniqlo Merino sweater.  I am a huge fan of Uniqlo and how they have created clothing items designed specifically to keep you warmer than your usual coat and sweater.  Red is my go to color this holiday season.  It pairs well with these pants that have a light checkered pattern.  I tied this scarf, that I've had for some time, around my neck as my accessory piece.  This outfit is perfect for work and going out.  Versatility is always a priority for me.  I am counting down the days until Christmas and you will probably see me in more red to come!

Thank you for reading,

Andrea


Red sweater for fall in NYC Astoria in Heels


Socrates Park in Astoria


Uniqlo merino sweater Astoria in Heels


Uniqlo red sweater Astoria in Heels


Uniqlo lifewear Astoria in Heels