Classics On Stand-By

Poplin striped top Apparently Mondays are becoming the day for classics. Last week it was this combo and this week my trusty poplin striped shirt and Converse are teaming up. Ok, so maybe it’s not ultra-risky, or high-fashion, or totally groundbreaking, but that’s the great thing about classics…they don’t need to be. Even if they’ve been around for years (Hi Converse), or you’ve worn them 20 times (Phillip Lim bag, I’m looking at you), or they’re no longer available in stores (that would be you, Old Navy jeans), they are still great just as they are.  

Do you have a stand-by classic piece that you can always count on?

classic clothes Standby Classics yellow bag classic outfit Joe Fresh Sweatshirt // J.Crew Shirt (similar here) // Old Navy Jeans // Phillip Lim x Target Bag // Converse Shoes

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3×3 Style- Pastels

3 ways to wear pastels Just like florals, pastels are nothing groundbreaking for spring. In fact, I can remember pastels making frequent appearances throughout my life- while prancing around my ballet lessons in soft pink slippers and tutus, when I somehow determined baby blue was my best color and consequently wanted everything in my life to be a pale blue shade (even going so far as to convince my parents how much better my room would look with a coat of icy blue on the walls), going on pastel wildflower-filled springtime walks with my Mom, and of course, at my wedding, where I incorporated my favorite blush color into everything possible. So yes, pastels may appear again and again, just as spring appears again and again. But just as I never tire of the newness that the spring air brings, so too do I never tire of the freshness that pastels bring to a wardrobe after a winter full of black and grey.

Because one pastel color somehow wasn’t good enough for me, I decided to combine several at once for this month’s 3×3 style post (yup, I just had to be that obnoxious girl running around looking like an Easter egg!). Hop on over (Easter bunny pun not intended) to Grace and Luci’s blogs to check out their pretty pastel looks.

pastel fashion Rebecca Minkoff blazer pastel trends Pastels for spring spring fashion pastels Zara pink pants Rebecca Minkoff Blazer via Crossroads Trading (love it in these colors too) // Express Cami // Zara Pants (similar) // Guess Shoes (similar) // FRAAS Scarf c/o (various styles available here) // Chanel Bag via Portero

Perfect Pairings: Food, Fashion, Fun & Dark Chocolate

food and fashion pairings For the most part, my world revolves around three things- what I cook/eat, what I wear, and the man I love (aka Mr. Runway Chef). As many of you know, my thing has always been finding the fashionable side of every aspect of life, which is why you will often find me combining food and fashion here on the blog (hello Dress & Dine posts). But when I get the opportunity to combine food, fashion AND my love? Well, that is what I call a perfect pair!

One of the ways I enjoy this perfect pairing is with a picnic. This past weekend, it finally warmed up enough to have our first picnic of the season. I threw on my new daisy dress and my husband and I head down to our favorite neighborhood spot- the water’s edge of Red Hook, where the view is of the Statue of Liberty and the scene is one a little less quiet than the usual hustle and bustle of the city. We packed up some of our favorite treats to nosh on (prosciutto, smoked mozzarella, olives, chocolate, and prosciutto bread from the local Italian bakery made the cut). Of course, the most important part, to me, was the chocolate. Chocolate is my escape from life and I always make it a point to have at least one small piece a day. After all, a day without chocolate is day I never want to experience! So, of course you can imagine, when it comes to our picnics, there is always chocolate involved (and sometimes only chocolate). Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate pairs perfectly with our mix of usual picnic foods and I for one can’t get enough of the indulgent, smooth flavor, so I made sure to grab some for our Sunday picnic. I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing, wonderful gathering of all my favorite things!

If you’d like some more ideas on how to enjoy your Ghirardelli chocolate, head on over to their website for recipes, party ideas, and even a list of the perfect pairings (FYI, this is very handy for picnic planning). But before you head to their site, I’d love to know how you enjoy pairing your chocolate. Is it a midday escape from work, or a treat before bed? Do you enjoy it with wine or coffee, or is their a special person or event that you love to have chocolate with? Since I’m sure you are just as obsessed with chocolate as I am, Ghirardelli and I would love it, if you would upload a picture of your perfect chocolate pairing to Instagram using the hashtag #IntenseDark. And don’t worry if you don’t have Instagram, you can simply uploaded a picture to the Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate Photo Landing Page chocolate pairings

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This post is sponsored by Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate. All opinions are my own.

Classic Combo + Peter Som for Kohl’s

Peter Som for Kohl's “I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I attended a live event and received a promotional item to thank me for participating. All opinions are my own” 

I don’t care who you are, what shape you are, or how much you spend on your clothes, there is nothing, and I do mean nothing, that beats the classic white top and jeans outfit. And when that white top happens to be a deliciously soft jacket that envelopes you like a buttery cloud, my heart all but melts. I mean, jackets are my jam, people! And this one, well, this one was basically love at first site. So, of course it was no surprise that when I attended the Peter Som for Kohl’s event last week I beelined myself faster than you can say “Kohl’s” to the rack that held these beauties. I grabbed the last one in my size and haven’t let it go since (yes, I know that was 5 days ago). I’ve also figured out about 1789.546 outfits to go with it. Basically, it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

At the event, we participated in a couple of styling challenges (I’ve included a few of the pictures below), my favorite of which was mixing some of Peter’s pieces in with other Kohl’s pieces that would be similar to items in our own closets (i.e jeans, black tank top). I, of course, put my own closet to the ‘Peter remix’ as soon as I got home. This white top and jeans look was one of my favorites, but I also can’t wait to show you how I styled some of the other pieces I picked up (hello floral embroidery of my dreams and most-flattering dress ever). If I were you, I would run, not walk, to buy every single item in his collection (available online starting today, 4/7, and in stores 4/10 and everything is under $88. Let me say that again, in case you didn’t hear me “Under $88, ladies!!!).

P.S. I personally handled and tried on many of the items in Peter’s collection and they were all incredibly well-made, soft, and luxurious, but if that and the amazing price tag isn’t enough to convince you to shop, let me just say that Peter is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth, sweeter-than-sweet-tea people I have ever met. Also, he told me he thinks stripes are a neutral and as far as I’m concerned that’s all that matters…

Peter Som white jacket Peter Som for Kohl's jacket Peter Som white moto jacket brown mules white top and jeans Peter Som for Kohl's Peter Som for Kohl’s Jacket c/o // Old Navy Jeans (similar) // Levity Booties // H&M Bag

Peter Som Peter & I above, and mixing & matching Peter Som for Kohl’s pieces below…clearly, he and I are on the same page of the stripe obsession! Check out a few other pictures from the event on my Instagram!

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Connecti-Prep

preppy new England outfit Florals and stripes continue to be one of my favorite combinations. I know, I know…”Florals for spring? How groundbreaking!” However, when I was looking for something preppy on our recent weekend in Connecticut, this skirt and striped shirt combo were too good to pass up. And so was the chance to have a little play-on-words fun with the title!

Hope you all have a great Monday!

spring florals black and florals preppy outfit H&M Sunnies // J.Crew Shirt (this version still available online) // Armani Exchange Sweater via Crossroads Trading // F21 Skirt (maxi version here) // Converse Shoes // Timex Watch c/o // Maybelline ‘Coral Crush’ & Chantecaille ‘Glee’ Lips