It’s Cocktail Hour

There is a dress often overlooked but so very fun to wear – the cocktail dress. More formal than a work dress and less dressy than an evening gown – the cocktail dress is somewhere in between. But every bit as elegant. A dress for an under appreciated time of day, perhaps all that is left of a bygone era – the cocktail hour. I love the idea of cocktail hour, that time for relaxing and unwinding. I don’t drink cocktails but even so, I love dressing for cocktail hour.

I love designer Rebecca Taylor for her feminine touches – ruffles, peplums, florals – and in this case, an added puffed sleeve and exposed shoulder.

Dress, Rebecca Taylor; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, tights, Wolford.

Photos by Abrina Hyatt, shot on location at Huntley Taverne, Summit NJ

 

 

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Opening Day of Baseball!

Well, actually, Opening Day is behind us but my fashion sense is just catching up! Today I found myself at the field with my favorite baseball-inpsired tee (the first time of the Season) and harem-style pants. It’s invigorating to wear clothes that belong to the spring season; like taking an old friend out for a spin on a sunny day!

Photos by Kendra Olson

Tee, Rebecca Taylor; pants, Helmut Lang; boots, Sigerson Morrison

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A Rebecca Taylor Sweater Worth the Effort

unspecified-1unspecified-3unspecified-2This is the time of year I love to pull out my heavy-duty, cozy Rebecca Taylor sweater – too bulky to wear with a jacket but warm enough to wear on its own. I love Rebecca Taylor’s feminine designs. The story of this sweater? Several years ago I noticed it in a fashion blog, loved it, and tracked it down – to a single remaining sweater in Atlanta! I knew I had to have it so I purchased it over the phone and had it shipped. In other words, I worked hard to get this sweater. But it was unique and I was willing to make it happen. Today, it is holding up so well that I don’t regret my decision at all. In fact, it was well worth the effort!

Sweater, Rebecca Taylor; jeans Frame Denim; hat Misaharada Millinery; shoes L.L.Bean

Photos by Sophie MacMillan

 

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My Sweater for Life!

mxmoR29WGUbGNKVxD9Reyw2KCPn1KC1x25e_re6mEx8,DFHhGokvMCkl_SJ6TjeDqYiqojz-b9JTauiv86oD5ic,VCpr0ZsBwEACl0dqhDQJzluZc7CINhq6hJI1W8XrvhU-1If you were to ask me about my favorite article of clothing I would always say – the sweater. I can’t think of anything else that says ‘this is my favorite way to be Melissa‘ than a cozy, chunky, fitted, sleek, colorful, plain, vibrant, sweater. It can be any of these things – the specifics don’t matter – it’s the fact that it’s a sweater that matters to me most. I feel the same way about sweaters now as I did when I was younger. A sweater is my forever go-to piece. Especially now, as the weather is cooling and fall is in season.

When I was a just-arrived freshman in college trying to find my way in a new environment and with a new set of people, it may not be a surprise to you that I turned to clothing for help. That first semester, the sweater became my foundation for self expression. Continue reading

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Winter White With Midnight Blue

My midnight blue blazer

My midnight blue blazer

For these last weeks of winter I am embracing the blues. Thanks to Bill Cunningham’s report last week that various shades of blue have become a winter staple on the streets of New York, I pulled out my midnight blue blazer. Here I pair my statement jacket open, over a crew neck tee and skinny jeans. Find your shade of blue and start styling!

Jacket, Arabella Blazer Boden USA; tee, Rebecca Taylor; jeans, Frame Denim

Photo by Lisa Reznik

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Into the Woods …

mxmoR29WGUbGNKVxD9Reyw2KCPn1KC1x25e_re6mEx8,DFHhGokvMCkl_SJ6TjeDqYiqojz-b9JTauiv86oD5ic,VCpr0ZsBwEACl0dqhDQJzluZc7CINhq6hJI1W8XrvhU-1… and into a New Year. I often find myself walking in the woods to clear my mind and open my heart. I guess you could say that I am trying literally, to set the path for my life. Here I am again, thinking good thoughts and wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! Here’s to the brightest 2015!

Outfit: Rebecca Taylor sweater, Frame Denim jeans, L.L. Bean shoes, Misaharada cap

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