Italian Summer, Part 1: Forte Dei Marmi

Minerva Beach

During late June and early July I embarked on a week and a half journey through Italy.  My adventure began on the north west coast in the quiet beach town of Forte Dei Marmi.  Nestled between the tip of the Alps and Versilia coast, I can see why this little gem of a town is known as the Hamptons of Italy.  Luxury stores line the quaint streets where fashionable people shop, bike and dine on delicious fare.  Their golden tans and natural grooming seemed to make the simplest of outfits oh, so chic.

Firte Dei Marmi FAshion

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Forte Dei Marmi Shopping

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Aperol Spritz

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Forte Dei Marmi

I’ve listed below some recommendations for visiting Forte Dei Marmi.  To get a great deal on flights with the lowest options available I used Booking Buddy!  Click Here to check them out for your next trip!

Forte Dei Marmi

What to pack:  This is a laid back seaside city where casual is cool.  Keep in mind this is a luxurious kind of casual.  Sun dresses, swim wear, casual beach attire, wedges and fashionable sneakers or booties with your dresses is a must.

Where to stay: On the higher end, The Grand Hotel Imperial is a 5 star, newly constructed luxury hotel with an amazing spa, pool for lounging, free bikes on property for exploring the city and impeccable service. For a budget friendly option there is the Hotel Goya, a 4 star hotel located in the city center.  This hotel is very clean with friendly service however there is no pool or spa.  It’s key to pay attention to the star ratings in Italy.  The hotels are all well kept and clean however bathroom/shower size and amenities vary grately.

Where To Eat: Bistrot is a beachside restaurant with a Michelin Star rating.  Obviously seafood is the number one thing to eat here.  The sashimi is a must but I have to say the steak here is one of the best I have ever tasted.  Coming from a Texas girl that is a bold statement!  For a quick bite in town try the ravioli branzino and an aperol spritz at La Milanese.

What to see and do:  Minerva Beach Resort is so relaxing and the views are to die for.  You can rent cabanas on the beach, with afternoon treats of cold fruit slices to cool you off.  Rent Bikes for the day to explore the town.  

What I learned:  Less is more sometimes when it comes to your beauty routine.  Being a Texas girl big hair and perfect makeup are taught at birth.  The simplicity of natural hair and makeup made the people in Forte Dei Marmi seem so chic.

After a few days relaxing in my little slice of heaven, it was time to head south, for some fun in Capri!  Check back soon for the second half of my Italian Summer with adventures in Capri…


STREET STYLE SNEAKER TREND

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In 2014 sneakers paired with dresses were all the rage. The trend was not so present this year on the runways but hot, hot, hot in streetwear. Today I show you how you can rock the streetwear trend too!!

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For my look today I paired an ultra femme Tibi dress with my Converse Chuck T’s. These Chuck Taylors are high-top but I folded them down to get some ankle action. While pairing high-tops with a longer skirt may look cool proportionately, I don’t think it’s the most flattering for first timers. I’d go with a lower rise like I did today with my Converse. I also chose to stick with a monochromatic look, black dress, black kicks. This gives a more streamlined look instead of, “Hey I’m here, and so are my white sneakers”!! For the finishing touch I added some power girl bling.
Now rest those tootsies and step out in street style sneaker fashion!

Simone Silk Pleated Midi Dress, Tibi- Azuz Boutique (In Store)

Ring Bling, Lauren Craft Collection- Click Here

White Hot Shoe Etiquette: Rules To Wearing White

Orange Solace London Dress

With Memorial Day on our heels, the question of  proper etiquette when wearing white always seems to arise.  The questions I receive are mainly about wearing white shoes.  Sooo…

What are the rules to rocking white shoes?

As my former #girlboss would say, “white shoes are never appropriate, ever”. While I agree on many levels, there are some exceptions, if you know the rules!

1. Grooming is key! Nothing makes a white pair of shoes look better than proper grooming. According to fashion designer, Michael Kors, “They look best with self-tanner and a good pedicure, preferably not red nails.” today.com

2. Pair with a bold outfit, like my electric orange maxi dress.  A statement making outfit will balance out the white shoe so they don’t walk into the room before you.  Have you ever heard someone say, “That dress wore her, she didn’t wear the dress?”  Same goes for white shoes.

3. Go with a strappy sandal or slip-on summer sneaker.  You don’t want anything too clunky that will distract from your outfit. I’m really into the jewel embellished sandal trend right now like in my picks at the bottom of the page.

Orange Cut Out Dress

Orange Solace of London Dress

Orange Solace Dress

Lauren Craft Collection Opal Ring

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White DVF Heel

Along with my white sandals today, I mixed a few of 2015’s hottest trends with this electric orange cut-out dress from Azuz Boutique in Houston, mirrored sunnies and turquoise opal bling!

No Beyonce fan needed today.  Mother Nature provided my wind blown look.  LOL Forgive the cray cray hair.

Electric Orange Holt Maxi Dress by Solace London, Azuz Boutique- Click Here / Turquoise Opal Jewelry, Lauren Craft Collection- Click Here (Available on Moda ‘Operandi Sunday)

How to: Layer With Style

How To Layer

Spring layering is not something I am accustomed to, being a Texas girl. It’s usually so hot in Houston, even thinking of layering is laughable. Also, for a girl I always felt layering adds layers, which adds size, which no girl wants. Being here in New York I’ve had more of an opportunity to experiment with layering and have found if done the right way, it can add a whole other fashionable “layer” to your style.

How to Layer

Floppy Fedora

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The key is to start with a great base. The lightweight undershirt in my look today adds dimension with it’s high-low cut, without adding bulk. I then layered with a robins egg blue cropped sweatshirt, white skinny jean and accessorized with a floppy fedora.
I’ve picked some great base tops below that will have you layering in no time!

Floppy Brim Fedora, Forever 21- Click Here / White Skinnies by 7 For All Mankind, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF Fifth- Click Here / Jewelry, Lauren Craft Collection- Click Here

Boho Vibes: One Dress Two Ways

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Is it a shirt? Is it a dress? It’s whatever the beans you want it to be!! Ever find yourself rummaging through your closet thinking, “I have nothing to wear”? I do all of the time and that’s when I get creative.

For today’s bohemian vibe I turned one of my favorite silk dresses by Sofia Collection into a flowy boho blouse. To get the look, I belted the dress at the waist, then pulled the material over the belt, from the top, to add a bloused feel. Try to remember when you would tuck in your t-shirt in as a kid. Remember how you would pull out the perfect amount to get the right tuck? Do that:)

Sofia Collection Boho

To pull it all together I added my favorite, homemade, cut-offs, oh so perfect gladiator sandals and boho bling from Lauren Craft Collection.

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White Silk Dress, Sofia Collection- Click Here

Jewelry, Lauren Craft Collection- Click Here

Gladiator Sandals, Penny Loves Kenny

How To: Wear Your Hermès Scarf

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An excited client recently reached out to me with a very common dilemma. She had been gifted a beautiful Hermès scarf but had no idea how to wear it. The scarf conundrum is one many face. How does one wear this beautiful accessory without looking like their grandmother?

1. Bag It
Wrap the scarf around the handles of your favorite purse or tie at the base of the handles for added flair. Click Here

2. Mix It: High-Low
Wear your scarf (high) with a casual white t-shirt and distressed jeans (low). Click Here

3. Sport It
Accessorize a sporty outfit with a delicate scarf to give a youthful feel. (See above)

4. Knot it
A trendy necklace is only a few knots away. Click Here

5. Wear It
If your scarf is large enough you can wear it as a top or dress itself! Click Here

Dress, Flora + Mia- Click Here

Paint Box: The Perfect Manicure

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I have found the best nail place and manicurist IN THE WORLD!!!! Paint Box caught my attention because of their really creative nail art. They have really trendy yet sophisticated options, no flowers and palm trees here. If you live in New York or are even here on vacation, you have to try them out.

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Paint Box NYC Gelish

My manicurist Elissa gave me the perfect Rhi, Rhi inspired pointy cat like claws. If you get your nails did on the reg, you feel my pain, as to how hard it is to get someone who can do this right. In fact, she shaped them so perfectly, I skipped the cracked gold overlay nail art and left them with the base coat only. Funny enough it’s called “I need a tan”, which I do.  These are my real nails btw.

FashionBillie Bit: Make your appointment a few days ahead of time. They do book up.

Check out all of the cool styles at Paint Box- Click Here

Layers, On Layers, On Layers

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Layers are key to survival in New York in February. Especially since I decided to move when it just happens to be the coldest February in more than a century!! A century people!! The last time it was this cold was the year of The Great Gold Crash, “Black Friday” and I’m not talking about the day after Thanksgiving midnight madness.
Now how does one stay warm and still be fashionably fierce?

Washington Square Park Fashion

Hunter Boots Washington Square Park

NYC Winter Fashion

NYC Winter Fashion

1. Fleece Lined Leggings
Fleece keeps your stems warm while giving a sleek black base to build your outfit around.
2. Colorful Beanie
Pick a beanie that enhances your eye color or skin tone. This way you look stylish while covering your crazy strands. The weather and heaters do a number on your hair.
3. Fur Anything
A fur is perfect for stylish and multipurpose layering. Wear under your favorite coat for a touch of stylish warmth. Take advantage of coat check for your top layer and wear your fur over outfit when you arrive to your destination.
4. Wellies
Hunter Boots keep your tootsies dry and warm while slushing through the melting snow. They are super comfortable for walking also, which is key in this city.

Fleece Lined Leggings, Silver Hooks- Click Here / Red Beanie, Nirvanna Designs- Click Here /

High Gloss Wellies, Hunter Boots- Click Here / Sunnies, Westward Leaning- Click Here

Get Fit in 2015 With Class Pass

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New Year, New Booty!! If you are like me and love working out or maybe just trying to stick to those New Year’s resolutions, then I have a treat for you. Two words… Class Pass.

I am one of those odd birds that loves working out but I also get bored very easily so love variety. I’m not talking legs one day, chest the next. Think fun workouts like Krav Maga, aerial yoga, going for a hike or maybe something simple like Pilates. Anything that keeps my body moving and has me looking forward to slipping into summer swimmies.

Class Pass does all of this and more by getting you into best fitness studios in Houston each month. Added bonus…They are already in New York, LA and the Bay, lol. Located in several cities across the U.S. Class Pass allows you to work out anywhere!

For my first Class Pass today I tried Rock Body Pilates. This is a reformer machine class, so low impact with maximum burn! LOVE

Click on my link below to skip the wait and join Class Pass right away!!

Class Pass- Click Here

Perfect Gifts for The Perfect Guy

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photo: The RealReal

Finding the perfect gift for your man can be a daunting task each holiday season. Let’s face it ladies they don’t want ties or socks. Oh yes, or boxers, no boxers. So today I, or shall I say The Real Real, takes the thinking out of gifting with its top men’s gift picks. Which allows you to get your turkey stuffed, trim your tree, kick your holiday sock covered feet up and shop away!

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The RealReal- Click Here