Wednesday, February 29, 2012

february in instagram photos

manicure+starbucks= post-India jetlag recovery

I attended the StyleCaster State of Style Summit (this particular panel features the leaders from Warby Parker, Falling Whistles, FEED, and Pencils of Promise)

I fell in love with the turquoise nails at the Gretchen Jones presentation

love camel and red

valentine's day nails!

discovered the wonderful nolita eatery balaboosta

I launched a new collection: wood and sparkle

wore my bronze sparkle necklace to a friend's wedding

I designed the headpiece for my friend's wedding! (huge honor!)

fell in love with this derek lam jacket

I indulged on lots of yummy grilled cheese at The Big Cheesy and got to vote for my favorite grilled cheese in nyc (Melt Shop got my vote!)

always fun to go to a theme party--hello 80s!

ended the month on a neon note!

Monday, February 27, 2012

oscar glamour

I always go through high fashion withdrawal after fashion week and fortunately the Oscars fall soon after NYFW and provide a wonderful opportunity to look at pretty dresses and jewels. here are some of my favorite dresses and sparkle from the red carpet:

jessica chastain sparkles in yellow diamond earrings by harry winston
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viola davis radiates in emerald earrings
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loved meryl streep's gold earrings
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tina fey rocks bulgari sapphire chandelier earrings
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jessica chastain's stunning alexander mcqueen dress was my favorite of the night
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oh gwyneth! this tom ford cape and dress were oh so elegant!
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I loved the accents on sandra bullock's marches dress
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gorgeous color and sparkle on leslie mann
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oh miss piggy!
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stunning color on this carolina herrera dress
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love this shade of purple on virgina madsen, wearing kevan hall
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hands down my favorite color of the night. viola looks stunning in vera wang
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earrings for a cause

pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the world and thousands of americans are diagnosed every year. most patients receive a poor prognosis: the one-year survival rate is 20% and the five-year survival rate is a discouraging 4%. support for research and awareness about the disease is incredibly important. the Lustgarten Foundation, with a mission “to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer”, does inspiring work for the cause and has helped countless individuals and families affected by the disease.

in honor of the 8th anniversary of my grandfather’s death from pancreatic cancer, I am launching a special collection of earrings to benefit pancreatic cancer research. 100% of the profits from the designs, which can be found on my etsy site, will go to the Lustgarten Foundation. the designs are made using purple and white materials, in honor of the colors that represent pancreatic cancer awareness.

to learn more about the Lustgarten Foundation, visit

Thursday, February 23, 2012

looks I loved from london

I'm all about the prints, coats, silhouettes, and glamour from london fashion week:

love this belted coat look at Burberry Prorsum

flowers for fall at McQ

great silhouette at Roksanda Ilincic

<3 floral and gold at Temperley London

cannot get enough of Mary Katrantzou's prints

bright pants! from Moschino Cheap & Chic

love this dress from Moschino Cheap & Chic

black and navy done right at Stella McCartney

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

introducing: wood + sparkle!

last november I was playing around at my design station and put together a necklace with wood and sparkle (aka thunder polished glass) and thought "hey I'll just try this out". I wore it to a cocktail party and after receiving numerous compliments, I decided to give the collection a test. I made a few samples and then brought the pieces to NEST, the boutique in Chelsea that carries my designs, and they sold out in a very short period of time. I decided I might have a winner on my hands. so, tada! my wood + sparkle collection is now available at my etsy store! here are a few ways I wear my wood + sparkle:

the more the merrier!

love it paired with stripes!

I like to stack them with other necklaces

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

currently obsessed with canary

I periodically become obsessed with a color and right now I can't get enough of canary yellow. canary yellow is rich, vibrant, happy, and adds the perfect pop of color to any outfit or room.

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chanel nail polish in mimosa

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Oscar de la Renta silk taffeta gown

Friday, February 17, 2012

things that inspired

I always find myself invigorated and inspired by fashion week, whether it be a new idea of how to wear something in my closet, or a new color to be obsessed with, or a new accessory to covet. here is what inspired me this New York Fashion Week:


during my recent trip to India, I kept coming across amazing saris and statement clothing that I loved in the context of India, but wasn't sure if I could get it to translate to Manhattan. but after looking at Naeem Khan's amazing collection, I realized that the clothing I saw definitely has a place in Manhattan (well, the saris would have been a tad of a stretch, but long embroidered pieces definitely work).

I attended the Gretchen Jones presentation and loved how she made the models' nails look like turquoise stones. I go all out with colorful nail polish and the occasional color base coat-glitter top coat combo but these nails encouraged me to start thinking more outside the box.

love this street style trend (photos, of fur over your coat. I have always felt I needed a special occasion to wear fur but why not put it to use and rock it all the time.

and most importantly...
I attended the StyleCaster State of Style Summit and was particularly struck by the panel on giving back. Neil Blumenthal, the Co-Founder of Warby Parker (the inspiring eyewear company that donates a pair of glasses to those in need for every pair of glasses purchased by customers ), spoke about his company's altruistic focus and the significant impact they have had since the company was founded two years ago. after visiting the Company's website and seeing their stylish designs and learning more about what they are doing, I've decided that going forward, all of my eyewear is going to be purchased from them. also, I had been playing with the idea of doing a special collection of jewelry to benefit a not-for-profit close to my heart and after hearing this panel I decided I had to do it: my collection of earrings to benefit pancreatic cancer research launches in a little over a week!