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INSTAWEEK – Escape from NYC


On Liz: Rachel Pally dress / Christian Louboutin shoes (sample sale, similar online) / etc… chandelier necklace (fall 2012 collection) / vintage clutch and cuff

On Jill: Similar dress onlineChristian Louboutin shoes

Loomstate 3-in-1 convertible dress / Urban Expressions bag (TJMaxx) / Simply Vera sandals / CLO bralette / House of Harlow 1960 sunnies (Crush Boutique)

As a stylist working for myself, I tend to forget to take vacations. This past week I managed to trade in the city life for the relaxing vacation life with a wedding at a resort and then a beach house with the bride, groom, and some friends in the Hamptons.

You may have been following my @dear_andi tweets with hashtags like #hamptonsproblems and figured this out yourself.

Of course, you can’t take the city girl out of me and I was probably the only person wearing black out there. Though, my Loomstate multi-functional dress was not only convertible, but could easily transition from day to night.


xo Liz


Easy Breezy Shopping


Vintage top, lucite bangles, and earrings (made by “Andi” herself); ASOS pants and portfolio clutch; Vince Camuto shoes (TJMaxx) H&M belt; etc… watchband bracelet (By Brooklyn); Alex & Ani bracelets; Jane Tran ponytail set (Viola Lovely); House of Harlow sunnies (similar online at Crush Boutique).   /   Photos by Joshua Boccheciamp

I frequently get asked where is a good place to get trendy, cute clothes for someone who hates actually shopping. My answer lately has been, ASOS.

They’re a British brand, so you’ll find a lot of unique pieces that no one you know will likely be wearing. The clothes are affordable, yet amazing quality for the price. The trick with shopping on their site is being adventurous with basics. Some of my favorite finds have been in the boldest colors, so they’ve really helped with my new years resolution of adding more color into my wardrobe!

Palazzo pants like these are perfect for an easy breezy warm weather look and something you’ll be seeing a lot this spring—AND happen to only be $27 (with free shipping and returns!). Don’t say I didn’t tell you so!


For answers to your fashion conundrums, contact dearandistyle@gmail.com

To Boston: With Love, Florida (By Way of NY)


Vintage dress (Gypsy Nation); Seychelles sandals; vintage belt and Dooney & Burke bag; House of Harlow sunnies (similar online at Crush Boutique); Vanessa Mooney Pyramid ring and ring from necklace; custom etc… charm necklace; Alex & Ani bracelets; Jane Tran ponytail set (Viola Lovely).

So New York beat Boston in the Superbowl on Sunday and of course, as a Giants fan, I have a bit of New York pride at the moment. Yet, I still have a soft spot for my home away from home, Boston.

I visited this great city last week working on Boston Magazine’s spring fashion issue and was impressed how surprisingly stylish Beantown really is! Here are some of my favorite sartorial discoveries:

Viola Lovely
Courtney, the editor of Boston Magazine, introduced me to one of my new favorite shops, Viola Lovely. The owners create lots of unique collaborations with some amazing designers like Yigal Azrouël and much of the proceeds go to charities like breast cancer awareness. I ended up leaving with not only great pieces for my shoot, but the best dry shampoo from Serge Normant and cute ponytail elastics by Jane Tran (Chan Luu’s sister) that look as cute on my wrist as on my hair.

Crush Boutique
This Beacon Hill gem, along with Moxie shoes and Good jewelry, is one spot I have to stop by while in Boston. The two lovely ladies who run this shop carefully edit the cutest and still affordable pieces each season from everyone like Ali Ro, Parker and BB Dakota to those I don’t want to admit I love like Nicole Richie’s vintage-inspired line, House of Harlow 1960. Now Crush is opening an outpost on trendy Newbury Street next week, so I can visit them while shopping at some of my other favorite stores too.

Alex and Ani
Speaking of trendy Newbury Street, I was delighted to find that my new sentimentally special bracelet designs can be found at their own namesake shop there. The “Tree of Life” charm and initial charm on my gold energy infused Alex and Ani bracelets are symbols with a lot of meaning with my childhood BFF that we both will be rocking while thinking of each other. Maybe we’ll add more to the mix in years to come.

Oh Boston, we’ve got to stop meeting like this.


On Target


Jason Wu for Target top and skirt (For a limited time at Target); H&M belt; ASOS portfolio clutch; Vince Camuto shoes (TJMaxx); House of Harlow sunnies (similar online at Crush Boutique); vintage Lucite bangles; etc… watchband earrings.

I’m determined to skip this winter and so far I’m on track for that goal. Never mind that this has been the mildest season possibly ever in NY, but the spring collections are just so fun that I can’t wait to start wearing warm weather gear.

I lucked out here in somewhat sunny and quite humid in Florida for a few days–not just because of the jacket-free weather, but I managed to be staying in walking distance to a Target just in time for Jason Wu’s collection debut for the store.

For those of you who don’t know this talented young designer, you’ve definitely seen his chic dress designs on his most notable customer, Michelle Obama. Now he brought his feminine NYC-based designs to the masses and people like me can actually afford them.

A flirty floral knife-pleated skirt for $30…how can you say no? It pairs nicely with his top for also under $30, my $6 H&M belt, and $35 ASOS clutch. Now that’s what I call sensible style.


What is Black and White With Color All Over?


Urban Outfitters Velvet tuxedo style blazer (similar at Banana Republic); Helmut Lang tee (TJ Maxx); Zara corduroy pants (similar at Zara); BCBG platform pumps (similar at DSW); Vintage scarf, eel skin bag and jewelry; Nine West belt; H&M rhinestone snake bangle; etc… watchband bracelet (By Brooklyn); Marina Pecoraro skull and rope bracelet (Artists & Fleas); Shaya square bangles (shayanyc.com); House of Harlow 1960 sunnies (Crush Boutique).   /  Photos by Joshua Boccheciamp

As you probably realized by now, the New Yorker in me loves to revert back to my uniform of black. It’s easy to fall into the dull, colorless cold weather wardrobe routine. As long as you keep it modern with some pops of brights and chic silhouettes, you’ll be golden.

Just like the color black, I can’t get enough of wearing blazers during these months. I believe every woman should own at least one great fitting blazer in her wardrobe. It’s a staple that is so versatile and makes you look instantly put together.

This season, it’s the reign of the tuxedo style blazer and lucky for me, this is a trend that often gets recycled to future seasons (NOTE: GO BUY NOW). YSL introduced his timeless “Le Smoking” androgynous look over 45 years ago and it’s still appearing on the runways—especially this season.  Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, and Stella McCartney are just a few designers that broke out the tux with a twist for fall. I don’t think it’s going away any time soon.

Don’t forget it’s Cyber Monday—the best day of the year to get all of your holiday gifts online. Happy Shopping.

xo DA

Cashmere Sweatpants


H&M jacket (scored from a clothing swap); Forever 21 cashmere sweater; Betsey Johnson boiled wool and sequin trim skirt (sample sale); DKNY tights; Frye Paige Cuff riding boots (similar at shopcrushboutique.com); Urban Outfitters fingerless gloves; Coach saddle bag (vintage); Cashmere scarf (Saks); etc… watch necklace (coming soon to ByBrooklyn.com); all other jewelry, vintage; House of Harlow 1960 sunnies (Crush Boutique, Boston).  /  Photos by Joshua Boccheciamp

Do you ever have one of those days where you don’t want to get out of your pjs and would love to get away with wearing cashmere sweatpants out—or justify the expense to buy cashmere sweatpants for that matter ($1500 for loungewear?? Maybe one day.)?

I definitely did. I threw on my cashmere sweater and cashmere scarf and bundled up in the cold on Saturday. I polished this cozy look off with my new over-sized tortoise shell, cat eye shaped glasses that I’m obsessing over by House of Harlow.

Upon my recent visit to Boston, I worked with the amazing Crush Boutique to pull some looks for Boston Globe Magazine (check it out this weekend!). I wasn’t supposed to be shopping for myself, but I couldn’t resist my gravitation to their selection of Nicole Richie’s accessories and clothing lines respectively: House of Harlow and Winter Kate. Damn you Nicole Richie. I don’t want to admit it, but that chick has amazing taste. I’ll take one of everything from these vintage-inspired styles and from Crush Boutique…I wonder if they carry cashmere sweatpants…

xo DA