NYFW / Back To School Shopping

Shopping for New York Fashion Week is like back to school shopping for the fashion inclined. No matter how many years I am out of school, as soon as the middle of August hits, I still get nostalgic about “back to school shopping.” So in the spirit of New York Fashion Week which kicks off next week, here is my “back to school” shopping list. What’s on your list?


Derek Lam sweater // Stella McCartney jeans // Topshop coat // Eddie Borgo earrings // KARA backpack // Saint Laurent cuff // Givenchy boots


Best of Basics: Slip on Sneakers

It’s no secret that slip on sneakers are trending (can anyone say Céline), but I never thought I’d jump on board with this trend. Mostly because my boyfriend is a skater (at 36 he still manages to skate a few times a week), and I thought he’d make fun of the fashion industry ripping off skate culture… But since we were going on vacation, and my footwear collection called for a practical walking shoe, I opted for slip on sneakers. After trying on many designer brands, retailing for over $300, I found that they weren’t as comfortable as the true skater shoes from Vans for just $60. I chose the black perforated leather version, with bright white soles because they felt fresh and modern. Here’s a photo of me wearing them on our trip. Would you adopt the slip on sneaker trend?

best-of-basics-slip-on-sneakers-black-perforated-leather-vans-womens-fashion-desmittenShop Vans slip on sneakers…


My Travel Diary: Portland

Last week we went to visit our East Coast friends who moved to the West Coast. We spent a few days in Portland at the Ace Hotel where breakfast was as good as a Portlandia episode where hilarity ensued. I put together some photos from our trip to bring you my travel diary Portland edition. I am pretty sure we hit almost every neighborhood in search of great boutiques and amazing food. With no sales tax in Portland, shopping was a must. It was great to see a number of small New York designers represented in the Portland shops. Here is a collection of my favorites. If you are planning a Portland trip soon, these are must visit spots!

// TO SHOP //


Una // With a number of my favorite New York designers, from A Détacher and 6397 to a variety of international brands, this tucked away boutique is worth a visit, even if it’s just for a little inspiration.

Stand Up Comedy // Among the carefully curated selection of  women’s clothing and select home goods, I was excited the see the ethical New York designer, Suzanne Rae at this shop.


Table of Contents // A fantastic mix of media, home goods along with men’s and women’s fashions from the avant-garde to the essential, this is an all around one stop shop for those who appreciate truly great design. They also have a design studio in the back where they work on projects for hire.

Spruce Apothecary // With a large range of non-toxic personal care products and a wall of fragrance to dive into, they have created a minimalist and modern apothecary that makes me never want to step into a Duane Reade again.

Not pictured, but must-visit shops also include Yo Vintage // Odessa // Frances May + Alder & Co (stay tuned to see what I purchased at these two shops… more on that another day).

// TO EAT //


Fried Egg I’m In Love // A stationary food truck with breakfast sandwiches including pesto and “sorta-sausage” options for vegetarians like me, I couldn’t have made a better breakfast sandwich if I tried.

Nuvrei // You may have caught a glimpse of my chocolate almond croissant on instagram, but the photos don’t do these pastries justice. From berry croissants and macarons to bagel sandwiches, there’s nothing this pâtisserie and café can’t make without blowing your mind.


Christopher David // A Café, flower shop and home goods store all rolled into one, and all done quite beautifully.

Not pictured, but must-eat spots also include Salt & Straw for artisan ice-cream // Mediterranean Exploration Company for dinner with friends // Pépé La Moko for specialty cocktails and a speakeasy vibe.


Must Have: Turtlenecks

Fall is creeping in on New York and there is no better way to get in the mood than to think about the must have pieces for Fall. Along with pointed loafers, turtlenecks are at the top of my list. I recently wrote an article for TOOVIA.COM exploring 18 Ways To Wear This Wardrobe Staple. Click through to read the full article.


(image via decorialab)



In honor of the Fall/Winter 2014 KARA accessories collection, I’m excited to join the New York City designer, Sarah Law, as a Guest Pinner for an exclusive project entitled KARA X DESMITTEN. Over the next week I will curate images that embody the new collection, inspired by the basic need for comfort, solidity and permanence. The Fall/Winter 2014 collection of minimalist handbags stay true to the young brand’s aesthetic while pushing it into the future through the use of luxurious materials including bold suedes and alpine shearling. Browse through the KARA X DESMITTEN pinboard to re-pin, like and comment on your favorites while shopping the new collection of accessories.