California Dreaming

california-dreaming-desmittenI mentioned last week that we are traveling to California this month. Well we leave in a few days and I’m still looking for recommendations where to eat, what to see, explore, shop and do while we are there. Our plans aren’t too strict, all we know is we will be in San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs at some point, with a whole week with no plans at all. So I turn to you….give me your favorite haunts, your secret shopping spots, your favorite taco truck, whatever! Leave it here and I will be most grateful! (or email me at christina@de-smitten.com).

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Must Have: Updated Oxford Blue Shirt

Spring is (almost) here (I don’t want to jinx it) and my mind is focused on finding an updated Oxford blue shirt for the warmer months. This is a staple I wear every spring/summer and with my closet full of traditional button down collared varieties, I can’t help but yearn for something fresh. Traditional or not, a classic Oxford blue shirt styled with black shorts and flat sandals makes for a comfortable, put together look (I consider this my summer uniform, but more on that later). Here are some of my favorite updated Oxford blue shirts of the season…

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 Valentino slim tie tunic // A crisp poplin shirt with slim tie at neck for versatile styling options.

Adam Lippes scarf tie shirt // A soft neck tie instead of a collar is the ultimate update to this traditional style.

Wes Gordon open front shirt // The epitome of ease with no collar and made of soft wool and silk gauze.

The Row boxy cropped shirt // Updated proportions with a cropped sleeve and boxy silhouette.

Tibi oversized shirt // Outerwear details instantly update this everyday style.

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A Weekend of Art

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I spent Sunday with my friend and fellow art enthusiast, Serena da Conceicao. We hopped around the city taking in all that the Armory Art Show had to offer. From the private collection of Susan and Michael Hort at their Tribeca apartment to the Pulse art fair in Chelsea (with a little shopping in between), the inspiration was endless. If you follow me on instagram then you saw one of my favorite pieces from my art filled weekend. Here is another favorite, a photogram from Lebanese artist, Lamia Joreige entitled One Night of Sleep (2013).

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20 Emanuelle Alt Looks that Define Uniform Dressing

What is a uniform? An identifying outfit or style of dress worn by the members of a given profession. No matter what your profession, you should define your own style of uniform. A go-to look that you feel most comfortable and confident wearing to most everyday occasions. This will help you edit your wardrobe to pieces that you love and that you will wear forever. In my opinion, the best uniform dresser around is Emanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of Vogue, Paris. Here are the 20 Emanuelle Alt looks that define uniform dressing. Her style is effortless, put together and always comfortable.

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Jacket + tee + skinny pant + low pointed toe heel = Emanuelle Alt uniform




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More Emanuelle Alt looks this way…

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Lemaire Fall 2015

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 I woke up this morning to my favorite collection, Christophe Lemaire Fall 2015. The oversized, yet tailored silhouettes in timeless neutrals are forever inspiring. He makes dressing look effortless, sophisticated and seasonless. I even love the simple turtleneck collar he styled with most looks. Remember my easy DIY from last year on this little accessory?

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