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this week, we love…

27 Sep

::the sartorialist:¬†scott schuman’s fashion blog. this man is one of my idols. the concept of his blog is so eloquently simple, and schuman helped pave the way for fashion photography in blog form. i’m also dying for a copy of his book!

::wine/champagne/groceries by mail: one of the many joys/conveniences of living in new york. no need to leave your home to get a little bubbly-fied ūüôā

::the rachel zoe project: although i’m still catching up on the episodes, ms. zoe is so major. she¬†continues to captivate me with her amazing job, catchphrases and furs. not to mention my love for brad!

::booties and military-inspired looks (also currently obsessed with chanel’s nailcolor in khaki vert): because who doesn’t want to be commander-in-chic? these are part of my must-haves for fall — more to come on those later — stay tuned!


jackie o, we loved her so!

19 Sep

hello, one year later! after much too long of a break, the haute list is back in full swing! i’ve finally settled into nyc, started a new job in fashion and continue to gather inspiration from the beautiful city and people around me.

today i’m inspired by jackie kennedy onassis, our 35th first lady. with the recent project runway challenge in mind (gotta love mondo’s look!) and katie holmes set to play mrs. kennedy in an upcoming miniseries, it’s only fitting to pay tribute to this timeless style icon.

i love (okay, am obsessed with) jackie’s signature pillbox hats, round-frame glasses and other accessories, like gloves, bows and pearls. let’s face it: us girly girls can only aspire to be as elegant and refined as this former first lady. even the outfit she donned to her late husband’s funeral was to die for (badum-chh!).

here are some ways you can infuse a little jackie into your wardrobe:

  • stand out! try gloves with your next cocktail dress, or add a stylish pair of pearls or colorful flats to a simple ensemble.
  • fall for wardrobe staples: try a sheath dress or trench coat for fall!
  • get a tailor! the right fit can make or break an outfit.
  • remember that less is more. jackie’s look was always simple and streamlined, with just a hint of drama.

please take a moment to comment or take our fun poll below!

oscar hits and misses

24 Feb

no one actually watches the oscars for the awards, do they? if you’re like me, you live for the red carpet and fast forward through most or all of the awards ceremony ūüôā here are my takes on the fashion hits and misses of the biggest night in showbiz…

best dressed couple for me was a tie between brangelina and mr. and mrs. klum! i know, i know, kinda not fair since both couples could wear potato sacks and still look flawless..


best dressed leading ladies…natalie portman and alicia keys (both pretty in pink!) and penelope cruz (in vintage pierre balmain):












biggest surprises of the night came through actresses amy adams and frieda pinto. i absolutely loved amy’s necklace by fred leighton – it perfectly accented her dress and brought out her gorgeous eyes! and although neither starlet went home with an oscar, frieda shined in her dress by john galliano, making me want to see ‘slumdog millionaire’ even more.












drumroll please…and the worst dressed awards go to scary hart,¬†oily rourke and phillip “skicap”¬†hoffman. seriously, what were they thinking?!












do you all agree with me? who were your oscar hits and misses??

the laws of chiconomics

21 Nov


hey everyone! the haute list has returned after a hiatus of sorts…i don’t know about you guys, but my kooba bag has certainly been feeling a little lighter lately. even if you’re not short on cash, the state of our economy is reason enough to plump up that piggy bank.

this week, i thought i would focus on the laws of chiconomics. study up, recessionistas!

1) learn how to spot quality: good quality goes a long way, but great quality can last a lifetime.¬†one wardrobe essential that should be of the utmost quality is the classic cardigan. elements that i look for in a quality cardigan include the knit of the sweater¬†—¬†both the color and density¬†of the fabric; buttons — depending on your personal preference, rhinestones can give cardigans a modern, yet ladylike flair; and the hem, cuffs and collar of the sweater.

of course, these are simple guidelines to one of many¬†wardrobe¬†staples…but once you get the hang of spotting quality, your pieces will¬†survive more than one season, leaving you some wiggle room¬†on those splurge-worthy items.¬†¬†

2) if you don’t absolutely love it, keep shopping: this has become my new rule of thumb. i will walk out of a¬†store before purchasing an item, just to “test” whether i am still thinking about it once i leave the store. if i absolutely love a piece, i will keep thinking about it until it’s mine. true love indeed ūüôā

3)¬†when shopping online, full price is a last resort: there’s really no excuse for paying full price online, especially with the advent of sites such as eBay and bluefly. there are also many online sample sale sites, including, and¬†if discount sites are not your bag,¬†comparing prices on several different websites is also an option.¬†

4) the more you’ll wear it, the more it’s worth: simple math can help you shop! use the quiz below (courtesy of instyle magazine) to help calculate whether an item is worth buying…starting with a value of 100, add or subtract as you go:

  • Does it go with more than three things you own? YES (+5); NO (-10)
  • How many seasons can you wear it in?¬†ONE (-5); TWO (+0); THREE (+5); ALL FOUR (+10)
  • Would your boyfriend, boss and glammiest girlfriend all approve? YES (+5); NO (-5)
  • How often will you wear it? OFTEN (+10); SOMETIMES (-10); ONCE (-15)
  • If it’s a clothing item, does it need dry cleaning? YES (-5); NO (+5)
  • Will it transition from day to night?¬†YES (+5); NO (-5)
  • When was it last in style? WHEN WASN’T IT (+10); FALL 1991 (-10)
  • Do you need to lose weight¬†for it to¬†fit? YES (-50); NO (+5)

Results: 50 and below – Purchase at your own peril. 50 to 95 – Proceed with caution. 100 to 120 – You love it. It looks great and is a good choice!¬†121 and above – Buy one in every color ūüôā

you’re either een or you’re out!

3 Aug

i love, love, LOVE project runway and am so happy for its return. however, is anyone else¬†bored by the lack of creativity so far this season? i can’t really see any of the designers making it big – except for kelli and kenley. what ticked me off the most was¬†the gristedes challenge during episode 1 –¬†i couldn’t believe only one or two of the contestants used produce to create their garments! most of them used tablecloths or other fabrics, which is pretty much cheating..

but i digress. i was really impressed by kenley and leanne this week (their designs below): 


the rest of the designers need to get their mojos going…or auf wiedersehen! holla atcha girl ūüôā

valuable lessons from carrie, samantha, miranda and charlotte

17 Jun

the long-awaited sex and the city movie hit theaters at the end of may. and it did not disappoint. after seeing it not once – but twice – within the first few weeks of its release, i thought i’d share some lessons learned from¬†my favorite characters.

if you’re one of the handful of women who hasn’t seen the¬†movie yet,¬†a) you need to rush to a¬†theater near you! and b)¬†do *not* read¬†any further ūüėȬ†

1) – is a real website! as carrie’s assistant mentions in the movie, it’s like¬†the “netflix for purses.”¬†using the innovative website, women who lust for designer accessories, including bags,¬†sunglasses and jewelry,¬†can “borrow” items for affordable rates.¬†if they fall in love with one of the accessories, users can even¬†choose to “steal”¬†an item! talk about product placement at its best!¬†


2) one should never wear a bird as a wedding accessory – although i thought she pulled it off elegantly, wearing that turquoise bird on her head spelled trouble for carrie. stick to tiaras or flowers, people.

3) beautiful love letters and walk-in closets will never go out of style – one of beethoven’s last love letters was featured in the movie:

Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together РBe calm Рlove me Рtoday Рyesterday Рwhat tearful longings for you Рyou Рyou Рmy life Рmy all Рfarewell. Oh continue to love me Рnever misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved

ever thine

ever mine

ever ours

4) coloring outside the lines!! – ‘nuff said.

5) the best label a woman can wear is love – whether it’s the love of your family, a significant other, your friends, or for yourself. i think this message and that of forgiveness touched me the most of all. it’s sometimes¬†easy to overlook how lucky we are for the people that enrich¬†our daily lives.¬†and i never want to forget!

anyone else ready for the sequel??? 

fun in the sun

5 Jun

seems¬†a torrential downpour has swept through d.c. tonight!¬†this craptastic weather only makes me all the more¬†anxious for sunny days, sunglasses¬†and the tank tops that patiently await me in my walk-in closet ūüôā¬†

speaking of sunglasses, do you know which types are most flattering for your face? are you a halle, or more of an sjp? see below for the lowdown – applies to fashionistos, too!

long face a la sjp – look for wide frames to break up the length of your face. oval or round shapes give the illusion of greater width. a word of caution: avoid anything with vertical lines ‚Äď it will only make you look longer.

round face a la kate bosworth – look for angular frames that contrast with your curves to create a longer and slimmer look. opt for shades with squared-off bottoms, and skip very rounded or curved styles.


heart-shaped face a la reese –¬†look for frames with rounded upper corners to draw attention away from the forehead. square bottoms will soften the chin, but on top, stay clear of any hard horizontals.

square face a la paris – if you have a square face like paris hilton, look for gently curved oval or round frames to lengthen the face ‚Äď think aviators over any square styles.

oval face a la halle Рlucky girl! you can pretty much pull off any sunglass style, so go for it! try the new hipster fave or a glam retro look.