November Blooms // Floral Sheath & Pink Coat

November Blooms // Floral Sheath & Pink Coat

Shop the Feature // Dress | Coat (on sale under $75) | J.Crew Clutch (similar) | Shoes Sunglasses | Necklace | Earrings (I love them!)

Happy Monday! We are one day away from a phenomenal change here in our country, and I am eager to see how it all plays out. More personal to me as I enter another week in November is my daughter’s angel birthday. It’s funny how different I feel this year as opposed to last. I spent every day last year dreading the moment her 1st year birthday would come and fearing the amount of sadness that would come over me. I didn’t know what to expect. But when her birthday arrived, I was stronger than I thought I would be and more determined than ever to make my experience of baby loss a movement that would change my life and inspire the lives of others. I like to think November is a time when things bloom; a time of year that I am renewed by my love for her and her guiding spirit to do good for others and ensure that she is never forgotten. I wear her initial as a proud mama and celebrate her memory this November and every day forward.

Floral Sheath and Pink Duster

This floral sheath is such a perfect piece for all seasons. I don’t mind it being sleeveless as we’ve had an unusually few warm days in November already. Pairing this dress with a light pink coat and a nude palette of accessories pulls the look together.

Maggy London Floral Sheath

If you’re in more of a blue mood (the various shades of blue in this dress are beautiful!), you can wear this dress with a warm caramel coat and navy suede pumps. That’s the beauty of fashion and why I love sharing so much. What you wear is all about how you want to feel that day. 

floral sheath and kate spade shades

floral sheath

November Blooms // Floral Sheath

blooms floral sheath

Blooms Pink Duster

Shop the Feature // Dress | Coat (on sale under $75!) | J.Crew Clutch (similar) | Shoes | Sunglasses | Necklace | Earrings (I love them!)

I hope you enjoyed this style journal today! Have a great week and thank you for reading! Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post.

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Mamma Mia // Rustic Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Mamma Mia // Rustic Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Happy Wednesday! Last week, I had the pleasure of joining forces with some local NYC fashionista’s to enjoy an evening of rustic Italian cooking lessons with Mamma Mia wine! I shared a bit of the festivities on Facebook Live in 2 parts, so feel free to learn more about the brand there as well.

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking with Wine

As a Mom, I love to cook (luckily, so does my husband!) and when it’s time for us to wind down as grown-ups (without our little guy), we love a good bottle of wine. And when I’m out with my girlfriends, enjoying a glass is always a good idea too! That’s what this fun night was exactly all about. The benefit? Enjoying a rustic cooking lesson at Rustico Cooking, founded by famed chef and James Beard-nominated cookbook author, Micol Negrin.

With the holidays approaching, I thought I’d share some of my favorite moments from the evening for some major decor, food and wine inspiration. If you’d like the recipes to these delicious dishes, simply drop your email here for our newsletter, and we’ll be sending a special one out very soon with all the details to our subscribers!

We started the evening with some white wine from Mamma Mia. Its crisp and floral notes definitely were the perfect start to our amuse-bouche and the start of the cooking lesson.

Mamma Mia White Wine

Our chef shared that we would be making everything from scratch, including pasta, which I was so thrilled to do! For our appetizer, we enjoyed a small dish of Tagliatelle with Two-Meat Ragu. It was so perfectly done (if I do say so myself!). It was such a joy to make the pasta from a basic flour and egg mix and see it through to the final plating for all of us to enjoy!

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking - Fresh Pasta

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons - Ragu

Italian Cooking - Rustic Table and Tasting

For our main course, we had Chicken Scaloppine with Lemon-White Wine Glaze. As our sides, we made Roasted String Beans with Sundried Tomatoes and Fresh Thyme along with Braised Chickpeas with Spinach and Chili.

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine
Italian Cooking with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

 With very few ingredients, we made Wine-Poached Fruit over Wine-Laced Mascarpone Mousse. Our dessert was simple, but perfectly ended the evening. Are you hungry yet? We definitely were and enjoyed the entire meal from beginning to end with Mamma Mia wines. The red was perfect for the dessert, as it was fruity and earthy.

Dessert Mis En Place

Italian Cooking - Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

Italian Cooking Lessons with Wine

I loved all the kitchen tools we got to use, so I’m sharing them below as you start to plan your own menus for the upcoming holiday dinners! I know I’ll be making this entire meal again because I do love a great rustic Italian dish, wine, great company…and kitchen tools! What’s your favorite meal to cook and wine to drink? Let us know!

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Theatrical // Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar Top

Theatrical // Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar Top

Happy Sunday! I hope you are gearing up for a fun Halloween as much as we are! While my theatrical obsession with Hamilton – The Musical is very real (theatre teacher here!), it’s become obvious the fashion industry has taken notice of the theatrical phenomenon and have embraced military jackets and ruffle collars again in their fall/winter collections. I’m all up for the look as it speaks to my personal love for getting into costume or just making the ordinary jacket and top a bit more interesting.

As a working Mom, it’s been a growing challenge to get to writing these days. With the holidays coming up (and my little girl’s heavenday), teaching theatre and film, and this space, I am forever busy! A foundation (to be revealed) is on the horizon, so I definitely know I have my hands full. I’ve promised much to myself these days (changing season’s can do that), but as the lyrics from Hamilton play on my iTunes – “I am not throwing away my shot!”

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

I think the challenge to styling a military jacket can be that it may look a bit like a costume (hello Halloween!), but I encourage you to embrace it. Make the rest of the look casual and simple – as I did here with jeans and flats – and you’re safely not looking like you belong in a theatre production.

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Theatrical // Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

I love the pops of red piping on this jacket as it adds some dimension and gives you a reason for adding that perfect red lip to your makeup for the day!

military jacket and ruffle collar

There are some beautiful ruffle collar tops this fall season, but I wanted to keep the look simple with only a hint of ruffle at the edge of the collar. But if you are bold, take a look at some of my other favorite ruffle collar tops below! By adding oversized shades for bit of edge, I felt my ode to Hamilton and the fashionista inside of me was complete! 

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Military Jacket and Ruffle Collar

Shop the Feature // Jacket | Ann Taylor Top  (similar) | Loft Jeans | Shoes | Shades | J.Crew clutch (similar) | Earrings (my new faves!) | Lip color 

Are you obsessed with Hamilton – The Musical as much as I am? Sound the alarm below in the comments! And if you decide to embrace the military jacket – let me know! Use #TSGoldInspired on Twitter or Instagram! I’d love to see how you style your looks! Thank you for stopping by!

Military Jackets
Ruffle Collar Tops

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Changing Seasons // How to Wear Fall Colors

Changing Seasons // How to Wear Fall Colors

Shop the Feature // Wrap dress | J.Crew vest (similar) | Booties (under $60!)  | Watch

Happy Friday! We made it through another week! As I look at my camera roll and all the photos I have from New York Fashion Week and events I’ve attended from Lulu’s Style Studio to Agatha Ruiz de la Prada to The Toy Insider, I feel there is so much catching up to do! Hopefully you were able to catch everything in real time from my Insta-stories or Snapchat (like meeting Simon Biles! Ah!) I just can’t believe we are about to enter October! Time flew by, don’t you think?

The changing season is always a good time to reflect and make shifts in what matters most to you and what doesn’t. I know that this is the time of year where I am thinking of my daughter often and the triggers of the fall colors and crisp air make it much more difficult to move through each day with ease. But I carry on and I get dressed and smile and know that everyday I can put myself together is another day I am stronger for my son, my family and my own heart.

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My favorite way to wear colors as we transition into fall is to think about what I see in nature. We still can see so much green in some areas by New York City, but it’s those first few maple trees that start turning red that inspired me for this look. The ease of a sleeveless wrap dress makes it perfect to wear alone, with a vest, or even with a long sweater on cooler days making it a great transition piece to have in your closet.

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This Seasson's Gold // How to Wear Fall Colors 7When you’re mixing two different colors (color-blocking, if you will), I like to find those that compliment each other in ways we would find in the world around us. And finding the perfect ankle boots is a great way to play with color for fall! A rustic green or brown ankle boot gives you the freedom to play with color in your wardrobe while not committing to an entire look in color or in a full length boot. Wearing a mix of deep red and green is a nod to the upcoming holiday season; and we know how quickly that will get here!  What are some of your favorite colors to wear for fall? Let me know in the comments below!

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Shop the Feature // Wrap dress | J.Crew vest (similar) | Booties (under $60!)  | Watch

Here’s some inspiration to wearing my favorite fall colors this season!

Thank you so much for reading!

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The Ann Taylor Event // Dreamy Blouses

The Ann Taylor Event // Dreamy Blouses

This Season's Gold // Ann Taylor style eventThis September has whizzed by, and I feel like it has all been a dream! From the start of the school year to New York Fashion Week to my Ann Taylor event in NJ and now my upcoming birthday, my ability to write about all the excitement took some time. But I’m happily ready to share all about it!

As part of my Sunday Favorites series, I have to talk about the new Fall collection at Ann Taylor. I am absolutely in love with their blouses. All of their classic tailored pieces bring such elegance and a bit of edge to any look you put together. It was such an honor to collaborate with Ann Taylor for a style event at Garden State Plaza in New Jersey to meet so many of my followers and friends. I shared the event on all of my social media, so if you’d like to be a part of my next meet & greet or style event, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat to be the first to know!

One of my favorite colors for fall is burgundy! I love the warmth and richness of the color up against the hues of the changing season. I’m also convinced (and partly because I’m a theatre teacher) that the ruffles, thin pleats and loose fitting blouses for fall are an ode to the immensely successful Broadway show Hamilton. (Then again, it may just be that I want to look like I can be in the show!) Hope you enjoy the styling, pics from the event, and my favorite dreamy blouses from Ann Taylor!

This Season's Gold // Ann Taylor outfit

This Season's Gold // Ann Taylor

This Season's Gold // Layered chokers

This Season's Gold // Dreamy blouse

This Season's Gold // Fall at Ann Taylor

This Season's Gold //Ann Taylor swag bag

This Season's Gold //Ann Taylor at Garden State Plaza

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Shop Feature #1 // Burgundy blouse | Faux leather leggings | Phone charging wristlet | Shoes (similar)

Shop Feature #2 // Ruffle top | Pencil skirt | Patent d’orsay shoes  

Thank you so much for reading!

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A few of my favorite dreamy blouses (currently 40% off until 9/19 with code YESPLEASE)