these shoes were made for walking

When i was 18 years old, I came home from Paris with two fashion trends firmly in my grasp 1) the white t-shirt layered under v-neck sweaters and 2) Stan Smith sneakers. Fast forward a million years, and i have rediscovered that the Stan Smith sneaker is awesome. Not only is it a classic fashion statement perfect for ripped jeans but super comfortable and just made for walking. Hello new travel shoes!  Recently tried and tested on the hills and cobblestones of Lisbon — not a slip, blister or achy foot in sight.

Even better, you can now customize your Stan Smiths to nearly any combination that appeals to you. (Although classic court green still has a certain cache if you ask me)

$60 for the classic version, $110  customized. Available here.

just add rain

51knilawculNo mistaking these eyes. How fabulous to have Audrey looking out for you on a rainy day. Umbrella by Kate Spade  $38


back on the market again


Fiorucci may have disappeared there for a few years but they are back!  How many of you remember the Fiorucci store located across the street from Bloomingdales in NYC? I may be dating myself but in the early-mid 80’s, this mega store was always my first stop in the city  — followed by a tart frozen yogurt at the Bloomingdales food emporium along 59th street. I have fond memories of a blue & black plaid, corduroy, jean-style jacket and a slew of cherub t-shirts that I proudly wore with my baggy jeans and probably a big-ass bow in my hair.

tshirtsNow, those t-shirts are available again, along with a selection of jeans and jackets suited to today’s fashion trends. T-shirts available in black or grey, only at Barneys New York. 

just can’t resist

tomato-soup-sweatshirtKinda lovin’ this bold Tomato Soup sweatshirt from Zara. In fact, sweatshirts are fashion this athleisure season at Zara:



yes, please!

do-not-disturb-hatA quiet day at the beach sounds just perfect!

hat available here.


gold accents

Ropers Musings GOld Accents1. This golden Swell water bottle is one I wouldn’t mind carrying around with me all day. 17 oz. $42 from Anthropologie  |  2. I covet this little purse by A-esque. It works as a clutch but also has an ingenious hidden strap that turns it into a cross body with nearly no effort. It is honestly the perfect bag for daytime or evening. Apprx US$ 300 with free shipping  |  Because everyday items should be beautiful. Brass scissors by Hay available at The Line. $16  |  4. A little flirty fun for the upcoming summer months. Fringe sandal by JCrew  $118

dressing made easy

system 1 Systen 2 System 3 Systen 4 System 5Let’s face it girls, all you really have in your closet is black, black, white & maybe a little grey. It’s just so much easier that way. Everything mixes and matches. It’s practical. It’s slimming. Travel is super easy not to mention the day to day. You can practically get dressed with your eyes closed and look put together and different every day.

The new “System” from Eileen Fisher is a great core black wardrobe — a couple pair of black pants, a long skirt, a pair of jeans, a few tops & tanks, a couple sweaters and boom you can look put together and be comfortable all at once. With a core wardrobe like this you can always add on a fashion piece here and there to liven things up when you just can’t resist that gotta have trend. But one thing I’ve learned over the years, those amazing statement pieces don’t add up to something to wear to work everyday.

Hey, I’m a fashion girl who grew up shopping non-stop, started my work life with an internship at Seventeen Magazine, owned a clothing store and love love love my avant-garde Yoji Yamamoto coat more than anything. But there’s something to be said about practical. I’ve always loved the concept of a uniform but have never quite had the discipline to do it. The mix and match system seems the perfect solution. I’m diggin’ it!

See just how simple it is here