the Shira Rose

Teal Lace

I’m innocently walking down 5th Avenue and as I pass Madewell, I see a sign that says additional 40% off all sale items. So how could I not check to see if the gorgeous lace dress I’ve been wanting went on sale? So I went in….and it was on sale….in my size….so I bought it. And as I swiped my credit card, I remembered that I was supposed to be trying not to spend money. Whoops.

Photos by Chani Shmookler-Deutsch
Dress: Madewell
Shoes: Steve Madden (old)
Bracelets: Aldo
Ring: J.Crew

My First Real Ombre Manicure!

There’s a nail salon in NYC-Valley Nails- known for it’s nail art but I never thought about going because I don’t spend hundreds of dollars or even fifty dollars on a manicure. So when there was a groupon for a gel manicure with nail art at Valley Nail, I jumped at the chance to try it out! They are not the most friendly place  in the world but they definitely know what they’re doing and they can do some pretty crazy stuff. I personally have no problem with bright colors and subtle nail art but I draw the line at studs and crystals on the nails. It seems so cheap to me! What are your opinions on nail art? Like it? Hate it? Only some kinds? Tell me!

Here are some other pretty ombres:
And for a full pinterest board of ombre or gradient nails, check out my pinterest board:

Lace+Pop of Color+Leopard

Tip of the day: If you’re looking for ways to spend less money on shoes and your feet are smaller than a woman’s 7 1/2, you should try the kid’s department. You think I’m joking? Totally not! The super cute leopard loafers I’m wearing in today’s outfit were purchased at Zara. I’ve also gotten kid shoes from Gap, Ugg, and J.Crew for really great prices. Generally, you go down 2 sizes so if you’re a 7, you’d be a 5 kids, a 6 would make you a size 4 kids, etc. Have any of you done this before? Obviously, I’m not going to buy a great pair of heels from the kid’s department, but a great pair of ballet flats (which makes up the majority of my shoe collection, ha ha)? Heck yes!

Photos by Chani Shmookler-Deutsch
Lace top: Madewell (sale)
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Zara (kids)
Bracelets: J.Crew, Aldo
Necklace: Kate Spade


Soooooooo (a couple more “o’s” maybe?) excited to finally be posting on my newly designed blog! Kelly Stahley was so sweet and incredibly fast! She did this for me in like 5 minutes- no joke! So besides for the blog looking a lot cleaner, you’ll probably also notice the pictures are of much better quality too. Chani Shmookler-Deutsch is super talented and pretty much self-taught and generously offered to photograph my outfits. Lucky for me (and Chani), these photos were taken a couple weeks ago when it was a lot warmer because I cannot imagine going outside right now without a million layers! As always, let me know what you think:)

Photos by Chani Shmookler Deutsch
Sweater: Ann Taylor (sold out)
Skirt: Calvin Klein Here or Here
Shoes: Me Too 
(it’s called “Lainey,” but mostly sold out)
Bracelets: Aldo