[by Monica Wymouth for METRO New York]
Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets of the West Village, the light-filled space — which the fashion correspondent and stylist affectionately refers to as her “treehouse” — measures only 400 square feet, very few of which are dedicated to closets.
In the talented hands of Decleve, however, it feels more luxury loft than cramped quarters, striking the perfect balance between cozy and curated. We hit her up for some space-conscious, budget-friendly design tips.[+READ MORE]
Spring is a time for fresh starts… so why not start each day with a fresh breakfast? You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again: in many ways, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you fuel for the day ahead, and jumpstarts your metabolism.
But I get it, you’re likely crunched for time in the morning it can be tempting to swing by a bagel truck on your walk to work, or skip breakfast all together. DON’T DO IT! You’ll just end up crashing by late morning and reaching for more caffeine. What’s the point of an extra 5 minutes of sleep after the snooze button if it means you loose energy by skipping breakfast?
Instead, check out my favorite tasty breakfast ideas that take a minuscule amount of prep, but offer maximum health benefits to power you through your day![+READ MORE]
Imagine a curated list of suggested shopping items, styled into outfits just for you and delivered directly to your email box by a trained stylist. Sound like a dream come true? Well now it can be – thanks to Le Curate. The girls behind this genius idea are Allison Berlin and Sara Pollan Dimedio. We were first introduced through a photo shoot we all worked on back in the day – and it was love at first collab! So when they announced their latest venture, of course I was thrilled and honored to participate.
In addition to their personalized, online and in person shopping services – Le Curate also stages stunning editorial spreads featuring interviews with fashionable tastemakers around the country. Meant to inspire readers to experiment with the latest trends in unexpected ways, these features offer tips and a unique perspective on personal style. For our shoot, of course I had some input on the styling – but the girls chose all of the clothes. Let me tell you, for a stylist to allow herself to be styled… it ain’t always easy! So let it be a testament to their skill, that I loved each and every Hippie in Heels inspired outfit.[+READ MORE]
St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, and whether or not you plan to dress like a leprechaun or go on an Irish pub crawl – the green-themed holiday is a great excuse to load up on your veggies! In honor of the occasion, I’ve rounded up 6 of my favorite green recipes – perfect for hosting a healthy St. Patty’s Day feast!
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Sometimes, business and pleasure coincide in the most delightful way. Like when Cadillac invited me to their “Style Driven: 50 Style Stars” event with WhoWhatWear… in Los Angeles. Yay! Which is where one of my BFFs (Krystal) happens to live.
Double Yay! And on the weekend that she was planning to road trip up to my hometown of San Francisco… for which Cadillac offered us a shiny new Escalade hybrid to test-drive! So many “yays” that I’m starting to sound like a Yorkie puppy…
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There’s only one way to celebrate Fat Tuesday… well, ok two. But if you’re not partying down in New Orleans, then sinking your teeth into a big old feast is the way to go. While I advocate eating mostly plant based, whole foods whenever possible – I’m also a big believer in the occasional indulgence. So, in honor of the occasion – I decided to gather a few girlfriends together to do just that. And what more appropriate restaurant to host than the West Village’s Fatty ‘Cue?! But just because the name is caloric, doesn’t mean the food necessarily is. Despite the fact that ‘cue is short for barbecue, the menu actually offers a wide range of flavor packed seafood, chicken and vegetable dishes, in addition to elegantly prepared steak and lamb. They also use only the best meats (Heritage pork, Brandt beef), often locally sourced, and stock their produce from the Union Square Farmers Market. Knowing my affinity for healthful food, the Fatty crew generously created a selection of hippie-friendly menu items that allowed my guests and I to get a taste of it all.
And taste it all we did… After five, finger licking savory courses and two desserts, we felt that we’d celebrated the holiday appropriately. So it’s a good thing that I had asked everyone to wear their favorite “chic to feast”; aka “fat day” outfit. Because let’s face it, no matter what your denim size, we all have our off days, but that doesn’t mean that everyone needs to know. If you need inspiration for your next fat tuesday (or fat Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday…) click through to check out how these gals and I stay stylish any day of the week.[+READ MORE]
If the Guggenheim Young Collector’s Party had a theme, it would be simplicity and decadence combined. The stark white, multi level museum provided a sexy back drop for the gaggle of young, wealthy and beautiful guests in attendance. Party-goers were treated to an unlimited Pointy Snout caviar bar, where servers dolled out porcelain spoons and oyster shells filled with black pearls one after the other. DJ Chelsea Leyland spun from the center of the room, dressed in a red peplum dress and braid crown. So what does one wear to an evening of grandeur on a windy 12-degree night? My answer: a sequined white sheath dress, layered over a thin cashmere tank and Uniqlo Heattech tights. Yes, the secret to dressing up in the dead of winter; is hiding layers of warmth wherever you can! So while my sparkling sleeveless dress appeared cool, especially when paired with a dark plum lip and copious amounts of arm candy – I was anything but cold. Click through to see what I wore, and tips on winter cocktail attire.
Our Fashion Correspondent, Natalie Decleve is always out and about at the best events in NYC. Follow her posts here to see where she went and what she wore, and learn helpful tips to dressing for a fashionable life.
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