Posts Written OnOctober 2015

Red Plaid

Plaid is having a moment on the runways, particularly red plaid. The red adds an interesting dose of color to an otherwise very classic fabric. And since we all are guilty of overdosing black in the fall and winter, it is nice to see some red to brighten up the mood, especially on such gorgeous autumn day I spend with my kids in Central Park in New York.

Shop the red plaid shirt: Nordstrom / JCrew / Shopbop / Revolve Clothing / FreePeople /

Shop boys look: JCrew shirt / Hitch-Hiker jeans / Monnalisa jacket (similar) / Zara boots

Shop girls look:  Red Monnalisa Jacket/ D&G sneakers /

Other red plaid pieces I like: BlankNYC girl shirt /Oscar De La Renta cape/ Monnalisa jacket/ MissGrant Blazer

Black leather skirt

A black leather skirt is a go-to piece in early fall weather. It adds a dose of edge to any outfit and it can be pair with anything from tucked-in sweatshirt or turtleneck, a crop top, or a simple white tee and a blazer. You can wear it with pointy loafers or stilettos, with ankle boots or over the knee boots. There are a lot of ways to style a black leather skirt for the change in seasons and that’s what makes it so versatile.

Shop my outfit: Crop top from Misguided/ Skirt from Zara (old collection), similar here

More picks for faux leather skirts under $100:  Nordstrom/ NastyGal/ Revolve Clothing / Free People / Shopbop /

Under the Tuscan sun

Oh Tuscany…Italian music playing in my rental car, we are driving the rolling hillsides, passing terracotta roof houses, visiting preserved and picturesque towns, drinking chianti wine by the litre… That’s what it is about 🙂

The most famous city in Tuscany is Florence, followed by Pisa, Sienna, Lucca and Cortona, where very popular movie Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed. On my recent trip I visited Florence, Lucca and small town Montefioralle.

If you dream of going low key in the famous hills of Chianti Classico then Montefioralle might be your golden ticket for under the radar Chianti living. It’s on the road between Florence and Sienna where vineyards, scattered peasant houses and beautiful villages are dotted between hill-top woods and where you can do some amazing wine tasting.
My second stop was Lucca, a historic town of well-preserved Renaissance walls and cobblestone streets. Broad squares, white churches and tree-lined pathways  are popular for strolling and cycling.

Shop my look:  Petal split jumpsuit/  Hat / BCBG fringe belt

And to conclude my trip, we stayed in one of my favorite places in Italy, Florence (and this place deserves a separate post where I’ll share my favorite dining and shopping places). But on the last day of our stay it was clear that I caught on Italian fashion trend of relaxed casual slacks and shirts, paired with sporty footwear. It was refreshing to see that nobody is wearing heels (contrary to just couple of years ago) and women pair skinny jeans or loose-fit trousers and dresses with luxury brand sneakers and other sporty shoes.

Shop my look: Off-shoulder shirt / Loose-Fit Trousers / Metallic-Toe sneakers

MiuMiu chain bag / Victoria Beckham sunglasses

Other more affordable sneakers I like: Michael Kors / Marc Jacobs / Maison Margiela