OTK Boots, 2 Ways:

SW HighlandSW Lowland

One easy way to make yourself look put together without actually even trying, is with a pair of over-the-knee boots, otherwise known as “OTK”.  They’re sexy no matter how you slice it, and dress up any look.  My favorites from Stuart Weitzman come in a heeled and flat variation.  The Highland has a 3.75″ heel and a rubber sole.  The entire boot is covered in suede, including the heels.  The Lowland has a one inch heel (flat in my book) and has the same stretch-suede shaft that makes getting these on rather simple.  The tops have a leather drawstring that cinches closed–the perfect accent to otherwise chic and streamlined boots.




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A Day In The Life Of Nieves Lavi’s Sharon Lavi:

Sharon Lavi portrait copy

Since the brand’s inception in 2003, I’ve been a big fan of Nieves Lavi.  The collection is made from the finest materials and has an ethnic flair.   This coming Spring/Summer the collection is all about easy dresses and tribal prints.  I had the privilege to sit down with the CEO, Design Director, and Co-Founder, Sharon Lavi, to get a glimpse into a day in this beauty’s life–and it’s a glorious one!

6:45 AM: I wake up, and proceed to wake up my children.  Once everyone is up and moving, I make breakfast. Occasionally I have to really push for them to get dressed in time for breakfast.  Once my kids leave for school with my husband, it’s “me” time! I sit, relax, and enjoy my morning coffee in the kitchen while catching up on e-mails and my agenda. During that quiet time, I plan for the day ahead, then read the news from various sources.

8:00 AM: When the weather permits, I go for a one hour run along the west side promenade. While out, I find a good spot to meditate on the water and digitally detox, basking in the warmth of the sun.

10:00 AM:  Just a few steps from my house, I run into Kava on Washington Street to grab my daily latte, then catch a taxi to the studio. Today is a bit more exciting than others – it’s moving day! Nieves Lavi is moving to the penthouse. Words cannot express my excitement. The space has lots of windows, allowing the natural light to shine in. We are fortunate to also have a small balcony, which I plan to line with potted flowers. However, there is still much to do: build walls, put the logo on the wall and door, answer PR e-mails, and finalize our spring production order.

1:00 PM: I take a break to walk down the block to a little café, Tarantin, to order their grilled Halloumi salad for lunch.

3:15 PM: It’s time for me to pick the kids up from school. After pick up I continue to answer e-mails remotely, while the kids go to the park with their babysitter.

5:00 PM: I go to Chelsea market where I enjoy picking out fresh fruits, vegetables and ingredients for dinner.  When I return home from the market, I cook dinner for the family.  Tonight’s menu includes pasta with kale and breadcrumbs. We try our best to eat together every night, unless we have a previously planned event or dinner.

7:30 PM: It is bedtime for my youngest son so I tuck him into bed and read him a bedtime story. It never fails — after I leave the room, I still have to urge him to go to sleep.

8:30 PM:  The night is still young so I have time to enjoy a book or a movie with my husband, then drift off to sleep. Good night!

Afrika dress

Toting Around:

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I live in my tote bags.  In the Summer I’m constantly shlepping things around in my Celine pink color blocked one, to the gym I’m using a canvas tote that has my son’s name on it (that of course is filled with his paraphernalia as well) and now that it’s cold out, it’s time to up my game to a cozy one that’s neutral enough to go with anything.  My new go-to is this Molly Shaheen black shearling leather tote.  It’s made from the most supple leather and the front is covered in shearling lamb (big fan of texture).  It’s oversized to even fit a laptop (key for me as I’m often doing work at the local coffee shop).  The straps are nylon covered in leather, a true example of fashion meets function.

Sweater: J.Crew /Jeans: Rag & Bone /Jacket: All Saints /Boots: Jimmy Choo /Sunnies: Oliver Peoples



Caro Home Bath Decor:

carohomecaroI’ve found in this whole decorating-of-the-home process that finding good bath accessories isn’t so easy to come by.  A couple of my bathrooms have pieces from the Jonathan Adler Hollywood collection, but other than that I haven’t found brands that I like as much, and a well-priced collection that isn’t cheap (or rusts on the metal pieces)–until now.   I was recently introduced to Caro Home, a brand that fills a void in the bath market.  The line is fashionable and high quality.  The towels are made from cotton, not terrycloth. My favorite is the Paloma set that’s inspired by a Chanel quilted bag.  The gray colorway is soft and neutral.  I just added the Scarlett set of accessories to my kids’ bathroom.  It’s made from smooth white resin with wrapped in yarns.  If gray isn’t your thing, it comes in shades of pink, turquoise and brown with a stripe of blue.   Whether you’re looking to refresh yours or your childrens’ bathroom, this line is surely one to consider–chic, well-priced and well made.




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Posie Turner:

posie turnerI’m pretty picky when it comes to socks.  They have to have the right thickness and I tend to steer clear of bright colors that wouldn’t otherwise match what I’m wearing (I’m weird like that).  These are just a couple of reasons I’m drawn to the Posie Turner  socks, a collection that comes in chic patterns and colors (or the absence of color) and are super comfy.  When this package arrived I was elated to find proper replacements for the socks I currently own.  Each Posie Turner pair has an inspiring mantra on the bottom and comes in different heights.

And now a little back story:  Posie Turner is a Seattle-based women’s sock brand that recently launched for this Fall/Winter.  Every article is manufactured with the highest-quality standards, at a family-owned factory in Peru, using the world’s finest Peruvian Pima Cotton on a 200 needle count machine with a 2-ply, combed twisted yarn.  The result is a finer, softer finish, a better fit and less pilling. Other features include: double cuffs, hand-linked toes and Y-stitched heels for comfort, elasticity, and durability.

How’s that for attention to detail?!



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