Cocktail anyone?

smile style

I have to admit that while I love getting dressed up, it all entails me planning out that “getting ready” time in a meticulous fashion around my 2 kids and James. While shoot days for SCF are some of my favorite days, they always seem to have a hectic start.  This day in particular was a hard start because Ethan was far off in his daydreams and didn’t want to get dressed even after asking him literally 23 times, Chloe insisted that the last pair of clean shorts I had laid out for her were too tight and not comfortable (she may or may have not worn dirty shorts to camp, don’t judge.), I had run out of pretzel goldfish for her lunch (travesty), and the banana that Ethan was begging for with his breakfast has gone waaay over ripe (insert stressed and unprepared Mom face here).

Fast forward to us finally making it into our car taking them to camp to find our street was closed and having work done on the gas lines. So I did what anyone late and already a bit stressed with the mornings events would do, and I drove down our one way street the wrong way only to find a giant tractor trailer truck in motion and trying to make a turn to also avoid our closed road. While I patiently waited behind the safety of the cones, the driver did an amazing job of getting his massive truck through the crazy car parked streets of Hoboken, nearly missing a telephone pole with about an inch to spare (I think I may have even clapped and said good job out loud) when he hit and demolished a park car on accident with the back of his truck. My heart sank for him and the owner of that smashed car and then I snapped out of my “hard” day and realized his just got harder.

in the bag

Now at this point in the day the kids were at camp, I was contemplating about adding pretzel goldfish and bananas to my shopping list and I had convinced Danielle to wander over to Jersey City to a FABULOUS, recently opened, insanely decorated, and yummy (pancetta wrapped sea scallops anyone?!) restaurant called Battello to showcase this look. Dear friends of ours had introduced us to this restaurant a few weeks prior and I was so wowed by the food, unique cocktails, the friendly staff and the views (it’s at Newport Marina) that I keep coming up with reasons to go here. If you’re in the area go check it out, it won’t disappoint and if it does, you probably need another one of their perfect cocktails. (I highly recommend the “shipwrecked”)

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reflection

stay a while

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up here!

necklace detail

ALL IMAGES BY DANIELLE GUENTHER PHOTOGRAPHY

My jeans (click here) are AG’s from Anthropologie, my necklace (similar) and bag (click here) are also from Anthropologie. My t-shirt I bought last year  from Anthropologie (you might like this one) and my shoes are from last season at Zara. (try these!)

Here’s to wishing you a fabulous start to your day and if you’d like to grab a drink because you may need one after the day you’ve had, I’d be more than happy to meet you at Battello. 😉 Thanks for reading and thanks to Battello and staff for allowing Danielle and I to snap these pics! xo, Elana

These are a few of my favorite things

These are just a few of my favorite things:

  • Distressed jeans – any cut/style/color
  • Lace
  • Blazers
  • Shoes (with embellishment)
  • Stackable jewelry
  • Embellished handbags

Distressed jeans

I’m currently obsessed with distressed jeans. I would love to get into a pair of the “boyfriend cut”  but for now I’m in love with these skinny AG’s that I picked up (after much debate and distress over dropping more than what my Dad would say is necessary for pants with holes in them) at Anthropologie.

For some reason they make me happy, maybe it’s because I was never allowed to wear pants with holes in them in public as a kid, maybe it’s because they make me feel a tiny bit edgy, maybe it’s because they can take a girly look and instantly make it more “Pennsylvania”, if you will.  (I say this because I used to help with weeding our property as a kid, and my jeans would get the worn look after beautifying a garden from weeds). You get the idea, they just make me feel comfortable. Shopbop has a great selection in many different cuts and I’m sure there’s a pair calling your name.

Lace and peplums. It’s a girly combination. Flatters the figure because of the cut making the illusion of a small waist due to the seam hitting right at the natural waist and then the gentle flare of the peplum.  Who doesn’t love a splash of coral red? This was also a recent purchase from Anthropologie, and I can already see it becoming a go-to piece for special occasions.  If you’re not all about red, it comes in two other colors as well.

Black Blazer

Black blazer. I shouldn’t have to say much more here other than, if you don’t have one, please get one. It take’s ANY outfit and transforms it instantly to a finished look. Try a few different cuts and styles on before you decide on what will make it into your closet. You don’t have to spend a lot either, especially if it’s a look you’re just trying out. I will say though, if you welcome it to your closet, or bring it back to the front of your closet there are so many ways to make a blazer a signature look.

This one happens to be BCBG. I loved the touch of black power net peeking out from the hem and the sleeves. Simple, yet fun. I have a friend who I swear could be a black blazer model. Scarves, big chunky necklaces, skinny jeans, leggings, pencil skirts, she just knows how to rock one and I always look to her for black blazer inspiration.  Here’s just a few different styles for you to browse through- WARNING- this is a great fashion site. Be careful with your credit cards.

Studded shoes. I can’t even tell you the story behind these shoes. (I planned my weekend around going to pick up the last pair of these shoes at a mall that wasn’t so close by, “Kids, do you want to go on an adventure?!”) Have you ever worn something that friends, family, and complete strangers compliment…for me, it’s these shoes. Mad kudos to Zara for making these and bringing that little twinkle to my toes.

Don’t be afraid to get a pair of “loud” shoes that will funk up any outfit. I am a big fan of Zara’s shoe collection from this past spring and summer.  I can’t wait to see what the Fall/Winter collection has in store. For now I’m trying to figure out how to get these little delights in my closet.

Stackable jewelry

Stackable jewelry. You all know by now that I am a die hard Stella and Dot fan, but I might be cheating on Stella and Dot a bit with Losselliani. I discovered them while perusing the Shopbop site and fell in love with all the designs. Thankfully this discovery happened before my birthday and James  got me my first piece, which I have been known to wear to sleep because I love it so much. This site is just conveniently having a sale!

Embellished bags

Finally, embellished bags. This one happens to be a Bagdley Mischka bag I got 4 years ago from Santa, and I have 2 friends lined up fighting to become it’s next owner. Here’s a style that’s similar color wise that I also love.

What are your favorite things? Have questions how to wear them? Reply here with your questions and I’d be happy to help!

Xo,

Elana

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