The Perfect Summer Dress

I have found the perfect summer dress--well not the perfect one, but pretty close.  I have been stocking up on my summer dresses and this one by Theory definitely stood out.  On the hanger it didn't have much appeal--but I could tell it would make for a perfect fashion moment (and I know fashion moments!).  The pieces that make for the best fashion moments are the unassuming ones, just like this one.  Its panelling construction makes for a great fit and the fabric has some stretch which gives comfort and allows for a sporty feel. The color, is what really sold me.  The light blue compliments my blonde hair perfectly and it is an easy breezy summer color.   

I paired the dress with an iced coffee (which you can find out more about here) and my new cheetah flats by Loeffler Randall.  I have petty much been living in Loeffler Randall shoes all year. This past winter I wore my black booties almost daily and now I'm transitioning seasons with these cheetah espadrilles.  Loeffler's brand has great style and I seem to gravitate towards a lot of their items.  My necklace is House of Harlow--bought through Rocksbox--which is a jewelry subscription service that I have become fond of.  I don't usually make as much time for jewelry in my outfit ensembles or in my shopping schedule so having a box that comes once a month, with choices, is actually a great solution for me.  Give it a try here!

More to come on summer dress in the next few post!  

Photo by Lydia Hudgens.  

Best Iced (and Hot) Coffee in NYC

I'll take an iced coffee please...

Iced coffee from hip West Village spot: The Elk (more on my outfit later!). Photo by Lydia Hudgens.

Iced coffee from hip West Village spot: The Elk (more on my outfit later!). Photo by Lydia Hudgens.

On a freezing cold NYC day, a latte from La Colombe is my pick.

On a freezing cold NYC day, a latte from La Colombe is my pick.

A cortado from LOST | WEEKEND| NYC is a perfect pit stop while in the Lower East Side

A cortado from LOST | WEEKEND| NYC is a perfect pit stop while in the Lower East Side

And the iced coffee that puts them all to shame: La Colombe's iced coffee with a shot of espresso on top. This will get you going! 

And the iced coffee that puts them all to shame: La Colombe's iced coffee with a shot of espresso on top. This will get you going! 

Let’s talk coffee in NYC.  Iced coffee seems to be more of an accessory these days more than anything else.  Sure it gives me a jolt in the morning—but does it match my outfit?  From branding to style to taste—these coffee shops are raising the bar in the coffee culture and they are all some of my favorite stops in the city. 

1.     La Colombe

This Philly original goes unrivaled in my book.   Their coffee is strong and rich.  This is one coffee place where I am happy to drink it hot or cold.  They make a beautifully crafted latte and their iced coffee is topped off with a shot of espresso—OMG.  That will do the trick any day of the week.  They have a lovely set up as well, where they place you at their coffee bar, after you order, to prepare your coffee with all the proper accoutrements. 

If you’re in need of an excellent cup of coffee, make sure to stop by any of the locations in NYC.  And don’t be discouraged by the long line (it’s worth the wait!).

2.     Bonsignour

This unassuming corner café has amazing iced hazelnut coffee.  It is brewed with the hazelnut flavor—as opposed to a hazelnut syrup and its rich flavor does not need any other additions.  Aside from the coffee, the food is delish as well and you can grab a quick salad on the go.  Special bonus: its West Village locale makes it a favorite stop for Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen milling around with his beloved dog Wacha. 

Side bar:  if you can’t get to Bonsignour for that yummy iced hazelnut coffee, Lenny’s and (surprisingly) Café Europa also brew a decent version.  However, I repeat: this is mostly in desperation.

3.     Porto Rico Brewing Co. 

I often pass this coffee shop on the way to work each day, and I finally had the urge to try it.  What a gem!  The whole place is filled with bags of coffee beans—as if the actual brewing of the coffee is a complete after thought.  Their iced coffee is unique and has a strong flavor.   If you aren’t in the mood for coffee, stop by to grab a bag of beans to take home and take in the delicious aroma of the store. 

4.     Box Kite

My downstairs neighbors, in the East Village, serve some lovely coffee with an eclectic and friendly staff.  They serve small bites and a tasting menu in the evening.  In the morning, grab a DOUGH donut with your coffee.   They also just expanded their roots to a location on the Upper West Side. 

5.     Van Leeuwen

This ice cream shop, serves up some delicious scoops but also has an excellent cup of coffee: hot or iced.  Its old-timey feel makes it the perfect place to read the paper on a Sunday (I may or may not be doing that right now).  Make sure to look out for their ice cream trucks that are spread throughout the city—it’s always a yummy treat on a summer day.

6.     The Elk

A new and hip West Village spot, right off of bustling Hudson Street—this casual cool spot with light wood paneling makes you feel like you walked into a mini fashion magazine.  Its laid back and organic essence make for a great place to make a coffee stop while strolling the West Village. 

7.  LOST | WEEKEND | NYC

This eclectic coffee shop that, at first glance, resembles a surf shop that should be nestled in Venice Beach, is a casual and easy environment to enjoy a coffee (and grab some sporty apparel).  It's tucked away on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side (an unassuming block which surprisingly packs in some great food, coffee, and shopping spots).  The clientele and baristas alike are friendly and easy to chat with: the conversation begins as if you were already in the middle of a long talk (those are my favorite kind).  Stop into this sunny coffee/surf shop and take a seat on the weathered couch, with a cortado in hand.

Not Your Average Track Pants

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Joie Pants, Shopbop, Joie Charlet Crop Pants, Club Monaco, Rylie Top, Fendi, Stilettos, My Stiletto Life
Joie Pants, Shopbop, Joie Charlet Crop Pants, Club Monaco, Rylie Top, Fendi, Stilettos, My Stiletto Life

Now this is a pair of track pants I can get behind: because I am no runner!  These loose fitting cropped track pants by Joie are the perfect spring fit.  They are comfy/relaxed and you can wear them to work or out on the town.  For this look, I've styled them in a laid back way that's the perfect look for a weekend to meet friends for brunch or shopping.  I love mixing stilettos with a a casual look--it really elevates a look and you'll get plenty of compliments on the bold choice!  

The orange accents that I shot in front of also help accent this look--the Fendi stilettos have hues of orange in them so it all comes together quite nicely.  Click through, below, to get this look for yourself!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.


Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts!

Get your mom that special piece of jewelry, the perfect scent, or even a great read for Mother's Day.  Click on the images below to see where to get their items!

Checkered Moments

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This checkered top has become my new favorite piece for this season. I have been wearing it with all kinds of skirts and pants.  (Although I am partial to wearing it with skirts.)  This Theory top emulates their brand perfectly: clean, simple, and structured.  I am always drawn to their designs for the attributes I just mentioned and because the pieces are so versatile.  When I wear this top I feel sharp and very fashion: it just has that vibe to it.  For this look, I went for a sporty outfit with the lace up stilettos, a jersey skirt, and the leather jacket.  The skirt is T by Alexander Wang and that brand always has really easy and basic pieces to pair with more intricate ones.  Theory has a black and white version of this top and skirt as well--so make sure to click through below to pick it up.  It's perfect for spring and summer!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Easy and Breezy

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Equipment, polka-dots, spring style, fashion inspiration, white denim, J brand, fendi, stilettos, fashion, fashion blogger, style blogger
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Equipment, polka-dots, spring style, fashion inspiration, white denim, J brand, fendi, stilettos, fashion, fashion blogger, style blogger
Equipment, polka-dots, spring style, fashion inspiration, white denim, J brand, fendi, stilettos, fashion, fashion blogger, style blogger
Equipment, polka-dots, spring style, fashion inspiration, white denim, J brand, fendi, stilettos, fashion, fashion blogger, style blogger

I’m all smiles in this outfit.  Between the Equipment polka-dotted blouse and the white pants, this is the ultimate spring look and I am feeling quite breeeezy in it! I can’t wait to start wearing white pants all summer long—I love the crisp and clean look they bring to any outfit.  The contrast between the red stilettos and the white denim is the perfect pairing and I balanced the look out with a light yellow purse and some serious arm candy! 

It has been an incredibly warm weekend here in NYC and taking out my spring wardrobe has been such a treat (nothing like a little shopping in your closet)!  I’m getting really excited to start wearing day dresses, sandals, and lightweight pieces.  It’s going to be a super fun and fashionable spring.  I hope you’ll continue following along!  I have been busy posting on my Instagram and my Snapchat so make sure to follow me there so you can see my day-to-day looks and whereabouts.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

To get you in the mood for spring shopping, here is a little inspiration!

Getting Shifty in a Black Vince Dress

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It's in the low 60's in NYC and the people are out and about!  On the West Coast, this kind of weather would be just any other day, but when you come off of a winter of wearing snow boots and thick scarves, any temperature above 55 degrees and you might as well call it Summer!  The cafes have their outdoor seating filled, the streets are buzzing and so are the people. With the change of weather comes a welcomed change to your wardrobe as well!  Say hello to ripped denim, boyfriend jeans, and wedges.  In my case, I am starting spring with this Vince shift dress: its lightweight and easy to throw on and the sheer panelling at the shoulder makes it perfect for this time of year.  

It's always a good idea to accessorize a sold color with fun pops of color.  In my case, I've chosen reds and golds.  The new stilettos were an absolute gold-mine and I have to give myself a pat on the back for finding them!  They are Fendi and I bought them at a consignment store near my apartment for a third of the price!  They were virtually new and I cannot resist a designer stiletto so I walked out of the store with my gems! 

More on my jewelry in the next post: there's a special discount for my followers so make sure to look for the post! 

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.  

 

Behind The Scenes

I thought it would be fun to do a short video to give you an idea of what a typical shoot is like for me.  When I post the final photos everything always looks cute, fresh and put together.  However, before the final pictures get touched up, filtered, and pieced together there is the shoot where it's not always so glam and sometimes it's downright uncomfortable!  Depending on the elements or the outfits I'm wearing, it can be challenging to get the right shot or appear to look a certain way.  This video is a fun glimpse into that world and even though it's not super glamorous, it's fun and I always am happy with the final product. 

I also wanted to give you an idea of what my personality is like--I can be very upfront, funny, and sometimes awkward!  It doesn't get more awkward than your videographer videoing you in stilettos and getting stuck on the mini tent you've pitched to double as a dressing room.  Ha!  Now you have to watch to see what I'm talking about! 

Video by Andrew Morales.

Make sure to follow me on Snapchat and Instagram (@mystilettolife) to get more fun behind the scenes moments like this video!

First Day of April Style

This is the perfect winter to spring look: it's still not warm enough to wear shorts without some leg covering but you still have the feelings of spring so you want to incorporate shorts into your look.  This sweater is so cozy and perfect for this transitional weather.  I have always loved blush--such a soft and complimentary color.  I layered it with my Club Monaco tank top, which I wish I had bought about five more of because they are the perfect layering piece.  As much as I love this outfit for transitional weather, I cannot wait to recreate this look without the tights!  It's time for some warm weather!  

Happy April Fool's Day!

If These Boots Could Talk

Oh if these boots could talk!  What would they say?  They would probably say "we look good!" I have had these boots for almost two years now and they can really take the rough city streets.  Michael Kors knows how to make a long lasting boot.  I love how this outfit is almost like an updated Cher from Clueless. She would rock a mini-skirt with high boots like no other--except her top would include a a tight tank top over it (so 90's).  

Hope you all have a great week!

I'll Shop J.O.A Anytime

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white stilettos, spring shoes, white dresses, spring styles, spring dresses

Ok--I'll admit it: I had no idea what the brand J.O.A. stood for.  I didn't even think it was an acronym, just a made up name perhaps.  Well thanks to the world-wide web, I found out otherwise.  J.O.A. stands for "Just One Answer."  As in: their clothing is the only answer?  I'm not totally sure about its origin, but it's cute and they make chic, flirty, feminine pieces.  I found this gem of a dress on Piperlime a few weeks ago (they were having a sale on top of a sale!) and I couldn't resist snatching it up.   J.O.A. is also sold at Nordstrom's and Shopbop

When I started styling this dress, I immediately knew that white stilettos were the perfect match.  White on white is such a refined and bold look.  Since it's still a little chilly out, throwing a light coat over this netted dress is perfect.  The dark green Zara coat is a delicious contrast to the stark white and adding my 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, never disappoints. This dress is still available--so click on the links in this post or below to get it for spring/summer! 

Happy Friday!

Photos by: Andrew Morales.



A Maje Moment

This effortless and chic look is one of my favorite looks to wear day-to-day.  It's very simple and stylish.  I found these black Ponte pants at Ann Taylor LOFT (like I mentioned in my last post they have cute basics) and paired it with a long flowing tank top.  Since it's still too chilly to go around with just the tank and the leggings, a sweater pulled over the long tank is the perfect winter look.  This sweater was a no brainer when I first spotted it at Maje.  It's warm and soft and the periwinkle color matches my skin tone perfectly.  It's been a great piece to wear this winter. 

My tote bag is a new addition to my wardrobe--I was looking for a large tote to wear everyday, to fit anything and everything inside.  Since I often work out of cafes, on my days off, it's nice to have a bag that can fit my computer as well.  There will be more on this bag and its contents later because I am currently working on ramping up my You Tube channel!  I will be doing fun webisodes to give you more style tips and fashion stories.  Head there now to subscribe--videos will be going up in the next week! 

Have a great weekend Everyone!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Polka Dot Love

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Club Monaco Julina Dress, Shopbop, Lanvin, Anthropologie
Club Monaco Julina Dress, Shopbop, Lanvin, Anthropologie

The follow up to UnFurgettable is this adorable polka-dot dress from Club Monaco, that can take you from winter to spring very easily (not that spring is really in sight, but one can dream!).  This dress was actually part of a winter sale at Club Monaco and I really came out on top with this piece.  It is light and easy to wear with an elastic waist band (always a genius idea).  The accordion pleating of the fabric is a sweet detail and goes with the old-timey feel of this dress.  I paired it with an ornately decorated clutch from Anthropologie--which was very fitting.  This is just the kind of winter look you can wear to brunch and out with friends.  For a spring transition take off the tights and pair with a nude wedge!

Hope everyone is having a great week and keep a look out for more post coming you way!

Wearing: Dress: Club Monaco, Clutch: Anthropologie, Stiletto: Lanvin, Ring: Pax de Duex.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

UnFURgettable

This fur gets looks!  I turn heads like nobody's business in this fur.  I get pets, looks, comments and frankly I love it--the pets have the potential to become weird, but I usually can manage that pretty well.  I usually can predict what people are going to say when they start eyeing me (well the fur rather) and my immediate response is: "I know."  No comments necessary.  

Since this winter has taken a huge turn and the cold weather is extreme--the fur is the only remedy.  I have never felt more glamorous in this luscious fur vest and I have been draping it over all my winter looks this season and it always seems to add a glamorous finished look.  

This look works particularly seamlessly with its color scheme--the details of the outfit underneath the fur are coming in the next post (get a sneak peek on my Instagram), but I love the gold polka-dot on a cream background, it's the perfect pairing with the golden fur and the white trim.  The black Lanvin stilettos with a their grosgrain bow are very astute.  I love this look and this fur is very much unFURgettable.  How are you all staying warm this winter (and I'm talking to those Californians!)?

Fur: Mom's Closet, Dress: Club Monaco, Jacket: Club Monaco, Tights: Spanx, Clutch: Anthropologie, Stilettos: Lanvin.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

A PSA for the Single Ladies on Valentine's Day

It's almost that day of the year: dreaded by single girls and heralded by couples from New York to San Francisco.  Well I am here to have a chat with the single ladies out there: use Valentine's Day as a day to enjoy and treat yourself!  Granted, I use almost every other day as an excuse to treat myself (ha!), but the point is that you don't have to be in a relationship to spread the love on Valentine's day and you most certainly don't have to throw a pity party for yourself.  Ok, if you want to gorge on ice cream and pizza while watching He's Just not that Into You or Pretty Woman,  that's all good: do your thing, but do it because it'll be fun and that is your treat to yourself.  (I'm always interested in a night of pizza eating.)

Spoken like the single lady that I am, I love treating myself and especially on Valentine's Day!  I get dressed up and take myself out for a glass of wine or maybe some shopping and a dessert.  The best part about this holiday is that there are opportunities to add some campy pieces to your style (think heart purses, graphic prints, and bright reds and pinks).  Treating yourself to a good time is the best way to spend this holiday and you never know whom you might meet along the way!  Check out the gallery below of some adorable Valentine's Day pieces and enjoy the holiday.  

New Coat--New Perspective

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Valentine's day outfits, Valentine Day looks, red, fashion blogger, style, Maje

This winter, you can't get away without wearing a coat (or two) when out and about, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite winter coats by Club Monaco.  This wool camel colored piece, added the perfect neutral to this already bold look (see the look featured here!).  It truly matches with a lot of different color palettes and is an easy add-on. Since it is a thinner coat and not too bulky, you can easily wear it under a larger coat for those extra cold days (which NYC is currently having).  I was so enthralled by this look, that I couldn't help but post it twice!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.   

Parisian Pomp

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It's all in the skirt my friends!  This skirt screams pomp and circumstance and I love it!  Parisian fashion house: Maje has stolen my sartorial heart once again with this textured pleated skirt.  You can't just walk away from a design like this and a bold red color.  It's winter chic at its finest.  Styling it with my J Brand scuba material top and Jean-Michel Cazabat stilettos pulled together this showy look.  This is also the first time I did a shoot in Bryant Park and it just had this regal feel to it--especially in the winter.  The trees and small tables lining the park felt very Parisian and without the presence of a Chipotle across the street (ugh), you may have even thought you were in Paris.  

On a side note--I just celebrated a big birthday this past weekend (head to my Instagram to find out more) and I can't wait to share some moments from that special day, here, on the blog soon.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.


Layer Up

Wow--already almost through the first month of the New Year and I have neglected to post--I so apologize for that!  I have been missing posting my sartorial updates on MSL, but I am back in full force!  I already love some of the looks I have put together for 2015 and this first one is featuring some cozy winter pieces from California based brand Marine Layer--which just opened up a NYC store.  My top and infinity scarf are amazing pieces from Marine Layer and they are the perfect winter layering pieces.  I love the quilted detailing of the sweater.  I paired these pieces with a dark wash J Brand denim, booties and my favorite bucket bag.  I was on the hunt for the perfect bucket bag and finally stumbled upon this one at a local boutique in the East Village: Pas de Deux.  It's by design house Building Block out of Los Angeles--its staunch shape and conceptual style really struck me and I haven't really stopped toting it since I purchased it.  

This is the perfect casual look to wear this winter either to work or for a Saturday running errands or meeting friends for brunch.  Marine Layer has a lot more easy and casual items to layer up this winter so make sure to take a look! 

Happy New Year From MSL

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.....1!  Happy New Year!

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It's time to partyyyyyy and welcome in 2015 with a bang!  I hope you all are celebrating in style tonight and I thank you for following along with me this past year--I have high hopes for 2015!

Happy New Year!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.