Fashion, Shopping and General Life Musings from a Twentysomething Living in New York

Tuesday, January 4

More New Shoes - Balenciaga Derby Oxfords

I purchased these lovelies on ebay for a steal last week! They fit perfectly and go with every outfit! Current my favorite shoes! If you do decide to purchase them, size down. A size 6 fit me, and I usually wear a 6.5.







Sunday, January 2

Cauliflower, Cannellini and Prosciutto Soup

I made this lovely soup a few days ago, and it was a hit with my family! I recently purchased a book called Great Tastes Soups, so you may see more recipes regarding soups on here!


You'll need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 slices of prosciutto, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 lb, 12 oz of cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 lb, 12 oz canned cannellini beans, drained (this is about 3 cans)
1/2 cup heavy cream

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry the prosciutto until it's crisp (it's *so* yummy). Transfer half of the prosciutto to a paper towel lined plate and leave the rest in the pan.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the rest of the oil and the onion to the saucepan and fry for 5 mins. Add the garlic and cauliflower and fry for 3 mins,

Add the cannellini beans 4 cups of water. Season well with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 mins. Let cool for 10 mins.

Use a blender to get the soup smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Stir the cream through and gently reheat the soup. Serve immediately with the reserved crisp prosciutto and chives sprinkled on top.

Serves 4!

(I also made parmesan crisps with mine, which is really easy: just take parmesan cheese and place it in circles on wax paper. Place in a stove heated at around 325 degrees, and bake for about 5-8 mins). Delicious!


Friday, December 31

Balenciaga Ballet Flats

Old pictures, but I adore these flats. I love wearing them, so comfortable!




Balenciaga Anniversary flats and Lanvin flats on sale at Tysons Galleria Neiman Marcus

Thursday, December 30

Reed Krakoff Love!

Have you heard of Reed Krakoff, a new line created by the Executive Creative Director at Coach? He has been making waves with his new line of handbags, shoes, ready to wear, jewelry and accessories! Many textiles including leather, exotics, wool, and canvas have been used to create the handbags and shoes.

For the past few months, during my strolls through Saks' 8th Floor shoe collection, my eyes have longingly gravitated towards the Reed Krakoff flats. When Saks made their first markdowns, I saw some of the flats on discounted, but they still were not at the right price point.

I spent Christmas with my family in MD, which I absolutely adored. But I was very sad to not be able to go to the NYC Saks on the day after Christmas, because I knew that my chances of getting my beloved Reed Krakoff flats would be quite diminished by showing up at the Tysons Corner store. But I decided to go. And with glee, I found the flats and purchased them! But they were in the wrong size:( So I ended up purchasing the correct size on the designer's website. But when I returned to Tysons to return the wrong sized flats, they also found a pair of flats in another color in my size! So here are photos!


black flats <3







charcoal flats (but they look brown).

Find the flats marked down to 60% off here.

Tuesday, December 28

A Few of My Favorite Things

Time to do a post on a few of my favorite things at the moment. I'm in Maryland at my parents' house for the holidays, so I only have a few of my favorite things with me. But they must be my very most favorites, since I actually took the time to pack them, hehe.

1. My Raisin Balenciaga City bag with a Rebecca Minkoff Sharktooth Charm

This is my favorite bag that has been lovingly used since September! My friend commented on how she would never have thought that a purple bag could be incorporated into an everyday wardrobe, but that I have been able to incorporate it effortlessly into mine. I used to own 10-20 bags at a time due to The Purse Forum. Late this year though, I decided to clean my closet and keep only the items that I truly love, enjoy and wear. So I'm now down to 4 bags, which is perfect for me. This one is the bag that I use the most. The Sharktooth charm was gifted by Rebecca Minkoff. I rotate the charm between my city and my Balenciaga hobo.

2. YSL Y-Mail keychain

Love love love this cutie! I bought it for $10 at the YSL sample sale, and I think that it retailed for$150! Gotta love living in New York! I think that it's so chic, don't you?

3. Balenciaga Coin Purses in Anthracite and Ruby

The Anthracite coin purse was my very first Balenciaga piece. I think that I bought it 3 years ago? It's aged very well. The Ruby coin purse is a recent addition. It was a sale find on Ebay, quite a steal. 2 of my friends commented on how lusciously soft the Ruby leather is!

4. Space NK Everlasting Lip Care

My friend Lesly and I received makeovers before her bday bash a week or two ago and I stumbled upon this product. It's such a great winter moisturizer for lips, and you can slather it on before applying lip gloss or lipstick. And it stays on for hours. Find it here.

5. Hermes black enamel with gold hardware Clic Clac Bracelet <3

I'm absolutely in love with this bracelet. It arrived last week, and I've worn it nonstop! I've wanted a clic clac for months, but I refused to pay almost $600 for it in the store. So I found a used one on ebay! Be cautious though, since there are a lot of counterfeits out there. But a good trick is to purchase items from Japan, since Japan has such strict laws regarding counterfeiting. When I was there years ago, I was able to purchase several authentic, vintage Louis Vuitton pieces.

That's it for now! I have some new purchases coming in too (from all of those delicious post Christmas sales), so I will do a post once they all arrive!

Outfit of the Day - December 28th

My outfit for today! I recently went to the Son of John sample sale and purchased 7 new tops from them, so I have been practically living in their sequined tees! I also have been obsessed with leggings/jeans with elastic waistbands. For the busy professional, comfort is key. It also helps that not having to button pants up saves a little time, lol.

Sequined Pocket Tee - Son of John
Bracelet - Hermes Clic Clac
Jean leggings - J Crew
Boots - Chloe

Sunday, August 8

More from the Alexander Wang Sample Sale

So I went back to the Alexander Wang Sample Sale yesterday morning. There was already a line down the block before it opened at 10 AM. Found some more cute T by Alex Wang and Alex Wang collection items! I especially love the black shorts and the gray top!