Leopard is my favorite color

Good morning, Thursday. It's just gorgeous outside and New York is alive with Springtime vibes. Today I'm wearing a leopard dress I got at Zara, no tights required, and an absolute STEAL. Yes. But I digress.

The reason I bring up leopard is that a writer on Garance Dore the other day was posting about the new Clare Vivier collab with Toms, resulting in a leopard print espadrille. She started the piece by saying something along the lines of "let's face it- it's hard to make leopard print cool".  UM. WHAT?????

Clearly this poor little child has no idea what's cool. As in zero clue. Because there's nothing much cooler than a leopard print, and you can put that on my gravestone.  In my little style neck of the woods, leopard is almost a neutral and a ubiquitous part of my wardrobe year after year.  Also thumb through any comprehensive fashion iconography treatise, and there you will find the following- Ann Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson. Kate Moss (who incidentally is the queen of leopard print- she wears it on the regs and does it so well). Jackie O. Must I go on? 

I have always loved leopard because it's instantly chic and cool. From a leopard coat to that Ganni button up dress I've been craving since I first saw it, leopard is quite simply, the shit. I also love a leopard accessory, particularly a scarf. It's a beautiful way to elevate basic black. I have no idea who this writer is and now I can't seem to find the piece she wrote, but man is she wrong. Perhaps they deleted it in shame.

So today in honor of one of my favorite animal prints, here are five leopard pieces I love and live for and are cooler than just about everything. Also- THAT GANNI DRESS BELOW. I NEED YOU.

This leopard print bathing suit is genius.  Love a one piece you can throw a little skirt over and off you go. Instant chic.

This blouse by Nili Lotan  is so boho chic and perfect for Summer. Love it with jean shorts and a flat sandal, and of course, tan legs. Ooh and check it with leather pants- so sexy.

In a completely aspirational sense, this over the top Gucci bag is magical- ladylike and leopard go well together.

Also, a Golden Goose leopard sneaker is super cute with rolled up white jeans in the Summer time. Love these. 

And of course, my beloved Ganni dress I can't stop talking about. Just love this piece so much as a dress, over jeans with a tank, so versatile and cool. One of my favorite new brands too. Such cute stuff. 

So listen up, ladies. There is nothing uncool about leopard. Period. Full stop. Case closed.

Cause that's what's up this leopard rules my world kind of Thursday in the 212. Yours, in animal instincts.  XO

UPDATE: Here's the piece i was referencing. 

Maven Pick: The best avocado toast in NYC

Good morning, Tuesday. It's gorgeous outside. I'm so happy.

So I rarely if ever write about food but since I'm fairly obsessed with one particular item of late, I just had to share. Spoiler alert: This is for NY locals only- sorry rest of the universe.

First up, the avocado toast at Gotan, a little coffee shop with branches in Tribeca, midtown, and Williamsburg. If you could put happiness in a take out container, it would probably look a hell of a lot like this avo toast. I would say it's worth getting out of bed for. Seriously. It's the best. It's got feta, radishes, sprouts, chili flakes, and I love to get a poached egg on top. The toast itself is perfectly cooked (medium brown) and substantial but not overly heavy. I literally eat this almost every morning at work. It is by far my fav thing to eat these days and keeps me full for hours. It's so damn good. Trust me- you have to have this. I know you're probably bored to death of said trendy food, but this will make you fall back in love. I promise.  Oh and for those of you who REALLY know me- I order mine without the tomato of course. Blech.

I like to do what I can to help all of you have a healthy, productive morning. This avocado toast has magic powers and that's a fact. Now have it. Go on.

Cause that's what's up this best way to start the day kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in yumminess. XO


Maven recommends: Love, Gilda

Good morning, friends. The sun's peeking out and I'm stoked. Who knows for how long but I'll take it where and when I can get it. 

Last night I went to the premiere of "Love, Gilda" an excellent new film documenting the life of Gilda Radner. Tina Fey introduced the movie and she was super choked up. Gilda is everything to female comedians- particularly ladies who are not traditional beauties or amazingly funny women like Melissa McCarthy who are pee in your pants, physically funny beyond reason. I admire and love women who are willing to make themselves look absolutely ridiculous for a laugh. The best.

As we all know, Gilda died far too young from cancer at age 42. Watching all of those frizzy haired moments live from New York in the 70s gave me all the feels. What a profound time to be in this city and what a fantastic time for comedy. I'm so drawn to barrier breaking performances, design, music. I can't imagine how exciting it would have been to be part of all that.

And in addition, to know in your heart of hearts that you are only meant to do one thing, and one thing only. Gilda was performing from early childhood and there was never any question about what she would be. I have a deep respect for that one track mind/mission. As someone who has flip flopped and back when it comes to career, I truly wish there was that "must do or die" thing. I know that's not an easy path but at least it's resolute. I'm a bit bored of my wishy wash. 

I'm sad Gildna isn't around to make us laugh anymore. Her path was not without struggle and ultimately ended in tragedy, but man did she burn bright, and her legacy continues to mean something with Gilda's House.  Guess it's a bit like Neil Young said- it's better to burn out than to fade away. But I would have loved to see what she did next. And for women everywhere that realize it's not only perfect looks that make you irresistible,  Gilda is a shining example of making the world better through laughter. G-d bless Gilda. And G-d bless the frizzy haired, elegantly wasted, heady days of the 70s. I remember as a little girl watching them go by and wishing I could be a part of it all. My uncle used to let me watch SNL when I was super wee and I was wide eyed watching how cool they all seemed. They still do.

Cause that's what's up this it's always something and if it ain't one thing, it's another kind of Thursday in the 212. Yours, in Roseanne Roseannadanna. XO

A little old school Summer in a bottle

Good morning, Tuesday. It's less than lovely outside, again. Still my mind surges to Spring and Summer and at least this way we have a few moments to prepare. My clothes are still in storage but can't wait to be barelegged again. A girl can dream.

And speaking of warmer weather, I've recently revisited an old favorite scent of mine, Jil Sander Sun. I have a long and illustrious history with this one- I believe I discovered it in my 20s on a trip to Amsterdam and fell madly in love with it. It's the perfect beachy blend with some citrus, vanilla, and spicy bits.  On a sleepless night last week, I discovered it's still available and it came in the mail yesterday. Oh and fun fact- the nose behind this one is Pierre Bourdon, a a favorite of mine who is responsible for the delicious Frederic Malle scent, Iris Poudre, which I happen to be wearing right this minute.  That's for all you perfume nerds out there. 

And I still love it the most. It's a perfect summer fragrance, it lasts all day, and it makes me nostalgic in only the best of ways. I highly recommend this well priced fragrance for a little taste of beach weather. I know I'll be rocking this one all Summer long. It goes perfectly with rose, tan feet, and sand.

Cause that's what's up this sunny (perfumewise) kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in summoning the beach gods by proxy. XO

Designer Spotlight: Simone Rocha

Good morning, everyone. As I posted on Facebook, today needs to be cancelled. It's absolute shite outside. I'm soaked. Still. I am desperate to get back in bed.

But alas. I can't. And neither can you most likely. And on a whole other note,  we've all been noticing the state of fashion as supremely f'ed at the moment. With the exception of Gucci, I cant' really think of any designer making real waves. Ok, maybe Off/White, but other than that, it seems fairly treacherous out there.

And for me, it's sad because I truly, madly, deeply love clothes. I appreciate them. I respect them. I love wearing beautiful clothes. So a little trip into Simone Rocha in Soho yesterday almost had me in tears. I am such a huge fan of this Irish designer who won the British equivalent of the CFDA and is simply a genius. Her aesthetic is often noted for it's femme meets tomboy appeal, and needless to say, that's completely my cup of matcha. Her clothes move me. Truly. The dark, romantic vibe soothes my soul. PS- she has an all female studio which is most unusual, and she also was trained from a young age- her father was a designer in his own right and her mother is often by her side. Her sense of narrative is stellar when it comes to storytelling. I'm smitten. Oh and of course- gobs of black. And modesty. I LOVE the modesty of these stunning pieces.

I discovered her awhile ago and first saw her pieces in person at Dover Street Market and flipped OUT. I love the volume, the structure, the drama of the construction. The clothes are intellectual- smart but not stuck up. At some point I must own a dress or two. So incredibly fabulous. And on a rainy day, I need a little boost. Thank goodness fashion can generally get me out my funk. Watch this awesome studio visit film here.

Cause that's what's up this rainy Monday in the 212. Yours, in beautiful clothes. XO

What's it all about, Bubby? My reluctant love affair with grandma shoes

Good morning, Wednesday. It's getting warm in the city and I'm feeling uplifted. I need bright light n the worst way and am looking forward to some sunshine daydreams. That's a Grateful Dead reference for those not indoctrinated, but for those who know- you know.

Anyhoo, old lady shoes. 

Now that I'm no longer young enough to ironically dress like an old lady, I ponder this trend. First, ain't no way you're gonna see this Maven in a dad sneaker. That's not happening. Please Lord let this silly as s trend go away. It's gross. And only cute on girls from Tokyo. And that's a fact. 

So the other day I was walking my neighborhood and found my way in Meg, as one often does when on Atlantic Avenue. Meg has my number and then some- they feed my dog endless treats and have kept my dress and jumpsuit needs met over the years.  So I came across a pair of black patent sandals that felt, well, there's no other way to put it really- Bubbyish. And since I pretty much loved my Bubby Betty more than any human, I decided channeling her would not be so bad. I'm not sure she'd wear these, but these sandals do conjure up a geriatric moment. And whether you have a bubby or an abuela or a grand mere, these are old lady shoes. And I think I love them. What's happening to me?  Perhaps I've become smitten with the whole Advanced Style moment of culture or perhaps- gah- I'm just getting old myself.

I picture these with all of my Summer dresses, and with jeans too. They're by About Arianne and they're just the coolest.They are beyond comfortable, they are from Spain, and they are certainly not sexy. Not at all. But are they? I'm vexed. But I had to have them. Perhaps you too are embracing your inner Bubby. I've taken to wearing her ring of late, so maybe that's what this is about. I'm worried that my husband is going to give me side eye when I rock these, and I promise not to wear them with a rolled down knee high. But a little sock? Perhaps, my friends. Perhaps. I will admit a weakness for a sensible shoe of late. After all, life's painful enough isn't it? 

Cause that's what's up this advanced style moment of a Thursday in the 212. Yours, in old fashioned chic. XO

Available at Meg

A little more on simplicity...

Good morning, Wednesday. It's another yucky day weatherwise and really all I want to do is get under the duvet. Has anyone noticed a huge uptick in anxiety? I'm seeing it all over the news- from Carson Daly to Kendall Jenner to The Rock- everyone seems very anxious. Even Kyle on TRHOBH last night had a panic attack. Yes, we can blame Trump for some of this, but these here are anxious times.

Yesterday I posted about how much I love and crave a more stripped down approach to dress, even if today I am rocking a print dress with birds all over it. :)

I think in such anxious times there's something so appealing about order, quiet, and ease. So even though today's not technically a throwback day, I have to shout out this beautiful portrait book somebody bought into my office today, of Gap portraits from the past. I so miss the golden days of this classic American brand (as I've said a million times right here)- and the beautiful, quiet portraits in the book took my breath away. One of my favorites is this one of Shalom Harlow. Sure she is so very young here but you could put her in that same outfit today and she'd still look incredible. It's true she has super genes, but that's not the point- classic, simple, dialed in. Completely age agnostic. And completely in step with today's wild times. And although I take great glee in Gucci's fashion carnival approach, I do so love the feeling of a basic moment. It's top of mind as the times continue to challenge all of us, and as fashion has lost touch with modern life.

One of my friends wrote a great piece about the rise of a more utiltarian/outdoorsy approach to fashion which, quite frankly, will never align with my tastes. I'm not a girl who's going to wear a Patagonia jacket. Or a hiking boot. I'm not a hiker. I never will be. Well, never say never but there are some things I just know.  To me, that feels very mass where somehow the perfect tee shirt does not. I can still shine through in a tee shirt, without looking like I'm headed to some grown up version of Outward Bound. Not. For. Me. I guess my own version of "functional" is a bit more akin to city life than mountain life so there you have it. 

So a classic wardrobe of jeans, white button downs, grey sweatshirts, and a few other staples? I think I could go to there. And back to that anxiety thing- it certainly would alleviate the morning huff and puff breakdown of what shall i bloody wear? 

So yea, I guess basics are top of mind. I just wanted to share my morning inspiration in the face of so much meshugas in the world. Let's take it down a notch people. Shit's getting a little too real. 

Cause that's what's up this dreary morning in the not so basic NYC. Yours, in an unplugged approach to dress. XO

Back to basics: 5 must haves for basic b's

Good afternoon, Tuesday. It's just shite outside. Freezing. Awful. Rainy. Ughs.

But the view from my laptop is lovely because I've been exploring a theme that comes back into my life from time to time and that is the notion of basics.

Of late, I've been wearing more prints, brighter lipstick, a general uptick in a more maximal than minimal vibe. But I still love to strip it all down and when I'm feeling a bit hari kari in life, I like to unplug. Retreat. Strip it all down. So it's no surprise I'm craving the very least when it comes to feeling the very most. We've all been there, and with the world and life and whatever else in constant panic mode, I'm hitting the off switch and powering down for a minute. Here's some stuff I'd take with me on that journey to nothingness:

This fisherman sweater from the very new brand Entireworld,  from the former Band of Outsiders designer. I love this American Apparel feeling, super minimal collection of elevated, wear anywhere basics. And I love a summer sweater for chilly nights sitting on the beach. Because in my mind, when all else fails, there are beach vibes. And that's what I'm looking to channel right this very moment. From midtown. Whatever. You get it.

This cute Urban Renewal white jean- loved the frayed edge, perfect with the above sweater. All good. Love these with a navy tank or tee for that Jane Birkin je ne sais quoi moment.

This nail polish from YSL in Beige Leger  is barely there. And it's beautiful. So in the mood for this with a bit of a tan. 

This Christophe Robin low shampoo/cleansing mask  is genius. I love using it- you rinse it in and out 3-4 times and let your hair dry naturally for that perfect crunchy wave. I personally hate "perfect" hair and love the unmussed chic that this gentle cleanser provides. Great for color treated hair. Great for girls with texture who want to embrace the wave. Strong yes on this, friends. Must have.

Oh and these sneaks from Rag and Bone are a down low dream. Lest you feel they are a bit too bare,  you get two free velcro letters to customize them. I had to have them. They are mine. I love them. And I'll be rocking them all over town, my "S" and "R" in tow.

And maybe you're wondering why I'm not showing a bag in this lineup? In my version of unplugged life, I'm not carrying one. Too many metaphors and such. :)

So there you have it, a must have list for the minimalist. Wondering what you're craving of late, but for me, it's most likely back to basics. Cause that's what's up this not terribly basic kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in picking up stuff to pare it all down. XO

Honestly, though. Some thoughts on Vogue's branded gear

Good afternoon, Thursday. Snow's in the rearview and hopefully we can set our sights on actual SPRING. 

So here's something- has anyone else been noticing the ridiculous amount of Vogue collaborations happening? I've seen them partner with Splendid (which seems odd) as well as Birchbox for a limited edition box handpicked by their beauty director. In addition, there's Urban Stems for floral arrangements and a coterie of other schwag available on their site. It's so funny- Vogue has always been such an authority- I realize we live in different times now but when Vogue would tell you to buy a pair of pajamas or frequent a florist, you would. Now when they tell me to buy stuff they actually collaborate on, I don't want ANY OF IT. It just seems so damn cheesy. It's like glorified gift with purchase vibes. Yuck.

Maybe I'm hardwired differently than a millennial, but I find all of this really tacky. I know younger folks need to read Vogue, but not sure taking cheap shots at them is the way to do it? Does this stuff sell? The least offensive offering is the Birchbox, which to me somehow seems slightly ok because there's a very curatorial/editorial approach to the product selection whereas the other stuff feels like cheap trade show merchandise.

Sorry. Me no likey. How do you feel about it? I'd love to know. Oh one thing- I do love these espadrilles from Soludos though- on Vogue's site as a collaboration and kind of lovely. I like that you would never know they're Vogue branded. And they're cute.

But in general- no to a big honking logo like this Hood by Air disaster. Oy. The sentiment is probably correct but a hard no on that. Cause that's what's up this well branded Thursday in the 212. Yours, in what in the world is Anna thinking? (Hint: Money and desperation). XO

Maven retail alert: The Hourglass flagship is the most when it comes to makeup

Good morning, Monday. It's a cold day in NY again and I can't believe snow is coming this week. Crazyyy.

So yesterday found me in Soho of all places and got to do a fun window shop as well as pick up a few fun makeup things from Hourglass. I have always been a huge fan of this makeup brand and think their Veil Mineral primer is in my product top ten of all time. It's beautiful and makes your makeup look ten times better than it would alone. I also have always been a fan of their red lipstick- I love that one called Icon that is a red that is flattering on most skin types and lasts FOREVER without feathering or decomposing. Nothing worse than a decomposed red lip. You ladies know what I mean. 

So back to my little pop in yesterday. There's an Hourglass flagship on Crosby Street right by Bloomingdale's that makes you happy to be a woman. I walked int to the beautifully lit store looking for some new eyeshadow and came out with a few more things. A lovely woman asked if I needed help and then asked if she could put some makeup on me. I know- we all fall for that. It's like candy. Or crack. I can't resist a little touch up/pick me up. PS- retail junkies- this store IS STUNNING and super Instaworthy. That wall of lipsticks is so cool.

But what I loved about this experience was the care. It was not a rush job in any way. Four of us were lined up in front of big mirrors while we got glam. There was a woman from England with the creamiest complexion, a mother and daughter experimenting with highlighters, and makeup free me- rarely do I put anything on on Sunday. So my girl got to work and gave me the loveliest glowy cheeks and prettiest neutral eye. And a gorgeous red lip that felt more Spring than Winter. I just loved the experience and if you live here or are planning a trip to New York soon, you must check out this store. It's the loveliest and the products are so worth it. They also have some services like a keratin lash lift where your lashes stay lifted and lovely for 6-8 weeks. Who wants to try with me? 

Here's a few things I love from the most recent collection:

This palette is neutral and pretty yet deep. Love the way you can experiment and take your eye from neutral to smoked out. Long lasting and all day durable too.

This highlighter stick is magical- use a small brush with it and dab in the corners of your eyes for a brightening effect and use your fingers along your cheekbone to light up your face. I love glowy skin so this had me at first cheek.

This new primer helps blur- a trend in primers of late- think primer +. I love the consistency- goes on like silk and really sets the stage for makeup and you really look lit from within. So great.

And this lipstick is small but it's mighty. Nice pigment and nice lasting power that stays creamy and never gets dry.

 Bonus if you get the lip fix product before applying- winter dry lips are no joke. This one has a touch of Icon, my favorite shade. So good.

So that's my little shop round up from yesterday- saw some fun stuff in Soho and was nice to stroll around, even if the wind was coldddd. Still feel lucky to live somewhere where going for a walk is so very entertaining. Expensive in this case, but oh so much fun.

Cause that's what's up this well made up Monday in the 212. Yours, in retail therapy, alive and well in Manhattan. XO