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Velvet is the new Black

Last night with Natalie Zfat at the Lafayette 148 store opening. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
Last night with Natalie Zfat at the Lafayette 148 store opening. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Last month, I had a pair of midnight (ahem, “galaxy blue“), velvet pants ordered for an event my friend Natalie Zfat was hosting at Lafayette 148 at their new store opening in soho. At the time I thought was I really losing it wanting velvet pants? And then somehow in the past two weeks I’ve seen non-stop articles — even from Vogue on how it’s the hot new fall trend. I’m so glad I chose them since literally from the moment I put them on yesterday, I had compliments at every show, sidewalk and restaurant I went to asking where they were from. Usually Lafayette 148 is my go to for great basics, but this season they have some really amazing statement pieces that I’ve been eyeing. The new store is beautiful, and had me eyeing these red patent leather flats (aren’t they gorgeous!?) and Infinity Cuff bracelet that may need to be my next splurge.

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Outfit details:

Lafayette 148 Rivington Velvet Ankle Pant in Galaxy Blue

Bebe Diamond Mesh Inset Crop Top

Boohoo Oversized Shirt (similar different print)

Henri Bendel Uptown Blocked Satchel

Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed-Toe Suede Pumps 

Ray-ban Tortoise Blue (exclusive to Sunglass Hut)


This outfit was perfect for the Lafayette 148 store launch party since yesterday was one of those full, morning to night New York Fashion Week days filled where I had no time to go home in between. This outfit took me from day to night (I had a black crop top under my long sleeve top and makeup to intensify the look in the evening). The black suede pumps  and velvet pants really tied everything together and I love how the pants look almost navy or black in dark lighting and then in the sun really lighten up. They are also available in black and I’m hoping they’ll make them in their signature cabernet color as well. I would be totally down for some burgundy velvet pants! I’m clearly having a 90s moment. And props to my Henri Bendel Uptown Blocked Satchel bag for being able to hold my life in it. I had two books, my camera, 2 gift bags in addition to my phone charger, wallet, makeup case… the usual necessities in it.

Check out the new Lafayette 148 store in soho at 423 Broome Street, NYC

Twirling in Ella Moss


Outfit Details:

Ella Moss Tadala Flared Sleeve Crop Top

Ella Moss Tadala Skirt (similar)

Soleurs Alice Polarized Sunglasses

RumbaTime Orchard Gold watch

Henri Bendel Enamel Bangles (similar)
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One of my favorite looks from this weekend was this Ella Moss Talada top and skirt (it’s not a dress!) which I got so many compliments on. Part of the fun of being in the Hamptons is getting to dress all fun and in vacation attire. The movement of this two piece exudes my excitement to be out east, shoes off and surrounded in green! I also brought out some new accessories starting with these Soleurs Alice Polarized Sunglasses. I discovered the brand a few weeks ago during this years Blogger Bash and actually won the pair (I never win anything!). I’ve been wearing cheap sunglasses mostly from Perverse whose styles are so fun but the quality is very limited past how fabulously fashionable they look. Switching to a polarized, lightweight pair of sunglasses made everything so crisp. I want them all!

Super Saturday


Yesterday, my friend Lorna from thefabulousreport.com and I drove to the Hamptons to celebrate Super Saturday in benefity of OCRFA. I’m usually out of town for it so this year I marked my calendar weeks in advance. OCRFA is the largest global charity advancing and advocation for ovarian cancer research. Their Super Saturday event is a daylong shopping event that brings top luxury brand names in fashion, accessories, beauty, children’s, and home at major discounts with all the sales from the day going to the cause.


Theodora & Callum scarf dress (similar)

Kate Spade Cameron Street Byrdie Bag

Perverse Fresh Clubmaster Sunglasses


Hosted by Donna Karen, Gabby Karen de Felice and Kelly Ripa, it was a beautiful day, filled with food, drinks, carnival rides and of course stellar shopping. So needless to say, I felt completely guilt free over all my splurges. Especially considering the day raised about $3.5 million dollars for the cause! I went double time at the Henri Bendel, LeSportsac, Jill Stuart, Nicole Miller and surprisingly Talbots booth. I snagged so much fun stuff! And Charlie made the Henri Bendel instagram page!

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I have to admit though I didn’t make it to every booth. I was a little distracted with all the rides and whenever I bring Charlie anywhere I spend half my day meeting people and being asked a million questions. Plus having only one arm to shop is a good way to control my spending habits. Other activities included making your own flower crown with B Floral. I went with a white assortment to match my outfit but they had so many beautiful flowers for guests to choose from.


It was a beautiful day to be apart of and I’m already excited for next year. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. xoLara

Easy Breezy in Free People

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It’s been a hot week! I wore this Free People dress yesterday not even thinking I’d turn it into a style post but was so overwhelmed by the compliments I got on it I thought I’d share the details. Especially since it’s on mega sale and I’m having a major moment for all things off-the-shoulder and dresses that have pockets! It’s on sale from it’s original $98 price tag on Bloomingdale’s website for $49.99 and Macy’s has it in white for $59.99! Also the dress comes in white!!!  I’m thinking I may need a second for all the scorching days to come! I’ve also been rocking my new Soho Backpack from Henri Bendel all week. Now that Charlie is in my arms all the time backpacks are my world!

Summer Whites + Henri Bendel Giveaway


{Romper: YA Los Angeles Floral Printed Jumpsuit ($27.99) from Shoptiques | Bag: Henri Bendel Beekman Satchel, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Seeall Clear Heel Sandal (similar)}


Whether you’re one for tradition or not, Memorial Day unofficially marks the beginning of white season. Now the fashion industry and whole ‘winter whites’ rivals this whole theme that began sometime in the late 1800s/early 1900s (no one really knows). The connotation being that white was for leisure, while dark clothing was for working people. The shade would dominate through Labor Day when it was then a faux pas to wear white after. Or so the socialites of that time would have you think — not Coco Chanel, she famously wore white year round. Although we all know she was ahead of her time.

Henri Bendel Launches New Fragrance Suite 712

Henri Bendel 712 fragrance

Launching in May, Henri Bendel will debut their first fragrance since the retailer announced last spring that they would no longer carry 3rd party brands (including beauty) and exclusively sell their own brand of fashion accessories.

What’s Coming to Henri Bendel’s


You all know nothing thrills me like a Henri Bendel’s preview! Well I got a sneak peek at some of the fall/holiday styles a few months ago and the good news is the wait is over! Some of these styles are already here and the rest are tickling in over the next few month for the holidays. Take a look…

First look: Henri Bendel Summer 2014 Preview

20140124-090652.jpgWhenever I attend a Henri Bendel’s preview, the Blaire Waldorf in me can’t help but get a little gitty inside. Launching this summer from April through June, here’s a sneak peek at some of the accessories to come. We have their classic West 57th Satchel in a million colors (it’s the perfect cross body tote!), perforated clutches, and a whole lot of

Great Last Minute Gifts for Under $100

gift guide under $100

In the 11th hour, here are some great picks all under $100!

Great Last Minute Gifts for Under $50

holiday gifts under $50

With Christmas less than ten days away, we took the guesswork out of finishing those final gifts, all for under $50!

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Kit ($25) – Why it’s a great gift: These pencils glide on so easily and have a beautiful wet metallic finish. Easy to apply, this kit is a great value set and features 5 Pixi eye pencils (all in different colors) as well as a sharpener.