Dolce and Gabriella

Little thoughts from the Big Apple


Quick fixes

Do you have certain combinations that you turn to again and again when getting dressed? I definitely do. My go-to errand-running outfit is a men’s sweatshirt (likely stolen from my man, otherwise thrifted) paired with cutoffs and some sandals. Did I mention I took these photos by duct taping my iPhone to the wall? Girl needs a tripod.

photo2Hanes sweatshirt, Forever 21 cutoffs (similar here), Blowfish sandals (similar here), thrifted IIIBeca West Broadway satchel (on sale at Gilt right now)

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Half up/half down is the style I turn to when I haven’t brushed my hair in a while. I gather hair from the front into a little ponytail, twist the ponytail a couple times, and secure the twist with a bobby pin.

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This time I also threw in three colored bobby pins. I’ve seen them all over Pinterest lately and decided to make my own by painting the flat side of bobby pins with nail polish–this is Tart Deco by Essie.

It took me approximately eight minutes total to get ready today. I love having go-to pieces and beauty tricks that make it easy to get out the door. What are your five-minute fixes?

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Pattern Play Tuesday

Good morning!

I’m very, very picky when it comes to patterns. I’m a snob about stripe widths and polka dot placement. Most florals I don’t like, and don’t even get me started about plaids.

My wardrobe is probably 95% solids, which is why everyone acts really surprised and impressed when I show up wearing something patterned. I picked up this dress at Goodwill before I left California…I’m not crazy about the print, but I thought for $6 I could give it a shot. Based on the compliments I’ve gotten today, I think it’s a success! Maybe I should wear prints more often.


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Krina Zabete for Target dress (found at Goodwill), Dolce Vita boots on sale at Nordstrom, H&M sunnies (buy here)

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Dolce Vita boots…half off at Nordstrom right now!

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H&M sunglasses I got on Saturday in Soho

Too bad I’m not getting to use my new sunglasses yet. It’s been raining since Monday morning in NYC. Cross your fingers for sunshine soon– this California girl needs some Vitamin D!