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FashionChaps Challenge


A month ago Chaps reached out to me with a style challenge — seeing that I now have a separate blog dedicated just to my personal outfits, I obviously could not say no. This spring, Chaps is all about two closet staples that every gal should own — the cardigan and the capri. How very Audrey Hepburn!

Of course the two items would go perfectly well together by themselves but as a city gal, I wanted to create both a weekday (fashion forward) and weekend (totally relaxed) look out of the pieces. See below how I styled the classics in my own way!


Accessories, Eco & Organic, Fashion, Jewelry, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: ELK Jewelry

elk necklace

Accessories, Celebrities, Fashion, Jewelry, New YorkIwona Ludyga Designs

Iwona Ludyga Wide Nude BraceletBeing on a rather tight clothing budget (yay, tax month!), I’ve decided to invest in jewelry as a way to change up the outfits I have. We’ll see how this plan goes, but so far, it’s opened my eyes to a lot more great jewelry designers. My latest subject of intrigue? Iwona Ludyga Designs.

Several of this Polish designer’s delicate yet eye-catching pieces were spotted on Olivia Wilde this month both on the street and at the Marie Claire April Cover Party. I love that each necklace, earring, bracelet or ring is both delicate and quirky, which makes them great for adding a colorful, eccentric touch to an otherwise classic ensemble. They also layer well, and can be used to dress any outfit up or down without looking gaudy.

Currently, I’m debating snapping up a Tribal Wide Nudes Bracelet (above) or a few Fleur Noir Rings, which I wish I knew about years ago when I was looking for a unique, twig-like wedding band. But there are so many other great pieces to choose from — all of which will be a hit year-round.

Iwona Ludyga Designs is available online at or in select stores nationwide.

FashionObsession of the Moment: T+J Designs Blue Crystal Spike Necklace

t+j designs Blue Crystal Spike Necklace

Accessories, Fashion, Los Angeles, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Stone and Cloth


FashionObsessed? You’re Not Alone


When my partner-in-blogging-crime Connie came up with the name “The Daily Obsession” for our site seven years ago, I had some reservations about the name. “Are you sure it doesn’t sound like a creepy guy peering at you from around dark corner,” I asked, “maybe waiting to attack with the latest airbrush foundation?” As it turns out, my girl was way ahead of her time as these past few years we’ve seen more and more columns pop up on other blogs and magazine sites utilizing what is apparently fashion’s favorite word — obsess. Last week, The New York Times even published an article on the history and evolution of the word, which of course I paid particular interest to and found fascinating. In other words, I was obsessed with the article about being obsessed!

So…”when and why did this verb, which once connoted a serious psychological disorder, become hijacked by the fashionable young women (and a few men) of America?” Read on to find out!

(Image: Johanna Goodman/ NYT)

Fashion, New York, ShoppingChristina Caradona for Valentina Shah

valentina shahIt’s always fun to see a fellow blogger snag a modeling gig with a cool brand. In this case, I’m referring to actress, model and Trop Rouge blogger Christina Caradona, the new face of Ready to Wear designer Valentina Shah‘s Spring-Summer 2013 collection, which debuted this month.

Already seen on celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Cindy Crawford, Valentina Shah clothing is an sexy hybrid of old world beauty, inspired by Valentina’s days in Rome uncovering her grandmother’s vintage pieces, and modern chic, likely inspired by her 10+ years as a fashion executive. I was immediately drawn to this collection — her second thus far — because of its timelessness and versatility. READ MORE

FashionThe Perfect Chambray Shirt

ChambrayBefore even hellos, I blurted out”I love your shirt!” to Caroline, the lovely PR girl showing me the latest in Paterson J. Kincaid. And the subject of my admiration was the perfect chambray shirt, with   descriptors like “just the right amount” of fade, slightly structured but not too structured, and with slight boyfriend appeal, thanks to the dropped shoulders. Part of The Man Repeller’s collaboration with PJK, the shirt is versatile to be worn in man-repelling ways (like say, if you wanted to wear it Texas Tuxedo style with more denim) or in man-attracting ways (to a spring music festival with loads of jewelry or with a pencil skirt to the office for more casual days.) My favorite detail of the shirt are the the beaded “friendship bracelet” style ornate cuffs. You can get your perfect shirt here.

Accessories, Fashion, Gift GuidesHave a Dandy Valentine’s Day

Dandy DetailsWhat do the Grammys, Downton Abbey and Valentine’s Day have in common? That’s right: Dandy details! This Valentine’s Day, take a cue from Justin and Jay-Z in “Suit & Tie” and let your man get dandy. Try pairing one of these gentlemanly accessories with a dinner out (or request a private fashion show, if you know what I mean):

Gallant & Beau London Customized Dandy Box Set — As TDO’s Kathleen recently said, every dude needs a pair of socks. I couldn’t agree more. Inspired by “the original ‘dandy’ Beau Brummell,” these socks are the perfect excuse to experiment with color. And, for $48.50, you can customize your own box (shown: Sloane Red, Westminster Black and St. James Red). READ MORE

FashionTDO Interview: Allison Williams

Allison Williams photo shoot

As you may already know, Girls star (and my personal beauty crush) Allison Williams is the new face of Simple Skincare, and honestly I can’t think of a better person for the job — her vibe is totally in sync with the holistic approach of the beauty brand and well, her skin is just amazing. Next week Allison will debut a new nationwide TV ad for Simple but you can already get a preview of it on Simple Skincare’s Facebook page. I’ll never tire of seeing her on screen!

I was also given the amazing opportunity to chat with Allison over the phone for an interview for The Daily Obsession. Read on below for skincare and wellness tips from Allison (obviously I’ve already started incorporating all of them into my own daily routine). READ MORE

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