Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Light Layers

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Vest: Intermix (in charcoal) | Sweater: Theory | Denim: Paige | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (less expensive alternative) | Handbag: Tiffany & Co c/o | Hat: Hat Attack

Hi from Seoul, Korea! So sorry I haven't posted in the last two days. I came home from my best friends bachelorette party in Miami, unpacked and repacked, slept for two hours and got back on a plane to head to Seoul for another 24 hours of traveling. The last few days have been a whirlwind, but as soon as I shut this computer down, I'll be hitting the sack and getting a good nights rest.

xoxo,
Helena

Photos by Keith Hodne 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dressed Down Weekends

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Shoes: UGG c/o | Pants: Rag & Bone | Sweater: Vince | Handbag: Celine | Hat: Preston & Olivia | Watch: Hermes via The RealReal

A few weeks ago, during NYFW, I took over the UGG instagram account, to share what comfort means to me during that hectic week. A few images included some of my favorite things like taking my dogs on an extra long walk, stopping  by a favorite coffee spot or wrapping myself in ultra-luxe robe after a hot shower. 

It was during that week that I first wore these little lace-ups, first to take my dogs on one of our lengthy dog walks and since, I've worn them over two dozen times. On this particular day, Keith and I took our dogs to the park and then treated ourselves to lunch at Bar Tabac, one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn and my favorite way to spend the weekend.

Hope you all have a great one!

Photos by Keith Hodne

This post is in collaboration with The Creative Council by UGG Australia

Shop Inspired with eBay

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^^Pointy toes + animal prints (the leopard pair is my best friends). Especially love with a monochromatic outfit for the perfect pop.4e
^^His & hers. Being married to a sneaker head, it's possible Keith has more shoe boxes than me. 3e
^^Always a sucker for leather sleeves, especially when they're on a classic trench. This one is Elizabeth & James and from last year.
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^^Two of my favorite things in the world: chanel and pizza.

For anyone who has been following my blog for some time, might know just how big of an eBay shopper I've been for pretty much the last ten plus years of my life. I've gotten some incredible gems from there, including vintage Chanel bags (and pins), to designer shoes to some beautiful art that hangs throughout our entire home. So naturally, when I had the opportunity to collaborate with eBay on one of their latest projects, it was a no brainer. One of the purposes of this project was to snap anything that I find inspiring, from street style, to specific accessories or just the city around me. Based on this inspiration, eBay has created a Shop Inspired Pinterest board where they're making everything shoppable! You can check that out here.

*Disclaimer: the above items are not necessarily all items I've purchased from eBay (although some are), but part of their shop inspired inspiration.

Last but not least, if you post a photo of something that inspires YOU on instagram with the #ShopInspired hashtag, you'll have the chance to win a trip to New York City during the 2015 fashion week + a $1,000 shopping spree on eBay. Would love to see some of your inspiration so hope you share! Good luck!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Visual Inspiration

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For as long as I can remember, I've always been into inspiration boards. As much as I love Pinterest, there's just something about having the actual photos in front of you. Whether it's a vision board of goals you want to achieve (big believer in this), or fashion inspiration from the latest fashion shows (which I also, always print out), having the images physically there cannot be beat. Before the start of each season, I always print out a bunch of images of looks I want to put together or pieces I'm coveting. It gets my creative juices flowing and I swear, I truly feel I'm better at what I do because of it. I've been using the Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One printer to print out these inspiration photos. Aside from using it in the way I'm speaking of, it can be used to print out photos of your friends, family, travel..etc. We've become such a digital society, that I love getting into the habit of printing actual photos. This printer has made it so nice to have that option right at your finger tips. Icing on the cake: you're able to print out your photos wirelessly, from any room in the house (from anywhere to anywhere!) by downloading the free PIXMA Cloud App on your mobile device.2e
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In the past few months, I've printed out a bunch of inspiring fall images: camel coats, long vests, capes, cozy sweaters, etc.. and created my own looks based on my surrounding visual inspiration.Yes, I can certainly login to Pinterest, but for me, it's not the same thing. I'm also not the most organized person and can sometimes be all over the place, so this makes my thought process so much more streamlined.
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 ^^full post here^^
I put together this outfit and the outfit below, based on images I printed out and have hanging at our studio space
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^^full post to  come^^

To learn more about the Canon PIXMA MG7120  and the PIXMA Cloud App visit Canon on Facebook  & Twitter.



Monday, September 22, 2014

Tuxedo Dress

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Dress: Monica Rose for Lovers & Friends (unfortunately it's sold out. here's a sleeveless white version)| Shoes: Christian Louboutin 'Impera' | Necklace: Dylanex 'Sienna' | Watch: Submariner 

Photos by Keith Hodne

Friday, September 19, 2014

On the Go

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Blazer: Express c/o | Jeans: Express c/o | Scarf: Zara | Hat: Hat Attack | Boots: Saint Laurent | Tee: Vince | Handbag: Givenchy

Although I love living in Brooklyn and wouldn't want it any other way, it requires some strategic planning when I'm heading into the city for the entire day. Unless I get a ride in with Keith in the morning (he works in Tribeca and normally drives in), I normally take the train in and then am usually on foot for most of the day. As incredible as it is to live in New York, it can be a very "schleppy" lifestyle. No car to throw your stuff into between errands and always carrying around a ton of bags, whether it's purchases for shoots, returns, a change of shoes for some evening plans, etc..

It's dressing for those kind of days that I struggle with the most. Outfits that are stylish, yet comfortable and can also get you from chilly mornings or intensely air-conditioned subway cars to a significantly warmer afternoon. This type of outfit has become a go-to uniform for those kind of days, plus I'm still ready for work meetings that come up. Comfortable jeans, a blazer (recently got this one from Express - love it!) a hat, which is the perfect solution when I'm too lazy to wash my hair. #truth

On a different note, so happy it's Friday! Tomorrow is my best friends engagement party and then we head to Miami on Thursday for her bachelorette party. The level of excitement that I have going on is on another level!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Photos by Keith Hodne

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Over the Knee

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6e Shirt Dress: 10 Crosby Derek Lam | Boots: Balenciaga (similar) | Sweater: J Crew | Hermes Watch via The RealReal | Bracelets: Miansai, Gorjana | Clutch: Clare Vivier (and the new suede version)

Tis the season to bust out my favorite boots. Some of you may recall the original story: I saw Geri Hirsch wearing them at a dinner we attended and after that, stalked them for 5 months on eBay (they were already a few seasons old at that point). Then, the stars aligned and I found them in the middle of the summer for $400!!!! They originally retailed for about four times that price, so yea, it was one of my proudest eBay moments.

I also want to take a moment to talk about my other latest score, a Hermes bracelet/watch that I found on The RealReal. The site has really become one of my favorite places to browse while I'm drinking my coffee in the morning. So much good stuff.

PS: Hair update: my natural base color, which I've been growing out for what seems like forever, was finally long enough to get some natural blonde highlights added in (also got some damaged snipped off). That was my original plan: highlights on top of my natural color, instead of the double process that I was involved in for so long. It's been such a frustrating journey of me feeling 'frumpy & dumpy' the darker my hair got as it grew out, but knowing that it was going to make my hair healthier and easier to maintain, I stuck with it. I feel like I'm finally entering a good place and hoping it will only look better from here on out. This is just a little summery, but I promise to give a complete hair update/story soon since so many of you have been asking. In the meantime, let me know if you guys have any questions. I'll be happy to answer below!

Photos by Keith Hodne