Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Up & Out

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Dress: Helmut Lang | Shoes: Christian Louboutin 'So Kate' (lower heel, budget friendlier version) | Trench: Zara (old) | Lipstick: MAC Red mixed with MAC Ruby Woo | Sunglasses: Celine 'Caty' | Bracelets: Miansai c/o, similar to cuff here,

The older I get, the more I gravitate towards classic items, often with a little city edge. Those are the items that are constantly rotating in my closet and that always make me feel the most confident and put together. Case in point: classic trench, black dress, pointy-toed pumps, your favorite accessories and a bold lip  (I find myself wearing a red lip a lot more in the fall and winter).

Just a little reminder to invest in good quality, closet staples. They're the items that will get you the most bang for your buck!

Photos by Keith Hodne


Monday, August 25, 2014

Crisp & Clean

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4_2e White jumpsuit: Zara (alternative option here & here) | Lace Bra: Similar | Shoes: Herve Leger | Earrings: BHLDN | Clutch: Vintage Chanel | Lipstick: MAC Red + MAC Ruby Woo

Picked up this jumpsuit when I was in Philly two weekends ago and had the chance to wear it to a birthday party over the weekend. The lace detailing in the back was added with a long line bra. I've recently discovered, they're really the perfect little additions to you lingerie drawer!
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A quick little stop-light snap, on our way to the birthday party!
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Photos by Keith Hodne

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Skirt: Tibi | Denim Jacket: Express | Booties: Mode Collective c/o | Tee: DKNY x Opening Ceremony | Lipstick: MAC Red x MAC Ruby Woo | Sunglasses: Oliver People's

Woohoo...the weekend is here! Wishing you all a great one!

xo,
Helena

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pattern Mix

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Dress: DKNY | Shoes: Christian Louboutin 'So Kate' | Bag: Vintage Chanel | Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo mixed with MAC Red (makes it a bit less matte)

I wore this dress to the DKNY MYNY event yesterday and since I knew I'd be running around all day, I paired it with a sleek, comfortable black bootie.  Later on for some evening plans, which also included a cab, I changed into these heels. Initially, I had on my black Jimmy Choo's, but decided to have a little fun with the pattern on pattern mix. Because...why not?

Photos by Keith Hodne


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MYNY {DKNY}

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With the launch of the new DKNY, MYNY fragrance, I was asked to share my New York story. For those of you who've been following this blog for some time, know that my story goes far back into the early 80's. After my parents immigrated here from Moscow, Russia, they ended up in Far Rockaway, Queens. That's where I spent my life from birth to early adulthood. This was back when the subway cars looked like this and Run D.M.C. (now considered the most influential hip hop group ever) was blasted on every corner of Queens. It was such a different city than it is today, neither in a good way or bad, just so different.

Till this day, no other place inspires me like this city. There's always something to do, no matter what the hour, always somewhere to go and always something new to discover. Below, sharing some recent snaps, strolls and adventures of the MYNY.
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The MYNY perfume that inspired this post. Wearing it with a DKNY x Opening Ceremony tee. 3e
Hanging at the Dream Downtown pool, on one of our hot summer days. 6e
Brunching at Cafe Gitane
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Feeling happy after bike riding through the city during Summer Streets. So much fun!2
{The beautiful Upper West Side} Earlier this year, I made a promise that I would really explore other parts of the city and not just my usual neighborhoods. Back when I was in college, I was interning at ABC Daytime and spent so much time up here. Now, I don't take advantage enough and been really trying to make a conscious effort to change that.
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Having a Whole Foods in Brooklyn, right near our work studio, has been the best! Love coming here to grab a healthy lunch and sit on the outside patio.  5e
A stroll through one of my favorite streets in the city, Sullivan Street in the West Village.  7e
A walk through Ruthy's Bakery in Chelsea. I have to admit, I've never tasted these actual cupcakes, but they sure are cute.
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xoxo,
Helena

Friday, August 15, 2014

Grey Matter

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Mid-Rise Denim Legging: Express c/o | Top: Express c/o | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Frames: Madewell (similar) | Nails: Deborah Lippmann 'Stop & Stare' | Lips: MAC Pink Nouveau 

After spotting a head-to-toe grey outfit in a magazine the other day, which also happened to incorporate a polka dot button down, I could not get the look out of my head. A few days later,  I popped into Express and pretty much found the outfit I stored away in my mental pinterest board. I love when that happens!

As far as the glasses, I normally wear contacts and sometimes do give my poor eyes a rest with my prescription frames, but in this case, these were simply an accessory. I couldn't resist adding them to top off this (mostly) grey outfit.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Summer is rapidly flying by, so really trying to make the most out of what's left of it.

Photos by Keith Hodne

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An Evening with Shan in East Hampton

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Last week, I had the chance to spend the day out in East Hampton. As a New Yorker, you would think I went out east from time to time, but the truth is, it was the first time I was there all summer. As soon as I stepped out of the car, I immediately felt like I was in a different world (in the best possible way) rather than a 2.5 drive away. I was there to celebrate the grand opening of SHAN, a Canadian company whose speciality is the creation and design of high-end couture swimwear, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for men and women.

 I first discovered the brand several months ago, when I was in Miami, bikini shopping with my friends. I already knew they had some incredible swimwear, but last week, I got to learn a little more about the brand and what they're really known for, which is superior quality, innovation, technique and luxury. Aside from having the most beautiful prints (and classic solids, of course), the pieces are infused with Lycra Extra-Life fiber, which is what really allow the pieces to maintain their original fit through everything we put our swimwear through: sunscreen, salt water, chlorine, oxidation and worst of all, sagging (is there anything worse than a saggy bathing suit butt?). They're truly pieces that will last you, season after season.

 I went home with a SHAN bikini of my own and excited to wear it to the beach this weekend!

more pictures after the jump and you can see more pictures from the event on their Facebook page.