New York Fashion Week Spring 2014

I’ve narrowed down my top 15 favorite shows from New York’s Fashion Week presentations. Additionally, I’ve chosen my top five looks from each collection. 

After choosing my picks, I realized the range of styles that I am in to represent the many sides of me personally- I love being able to dress to fit my range of moods, whether that is buttoned up proper, edgy, tom boyish, or all girly girl glamorous.

There were quite a few that deserve an honorable mention, like Adam Lippes and Josie Natori but for now lets focus on the following:

1. Herve Leger – feminine with an edge, sexy but not overtly so.

2. J.Crew –  Staying true to their roots with classic shapes, yet creating a newness with color, prints, and textures (and  a longer hemmed skirt). Not to mention the shoes this season deserve a show all of their own. Perfection.
3. Reed Krakoff – Truly understated elegance. Romantic, feminine, with a touch of sport for good measure.

4. Rebecca Taylor – Interesting fabrics like a surprising sheer panel here and there, and leather with laser cuts. Clever layering creates completely inspiring wearable looks. 
5. Alexander Wang –  Inconspicuous sexiness pours through every design, as if the wearer is not trying at all – something most people aspire to.
6. Jill Stuart – Crop tops, full skirts, leather, bold shoulders. Black and White. Basically not basic.
7. Mara Hoffman One for the lover of life. Colors and prints with a tone of easy breezy ‘on a holiday’ elegance.
8. Noon By Noor – Glamorous and all woman. Floral appliqué, full skirts, jumpsuits, long pencil skirts in rich luxurious leather. Pretty feminine details like a jeweled embroidered neckline, or a fitted-to-the-wrist sleeve add to the refined and polished nature of the collection.

9. Nicole Miller Unexpected cuts and frills and beautiful embroidery. Romance, meet edge.

10. Carolina Herrera–  Supremely feminine, figure flattering, flowy fabrics juxtaposed by an angle or a bold line to add visual interest. Something for everyone in this collection, some pieces could be worn to the Oscars, and others to a garden party.

11. 3.1 Philip Lim – Stunning shapes including the rounded ‘cocoon’ shoulders and short kimono sleeve, along with many iterations of the print that was inspired by a mineral formation that occurs in nature at a certain moment in flux, called a ‘geode’ (according to

12. Christian Siriano – A palette of sunny colors and patterns inspired by a trip to Mexico, Siriano has created just the right mix of newness and unexpected to keep things fresh in this collection, while making the cuts and dress draping truly honor the female form in a classic way.
13. Bibhu Mohapatra – Accents and embellishments, whether they are jewels, flowers, or geometric patterns – make each piece in this collection a work of art. Simply dreamy.

14.  J.Mendel – Simple and understated shapes with richly opulent fabrics make for a completely wearable (and majorly drool-worthy) collection.

15. The Row – What Mary from Downton Abbey would be wearing if she lived today. Gorgeously crafted fabrics, laser cut, crochet, sheers, worn at a chic mid length hemline.  
Which are your favorite shows and looks?

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!