NOTEPAD NO. 26

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While I am typically more of a dresses and skirts kind of girl, I simply had to have this red bow jumpsuit!  It is the perfect modern meets feminine piece. This post was from June of 2016.

Question: What are some of your favorite quality bags priced under $200? Specifically, I am looking for something that I can wear to work as well as can carry on the weekends.

Answer: Cuyana has been a brand that I have trusted for quite some time, and the structured tote they release last year is at the top of my list. It is well made, has a great shoulder drop, and is the perfect size for someone looking for a true carry all. MZ Wallace’s quilted tote, while a bit more casual, is one of the more popular bags in NYC. It is lightweight, easy to clean, and over time, wears in beuatifully. If you aren’t necessarily looking for a tote, I love this ring bag! Another great place to look for a deal on a bag that will really last is The Real Real. This one, this one, and this one all caught my eye, are in great shape, and cost under $200. If you are interested in a stripe or something a little less conservative, I love this blush colorblock tote (that is under $30!) and this stripe tote is cute as well! To add a little more organization to your bag, especially inside an open tote, adding a felt bag liner can be a live saver. Personally, at the under $200 price point, I would rather focus on a top quality bag the cost has gone into the material, make, and construction, versus the interior details. Add a liner after the fact. Plus, it makes it easier to move everything from bag to bag!

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Speaking of jumpsuits, this off-the-shoulder stunner may just make its way into my closet!

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl

NOTEPAD NO. 25

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Pink party in Bermuda! This post was from my first time on the island nearly two years ago. We made this fun video!

Question: What has been your most rewarding experience having a blog?

Answer: I don’t think I have just one. This blog has brought me so many amazing experiences I will never take for granted. The opportunity to become an entrepreneur and own my own business, ability to network with incredibly creative people, travel the world, and gain access to a parts of the fashion business I never thought possible (despite having been in the industry as a merchandiser for ten years) are the few that immediately come to mind. The internet, social media, and radical transparency have completely re-shaped what many felt was a very closed-off industry, and now, all of a sudden, I feel like I have a front row seat. Over the eight years of running Atlantic-Pacific I have met so many incredible people who challenge me, champion for me, and inspire me. Many I am now proud to call good friends. These are people I never would have met had I not started. So, the short answer is that the people I have met, have, and will continue to be the most rewarding experience for me.

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I’m loving this striped one-piece. Shop more of my under $100 spring picks here!

“Nobody’s perfect, and our fondest memories of anyone are of the amusing ways they proved it.” – Robert Brault

NOTEPAD NO. 24

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From July of last year, hanging at one of my favorite SoHo coffee spots ‘Once Upon A Tart’. If you are ever in downtown NYC you must stop by. The flourless chocolate cake is amazing!

Question: Who are your style icons?

Answer: Hmmm So I don’t have one singular style icon. I would say there are many fashionistas I admire for different reasons. I adore Audrey Hepburn for her poise, grace and femininity. Sienna Miller for her laid back, casual sense of style. I am also totally here for Celine Dion’s style comeback. I also admire all my fashionable friends who make me think differently about clothes, how to wear them and overall what fashion means. Chloe always keeps it interesting and is never afraid to take risks. Tamu loves color and layering just as much as I do and nobody does it better than her. I am constantly looking for inspiration from fashionable ladies and gents who share my taste, but also the creative geniuses who don’t. I see fashion as an art and therefore you can constantly learn and be inspired by those who push boundaries and try new things, even if their style and tastes are different from your own.

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I am always in the mood for a dramatic top and this polka dot beauty is high on my list for spring!

“Bring the past only if you are going to build from it.” – Doménico Cieri Estrada