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I have a thing for collecting coffee table books – and I don’t even have a coffee table. Whether they be fashion, entertaining, decor or art related, they get me every time. It wasn’t until we moved into our NYC apartment that I started to truly collect them. I love the way they look when they’re layered or stand alone with a beautiful candle or decor placed atop. And while sometimes these beautiful books can be a bit costly, think of it as an investment in your home – the place you spend your quality time. If you can’t see yourself spending more than $50 on a book, then search for them on places like Ebay, Amazon even your local thrift store – I found one of my favorite decor books at a thrift store for all of $6! Read on to see my list of my top ten favorites..

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Photos by Curt Rogers | Location: Midtown East

Jacket: Nasty Gal // Jeans: DL1961 c/o // Top: J. Crew // Sneakers: New Balance c/o // Sunglasses: Henri Bendel c/o // Watch: Reebok Vintage Nerd // Bracelet: Lera Jewels c/o // Earrings: Kate Spade // Bag: Henri Bendel c/o

Let me just tell you, when we planned to shoot this look it was supposed to be in the 30′s (woo, heat wave!) and not mid-blizzard. Well, we live in a 5th floor walk up, so lets just say, the pictures were happening at that moment or not at all. While I like to think this is sporty chic, Curt said I look like I’m going on a field trip..whatever that means. 

It wasn’t until we started spending a lot of our time in NYC that I realized my love for comfortable sneakers and New Balance has easily become my go-to for sneakers that are still fashionable. I decided to pair them with one of my favorite Winter pieces from Nasty Gal (which is on major sale) – along with my back pack, watch and boyfriend jeans. I guess I can see why Curt thinks this is my “field trip look,” and if that’s the case, then I guess I’m going on a field trip everyday.

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Sorry for the hiatus on the blog. We’re currently working on a whole new lay out, so the focus is on that at the moment! I had to come back for a quick post regarding New York Fashion Week, which took place this past week. It was such an exciting and exhausting week, but I’m always grateful to be apart of something I’ve admired since I was little. This time around I was lucky enough to act as E! Style Collective’s NYFW correspondent where I highlighted some of my favorite shows HERE. However, with this particular piece, I took readers into my NYFW survival guide – and while some things are not shown here, these were the essentials and you can shop them for yourselves below!

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Bag: Henri Bendel (that also worked as a back pack – life saving!) | Sunglasses: Blood & Tears (blue), Blood & Tears (black), Henri Bendel (brown) | Eye mask: Henri Bendel | Eye gels: Skyn Iceland | Lips: Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana | Watches: Reebok Vintage Nerd

See more of this piece on E! Style Collective with tidbits from my friend’s Lynsey of Tomboy KC and Lara of Pretty Connected.

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