Cobble Hill Cool

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Just a simple look I wore to visit my favorite ‘blog-daughter’ in Cobble Hill, BK.  I’m loving Club Monaco this season, especially their dresses which are so easy to create an effortless look around.  Check out another favorite CM dress that’s been in heavy rotation here.  I also can’t seem to get enough of my trusty Rag & Bones, one of the best shoe investments I’ve made in terms of cost per wear although I have to admit that Estee has me thinking that sneakers may be the way to go.  Dare I try to pull off a pair of Jordans?!

Dress: Club Monaco | Boots: Rag & Bone | Bag: Prada | Sunglasses: Prada | Bracelets: MiansaiGiles and Brother, and Vita Fede | Ring: Catbird

Photos By A.P.S.

Until Next Time,

Gabby


Currently Obsessed Beauty – Paintbox NYC

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I’ve been obsessed with nail art for some time, but I haven’t found a place to obsess over until now.  With NYC nail art prices upwards of $50 for a manicure (and that’s on the low end), unfortunately the salon environment has not evolved with the growth of the trend and rising prices.  Believe me I’ve tried all of the usual suspects and no one place has been consistent enough to command my loyalty but that all changed when I stepped into Paintbox.

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For starters the space is absolutely gorgeous, immaculately decorated, and spacious.  Paintbox has really cracked the code in terms of what the busy New Yorker is looking for in terms of style and convenience.  The salon curates editorial nail looks seasonally in order to develop a lookbook that covers off on the latest trends to inspire clients and help them decide on a design.  All designs can be done with traditional polish (they carry Chanel, Butter London, and Deborah Lippman to name a few); as well as long-lasting Gelish gel polish.

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I’ve been to Paintbox twice and both times have had a great experience from start to finish.  My first manicure lasted 3 weeks and I could have easily gotten another week out of it!  The best part is that any gel design is $65 including tax!  No surprises and no charges for gel removal, design per nail, or for each individual color/decoration like you see at the other salons.  I highly suggest that you head over to paint-box.com and book an appointment ASAP.  You will not regret it.

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Oh, and yes they do have a ‘mani-cam’.  Just one more thing to love…a complimentary picture snapped right after your service and emailed direct to you for sharing and uploading…the mani ‘selfie’ made easy :-)

Until Next Time,

Gabby


The Kimono

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My new favorite summer trend for 2014 is my Kimono. If you’re like me and you lean towards a boho chic style, the Kimono is the perfect accessory for day and night – whether with a LBD or distressed denim shorts and a tank.  For those who love their cardigans and denim/chambray shirts, the Kimono is a great addition or replacement.

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The Kimono designs are bright, colorful and made with light material. I love my Kimono so much that I am already on the hunt for another one – as a bikini wrap for our upcoming vacation trips!

Kimono: ASOS | Denim Shorts: Rag & Bone (Similar) | Tank: Nike  |  | Lipstick: Buxom | Sunglasses: Cole Haan

Photos by E.V

Until Next Time,

Corrie

 

 

 

 


The LBS

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IMG_3876I recently learned that the LBD has a seasonally on-trend cousin, aptly named the LBS. I love a good acronym almost as much as I love a Little Black Sundress. This is currently one of my favorite versions and the key selling point is how easily the LBS can transition from day to night. Case in point I spent this day exploring my new neighborhood and grabbing brunch with friends. We all know how easily weekend brunch can turn into drinks which can then turn into dinner.  I decided to dress things up for the evening by trading in my flats and throwing on a pair of heels. Now you know the secret behind what’s in the big bag…a change of shoes!

Dress: Club Monaco | Shoes: J.Crew and Zara (old) | Sunglasses: Gucci (Similar) | Bracelets: Giles and Brother (one, two, three), Vita Fede, and Miansai | Bag: Prada | Lipstick: NARS

Photos by A.P.S.

Until Next Time,

Gabby


Blue Mood

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I’ll admit that I do tend to veer towards safe neutral colors when it comes to my wardrobe.  Black, white, and grey tend to be favorites because I know that I won’t hesitate to put them on and feel great no matter my mood.  Every now and then I’ll walk into a store and a bright tone will lure me in.  That was the case with this dress.  I literally walked into J.Crew and saw the dress out of the corner of my eye.  I grabbed my size and was in line purchasing it within minutes.  Sometimes you see something and you just know.  Anyway, I’m loving the look and foresee it being a wardrobe staple this season.  The dress is a clean silhouette that makes for a put together look that is extremely comfortable to wear.  The cool and breezy fabric is perfect for Summer and it gets bonus points for having pockets (a dress must in my book) making it all the more fun and easy to put on.

Welcome Summer…I’m ready for you!

Dress: J.Crew | Shoes: Zara (old) | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Jewelry: Giles and Brothers Bracelet and Cuff | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Photos By A.P.S.

Until Next Time,

Gabby


2014 Met Gala Spotlight

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Last night’s Met Gala brought out the best of the best in fashion – but no one did it better than the one and only Sarah Jessica Parker.  In her   black & white Oscar de La Renta dress and 1950′s inspired look, she definitely left an impression for all of us on the red carpet.

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Get her look:

 

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Also had to feature one of my favorite style icons of the moment: Cara Delvingne in Stella!
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Until Next Time,

Corrie


Outfit Interrupted: The Bralette

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I’ve always been a fan of the bralette – - even before I knew there was a formal name.  Little did I know what a staple it would be in my Spring wardrobe rotation.

In preparation for Estee’s 100 Day Party (a significant milestone in Chinese tradition where you celebrate the first 100 days of a baby’s life), I not only needed to find Estee a cute red dress for the occasion but had to get into pre-baby weight in order to fit into a black jumpsuit that I purchased while I was pregnant.  The jumpsuit had deep-cut sides and a split back with button and zip closures. This loose fitting outfit is meant to be worn without a bra, but there was no way I would be able to pull that off.  A bralette was necessary and the search was on for the right style and fit.

There are many definitions to the bralette – a bustier, a lightweight piece of fabric or as my friend calls it “a bra that Corrie likes to expose to the world.” Either way, there are a variety of ways to wear the bralette for a flirty yet sophisticated look.

Here are a few of my favorite styles…

Prints: This is the leopard print I paired with my black jumpsuit(similar)!  I did not intentionally match Estee’s outfit with my bralette but it worked out nicely!

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Lace: The most popular look.  I love the pop of a bright color to enhance the look.  Pink is my favorite!

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Cotton Criss Cross Strappy:  I’ve made good use of this style.  These are best worn underneath a loose fitting tank or romper.  It peeks out and adds a little embellishment to the top.

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Until Next Time,

Corrie


The Last Two Months via Instagram

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Estee is now 2 months and during this time we have experienced so much as a duo, such as co-existing under one roof as a family of three, meeting new and exciting people in Brooklyn and enjoying overall mommy/baby bonding time.

Here’s a quick instagram recap of mommy/baby time:

Attempting to get mommy back to pre-baby status with Aynsley Kirshenbaum (Baby Bootcamp) and Mama Bears Picnic Yoga

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Eating out together at our favorite places: Morgan’s BBQ and Joya.

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Vest: Levi’s Denim

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Quality time with daddy – out & about

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Estee’s Announcement!

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Until Next Time,

Corrie


My Favorite Version of a “Branzino” – Chinese Whole Fish

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The post-pregnancy phase is one of complete joy and amazement. However it does come with a few downfalls such as the recovery process and most importantly shedding the extra weight that for whatever reason I thought would miraculously disappear after the baby was born.

Giving birth in January mixed with this Polar Vortex has had me cooped up indoors for the last 6 weeks.  This has not helped with my figure – - but I have  been trying to squeeze in the gym 3-4X a week.  Thankfully, my mother is nearby to release me from mommy duties for an hour while on maternity leave.

In addition to working out, I have been trying to eat better testing out new healthy recipes. One in particular (one of my healthy favorites) is my mother’s Chinese whole fish. She’s been making this for years and is it not only simple and delicious but goes well with other dishes.

Most people are familiar with  the European version of a Branzino – however the Chinese version is steamed and served with traditional ingredients such as ginger, garlic and scallions.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 (2 pound) whole white fish (such as sea bass or porgy), cleaned with head and tail intact
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon of sliced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 scallion, white and light green parts only, julienned
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable or olive oil

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  • Rinse the fish in cold water and dry
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Place fish and in a shallow dish and place on top of stainless steel steam rack in wok or stir fry pan (while most people don’t own a bamboo steam basket – this is an alternate option)

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  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of ginger on top of the fish (the ginger adds flavor and removes any excess fishy smell)

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  • Pour just enough water into the wok for steaming (make sure it does not touch the dish)
  • on medium heat – steam fish for 8-10 minutes until the fish skin flakes
  • In a separate pan, combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and scallions and saute for 5-7 minutes, without browning the garlic
  • Once fish is done steaming, take combined sauce mixture and pour over fish
  • Let sit for 5 minutes and serve

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Enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Corrie


The CORRIEGABS Fall 2014 NYFW Round Up

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Fashion week is coming to a close and after spending our time pining away after the fashions seen both on and off the runways we are ready to share with you the run down of our favorites. We curated a list of our top Fall RTW collections across the spectrum of the affordable (we use that term quite loosely) and the probably won’t be able to purchase in this lifetime (but a girl can dream can’t she).  Enjoy!

Gabby’s Picks

Victoria Beckham

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Ladylike, Sophisticated, and for lack of a better word Posh.  This season Victoria Beckham kept the momentum of her brand going by continuing to evolve classic silhouettes into modern works of art.  With a palette of primary colors (predominately black, white, and red) with a few rare patterns mixed in; VB continued to prove that simple can be better even when brands are competing to stand out in such a crowded forum.  This collection definitely won me over as did her family sitting front row.  This post would not be complete without a shot of Harper and Becks…candid is an understatement :-)

Rebecca Taylor

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I love this collection because it’s rare that you see things come down the runway that you could easily incorporate into your everyday wardrobe.  I could picture myself in each look whether it be at the office or for a special occasion.  My style tends to fluctuate between feminine and edgy on a daily basis and so the combination of flirty lady-like dresses with more masculine cuts for vests and coats was my perfect combination of hard-hitting with the right amount of softness.

Corrie’s Picks

Alice & Olivia 

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I was impressed with the vintage looks from the Alice & Olivia show and their princess fairy tale theme which featured a modern day Snow White as part of the ensemble.  The collection included lace, velvet and dark jewel tones paired with masculine themes like tweed and denim.  Also, another highlight (and I can’t believe I am even saying this) the resurgence of the Hilton Sisters out and about again…and of course my girl crush of the moment Jamie Chung.  Check out her Instagram photo of Snow White from the show.

Prabal Gurung

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This season’s runway collection speaks to my fashion taste of style and comfort.  I love his use of dark color palettes paired with a variety of scarves, wraps, sashes and turtlenecks. Also the touch of fur paired with chiffon microskirts and strappy heels completes the ideal look.  Gurung set the bar for designs that are classified as contemporary, stylish and interchangeable from day to night.

Stay tuned for a recap of the beauty trends seen on the runway — coming soon!

Until Next Time,

Gabby & Corrie

Photos Sourced From: Splash News and NYMag


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