Fall Maxi

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For me the term maxi dress was usually defined as a summer fashion staple until I came across this amazing buttoned lace maxi. Paired with a black tank dress and wedge heels, the maxi dress or skirt are a must have for your Fall wardrobe.

This sheer and flattering cut makes it perfect for layering over any look from head to toe – denim, leggings etc. Its also an outfit you can take from day to night.

It’s the ideal  piece for the boho chic girl.

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Later that night…

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Maxi Dress (similar): Free People | Handbag: Chanel | Tank Dress: BCBG   | Shoes (similar): Jessica Simpson | Bracelets: Nordstrom (similar) BaubleBar | Handbag: Prada

Until Next Time,

Corrie

 


Currently Obsessed Food: Blue Apron

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If you don’t already know about Blue Apron then I’m just going to go ahead right now and say “you’re welcome”.  When my boyfriend and I moved in together back in April, Blue Apron was the first purchase I made.  Yes a meal  delivery service and not a piece of furniture was the first thing that I bought.  Crazy I know but it really has made cohabitation that much easier!

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Blue Apron comes down to 4 simple things:  Original Recipes, Fresh Ingredients, Flexible Plans, and Convenient Delivery.  The recipes are easy to follow, 500-700 calories per serving, and repeatable since you are left with the printed recipe cards to save and reference later.  The ingredients always arrive fresh and are pre-portioned to reduce waste and save you time searching for that rare and hard to find ingredient in the grocery store.

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Blue Apron recommends meals based on the preferences that you select and you can adjust your plan to weekly, bi-weekly, or at random based on your schedule.  The ingredients are delivered to your door in a refrigerated box so it’s as simple as setting up your account and then coming home to a delivery to enjoy.  It’s $9.99 per person per meal, so for us this works out to $59.95 per week for 3 meals that serve 2.  This beats out any trip I’ve ever made to Whole Foods by far.

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Blue Apron does require some work so be prepared to chop, prep, and cook.  We’re definitely learning and expanding on our cooking knowledge :-)

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Here are some favorites from the past few months – Chicken Thighs with Caramelized Fennel & Onions & Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Harissa-Spiced Lamb Burger with Roasted Carrot Fries, Filipino-Style Beef Picadillo & Jasmine Rice, and Pan-Seared Salmon Over Whole Wheat Israeli Couscous.

And now for the best part, leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a free week of Blue Apron meals. Include your name and email address for a chance to win. Click here to see if your home falls within the Blue Apron delivery zone (they ship to 80% of the U.S.).  Happy cooking and eating!

Until Next Time,

Gabby


My Holiday Weekend via Instagram

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This year we spent our first Labor Day Weekend with Estee at one of our favorite vacation destinations – Palm Desert, California.  Here’s a quick snapshot of the long weekend at La Quinta Spa and Resort with one of my favorite blogger friends Stylin By Aylin.

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Bikini Top: Urban Outfitter (similar) Bikini Bottom: Urban Outfitter (similar) | Strap Wedge Shoes: Keller | Playsuit: ASOS (similar) | Beach Throw: Lucky (similar) | Denim Shorts: Rag & Bone (similar)

Aylin:

Shorts: Anthropologie | Clutch: French Connection | Shoes: Sole Society (similar) | Bikini: Victoria Secret | Swim Cover up: Nordstrom (similar) Tank: Anthropolgie | Beach Sandals: Tory Burch

Until Next Time,

Corrie


Our First Road Trip

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When planning our first summer with Estee we knew that we wanted to explore new destinations as a family and include all modes of travel.

One of those places on our list was the Outerbanks, NC.  We announced our pregnancy around the same time last year in Charleston,SC (check out post here), and thought it would be exciting to travel to the other side of the Carolinas.  While many families rent homes throughout the OBX, we decided to check out The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC for a long weekend.

Approximately 8 hours by car from Brooklyn, The Sanderling was an amazing beachfront property with multiple pools, tennis courts, restaurants and spa.  Its also within driving distance to local shopping and dining.

Take a look at the scenic views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound…and of course our little angel.

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Until Next Time,

Corrie

Jumpsuit: Vanity Room (Similar) | Top: Revolve (similar)   | Pants: ASOS  | Lipstick: Buxom | Eyeliner: Nars | Blush: Benefit | Foundation: Nars


His Suit Bespoke

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I think that we can all agree there is something very sexy about a man in a well fitted suit. While it’s easy to buy “off the rack”, it’s very much a rite of passage for the well-dressed man to go bespoke.  My man recently rewarded himself after getting a new job with a new bespoke suit.  I tagged along and learned that getting a custom made suit is both about the experience as well as the finished product. IMG_3744 2 IMG_3634 IMG_3671 IMG_3649

Sebastien Grey is located on 24th street in Chelsea between 6th and 7th avenues and is by appointment only. The vibe is very much English Sartorial, perhaps why it’s the go-to tailor for my boyfriend a native Englishman.  Once in the consultation you can choose every aspect of the suit before going for the all-important measurements. IMG_3602 IMG_3605 IMG_3615 IMG_3626 IMG_3643 IMG_3644

First we selected a fabric from many different options and price points.  Of course my advice was key here and who are we kidding A.P.S has been dying to make his debut on CORRIEGABS so he was more than willing to cooperate!  After this, every conceivable detail of the suit is discussed from button holes, monograms, venting, pocket detailing and lining. Sebastian Grey has a multitude of choices that are made in the relaxing environment at the rear of the shop with its Union Jacks, homages to Savile Row (the Mecca of bespoke tailoring in London), and the suiting heyday of Madmen.  Post consultation an expert tailor takes all the necessary measurements to ensure the perfect fit. From here the suit takes approximately 3-4 weeks to be constructed and a second appointment is made for the initial fitting. IMG_3661 IMG_3750

Here are some tips to consider when going bespoke:

1.  The beauty of bespoke is there won’t be any other suit exactly like it, so make it reflect your personality and add unique details based on the end use and/or occasion.

2.  Arm length is key.  A good fit should show between half an inch to an inch of your shirt cuff.

3.  If it’s your first bespoke suit go for a versatile fabric.  A suit that can work for big meetings as well as weddings and formal occasions will be well worth the money and turn into a solid wardrobe staple.

4.  If it’s a day to day suit ensure you have enough room to move freely. While a slim cut creates a great silhouette, it won’t feel great when you’re on the move all day from meeting to meeting or even seated at your desk.  Look for some freedom and give yourself a little room to maneuver.

Stay tuned for Part Two – initial fitting and final result!

Until Next Time,

Gabby


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_3782 IMG_3785 IMG_3797 IMG_3858   IMG_3838 IMG_3873 IMG_3876IMG_3903 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

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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


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