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


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‚ÄĚ, it‚Äôs 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‚Äôre 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: Miansai, Giles 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‚Äôt found a place to obsess over until now.¬† With NYC nail art prices upwards of $50 for a manicure (and that‚Äôs 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‚Äôre like me and you lean towards a boho chic style, the Kimono is the perfect accessory for day and night ‚Äď 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


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. a_4x-vertical Get her look:   unnamed1   Giove Dual – Intensity Eyeshadow (new for summer 2014) | Via Veneto Larger Than Life Eyeliner

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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 Р- 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 ‚Äúa bra that Corrie likes to expose to the world.‚ÄĚ 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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Top: Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie

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Vest: Levi’s Denim

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and our playdates…

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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


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