Oh hello!

I know, I know ... I've been seriously MIA! My daily work life has been cray cray, which left little time to post. Now that some major client planning and presentations are behind me and I can get back to normal working hours, I'll be able to follow a regular posting schedule.

You have no idea how excited I am to dive back in and give this blog the attention it deserves! There will be much to share in the coming weeks - home design projects, building a summer wardrobe for work, my skincare routine, touring BK's popular neighborhoods, and some great eats in Brooklyn and beyond. If you have any post requests, please leave them in the comments and I'll add them to the list.

In the meantime, I wanted to share something with you. In between some seriously long nights in the office I was able to have a bit of a life, so here's a sampling of what I've been up to over the past few months:

Was honored by Black Enterprise magazine (Top Women in Advertising and Marketing)

Celebrated my 34th Birthday at Crosby Bar in The Crosby Street Hotel (gosh I'm getting old!)

Treated myself to a gorgeous fuschia 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel and haven't stopped wearing it since. They no longer carry this color, but they do have one in Coral.

Took in a Knicks game @ MSG, seated in the Sports Illustrated box (awesome view of the court!)

Checked out Court Street Grocers in Clinton Hill - home of the best Turkey Club sandwich in the nation (it did not disappoint)

Had Brunch at BK hotspot Peaches Hothouse ... definitely have to make it back for dinner since I failed to try the fried chicken.

FINALLY learned how to properly sear scallops, a new staple in my home cooking arsenal.

Saw the highly accomplished and incredibly inspiring Judy Smith, inspiration for ABC's Scandal, speak at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit.

Witnessed the doctoral hooding of my phenomenal line sister; so proud of her!

Acquired a massive amount of beauty products from attending several magazine beauty award presentations. I just may do a giveaway in the near future.

DKNY A/W 2013 Collection

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It is extremely rare that I see a designer's full collection and become obsessed with every look that comes down the runway. That is exactly what happened to me yesterday when I watched the livestream of the DKNY Autumn/Winter 2013 runway. I kid you not, I plan on purchasing EVERY single item from the collection. Coats, pants, jackets, dresses, blouses, shoes - you name it and I will buy it. I'll have to do a lot of saving and make sure I stick to my diet, but I will have all of that in my closet come fall.

You can view the full DKNY collection on Style.com. Some other favorite shows from NYFW so far: BCBG Max Azria for my urban boho moments and Prabal Gurung for modern militant glam (very different from PG collections past.) I've pinned images from these and other collections on my Runway and Editorial Pinterest board.

What are some of your favorite collections this season?

All photos via Style.com.

Lust List 2.6.13

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As I enter my mid-thirties I'm ALL about proper skincare. I don't have any wrinkle problems right now and probably won't for a long time (thanks for the great genes Mom!), but my pores are more noticeable and I've always fought with post breakout dark spots and hyperpigmentation from eczema. I've immersed myself in all the knowledge I can gain from the This That Beauty crew (I swear Felicia Walker Benson is my skincare fairy godmother), the Style and Beauty Doctor and other skincare experts to build a regimen that will address my skin issues and get me the perfect skin I crave. My routine includes a multitude of products at different price points purchased at drug stores and specialty stores like Sephora. These are some of the luxury products that I hope to eventually add into the mix, budget permitting of course!

1. Amore Pacific Luminous Effect Brightening Serum | 2. ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Creme Supreme | 3. ReVive Defensif Renewal Serum | 4. Creme de La Mer Moisturizing Cream | 5. La Prairie Cellular Resurfacing 3-Minute Peel

NY Fashion Week A/W 2013 Digital Guidebook

New York Fashion Week begins this week!!!

Can you tell I'm excited?

Designers will be debuting their Autumn/Winter 2013 collections at Lincoln Center, MILK Studios and other locations around New York City from February 7th through Valentine's Day. And while they're prepping looks for the runway, the fashion glitterati have all been prepping themselves and their wardrobes for hitting the sidewalk in their most photo-worthy looks. I'll be attending the Academy of Art Student Show on Friday, but will have to resort to digital methods to keep up with all of the other shows. Here's my 'must follow' list as a guidebook for the digital fashion week experience.

Livestream The Shows

  • Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is partnering with Rightster to livestream EVERY show from LINCOLN CENTER this season for the first time on newyork.mbfashionweek.com and via their facebook page.
  • First Come Fashion livestreams a great selection of shows, including many of the top designers and the most buzzworthy of the up-and-comers from the tents and other locations. Click over to firstcomesfashion.com to sign up and join the viewing party
  • CatwalkLive - See the full livestream calendar and get links to all of the livestreams by clicking over to catwalklive.tv. You can follow them on twitter for reminders and to the minute updates.

Up to the Minute Coverage

  • Style.com - The epicenter of Fashion Week coverage, Style.com has it all - photos, reviews, video, street style snaps - as soon as it steps off the runway. Bonus? They issue a gorgeous print edition once the show season is over.
  • The Cut - NY Mag's fashion dedicated blog does a fantastic job of curating looks from every runway show, showcasing the best street style looks for each day, and providing (sometimes snarky) commentary on all the goings on on and off the runway. Unique content like NYFW 'day-in-the-life' posts by fashion editors and buyers is an added bonus.

Instagrams From the Front Row (and behind the runway)

  • Leandra Medine | Manrepeller covers all things fashion and humor on her account, from outfit details to behind the scenes at the hottest fashion industry events. If you want to view NYFW through the eyes of an insider, this is the account to follow.
  • Rachel Roy often shares images from her office/showroom and her personal life. Follow her during fashion week for behind the scenes of the development of her line and the production of her fashion show. She also supports fellow designers so expect surprise guests from industry friends like Ted Gibson, Andre Leon Talley, Donna Karan, Bobbi Brown, and more.
  • Prabal Gurung is such a warm, gracious character and that comes across in every instagram post he uploads, whether it be family, friend, or fashion related. That only makes it easier to call him one of my absolute favorite designers ever. For sneak peeks at his lie and behind the runway shots, follow him immediately. Added bonus? You can follow his tumblr blog for a full access pass behind the scenes at his studio leading up to the show.

Tweets from Fashion Mavens & Media

Have any suggestions on who else to follow for NYFW coverage? Let me know in the comments!


Jennifer Fisher's Chic SOHO Workspace

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When I came across images of the office of jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher, featured in the January issue of Matchbook magazine, I immediately pinned them as inspiration for what I would love to do with my own office one day. It has just the right amount of luxe and creative energy - elements I'm certain come in handy when you need design inspiration.

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Brownstone Ambitions

My dream is to one day own a Brooklyn brownstone  - a lofty one considering a 2-story home in Park Slope just sold for over $2 million! Despite the current marketplace, I've already started putting away my pennies to make that dream a reality in the next few years and filing away decor/renovation ideas for future inspiration. 

Given NYC's notoriously finnicky weather a true indoor/outdoor room could be an expensive undertaking to ensure the room stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but if I could get a room like the above it would be worth it. Could you imagine a  modern + rustic living area in the above space? Or a glamorous master bedroom? So many options to daydream ...

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Eclectic Traditional in Brooklyn

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There is a common mis-perception that moving to Brooklyn means more living space. You're less likely to live in a shoebox, but you're still living in a small space unless you're able to shell out the rent for significant square footage (some people dream of sugarplums, I dream of having a formal dining room one day.) I'm enamored with the design job Lonny magazine Editor in Chief Michelle Adams did for the Brooklyn apartment of Bryn Sanders and Arnel Andrada - perfect mix of style and function in a small space.

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Lessons and Growth

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2012 was an amazing year of transition for me. Over the past twelve months I ... 

... changed jobs to one that's even more demanding, but more fulfilling.

... turned 33 (yikes ... and 34 is around the corner!)

... was the Maid-of-Honor in my sister's wedding.

... welcomed a new nephew (now I have two!)

... had a couple of a health scares (nothing serious thankfully!)

... made new friends.

... set new goals. 

... fell in love with living in Brooklyn.

... just lived life!

As I look back, taking a year off from the blogging world was a good thing. It's helped me to focus on some things I needed to do for myself and given me a fresh perspective for what I want to contribute to the blogosphere. I was overly ambitious with my former blog (style+saveur), yet not ambitious enough. I have a career that requires the majority of my brain power and, as much as I love blogging, my priority is what pays the bills. On the flip side, I wasn't actively pursuing the resources that are open to me to keep the blog populated with fresh content and therefore stressing out about it. My own personal style has also changed, which definitely guides the content I want to create.  

After all the inner dialogue I decided to let style+saveur live as a testament to what it was, a lesson for me and an experiment in lifestyle blogging that generated some great content, and move on to create a new blog that was more reflective of the person I am now. Thus Living Chic in Brooklyn is born. Welcome to my new home.

This blog will be more personal than my previous space, showcasing items that inspire me across a variety of topics - fashion, home, food and travel. I'll also be highlighting my favorite Brooklyn places and spaces since that is where I spend most of my off-hours lately (I'll include faves beyond Brooklyn as well.) One note ... I will update as often as I can, but posting daily is not realistic so don't expect new content everyday or even every other day. No promises I can't keep!

Thanks for visiting and welcome again. More to come in the year ahead!