All I need in summer is sun, the beach (or a nice pool :P) and being surrounded by flowers. Here's the look I chose for a brunch out with my cousin the other day in this lovely hotel.
I fell in love with this Zara blouse at first sight. From the cold shoulders to the ruffles, to the light pastel color, so perfect for summer. I admit I have been wearing it a little too often but I tend to obsess over my favorite pieces of clothing! I snapped these pictures the other day before a lunch date by the water with my brother :) I feel so lucky to be able to live on this beautiful island!
Bracelet: Dior - Bangle: Hermès - Ring: YSL - Phone case: Richmond & Finch
I've walked by this building hundreds of times and took pictures of it almost every time. I always thought it was a beautiful church since it even has a beautifully taken care of garden with gorgeous blooms and many very picturesque tables and benches and of course a fountain. That was until I actually stopped by and inquired. You'll never guess what this is: it's one of the numerous branches of the New York Public Library! Isn't this amazing? It made me appreciate this stunning building even more. No matter how well I think I know you, New York, you'll never stop surprising me!
Watch: Marc Bale (it's even on sale right now!)
My final day in the city was all about friends and good times! It started with the most delicious brunch ever at Ladurée in Soho with my girls Yana and Audrey. There I got my ultimate favorite treat: french toasts with raspberry coulis and rose infused whipped cream. If those sound like heaven to you, I can confirm that they really are!
Of course I couldn't leave Ladurée without a box of macarons to go!
After brunch and a little bit of window shopping in Soho, we headed to the upper west side. I love the vibe that the lush green spaces and renowned performing arts venues give to this area. The immaculate brownstones and impeccable storefronts lend this neighborhood a surprisingly village-like vibe.
My favorite shopping spots in the Upper West side are Century 21 and the Bloomingdales Outlet store. I always end up making one in a lifetime designer finds at ridiculous prices there! I love to go to Shake Shack if I'm ever craving burgers and yummy milkshakes and Levain Bakery's cookies are a must try if you're ever in this area!
My look for the day was edgy but comfy.
We wanted to get a couple of those delectable Levain Bakery cookies (the chocolate chip and walnut ones are my FAVEE!) but the line was insanely long! So we decided against it. When we got tired of walking and shopping around we stopped for cupcakes at Georgetown cupcakes. The perfect sweet ending to a perfect day!
My second day in the city was even crazier and jam-packed than the first one! It started with a pampering appointment at the CARAVAN Styling Studio, located at the Gregory hotel which is right around the corner from Herald Square. There I met up with Valerie, a beauty junkie and connoisseur who got me ready for the photoshoot I had planned in the afternoon by taking care of my nails, hair and make up.
Let me just tell you that she's simply amazing at what she does! I was in love with my braided hair and my make up never looked so good!
I really loved the quirky luxe vibe of the studio!
How fun are these fashion dollls from a New York city based fashion designer/artist??
Can you name them all? (Let me just tell you that I spent like an hour trying to!)
Nails were a struggle. I had been on a 5 hours flight then day before which really weakened my nails and a lot ended up breaking. So all my nails were different lenghts. But Valerie quickly trimmed them and make them look very cohesive! I chose white for my mani, which I think is a perfect color for spring and looks extremely good on a tan hand!
The space is filled with powerful positive messages just like this mirror art installation by Bottled Brooklyn which promotes self empowerment.
After a couple of hours I was fabulous and photoshoot ready! But since it was still too early i decided to shop a little bit and take care of the beautiful day by walking around the city.
Needless to say that this Forever 21 outfit came home with me!
Once again my favorite thing to do while walking around in the city is to look up.
But sometimes the cutest things are just right in front of you! Like, can we talk about this pastel pink Vespa and polka dot helmet?? #GOALS
After all this walking it was finally time for food! We stopped at 12 Chairs Cafe and ordered a feast for ourselves! Shakshuka with a greek salad, mini lamb kebabs, guacamole, french toasts and pancakes with fresh fruits and the most delicious fresh squeezed lemonade! Everything was absolutely amazing! I definitely recommend this spot!
After we got our energy back it was finally time to shoot my look. Loved the vibe of this hotel ever since I walked by it a year ago.
Coat: Shein - Sweater: Brooks Brothers - Skirt: Forever 21 - Bag and espadrilles: Chanel - Sunglasses: Rayban Clubmasters
A Dutch braid, a fishtail braid and two classic braids intersect to create this beautiful hairstyle.
Another Sunday, another beach day! Personally I can never get enough of white sand, crystal clear waters and rows and rows of palm trees, even after having lived here for almost 10 years on and off. Nothing beats this view. And of course what could look better on a golden tanned skin than white lace? The best way to make any beach outfit more interesting is to add pop of colors here and there: I chose a bright coral lipstick, a statement necklace and colorful flip flops and bag!
Beach bag: Victoria's Secret - Beach cover up: Alfani - Sunglasses: Ray Ban - Necklace: Zara
February flew by so fast with all of the fashion week chaos and here we are at the end of the month with another favorites post. I love to recap my most used items in each category every month because it makes me realize which products I really love and which buys were not so necessary after all. How about you? Let me know in the comments below some of your favorite products!
I've been in Guadeloupe for the most part of the month so my fashion faves are going to be beach essentials! Bikinis to be exact! These three are my current favorites and it's no surprise: I'm such a sucker for anything pink and sparkly, white and lacey and super colorful.
Having a candle as a beauty favorite may appear bizarre but just hear me out: these Lemon West candles are made of 100% pure soy wax and essential oils and they have become my guilty pleasure when it comes to moisturizing. Every time I hop in a bath I light one and not only they make the whole bathroom smell divine but when I get out I use the melted wax as lotion on my legs and arms. They are also vegan, toxin free and against animal testing! It really doesn't get much better than these!
Candles: Lemon West - Monogram mug: Anthropologie - Lipsticks: YSL Rouge Volupté - Lipstick organizer: Marshalls - Macaron trinkets: Urban Outfitters
It wouldn't be a favorites post without my most used lipsticks of the month. Living in the Caribbean I don't end up using that much makeup and only go for a bold lip and a little eyeliner most of the time. So I really have my fun when it come to switching up the colors and textures of my lip products. This month was literally all over the place with matte nudes and creamy corals and satin purples.
Pale pink lipstick: Giambattista Valli x MAC - Purple lipstick: Milani cosmetics 34 Violet Volt - Burgundy lipstick: YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats - NYX SMLC16 in Cairo - NARS Velvet matte lip pencil in Cruella - YSL Rouge Volupté 27
Life in the Caribbean is all about color! These were some of my most used accessories this month: every time I go out for a drink or to the restaurant with some friends I love to keep my outfit simple and monochromatic and simply add statement shoes and a killer bag!
Bicolor clutch: Céline - Flamingo heels: Sophia Webster - Pink Tumbler: Starbucks - Orange pumps: Dolce & Gabbana - Color block wedges: Giuseppe Zanotti - Orange mini crossbody bag: Céline trio small - Pink tote: Céline mini luggage - Pink and yellow pumps: B by Brian Atwood - Blue tote: Prada.
My fave purchase of the month were these white Nike Roshe. I am not a sneakers kind of girl but I've been wanting these for almost a year now so I decided to finally buy them and thank god I did! They're super comfy of course and make me feel super stylish while working out, which makes me want to work out even more! Apparently these are all the motivation I needed to work out regularly! :D
I just can't hide my excitement when it come to room decor. This month I switched up some of the prints on my gallery wall and rearranged the shelves in my room. I am thinking about adding some floating shelves on the wall next to my bed to create some additional organizing space. Maybe room tour coming up? :D
There not much to add to the title of this post really, it says it all. I can't believe I live in this paradise on Earth and I am grateful for every sunny day, every pretty palm tree, all the sandy toes and salty hair moments, the blue skies and even bluer water. So I just wanted to share a little piece of it with you and in an attempt to brighten your day a little bit, because there is just no way you could ever have a bad day here!
Top: Topshop - Skirt: Marshalls - Espadrilles: Chanel - Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM
Sunglasses: Ray Ban Clubmaster - Bracelets: American Eagle Outfitters.
Less is more they say. And there's nothing more simple and wonderfully chic than an all black outfit. The powers of a little black dress are endless and make it a wardrobe staple for every woman out there. This gorgeous Elly Pistol LBD is a lace dream come true. The sexiness of see-through panel on the top is balanced out by the absence of cleavage (it's actually a turtle-neck!) and length of the skirt and makes this dress very ladylike and sophisticated. I decided to pair it with big chandelier earrings, a bold red lip, fierce Rockstud heels and the little black Saint Laurent Cassandre monogram bag.
To kick off New York fashion week that officially starts today I wanted to thank you guys for your constant support and make you feel like fashion icons too! I am holding a giveaway on my Instagram profile where you could win this exact same dress I am wearing! Head over to @ShopWearRepeat to enter!
My first July favorite is the month of July itself! The summer is in full swing; you get to see beautiful fireworks on the 4th and it's my birthday month! It can't get much better than that, right? Well, I actually came across all these other goodies that I'm about to share with you that did make it even better! Let's jump right into it!
I just got these quirky and fabulous Sophia Webster Flamingo shoes on sale and OMG I am addicted you guys. I wore them a couple of times already and people always freak out over them and ask me if they can take pictures of them. I am so excited to wear them for fashion week in September too!
These gorgeous gold pieces of jewelry came with my Rocksbox and I could not stop wearing them all month long! I love layering dainty pieces and stacking them on my wrist, but I also love a good old statement necklace to pull together an outfit. If you guys would like to try Rocksbox out for FREE for a whole month just type in the code "sarahgallxoxo" at checkout! ;)
Here are some of my favorite gifts I got for my birthday! Kate Spade Polka Dot planner, Polaroid camera and Jonathan Adler Zebra jewelry dish (this one was on my wishlist forever!).
I finally changed the frame of this gorgeous illustration of myself from the uber talented Eleni from Fall into London and I'm obsessed with it! It's so fun and colorful, just perfect for summer!
I can't believe how fast this year is passing by! July is already here (and this gal is very happy because it's my birthday month! WOOT WOOT!!) and tomorrow is July 4th already! We all know what this means: time to lay back and enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors with family and friends!
This year I'm starting to celebrate early, brunching with friends in this very patriotic outfit!
Top: Bar III - Shorts: Topshop (old) - Shoes: Chanel - Sunglasses: Rayban - Earrings: Forever21
I'm seriously in love with Brooklyn and all its cool murals!
Wishing you all an amazing long holiday weekend filled with good food, great drinks and even better company!