Even though I'm already in New York I had to post these pictures I snapped a few days back in Paris. The Italian that lives in me had to stop everything and have an impromptu photoshoot when I stumbled upon this gorgeous façade in the 14th Arrondissement of the French capital. Can somebody explain to me why I was perfectly fine wearing short sleeves last month but I am now freeze my butt off and still wearing coats here in NYC? #struggles
Because being in Paris is basically living in a fairy tale, my blogger "job" has never been easier. Everywhere I go there always is a perfect photo opportunity just waiting for me. After some shopping at Gucci on the Rue Saint Honoré I ended up on the Jardins du Palais Royal (the Royal Palace Gardens) and couldn't help myself from shooting some pictures with my news goodies. I fell in love with the marmont line and I'm so happy I found both items I wanted! The heels are AMAZING quality, very comfortable and run half a size big (so size down!) and this bag, in this size and color, completely stole my heart! Paris is after all, the city of love. :)
Paris welcomed me with beautiful weather and warm temperatures. What else could I possibly ask for? On my first day in the French capital I woke up super early and headed out to rue Saint Honoré to walk around the shops and do some shopping. Because all the shops had just opened the atmosphere was super quiet and relaxing. I had tea at Chanel rue Cambon and tried on some jewelry, then went to to Ladurée to get yummy macarons and ended up on the Alexander III bridge to shoot these pictures. Couldn't have hoped for a warmer welcome from this amazing city!
Hello there loves! I am coming to you from the Netherlands where I am spending 5 days visiting friends, exploring and discovering the country. This is my first time here but thanks to my awesome guides I am experiencing all the best Holland has to offer! On Saturday we had an amazing day in Amsterdam. This is what I advise you to do if you're ever here to make the most out of your trip:
Dam Square: the most famous square of the city was our first stop. Among all the wandering tourists and jostling locals you'll be able to see the royal palace, the historical church where all the royals' ceremonies still take place and the World War II national monument. Of course you'll also find amazing shopping like De Bijenkorf (the beehive), a 5-floor department store that carries all the most prestigious brands, as well as brands like Zara, Mango, Urban Outfitters, NYX and Forever 21 in the pedestrian street Kalvestraat.
Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam - the Royal Palace
The crooked houses: everywhere in the city you'll notice how so many of the buildings are leaning and look like they're going to collapse at any given time. Because these houses are so old and Amsterdam is a city built on water the foundations of these buildings, built with wood, have shifted quite a lot. Nowadays they filled everything with ciment so there's no actual danger but it still looks very impressive!
The kennels and the red light district: the kennels, constantly lines with parked bikes, make for the perfect photo backdrop. You can take a boat tour and go around the city or just walk the streets and wander among all the "coffee shops" and end up in the red light district, where women in sexy attire call out passing men to from behind the club's windows. A very particular and unique experience may I say.
Amsterdam Central Station, first opened in 1889
Art Square and I "am" Amsterdam sign: You'll find this always super busy with tourists taking pictures in front of the iconic sign and locals biking with their families checking out the latest art exhibitions. The square is huge and super duper pretty and makes for a perfect photoshoot spot!
Hello loves! I am finally back and I realize have some explaining to do.
The past few months were a bit hard for me because of how unsure everything seemed. I was working hard to make all the things I always wanted happen but nothing seemed to go my way. My day job kept me very busy Monday through Saturdays and because I moved back to Guadeloupe (where my parents currently live) I had no photographer to work with or friend to help me out.
So I continued posting on Instagram as much as I could but unfortunately had to take a little break from posting on here.
But fear no more I am now back and for good!
Coat: Shein - Bag: Chloé - Pants: Forever21 (old) - Shoes: Valentino
As we speak I am in the Netherlands visiting a friend and exploring the country for a few days. After this I'll go to Paris where I’ll spend a few days before flying out again to New York. A fun getaway you say? No, not really. More like a huge life change! I am officially moving back to New York City and will start work there in a week.
I am so excited for Paris because I’ll get to see my brother, who lives and studies there, and of course for all of the shopping and sightseeing I am planning to do.
But I am even more looking forward to start a new chapter of my life in the big apple. I have been waiting for this moment for years and tried so many times to make this happen. I am so grateful to finally be able to say that I’ve made it. It wasn’t easy: it was long and painful. I got discouraged so many times. But I kept going because there was nothing I wanted more.
Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, as crazy as they might seem to you. If you really care, you will find a way to make it happen.
So cheers this new exciting chapter of my life. Can’t wait to share it all with you!
Hello everyone! Long time no see. Life has been crazy these past few months, a lot of things changed in my life and it took me some time to adjust and get back to a normal schedule. I hope everyone is off to a great start for 2017! As usual time flies by and, let's be real, shopping is my favorite hobby so I do have many new items that quickly became my faves. So happy to finally be sharing these with you today.
February was the month of romance and love which put me in a pink state of mind. Everytime I went shopping I came back home with pink items, every morning getting dressed I would reach for pink clothing, my nail colors, my perfume, I was obsessed I'm telling you guys. So naturally I've worn this beautiful lace top way too many times but I couldn't care less because I love it and it looks amazing on! This has to be a new all time favorite piece of mine.
I had been wanting to up my skincare game for so long and the new year seemed like the perfect occasion to do so. I invested in a few key products that were recommended to me by some friends that swear they couldn't live without them. Now my morning routine is my favorite part of the day because of how amazing these creams smell but most importantly how well they work! My skin has been so glowy, nourished and hydrated, it's just incredible. I know I'll be raving about these products for a very long time, and even if they are quite expensive, they're totally worth the investment!
I am such a lipstick junkie I cannot go a single day without wearing some color on my lips. I also love to change shades super often as well as finishes. I have been wearing mattes for the most part and these MAC lippies were my faves.
From left to right: Blankety - Bianca B - Candy Yum Yum - Sweet Venom - Ruby Woo - Rebel - Margherita
I was not joking when I said I lived a very pink month. my Roses by Chloe perfume, my pink and gold Dior split sunglasses and my new Miu Miu mini wallet were my most used accessories this month. Also can we talk about that pink chocolate tablet from Laduree? It's rose flavored white chocolate. Best Valentine's Day chocolate ever. Seriously.
It's a bag. It's pastel pink (no surprise here). And I'm seriously IN LOVE! I found this beauty in Paris and believe it or not it was ON SALE! I have been saving up to buy this bag in this color for full price and when I saw it on sale I snagged it as fast as humanely possible. The smooth leather and structured shape makes it elegant and chic but the shiny rockstuds add a bit of edginess to it. It's just absolutely perfect in my opinion and I'm so happy to welcome it in my handbag family!
Last but not least my favorite new random addition to my room this month was the beautiful Rong Rong Devoe calendar. Each month has a beautiful original fashion illustration designed by Rong Rong herself and I find that it just adds so much glam to my office area!
The craziness never stops, especially in New York and ESPECIALLY during fashion week! After a quick breakfast at Starbucks my second day of NYFW started with the KYBOE! US launch and show. For the occasion I was wearing one of their amazing watches and I got to meet Shea from Peace and Love Shea and Carolina Vreeland there. After the show my babe Yana and I stopped by Trattoria Bianca for a quick lunch (the pizzas there were so amazing!)
My outfit for the day was edgier than usual with lots of black but I added a white lace top to keep it more feminine. I love how my Chanel bag always goes with absolutely everything! That's the thing with timeless pieces, they really are expensive, but totally worth the investment!
Top: Zara - Shorts: Shein - Boots: Moden Vice - Bag: Chanel - Bracelet: Hermès
We spent the afternoon shopping and walking around in the city and decided to get some delicious froyo for dessert at 16 handles: I got the peanut butter froyo with cookie dough and mini Reese's peanut butter cups on top. Let me just say it was heaven in a cup!
Every year attending fashion week becomes more and more fun! I am so thankful to be able to travel to this amazing city and attend all these fun shows and events and being able to share all of this with you guys makes it all a hundred times better!
My first day in New York turned out to be pretty full: a nail and makeup appointment in the morning at Caravan styling studio to get me ready for the Control Sector fashion show in the afternoon and the Lulu's Style Studio Party at night. I also had the time to have a yummy lunch with my babe Yana and of course take tons of #foodporn pics.
For my first NYFW day I chose a simple yet elegant and trendy look: all black and white with lace and Chanel.
Romper: Shein - Shoes: Valentino - Bracelet: Hermès Collier de chien
Thank you Caravan for making me pretty and spoiling me with a bag full of fun goodies!
Lunch at The Growler was INSANE!
After lunch I went straight to the Style Fashion Week fashion show where I attended the Control Sector fashion show (as I'm sure you've seen on my InstaStory!).
Lastly, I ended this first day on the best way possible: attending the Lulu's Style Studio influencers party. Between good music, fashion sketches, fun goodies, an open bar and cool giveaways I had such an amazing night and met some fantastic fellow bloggers!
Happy Friday loves! Here are the pics from a beach party that took place at a gorgeous hotel here in Guadeloupe the other day. I got back from NYC with so many new pretty clothes that I won't have to face the "I don't have anything to wear" struggle for at least a couple of months!! Haha (Shopaholic? Me? I think you're mistaken Sir..) Anyways this gorgeous lace dress is a perfect dupe to the expensive Mister Self Portrait one and is so inexpensive! I can vouch for the quality and you can see for yourself that the details are absolutely perfect!
How pretty is this lace? And how cool is that criss-crossed back?
This very pink post concludes my New York adventures. On this last day in the city my babe Yana and I met up with the lovely Katya from Flora Theory and we had an amazing lunch at Bluestone Lane in the West Village. Then we proceeded to snap some pictures with this gorgeous flower box by Flora Theory! The weather was absolutely perfect but the company was even better! So sad to be leaving this amazing city once again!
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 first day in New York turned out to be one of the best days ever! I met up with my favorite babe Yana (from @MissYanaCherie) and started our day in Soho. As usual we went to Georgetown cupcakes for a small morning treat (did you know that they give away free 100 cupcakes every day?? Just go there between 10am and noon and ask for one! You're welcome ;) ). After the delicious chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting on top we decided to just stroll around soho and ended up in front of Saint Laurent. The store front was so cute that I decided to take outfit pics in front of it!
Jacket: Shein - Jeans: J. Crew - Espadrilles & Brooch: Chanel - Bag: Chloé
These two bangles from The Peach Box are my absolute favorite pieces of jewelry right now! I cannot express to you how gorgeous and chic they are! They go beautifully with everything and are very high quality! As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words so just look for yourself:
Bracelets: The Peach Box
And then this happened.. I revealed what's inside on my Snapchat (my Snapchat is sarahgallazzi by the way)!
The Fendi store in Soho is also the cutest ever!
From Soho we then walked to the West Village to get to Olio e Più, one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES restaurants in the city and strolled through Washington Square Park. Such a beautiful spring day.
Isn't this restaurant so adorable? I love their terrace and Yana and I were there for almost 3 hours eating the yummiest food and laughing and enjoying the sun.
We ordered the Antipasto misto (mix of charcuterie and cheese) and a side of focaccia (delicious Italian bread) as a starter and then I got the Sacchettoni cacio e pepe with a side of asparagus and Yana got the strip steak with pesto sauce and a side of sautée broccolis. Everything was beyond delicious! The asparagus was so flavorful and the antipasto misto brought back so many memories from my years in Italy! It was lovely!
Of course even after all that food, there's always room for dessert! So we ordered chocolate lava cakes and cappuccinos. If you saw my snaps of the cake you will know how good this was! :P
How stylish is that girl walking by on my right? #YASQUEEN
After all that food we just continued to walk and shop around and hit some of our most favorite stores (that I already told you all about in this post).
In honor of Mother's Day, my brother and I took my mom out for a walk, a little window shopping and an ice cream date yesterday. The weather was absolutely perfect, the sun was shining yet it wasn't too hot nor humid. When we walked by this cute little bench in front of this pink flower explosion we couldn't help ourselves and decided to stop and take some mother daughter pictures :D I am so glad I got to spend some quality time with her and show her how thankful I am to have her!
So of course I also wanted to dedicate this post to her, the woman who taught me everything I know and that has been there for me through thin and thick. She is my biggest inspiration and my best friend and she deserves all the happiness in the world! I hope one day I'll be as awesome a mom as she is to me!
On my mom: Bag: Céline - Dress: Ted Baker - Shoes: Nina Ricci - Sunglasses: Bulgari
On me: Bag: Céline - Dress: Shein - Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Sunglasses: Céline
Just look at how happy she is with her ice cream! haha while I'm just trying to take a decent picture of the ice cream before it melt completely!
Strawberry, passion fruit and yogurt ice cream, my absolute favorite flavors!
Wishing all the beautiful mothers out there a happy Mother's Day! You are our real heroes!
DAAAAAAMN Sarah! Back at it with the favorites post! Haha well.. I haven't done a favorites post in a while, and that's simply because I was using all the same products I told you about in the last post. But this month with my trip to NYC and my friend Stephany coming to Guadeloupe and showering me with gifts, I have so many new products I am obsessing over and that I really need to share with you guys!
White lace everything. On dresses, tops, shorts, bikinis. This month favorite combo was denim and white lace with hints of gold jewelry and hardware. Can summer come faster please?
I think this month my stars aligned and the universe wanted me to finally find a perfect combination of skin care products that would leave me with perfectly hydrated and glowy skin. All thanks to a combination of four magical products: something old and something new, something borrowed and something blue.
An old favorite of mine that I rediscovered this month after a friend gifted it to me is the L'occitanePivoine Flora hand cream. I use it every night before going to bed on my hands and elbows and it makes me feel like I am going to lay down in a field of peonies for the night!
The new product I tried this month in my skincare routine is the SKII facial treatment essence. When I received this travel sized product from Influenster for free for testing purposes I was simply ecstatic! I had been eying it at Sephora for the longest time. In fact I really don't like wearing moisturizing face lotion when I'm in Guadeloupe and in general in the summertime because it's way too hot and I find that it simply makes my skin feel oily and sticky. That's my I love face essences so much, and let me tell you this one hydrates like no other! An absolute holy grail product for me. #myessence #skii
The product I borrowed from my mom (ok more like stole to be honest!) this month is the Khiels Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a nighttime facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning. A couple of drops of this miracle worker on the face and neck before going to bed go a long way! My skin feels perfectly hydrated, smooth and nourished by the morning. I also noticed a reduction in my blemishes!
And finally the something blue is this delicious (not that I actually eat it, but I totally would if it were possible!) rose and mandarin lip balm. I have tried so many lip balms, from Baby Lips to Chanel, but no other lip balm comes close to this one. First off it's a very liquid consistency so it glides on to the lips perfectly and is very long lasting. Secondly, the smell is just absolutely amazing. Third, the packaging is adorable!
As usual my make up favorites are lip products but I just can't help it! It's way too hot and humid here to wear a full face of make up so I usually just do my brows, line my eyes and put some mascara on and let my lips be the focus point! I rediscovered my love for NYX this month and literally all of these shades were on rotation.
My go to bag this whole month was this little cutie pie by Luana Italy. Luana's bags mix classic silhouettes with a subtle edge and luxe feel. They are designed with a modern vibe and European spirit for the fashion girl always on the go. They are available at Saks Fifth Avenue or on their website (and you can get a 15% discount from anything on the LUANA site with the code SHOPWEARREPEAT ;) ).
You guys!! I haven't bought any new perfume in THE LONGEST time and that's because I have way too many (and I'm sure I'm not the only one!). But as soon as I smelled Chloé's Roses scent I fell in love! I almost bought it at the duty free at the airport while traveling to NY but decided against it at the last minute. And guess what I stumbled upon on a random T.J. Maxx run while in New York? This beautiful set containing the fragrance, a body lotion and a body wash! All of this for cheaper than what I would have paid the perfume bottle at the airport. If that wasn't a sign that I NEEDED to get it, I don't know what is then..
My favorite way to relax this month was diving into Love Style Life by Garance Doré! After having seen this gorgeous book on countless Instagram pictures I had to add it to my wishlist and my lovely friend Steph got it for me! I was so pleasantly surprised by going through it: it's so funny and lighthearted but at the same time gives you new ideas and a fresh perspective on so many aspects of daily life! It's divided in 5 main topics: style, work, beauty, elegance and love. I 100% recommend it to every single girl out there!
Love Style Life by Garence Doré
As soon as I got back to Guadeloupe, Stephany (from @stephanyayinda), a super talented freelance photographer and dear friend of mine, came to visit me! I hadn't seen her in 6 months and I was so happy to finally be reunited with her! We decided to head to one of the nicest hotels and spas of the island for a yummy lunch on her first day here. Of course I jumped on the occasion to dress up a little and wear this gorgeous baroque dress and my trusted Emilio Pucci golden pumps. These are so extremely comfortable, it's unbelievable! I have worn them for many nights out and danced for 6 straight hours in them and my feet barely hurt at the end of the night! Seriously God sent!
And on to the delicious food! I decided to get a cheeseburger (hello cheat day!) with fries and salad and Stephany went for a beef carpaccio with a side of fries! Can you tell we're obsessed with this place's french fries? The are SO GOOD!
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.
The first chapter of 2016 is already over! I hope your year started in a great way and I want to take the time to wish all of you lovely readers all the best for what's to come!
You may have noticed how my last monthly favorites post was a couple of months ago, mainly because I have been sticking to the same old good products and didn't have anything new and sensational to share. But new year means new you so I went ahead and did a little bit of shopping (it's all research really!) and here are the new products that I tested all month long and absolutely loved!
This snuggly cream sweater hasn't left my side this month! I love how I can layer it on top of a plaid shirt or even a denim shirt and get a neutral look with the shirt's detail popping out. It's perfect with jeans and ankle boots or skirts and thigh-high boots! I always add a statement necklace or a Chanel brooch to make it even more interesting.
The first month of the year is the perfect occasion to update your beauty routine and make the changes you wanted for so long. I decided to try out LA Fresh, a skincare company that makes natural and ethical products that are as good for you as they are for the environment and the animals! Their silk-infused cotton mask is my absolute fave and I am addicted to their make up removing wipes as well as the oil-free face cleanser (a life saver for my oily skin!). I would totally advise that you try out some of their products and with the code MORELAFRESH20 you can get 20% off your order! (the promo code is non affiliated!)
January was all about a neutral eye, sensational dramatic lashes and a deep matte burgundy lip. Seriously I must have worn this combo 90% of the time. This mascara must be my fave of all times: the ultra thin brush makes it super easy to apply to your upper and lower lashes and still gives you enormous volume! It doesn't clump or leak and it's very long lasting!
The Urban Decay primer is the only eyelid primer I have used in my whole life and I don't think I'll ever switch it out for anything else! It's simply a miracle worker! And finally Eugénie from the Giambattista Valli for MAC Cosmetics limited edition goes on smooth and stays in place the whole day! (even after lunch, but I do apply it over a lip pencil base).
Chanel, Chanel and more Chanel! My go to accessories this month were all by the same French fashion house that haunts everybody's fashion dreams. From the small sparkly earrings and versatile WOC, to the statement brooches and beloved espadrilles (I am currently in the Caribbean so no freezing winters for me!), it was a Chanel filled month!
Okay. Let's take a moment here to appreciate the beauty of this jacket. I've lusted over it for almost a year now and finally this month it went on sale! You guys have no idea how fast I RAN to the store to be sure to snatch it! Now I just need spring to hurry so that I can start wearing it.
Jacket: Céline (similar here)
By now it's probably quite clear to all of you that I have a slight mug obsession. I actually don't even drink coffee, I am more of a tea person, but I still take my mugs very seriously. Marshalls and Target always have super cute ones but there are tons of small independent shops that have amazing ones as well. These are my current favorites:
Even though I am in the Caribbean already I still have a couple of looks from NYC to share with you guys. This was last week, when my friend Yana from Bergdorf Princess and I went to the city for a girls' date complete with shopping and eating out. The weather was perfect, a bit chilly when windy but just warm enough to still be able to wear skirts with no tights. I am feeling the 70s vibes lately, listening to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars over and over again and it also shows in my outfit and hairstyle choices!
Ring: YSL - Watch: Michael Kors - Bracelet: The Peach Box
New York City is so full of surprises! I left my house thinking I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot this cute fall outift: it turned out this mural was way harder to find than anticipated! We ended up walking up and down Manhattan for the whole morning before arriving in this area of the city where the term urban jungle really came to life. It's located in a park where among bushes and trees you'll find tons of different panels with super cute and unique art.
Also, the weather here has been unreal! Really warm for this time of the year, which is the perfect for wearing all these outifts without tights!
Ring: YSL - Watch: Aibi Watches - Pearl bracelet: Tiffany & Co.
Love these beautiful handmade Reign Pearl Earrings by Veronika!