Laced Up

These cognac colored velour, lace-up ballet flats are from Target. (I know!)   

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Everlane Slide Sandal

Really beautiful, luxury basics at really fair, affordable prices.

These super minimal, chic and simple slides from Everlane have become a staple in my wardrobe. An everyday sandal. Can literally be worn with anything and everything from sundresses to denim cutoffs. They’re made in Italy (luxe) and the price point is only $98.

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The bright navy blue feels anything but basic… these blue sandals are not the ordinary/typical black or tan (which are both beautiful btw). I love that the navy can pair well with black and with virtually any outfit you can come up with. Plus they’re comfortable and the leather feels amazing.

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Above images are from Everlane’s website because I really need a pedicure… and my feet do not belong on this blog currently. Photo below from a shoot on the beach this week. Love my Montauk Brewing Co. Summer Ale! 

If you’re interested in purchasing Everlane products, use my link!!

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An Evening at Merriweather

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Photo by Alexandria Schnepf
On the rather dreary spring evening of May 7, 2016 guests gathered under a 30,000 square foot tent on the picturesque landmark estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post and E.F. Hutton. The campus at Long Island University brings you back to the scene of the 1920’s and straight into the glamorous party scene of The Great Gatsby.

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The event was presented by Long Island University, Americana Manhasset and Poll Restaurants where the tapas style food was exquisitely delicious; cocktails from Stoli and brews from Oyster Bay Brewery were perfect. Entertainment was 1920s to the extreme – magicians, gaming tables, silent movies set up in what felt like a real-life movie theater, and a woman in a tub with champagne… (my favorite part).  We celebrated food, music, film, art and fashion.

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Photo courtesy of Long Island Pulse Magazine & Mashbooths
This was the first event of its kind with hopes to continue it on as an annual tradition to benefit local art and cultural exhibits and organizations for years to come.

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Photo by Alexandria Schnepf
The evening supports local community partners: Gold Coast International Film Festival, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Nassau County Museum of Art, Old Westbury Gardens, and Sands Point Preserve Conservancy.

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Aston Martin courtesy of Long Island Sports Cars
Enjoy the eye candy that is Chris Norton NYC Band. They totally killed it and were probably one of the most fun live bands I’ve seen in quite some time. Check out their website in the link they have a bunch of greatness on SoundCloud.

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Funny photo of me being #GreatGatsby asF.

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Photo by Alexandria Schnepf
Gotta love a great Snapchat selfie to end the evening.

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Selfie by Alexandria Schnepf 
Fabulous evening with fabulous people. ❤

Everlane Track Pants are LIFE

Pants are not an article of clothing that I particularly like. I don’t connect with pants. I just wear them because its socially acceptable required and also I live in New York and it’s cold here. Basically – pants are necessary at times.

I don’t connect with pants because I have a difficult time finding pants that fit me well. When I do however, find a pair of pants that I likeeeeee – I know they need to be documented.

Everlane just lanched their GoWeave fabric with 2 different styles of pants – the Crop Trouser and the Track Pants.

“The Crop Trouser is a straight, classic fit that hits right at the ankle, and the Track Pant is a sportier look with a comfortable elastic waistband and discreet ankle zips. Made from the same new lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabric, both pant styles are the perfect go-to pants for the week into the weekend.”

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Image from Everlane.com

Everlane does fashion that just makes sense. These versatile pants are comfy AF, yet dressy enough to be paired with heels. Everlane track pants paired with pumps and an American Apparel bodysuit and a oversize scarf sweater is one outfit choice. Another outfit would be the Everlane track pants with a flat Superga sneaker, white or grey tee shirt and a long trench on a rainy day. Comfortable as anything, they have a stretchy elastic waistband so you can pull them right up over last night’s pizza and cocktails! Pair with a chunky heel and you’re good to go. The polished and tapered look also has a zip-up bottom so you can style however you please!

I like the fit and the fabric definitely does not let on to the fact that the waistband of these pants make you feel like you’re wearing comfy leggings all day. I could get down with this style in a few more basic colors, ASAP. Thanks Everlane! 🙂

Order from Everlane.com using my link: https://www.everlane.com/r/ashleybyrd

Here’s another one of my favorite Everlane items (Cashmere Crew) that I just so happen to be wearing today, so I figured I’d snap a quick selfie.

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Wearing: Everlane Cashmere Crew in Grey/Black, Dewey Skin courtesy of #Glossier

Marc Jacobs Fall Winter 2016

Feeling extremely fortunate to have attended the Marc Jacobs Fall Winter 2016 fashion show at NYFW this past month. The show was held at the Park Avenue Armory uptown, where the space was recreated into a perfect stark white room to juxtapose the dark, smokey looks that walked the runway.

Working with both Marc Jacobs RTW Collection Design and Production teams at MJ HQ allowed me to literally see first hand how intricate, detailed and beautiful the creative process is. So many long hours of hard work and dedication by so many exceptionally talented people. As they say, “it takes a village.” And this village resides at 72 Spring Street in downtown Manhattan.

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The buildup to the show was intense, as all fashion shows are and as any deadline can be. Viewing this season from sketches and ideas to swatches of fabrics and furs; from samples of trim being assembled and buttons hand sewn on to the final pieces that walked the runway was absolutely unreal. Getting a sneak peak of Kendall Jenner on Tuesday and Wednesday night’s in preparation for Thursday’s show was super cool / aka fangirl-ing.

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Kendall’s Look – No Peeking!

Check her super cute Vogue NYFW video here:

Lady Gaga totally killed in the MJ show as well – completely unsuspected surprise by basically everyone. See more in the MJ video above. Her look is rad, although she looks pretty crazy in this photo.
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One of my favorite jackets / looks was the collabo with Canada Goose – I watched somebody take a perfectly beautiful Canada Goose down jacket and cut it in half… to create the beautiful crop jacket with feathers pictured below on the left. I can’t get over it and I want one ASAP. So like, think of me next Christmas when you’re shopping. And Molly Bair completely SLAYED the final look of the show in the photo below right.

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Some more of my favorite looks from the show are:

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The show had a gothic yet sweet vibe and everything was dynamically opposed. Oversize, yet barely there. Every model was in sky high platforms that I’m already coveting.

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Gracious to have been a part of a truly magical production of Marc Jacobs NYFW 2016. Catch more Marc Jacobs here.

Poolside Collective

The summer has (sadly) come to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Check out an exclusive interview with the creators of Poolside Collective, a move-able concept shop located at The Montauk Beach House all of summer 2015. One of my favorite spots in Montauk, it’s centrally located and tbh, the sickest concept shop in MTK. Been repping my Poolside shirt all summer! I caught up with Ashley Hults and Lee Ann Bulgin to learn a bit more about their shop and what’s in store for the future of Poolside Collective.

 

– What was your favorite day from the Summer 2015?

It’s so hard to pick just one – every day was different and fun in it’s own way. Something new was always going on Poolside and we met such great people who have become lasting friends.
 

– What do you ladies get in to in the off season? 

Poolside Collective is opening two stores this winter – one at Maderas Village in Nicaragua and one at the Mondrian in Miami!

 

– What are some of the most challenging aspects you’ve found while running a seasonally based brick & mortar / moving business?

There is a LOT to coordinate. We are definitely streamlining our processes going forward. While this was a challenge, it was also a big learning experience and is leading us towards increased efficiency, which is great!

– Social media is a strong driver of business, especially e-commerce. Your collection on IG is impressive – how do you curate your Instagram photos? For example, what style do you go for in the photos? What’s the thought process there? Do you have planned pictures?

Thank you!! We take a lot of pride in our IG! We made sales through social media and were connected with people from around the world. To answer your questions:

Curation is led by emotion and feel, but we like to mix up product photos with poolside scenery, very specific re-grams that align with our brand,  and select user generated content that we feel makes sense for us aesthetically. We also sometimes like to give people a view into who we are as the founders. 

We worked with a dear friend, @_samhillman to create a lot of amazing content this year. You will see her tagged in many of our images.

We generally use A6 on the app VSCO to filter, but we love bright images and anything with a great blue color. We increase brightness, contrast and sharpness but decrease temperature. Images that are overly yellow/orange/brown don’t really align with our Poolside vibe. 

You may see series before major initiatives. We have been thinking about gramming only red images in our exact pantone color after we close Montauk and before we open Nicaragua and Miami. 

We just started using shared photo streams to manage all of our inspiration, product selects and imagery and it’s a game changer!! We love it! 

– What are some of your personal favorite brands and do the products you feature at “Poolside Collective” reflect your personal style?

AshleighSome of my personal favorites include Zimmerman, ACNE, Frame Denim and Isabel Marant. I recently discovered Elder Statesman and it has become an obsession – especially this one tye die men’s cashmere sweater. I love Thaddeus O’Neil’s new women’s line and Calle Del Mar, which we sell in the shop – both are sick luxury apres surf gear or “playwear.” We sell Cotton Citizen Tee Shirts, which are the best for fit and comfort! My personal style is a mix of high end luxury with ripped up jeans and vintage or plain white tee shirts. My uniform is a pair of ripped vintage denim shorts from LF, a cropped white John Patrick Organic t shirt from Otte in NYC, white leather Chanel slides, a dark blue vintage mechanics jacket with a “Montauk” patch on it from Share With and a red bandana from a dear friend’s creative collectives called “BEST” which I wrap around my wrist as a bracelet. I always have on 6 dainty gold necklaces of varying lengths and meaning.

Lee Ann: I’m a fan of A.L.C., J brand, Stone Cold Fox and DVF.  I personally love classic styles in luxe fabrics and textures and mostly neutral colors, with the occasional pop and printed accessory. I’m most comfortable in a pair of skinny jeans or ripped denim shorts, the perfect fitting white tee, my new fav being Cotton Citizen from the shop and a worn in black leather jacket. We carry the best sunglasses so it’s always fun to complete a look with a great pair. My summer favorites were from Westaward Leaning and Le Paul Eyewear. Ashleigh and I have very different styles but appreciate the others’ so much that we often fall in love with pieces and brands we normally wouldn’t.  It’s amazing to have a partner that encourages discovery and evolving style, because that’s something that is always changing!

 

– Do you have plans for next summer and how do you see the business growing in years to come? 

We are so excited for next summer. This past year, we put the store together in 2 months. With a year to plan, the sky is the limit!!! We will definitely launch an online shop as well. Stay tuned 😉

– You’ve had many successful collaborations – what types of companies and businesses are you excited to collaborate with in the future? 

Our goal is to always offer people things they have never seen before and can’t find anywhere else. We want to continuously put the “poolside” lifestyle out there. We will be launching a selection of private label “poolside” gear and will collaborate on signature items that represent us. We love collaborating with creative talent; artists, writers, stylists, musicians, doers and thinkers. When great minds come together, amazing things are produced!  We’re open to all possibilites, but know that certain products make sense for certain locations. A collaborative art t-shirt could be great in Miami during Art Basel, but might not make as much sense for Nicaragua.

– The collection is beautifully curated with interesting pieces from local and worldwide vendors. Where do you draw inspiration while selecting pieces that you’ll show?

 We get this question a lot and we never know how to answer it. Finding cool brands that we love and want to tell people about is second nature to us. It is just who we are and so the store is basically our platform to bring our personal styles and passions to life!

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The back of my favorite shirt ❤ and #poolside at a different location. Be sure to follow Poolside Collective on Instagram so you can become as obsessed with them as I am!

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Babel Fair

Nolita has got to be my favorite neighborhood in Manhattan and more specifically Elizabeth Street holds a special place in my heart. My first job in NYC was located on that quaint little street, and I can’t seem to get enough of it. ❤ Strolling down the street, there are many fabulous restaurants, Tacombi, BarBossa, Public, Lovely Day, The Butcher’s Daughter, Egg Shop and Black Seed Bagels (to name a few! or all…) Those are actually all amazing restaurants that I frequented often and absolutely love and they’re all in a 3-4 quick city block radius! YAS.

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Today I discovered an awesome clothing boutique called Babel Fair. I walked in to explore and find out more. What I loved most about this shop were the finite details and that each item held such importance no matter how large or small. Obviously, there are various clothing boutiques in NYC and in Soho for that matter, but what makes this boutique unique is that many of the designers are LA based or international (Korean & Australian).

Notice the Henna Lipstick! A favorite of mine!! <3
Notice the Henna Lipstick! A favorite of mine!! ❤

There are a variety of chic products in this store, carefully placed trinkets, jewelry, and beauty products on a large table in the center of the room and shelving toward the back. I also liked that the lip balms and beauty products had trial samples available!

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It’s all in the details!

How cute are those rings?! Parallel walls have racks of clothing by international designers on either side. Naturally, my eye was drawn to the black, white and pale pink shades.

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Sometimes when I walk into boutiques, I feel compelled to shop. At Babel Fair, I was greeted very politely when I walked in and struck up conversation. No pressure, just great vibes. Babel Fair have a great customer loyalty program as well! I ended up purchasing the lip balm in the shape of a skull (photographed below). Black, obviously! 😉 Smells like mint – the pink one was fruity – it was a tough call!

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Be sure to stop in to Babel Fair next time you’re on Elizabeth Street in Nolita! I’ll definitely be back in soon!

Located at 260 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY.