Weekender: Winter, Take a Hike

It seems that with every weather report comes the increasing hope that a spring forecast will finally appear on the 7-day radar. Tell winter to take a hike by heading into the hills this weekend for some fresh, albeit chilly, air. My go-to uniform? Jeans, a boyfriend cut sweater and my black Burberry coat – it’s warm yet tailored so I don’t feel too much like a marshmallow. 😉

And don’t forget a pair of boots made for walkin’! If you haven’t already, invest in a comfortable pair of black or brown riding boots. I promise, you’ll go miles in what has become my staple shoe; they truly go with everything.

Here’s to a great rest of your week and fabulous start to March!

xx Cocoa & Lace



photo location: Bedford, NY

Sunday Musings: A Blessed Birthday

This past weekend was such a treat – I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in New York City with my boyfriend and best friends. Miraculously, I beat Sandy to her mischief, too, returning home today to spend what’s left of my birthday weekend with my family.

As I paused to “make a wish” amid the glow of my (gasp) 23 birthday candles, I was overwhelmed with one clear notion: I am blessed. To my family and friends both near and far, thank you for sending such love my way. I am indeed a lucky girl.

Below you’ll find just a few images capturing a whirlwind of a weekend – enjoy!

xx Cocoa & Lace

Sunday Musings

New York Fashion Week is undoubtedly one of the most highly-anticipated events in the fashion world. While we’re busy planning tomorrow’s (or today’s!) outfit, designers come ready to showcase their best looks for next year. So in the spirit of NYFW’s newly revealed collections, here’s a snapshot of my favorite looks from the runway.*

Have a wonderful Sunday!

xx Cocoa & Lace

Edgy Lace

BCBG Max Azria

Perfectly Mod

Kate Spade

Perennial Peplum

Monique Lhuillier

In the Nude

Rebecca Taylor

Re-defined Denim

Rebecca Taylor

A-Line LBD


Shades of Green

Tadashi Shoji

Seeing Red

Prabal Gurung

Soft Florals

Lela Rose

A Walk on the Wild Side

Peter Som

Tantalizing Tribal

Tadashi Shoji

Crazy for Cobalt (and Leather!)

Nicole Miller

*Photo cred: Elle.com. Click-thru links provided with each photograph.