Begin it.

Zara topper, JCREW fingerless gloves, Ray Ban wayfarers

Last year around this time I decided to make a big change. I had always imagined myself living on the West Coast and with the help of my husband I packed up all our belongings and moved to Los Angeles. I had lived in LA briefly for work a few years back and loved it but I was always hesitant to make the West Coast home base for all of the reasons everyone is scared to make a big change or commit to something whole-heartedly. I was scared of the unknown and comfortable (if not completely fulfilled) where I was. Looking back on 2011 I am so glad that I took the plunge. This year I starred in a play that my sister wrote (twice), acted in two national commercials, and just before the holidays filmed a role in an indie rom-com. I'm making final revisions on my first screenplay, been hired to plan a wedding, joined an improv group and taken up a new meditative yoga practice. Add to that all the amazing new friends I've made and things I've seen and it has been a pretty incredible year. Not to mention all the opportunities I've had thanks to this blog. Happy New Year and thanks for reading Clotheshorse NYC. From the bottom of my whole heart. -A
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


My chambray dream.

ADAM chambray and shawl, Club Monaco sweater, vintage loafers, Charlotte Ronson leather skirt, American Apparel suede clutch
I was in my favorite store ADAM before the holidays and coming up with many reasons I didn't "need" this chambray. Forget that I had been looking for the perfect chambray forever and that this one had that great wash, snap buttons and just over sized but-fitted-enough style. Luckily my friend and store manager Sennecca convinced me and practically forced it onto my final purchase against my will. Sometimes your friends know you better than you know yourself. Turns out I did "need" it as I've been wearing it non-stop this holiday.  ADAM has been one of my favorite NY boutiques forever, I still remember walking by the windows as a college student and dreaming of the day when I could afford to shop there. I was crazy bummed to hear that the brand would be closing indefinitely while the company restructures.  Check out their website to get some great deals and pray that we will see ADAM rise again very soon!


George Harrison is my favorite Beatle.

I got George's solo album " All Things Must Pass"and also his memoir this Christmas. Great stuff.


Steven Alan Cindy Top

Rebekah Price Stone Crystal necklace c/o Succarra, Pyrrah necklace, Planet Blue necklace, Steven Alan Cindy Top, Madewell sweater

This blouse was hand picked for me when I was in San Francisco by my friend Kate "cute top" Finney.  I'm much more likely to be drawn to a great jacket or dress when shopping and so I enlisted Kate's help to round out my blouse collection. I couldn't pull the trigger and buy the top in San Fran but it made it onto my holiday wish list and thanks to my husband it made it onto my body. Loving it all the more since I had to wait a whole month to receive it. Thanks Mark! The blouse has a feminine yet refined fit and also comes in leopard. Another wise investment?


Alexandra Satine at Succarra

BLK Denim jeans, ADAM top, Vintage sweater and Alexandra Satine handbag
We stopped by the Succarra showroom in NYC this week to pick up some jewelry for a photo shoot and while we were there I fell in love with this Alexandra Satine leather bag. I'm into the red color, classic style and the fact that the entire line is made in New York City. It finally feels like Christmas now that we are on the East Coast and like a good New Yorker I'm walking everywhere and not missing my Jeep one bit. It's the free, thoughtless exercise I've been missing.


Oh, there I am.

(Milly coat, Forever 21 dress, Alexander Wang bag, Dolce Vita boots)
I know, I know. I've been a little M.I.A. The end of the year has been a flurry of activity and I've been filming a commercial all week that has taken me from Malibu to the snow topped mountains to the farm lands of Ojai. It's been real fun but now I have but one day to wrap things up in L.A. before heading East for some much needed time with the fam. The big question: "what to wear?!" I would be lying if I said I'm not a little afraid to experience real winter. I would love to bring this Milly topper but I'm thinking it might not cut the mustard. In New York coats actually have to be warm. And so a trip to the North Face may be in my near future.


How To: Decorate For The Holidays

A serving dish holds an assortment of holiday bulbs
 "Oh Rosemary bush! Oh Rosemary bush! How fragrant are your branches!"
Tinsel and a  DIY fringed garland drape over the chandelier in our living room.

This is the first year in ages that Mark and I have not had a proper Christmas tree. There are two reasons for this; 1) we aren't spending much time at home this holiday season and 2) most of our ornaments got squashed in the move. Oops! Being the lover of Christmas that I am, I still managed to find a few ways to make our home feel festive and seasonal. 


Shirin Sahba: Sophisticated Lady

photo via limonana
Let's combine interiors and fashion and art shall we? Shirin's home was featured on Design Sponge this week. She is an visual artist/globetrotter thanks to her husband's consulting job and she is now, wait for it... officially the object of my affection. Look at those red capri pants and bat eye liner. Wholly Moley.What a babe!
See her home in Beijing HERE.
Read her lifestyle blog HERE.


Everyday Simplicities

(Madewell cardigan, vintage top, Abercrombie & Fitch denim (secretly great skinnies!) Dolce Vita booties)
 Some days just call for simplicity dontcha think? I love this thigh grazing cardigan cause it's cozy without making me feel like a grandma. Trust me, I have plenty of grandma sweaters and while they are the ultimate in comfort I wouldn't file them under appealing. But a good cardi paired with skinny jeans, a worn in button down and boots with a sturdy heel can take you almost anywhere at almost any age. And don't forget your sexy nerd glasses :)

Style Stalking with Currently Obsessed

Style Stalker sounds a lot like Fire Starter which is a song from the 90's that I really did not like. Many of the songs I loathed as a teenager give me a certain nostalgic/happy feeling now such as Blind Melon's "No Rain" but I still hate Fire Starter. Back to Style Stalking! I am very excited to announce that you can now follow my top fashion picks on the brand spankin' new site CurrentlyObsessed. "Stalk" your favorite fashion bloggers (that's me!) and see what we are currently loving/lusting. I have to say it's pretty rad to see the name CLOTHESHORSE NYC in line with so many other great style blogs. It reminds me of when I started this site and had no idea what I was doing, what a blog was or why I should have one. It also makes me very happy that I don't listen to my inner butthead critic too much.
The site is still in beta mode and I only have a limited number of invites to give out. The first 20 readers to use the passcode Clotheshorse_NYCObsessed will have access to the site and can see what I'm digging just in time for last minute holiday shopping and parties. Enjoy!


Travel Diary: San Antonio, Texas

If you happen to find yourself in San Antonio I recommend you do one thing: eat! I'll probably recommend eating no matter where you are because food is one of the major joys of my life but definitely you should eat when you are in Texas. Below is a round up of some favorites.
El Jarro ($$) is home-style Tex Mex and we usually meet friends for dinner there as soon as we hit town. Very good margaritas! Dough ($$) serves authentic pizza Napoletana and chef/owner Doug Horn studied artisan pizza-making with the Director of the Verace Pizza Napoletana Americas-Peppe Miele.  Biga On the Banks ($$$$) is one of the best restaurants I've eaten at in America. Chef Bruce Auden is from London and I always wonder how he ended up in San Antonio. It's a bit pricey but a true culinary delight, try the chicken fried oysters and sticky toffee pudding for sure. If you are going to The Alamo or River Walk stop by Mi Tierra ($) and pick up a Guava pastry for the road. So yummy and cheap! I am always thrilled to get something delicious for less than a subway ride:)


Sight See This

(Free People sweater, thrifted skirt, JCrew tights & chambray shirt, Dolce Vita booties, Alexander Wang bag)
It's always weird to me how a skirt and tights is more comfortable than jeans sometimes. C'est la vie, paired with an oversized sweater, boots and sunnies it's the perfect outfit for sight seeing on a crisp fall day. It's technically still Fall right? This sweater from Free People was in heavy rotation over Thanksgiving because it's, uh, generous enough that no one can tell if you went for that second helping of corn bread stuffing. I'm sure you've noticed someone's going to have to pry these Dolce Vita boots off my cold, dead feet. My footwear has been so predictable as of late but there's really no words to describe these puppies comfy versatility. What's on your books for this weekend? Big news. My improv team Classic Bad Boy is performing our first show this Saturday at IO West in Hollywood. They have such faith in us that we've been given the much coveted 11pm slot. The whole thing fills me with excitement and dread. If you're in the LA area you should totally come, we'll never be this bad again.


A Mighty Spray

 I wrote HERE about one way to make a rental apartment feel more like a home. For our latest upgrade we replaced our dirty, drippy, leaky shower head with this beautiful fixture. Ladies and Gentleman I present to you the Kohler Bancroft 2.0. Now I know what you're thinking, it's just a shower head, but water is so so therapeutic when it hits you in a perfectly distributed air infused stream. Now when I shower I feel like I'm on an extended stay at a luxury hotel, which is sort of my theory on what home should feel like.