let the weekend begin!

I have a house full of guests and I'm kicking off the weekend early, because this is happening:

I'll be back next week to report on the epic fashion choices and trends at the festival, but until then, keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @beccastyle. For more info on the festival, visit www.movement.us. Have an amazing holiday weekend, everyone!


outfit of the day: just dance

My Tory Burch dance bag, Bloch split-sole slippers, Bloch "Amelie" pointe shoes, Danskin/New York City Ballet leotard, Target leg warmers, and Mirella wrap skirt.

Lately it feels like I'm spending way more time in ballet clothes than in regular, fashiony clothes. Since taking my first ballet class at a community college when I was 18, I've fallen head over heels in love with dance. After an eight year hiatus from taking class, I got back into ballet last winter, and I've been taking class at my current studio, Christina's Adult Ballet, for almost exactly one year. In a lot of ways, ballet has totally taken over my life. I mean, take a look at my current class schedule:


happy feet

Top row, l-r: Joe's, Ash, Bronx, Luichiny, Nine West
Middle row, l-r: Jeffrey Campbell, Sigerson Morrison, Steve Madden,
Barneys  New York, Pedro Garcia
Bottom row, l-r: Christian Louboutin, Salvatore Ferragamo,
Libertine for Aldo Rise, L.A.M.B., Miu Miu

For the past couple weeks, I have slowly but surely been cleaning out my closet. It's like clockwork - every spring, I get this overwhelming urge to purge any excess sartorial baggage. I go through my wardrobe piece by piece, evaluating with a brutal eye to decide whether I should keep, sell or donate everything from shoes and dresses to bags and jewelry. The upside of all this purging is that it frees up space for new pieces - this year it also allowed me to reorganize my shoes, something I desperately needed to do. Until yesterday, each pair was stored in it's original box, stacked either on a bookcase or the floor in my office. I couldn't see any of my shoes, so it was easy to forget what my options were. Oh, and if I decided I wanted to wear a pair at the bottom of a stack? Retrieving them without burying myself in a pile of boxes was no easy feat. Now, the boxes are all gone and I can actually see my shoes. They're organized, and my office/closet (yep, my closet takes up an entire bedroom in my house) looks way less cluttered. What a difference a day makes.

Top row, l-r: YSL (courtesy of Neiman Marcus), Aldo, Nine West,
Jeffrey Campbell, Old Navy
Middle row, l-r: Steven, Jeffrey Campbell, Report Signature,
Dolce Vita, Steve Madden
Bottom row, l-r: Sam Edelman, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Aldo,
Pedro Garcia, RSVP

Boots, l-r: Alexander Wang, BCBGeneration, 7 For All Mankind, Aldo,
Dolce Vita, Ash


happy birthday, ray-ban!

Ray-Ban's 75th anniversary Ambermatic Collection, $219 each, hits stores in June

This year is a milestone for Ray-Ban. The eyewear innovator, whose aviators and Wayfarers are iconic fashion staples, is celebrating its 75th birthday this year. To mark the occasion, Ray-Ban is launching the Ambermatic collection, a line of aviators inspired by the 1937 original. Available in four styles - classic aviators with or without curved arms, the shooter, and the outdoorsman - the Ambermatic shades have light-sensitive photochromic yellow lenses that darken depending on light and temperature.

"People may not realize that Ray-Ban first started out from a military request for pilot's sunglasses. This Aviator style is something that was developed long ago but that continues to be nurtured by the brand with new frame materials and lens development," Sara Beneventi, Ray-Ban brand director, told WWD. "The relationship between Ray-Ban and the Aviator is treated with reverence. The Ambermatic is a testament to that commitment to craftsmanship and technical design."

Help Ray-Ban celebrate 75 years of aviators when the Ambermatic collection hits Sunglass Hut, Henri Bendel and upscale department stores in June.



wish list: kate spade leopard ikat randie top

The peplum trend is one of my favorites of the season. Peplums are chic and look amazing with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt, and best of all, they hide all your sins while emphasizing a narrow waist. Kate Spade's Leopard Ikat Randie top is a purrrr-fect peplum - it's 100 percent silk, with a flouncy hem and exposed zipper in the back. Wear her right now with bright white capris and kitten heels for a look that scream Audrey Hepburn, and this fall, wouldn't Randie look fab paired with a bold orange lip, black elbow length leather gloves and oversize Jackie O sunnies? Meow.

$268, Kate Spade


en pointe: god i love ballet

Today at the end of class, my ballet teacher gave me a high five and said, "good job." Simple praise, but it was the best. feeling. ever. Ballet is challenging, rewarding, beautiful, and I don't think I could live without it. Seriously, class is the highlight of my week, and I pour my heart and soul into every single pliƩ. I loooooove ballet!!! And I love this pic of my beat up pointe shoes, so I figured why not share it with my dear readers? My pointes are my fave accessory after all.


glam for good: women helping women

RGA model Yuliya, wearing Kaufmanfranco, and Mary Alice Stephenson

This past weekend I had the honor and privilege of assisting uber stylist Mary Alice Stephenson and her studio director Denise Caldwell with the Grace Centers of Hope Women Helping Women fashion show. It was truly an incredible experience, one that I will remember for the rest of my life.


wish list: treasure by samantha pleet geological cutout mini dress

I am so totally in love with this dress. Part of Anthropologie's Made In Kind collection of exclusive designs by the likes of Karen Walker, Gregory Parkinson and Tracy Reese, this perfect little frock from Treasure by Samantha Pleet captured my heart with its dreamy watercolor print and feminine silhouette. I mean, look at the back! This dress would be perfect for my upcoming trip to Stockholm...

say hello to rosie

Last night I finally watched the movie version of one of my favorite books, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It's the story of a 1930s traveling circus, a young vet, a star performer, and Rosie, the incredible elephant who brings them together despite the brutal ringmaster trying to keep them apart. I adore the book, and whenever I love a book, I always approach the film version with trepidation. Hollywood just has a way of ruining a good book, you know what I mean? Well, a full year after its theatrical release, I caught Water for Elephants the movie on HBO, and I loved it. Beautifully filmed, it brought the book to life - and watching it made my latest purchase, an elephant necklace from J.Crew, even more special. J.Crew calls it the "Lucy" pendant, but you can call her "Rosie."

Lucy Pendant, $35 at J.Crew stores