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Have a Sunny Weekend!

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After the surprising March snowfall yesterday, I was so happy to wake up to the sunniest morning I’ve had in months. It looks like the good weather will keep up for the entire weekend (knock on wood) so I’ll be shooting outfit photos, getting brunch with my girlfriends, and exploring West Village. I can’t wait to try out the food at this place and get some great pictures on the blog and on my Instagram. Hope you guys have an equally bright and warm weekend!

My favorite posts this week:

Photo courtesy of Gary Pepper Girl

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Currently Obsessed With: Klarra

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I discovered Klarra, a Singaporean designer, from a fellow Instagrammer. Just goes to show that little app is truly inspiring and far-reaching. Wouldn’t you love to wear one of these outfits when the weather warms up? It’s currently blizzarding outside so that might be a while from now, but I still bought 5 things from Klarra yesterday in case they get sold out before spring. Never want to take any chances when it comes to beautiful clothes, am I right or am I right?

My favorite pieces have been:
1. Wide leg pants, which seem to be trending all over Fashion Weeks
2. Pastel culottes– perfect alternative to the colorful sundress
3. A minimalist sweatshirt dress
4. A similarly chic sweatshirt
6. Delicate yet sexy lace bralette

P.S. Follow me on Instagram if you aren’t already :) @stephaniexzhang

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Are luxury massages worth the price tag?

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For Valentine’s Day, Dan and I treated ourselves to a couples massage package at the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria. We arrived to the 19th floor of the illustrious hotel, where the elevators opened up to ornate gold wallpaper and elegant hanging crystals. One spa attendant stowed away our coats and bags while another treated us to hot tea and fresh juice. Shortly after, two masseuses took us to our private massage room where we were welcomed with a bottle of champagne and Godiva truffles. The whole experience basically made me feel like a real life Blair Waldorf.

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We agreed on a Swedish massage, which I like to call the Goldilocks of massages: not too firm but not too gentle. After our 50 minutes of heaven, we were allowed 20 minutes to relax in our personal steam room and shower. I even got to spritz on some signature Guerlain perfume before leaving.

So was it worth the steep price tag (over $500 with tax and tip)? I would compare it to dining at a 3 Michelin Star restaurant. It’s great to experience that kind of luxury and over-the-top service once in a while and you’re extremely lucky if you can do it on a regular basis. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great massage in New York for a lot cheaper. Sure, that corner place offering $60 for 60 minute massages might not afford you chocolates, champagne and your own steam room, but hell, I say sneak in a box of Godivas, down a few glasses of champagne at dinner beforehand and jump into your own bathroom tub when you get home if you still want to experience a little bit of hedonism. Then take all that money you saved and spend it on a pair of Jimmy Choos ;)

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Just for the record…

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I see white and gold. I tried a dozen times on a desktop computer, a laptop, my phone, Dan’s iPad, you name it…I will never see black and blue. I even almost toppled over my chair just now moving my head in various directions in a final attempt to see what half the internet is talking about. Apparently, this phenomenon has to do with whether you perceive the dress in a shadow (gold and white) or in bright light (black and blue). Read more here.

P.S. The amazon reviews for the dress, which is apparently black and blue although I still refuse to believe it, are hilarious:

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Happy Friday!

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Snowmaggedon round 2 is coming to New York on Sunday so I’m going to squeeze all the weekend fun into one jam-packed Saturday. I’ll be shooting a few style photos, trying out Bluestone Collective Cafe in West Village, and eating barbeque at Miss Korea. Hope you all have a sunnier weekend than mine.

My favorite links this week:

A photo cool series on New Yorkers’ dinner habits

Stunning shoes 

And another great pair of heels if you’re a size 40, which I am not :'(

Is that sale item worth the tailoring? Find out here.

Amazing deal on movies

Raw vegan never looked so delicious

Woah. Picasso might upend the art market.

Do your shoes scream stylish and wealthy or nice and boring?

Photo by Cher Bai

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Currently Obsessed With: Spring 2015 Couture Edition

You know that emoji with the heart eyes? That’s exactly what my face looked like when I started scanning through the Spring 2015 Couture shows. My jaw dropped, my eyes widened, and I immediately thought to myself, “How can I get invited to a gala so I can wear these dresses.” I swear the couture lines this year were made for me: feminine, ethereal, and extremely detail-oriented. Reigning in 2015 with tons of lace, beautiful rose golds, pearly blues, and sensual shapes, these designers might be signaling a year of ladylike luxury.

Giambattista Valli:

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Ralph Russo:

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Christian Dior:

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Zuhair Murad:

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Elie Saab:

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Photos from oliviapalermo.com

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Valentine’s Gifts for Her

The Valentine’s Series continues with the easiest post I’ve written to date…gifts to get your girlfriend ;)

1. For the gal who loves curling up with a soft blanket and a great book, and by that I mean a real book where you can flip through pages and run your fingers along inked words: 

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Fine quality loose leaf tea, a quirky mug, and her favorite book so she can enjoy a soothing cup of tea while cherishing all the bits she missed the first time she read it.

2. For the lady who looks beautiful sleeping in an old college tee or nothing at all…but deserves to go to bed in something a little more sexy:

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A set of silky red pajamas that will make her feel gorgeous and seductive all at the same time.

3. For the shoe-lover who never gets to wear flirtatious sandals because of her office job:

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A pair of lavish red heels that she’d never buy for herself

4. For the woman who admires the blooming roses every time she passes by the florist on her way to work:

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A year-long subscription that delivers a bouquet of flowers to her door every month!

5. For the traditional girl who wants nothing but a sentimental piece of jewelry:

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A bracelet engraved with the coordinates of where you first met

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