Friday, November 14, 2014

Kate Spade Saturday

Lately, life has been such a whirlwind of surprises, that I've started to really reel it in, so to speak, and focus on the small things, the details, little stolen moments that really make me happy. Sometimes, the little things  make all the difference. Exchanging a smile with a stranger on the subway, hearing thank you from someone you love, laughing at an old inside joke with a friend, heck! finding a spare $20 in the pocket of your winter coat, or. . . finding that missed connection.

Along the lines of, 'it's the little things that count', I'm a sucker for a good monogram, a little touch of personality to keep things fresh. When I found out that Kate Spade had monogram options for their latest collection, it was an insta-yes! for me. 

Check out all my Kate Spade Saturday must-have's below! Fall/Winter essentials, start with monograms and end with boxy knits, leather staples, an everyday go-to bag, and some gold accents. 

Wearing: Topshop Dress, See U Soon Sweater, Kate Spade Saturday Mini-Mini Bag, Missguided Shoes.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Authentic Life(Style)

Is it a coincidence that your life changes as the seasons do? ‘Spring Cleaning’ for me has always meant much more than getting rid of clothes that don’t fit or ones that have become outdated. Seasonal changes, to me, mean one thing; transformation always, in all ways.

This fall has already been a tizzy of change, newness, excitement, some heartbreak, more love. I’ve promised to always be honest with you guys and share every ounce of my life(style), and I’m sure you can all relate. Seasonal shedding, if you will, can definitely be as heavy as it sounds, but it’s what keeps us alive – literally. This year, I’ve especially committed myself to always choosing love, not fear, to seeking truth at whatever cost and being happy on even the smallest, most elementary level.

On this track, I’ve taken inventory of many things recently, including my wardrobe, by wearing whatever I feel my best self in. Bomber jacket, check. Ripped up denim, check. Booties that I can stomp around Brooklyn in, check! When you think about change, you might see that all you need to do is get back to basics, get back to your core.  Throw on your ‘uniform’, and call it a day.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Boot Camp

Few things in life get me, over-the-moon, je suis excite, más feliz de todo el mundo, excited.

Some of those things, I can't exactly discuss here (hush, hush), others I'm more than happy to (over)share with you about. Shoes, are somewhere on this list of ultimate happiness - right up there with  cocktails.. brunch .. my upcoming trip to LA .. other unmentionables and etceteras.

Putting your best foot forward, starts with the right pair of shoes, right? I always thought so, and this approach hasn't really failed me yet. I start with the shoe and work my way up, planning outfits around my new pair of stiletto's or black suede booties. I'm a shortie, so I love a good heel, but I also love to stomp around this city like my life depended on it. Running from borough to borough, uptown meetings, downtown drinks. If you ask me, activities such as these, call for the perfect black bootie. Moto-style? Naturally. Stacked-Heel? Occasionally. Lace-up. You better believe it.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Acid Wash

One of my favorite things to do on a whim, is find the nearest thrift store, scowl around for beat up leathers, some fringe (because, why not?), high-waisted Levi's, beatle boots, and lastly, my obsession, floral dresses to wear with my Keds. Yes, I said Keds. Think Courtney Love, Hole. 90's style, naturally. 

When I found this Acid Wash Vintage jacket at a small store on Long Island, I knew it was just what my Fall wardrobe had been lacking. Who says no to a little acid wash action, am I right? 

Mondays are hard enough, your outfit shouldn't be. Simple does it in this denim-on-denim combo! Peep below for some of my favorite denim jackets for the season!
Wearing: Vintage Jacket, Topshop Denim, Timberland Boots.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Being Beatle

I've always said that if I were able to flashback to any decade, it'd of course be the 60's. So mod, so fresh, so alive. The music, the fashion.. Wait, was I born in the wrong decade? Once, in college, my professor asked us to write a thesis on one person we'd love to go back in time to meet. Before I concluded that I would one-thousand-percent circle back in time to meet my MOM in her early 20's, I thought hands down it'd have to be Veruschka or - gasp! - Peggy Moffitt. 

If you're equally into this Mod(ern) Effect, peep some of my favorite must-have's below! It turns out, Being Beatle, is all it's cracked up to be!

Imagery thanks to Jamie Weiss

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pinstripe Play

Feeling a little frisky and professional this Monday. Somewhere between morning meetings and not being quite ready to part with my weekend garb, I swapped my high-waisted jeans for a vintage pinstripe skirt. 

Pinstripes; a new-new for me, as I'd ordinarily consider them to be strictly square, workplace attire, I've started adding them into my wardrobe to pair with moto-leathers, oversized knits, and some raised oxfords for some bravado.

You know I love a good spin on a Catholic School uniform. Can never seem to beat it; plaids, pinstripes, and gingham skirts are alternately my go-to when I just don't know what else to wear. Funny how uniforms, what you've grown up wearing, will follow you throughout the years. It's been well over a decade since Erin Lynn and I have strutted down the halls of Catholic School, rolling our skirts at the waist so the hemline would become shorter, knotting our oxford shirts to create a crop-top effect. My, how time doth fly.
Wearing: Topshop Top, Nasty Gal Jacket, Vintage Skirt, Missguided Shoes.

Friday, October 31, 2014

RE/DUN Jeans

I've said it before, and I'll say it again; I don't think there's anyone in the world (yes, the e n t i r e world - Darth Vadar Voice), who would say that Jeans and a T-shirt wasn't cool.  So, when my friends at RE/DUN sent me these repurposed vintage Levi's, I reached an absolute. If I could live and die in worn in denim, I would.

My wardrobe has always been de facto divided into two systems; jeans and t-shirts or leather pants and the same. Something about life lately, has me feeling like I need to just be as comfortable as possible at all times. I'm talking, 'What would I wear on a 6 hour flight', is the Q of the hour for me most mornings when getting dressed. I can't stand the idea of feeling restricted inside my clothing, it's supposed to feel like an extension of me, not like armor. And, this brings us back, full-circle, to the notion that Jeans and a T-shirt are more like wardrobe sanity than anything else.
Wearing: RE/DUN Jeans, American Apparel Top, FrontRowShop Coat, Nine West Booties.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nine West Drunch

 What better way to unwind after a long week of work then to skip out on ordinary weekend errands, for a little R&R with friends. A very much needed brunch catch up session, followed by shopping in Soho with Christina and Serena, was just what this girl needed to get over all the city noise.  Plus, shopping, eating, mimosa-ing, and catching up with friends, always sounds like the most solid weekend, if you ask me.
Wearing: Nine West Booties, Express Denim, See U Soon Sweater, Quiksilver Hat.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Faux Leather and Denim

My deep love for Denim and Leather, is no secret. After living in Brooklyn for so long, spending years building a wardrobe that I could take with me from season to season, and figuring out what items to splurge, save, or invest in, I've always considered some version of a denim-leather combo to be my home base.

I've worn my fair share of leather pants all through my 20's, 
and have been wearing denim jackets, since the first day of First Grade. At six, a denim jacket with patches my grandma helped me iron on, was my way to be an individual amongst all my other Catholic School contemporaries, in all our matching pleated plaid skirts and oxford shirts.  Flash forward to the time I begged for a new denim jacket after watching The Breakfast Club, for the first time. More like Judd Nelson, less like Molly Ringwald. Denim, or my pseudo uniform through the years, is more like a security blanket than anything else.

Today, this outfit stands to be my most comfortable one of the week, and it most definitely has everything to do with the fact that I could live in this denim vest on repeat. When my friends at Kmart sent me these new items to try, I instantly felt most like myself. More importantly, I know I'll be able to go from my last meeting of the day, to Happy Hour in LES, and back to Brooklyn for a nightcap without having to change a stitch.
Wearing: Kmart Vest and Skirt

This post was brought to you thanks to Kmart

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tough Mini

My obsession with plaid skirts, stemmed somewhere between Catholic School uniforms and moving to NYC, where I quickly realized the power of mixing and matching, consequently learning that plaid is always the most solid option. Bomber jackets are totally new for me, and I 'ain't' mad about it.

Now, back to the grind, back to réalité, as it were. Getting by, just fine. Comfort at it's finest.

After a pretty amazing and relaxing weekend, it's been a slow moving Monday to say the least. Karen Carpenter, said it best; rainy days and Mondays, will always prove to be problematic for me. Fact. Every Monday morning always begins so ardently, if I could purchase coffee intravenously, I would. Sometimes, it's hard to get your bearings, to start the week off properly. Taking it easy, is a little new for me. Stepping away from work, forgetting to take my phone with me, resisting the urge to check and respond to every single Email. It was pretty blissful, just what I needed.
Wearing: Urban Outfitters Top (try this!), Aritzia Jacket, See U Soon Mini, Timberland Boots.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Boyfriend Coat

My first seasonal stakeout, was this Boyfriend Coat from Missguided. I had my eye on this coat, when I was still sipping Summer cocktails, and knew I'd be able to wear it endlessly all Fall/Winter long. Last season was so intense in NYC, that this time around, I'm fully prepared with all the necessary outerwear - all of it. 

Counting down until I can live in all the classic Winter Wardrobe Essentials; 
 beginning with boyfriend coats - the boxier the better, if I could get my hands on a literal 'boyfriends' coat I would - oversized knits, and strictly leather pants. On alternate days, when leather pants seem less suitable, some ripped up denim, does just the trick.

Peep below to shop some of the Boyfriend Coats I'm currently lusting after! 

Wearing: Missguided CoatBodysuit, and ShoesTopshop Jeans.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Knit Shrug

The end of Summer, to me, means one thing. Finally, the ability to break out my leather(s) and hit the town running in some oversized knits, boyfriend flannels (literally), and all the black suede booties a girl can possibly keep inside one pre-war apartment.

Fall in the city, 
is really extraordinary. When I look back to all my favorite memories since I've moved here, most of them took place sometime during the Fall; Sundays in Central Park with the NYT Crossword, a long stroll to Bushwick with Rob and a coffee, dinners on the roof under lights, with blankets, spiked hot cider on the stove, friends over - you get the memento.

Now that the weathers made the total shift, I'm beyond excited about hot ciders, leather pants, cozy sweaters, and for once - changing up my hair and make-up. For a girl like me who's been doing the same beauty routine since, well, practically the day I first started wearing make-up, taking the time to try new techniques is pretty exciting. I've been relying on wash-and-go curls and a faux undercut all Summer long, and thanks to Candice, am now able to throw on a cat-eye for some effect. A little shimmer goes a long way, so does being open to trying new things. I, for one, can't wait to go for it this Fall. What about you guys?

Wearing: Missguided Sweater and Shoes, Ella Moss Tank (try this!), H&M Leather Pants (try these!)

Photos by Rob McCurdy