Sunday, January 14, 2018

2017 Year In Review

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When the year stretches into December and holiday stress piles up on short, cold days, it's easy to crave that fresh start January promises. This past year had its share of personal challenges for me. Career-wise, the publishing industry is going through tough times, and I certainly felt the effects. I pushed through, picked up some side hustles and am starting 2018 is a new position at a thriving luxury magazine. 

January certainly delivered on its promise for a fresh start for me, but I don't want to harp on the hiccups of 2017 because there were so many awesome moments. I think it's easy to count down to midnight and wipe away the bad tweets times, but I don't want to be dismissive of all the great things the past year provided. Below, I'm rounding up some of my favorite milestones—and outfits—from 2017, which set me up for a promising year ahead. Happy New Year, fashionistas!
  • Sean and I took our first trip to Europe together, visiting Paris and Milan.
  • I styled a bunch of fun photo shoots, including one with live piglet models. (Life goals, just saying.)
  • Sean proposed and I SAID YES!!
  • We took a week on the beach in Virginia and nailed in our wedding venue.
  • I scored quite a few front row seats at fashion week and got to interview Kristen Cavallari. 
  • We had our first Halloween party (something I've been wanting to do for years) and it was a rave success.
  • We spent Thanksgiving in Virginia, enjoyed family time and said yes to the cake!
  • My family traveled to NYC for Christmas, and we hosted our first holiday. Cornish game hens got five stars.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Before The Freeze

Head to Toe: Sweater, Evidnt // Skirt, The Fifth Label // Coat, BA&SH // Booties, Dr. Scholl's

What is that? A sliver of shin showing? Okay, you got me, these photos are a few weeks old, i.e. pre "bomb cyclone." It has been a very chilly, snow-covered 2018 so far, so I've been in full-on hibernation mode and haven't taken any blog photos. These were shot over Christmas break when my family came to stay with Sean and I in NYC for the holiday. It's been a wonderful whirlwind of a month, but I'm ready to settle in (and yes, hibernate) for a little while.

I haven't written down any resolutions, but my mind's been preoccupied with how I want this year to look. It's certainly going to be a busy start—our wedding is in April, and I have some other career news to share soon—but full of some awesomely exciting times. In the midst of determining whatever my resolutions might be, I keep thinking of this quote by Gretchen Rubin in The Happiness Project (which I read years ago and am contemplating revising): "The days are long but the years are short."

It's so true. Last year was full of some long, trying days (and lots of wonderful ones), but it seemed to go by in a flash. More than anything, I want to slow down and enjoy this time in my life, which you only get once. I think the first step is to cut out the background noise...Today, I unfollowed about 50 accounts on Instagram. It was a small gesture but felt surprisingly freeing. I guess that's my first resolution, to simplify. Stay tuned for what else I come up with for 2018. What are your resolutions?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Festivity In The City

Head to Toe: Jumper, EVIDNT // Mules, Summit // Bag, The Sak // Necklace, Ritani // Earrings, Flaca Jewelry

Love it or hate it (or love it and hate it), there's no denying one thing about New York City: The place knows how to do Christmas. Sparkly trees are sited pretty much everywhere you go, every restaurant and stoop is lit up and every hall decked. With less than a week until Christmas (how!?!), I'm taking the opportunity to pose in front of every green sparkly thing that I can and tote my pup around like the best present a girl could as for, because he is! How are you enjoying the holiday season?

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Head to Toe: Turtleneck and jeans, thrifted // Boots, Sorel // Hat, Zara // Earrings, Deepa Guarni // Sweater, RAGA

This weekend, a magical thing happened...We had our first snow day in NYC! Sean and I had to make a quick sojourn to Brooklyn, but when I returned home, the Upper West Side was a winter wonderland. I had to take a moment  to snap some blog photos (featuring this cozy cardigan I have barely taken off in the past week), then spent the rest of the afternoon in cozy hibernation mode watching the snow fall from my window. And the best part about living in NYC is there is no shoveling! How did you spend the first snow day of the year?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Menswear-Inspired Shirtdress & Festive Fringe

Head to Toe: Dress, J.O.A. // Coat, vintage // Hat, vendor // Earrings, Deepa Gurnani // Booties, Nina

I always say that after Halloween, you blink and it's New Year's. Here we are, half a blink through, and I can't believe how soon 2017 will be over! Sean and I had the loveliest Thanksgiving in Virginia, but after a week of traveling it was nice to have a low key weekend home these past few days to do chores and, more importantly, decorate for Christmas. The tree has been trimmed, the stockings hung by the mantle with care and the cookie-scented candles lit...nothing makes me happier. These next few weeks will be a blur, I'm sure, but I'm trying to slow down and enjoy as much as I can. Since I've missed a few weeks on the blog, I'm catching you up with some Instagram's. Happy Holiday season, fashionistas!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Warm, Chunky Sweater Weather

Head to Toe: Sweater, Vince // Jeans, Wrangler // Boots, Bearpaw // Bag, The Sak

Early last week, it was 70 degrees in NYC. By Friday, it was below freezing. That's New England for you, and I'm not really minding the cold front, to be honest. Super chunky, warm, cozy sweaters like this one are helping, along with sheepskin boots. And it's getting me stoked for Thanksgiving which is—what???—next week! I'm ready to say so-long to high waist jeans and hello to post-turkey stretchy pants. All. The. Stuffing.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Leather Leggings and an Exciting Jewelry Launch

Head to Toe: T-shirt, MKT Studio (similar) // Leather leggings, David Learner // Shoes, KOIO // Hand Chain, Midori Linea // Bag, Michael Kors via TJ Maxx

The weather has finally turned in NYC, and it's finally feeling all autumnal and crispy. I'm reacting by piling on the sweaters, boots and scarves, but I haven't resorted to my giant wool coat yet. I snapped these shots earlier this week, before the cold came, when sneakers and a denim jacket did the trick. Knowing the weather these days, it will probably be 70 again next week so don't count my sneaker game out yet.

Thankfully, this not-so bundled look allowed me to show off my new hand chain from Midori Linea, handmade by designer Sakura. This is my first experimentation with a hand chain, and I absolutely love it. The bracelet-and-ring design with Blue Topaz quartz just felt extra special for a Monday, and the light construction didn't feel over-the-top. The brand's relaunched site and exclusive line debuts next week, on Nov. 16, and I am so excited to check out all of the pieces. The best part? Midori Linea is donating a portion of proceeds from sales to victims affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Stay tuned for more on this exciting collab!
Photos by the fiancĂ© . This post is sponsored by Midori Linea, but all opinions are my own.