Relaxed Chic

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Head to Toe: Top and boots, Zara // Skinnies, Marshall's // (below) Beanie, American Apparel // Coat, thrifted

For a laid back Friday last week, heeled boots and a slouchy sweater struck the right cord between casual and pulled together. It was a brief hiatus between snowstorms, so I rocked my new kicks (which I promise to display in better lighting one of these days) without fear of ruining them in salt and sludge. I can't say the same for this week, which is getting hit with winter storms nonstop. I'm getting a haircut tomorrow, and I'm hoping it will be the pick-me-up I need to feel cute despite the weather, and my restricted choice of clothing and footwear. Monti, who decided to make a cameo below, is also desperately in need of a grooming, but he is going to have to wait for the snow to melt. Plus the fluffier he gets, the more Shih Tzu blankets I can knit.

Happy Fur-day and No-Shop March

Friday, February 27, 2015

Head to Toe: Blouse, Marshall's // Slacks, Continuations Consignments // Heels, Payless // Coat, thrifted

High five for Friday! How'd I do on my second crack at indoor photos—slightly better, no? I had an after-hours event last night so I dressed up a little more than usual and braved the ice in pumps. I sported my fur jacket, which is a statement on its own, so I kept the rest of the outfit low key. I squeaked in some shopping before the event and got some great buys...But, I'm in serious need to curb my spending, so I think it's time for another shop-free month. Early spring is an easier time to cut it out, since I'm entirely sick of winter clothes. And if the temperature actually does get above freezing, I can pull out my spring stock from storage. So, here I go on no-shop March! (Maxes out credit card on February 28...Just kidding!)

Winter Wear and Frigid Fare

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Head to Toe: Jeans, J. Brand // Booties, Target // Turtleneck, H&M // Sweater, The Limited // Hat, Target // Bag, Lands' End // Coat, Thrifted

Special thanks to my dear friend and coworker Alexis for snapping these pics today. As you can see, the snow is about taking over, and the frigid temps (it was one degree out when I woke up this morning) have made it challenging to get photos of late, but these snapshots seem to do the trick. Since my wardrobe choices have been limited to warm sweaters and pants, I decided to get creative with outwear, swapping my trusty beanie for a brimmed hat and donning a wool tweed coat instead of my daily black peacoat (or long puffer, depending on how sub-zero we're talking). 

Speaking of making do in the winter, I wanted to share a super-easy "recipe" for foodies such as myself (not that I qualify myself as a foodie, I just really enjoy eating) who are on a tight broke budget. I've been making some upgraded Ramen—yes, from the 35-cent package—that is both delicious and warm for a cold night in. Since I'm no cook, there aren't any precise measurements, but here's my method:

Ingredients: One package beef ramen, tomato, onion, sriracha, soy sauce, garlic powder
  • Start two small pots of water to boil (Ramen package instructs 2 cups, I eyeball it)
  • While water is boiling, dice a half of a tomato and a few slices of onion
  • When water boils, add noodles to one pot
  • While noodles are cooking, poach one egg in the other pot. To do this, crack an egg into a small bowl. Swirl the water as fast as you can with a fork, sliding the egg from the bowl into the whirlpool you've created. Let egg cook in the water. (If this is too intimidating, a hard boiled egg will do the trick as well.)
  • Three minutes later, add 2/3 of the seasoning package (be sure not to use the whole thing, or it will get too salty) to the noodle pot
  • Toss in tomato and onion
  • Add a generous squirt of Sriracha and soy sauce, to taste. Add a dash of garlic powder. 
  • Stir, pour soup into a bowl and top with poached egg. Enjoy!

It's like college, but better...

Pump It Up

Friday, February 20, 2015

Head to Toe: Blouse and vest, Continuations Consignments // Jeans, Forever 21 // Pumps, Payless

Okay, so my back porch is not the most scenic of photo locales, but it is one of the few places in this city not covered in snow. "Shut up about the snow, Annie. You could be in Boston." Noted. (Apparently I talk to myself now? TGIF.) Point is, I decided my boots and I needed an break emotionally, so I put on pumps yesterday for the first time since the deep freeze. My feet were cold all day, but it was worth it. Happy Friday, fashionistas!

Skirting The Issue

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Head to Toe: Blouse and cardi, Thrifted // Skirt, T.J. Maxx // Boots, Steve Madden

My apologies for the wonky lighting. Getting indoor shots takes practice, but I'll take it over braving the icy tundra without my snowboots. Yes, this is really me wearing something besides skinnies and a sweater for a work event last night. I couldn't help but whine to myself about how much better this outfit would look sans tights (and maybe with pumps instead?). Nonetheless, this is one of my favorite skirts for when I want to look a little more chic. I paired it with warm leggings and boots because February, and all black streamlined the look. I tried on a few necklaces but decided less was more and wore lipstick instead. Okay, let's be real, I would've worn both if I found the right necklace, but it sounded good, right?

Winter Wardrobe

Friday, February 13, 2015

Head to Toe: Sweater, Vince via Continuations Consignments // Skinnies, Hollister // Beanie, American Apparel // Boots, Sorel.

High five for Friday! With a long weekend in sight, nothing can bring down my mood right now—not even the temperature, which has dipped into the single digits. Here's another one of my typical looks: skinnies, boots, beanie. I promise once I can see my sidewalk (my front steps are an icy death trap) again I'll stop dressing like a hobo. But in the meantime, I kinda like it...

Weekend Uniform

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Head to Toe: Sweatshirt, Zara // Leggings, Marshall's // Boots, Sorel // Beanie, American Apparel

I probably shouldn't admit how many weekends in a row I've worn this outfit. But it's just so...easy. Beanie = undone hair. Lipstick = no other makeup. Leggings = room for seconds. And after a relaxing weekend of friends and family, plus plenty of cuddle time with Montague, I am ready to seize the week (and maybe even put on real pants). But, it might get delayed again with an ice storm making it's way though tonight. Good thing I have a comfy working space in my apartment. Happy Monday fun-day!
Side note: I have no idea why a purple butterfly is nailed to this building, but I find it oddly satisfying. 
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