Monday, January 16, 2017

Ballet Class

Head to Toe: Top, handmade // Jeans, Old Navy // Flats, French Sole // Bag, vintage (gift)

Happy MLK Day, fashionistas! I am unfortunately working, but it was nice to have an empty subway on the way to work. I wore this last week during a mild temperature spell (the weather had been so up and down these days). The top is another handmade beauty by my mom, and I finished the outfit with a ballerina bun—thanks to a little help from my doughnut.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cozy Things

Head to Toe: Sweater, Buffalo Exchange // Blanket Scarf, Cougar // Headband, Under Armour // Jeans, Old Navy // Boots, Khombu

We've started getting our first helpings of the white stuff in New York City. Yesterday morning, we woke up to a few inches on the ground, and I'm currently watching the snow fall out outside window as I type. These little Khombu duck boots are the perfect thing to slip on without clunking all over the city. (Still, nothing compares to my Sorel Joan of Arctics when there's more than a few inches outside.) And I can't stress enough how much I love this cozy blanket scarf. It's a must for wrapping up on my commute, using as a blanket in the office—it's even been used as an impromptu dog blanket. If you're looking for some weekend reading, Refinery 29 posted this great article about how to style one without looking like Ralphie's brother in A Christmas Story. Let's just say it's a delicate balance. Stay warm, fashionistas!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sweatpants Are All That Fit Me...

Head to Toe: Top, Zara // Booties, Thursday Boot Company // Pants, made by mom

Two months of indulging for the holidays has me feeling like Regina George. Okay, sweatpants might not be the only thing that fits right now, but still, they're way more comfortable than my increasingly tight high-waist jeans. Thankfully, my mom sewed me these super cute sweats for Christmas, and they were my go-to look for my first day back after a long break. I needed to ease into the whole pants thing, okay?? And if you ask me, they look pretty chic with booties and a nice top.

But back to the whole indulgence thing...Are you hopping onto the New Year's diet/exercise bandwagon? Sean and I always cook a lot, so we eat pretty clean, but there are still too many cookies around to be on a strict diet! Simply getting to work seemed like an admirable enough feat this week, so I'll be on the new-year-new-me grind with ya'll next week...or maybe I'll just get bigger pants...

Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year's Eve Outfit

 Head to Toe: Jumper, Topshop (via Buffalo Exchange) // Coat, Zaful // Bag, Vintage Thrift (gift)

When one reaches a certain age, the idea of scamping around on New Year's Eve in a tiny cocktail dress becomes pretty unappealing. I found this Topshop jumper still with tags at Buffalo Exchange and immediately knew it would be a winner for tomorrow night. We're going to a low-key bar in Connecticut, so depending on the thermostat I may check my coat. But, if I have to keep it on (likely), at least it's furry and stylish. I'll be ringing in the New Year with friends and loved ones, and I hope you are doing the same...Happy 2017, fashionistas!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Beanie Baby

Head to Toe: Turtleneck, H&M // Jeans, Rachel Roy via Thredup // Beanie, Teva // Sweatshirt, Juicy Couture // Booties, Musse & Cloud

This week has been the loveliest between-holiday stretch. Our office is working from home, and I've enjoyed some extra downtime for yoga and cooking. I like to actually get dressed each day, so I've been spending the afternoons working from a nearby coffee shop. Although, nothing wrong with wearing a beanie instead of doing your hair, right?? Enjoy the last few days of 2016, fashionistas!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dear 2016...

Dear 2016,
You've been catching a lot of flack these days. I've heard a lot of people call you the "worst year ever." Ouch...I mean, you did do some damage—terror attacks, mass shootings, public health crises, a tumultuous election—it was a year for the books. Still, a lot of awesome things happened too. Instead of focusing on one olympic swimmer's national embarrassment, let's talk about Katie Ledecky, who broke her own world record and nabbed four gold medals in Rio. Also this year, the U.S. Treasury announced Harriet Tubman would appear on the $20 bill, the unemployment rate reached a pre-recession low and the Cubs finally won the World Series. You weren't all bad, 2016. 

Personally, 2016 was a mix of challenges and triumphs as well. I moved in with Sean in Brooklyn and fulfilled my lifelong dream of living New York City. I learned to savor tiny victories like coming down the subway steps just as the train is pulling in. (I also experienced those crushing defeats of arriving just as one is pulling out of the station.) I learned not to let not-so-nice people bother me. I was also pleasantly surprised by all of the Good Samaritans in a city with a reputation for being hard. I walked a lot

I took big strides at work: I went to fashion week for the first (and second) time. I took my hand at styling the looks for several photo shoots. I traveled to trade shows in Atlanta and Germany—my very first time to Europe—alone. 

Sean and I took an insanely decadent, all-inclusive vacation to the Dominican Republic. We also ate our way through Austin, TX. We hosted some fun get-togethers at our apartment, watched the fireworks from our roof on the Fourth of July, and re-watched the entire Scrubs series. We got a new puppy, who charms us with his sweetness and drives us crazy with his energy. We ended the year with Thanksgiving at my family's and Christmas with his. 

Overall, 2016 was a year of enormous growth for me. I've been challenged and stretched in ways I never knew possible. It was a challenging year, for sure, but one that has left me in a pretty great place to start a new year. Here's to you, 2016!