Work Hard, Play Hard

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Happy Tuesday, fashionistas!...It's been a whirlwind few weeks, so apologies for my lack of posting. I've been loving my new gig at Footwear Plus and Earnshaw's magazines, and it's been great to be in the city. But New York, especially with a commute from Connecticut, is a bit tiring. My sweet pup also had surgery last week (everything went well and we took him home from the hospital yesterday). So needless to say it's been a struggle to get clothes on my body every day, let alone blog about them. But don't worry, it hasn't been all work and no play for this dull girl. This past weekend we celebrated my bestie and roomie's birthday with a night out, and I never shared photos from Halloween a few weeks back (snaps below). Otherwise, there have been a lot of late nights and early mornings, and I've found myself lacking the energy to put together creative outfits. Do you have any advice/tricks to look stylish in less time? Signed, in a rut. 

Tight Decision

Monday, November 9, 2015

Head to Toe: Sweater, H&M // Skirt and tights, Marshall's // Oxfords, Forever 21 // Coat, thrifted

After last week's warm spell, it's finally starting to feel like November in the Northeast. I did some Marshall's shopping this past weekend to stock up on some commuter necessities (including these ultra comfy fleece-lined tights) and scored this denim skirt on the clearance rack to boot. On a particularly cold night a few weeks ago, I was out to dinner with my boyfriend when he commented on a crew of women that came in, sans tights: "Do girls ever wear tights? They must be freezing." My mom and dad--who herald from Maryland and Delaware, respectively--would attribute this to New England stubbornness, but I think there's more. I told Sean that I thought most women put off wearing tights for as long as possible since, in my opinion, most dresses and skirts look better without them (more shape, less bulk). And in New York City, bare legs are a downright status symbol. In an article for the Guardian, Jess Cartner-Morley asserts that black tights are what separates the models from the mortals (i.e., if you take the subway and can't afford a St. Barth's tan in December, tights are a matter of practicality). But the jury's still out. In a reaction to Cartner-Morley's article, Refinery 29 writer Rachel Syme defends her beloved, luxurious black tights. I guess I am on the fence...I have suffered through many a freezing Connecticut winter and am absolutely miserable if I'm too cold. I have a drawer-full of tights in every color of the rainbow that I wear all winter long, and they can absolutely look adorable (I wouldn't have shared this look with you if I didn't think so). But, there is something to opting out when it comes to really showing off a dress. I'll admit to toughing out both New Year's and my birthday (which is in late January) in bare legs. Bottom line is that this blog is about how everyday girls dress for everyday life, and going to work between November and March (let's be real, April in the Northeast) in bare legs is quite silly. But on special occasions when I can spring for a cab, you might see me pretending to be an it girl for a night (sporting a drugstore faux tan).

Locally Made: Mint City U.S.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Casual weekend look

Hey, fashionistas! I want to bring your attention to a really cool brand that's designed and made locally in Norwalk, Connecticut called Mint City. Just in time for holiday shopping (yes, terrifying that that time has come) are two new collections: Intergallactic MeltCrew and Melt Cycles. The line includes graphic tees, jackets, hoodies and hats in both printed and embroidered designs. For products that are handmade in small batches, the price point is unbeatable (Tees are $30 and under; beanies run for $15). The selection is perfect for the man in your life who insists on American-made, and chicks can rock it too. My loyal readers are already aware of my beanie obsession in the wintertime, so I styled a perfect Saturday look with one of the new hats, above. Happy shopping!

Life Lately and Flashback Halloweens

Friday, October 30, 2015

Last year's vintage circus performer costume is an all-time favorite!

Happy Halloweekend, fashionistas! It's been a busy October for me, and as it turns out, the end of a chapter. I'm starting a new job on Monday in New York City that will shake up my current routine, so I've been admittedly a bit preoccupied with the transition. While I am SO excited for this new venture (details to come), I'm sad to leave the support I've had in this role for the past several years. Some of my coworkers are also people that I call my dearest friends. But in this case, change is a great thing, and I can't wait to get to it!

In some un-preoccupied time (new word?), I have been enjoying what is arguably my favorite month of the year. Sean and I carved pumpkins, explored new neighborhoods, and I went to my first pro hockey game. My share of seasonal beers and ciders have been consumed. Best yet, tomorrow is my favorite holiday! (I'm sharing two of my most-recent, and most-loved, costumes here). And the soundtrack is just as important, so tune into my Spotify "Halloweekend" playlist and get in the mood!

Totally channelling Daisy Buchanan from my favorite book, The Great Gatsby, two Halloweens ago.

Workweek Outfits

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Happy hump day, fashionistas! Last week was a busy one of meetings, appointments and after-hours cocktailing (for both work and play), so my outfits had to go the distance. It was also, sadly, one of the last warm weeks of fall. Any other New Englanders turn on their heat this weekend? *sobs internally* I better refresh my tights collection, because I don't think I can tough it out in bare legs much longer...
Monday Head to Toe: Dress, Old Navy // Jacket, Wilson (hand-me-down) // Booties, VS
Tuesday Head to Toe: Sweater, Zara // Vest, DWR Consignments // Jeans, Continuations Consignments // Booties, VS
Wednesday Head to Toe: Dress, Marshalls // Top (underneath), Urban Outfitters // Boots, Steve Madden
Friday Head to Toe: Tee, Old Navy // Flannel, Urban Outfitters // Jacket, Target // Jeans, Old Navy // Booties, thrifted

DIY Closet Costumes for Halloween

Monday, October 19, 2015

Happy Monday, fashionistas! I hope you enjoyed this blustery fall weekend as much as I did. The cold front is a reminder that Halloween is less than two week away. Have you planned your costume yet? Sean and I are doing a couple's costume, but, as always, I'm keeping the details quiet until Halloween. If you aren't as crazy as me, you may not have even thought about what you'll be: Hence, my annual DIY last-minute costume post. The only thing worse than an expensive store-bought look is a lame pair of cat ears, or (gasp!) nothing at all. These ideas can be put together with clothes you already have in your closet, plus a few accessories if you want to up the ante. Timeless or timely, check out these Instagram-worthy looks that will win Halloween.
Helen of Troy DIY costume
Any Grecian dress can serve as the base for this Helen of Troy costume. Pair with gold bangles, and slip on braided sandals. A gauzy scarf makes a good headpiece and adds warmth. The final accessory? An armor-clad Paris with a bow and arrow.
Wednesday Adams DIY costume

Have a white collared shirt and long sleeved black LBD in your closet? Then you've got all it takes to look like an Adams daughter. Layer the two and add pigtail braids and black tights. Extra points for pale makeup and a scowl. 
Jurassic World DIY Halloween Costume
Claire from Jurassic World was definitely one of this year's most badass female characters. A white pencil skirt and blouse layered over a tank is all it takes. (Messy it up for the full effect.) One caveat: No taking off your heels—all. night. long. If Claire can run from the Velociraptors in hers, then you can get from your apartment to the party and back.

Bad Blood Halloween Costume
Speaking of badass female characters, Taylor Swift's Bad Blood video has a ton. Wear this solo or with your whole squad. Leather leggings and a clingy black turtleneck make the look. A funky belt and some big glasses (ski goggles maybe?) bring it home.

Halloween - Hillary Clinton
Besides for her emails, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is perhaps most famous for her power suits. Find one cheap at the thrift store (or pair a blazer and slacks in the same color), then add pearls and a patriotic pin. 
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