Friday, October 30, 2015

Life Lately and Flashback Halloweens

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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Workweek Outfits

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

Monday, October 19, 2015

DIY Closet Costumes for Halloween

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. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Five Links for Fall

Happy October, fashionistas! I've been making my list and checking it twice: Pumpkins are on the doorstep, the box of sweaters in my basement has been brought up and unpacked, cinnamon candles have been burned, pumpkin beer drank, squash soup consumed and costume planning is in full swing. Here's what the world wide web has to say about my most favorite time of the year.
Lucky Shops has fall outfit inspo covered with 31 Perfect October Outfits. This look by Style Me Gracie has it all: this season's it shirt dress worn as a vest, layered plaids, distress denim and lace-up booties. #OutfitGoals.
If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I am absolutely crazy for Halloween. Brit & Co's 100 Creative DIY Couples Costumes has a ton of great ideas that you can easily make for yourself (and your man, optional). For more ideas on costumes you can create from your closet, visit my posts from years past herehere and here. And don't worry, 2015's is in the works.
It's crock-pot season. The recipes are easy to make and can cook while you're at work, smelling up the house with warm deliciousness for when you get home. Huffington Post has rounded up 48 of the best recipes, including this pork ramen—drool.
Netflix and chill? Domino has 10 spaces that are perfect for a comfy movie night (or whole weekend for that matter).
Speaking of Netflix, Refinery 29 has the full list over everything coming to Netflix in October. Batman, Alexander and Johnny Depp's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are in my queue.