Fa-la-la Flannel!

I’m thinking this look is the country counterpoint to my last Jersey City post…which was 11 days ago! I have been the busiest over these last almost-2-weeks that I’ve been in a long, long while. A big shoot and edit for a L’Oreal haircare project and a new campaign pitch on another haircare brand. While I do love what I do, I’ve missed posting! We shot this look last weekend, and it’s only now late on the following Friday night that I could sit down and write this post, share these pics. Hope you enjoy!

First of all, this look is the perfect example of shopping my closet…and one of my son’s! (Don’t laugh…I wear Chanler’s snowboarding pants from when he was 12!) So yes, this flannel shirt was originally in a teenage boy’s wardrobe, but now it’s mine.

So let’s start at the top. I LOVE this hat, pun intended. And the fact that the pom-pom looks like a snowball that just landed on my head. Silly? Uh yeah. But what the heck. There’s no better message than love. As previously noted, the flannel shirt was raided from one of my sons. I super love this reversible down vest — leopard and black! — but it’s from C. Wonder, the company founded and dissolved (sob!) by Chris Burch, Tory’s Ex. A serious fashion tragedy in my book. The jeans are old skinnies. The super cute raffia and faux fur bag is just the cutest. Ever. And a great way to carry a summer trend straight into winter. So what’s new? These killer OTK boots. From Stuart Weitzman, my go-to boot guru. On sale! Yay! And with a rubber sole that’s perfect for the Dacks.

So I’m pretty sure you can put your own spin on this combo in the city…or country.  And LOVE it. Let me know!

We took these pics at my absolute favorite Adirondack store, Dartbrook Rustic Goods. I had to run in for some stocking stuffers, as well as a vintage piece of owl art I’ve had my eye on. Luckily it was still there! If you’re discerning, you can see it’s an ward-winning shopping destination. Check out their FB page here for great last minute, rustic holiday gifts.

Flannel shirt (old, J. Crew) but similar here, here and here

Jeans: (old, Paige) but similar here and here

Vest: (old, C. Wonder) but love this and this

Hat: (old, C. Wonder) (Are you sensing a trend?) fun alts here and here

Boots: Stuart Weitzman (Sorry, but SW boots are totally worth the investment. Read the reviews in  terms of fit. There is no substitute. Promise.)

Bag: (Zara) but other fabulous faux options here and here

Photos by Chris and MP Allegaert

Be Merry, Be Bright, Be You!

Hello, Holidays! Thanksgiving was just over a week ago. Do you feel like you blinked and one fantastic holiday is now hurtling towards another? I don’t know about you, but this time of year I feel like everything goes into hyper mode. I made a detailed TO DO list today, and guess what, not checking it all off. But while we’re all multi-tasking,  let’s also take a deep breath.  We’ve got time to get it done.

So…this look. So many of my friends have asked me about my closet and if I’m constantly shopping. The answer is complicated. First, I am NOT constantly shopping. I can’t afford to do that! But I do have a very organized walk-in closet in our bedroom, along with a storage unit on our floor (not just for my clothes but for lots of our stuff!). So I only keep in-season clothes (Fall/Winter, Spring/Summer) in my closet at one time. When I do the changeover it’s a perfect time to go through EVERYTHING and keep/sell/giveaway. And this outfit is definitely a “shop my closet” look that I bet you could probably pull together on your own right now. Maybe not exactly, but how about exactly right for you.

Hey…it is kinda the most wonderful time of the year, despite all the crazy and horrible things that are swirling around the news front. So I’m trying to be mindful of all that’s beautiful and not stress about what’s not. So it was fun to shop my closet for this look! Because the time is right!!

I’m in love with this soft and cozy plaid flannel shirt. It’s made for chill temps and chill times. And I will be wearing it a lot over the next few months. I would normally pair it with skinny jeans, but I decided it was time to break out this super cool black denim skirt. I love all its details: frayed edges, flounce detail, midi length. It too has so many possibilities. My red booties are from last year, but guess what, RED is the HOTTEST color of the season. It’s not my favorite, so these boots are the perfect nod — without overhauling my wardrobe. Finishing touches — my go-to black puffer vest (you need one!), monogrammed crossbody bag (love!) and my “let’s stay warm” statement beanie ( so soft and light I never get hat hair).

Speaking of hair…I got mine chopped into a LOB (long bob) and am LOVING it. My super talented Stylist Ilda wanted to do some loose curls. I said “go for it.” What do you think? Long or short? Straight or wavy?? Or…all of the above!

And how adorable is this street art courtesy of South House, A JC favorite.

Shirt: (JW Anderson for Uniqlo, sold out) but similar here (great price!) and here

Skirt: (Zara)

Vest: (J Crew, old) but super cute here and here

Booties: (Topshop, old) but love these and these

Bag: (J Crew Signet, so many ways to make it your own!)

Beanie: (old, Zara) but Kate Spade killing it with this and this

Photos by Chris & MP Allegaert