Spring All Stars

Well, it was 80 degrees here in JC on Saturday, and then (surprise! not!!) temps plunged on Sunday. High (ha ha) 30s, rainy, blustery, and basically whaaaaat? The calendar is saying Spring, but our climate is not. I don’t know about you, but it’s wreaking havoc on my Spring wardrobe plans. I have not even gotten my 1st pedicure of the season! This week!! And hopefully that’s not wishful thinking. But in the meantime, we managed to squeeze in a shoot that features some of my favorite Spring things

 

Where to start? I think I’ll start from the bottom and work my way up. I LOVE (did I say LOVE?) these Gucci sneakers. They were a crazy splurge, but seriously, I am so stoked every time I wear them. And I mean I wear them with everything, from jeans to dresses. If this is more than your budget can bear, have no worries. I have some super cute dupes for you.

My jeans are Frame. I love the darker inside seam and rough hem. Frame is one of my favorite brands, but their styles are not cheap. My secret? Check out the sales, especially Outnet and Nordstrom Rack.  You can get amazing deals. I was so happy to break out this shirt, stripes and a tie waist making it just so right for Spring. Since I am 5′ 8″ and high-waisted, I bought my usual size in a Tall, and it fit perfectly. That’s kinda my go-to with brands like AnnTaylor that offer this option. If you’re petite, take advantage of that option too.

This raincoat is all that. It was actually a Fall purchase from the J.W. Anderson x Uniqlo collection,  but the weather went so crazy I never got a chance to wear it. Until now. I love the pop of plaid. And if next Fall cooperates, it will look so great with a turtleneck, jeans and boots. My bracelet is actually a necklace that I wrapped around my wrist (with the help of the Hubs). Loving it! Last but not least, my belt bag (or as we used to day…fanny pack). Every fashionista is going bonkers for these bags and the high end options are abounding on the runway, in-store, online. BUT, this is one of those fads (at least in my book) that does not require going bonkers over. This cute option was a Forever 21 steal. So I bought it in 2 color combos. Why not?

How about you? Are you already enjoying Springs days and night? Or are you waiting (and waiting) like I am?

EAT. DRINK. BE HONEST. We shot this post at Porta, one of JC’s most stylish Pizza spots, featuring an awesome rooftop bar. Not to be missed!

Sneakers: (old, Gucci, and you could go craaazy if your budget permits) More affordable options here and here (30% off!).

Jeans: (old, Frame) but love these and these! 

Shirt: (old, Ann Taylor) other fun, stripe-y options here and here

Coat: (JW Anderson x Uniqlo, sold out) but great options here and here

Jewelry: (old, J Crew) but liking this and this

Bag: (sold out, Forever 21) cute options here and here

Photos by Chis & MP Allegaert

Almost Spring!

So far, Spring has been cruel up here in the JC/NYC area. Warm one day, then grey and cold and blustery the next. Not to mention snow. It’s making it pretty hard to switch your wardrobe from Fall/Winter to Spring/Summer. I’ve got everything out of storage and in our spare bedroom, but every time I think about unpacking my bright colors, pompoms and sandals, Little Miss Climate Change thinks otherwise. In that spirit, my uber-talented friend Kristin and I seized a sunny, warmish day to shoot this post. The takeaway? While the weather is playing tricks on us, we can still trick out our Spring wardrobe. The best combo? A pretty floral dress, from mini to maxi, leather jacket and boots — from OTK to booties. It’s a fashion equation I plan to put to good use in the changeable weeks ahead.

Statement Maker

It may be Spring, but we just had another snowstorm and kids are playing in the park in snowsuits! Oh April, why so cruel? We want to pack away those turtlenecks and down jackets and get pedicures and wear florals, but you are killing our fashion agenda! So if I can’t beat you, I will join you. In  the best coat, possibly ever. I LOVEV LOVEV LOVE this coat and wish it were mine. See more below! Seriously, it’s a compliment magnet, from  fashion-wise women, which is the most fun.

Get Your Moto Started

So Spring may have officially arrived, but it’s nowhere in sight up here in JC. In spite of that, I’ve decided to take a wishful approach to dressing in the days ahead. When temps rise into the 50s, I’m going to break out whatever lighter layers I can. First on the list, a moto jacket. In white leather, no less. This jacket is such a classic you could collect it in many colors, textures and silhouettes. Note to self, now that shopping hiatus is over look for a new black one. Or perhaps a moto jacket in an unexpected shade or texture? Neutral? Bright? What would you pick?

Please Step on the Flowers

Well, the sun is finally shining here and most of the last Nor’easter’s snow is melted. The temperature has even moved into the 40s! Woot woot!! But there’s still a chill in the air. I was just in NYC this morning for a voiceover recording, and everyone is still bundled up in down jackets, hats and gloves. So…I’m slowly pushing my wardrobe into lighter layers, brighter colors, and just a fresher feel overall. This look started with these fabulous floral sock booties I scored a while ago at Nordstrom Rack (under $40!). Until I get that first pedicure of the season, they are the perfect way to put a spring in my step and some Spring in my look.

Nola!

So what do you say when your husband calls and says “I know it’s kind of crazy, but I was thinking we should go to New Orleans for 4 days?” You say yes! Kudos to Chris for finding Parisian Courtyard Inn, a charming B & B in the Garden District, (great location, highly recommend), and for buying Lonely Planet’s guide book. (Or get the App.) So off we went into the madness and beauty of Lundi Gras and Fat Tuesday, then the quiet reflection (and recovery?) of Ash Wednesday, then home again on Thursday. The bad news? Not nearly enough time to explore this beautiful, historic, artistic,  atmospheric, and hedonistic city. The good news? We will be back!

Winter Games

I’m pulling this post together over early Monday morning coffee. Hope you had a great weekend! As you can see Chris and I had a very wintery one. The Adirondacks are beautiful all year round but particularly so when blanketed in fresh snow. When we headed up to our cabin on Friday it had been snowing for days. Let’s just say I was not wearing these made-for-winter Uggs when we arrived and had to trek through about 10 inches of snow to get to our front door! 

Plaid on Plaid on Plaid

Confession…I have been thinking about going for this look (cause it’s seriously plaid on plaid on plaid is) but put it off for now very fuzzy reasons. I do have to admit that the newsboy cap was a last minute add due to a “bad hair day,” but this jacket, flannel shirt and OTK boots have been calling to me. “Wear me, wear me…” they whispered from my closet. And so, I did.

Ready, Teddy!

Teddy Coats are having a serious fashion moment this winter. And these super-soft and fluffy toppers are a trend that’s easy to cozy up to. Not only do they look good, they just feel so darn good, too. Best of all, the Teddy Coat is NOT a budget buster. (Hint: this one is under $65!) There are so many cute options to choose from, in a range of lengths and colors. For me, the classic cut of this Teddy Coat means that as of-the-moment as it is, it will stand the test of time. And I just love the pop of raspberry on the sleeves.

Snow Cat

A part of me questioned my fashion maturity when I fell for this ferociously faux feline topper from Kate Spade, but I’m glad I threw caution to the wind and bought it. Because…I simply love wearing it. It makes me smile, not to mention lots of other people. And isn’t that lighthearted side of fashion something we should indulge in every once in awhile? You will be happy to know that because this hat is so lightweight it never leaves me with “hat hair.” Aaah…the practical side of fashion that I love too.