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

Christmas in the City

img_92492016 sure has been quite the year. Amidst a slew of music and art icons passing away, a wild and contentious political scene, worldwide terrorism and tragedy, I hope you’ve also enjoyed some joyful surprises, good health, successes on every front, loving family and friends. I for one am going to hold onto my wish for peace for everyone, everywhere as we head into 2017.

Even though it’s a little worse for the wear, I am always happy to hang this vintage greeting. Now that we’re living in an apartment, the front door was the perfect spot. In our city place, I take a much more streamlined approach to holiday decorating. I still want that magic mix of sparkle and schmaltz, but I also love the clean lines and flow of our open plan space and don’t want to overdo.

I think I reached a good balance that’s fun for a few weeks but also easy to pack up and stow away in an hour or two. Hope you enjoy our holiday scene!


Entryway organization with some sparkle, stars and a reindeer.

Cheers to a very Cocktail Christmas!

Pillows from Target and Pottery Barn are affordable decorative updates, add a celebratory and comfy touch, and easily stow away in Ziploc Space Bags until next year!

Cozy up for some conversation.


Love this view at night. Can you see the Freedom Tower?

Bedeck the Living Room bookcase.

img_9236Let’s eat!

Santa and Buddha meet amidst greenery, berries and votives.

img_9203Don’t forget your doorknobs…

All Photos by MP Allegaert on iPhone.