Leopard Love!

This fashion cat can never get enough of animal prints and embellishments, especially leopard. For me it’s really a neutral, albeit one that can take a tame outfit to wilder territory. For this look, I doubled down on the leopard with two of my new wardrobe loves — this adorable cat-eared hat and tailored jacket. Both are oh-so-cozy. Throw in a favorite pair of OTK boots, and you’re ready to take a walk on the wild side!

When it comes to leopard, my love knows no bounds. I also have my eye on some new block heel booties, as well as a stunning (and expensive) belt. We shall see. In the meantime…this outfit. I got to test drive the jacket at a recent shoot. It was part of the production wardrobe and after a couple of early morning hours on location on the streets of Brooklyn, I was pretty well frozen. Luckily our stylist is a doll and let me borrow this jacket. If I could have kept it I would! So I did the next best thing…and bought it on sale! With its fitted silhouette and lapel collar it’s a classic I’ll be happy to cuddle up in year after year.

Even though I’m a “dog person,” I could not resist this hat! How cute are the ears. Honestly, it made people smile and compliment me on it all day. It’s warm without being heavy, and perhaps best of all, did NOT give me hat hair. It’s actually so cute I’d wear it on a “bad hair” day and just keep it on. Definitely a mood elevator.

For the rest of my look, I went with slightly distressed, high-waisted skinnies and a dark floral popover blouse with smocked detailing that I’m also pretty obsessed with. While it dressed up my jeans (perfect for tucking into boots), it would also look great with a black leather skirt or black velvet jeans. I’m thinking it has to go to at least one holiday party! My OTK boots are not new and were definitely an investment a few years back, but they are so sleek, so flattering, so still in style, and so comfortable I could almost wear them every day. For a winter date night, I’d pair them with black tights and an LBD. The floral embroidery on this fun black bag was the perfect nod to my top. Not matchy-matchy, more a complimentary pop of color and pattern.

So what about you? Are you going to unleash your inner leopard?? Let me know!

Coat: (Aqua, 30% off!) but LOVE this and this ( a SUPER deal at under $40)

Hat: (Kate Spade) so cute here and here, too

Top: (Ann Taylor) other great options here (cheetah!) and here

Jeans: (Madewell, at 5′ 9″ I bought Tall) similar here (want!) and here

Boots: (old, Stuart Weitzman) For me SW OTK boots are worth every penny and then some. You will have them (and love them!) for years. I cannot recommend these boots highly enough. New versions here, here and here. (Lots of color options. And yes, I will be adding a new pair this year!)

Bag: (Zara, can also be worn as a crossbody) and as usual Zara killing it with this, this, this (dead ringer for designer!) and this (3 in 1!) (Stop me!)

Photos by Chris Allegaert

 

Plush Crush

We finally had a chilly day last week. One. But it was the perfect opportunity to shoot this adorable faux fur jacket. I first spied it online, then tried it on in-store, then finally broke down and ordered it online. And I LOVE it. It is so cute and so cozy I want more cold weather. Pronto. I’m wearing a “borrowed from the boys” kind of outfit with it, but it will look super when paired with a velvet dress or…just about anything.

 

OK…are you in love with this jacket yet? It’s neutral color paired with an eye-catching patchwork design made it a must-have for me. It’s whimsical and chic all at once. And it’s design also helps you avoid the look of a walking, talking stuffed animal. It will look great with everything from distressed jeans to a dressed-up evening out.

The rest of my look is basically a low key, tomboy-ish take on pants and a top. In case you haven’t noticed, check patterns are everywhere this Fall. I wanted a new pair of pants that were on trend but wouldn’t break the bank. And this pair delivered. I’m still jones-ing for a Gucci belt, but this studded leather option with a bold buckle will more than fit the bill until I go for it. If you don’t own a jean or chambray shirt, you should. They are great however you style them — understated here but how cute with a metallic skirt or leather/pleather leggings! To finish off this look, I did shop my closet.

It took awhile for these two-tone booties purchased a couple of years ago to grow on me. But guess what? Now it’s love. And this bag was a crazy splurge 8 or 9 years ago. Then, I used it daily. Hence, it’s distressed look. But guess what…that’s the fashion vibe now. Which means this investment piece more than paid for itself. So… I guess if I’m offering any pearls of Fashion wisdom, it’s splurge on the shoes and bag.

 

Jacket: (Zara) but check out this and this, too!

Shirt: (old, Gap) but great options here and here

Belt: (Treasure & Bond) Gucci obsession here

Pants: (Zara) but love these and these

Boots: (old, Rachel Comey x Club Monaco) but so cute here and here

Bag: (old, Balenicaga) but new here and more affordable version here

 

Photos by Chris & MP Allegaert

Mood Indigo

Maybe it’s because I’m the mother of 3 boys, cough…young men, that I’m drawn to the color blue. Not to mention their (and my husband’s) school colors over the years! Good thing blue is such a deep and versatile color in the best ways possible. With its spectrum from sky light to inky dark, there’s a shade or two or three that’s flattering to everyone. At the moment, electric blue is on the fashion radar, but it’s a bit too intense for me. I’m more of a navy and dusty blue girl. I believe fashion is about being inspired by a trend and making it your own. So find the shade that suits your mood, the moment, and just be true to your blue.

I pretty much LOVE every piece in this outfit, but this whimsical sweater is one of my newest purchases for Fall. It’s a classic crewneck updated with playful, faux fur pom poms. (We all know I am OBSESSED with pom poms!) In keeping with the playful theme, the frayed flounced hem adds an unexpected finish to these faded denim jeans. I can’t tell you how many people compliment me on them. And they are so fun to wear. There’s more faux to show, too. This plush trench is a great transitional coat. Love that it’s leopard with the twist of blue, and the brass buttons polish it off perfectly. And this bucket bag in black-and-blue faux fur is going to be a Fall-into-Winter favorite. Last but not least, these gorgeous navy velvet booties. They are a sophisticated alternative to basic black, and their block heel makes them eminently walkable. Plus they look equally great with pants or skirts. How are you going to “do blue?” I’d love to know!

Sweater: (Banana Republic, also in grey AND on sale!) fun alternatives here and here

Jeans: (Citizens for Humanity) leopard skinnies here, more affordable flounce options here and here

Coat: (old, Band of Outsiders) but love this and this

Bag: (Zara) super cute options here and here

Boots: (old, Stuart Weitzman) but this year’s version and more affordable here, here and here

Photos by Chris & MP Allegaert

A warm and fuzzy feeling

This Fall the fur is flying…off the runways and out of the stores. From luxury pelts to fabulous and faux, there is something furry for everyone. For this look I decided to accessorize with a new fave bag and slides, both trimmed in fun faux fur. Can I just say this raffia-and-fur bag is about the cutest thing! And these slides look luxe and feel like you’re walking on pillows. I forgot all about my plantar fascitis!

Fall 2016: If the Shoe fits…

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Each new season gives us a reason to clean out the old (consign, donate, give to a friend, all of the above) and refresh with the new. I haven’t yet fully switched over my closet from spring/summer to fall/winter as the weather keeps seesawing, but I do try to stick to the rule of however much comes in an equal number must go out.