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

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

 

A Few of My Favorite Fall Things

It finally feels like Fall, so here a few of my favorite new things. I think the bold white booties are probably my newest obsession….for many reasons. First of all, the quality is so stellar I almost couldn’t believe it as I unpacked them. So pretty I was almost sad to hit the streets in them. They are the perfect combination of kid soft leather with a slight sheen. With a super walkable block heel. Even the soles were leather so pale it looked white. And they felt perfect the second I put them on. So yes, count them as my new #1 obsession. Thank you, Loeffler Randall!

So…the rest of my favorites. This fuzzy, comfy, sparkly sweater. It’s kind of like a shrug, making it something you can layer over lots of things — a button-down shirt, turtleneck or simple white (or black!) tank as I did here. Love love love the sequins for that magic touch day or night. How cute would it be paired with tweed pants or over a velvet slip dress?!? And these jeans. For me, Madewell has hit it out the park this year  as far as denim is concerned. This high-waisted boyfriend silhouette is going to be on rotation weekly, and then some. Love the subtle paint splotch details, too. Guess my “boyfriend” is an artist… Ha ha. Oh…and a cute metallic bag wins for the perfect finish.

Looking at these pics and thinking I’m due for a haircut. Stay tuned…

Boots: (Loeffler Randall, Carter Boot, in other colors too) more affordable here and here

Sweater: (Anthropologie) not white but pretty here and pretty but très cher here

Jeans: (Madewell) Love these from Everlane, too

Bag: (Stuart Weitzman, old) super cute options here and here

Cami: (Nordstrom) a great basic, in black too!

5 Shades of Grey

img_0591If you could peek into my closet you’d see I probably do have 50 shades of grey (sorry…couldn’t resist). So while I probably build at least one outfit a week around this color, I’m also loving how it incorporates key fall/winter essentials: a cape, OTK (over-the-knee) boots, and beanie/scarf/mittens combo.

Over 50 & OTK Boots

img_0186Over 50 and Over-The-Knee Boots? Yes, you can! The OTK Boot has become an accessory that should find its place into every wardrobe — no matter your personal style or age. Since the trend took hold, I’ve added 4 pairs to my wardrobe. My oldest pair is up at our cabin, while the other 3 are in regular rotation in my fall/winter JC/NYC wardrobe. All are Stuart Weitzman, who’s the King of the OTK Boot as far as I’m concerned. While his boots (and shoes) are not cheap, they truly are investment dressing. If well maintained with water/stain protector and professional cleaning and repair, you will have them for many (many!) years to come.

Fall 2016: Velvet on Velvet

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TGIF! It’s been a super busy week “day job” wise, as I’m juggling multiple freelance projects. All fun but demanding of my time. I had hoped to post a day or two ago, especially after the great shoot we had last weekend. And especially because I want to share some of my favorite fall fashion finds — pieces I know I (you?) will be wearing again and again. And will probably love just as much next year, too.