City & Country

img_7352img_7384img_7408img_7375img_7361img_7413img_7350We shot this post in my JC neighborhood, but the plaid top has already migrated up to our cabin. It’s a fun, feminine twist on the flannel shirt look that’s right at home in the mountains. Once the weather cools down, a black puffer is perfect…anywhere, anytime. And there are so many great options out there. This one has a slightly shiny finish, which makes it a bit more city chic. Have to confess I also have its twin by another mother in the Adirondacks.

If you don’t already own a pair of grey jeans, you need to. I was inspired by a blog I follow to get these, and I can’t stress their versatility enough. I’ve honestly lost count of how many times I’ve worn them, season after season. (For summer, think white tee and silver sandals!). I shared these studded velvet booties in an earlier post. They’re the perfect balance of edgy and ease. Topping it all off? A beanie with attitude. If you haven’t yet noticed I love graphic words or slogans on any piece of clothing, you will.

Puffer: (old, J. Crew) but here’s their vest version (and yes, I have this too!) and its country counterpart.

Top: Zara. Love this and this from them as well.

Jeans: (old, Paige) but here’s what they have this year, plus an option from NYDJ.

Boots: Jeffrey Campbell (but limited sizes). Check out these and these, too.

Hat: (old, Zara) but here’s a cap and another beanie that I love.

All photos by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.

 

 

Thankful

img_8163img_8062img_8067img_8121img_8117img_8132img_8155img_8058img_8109img_8108Amidst a world that seems pretty off-kilter, it is life-affirming and centering to spend time with those we love, in a place we love. We were lucky to be up at our Adirondack cabin for Thanksgiving 2016. Or at least most of us. Our middle son Spencer, who is working for Oracle in Los Angeles, opted to stay on the West Coast and spend the holiday with his boyfriend Joey’s family in Novato, CA. Then they were off to Sonoma for a weekend of wine tasting. Tough duty. Chris and I hosted Pierre, Pierre’s girlfriend April (celebrating their 3rd Anniversary!) and Chanler. It was a lovely weekend that looked and felt a bit more like Christmas due to 3 days of snow.

We had rather a cozy…and crazy meal. All was on schedule, including advance sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, when our power went out — just as I placed the stuffing into the oven. Fast forward two hours later…after building a huge bonfire and celebrating our achievement, we were feeling no pain but managed to get everything going again. Luckily we had decided to try a smoked turkey from one of our fave JC places, Hamilton Pork. So no cooking there, just re-heating. Brussel sprouts, Parker House Rolls from Keene’s own Cedar Run, and gravy, and we were good to go.

I am so very thankful for all the love and wonderful people who fill my life. From family to friends to four-legged critters, they make everything more fun, more surprising, more meaningful than I ever could have imagined.

I hope you had a lovely holiday too! MP

Hand-blocked linen napkins from Sugar House Creamery Farm Store. Made by Margo’s Mother!

All photos by MP and Chris Allegaert.

[Recipes to follow in an upcoming post! Think about for next Thanksgiving!!]

 

fullsizerenderMountain Men (Left to right: Pierre (oldest), Chanler (youngest), Spencer (middle).

img_6529With The Man, Hubs, Chris. Go Rangers!

img_4077And let’s not forget…David Bowie.

LBO: Little Black Outfit

img_7157img_7118img_7124img_7181img_7167img_7189img_7134Wearing black from head-to-toe can look (and feel) a bit funereal. One of my tricks is to mix textures for a more visually (and personally) exciting look. Here, I’ve combined a few of my current favorites.

Details make the difference in this chunky knit, longer length sweater: mixed media sleeves, silky zip pocket, thick cuffs, side slits. Instead of typical leggings, I paired it with these pleather ones. They’ve got a good mid-rise and lots of stretch, so they are very forgiving. And still look pretty cool. I finished with embroidered booties and this statement watch in rose gold with black leather band.

I could also see a combo with black jeans, velvet top and patent booties or sequin top, sleek leggings and statement heels. Whatever the occasion, you can make your own unique LBO.

Sweater: (Rag & Bone, sold out) but like this and this

Leggings: (Zara, old) but similar here and here

Booties: (Topshop, sold out unless you wear 9 1/2) but love these and these

Watch: Cluse, here’s mine but LOTS of options

All photos by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert.

White Jeans…Whenever.

img_7697img_7736img_7607img_7658img_7816img_7844img_7946img_7716This Fall (and Winter) I’ve decided to flout the “rules” and refuse to pack away my white jeans. That’s been easy of late, since we’ve had a ridiculously warm November. But come colder temps I’m already planning on pairing them with some scrunched down thick socks and snow boots…or tucking them into over-the-knee boots. In NYC we tend to dive into black from head-to-toe post Labor Day, but this year I’m going to be a hold out.

That being said there is A LOT of black in this outfit. Including this multi-texture coat. Love the cloth/faux leather/ruffle combo of it all. And it will still feel sleek and fresh come Spring. Underneath, I’ve got on a cashmere blend turtleneck that’s one of my cold weather go-tos. I wore it to a “fancy” dinner in cold, rainy Turin last year under the slip dress from this post (with black tights and my Valentino Rockstuds. And with jeans and a jacket another day). It is something I think every woman should have in her wardrobe. Super cozy, super chic and super packable. And the turtleneck is every post-50 woman’s friend! The only twist I put on my already-owned jeans was to fray the hem. A chunky black and white scarf, black suede booties with a lace-up detail and my new striped tote…that I’m toting everywhere…complete the look.

What do you think? White jeans…whenever??

Coat: Zara…get it while it lasts! As usual, they are killing it with this and this, too.

Turtleneck: Kit and Ace. Check out everything in their line.

Jeans: J. Crew

Scarf: Last year, from Emerson Fry, an amazing made-in-NY line that produces sleek, sophisticated pieces in small “artisanal” batches. No scarves yet, but take a look. If you want something right now, I like this and this (on sale!).

Booties: old, Rag & Bone but similar here and here.

Bag: Balenciaga.

All photos by Chris Allegaert on iPhone 6.

 

 

 

 

Shake Your Bootie!

img_7012After moving to a new apartment this Summer, I vowed to “Shop My Closet.” But…these Fall/Winter beauties beckoned. And I am a firm fashion believer in the adage that shoes make your outfit. Give me jeans, a simple top and an amazing pair of Booties, and I’m good to go. Hope you enjoy!img_6967img_6983So beyond basic black. I’m sure Gucci has a bazillion dollar version of these, but Topshop has a winner on their hands. Every single time I put these on, I smile. And every time I wear them, women stop me and say “I love your boots. Where did you get them?” Here’s where! In case they are out of your size, how about these or these?

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Feeling blue? These velvet booties might lift your mood, and they will definitely elevate your look. They are Stuart Weitzman Exclusively for Bloomingdale’s. I love them and see them as an “investment” piece that pays off for years. You saw them in this post. Steve Madden has a nice (and more affordable) version, too.

img_7019These silvery Zara Slip-ons are pretty magical. Check out the round heel! Unfortunately they are sold out. But like these and these.

img_6969Ready for red? I am. And while I don’t normally go for bright colors in Fall/Winter, I’m loving these. And the angled heel gives them a designer  look (but not designer price tag). You saw them in this post. I’m thinking their next outing is with jeans and a top, possibly all black with just this pop of red.

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img_6979I’m pretty much obsessed with these Black Velvet Booties. Rhinestone studs? Comfy round toe and low heel?  I’m your forever girl! They’ll be featured in a post later this week. Also from Jeffrey Campbell: this and this.

img_6987I scored these Lucky Brand taupe-y grey suede booties at TJ Maxx. I’m going to wear them around JC but think they’ll make their home up at our cabin. Unless I decide I love them so much they have to commute with me! Sold out but like these (on sale!) and these.

All photos by MP Allegaert on iPhone6.

Fall 2016: On the Fringe

img_6066I was feeling free-spirited and optimistic when we shot this post a few weeks ago. Today I’m in a more somber mood. I’m going to look at my HRC button featured here as a talisman to get me through the next few months, then the four unchartered years to come. I had originally wanted to title this post “Fringe Benefits ” but knowing who we have coming into the White House I thought…maybe not. If you don’t subscribe to my political beliefs, you are certainly entitled to your views. I just hope you’ll embrace your victory with grace, not gloating. And that glass ceiling will be shattered. Of that, I’m sure.img_6084img_6051img_6059img_6097img_6062

For this look, I paired a mixed media cashmere turtleneck with black fringed jeans that I splurged on last year and am still happy I did. The Balenciaga Tote is my BIG splurge for the season…and beyond. I’d had my eye on it for months and just could not say “mais non.” Add a wool felt fedora and glam skater sneaks, and I was feeling on top of the world. A world I love, treasure and will fight for.

Sweater: (old, Leo & Sage, bought at Pop-Up Store NYC) but like this new look and this one, too.

Jeans: (3 x 1, old but still available!) and a very affordable option  here

Bag: Balenciaga but you can grab  this or this for a lot less

Sneakers: (old, Kate Spade) but check out these and these

Hat: (Biltmore x Madewell, old) but here’s this year’s version in deep navy and on sale!

All photos by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2016: A Little Bit Country

img_6914When we’re up at our cabin, we just love going to Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay, NY.

img_6639C’mon, Bowie. Let’s get some good eats!

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img_6775img_6774img_6777img_6769img_6932img_6906img_6828img_6789img_6838img_6902img_6937img_6786img_6752img_6679img_6638img_6629Ummm, Bowie, that thingie is for throwing the ball, not chewing on.

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img_6616Clouds are moving in. Time to get home and get cozy by the fireplace.

img_6939With lots of work these days (not complaining!), we were undecided about heading up to our cabin in the Adirondacks. But Chris was anxious about everything he needs to get done outside before winter sets in, and I was on Election overload so more than ready for minimal social media, long walks, some antiquing, a soul-reviving getaway.

Sunday was a mix of sunshine, clouds and blustery wind, making it the perfect day for shopping at our favorite local farm store, Sugar House Creamery, plus some “runny round” for Bowie on Marcy Field.

Given the changeability of the weather, I went with layers. If you haven’t discovered Uniqlo’s HEATTECH line, you need to. The pieces are super lightweight yet super warm. You can layer them under everything. I really do wear them all Fall/Winter long, from city to country. The cashmere sweater was a Saturday score from the TJ Maxx in Plattsburgh. It’s the luxuriously soft, kind of swingy, cozy chic you want and need up in the mountains. I love the back detailing. I will definitely pair it with skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots for a country cocktail party or two. My ultra-light but big-time warm plaid down vest is always a must. The jeans were so distressed I had them patched, then frayed the hem and now love them even more. My other Go-Tos: mini cross body which you also saw here, orange hunting beanie (a must up there in November!) and Tom’s hiking boots that are the perfect combination of fashion and function.

Hope you like this look as much as I liked putting it together and putting it through its paces in the beyond beautiful place where we get to spend our weekends. And hopefully retirement…one of these days.

Beanie: Carharrt, I wore orange for obvious reasons but it comes in lots of colors. A great stocking stuffer.

Down Vest: (old, Uniqlo) but they have lots of other colors and sizes available…on sale!

Sweater: Cynthia Rowley (new, in store and online), plus TJ Maxx has a huge selection of other designers, colors and styles. Dangerous!

Jeans: (Gap, old and DIY-customized) but like these and these

Boots: Tom’s  Did you notice the cute red soles to match the laces? And rustic back detailing?? A lot of bang for your buck. (And yup, that’s a hint of post walk dirt on them.)

All photos by MP & Chris Allegaert on iPhone 6.