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?
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.
OK, so full disclosure I did NOT invent this delicious salad. But one of my favorite JC restaurants, Hamilton Inn, did. I just became obsessed with it and had to come up with a way to make it my own. That meant substituting more calorie -friendly vinaigrette as opposed to Green Goddess dressing, as well as keeping a close eye on portion control. I promise you this is the perfect serving size for one. But this grain bowl salad is so delicious you may want to multiply the proportions and serve it at your next dinner party or brunch. And if you do, you have to let me know what everyone says! Most importantly, what you think!!
OK, so for a hot minute it felt like Spring might have sprung. Then March slammed us with our 3rd (!!!) Nor’easter in 10 days. But even so, Spring up here is never rompers and sandals. It’s a slow transition from down to denim, from booties to sandals, from turtlenecks to tees. So we adapt. And wear lighter layers when we can, but double down on the boots when we need to. And after often wearing head-to-toe black, color — like these shades of green — feels fresh and fun. Looking at these pics, I just realized this could be my St. Patrick’s Day outfit! Weather permitting, of course.
So here in JC the sun shined for like a hot second. Then a BomboGenesis blew in (again!). Wind, snow, rain, cold. In the Northeast, March is the month that can’t make up its mind. (If you live in a warmer, milder climate I might hate you…) But rewind back to this shoot. I was thrilled at the idea of sneakers and not boots, and OK, maybe a coat. But it could stay unbuttoned. And let’s hear it for white jeans whenever, wherever. (In case you forgot, this is going to be a Shop My Closet month. And shop I did.)
Informally known as “The Canadian Tuxedo,” jeans and a jean jacket are always a Go To combo for me. Weekends or week days, it’s easiest to make them work together if you keep your denim in different washes (light with dark) and different silhouettes (oversized with skinny). I have to admit this jean jacket has been languishing in my closet all winter long, and temps were just warm enough to let it see the light of day. I also had fun playing with pinks and blues in every hue.