Can I just say that this jacket is EVERYTHING? I can’t claim dibs on spotting it first though. Karima Hunter, the uber stylish voice behind A Note on Style, did in this post. Of course, I clicked right through and pretty much had to have it. You may remember that I recently went on a 40-day NO SHOPPING hiatus but am now back in wardrobe refresh mode, albeit with a stricter focus. So anything I’m buying from here on out has to really earn its place in my closet, and this reversible, 2-in-1 jacket sits atop the list.
Well, it was 80 degrees here in JC on Saturday, and then (surprise! not!!) temps plunged on Sunday. High (ha ha) 30s, rainy, blustery, and basically whaaaaat? The calendar is saying Spring, but our climate is not. I don’t know about you, but it’s wreaking havoc on my Spring wardrobe plans. I have not even gotten my 1st pedicure of the season! This week!! And hopefully that’s not wishful thinking. But in the meantime, we managed to squeeze in a shoot that features some of my favorite Spring things.
OK, hopefully this pic hasn’t completely scared you off! But this Hanacure Mask is the K-Beauty treatment that has basically broken the internet. And for good reason. It’s expensive. It’s exquisitely packaged. It’s easy to do. It feels intensely, amazingly weird. It can give your husband a heart attack (especially if he’s photographing you). It’s really like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. And…I want to do it again!
So far, Spring has been cruel up here in the JC/NYC area. Warm one day, then grey and cold and blustery the next. Not to mention snow. It’s making it pretty hard to switch your wardrobe from Fall/Winter to Spring/Summer. I’ve got everything out of storage and in our spare bedroom, but every time I think about unpacking my bright colors, pompoms and sandals, Little Miss Climate Change thinks otherwise. In that spirit, my uber-talented friend Kristin and I seized a sunny, warmish day to shoot this post. The takeaway? While the weather is playing tricks on us, we can still trick out our Spring wardrobe. The best combo? A pretty floral dress, from mini to maxi, leather jacket and boots — from OTK to booties. It’s a fashion equation I plan to put to good use in the changeable weeks ahead.
It may be Spring, but we just had another snowstorm and kids are playing in the park in snowsuits! Oh April, why so cruel? We want to pack away those turtlenecks and down jackets and get pedicures and wear florals, but you are killing our fashion agenda! So if I can’t beat you, I will join you. In the best coat, possibly ever. I LOVEV LOVEV LOVE this coat and wish it were mine. See more below! Seriously, it’s a compliment magnet, from fashion-wise women, which is the most fun.
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.)