Sneaking Through September

So here we are with all the fickleness that is September. Last weekend was rainy and chilly, now we’re in the midst of a hot, humid depression thanks to Florence. (Praying for our friends in SC, NC, VA!) After NYFW, I’m sure your Inboxes (like mine) are full of emails about what to buy NOW. But it’s kind of hard, if not crazy, to start loading up on sweaters, boots and coats when the weather is not going to cooperate. For weeks, if not for the next month or two. On that note, I’m focusing this post on a super fun pair of sneakers from a brand I recently discovered. They cover two big pattern trends that show no sign of going away — camo and rainbows. All I can say is…yay! I’m in!!

Sometimes you just don’t want to overthink fashion, or for that matter, what the heck you are actually going to wear. I am a firm believer that you should not suffer a nervous breakdown planning your #ootd (outfit of the day). Sure, you can think about how you’d like to wear that new sweater or cool pair of booties for the first time, but it shouldn’t be stressful or frustrating. Just more about how you want to dress that day. For the mood, the moment. And right now, sneakers are speaking to me. Of course they look super cute with your newest pair of jeans, but how about that maxi dress  layered with a cardigan? (Future post!)

I wore these sneakers to Refinery 29’s 29Rooms (as seen in this Instagram post) and felt like I dressed the part and then some. Then I wore them with this outfit and felt like I was ready to rock the weekend. In short, these sneakers are super comfy and super chic. Not to mention affordable. They are from Gola, a new brand I recently discovered. Born in Britain in 1905, Gola holds its British heritage close to its heart (and rainbow). Using their archives, Gola is now reimagining archival designs to give them a fun, modern feel. I’d say…Gol!

From top to bottom, this outfit is all about some of my fall faves. If statement tees were all about summer, statement sweatshirts are all about fall. I just love the cheeky chic of this one. I only wish there was a Nouveau Jersey version! And these jeans? They are a Madewell x Karen Walker collaboration you have to get in on. Since 1989, Karen Walker has specialized in versatile pieces specializing in charmingly offbeat details. Her exclusive Madewell collab is all about a cool workwear vibe with exposed zips and raw edged hems. I can attest to their high-end, irreverent look and feel. In other words, they are already in heavy wardrobe rotation. In fact, I just wore then for date night tonight.

Last but not least is this see-through tote seen earlier in this post. What’s so great is that the cute gingham insert snaps out, allowing you to fill it with whatever else you want. And this winky eye girl clutch from way back was, well, perfect. Wink, wink.

I’m going to be wearing quite a few new (and old) sneakers in the weeks ahead. According to NYC fashionistas, they are still the go-to shoe whether you’re strolling around the Farmer’s Market in jeans or frocking out at your next GNO.

Sneakers:( Gola, also in lots of colors)

Sweatshirt: (Kate Spade, sold out but available through Rent The Runway) Also love this and this.

Jeans: (Karen Walker x Madewell) Also like these and these.

Bag: (Mango. sold out) but yay for this and this and this (the original!).

Best accessory: Bowie, the YorkiePoo!

Photos by Chanler Allegaert.

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