Four weeks ago, Chris and I had enough of chilly, grey March and decided a road trip to Florida was our escape plan. (More on that to follow!) The whole time we were gone, my Jersey City and NYC friends and family were messaging me about the horrible, rainy cold weather. Truth be told, an actual cold front took over the first few days of our trip as well. One thing I can say is that I really, really wished I had this cozy quilted coat with me! Which brings me to the biggest shopping tip I have honed over years of fashion fandom. And that is…shop off season, shop the sales! Now more than ever!! You might not get the immediate gratification of a fabulous new seasonal addition to your closet, but you will score some serious wardrobe options to look forward to.
I bought this gingham dress late in the summer and promptly hung it in my closet, never to be worn. Until a few weeks ago when instead of the chilly temps you’d expect, we were experiencing one warm sunny day after the other. Of course, temps have dipped significantly since then, but with a few tweaks I think this dress can weather the change of season and become a wardrobe staple all year long.
It’s pretty hard to beat a tee and denim duo. That might be why I can’t resist a fun, fresh interpretation of each. FYI, I’m never in favor of statement tees that use “bad” language or scream a faux sense of cool. But this sweet little tee made me smile. And think, mais oui, I must add you to my wardrobe.
The urban phenomenon of “gridlock,” where traffic comes to a standstill across a network of intersecting streets, is no fun. The fashion phenomenon of intersecting patterns is, on the other hand, a playful way to mix up your wardrobe in a fresh new way.
So seriously, are we all maintaining our sanity in the run up to Christmas? I surely hope so! I consider myself lucky in that I have 3 full-blown millennials who are not obsessed with wanting some particular “thing.” (Remember Furbies…XGames…Lego…phew.) So now I have fun searching out cool stocking stuffers (skull ice cube trays, beer’d wash, can’t disclose more!), and then we write them a check to help them on their way however they need and choose. We trust that they’ll make good decisions, maybe even put some away in a savings account. So…in the name of last minute Christmas suggestions, here’s a post with some millennial vetted gift suggestions!
Pretty pink faux fur vest, plush sherpa sweatshirt, the perfect white booties, denim finished with pearl and gem sprinkles, and a pom pom beanie on top…this look is as sweet as it is simple. It’s also an outfit made up of five great gift ideas that you can pick and choose from — for those on your list or maybe even yourself.
Thirty one days of holiday hoopla kick off tomorrow, and the true meaning behind what we’re celebrating can easily get lost amidst the shopping, working, wrapping, partying, traveling, stressing. But before that happens, or hopefully doesn’t, let’s take a moment to talk about the fashion phenomenon of faux fur. It’s EVERYWHERE. And for good reason. It’s the best of cozy…without the cruelty. I have to say I truly didn’t want to take this coat off once I had it on. Call me weird, but I’d sleep in it if I could. Or at least sneak a nap!
While Summer might be my favorite season, I do love the sweater weather of Fall. That’s why I’m getting cozy with this colorful, chunky knit sweater. Typically I would pair it with skinny jeans and some fun booties, but I felt like stepping out of my fashion comfort zone. It was also a shop-my-closet moment that made it fun to rediscover this silky, shiny pleated skirt (seen before in this post), these gorgeous OTK boots (as seen here), and this mini metallic leather bag (as seen here). Which is a roundabout way of saying that you can do the same! And that sometimes it’s the best “shopping” of all.
This Fall, everyone has gone mad for plaid. Including yours truly. And why not? It’s a timeless pattern that always looks polished, no matter what you wear it with. Working in Advertising means I can pretty much wear anything any time, but I do like looking pulled together. And this plaid blazer is just the ticket. Not to mention these bow-topped slingbacks. Fun, right?
In case you haven’t noticed, cowboy boots are having a fashion moment. Pardon the pun, but I was kicking myself for consigning a great pair last year until I discovered Target’s new Universal Thread line and these amazing, and amazingly, affordable pair of snakeskin cowboy booties. Best of all, they combine two of Fall’s top trends — cowboy boots with an animal pattern. These booties definitely inspired my overall look from the bottom up, but I have big plans to put them through their paces in lots of other ways.