A part of me questioned my fashion maturity when I fell for this ferociously faux feline topper from Kate Spade, but I’m glad I threw caution to the wind and bought it. Because…I simply love wearing it. It makes me smile, not to mention lots of other people. And isn’t that lighthearted side of fashion something we should indulge in every once in awhile? You will be happy to know that because this hat is so lightweight it never leaves me with “hat hair.” Aaah…the practical side of fashion that I love too.
I’m writing this post from our cabin up in the Adirondacks, where they had a foot and and a half of snow two days ago. So as wintery as these pics make Jersey City look, it’s truly a winter wonderland up here. (I will be shooting some ADK posts over the holiday break so stay tuned for those.) Whether I’m dressing for a blog shoot or my “day job” most of my outfits start with a key piece that inspires the rest of the look. I started with this coat but looking at these pics now I’m newly inspired by every single piece. And plan to put them all into heavy wardrobe rotation.
It’s not like me to step off the grid completely, even at our cabin, but this past week I did. I even stayed up there by myself with Bowie for two nights — a first! I thought about my family, my life today, and my intentions for tomorrow. No Black Friday shopping! Though I did happily do some some Shop Local Saturday shopping in Keene. I’m sure you’ve been bombarded by both other bloggers and company emails. I don’t think you need me adding to the din. If you did get some holiday shopping or decorating done, I say good for you.
It finally feels like Fall, so here a few of my favorite new things. I think the bold white booties are probably my newest obsession….for many reasons. First of all, the quality is so stellar I almost couldn’t believe it as I unpacked them. So pretty I was almost sad to hit the streets in them. They are the perfect combination of kid soft leather with a slight sheen. With a super walkable block heel. Even the soles were leather so pale it looked white. And they felt perfect the second I put them on. So yes, count them as my new #1 obsession. Thank you, Loeffler Randall!
While I would have loved to have been strolling the streets of NYC for Fashion Week (next year?!?), I was in Santa Fe for a “Girls Getaway.” Did we eat too much? Yes! Shop too much? Some of us! Drink too much? I’ll never tell! Laugh too much? Not possible! I only packed one dress, this one, because most of the restaurants are on the casual side. But I was super excited to wear it for the first time. And now that I’m back home I plan to wear this lovely lacy dress at least a few more times in the weeks ahead, layering a leather jacket or bomber or cardigan over it as needed. So you may be seeing this dress again!
There’s no other combination that’s cleaner, chicer, more graphic than black and white. However you put it together, it just works. You can dress it up, dress it down. You could probably wear black and white every day of the week and never wear it the same way twice. (Hmmm…possible future blog post?)
As for Art? Black and white makes a powerful statement there too. Yes, the messaging in this streetwise piece is pretty heavy, but I’m glad its creator found his voice.
I know the magazines, blogs and stores are already full of cashmere sweaters and suede boots, but I love shopping the last-of-summer sales for bargains I can have fun with now and be thrilled to see next year. Since my tootsies will be bundled up before you know it, I savor these last weeks of wearing sandals and enjoying the pedicures that go with them. All of my picks are still available and all are on sale. I was able to make two of my shoe-athon purchases with an added code, bringing each of them to under $65 a pair!
It was lust at first sight for these Madewell gladiator sandals with colorful raffia pom-poms on the laces. With a nod to traditional shoemaking, they were designed to leave the nailheads visible on the soles. Oh…and did i say the natural colored leather looks and feels truly lux.
If you don’t know Soludos, you should! They are known for their fun and fashion-y embroidered espadrilles. You may remember this pair. While not embroidered, the blue- hued patchwork of this classic lace-up sandal is a nod to the groovy chic of 70s muses like Jane Birkin and Ali McGraw. Music to my ears! And another must-have.
Madewell’s slide with artful raffia fringe and a stylish yet comfy block heel equal the perfect summer party shoe. And because they’re black, they’ll also make a perfect transition into those first few weeks of fall.
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect navy sandal. And I found it! This timeless banded flat from Soludos in midnight suede with handcrafted embroidery, appliqué and grommets is the perfect boho go-to for beach boardwalks…or city streets. Their back zipper makes them easy on, easy off. And did I say SUPER comfy!
So many cute and colorful options! Let me know if you choose any of these for yourself. Or find something else you’d like to share. Happy shopping!
Photos by MP Allegaert
A few weeks back in February people were actually strolling around in sandals, shorts and tees and dining al fresco. Then March rolled in. It’s gotten chillier by the day, and while I’m dying to break out my favorite new Spring pieces, it’s still too soon to do it from head-to-toe. But…you can mix in the new (long cardigan, pom pom sneakers and white jeans) with cozier layers you already own (turtleneck sweater, cashmere beanie).
This past Sunday it was our typical round of chores before heading back to “reality” — dump run, Sugar House Creamery for milk, yogurt and more, plus a quick check in at one of our favorite local stores, Big Crow Trading. Must be in the air, because everywhere I looked I saw rainbows! Oh…and lots (and lots) of taxidermy. And I’m sure you noticed that Bowie wore his rainbow stripe sweater, too.
Hamilton Park, our JC neighborhood, is the perfect urban mix of charming and scruffy. Something I think you can’t miss from these pics. It reminds me of growing up in Greenwich Village in the 60s/70s or living in Brooklyn in the 80s/90s. Some streets are completely rehabbed, others sport vacant lots. On the weekends we love wandering around and discovering new shops, restaurants and more. And when we set off on one of our jaunts we could easily walk 3 or more miles. So…comfort is key. But not at the expense of having a little fashion fun.