Leap Day Post: NYC Visit

Right before I started my new job, I headed back to my favorite stomping grounds in NYC for a little pampering. I got my first keratin hair treatment, a deep cleansing facial, a massage, and a mani/pedi. Such a fun week! I also got to visit my favorite park, Washington Square Park, for a little stroll with my best friend, Nicky. The same crazies were still there- do you see the guy on the left with the “Free Hugs” sign? I wore raw hem (trend alert, 2 years still!) cut off jeans that I purchased for about $15 in Auckland (random, right?), a simple black top, my new green flannel-lined utility jacket (holiday gift from my sister), new gold earrings, trusty gold watch, trusty gold rings, and Ray Bans. I made the outfit pop with my leopard-tassel-pointed-toe Gianvito Rossi flats. I’ve been very into delicate gold jewelry lately. I must be watching too much “Very Cavallari”! My nail color is “Wicked” by Essie.

H&M cutoff jeans
LL Bean Classic Utility Jacket
Gianvito Rossi Leopard Print Calf Hair Point-Toe Flats
Skagen Gold-Tone Steel-Mesh Watch
Ray Ban Polished Tortoise Clubmaster Classic
Argento Vivo Gold Circle and Bar Drop Earrings

Classic Red Bow Coat & Sparkly Hatband for The Nutcracker

It’s been a while since I have been on here! In October and November I was in Australia (for a friend’s wedding) and then I went to New Zealand on the TRIP OF A LIFETIME! I am finally back, in Chicago, and getting back into a routine. A few Saturdays ago I attended the Nutcracker with my mom, sister, and niece (girl’s day!). We all decided to dress up. I have had this beautiful classic red bow coat for a few years, and I think that wearing it to The Nutcracker is absolutely perfect. I paired my coat with equally classic T-strap patent leather heels, and my new favorite accessory- a sparkly hatband (trend alert!) I did feel like a princess.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

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Texas Ranch BBQ: Paisley Dress & Cowboy Boots

Last weekend was one for the BOOKS! Saturday was spent at my friend Jeni’s family ranch BBQ party in the sleepy town of Dime Box, Texas (population 201) and Sunday was spent at a castle wedding in Long Island, New York.

To start with the ranch party! This “BBQ” included a concert by legendary Americana singer, Robert Earl Keen. There also were four Texas Trick Riders, who did wild stunts (hanging off of the side of a horse while it galloped, etc.) The town’s mayor, sheriff, and Senator John Cornyn were in attendance. For the event, I knew I wanted to be appropriately dressed for the occasion. I chose a favorite Calypso paisley silk dress, and paired it with my trusty cowboy boots. I have had them since high school– I got them at a rummage sale! I actually had to wear these cowboy boots at the airport because they wouldn’t fit in my luggage! I love that the paisley print is in keeping with the country theme, and the orange, black, and pink hues are so interesting! The tassel keyhole tie at the front is a nice detail, too. I completed the look with delicate gold jewelry, and bright red lips (hey, it’s Texas!)

Wedding Guest Edition: Colorblock Pleated Maxi Dress

My cousin Sarah got married last Saturday in the most beautiful vineyard wedding in Traverse City, Michigan! For the occasion, I knew that I would need to be careful about my footwear choice as there was grass. I decided to go with one of my favorite seven year old (!) pleated maxi dresses that I bought in Thailand. I don’t wear maxi dresses too often, but I do enjoy them. I like the summery bright colorblock on this one! Also, it allowed me to wear flat gold sandals…perfect for grass and allowed me to happily dance the night away! I accessorized with gold earrings, my gold watch, my quilted Chanel bag with gold hardware, and my trusty heart sunglasses. I am wishing it was last weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend in NYC: Polka Dots & Chanel

I have had the best Memorial Day Weekend being back in NYC and catching up with my core group of friends there. Additionally, I had a Danish and German friend who both were in town, which is what prompted my trip. I recently purchased these Ann Taylor Loft polka dot culottes, and I was ecstatic when I found them because I had been looking for a pair just like this… I am a polka dot lover! I also like the length of these pants and the elastic waist (super comfortable and flattering). I paired them with a cloth-button cold-shoulder blouse (trend alert!), Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals (trend alert!), my trusty heart sunglasses (trend alert!), and a dream item I took out for the first time…my classic Chanel jumbo black caviar-leather gold-hardware flapbag! A classic look to kick off summer in the city 🙂

Spring Wedding Guest Attire: Polka Dot Dress and Purple Bow Sandals

Exactly one week ago I was wearing this silk off-the-shoulder (trend alert!) blue and white polka dot DVF “Camila” dress and dancing at my best friend Gracie’s wedding in Harrisburg, PA! I am guilty of owning this DVF dress in two colors: blue and white polka dots and fuchsia! I just love the waterfall hem on this dress, it moves so beautifully when you walk. I also love mixing unexpected colors, so I paired the dress with purple satin bow heels. They have a little rhinestone glittery clasp on the side. I accessorized the dress with a sleek headband to accentuate off my collarbones, and a red lip to glam up the look!

I can’t believe that Gracie is married!

Winter Glam in NYC

I will admit that this look is more appropriate for Aspen or Park City, but it has still been chilly! I wore this look a few weeks ago in NYC. I love the long ivory sweater with the detachable fur collar and all black everything else. The bag is by one of my favorite designers, Anine Bing, and I have had my eye on it for a few years! I paired this look with sky high booties and accessorized with classy with gold jewelry.

I had fun back in my old stomping grounds with my best pal, Nicky!

Cherry Red Holiday Coat

I love the color red (such a strong color!) and I love a beautiful coat. So, when I laid my eyes on this gorgeous cherry red (“lollipop red”) Kate Spade coat last year, I had to have it. A beautiful classic coat is a closet staple. This coat feels so luxurious when I wear it. It is lined beautifully, and my favorite part is the big fun bow which snaps on at the front. I kind of feel like a big walking present! Coco Chanel would have approved of this coat. If you look closely, I also love the big beautiful buttons on this coat. I paired the look with little emerald studs, and a skinny black headband. Any time I wear a headband I instantly feel more girly. This whole look reminds me of something Blair Waldorf would wear!

Of course, I had to wear my trusty Christian Louboutin’s so that the red sole of the shoe would pop with the red coat!

While I was wearing this coat I was stopped by a former stylist walking his dog (who said “nice pins”), an elderly woman also walking her dog who adored the coat, and the man who lives in the brownstone behind me! Later in the day I wore it to Rolf’s for eggnog, and I was also stopped by a group of middle-aged moms. This coat is such a fun and whimsical statement in itself, and I plan to wear and enjoy it for years to come!

Kate Spade “Blaze A Trail” Bow Coat
Christian Louboutin “Decolette”
Black Skinny Headband

Holiday Party Edit: Metallic Pleated Skirt & Tiered Ruffle Sweater

With Thanksgiving officially behind us, it’s now one of my favorite seasons of the year: Holiday Party Season! I love this time of year because it’s totally okay to wear all things sparkly and shiny. I have six holiday parties over the next two weeks, and I plan to repeat-wear the below outfit to a few of them. I adore this pleated metallic (trend alert) Rebecca Taylor skirt, and dove gray ruffle sleeve Endless Rose sweater (from two years ago). I completed the look with a red lip- perfect for holiday parties (or any time of year!) and my favorite ankle strap PVC heels. This look is conservative and would also be perfect for a work holiday party!

Who else is excited for the holidays?!

 

Endless Rose Sweater
Rebecca Taylor Metallic Pleated Skirt
PVC-Trimmed Ankle-Strap Heels, Forever21 (similar here)

Leopard Drop Waist Sweater Dress & Bright Rockstuds

One of my favorite prints to wear is leopard print, and I particularly love leopard print for fall. It’s so fun and whimsical! I got this drop waist sweater dress a few years ago at Ann Taylor Loft, and I love how flouncy it is (very fun to twirl in). It’s also work appropriate. I paired the look with my hot pink Valentino rockstuds to add a pop of color.

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving!

Ann Taylor Loft Abstract Animal Print Mini Dress
Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pump