Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Q&A: Now + Later

One of the most recent questions in response to my new Q&A series was from Laura who asked what types of pieces she could purchase that would seamlessly transition from season to season. I actually created a post addressing this last August (here) & since winter is finally winding down, I decided to revisit this theme. This time I'm highlighting items that you can carry from the current season into spring with just a few small styling changes. I purposely chose neutral basics that most of you probably already own in the hopes that this will give you some new outfit ideas. Be sure to keep sending in your questions and suggestions to me for this series!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Polished Basics

I used to really gravitate towards preppy pieces and, while I do still love those traditional styles, I have learned how to style them in a way that feels more current. I think the key is to balance out these types of items with modern accents. In this outfit, I paired classic separates with slouchy denim & gave the layers a relaxed feel by leaving the bottom buttons undone. Then, I finished off the look with shiny metallic pumps & a suede fringe clutch, which really helps elevate these wardrobe basics. You could try this combination with any button-down shirt, cardigan & blazer you already own (go for a more menswear feel by swapping out the heels for lace-up oxfords or loafers).

What I'm wearing:
H&M coat (similar here or here), Gap cardigan (similar here or here),
LOFT shirt (similar here or here), c/o Arizona jeans, c/o J. Crew pumps (similar here & here),

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Weekly Top Finds

Valentines Day is just around the corner and, if you're like me, then you're already thinking about what to wear. Whether you're going out to dinner or having a special meal at home, it's the perfect excuse to dress up. So this week I've rounded up some of my favorite affordable dresses for date night (or girls' night) - everything you see here is under $60!

1) Wayf // 2) Glamorous // 3) Everleigh // 4) Free People
5) J. Crew // 6) H&M // 7) LOFT // 8) Zara // 9) Mango

Tights Weather

So many of you have asked recently about how to pull off wearing dresses or skirts in the cold weather months. I personally am not a big fan of tights...but I recognize that they are a necessary evil & are sometimes absolutely non-negotiable based on the freezing temperatures. When shopping for tights, it's important to look at the denier to ensure you're purchasing the right kind: sheer= 10-20 denier / semi-opaque= 25-35 denier / opaque= 40+ denier. I exclusively wear opaque tights in the winter because they are the warmest & most durable option. I always purchase tights with shapewear built-in because they do double-duty (check the label for words like control-top, contour or shaping).

I personally prefer to keep things simple by matching my tights to my footwear - it just looks more sleek & I find that it has a leg-lengthening effect. However, neutral tights also work well with taupe, cognac or bordeaux shoes (see examples here or here). This outfit is the perfect example of how you can take a flowy skirt and make it seasonally appropriate by adding a warm pair of tights & pairing it with a chunky knit sweater and lace-up booties. This black suede moto jacket balances out the feminine layers of this skirt (last seen here) and provides just the right amount of edge.

What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 jacket (similar in grey, black, tan or navy), Zara sweater (similar here or here),
Reiss skirt (similar or solid color option here), c/o Mossimo booties (similar here or here),
Spanx tights, Ann Taylor bag (similar here or here), Nadri earrings (similar for less here),

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Flash Forward

Thank you so much to everyone who sent me notes & well wishes earlier this week - thankfully the flu I caught was a short 24-hour virus, so I wasn't down for nearly as long as I anticipated. Yesterday it almost hit 60 degrees here in NY and it felt like spring had arrived early! Since I was feeling better, I took full advantage of the opportunity to put on some easy lightweight pieces & head into the city to grab coffee with a girlfriend. This olive green trench from last year is one of my favorite pieces because it's airy & comfortable, while still looking polished. Draped jackets are going to be big again this spring and there are dozens of affordable options in varying styles & colors (I've included some of my budget-friendly favorites below).

What I'm wearing:
c/o Dorothy Perkins Trench (similar styles below), Aerie Ruffled Tank (identical; also love this & this),
LOFT Pants (similar here or here), TopShop Heels (similar here or here), Yosa Bag,
Madewell Necklace (similar here or here), Rings: c/o InPink & c/o Soko, Pilgrim Earrings,
Nails: Essie Fiji, Lips: Trish McEvoy Lip Pencil (Nude)

Photos by Olya Myers


Favorite Looks

I came down with an awful stomach flu this week, which has made it difficult to manage both work & parenting with my husband being gone. Because I've been sick & unable to get new outfit photos taken, I decided to revisit a few old favorites and share updated options of some similar styles. I focused on three layered looks that had a high number of likes and repins - even though some of these are over two years old, the combinations are timeless and easy to recreate. You can click on the title above each image to be taken back to view the original post & shop similar pieces underneath the photo. I hope to be back with new outfits later this week - thanks for your understanding!

Faux Fur Vest: under $30, under $40, under $50
Black Blazer: under $30, under $40, under $60
Cashmere Sweater: under $30, under $40, under $50
Coated Jeans: under $30, under $35, under $45
Metallic Loafers: under $30, under $45, under $50
Neutral Tote: under $40, under $50, under $60

Funnel-Neck Coat: under $30, under $50, under $60
Camel Turtleneck: under $20, under $30, under $50
Striped Shirt: under $30, under $50, under $70
Distressed Jeans: under $25, under $35, under $55
Cognac Booties: under $30, under $50, under $65
Burgundy Satchel: under $45, under $50, under $55

Plaid Cardigan: under $25, under $35, under $40,
Chambray Shirt: under $20, under $25, under $40
Skinny Jeans: under $20, under $25, under $35
Black Ankle Boots: under $35, under $40, under $65
Crossbody Bag: under $20, under $40, under $55

Q&A: Faux Leather Pants

The most-asked question I have received over the last month is how to style faux leather pants. Several of you mentioned having purchased some recently and said that you were having a difficult time figuring out multiple ways to wear them. The pair I own (seen here, here, here & here) have a classic 5-pocket styling similar to jeans, so I feel comfortable pairing them with shorter tops & sweaters. However, if yours are more of a liquid legging, I recommend wearing them with longer-length coats, sweaters or boyfriend shirts so your backside is covered (the same rule applies to knit leggings). I've put together some outfit ideas below to help give you some inspiration and, for those who haven't yet found their perfect pair, I've also included some affordable options too. Not a fan of the faux leather look? Any of the pairings here would work just as well with regular black skinny jeans.