Thursday, December 19, 2013

Outerwear Flare

So yesterday I told you of my long quest for the perfect, puffy, winter coat. But the truth is, during winter, your outerwear is pretty much all anyone sees (especially here since you spend so much time outside during your commute). So there are tons of different pieces you need to achieve the ultimate outerwear flare. 

First a good raincoat. I have a Patagonia rain jacket that is perfect for the spring and summer, but is way too thin during the fall and winter. So thin in fact, that when it rains I now rely on my Barbour, baseball hat, and umbrella to keep me dry. Which, let's face it, just doesn't cut it. 

While searching for my winter coat, I saw this little baby

When I first pointed it out, my mom was less than impressed, but after I slipped it on it won her over. I mean I'm obsessed with this coat. The belt makes it incredibly flattering, it's waterproof with a hood, and thick enough to keep you warm during the chillier months. 

Now if I suddenly had my pick this is the gorgeous baby I would be added to my closet, but since it doesn't rain too frequently here in the city, I just can't justify such a big purchase on something I won't get that much use out of. 


You also need dressier, but still warm, jackets to wear out on the weekends. (But remember ladies, don't take anything too expensive out with you because you never know what could happen to it). 

I have a leather jacket that's almost identical to this Zara Moto Jacket, from a few years ago. 

It's perfect for a night out because I'm not too attached to it. It's pretty warm, but I would say it's definitely better for above freezing temperatures. 

I've told you about my love for this coat several times and it has not waned. 

Next up on my to-do list is to purchase a puffy coat for going out. This coat can be less expensive and doesn't have to meet all of my previous criteria, it just needs to be warm, flattering, and inexpensive.

Something like this



or this

would be perfect.  

Zara really is the place to pick up the perfect going out jacket because they're all relatively priced and are extremely cute. You can pretty much find any style you desire. 


I'm also obsessed with this coat, just thought I'd throw it out there. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter's Number One Necessity: The Puffy Coat

I feel like I have become a full fledged expert on outerwear. When you spend close to an hour walking to and from work each day (that's total, not each way, thank goodness) you find out what kind of outwear works and what really doesn't. 

For the brief blink of an eye that was fall, I was perfectly content alternating between my Burberry Quilted Jacket and Barbour Beadnell jacket. In Baltimore, I was perfectly fine wearing my Barbour well through the winter, but I quickly realized that in the city that just wouldn't cut it. 

Over Thanksgiving break I spent close to an hour in Nordstrom trying on hundreds of different coats to find just the right one. Obviously I'm fastidious about the look, but it also had to be warm. And I after looking at about three different coats, I realized finding both in a jacket was going to be a bit of a challenge. There's a flaw somewhere in this plan. Here were my stipulations: 

1. It had to be thick enough to actually keep me warm but not so puffy that I looked like the Michelin man
2. I wanted it long enough to cover my thighs but not long enough that I was wearing a sleeping bag 
3. I obviously was looking for black because what other color do you wear here? 
4. If possible I was hoping for some kind of special detail (i.e. a fur trimmed hood) that would set me aside from the masses of other black puffy coats 

Well needless to say, this was pretty much impossible. I eventually came to the conclusion of this North Face 

But for some reason I wasn't totally sold on it. 

Eventually Momma and I found ourselves in J.Crew when I saw it, the unicorn of puffy jackets

First, it was super warm, second it had a belt to make it flattering, and third it had gorgeous gold snaps to give it a little extra flare. I was sold and have worn it every day since. 

Do you have/need a puffy coat where you live? If so which one do you have? 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dear Santa...

I don't know about you, but writing my Christmas list is a fun, yet daunting process. I'm constantly seeing pieces that I want to buy, but when it comes time to actually catalog them all I can't seem to find/remember a single thing I really want. (Plus I'm pretty sure I make some things up in my head and am never able to find said item because well…it doesn't exist). This year I tried to be proactive and write a list toward the end of November but come Christmas time I had forgotten all but three items I included. (Which makes me realize I must not really want them if I forgot about them).

I have two vices since moving to the city, Soulcycle and Drybar. Having someone else do your hair is my favorite kind of luxury. I'm dying for Santa to give me a Drybar monthly subscription. They come in two different packages: 
The Barfly ($140): Which is four different blowouts and 10% off of all their products 
The Regular ($75): Which is two different blowouts and 10% off their products 

I've been in a boots mood for awhile now, because, well it's too cold to wear anything else. 


I've had my eye on this Marc Jacobs bag for awhile now and I've got my fingers crossed it shows up under the tree! 


And finally, this beauty. Please, oh please, Santa, I promise I've been good this year…

What are the main items on your list this year? 



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Click Your Heels Three Times

I consider myself more of a purse girl but lately I've been drooling over shoes. There's something so magical about a beautiful pair of glass slippers, they can make any girl feel like a princess.

I just bought these babies for Thanksgiving. I'm a sucker for anything with a bow (and they were such a great deal). 



Sunday I went to Kate Spade and fell in love with way too many pairs of shoes. 

These Netta Booties are amazing. I love the subtle bow detail and hint of gold on the heel. (I'd go with the black). Safe to say these beauties have made their way to the Christmas list. 


These gorgeous heels are aptly names the "Happy Pumps". They are perfection in person 

I'm a sucker for sparkly shoes, I just think they scream holidays. These look like so much fun. 

Normally these wouldn't stand out to me, but I think they would be a great, chic option for a night out. 





I love anything this animal print 

How gorgeous is the color?

What shoes are you loving at the moment? 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Bringing Home the Birkin?

The Hermes Birkin Bag is a cultural phenomenon that never ceases to amaze me. The was created in 1984 after Hermes's chief executive, Jean-Louis Dumas, was seated next to actress Jane Birkin on a plane and had a conversation about how difficult it was to find a good looking leather weekend bag. A bag was then created and a sensation began. The bags range in price from ($7,500-$150,000) and are produced in limited quality in an effort to maintain exclusivity. The bags range in size and material, accounting for the price gradient. At one point it was rumored that there was a waiting list of up to six years to obtain the bag, but in April 2010 the company released that they would no longer have a waiting list. 



So much intrigue surrounds the bags and it got me to thinking, if I could even afford one, would I want one? It's clear to me that a vast majority of the celebrities who carry them, do so as a status symbol since they no more go with their personal style then a strand of pearls and cardigan do. I have to say the bag isn't really my style either. I think it's a good looking bag but is more appropriate for older women. I think that, just because of the novelty that surround the bag, we are trained to like them. I always think about the scene from Sex and the City (one of my all time favorite episodes) in which Samantha is interested in purchasing one (funny how back then it cost $4000) when Carrie insists that it's not even Samantha's style and Samantha replies "It's not so much about style, as it is what carrying one means". It got me to thinking, how much of fashion are we programmed to like, and how much do we actually care for? 

I recently read an article about how there is an even more exclusive Birkin Bag known as the "So Black Birkin" which is a limited edition bag with all black hardware. (Only a select few celebrities own one). Which I think is just redundant, there is already restricted access to the Birkin Bag, then to make an even more special one is absurd. 

Plus I'm just going to say it- spending that much money on a single handbag is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Even the least expensive one is outrageous (and you know me, I'm not one to shy away from big ticket purchases, but this is just obscene). The fact that Kim Kardashian alone has several make me never want to own one.  

Here are just a few more celebrities that own one: 
So I'm curious, do you like Birkin Bags? And if so, do you think you really like them, or just like them because of what they tell the world. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Outfits

First, I need to apologize for my extended absence. Life has just been crazy and I feel like I haven't had a spare second to dedicate to writing. But I promise to (try to) be better! But let's get back to the good stuff. The next few weeks are full of tons of special events which means many outfits need to be scouted. Every year I try to find the best holiday looks, something festive and special, and every year I feel like I fail in some way. In full disclosure I start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas outfits in September. I don't know why, but I just think these days are some of the ones you want to look your absolute best. 

So we're coming down to the wire for Thanksgiving (can you believe it's already next week?!) and I think I finally landed on what I'm going to wear (as of last night). 

Last week I made my token trip into Zara and found a rack of the softest, most vestal sweaters ever. 
I bought the Sand color and fully intend on going back for more, the price is just way too affordable. 

I plan to pair that with this amazing skirt from J.Crew, in navy. 

Done and done. 

The friday after Thanksgiving is my birthday (ugh) and I'm turning...2-5. (Kill me now). For some reason I'm really not looking forward to this birthday. I usually love birthdays and pretty much celebrate it all month, but this year I'm not too wild about it. Maybe it's because I'm officially becoming old? 


But I found this little number and I think it will do just the trick to get me in the birthday mood. It's special enough for a b-day but versatile enough that I will be able to wear it again. 

And I'm already thinking down the road to Christmas, since I'm assuming it will creep up on us just like Thanksgiving did. I'm obsessed with this skirt and think I'm going to pair it with a plain black sweater and deck myself in jewels. 

Thoughts? 

Do you know what you're wearing for the holidays? 


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Whereabouts: Heart and Soul

At the end of last week I decided I was in need of a little pampering (aside from my weekly mani and biweekly pedi). It was a weekend of "Tory" and surprisingly didn't consist of too much shopping.


I booked my first Drybar appointment last Thursday for friday night and let me just tell you I fear I have a new addiction. I've gone to Blow before, in the city, but have always heard such amazing things about Drybar that I need I had to try it out. With my champagne in hand, and Friends with Benefits playing on the TV in front of me, I got the royal treatment. Already made my appointment for next weekend and am contemplating purchasing the packages so I can get one done every weekend! (My only suggestion is to ditch the "floater" it's an additional 10 minute scalp massage which isn't really necessary since they already do a phenomenal job washing your hair). 


Saturday I decided to hit SoulCycle. For those of you who are unfamiliar with SoulCycle, it's a spinning class that incorporates dance and weights to give a full body workout. It's amazing! I had forgotten how much I loved it, I've already done it twice this week. I used to do spinning in Baltimore but this is like spinning on steroids and the music selection is perfect. You get so into it that before you know it the class is almost over. But be prepared to sweat, there's a reason all the celebs (think Jake Gyllenhal, Katie Holms, Kelly Ripa, and my man Bradley Cooper) swear by it. My only criticism is that it's a little pricey so this is a luxury I will have to ration. 

What do you do to pamper yourself? 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Nine Months Down

It seems that the majority of my monthly posts have grown to be predominately about the books I have read. But I'm pretty much okay with that. Aside from taking a cooking class I have accomplished just about everything on my list (still working to complete my 20 books by 9/31) but other than that everything has been pretty much checked off my list. So I would say this post for the next three months will mainly be a book review of sorts.


Most people judge books by their covers (which I'm totally guilty of) but I judge mine based on their endings. If I like a books ending chances are I tell people I liked the book, even if the majority of it was just mediocre. But if I walk away feeling dissatisfied, I'm left with a bad taste in my mouth. That's how I feel about Defending Jacob. I have to admit the majority of the book was well written and interesting. The plot is about a district attorney who is faced with a moral dilemma when his teenage son is charged with the murder he is working on. The book was so-so, I enjoyed it but wasn't riveted to continue. It definitely wasn't one I couldn't put down...then there was the ending. There was a twist


I also read Little Children by Tom Perrotta. This was so weird. I mean, I actually felt a little uncomfortable reading it. It's about a couple of stay-at-home parents who start an affair when a child molester moves into their neighborhood. It was a suggestion on Goodreads and I thought it sounded juicy, but in actuality it was just strange. Aside from the affair between Todd and Sarah, there wasn't a whole lot that happened. There were a lot of character to keep track of, all with similar names, and the ending was weak. Don't waste your time. I didn't realize when I started it, but it was also made into a movie staring Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson.


After reading a lot of so-so books, and one really painful one (see above) I finally found one I couldn't put down. I decided that after reading a lot of "heavy" books I needed one that was light, so I settles on Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess. I started it briefly over the summer but decided to pick it up again this month and simply couldn't put it down. (I found myself hoping I was early for my subway so I could get in a few extra minutes of reading). The book is told from the perspective of Pia, a recent college graduate who seems to have a flare for messing everything up in her life (in the first chapter alone she sleeps with her roommates brother, has a party so wild it forces her downstairs neighbors ceiling to cave in, and gets fired from her new job). But Pia is determined to turn her life around and after a few failed rounds of starting over, has the amazing idea of starting a "skinny" food truck. It follows her adventures on her new venture, her dating life, and her relationships with her four roommates. I think I really enjoyed it because it resonated with me on so many levels, not only am I starting out in New York but still considering myself "recently out of college" means you're still figuring everything out. The author does a great job of capturing a young girls thought process and the reality early twenty-somethings go through. The best part about this book? It's a series! Not sure when the next one will be out, but I cannot wait!

What books have you read lately?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Currently Coveting: Fall Favorites

Fall is one of the best times to shop, in my opinion. Which means that I have many things on my wish list. Here are a few of the items I'm dying for

Tory Burch is the ultimate when it comes to ballet flats. I have so many pairs and they're pretty much the only thing I wear when it's too warm for boots. I'm dying for all three of these. 

Leopard flats are a wardrobe staple. (I have two pairs already!) But these are pure perfection. 

I have a pair of her Caroline Flats from last year and they are my favorite (they're much more comfortable than her Reva's) so a pair in black is a must have. 

I also have heard her Eddie Ballet Flats are super comfortable. I also love how understated they are. 

I'm a little bit of a jacket whore. I believe that a girl can never have too many. I have about five or six everyday jackets/coats for the fall and winter but for some reason don't have a dress coat that I really love. 

This Zara coat is perfect. It's sophisticated and elegant but still edgy and hip. Wouldn't hate finding this baby under my Christmas tree! 

These heels are at the very top of the list and may be purchased as early as this weekend. I'm dying over them! 

I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving outfits and I'm mildly obsessed with this Elizabeth McKay shirt. (Yes those are deer heads). 

I'm looking for the perfect pair of booties (more on that to come) and I think this Matt Bernson pair might be just what I'm looking for. 



My longtime search for the perfect black suede boots may finally have come to an end. Feast your eyes on these babies! 

I've been neglecting my love for lululemon, kind of like how I'm neglecting my love of working out (but I wouldn't every say I really loved that so much). And even though it's starting to get dark earlier (ew) I'm determined to get back into my routine. And what better way to motivate myself than by buying new workout gear? 


This baby will be mine. 

I think I would wear this even with jeans! Unfortunately the stripe is sold out online but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed they have it in the store. 

This is absolutely amazing and I must own it immediately. 
A girl can never have too many crops. I usually wear the Inspire Crops but I think it's time to mix it up a little. 

So basically a lot of shoes...What are you lusting after this fall??
 
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