Thursday, September 25, 2014

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Boots have to be one of the best parts of fall and winter. In my opinion, you really can never have too many pairs (especially in a place where they're pretty much the only option four months of the year). So I have decided to expand my collection this fall.


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Frye: I own both the Frye Jane and Melissa Button boots and live in them during the fall and winter. The Jane style has the perfect heel height that allows the perfect transition from day to night. The Melissa Button boots are extremely versatile, based on their low heel, and get used more than any other boots in my closet.m

Sole Society: I have been looking for a reasonably priced, slouchy, suede boot since college and feel like I have finally found my solemate (get it?). I discovered them last year, but was reluctant to pull the trigger and they ultimately sold out. Let's just say I've learned my lesson and won't be making that mistake again this year.

Stuart Weitzman 50/50- The over-the-knee trend has got to be one of my favorite looks. It's sophisticated and chic, all the while being hip and relevant. You can't get more on point than with the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots.

Over-the-Knee- The are tons of more wallet friendly options out there to achieve the 50/50 look without being forced to eat Ramen Noodles every night. The Michael Kors and Soce Society pair are amongst my favorite.

Do you have your eye on any boots this season?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Here are a few of the things I'm loving lately: 

Dying over this Emoji Stationary: it's at the top of my stocking stuffer wish list for Christmas

Spending some extra gorgeous outside time, enjoying the fall

The return of Scandal: I'm obsessed with this show and have been dying since last seasons finale. My friends and I are planning a popcorn and red wine premier party (we're so Olivia right?). Not to mention, The Limited is releasing their own Olivia Pope themed clothing line- as Rachel Zoe would say, I die.

Having my first (and second,third, and fourth) Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season

Reading The Skimm: After Mackenzie did a profile on the two creators of the website, I immediately signed up. I have since told basically everyone I know about their ingenious concept (a daily email blast with the days headlines and pertinent information explained in layman's terms). Sign up immediately.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

Few bags illicit the same panicked response that the famed Hermes Birkin Bag has. There's something to be said when impatient New Yorkers willingly wait for a product, but fashion forward girls will stop at nothing to get their hands on that years "it" bag. For the past two years Mansur Gavriel has been building their brand and has established themselves as one of the new designers to watch. There rapid rise to fame is all thanks to their gorgeous, and timeless, bucket bag (read more about their story here).

But the moral of the story is that last week I joined the elite (totally kidding, FYI) and finally got my hands on one!

After going back and forth a few too many times, I ultimately settled on the Camel/ Dolly combination and could't be more thrilled. 

This is a bag that will only get more gorgeous with age and that I am certain I will continue to carry for years! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Artwork 2

I'm ridiculously indecisive when it comes to deciding on artwork for my apartment. The selection process has probably taken over six months and consists of me scouring every website. I'm starting to narrow it down but wanted to share some of me favorites with you and see if you had any preferences? 
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Where do you find artwork for your home?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wild Thing

As far as I'm concerned, leopard print is a neutral, meaning that it pretty much goes with everything. A touch of leopard can instantly take an outfit from drab to fab. I prefer to keep my leopard print to accessories, since it's such a bold pattern it can become overwhelming (and no one wants to looks like Snooki, well except for maybe Snooki). Here are a few of my favorite leopard print accessories:

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How do you incorporate leopard into your outfits? 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Men's Shirts, Short Skirts

Ever since Risky Business, the oversized men's shirt has been a staple in a woman's wardrobe. There are few looks that epitomize laid-back sexiness in the way that a "boyfriend" oxford does. This has become one of my favorite looks to rock lately for the awkward transition between summer to fall. 

My favorite look is styling the shirt with skinny jeans. Here are a few looks for outfit inspiration 

I've also worn it with a flirty skirt for a fun, juxtaposition of femininity and more masculine pieces. 

One of the great things about fashion is that by styling a particular item you can completely change it's utility and this particular look will never go out of style. 

Here are a few spots to pick up your own shirt to complete the look:
Equipment, $210

(Edit: Even Bill Cunningham is discussing this trend this week) 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New York Advice

About six months ago I read the most eloquent, and succinct, post on the trials and tribulations associated with your first year in New York. As my own one year anniversary approached (editors note: it was August 31), I kept thinking of Hallie's beautiful words and, at the risk of being a complete copy-cat, thought it was the perfect time to write my own love letter to Manhattan, and to offer some advice to any wide-eyed girl about to embark on her own New York adventure. 

Dearest Newcomer,

First, welcome! If you're anything like me, you're feeling a combination of apprehension, exhilaration, and total fear. Take a breath, you're going to love it here.

You will quickly learn that every cliche ever writen about New York is true. It is dirty, loud, obnoxious, and amazing.

Three apps you won't be able to live without are Seamless, Hopstop, and Dark Sky. By the time you
get home from work you'll be so exhausted you won't even have energy to boil water, so Seamless will become your best friend. The subway system can be very overwhelming (I was convinced I would never understand it) but Hopstop gives you every detail of directions. It also calculates the most cost, and time, effective options. You will also never check the weather more frequently than you do in the city, Dark Sky is my favorite weather app. Cabs don't stop in the rain so you always have to be prepared for a sudden shower. This app notifies you if rain is approaching and even the length and severity of the storm- it's amazing!

New York is fast paced and competitive. Block out the white noise. You are doing exactly what you need to do to construct the rest of your life. Don't allow others expectations to cloud your mind, you'll get there.

Along those same lines, look alive, whether it's when you're about to step on the train, in line at Starbucks, or when an opportunity strikes. This city will eat you alive if you're not constantly in motion. There's something so amazing about his city, it's like there's opportunity in the air. Every morning it will energize and excite you. (It did the impossible, it turned me into a morning person). 

You'll become accustomed to seeing celebrities rather regularly.

Always leave yourself extra time during your commute, there's always an unexpected train delay.

You'll meet the most amazing, diverse, group of people. Some will become some of your closest friends, some will teach you unfortunate life lessons, and others will help you build your future. Appreciate each and every one of them for what you learn.

New Yorkers don't discuss the astronomical costs of things here, they're desensitized to it. Don't expect them to sympathize with you $35 salad. The only thing that is constantly talked about is real estate and the price of everyone's rent.

Try not to say "no" to any opportunity. Over the past year I've had more amazing experiences than I could ever have dreamt. When someone offers you tickets to an event or asks you if you want to join them on a weekend get-away, try and say yes. Get out of bed and go to brunch, or football games. You won't want to, especially since you may live so insanely far from your friends (like me) but it's so worth it.

SoulCycle is worth every penny.

Unfortunately, there will ALWAYS be someone with a better outfit, and more expensive accessories. Try your hardest not to let that get to you.

You'll develop a healthy, thick skin. People here don't sugar coat things, and they don't tolerate excuses. This will help you grow up and become a stronger version of yourself. (Just be vigilant not to lose too much of yourself).

And finally, there will be days, just like when you were in college, when you question your path and feel completely overwhelmed. It's natural but no matter what, at some point, every single day, there will be a moment that transcends upon you when you stop and remember exactly why you love this city and that this is exactly where you are meant to be. 

Enjoy every second of this new, incredible, life. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

73 Questions with Anna Wintour

Vogue's ongoing web series "73 Questions with" has to be one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures. However, today's edition has beat all the rest, the queen herself, Anna Wintour participated

The elusive creature that is Wintour has fascinated me for years so I relish every opportunity to glimpse into her glamorous life. (If you, like me, are captivated by Anna, check out The September Issue and Bloomberg's Game Changers documentaries.) 

Did any of Anna's answer surprise you? 

Look for Less: Fall Jackets (Part 2)

A few years back a friend of mine suggested I write I post on fall jackets at varying price points (shout out to Claire!). To date, it is still my most popular post so I figured it was time for a little update.

I'm personally kind of a jacket hoarder. During the more chilly months, a jacket is pretty much the biggest statement you make to the world, so it's important to have a great deal of variety. Fall is the perfect time for this, when fashion and function can live symbiotically, before the frigid temperatures set in and all you care about is not getting frostbite. But having a closet full of jackets doesn't necessarily mean you have to be bankrupt. I'm a big believer in certain investment pieces (since you do tend to get a better quality product) but there are always more cost effective options out there to achieve every look.

Save Splurge- Barbour

During the fall, there is no jacket I wear more often then my Barbour. It goes with everything, is heavy enough to keep you warm on a chilly October day but still light weight enough to wear of a humid rainy afternoon. The look is casual but polished, so if you're going to invest in one coat this year, I would advise you go with this one. But if that's not an option for you, the J.Crew field jacket is a fantastic alternative. It has similar gold hard wear to the Barbour, comes in the same color pallets, and offers a similar waxed look. The field jacket is slightly lighter, but still offers good instillation. I love it so much I've contemplated purchasing it in navy for the past few years.

Quilted Coat

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I love my Burberry quilted jacket, but definitely wear it less often than my Barbour. It's perfect for the early fall, because it's super warm, but still offers some protection from the elements. A quilted jacket is a classic and versatile piece that you will love having in your closet, but I don't think this is one you have to necessarily splurge on, this J.Crew option is a great choice. It still offers two front pockets, but swaps the button closures for snaps. Other than a slightly different collar, this jacket is a very close replica to Burberry's.

Dress Coat
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Olivia Pope has put dress coats on the map for the everyday woman. A dress coat really is a piece to invest in, since it doesn't get a great deal of wear it will last you years, but since the majority of the formal jackets out now are more trendy, it's better to save on these and spend more down the road.

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Save/Splurge-Leather Accents
Last fall, leather accents were huge, and it appears they're going to carry over into this year, as well. I love leather, I think it adds an unexpected edginess to clothes so I'm totally on board with this trend. But it is, nonetheless, a trend so it's best not to spend obscene amounts on it. I already purchased this blazer and can't wait to wear it!

Save/Splurge-Puffer Coat
Eventually, that nasty polar vortex will inevitably return (I just know it will) and function will overpower fashion and we will be forced to burrow into our parkas, once again. If you're in a place where your commute is predominately outside, and the climate is colder, a puffer coat is essential. I think I'm going to splurge on a Canada Goose coat this year, but was thrilled with my J.Crew purchase last year. With a winter coat, it's important to accomplish the main goal, keeping you warm, so you may have to fork over some more cash for that. It's no use saving money but purchasing a coat that services no purpose. I did exhaustive research last year and found the J.Crew parka to be just as warm,if not warmer, than The North Face or Patagonia and about $100 less expensive. But, if you live in a slightly milder climate, this parka could be perfect for you.

What are the jackets you can't possibly live without? What pieces do you splurge on, and where do you save? 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Striped Denim

Every year, it seems like it's a contest to figure out new and creative ways to update denim. One year it was colorful jeans, then patterned, and finally striped. To be honest, I'm not entirely sold on this trend yet. Even though I'm attempting to be slightly more edgy, and get out of my style comfort zone, this might be pushing the envelope a little too far for me personally. I just feel like it's a very thin line between looking like Robin Thicke or Beetlejuice. But in theory I am a fan of the concept, and I have seen outfits that incorporated them that I actually saw myself wearing (so all hope is not lost).

One of the great benefits of this trend, as opposed to patterned denim, people other than Gisele can pull off this look. With patterns, the optical illusion can make legs appear much larger than they actually are. However, with verticle stripes, it aids in making the legs look longer and thinner.

Here are some cost effective options

J.Crew also has a pair but I couldn't locate them online, so keep your eyes peeled. 

What are your thoughts on these bad boys?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tennis Anyone?

I vowed to update you more frequently on my comings and goings in the city so I thought I'd share my little adventure of last week. One of my objectives of my 101 in 1001 list was to see more sporting events here, and somehow I neglected to put "Attending the US Open" on my list so we'll consider it an honorable mention.

Last Wednesday night I ventured to Queens, for the first time, to catch the men's and women's quarterfinals. The weather was picture perfect (which was such a blessing after the 92 degree day before) and the matches didn't disappoint.

As captivating as the tennis matches were, my highlight of the evening was sitting in the box directly next to the queen herself, Anna Wintour, as she cheered on Serena Williams with her family.

It was a long night, Djokavac and Murray playing well into the wee hours of the morning, but was so much fun that it was worth it. (Not to mention my bright yellow dress was easy for my parents to spot of TV!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

All Teched Out

In this day and age, we rely so heavily on our technology. There are few points within the day that I am more than five feet from my phone. Since our devices are such a big component of our everyday life it's only fair that we style them, much like the way we style ourselves everyday. Here are a few of my favorites to glam up your emoji's home.

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I'm a big fan of the natural look of the iPhone now that they come in gold and silver so I was on the hunt for a case that still showcased my phone. I went with this Kate Spade case in gold. (I also love this one and this.)

But I'm also partial to a colorful phone. You can never go wrong with a Kate Spade or Lilly Pulitzer case.

What are your favorite phone cases? 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August Book Review

I've had Jessica Grose's Sad Desk Salad on my to-read list for as long as I can remember. I finally got around to it this month and found it adequately entertaining. The story follows Alex, a professional blogger, who writes for successful female entrainment website. Alex is faced with a moral dilemma when she receives an anonymous email of a semi-celebrity engaging in some pretty scandalous behavior. She must decide how far she is willing to go for page views.

The premise was interesting, especially since I have a blog (obviously on a much smaller scale) and I enjoyed learning about the ins-and-outs of writing for a gossip website. But I found some of it slightly farfetched. It was a quick and easy read, but it wasn't one of my favorites.

The Husband's Secret was one of my favorite books this year so I was so excited to learn that the Cecilia Fitzgerald released a new novel. The structure is similar to that of The Husband's Secret (for those of you who have already read that), centering around three women and their involvement with a very serious incident. 

This book pulls you in right from the beginning. Similar to The Husband's Secret, I found myself trying to slow down to savor it more. 
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