It’s a real shocker, I know. I’m actually wearing an outfit that is completely clear of black. It’s weird to see, and it was weird to feel as it was happening. This jacket has taken some adjusting in my closet but something about it really caught my eye. I stalked it for a few days in the store wondering “am I crazy for wanting this?” before I finally decided to dive in. It’s those times when the usual edgy black ensembles don’t cut it – a spring luncheon, a baby shower – when I really notice the need for a few contrasting pieces in the wardrobe. This one may be an odd choice but I had to go with it. I had to see where the birds would take me. I like how it speaks for itself, and doesn’t need more than the most basic base outfit of jeans and a white tee to look pulled together.
Two things have been on my list for awhile to add to my wardrobe: a good vintage rocker tee, and a faux fur jacket. They needed to be worn together with ripped jeans, black buckle boots, and a good pair of sunnies to complete the modern version of this Almost Famous/Penny Lane look. There’s something about all these elements that are just destined to be together. I love how comfortable and approachable the base of the outfit is with rips and vintage fade, yet the fur adds a contrasting opulence that I appreciate. The stripes on this one make it a bit more interesting and help break up the volume of the piece, to avoid making me look like a full-on snowman. Now if only I could be as effortlessly cool as Kate Hudson, then the look would really come together.
When I first saw this jacket, I knew without hesitation that it had to be mine. I’m obsessed with the racer vibe (especially when it’s paired with these leather/zipper patch jeans) and the graphic high contrast of the white leather mixed in. Plus Veda leather jackets are the bomb. The first one I ever bought was by them – I love how they fit with the elastic on the inner arms and soft, thin leather making them comfy for varying temps and adaptable to weight fluctuation over the years. It was one of those things that I intensely stalked online and in stores until I finally scored it at end-of-spring sample sale, which meant I had to wait like four months before I could even wear it. Even though it was worth the wait, that’s a tough one for me. I’m definitely into instant gratification when it comes to wardrobe purchases. That’s why my favorite things to buy are everyday type things like good tees, jeans, and boots… as opposed to special occasion things like dresses, heels, and clutches. I just don’t enjoy spending money on something that’s going to sit in my closet the majority of the time. I like to start wearing it obsessively. Who else feels this way? What are your favorite wardrobe items to shop for? You can bet that when the temp got cold enough, this came out of hibernation and has been on daily rotation ever since.
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you may have figured out that I have a real nerdy side. Exhibit A: my dinosaur obsession that goes back to kindergarten when we had to sew stuffed animals (how/why they were giving kindergartners needles escapes me at the moment) and I of course chose to make a brontosaurus over a bunny or a cat. Or… in junior high I had a t-shirt that said “DNA is life – the rest is just details.” Remember those? Yeah, no basketball (or anything cool) here. I thought I was so clever. Well, now I’m a full-on adult and I wear shirts with light sabers on them. I don’t know what to tell you. I get the most excited about an outfit that has a playful nod to something that’s not fashion related at all. This getup feels fit for a networking event on Mars. Useful as can be…
I’ve been wanting a good cape for years. Specifically something that’s basically a blanket but acceptable to wrap around myself and leave the house in yet still manage to look chic. When I came across this one at Faribault Woolen Mill during my trip home to Minnesota over Christmas, I didn’t hesitate for a second about buying it. I love the plaid, the colors, the length, the hood, and most of all the fact that it was made in the next little town over from where I grew up. It was perfect to throw on when the house got a little cold while I was there, but it also works great as an “LA winter” coat. It felt refreshing to find a great piece that’s unique, authentic, and made by a company I can trust. It’s getting harder and harder to find things that are made with integrity in the US, no matter how “down home” the branding might be. Kinda frustrating. For this look I paired it with my other favorite domestic purchase of late, my cowboy boots from Allen’s Boots in Austin. Yes, cowboy! More on my newfound western wear obsession soon. In the meantime I’ll be curled up over here in my cozy cape with a cup of coffee and not being mad about it one bit.
There is no feeling like cozying up in a great coat in the winter time – especially a coat that’s delightfully engulfing. I love this one because it spared no drama with its extra long length, flared shape, and oversized collar. In this particular look, I felt like a film noir private eye in special winter garb (since a classic trench might not be warm enough for those cold winter investigations… I guess?). The berry lip (Scarlet Empress by NARS) added a little extra glam factor which is a nice change from my default nude. If I lived in a colder climate, I would love to have several variations of this outfit and wear them everyday to get through winter.
When it comes to New Years Eve attire, it takes some serious restraint for me not to wear sequins. Not that it’s necessary to hold back from sparkle. There’s no reason to, other than it’s a nice challenge to come up with something equally as show stopping without a sequin in sight. This feather cape speaks for itself. It may not be the most wearable piece throughout the year, but I suppose not evvvvverything needs to be practical, does it? A black jumpsuit on the other hand is a staple every girl needs. I love how easy it is to glam up for something as extravagant as NYE but you can easily transform it into a more all-business look by swapping the feathers for a blazer and the heels for d’Orsay flats. Done and done. I have to be honest though, this New Years is shaping up to be a low key one. I haven’t really been home since I moved into a new place during Thanksgiving weekend. So I’m looking forward to grabbing dinner or perhaps a game of Cards Against Humanity. What are you doing for NYE and more importantly, what are you wearing?
Tibi jumpsuit (currently 40% off!) / Topshop cape (sold out online but available on Ebay here and here / Ivanka Trump heels / J.Crew bracelets (similar here and here)
Have you noticed how shopping for the holidays can get WAY out of hand? Not only are we buying stuff for all our friends and family, but – I don’t know about you – I tend to get carried away wanting to buy everything for myself along the way. Especially since this time of year is a very social time and there are countless parties to go to and gatherings to look cute for. I’m kind of off the hook this year since I’m spending the better portion of the holiday lead-up down in Austin, TX doing wardrobe for a show. BUT I may have found a need or two for a couple of cute holiday-ish pieces that will easily mix into post-December wardrobe. I love the vibrance of these red trousers and the subtle festiveness of the sequin-sided boy shirt, and how they make me feel like a nutcracker when worn together with this little cap. But even better is how they will easily be incorporated into the regular wardrobe with other pieces. Win win!
If you’re wondering how to make a statement at a certain holiday party this season, look no further. A tutu paired with an easy, graphic tee is an instant hit with a powerful necklace and an amazing pair of heels. The tutu feels super festive and is much more comfy than a sequined bod-con whatever you had in mind. This combination feels effortless and unexpected while making you feel playful and fun. A bold lip could also add just the right amount of sophistication. Live out all your nutcracker dreams by adding a tutu to your wardrobe this season and you’ll be dancing with the sugar plum fairies. Maybe a few cocktails first….
If there’s one piece I’ve been wearing the most out of the handful of things I’ve purchased in the past 3 months, it’s this ripped sweatshirt. While it looks like something I’ve probably had floating around in my closet since middle school, I assure you it’s actually a recent purchase that just feels like a trusty old favorite. They did a great job roughing it up to give it that had-forever, well loved look. I love how it pairs with ripped jeans (yes, more rips), a cozy checked scarf, and sleek black booties to chic the look up a bit. It’s a dream outfit for a lazy coffee run any day of the week.