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.
The dress section of my closet gets a little neglected sometimes… like 99% of the time. For the most part, I only reach for a dress when there’s a special event and even then I get sick of my options pretty darn quick. When an event is that special, you want something fresh and new and never before seen. It sounds high maintenance, but you know it’s true. Of course that leads to an endless cycle of never wanting to buy new dresses yet always needing to. However, it’s amazing how adding a layer or accessory can change the vibe of a dress pretty quick. I know it’s beating a dead horse at this point but whenever a leather jacket comes into the mix, it always makes the piece it’s complimenting way more wearable to me. There’s something about leather jackets that just work with everything. The cut, shape, and structure work better over dresses than your typical blazer or cardigan. This sequin dress is something I’d wear to a black tie wedding, but the leather takes it all the way down to drinks with the girls or a holiday networking event. It’s like magic! Reason #439857209874 you need a good leather jacket in your wardrobe.
Theyskens Theory leather jacket (similar here) / Gold Hawk sequin dress (similiar here & here) / Zara heels (similar here & here) / Chanel clutch / Bracelets: J.Crew swarovski bracelet, Forever21 (similar here), Beso Beso / Sally Hansen nail strips
Photography by Heather Kincaid. Loved working with her on this post and looking forward to sharing lots more of her gorgeous work very soon!
About once a year I find myself at Zara buying a blazer that’s not black, white, or gray (what???). It’s always a moment where I question whether it’s something I’ll wear but for some reason I like it and I go for it. I’m serious, you can see other examples of this exact yearly habit from here, here, and here. Every single one of those times, I’ve doubted, and every single time I’ve been proven wrong after I find myself wearing it constantly. This one is no exception. I’ve been wearing it whenever I feel that the usual black isn’t the right choice (like a child’s birthday party for example) or when I’m in a more playful mood. Yes, this is as playful as I get when it comes to “color”. Let’s just accept it and move on. Do you have pieces that you doubted but end up being surprise hits in your wardrobe?
One of the first things I did when I graduated college was go shopping for a black suit to wear to interviews and a few collared shirts to wear under it. It was just what you did, even though the positions I was going for were TV jobs where you would never see a suit unless it was in the ad sales department on an interviewee. Over the years, suits have become way less of a thing in creative fields, even for interviews or fancy meetings. Even though I don’t work in an office, I’m happy that it’s become more acceptable to showcase your style in the workplace and the idea of a suit has evolved into something a bit more fun. Here I combined two of my favorite staples, black joggers and my leather sleeve blazer, to get a suit-ish look. It’s less formal, more unique, and an easy way to amp up everyday pieces. Especially when paired with a few more statement-y fashion forward accessories, it’s a great go-t when you want your look to be polished yet personal.