Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shag

Comfy sweaters, warm drinks, and pretty colors.

The best kind of sweaters are not only comfy sweaters but multi-functional sweaters. If you remember, I recently shared this sweater from Madewell, and similar to that sweater, today's cardigan is similar in the sense that it also doubles as a {sweater jacket}. I think they're my new thing. Also -- further justification for my cost-per-wear mentality. If it doubles as a sweater and a jacket that means my cost-per-wear is now cut in half, right? Just go with me on this. 

It's also that time of year for plaid pants. This pairing almost makes me think of the festive holiday seasons with the luxe mohair shag paired with a rich tartan, topped off with bow booties. I'm pretty much all wrapped up and ready to jingle all night long. But I think we'll hold off on that until Thanksgiving passes...or at least we'll try to ;)








Sweater from Taiwan Department Store - identical here || J.Crew Top - similar here || H&M Bottoms {last year} - similar here || Kate Spade Booties via Momma Couture - this year's here || Rebecca Minkoff Bag || Belt converted from Necklace via TJ Maxx || Emblem Eyewear Sunnies c/o

Monday, October 27, 2014

Seasonal

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. 
{Anne of Green Gables}

I think the months of October through January are my favorite time of year. October is beautiful because it's the prime of fall; November is perfectly cozy + Thanksgiving {my favorite holiday}; December is full of holiday cheer and festive lights; January is all about ringing in the new year and celebrating my birthday {let's be honest that's the real reason that month made the cut}. But getting back to October...I mean just look at the trees behind me -- the perfect golden hour glow. I also love it because it's a great transitional month. A lot of dresses tend to be very seasonal, and once it hits late September to October no one really wants to think about dresses because sweater weather. However, for those milder fall days, I like to extend the life of my summer dresses into my fall wardrobe by pairing it with an ankle boot and a fall jacket. For me it's about mixing something light with something heavy, whether it be texture, color, style, or even all of the above! 










Club Monaco Jacket - similar here || Madewell Dress {on super sale!} || Modern Vice Booties {old} - love this or this || AĆ©ropostale Bag c/o || Emblem Eyewear Sunnies c/o 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you.

It's been a gloomy week in New York City, and I'm getting through it by thinking back to the glorious Sunday I spent traipsing around a pumpkin patch in South Jersey, wheeling through the rows of apple trees in our pumpkin-filled wheelbarrow, and leaving empty-handed but full of laughter and great memories of time well-spent with wonderful company. I'm a Jersey girl born and raised, and I'd have it no other way. I live for the change of seasons, and as the beauty of each one passes I often catch myself thinking how short-lived it is but I always know there's next year to look forward to. Here's to living in the now and taking in the beauty that comes with it!

#amibasicyet




Abercrombie & Fitch Chambray Shirt {last year} - similar here || Skirt Unknown {old} - similar here || Urban Outfitters Boots via Momma Couture - just ordered these! || Zara Scarf || Rebecca Minkoff Purse

And a little peek at the fun we had...! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Shadows

As we draw closer and closer to winter, I feel like the shadows grow longer as the daylight grows shorter. 

I reach for many more dark hues in the fall and winter time because they just seem so much more fitting for the season. While putting together this outfit, I realized that dark blue and black is not a combination I often frequent. I actually think it's kind of a tough pairing since many shades of dark blue really just don't mesh well with black, and if I was really going to go for a dark outfit it would just end up being black on black which is timelessly chic. However, I've really been loving the idea of long shirt-tail hems in conjunction with a cropped top. I love the juxtaposition in length and the balance it creates between a top that is definitely casual paired with a top that has a bit more structure and masculinity. I liked how this top was a cobalt blue and navy stripe, so it transitioned well into the black after being broken up with a white shirt underneath. I will forewarn you, this is not the last you'll see of my cropped + long shirt-tail pairings as I have a couple more up my sleeve waiting in my to-publish queue :)










Abercrombie & Fitch Top - similar here || AĆ©ropostale Shirt c/o {sold out} - love this || Blank NYC Jeans || MimicDesign Suede Tote c/o || Forever 21 Booties {old} - similar here || Emblem Eyewear Sunnies c/o 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Foliage + A GiGi New York Review!

My favorite time of year is undoubtedly fall. 

As much as I joke about being basic because loving fall has somehow become a basic thing to do, fall has been my favorite season since I can remember. Awhile ago I wrote a post where I poked fun at all the various career paths I've considered in my life -- one of which was a creative writer. It was actually one of my preferred majors going into college {which I didn't end up pursuing}, and I took quite a few writing classes just for fun. One of my favorite topics to write about was always nature, seasons, and namely fall

I want to share an excerpt of a piece I wrote many moons ago. It was inspired by one of my favorite novels {The Grapes of Wrath}. Maybe in the future as the seasons come, I'll share the rest...enjoy!

"The autumn is beautiful in New Jersey. Mountains of luscious green leaves, products of the spring and summer that had come and past. The currents surge forward like a troop of soldiers, driving out the summer heat and bringing torrents of wind and rain. Rain that streams and pours. Rain that waters the cracked earth. The luscious leaves begin to change. A change that brings new colors, new life, new feelings, and a new crisp in the air. The mountains become the fire of an artist’s palette: splatters of reds, oranges, and yellows. Time creates art, as the beholder watches a masterpiece unfold amidst his presence. As nightfall draws further away from daybreak, the leaves begin to breakaway from the branches of its mother, swirling and floating towards the earth in a flurry of color: a streak of paint here, another streak there, an artist’s brush busy at work. And the earth becomes of a burning furnace as the birds fly south and animals begin to hide away in the depths of their burrows, for the land was unable to fill the arms of the sower who had harvested and reaped the bounty of the soil."




I also wanted to quickly review my new wristlet phone wallet from GiGi New York! I received this in the mail recently along with a gorgeous datebook for 2015 which I shared on Instagram here. I've been a fan of GiGi New York for quite some time now and also own a couple other items from them which I previously purchased. First and foremost, I just want to say that above and beyond anything else, their products all bear the same beautiful craftsmanship and superb quality. Their items are also very unique to their brand, and when you spot a GiGi product you know it immediately. 

One of my favorite leather treatments they do to their products is the embossed python leather because it adds an even more luxurious and high-end feel to the item while also making it less prone to scratches. I knew I would love this wristlet even before I received it, but I didn't know how much I would {love} this wristlet until I actually had it in my hands. It's the perfect piece for any working girl or on-the-go lady who needs something that will store all her necessities in a beautiful, compact leather good. A detail that I really appreciated is the quality of the zipper. It's something I immediately notice about any zip-around wallet, and this one zips and un-zips with as much ease as a zipper can get...I'm not kidding. Even my leather zip around wallet from Longchamp doesn't zip as smoothly and the price point on that is probably 2 1/2 times this one. I was also happy to note that my iPhone 5 fit perfectly into this wallet even with the case still on! Definitely a bonus point. I've ditched all my other wallets and this is now my official go-to. Just for reference: it has four card slots, but each can easily fit two cards {so eight cards total}, and two larger slots for cash, receipts, etc. The one thing it does lack is a coin slot, but like Queen Clarisse said in Princess Diaries, it's not appropriate for royalty ladies to jingle!

Since my datebook is for 2015, I haven't had the chance to start using it yet, but at first glance it is just as well-made as this wristlet. There's great attention to detail and it's really much better than anything you could find at an office supplies store or the like. I'm pretty terrible at consistently writing in my datebooks to stay organized, but with such a luxurious piece how can you not?? You'll want to pull it out every chance you get, if not just to look at it! Literally counting down the days 'til November hits and I can start filling my gold-edged pages :)




Ann Taylor Poncho {last year} - save here, splurge here || Madewell Tie-Neck Blouse {on super sale!} || J.Crew Leather Stripe Pixie Pants {last season} - this year's here || Club Monaco Scarf {old} || Booties via Momma Couture || Rafaello Bettini Hat - similar here || GiGi New York Wristlet Phone Wallet c/o