Holiday Swing

Hello! I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had an absolutely fantastic holiday weekend. I had a long five day weekend with my family full of eating, shopping, and lounging. The highlights were probably hanging out in my mom’s kitchen while she created more and more and more delicious snacks, let alone the killer feast on Thursday! Oh, and trying to get my entire family in a Christmas card photo via camera timer…enough said.

Once the piles of turkey and stuffing settle into my stomach, I often feel like a 30 day dash until Christmas begins. Between work, shopping, and travel plans it is very easy to forget to enjoy the whole season. In previous years I commuted uptown and regularly passed the Christmas lights and decorations. Now that I am commuting in a very different direction, I am creating a list of goals to enjoy the season.

1. Take one, or a few, trips uptown just to soak in the lights, store windows, and tree

2. Decorate the apartment! I’ve never done more than a single ornament, but this year I am getting a tree and decking it out!

3. Buy the tree (should come before #2)

4. Purchase Charlie’s Christmas handkerchief (hopefully less traumatizing than his Halloween costume)

5. Make holiday cookies and bourbon balls (nothing relaxes me quite like a sugar high)

6. Make an effort to incorporate extra bling, bells, and glitter in my wardrobe- nothing screams holidays like daily dazzle!

This is just the start but I’m feeling excited already!

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Fashionable Beginnings

Happy Friday! We made it through the week and here in New York we are settling in for what should be a very brisk and fall like weekend.

To kick off the weekend I found this great series of videos from the team at DVF. My favorite so far is “Diane on Beginnings.” I am always fascinated by how celebrities and designers find their way into kick starting their careers. Did they have a turning point, a significant class or experience, or a family dynasty? In her soft raspy voice Diane gives a whirlwind recap of the steps that led to her creating her iconic wrap dress. It includes a rather hilarious realization in a speeding Maserati!  As a leader within the fashion industry and a role model for independent women, it is a fabulous peek inside her story, and amazingly colorful closet.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Manic Mixing

I’ll admit, near the end of last week I was running low on steam and had a day full of appointments around the city. I ripped off and threw on well over 5 outfits before finally deciding on a group of trustworthy separates. Unknowingly, I believe this was the first time I pattern mixed for a work occasion, but the varying print size and neutral colors worked well and were more than appropriate.
On a less fortunate note, I arrived home to find that these trustworthy boots had officially been worn through after countless years. C’est la vie, it was a good run guys.

Vintage jacket, sweater by Target, skirt by BCBG, Sunglasses by Urban Outfitter, tights by Hue, vintage earrings, necklace by Bitten and Tiffany & Co., “wounded warrior boots” by Nine West

A Fresh Take: Joe Fresh NYC

Yesterday the boy and I layered up and went for a wander around downtown Manhattan. I keep a running list in my head of places I want to visit as I pass them on runs, running errands, or out the window of a cab. It’s always satisfying to actually check a few off the list.

One that got checked off the list yesterday was the newly opened Joe Fresh on Fifth Ave. Joe Fresh is a Canadian export that has landed in New York with quite a scene, Joe Zee was part of the official welcome party! The Joe Fresh brand is sold in over 300 stores in Canada and is the brain child of Club Monaco founder Joe Mimran. I expected the store to be another H&M, Zara fast fashion export with cheap basics and a few over the top fashion-y pieces that you purchase on a whim when you have big plans and “nothing to wear.”

Instead I found Joe Fresh to have great selection of super soft cashmere, skinny jeans, corduroys, and bold pops of color in every corner. A certain fringe skirt kept catching my eye as well as funky vests and a faux fur stole. What really impressed me though was the quality. Although I have yet to wear any items around, there wasn’t the sheerness, loose threads, and odd cuts often found at the usual fast fashion outlets.

Leather and Knits

How was your weekend? I was more than ready for my two days of fun and relaxation, so on Friday I decided to get the weekend mentally started early with this outfit. The shoes are incredibly comfortable- even to run around the city all day. I love an outfit that is equal parts stylish and practical without negating any of your personality. Faux leather leggings and a comfortable knit tunic are an unexpected pairing that feel as comfortable as a lounge suit, but much more pulled together.

tunic by Solemio, faux leather leggings via Von Maur, necklace by Fenton/Fallon for J Crew, jewelry gifts, shoes by Franco Sarto, sunglasses by Urban Outfitters, clutch by Lollipops in Spain.