Arctic Mix & Match

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely long, if chilly, weekend! Since I was feeling a little under the weather on Saturday night, we pushed our date night until Sunday. Unfortunately, on Sunday the weather dropped to absolutely arctic temperatures. I still wanted to look flirty and girly, so I doubled up on top layers, turned up the shearling collar under my thick wool coat and hustled through the crisp wind.  Minus the flaming red nose upon our arrival at the restaurant, I think this outfit worked perfectly.

MICHAEL Michael Kors vest, Rubbish via Nordstrom sweater, Peppermint skirt, Hue tights, Born boots (three years old and sooo comfortable), J Crew bracelet, SJP for Bitten necklace, Poppy for J Crew lipstick

Buffalo Plaid and Fur

For the first time since living away from home, I have put up a real Christmas tree. Last year I bought a small pine shrub which stood on a bookshelf, but this year we have a real, nearly 6 foot beauty. I love the smell and how it completely transforms the room into a holiday state of affairs. Luckily Charlie is adjusting well to the plant in our house and has not, as I feared, lifted a leg.

vest by Gap (not available online), old shirt, jeans by !iT, pumps by Nine West, bracelet via Von Maur and street vendor.

On another note, this vest was a Black Friday purchase, and is so versatile. It is less dramatic than my full faux fur vest, making it a more subtle dose of glamour with the same cozy factor.

The Interest is in the Texture

Ever since I graduated college and moved out on my own, I have become a huge fan of HGTV. A cozy Sunday afternoon with House Hunters or Color Splash can lull me into a peaceful state like nothing else. While I love the outlandish combinations of the Antonio Treatment, I’ve actually learned a lot of design tips and tricks from the genius Candice Olson of Candice Tells All.

sweater by H&M, tunic by American Apparel, leggings by Hue, boots by Nine West, sunglasses by Urban Outfitters, bag by CC Skye, necklace gift by my mom 🙂

During my latest viewing, Candice was making over the master bedroom of a couple with young children. She coated the entire suite in a muted palette of dove grey, ivory, and white, normally the polar opposite of my taste. However, she repeatedly said, the key to interest in a neutral palette is playing with texture. When you pile knits, silks, and sheers, suddenly the wash of white seems more intriguing than blah.

Yesterday, I entered a very crisp fall day in my own neutral layers of texture. I think the touches of bling and layers of cotton, corduroy and chunky knits makes it far more interesting than grey.

Too Good to Hide

Summer officially ended on Monday, which means all of our summery pieces can be packed away right? Frankly no.  I am limited on storage space and love some pieces too much to hide them away for six months. I do shun to the back of the closet light weight sundresses, skirts and anything linen that floats in a summer breeze, it seems silly when your top half is shivering in a parka. However, items with a little more ‘heft’ can do double duty like a heavy cotton skirt that is completely appropriate with heavy knits and boots. (I find tanks and tees seasonally androgynous thanks to their layering talents.)
Dress by Denim Vero Moda, Necklace by Sparkle, Shoes by Lovely People, Clutch by Marla Cielo

This dress is one of those that I hope to relegate to cross-seasonal dressing. The spaghetti straps could be a test, but I didn’t get it to wear it nearly enough to already put it away.
My parents bought my mom, sister, and I the same dress in different colors during a trip to Paris. It has a great ‘twirl’ factor, deep geometric pockets, and perfectly toes the line between flirty and just-for-fun. (Now I just need one of them to give up their version so I can rotate mine by my mood.)

Just in Time

A number of times throughout this summer I’ve discussed my hunt for a great new pair of sunglasses, (even spotting them and debating hunting down a stranger!)  Well, hold your breath, because the perfect shades were spotted and purchased two weeks ago, just in time for the grand finale of summer: Labor Day.

Urban Outfitters Sunglasses, Ann Taylor Loft tee, Union Bay pants, Michael by Michael Kors pumps, street market bangle, gift earrings, Neutrogena lipstick in Poppy Red

I spotted my new glasses at Urban Outfitters (similar to these, but with an elongated frame.)  They are the perfect blend of exaggerated frame size with cat eye flair, and a offer a inconspicuous nod to old Hollywood glamour.