I can’t take credit for the title of this post, my sister-in-law came up with it when she saw Aaron and I decked out to go chop down our Christmas tree this weekend.
I’m loving my new hat from Preston + Olivia that I got recently on my trip to NYC. It’s such a fun and unexpected design, wearing it makes me feel so fly. (Yeah I just said that.)
I’m mastering the art of wearing men’s shirts these days, holding down the fort at 23 weeks pregnant and the belly is really popping out. I don’t hate it. Although these Gap maternity jeans have been doing okay, I haven’t found anything affordable that comes in a long enough length for these legs. So I broke down and bought some Citizens + J Brand maternity jeans online today. I promise to report back soon on this front.
boots : wolverine // cap : preston + olivia // sweater : jcrew (old) // jeans : gap // men’s plaid shirt : thrifted
Who said you can’t wear white after Labor Day? Apparently I didn’t get the memo, and I’m very ok with that:) Here’s how I push the envelope with white in the winter while still managing to keep it classy!
- Stay away from stark white and go for more of an ivory or cream.
- The key with wearing white at any point in the year is to wear something that flatters your figure. (I know you think that’s super obvious right?) Since white is a color that can show ALL of your flaws; it is worth the little nudge to pay extra care to a silhouette that will flatter your figure. ( For example, I’m 5’10, and have more of a “boy shape” so I knew if I was going with a wide legged trouser, I needed to go with a fitted on top. Also, my gold belt helps to separate the two textures nicely.)
- Stay Chic. White is such a bold color, especially in the winter, stay minimal with your accessories. I’m pretty simple when it comes to accessorizing in the first place, but made sure to stay extra simple with this look. The only thing I really added out of the norm to spice it up was my bow necklace + gold clutch. Viola!
On another note, I have just been dying over these Phillip Lim Cream trousers that I found at Crossroad Trading Co. a few months back with my sweet friend Beth!
They’re statement pants for sure so I cannot wear them all the time, so I try to make it count when I pull them out!
Photos by: Bethany Micheala Jones
I just got back from a glorious week in Jalisco, Mexico for the Jose Villa Workshop - and not only did I leave with my head totally full of knowledge and business to-dos, I left a little bit of my heart in Mexico.
The Hacienda El Carmen is the kind of place that steals your heart immediately. The staff are warm and friendly and the setting is incredible. The Hacienda is hundreds of years old and filled with beautiful antiques everywhere. They have fountains, paintings, peacocks, horses … it’s a photographers dream come true.
It’s the kind of place that you want to keep a secret but you can’t because you want the owners to succeed so much. I loved how accommodating they were to the vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diets of workshop attendees visiting with me.
The SPA there is beautiful - the ceilings are (I’m a bad judge of feet) maybe 60 feet - incredible brick buildings. The massages are out of this world.
For a full diary of all my Mexico highlights, check out my instagram.
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday - whether you are somewhere warm and tropical or wintery white. We’ll be back next week with more outfit posts and investment pieces and more.
Each day that passes in Brooklyn is another completely new adventure. This fall and winter in the city is full of firsts.
In the last couple of weeks, I bought my first REAL big girl winter jacket from JCrew. I cannot sing their praises highly enough, as I’m pretty sure I tried on 100 jackets in store at least 3 different times before deciding on this gem. People literally stop me on the street asking me where I bought it, and even better is it’s super warm and long enough on my crazy long arms!
Another first: snow boots. I didn’t even know where to start looking, and honestly didn’t really look anywhere, because when you think of winter boots you think of LL Bean’s classic duck boots. Sold. And I love them.
Today is another first: my first time EVER going ice skating in Bryant Park! This is a total dream. I
am feel like Blair from Gossip Girl. I’m sure I’ll instagram the heck out of the adventure! My only hope is that I don’t completely wipe out and break something (here’s to hoping!).
And the firsts continue. Next week I’ll be celebrating my first Thanksgiving in the city with my little sister Laura. We have a full week of plans including going to the Jimmy Fallon show + the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
So cheers to a year of firsts in this wonderful city!
All Photos by: Chaz Cruz
I took these photos right after I received this purse as a Christmas gift in 2011.
I can count on one hand the number of items that I still use daily that I received in 2011. Actually now that I think about it just this purse and my ugg boots (don’t judge).
But this purse has proven it’s worth season after season. It’s the only item I get compliments on regularly that is that old.
There are a few things that make a purse worth holding onto this long :
1. Quality. The real leather has aged perfectly and cleans easily (all I’ve ever done is wipe it down - my friend actually spilled a glass of red wine on it and there are no signs of it anywhere!) and the stitching is good enough to endure the years of use.
2. A Classic Style. When looking for a purse to last all seasons, think about choosing something that is classic and not too trendy. There are only a few tried and true purse styles that are reinvented every year for good reason - the satchel being one of them.
3. Color. It’s important to me that I found a purse that goes with everything. I just have those needs. Other people aren’t such sticklers and a fun pop of color can be awesome too but when it comes to one purse to rule them all - this natural hue just fits with everything I wear and why I keep using it day in and day out.
4. Functionality. There have been purses that have come and go in my life and for the most part, it’s been because it’s too large and gets too heavy and I start hating my life, or it’s too small and I’m constantly having to change things out to hold more. This purse is just the right size. The shoulder strap is key for me as well. Purses that always need to be held in my hand frustrate me because I’m always juggling ten tasks at once, but I like that this one affords either handholding or wearing it over my shoulder.
Here are some of my favorite posts featuring my Dooney & Bourke satchel:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
And just for fun, a few purses I’m eyeing that I think are investment-worthy purchases this Holiday season :
1 / 2 / 3
It was the kind of day Central Park was made for. The leaves had just begun to turn, the air was crisp but not cold. We ate belgian waffles covered in speckuloos and whipped cream.
I shot a bit on my Rollefleix and got a few weird stares from people but made a few new friends who wanted to know what kind of camera it is. Film. It shoots squares.
This is what I was shooting.
Rocking a bit of a baby bump, men’s levi’s and chucks.
I had my guy by my side and my Kat there too to snap some photos.
Take me back.
One more from the Rollei…
Outfit photos by Kat, The Refined Woman
Square shots by Em
You guys. At some point I know winter on the East Coast is going to really hit, like a ton of bricks. But for now, I am enjoying every single second of fall.
Each day it’s something completely new. This past week after a long day of editing I walked to Prospect Park around sunset, and it was like I was in Narnia. The trees were gold, maroon, orange, and almost every color in between. I was that girl in the park who had her iPhone out taking 1,000 pictures. (Those girls are so annoying). But you know what…I don’t even care. I feel like a giddy school girl running around this city.
Last fall I bought this red wool pencil skirt from JCrew. Obviously living in Newport Beach I did not get much use of it, maybe my soul knew that I would be moving to NYC the next year. Yes…I think that’s it.
Also, fun fact, a few months ago when I was visiting Cali Miss Beth Jones of BJones Style took me shopping at Crossroads Trading Co., and found this fabulous brown turtleneck for me. This may be TMI, but I’ve worn it the last 3 days straight; it may be the warmest thing I own. Dear Crossroads Trading Co…you’re the bomb, thanks for this gem, and thanks Beth for finding me this gem.
**Check our Instagram today for details on how to win your Holiday 31 Bits Jewelry, and join the contest at the end of this post for extra entries**
This week is a big week for my friends over at 31 Bits. They’re celebrating a website relaunch and the launch of their winter “Give with Glam” line featuring one of my favorite bloggers Julia from Gal with Glam.
I’m not a big jewelry girl. I like to keep it simple, but there are a few go-to pieces I have that I wear on almost a daily basis. Those pieces belong to 31 Bits. Ladies not only do they have amazing product, but the best part…all of these pieces are handmade by women in Uganda, providing them with jobs and education to get out of poverty.
Kallie Dovel, one of the founders of 31 Bits
says, “Everything you buy can either have a positive or negative impact on the world. This Holiday season we want people to think about their purchases and give gifts with meaning.” And 31
Bits does just that! The Holiday Collection uses beads rolled out of recycled paper, coated in holiday shades of glitter, to exude dazzling holiday flair.
Months ago, Em blogged about making her very own Boyfriend jeans. Let me be honest, I just can’t make my own jeans; it stresses me out. I envy Em for it, but just didn’t have the gumption for it! Since then, I have been looking everywhere for boyfriend jeans. Thankfully I ran into JCrew today to return something, and it was like this wall of jeans was beckoning me. I floated to the boyfriend jeans, tried them on, cried, bought them.
Now they’re my best friends. Once again, JCrew nails it.
Shop the Look…
Boyfriend Jeans: JCrew
Necklace + Bracelet: 31Bits
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Last weekend in Brooklyn was glorious. We shopped and ate and shopped and ate some more.
I’ve been loving my new dress from HATCH … I swear every time I wear it I get compliments from strangers. And right now, at 19 weeks pregnant, that is the greatest thing EVER. My pre-pregnancy pants are barely fitting and most things are so uncomfortable that even if they fit I get grumpy immediately.
But as you can see, this outfit makes me happy, and that makes all the difference.
Dress : HATCH Collection
Sweater : Jcrew (old)
Cheetah Scarf : Jcrew (old)
Wedges : Rebecca Minkhoff from Crossroads Trading Co.
Bag : Longchamp
Photos : Kat, The Refined Woman
No matter how long I have to spend in New York City, it’s never enough. There are too many good restaurants and too many stores to hit that I always end up feeling like I need another week.
This trip, we knew we had to make the most of the short 3 days we had.
And so I present, A humble City Guide for you, if you have 72 hours to spend in New York City:
S T A Y
The Highline Hotel in Chelsea - A converted theological seminary built in the 1800s, with an Intelligentsia Espresso bar in the lobby. A match made in heaven.
E A T
The Spotted Pig - Heavenly gnudi (ricotta dumplings), pumpkin salad, and the special when we went was beef + vegetable pot pie. ALL AMAZING. Your best bet for getting in is to arrive at 5:30pm or else prepare to wait a while.
Egg - Get there early. Fresh beignets for every table. The place for breakfast lovers like myself.
The Meatball Shop - yup. Can’t go wrong with meatballs. This place made Aaron’s year.
Radegast Biergarten - go for the biggest, softest pretzel and other delights. I didn’t get to fully enjoy all the beers on tap but they looked delicious and Aaron approved.
Alder - For a nice dinner out. Make reservations ahead of time. Try the “French Onion Soup Rings” - you won’t be sorry.
Shake Shack - I don’t quite understand how this place is so good but trust me that it is. Even for a die hard In’n’out lover like myself, this place wins (gasp!).
S H O P
1. Saturdays Surf NY - mainly men’s apparel (Aaron scored this tweed cap + amazing fisherman’s sweater) but I love the atmosphere of this place and they have a great espresso bar and cozy patio out back. A nice little oasis in the bustling city.
Also be sure to check out Pilgrim Surf & Supply while you are on your way to Mast Brothers. I would have bought a bikini if I wasn’t so pregnant. Sigh.
2. Wolverine Pop-up Store - The best made boots you’ll find made in America. Aaron has a pair he loves and I was surprised to find they also make classic, beautiful, well crafted women’s shoes as well. I’m kind of obsessed with my new boots.
3. Mast Brother’s Chocolate - Sample + pick up some delicious chocolate, and I’d go back just for their chocolate almond cookie alone. To die for.
4. Clare V. - It hurt so much to walk out of this store with nothing that later on Aaron decided we should go back. I’m kind of obsessed with my new foldover clutch. Next time I’ll go back to get a monogrammed wallet or this beauty.
5. In God We Trust - I love the way the curated items fit in so well with the clothing line in this boutique. Kat found an awesome hat and I am wishing I had walked away with a Pendleton scarf I saw there.
6. Crossroads Trading Co. - I could have spent ALL DAY in this one. Best score of the day were these beautiful Rebecca Minkoff Wedges. Kat wins best friend of the year award for not fighting me for them.
7. MUJI - This was my favorite store when I lived in Tokyo after college and it still always makes me happy. They have the best pens in the world, trust me. And yes, I am a nerd.
Oh yeah, and you should always make time for Central Park, especially in the Fall.
Ah there is so much more but that’s about what we managed while still finding time to catch up with some great friends AND a little behind the scenes hang out with the talented lady behind Preston & Olivia.
My heart is full and my wallet is pretty much empty but it’s all worth it. Until next time, NYC.