Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving on Cape Cod

After a train ride out of one city and a car ride into another, I arrived on Cape Cod to spend the holiday with my husband's family. During our traditional walk on the beach before the meal, I truly appreciated that, this year, Thanksgiving had arrived on an unseasonably warm, cloudless day. The kind of day where you can still get away with a fall jacket–just barely.

One last chance to walk in the sand before the snow starts falling.  (I don't generally wear suede boots on the beach, I also had sneakers!)

Classic red and black checkers hold in heat and keeps things casual. A pretty romper is great for walking, especially when the wind starts blowing.  Side note: by adding opaque tights to an outfit you can help to extend the life of more summery pieces.  Despite the sunny skies, I knew the cold was coming. My bright blue nail polish is a departure from this summer's hot pinks but still adds a flash of bright color.  Before five o'clock, the sun was going down, and it really started to feel like winter. A few cozy staples in black kept me warm.

Of course, staying warm on the beach in November isn't easy.  I guess it's time to accept that fall is drawing to a close. But if that means a beautiful day on the beach that ends with a warm meal and family, that's fine by me.

Jacket: ADAM / Sweater: Denim + Supply / Romper: H+M / Tank: ADAM / Boots: Steve Madden / Tights: Target / Necklace: J.Crew / Hat: J.Press / Gloves: Obey / Nail Polish: Essie Mezmerised

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Packed and Ready

All packed and ready to head upstate for a football game (let's go Shen!!) and to grab some furniture from my sister and brother-in-law's garage.  It's going to be cold so I packed lots of warm layers.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


I love an unexpected pop of color or pattern, whether on the side of a building, bright lipstick, stitching on a scarf, lining of a jacket, or on a pair of socks sticking out of a pair of boots.  Adds a bit of something to an otherwise mono-chromatic ensemble...or overcast afternoon.

Jacket: J.Crew - Scarf: Apolis (husband's) - Shirt: ADAM - Skirt: J.Crew - Socks: White Mountaineering - Boots: Swedish Hasbeens

Photo Credit: SR

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Black and Tan (/Tan and Black)

You can't just pour any two fermented grains together and expect the results to be potable. But a black and tan just works — and it looks pretty, too.

I got these boots a couple weeks ago. I loved the contrasting strip that goes up the back with the zipper, and the fact that they're incredibly comfortable, especially for a 4-inch-plus heels. We're taught that black and brown don't work as a match (sort of like you can't wear white after Labor Day), but if you get the right shade, the pairing is perfect.

It was beautiful out this weekend. I decided to carry the black-and-tan forward with a black tank and an oversize taupe sweater for a walk in the neighborhood. And some classic skinny jeans to pull the look together.

Call it a bit of inspiration from the Gowanus. Aromatic banks and miry currents nestled between cute-cafe-artsy-shoppe-stroller-laden Park Slope and, well, cute-cafe-artsy-shoppe-stroller-laden Carroll Gardens. It may be a bit discordant, but, like a black and tan, it works. A little grub with the glitz, the old with the new, the worn-down with the up-and-up. I indulged in some wallet-friendly glitz, then pulled on my signature vintage army jacket, and '70s-inspired hat from Urban Outfitters.

I picked this necklace up for a couple bucks at forever 21 last year.  Adds a bit of glitz to an otherwise neutral palette.

I've had this hat for a while now, but didn't wear it much as the brim was about 2.5 inches wider...I trimmed it down, and now it feels much more wearable, less like a costume piece.

My dad passed this jacket on to me a couple years ago, it is well worn and authentic - from his brief stint in the army in the '70s.  You can find vintage army jackets in vintage and thrift stores.  Or if you're not into second hand, army inspired field jackets are available all over the place.

A perfect pairing for a perfect fall day!

Jacket: vintage - Sweater: J.Crew - Tank: Target - Jeans: J.Brand - Boots: Zara - Necklace: Forever 21 - Hat: Urban Outfitters 

Photo Credit: SR

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Autumn Wedding Bells

We ventured to Pennsylvania for a wedding this weekend.  Snapped a few pics between cocktail hour and dinner before we lost the light.  It was a beautiful wedding, and nice to get out of the city to see some colorful leaves.  The dress had a great '20s day dress feel with the dropped waist and pleats, a fun departure from the standard cocktail dress.

Dress: Madewell - Jacket: ADAM - Heels: Zara - Tights: Target - Necklace: Vintage - Clutch: Foley+Corinna

Photo Credit: SR