Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Walk in the Park

Every once in a while a Brooklyn girl makes it out to Manhattan (on the weekend). This day in Central Park, my location wasn't the only thing a bit topsy-turvy.
Feminine florals paired so sweetly with the ultimate in "boyfriend" jeans: hand-me-downs from my husband.

This sweater is definitely a Mister, but he didn't seem to mind taking a stroll with two ladylike patterns.

Gotta make the socks worth a look if you're gonna show 'em. I loved the contrast between this cozy Fair Isle-esqe pattern and the patent leather shine of the shoes.

Along with mixing masculine vs feminine pieces, I combined a variety of textures and patterns.

A slouchy silhouette with heels and enough color to keep things interesting—it all came together for an easy and playful weekend look.
Coat and Sweater: ADAM / Tank: H&M / Scarf: Zara / Jeans: APC / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Socks: White Mountaineering Company / Shoes: Nine West / Bag: Foley+Corinna / Sunglasses: Cutler + Gross

Photo Credit: Husband

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas from the north country!  The Adirondacks were kind enough to order up a White Christmas.  Took advantage of a bit of downtime and sunlight to get out for a Christmas Eve walk.  This is my favorite place in the world.  Gathering with family in a special place makes for a pretty perfect holiday season.
 Layers are a must, temperatures didn't go far above the teens all day.
 I stole the scarf from my husband, super soft and great colors!
 Warm hats are a necessity.
 Bean Duck boots.  Adirondack staple.

May your days be merry and bright.  And may all your Christmases be white!

Happy holidays to all (whatever you may celebrate!)!

Sweater: Unknown / Flannel: Penfield / Pants: Foley+Corinna / Scarf: Johnson's / Boot: L.L. Bean / Hat: J. Press / Socks: White Mountaineering Company

Photo Credit: Husband

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Pants

When I first saw these pants, I knew I had to have them.  My love of patterned pants dates back to grade school when stretch pants were pretty much all I would wear (I didn't even call them leggings at this point).  And the louder the better.  These days, I generally like my patterned pants to be a bit more subtle, which is why I love these.  And you can't go wrong with Tartan - especially this time of year!
 Of course, my pairing with orangy-red accents definitely kicks these pants into holiday territory.
 The belt adds the obligatory bit of sparkle.
The super feminine clutch provides a nice, soft contrast to the blues, greens and reds that dominate the rest of the look.
 I kept the shoes simple and classic, can't go wrong with black peep toe pumps.
 Off to celebrate the holidays in the Adirondacks!

Sweater: Vintage / Blouse: ADAM / Pants: Rugby / Belt: J.Crew / Shoes: Elie Tahari / Clutch: Foley+Corinna / Gloves: Unknown

Photo Credit: Husband

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Grit and Glam

I love mixing in a real eye-catcher with an otherwise simple outfit. So I really, for sure, had to pair this top with these jeans and this button-down…

...Okay, I admit it, I bought this top for New Years Eve, but I just couldn't wait to wear it!

My new favorite jeans. They're from a small company, EmersonMade. After FedEx held them hostage for a week, I spent this one breaking them in.

This top is great for the season, what with all the holiday parties. And matching it with an easy chambray button-down and skinny jeans keeps the whole look on the more casual side of sequins.

I loved how the light bounced off my sequins (and the frame of my sunglasses) for an extra shot of glam.

Don't worry, I didn't get too carried away with all the gold flashes. I still love the good ol' grit of Brooklyn.
Top: H&M / Jacket and Button Down: J. Crew / Denim: EmersonMade / Shoes: Zara / Sunglasses: Ray Ban / Rhinestone Necklace: Vintage

Photo Credit: Husband

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fade to Grey

With the days getting shorter, colder and in general grey-er, I took advantage of a beautiful late afternoon patch of sunshine in Redhook.
I layered a cozy sweater and blazer over a party dress to make it a bit more afternoon appropriate.
The industrial factory building provided a perfect contrasting backdrop for a rather lady-like look.
I added a bright necklace for some color and a hand-knit hat for warmth - don't let the light fool you, it was pretty but freezing!
Sticking with the theme, I carried black and grey right through to my shoes - and the garage door and gate!
The skirt caught the light perfectly and really brought out the pattern.
Blazer and Dress: ADAM / Sweater: Mini Rose / Shoes: Nine West / Tights: Target / Hat: hand-knit by  my mom / Necklace: Street vender in Rome

Photo Credit: Husband

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Santa Baby

Just in case his elves missed anything, I played Santa's Little Helper myself this weekend and took a Sunday to do some relaxed holiday shopping.
I felt positively festive in my green sweater and red hat.

Lucky for me, I don't have to live at the North Pole, and I can shop online.  Love those modern conveniences.

My inner elf was channeling Alexa Chung, with my blouse buttoned all the way up, skinny jeans, and flats.
I can never resist a pop of color. I loved how the magenta flats complimented the green and played off the red in my hat.
A great, easy weekend outfit. Perfect for lounging before I ran out to get our small, potted Christmas tree! Now, time to see how many lights and ornaments its little branches can support…
Jacket and Cardigan and Shoes: J.Crew / Shirt: American Apparel / Jeans and Hat: Madewell / Sunglasses: Cutler and Gross /  Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave

Photo Credit: Husband

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Trip to Sagamore Hill

What does one wear to the former house of a former president in the beginning of winter? For a visit to Teddy Roosevelt's home at Sagamore Hill - now a national park, I decided to debut some new items I've been excited about, without being too over-the-top—don't want to scare the locals in Oyster Bay. I loved how the metallic sheen of this belt played off the gold in the jacket without overpowering. 

Neutral layers balanced my less neutral hues and prints, plus they were totally weather appropriate.

A sensible bag kept me grounded even with a bit of lift from the highest heels in my closet! 

I've been envisioning wearing these shoes with these pants before owning either. I have to say, I'm pretty happy with the results.

Another satisfying day trip...

But I'm ready to get back to Brooklyn.

Jacket: ADAM / Scarf: Zara / Sweater: J. Crew / Shirt: American Apparel / Belt: Zara / Pants: J. Crew / Socks: Madewell / Shoes: Steve Madden / Glasses: Dita / Bag: Foley+Corinna

Photo Credit: Husband

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

[Charles] Water Under the Bridge

The Charles that I knew in college was always a source of calm alongside the busy streets that wind their way through Boston. A half-hour into the suburbs, where my husband grew up, its otherwise peaceful current tumbles over a dam and throws off a shower of golden-green sparks. 

The light was perfect to show off my own sparks.

In green, gold, and gray, I might have blended into my surroundings if not for these pieces' unique lines and textures (plus some orangy-red lipstick - Nars Heat Wave to be exact).

Feeling zen with my watery counterpart.
These boots work with almost everything, even stone walls by the riverside.
I loved visiting the Charles' combination of color, calm, and a bit of glimmer–just like I remembered.

Jacket: ADAM / Sweater: ADAM / Dress: Urban Outfitters / Belt: H&M / Necklace: Forever 21 / Tights: Target / Boots: Steve Madden / Sunglasses: Cutler and Gross

Photo Credit: Husband

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Feeling the Fall

Sure, it's been a little while since I've been a student, and it's a little late for a back-to-school post. But the leaves in New England are still fully fall, and there was something about visiting the state where I got my degree that put me in the spirit.
The muted, neutral colors of this sweater and blouse matched the shades of the leaves on the ground, while the hat's red is reminiscent of their bright colors before they fell.  
The slouchy hat, sweater, and jeans combo is perfect for comfortable-cool. I completed the outfit with the belted blouse for a bit of femininity and shape.  The blouse is actually more of a blazer or "third piece," but by wrapping it and adding a belt, the blazer turned into a blouse in no time at all!

It never fails–every time I wear these jeans outside New York City, some random middle aged dude is sure to let me know they've got a few holes and need to be replaced!
Just because the weather's cooler doesn't mean you need to live in boots. For socks, however, I do recommend a pair without holes.
Ready for class–only now I'm studying the hues of nature and the crunch of the leaves underfoot.

Sweather: J.Crew / Blouse: Zara / Tank: ADAM / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Current Elliot / Shoes: Zara / Sunglasses: Ray Ban / Hat: Madewell / Necklace: Vintage / Socks: the Sock Man (on St. Marks Pl.)

Photo Credit: Husband