Winter is Coming (…and ShopBop sale time!)

Black Friday is rolling around and I for one don’t plan to set one foot in a store this year! Instead I’ll be doing my shopping online with a cup of coffee and giant plate of Thanksgiving leftovers.  While we have had a beautiful Autumn this year here in Brooklyn we know winter is coming, and I picked out the below items to help get me through the start of the winter season. Make sure you check out the big Shopbop sale to pick up everything  you need to beat the cold!


MZ Wallace Small Astor Tote // You can’t go wrong with MZ Wallace bags. Lightweight, good pockets, and a clean simple design.

Dolce Vita Kincaid Shearling Lined Booties // I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of moto boots all Fall. These fit the bill – tough and feminine – and they are also shearling lined so I will be able to wear all winter long.

Mackage Qeren Convertible Down Jacket // A puffy black winter coat that is more sleek and sophisticated, than stay puff marshmallow? Sign me up!

Birkenstock Boston Shearling Slip On Clogs // I’ll start by wearing these indoors all winter long as slippers, then come Spring I’ll wear them for all those days where it should be warm, but I’m still a little chilly.

Dolce Vita Ryker Clogs // This cinnamon color is a perfect punch to beat the late fall gray after all the leaves are gone.

MZ Wallace Medium Floral Quilted Tote

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I first set eyes on the MZ Wallace Medium Floral Oxford Metro Quilted Tote in a post from Gretchen’s Closet and instantly loved the combination of the fun floral pattern pop along with the open, practical, and lightweight (yay!) design. The two seemed like the perfect combination. Florals are hard to get right – can look too frumpy, or too cartoony, but these photo real flowers against a dramatic black background hit all the right notes. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who was impressed, since the bag was exclusive to Nordstrom and sold out pretty quickly.

Fast forward about a year later and the bag popped up in one of my EBay searches, and just like that the bag was finally mine at a fraction of the original price. I used this bag all spring and summer, and only stopped in the fall since I went on maternity leave, and switched over to diaper bags (more on that later!). But I haven’t tired yet of the florals, and the pattern still seems really fresh to me now, especially against my normal all black outfits. I plan to pick this bag back up again come March, or April when NYC is grey and bleak, and I love to tote around a reminder that spring and flowers are on their way!

Overall the bag is a great solution for a daily commuting or roomy weekend bag. Straps are a good length, and the lightweight nylon makes it easy to carry all over the place, even when full to the brim. The zip top is useful, but I pretty much always left it open. I didn’t find the inside side pockets to be very useful, and they were really only good for holding little lip gloss tubes or other tiny things, and I would have preferred large patch pockets on each side. I also didn’t get much use out of the the little zip bag that comes with the tote, but I have since started using it with another bag to keep my wallet/important things in one place to make it easier to switch from bag to bag.

You’ll need to search on EBay or find a hand me down if you want a Floral Metro Tote of your own, but my next favorite is the Medium Metro Tote in a super sleek Midnight Blue/Black. It is more crisp and elegant than the lush floral version, and the clean color blocks can easily go from day to night, or with jeans for the weekend.

New Mom means new Mom Jeans! (Plus 25% off)

So I had a baby three weeks ago, and since he was born I can barely make it out of sweatpants. When I do make it out of my sweats, I most likely am reaching for my old maternity jeans. Today though I was able to put on my largest pair of non-maternity boyfriend jeans, and it was a great feeling! Even though I cheated with an elastic hooked around the button to give myself a couple extra inches! I’ve realized it’s time to buy new jeans for the new me, and lucky for me it is now time for the Shopbop Friends & Family Sale to help me purchase some jeans that make the new me feel like a million bucks!



Rag & Bone/JEAN The Skinny Jeans These Rag & Bone jeans have just the right amount of edginess that should help me to not feel like a frumpy new mom. I can dress them up with booties, or (more likely) wear with Converse All-Stars.
AG The Nikki Relaxed Skinny Jeans Skinny AND relaxed! The best of both worlds.
Current/Elliott The Skinny Jeans Just a great pair of roughed up boyfriend jeans that I will live in over the winter with slouchy cardigans and boots.
AG The Stilt Cigarette Jeans A little different from my normal skinny jeans, but like the cigarette cut that feels fresh and casual to me now.

Shopbop Classic Bag sale!

I love a good classic bag, so I am excited to share with you the Shopbop Classic Bag Sale starting today until – August 20th 4am EST. Best part is that a number of the bags featured in this sale are bags I have already written about and are still to this day some of my regular favorites.

Sale details and enter code: INTHEBAG at checkout

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Old pre-pregnancy photo!

Madewell Transport Tote // Originally blogged here. You can’t go wrong with the classic “English Saddle”, but for variety there is Zipper Transport Bag, True Black or the Mini Transport Tote

Another old pic!

Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote // Originally blogged here. I got mine used on Ebay and it is a copper-y metalic color, but looking back I wish I got the classic black version. If fringes are your thing for Fall try the Fringed City Tote.


Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Medium Tate Tote // Originally blogged here. This one might also double up as a diaper bag come September! I’ve also had my eye on the Pretty Nylon Knapsack for a long time now.

Fall Leather jacket

I’m convinced I will not be able to survive the fall without a leather jacket. Especially since our baby is due in September, so most likely I will be in sweats for days at a time, but sweats with a moto leather jacket is actually a pretty cool option. Here is a round of some of my favorites that I have found online at all different price points, from vegan to real leather.

1. H&M Vegan Biker jacket
2. H&M Vegan Biker Jacket II
3. H&M Biker Vest
4. Madewell Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket
5. BLK DNM Motorcycle Jacket With Quilted Stripes
6. Oak Rider Leather Jacket
7. BB Dakota Benton Leather Jacket

Slightly Larger Cross-body bag for Summer

Although I love my “honeymoon” cross body I am starting to realize I need some thing a little more substantial for weekends. The big question now if to fringe or not to fringe?


1) BDG Thayer Dome Stud Shoulder Bag
Love the slouch, grey color, and the clips for converting the bag to different share. Size is just right, but afraid all the hardware will weight it down.

2) LeSportsac Liberty x LeSportsac Cross Body Bag
Love the beautiful flowered print, and likely a very lightweight bag. Think the size though would be a little too small.

3) Alite Cub Backpack
Not a cross body in this case, but a fantastically simple backpack.

4) Star Mela Nori Cross Body Bag
An updated, larger version version of my honeymoon bag. Perfect color for summer, and love the pom pom decorations.

5) Unique Batik Chichi Bucket Bag
Fabric bucket bag

6) H&M Shoulder Bag with Fringe
There is something really perfect about blue suede and fringe all summer long

Spring Shopping & a ShopBop sale

Although it was snowing here in Brooklyn while I typed out this post I am starting to think about adding in some early spring touches to my wardrobe, and putting away my winter boots. Even better – I am just in time for the ShopBop Spring Sale. Here’s what I am looking at to bring a little fresh spring into my life as we ride out the rest of winter.

Herschel Supply Co. Alexander XL Tote
: Love the nylon and the patterned interior. The shiny rip stop nylon fabric makes it look modern and sleek.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Nylon Jerrie Rose Lil Tate: The sunny warm pop of yellow is a good reminder that spring is right around the corner.

Blank Denim Vegan Leather & Ponte Jacket: The slouchy, drapey front contrasts nicely with the luxurious animal friendly vegan leather.

Madewell Bucket Bag: Just enough 70s cool for NYC streets today.

Birkenstock Gizeh Thong Sandals: I almost bought white Arizona birks last summer for my wedding, but ended up passing since I thought they were too trendy. Now it seems that they are here to stay, and I won’t be passing on them again. I have a pair of black patent leather Gizeh that I love, and think now it is time to add a white pair to the mix.

LeSportsac Medium Tote Bag: Casual and comfortable. The perfect weekend bag.

Sale details:
Date: Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:30AM Eastern Time to Sunday March 8, 2015 4:00AM Eastern Time

You save 15% with purchase over $250
You save 20% with purchase over $500
You save 25% with purchase over $1000

Coupon code here

Inspiration: Madonna in 1980’s Lower East Side

(Photo Credit: here)

Like most girls who grew up in the 1980’s I spent a good amount of time trying to dress, look like, and basically “be” Madonna of the 1980’s. I saw this photo posted recently in one of my favorite Facebook groups Manhattan before 1990 and noticed right away how even from way back when Madonna still looks fresh and modern, and could easily wear this same outfit any time and any place in Manhattan today.

Here is my twist on how I would style this outfit today. A little more simple, a little more sleek, but with all the same details intact.


T-shirt: James Perse Short Sleeve V Neck Tee // Jacket: J.Crew Vintage denim jacket in bodrum wash // Shoes: Unisex Vans® solid canvas classic slip-on shoes in white // Bracelets: Jennifer Meyer Jewelry Wishbone Bracelet / McQ – Alexander McQueen Swallow Mini Wrap Bracelet / Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff / Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet // Belts:
Kate Spade New York Las Vegas Glitter Bow Belt / Rag & Bone Collar Stud Belt

Everything Buffalo Check


Uniqlo HeatTech Hat (Men’s) // JCrew iPhone 6 Case // Eddie Bauer Jacket (similar & reviewed here) // Herschel Supply Co. Tote Bag // Seven for all Mankind Roxanne jeans // UGG Brooks short boots

It’s the time of year in NYC when the Christmas sparkle is gone, and we are left with a long stretch of grey. A nice red pop of buffalo check seems the be the winter antidote for me this year. Would it be wrong to wear all these at once?


From top: JCrew iPhone 6 Case // JCrew Excursion quilted vest in buffalo check // Herschel Supply Co. Tote Bag // Maine Guide Wool Parka // Bean’s Fleece Robe// Buffalo Check Blanket