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!

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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.

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!

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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.

Spring Shopping & a ShopBop sale

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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

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(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.

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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

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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?

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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

Zig Zag for days with Missoni Scarves

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Maroon // Crimson & Sand // Blue & Grey
Blue // Green Infinity // Blue & Red

As winter starts to set in on NYC I always reach for one of my favorite scarfs – a white/gray/black Missoni scarf in the classic Zig-Zag pattern.  I originally spotted this scarf years ago at Century 21 but passed on it since I thought it was still too expensive. But the time I changed my mind and went back the scarf was gone. Months later I saw the same scarf again at Filene’s Basement in Union Square for the same price, and this time I grabbed it and brought it straight to the register. The scarf has been a winter staple for me now going on 7 years. Not just for pairing with a winter coat and hat – I’ve even been know to wear it to put my own spin on a bridesmaid dress, or to keep away the cold with a NYE outfit. Now Shopbop is carrying the Zig-Zag scarf in many colors and you too can make the perfect scarf your own.
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David’s Bridal + Missoni

 

 

Spring shopping list 2014

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For my Spring shopping list I keep coming back to the classics & the comfortable – but with a twist.
1. My JCrew BRIDE sailor tee // I love a classic JCrew stripped shirt, and now that I’m newly a bride-to-be I couldn’t say no to this one
2. Minnetonka Thunderbird Boat Soles // My Minnetonka collection keeps growing with the addition of this pair from EBay, and I really should do a whole post on moccasins. I like these since you get the comfort and strength with the boat shoe bottom. Though I think for my next pair I’ll get a more classic soft sole.
3. JCrew Factory airspun baseball sweater in colorblock // I’ve yet to tire of classic baseball t-shirts. This one is a lightweight sweater that will be great for spring, and I can dress up with a necklace for work.
4. MOTHER Rascal Straight Jeans // I’m still into all my skinnies, but have started thinking of adding in some straight leg jeans into my rotation to keep things fresh.
5. Velvet Nyleen India Challis Tunic // I’ve been big into tunics lately since they are comfy,and the loose fit hides the fact that it’s been a while since I hit up a pilates class. This one is a cool boho print, with a nice blousy, well made feel to it.
6. L.L. Bean Quilted Riding Jacket in Navy // Spring has been slow coming to NYC this year. I realized that I have plenty of winter jackets, and plenty of summer jackets – but not really anything for those in between days. This jacket fits the bill, with a nice preppy feel, slim cut, and plaid/corduroy details.
7. Luxe sweatpants // I spend lots of time in sweatpants, so I’ve decided to up my game into something a little fancier. I’ll probably mostly wear at home, but may also cuff and layer with a denim shirt and cute sneakers for spring weekends.
8. Madewell The Sidewalk Skimmer in Calf Hair // I recently nabbed a pair from Ebay, and they have become my go to office shoes. I especially love wearing these when I get to the office and realize I am wearing all black and/or grey but can pop these shoes on to add a little fun to my outfit.
9. Madewell Mini Cross Body Transport Tote in Peacan // I’m a huge fan of the regular Madewell Transport Tote, and only recently discovered that there is a smaller, cross body version. I especially love the blue striped lined interior, and extra pockets.
10. Birkenstock Arizona // I’ve long been a fan of the Gizeh in black patent leather and have worn my original pair into the ground. This year I decided it was time for a fresh new pair, so I grabbed the classic Arizona that has been popping up on so many pretty feet recently.
11. Vans Classic Slip-on in Black checkerboard // I always wanted a pair of Vans in high school – at the time I loved the lace up versions. But slip-ons have been on my mind for a long time now, and I think they will make a great pair of shoes to commute in all spring/fall. I went back and forth between the black and whited classic checkered slips-ons, but decided on the black checkered version to be a little different.

Things I am thinking about

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Giant Scarf // I have tons of scarfs, but am still on the hunt for a perfect large grey scarf that can double as a travel blanket. I like this Virginia Johnson swan scarf since wrapped around my neck it would just look like a beautiful dove grey scarf – but when wrapped flat you’ll see a beautiful graphic swan print. {SALE}

Beret // Time to bring back the beret! Ladies let’s make this happen.

Small bags to stay organized // With this zip pouch from BAGGU in Electric Dot Poppy

Mocs // I’ve slowly been expanding my collection of Minnetonka mocs because they are the best shoes around. I also wore then a lot as a kid, so they feel familiar to me from the day they arrive. For some reason though my collection is missing the classic Minnetonka Thunderbirds – so lets fix that! (How beautiful is Bleubird’s Minnetonka lookbook?)

A Peacoat // I’ve been craving the JCrew Majesty peacoat for several years now, and think it is finally time to just do it. I’ll wear this all spring long, and the gold buttons will make me feel extra sharp (even if worn with sweatpants).

Board Shorts // Perfect way to wear a bathing suit but still cover up some problem areas. I just bought this JCrew pair off EBay and can’t wait for them to arrive.

Travel Tote // I’m taking a trip to San Diego for a week in February and have already started to think about what travel bag to use. I may retire my Vera Bradley gym bag due to the lack on interior pockets.  I’m pretty fascinated by the bottom zip shoe section on the Lo & Sons Catalina Bag to ensure that shoes stay separate from clothes and other packed items. A much neater solution than what I normally do – which is pack all my shoes in the main compartment in plastic bags.

Moto Jackets for the Fall

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For the fall I knew I wanted to get a moto jacket – but instead of leather I wanted one in cozy sweatshirt material that could go from sweatpants casual to fancy in the blink of an eye. I ended up finding the perfect jacket at the Chealsea Buffalo Exchange. It is true black sweatshirt material with all the good moto snaps and zippers. The jacket is a Nom De Plume YaYa Moto Jacket that was originally sold at Urban Outfitters.

Here’s an outfit I wore recently for dinner & drinks, but the jacket could easily work with some slouchy sweats and an old tee for the weekend.

Outfit details:
Jacket: Thrifted Nom De Plume YaYa Moto Jacket.
Blouse: Old H&M, but here’s another option
Jeans: Koral Skinny Jeans, currently sold out, but these are similar
Shoes: Patent Leather Kate Spade wedge pumps. Mine are about 7 years old and purchased at the Marshall’s in Queens. Here is a similar pair from Kate Spade
Bag: Thrifted

Lots of other moto options out there:

 

Semi-Late Fall Shopping list

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This fall shopping list is a little late, but in my defense it is so beautiful here in NYC this time of year that it feels like fall has just gotten started.

1) Luxe Sweatshirts: I have really been enjoying the recent crop of “fancy” sweat shirts that have been cropping up recently. I like the idea of taking something basic/simple/necessary, and then kicking it up a notch. The flip side of course, is that if you are going to spend this much  money on something so basic you are going to need to wear it forever in order to make the cost per wear worth it in the long run. I like the idea of buying one sweatshirt that can kick it both to work with a fancy necklace, and then on the weekends with some  boyfriend jeans and mocs. Alexander Wang makes the grandaddy of luxe sweatshirts, but I also like the Three Dots Easy Fit Sweatshirt, and a Terry Sweatshirt from the Gap.

2) Flowy blouses are what I want to wear all autumn long, and then plan to layer under a warm cardigan once it starts to get cold. This Stand Collar blouse from Uniqlo looks like a perfect neutral, and I am also hearing great things about the Silk Blouses from Everlane.

3) A classic pea coat. Each and every year I swear I am going to invest in a great peacoat. I remember picking out a classic one in high school with my mom, and I wore it year in and year out. Uniqlo has a nice one, though I have to admit I can’t get enough of the gold buttons on the Majesty Peacoat from JCrew.

4) Clogs: I really want a pair of No. 6 or Swedish Hasbeen slip-on mules. I think they will be great to wear for early fall with bare feet, and then layer on some wooly socks once the weather starts to get a little chilly. I can’t get peep toe mules out of my head, though I was pretty glad to pull my No. 6 boots out of storage to wear again for this fall.

5) Leopard belt. Here’s another eBay score for me, but the original version in “little leopard” is currently on sales over at JCrew.

6) Go Sox and Go Pats! I’ve been wanting a Tom Brady jersey so I can wear my New England pride all over Brooklyn. I picked up mine for about $35 on eBay, but you can grab yours over at the NFL Shop. Old Navy also has some cute Team Spirit gear.

7) The perfect denim shirt. I am sure there are more noble pursuits in the world, but a good chunk of my brain has recently been taken up by searching for a perfect denim shirt.  I could devote whole post to this topic (and probably will) but for now I thank Madewell for coming to the rescue.

8) Leather Tote. I was down on leather totes for years since I thought they were too heavy. Until the amazing rich color of the Madewell Transport Tote finally won me over. My main concern about this bag was weight, and was the handle drop long enough. Happy to report the weight is good, and handles have been OK so far and the big test will be when I bring out my giant winter parkas. Until then this bag has been my constant companion throughout the fall. I’ll be doing a whole post on this guy soon enough!

9) Black skinny Jeans. Can anybody have too many pairs of black skinny jeans?