Cool Blue Pants for a Hot Day

Blue pants H&M

Blue Pants H&M

I rarely wear outfits that don’t involve denim, but here is a rare exception from a recent heat wave. I picked up some “silky” blue pants from H&M and paired with a simple t-shirt. My favorite detail though is the small fabric cross body bag that I found abandoned in  Brooklyn “Free Basket” last summer. It is the perfect size for a quick errand, and made of a lightweight fabric in a warm pink color. Not bad for free!

Pants: H&M, no longer online- but here is a similar pair
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs – similar
Bag: Handmade Cross Body Purse from Guatemala: found on the street in a “Free Basket” – here is a similar one
Shirt: James Perse Bare Shoulder Tee – sold out, but here is a similar tee (c/o ShopBop)
Shoes: Black Patent Leather Ballet Flats, mine are from Zara- similar.  But if I could do it all over again I would buy this pair

Update: Yikes! Third time I wore these pants the seam on the side split wide open.

A Slouchy Transition to Fall

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I’ve been searching for a while now for a pair of army green jeans that would be slouchy and loose for heatwaves worn with sandals, but would easily make the transition to fall with some short booties. I took a look at  a number of pairs – the Gap Broken In Straight Khakis Pants, Current/Elliott The Army Pants, and the Zara Slim Fit Trousers in Khaki – but ended up with the Rag & Bone pair since I loved the gray/green/no brown shade of army green, horizontal seams and boyfriend fit. The fit also looked like it would work with the pants both rolled and unrolled which was important for my summer to fall transition plans. I sized up to make sure they were extra slouchy, and definitely need a (hot pink) belt to hold them up. I was a little concerned that they were too big when they arrived, but after wearing for a couple weeks I feel like they have broken in just right. The above photo was taken on a recent hot summer day – now that the evenings are getting cooler I need to figure out how to style for the fall.

Pants: Rag & Bone/JEAN Brigade Pants (c/o Shopbop – on sale!)
Belt: Pink belt from H&M (Reviewed here)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (c/o Shopbop)
Bag: L.L. Bean Boat & Tote, Open Top with navy blue trim
Shoes: Salt Water Sandals – thrifted from EBay. My are way too large, make sure you size down!
Shirt: Gap, old. But if I could do it all over again I would get the Striped Short Sleeve Tee by T by Alexander Wang

Salvaged: Steven Alan Reverse Seam Shirt

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One of my favorite things about living in Brooklyn is the “Free Baskets” that everyone puts out for the world. Since moving here I’ve both picked up and given away some good stuff. But the best find was a few weeks ago when I peeked in a paper bag left on a stoop and found a Steven Alan Reverse Seam Shirt in light purple. It was pretty much brand new, and my size. I had picked up a plaid Steven Alan shirt last year on Ebay, and am still convinced that this style is too boxy for us tall girls who need a longer shirt that hits below the hips. And so not a style or color I would have chosen myself, but I decided it was definitely a shirt I would happily wear for free!

The bag is the Farmer’s Market Tote from J. Crew that is now sold out, but I grabbed it for about $20 at a recent sale. They only had blue which I liked, but would have preferred the natural color. Turns out this is actually only a bag for carrying produce back from the farmers market, as I tried to use it as a daily commuting bag and the bottom and sides stretched way out from the weight of all my contents. So overall a great bag, but don’t use it for anything heavy for long periods of time. In this case I was actually headed to our local farmer’s market so it was the perfect bag to carry.

My cut-off shorts look pretty ordinary but they are actually very special to me as they are the first pair of designer denim I ever bought. Back in 2004 (wow almost 10 years ago!) I saved my pennies and headed over to Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston and bought this 7 for All Mankind pair that I wore near daily for years. About 3 years ago as I was long over the trouser cut I sliced them into cut-offs. But not just any cut-offs: my inspiration were the denim shorts worn by Parker Posey’s character in Broken English – a movie that has an amazing outfit in pretty much every frame. I had the movie on pause when I cut them so I could get them to hit in the exact same spot that Nora’s shorts do in the move.

Shirt: Steven Alan Reverse Seam Shirt, similar here
Tank: White Gap tank top
Bag: Farmer’s Market Tote from J. Crew – sold out!
Shorts: 7 for All Mankind Dojo Original Trouser (Cut off – obviously)
Hat: No name brand – impulse purchase from Bolton’s on 57th street
Shoes: Tom’s Shoes in Navy Umbrella Classic – but I wish I had help out for the camo pair
Coffee: Large with milk – no sugar. From Ladybird Bakery

Summer in the City: Thrifted Army Vest

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I’ve had a rotating set of army jackets for the past couple of years that made an appearance in probably 60% – 70% of all my non-winter outfits. There is just something about the color olive-green that I love, and find ways to work into almost every outfit. I started with a fitted jacket from Forever21 that I wore like a blazer to work for three summers in a row. Considering the jacket was about $15 I got a pretty good cost per wear out of that purchase. Last spring I upgraded to a Gap army jacket that it a little more over sized – more like an actual jacket, than a blazer. I still love it but it has quickly become too hot in the city to wear for the summer.

Enter The Army Vest, a perfect compromise to include a dose of olive-green in my daily outfits, but still keep cool. Originally I had planned a quick DIY and scissor off the army of my old Forever21 standby thinking I had gotten all the use of out it in blazer form. But then before I could ever get that far I stumbled across this vest in the Chelsea location of Buffalo Exchange.

Vest: Thrifted at Buffalo Exchange, by way of now defunct Daffy’s, brand is Renuar Collection – similar here, here, and here
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs – similar here
Dress: Splendid Maxi Tank Dress (c/o Shopbop)
Bag: Bookhou Zip Tote in Grey Triangle – reviewed here
Shoes: Worishofer 251

Photo note: I waited all day for the light to be exactly right for these shots, ran up on the roof, and took these three pictures – right before my battery died. Luckily I was fine with these shots, and could call it a day. Note to self: pay closer attention to the battery icon on the back screen!

Tan & Orange Embroidered Cotton Tunic

Orange Tunic Calypso

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Quick post about a favorite outfit I wore a few weekends ago before things started warming up a bit. I got this second-hand cotton tunic for about $15 from my favorite consignment store Buffalo Exchange in the East Village. I used to avoid orange for everything, but recently I’ve come around and enjoyed finding ways to add a bright neon or coral orange to my outfits. The stripes on the bag add a crispness to an otherwise laid back casual outfit.

Jacket: JCrew Vintage Denim Jacket (Found mine on Ebay)
Tunic Top: Mine is from Calypso (Thrifted), but here is another one I like.
Jeans: Gap Distressed Boyfriend Jeans
Bag: Baggu Canvas Duck Bag
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarers (c/o ShopBop)

A J. Crew Camo Jacket to Celebrate Spring

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This weekend was the first weekend where it actually felt like spring in Brooklyn – finally! For out weekly trip to farmer’s market, I was happy to pull my favorite J. Crew camo jacket out from the back of my closet. I grabbed this one from the sale rack at J. Crew a few years ago for about $20. The jacket is oversized and slouchy, and a great weight for springtime weather. I kept the rest of my outfit simple, so the camo would be the focus: J. Brand skinny jeans, billowy black blouse and white Chucks, and for the Farmer’s market my Queens Map tote is always the perfect size.

Bag: Queens Black Maptote
Jacket: J. Crew – old (but similar:Gap Camo Utility Jacket and Chimala® Camo Jacket)
Sneakers: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Unisex Wayfarer Sunglasses (c/o Shopbop)
Jeans: J Brand

And here are some ladies that do camo jackets way better than I: California Dreaming, Move It, and Pink Camo.

Some Like It Hot (Pink)

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I’ve tried to steer clear of the return of 80’s fashions for the most part. (Acid washed jeans – no thanks! I remember them too well from the first go round!) But hot pink…this 80’s trend I can wear day after day.

I’ve been half joking recently that my new thing is to wear a boring outfit – but then add on a crazy accessory like a statement necklace, or in this case a bright, eye catching acid hot pink belt for instant pizazz. This belt is from H&M where I was originally looking for a leopard belt, but they didn’t have one in my size so I ended up with hot pink, and couldn’t be happier.

Oxford button down: Uniqlo – Men’s
Jeans: Siwy (purchased secondhand from Housing Works) Similar here
Belt: H&M (No longer on web site, but here is a good option)
Bag: Longchamp Le Pliage in graphite (blogged here)
Shoes: Minnatonka mocs (purchased used from Ebay)
Watch: Swiss army, Men’s watch with a couple links remove. (Similar here)
Jacket: Madewell (Old – but love this one)
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Chilly “Spring” Morning

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It is still so chilly here in NYC – where is spring? Here is an outfit I wore to walk to the Farmer’s Market in Brooklyn last Saturday. I had planned to wear a t-shirt and some open toed clogs (more on that later!) but had to throw on long sleeves and my trusty faux fur vest as soon as I saw the weather report. This outfit is similar to my travel outfit, and faux fur + plaid is becoming one of my favorite combinations. Hopefully we can start getting some real spring weather soon and I can put away all my cold weather clothes for good.

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Unisex Wayfarer Sunglasses in tortoise frame (c/o ShopBop)
Vest: Urban Outfitters (sold out) – but here is a good option.
Shirt: JCrew boyshirt in mint strawberry plaid – found mine on final sale
Jeans: Gap distressed boyfriend jeans (old), but similar
Bag: WNYC Ecotote, my favorite. Pledge to get your own!
Shoes: Besimon Tennis Elastic Sneakers in grey

Travel outfits: Plane ready!

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We just got back from a trip to coastal North Carolina, where our main goal was to relax and enjoy some seafood & wine. We flew Spirit Air, where I have a weird habit of wearing five shirts on the plane so I can fit everything into my pocket-book and avoid paying the extra fees. So the result is I have to plan out my packing really carefully in order to fit everything into my Le Pliage. I forgot to take pictures of my outfits so the above collage is my dream packing list.

This was one trip where I was really happy with what I packed, instead of ending up with “packer’s remorse”. All clothes got equal use throughout the week, and were weather/event appropriate. Most importantly, I felt happy and confident in the clothes I wore, which made me enjoy my vacation just that much more. Once again I am loving my faux fur vest that I was able to throw over anything for a little extra warmth and fun.

Packing list for spring trip to coastal North Carolina
1. Madewell denim shirt in Campground wash (I also have a polka dot Gap chambray that is sold out, but here is a similar one.)
2. J Brand Jeans
3. Striped shirt
4. Ray-Ban aviators & my regular cats eye reading glasses
5. Warm cashmere scarf
6. Faux Fur vest (similar)
7. Moccasins
8. Army jacket
9. Grey sweatshirt
10. Flannel shirt
11. Longchamp Le Pliage (previously blogged here)

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12. Leopard button down (mine is from H&M)
13. Gap jeans in black
14. Hot pink belt (mine is from H&M but not on line)
15. Black Ballet flats
16. Probably fake LV clutch I bought at a stoop sale last summer

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Time to relax!

New Blog Widgets & a Faux Fur Vest

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It may be snowing once again in NYC tonight, but I’m in the process of giving my blog a little spring cleaning. Blog layout has changed slightly as I switched from Mon Cahier to the classic/simple Twenty Twelve. I just love how super basic and uncluttered this new theme looks to me.

I also added the “My Current Bag” post on the right, where I can keep featured whatever bag is my main bag of the day. I’m still carrying around my Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Tate tote since it is just so simple, lightweight, and easy. Once the weather gets a little warmer, and I can start wearing less bulky coats I am planning on switching back over to my Foley + Corinna Jet Setter Tote in green to start welcoming in some warmer weather.

In addition, I added a “TBB Most Popular Posts” widget further down on the right column where you can see my Top Five most viewed posts. Hopefully something interesting will pop up there!

Is it Spring yet?