Sequins & Plaid

White jeans after Labor Day

Living in Manhattan is exciting and fun…but it can also be overwhelming. There is always so much going on at once, and seemingly endless streams of people out and about at any given time. Sometimes I just need a break from the craziness and I’m lucky that we live only a few blocks from Central Park. The pup LOVES running around in the grass and exploring hidden paths, and as a suburban grown girl, it’s fun for me too.

Last weekend, we brought my husband along to show him all of the places we’ve discovered so far. It was the first crisp fall day and perfect for layering. I’m wearing white after Labor Day and mixing buffalo check plaid with sequins…breaking all of the rules and couldn’t be happier!

Casual sequined look

How to wear plaid

Fall layering ideas

Sequins and Plaid

Fall Style

Sunnies: Kate Spade Saturday, Earrings: old (similar), Button Down: Gap (similar), Sweater: Forever 21 (black & gold option, silver option), Vest: TJ Maxx, Jeans: J.Crew Factory, Boots: LifeStride (similar), Bag: Old Navy (another option)

New Navy

In case you haven’t noticed, navy is my new favorite neutral. It’s always been a classic color, refined and traditional like a great pants suit. But, as more navy pieces hit stores, they’re starting to develop a more feminine, fun-loving vibe. Details like bows and cap sleeves + textured leather and faux fur make navy the perfect match for anything from leather to denim. That old school rule that black and blue don’t go together is totally out the window too, so go crazy with navy!

navy

 

Dress: ASOS, Loafers: Sole Society, Cape: Ann Taylor, Clutch: Gigi New York, Sweater: J.Crew Factory, Faux Fur Scarf: Piperlime

Fall (and Winter) Wedding Style

When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you have at least one year when you feel like all you’re doing on weekends is going to weddings. We got married well before most of our friends, but things are starting to pick up. Next year, we already have four sets of nuptials on the books…including two on back-to-back weekends in February. The first is here in New York (where we’ll be in the depths of winter) and the second is in Northern California (where I hope I won’t need a heavy coat). Although spring and summer wedding style is a little easier, fall and winter weddings can be fun to dress for too. Some tips:

  • Cocktail dresses often cost a little more, so if you’re making a small investment, you want to choose something versatile. Spend a little more on a dress you’ll get a lot of wear out of, and then have fun with jewelry and accessories.
  • If you don’t want to spend a lot, check out discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls or think about renting a designer dress from somewhere like Rent the Runway.
  • You can never go wrong with black, but navy and jewel tones are also seasonably appropriate and chic.
  • For added elegance, look for lace. Bows and beaded belts are great touches too.
  • Pears: As always, I recommend an A-line or fit and flare silhouette with a defined waist. Detailing on the bodice will draw the eye up (which is good), so if you’re looking at mixed media or color-blocked dresses, always opt for a less busy bottom half.
  • A tailored wool coat is the perfect topper for winter. Bring along a pashmina or shrug if you’re worried about temperatures inside.

These six dresses are a great place to start your shopping. I’m especially loving the navy and purple pieces in the top row. Which one’s your fave?

weddingguest

 

Top Row: Taylor via Nordstrom | Lulu’s | Eliza J via Nordstrom
Bottom Row: Ruche | ModCloth | BB Dakota via Nordstrom

Old Standbys

Black and White

As much as I love to shop for new things, sometimes you just have to stick with old standbys like this black and white dress. It’s from a couple of years ago at H&M, and is easy to wear with different accessory/shoe combinations. The one new thing I’m wearing is my bow belt. I’ve been coveting the Kate Spade version for longer than I can remember, but never felt like I could shell out $70 for a belt. Lucky for me, LOFT had one on sale for far less. Which old standbys do you always fall back on and how do you change them up? I would love to hear from you! Read More →

Weekend Deals

There are so many amazing sales happening this weekend that I just had to put a quick post together. This is a great time to fill out your fall wardrobe with sweaters, jackets, boots and more, and sales at some of my favorite stores guarantee some fabulous deals. Here’s the lo-down:

Happy Shopping!

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