Monday, January 23, 2012

Quick Snap: Anchors, Stripes, & Leopard

What I'm wearing:
*Fuzzy Anchors & Stripes Sweater from eBay
*AG "Farrah Skinny Crops" in Kelly Green (similar here)
*Steve Madden Leopard Loafers
*Forever 21 Reading Glasses Necklace

It was a total impulse purchase, but I love my fuzzy anchors & stripes sweater! Taking advantage of one of the warmer days to wear shoes that aren't boots. I love my boots, but one can get very sick of wearing a pair of boots every single day. Especially after the snow that the city got this past weekend! Today is rainy, but warm enough for me to get away with wearing flats without tights or socks. These green skinny crops have unexpectedly become a staple in my closet, I've been wearing them a lot more than I thought I would. Love the kelly green color.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

One Step at a Time

What I'm wearing:
*H&M Faux Leather Shift Dress (similar here)
*Madewell Chambray Shirt (this year's version here)
*H&M Bubble Necklace in Red (similar here)
*Hue Opaque Tights in Black
*DV by Dolce Vita "Aisha" Lace-up Boots in Taupe Suede
*Zara Faux-Fur Trimmed Jacket
*J.Crew Hearthstone Glittens in Red
*YSL Muse in Black Patent

Every girl needs a faux leather shift dress, right? Ok, just kidding. This dress was actually purchased by my sister some time last year, but has been hanging in my closet with the tags on it for ages. I never thought I'd ever find an appropriate time or place to wear it. In the summer, when you'd want to wear a sleeveless dress, the pleather would be uncomfortable. I considered layering a blouse underneath, but still felt like I would give off too much of a biker vibe. But while I was searching for a cute, inexpensive faux leather mini, I decided to give layering over the dress a try. The casual chambray tones it down a lot, and paired with non-black leather shoes, I don't think it's overwhelming at all. Still a bit out of my cozy comfort zone, especially with the shirt buttoned all the way up (I NEVER do this), but I like the end result.

Got these glittens as a gift through work and I love them! Perfect for using my iPhone (for some reason I am so clumsy with touch screen gloves) or reaching for my metrocard while out and about in the cold.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Kind of Blue

What I'm wearing:
*Diane von Furstenberg "Shawnessy" Dress in Goya Blue (similar DVF here)
*Zara Faux Fur Vest (similar here)
*Hue Opaque Tights in Black
*Zara Leather Envelope Clutch in Mustard (similar here)
*Rachel Comey "Mars" Boots in Leopard

This shade of blue is probably one of my favorite colors to wear, but it's so hard to photograph accurately. In real life, my dress definitely has a bit more of a teal/peacock look to it. I am such a fan of DVF's "goya blue" color that I own two different dresses in this shade! Lately life has gotten in the way of my blogging (which I'm completely fine with), but I woke up early today and got a chance to snap these photos before work. Can't wait till spring when it won't be dark when I get out of bed.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Few Quick Snaps

A few OOTDs from this week...

What I'm wearing:
*Uniqlo Knit Blazer in Grey
*LOFT Bow Tie Blouse in Cream
*Jessica Simpson Denim Jeggings
*Off 5th Black Leather Boots

What I'm wearing:
*Uniqlo Oxford Shirt in Pale Pink
*J.Crew Argyle Sweater Dress
*Hue Opaque Tights in Black
*DV Dolce Vita "Aisha" Ankle Boots in Taupe Suede

What I'm wearing:
*J.Crew Zebra Sweater Dress
*Forever 21 Necklace
*Off 5th Black Leather Boots

*Comptoirs des Cotonniers Tweed & Leather Sleeve Coat

Hopefully will get back to normal posting when things are less hectic! =)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Quick Snaps: What do I wear when it's cold out?

What I'm wearing:
*Uniqlo +J Down Jacket in Green
*Lululemon Chai Time II Pullover in Black/Grey
*Lululemon Will Pant in Black Slub Denim
*Off 5th Black Leather Boots
*Martin + Osa Cashmere Wrap in Grey

Apologies for being a bit MIA lately, it's been brutally cold in NYC and I've been sick since New Year's Eve. That combination has prevented me from venturing out into the tundra to snap some outfit photos. But, I do adore my winter coat, and am delighted to have discovered that it actually will keep me warm. It's not just functional, it's sort of cute, too! I'm the type of person that will sometimes sacrifice comfort for style. But living in the city means there is a lot of walking around involved, and for that one needs a warm coat. 

Uniqlo had a large selection of reasonably priced puffer coats. I've refused to wear a puffer before because I hate the way I look in them, but this green hooded number is probably my favorite out of all of the ones I've seen. I don't feel like the Michelin man while wearing this, and the green makes it stand out a bit from the sea of black puffer jackets in NYC. And it's super lightweight, in fact, so lightweight that I was shocked at how warm it kept me during some very cold days. Especially when bundled up in a thick cashmere scarf and with the hood up, I felt quite cozy. I have a feeling I'll be reaching for this jacket quite often.

When it's this cold out, I can't really handle wearing real clothes. Which is why I wore the yoga pants that I wore in the previous post, but with a cozy sweater that was long enough to cover the important bits. Once again, so lucky that I am able to wear such casual items to work.

This is yet another cold weather outfit from this week. My go to uniform is: sweater tunic & leggings/skinnies tucked into boots. Not the most interesting combinations, but they are pretty cozy and comfortable. This turtleneck marled sweater is from Aqua (Bloomingdale's) and I'm wearing J.Brand skinnies tucked into the Off 5th boots that I really can't stop wearing. No really, I want to wear them every single day. They are competing hard to be my favorite pair of boots of all time. 

I hope everyone is staying warm! I'm hoping to recover soon and not be such a miserable grouch!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Aloha, 2012!

What I'm wearing:
*John and Jen "Manon" Sweater in Grey
*Wisconsin Badgers T-shirt (maybe from UO?)
*Lululemon Will Pant in Black Slub Denim
*Off 5th Black Leather Boots

Happy New Year! This is actually what I wore on the first day of 2012, but I've been enjoying my holiday break and was too lazy to upload photos! The weather was gorgeous out and I wanted a chance to wear some new purchases from the holidays. Loved that a chunky sweater, a nice pair of boots & bag can dress up even wearing yoga pants and a t-shirt. The boots & bag have got to be my favorite new closet additions. Snapped up the boots heavily reduced at Off 5th back home, and I haven't been able to stop wearing them since. They are incredibly comfortable and I really needed a new sturdy pair of simple black boots. After coveting (and borrowing) my sister's oversized YSL Muse, I am excited to have one of my own. On me the regular size is perfect, and I love patent leather and think that it's so fun. You'll be seeing plenty of the bag on this blog.

My NYE manicure, OPI Mad as a Hatter layered over Essie Over the Edge. Crazy glittery and a major pain to get off but I love it.

K & I on NYE! Wish you could see the dress better, it is Rachel Rachel Roy and was a shimmery blue/black (see it in a different colorway here)

A quick snap of the delicious spread at a New Year's dinner with college girlfriends. Based it around meatballs (they were homemade and amazing!) but we had some other goodies too. 

After indulging for the long holiday break (I did manage to squeeze in a few runs at home but have totally slacked lately), I've decided that I really need to work on my new year's resolutions starting ASAP. I'm hoping that putting them on this blog will help reinforce my yearlong effort to be successful at achieving the goals that I set for myself. So I am attempting to keep them realistic and achievable, but still striving for something more. 

In 2012... I will:
  • train for & complete a half-marathon
  • reduce my material consumption
    • be more realistic about my lifestyle's wardrobe needs and minimize unnecessary impulse purchases
    • sort through my clothes and donate or sell items that don't fit or I don't love
    • make a bigger effort to plan out meals/food purchases in order to make sure I don't end up throwing out food that doesn't get eaten/goes bad
  • try to be a more considerate & compassionate person
Well those are my resolutions for the upcoming year. I'm hoping that when I look back on January 1, 2013, I won't be disappointed.