Shopping on Newbury Street

Yes, once again, another post on my travels! I know this sounds strange to say, but I’ve been feeling a little homesick for New York City these days. It’s not like I don’t already spend five days a week here, but between all the travelling and difficulties with storm Jonas, I’m looking forward to a weekend in my city!

This past weekend, we ventured up to Boston and New Hampshire for a quick getaway to visit Fabian’s sister! We decided to head to Boston Thursday night, and spend Friday morning exploring. Our version of exploring ended up being a walk around the Copley Square area, with a quick peek at the Boston Public Library, and a delicious brunch at Joe’s American Bar & Grill.

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The beautiful Boston Public Library

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They even had my favorite St-Germain cocktail!

We only had a short time after brunch to walk around, and the Jack Wills store was calling my name. Unfortunately, New York City is missing on this gem from over the pond, and I was in desperate need of a warm winter coat. By desperate, I mean my lips were literally turning purple the other day. Time for an upgrade.

One parka and a little “light” shopping later, we walked out to a perfectly chilly Boston day. Luckily, it was warm enough that I could get away with a layered combo of a gingham button up and my favorite L.L. Bean Fishermans sweater.

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Sweater. Shirt. Hat. Purse. Jeans. Shoes (similar).

It was the perfect start to a great weekend!

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Is it Fall, is it Winter, is it Spring? I can’t even tell anymore! The weather in New York City has been so up and down the last few weeks, it’s a struggle getting dressed in the morning.

MOTHER NATURE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME GUIDANCE HERE BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE THIS WHOLE HARD TO GET GAME. 

I never thought I’d say this, but for once in my life I just wish it was cold already (come January I will most definitely be regretting this). This past August, I travelled to London for my cousins wedding and fell head over heels, can’t eat, can’t sleep in love with a coat. I know, this sounds a little dramatic, like I’m exaggerating right?

Maybe a little.

I have always been the kind of girl who likes to keep it simple and classy with my cold weather gear. A peacoat was always my go to, and when I was feeling a little adventurous in college, a J.Crew vibrant red Lady Day Coat won me over. But this coat was different. I had gone into the British chain Jigsaw just with the expectation of quickly browsing. But when I saw this coat, I just knew. I felt so chic (and so warm).

I walked out of that store, but I couldn’t get it out of my head for the next three days. Yes, you read that right. Three. Days. That is, until I returned on my final day in London and spent four hours pacing through Notting Hill, in and out of Jigsaw. How the sales people didn’t staple the coat to my body and force me out, I have no clue. In the end, I committed, and haven’t looked back since.

Jigsaw Boucle Gown Coat, $ 298

Here are a few of my other cold weather picks, if only my New York City apartment had the closet space!

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Kate Spade Bow Coat $698

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J.Crew Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat $ 350

ANN TAYLOR COAT

Ann Taylor Wool Twill Peacoat $ 228

TAHARI WRAP COAT

T Tahari Wool Blend Belted Wrap Coat $ 229.90

Obsessions of the Week

Lately, I feel if I am seeing more and more items that I need (correction:want) in stores, while my wallet size seems to be shrinking by the hour.

New York, I love you but you’re killing me.

Saturday, I decided it was about time to have a “me” night. The rain had cleared away, and it was the perfect night to go for a walk. After wandering up 3rd Avenue for a bit, what started as a walk quickly turned into a two hour shopping expedition at Bloomingdales. How exactly I ended up there I can’t really explain, but long story short:

I saw Bloomingdales. It called out to me. I did “need” a few things…why not just go in for a minute? Sees something shiny. Minute turns into two hours. The end.

While I was there, I decided it would be a fun idea to try on shoes and clothing that I will definitely not be able to afford for a significant amount of time. One of my favorite try ons? This sparkly Kate Spade creation:

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Walking away from these pumps caused more of a broken heart than I think a boy ever could. Sigh…one day.

Here are a few other items I’m loving this week:

1. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine #10 Chocolate Instyle

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This is one of my “need” items I picked up while browsing the YSL makeup counter in Bloomingdales. I’ve always been afraid of straying from the typical pinks and reds when it comes to my lip color, but the woman working the counter was very convincing when it came to giving brown a try. I knew it was in this fall after seeing Leighton Meester rock it recently, but I didn’t realize how much I would love it until I put it on. It’s the perfect everyday lip color for the cold weather season. Coming from a girl who loves her pinks, this is saying a lot.

2. Essie Dress to Kilt

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This fall, I am in love with all the deep reds. After giving Essie’s Bordeaux a try last week, I decided to invest in one of their Fall 2014 colors during a recent Duane Reade trip. Best $8.00 I ever spent! The color is a deep, rich red, perfect for fall!

3. My Recent Reads

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I’m currently in the middle of reading two awesome books (yet another impulse buy after a Friday evening in Barnes & Noble). Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, and How to Be Parisian Wherever You AreBoth books are hilarious, inspiring, and really all about the power we hold as women. Honestly, I think we forget sometimes how powerful femininity can be, and it’s nice to be reminded every once in a while. I’ll post a more in depth analysis once I finish both books!

4. Kate Spade Eye Mask

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After getting used to a year and a half of working, sleeping in on the weekends has become extremely difficult. I could be at the point of exhaustion, but one little ray of sunshine in my room and I’m up for the day. I’ve been searching for the perfect eye mask that was cute and functional, and I believe Kate Spade has nailed it with this one. What could be better than satin, bows, and more sleep?

Sunday on the High Line

Today I woke up and it was an absolutely beautiful day. A little cold, but the sunshine was out and it smelled like autumn.

 I woke up promptly at 10:30, had a successful Whole Foods run that actually ended in me leaving with groceries this time (see yesterdays post for those who are confused), and then met up with my friend Alyssa to have a day exploring the High Line.

When I first moved to New York, I had this obsession with the High Line. I would go there every weekend, lay out, and people watch. There was something so cool about the unbelievably large scale “recycling” project affectionately called “The Park in the Sky”.

This past month, the park was finally completed. It’s definitely a lot of walking if you want to see the entire thing like we did, but so worth a visit when you’re in NYC. Make sure you bundle up though, it gets a little chilly by the water!

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Jacket: J. Crew similar/ Sweater: J.Crew/ Jeans: American Eagle/ Boots: Franco Sarto similar/ Bag: Vintage similar

Pearls & Graphic Tees in NYC

Is it really only Tuesday? It feels like a whole entire week has flown by in a span of 24 hours. I guess the early setting sun can do that to a gal. Or, I’m just losing my mind. It’s just one of those days!

I am so in love with the weather we’ve been having in New York this week. Being able to walk around the city without worrying about a jacket has been amazing. I’m cherishing any last moments of warmth over 80 degrees before fall really starts to set in.

This weekend, I took full advantage of the beautiful weather and was able to wear a t-shirt and skirt (in my favorite color combo) to brunch.

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I used to be so against wearing or even owning t-shirts, as I believed investing in them was a “waste of money”. But, I’ve come to realize that great style means mixing casual and formal pieces to create something unexpected. Pearls paired with a graphic tee? The perfect mix of classy and fun.

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This outfit is a go to for me on the weekends, it’s comfortable and airy. My only complaint is that the linen skirt tends to wrinkle a little too easily. Still, nothing a little Downy Wrinkle Spray can’t fix!

Here’s my take on a version to wear this fall:

Shirt: J.Crew old, great alternative/ Skirt J.Crew old, similar/ Shoes: J.Crew/ Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer old, similar/ Bag: Furla old, great alternative/

Rainy Days in the Big City

Today was one of those non-stop, drizzling, gloom and doom days in the city.  I won’t lie, i haven’t been feeling too hot the past week, so I resorted to taking a taxi to work (eek). I usually love the rain, but for once I was grateful not to have to leave my desk all day!

After getting home from a very long day of work, I decided to relax on my couch and watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Ever since I was in high school, Audrey Hepburn has been my one of my favorite actresses and style icons. The girl’s got class. As I watched the final scene in which Audrey is running in the rain and yelling, “Cat! Cat!” I realized how gorgeous she looked. I then also realized that if you were to put me outside in the rain for five minutes, I’d come back looking like a mix between a porcupine and wet poodle.

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What. The. Heck.

 As someone who lives in a city and walks 30 minutes to work every day (yes, you read that right) I know how difficult it is to create the perfect mix of cute and practical for a rainy day look. I’m may not be Holly Golightly, but here is my quick and easy NYC rainy day reference guide:

Rainy Day Prep

This rain coat is the perfect mix of pretty and practical. Audrey would most definitely approve.

Kate Spade leather handbag
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A cute bag big enough to fit all your rainy day essentials. The pink is neutral, and the bow adds a feminine detail. Need I say more?

Madewell umbrella
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I’ve owned both J.Crew and Madewell umbrellas, and they’re honestly amazing quality. I’ve never had one break on me, but I have had friends “borrow” mine after loving them so much! A bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth the investment.

A portable charger is essential on a rainy day. If you get caught in a downpour and need to run in Starbucks, a dead phone will do you no good in ordering an Uber or canceling an appointment. A great accessory no matter the weather!

Lip care
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I am a huge advocate of Dior Lip Glow. I discovered it during sorority recruitment my senior year of college, and haven’t stopped using it since! It adds the slightest tint of color and gloss to your lips. Perfect for a minimal makeup rainy day look.

Pinch Provisions kit
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My sister and brother gave this to me as part of my christmas gift last year, and it really has come in handy. On rainy days, you’re going to want to have the small tube of hairspray and collection of bobby pins on hand.

Are they rain boots or riding boots? A little bit of both! These rainy day boots will keep your feet dry while adding a preppy touch to your outfit. Cute and functional!
Stay dry everyone!

Frost Yourself

During my 7th grade year, I spent most weekends having sleepovers with my friends and watching the most girly, silly romantic comedies. If you asked miniature me then, I would say my favorite movie was How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. In my preteen mind, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey were a magical pair. I watched it over and over, thinking I understood all the jokes (I didn’t) and hysterically laughing during the “You’re So Vain” scene. 

One part of the movie that has always been my favorite is when Ben (Matt) comes up with the diamond advertising campaign. Andie (Kate) refers to their dog Krull’s diamond encrusted collar as “…just a little frosting.” That little comment sparks the inspiration for Ben to come up with the “Frost Yourself” slogan.

11 years later, I still find “Frost Yourself” to be such an accurate description of what a great piece of jewelry’s purpose should be. Jewelry is the frosting, the extra little detail that brings your outfit to the next level. Having a core collection in your jewelry box is essential, but it doesn’t need to be extensive. Here are seven types of jewelry I believe make up the perfect basic collection.

1. Subtle Studs

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A great pair of studs are important to any jewelry collection. Keep them simple and small. Even outfits with the littlest need for extra detail will look instantly pulled together with the addition of studs. 

2. A Simple Necklace

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A simple necklace is great for layering with other pieces, or adds a delicate touch to low-key outfits.

3. A Statement Necklace

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Fall is the perfect time to pull out your statement necklaces. I personally have a little bit of an addiction to collecting them, especially those of the J. Crew variety. They’re perfect for layering with simple button downs or on chunky sweaters.

4. An Everyday Ring

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I love the look of an understated, delicate ring. It gives a final feminine touch to any outfit. I have this ring and I honestly can’t get enough. Pair it with any outfit and it works! 

5. A Decorative Watch

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Ok, so with the invention of cell phones, watches don’t necessarily serve the same purpose they once did. This works out in our favor, allowing them to be more about fun than function. The neutral leather of this Kate Spade watch paired with the scallop detail is a great alone or layered with other bracelets.

6. A Basic Bracelet

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A great update on the strand of pearls your grandmother wore in the 60’s is a pearl bracelet. The look is more modern, and less stuffy than the typical strand. Wear them layered with your favorite watch, or alone for a more elegant look.

7. A Fun Piece

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You should always have one fun piece in your collection. Add in a bright color or something really bold. “Practical” or not, you’d be surprised how often you put a fun piece to use!