bundled up basics

bundled up basics



This weather. I mean—I’ve lived in New England all my life, so I really have no right to act so shocked by the cold weather in the middle of January, but it. is. freezing. Walking to work has become a huge effort—between hoping my skin doesn’t freeze of, to keeping feeling in my feet, to trying to keep my eyes from looking like I’ve just been sobbing—everything about this weather just screams “not cute.”


To avoid feeling like a miserable creature walking around in a sleeping bag-style coat for the next few months, I’ve been making a concentrated effort to bundle up in the most stylish way possible. Cute beanies, cozy knit turtlenecks and structured coats are really doing it for me this season—I’ve rounded up a few favorites, below (how amazing is that yellow coat?!). What’s your favorite way to bundle up stylishly this winter?


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From L to R: Madewell Plaid Coat | Emerald Leather Gloves | Forever21 Knit Beanie | Tinley Road Faux Fur Infinity Scarf | Sperry Boots | JOA Blush Coat | J. Crew Yellow Coat | Madewell Gray Sweater 



a little bit of leather

how to wear leather fashion



I have this theory that leather can make any woman feel instantly like Beyonce. I still remember how, shortly after purchasing my first leather jacket, putting it on made me feel instantly cooler, stronger and more sophisticated.


Up until recently, I’ve stuck to leather jackets and bags, but I’m slowly accumulating a little leather capsule collection for myself—a skirt, two pairs of pants, flats, gloves—the works! And like any good trend, leather is expanding into other parts of my life. I suddenly find myself craving a luxe leather couch (which I cannot afford, naturally) and lighting a leather candle for a cool winter scent (it sounds weird, but it’s kind of sexy and masculine…perfect for cold nights!). I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways to do leather, below!


leather goods


From L to R:  One Kings Lane Leather jewelry roll case | Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch | Steve Madden Leather Knee-High Boots | BCBG Max Azria Leather Short Sleeved Shirt | Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Purse | GiGi New York Tassel Zip Clutch | Ryder Quilted Navy Leather Jacket | Scents of Land Leather Candle | One Kings Lane Leather Safari Chair



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let me see your bootie pop

booties for fall



If there’s one thing I love about fall fashion, it’s the reemergence of booties from my closet. I just stare at them, all summer long, waiting for the day where the weather is finally cool enough to pull them out and rock them with jeans, skirts and dresses.


Whether they’re heeled, suede, leather or patterned I always feel like booties add a bit of a “cool girl” edge to any outfit—like you pull them on and instantly you’re the type of chick who hangs with Alexa Chung at coffee shops, has a favorite type of whiskey and DJs recreationally on the weekend. Who says a new pair of shoes can’t change everything? Here are a few pairs of booties I’m dying to add to my closet this fall:


booties perfect for fall

Booties, from L to R: Kate Spade Sedgewick Bootie | Vince Camuto Amori Pointy Toe Leather Bootie | House of Harlow 1960 Blaire Bootie | Seychelles Melancholy Bootie | Franco Sarto Haverly Bootie | Kork-Ease Velma Bootie | Michael Kors Salem Bootie | Sperry Top-Sider Ambrose Bootie | ShoeMint Isla Bootie | Michael Kors Salem Cheetah Bootie



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pretty in (pale) pink

pretty in pale pink


It started out innocently enough; I walked by a pale pink, creamy leather bag in the Florence, Italy leather market this June and thought, “Oh, that’s so pretty.” And kept walking.


Then I walked back and asked about the price. Any sort of math is like French to me, so I had to walk away to crunch the Euro-to-dollar numbers and save myself the embarrassment of struggling it out in front of the shop owner.


Then I walked back again. The pale pink wasn’t me, but that’s what I kind of liked about it–it was soft and elegant and could be worn girlie or edged up. And it’d work for all seasons, I told myself. And so I bought it, and kicked off my next great color love affair.


how to style pale pink clothes

Skirt, Topshop | Elysee Flats, Kate Spade | “Romper Room” polish, Essie | Sweater, Topshop | Crossbody Bag, Rebecca Minkoff | Scarf, Nordstroms | Pave Drop Earrings, Kate Spade | Dress, Goodnight Macaroon | Idiom Bangle, Kate Spade


Now, I guess you could say pale pink and I are having a moment. Suddenly, I want it everywhere–in dresses, shoes, earrings, bags and furniture. I’ve already amassed quite the collection for myself and I can’t wait to wear it through fall and into winter. Above, some of my favorite picks I’ve found lately. Join the pink side–you know you want to.




**I’ve put a picture of the bag in question on Instagram today because I was too unorganized to photograph it in time for this post. Alas, that is life!



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currently loving: the mini heeled sandal

mini heeled sandal

the mini heeled sandal



I’ve never really been a “heels” girl. Sure, I like wearing them out on special occasions, but as someone with five knee surgeries and zero coordination, they’re not really an every day kind of shoe for me. I want them to be–because, like every girl, I feel somehow prettier and more pulled together in a pair. I’m constantly on the hunt for shoes that give me a bit of height but don’t leave me popping Advil at the end of the day. Wedges are usually my go-to, but this summer I’m turning my attention to the mini stacked heel.


heeled sandals



I first found a pair of these in DSW and fell in love instantly–the heel was the perfect height for someone like me, and oddly enough, they felt even more comfortable than flat sandals. I’ve since picked up pairs from Sam Edelman, J. Crew and DSW. My favorite styles? I love the idea of just a basic leather pair, like the Borgia from Jeffrey Campbell, a pair with a touch of metallic like the Trina from Sam Edelman and this pair from Victoria’s Secret (so affordable, too!). Next I might splurge on something fun–I’m really on the hunt for a red pair, or maybe a touch of animal print like this Loeffler Randal duo. Have you found any good mini stacked heels out there this summer? Do share!



the short suit is having a moment

how to style a short suit

I really thought I was going to hate short suits. I really did. At first mention, all I can picture are some old-school country club ladies who lunch in their pastels, loafers and pearls. Nothing wrong with that, just totally not my style.


But then they happened. And I found myself becoming OK with the edgier, more fashion-forward takes on the short suit (essentially tailored shorts paired with a matching blazer). And then I found myself really wanting one. There’s just something about them that feels cool and approachable while still being fashion-forward and, most importantly, work appropriate. I can’t decide which version I like more: an all-over bold color like red, or a funky, eye-catching pattern. I’m currently on the hunt for a pair that feels like me–maybe something similar to that chambray up there? Long live the short suit!



the art of dressing european

the art of dressing european



Is it just me, or have Europeans seemed to have mastered the perfect summer style? It’s breezy, simple and incredibly chic. It feels timeless while still screaming “cool girl.” I mean, I could go on and on. Europeans of the world, tell me: how do you do it?


While I’m sure it probably has something to do with stylish genetics, world-renowned cultural hubs and all those damn vacation days they get, I still am determined to master it for myself. I did a serious sweep of my closet this spring and got rid of many of my summer clothes–not with the intention of buying a bunch to replace it all, but I am looking forward to purchasing a few classic pieces (like a great pair of jean shorts and linen dress).


A bonus incentive: I’m actually joining the ranks of the Europeans this summer. Well, sort of! My family and I are going on an incredible vacation to Italy at the end of June (to Florence, Rome and the Almafi Coast), and I am jumping-out-of-my-skin excited. I feel so lucky to be able to go back to Florence, a place that is so special to me, and experience it with my family for the first time. My Mom visited me while I was abroad, but my Dad (whose family immigrated from Italy) and my brother have never been.


In addition to figuring out what new camera lens I should buy for the trip (any photogs with good travel lens suggestions, get at me!), I’m making a European-style wish list to help me pack. A few pieces I’m loving:



a tourist’s uniform

casual vacation outfit

Chambray, Madewell | Skirt, Madewell (old, but cute similar here and here) | Boots, Nordstroms | Tee Shirt, GAP | Bag, Vintage (Similar here) | Watch, Kate Spade


When it comes to my tourist “uniform” I subscribe to three major schools of thought: it needs to be comfortable (that means no tight pants, itchy fabrics or blister-inducing shoes), it has to have layers (especially if I’m outside a lot, like we were in Savannah) and it should be casual (because walking around the city in some fancy dress would garner a few stares).


This look, which I threw on for our main “tourist-y” day in Savannah, hit the trifecta. My old faithful chambray kept me warm during the cooler morning hours, and my boots (which I seriously recommend) were comfortable to walk the whole city in all day–quite the feet (HA. See what I did there?).


stripe and floral print mixing natural ombre classic kate spade leather watch



Can we also talk about how I’m pretty sure the whole city of Savannah was specially designed for outfit photos (I mean I’m joking, but only kind of…)? There are so many pretty quiet streets, intricate house facades and ivy-covered walls. Plus, no one gives you nasty stares like they do here in New York City. Definitely an upgrade.


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your valentine’s day look, simplified




If you could narrow in on the days in a women’s life where she wants to look especially pretty, Valentine’s Day is probably one of them. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, there’s just something about the holiday (at least, I think) that makes you go extra-feminine, extra-girlie and extra-pretty for a few days.

I’m definitely not one of those people who thinks you should dress or look a certain way for a guy (like wearing your hair only the way he likes it, etc.), but I do feel like it’s very easy to go over-the-top on Valentine’s Day (or any other date night really). Red lips, red nails, fake lashes, lots of bronzer! Next thing you know, your guy thinks he’s cheating on you because he’s at a romantic dinner across from someone he barely even recognizes. This Valentine’s Day, keep it soft, pretty–and most importantly, you. Here’s how:


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What’s that saying? Keep it simple, stupid? Well yeah, do that. Let’s face it, your guy isn’t going to notice if you spent four hours highlighting and contouring in the mirror (unless you’re late for your dinner reservation), so skip the hoopla for the evening and save it for a night out with the girls. Your date wants to take you out, not you and your entire Sephora collection, so any makeup you use should stubtly play up your best features. I love starting with a highlighting primer, like Make’s version, for a little bit of a glow. Bring some dimension to your face (and call attention to your gorgeous eyes) with a little brow action and some mascara (Eyeko’s version is seriously amazing…I always get compliments on my lashes when I wear it!). I’d even make a case for a bit of a cat-eye with a felt-tip liner…just nothing too crazy (think more Emma Stone, less Alexa Chung). Finish things off with a bright cheek and pretty lip (Laura Mercier makes the best lipsticks–so hydrating!).



valentine's day hair inspiration

Now, let’s talk hair! You know that very audible hairspray “crunch”? Yeah…we don’t want that. Besides making sure you don’t have a heavy hand with the spray nozzle, focus on whipping up a ‘do that makes you feel pretty without the high-maintenance every half hour mirror check. I love going for loose waves–they’re pretty and romantic while staying out of that “too dolled up” category. I love starting with Fekkai’s Coiff heat protectant before I blow dry (plus it smells amazing), then I focus on creating loose, pretty waves with my Jose Eber wand (you’ll want to wrap hair with a lot of space in between the spirals on the barrel–that will ensure more of a wave, less of a ringlet). After finger combing my hair to give it an intentionally messy look, I finish with a combo of Living Proof hairspray and Bumble and Bumble’s thickening spray at the roots. Oh! And don’t forget perfume–that always makes me feel prettier and pulled together. Lately, I’m loving Issey Miyake’s “Florale” scent.



valentine's day fashion inspiration


Finally, the best part–the clothes! I love the idea of a pretty, girlie dress for a special Valentine’s Day date (with your guy, or your girlfriends!). Liz’s Red Valentino frock is amazing (I mean, pretty much my dream dress), and hits the perfect note between just-fancy-enough while still young and fun. You could go with a pale pink like this Tory Burch to stay holiday-themed, or opt for a sexy black cut out number.  I love the pretty blue lace on this Alice and Olivia dress, the pattern on this Peter Pilotto for Target one, and the Olivia Pope-ness of this black and white one (doesn’t it remind you of the dress from this scene?).






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what lies beneath

valentine's day lingerie


I have one friend who has over 70 pairs of underwear. I’m not even joking–I’ve had to physically stop her from adding to her collection on more than one occasion, and every time she has the chance, she squirrels away pairs of VS undies like they’re the last ones on earth.


I’m no undie addict, but like her, I can appreciate the transformative power of a really good pair of underwear (is this getting weird?). Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up, so there’s that whole idea of getting a lacy set for that someone special, but more than that, I think it’s all about how nice lingerie can make you feel. Whether it’s for someone else or just for you, I strongly advocate for pretty set or lacy bra–it can make even the most basic of evenings special, or leave you feeling strong and sexy. Nothing wrong with that, right? Here are a few pretty picks:




From L to R: Midlight Set by Underella |  Elle Macpherson Cannelle Set | Eberjay Theodora Bra and Boyshorts | Elle Macpherson Novara Set | Eberjay India Lace Bra and Low-Rise Boythong | Stella McCartney Cherie Chemise