Sweater Weather

New York in the fall continues to dazzle me, even after 6 years. The leaves in Central Park, Prospect Park, and all over the city turn bright yellow, vivid red, and dusty orange for just a few weeks before winter weather hits. One of my favorite spots for beautiful leaves in Eastern Parkway in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, where my roommate Avery took these pictures.

A quote I’ve been seeing a lot lately on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook is “the leaves are about to show us how beautiful it can be to let dead things go.” Really cheesy, sure, but true! There is something about the visual representation of letting go that makes me want to apply it to my life. I’ve been working on getting rid of old clothes that don’t fit and bad habits I don’t want (does anyone else get home from work and eat an entire bag of discounted Halloween candy for dinner? Help). It’s a tough but rewarding season.

But hello, my favorite part of fall is and always will be the clothes. I am so happy to be past shorts season and onto ~sweater weather~!

Shop the look:

Sweater: Forever 21 // Skirt: LC for Kohl’s from last year; similar here // Tights: Forever 21

Xoxo,

– Hannah

Cold Shoulder

Wow.  Can you tell I like off-the-shoulder tops?  I realize this is my third outfit post in a row featuring an off-the-shoulder top and I’m thinking maybe I need to branch out…but at the same time, don’t mess with a good thing, right? I’m still working on a post about my Paris trip, but for now, here is my first outfit of the day back in New York–all black, big surprise. This top can also be pushed up and worn to cover your shoulders if you get chilly (and I did, because I wore this on a rainy day) and is on sale now for under $10, which is basically free.  Shop this whole outfit by using the links below! 🙂

Top: UNIQLO (similar style here, also from UNIQLO) // Shoes: Forever 21 // Black Jeans: BDG

The New Black

All winter I wear all black, and relish in how comfortable, warm, and effortlessly cool it is.  I never have to worry about finding shoes to match my outfit, or about spilling my coffee and staining my outfit.  But there is something about spring that makes me want to wear white and pastels.  I’m currently putting together outfits for my trip to Paris in three weeks (!!!!) and this one is definitely coming with me.

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Top: Forever 21 // Skirt: Uniqlo // Earrings: H&M  // Sunglasses: Freyrs

What to do when you’re bored with your winter clothes

This happens every year. Every single year I get prematurely pumped for Spring and take my sundresses out of storage, pack up  my heavier sweaters in a box in the closet, and start browsing pastel sandals online, only to be hit by a blizzard. 

The mild December weather always tricks me into thinking that we’ll “skip” winter this year, and even though I know this always happens, I still can’t help but get my hopes up. I am so over all the sweaters and lumpy layers and Hunter boots. Even my favorite black coat is starting to drive me crazy-the sleeves are made of a faux-leather material that squeaks when I move my arms, and every time I hear it I am again filled with rage that I have to wear my heaviest coat in March, post-daylight-saving. 

If you are also bored by all of your winter clothing options but unable to buy an entirely new wardrobe to wear for the few remaining weeks of winter weather, this is for you. Here are my best tips for ~spicing things up~ without ~spending all of your money~. 

Borrow clothes/do a clothing swap


Featuring: my roommate’s Madewell coat that doesn’t squeak when I move 

I am lucky enough to have very cool, well-dressed roommates who are also very generous when it comes to sharing closets. We often swap items for the day when we’re feeling exasperated with our own options, and it is so refreshing to wear someone else’s clothes instead of your own! If you don’t have roommates (or if your roommates aren’t cool, bummer) then find a friend with a similar style and swap a few items. I do this several times a year with my best friend. I purge my closet and let her go through the clothes that don’t fit or aren’t really my style any more, and she does the same for me. Anything unwanted gets donated. 

Buy inexpensive transitional accessories

Featuring: Forever 21 sheer polka dot tights

The whole point of this post is that I don’t want to spend tons of money on clothes that I’ll pack away in approximately four weeks and trade for sundresses and sandals. But accessories are an inexpensive way to give some interest to your most-worn outfits. Add fishnets under pants, a silk scarf around your neck, or a belt to change up your go-to outfits. 

Experiment with layers

I know. Duh. There is not a single blog or fashion magazine that hasn’t mentioned the importance of layering when it’s cold. I’m just suggesting you change things up and not wear the same old layers. I have three or four go-to outfits that I know look good and are flattering, and I can put those together in my sleep–usually because I am half-asleep when I race out the door for work before I’ve had my coffee. When I have extra time, I like to change things up. I wrote a whole post about this, so if you want to read more, you can here

Xoxo, 

– Hannah 

Life update and outfit post

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I’m writing on my phone (RIP laptop charger). I have some exciting news: I’m moving back to New York! 

It’s been in the works for some time now, but I hate to mention things before they are finalized. I am always worried that by getting excited prematurely I’ll “jinx” myself. But everything is falling into place and I’ll be moving into my tiny new apartment this weekend in beautiful Brooklyn. 

I know several people are unaware that I ever left the city (even though I wrote a post about it back in December, ahem) so this news might be a bit anticlimactic for some of you! But I’m very excited and wanted to let you know. 

So onto the outfit: this is the result of trying to wear clothes I haven’t worn lately to see if they’ll make it into my capsule wardrobe and/or survive the paring that happens naturally when moving. I absolutely love this velvet crop top for cooler weather. I like the pattern and I love wearing velvet in the fall and winter to add some texture to whatever I’m wearing, especially since it often happens to be all black. But I’m not sure if it’s versatile enough to wear with several different skirts, dresses, and pants, which is why I’ve been testing it out. 

If you made it this far, thanks for reading! And if you’re in the city and want to get coffee, please leave a comment or send me a message on Instagram! 

Sunglasses: Old Navy // Top, skirt, and choker: Forever 21 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

Tropical

This little halter top dress is one of my new favorites. It’s so light and comfortable and makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation even though I’m landlocked in central Pennsylvania. It’s pretty casual, but I dressed it up with my new favorite heels. I don’t wear high heels often (self preservation—I got my heel caught in a grate in NYC one too many times) so I had to buy a new pair for my graduation ceremony in May. I walked all over the city in these and they didn’t give me blisters or hurt my feet at all, even though I hadn’t broken them in. A+ would recommend. 👏🏻



Dress: Forever 21 (the exact style is sold out online but I linked a similar style and print) // Shoes: DSW (also available in nude and honestly you probably need both!)

xoxo,

-Hannah

White Out


Hi friends! Long time no blog. I hope if you are reading this you are somewhere sunny and warm and not suffering through weeks of April showers. I’m 100% ready for May flowers now, thank you.

Anyway, I’m ready for warm weather even if it isn’t ready for me, so yesterday, during a cloudy-but-dry day, I busted out this all-white outfit that reminds me of something I would’ve worn as a child in the 90s, but just slightly more sophisticated. This was confirmed when my little (10-year-old) sister asked if I thought Forever 21 sold the same shirt in her size.

I did get a lot of compliments on the popsicle shirt ($9 well spent) and mother nature was kind enough not to rain on my definitely-sheer-when-wet ensemble, and I found a dress for my graduation ceremony, so I’d say it was a pretty great day.



Top: Forever 21 // Pants: Aeropostale // Shoes: Aldo