My dad’s side of the family has a tradition where we all get together, usually the week before Christmas, and have a nice meal together and open presents from our grandparents. Many of my cousins are now in college and we’re spread out over the country, and I love that most of us are still able to gather together once a year.
This Christmas party is more on the casual side–cozy sweaters, jeans, t-shirt dresses–and most holiday blog posts I’ve seen are geared toward very dressy events. I thought I would share my laid-back, casual Christmas outfit if you are looking for a way to wear Christmas colors without looking like a Christmas tree. This olive green is more muted than the bright green usually associated with this time of year, and this dress is so comfortable and inexpensive!
Dress: H&M // Tights: Uniqlo // Shoes: Nasty Gal // Bag: Fossil
After a two-week tease of weather in the 70’s and 80’s we’re now back to chilly winter weather in the Northeast, and I am writing this to you from the comfort of my bed and not outside in the 43° rain.
As ready as I am for warm weather, I realized I’m also completely unprepared. I don’t mean my “beach body” isn’t ready or I’m too pale, although those are both true. I just don’t really own many spring outfits. I have a ton of bulky winter sweaters and flowy summer sundresses, but very few transition items for spring. So I’m taking this time to shop for spring and slowly begin to transition my summer clothes out of storage.
Anyway, this week was cold, and this is what I wore. My family came to pick me up at my apartment for Sunday lunch and they brought Molly, our family pup. Molly has plenty of her own sweaters but she hates them, so I had to share my jacket with her so she didn’t freeze.
Sweatshirt: Forever 21 // Coat: Laundry // Flats: ASOS // Bag: Fossil
Recently a fashion marketing company I’m working with emailed me and asked me to list some words that describe my style. It’s a simple question, but I wasn’t sure how to answer. That’s almost as bad as a new acquaintance asking “so tell me about yourself,” and forcing you to sum up your entire image in a few sentences. How do I want to present myself? I’m sophisticated sometimes but usually my priority is to be comfortable. I like trendy, new fashion but also vintage styles. How do I want to define myself, my blog, and my brand?
I sent a few of my closest friends a text and asked them to describe my style, and there was a lot of overlap in the words they used, which was reassuring. One word that stood out to me was “classic.”
When I was younger I liked to take fashion risks and wear purple eyeshadow. It was a crucial part of discovering what “worked” for me and what didn’t. I started to understand what clothes and colors flattered my body, made me feel comfortable, and reflected how I felt. And now that I’ve experimented, I stick to what works. One of my favorite classic combinations is denim and black, whether it’s black jeans and a t-shirt or a dress. What is your favorite classic combination to wear?
Dress: Old Navy / Jacket: H&M / Shoes: ASOS / Bag: Fossil / Necklace: Speakable
I’ve never considered myself a hat person. I actually really hate hats. My grandma, a true southern belle, always bought me huge sunhats with big flowers on them that I would wear for exactly the amount of time it took her to take a picture, and then toss on the ground.
But last week I saw a girl in the West Village with shoulder-length brown hair wearing a cute little black sunhat, and I caught a glimpse of myself this summer strolling through a Parisian market and wearing a sunhat. I decided to get a cheap one from Forever 21 just in case I really couldn’t pull it off. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that hats are okay. I even wore a baseball cap to a Yankees game a few weeks ago and it was great.
The point of this is that I refused to wear hats, not because I didn’t like how they looked but because I thought I wasn’t a “hat person.” I think a lot of the time we let the idea of how we should be, or what we want to be, or how we think we should act, overwhelm who we actually are. This applies to every aspect of life, not just fashion, but I think it’s particularly evident in how we dress. We say things like “I can’t pull that off,” or “it looks good on you but not on me.” And it’s true that there are certain clothes that flatter some body times better than others. You should always dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. But don’t let something as silly as a trend dictate what you should wear.
Speaking of dressing comfortably, jumpsuits are clearly the best. They’re ridiculously comfortable and every time I wear this one people compliment me and I can pretend like I put effort into getting dressed that day. Read my classmate Brenna’s hilarious post on why we should all wear jumpsuits every day.
Jumpsuit: I got it years ago and I don’t remember where, but H&M has a similar one here // Hat: Forever 21 // Bag: Fossil
My best friends will tell you that while I love fashion, my first love is food. So needless to say, food festivals like Smorgasburg are my absolute favorite place to be on a Sunday morning. Smorgasburg is a place that I recommend to both fellow New Yorkers and tourists, because it has something for everyone to enjoy: great food, a fun Brooklyn vibe, and a beautiful view of the lower Manhattan skyline. There are dozens of vendors every weekend, so there’s also something for every taste, whether you’re paleo, vegan, or on an all-carb diet.
Flowy, loose layers are great for spring, but mostly great for hiding the pudge you get after eating a ramen burger, spicy tuna poke, and a thai tea fudgesicle. If you’ve been to Smorgasburg, let me know what food is your favorite!
Top: American Eagle // Coat: Vintage // Shoes: Gap // Bag: Fossil // Necklace: Speakable // Sunglasses: Cole Haan
I don’t know about you, but 75° weather makes me want to throw all my winter leggings and sweaters in storage and buy all new flower print dresses. But if you live in New York or anywhere in the Northeast, you know this is all Mother Nature playing a mean trick and the next day will be 55°. This post is a gentle reminder to buy basic staple items that you can wear all year with various amounts of layers.
This outfit is exactly the same as one I would wear in winter, except without leggings, boots, and a thick sweater. You could call that lazy, but I prefer to think of it in terms of how much limited studio apartment closet space I’m saving by having fewer clothes.
Shirt: Joe Fresh // Skirt: H&M // Shoes: Sam&Libby // Sunglasses: Cole Haan // Bag: Fossil