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 

April Showers

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

Xoxo,

– Hannah

Is it spring yet? Complaints about winter and tips on layering

  
I am so sick of this dreary, cloudy, snowy, rainy, icy weather. I’ve been hiding out in my apartment eating pizza and watching Pretty Little Liars, but this weekend I braved the slush to go run some errands. 

Suggestion for keeping warm when it’s below freezing where you live: go to the Bahamas. Pack only swim suits. So warm.

Slightly more serious suggestion: wear several thin layers under your clothes. I recommend Uniqlo heat tech shirts, which are thin but still very warm. I also wear tights under my jeans when it’s extra cold and windy.

 
   

Sweater: Cotton On // Jeans: Aeropostale // Shoes: Old Navy // Coat: Forever 21 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

Classic Combinations

  
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 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

Happy October!  Everyone bust out your pumpkin spice lattes, Anne of Green Gables quotes, and red lipstick!

Really though, October is a great month, and I’m enjoying the cool, crisp weather (and I’m enjoying saying the word “crisp” to describe everything) and dressing in so many snuggly layers.  I like to dress in all black so when I go home to visit my family everyone is tricked into thinking I lost weight in Paris and I’m now très chic, when really I’ve been eating an entire bag of caramel apple lollipops for breakfast every morning this month.

 Shirt: UNIQLO // Pants: Gap // Cape: Forever 21 // Shoes: Forever 21 // Lipstick: Nars

xoxo

– Hannah

Spring 2016 Fashion Forecast

Fashion week has come and gone in New York, and now we all know what to wear this coming spring 2016 (and it’s probably nothing from future presidential candidate Kanye West’s collection).  For once it’s not florals on top of florals, and instead, for what I suspect is the first time in history, the fashion forecast and the weather forecast are the same: blue skies and puffy, white clouds.

Yes, friends, my time has finally come.  Those of you who know me or follow my Instagram know I really, really love clouds.  I love wearing clothes with cloud patterns or even just in white and blue colors that resemble the sky.  This is a trend that has yet to catch on and makes me seem a little eccentric.  But while I was in Paris this spring, I spotted a dress in a boutique that was covered in a cloud print, and I knew it was only a matter of time before New York picked up on it.

And here we are.  The Mara Hoffman Ready-To-Wear Spring 2016 collection is the stuff of my dreams.   In addition to flowy, white dresses and psychedelic rainbow patterns, the designer dressed many of her models – and even her adorable family! – in head-to-toe cloud print. I love everything about this collection and can’t wait until I can get my hands on it!

Photo Credit: Mara Hoffman

I’m not going to say I started this trend, but . . . here I am at fashion week last year in September 2014. 😉

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xoxo,

– Hannah

Summer Blues

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This week I went on a day trip to Giverny, a commune outside of Vernon that is a short train ride from Paris.  It’s best known for being the location of Monet’s home and his famous water lily pond and gardens.  If you know me at all, you’d know that I love Monet and especially his water lily paintings, so this was a place that has been on my bucket list for quite some time.

My friends and I took the train to Vernon and then planned to bike to Giverny, which is a 30-minute bike ride through the countryside.  I haven’t ridden a bike since I was probably ten years old, but they say you never forget how to ride a bike, right?

I didn’t exactly forget how to ride a bike, but I’m comically bad at it.  My main problem is that I don’t have great balance, and on top of that every bike I tried had a problem with it, which I didn’t realize because I haven’t been on a bike in ten years.  The brakes didn’t work, the gears wouldn’t shift, my feet didn’t touch the ground so if I stopped I fell over – I think you get the idea.  Luckily, I had great friends who traded bikes with me, pedaled slowly along with me, and didn’t laugh (too much) when I fell into the bushes (twice).

But the ride was absolutely beautiful, Monet’s gardens were charming, and the water lily ponds were literally picturesque.  If you plan on traveling to France, I definitely recommend  taking a trip to Giverny!

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xoxo,

– Hannah