outfit: a summer classic + sunscreen

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TGIF of July!  Anyone else desperately needed a day off?

Quick update:  we didn’t end up moving to Brooklyn after all.  Couldn’t quite swallow paying more for half of our current square footage.  Rent is insane.

But, back to getting dressed:

My summer outfits have been a snap to put together this year.  It’s the first time ever.  I think the secret was making that initial investment in linen tops, shorts, and sandals in the spring time–all within a neutral color palette to make them easy to mix and match.   Continue reading →

closet update: more linen, Organic by John Patrick, and soft footbed Birks

The past couple of weeks have been way too busy over here (big changes at work and a possible relocation to Brooklyn is in the works!)… But now I’m back and have a few closet updates to share.

The picture above shows all the tops I wore this past week.  Notice the 3 linen tops?  They’re all secondhand EF shell tops, slightly cropped.  They feel very airy without the frumpy factor seen with EF’s longer tunic-y tops.  I love the way linen bounces back after each wash.  It doesn’t shrink.  It contracts.   Continue reading →

outfit: 32, form sandals, and a tiny bag

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I turned 32 this past weekend.  Aging sucks for many reasons, but one thing I do like about getting older, besides more wisdom and all that deep meaningful stuff that comes along with it, is actually how my wardrobe (and those of you I follow) has grown up too, in a way that’s more aware than any other generation before ours.  I used to think it was cool to dress in a way that was edgy and different.  Now, I really don’t care about that as a virtue.  And I’m much more focused on what makes me feel good even if that means I’m wearing the same thing everyone else is wearing.   Continue reading →

outfit: oatmeal again

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Here I am in oatmeal again.  I have two pairs of shorts now and have been wearing this 2nd pair almost daily.  They’re from Everlane; for reference they are a size 4 (they run big and fit more like a size 6).  I like the high smooth waistline and oversized leg opening.  They feel like an updated pair of “mom” shorts (I’m not a mom but sometimes I like to look like one).  The pockets are deep and can hold my iPhone 6+.  With certain tops, I like to fold the hem up; they stay put and the pockets do not show when rolled up. Continue reading →

outfit: my light spring (rain) jacket

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It’s warm in New York.  When this happens, don’t get too excited.  Brace for rain!  Remember that pink monstrosity of a rain jacket I wore a few outfit posts ago?  It’s up for sale now.  Meet its replacement.  I took a bit of a gamble on this Patagonia “fisherman” jacket, and it paid off.  I love it!  It’s both small and oversize at the same time and has that tomboyishness that I love.  The length is what makes this jacket work.  Maybe fishermen need their jackets to be short? Continue reading →

outfit: shades of black

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Many mornings I get dressed in a mad hurry and realize all of a sudden I’m wearing all black.  I second guess myself always, (“hmm, I look like I’m going to a funeral…  maybe I should put on something else?”).  But then I remember this is New York and it’s normal to wear all black almost all of the time.  NY Mag even wrote a little piece on the history of wearing all black in NYC.

I’m trying hard to wear lighter colors and experimented with light tan chinos recently.  I love the look of top-to-bottom creams and light tans, but sadly I spilled coffee all over my pants the other day and it couldn’t be salvaged.  I snagged these J. Crew cafe capri pants secondhand online for $10 (retail $98).  I’m wearing a size 2 for reference (I usually wear a size 27-28 so J. Crew definitely rounds down on sizing).  In general, I don’t shop at J. Crew anymore, but I already own a pair of royal blue cafe capris and they’ve lasted over 5 years and I love the way they fit and feel.  I didn’t want to take a risk on ordering pants from another brand.  For me, pants are the hardest to get the fit right.  My waist to hip ratio is oddly close to 1.

It was easy to find these pants online because everyone shops at J. Crew and this cut was brought back season to season.  My light tan chinos were replaced with this black one.  Why black?  NYC is a dirty place and I need to be able to hide stains so I can wear the same thing over and over again each week.  I’m still trying to wear lighter colors on the lower half of my body though (I’m still awaiting my ES Tilda pants in a light tan color; let’s hope I don’t spill coffee all over those!).

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What about you?  What are your thoughts on the all black look?

[outfit:  everlane texture tank (xs), j. crew cafe capri, stuart weitzman flats, cluse watch]

outfit: on repeat

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On repeat, here again, I’m wearing the same wool-cashmere turtleneck over Clyde pants.  I wore this outfit to pick up some tacos for lunch.  There was no need to carry a bag; my wallet, phone, and keys fit easily in these big pockets.  It was a nice walk today; the streets were bustling with lots of smiling faces; the Cuban guys were out singing & playing bongo drums at the street corner again–always a welcomed sign winter is over, like the town troubadour in Gilmore girls, except with open bottles of tequila and more rhythm. Continue reading →

a brutal clean-out + an Everlane dud

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My closet saw several more senior members go into retirement this week.  Just when I thought I had whittled  it down to the bare minimum, stylish drunk friends tell you that a few ugly pieces has got to go (love that!).  To be honest, I hated these things.  They lingered because I actually wore them to death.  I’m talking 5, 6, 10 years of regular wear.  I’m talking so many cycles through the dryer that the once long sleeves are now 3/4 sleeves.  I’ve evolved and outgrown these things.  Also I’ve learned, I can’t do crop tops anymore.  Just can’t.  Too old.  What a relief!  Getting honest feedback about my wardrobe reaffirmed my doubts about things that were hard to let go.  And when I disagreed–that automatic reaction–reaffirmed my love for certain “ugly” things.  I’m guessing you have something “ugly” in your closet that only you like? And the only person you’re wearing it for is yourself.  That’s OK.  More than OK.  That’s great!

And speaking of ugly… anyone else see Everlane’s new modern babo shoes in green?  I’m trying hard to imagine these looking good, but I keep picturing elves.

outfit: loose-fit at work

WON HUNDREDHere’s another quick outfit post.  You can’t go wrong with black and navy; they’re perfect colors to put on repeat, and nobody will ever notice.  I’m keeping it simple here with a slouchy button up and cropped trousers.  I’ll only wear loose fitted button ups.  Never again will I wear a fitted one.

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