Leather & Sweater Weather

On a warmish winter day in the Northeast it’s sometimes extremely difficult for me to figure out how to dress for the weather. Coat or no coat? Tights or bare legs? Long sleeves or sleeveless?

Similar to fall, layering goes a long way when it comes to feeling cozy and weather appropriate. Winter decided to take a break last weekend and hit us with a bit of warmth. Spring is, indeed, in the air. I eventually decided on a sweater dress, a faux leather jacket, and leather over the knee boots for my transitional outfit as I strolled around the city with my boyfriend.

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My favorite piece of the getup is the badass Calvin Klein boots that I randomly found these boots on major clearance at a Backstage Macy’s store (sadly, no where on the interwebs has it as cheap). Let me tell you, even though they do not look like it, THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR walking, and I spent my Saturday doing just that!

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B.B. Dakota Sweater Dress / Forever 21 Faux Leather Jacket (similar here) / Calvin Klein Over the Knee Boots / Rebecca Minkoff Love Jumbo Crossbody / H&M Belt

 

Coming Out Strong

This snow day has me feeling productive so here are some outfit shots that I’ve been sitting on the past few weeks!

Long vests have been having their moment and as a tall girl, the longer the better for me. This vest from — makes me feel like a superhero, is super warm, and can be work long or short — that’s a triple win in my book. I paired it with some all black basics and silver statement heels for a sleek and powerful look.

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Trouvé Longline Vest / Chatty Pumps (similar here) / Forever21 Clutch / H&M Turtleneck / H&M Leggings

All Black Everything

I am a huge color fan, but I often get into moods where black is my favorite color. This was one of them. I wanted something cute, quick, and simple for fall date night with my beau so I threw on a turtleneck dress, booties, and a long gold necklace. Black basics are so versatile, so even though I kept it pretty minimalistic here there’s so much that you can do with these pieces.

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Forever 21 Dress (similar here and here) / Clark’s Booties / Coach Purse (similar here)

Holiday Jumpsuit

Getting dressed should be simple because – let’s face it – life gets crazy. I find the two best ways to do this are (a) a highly curated closet and (b) one piece staples like dresses & jumpsuits.

The holiday season may be the craziest time of the year with work, traveling, events, and gifting. This tomato red jumpsuit from Zara is a perfect space saver when it comes to packing and completely food-baby friendly with its crossover silhouette. I don’t have to think much when I throw it on, plus it’s a stand-out jumpsuit that doubles as a maxi dress from the front. Even better – it’s super affordable, but looks high-end.

Did I mention I’m in love?

I coincidentally had an old clutch the same shade of red as the jumpsuit, which I thought paired well without looking too basic or over-the-top. Adding in a black jacket and black shoes (pictures coming soon) pulled it all together without taking away any of the jumpsuit’s shine.

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Zara Jumpsuit / Kut From the Kloth Jacket / BCBG Generation Shoes / H&M Clutch (similar here and here)

3.5 Ways to Wear a Poncho

Ponchos! I grew up with a mom and grandma who would wear dark ones to stun on the fabulous side whenever they were going to events, while I wear them now for a more boho feel. Ponchos are super versatile – they can be worn as outerwear, as a top, or even as a scarf. AND they look good on everyone, so what’s stopping you from falling head over heals in love with one this autumn?! I’ll show you a few ways that I wear mine:

  1. Asymmetrical Over-the-Shoulder

    Drape the poncho over your shoulders as you normally would, then grab one side and drape it over the opposite shoulder for an effortless, yet chic look.
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  2. Belt-It

    This is where the .5 comes in since I like to belt my poncho two different ways. The first is to belt the whole thing. Grab your favorite waist belt and go!IMG_7386 IMG_7389IMG_7390The second is to belt the front half of the poncho for a cape-like look. Superwoman, anyone?
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  3. Scarf
    Yes, most ponchos can be folded into a scarf and it’s amazing. For this one, I would suggest playing around with how you fold your poncho for a bit. Mine has fringe so I made sure that it was lined up so that most of the fringe would hang at the ends when I wrapped the poncho around as a scarf.IMG_7528IMG_7533

H&M Poncho / Uniqlo Jeans / Lien.Do by Seychelles Shoes (similar here) / Zara Top (similar here) / Street Level BagJ.Crew Blazer