Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Fur-day and No-Shop March

Head to Toe: Blouse, Marshall's // Slacks, Continuations Consignments // Heels, Payless // Coat, thrifted

High five for Friday! How'd I do on my second crack at indoor photos—slightly better, no? I had an after-hours event last night so I dressed up a little more than usual and braved the ice in pumps. I sported my fur jacket, which is a statement on its own, so I kept the rest of the outfit low key. I squeaked in some shopping before the event and got some great buys...But, I'm in serious need to curb my spending, so I think it's time for another shop-free month. Early spring is an easier time to cut it out, since I'm entirely sick of winter clothes. And if the temperature actually does get above freezing, I can pull out my spring stock from storage. So, here I go on no-shop March! (Maxes out credit card on February 28...Just kidding!)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter Wear and Frigid Fare

Head to Toe: Jeans, J. Brand // Booties, Target // Turtleneck, H&M // Sweater, The Limited // Hat, Target // Bag, Lands' End // Coat, Thrifted

Special thanks to my dear friend and coworker Alexis for snapping these pics today. As you can see, the snow is about taking over, and the frigid temps (it was one degree out when I woke up this morning) have made it challenging to get photos of late, but these snapshots seem to do the trick. Since my wardrobe choices have been limited to warm sweaters and pants, I decided to get creative with outwear, swapping my trusty beanie for a brimmed hat and donning a wool tweed coat instead of my daily black peacoat (or long puffer, depending on how sub-zero we're talking). 

Speaking of making do in the winter, I wanted to share a super-easy "recipe" for foodies such as myself (not that I qualify myself as a foodie, I just really enjoy eating) who are on a tight broke budget. I've been making some upgraded Ramen—yes, from the 35-cent package—that is both delicious and warm for a cold night in. Since I'm no cook, there aren't any precise measurements, but here's my method:

Ingredients: One package beef ramen, tomato, onion, sriracha, soy sauce, garlic powder
  • Start two small pots of water to boil (Ramen package instructs 2 cups, I eyeball it)
  • While water is boiling, dice a half of a tomato and a few slices of onion
  • When water boils, add noodles to one pot
  • While noodles are cooking, poach one egg in the other pot. To do this, crack an egg into a small bowl. Swirl the water as fast as you can with a fork, sliding the egg from the bowl into the whirlpool you've created. Let egg cook in the water. (If this is too intimidating, a hard boiled egg will do the trick as well.)
  • Three minutes later, add 2/3 of the seasoning package (be sure not to use the whole thing, or it will get too salty) to the noodle pot
  • Toss in tomato and onion
  • Add a generous squirt of Sriracha and soy sauce, to taste. Add a dash of garlic powder. 
  • Stir, pour soup into a bowl and top with poached egg. Enjoy!

It's like college, but better...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pump It Up

Head to Toe: Blouse and vest, Continuations Consignments // Jeans, Forever 21 // Pumps, Payless

Okay, so my back porch is not the most scenic of photo locales, but it is one of the few places in this city not covered in snow. "Shut up about the snow, Annie. You could be in Boston." Noted. (Apparently I talk to myself now? TGIF.) Point is, I decided my boots and I needed an break emotionally, so I put on pumps yesterday for the first time since the deep freeze. My feet were cold all day, but it was worth it. Happy Friday, fashionistas!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Skirting The Issue

Head to Toe: Blouse and cardi, Thrifted // Skirt, T.J. Maxx // Boots, Steve Madden

My apologies for the wonky lighting. Getting indoor shots takes practice, but I'll take it over braving the icy tundra without my snowboots. Yes, this is really me wearing something besides skinnies and a sweater for a work event last night. I couldn't help but whine to myself about how much better this outfit would look sans tights (and maybe with pumps instead?). Nonetheless, this is one of my favorite skirts for when I want to look a little more chic. I paired it with warm leggings and boots because February, and all black streamlined the look. I tried on a few necklaces but decided less was more and wore lipstick instead. Okay, let's be real, I would've worn both if I found the right necklace, but it sounded good, right?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Winter Wardrobe

Head to Toe: Sweater, Vince via Continuations Consignments // Skinnies, Hollister // Beanie, American Apparel // Boots, Sorel.

High five for Friday! With a long weekend in sight, nothing can bring down my mood right now—not even the temperature, which has dipped into the single digits. Here's another one of my typical looks: skinnies, boots, beanie. I promise once I can see my sidewalk (my front steps are an icy death trap) again I'll stop dressing like a hobo. But in the meantime, I kinda like it...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekend Uniform

Head to Toe: Sweatshirt, Zara // Leggings, Marshall's // Boots, Sorel // Beanie, American Apparel

I probably shouldn't admit how many weekends in a row I've worn this outfit. But it's just so...easy. Beanie = undone hair. Lipstick = no other makeup. Leggings = room for seconds. And after a relaxing weekend of friends and family, plus plenty of cuddle time with Montague, I am ready to seize the week (and maybe even put on real pants). But, it might get delayed again with an ice storm making it's way though tonight. Good thing I have a comfy working space in my apartment. Happy Monday fun-day!
Side note: I have no idea why a purple butterfly is nailed to this building, but I find it oddly satisfying. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, fashionistas! I know you are all as tired of me complaining about winter as I am of, well, winter, but it has become downright impossible to muster up the nerve to stand outside and take outfit photos...Especially since my go-to spots are now covered in snow. So I figured instead I'd give you the rundown on what I'm into these days.

First, fuchsia lipstick. Red is usually my signature bold hue, but I recently discovered this NYC Expert Last lip color (only $4) and have been rocking it like it's going out of style. I'm wearing Fidi Fuchsia in the photo above.

On the other side of pink, my February mani has been decidedly dark—but not quite black. Call me a Valentine's cynic, but nothing about me is craving pink tips these days. Favorite shades of emo include OPI's Here Today, Argon Tomorrow (which is actually a very dark green—I'm wearing it in the second photo below) and OPI's Black Cherry Chutney, a rich mahogany. Finish the look off with midi rings for the perfect touch of bling...and to diminish the goth factor. Mine were a gift, but I'm digging Free People's array of options (shown below).
And, of course, I haven't stopped crushing on beanies. In fact, I just got a new American Apparel Fisherman beanie yesterday to add to my collection. It's actually the one pop of color I've been wearing among my new affinity for head-to-toe black...Maybe I am turning emo? Or maybe it's that I have about 100 pairs of black leggings and they're all I want to wear these days. In my defense, skinnies are necessary to tuck into my snow boots, the last thing that I have been unable to take off these past few weeks. If you don't have a pair yet, not to worry, New England has plenty of cold left for you, and Refinery 29 has this great article on the best pairs: The Best Snow Boots, According to You. High five for Friday friends!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Top Five Trends for Spring

After another work-from-home snow day today, my shovel and I have had just about enough of winter. Unfortunately that infamous groundhog has called for another six weeks of winter, so it will be a little while until things thaw out. But, a girl can dream, can't she? I decided to round up my favorite trends for spring 2015, which I'll be incorporating into my wardrobe as soon as I can retire my repertoire of sweaters.
Normcore: Dubbed the anti-fashion statement, this trend is decidedly mainstream. The goal is to wear items with mass appeal—Nike sweatshirts, McDonald's emblazoned bags, Adidas track pants—in a way that is chic and fresh. Challenge accepted. Image
Ah, the shirt dress. I couldn't be happier that this universally flattering fit (a favorite of my Grandmother's in the 50s) is making a comeback. Image
Gingham was seen all over the spring runways (DVF, Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta), and it's one of the easiest trends to incorporate into your wardrobe. Dorothy would approve. Image
Head-to-toe white can seem a little intimidating (especially if you're like me and tend to spill everything), but I've always liked the idea of it. Start with baby steps: white jeans + beige blouse, and work your way to total white-out. Image
Last, but not least, the 70s are making a return in the form of retro lapel shapes, flowy blouses, fur, fringe, contrasting color combos... Sign me up. Image