Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year's Eve Outfit

 Head to Toe: Jumper, Topshop (via Buffalo Exchange) // Coat, Zaful // Bag, Vintage Thrift (gift)

When one reaches a certain age, the idea of scamping around on New Year's Eve in a tiny cocktail dress becomes pretty unappealing. I found this Topshop jumper still with tags at Buffalo Exchange and immediately knew it would be a winner for tomorrow night. We're going to a low-key bar in Connecticut, so depending on the thermostat I may check my coat. But, if I have to keep it on (likely), at least it's furry and stylish. I'll be ringing in the New Year with friends and loved ones, and I hope you are doing the same...Happy 2017, fashionistas!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Beanie Baby

Head to Toe: Turtleneck, H&M // Jeans, Rachel Roy via Thredup // Beanie, Teva // Sweatshirt, Juicy Couture // Booties, Musse & Cloud

This week has been the loveliest between-holiday stretch. Our office is working from home, and I've enjoyed some extra downtime for yoga and cooking. I like to actually get dressed each day, so I've been spending the afternoons working from a nearby coffee shop. Although, nothing wrong with wearing a beanie instead of doing your hair, right?? Enjoy the last few days of 2016, fashionistas!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dear 2016...

Dear 2016,
You've been catching a lot of flack these days. I've heard a lot of people call you the "worst year ever." Ouch...I mean, you did do some damage—terror attacks, mass shootings, public health crises, a tumultuous election—it was a year for the books. Still, a lot of awesome things happened too. Instead of focusing on one olympic swimmer's national embarrassment, let's talk about Katie Ledecky, who broke her own world record and nabbed four gold medals in Rio. Also this year, the U.S. Treasury announced Harriet Tubman would appear on the $20 bill, the unemployment rate reached a pre-recession low and the Cubs finally won the World Series. You weren't all bad, 2016. 

Personally, 2016 was a mix of challenges and triumphs as well. I moved in with Sean in Brooklyn and fulfilled my lifelong dream of living New York City. I learned to savor tiny victories like coming down the subway steps just as the train is pulling in. (I also experienced those crushing defeats of arriving just as one is pulling out of the station.) I learned not to let not-so-nice people bother me. I was also pleasantly surprised by all of the Good Samaritans in a city with a reputation for being hard. I walked a lot

I took big strides at work: I went to fashion week for the first (and second) time. I took my hand at styling the looks for several photo shoots. I traveled to trade shows in Atlanta and Germany—my very first time to Europe—alone. 

Sean and I took an insanely decadent, all-inclusive vacation to the Dominican Republic. We also ate our way through Austin, TX. We hosted some fun get-togethers at our apartment, watched the fireworks from our roof on the Fourth of July, and re-watched the entire Scrubs series. We got a new puppy, who charms us with his sweetness and drives us crazy with his energy. We ended the year with Thanksgiving at my family's and Christmas with his. 

Overall, 2016 was a year of enormous growth for me. I've been challenged and stretched in ways I never knew possible. It was a challenging year, for sure, but one that has left me in a pretty great place to start a new year. Here's to you, 2016!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Warm Fuzzy Feeling

Head to Toe: Sweater, thrifted // Coat, Gamiss // Jeans, Siwy // Booties, Seychelles.

It feels surreal that tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Instead of dwelling on the "I'm so busy" and "time flies" feelings (which are admittedly present), I'm trying to focus my thoughts on how much I have to be grateful for this season: I job I love, a great apartment with my significant other, friends to celebrate these triumphs with, a supportive family. The holidays did fly, but only because I was so busy enjoying (and working hard at) these things. I can't imagine wrapping up the year any other way. Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Brunch and Gamiss Holiday Sweaters

I love entertaining almost as much as I love brunch, and Saturday was the perfect occasion to combine two of my favorite pastimes. Sean and I had friends over for a boozy, bagel-filled afternoon last weekend to celebrate the season. Despite the year's first major snowfall, we pulled off a great gathering.

Since festive attire was a must, I rocked my Home Alone Gamiss top (they have the cutest Christmas sweaters) and, of course, bright red lipstick. Complete with some silly headbands snagged at CVS and some photo booth props, the party was Insta-ready. #Sleigh.
This post is sponsored by Gamiss, but all opinions are my own.