Monday, October 30, 2017

Black & White & Halloween All Over

Head to Toe: Turtleneck, thrifted // Jeans, Unpublished // Boots, Sorel // Necklace, Stella & Dot

How was everyone's Halloweekend? Sean and I had a great time hosting friends at our place Friday and going to a friend's party Saturday. We repeated our Linda & Bob (from Bob's Burgers) both nights, and the look was a big hit. It was also super comfortable and natural—I got a lot of comments that the wig looked like it could be my real hair color—something that's more important to me as I get older.

Tomorrow, I'll be getting festive again for Halloween at work, and the weather has gotten perfectly cool and crispy for the holiday. I broke out my Sorel boots for the first time this season, and they are super warm and comfy. They're going to be my go-to's when the city gets all messy and slushy this winter, but we won't rush that. For now, Happy Halloween!

What comes before part B? πŸŽƒπŸ₯‘

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Bob & Linda for the win πŸ”πŸ”πŸ” Saturday binge watching character research @bobsburgersfox

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Easiest Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know how obsessed I am with Halloween. You get to dress up, eat candy and have fun—no commitments required. And no commitments means you shouldn't have to drop a ton of money on a costume for one night. So, I give you my sixth-annual DIY Halloween Costume post. These five last-minute ideas can be crafted from pieces you already have in your closet and are bound to impress everyone at the party. Happy Halloweekend!

Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day Costume

This modern-day take on Groundhog Day is super relevant this year and incredibly easy to recreate. Just put on your clubbing clothes, add some smudgy mascara and grab a cupcake—birthday candle included! The best part? At the end of the night, you can eat the cupcake...

Thong Jeans

Thong Jeans Costume

This hilarious Japanese fashion faux pas makes a ridiculously easy costume. If you don't have a pair of jeans you're willing to sacrifice, grab a pair cheap at your local Salvation Army and get cutting, eliminating everything but the seams. Wear over a bodysuit with running shoes.

Georgie from IT

Georgie Costume

Sean actually talked me into seeing IT and, yes, it's that scary. Spook your friends with an easy Georgie costume by throwing on your wellies with a yellow raincoat. If the jacket is something you're willing to sacrifice, some fake blood and a jagged end (tuck in your arm) amps up the fear factor. Don't forget your red balloon!

Beyonce Baby Announcement

Beyonce Costume

Beyonce broke the internet with her twin pregnancy announcement, and daring fashionistas can easily recreate it. Pop a pillow under a nude-colored tank and top with a lacy bra, short shorts and gauzy scarf on your head. Or, go as the birth announcement with the same look and twin baby dolls. Even better—you and your bestie can go as both!

Fake News

fake news costume

Okay, you probably don't have a newspaper hoodie in your closet, but you can still recreate this look by pinning newspaper to a dress you already have. And if you don't want to order the hat, cut out big red letters that say FAKE and glue to the front of your DIY newspaper dress. If you're really getting into character, loudly interrupt your friends all night by yelling, "Fake!"

Want more ideas? Check out posts from Halloweens past: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Sunday, October 22, 2017

How to Wear Gingham in the Fall

Head to Toe: Blouse, thrifted // Jacket, Target (old) // Jeans, Wrangler // Booties, Nina (similar) // Bag, Ora Delphine // Shades, Vera Wang // Necklace, Alex & Ani.

According to September's runway shows, gingham is here to stay. I had been searching for the perfect picnic-patterned top all summer, and finally found one a few weeks ago. Even though it's a traditionally warm-weather look, I autumn-fide it with a leather jacket tucked into jeans. (I tried to tie it but that just looked too summery.)

Sean and I had a relaxing weekend of October things. We saw Death Day yesterday (great movie, and much lighter than I expected), carved pumpkins and roasted the seeds. On the weekends, I prefer not to wear a stitch of makeup, so for these photos and a lunch out, I opted for a tiny bit of lip gloss and big sunglasses. Because doesn't it feel so amazing to rub your eyes? Happy Sunday, fashionistas!
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Photos by the Instagram (soon-to-be actual) husband.

Monday, October 16, 2017

My Dream Closet Space

Living in NYC, one thing there isn't much of is closet space. When Sean and I moved into our Upper West Side apartment in May, I was sold by the fact that it had three sizable (by New York standards) closets! In our Brooklyn pad, I had to make due without one entirely, using a wardrobe and freestanding clothing rack. It was a tall order because, as you can imagine, I have a lot of clothes. This weekend, I went to visit friends in Connecticut, one of whom just bought a new house. I got the grand tour, which included her bedroom closet. It is, I kid you not, larger than my bedroom. Seriously, the closet envy is real. When I came across Arhaus and it encouraged me to create my dream closet, my head started dancing with visions.

The first thing my bedroom-sized closet would need is a big plush rug. Because bare feet in the morning need a soft, high pile. Then, lots of lighting and a giant mirror (hello selfies!). Arhaus has an array of chic pendants, table lamps and floor lamps, from sparkly chandeliers to pared-down industrial styles. And of course, a stylish vanity and cute seating for tying those ever-tricky ghillie sandals. Last, a tall etagere—or several, depending on how big we're talking here—for displaying bags, shoes and jewelry. What does your dream closet look like?
Dream closet

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pumpkin Spice and Working Out in NYC

Head to Toe: Top, leggings and jacket, Beyond Yoga // Sandals, Teva

Does this outfit make me look like I work out?...Since moving to NYC, I've found it particularly difficult to exercise. And while living in an overly stimulating, non-stop stress environment like the city, exercise is probably more important than ever. It's also extremely expensive... For example, Crunch, which is one of the cheapest gyms around, will run you about $80 a month for a membership.

For a while, I was experimenting with Class Pass, a membership that allows you to take classes at a bunch of boutique gyms in the city, like Pure Barre, Row House and Flywheel. I definitely loved trying out new classes and having a really diverse workout regimen, but when traveling and fashion week ramped up, I found it difficult to get to even my five classes a month (sad, I know), and lost out on some cash.

Despite the swanky appeal of those kinds of classes (which full-price can run $30 to $45 a class), I always find myself falling back on Yoga To The People. It's a donation-based studio ($10 suggested) that offers yoga all over the city. I always leave feeling energized and refreshed, and there isn't the same pressure attached. Some days, I do every chataranga and feel it in my arms the next morning. Sometimes, I'm just in it for the savasana. I had Monday off for Columbus Day and got in an incredibly rewarding class.

But during the week, even getting to a studio can be daunting, between walking to the subway and hoping it's running on time. But, I know excuses never help and I should get regular exercise in for my mental and physical health. I'm considering trying the streaming at-home program, Daily Burn. If you use it, please comment and let me know your thoughts on it! Only thing is, then no one will see your cute workout outfit...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Vintage 1950s Basket Bag

Head to Toe: Hat, Zara // Sweater and jeans, Thrifted // Basket bag, Vintage // Socks, Marcmarcs // Sandals, Minnetonka

Last weekend, my mom came into the city to visit and for an exciting errand. As you may already know, she is a very talented seamstress (check out some examples of her work here, here and here). For her latest project, she is going to make my wedding dress! We chose a fabulous pattern and headed to the garment district to pick out some gorgeous fabric. So, I said yes to the dress!! It feels so extremely special to have her time and heart into it, and who else can say they got a custom, couture design? That's all I can say until the big reveal, but I cannot wait to see it come together.

After we finished our fabric expedition, we have a lovely Sunday walking around the Upper West Side doing some vintage shopping, farmers market sampling and people watching. I nabbed this '50s-era wicker bag for $30 at the Grand Bazaar. I couldn't ask for a better fall weekend, so I'm reveling in the memories on this rainy Monday.
Photos by my mom. Isn't she multitalented?