Monday, December 30, 2019

The Perfect New Year's Eve Wrap Dress

Head to Toe: Dress, Callahan // Clutch, Vintage // Hair, Le Boudoir Darien

This slinky, silky wrap dress is everything I want my style to be in 2020: chic, easy and luxe. It was the perfect holiday party look paired with heeled booties this season. Sean and I will be driving home from Virginia on New Year's Day, so we're having a low-key New Year's Eve. Attire will most likely be stretchy pants with a side of sequins and a glass of Champagne—the ultimate accessory. But, if I were attending a swanky rooftop party in Manhattan (because in my head, I go to those all the time), this is the dress I would wear. Wishing you a happy New Year and fresh start, fashionistas. How will you celebrate?

Friday, December 27, 2019

2019 Year In Review

 “The days are long, but the years are short.” ―Gretchen Rubin

This past year has definitely been one of growth for me. (Except when it comes to my hair, which I lobbed off over the summer.) I started my own business, managed to make a decent salary working for myself, and I learned to advocate for my worth. I put time and effort into the friends who put time and effort into me, and even made some new friends. 

Some years are a montage of all the places you traveled. For me, 2019 was a year to be at home. Sean and I spent a lot of time hanging in playing board games, listening to records and snuggling with the dogs. I made self care a priority, took a lot of baths and diffused a lot of aromatherapy. I decided not to make resolutions for 2020, only to be kind to myself and focus on family. 

Of course, there was a lot of fun fashion in 2019. I went to two fashion weeks and even walked in a local fashion show myself. There was a lot of thrifting, and I got on board with a new clothing subscription. Below, I've rounded up some of my favorite looks of the year. Here's to a new decade of great style!
 Professional photos by Mindy Briar Photography and Amishography 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Fair Isle Festive

Head to Toe: Sweater, Anthropologie // Jeggings, Anthropologie // Coat, Sparkz Copenhagen // Booties, Dr. Scholl's // Hair, Le Boudoir Darien

Happy Friday my favorite elves, we made it! I just knocked out a doctor's appointment, filed a story, and have homemade broth simmering on the stove. Sean and I are traveling to visit his family down south for the holidays, so we had my parents over for an early Christmas celebration last night. We enjoyed a great spread, tasty wine, and exchanged gifts. I wore this Fair Isle sweater from my Nuuly that I have been rocking all season. I love that it's festive without feeling cliché.

The night definitely got me into the Christmas spirit, so now all that's left to do is pack up our things for the next week and a half and hit the road! How about you? Are you taking this weekend to wrap up your shopping list or binge Hallmark movies? Merry everything!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Evergreen In A Checked Blazer And Velvet Headband

Head to Toe: Turtleneck, H&M // Jeans, Anthropologie // Blazer, Capulet // Headband, Amazon // Earrings, Connie B's Boutique // Boots, Seychelles

Sean and I are big on getting a real tree and garland, but we decided to stick with faux this year since we'll be out of town for the holidays. So it was a real treat to be among the lush greenery and rows of trees at Nielsen's Florist  for this fun blog shoot with Mindy Briar.

It's exactly one week until Christmas Eve, and I'm not sure where the season went. To be honest, I'm ready for a fresh new year—and decade. The urge to check out at work is real, but as a freelancer, I need to keep up the hustle. That said, I want to take some of this time to reflect on the past year and all that has changed in my life and career. And, I want to formulate some thoughtful goals for 2020. Have you made your resolutions yet?
Photos by Mindy Briar

Friday, December 13, 2019

Sparkle & Fur For A Snow Day

Head to Toe: Sweater, Loft (thrifted) // Vest, thrifted // Pants, Anthropologie // Hat, Target

It's early December and we've already gotten our second snow of the season. Especially since I am lucky enough to work from home, I love a good coating of the white stuff this time of year. I'm feeling all the holiday sparkly vibes, and played up the wintry scene with a bejeweled sweater and fur vest.  These corduroys are actually "jeggings" and are the same fit as these from last month's Nuuly. December is only for pants that stretch, am I right? Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Perfect Patchwork Wrap Dress for Thanksgiving

Head to Toe: Dress, Moon River //  Bag, Brahmin // Boots, Frye (similar) // Necklace, C/O Kay Jewelers

This Western patchwork wrap dress is one of my favorite pieces from this month's Nuuly order. I wore it to a blogger event, my bestie's baby shower, and a cocktail party this month. I also think it would make a perfect, easy look for Thanksgiving.

A few years ago, I would've cringed about the dress covering the top of my boots, but I've really been digging the layered, prairie look lately. These Frye riding boots were my first expensive "adult" purchase, and they are true investment pieces. They only look better with age, and they're incredibly comfortable. I stashed them on the shelf for a while while ankle boots reigned the day, but I'm glad calf-height boots are back in fashion. What was your first big fashion purchase?
 Photos by Chris Loynd

Friday, November 15, 2019

Vintage '70s Sweater for an Early Cold Snap

Head to Toe: Sweater, Vintage // Cords, Anthropologie // Booties, CAT Footwear // Headband, Amazon

I found this super warm vintage 1970s sweater at Little Ghost Vintage during our trip to Portland, Maine. I thought it might be stashed away until December, but it got super cold here this week so I busted it out early. (Sweater weather for Monti too, since he just got a shotty DIY mom haircut.) I love the simple color scheme and fair isle pattern, and it is incredibly warm. They just don't make things like they used to, amiright? Happy Friday, folks!
Photos by Chris Loynd