Wednesday, November 26

holiday dressing

My family holidays are hardly formal affairs, but I wish they were. Each year I tend to be the only one who decides to get dressed up. I won't give up on it. I will take any excuse to wear a fancy dress and heels, even if I look ridiculous by comparison. So as the holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I'm dreaming of pretty party dresses. I love this emerald green Tibi number, the neckline is so different and I always love a full skirt. For a festive look I'd pair it with these lovely laser cut Reiss heels, a black clutch, and a sparkly bracelet and nail polish. 

Happy Wednesday and thank you so much for reading!

Tuesday, November 25


tibi dress {old / updated version} . burberry coat {old / updated version} . via spiga heels {in snake print / similar} . chloe handbag . j. crew earrings . bauble bar necklace {old / similar} . ray ban sunglasseschantecaille lip chic in 'geranium' . butter nail polish in 'queen vic' 

I want to write about how this is a great Thanksgiving / Holiday dress because of the empire waist and pleated skirt that disguises overeating, but all I can think of is that episode of Friends where Joey borrows Pheobe's maternity pants to eat dinner. If I recall correctly he called them his "turkey eating pants". So, this is a good turkey eating dress. JD gave it to me as a birthday present a couple of years ago and it has steadily been one of my go-tos for holiday dressing. The material is thick and warm despite the short sleeves, while the herringbone pattern and black piping make it more interesting. This time around, I kept things simple with black suede heels and my current favorite sparkly necklace. Once the holidays roll around I seriously cannot get enough of this necklace, I want to wear it with everything. 

What is your holiday go-to?

Monday, November 24


Lately I have been doing a lot of pacing in front of my closet, trying to figure out what to wear. I tend to get like this once the fun new-ness of the season wears off. All of a sudden I have "nothing to wear", a closet full on options that no longer seem quite appropriate. While I'm always a fan of a cozy sweater, I don't like the idea of falling into that comfortable rut. As a result I have been gravitating towards dressier pieces. I found this sleeveless silk top on sale (for a steal) at J. Crew the week before last and haven't stopped thinking up ways to wear it since. It's amazing what a little something new can do. This time I went for a preppy look with a gray sweater, sparkly necklace, and pointed toe flats.

Please tell me this happens to other people too.

Friday, November 21

rye grapefruit whisky sour

rye grapefruit whisky sour cocktail
rye grapefruit whisky sour cocktail
rye grapefruit whisky sour cocktail
Last week while waiting for JD to meet me at the train for our weekly visit to David's Tea (it's getting bad, they all know me there), I popped into a liquor store to pick up some whisky since we were fresh out. After much deliberation I settled on a bottle of Rough Rider rye because it is from Bating Hollow and I am a nerd. We both really like it. I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you happen across a bottle. And so we have been using it to experiment with cocktails. This week's was JD's idea. It is sour and strong but has a sweet finish. My instinct is to top it with champagne or prosecco and serve it with breakfast but that's an experiment for another day.

2 oz hot water
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sugar
1 oz grapefruit juice
2 oz rye whisky

In a shaker, dissolve sugar and honey in hot water. Let cool and add grapefruit juice. Add ice and whisky and shake. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon wedge if so desired. 
rye grapefruit whisky sour cocktail
Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 19

snowy days

sweater . shirt . hat . watch . socks . handbag . lipstick . earrings . pants . boots

So I may have freaked out earlier this week and decided I absolutely needed snow boots and surprise, lots of them are already sold out. I guess I'm not the only one living in fear of another super snowy winter. I spent the last one traipsing around the city in wellies and was so sick of them (not too mention a bit chilled) by the end that I needed to take a break. 

I love, love, love this pair of Sorels! They remind me of a good old fashioned snow boot. They have that vintage look, a style that could have been worn a hundred years ago. Though, any ankle boot that laces up is always going to scream Edwardian to me. Luckily, they are still available (for now) so you can most likely plan on seeing me in them should there be snow this winter. Right now, I'm day dreaming of wearing them with black skinny pants and a plaid shirt with a white sweater over, complete with cozy socks, and a fun hat. Perfect for those cold, snowy days, or just a trip to Brooklyn. 
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