Tuesday, September 30

handbag essentials with rue la la

Rue La La recently launched a handbag guide, covering the bases of popular everyday styles to signature details of famed brands, and even a brief history of styles over the centuries. It's definitely worth checking out. In honor of this, they asked to take a peek inside my bag, so today we are going to rummage through my garbage.

I realized the other day while in the process of writing this post that this Mulberry has been my everyday handbag since 2010. That is a long time, and a lot of wears, but I think it says something. A simple, classic satchel will stand the test of time. What you tote around inside of it every day also says a lot. Have you ever wondered what's inside of this old thing? Probably not. But I'm going to tell you anyway.
handbag essentials with rue la la

handbag essentials with rue la la

handbag essentials with rue la la
handbag essentials with rue la la
mulberry handbag | smith's rosebud salve | jouer lip gloss in 'mirage' | a hair tie bobby pins rifle paper co. iphone case earbuds | matt's munchies mango acai fruit snacks | warby parker sunglasses mirror mulberry wallet metro card british currency | moleskin notebook | UCB tickets

Once your spill all of the contents of your purse out onto a desk, it forces you to consider what you carry around everyday, what is important to you. There are obvious things that you need like a metro card and wallet. There are things that just seem to accumulate like loose hair ties, bobby pins, and old receipts. There are your every day basics, your favorite lip gloss, sunglasses, a small mirror, and a snack. And then there are the things that are always in there, no matter how many times you clean your bag out, like UCB tickets (the yellow one is from Bucky, one of my favorite teams), these pence (a memento from our trip to London years ago) and a small notebook used to capture adventures and improv classes. 

After all these years, I still really love this bag. The cross body strap makes it handsfree, the neutral hue goes with everything, and it's big enough to fit a book and a sandwich, because as the briefcase is the adult lunch box to JD, my purse is mine.

Monday, September 29

deja vu

deja vu | camel + black
deja vu | chloe heloise bag
deja vu | camel + black
h&m cardigan {currently sold out in camel} . madewell top {last seen here} . vince pants {similar + on sale!}. joie flats {last seen here} . chloe handbag . warby parker sunglasses . j. crew earrings . jouer lip gloss in 'monaco' . essie nail polish in 'wicked'

If this outfit looks kind of familiar, one, thank you and two, I couldn't help myself. As I keep saying, I'm really liking camel this season. Not only does it make a great neutral that goes with just about everything, it also has that warm and cozy feel that fits right in with the crisp autumn air I'm still waiting on to arrive. Eighty degrees New York? Really?

As it is with most of my 'currently loving' posts, I had to scoop up this open cardigan from H&M. My wallet does not thank me for creating a weekly wish list, but I scored this sweater on sale so I was pretty excited about it. I liked the look so much I decided it needed to be recreated, especially since I already had the basics sitting pretty in my closet. As I was running just the tiniest bit late and we still needed to snap these photos before I ran off to the train, I opted for pointed toe Joie flats instead of my new favorite Rag & Bone Margot boots which were a pretty good match/substitute for the boots from that post. As good as I am at running in heels, it wasn't happening. I have a feeling this is going to become one of my seasonal "uniforms". It's so easy and comfortable but still feels put together in my book.

Happy Monday and thank you for stopping by!

Friday, September 26

the maple leaf

maple leaf cocktail | recipe
maple leaf cocktail | recipe
maple leaf cocktail | recipe
Since it's officially autumn, I'm celebrating the change of season with one of my favorite fall flavors, maple! I know it's technically not exclusive to the season as we enjoy waffles and pancakes year round, but maple syrup reminds me of cooler weather for a couple of reasons. One being the fact that the minute the leaves change I start craving a maple latte from Gorilla Coffee in Park Slope. Two, eating maple candies and stocking up on syrup on Vermont ski trips. And three, the disturbing image of Will Ferrell dousing his spaghetti with the stuff in Elf. Yes, I realize the last two are winter things. Moving on... I wanted to see what else it could be added to that would be less disgusting and in the form of a cocktail. That's when I came across the recipe for a "maple leaf". With all of the ingredients on hand it was a done deal.

 The Maple Leaf
1 1/2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz maple syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice

Shake with ice, serve and enjoy!
maple leaf cocktail | recipe
This drink tastes a shocking amount like apple cider and nothing like bourbon. You could down the whole thing without thinking about it. I think I've found a new seasonal favorite. This would be great to serve at Thanksgiving, or Halloween, or any autumn or winter holiday. I will definitely be making this again, most likely with the addition of a cinnamon stick.

Happy Friday and thank you so much for reading!

Thursday, September 25

oversized

target sweater {very old / similar} . asos pants {old / similar} . chloe handbag {very old} . sam edelman boots .  ray ban sunglasses . essie nail polish in "sole mate" 

So I guess this week has been all about sweaters for me. What can I say, I'm just excited that it's finally cool enough to wear one, though temperatures in the subway have barely decreased. And as JD so kindly pointed out, before we know it there will be icicles hanging from the ceiling again. I borrowed this sweater from my mom years ago and never gave it back. She didn't mind, I think it was a little too casual for her. It has become one of those things I throw on when I don't know what to wear. I'm drawn to the comfy oversized fit and though it's not always the most flattering thing in my closet I continue to wear it. We all have those pieces, right? When I wore this last week I attempted to balance out the loose fit with distressed skinny pants and ankle boots and added a matching ribbon to my hair for good measure. 

Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, September 24

camel + black

currently loving | camel + black

I've been really into camel lately, it's such a warm and cozy color, perfect for autumn. I love the draping of this open cardigan from H&M, it's the kind of thing I'd want to wear while having morning coffee in cool air on the front porch of a cabin in the woods. Not sure why that's where my mind immediately goes as I have never been to a cabin in the woods. Maybe Ron Swanson is rubbing off on me, though I doubt he'd care about the sweater. Camel and black is such a classic and easy combination that I plan on wearing as often as is reasonable this season. For a relaxed weekend look I'd pair this cozy knit with a simple beige t-shirt, black skinny pants, suede ankle boots, and a wine colored handbag. I've been wanting one for a couple of years and the deep merlot shade of this Elizabeth and James cross-body is just about perfect.

How do you feel about camel?

Tuesday, September 23

on repeat

on repeat | black + gray
on repeat | black + gray
on repeat | black + gray
on repeat | black + gray
on repeat | black + gray

I'm going to be honest with you, I've worn this outfit twice since last Thursday, but I did wash it between wears. Initially, I threw it on after waking up a little too late, haphazardly packing a bag, and missing the express train to spend my mid-week "weekend" with the pups, and my sister. I liked it so yesterday, when I found myself in a similar situation, waking up five minutes before it was time to move the car I decided that I should probably wear it again. I should also probably get an alarm clock that is not so easily turned off. 

Both this cardigan and t-shirt were the results of J. Crew sales. The t-shirt is actually still on sale, I picked up the cardigan a long time ago. For a casual afternoon at the office I paired them with jeans and my improv shoes / Sam Edelman ankle boots. Which reminds me, I'm long overdue for a show and can't wait to get back and take a sketch class. 

Happy Tuesday and thank you for reading!

Monday, September 22

cozy knits

cozy knits | zara cable knit sweater, jeans + frye boots
cozy knits | zara cable knit sweater, jeans + frye boots
mulberry alexa + frye veronica slouch boots
frye veronica slouch boots
cozy knits | zara cable knit sweater, jeans + frye boots
cozy knits | zara cable knit sweater, jeans + frye boots

I don't care how cliche it may be, autumn is my favorite season. Always has been, even back in second grade when it was cooler to like spring. That's right. I was a child hipster when it came to seasons. I credit my birthday and the cool, humidity free air. We got a taste of it last week while out on the island visiting with the pups. Mischa was so happy, she even let me wash her. She spent the entire time at my side and insisted on forcing her way out the front door to join us on various errands. I've never seen her happier to be in the car. 

One of the things I look forward to most about the change of seasons is wearing cozy knits. (As previously mentioned, I love wearing sweaters in every season.) This Zara sweater definitely fits the bill for cozy and I'm so excited to finally wear it again. I love the classic cable knit and girly pale pink shade. For a day of beer brewing and doting on the dogs, I paired it with jeans and brown boots for a casual look.  

What are you most looking forward to?

Thursday, September 18

rain, rain, go uptown

rainy day attire
rainy day attire
rainy day attire
rainy day attire
rainy day attire

Earlier in the year I would walk out of the apartment to sunny skies, hop on the train up to UCB and emerge from the subway only to be met with clouds. No sunshine in sight. I made note of it. It seemed that every time I went up town for any reason it would be dark and stormy while downtown was sunny and cloudless. My how the tables have turned. Twice over the last week I have walked outside into the rain only to arrive uptown soaking wet, umbrella in hand to completely dry sidewalks. From the window I've watched several storms sweep across the city, sparing my office and soaking downtown. It's funny how these things happen. The weather really has been odd this year. After having gotten soaked on Saturday or Sunday, I can't remember, since I didn't think rain boots would be necessary, I decided to dress the part for a rainy Tuesday in my Hunter rain boots, black pants, and a loose plaid shirt. And why yes, it wasn't close to raining near my office. But I'd rather be dry and happy than wet, like the dog will be after her bath later today. Wish me luck, she's a scratcher. 

Wednesday, September 17

now & later

currently loving | now & later
top . necklace . sweater . nail polish . skirt . lipstick . handbag . boots

With the change of season, sometimes the temperature isn't quite where we'd like it to be. It's been everywhere from eighty to the low sixties these last few weeks and while I'm officially ready to break out my sweaters and boots, every time I'd like to it's too warm again, so I've put together a little now and later outfit. I love the color of this flared J. Crew skirt and think it would be the perfect piece for autumn. For now, I'd pair it with a simple crepe tank, and later when the air cools, a navy polka dot sweater. I have these boots in black (scored them on a crazy sale a few years back) and they are the most comfortable things, by far my perfect riding boots and I'm itching to get my hands on this lovely  whiskey shade. Though I think that sale was a once in a lifetime thing. Fingers crossed. I'd top off the look with a bag to match, navy nail polish and a pink chocolate lipstick.

What are you reaching for as the seasons change?

Tuesday, September 16

olive + chambray

olive + chambray
olive + chambray
mulberry alexa
olive + chambray
gap chambray shirt {similar} . vince pants {similar + on sale!} . rag and bone boots {similar color} . ray ban sunglasses . mulberry handbag . deborah rice necklace . jouer lip gloss in 'mirage'

I really can't believe I went as long as I did without owning a chambray shirt. I had wanted one for years and spent most of that time looking for the perfect one, then forgetting about it, and then searching once again whenever I would see someone wearing one. They really are one of those closet staples. They go with just about everything, can be dressed up or down... but you already know this so there's no sense in repeating it. I finally found my perfect chambray shirt early in the summer and have worn it about once a week since, mostly with shorts and skirts and summery things so I'm pretty excited to transition it into the fall. Yesterday I paired it with olive colored pants from Vince, ankle boots, and a messy bun that isn't visible in any of these photographs. 

Happy Tuesday and thank you so much for reading!

Monday, September 15

little black dress

little black dress
little black dress
little black dress
little black dress

I know how much I sound like a broken record. I could probably make a template for mad libs out of these posts.
I've had this [ITEM OF CLOTHING] for [NUMBER] years. I like how [ADJECTIVE] it is. I usually like to wear it to [PLACE]. This time, I styled it with [ADJECTIVE] [ITEM OF CLOTHING]...
You get the picture.
Before I started blogging (mostly) about my personal style, I didn't realize how picky I was. Most of my clothing has been hanging in my closet for years. I've barely added anything new that wasn't a gift over the last year. While my pickiness does probably save me money in the long run, it can make for a closet full of "nothing to wear". But those feelings come and go (except that white and purple popover I wore as a cover up in Tortola last year, I'm still not ready to see that again.)
I don't remember when I bought this dress, but it's simple and black and I like that the sleeves are longer and that the material is stretchy and just casual enough that it can be dressed up or down. Day to night pieces are my ideal. If I don't have to change between work and dinner it's a win in my book. It should probably also be noted that I work in a very casual environment where I sometimes wear my converse (gasp!).
Last week, JD and I went out to dinner after work and managed to snap these before heading off to a sweet little French place called Amelie in Greenwich Village. Since the waistline is a little plain I paired it with a metallic belt to pull it in a bit, simple gold jewelry, ankle boots, and red lips. I love this lipstick. I bought it for myself as a birthday gift and was a little worried that it wouldn't look right on me as it was recommended for redheads and blondes, but I think it looks fine. It's named for Grace Kelly and lasts through dinner and drinks, perfect in my book. 

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 12

cucumber coconut cocktail

cucumber gin cocktail | recipe
Things haven’t been the same since realizing we were both perfectly capable of creating pretty cocktails at home. Aside from his love of hard to find scotch, JD and I have preferred mixing our own drinks at home. Go ahead and call us antisocial, but $14 cocktails add up quickly. 

The other day while browsing the menus of several cocktail bars we’d like to try for happy hour I came upon a drink that combined coconut water, cucumber, and my beloved gin. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a coconut water cocktail before and felt the need to give it a try. Though it took a little fiddling with the recipe to get it right, I think the end result came out okay. 
cucumber gin cocktail | recipe
cucumber gin cocktail | recipe
Cucumber Coconut Cocktail
1.5 oz gin*
4 slices of cucumber
3 oz coconut water
1 oz simple syrup

*I used Hendrick's because it's my favorite as well as the perfect pairing for cucumber.

In a large glass muddle three cucumber slices with gin. Strain into a new glass over ice. Stir in coconut water and simple syrup. Garnish with the fourth slice, and enjoy!
cucumber gin cocktail | recipe
Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 10

classics


There is something so classic, timeless about black and white stripes. It's such a simple look but has the potential to be so elegant and chic. Something Audrey Hepburn might wear in say, Paris. New York has been bustling these last few days with fashion week in full swing. Everyone is out, dressed up in the latest trends, but for some reason, I'm not feeling it this year. In a sea of colorful midi skirts and crop tops I've been craving simplicity. 

When getting dressed yesterday, I thought of Audrey and Paris and got back to basics. I have had this shirt for years and it has steadily remained a wardrobe favorite. I wear it too often, but I love it and I love having items of clothing that I still want to wear at least once a week years later. I've had these pants for quite a while too. They came with me on my trip to Italy two years ago. I topped them off with black flats and a simple gold necklace.

Happy Wednesday everyone, and thank you for reading!

Tuesday, September 9

sweater weather


I've never been one to pass up on a good sale and so I have been slowly scooping up pieces here and there as the summer winds down, this J. Crew sweater was one of them. I cannot stress enough how much I love lightweight sweaters. Wearing sweaters in the summer should probably be on my list of favorite pastimes. Weird, I know. There is just something about long sleeves and shorts that I love, that and the day to (casual) night transition is seamless.

Yesterday the heat finally broke in the city. It was so nice and breezy, so I broke out my new sweater and jeans and paired it with my birthday boots. I saw these in the store the very day they were put out, they hadn't gone up on the website yet. I fell in love immediately and miraculously summoned the strength to leave without trying them on. I had no business being in there anyway. For quite a while I had been debating getting a new pair of Harrows, in black this time, because as much as I love my Newburys, the zipper on the back of my left boot falls down every time I walk and constantly fixing it got annoying after a couple of years. I wanted a pair that would stay put. So naturally, I choose one with four zippers that I am very much hoping don't cause me any trouble. I love these boots so much already. You have been forewarned, I will be wearing these every day until May.

Thank you so much for your sweet birthday wishes! Have a great day!