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

herringbone

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

prepped


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.

RYE GRAPEFRUIT WHISKY SOUR
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. 

Tuesday, November 18

the button


You see this coat? It's missing a button now. Let me tell you why. 

I don't like taking the train. Any train. Be it the LIRR or Subway, I'm not a fan. I liked the tube in London. I liked the solid and reusable oyster cards, helpful list of stops, and coherent announcements. Saturday afternoon, without the hint of a sign anywhere, the 2 was running on the 1 track, local to 42nd Street, express from there. So I pushed my way across the car, packed like sardines shouting "excuse me!" as I attempted to squeeze through the people pretending to ignore me. The bastards ripped a button right off the front of my coat in the process. I heard it pop right off, but I couldn't stop and scoop it up, or find it for that matter. I had to continue pushing my way off the train so I could transfer to the 1 and go local two more stops to my office. 

Well, that didn't happen either. I got on the clown car and without so much as an announcement it decided to go express to 72nd. I may as well have stayed on the damn 2 and kept my button! I pushed my way off the car again, this time trying to be more careful with my remaining buttons. Frustrated and upset I called JD and made my way across to West End Avenue in hopes of catching a cab. By now it was 5pm, I had spent so much time waiting and stuck I was late. No cabs in sight and twenty blocks away in the dark I started to walk down. A single tear rolled down my cheek as I expressed my frustration at the entire process. Finally I was able to catch one that someone was luckily getting out of. I did that crazy person thing that I hate, stalking the car and hopping in the moment the person exited. 

I have one spare button left. I better make this one count. 

* please feel free to laugh, I actually hope you do.

Monday, November 17

cowl neck sweater

spense knits sweater {similar} . asos pants {similar} . rag and bone boots . cuyana handbag
ray ban sunglasses . essie nail polish in 'handle with flair' {similar

Hello, Happy Monday. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your weekend. My weekend was weird and I for one feel like it went too quickly. A good portion of it was spent reading and trying not to read Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" and having train trouble. I get weird about books I really like and stall reading them. I have been known to stretch a final chapter over a month. If this one could never end that would be ideal. I lost count of how many times I've read "Bossypants". As for the train trouble, my only comment is a resounding UGH. 

Moving on.

I have been in the market for a cozy cowl neck sweater for quite a while. Slightly oversized sweaters are probably my favorite thing to wear once the temperatures drop. We've been so spoiled with a warm and completely unseasonal fall. I'm really not feeling very prepared this season. I spent a good chunk of yesterday looking at snow boots online. And wouldn't you be surprised that the pair I settled on no longer exists? Neither am I. Lucky for me, loose fitting cowl neck sweaters have been a popular style this year so there has been no lack of options. My biggest concern has been finding one at my desired, reasonable price point. I'm not about to spend an obscene amount of money on a sweater that is going to lose it's shape after half an hour. Those slouchy elbows drive me crazy. Needless to say I was thrilled when my mom found this gem at Century 21 for $20 last week. We both got one. We also have the same black Sam Edelman boots so I made a joke that we should probably run home and put on the same outfit. She was not amused. I guess those days of mother-daughter outfits are behind us, though I'm pretty sure that never happened either. 

I wore this on Saturday in the typical New York winter style of all black with distressed pants and ankle boots. Coat and gloves not pictured. I obviously didn't walk around without those all day. It's cold here.

Friday, November 14

raspberry rye smash

The other day I met up with with Kate from Taffeta and Tulips for drinks at the Bryant Park Hotel. I was quickly drawn to a drink on their menu called the "Nile" that included whiskey, orange marmalade, and a mint liqueur topped with apple cider. I loved the idea of using marmalade in a cocktail and wanted to try it myself. I thought a smash would be a good compromise. I swapped the marmalade for raspberry jam, added a bit of orange juice, and topped with soda water. This drink had a similar feel to the blackberry bourbon lemonade from a couple of months ago but tasted a little more like a pie. I don't know what it is with me and pie flavored cocktails lately. Maybe it's the season.

RASPBERRY RYE SMASH
1.5 oz rye whisky
1 oz raspberry jam / preserves
1.5 oz orange juice
2 oz soda water

In a large glass or shaker mix rye, jam, orange juice, and soda water with ice. Serve and enjoy!
Cheers to the weekend!

Thursday, November 13

lace printed sweatshirt


Today is the day folks. I am finally going to sit down and read "Yes Please" after a very long week of using it as a coaster for my morning coffee, though it does make a great coaster if you're in the market. I giggled a lot reading the back cover, the layout is quite similar to that of a UCB diploma. I really cannot say how excited I am to read this book. 

And so without further ado... I wore this outfit to work earlier in the week. It's a very casual environment. This little lightweight jacket is surprisingly warm, so much so that I haven't been able to wear it closed without melting, a shocking discovery being that it's technically a "spring" jacket. JD had warned me, Barbour means business. I'm curious to see how it does in snow, but I'm more than happy to wait a few months to find out. 

Happy Thursday and thank you so much for reading!

Wednesday, November 12

state of grace

currently loving | state of grace
cape . satchel . heels . sunglasses . earrings . lipstick . gloves . scarf . shirt . pants

The title "currently loving" is misleading this week as I have always kept my eye on classic ladylike pieces such as these for as long as I can remember, anything that falls under the category of "things Grace Kelly might wear". She always looked so elegant and timeless. I personally wouldn't mind looking back on my life in photos without cringing and wondering why in the world I would wear that... thing. So today in honor of Grace Kelly's birthday I have rounded up a few modern pieces with her in mind. 

I can't decide what I love more, the idea of wearing a cape or long suede gloves beneath it to warm my arms. Wearing gloves is one of the things I look forward to most about the winter. I would keep the rest of the outfit simple but still polished with matching suede heels, a ladylike bow blouse, and a structured satchel. And for a little extra Grace, an Hermes silk scarf and red lipstick named for her.

Who is your style icon?

Monday, November 10

taking pictures of leaves


We try to time it every year, a picture perfect red, orange, and gold visit to Central Park. The changing of the leaves. The quintessential "autumn in New York". One year, without trying (because that's always how these things go) we arrived on a cold day in early November and took 700 pictures of leaves and every pretty sight we came across. We have been less lucky in subsequent years. Sandy downed trees that closed the ramble. Central Park is on it's own time scale when it comes to the changing of the leaves. While the little yellow leaves have littered village streets for weeks, plenty of green remains uptown, at the center of the island. This weekend was pretty close to perfect though. We spent Saturday afternoon wandering through a sea of orange and gold and stopped to snap lots of pictures. 

Have a happy Monday and thank you so much for reading!

Friday, November 7

pumpkin bread

pumpkin bread
pumpkin bread
pumpkin bread
Tis the season for all things pumpkin and so in place of the usual weekly cocktail, I wanted to share the recipe for this pumpkin bread I made last week. While I have made plenty of pumpkin cupcakes in the past, I'd never made bread.

It took a very long time to bake, which I assume was partly because I dumped all of the batter into one pan instead of two, but it came out so good. Every bite was full of autumn goodness, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Yum. It has already been requested that I make more, as well as those cupcakes, but mostly just the chai cream cheese icing which would go beautifully with both.

PUMPKIN BREAD:
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree

MAKE:
Preheat oven to 325° and grease baking pan.

In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg and set aside.

In a large bowl use an electric mixer to beat softened butter and sugar together until just blended. Add eggs one at a time and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add pumpkin. Slowly add flour mixture until combined.

Pour batter into pan and bake for about 60 - 75 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

(Original recipe found here.)
pumpkin bread
Happy Friday and thank you for reading!