Essentials are the staples of a well rounded wardrobe, especially a vacation one! I always make sure to pack pieces that can be worn in a few different ways. Ripped black jeans go with everything from sneakers and tees to heels and a blazer. And a plaid shirt? Well that is the ideal travel companion, can be used in lieu of a jacket in warmer places where they insist on blasting the AC! My Jack Purcell’s literally go everywhere with me. A white tee can easily be dressed up or down and this Bobi LA tee is hands down my absolute favorite white tee. I know I’ve probably said that before but this tee is long, meaning I can sit down and don’t have to fiddle with my shirt and more importantly it’s flattering … just saying! These pieces though paired together make the perfect ensemble to stroll around the city, checking out the sights of a new place and still managing to keep you looking pulled together. What do you pack for trips?
It’s officially my favorite time of year and not just because it’s my birthday month, seriously, my ‘Festive’ Pinterest board proves it. Ever since I was little Halloween has been been my second favorite holiday. I used to throw an annual Halloween party and miss those days of having a large apartment with a patio to host in, so instead of just scrapping having a Halloween bash, I’m pulling together a small scale version just right for a tiny NYC abode. The trick to creating a fun space without making it look cluttered? Select a few key pieces that bring Halloween or any holiday to life without it taking over your small space.
Some useful tips to keep in mind:
Choose a one or two statement making pieces, for me it’s two silver skulls that sit on either side of my TV.
Go with a color scheme, meaning you don’t need to incorporate every seasonal color in your apartment.
Pick pieces that are multipurpose, which can be used as decor or hosting duties (see #6) or pour beverages into the glass bottles (see #7)
Consider how to maximize your space, go vertical! You don’t have the horizontal space and you know it.
Rarely does a sale come along so good that I dedicate an entire post to it. However, when SHOPBOP hosts their epic 3-day Friends & Family sale, well it’s only right for me to share my favorite picks. Of course, keeping you all in mind and saving you the time of scouring their entire site, though it probably isn’t a bad idea to do so! So score 25% off site-wide until tomorrow at 11:59PM using promotion code: FAMILY25. While you may need to stalk up on some fall or winter essentials like jeans, chunky sweaters, warm coats or holiday party dresses, you should also use this as an opportunity to get ahead on some early Christmas shopping! Just a thought but you can thank me later!
My unrelentless affection for a gorgeous cape never seems to fail come fall. My camel cape from last year is now out of rotation thanks to this gorgeous deep blue fitted beauty from Ann Taylor. I love the versatility of this piece, the bold color will let it be my statement coat when I need it but it’s also tailored enough for me to wear for work and dinners. I’m simply in love with the spot on fit of the cape, it’s truly modern twist on such a classic piece. I paired the cape recently during a cooler fall evening with a lace pencil skirt (shocking, I know!), my favorite fall Jason Wu booties (similar here and here), a chunky cropped Ann Taylor sweater and this insanely gorgeous berry hued backpack I scored at T.J.Maxx (similar here and here.) Pretty much the chicest way to stay warm this season if I do say so myself!
Having a case of the Monday blues? You’re not the only one I promise. And while I work on embracing Monday’s like it’s my job, I also whole heartedly believe that we can all make Monday’s a bit better with a little fall retail therapy. This Monday there is really no excuse to not get in on the action since there are so many Columbus Day sales happening. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite sales and picks below, now go better that growing fall wardrobe of yours! xx A