The Look

My love for all things & Other Stories is no secret, but for fall especially, they're the best. Great sweaters and the perfect iteration of the "it" item of the season are what I look to them for the most. I wrote about this leopard skirt last week, and below is exactly how I want to wear it as the weather slowly cools down. Just add tights for colder nights or a dad sneaker for a more casual weekend look. 

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1. faux fur coat- H&M (also love this faux sherpa), 2. striped sweater- & Other Stories, 3. madonna necklace- Maria Pascual, 4. wool beret- Anthropologie, 5. harness bag- Frye, 6. patent booties- Matisse, 7. midi skirt- & Other Stories

The Bag

To piggyback on my last post about natural bags.. this Steven Alan bag.. is everything! I saw it on Shopbop a few weeks ago but didn't pull the trigger. Then while browsing Nordstrom Rack over my Sunday morning coffee, there it was for 50% off. While I love the look of ata/rattan bags, they're just not practical for this commuting New Yorker. I love that this bag is trimmed in leather, making it a touch more wearable for every day. 

Also into this, this, and this for a summer bag update. 

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Steven Alan "Oliver" Circle Bag in Straw via Nordstrom Rack

Straw

Last year, I was desperate to get my hands on a a round ata bag. Thanks to Bembien and a zillion bloggers going to Bali, it was the it bag. I even went so far as to track down a manufacturer in Bali, email (stalk) her, and place a small wholesale order for myself, friends, and to sell on Etsy. This year every major retailer has caught on and has their own version for the season. While I always prefer to have the original, some of these are just too cute to pass up. 

Straw, bamboo, wood.. you just can't go wrong with anything natural. 

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February

Getting dressed this time of year is hard. The weather fluctuates daily (remember when it was 75 last week?!) and I'm just plain sick of everything I've been wearing since November. Fortunately for me, a lot of retailers are not going full-on spring with their assortments and offering some wear-now pieces in go forward colors. I love the H&M sweater below because it doesn't look out of place for this time of year but it's a lot more fun than that grey sweater you've been wearing for the last 3 months. And those silver mules are a little glimmer of hope for the warmer weather ahead. It's coming! 

 1. Coat:  Zara , 2. Sweater:  H&M , 3. Beret:  American Eagle , 4.  Earrings  &  Cuff : Mejuri, 5. Jeans:  Agolde , 6. Bag:  Madewell , 7. Shoes:  Shellys London

1. Coat: Zara, 2. Sweater: H&M, 3. Beret: American Eagle, 4. Earrings & Cuff: Mejuri, 5. Jeans: Agolde, 6. Bag: Madewell, 7. Shoes: Shellys London

Spring Like

It was almost fifty degrees in NYC today so I decided to take my aforementioned blazer out for a spin. After some trial and error (and a few returns) I ended up going with the & Other Stories option from my previous post. It's sold out again, but it's so popular I'm sure they'll restock it. It's perfectly oversized and so well made for the $125 price tag. Highly recommend if you can get your hands on it! 
Walking along the water through Brooklyn Bridge Park from my 'hood to Dumbo, you never know what the temp is going to be. Being able to layer my favorite sweatshirt under this blazer is key.  I'm already mentally styling it for spring with a floral maxi dress and mules. 

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Blazer: & Other Stories (sold out, see previous post for similar options); Sweatshirt: Brandy Melville (similar); Denim: Levis (similar); Sneakers: Converse; Bag: Mackage

The Blazer

Ok, no real news here, but the blazer is officially back. It was trending for fall, but for Spring 2018 it is official. Everyone in the blog world is wearing this one for a cool $750. But I think unless you're a banker and wearing it in your suit rotation 3x a week that is just crazy. Luckily retailers are offering it at every price point so you don't have to be independently wealthy to try the trend. My favorites are double breasted, oversized, and come in neutral checks for that perfect heritage look.  

And as this trend has 1980s origins, look no further than Etsy if you want to go the vintage route. This, this and this are some great options. 

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Vintage

It's been a while since I've hit the vintage racks. In my late teens and early 20's, making my weekly round of the local thrift shops was a ritual. You never knew what you were going to score. But as I moved to bigger and bigger cities over the years (first Philly and now NYC), the odds of finding some gems on the cheap got slimmer and slimmer. But luckily, Etsy and some smaller online vintage boutiques (Shop Stressed and Boheme Goods)  make it possible no matter where you live. 

This time around, I went vintage out of necessity. I had been striking out right and left all season long looking for the perfect faux fur coat. Some the colors were off, some the fits strange or the quality was just too crappy. So on a morning when my husband was out of town and I had nothing on my calendar, I dove into Etsy with a serious purpose. Hours later, I came up with this gem. Cropped, boxy, soft and luxurious with the perfect lapels, this was the winner. I even negotiated from $50 down to $40. What's not to love? 

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Hat: Village Hat Shop , Top: Topshop, Jacket: Etsy (other great options here, here, here, and here), Jeans: Agolde, Boots: Dolce Vita