work horse

i may no longer qualify for “back to school” shopping, but that doesn’t mean i can’t use the season’s sales to stock up on some of my week day staples. not sure why i gravitate towards pants versus skirts or dresses for the office most mornings, but over the last few years i’ve accumulated quite a collection (perhaps because i’m perennially cold, and they don’t require recently shaving your legs).

as the workhorses in my wardrobe, i never feel bad splurging on a well made style, given they see a lot more action than most items in my closet. but several bargain pairs have also worked their way into rotation, including a legendary $19 pair of WHBM clearance culottes i bought during a work trip in Columbus, OH and wore so often they literally disintegrated at the seams. which of course they no longer make. RIP.

below are the six pairs of work pants I wear around the clock (and pretty much all year long). the rag & bone simone’s have a sleek high waisted fit and concealed back zipper, perfect for longer tops or sweaters, but the barney’s trousers deserve the high school superlative “best all around,” and if you buy them at the store custom tailoring is included. a zara knit pair, far left, might be the newest addition to the group but they are coming in hot– as basically chic sweatpants with an adjustable wrap waist, i can’t say enough good things about them. grab a pair (or two) before they sell out!

also, knowing that most working gals have their “go to” pair of black pants (many of which are the herewith Minnie I’m told), i would love to hear your favorites in the comments below! we can have a big happy-family-sister-of-the-traveling-pants-kumbaya moment. gap? milly? theory? club monaco? pick your poison and share with the group please!


links to pants– zara, banana republic, rag & bone (solid, plaid), barneys, reformation

as for my other office items in heaviest rotation? theory short sleeved turtlenecks (if i buy long sleeves i push them up anyways), an green tibi knit t-shirt that i can’t seem to find online (similar to this one), this black buttoned blazer i leave on the back of my chair, a pair of block heeled pumps i’ve worn into the ground (subway grates and construction zones are landmines in stilettos), and a plain gold watch. all guaranteed to expedite getting out the door monday morning and help you survive ’til friday! Xx

spring wardrobe round up

TGIF chicpeas! sorry for the unexpected absence this week, between work and the snow it was a long one. i for one could not be happier it’s fridayyyyyyyy. thank you to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway. i will be emailing the winner later, so stay tuned!

today i’ve gathered up some of the latest wardrobe additions for spring, including pieces from some favorite designers and budget friendly dupes. time for another round of splurge vs. save. enjoy! Xx

splurges:blouse, mules, cropped pants, bikini, earrings, dress, heels, sunglasses, sweatshirt

saves: blouse, mules, cropped pants, bikini, earrings, dress, heels, sunglasses, sweatshirt

work it girl

ah, dreaded monday is here again.

a friend of mine is starting a new job at a tech startup this week and reached out for some advice on how to nail a very casual office dress code. While most people would be psyched to have the freedom to wear pretty much whatever you want to work, as a female who’s grown up in pretty formal business settings, I can relate to how untethering this transition might be. sometimes too many choices can be overwhelming.

first, let’s source some inspiration…



as you can see highlighted in many of the shots above, there are a few staples any working girl should own. these include a white cashmere crewneck, well tailored cropped black pants, a pointy flat (these or these) and a navy blazer. however, outside those parameters, i have come up with a pretty standard recipe of key items for getting dressed in a hurry monday – friday.

my six piece recipe:

 

Links (listed left to right)

studs: j.crew    elizabeth & james    blue nile    tiffany

jackets: iro    banana republic    helene berman

bags: asos    tory burch    proenza schouler    bvlgari

tops: banana republic    theory    iris & ink

bottoms: tibi    re/done    rebecca taylor    iro

shoes: jcrew    nicholas kirkwood   ann taylor    frye

 

CPs- are there things I missed? what are some of your go-to work staples? let me know!

back to black

the other day, while walking home from a haircut, i got caught in a torrential downpour on 7th avenue sans umbrella. as fate would have it, i **very coincidentally** was passing barney’s and went in to kill time in the makeup department until the rain stopped… whoops.

an hour and a half later, i was best friends with a sweet lady named Cherry (sidenote- we text now), and had tried on everything from basic work pants (these and these but ultimately this pair won, if anyone is in the market), to dresses for upcoming spring weddings (this was gorgggg but needs someone taller), to eventually landing on this funky isabel marant sweater. it’s baggy sleeves, fuzzy open-weave and oversized grommets make it just like the store it was in, completely downtown cool.

while i’m going to hold off until it hopefully an end of winter sale to try to snag it, it got me back to my favorite part of the color wheel- black. while black can get a bad rap for being boring, it’s the staple of any good wardrobe for a reason. my other current noir picks? this tiered blouse, a pair of printed joggers, moto style leggings, and work-friendly loafers. and for those of you looking for other slouchy weekend sweaters, try a cropped turtleneck, a fringed style, some stripes and a frayed millennial pink.

jeans    sweater     loafers     bag     earrings

at least the rain had stopped by the time i was done! Xx