march madness

while i love many seasons of the year, march is undoubtedly one of my favorite times– especially since living in new york. you can finally feel the first hints of spring: morning commutes are brighter and (slightly) more bearable, the bodegas are selling daffodils, the buzz of people leisurely strolling returns, easter candy arrives on shelves. and of course there’s the best basketball all year! for those of you who don’t know this about me, i absolutely LOVE college basketball, especially the Hoos.

however today features a different kind of madness- the shopping kind. i went on a ~spring spree~ at h&m the other day and really racked up the points. i planned to return the things that didn’t fit, but ended up keeping everything. practically a whole new wardrobe for less than $300! they have so much great freshness, including the cropped anorak jacket pictured above, and a chic pair of slides that remind me of the row, and a dupe of this epic zimmermann blouse. with every item under $50! (and most under $25!!), my trip was pretty much a slam dunk.

what i “scored”…

1. cotton anorak 2. crocodile slides 3. floral midi skirt

4. graphic scarf 5. paper bag pants 6. cropped woven blazer

7. pleated knit dress 8. resin earrings 9. snake print blouse

CPs- HOO loves my sports themed shopping analogies?!

jammy time

i saw regina george wearing army pants and flip flops, so i bought army pants and flip flops….

last week at the st. lucia concert at city winery, i saw a chic pea wearing a dark printed pajama top. she easily stood out against a sea of black and had paired it simply half tucked with a ponytail, skinny jeans and some western style booties…it was all just working. while her bag and booties were very trendy, the black made them feel accessible enough that even i could pull the look off. so of course i did what one does in the age of mobile mania– i ordered most of her outfit promptly in the cab ride home. below are the three winners from my quest for a pajama top, plus other less expensive options by express, zara and nordstrom rack.

get her whole look below…

1– silk button-up top, j.crew

2– juliet silk pajama top, cinq a sept

3– liana silk pajama blouse, l’agence

4– “ori” satin lipstick, tom ford

5– huxley booties, topshop

6– kendall distressed skinny jeans, grlfrnd

7– mini johnny bag, danse lente

8– compass ring, retrouvai

9– bee pinky ring, mejuri

black, white & (no) red all over

valentine’s has never been my favorite holiday, but I am all about any excuse to be doted on (or more realistically, to treat yo’ self). since I’m more of a neutral gal over red or pink, I rounded up a few pretties I’d love to receive as gifts. all the perfect little luxuries– for valentines, galentines, an anniversary, or rainy day pick me up.

 1- silk teddy
2- cleansing balm
3- acrylic bangles
4- pleated camisole
5- milk bath soak
6- nyt bestseller
7- horse bit loafers
8- heart earrings
9- sleep mask
10- beauty powder

 happy lovas day CPs <3 <3

breath of fresh air

Whew! and I’m baaaack. I’m sure a few of you noticed my absence this summer and the truth is, with my summer purchases behind me in June and a whirlwind schedule of weekend travel and work, I honestly didn’t feel very inspired or on top of things lately. I’ve also been busy with the annoyances of apartment hunting, finding movers, buying furniture, and figuring out all those pesky #adulting details. Now that the worst is behind, and I’m sitting here nestled in my new Nolita digs, this gal is ready to get back in the game.

While I was sad to give up the west village, the westside highway, and all of my favorite neighborhood spots discovered over the past four years (true confession I almost cried saying goodbye to my coffee place, my dry cleaners, and all those little haunts that make this city a home), I can already tell my new ‘hood is a much needed change of pace. The sartorial flavor is a little different, edgier, and just what I needed. Which leads me back to the point of this story- it just takes one great outfit and bam! inspired to blog all over again.

such was the case last week, when on a very hot muggy pre Labor Day afternoon, I was walking home in a haze, lulled by the slow pace of the city, and passed a pretty blonde girl with long beachy locks. she was rocking a crisp white button down with rolled sleeves, half tucked, and a pair of electric blue feather earrings by mignonne gavigan (these to be exact). It was so crisp, so easy simple, and yet such a pop– a total anecdote to my mood and the weather! i’m sure most of us have the makings for this outfit already in the closet, but she inspired me to refresh my button down game with something slightly oversized, and use some tucking, rolling, and bold accessories to make it fresh for fall. some inspo below…

shirts (left to right): vince, by the way, misha nonoo

earrings (clockwise from top): j.crew, ranjana khanlizzie fortunato, mignonne gaviganelizabeth coleholst and lee