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

summer in the city

while most people (at least life according to Instagram) are currently headed to various summer vacations, beach getaways and tropical destinations, this working girl is sticking to the mean streets of nyc, at least Monday-Friday.

leave it to one of my favorite fashion blogs, le catch, to have me clamoring for the perfect new summer office staple — a linen blazer. as with anything featured on le catch, most items go quickly, so I was happy to snap up the j.crew style below before it sold out (hopefully it will be restocked soon).

a lightweight linen style can be thrown over a shift dress for days you don’t feel like getting dressed (ie after too many margs at happy hour the night prior), or it can do double duty over a t-shirt on chilly weekend evenings. but since the temperature in my building is set on arctic, I can’t wait to wear mine with some crisp white loafers, a knit shell, and basic work pants. of course, oversized black shades are also necessary for warding off the summer glare on Park Avenue– perfect for stating “I might be relegated to a concrete jungle, but I’m on vacation in my mind!”

links to items above (left to right)

sunglassesle specs, saint laurent, krewe, tom ford

blazersrebecca vallance, lafayette 148, j.crewbanana republic

(plus more blazer options by h&m, white house black market, mango, and zara)

pants– rag & bonetibinanette leporej.crew

loaferssteve maddenjoie, freda salvadorgucci

mad for mango

this is a new type of post for me….the dressing room diaries… so please be nice! i would love feedback on whether you love or hate this idea.

last week i went to return a pair of pants at mango and ending up spending an hour in the dressing room with all sorts of great finds. they really have been nailing it lately. so, i decided to document the process!

i frequently feature items on le blog without seeing them in person, and i thought this would be a great way to show how some things look in real life, especially since there were so many things i loved but did not end up buying. a professional photographer/fit model i am not (I’m 5’3″ for reference), but hopefully you will still enjoy these behind the scene snaps!

the printed silk dress

i absolutely loved this dress and may head back to buy it. the deep V neckline and ruching was so flattering! it would be perfect for a summer cocktail party or wedding. i also tried on this green version, which has a similar garden party type of vibe but was a little more matronly. if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to nail the floral dress trend, there are a bunch more options on their website to peruse. lastly, i tried on this slinky jumpsuit –sadly it was way too long in the torso on me– but would be a great option for taller gals.

the knit tank

i loved the idea of this top, paired with some dark flared jeans for a 70’s sort of look. however, i couldn’t decide if the actual fit was actually more beverly hills 90210 in reality. this one didn’t come home but i went with a boxier tassel style to pair with shorts.

the funky flats

i was immediately obsessed with these embellished burnt orange mules, which reminded me of something a very cool interior designer gal i know would wear. as i have found with most mules, they run a tad small so size up 1/2 size. my practical brain prevailed, however, and i decided these silver ballet flats were something i could actually incorporate into both my corporate and weekend wardrobe. they are super comfy and look much like a newly released everlane style.

the oversized button mini

i wanted this dress after seeing it on the ever chic jacey dupree, but decided very much that, unlike her, i looked like a flight attendant in it. the black was a little too harsh on me and the neckline has a rounded collar that i just didn’t love. au revoir oversized buttons.

other things i purchased and didn’t document? this baggy short sleeve sweater, these marni inspired resin earrings, and a slouchy pair of plaid pants.

still want more mango? my online cart currently holds this striped linen dress which is a dupe for this hit faithfull style, a netted bucket bag (the perfect summer statement piece!), some high-waisted belted shorts that channel Julia Roberts in pretty woman, and an office friendly sleeveless knit. shop on #mangogirls!

going gaga

while it may still be thirty degrees out, i have spring fashion and bare legs as my current top priorities (PLSZZZ GOD at least this weekend!!!)

thankfully, zara just dropped some amazingggg bargain buys right now, including this button down dress which is comparable to this way more expensive tibi. i went a little gaga and did a huge order this week, with lots of fresh white tops for the weekend and easy dresses for work. i can’t wait to see what works! hilariously, almost every item (sans this bright headband, which i plan to wear pool side) that found its way into my cart was white or navy, so I guess that’s my official color palette this spring. did i mention that you, too, can go gaga since every item i bought was less than $70!

what i bought…