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!

girl at the rock show

TGIF chicpeas! i dont know about you, but it’s taken me a lot of angry teen rock music to get through this week, especially Blink 182’s take off your pants and jacket album, which has been on heavy rotation (do it- you’ll feel better).

band tees have made a big comeback in street style of late, as you can see from the bloggerinas below. as a result, i’ve been inspired to edge up my typically conservative style and make it a little more ‘rock and roll’ by incorporating a faded tee, leather and some studs. try some for yourself, get angsty, and and prepare to party all weekend long…

1– leather jacket 2–cat eye shades 3– choker 4– cherry tee (another great option)

5– studded backpack  6– military jacket 7– sleek sneaks 8– crystal shades 9– rainbow hoops

10– beats headphones  11– leather pants 12–vegan leather skirt 13– moto boots

14– waistless denim  15– embellished crossbody 16– faded logo tee 17– shirred tank



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

shop talk

call us vain, or maybe just suffering from an overabundance of Bravo TV, but when my girlfriends and I get together, cosmetics are typically a major topic of conversation. “what’s the latest/greatest addition to your cosmetics bag,” “have you tried potion xyz, it does wonders,” “smell this magical scent,” etc, etc.

that said, a recent reunion in DC was no exception, and i came back with all sorts of new loot to share (btw- don’t worry about us too much, other more brain powered topics included things to know when purchasing your first home, #timesup, the current state of the stock market, and the relevance of an american MBA abroad).

below are recent discoveries I/my crew are loving…

  • for cleansing….i’ve never really been one to focus on face wash– my mom was a stickler on simple skin care growing up and i got pretty used to a bar of plain dove or a bottle of cerave. however, ive been having troubles with dry skin and heard wonders about this tata harper nourishing wash. it smells amazing, is all natural, and washes off with a silky feel.

  • for sniffing…while i am a complete perfume loyalist, and usually rotate only between my two long time go-to’s (chloe and chance chanel), the smell of this bond no.9 won me over immediately. maybe i’m the last one to this perfume party, but i highly recommend taking a test drive, pretty much everywhere i go someone comments how good it smells.

  • for moisturizing….as i mentioned above, new york’s arctic tundra has been wearing on me and my skin is in constant need of lotion. while I try to add in a face oil at this time of year for extra moisture, i’ve also gotten myself in the very dangerous (ie expensive) habit of loading up on my favorite la mer. what once was a dab here and there of the original cream has now turned to a healthy slather of the lighter day cream, followed by the heavier on my t-zone and at night. however, a girlfriend recommended this tatcha water cream, which has a similar consistency to the soft cream and rings in at a more justifiable price. i’ve also heard good things about this one, by philosophy. 
  • for smoothing…one of the best gifts i received from christmas was the new dyson hair dryer. while it’s not something I was going to buy for myself (trust me, i debated), after receiving it i can honestly admit how epic it really is. it cuts my blow try time in half and is so much quieter than normal. i’ve never been one to pack a hair dryer to travel, i always just use the hotel’s or air dry, but i’ve started lugging this one around just because i love it so much. since thus far it seems to be fixing my damaged ends, it also motivated me to upgrade my straightener game; i recently ordered this sleek white t3 micro with a coupon offer on gilt after hearing good things, and i can’t wait to try.

  • for lining…for those theta cats out there who were forced to share a bathroom with me, you know a friday night staple of mine is liquid liner. i know I will be in the 1%, but i think it’s so much easier to apply than normal eye liner. however, given its slight sheen i typically reserve it for night time only. however, another wahoo Jen recommended this smashbox version, which promises to dry matte. can’t wait to try and hopefully be able to wear around the clock.

  • For rinsing… my friend RJB is a devoted lush fan, which is a line of all natural small batch products in eco-friendly packaging. while i had never tried any of their products before, i “borrowed” this amazing in-shower body conditioner in one of their most popular scents. it smells like a fruity vanilla jam and leaves your skin silky soft. i feel like it could also multitask as a luxe shaving cream. sold!

  • for prepping…as a working girl who normally does her makeup at 7am and wears it until 10 or 11pm, ive tried my share of makeup primers to make it last. my favorite of them all? this drug store hack, which costs a brilliant $12. it’s thick and creamy, not sticky like the silicone-based ones. you will need a good makeup remover to get it off later though– i use this.

  • for popping…on the rare occasion i wear lip color, i usually spend all night worrying about it getting all over my face/glass/date. enter black honey— the almost lipstick. CHG introduced me to this deep berry-colored clinique wonder. half chapstick, half lipcolor it glides right on and doesn’t require a mirror to apply. best of all, three of us wore it and, among blondes and brunettes, it was universally flattering. #blackhoneysisters