g.i. jane(t)

my close friend has started questioning my sanity, since this trend is v. outside my typical comfort zone, but my new favorite fall must-have item? the combat boot. i’ve purchased this affordable mango pair to see how much wear i get before investing bigger time, but i am currently drooling over these rag & bone, as well as other options by stuart weitzman, sam edelman, givenchysigerson morrisonzara and barney’s.

i’ve had to restrategize my jean wardrobe since this style requires a return to longer skinny jegging styles (cropped flares have been having such a moment), but i love the look with a chunky sweater (similar vibe for less) and soft leather jacket like the last CP above. when it gets colder, i might even throw this plaid topper on for another layer. will i end up looking kaia gerber cool or more liv tyler in empire records? guess you gals will have to be the judge…

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

ulla love

victoria salsbury, a former designer at Chan Luu and now the chief creative of her own new jewelry line V. Chapman, gave me major outfit ~feels~ in an Ulla Johnson dress on insta this weekend. her look inspired me to find a similar dress for an upcoming early fall wedding. ulla’s breezy, romantic styles are the perfect compliment to crisper air and the changing season.

shop my picks to nail a similar vibe…

ulla johnson dresses (left to right): beckettlenora, rochelle, demi, jolee

heels: senso, malone souliermalone soulier, zara

earrings: joanna constantinelizzie fortunato, bauble bar

clutch, pouch

crop swap

i love the unexpected styling of this black aritzia wrap top with a pair of cropped navy pants, but the look got even sweeter when i found a $20 dupe for the shirt at h&m! the sexiness of an open back pairs perfectly against slightly tomboyish chinos, for a Gwen Stefani sort of vibe. Try it two ways, dressed up or down…

1– h&m tie top    2– aritzia crop top    3– flared chinos

4– sunglasses    5– bucket bag    6– wedge sandals

7– superstar sneakers    8– gold bracelet    9– rainbow bracelet

hope you have a good week CPs!! Xx