Winter is a bummer, but it is also a great time to taken fashion risks in the name of staying warm. This look is a hodgepodge of some of my favorite black and white warm pieces. Also, the boots are a post-blizzard necessity. The city of Richmond is not the best with snow removal and the residual patches of ice are no joke. The last thing I need is to slip and fall and get run over my Hannah’s stroller.Shoes: L.L. Bean | Dress (worn as a skirt): eShakti, love this one | Sweater: J.Crew Factory (old, but this one is adorbs) | Coat: J.Crew Factory (very old, but this cape is a must) | necklace: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory
You guys, it is getting cold. I always curse myself for choosing to live on the east coast and be a fashion blogger (which requires outdoor shooting) in the winter. I see all these west coast bloggers traipsing around with bare legs and a light jacket, and I am over here like — ‘I want that life, ma’am’. Ugh, the sads.
Moving along — I was talking on the phone with a stylist friend of mine and we were talking about the rut women often find themselves in when choosing appropriate work garb. It’s so easy to always go to Ann Taylor Loft and buy black trousers and a button down. Now, y’all — I love me some Loft and you know I love a good button down (ahem, I wear chambray weekly), but after a while that look gets boring. My friend’s advice was to simply stop going to the stores that are diluting your style when you feel bored with your wardrobe. By choosing to shop at a new place you are forced to freshen up your look! For me, when I feel like my go-to, J.Crew, is getting a little mundane, I always switch to either an edgier store like Express or Asos or I shop at small boutiques and Etsy shops. Switching up my shopping destination helps me to get unique, fresh pieces that freshen up my whole look.
Easy AND genius.
Between the wind and rain the weather has been working against me. However, I am thankful for milder Virginia winters. I mean NYC is the greatest town ever, but the winters really tested my spirit. And my ‘tested’ I mean NYC winters crushed my spirit into the cold, hard pavement.
So I’ll take a little wind and rain if I get milder temps in return.
Also I promise I won’t talk about the weather every day this week.
You know how people get all excited to ride in the car with the top down? Everyone is like, “Oooh, let’s put the top down on the car and drive on the highway. So fun! I love the outdoors.”
And I am over in the corner like — no. No one wants to see my hair after a 65 mph wind and some car exhaust has torn through it.
So anyway, you have to forgive my poor hair in these photos, it was a victim of circumstance.
Anyway, I am kicking off the New Year by eating healthily. I tried to do a no-carb, no sugar diet, but I quickly realized that reducing my calorie intake that much did NOT mesh with breastfeeding Hannah — so instead of elimination, I am doing moderation.
I am also making sure I increase my vegetable intake. More veggies, less cookies that’s my 2016 food motto!
I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing holiday!
I know everyone is freaking out over how warm the weather has been, but I am loving it. The only thing I don’t so much love is all the rain and humidity the heat has brought. My hair is a giant ball of fuzz at this point. But I’d rather have frizzy hair than be cold, so I’m not complaining.
Let the holidays begin! I am obsessed with my holiday dress this season. It’s from Shabby Apple and I never want to take it off. Also, I can’t get over little girl’s serious face. Her little squishy face is just my favorite.
A Dress A Day ‘Til Christmas Day: I remember how hard it was to find the perfect dress when I was pregnant. It was hard to find affordable maternity dresses that fit correctly and weren’t weird, shapeless or poorly made. I relied heavily on Asos maternity to make me look presentable as I got rounder and rounder. They still have the best maternity dresses I’ve seen. And they don’t cost an arm and a leg either. This dress is airy, flowy and comes in two holiday-perfect shades.
ALSO, I recently became obsessed with The Gap. I used to shop there in high school, but I stopped in favor of more trendy clothes from Express. Y’all I LOVED me some Express in high school. I once bought a tank top with a giant sparkly flower on it and nobody could tell me nothin’ with that tank on!
Anyway, back to the Gap. I sort of forgot about the place until Hannah arrived. The Gap has some of the best baby clothes because they are 100% cotton, can be washed a lot, and they don’t have weird little sayings on everything. Also, they constantly have sales, which is helpful since Hannah grows out of her clothes so quickly. I decided to buy a pair of Gap jeans while I was getting Hannah some new duds and they were amazing. So yea, now I love The Gap.
A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: You guys, I forgot to post a dress on Friday’s post! So today I am sharing two dresses. In honor of the holidays I chose one dress that’s a tiny bit naughty and one dress that’s nice.