Not every night during holiday season calls for full blown cocktail attire. For dinner with friends I wanted something fun and holiday”ish” but we weren’t going anywhere fancy. Layers are key for me. Even when it’s chilly out I’m always way too hot when I’m inside. While most of my outfit was in accordance with my standard black uniform, the top added shine and fun fringes. People make fun of us Northeasters for all of our black clothing, but there are so many pluses to the colour. Black is chic, slimming and elongating. When black pants are paired with black shoes or boots with one seamlessly fading into the other they trick the eye seeing long thin legs. Not so bad huh?
Cardigan – All Saints (Old, Love this One)
Ruched Pants – Joes (Neiman Marcus, Available Here)
Gold and Black Tank – ASTR (Nordstrom, now at Rack)
Booties – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Bloomingdale’s, Similar)
Casual Sunday doesn’t have to mean boring. If look good, you feel good. This outfit was completely casual and comfortable but cute and put together at the same time. It is possible! On my way through Nordstrom, which is the best place to park at the mall, I walked by this #OOTD tee shirt and couldn’t resist. Hey, it’s what I do right? I made a mental note to pick it up on the way back after I accomplished what I had really gone to the mall for in the first place. I now don’t even remember what that was. Then I walked by the sweater. Uh oh… Loved that too. It was bright and happy and fluffy. Mental note number two. When I walked back into Nordstrom said sweater was missing. Where had it gone? It was there an hour ago! I walked through in a panic that I’d missed it only to find it on… the clearance rack! Score! Less than half price! That said, I did buy it in two colours, but it was still less than the price of one just an hour prior!
Sweater – LA List (Nordstrom)
Tee Shirt – Recycled Karma (Nordstrom)
Jeans – Free People
Boots – Ash (Neiman Marcus Last Call, Similar)
Sunglasses – Alain Mikli
Ever walk through a store and something just catches your eye and you know you have to have it? This shaggy sweater vest which reminds me of a sheep had my name written all over it! Of course the tunic I’m wearing underneath was hanging next to it and it went too perfectly to just leave hanging there. Story of my life — shopaholic blogger problems. I decided to stick with a neutral grey palate throughout which included these amazing coated/waxed AG pants (if I ever see them in the store again I will buy an extra!), and my grey suede Prada wedge boots which give you height but are totally comfortable for walking. Important today because in a moment of grace earlier on I drove my knee straight into the corner of the coffee table and it’s not moving so well at the moment. I figured wedges were a safer bet than heels. Good thing it’s not summer or you may have all had to see the pretty bruise! I’m thinking of replacing all of our square furniture with round items so as not to have dangerous corners!
Shaggy Sweater Vest – JOA (Nordstrom)
Side Slit Tunic – ASTR (Nordstrom)
Leatherette Denim Leggings – AG (Saks, Available Here)
Boots – Prada (Saks, Similar)
Bracelet – Trollbeads
Il Mantello – Italian for a cloak, mantle, coat, casing, blanket, wrap. I remember asking my mum years ago to bring one back from Italy. She had one and I loved it and she always referred to it as a mantello. After all, mantello sounds much classier than blanket right? I’m so glad they’re all the rage this season. I was eagerly awaiting cool temperatures to whip it out. The rest of my outfit was inspired by a story on WHOWHATWEAR.COM called The It-Girl Secret to Looking Taller & Leaner. How did I do? I honestly don’t care about being short. Not a big deal to me. I do love a good layering technique though! This is also great way to wear a cropped top or sweater without bearing skin.
Mantello – A Gift (Like this one)
Sweater – Free People (Bloomingdale’s, old, Like this one)
Dress Worn as Top – June & Hudson (Nordstrom, NLA Like this one)
Black Jeans – 7 For All Mankind (Bloomingdale’s)
Booties – Jeffrey Campbell (Bloomingdale’s, Last Year, Love These)
Sunglasses – Ray-Ban (Available Here)