When a mutual friend showed me this jewellery on Facebook I immediately pulled out my phone to follow. The Crafty Optician makes jewellery and accessories revolving around eyewear and the optical profession. Love that it encompasses two of my favourite things — jewellery and eyewear. Coleen was kind enough to send me three pieces to try out and for the post I chose the necklace and the stud earrings. Studs are key when you’re wearing winter attire. They don’t get stuck in your sweater and scarf! I wore these to work and everyone thought they were fabulous. They’re are adorable and well made and I’ve been wearing them non stop ever since I got them!
In this post I paired my new jewels with my favourite new boots and sweater. Go to winter look — jeans, boots, a big cozy sweater and a huge wrap scarf. It’s so warm and soft on those cold New Jersey days. Enjoy!
Jewellery – c/o The Crafty Optician
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Sweater – Free People, Jeans – DL 1961, Scarf – Treasure & Bond (Similar),
Sunglasses – Jimmy Choo (I’ll get them for you), Boots – Dr. Martens
I’ve been dying to go to Balthazar Restaurant in SOHO for sooooo long. Finally the hubby and I went for our anniversary. It’s so quintessentially French. If I hadn’t driven there I would have thought I was actually in Paris. It reminded us so much of places we’ve eaten in there. Loved it! If you’re in New York it’s a must!
Anyhoo… NYC outfits are so much fun to come up with. Sophisticated, trendy, edgy. Anything goes. While you can go to almost any restaurant in jeans I like to get a little more creative when I venture in. You would think that living such a short distance from the City we would go more often but it doesn’t happen so much. You can never go wrong with black leather anything. I had kind of envisioned a slip dress over the pants, but I just couldn’t find the perfect one. This tunic, however, jumped out and said “Buy me!”. I adore the blush colour and it added some lightness and femininity to the outfit. Have I ever told you how much I’m obsessed with scarves? They’re taking over the coat cupboard but I can’t help it. It’s that 3rd piece you add to your outfit for ladylike completion and there’s just so much variety and so many ways to wear them! Not sure how many more times this year I’ll get to wear my favourite Prada ankle boots. So sad!
Wrap – Tunic – Pants – Boots (Similar)
Sunglasses (Locals message me!) – Bracelet (Right) & Necklace – Bracelet (Left) – Watch
I think I’ve had this jacket for a million years. It’s been safely tucked away in the back of the coat cupboard forever. Who would have thought that I’d be seeing ones just like it all over the place. Suede, suede and more suede in the fashion world at the moment so hey, suede booties with fringes too. The round sunnies just lent too well to the vibe not to go for it. I kept everything else pretty simple — black pants, white button down. As I sit here listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd I feel like I actually could have existed in the era. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Whatevs.
Suede Jacket – Ancient! (Option here)
Button Down – Free People (Bloomingdale’s)
Black Jeans – Helmut Lang (Neiman Marcus)
Fringe Booties – Sam Edelman (Old! These are cool!)
Sunglasses – Ray Ban (Available here)
So for this first day of spring we had a snow storm. Go figure. I wouldn’t have minded if I hadn’t had to go into New York for the day. What a mess! Oh well — the positive — I can still wear my favourite winter clothes. Oh how I’ll miss them.
I know people have a thing against Abercrombie & Fitch but they have some really nice pieces and the prices are so reasonable. I paired a soft classic white shirt with high waisted, faux leather leggings, booties and an oversized wrap. So simple, but so chic. I’ve always wanted to try the exposed black bra under a white shirt but never felt it appropriate. I finally decided that I didn’t care. Since my reconstruction post breast cancer I don’t actually need a bra for functional purposes so I’m obsessed with these little Calvin Klein bralettes. They look like a tank and they’re seamless and wireless so they don’t hurt.
Oh… one last thing. Can we talk about these Prada sunglasses? Fabulous doesn’t even begin to describe!
White Shirt – Abercrombie & Fitch (Great Spring Option Here)
Faux Leather Leggings – Abercrombie & Fitch
Wrap – Forever 21 (Love this one!)
Bralette – Calvin Klein (Bloomingdale’s, Available Online Here)
Booties – Dolce Vita (Bloomingdale’s, Similar)
Sunglasses – Prada (Available Online Here)
You’ve all seen the hype around wearing blanket wraps. The monogrammed Burberry one in particular was super popular this season. On a less expensive note, however, there are so many options available that still look super cool and keep you nice and toasty. I found this one at the Zara sale. It’s so soft. I’ve thrown it over everything from jeans to a skirt and top. It’s also an amazing option when you want to be warm, but don’t want to lug a coat around.
Blanket Scarf – Zara
Sweater – Zara (In White Here)
Pants – Helmut Lang (Neiman Marcus, Similar)
Boots – Ash (Saks Off Fifth, Can only find them here)
Sunglasses – Italia Independent
Necklace – A gift from a friend
Did anyone else get totally overwhelmed by the holiday season, family events, stuff going on? Not to mention not enough daylight hours to take pictures! Ugh! Sorry I haven’t been around. I haven’t even had a chance to share this amazing wrap coat/cape with all of you. You see, the Zara closest to me was closed for what seemed like an eternity (or three months) to revamp the store. The outcome was totally worth it because it’s beautiful now, but the withdrawal symptoms were kind of hard to deal with (#bloggerproblems). This was one of the first things I bought when they reopened. It’s roomy enough to put great layers underneath. You know all those sweaters you own that don’t fit under a proper coat? Problem solved!
Coat – Zara – Major Sale!
Distressed Jeans – Zara (Similar)
Scarf – Forever 21
Sunglasses – Ray Ban (Available Here)
Boots – Ash (Similar)
This shirt has been haunting me at Urban Outfitters for weeks. Want, want, want. Should I spend that much on a tee shirt? No — I should wait for it to go on sale. I so didn’t. That’s the advantage of having birthday money — you can spend it on fun items just because! I’m not sure what grabbed here but it was love at first sight. It just looked so cool hanging there. Notice I had to tie knots in the bottom because I’m so short! Apparently the woman behind me in line at TJ Maxx wasn’t so enamoured of said shirt when I was wearing it a few days later. She actually almost yelled at me! She exclaimed, “What the hell are you wearing? That’s no way for a young lady to go out in public! You can’t do any better?” I just giggled.
Extreme High/Low Henley – Truly Madly Deeply (Urban Outfitters)
Distressed Skinny Jeans – Zara
Wedge Sneakers – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Bloomingdale’s, Other Colour Here)
Sunglasses – Ray Ban (Available Here)
Scarf – A gift from my brother, niece and nephew