monochrome + fringe + suede booties + arm party
Back when I was single I would occasionally spend entire nights listening to music, trying on every single item in my wardrobe and coming up with interesting (and sometimes crazy) outfit combinations.
Truth time: I have a lot of clothes that I never wear. Either they don’t quite fit right or I don’t have the pieces to pair them with… or they just kind of blah. So I got kind of weirdly excited when I resuscitated this skirt last weekend…
Anyone who’s seen my closet (or my music collection) knows that I’m not afraid of being super girly – and just like my BFF Taylor Swift, I love a feminine dress with a ladylike court. But for days when I want to tone down the sweetness, or nights when I want my feet to not hate me, I think a flirty dress, a practical trainer and a classic leather jacket are the ultimate trio.
I’ve been absolutely loving the weather in London for the past few weeks. Autumn is always my favourite time for clothes because you can experiment with layering and throw on adorable jackets and scarves. But you don’t have to be so bundled up that your entire outfit is hidden under a long wool coat. Plus, it’s actually been sunny – which means I can show off my Mirrored Orange Flash Ray-Bans.
Well, it happened. I turned 30. Of course I did the typical “where is my life going, what am I doing, is it finally time to get Botox?” freakout. But then I just pulled my shit together and decided to focus on what’s really important: the gifts I received. (You know, besides my friends, family, husband, health, etc…)
I’ve been bouncing between freelance gigs for the past few months and looking for my next permanent position. I’ve had loads of informal coffees and meet-ups and a handful of actual full-blown interviews.
Of course, all of these events required their own meticulously crafted outfit. Now some people (aka my ever-practical husband) may be of the opinion that when you’re unemployed (or under-employed), you shouldn’t be shelling out for new clothes. But I think that’s exactly when you should be buying new things. After all, there’s nothing more valuable than a first impression – and looking the part is half the battle. (Okay, maybe not half, exactly. But it definitely factors in.) Plus, having the right big-day outfit gives you just that confidence boost you need to nail an interview.
Now that I’ve been in London for more than a year, I can safely say I’m falling in love. (Shh… don’t tell New York!) But one thing that I’m still not used to is the summer weather – and the need to purchase a coat specifically for the season. In NYC, the closest I ever came to needing a jacket (let alone an actual coat) was the summer was the wooly cardigan I kept draped over my desk chair to battle the frigid AC blasting in the office.
I love the unexpected combination of wearing a sporty sweatshirt with a prim pencil skirt. Choose a slightly cropped top and this combo feels smart and sexy — or try a slouchy pullover for a more relaxed vibe. There’s your Sunday brunch look sorted.