Pre Fall

90s inspired sweater, chunky knit sweater, pink sweater, cowl neck sweater, karen walker sunglasses, tory buch bag, dolce vita flats

So the weather is officially weighted less toward Summer than Fall, but it’s still warm enough to let the legs out for their last bit of sun this year. This specific period that call for outfits that are both Summer and Fall appropriate and nothing is easier than a chunky sweater and skirt.

I wore this downtown to dinner with friends and of course had to wear this off-the-shoulder sweater fully on the shoulders because that’s the way you dress when you have 3-year-old on hand! I can just imagine Harlowe pulling that sweater down and me being horrified. Not going to happen!

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Wearing: Sweater c/o LookBookStore / Zara Skirt / DV by Dolce Vita shoes / Karen Walker sunnies / Tory Burch bag

From Head to Toe

rag and bone jeans, j.crew fedora, black fedora, rang and bone boots, harrow bootie, casual outfit ideas, stylish mom

Over the last few years, I’ve slowly acquired a small handful of Rag and Bone pieces. It started with skinny jeans (last worn here) which were purchased after repeatedly hearing that their jeans are the best thing since sliced bread. I have not been disappointed. In fact, I got another pair of skinnies during the Nordstrom Sale. These black leggings don’t disappoint either. Not only are they flattering, but also absurdly comfortable and versatile. I’m prone to wearing them on flights – just right amount of stretch. Apparently, on this day I decided to wear about as much Rag and Bone as I could. A decent canvas for this fringe kimono, no? bauble bar personalized bracelet, cara nordstrom bracelet, baublebar ring, Crystal Mason Ring   celine sunglasses, turquoise kimono, mint kimono, aztec kimono, black fedora fringe kimono, vanity kimono, rag and bone bowery tank, fedora BTW, this is day 2 of 5 of my Quasi Cleanse and I’m already desperate for chocolate. Yikes! Huge thanks to those who have said they would join me! I’m so thrilled to have unexpected partners in cleansing crime. It’s easier together, right? Use #QuasiCleanse if you post about it so I can find your nutritious food, drinks and workouts! xo.

Wearing: Rag and Bone top (bought on sale at Shopbop - more Rag and Bone tops here) / Rag and Bone legging jeans / Rag and Bone Harrow bootie / c/o Vanity fringe cardigan / J.Crew Felt Hat / Kate Spade bag (old – love this, thisthis quilted bag too) / Celine sunnies / Baublebar ring and bracelet / Nordstrom spike cuff / c/o Gazel necklace via my friends at Le Tote!

Quasi Cleanse

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Don’t worry – this is not your typical ‘cleanse diet’ post where I detail the benefits of abstaining from solid food for 3 days (losing 5 lbs, miraculous glowing skin, becoming 20% more productive). The truth is, I’ve tried juice cleanses a few times and they don’t actually make me feel great. Especially not while I am on them.

I eat fairly healthily, work out as often as I can (The photo above is of friends Julia, Kristin and I at TRX! ) and usually feel pretty good. Lately, that has changed. Between my job, blog, commute and family, I’ve found it difficult to stay motivated to make time to prep and cook wholesome meals. The Banker and I have had one too many gluten-free pizzas and washed them down with one too many glasses of chardonnay. I’ve noticed some changes in my mood and appearance: I have not been sleeping well and my skin is a little lackluster just to name a few. Whenever I’m not feeling great, I know it’s time to mix it up.

I’m not one to cook every night, so I figure this is a great excuse to put our newly-purchased Vitamix to use. Yesterday (as you may have seen on Instagram) we went to the farmer’s market and picked out some fruits and veggies – which we’ll pair with almond or coconut milk and frozen fruits. So begins my quasi-cleanse which I totally made up with no medical expertise at all. (That was me warning you!)

Just so we’re clear, here are my Quasi Cleanse ground rules:

  • No booze (Side note: If you interact with me regularly, please do not offer me sangria. I am incapable of saying no. Seriously.)
  • No dairy
  • No gluten
  • No red meat (I don’t eat it anyway, but just in case you want to join me!)
  • For breakfast, I’ll have smoothies every day (See these smoothie recipes!)
  • At least 30 minutes of physical activity each day
  • Finally, and most importantly, if I happen to succumb to a momentary lapse in judgment, I’m not going to beat myself up about it

So, today marks the first day of my 5-day quasi cleanse and I am feeling very excited. What motivates you to stay healthy and fit and what tips can you share?

 

 

Easy Office Style

skirts, striped shirt, tops to wear with skirts

If you’re like me, shaving your legs can be an ordeal. It’s a tedious yet necessary task to be suffered by all skirt wearers globally. While it doesn’t happen everyday (despite my husband’s wishes), I try to capitalize on shave cycles by confidently adorning a skirt afterward. For office days, I like a chic skirt styled with a casual top. These skirts online at Metalicus are one of my closet staples.

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Sheer Fun

rag and bonde jeans, skinny jeans, sheer blouse, sheer shirt

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Back to Black Outfits

Asos dress, perforated flats, karen walker sunglasses, casual dress, black in summer

After college, I was more than partial to black outfits. I mean head-to-toe, no-regard-for-seasons black wardrobe for an entire year.  Now, several (not that anyone is counting) years later, I’m resistant to the dark monochrome strategy; yet something about this dress and some casual shoes seems perfect. Wonderfully comfortable too. Continue Reading

On the Run in Plaid

pim + larkin dress, plaid dress, ruffle dress, piperlime dresses, blue clutch, gigi new york clutch, baublebar bib necklace, baublebar chain bibBefore deciding on this outfit for Beyonce and Jay Z’s ‘On the Run’ tour, I considered doing a nod to Mrs. Carter’s early years with a yellow crop and tattered skirt ala Survivor.

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Instagram Diary: Vegas, Best Friends & #WhatHarloweWore

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Currently Craving – Gifts $40 and Under

 

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If you’re like me, no matter how prepared you think you are, there is always something that gets forgotten. For that reason, I stock up on beauty products, lingerie for bridal showers and sweet smelling candles to give as gifts. Several of these picks are from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which happens to end August 4th (hurry up, last minute shoppers!) Here’s to being prepared and saving some money!

Have a great weekend!

Black Lace

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Summer doesn’t mean tucking all of your dark colored clothes away (I’m looking at you, New Yorkers), it just means wearing them in lightweight, breathable fabrics. I am obsessed with this lace top for it’s gorgeous scalloped details and it’s versatility. When I saw it online it reminded me of my lace Joie top and I had to have it. Continue Reading