Baby It's Cold Outside

11.20.2014

Thrifted Gap ombre jacket (I love this one too) BCBG sweater, Denim shirtdress c/o Tobi.com, Adriano Goldschmied jean leggings, OVS oversized beanie, MZ Wallace perforated leather bag, ASOS Truth booties. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


New York finally got a taste of the bitter cold, and man, is it nasty! Especially for someone like myself, who primarily works from home, it's easy to get in a rut and never want to leave your apartment, let alone get dressed! My solution? Fun winter jackets, coats and layers that get you excited to wear them out -- like this ombre wool moto jacket I found the other week at Buffalo Exchange. Just because you hate your life during winter doesn't mean you should wear it on your face (or your sleeve for that matter). And just because you're on the search for a cute, warm coat doesn't mean you have to break the bank either. So below is my little guide to some fun, funky winter outfit toppers that will have you actually excited to get up and get going on the next frigid morning that hits. At least until you realize you could just move to California...
xL

1. Deva Coat / 2. Striped Faux Fur Coat / 3. Boucle Moto Jacket / 4. Good Girl Gone Plaid Jacket / 5. Southwestern Parka / 6. Vintage Faux Fur Coat

A Fall Palette

11.17.2014


 Vintage tweed coat (via Beacon's Closet), Theory draped sweater, Thrifted vegan leather midi skirt (I love this one too), Thrifted fringe chain necklace (similar here), Rebecca Minkoff snakeskin flirty (also seen here), Hinge booties. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


Isaac and I took these snaps last week in the Financial District while we were picking up a tux he rented for a wedding we went to in upstate New York this past weekend. I loved the soft light streaming through the gap in the tall buildings: a fun and refreshing change from the backdrops we're used to in Brooklyn.

And sure, we might be approaching the tail end of the season, but is it wrong to still be inspired by Fall? Leaves changing colors; the smell of fireplaces burning; warm, cozy blankets and flannel sheets. In spite of the encroaching cold, Fall for me always feels warm and rich. It's the season of hot toddys, the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and apple spice. And when it comes to clothing, it's all about warm neutrals mixed in with rich hues of ochre, red, orange and brown.
What's Fall to you?
xL

Borrow from the Boys

11.12.2014

Opening Ceremony jacket (last seen here), Reiss blouse, Jbrand wide leg pants (similar here), Zara woolen hat (just seen here), High Line duffle c/o Deux Lux, Steve Madden boots. Shot by Isaac Lacey.


I've always been a little bit of a tomboy. Maybe it's because of my somewhat boyish figure, or maybe it's simply that growing up, guys always seemed to have to follow less rules and get away with way more than I could. Either way, I love the recent resurgence of the menswear trend in women's fashion (like most trends, it seems to come and go every few years), so I thought, why not try it on for size one day for work? I started off with one of my favorite double-breasted jackets and a wide-legged pair of slacks, followed by a pointed heel and small satchel that added just the amount of femininity I needed to keep people from thinking I actually was a small boy. Or, so I hoped.

Eager to try the menswear trend out for yourself? My advice is to start small. Replace your favorite black dress with a great pair of tuxedo pants, invest in a boyfriend blazer or coat, or even just buy a pair of pointed brogues and see how you fare. To me, pulling off the menswear look is all about the attitude you wear it with. Time to show those boys what you got!
xL

Sweat it Out

11.10.2014

BCBG Alton moto jacket (last seen here), Embellished sweat tee c/o Black Swan, Zara sweatpants (similar here), French Connection crossbody bag, Zara silver chain bracelets (similar here), Elizabeth and James wedge boots (similar here). Shot by Isaac Lacey.


If there's one trend I've noticed that's not going anywhere soon, it's got to be the Fashion Sweat. Essentially, it's finding a way to wear sweatpants/ sweatshirts out in public without looking like a total slob... perfect for a low-key weekend or even for rolling out of bed on a Monday. Think of it as the off-duty branch of the Sporty Chic trend, epitomized by the most recent Alexander Wang for H&M collection. You'd be surprised however: nailing this look is easier said than done! So for anyone looking to try this trend on for size, I've included a few of my own tips below. Feel free to add your own tips and tricks in the comments!
xL

HOW TO WEAR SWEATS OUT
(Without Looking Like a Hot Mess)

1. Shape Matters: When it comes to sweatpants, look for lean silhouettes that elongate your body, instead of baggy options that drown out your shape. I love a great drop-crotch sweatpant that tapers at the ankle or has a band around the ankle to keep legs looking slim.
2. Embellish Away: Keep sweatpants and sweatshirts from looking too basic by letting little details (think pretty prints or dainty embellishments like the sweat tee I'm wearing above) elevate the look for you.
3. Fancy Footwear: Keep your look from being too sporty by staying away from sneakers and athletic footwear when you're wearing sweats. A fun wedge, boot, or even a dainty heel (if you so dare) help indicate that you didn't just come in from a run. 
4. Balance it Out: Add a touch of class to your look by tossing a tailored jacket or sleek coat over your sweats. This helps counter any baggier pieces and add structure to the outfit.
5. Wear it Well: If you're going to wear sweats out, you better rock em! Stand up straight and don't let the clothes overpower your frame. The more you slouch the more you'll look like the lazy bum you actually are inside (your secret's safe with me).