Here Come the Holidays

11.24.2014





 Nicole Miller Tux Gabardine blazer and Nina Foil twill pants, Vintage tee, ASOS faux fur longline coat, Thrifted rings, H and M ear cuff, Livi envelope clutch c/o Reiss, Zara pumps (also seen here). Shot by Isaac Lacey.


It's hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner... seems like this year they arrived in the blink of an eye! And, undoubtedly, along with the festivities surfaces the age-old question: what should I wear? Between family gatherings, office functions and just plain old, end-of-year partying there are so many options for dressing up. So when I was asked by Nicole Miller to help style a look from their current holiday collection, I quickly agreed to the challenge. 

I started off with this tux jacket because you can never go wrong with a great blazer, and the lace cutout and funky shoulder pads on this one make it truly stand out. To add to the rock-n-roll vibe I then paired it with a vintage tee, a fun faux fur coat and Nicole Miller's foiled twill pants to add a little shine to the look. I'm a sucker for metallic details, and what better time than the holidays to bust out the sparkle? The resulting outfit is one part buttoned-up, and one part rocker chic, making it equally easy to wear to a office holiday party, or to a more casual dinner and drinks with friends.

Meanwhile, there are a ton of celebrations I'm looking forward to in the next month, and they all kick off this week. I'll be spending Thanksgiving in New Hampshire with Isaac and his fam, coming back to New York for a few weeks full of office holiday parties, dinners and drinks, then capping it all off with my 30th birthday bash and finally ending the year with a trip to Brazil for two weeks, where I'll spend Christmas as well as New Year's Eve. What are your plans for the holidays ahead?
xL

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