Surviving the winter and #BeingBasic

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Guys, winter has barely started, and I am already SO OVER IT. We literally got stuck on the side of a mountain in the middle of an ice storm on our way to visit Geoff’s grandmother last weekend (we’re all fine and eventually made it to our destination). Then there was the blizzard that never actually happened, which mostly just freaked out everyone on the East coast, and then was largely a bust and has created some SERIOUS animosity toward the local meteorologists. Plus, I just hate being cold.

Anyway, I thought this was a good excuse to tell you about some of my new outerwear that’s helping me get through. First up is my new Sorel “Joan of Arctic” boots. They’re huge. They’re furry. And they may be slightly over the top for someone with my lifestyle (I’m not exactly trekking through the wilderness much). But I don’t care — I love them. I got these for Christmas and just wore them for the first time last week, and my feet were so happy and warm.

Next up is my The North Face “Metropolis” parka (bought as a replacement for an L.L.Bean coat I got for Christmas that didn’t work out). This is taking the place of a Nautica coat that I bought on Rue La La years ago and have worn to death. I looked at a ton of options for coats like this, but settled on The North Face for a combination of good reviews and a slightly slimmer fit (I may be wearing a puffy coat, but I don’t want to look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man).

Last but not least is this cute little Jack + Lucy beanie that came in the January PopSugar MustHave box. It’s super soft and non-irritating to my sensitive skin, and it’s loose enough to not give me hat hair.

Aside from the beanie (though the argument could be made that monthly subscription boxes are basic), I know that my choice of winter attire is pretty much exactly what people refer to when they call someone basic. Just stick a red Starbucks cup in my hand and I’ll be ready to be a spokesmodel for the basic movement. But you know what? I don’t care. Yes, everyone and their mother wears Sorel boots these days, and The North Face is seemingly the winter uniform for 75 percent of the women in my area. But these products are popular for a reason — they’re attractive and they’re high quality. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t take pleasure in owning/wearing things that I won’t see on a million other women walking down the street (it’s why I don’t shop at Banana Republic nearly as much as I used to), but sometimes it’s okay to wear what’s trendy.

Are you basic and proud of it, or do you try to avoid any “it” items?

What Audrey Wore

To say that I’ve been having fun with baby girl clothes would be an understatement. My little lady undoubtedly has a better wardrobe than I do, thanks in part to some very generous family and friends, and in part to my shopping addiction. Hair bows and headbands from Etsy are going to be the death of me.

For those of you who are into kiddo fashion, Audrey now has her own Instagram account, @whataudreywore. Follow along if you want to see her model some adorable outfits!

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{What to wear} New Years Eve

What a year it’s been! My life feels like it’s still upside down, but my maternity leave ends next week (I don’t want to talk about it), so I’ll be going back to whatever my new normal is. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying my last few low key days with my little lady. We’re staying in for New Year’s Eve this year, but I pulled together a couple of outfits that I’d love to be wearing if I were actually leaving the house ;)

NYE2014_1Free People // Paige Denim // Stella & Dot // Vince

NYE2014_2Aidan Mattox // Stella & Dot // Clare V. // C Label

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year!

 

Want. Need. Must have. {Christmas list edition}

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I never got around to putting together a gift guide this year (I blame it on the baby), but I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve got on my own wish list. If you don’t know me personally, I am pretty much like a child when it comes to gifts — I love giving them and I love getting them. #sorrynotsorry

First up is the L.L.Bean Ultrawarm Coat. I have a similar coat that I got on Ideel several years ago, but I’ve worn it to death and it’s definitely not the same quality as Bean’s. I posted back in September about my love for beautiful coats, but when it’s freezing outside and I’m just going to and from work or running errands, I’m more interested in whatever keeps me the warmest.

I’ve got a couple of Everlane items on my list: the Drape Tank and the French Terry. The tank would be a great layering piece for under my many open cardigans — not too clingy around my post-baby body. And the sweatshirt looks like comfy, but not sloppy. Perfect weekend wear.

My stylist recommended Denman brushes to me as a MUCH MUCH cheaper alternative to a Mason Pearson brush, which I was considering splurging on. She likes the combination nylon/boar bristle versions, so I’m going to give it a shot.

While wandering through Nordstrom recently, I came across the Barefoot Dreams ‘Bamboo Chic’ Drape Front Cardigan. I’m not sure what drew me to it, but I reached out and felt one of the most luxurious fabrics I’ve ever felt. Soft doesn’t really do it justice. This was in the lingerie section near the robes, so it’s intended to be lounge wear, but I think if I get one I might never take it off.

I wear a lot more yellow gold jewelry these days, so I’m in need of a gold-tone watch to go along with it (not that I’m opposed to mixing metals in some cases). This Kate Spade Gramercy watch is big, which I like, without being too heavy.

What are you hoping to see under the tree (or next to the menorah) this year?

{Shop the trend} Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

After a few years of bright and bold colors of the year like Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle and Turquoise, Pantone has gone in what feels like a more grown up direction for 2015 with Marsala, a deep reddish-brown wine shade.

I’ve pulled together some items that are pretty close in color to marsala. What do you think — will you be rocking this shade? Even though it’s technically part of the trend forecast for spring 2015, I think it’s perfect for this winter (and more of a winter color than a spring color).

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Cargo // Tinley Road // Three Dots // Wilt // Joe’s Jeans // Myne

{Sale alert} Get your Cyber Monday on!

Happy Cyber Monday, a.k.a. one of the least productive work days of the year. I can’t say that Cyber Monday has quite the same appeal this year, as it seems that every retailer is extending these sales for more than one day, but there’s no doubt that there are deals to be had. I’ve pulled together a bunch of things I’m loving that are all on sale (at least for) today. I’m trying not to shop for myself less than a month before Christmas, but it’s hard!

Happy shopping!

Hello, world!

After a long nine months Audrey Grace made her appearance a week and a half ago. Her daddy, big brother and I are all thrilled to have her here (and I’m thrilled to not be pregnant any more!). We’re settling into life as a family of four, but I’ll be back to blogging soon! In the meantime, here are a few pictures of our little lady :)

{Sale alert} Shopbop friends and family is here!

Just yesterday I mentioned that Shopbop is one of my great shopping loves, and today they have rewarded me with their Friends & Family sale! Today through Thursday (10/14-10/16), take 25 percent off sitewide (with a few designer exclusions) with code FAMILY25. And if you’ve got any men to shop for, the code is good on Shopbop’s sister (brother?) site East Dane.

Because I’m nothing if not generous, I’ve taken the time to pull out some of my favorite picks, some of which are in my shopping cart as we speak.

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Happy shopping, and let me know if you buy anything!

What’s new in my closet

Since I’m pretty inconsistent with my OOTD posts, I thought I’d start periodically sharing the new things that I’ve added to my wardrobe. That will tell the story of my style better than the occasional outfit posts.

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{one} I included this Chelsea28 coat in my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks, and it ended up being my favorite piece from everything that I ordered. I know that the very low neckline might not be the most practical for winter and that the plaid isn’t the most versatile, but I don’t care. and I CAN’T WAIT to wear it.

{two} I really really really don’t need any new costume jewelry, but when a friend is hosting a Stella & Dot party, I can’t walk away empty-handed. I picked up this pretty ikat scarf that will make a nice addition to my collection. Other than my Theodora & Callum scarf (which is more red than pink) I don’t have any in the pink family, so I’m looking forward to wearing this one in the fall.

{three} Two of my biggest shopping loves are Rebecca Minkoff and Shopbop, so when they combined the two together in this “Shopbop Fund” pouch, there was no way I could resist. Not my most logical purchase, as I already have another RM pouch in the same size, but sometimes logic doesn’t come into play when it comes to fashion.

{four and five} I’m really sick of a vast majority of my shoes. Part of it is that a lot of them are really old (and some pretty worn), and part is that they just don’t represent my lifestyle anymore. I have this great shelf setup in my closet that showcases all sorts of cute heels….which I never wear. Instead, it’s my flats that get pulled out 90 percent of the time. So, I decided it was time to refresh a bit, especially since I’m limited in my fall fashion purchases this year. I picked up these Report Signature pointy toe flats and the French Sole ‘Stella’ loafers from Nordstrom and I’m in love with both. The Report flats are the most gorgeous shade of blue and shockingly comfortable, thanks to a soft suede upper and the tiniest of heels. And walking in the French Sole loafers is pretty much like wearing slippers. They’re definitely pricey, but I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of them, both during maternity leave and when I’m back at work.

Next up on my shopping list is a new open cardigan or two for winter. I’m thinking styles like the Tildon sweater I featured last week — the kind of thing that you can throw on over anything and feel cozy.

The Third Annual “I Hate Wool And Cashmere” Shopping List

It’s a bad time of year to have sensitive skin. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might know that I am completely intolerant of both wool and cashmere, no matter how high quality and soft the fabrics might be. Every year I find myself trying on at least one gorgeous sweater, telling myself that this will be the year I can handle it…but I can’t. If you’ve got the same issue, you know how hard it is to find nice fall/winter pieces that don’t contain at least some of these fabrics that make me want to scratch my skin off. So, for the third year, I’ve pulled together my “I Hate Wool and Cashmere” shopping list. I focused on pieces that first and foremost I loved visually, and things that should be decent quality. I’m certainly not going to recommend that you go buy a $20 acrylic sweater that will pill beyond recognition after a few washes.

So, without further adieu…

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525 America Hi Lo Turtleneck Sweater // Glamorous Slouchy Boyfriend Sweater // Splendid Open Cardigan // Madewell Tracklist Side-Zip Pullover // Two by Vince Camuto Saturday Sweater // Tildon Fuzzy Cardigan // Anthropologie Sabine Pullover

More finds below (some of which are really closer to sweatshirts than sweaters, but they achieve the same purpose):

 

If you’ve found any great non-itchy sweaters, leave a comment with a link!