November Necessities

It’s officially November (all month long) and it’s time to break out the big three: sweaters, scarves, and coats. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites–perfect for chilly adventures and cozy fun! November Necessities
  • Sweaters: Unsurprisingly, this fall staple is  a personal favorite. I love j.crew’s offerings for consistently well-made products that come in a pleasing array of cuts and colors. Their merino wool options are excellent, as are the cashmere ones.
  • Scarves: Capes are (supposedly) back in style and while I understand the appeal of essentially wearing a blanket, I’m not about to hop on that trend. However, there’s an easy way to get the look without committing to a purchase: get yourself a blanket scarf. You can wrap it around your neck, drape it, and belt it for a chic, slimming, and on-trend look. Fun fact: it’s still a scarf.
  • Coats: Long gone are the days of puffy, marshmallow, coats. Instead, look for fashionable options in classic cuts: pea coats (double breasted and single), robe coats that are sumptuous and stunning, and dress coats that are cut and belted for that classic Kate Middleton style.

 

Happy shopping and be sure to stay warm and stay stylish!

Fall back in love

Fall back in love…with Pride and Polka dots and fall fashion. Timing is everything, and naturally new jobs and various obligations make it difficult to spend time on blogging. However, I was able to carve out some time to plan posts, which means that the blog-posting future looks bright! So, without further delay….
The weather in Germany has finally approached fall-like temperatures, which means it is seasonally appropriate to talk about fall favorites: style edition. Think rich colors and texture, fun prints, and new lengths.
Fall back in love

 

-Over-the-knee boots are quickly becoming a new fashion industry staple, and my selections from Tory Burch and Stuart Weitzman are favorites for good reason. The black Weitzman’s are statement-making albeit simple, which makes them ideal for any special outing. Conversely,  the Tory Burch option goes from day to night seamlessly, looking equally at home with skinny jeans or paired with a shorter hem-line.

 

-Flats are a year-round must have, but fall is the best time to experiment with fun colors, prints, and with richer materials. This scalloped offering (see Chloé for perfection) would go with just about anything, while the Stubbs & Wootton smoking slipper variation is a fun take on a classic.

 

-Plaid screams fall (and all things Christmas) but looks fresh when conceptualized as a muted-print coat from Intermix this season. However, there’s still no such thing as too many flannels or button-downs.

 

-Midi-skirts are also increasingly popular. They add a lady-like elegance to any outfit that is both incredibly striking while still modest.

 

-Blazers are a necessity for any person, but these options from J.Crew and T by Alexander Wang are game changers.

 

-Richer colors, from manicures to mini-bags, are also a good investment to match the new fall hues!

 

This fall is set to be a season ripe with fun and opportunity, and has always been my favorite time of the fashion year. There’s nothing better than pulling together an outfit that is simultaneously stylish, cozy, and flattering. Have at it, and stay tuned for more fall-related posts in the very (I promise) near future!

Shop for a Cause

Multitasking is a habit of mine, and at various times, it applies to cooking, cleaning, working, and shopping. For example, I listened to potential songs for our wedding playlist while cooking, working out, and cleaning. Ta-da! An effective use of my time to accomplish multiple, albeit simple, tasks simultaneously. Magic–I know. I’ve increasingly realized that there’s another way to multi-task to benefit more than your to-do list though, while having a little bit of fun yourself: shopping.
How can this be? To show you, I’ve rounded up pretty awesome products from around the web that are not only enjoyable for you, but also beneficial for various charities. Consider it a win-win for your closet and your conscience.
Shop for a Cause
  • Tory Burch Wrap Bracelets: Casual cool, these bracelets offer a pop of color to any outfit and 100% of the proceeds go to the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps women find economic opportunities in the United States via loans for female small business owners and entrepreneurs, mentoring programs, and education. Kudos to Tory!
  • FEED Bags: While not new, these bags remain a staple in the charitable wardrobe for good reason. In pretty prints, these totes are meant for summer and provide over 50 school meals to children in India and Africa.
  • Warby Parker: In the spirit of another do-good company, TOMS footwear, Warby Parker donates one pair of frames for every purchase, to people in need all over the globe.
  • Wounded Warrior Project: Perhaps this organization is a little nearer and dearer to my heart thanks to the time I spend with military service men and women, but don’t let my bias impede your purchase. Under Armour partnered with WWP to create an activewear clothing line whose proceeds go right to WWP, and to helping wounded US Veterans on the road to recovery.
  • J.Crew: J.Crew currently has two t-shirts that benefit charities, a 100% of proceeds for the Teach for America Tee go to the organization, while 50% of proceeds for the Philippines tee help with disaster relief.
  • Same Sky: Same Sky is an interesting and noteworthy charity that teaches African women artisan skills to become self-sufficient. By teaching these women in sub-saharan Africa various craft skills, Same Sky ensures they earn 15-20x more than their female counterparts in the area. 100% of the proceeds from these bracelets (and there are a lot of options on their website) go back to the women for more jobs and more supplies.
In truth, it’s a very simple way to make sure your choices are good ones in a bigger sense than your wardrobe. So get multi-tasking via shopping and do-gooding!

Pleats A’Plenty

Lately I’ve been in a clothing cycle revolving around gym clothes and lazy clothes, as we loving refer to pajamas and yoga pants. While it has been comfortable, it does leave one feeling a little underwhelmed. To break up my boring tomboy rut, I’ve been eyeing up all things pleated. Examples? These looks from the Celine, Proenza Schouler, Rochas, and Gucci runways.
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Plus, no post on pleats could be complete without a look at this stunner: my new dream dress, Lupita Nyong’o’s custom Prada number. Lupita-Nyongo-Light-Blue-Prada-Dress-Oscars-2014
If you’re not interested in hopping into the pleat parade, then suit yourself! For everyone who is interested in joining though, pleats work beautifully in both skirts and dresses, of all lengths, colors, and patterns. I’m especially taken with the slightly longer, almost midi-length versions. All of these skirts and dresses just make me want to twirl and embrace the pleats, à la Lupita. Pleats A'Plenty

What to wear: Switzerland

This weekend Jordan and I are headed off to Zurich, Switzerland to meet up with a friend from the states and do some exploring. Expect pictures of our adventures, and all the chocolate and macarons I plan on eating, after the weekend but in the meantime here’s a small sample of what I’m currently cramming into my luggage.

What to wear: Switzerland

At this point in the season, I don’t leave home without my Barbour coat. It’s weatherproof, machine washable, breathable, with a plethora of pockets,  and a roomy hood. It doesn’t get any better than this British brand’s staple.  Pair that with my sunglasses, a hat and a few scarfs and at that point, it hardly matters what else I bring…

…I will however pack some sweaters, my favorite long necklace, comfy boots for walking everywhere, and a dress or two just in case! Lastly, I’ll be toting my favorite bag, the Tory Burch Robinson Double Zip Tote. It can hold EVERYTHING from my camera, cosmetic case, my mophie juice pack for my phone, snacks, a water bottle, my passport, my wallet, more snacks….it’s a very stylish beast of a bag. Stay tuned for pictures, or keep up with us on my twitter or instagram account. Enjoy your weekend!