Thanksgiving is often an endurance event ending in a tryptophan-induced coma, so this year let us give thanks for those returning to a more, Puritan approach in both what we eat and how we dress.
I know I am not the only one who likes to dress down in denim for the Thanksgiving feast. Thinking about the snow, the traffic, and what I am going to cook for the holiday!? are more pertinent things on my agenda. What I do know is that after indulging in all the yummy food that I am going to stuff my face with, see: trying to imitate ABC Kitchen‘s Jean George Vongerichen, my pants won’t close and I will be bummed I didn’t wear a dress with knee-length boots.
In any event, why not dress for comfort and style? Show up at grandma’s house with a graphic sweater, high-waisted ivory pants, and a hint of leopard so your feet, not your mouth, can get the attention they deserve. Yadi yadi ya.
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This is my favorite sale of the season: everything I have longed for is reduced. The only problem is that the site crashes and Europe gets first dibs so by the time it comes to the United States, some goodies are sold out. Now is not the time to cry over spilled milk.
Hit the link up top before everything is GONE. GONE. GONE….
Today officially marks the week of Thanksgiving, which means you will be heading out-of-town quicker than the clock strikes 5 o’clock on Wednesday making this a long holiday weekend for family, meals, family meals, shopping and Black Friday. Overwhelming as it all is, I like to take care of gift buying before I run out of time, energy, and money. All three things happen to me every year, so just let’s just bite the bullet and let’s get this party started. And you can do it all online, right here right now.
Gift season is filled with pressure on gifting the just right thing. What would Aunt Jen want this year? When we present a gift, we want the received to really like it, not just fake it. But it is the thought that counts, right? My suggestion is to always get a gift receipt, unless you are re-gifting. That way they aren’t stuck with an unwanted gift.
And always answer this question: Would I want to receive this myself?
If the answer is yes, it’s probably a great gift.
Here are my top ten gifts that I would love to give or receive. Hint, hint. Wink, wink. Click on the pictures below to start gifting now.
Have a hot date this weekend but can’t figure out how to look cute given the chilly temps outside? Problem understood. With that dating quagmire in mind, there lies a solution. The coat is the conversation piece, topping off the perfect cold weather evening ensemble underneath.
What inspires me on a night out is not so called investment pieces: my belted camel coat, or my oversized grey blanket coat, but a sexy fun piece that stands out in a crowd of basic. Did you ever think to wear a bubble gum pink coat? Whether headed out to dinner, an after-work party, (’tis the season folks) or a night out in the casinos, the evening calls for style and glamour. Full-length dresses are elegant, but too restricting and formal, and just too skimpy is inappropriate. Although it may not be exactly Las Vegas to where I would head, picking something that is elegant as well as comfortable is essential. I haven’t visited a casino in a long time, but fashion, like slot machines is always a gamble. If you ever want to learn about slot machines, you can at Gaming Club, but I do know that personal style takes nothing but practice, practice, practice.
To shop the looks, just click the links below, or hit the pictures and go straight to the website.
DKNY baby-pink shearling coat // Saint Laurent lace-up boots / cashmere socks // Topshop Unique embellished cotton shirt // David Koma edgy pencil skirt // Acne blanket scarf // embellished sweater // CA & Lou arrow bracelet // a shot of pink on the lips and cheeks, I like this all-in-one lipstick that doubles as a blush from Stila, and to top it off, a monogrammed velvet clutch by the boss Saint Laurent
Is there such thing as the perfect coat? I have been on the hunt for the perfect coat for the Fall/ Winter season. I have put several in my cart from NET-A-PORTER, NORDSTROM, FAR FETCH and YOOX, but when I go back to order them, they’re gone. I guess everyone is looking for that perfect coat too.
While you’re shopping for that just right coat, there are plenty of people who don’t have a warm coat to put on their bodies as winter approaches. ‘Tis the season for giving and Barbour Inc. has partnered with One Warm Coat to keep neighbors in its local retail communities warm this winter.
Starting Saturday November 15 through December 31, Barbour’s retail locations will be accepting any coat in wearable condition. All coats collected will be donated to each store’s local charity partner and distributed directly to people in need. The following charities have been selected for 2014:
- 280 US Route 1 in Kittery, Maine: New Horizons
- 55 Meadowbrook Drive, Milford, N.H.: New Horizons
- 134 Newbury Street in Boston, Mass.: Haley House and New Horizons
- Men’s jackets will be sent to Haley House; women’s jackets will be sent to New Horizons
- 1047 Madison Avenue in New York, N.Y.: The Bowery Mission
- 123 Wooster Street (Soho) in New York, N.Y.: HMI- Hetrick Martin Institute
- Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls 1900 Military Road, Niagara Falls, N.Y.: Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission
- 1517 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pa.: St. Johns Hospice
- 29 Suburban Square in Ardmore, Pa.: Cradles to Crayons
- 67 Palmer Square West in Princeton, N.J.: StreetWise Inc.
- 2331 M Street in Washington, D.C.: Vietnam Veterans of America
- 2042 North Halsted Street in Chicago, Ill.: StreetWise Inc.
- 54 E. Walton Street in Chicago, Ill.: StreetWise Inc.
Join Barbour and support those in need this winter by dropping off coats during regular store hours at your local Barbour store, which can be found at barbour.com/shoplocator.
My mantra has always been, one in, one out. Purchase that new coat, and then give one to somebody in need.
I purchased these leather-ish culottes in a haste, not sure when or where I would wear them. Tired of my leather mini skirt, and not quite ready to dive into leather pants covering my loins, I wore them with a simple white t-shirt and flatform shoes. I loved the feeling of wearing bare legs, open air and all. Enjoy this 60-plus degree day, because according to the weather report, come Thursday, we are due for a cold front that will, sweep in and burst the giant pink balloon of Spring out of our hands. So why not get out in your shorts and let your skin show just one more time?!
Just think, for the next eight months, you, I, and the collective we in the Northeast will be wearing the same navy sweater and black jeans every day.
Photos: Lydia Hudgens
I have a case of the Mondays. The only way to get rid of this sickness, is to get a kiss or a hug from your child on their way to school. That request is potentially quite dicey. The next best thing? To receive an email from NastyGal announcing this: a rare vintage Chanel sale.
Maybe you are craving a new bag? Or, you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet. I am in a constant state of confusion by the ever-growing list of friends, family, frenemies, acquaintances, and well-meaning neighbors, all of whom somehow seem to be on THE list. I have bought scented candles, stationary in previous years, but for the high rollers on your list, that might just need that special piece, head over to Nasty Gal.
From nineties-era cell-phone holders and visors to a monochromatic basketball and perfume flaçon pendant, these amazingly outré rare vintage Chanel items are up now. Just remember, a girl can dream. Head over here, NastyGal.com to take a peek. Game ON.
Photos courtesy of NastyGal
The month of November calls for comfort with a capital C.
Running around the city going from point A to point B, in a grid-like city like New York, your feet become your car and the vehicle that transports you around. Unless of course you have an Über account.
Although I will most probably resort to wearing sneakers for December’s gift-buying season, I am now addicted to flat, lace-up black boots. They have become my go-to footwear of choice as good old black remains a big favorite. I have had my eye on these mukluks for city-dwellers by Penelope Chilvers for a while, but now that they are finally available in the US, I no longer have an excuse whether these or not these will be mine.
Wearing flats aren’t the best option for the vertically challenged, but my feet will thank me come December.
Click the pictures below for your daily dose:
From left to right:
Asos Acting Up suede ankle boots
Saint Laurent buckle lace-up boots
Sam Edelman black combat boots
Giuseppe Zanotti black boots
Penelope Chilvers calf-hair ankle boots
Saint Laurent Patti Lace-ups