Loving this crisp weather!
October is my favorite month; I love that you can enjoy being outside without a thousand layers on. The weather is crisp and it’s still sunny quite often, so it’s lovely to walk around. I’ve always been drawn to water (I miss our view of Lake Michigan!), so I’m really thankful we can walk over to the Hudson River and enjoy the piers there.
These Dolce Vita suede sneakers are perfect for walking around the city. They’re really comfy and I love that they slip on easily. They’re also taller, so they cover my ankles, which is great when it’s chilly.
It may be a weird time of year to be getting into lighter colors, but I’ve been loving lighter wash denim lately. I usually wear dark or black denim during the week and then fun patterned or embellished pairs on the weekend. These are different for me because they have a clean finish without any distressing or rips, but the color is laid back. I also like the split hem at the bottom for a more casual finish. Mine are from Loft this past summer, but you can similar options here or here.
October is also the best time to wear cozy sweaters. Turtlenecks are my favorite because I’m usually cold if my neck and chest are exposed. This charcoal one is a mockneck and it’s chenille too, so it’s really snuggly. I’m also eyeing this beige one to finish out fall and this emerald one for the holidays.
I can’t believe it’s already Halloween tomorrow! This month has seriously flown by… A friend is coming to visit and I still have no idea what I’m going to dress up as… Any ideas? Are you dressing up this year?
Rounding up a few recent outfits
It was a really busy week for me, so here are some quick snapshots! My cousin visited for Memorial Day weekend and we had the best time running all over the city. The weather varied from perfect at 85 degrees and sunny to chilly and 65*, so my outfits incorporated both Spring and Summer styles. I’m still obsessed with my birthday jacket, picked up this adorable midi skirt, and am thoroughly enjoying the square neckline trend.
Loft lace trim cami, layered necklace
Scotch & Soda printed bomber, Loft split hem jeans, Nordstrom gold slides,
Kate Spade crossbody
Loft heather tank, fabric belt, J Crew shorts (sold out), black sandals
J Crew tank top, Loft midi skirt, Gunmetal bow slides
Loft square neck tank, dark wash jeans
What Spring and Summer trends have you been loving lately?
I’m so excited to share my first lookbook! These five outfits are pretty simple to recreate whether you are celebrating with a casual girl’s brunch or going out for date night. I tried to cover a variety of looks with different vibes, so I hope you love it!
Which outfit was your favorite? Should I do more lookbooks?
I’m obsessed with orange
It was surprisingly warm this weekend, which was a lovely break from the 20 degree temps we usually have in January. I decided to celebrate with a colorful, casual look.
I’m slowly amassing orange clothing – it’s one of my favorite colors and makes me happy when I wear it. I now have a corduroy skirt, loose sweater, swing tee, and this gorgeous jacket from Scotch & Soda. It sold out unfortunately, but here’s a similar option from Uniqlo.
I’m also wearing a pair of burgundy legging jeans from Loft. They’re a softer material which makes them really comfortable and they have a cute back zip detail. The petite length hits right above my ankle which I find flattering.
Lastly, I’ve raved about Dolce Vita before and live in these suede sneakers in the cooler months. They have a higher shaft than your typical sneaker, so they keep my ankles warm, but they’re a perfect light taupe so they transition from winter to spring nicely. Here’s this year’s updated version.
What do you guys think about this orange and burgundy color combo?
An #ootd and background story
I’m obsessed with anything cozy and versatile, so this wrap has been a go-to recently. It can be worn as a blanket scarf or poncho that buttons in front and the charcoal gray color goes with almost everything. This ribbed one was from Uniqlo last year, but similar options include this splurge-worthy Eileen Fisher Poncho and this adorable cowl neck from Steve Madden (only $36!). I also love this gorgeous red one as well.
This Uniqlo Heat Tech Tee is a lifesaver in the colder months, especially because I’m always chilly. It layers easily, fits like a glove, and comes in several colors. These tees are also only $15 and the fabric is soft and stretchy (as demonstrated by my freezing fingers in the first photo!). I’m definitely going to pick up a couple more before my ski trip in January. I’m also wearing my favorite Loft jeans that are the perfect medium blue and a great length to wear with ankle booties. Speaking of boots…
Last weekend, I went rock climbing for maybe the third time ever. I was trying to get to the top of the wall on a route that was just outside my range and my arms were exhausted after an hour of climbing.
I’ll admit that I’m incredibly competitive, even if it’s with myself, so I had to conquer that climb and only had a minute to do so because the gym was closing. I was at the final handle with my left hand and just needed to touch it with my right to finish. I went for it.
And fell. I fell hard and fast and wasn’t ready for it at all. I didn’t roll onto my back – I just crumpled. I knew right away that something was wrong and the next day got x-rays to confirm. Thankfully, it’s just a bad sprain and I’m only on crutches for a couple of weeks.
It’s the second time this Fall that I’m having trouble walking and I actually needed a wheelchair at the airport over Thanksgiving. It’s incredibly frustrating not being able to make dinner or even shower standing up. I’m extremely independent, so having to rely on others and ask for help doing simple things has been a challenge.
At first I was mad at my body for not being strong enough to make the catch on the wall in the first place. But after dealing with my fifth floor walk up and getting around NYC, I’m trying not to be so hard on myself. I’ve realized that our bodies are pretty incredible and I won’t take simply walking for granted ever again.