Fall Looks

Proportion

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Proportion is so important when putting an outfit together. I failed to understand this concept for years, and would often pair items together and end up with an outfit that was too over the top, too uncomfortable or not polished enough for everyday wear. But I suppose that is what your 20’s are for, right? That and to wear ridiculously uncomfortable shoes, live in tinier than ever apartments and keep empty refrigerators. Since the weather hasn’t dipped yet into the tights zone (once you put them on, you don’t take them off until May), I had to think twice about what I was going to pair with this quilted mini and over-the-knee boots combination. Opaque tights can drastically take down the sass factor with short skirts and boots, but it’s a fine line to walk when sporting a bare leg. A fine line for my conservative self, that is. So I figured a large over-sized cozy sweater would be the perfect partner. And though I know it goes against the blogger code of ethics (thou shalt always over-accessorize and add one more piece before leaving the house), I struggled with trying to add something to this sweater to give it a bit more excitement. I finally dug deep into my closet and pulled out this scarf that I’ve had for at least 10 years and felt it was perfect. I wore it almost every day when I first bought it, but over the years I have reached for it less and less. And then I was in the nail salon the other morning and a girl walked in with a blue one draped around the neck of her big chunky sweater. So I copied her. Sorry random stylish nail salon gal for jacking your style. But hey, at least I gave her credit, right?

Sweater – Tinley Road via Piperlime (on sale!) | Skirt – Topshop (similar here and here) | Scarf – Alexander McQueen | Boots – Stuart Weitzman (similar here and here) | Sunglasses – Stella McCartney

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Bits and Pieces: Bell Sleeves

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As a New Yorker, it is standard to have too many black pieces in your wardrobe.  However, after many years of working in the cosmetics industry and being forced to wear black, I rebelled for a little while.  I purchased only non-black clothing, until I realized that when I wanted something basic and classic to go to – it was the only answer.  So I began buying black pieces again, but my rule is to find things that have a little something different to them – like this blouse.  The bell sleeves give it an extra flair that makes it feel a little more exciting (yes, blouses give me a thrill, ok?).  A standard black pencil skirt is a non-negotiable for me, and this one from Ann Taylor has been worn so often I am concerned it just may fall off me one day.  But if I am going to wear an all black ensemble, then bold accessories are a must – even if just a few.  These silver J.Crew pumps are probably one of the best buys I have made all year – seriously.  When am I NOT wearing them?  It’s ok if you don’t remember, I pulled the posts for you – here, here, and here.  See?  They go with everything.  It’s a shame I didn’t buy a back up.  Oh, geez.  Would you listen to me?  

Blouse – Club Monaco | Skirt – Ann Taylor | Belt – Club Monaco (old but similar here and here) | Necklace – Ann Taylor (old but similar here) | Shoes – J.Crew (similar here and here) | Lips – Armani Rouge Ecstasy 503

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Bits and Pieces: Chambray And Camo

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Walk down a dusty road in the middle of an apple orchard wearing silver pumps.  Bucket list – check.  But don’t worry – no shoes were actually

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