Monday, November 23, 2015

MAD about PLAID


MAD about PLAID

1:  Pants  |  2.  Scarf (just received and I love!)  |  3.  Watch  |  4.  Dress  |  5.  Pillows (obsessed!)  |  6:  Blanket  |  7.  Napkins  |  8.  Canvas  |  9.  Shirt  |  10.  Heels  |  11.  Poncho  |  12.  Phone Case

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As you've seen on my Instagram account I've been loving on plaid.  I've been wearing scarfs, ponchos and I've even been looking a few plaid shirts to layer with.  For the home I'm loving the throws and I'm really crushing on these pillows in both the red plaid and herringbone print.  The Pendleton blanket has been on my list as we've had many of these wool blankets in my childhood.  I can't wait to share more plaid posts with you when we travel to Ireland!  Have you been obsessed with plaid like I have been?  If so, what are your favorite pieces?

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I meant to mention in the last post about my visit with my parents.  It was a great Halloween weekend visit and the weather turned out great!  My parents arrived on Friday after spending the night in Skaneateles.  We had a great walk up North Broadway to show them the homes all decorate for trick-or-treaters.  We then got ready for dinner at our favorite place - 15 Church.  It was fun to treat my parents to a great meal in Saratoga.  We shared the tuna tartare and the beef carpaccio which was so yummy!  Mom and I drank Malbec and John and Dad had a couple of different beers.  For the main course Mom had scallops and John and my Dad had Veal and Lamb (I couldn't remember who had which!) and I of course had my gnocchi and I tried the lobster salad - everything was great!  We of course finished up with zeppolis and coffee.  After a great dinner and conversation we parted ways.

Saturday was jam packed!  John and I met them for breakfast at the Springwater B&B.  Their rooms are so cute and cozy and their breakfasts are so yummy.  The staff is so accommodating that it was nice to be treated to a breakfast with my parents.  After breakfast we headed out toward Saratoga Lake to watch Head of the Fish.  There was a lot of construction on the bridge, but we saw the Skidmore crew finishing up.  We headed out to Greenwich to pick up my dad's grandparent's bedroom set that I started out with after college.  It went from Saratoga to Portsmouth and back to Saratoga with me.  It all fit in my parent's mini van and we headed back into town to make church.  After church we reconvened at our apartment for some college football games.  Unfortunately most of the games were pretty late so we didn't make it too far so we crashed early.

Sunday we slept in and headed out to Saratoga State Park to walk some trails and see the spouter.  We even found out that there is a pretty good stream that they load with some trout the Wednesday before Easter.  It's a huge event so John and I hope to make it next year (perhaps we'll even have some gear to try it out with)!  We caught an early lunch at Putnam Market before parting ways.  My parents headed back home, but made a quick stop/overnight in Skaneateles before making the long trek home.

Overall I think they really enjoy their visit and I can't wait till they come back to visit as there is so much to see/do in the area during each and every season!  My mom was saying she loved being so close to everything and walking to downtown!  I'm happy they are looking forward to retirement and figuring out how they want to live and where they want to go and end up for some time!  Perhaps they'll end up in upstate NY with us!  ;)

Monday, November 16, 2015

plaid + poncho







Poncho:  asos  |  Sweater:  French Connection  |  Leggings:  asos  |  Booties:  old (similar here)  |  Bag:  Michael Kors  |  Hat:  Halogen  |  Earrings:  Gorjana  |  Sunnies:  Ray-Ban

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I've been on a cape/poncho obsession lately and there are so many out there!  It spices up the normal jacket/coat occasion.  They are a perfect fall item to stock up on as they typically are inexpensive and the print styles to add a bit of character to your cold weather wardrobe.  Get shopping!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

leather and feathers





Skirt:  TJ Maxx (similar here)  |  Sweater:  asos  |  Flats:  River Island (OBSESSED!!!)  |  Shades:  Celine  |  Clutch:  asos  |  Earrings:  Gorjana

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Okay so I may not have entirely invested in a legit leather skirt, but this (p)leather skirt does the trick {I can dream}.  I loved pairing this edgy skirt with a soft sweater and clutch.  The sweater seemed a bit lighter since it was mohair, but really it keeps you quiet warm and with the warm weather we had last week it was perfect to balance out with the skirt!  I love this clutch.  It is a piece of it's own.  I'm trying to revolve a wedding outfit around it...is that so bad?!?!  BTW these flats I picked up from asos!  They were comfortable and didn't need any breaking in.  I love the lace up detail and it makes me feel like a ballerina...especially with all this pink!  The gold touch is nice as well!

Friday, November 6, 2015

black and white






Vest:  TJ Maxx (similar here)  |  Sweater:  French Connection (similar here)  |  Jeans:  Banana Republic  |  Sunnies:  asos  |  Necklace:  Purple Peridot  |  Bag:  Michael Kors  |  Earrings:  Banana Republic  |  Wedges:  Nine West  

Didn't I tell you I was obsessed with vests!??!  Here' another cute (snuggly/soft) one that was great to give a chic look.  Nothing brings together an outfit (especially a preppy one) as a set of pearls!  This set is a bit out of the norm, giving a relaxed look to an outfit or dress that may be a bit too dressy!

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This week went quickly and Friday ended well!  I was able to "design" one of our corporate units into a model unit on a minimal budget.  I think I did pretty well staging since the first time I just had to stage for a photo shoot.  It's so fulfilling as I get to shop and pull a room together as much as possible.  It's also another thing I may add to the resume.  I'll still have to share with you last weekend's visit with my parents, but for now, full steam ahead to the weekend!  Enjoy yours!  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

tartan







Sweater:  TJ Maxx (similar here)  |  Skirt:  Tahari (similar here)  |  Tights:  love these  |  Scarf:  Nordstrom Rack (similar here)  |  Heels:  Nine West  |  Bag:  Michael Kors  |  Necklace:  Jennifer Zeuner  |  Earrings:  Etsy  |  Hat:  Halogen (similar here)

I'm not usually one for skirts, but this A-line piece has me hooked.  I feel comfortable (no adjusting) and cute and it's perfect for work or a date night.  I've been having fun shopping for new tights to add to my collection now that I've found such a great skirt.  I look forward to dressing this LBS in a number of different ways!  I'm pretty happy to add a pop of color to this outfit as well as incorporate a great plaid.

I'm looking forward to finding more styles in skirts.  I think I had difficulty because I was always drawn to the pencil skirt when that was just too uncomfortable and I was always adjusting when I would sit or stand!  Do you have any suggestions when shopping for skirts?!

The lighting is a bit different on this shoot as we are having earlier evenings so I'm doing my best on getting out on my lunch hour to shoot as much as possible since it's dark after I leave work!  AND so I don't have to do it all on the weekends (especially when John is off)!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

october roundup


Poncho:  TJ Maxx (similar here)  |  Sweater:  TJ Maxx (simliar here)  |  Denim:  BR  |  Flats:  Halogen  |  Bag:  MK  |  Earrings:  BR  |  Watch:  MK  |  Hat:  Halogen  |  Lip Color:  Burts Bees


Jumpsuit:  Loft  |  Trench:  Banana Republic  |  Flats:  Halogen  |  Bag:  Michael Kors  |  Sunnies:  Prada  |  Necklace:  Bauble Bar  |  Nail Polish:  Essie Fishnet Stockings  |  Lip:  Burt's Bees Sedona Sands  |  Rings:  Gorjana 1/2  |  Earrings:  Banana Republic  |  Watch:  Kate Spade


Poncho:  Loft Outlet (similar here)  |  Sweater:  Loft (similar here)  |  Scarf:  H&M (similar here)  |  Jeans:  Banana Republic  |  Sunnies:  Ray-Ban  |  Earrings:  Banana Republic  |  Rings:  Gorjana 1/2  |  Wellies:  Hunter  |  Nail Polish:  Essie (fishnet stockings)


Vest:  Eddie Bauer  |  Fleece:  Patagonia  |  Flannel: Volcom  |  Jeans:  Banana Republic (long version)  |  Socks:  Hunter  |  Boots:  Sperry  |  Sunnies:  Ray-Ban  |  Earrings:  Banana Republic  |  Watch:  Daniel Wellington

Here's a quick recap of October's looks as we've made it into November!  I'm looking foward to celebrating the 1 year on the blog, a friend's wedding and traveling to Ireland!  I look forward to sharing this all with you!
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