Fashion

The Solstreet Pop-Up Market

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On Saturday, I attended the Solstreet pop-up market at Pourt Café in New York City. The café and workspace on the Lower East Side was the perfect venue for local artisans to showcase their unique creations. From handmade greeting cards to natural soap made in Sleepy Hollow, New York, there was plenty to see…and buy.

My fellow Long Island blogger and friend, Kate of Taffeta & Tulips joined me, and together we had a great time shopping and catching up.

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Kate and I enjoyed a coffee at Pourt before heading into the pop-up market, which was conveniently located in the back of the café. We chatted with each of the vendors as we made our way through the cozy space. It was a wonderful way to be introduced to new-to-us vendors, and I am looking forward to seeing more events like this one from Solstreet in the future.

Here are some of the vendors we saw:

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What I’m Loving at Banana Republic

What I'm Loving at Banana Republic

Um, how fast can you say Banana Republic? Well, what are you waiting for? Go on, run there…right now. Fine, after you read this post!

Can you tell that I am having a hard time containing my excitement? There are just so many pieces to love at Banana Republic right now for spring. And I am crushing—hard—on just about all of them. In trying to decide what to write about for today’s post, I thought I would share what I will be bringing along with me to Washington, D.C. for a work trip next week (stay tuned, that post will be coming soon). And then as I was putting the post together, I stumbled upon not one, but two (and then three, four, and five) amazing pieces from Banana Republic, and well, here we are.

It doesn’t take much for me to swoon over BR. After all, I have been shopping there ever since I found that everything in their petites section fits me perfectly. So, please, by all means, keep me restrained in a BR store with these pieces hanging around, because I would buy every one of them (and in so doing, probably blow my budget straight through the summer).

If you are in the market for some transitional pieces, you will like the three jackets I have selected above (actually, I think I’ve pulled that yellow suede moto jacket before, so that clearly means it should be mine, right?). If you’re not in the market for light spring jackets, BR still has you covered with cute off-the-shoulder tops, bold dresses, and oh yes, fun flats and heels.

So, if you just skimmed the post (don’t worry, my feelings aren’t hurt), here’s a quick summation—head to Banana Republic…like, now.

Spring Style: Who What Wear

Spring Style: Who What Wear

Move over Mossimo. These days I am loving a new line at Target. Who What Wear stole my heart when I first spotted the bold yellow floral sweater on a recent shopping trip (print seen above in the skirt version). So many people inquired where I got the top when I wore it to work recently that I knew I needed more of this line in my life.

After I purchased the sweater, I regretted not buying the floral bomber jacket—which I ended up going back for (and am glad that I did). I scooped it up in a small and the fit was just right with a light long sleeve layered underneath. Trust me—you will want this little jacket in your spring arsenal. I styled it with jeans and a pair of low heels and it instantly elevated my casual Friday ensemble.

Next up—The white long sleeve blouse with bow collar that is styled under the floral bomber. Can we say “winner”? I had to search three Targets for the blouse in my size (yes, you could say I was determined), but in the end it was worth it. Although you can’t see it pictured above, the blouse has black piping that runs down the sleeves. And the bow collar makes this a fun piece for work or play.

Lastly, the ribbed cold shoulder sweater was just too cute to pass up. I went with the black version and am looking forward to wearing it when the weather warms up.

And for my tall girlfriends out there—I wish I could pull off the pleated skirt, but it would look like a dress on me. Still, I had to include it because it is classic and chic.

I highly doubt that my obsession with the Who What Wear line will end any time soon. This collection makes getting dressed for work so simple. I love that you can mix and match all the pieces, and the pops of color are the perfect way to welcome spring.

Have you perused the Who What Wear line yet?

Nessie’s Picks for Spring

Nessie's Picks for Spring

At the first sign of spring, you can usually find me swapping out my heavy winter layers in favor of lighter looks. So when I saw a crocus pop up this week, I had to remind myself that we are just entering March (and that my transition would be premature).

In putting together a round-up of items for spring that I am currently coveting, I thought it would be fun to share some that I already own (and love), others that I have been dying to try, and ones that will be purchased (just as soon as payday rolls around).

So, let’s jump right in.

A must for spring: Few things get me as excited as a suede moto jacket. And this one from Banana Republic ticks all the boxes. It’s the perfect color and fabric for the upcoming season, so you won’t regret buying this fun transitional piece.

Will be buying ASAP: I have yet to find the perfect pair of lace-up flats. Despite numerous trips to DSW and Nordstrom Rack, I haven’t had much luck with this style. But that all changed when I spotted these Gap beauties. The blue jean color was just what I have been looking for—and obviously, I love that they come in suede. Let’s hope that they are as comfy as they are chic when I go to try them on.

Need to try: Now that I am making a hardcore effort to be healthy and eat better, using cleaner beauty products is a high priority. I have heard and read a lot of good reviews about the RMS products, and now that I am in the market for a new highlighter, it seems like the perfect time to give the brand a try.

Wish list: Fortunately, I don’t have to spend a hefty sum on this wish list item, thanks to Target. Mossimo has an almost identical version of these beauties for a fraction of the price.

Can’t resist: We all have items that we don’t need but would love to have, right? These tassel earrings from Baublebar is just that for me. How cute would they look with a nice sundress or chambray top?

Buy these: If this is the only piece of advice that you ever take from me, then buy these pants…now. The Sloan-fit pants from Banana Republic are a must-have for us petites. I have never found a pair of pants to be so comfortable and flattering that I go back and buy three more pairs…the same day. Oh, and did I mention that they don’t need to be hemmed? If you were to ask anyone in my office, they would probably describe these babies as my office uniform.

What are you swooning over for spring?

The Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

Now that it is officially December, the time has come to start presenting you with all of those fun gift guides. Since I have yet to do any holiday shopping (well, I did gift myself a few new things from Target yesterday — including the buffalo plaid pajama set seen below), I thought I would round up some items that will be gifted (hopefully to others!) this season. Whether you are searching for that special something for the fashionista, techie, or hard-to-please coffee drinker in your life, here are some presents that will be well received.

The Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

Birthday Buys

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As my birthday month concludes, nothing makes me happier than opening the last of my presents (even if I did gift them to myself). If you follow me on Snapchat and Instagram, you may have watched as I opened my Black Friday/Cyber Monday purchase from Anthropologie — the Letters in Lights earrings set. Yes, I have been on quite the earring kick lately!

But that wasn’t the only thing I bought myself this month. On a recent lunchtime visit to Target, I stocked up on lots of sweaters. If you haven’t been there in a while, I highly suggest you go. I purchased a cream cowl neck Mossimo sweater that I will be buying in however many other colors it comes in. It’s that cozy – trust me! And since Mossimo can do no wrong, there may have been a cardigan…a burgundy long-sleeve shirt, and another oversized sweater that also found their way into my winter collection.

On the beauty front, what would a month (or a week be!) without a stop at Ulta? Naturally, I ran out of my beloved Stila Smudge Stick in Lionfish (still using that one and still love it) and with the holidays coming, I was in desperate need of a new nail polish. Insert Chick Flick Cherry from OPI — the perfect shade for the winter months (and a nice alternative to red).

Thank you for indulging me as I celebrated my birthday month!

Fall Trends to Try

Fall Trends to Try

Nothing welcomes a new month like adding new pieces to your closet (#amIright?). So now is a great time to jump on this season’s hottest trends.

While I’ve had a hard time putting away all of my favorite summer staples, I was delighted to see that with at least two trends I can have a little bit of summer with my fall. The sailor-inspired theme seen lately in everything from pants, skirts, and blazers makes me feel like summer is still with us. And, of course, it’s hard to resist a floral print, so I am glad to see that is still going strong this season.

But the one thing that is lacking in my closet at the moment is buffalo plaid. I love the pattern (and can totally see rocking the look with tights and riding boots, once the weather gets colder). Don’t believe me? Check out Memorandum to see more great buffalo plaid options and styling ideas.

While these are all notable trends, can we give velvet pieces everywhere the moment they deserve? I’m excited to see velvet make the trend list this year, and I will certainly be donning some burgundy velvet skinny jeans in the near future.

What trends are you loving this season?

Keepin’ Cozy

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While I like fall, the cooler temps are quickly turning downright cold. I missed the memo the other morning that the high was only going to be in the 50’s for the day — and when I left my house sans coat, it was only 41 degrees. Brrrr!

As much as I prefer to wait until November before I break out the winter coat, I am going to have to give in a week early this year. While I’m at it, I guess now would be a good time to get some fall staples ready.

Luckily for me, my fall staples don’t change much from year-to-year. As long as I am warm and cozy, I’m happy — and nine times out of ten that means I reach for an oversized sweater, poncho, or blanket scarf to keep me toasty. This year is no different. But what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t add a few new pieces to my collection this season?

What are some of your favorite fall pieces?

How to Build a Professional Wardrobe

Before I started my new job, I stopped at a few of my favorite stores for some additional pieces to add to my work wardrobe. My search always begins with Loft, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, and J. Crew (but by the time I get to Banana Republic, I’ve usually found everything that I need to get me through at least the first month of employment).

If you are new to the professional world, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to build up your collection. Here are my key staples:

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Blazer: I love a well-fitted blazer…even when I’m out of the office. I have quite a number of them in my professional arsenal, but my favorite has to be my grey one from Theory. It fits me so well that it seems tailor-made for me.

Pants: Banana Republic is my go-to for dress pants. I prefer the factory outlet — because the prices are better, and I know that I will find what I am looking for in their generous petite selection. I’m no fan of having my pants hemmed, so my main requirement is that they fit sans alterations.

Dress: For those days that are full of meetings (or when your alarm clock fails you and you need to run out the door in mere minutes), you’ll be glad you have a professional looking dress to throw on. I’ve resorted to such tactics on plenty of occasions. There is nothing worse than running late and having to ponder whether your outfit matches. Do yourself a favor, invest in these key pieces.

Heels: After working at home for the last 13 months, my shoe game was lacking. I needed a pair (or two) of heels — and that’s where DSW came in. I picked up a pair of suede Vince Camuto’s (which, once I break in, will be a favorite) and a pair of black patent leather Michael Kors. Just remember to be mindful of the heel when examining and trying on shoes. Nobody wants to come home from a first day limping with sore feet — take it from the expert on that one! Walk around in a pair — and picture yourself wearing them for a full work day. Then decide whether you want to buy them.

Bag: I’ve been using my black Coach messenger bag since I was a freshman in college. It has accompanied me on many a first day, whether to school or the office — and still shows little sign of its age. But when it does finally need to be retired, I see another Coach bag in my future. I like bags that can accommodate anything from the day’s lunch to an extra pair of flats, without feeling like you are carrying your life on your shoulder.

What are some of your work staples?

What I Wore to New York Fashion Week

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{Top: Marimekko||Jeans: Mossimo||Bag: Phillip Lim||Wedges: Franco Sarto}

One virtue of attending New York Fashion Week in September is that the weather is mild enough to get away with wearing lighter layers. When I went in February 2015, it was bitterly cold and snowy in New York, and everyone was bundled up.

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When faced with what to wear to the Louis Verdad show last week, I knew my white Mossimo jeans had to make one more appearance before fall officially hit. I’m all for wearing white after Labor Day, but this pair of jeans is strictly reserved for summer.

I also knew that my outfit had to be comfortable enough to account for nearly four hours of commuting round-trip and walking countless steps around the City. So what better to pair my white jeans with than a bold printed top from Marimekko and my comfy Franco Sarto wedges?

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A special thanks to Kate of Taffeta & Tulips for suggesting an impromptu photo shoot in Midtown Manhattan and for taking such great pictures!