What I Wore: July 2017-December 2017

This post is my blog equivalent of the proverbial “Midnight Kiss”, it’s what you’ve been waiting for all year, and hoping that months of waiting has been worth it.

How did my blog go from focusing on clothes, to only 2 posts about it a year? It must mean that I’m seriously enjoying life!Sad story about this top…its a TJ Maxx score, but when washed, all trim fell off. Maybe a tailor could add some decorative tassels back on?
Sooooo cute, right? Unfortunately, this Zara rain jacket was $89.90, and I just couldn’t justify the cost for a jacket I could only wear when it rained. In person, it had “outdoor” details, that didn’t lend itself to wearing as a top. Currently, I’m only slightly disappointed that I didn’t purchase it, let’s see my Regret Post, come a rainy spring… Ahhh! Isn’t that long, icy blonde hair FABULOUS? Too bad it made my hair so weak that it broke off before I could let it grow any longer…
Banana Republic Sheath Dress, always a classic!
Wearing a black lace Max Studio dress at HD Platinum Circle Gala

FCUK cleavage dress. Subtle enough to wear to a professional work event, scandalous enough to catch glances from professional men ūüôā

The following couple photos are from my Mexican vacation! Ole!
You know, it’s funny looking through these photos, because many times I think an outfit is cute, and it’s just OK in pictures. Other times, outfits like this ancient H&M striped shirt and J Crew Factory camel pencil skirt paired with Forever21 combat boots, look way cuter than I thought! This little The Limited number was worn for our office holiday party. It “fit” for so many reasons. the blue and white was perfect for Hanukah and my Jewish-owned company, the theme was “nautical”, since it was held at our property called the Atlantic Building, and it was also Christmas, so the homemade bow belt and headband were whimsical! Gahhh! This navy Zara top is just so cute, with its tailored, zippered peplum, bell sleeves, and attached striped undershirt. In. Love. Ummm, thank you Aerie for this sweet, snuggly, sleeping romper. Worn, appropriately, on Christmas Eve. Photo credit: my reluctant little brother. This festive holiday blouse is from J Crew Factory, and I just love it. Its playful ruffle and bold plaid are just perfect. There, I’ve said it!

Happy Holidays!

 

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Word of the Year: 2018

Happy 2018, Loves!

Maybe this will give you some “light reading” as you’re nursing your hangovers ūüôā

2017 was full of lessons helping me to Trust the Process (which was fitting for this Philly gal) It took me until August to really embrace trusting. And I can honestly say that the past couple months can only be described as a whirlwind. I made an impromptu move into the city, asked for (and received) a promotion, enjoyed a solo vacation, and packed my social calendar with fun events. I am not bidding Good Riddance to 2017, but I am glad to usher in a new year of really amazing experiences.

This year, I am feeing more ready-than-ever to share my Word of the Year with you.

Like, SO excited that I’ve already been sharing it in person with some of you…

In October, I started to think about what I really wanted for myself in 2018. It took about 20 seconds before “Welcome” hit me like a ton of bricks. It was that clear, and that right.

-I am ready to welcome new experiences that I previously did not consider.

-I am welcoming anyone who wants to come “play” in my realm.

-I am saying welcome to happiness and laughter and joy and friendship and romance and abundance and travel and love and well-being.

-I am literally laying a welcome mat outside my emotional/physical/mental self and inviting those on the outside to come in.

Even just TYPING this post is giving me butterflies!

In August 2016, I thought I would never be able to fully love again. I thought I would never heal the way I wanted to, in order to have the life I’ve always wanted. I didn’t know where I wanted to live, or even how to figure any of it out. I am SO ready for this year and all of the goodness it will bring. I’ve looked forward to fresh starts before, but I have never been more excited about a new year than I am for 2018!

Read more about my previous words, Trust, Present, and Grow!

Do you have any words this year?

 

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Trust Yourself

This past Thursday¬†night, I had the incredible opportunity to attend a conference called TogetherLive. The event featured powerful women speakers, like Love Warrior author, Glennon Doyle (who is just the absolute cutest in-person #obsessed), her wife, Former US Soccer Team Olympian, Abby Wambach (I know, I might have been the ONLY person that didn’t know they were married…), and New York Times bestselling author, Luvvie Ajayi, who you probably know, if you read her blog reviews of Scandal episodes. Click here, if you want to see the full line-up of boss ladies who killed it!

The whole tour focused on “How to live your love story”. This could mean so many things to different people. Mostly, how to live YOUR truth. There were so many incredible words I heard, but I wanted to talk about Glennon Doyle’s words specifically:

“Stop taking other people’s advice. Stop asking people directions to a place they’ve never been.”

Wow. Let that sink in for a minute.

Everyone has well-meaning friends and family who tell you what¬†they would do if they were you. But, they’re NOT you. It’s not¬†their path. It’s not¬†their story. No one, except for YOU can figure out where you need to go, based on where you’ve been, and what you most want for yourself.

Interestingly, I went to see my *GIRL*, Abraham Hicks, a couple weeks ago (incredible!) and one of the questions was from a woman who said she was having a difficult time making decisions as an adult, because her parent’s made all of her decision for her as a child. In true Abe fashion, the solution was:

“Stop listening to other people’s advice. Learn to trust your inner GPS system. That’s why it’s there – to guide YOU.”

#strangenotstrange

To top it off, my 2017 Word of the Year is TRUST. Usually, it takes me a couple of months to really settle in with the word. And this year was exceptionally difficult. But here I am, in November, and I’m finally starting to get it.

And literally, right now, like, real time, as in, I’m writing this and had to go back and edit, because it’s that crazy –¬†I’m watching the new Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath episode, and they keep talking about trust, trust, trust.

I’m not going to lie , “trust” has been the hardest word to implement. Just today, I questioned my own judgement when it came to trusting others. How did I misread the signs? But, I also felt proud of myself for handling the confrontation AND the disappointment clearly, honestly, and true to¬†me. I didn’t ask anyone for advice. I just said what I felt and you know what? It helped get peace out of the situation much quicker. What used to feel like mountains are now barely speed bumps. BAM! There’s the lesson ūüôā

Trust yo’selves xoxo

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The Huntress Loves Warby Parker

Hello Lovelies!

Today, I have the awesome chance to talk about Warby Parker and their new Archive eyeglasses and sunglasses collection that just launched this fall!

They’ve got tons of tortoise shell #alltherage.¬†Y’all KNOW I’m a fan. Don’t judge my duck face…this photo is circa 2014.

My work wife, Elise, who also happens to be a killer architect/asset manager/chef/friend just got a snazzy pair of round “architect” frames. It got me thinking…why don’t I own a pair of real “interior designer” specs. And then I saw¬†Carraway. Not only are they¬†tortoise, but the bottom frame is NAVY!! I know, I can’t make this stuff up!

In the same, “not trying to hard (don’t tell anyone it took me 2 hours to get ready)” look, Webster is purrfect. It definitely has a vintage feel, but still modern, since it’s pairing the heavy top frame with the delicate metal on the bottom.


Still thinking about Carraway in Navy? Maybe Dewey will help ease the ache. She comes with a MERLOT accent. And a cat eye. Me-ow!

And if you’re not on the round train, but are totally digging the super cool vintage look, then Lowell is for you.¬†


And although not part of the new Archive collection, these beauties just HAD to be mentioned!¬†Hellllllo,¬†Louise!Tortoise AND a pop of Violet?! Stoppppp! I’m just loving the shape too, a modern cat eye.

I’m also really a fan of¬†Cora, she still has a color shot in Crystal Plum, but the chunky frame is so fun! I just KNOW I would be known as The Girl in the Tortoise Shell Specs if I wore these…*dream*

And then there’s the Girl Next Door,¬†Laurel, in all of her two-toned Tea Rose Fade fabulousness.

I’m really feeling the color-blocking here. It’s just the right amount of fun and serious. And this shape looks a little more round.

Well, I know the contenders for my Top 5! Oh wait…I didn’t even GET to the sunglasses yet! Good news: a few of the glasses styles¬†come as sunglasses! Woop Woop.

Doesn’t Carraway¬†look great in black?¬†

Webster also turns heads in black with a little hint of tortoise in the lower frames. 

And I can’t really wrap up this post without featuring Fleta. Literally. No. Words.

 

Which ones are YOU choosing for yourself? If you’re still having trouble, just post some photos to the ‘Gram or Twitter,¬†using the hashtag #WarbyHomeTryOn, and the WP team can comment on the styles they think suit you the best!

 

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Why, Though?

I write a lot about women’s fashion and things that are on trend. I’m sure there’s lots of “fashionable” styles that men aren’t into. Like, maybe high-waisted mom jeans

Or¬†extra large, shapeless, 80’s print sweaters

But what about men’s fashion? What about the most horrible look for even the most attractive man?

Yes, I’m talking about the Bucket Hat:With so many options, this begs the question, “Why? Why? Why?”

There’s the Regular Hat:

The Backwards Hat:

The incredibly irresistible Side Hat (my friend, Sarah, and I had a whole different college experience because the discovery of the side hat):

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 05: Channing Tatum visits BET’s “106 & Park” at BET Studios on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

And, brace yourselves, The Backwards Side Hat *swoon*:

So, why the Bucket Hat? This literally takes your attractiveness factor and decreases it by 100%. Let me repeat this again:

The Bucket Hat decreases your attractiveness factor by 100%

So, gentlemen, please keep this in mind when selecting your accessories. Unless you’re trying to repulse us, then go for it.

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On The Hunt: White Jeans and a Winter Coat

What a bind I’m in…It’s September and I’m still looking for a pair of white jeans. My desire for them makes me want to throw all fashion rules out the window and rock them with any and all fall tops. There. I’ve said it.

Jeans are typically difficult to find, but white ones are even harder. The normal fit I like usually ends up looking too tight in white. You can see the pockets through them, and it ends up being all wrong.

I’m loving the ripped look. I’ve always wanted to wear distressed denim at work. I think I’ve gotten away with it a few times, but the rule is that they must be worn with a super nice top. And definitely some kind of heel.

But, these plain skinnies are nice too! All images via Pinterest (obviously)¬†I found this pair on Pinterest too. Cheap! I just have to try them on first…I know, I know, I need to find a nicer brand that fits just as well as my¬†go-to Indigo Rein and Blue Spice skinnies. Unfortunately, my search results weren’t yielding anything from those either! ūüėĒ

Would it be crazy to wear white jeans with a fabulous winter coat? I don’t think it is.

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Which brings me to my next desire: An olive green, extra long, belted puffer coat. Last March, I was at Macy’s Backstage¬†and every last one of the winter coats was on MAJOR clearance. There were literally hundreds of coats, but only one olive green coat, extra long, belted, puffer…and in my size.

“You don’t need another olive green coat”, I said.

“You only walk across the parking lot to work”, I said.

“You’re too short to have an extra long coat”, I said.

So, I walked away without it. And am bawling my eyes out about it still.
Now that I have several city blocks I have to walk to get to my car, I’m really anticipating the wind tunnels, so I want something to cover my legs. And who can resist a good olive green?? Definitely not me. Of course, now I can’t find what I want. And, of course, I never took a photo of the tag or the coat…Here are some top contenders:

L.L. Bean Ultrawarm Coat, Long in Spruce for $269.00

MICHAEL by Michael Kors,¬†Faux-Fur-Trim Belted Down Puffer Coat in Truffle for $244.99 (although just a few days ago it was $196…)

MICHAEL by Michael Kors, Faux-Fur-Trim Down Coat in Dark Moss for $244.99


MICHAEL by Michael Kors, Faux-Fur-Trim Down Puffer Coat in Flannel for $244.99

Eddie Bauer,¬†Women’s Lodge Down Duffle Coat in Sprig for $202.30

What’s a girl to do?!

 

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A Year in Fashion

Wow. I can’t believe that my last clothes post included an outfit from OCTOBER 2016…so much has changed! And a few new additions have made their way into my closet. But the old classics remain ūüôā

Feast yo eyes.Dress: Target

Coral Espadrilles: Steve Madden

I just LOVE this 2 pattern dress that my friend, Megan, bought me for my birthday!

Light Blue Bell-Sleeve Top: Banana Republic

Slides: Steve Madden

Dress: Ann Taylor Factory
Laser Cut Eyelet Top: Banana Republic Dress: TeezeMe via Macy’s

I’m so glad I’ve been doing squats, cause this dress was wayyyy s.h.o.r.t.e.r. than I remember…
Dress: Forever21

Shoes: Nine West, “Apple Eye” Booties

This Forever21 stretchy dress has been in my closet for YEARS, but it’s just a classic. It can be dressed up or down and never seems like I’m trying too hard (even if it does take me hours to get ready…)

Top: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Factory Bathing Suit: Ted Baker via Nordstom

Ummm, can we talk about this suit?! Ted Baker was kind of a splurge, but I REALLY wanted something fab, for this future vacay that the Universe is bringing to me, and it was the last one in my size. After a long day of shopping, I had to take it as a sign ūüôā My facial expression in this photo is clearly not an accurate representation of how happy I was to find this gem!

Dress: Milly, Penelope Gown via Neiman Marcus

Oh.My.Godessss. Back in June, I had an urge to try on super fancy dresses, just for the fun of it. Once I found this one,¬†I¬†almost bought it. But, then I saw the price tag…$725. Yikes.

Dress: Kohl’s Peplum Top: Ann Taylor Factory

Jeans: Blue Spice via TJ Maxx

I can’t help it, I just love Blue Spice and Indigo Rein jeans. They fit in the waist, thighs, and calves AND they’re a perfect ankle length for us petite girls! I know they’re so cheap, but that’s the goal: cute on a budget! Dress: Romeo + Juliet via TJ MaxxNautical Ruffle Skirt: H&M via Greene Street Consignment Pink Dress: Banana Republic Factory

Geeze, I feel like this is an ad for Banana stores! I should be compensated somehow!White Blazer: Dynamite

Blouse: Ann Taylor Factory

So.in.love with that blazer!Mesh Dress: Banana Republic via TJ MaxxStriped Dress: Monteau via Marshalls Hot Pink Dress: Charlotte Russe Polka-Dotted Ruffle Blouse: Target White Top: Can you guess?? Banana Republic haha Purple Swing Top: Piko

Crystal Necklace: Francesca’s

Black Suede Peep-Toed Booties: Lucky via Lord & Taylor, similar Gingham Peplum Top: H&M Peach Bare Shoulder Blouse: Shinestar vice TJ Maxx

Ripped Denim: Indigo Rein via Marshalls

Flower Sandals: BCBGeneration via MarshallsPaisley Peplum Blouse: Banana Republic
Floral Peplum Bouse: Sienna SKy via Marshalls Orange Tank: Target

Floral Applique Yoga Pants: Aerie Ruffle Blouse: Target

Printed Peplum Bouse: LOFT Romper: Marshalls, there’s no tag, but here’s the¬†RN #116696

Isn’t this the cutest thing EVER? I’m so in love with this summer purchase, I wish I’d been able to wear it more than once this summer…it’s making me excited for next summer already! Purple Swing Tank: Lucy & Laurel via Marshalls

Wide Pants: Joe via KohlsBlush Skin Dress: Joe & Elle via Marshalls

Not gonna lie, I barely ate anything during the day, because I knew I was wearing this at night (insert laugh/cry emoji)
Striped Flare Skirt: Pins & Needles via Greene Street Consignment  Off-the-Shoulder Top: ExpressBlush Ruffle Blouse: Ivanka Trump (ahhh, I know!) via Marshalls
Structured White Blouse: Banana Republic

Polka Dotted Pants: Ann Taylor Hot Pink Blouse: J Crew via Green Street Consignment Juniper Romper: Lavender Fields via TJ Maxx

Denim Jacket: love FIRE via TJ Maxx

I wasn’t sure about this romper, but there was something so playful and casual about it that I just loved. It’s perfect for a lounging night where you still want to look and feel whimsical Floral Print Blouse: Finn & Grace via Marshalls

Dark Denim: Blue Spice via Marshalls

Loved this printed blouse! It’s hard to tell, but it’s off-the-shoulder with a little spaghetti strap!
Kimono Jacket: Target…KIDS section.

I know, I know, if it isn’t bad enough that I’m 31 and buy all of my clothes from TJ Maxx, I have now succumbed to the children’s section of a chain store…good news is that my very fashionable boss complimented me on it. Score!

 

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