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Sorry (not sorry) guys – but I’m suddenly in full on holiday mode. I honestly think it may be the fact that the world feels pretty troubled right now, but I find myself wanting to really savor the holidays and celebrate with loved ones this year more than ever. Which of course, also translates to plenty of blog posts that inspire you all to do the same. On board? Good.
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While we’re still slightly too early in the season for bright red, shiny dresses there are already plenty of events on my own calendar coming up that call for something slightly festive. Which is why I love black and white holiday style. With special touches like pearl details on this tulle skirtor a big ruffle on this off the shoulder sweater – they definitely feel fun but don’t feel like I’m wearing full out tinsel. Plus, the fact that they’re separates means I’ll get extra wear out of them throughout the season (this sweater will go to the office with me when paired with skinny black pants and suede loafers. And the skirt would be so cool with a denim jacket and stacked heel booties. A little bit holiday, a little bit everyday.
P.S. We shot these photos in the veryyy posh Kensington Park neighborhood in London. Those stoops!
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Now that it’s officially November, I think it’s fair to start throwing the world ‘holidays’ around, right? I picked up this emerald green jumpsuitfor our trip (specifically for our time in Edinburgh, Scotland – because if we’re being honest I pack really strategically with outfits inspired by each place) but once I wore it realized immediately how perfect it will be for holiday parties this season.
Yesterday I styled these velvet jeggings in a way that was simple yet chic for the office or casual holiday parties – but because honestly I just can’t get enough of them and wore them multiple times on our recent travels, I’m back with a more weekend ready alternative.
One of my favorite things about Fall fashion are all the luxe textures. And this outfit from Talbots I wore on our first day in Edinburgh checks off all my favorites. A classic cashmere sweater, velvet jeggings and faux fur vest. Not to mention plaid on plaid (when in Scotland.. do as the Scots do, right?).
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I like that all together it feels simple but because of the mix of rich textures it also feels super chic. It’s exactly the sort of thing I would wear to the office and then straight out afterwards for an event or holiday drinks this season. Plus, the fact that they’re separates means that you could also add any of them to a more casual look to elevate the whole thing. And can we talk about these velvet jeggings?? I know, I felt skeptical at first too but then I tried them on and proceeded to wear them on 3 separate occasions during our 10 day trip. They come in a bunch of colors but I’m loving the ivory color. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing an entirely different way to wear them.
P.S. This area in Edinburgh was called Dean Village and was truly like stepping back in time. Can’t wait to tell you more about our short but sweet time in Scotland.
London calling! As we speak, I’ve made it back to New York and am fighting off a cold and jet lag (no easy feat) – but also am so excited to share with you all the places we went and naturally, all the things I wore. This look is from our first night out in London and one of my favorites from the whole trip.
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We headed to Camden Town (kind of the East Village of London if you will, and where I lived when I studied abroad there for a semester) for a night out and ended up grabbing last minute tickets to London’s Jazz Cafe where they were playing a tribute to Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks album. I’ve been a huge Van Morrison fan since high school so I was hoping they’d do the album justice… and was literally blown away. So good that Adam and I still haven’t stopped talking about it. Then it was a few more drinks, a little dancing and back to our first AirBnB of the trip to collapse into jet lag. For the record I don’t recommend this big of a night for your first day adjusting to a new time zone, but I also don’t regret it one bit.
This leopard ruffle dress (under $40!) and patent booties held up through it all and hopefully helped fit in with the British girls who just always look so effortlessly cool. Also, carried my vintage YSL clutch that is one of my most prized purchases from the vintage markets in Camden Town – bought almost exactly 10 years ago. How’s that for full circle?