Friday, November 21, 2014

What I wore today: 11/20/14 (La Superbe)

La Superbe outfit: Madewell et Sézane "La Superbe" sweatshirt, skinny jeans, Jeffrey Campbell "Cast & Crew ankle boots," Madewell wooden collar necklace, Madewell "Colorblock Streetcar coat," Noir jewelry Dinosaur bone rib cage cuff bracelet

I wasn't kidding when I said I could live in Madewell. Lately, I've been loving neutrals and tomboy silhouettes with French-girl feminine details, and Madewell covers all those bases beautifully. 

Neutrals are not only effortlessly cool looking, but they also make getting dressed in the morning so easy since everything goes with everything else. 

La Superbe outfit: Madewell et Sézane "La Superbe" sweatshirt, skinny jeans, Jeffrey Campbell "Cast & Crew ankle boots," Madewell wooden collar necklace, Madewell "Colorblock Streetcar coat," Noir jewelry Dinosaur bone rib cage cuff bracelet
La Superbe outfit: Madewell et Sézane "La Superbe" sweatshirt, skinny jeans, Jeffrey Campbell "Cast & Crew ankle boots," Madewell wooden collar necklace, Madewell "Colorblock Streetcar coat," Noir jewelry Dinosaur bone rib cage cuff bracelet
La Superbe outfit: Madewell et Sézane "La Superbe" sweatshirt, skinny jeans, Jeffrey Campbell "Cast & Crew ankle boots," Madewell wooden collar necklace, Madewell "Colorblock Streetcar coat," Noir jewelry Dinosaur bone rib cage cuff bracelet
La Superbe outfit: Madewell et Sézane "La Superbe" sweatshirt, skinny jeans, Jeffrey Campbell "Cast & Crew ankle boots," Madewell wooden collar necklace, Madewell "Colorblock Streetcar coat," Noir jewelry Dinosaur bone rib cage cuff bracelet

"La Superbe" sweatshirt – Madewell et Sézane
Colorblock Streetcar coat – Madewell
Skinny jeans – Gap
Brown leather"Cast & Crew" ankle boots – Jeffrey Campbell, Free People
Wooden collar necklace – Madewell
Dinosaur bone rib cage cuff bracelet – Noir Jewelry 
Mismatch ankle socks – Madewell

Friday, November 14, 2014

What I wore today: 11/11/14 (Bien Fait)

Bien Fait outfit: Madewell "Delancey Slouch Trousers" Ikat pants, Jeffrey Campbell "Everly" cutout ankle boots, Prabal Garung for Target black button up with lace overlay and leather collar 
When Ryan and I went to Mood while we were in New York (photos, video), I told him how occasionally I'll see the same textile used for wildly different products from different brands, and I like to imagine that Mood was the source for both. Two different designers, each living in New York and shopping at Mood, see the same textile and give it two separate lives, each as far reaching as the other. 

I once spotted a really lovely pattern I recognized from an Anthro top used on a Crosby record player.  These pants happen to share their fabric with an Anthro top as well. When I first saw the top, I loved the pattern, but I didn't really love the shape. I even thought that I would prefer the fabric as pants. Then, a few months later, there they were at Madewell. Thank you, Mood.

Bien Fait outfit: Madewell "Delancey Slouch Trousers" Ikat pants, Jeffrey Campbell "Everly" cutout ankle boots, Prabal Garung for Target black button up with lace overlay and leather collar Bien Fait outfit: Madewell "Delancey Slouch Trousers" Ikat pants, Jeffrey Campbell "Everly" cutout ankle boots, Prabal Garung for Target black button up with lace overlay and leather collar Bien Fait outfit: Madewell "Delancey Slouch Trousers" Ikat pants, Jeffrey Campbell "Everly" cutout ankle boots, Prabal Garung for Target black button up with lace overlay and leather collar

Everly ankle boots – Jeffrey Campbell, Urban Outfitters
"Delancey Slouch Trousers" – Madewell
Lace and leather shirt – Prabal Garung for Target
Necklace – J.Crew Factory
Belt – Madewell

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November Wish List

November Wish List

As the weather turns quickly colder, I find myself coveting leather skirts, wool jackets, cashmere scarves, and plaid everything. I've also been on a bit of a skincare and haircare kick lately, no doubt inspired by the ravage of harsh winds and dry air.

01. Anthropologie, 02. Madewell, 03. J.Crew, 04. Madewell, 05. Amazon, 06. Madewell

Monday, November 10, 2014

Our New York Vacation: The Video


When we travel, I sometimes like to make a short video to keep as a souvenir along with all the vacation photos. This one will give you an idea of some of the sights and activities we enjoyed in New York. And, if you're interested, you can check out a video I made last year of a fun day trip Ryan and I took to the very charming Columbus, Indiana. Find it here

Saturday, November 8, 2014

October Ins and Outs: What I Bought and Read Last Month

October Ins and Outs

Before my Anthropologie discount ended, I scooped up a really cool Scandinavian cookbook and a The Little Prince pop-up book I've thought about buying for years.

The only other book I bought in October was a used collection of Poe stories illustrated for children. It's the perfect Halloween book.

Land of Love and Drowning, and Not that Kind of Girl were both book-club reads. Despite its beautiful language, I found Land of Love and Drowning to be very hard to get through. I think I maybe should have read it more slowly and spent more time just sitting with things, but I had to finish it in time for our meeting.

Lena Dunham's book was about why I expected: very smart and funny in parts and somewhat underwhelming in other parts. 

I absolutely tore through Love Me Back. It's beautifully written, but not for anyone who wants a linear story or a tidy ending.

The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay was hugely enjoyable and quite moving. I'm glad I finally got around to reading this often recommended book. 

Cover, Peter Mendelsund's book about his career designing book covers a big ol' tub of candy for anyone who loves design or books. Since I love both, I absolutely reveled in it. 

This is Where I Leave You was quite funny and moving in places, but left me somewhat unsatisfied. I think it's mainly because none of the female characters felt flushed out well enough. I'm still interested to see the movie. 

The Afterlife with Archie was surprisingly substantive. I knew I'd enjoy the art, but I didn't expect to get so hooked into the story. 

I finally finished Sleep Donation. It's taken me forever to get through this tiny novella because it's only available as an ebook and, for whatever reason, I can't download it on my iPad, which means I had to read the whole thing on my phone. Phone reading has worked for me in the past for simpler stories, but it just wasn't conducive to Karen Russell. But, I really wanted to get through it, so I decided to read in on the plane to New York. It was just lovely: very inventive and thought-provoking, and it put me right to sleep.