I met up with Madeline during a balmy afternoon to shoot this outfit. We met electronically via a Facebook group, and made plans to collaborate. I love her work, and was excited to meet her IRL. I immediately loved her. We chatted about all sorts of things – the beauty of Beacon Hill, pets, hair stylists, our love for California. She is a fabulous person and a total lady-crusader, and my unbiased opinion is that you should follow her on Instagram if you don’t already.
This outfit is made of pretty classic pieces: a (faux) leather skirt with leopard print and a camel leather bag. These are pieces that will be in my closet until they literally fall apart. Can we take a second to admire this bag? I found it at a thrift store for a whopping $10, and while there’s no brand markings, it looks like a vintage Coach bag. It holds an insane amount of stuff, and I’ve been using it non-stop because it’s that perfect color that goes with basically everything.
Sweater: J. Crew. This is the Tippi sweater, which is one of their classic styles that has endless rotating colors so if leopard isn’t your vibe, they have TONS of other options.
Skirt: J.Crew but I scored it at one of my fav consignment stores in Portsmouth, NH called Wear House.
Bag: Vintage, but some similar vintage options are here, here, here, and here.
Shoes: Steve Madden. I’ve had these forever and couldn’t find a link to the exact ones, but they’re not crazy unique and there are a lot of similar styles available. Try here, here, or here.
Have you ever admired a style or trend on someone, but been too afraid to try it? Same. I loved statement sleeves on everyone I saw, but nonetheless shied away from them. Thank goodness for my friends at The Closet Electric. They knew the power of the sleeve.
The sleeves are so fun, and I couldn’t help but dance around when I had it on. Because the top is a little voluminous, I paired it with skinny jeans to balance out the look. Same dance moves, new sleeves.
I’m also wearing my current favorite heels. Long story short, I fell in love with them via an unrelated brand’s look book. Because said unrelated brand didn’t sell these shoes, I went on an internet hunt and finally found these – which were inconveniently six hundred dollars more than I wanted to pay for them. Amen for price alerts, because a few months after finding them, a handful of sizes in this light grey color went on sale. 60% off to be exact. They were still more than I wanted to pay, but considering I had gone months without ending anything that held a candle to these, I bit the bullet and am SO happy that I did. They’re basically perfect, imho.
Don’t be surprised if you see me wearing this top all of time IRL too, because I’m addicted to how fun it is and it may or may not have started a spiral of ruffles on everything. (I ain’t sorry.)
(Side note: How amazing is this mural?! It’s on the side of a Five Guys in San Diego. Boston, can we step up our street art game? Coolthankssss.)
Top: The Closet Electric
Heels: Aquazzura. Lower heel version on sale here. (These are the most similar style shoe at a more reasonable price. Madewell also had a nice pair, but it’s no longer on their site. Check in stores though!)
Sunglasses: Quay Australia
Thank you to The Closet Electric for their generous gift, and thank you for supporting brands that support Champagne Thursday!
Wearing Madewell, buying Madewell, and somehow I miraculously did not spill coffee all over myself once second after this was snapped.
How awesome is this embroidery?!
Ft. Lonesome hard at work
My gal pals Bethany (left) and Gabby (right)
Jordan, the awesome lady behind these great Madewell events
There are a lot of brands I like, but Madewell continues to knock it out of the park. Their chic and understated offerings are the backbone of my closet. They have killer designer collaborations. My local Madewell has killer pop-up events with amazing local brands.
They also hit a home run in one of my soft-spot categories: recycling. Do you know that you can insulate a house with denim? It takes 500 to 1,000 pairs of old jeans to insulate They’ve partnered with Blue Jeans Go Green™ to recycle your denim.
It’s super easy.
Step one: Find jeans your don’t wear/don’t want anymore.
Step two: Bring them to Madewell. They take care of sending them to Blue Jeans Go Green™.
Step three: Get $20 off the purchase of a new pair of jeans.
The hardest part is remembering to grab the old jeans as you leave your place. It took me a few trips out the door before I remembered my bag of denim, but I have faith in you. There isn’t an expiration date on this program, so don’t worry about missing it if you forget it the first time. (Read about the program and find a participating location here.)
These pictures are from Madewell’s fall denim tour, which featured custom embroidery by Fort Lonesome. Thank you to Gabby, for these awesome pictures!
Sweater: A Ruby / Denim: Madewell / Tote: Similar / Booties: Aldo (similar here and here)
Neutrals are the backbone of my closet. I have a tendency to be attracted to louder pieces (hello sequins), but the neutrals balance them. The classics are the items I reach for time and time again, and this turtleneck is no exception.
Man Repeller recently published an essay about outfit templates. The article is here, but the CliffsNotes version is that people have a go-to clothing combo. I’m more adventurous in the warmer months, but as soon as temps begin to dip, I find myself in the outfit template seen here. I mean, can you really go wrong with jeans/sweater/booties? No, I didn’t think so. With the oversized cut of this sweater, there’s styling flexibility. Wear fully untucked (as I did here), do the “J.Crew half-tuck,” or tuck it fully into a skirt. Three looks, one sweater. I’m basically a magician here.
With A Ruby creating such well-made neutrals, it’s hard to go wrong. So whether I’m leaning toward my sequin pants or toward my denim, these classic pieces have equal hold on both sides of my crazy wardrobe.
Boston friends- if you like to shop IRL, you’re in luck. They just opened a pop up location in Copley Place (Level 2 near the central elevators). There’s a fun event tonight from 4-8. Stop by to have a glass of wine and preview the India Hicks holiday collection. You can even get styled by A Ruby’s own Avra Myers! I hope to see you there.
Crop top: Express / Skirt: Asos (here or here) / Flats: Steve Madden (similar here and here)
Ah, the double-edge sword of being busy IRL. On the plus side, you’re doing fun things, seeing people, being social! You’re getting ideas and photos to use for blog content! On the down side, you’re busy doing things and not busy converting it to an actual post. Life is also accumulating, so then you have stuff to catch up on (laundry, dishes, vacuuming the endless supply of hairballs produced by your dog).
Boston has so many fun events, store pop-ups, and restaurant openings that my calendar has been full. I have LOTS to share with you, but for today, we’ll start with an outfit that I shot with Miranda on a day much warmer than today.
I love a pleated midi-skirt. Because of its length, it’s always appropriate for work. If you pair it with a tee or tank, it just as easily fits into a weekend wardrobe.
Ankle-strap flats and a crop top were on the docket for this weekend casual look. It was warm when we shot this, but imagine it paired with a long camel color coat. Add some black booties (heel or no heel, whichever works in this imagination of yours). If you’re feeling wild, throw a faux fur stole around your shoulders. Boom, we have magically transitioned this outfit for cold temps.
I’ve linked to some items below, in case you want to know exactly what I would pair with this to make it seasonally appropriate. Now if/when I reshoot this outfit with aforementioned items, pretend to be surprised.