Last week I was lucky enough to attend a show for New York Fashion Week for work. It was so fun and super fast paced. Seriously, I never realized how short runway shows actually are, and everything goes faster when you’re trying to take photos, edit, and live tweet all at the same time. We stayed at the TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South which was really cute, and very convenient to the show location and Penn Station.
NYFW – Day
The day of the show I had some free time to walk around and explore the High Line and Chelsea Market. I’ve been wearing this Madewell (via Ebay) vest a ton the last couple of months, and have found it to be surprisingly versatile.
Vest is sold out, but similar here.
NYFW – Night
I knew I had to wear black (duh) to the actual show, but I also wanted to wear something pretty simple since I was technically working. I actually didn’t spend too much time worrying about my outfit, as I knew what I wanted to wear pretty much right away. This top is another purchase that I’ve been wearing a lot this summer and works in basically any situation, so I knew it would be perfect. I also needed to wear comfortable shoes, so I went with the J. Crew Anya ballet flats instead of heels.
I have been on the hunt for the perfect everyday ballet flat forever. I’ve tried on countless pairs, returned numerous online orders, and googled “most comfortable ballet flats” for hours over the past few years. I’ve been looking for ballet flats that are comfortable but sturdy, well made but not ridiculously expensive, simple but still cute – and the J.Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats (the Factory version of the J.Crew Cece Suede Ballet Flats) are exactly that.
They come in a ton of different colours, the opening of the shoe is slightly elasticized, and the sole and sides of the shoe are nice and soft. The only downside of the J.Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats is that suede is not as durable and easy to clean as if they were made from leather. Now that the weather is (sort of) warming up in Boston, these have become the only shoes I reach for. Thanks Lisa for the recommendation!
J.Crew Factory Anya Suede Ballet Flats in Pale Mint
If you’re anything like me, getting ready in the morning can be something you dread. Knowing you have to leave for work in 5 minutes, while staring into your closet and wondering if anyone will notice if you re-wear the shirt you wore last Tuesday, is not fun for anyone. While spring may seem far away, being snowed it is a great time to do a thorough “spring” cleaning of your closet! Not only will it help you feel fresh and more efficient, donating the clothing and accessories you no longer need is an easy way to give back to charity. We’ve all heard the hanger trick – turn the hangers in your closet so they’re facing the same way, and when you wear something and put it back, turn the hanger the opposite way – but who has the patience for that? Here are my recommendations for cleaning out your closest in the quickest and most painless way possible!
1) Get Inspired
Pour a glass of your favorite wine, browse dream closets on Pinterest, and put on some music or inspiring episodes of TLC’s What Not to Wear. If you’re feeling particularly unmotivated, Hoarders works even better.
2) Divide and Conquer
Go through each item in your wardrobe, and in addition to your “keep” pile (items you absolutely love, wear all the time, and are in great condition), seperate the remaining items into the piles below. Evaluate every piece of clothing and check for damage, and try it on to make sure it still fits (be honest!). Take into consideration how much you’ve worn the item, as well as how it fits in with the rest of your wardrobe – and don’t be afraid to let things go!
- Toss/Recycle (the v-neck tee you sleep in – and OK, sometimes wear to brunch – that has seen much better days)
- Go ahead and throw out items that have irreparable holes, stains, or are otherwise no longer wearable. Even better, find a clothing recycling program in your area that accepts textiles in any condition, such as H&M’s Garment Collection Service.
- Donate to Goodwill (the sweater your ex-boyfriend’s mom gave you that is definitely not your colour)
- Any items that are in decent condition, but no longer fit you, aren’t your style, or just no longer fit in your life, but aren’t top name brand, can be donate to Goodwill or similar organizations.
- Donate to Fashion Project (the designer dress you wore to 3 weddings last season that is still in great condition, but you and your tagged Facebook photos are ready for something new)
- For gently used or like-new designer items, Fashion Project is a great option to easily pass on your clothing to a new home while allowing you to give back. Simply request a donation bag online (see their accepted brands here), send them the items (shipping is on them!), and know the majority of the proceeds from your items sold on Fashion Project will go to a charity of your choice.
- Fix (the boots you wore every day last winter until you wore the heel out)
- Don’t put it off any longer – get these items repaired and back in your life! You’ll be happy you did.
- Save (the dress you wore to your bachelorette party that is a little too short now, but reminds you of your best friends)
- If you have space, it’s OK to hold onto items with sentimental value a little bit longer.
3) Say Hello to the New Organized and Stylish You
Once you’ve sorted through all your items, put everything you’re keeping back in an organized fashion – in a way that makes sense to you. Do you plan outfits around colour schemes, or would you rather be able to grab a blouse from your new “tops” section? If you’re short on space, put off-season things (hello, puffy winter coats) into storage under your bed or on the top shelf of your closet. Now, enjoy how much faster and less stressful it is to get ready with your new organized wardrobe, while knowing you have given back to charity (with the karma and tax receipt to prove it)!
So this Kate Spade Glitter Bug Card Holder was part impulse buy (the glitter) and part planned buy (the card holder). I have a few bags that don’t have an inner slot for cards, so I had been thinking about getting a card holder so all my cards don’t fly out of my bag every time I reach for something. I first spotted the pink “rose gold” version of this card holder on my friend Lisa, and when I saw the silver “aurora glitter” version in person I couldn’t resist. It’s the perfect size for 3-4 essential cards, and lets you easily switch bags since everything is in one case and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. I also like that the case has a laminated appearance and texture so it’s still super sparkly but smooth.
Plus – everything at Kate Spade in-stores and online is 25% off until Sunday, 11/16/14 with the code BEMERRY!
So the leaves have started to change in Boston, which means much cooler weather will be here soon. I’m slightly terrified of what will be my first winter in Boston, but I am excited for my first Boston fall – including cute fall clothes! Here are some pieces that are currently on my wishlist. Inspired by capsule wardrobe-focused blog Unfancy, I’ve definitely been leaning (even more, if that’s possible) towards a mostly monochromatic and easy to mix-and-match look lately.