Dark & Stormy

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It’s cold and snowy here in NYC.  Something about this weather inspires me to go monochromatic in a big way and hide out in a big gray sweater.  I love pairing gray with black for a chic dark-and-stormy look.  Here’s three ways to do it and the perfect cold-weather toppers.

@home // Pants: Hudson / Sweater: Zara / Slippers: Ugg // @the mall // Sweater: Zara / Jeans: James / Booties: H by Hudson // @dinner // Jeans: Hudson / Sweater: Zara / Booties:: Zara // on top // Jacket: Mango / Hat: BCBGeneration / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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Polka Dot Blues

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Since it’s been so cold out, I haven’t had the chance to take any outfit shots.  I find it really hard to take off the sleeping bag I call a coat long enough to get on the subway these days.  Luckily, I had this post just waiting for the right time to go out.  In it, I paired a navy polka dot blouse with black jeans proving yet again that you can wear navy and black.  It’s actually really chic and subtly modern.  I love how the silk blouse softens the look and the pendant necklace creates a fun layer.  The bag is a nice pop of color in another shade of blue I adore.  Here’s to some “warmer” days to come for more outfit inspiration.

Shirt: Madewell (Old. Similar here.) / Jeans: Hudson / Boots: Vince Camuto / Necklace: J.Crew Factory (Old.  Similar here.) / Bag: J.Crew (Older color.  Same bag here. Same color bag here.)

These Boots are Made for Hiking

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My husband wants us to be one of those cool families that hike and camp and don’t need devices or TVs or fanciness in our lives.  I like to appease him every once in a while and go along for the ride.  I’m much more of a “glamper” than a rugged, durable girl, but I still like the beauty of the outdoors, some good old-fashioned fresh air and the amaziness that is seeing my son discover new things in nature.

But I still want to look good doing it.  On a recent trip I tried my darndest to marry cute with rugged.  (This was before this horrible cold-snap that has kept me off the streets and unable to take outfit shots.)  I don’t think I succeeded but it inspired me to try to find some adorable hiking apparel, starting with some cute boots (always start with the shoes, right?)  Here’s what I wore on the trip and the boots on my wish list this Christmas.

Shirt: Paige Denim (c/o) / Jeans: Hudson / Tee: Splendid / Shoes: Nike

Boot alternatives:

1: North Face / 2: Ahnu / 3. North Face  / 4. Patagonia / 5. New Balance (men’s but who cares?!)

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