Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What I Wore: New Year's Eve Pt. II

Yesterday Katie shared her NYE look and I absolutely loved her sequin leggings. Here's my take with a different type of sparkle. We all know that I love an all black look, so it should be no surprise that's what I chose. I also love a good statement necklace with a red lip for a pop of color.

Top // Loft (similar)
Skirt // Loft (similar)
Heels // Enzo Angiolini (similar)
Necklace // Bauble Bar (same but different color, also love this option)
Earrings // The Limited

One of the things that I absolutely love about this skirt is that it has pockets. Any skirt or dress that has pockets is infinitely better in my opinion! All of these pieces were also pulled from my capsule wardrobe, so this look gets extra points from me. 

What are your plans for the New Year? Mine are still up in the air and I'm looking for suggestions! (I put the pro in procrastinate!)


Monday, December 29, 2014

What I Wore: New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve, for me, is an excuse to get dressed up in one of my favorite things to wear: sequins (which, if it were socially and fashionably acceptable, I would wear everyday.) This year is no different. I am pairing a pair of Lucy Paris sequin leggings with a plain black tee for a laid back, yet sparkly look.

Here's what I am wearing:

Top: Nordstrom BP; Pants: Lucy Paris; Shoes: Louboutin.



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gift Guide: Gifting Myself

Each year for my birthday and Christmas, I always go out and get myself a little something. I'm not sure how it started, but I have really enjoyed treating myself to something around the holidays and my birthday (Christmas Eve). The past few years it's been a new pair of boots. This year I decided to switch it up a bit and put together a little gift basket of some of the smaller things that I didn't put on my Christmas list. Here's what I'm giving to myself:

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11

I'll be honest, numbers 5, 6, 7 and 9 are on my Christmas list, but they're also items that I would gladly go out and purchase for myself. All the rest are others that have caught my attention recently. They're nothing too exciting, but a great mix of practical needs and fun wants. Are you getting yourself anything for the holidays? Share what you're gifting yourself below.

Till next time,

Monday, December 22, 2014

What I Wore: Nutcracker & Tulle

I channeled my inner Carrie Bradshaw this weekend when I attended The Joffrey Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker. I paired a gold top from Nordstrom with my favorite look for this holiday season -- a huge tulle skirt. While it definitely spilled over into the seat next to me, this skirt screams holidays and looked great paired with a wool Nanette Lepore blazer.

Here's how I wore it:

Skirt: Akira Chicago; Top: Nordstrom; Blazer: Nanette Lepore; Shoes: Louboutin.

Bag: YSL.

Tulle is my favorite look this holiday season!

XO & Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What I Wore: Travel Day

Happy Wednesday! Mr. and I are in Houston this week. We arrived yesterday and I thought I'd share my travel outfit with you. And, this is the first outfit I'm sharing from my winter capsule!

Top // Gap
Cardigan // Banana Republic
Bottoms // Aritzia
Shoes // Aldo
Scarf // Francesca's Collection

These pants are the comfiest thing on earth. When I first tried them on I seriously questioned whether something so amazing could exist. They're an awesome spandex fabric that makes them really comfy to move around in. They were the perfect travel option! I always wear a cardigan and bring a scarf as I always freeze on planes. Love this Francesca's Collection scarf that doubles as a blanket. All together I love this travel outfit!

And hey! I got a haircut! I was so ready for a change and am happy with how it turned out. This is probably the shortest my hair has ever been, but I kinda want to go even shorter! Maybe next time!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Natalie's Winter Capsule Wardrobe

If you missed it, or want a refresher, you can find an introduction to my capsule wardrobe here. I started all of this because I was unhappy with what I had in my closet and getting dressed in the morning was a real pain. I had a ton of stuff that I only liked and just a few pieces that I loved. And what's the point of having something you don't love? I narrowed it down and for the next 3 months I'll be rotating 36 pieces. 19 of them I pulled from storage or rolled over from my last capsule, and the rest are new. Here's an overview...

From my trial run capsule from September - November, I learned a few things: I like feminine fabrics, clean lines, and monochrome. It's much easier to put pieces together in the morning if all of the pieces already go together. I tried to find an accent color and decided on burgundy/wine. But, I had a hard time finding things that I loved. So, I have a few burgundy, red and blush pink... kinda sticking with the pink/red family which I love for the holidays.

Here's how I put it together:

Step 1: Plan
The first thing I did was look at my calendar. Since my winter capsule will take me through Christmas, New Years, Valentine's Day, and multiple birthday's, I wanted to make sure I had enough holiday appropriate-ware. Then I looked a my work calendar. We're business casual M-Th, and casual on F. We have a few meetings coming up that call for full-on business, so I'm just going to switch out my pants on those days/weeks for my more business/suit trousers. Since they're not something that I'll be wearing on a weekly or even monthly basis, it didn't seem necessary to include in the entire capsule. I also know there is at least one trip to Texas in December and one to Boston in February. So keeping those in mind was important.

Then, I tried to decide on a number that worked for me. I allowed myself up to 40 pieces, but fell under that at 36. Here's how I allotted them: 20 tops, 9 bottoms, 1 dress, 4 jackets and 6 shoes. Below you can see the planner that I used. Everything that is in italics is rolled over or pulled from storage. The majority of my items are from Banana Republic, Aritzia and Loft. When shopping I looked for good sales and when I found something I really liked, I bought it in multiple colors.

Step 2: Shoes
Chicago is stupid cold, so I knew the easiest second step would be shoes - they're a no-brainer. I took my only 2 tall boots, 1 pair of booties, 1 pair of flats, and 1 pair of heels. They'll work with the weather, and they're versatile! I had wanted to add an additional pair of booties but couldn't find a pair that I loved. I think if I happen to find some while I'm out, I'll allow myself to buy those, but otherwise no shopping for me!

Bottom row (L-R): Cognac Boots*; Black Boots
*=actual item in my capsule
Step 3: Tops & Jackets
This is where the majority of my budget went for the season. I knew I wanted more sweaters and a few basic tops. One thing I absolutely wanted/needed to add was a basic black top that wasn't just a cotton t-shirt. Check. I also wanted some boxy sweaters, and lots of black and cream. Check and check! I also knew this was where I wanted to add the color. Blazers are included in this category too! I don't have images for everything that's in my capsule. If I couldn't find the exact item, then I tried to find something similar.

Step 4: Bottoms
There are only a few bottoms that I wear on a regular basis, so this was easy. Mostly because I absolutely despise shopping for pants. Probably because I'm not a stick. I've have an ass and hips (thanks mom!). Don't get me wrong, I love having curves, but they really make shopping a pain. Ya feel me? I have a professional work environment and a causal home life, so the majority of my bottoms reflect my professional work place. Casual Friday's are awesome, so I do have some jeans thrown in for that and the weekends. Also leggings with long shirts or long cardigans are okay in my book, so I have 2 pairs.

Step 5: The Extras
I wanted to include some extras, so I threw in a black shirtdress, a black skirt and the same skirt in a pink/blush color (all are pieces I don't wear regularly, but will be great with the upcoming holidays). I also hope that having them as part of my capsule will force me to be more creative in wearing them.

Note: Not Included
I haven't included my winter jacket, winter boots and workout clothes. Since Chicago is so cold, I don't typically change my jacket or boots, so those will stay the same.

In the end, there wasn't as much black and I had planned or intended. And there wasn't as much pattern as I wanted. Which is okay! I didn't find any patterned pieces that I really loved, so I passed on them.  I'm really excited about everything that I have for the next 3 months and I can't wait to share the outfits I've been putting together!

Are you doing a capsule wardrobe? Leave a link to your blog in the comments below!

Friday, December 5, 2014

What I Wore: Winter Whites

For our annual Christmas tea at The Peninsula Hotel, I chose to break the winter whites. I wore a heavy, white sweater and grey leggings with silver and gold jewelry — sticking to the holiday feel. Btw, if you haven't had tea at The Peninsula, especially during Christmas, I encourage you to try it. It's definitely one of my favorite things to do during the holidays!

Here's what I wore:

Sweater & Necklace: H&M; Leggings: Akira; Boots: Dolce Vita.

Bracelet: Henri Bendel.

My favorite holiday tradition :)