How to Dress when Mother Nature is Acting Like a Crazed Lunatic

Hi loves!

Here’s hoping your weekend was filled with football, beer, sporting cheer…ha, just kidding. I could care less about football. But congrats to all the Seahawks fans! I for one was more interested in this:

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Puppy Bowl. Stopppp.

My weekend was filled with coffee dates in Brooklyn, a cozy dinner at a friend’s apartment in Manhattan, and working on some jewelry designs. A yoga class and a long run were thrown in, too. Saturday and Sunday was absolutely GLORIOUS outside (well, in the 40s – so it’s all relative), and I broke out my baby for some TLC:

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my favorite toy came out to play!

Fast forward to Monday, which looked a little something like this:

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The view from my office in the West Village. The background that you can’t see (not even a little, don’t even try) is the Hudson River. Hey there tundra!

So while my weekend look consisted of yoga pants, oversized sweaters and my favorite Frye boots, yesterday’s ‘fit was a bit more on the bundled side:

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who needs to feel their face, anyway?

Growing up on the East Coast, I’ve learned a thing or two about adapting to the shitstorm that is Mother Nature’s hormonal rage. While I like snow, I HATE being cold. I could never live without seasons, but going from one extreme to the next on any given day definitely requires adapting, layering, and bundling to avoid pneumonia. Here are a few tricks of the snow-bunny trade (does that kinda sound sexual? anyone?) that I’ve picked up for dressing in a winter wonderland:

1. When your hands, feet, and head are cold – you’re screwed. 

While you might think you look silly in a beanie, frankly, when the real-feel temp is in the single digits, you gotta suck it up and cover.your.head! Don’t like hats? Rock a cute pair of earmuffs, or a headband! Or a snood! So many options, you’re bound to find something both cute and functional.

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Cara Delevingne makes everything look cool, but especially these winter white ‘muffs.

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While they’re not for the faint of heart, I’m loving neon beanies for adding a pop of color to an otherwise neutral look.

Because I’m a big baby when it comes to cold, my incredible momma mailed me Costco-sized boxes of hand and toe warmers (yes, the kind people use for skiing) to always have on hand. While they look like maxi-pads, the toe warmers have saved my life on many a frigid morning in the office, and the hand warmers are perfect for outdoor runs.

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Care packages from mom are the best! (She was also probably sick of hearing me complain about being cold…)

2. Invest in a coat that’s WARM, not just cute. 

I constantly see girls walking around in leather bomber jackets or wool coats that you can just tell lack a liner or any semblance of warmth underneath the oh-so-cute pastel shell and toggle clasps. Yes, you look adorable. But can you really enjoy looking so great when your mind can only focus on the complete lack of heat you’re retaining? A warm jacket is something you’ll have forever (if you pick a timeless color/cut), and it will get you through the most brutal months with all of your limbs still intact.

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LOVE how she coordinates the scarf and coat – via Brooklyn Blonde

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Camel will forever be a classic – via Atlantic-Pacific

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Army green – one of my favorite neutrals!

I invested in this one from Madewell – definitely a splurge, but it’s so cozy, and the liner is removable so it can transition from Fall to Winter perfectly.

3. Don’t forget to layer below the belt! 😉

It’s easy to throw on long sleeves, a sweater (or three) and scarves. What’s easier to forget is keeping your gams cozy! I’m a huge fan of skirts and dresses, even in winter. I went through a period as a toddler where I completely refused to wear anything but skirts, and they had to go “wiggle-wiggle.” Bless my dear, dear mother for putting up with my 2-year-old antics and finding every pair of leggings under the sun to keep her stylishly stubborn daughter from getting hypothermia on the preschool playground.

There’s a way to keep rocking dresses in the dead of winter, and it’s all about the tights/socks combo. On particularly cold days, I’ll wear tights under fleece-lined leggings or jeans, and I’ve been known to wear multiple pairs of tights at once. I love the look of thigh-high socks with tights and boots. I know there’s a risk-factor of channeling a Catholic schoolgirl, but as evidenced by this xoJane article, it can be done!

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4. Slip on a pair of these. Because they will change your life. And you’ll look damn sexy.

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Because slippers that you can microwave > lingerie

What are your tips and tricks for staying warm in glacial temps? What’s your favorite season to dress for?

xo,

Linds

8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have

This list of 8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have has been floating around for quite some time, but I only recently stumbled upon it on my daily fix of Cupcakes and Cashmere. After reading Emily’s list, I felt the urge to write down my own. It really does help hone in on the little things in life that shape who we are as women. So here goes…

Eight Things Every Happy Woman Should Have 

  1. A go-to drink… depends on the occasion and the company, but I do have my go-to’s. While it may seem cheesy, Cosmopolitans with my mom are a standby. I love most wine, though tend to go for whites over reds. I love rich seasonal beers and IPA. And no sushi dinner is complete without a lychee martini.

    Punk'n Beer. Delish, but mostly, I just bought this because my mom's nickname for me growing up was Pumpkin.

    Punk’n Beer. Delish, but mostly, I just bought this because my mom’s nickname for me growing up was Pumpkin.Shrimp Cocktail Bloody Mary at Williamsburg's Le Barricou. Get inside me. (Bloody Mary > Mimosa)Shrimp Cocktail Bloody Mary at Williamsburg’s Le Barricou. Get inside me. (Bloody Mary > Mimosa)Cucumber Rose (check out dem baby rosebuds!) Gin & Tonic at CataCucumber Rose (check out dem baby rosebuds!) Gin & Tonic at Cata

  2. A go-to Karaoke Song… ummm, no. Karoake really isn’t on my bucket list. I feel awkward enough most of the time without adding a microphone to the mix. But if I had to choose, I’d probably go for Queen. Of the ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ variety. Duh.
  1. A uniform… I love mixing girly dresses with biker boots and layers of jewelry – dresses, boots and chunky sweaters are the basis of my wardrobe. I think I love jewelry more than clothes, so my accessory stash is a bit excessive. Layers of jewelry over a simple tee, jeans and an oversized cardigan is my ultimate lazy-but-cute standby. Mixing mostly neutrals with one pop of color never fails. I’m also a fan of socks over tights in the winter -I think it might be the 8-year survivor of a Catholic all-girls school aspect of my personality peeking out?

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  2. A hair stylist they love… still working on this one! Any NYC suggestions for long-haired blondies?
  3. An exercise routine… I used to be a die-hard gym fanatic, without realizing that I had fallen into a rut. Now I’m running more than ever, something I never thought I’d enjoy. Yet I’ve found it to be the one time of the day when I’m truly focused on the present. Yoga 2-3 times a week and running 3-4 a week is my new routine, and it feels good as hell to not be trapped in a sterile gym as often. Screen shot 2013-11-23 at 5.43.50 PM

    how convenient that my yoga studio & the wine shop are neighbors!

    how convenient that my yoga studio & the wine shop are neighbors!

  4. A hobby… making jewelry has always been a hobby that I’ve wanted to turn into something more, and I finally bit the bullet and signed up for a beadwork class at SVA for next semester. I’d love to turn a hobby into something viable and really hone my skills.
  5. A best friend… I’m lucky enough to have wonderful women in my life. My best friend from high school, from college, and from my “adult” life are three completely different individuals, but they each understand me to my core. I couldn’t live without them.
  6. A healthy sense of self… I’m getting there. I have good days and bad days, but I feel like I’m coming into my own. That’s what your twenties are for, right?

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x

Linds

Sunday Reflections: Focusing on the Now

I remember hearing as a teenager how your mid-twenties are about self-doubt, fucking up, figuring out who you are, and, generally speaking, a clusterfuck of emotional inconsistency buoyed against the idea that, by 25, you should have some remote notion of who you are and what you plan on doing with your life.

At 18, that idea was laughable – 25 and still not knowing what I’m doing?! Come on, give me some credit. Of course I’ll have it figured out by then!

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Most days, I wish I could still be an 8-year-old wannabe ballerina

Yet, here I am. 25, uncertain about what I want to do, scared pretty frequently, and constantly comparing myself to where everyone else is on the spectrum of adulthood.

And, to be honest, I’m alright with it. Most of the time. Ehhh…some of the time.

I’ve found friends that I trust and who aren’t afraid to put me in my place when I’m being a little crazy – which, frankly, can be often.

I’ve learned that love isn’t something that’s a yes-or-no thing. To care about someone so much, to want nothing else than to be around that person, and to feel that terrifying “do they like me too” sensation – yes, it’s uncomfortable and freaky and hard, but it’s worth it when you think it might be a person who could be in your life for a while.

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This week has been trying, to say the least. A mass layoff at my company impacted some of the people I care the most about, and I’m dreading going to the office tomorrow and not seeing some of those faces that made me feel home. While I know that it’s a part of life, the pressing reality of negative change is terrifying.

I try to embrace Sundays for what they are – a time to relax, recharge, and begin a new week on the right foot. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but here are a few things that have gotten me through lately. Some silly, some serious, some random. Such is life?

Running 

I never, ever thought I would call myself a runner. Hell, I don’t really see myself as a runner. But it’s transformed from something I used to dread with every fiber of my being into an escape. Today marked my 3rd (unofficial) 10K, and I’m kinda damn proud of myself. Doesn’t hurt that it does wonders for your legs, right?

I never thought I’d say this, but the thought of stepping inside a gym lately makes me want to vomit a bit. I refuse to, until I absolutely have to – so, when the first snow hits the ground, me and the gym might have a reunion. But for now, it’s outside or a yoga studio or bust. Next goal – half marathon. We’ll see how that goes…

A Bedroom Revamp

I adore my bedroom, but it could use a burst of…something. A new color? New lighting? I’m not sure what just yet, but I tend to gravitate towards light palettes with an antique je ne sais quoi. I’m seeing inspiration in these amazing abodes:

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Fall Fashion 

Socks? Scarves? Boots? Where have you been all my life, lovers…

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I just picked up these ass-kicking boots, and I can’t wait to pair them with everything from denim to over-the-top girly dresses.

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This salad dressing 

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Put it on everything. Bathe in it. You’ll thank me (or Gwyneth) in the morning.

These quotes. 

Because there is truly no such thing as too many quotes. Words are where it’s at.

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{images via pinterest. duh. sensing a theme?}

x

Linds

Double the French Flair with New Dior Ads

The lighthearted charm of the new slew of Dior ad campaigns is all about Parisian prettiness, Lolita-like sex appeal and dualing doses of charm.

Mila Kunis is Jackie O with a French flair for Miss Dior AW12. Surrounded by flashbulbs and fawning photographers, Mila uses those minx-eyes to play the role of Miss Dior to coy perfection.

 

Daphne Groenevold is the flirty Brigitte Bardot to Mila’s sultry Jackie for the Dior Addict perfume campaign. Frolicking on the St Tropez Sand, blowing kisses to dashing French dandies and dancing on tables in a cherry-red leather dirndl skirt perfect for twirling and tempting sounds pretty addictive to me, oui oui?

Which Dior retro-throwback ad do you prefer?

xo

Linds

Lust List: Eyelet Bra Top

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect bra top to wear under sheer silk pieces. Most that I’ve encountered are either too girly, majorly lacking in support (I really don’t want to wear a bra with my bra top, thanks so much American Apparel), or just plain boring. Then I stumbled upon this stunner from The Lake and Stars. While not exactly in my price range, it’s the bra top dreams are made of. Neutral enough to wear with colorful tanks and tees, I love the thick straps, oversized eyelet, and retro vibe. The front straps are enchantingly unique. On the hunt for a more budget-friendly version!

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The Crème de la Crème of the 2012 CFDA Awards

The CFDA Awards: where the fashion cool-crowd comes out to play. My favorite looks from this year’s event included some belly-grazing gowns (my latest addiction, sparked by my undying infatuation with Gwyneth in Pucci), clever cut-outs, and lots and lots of leg. Minis to the max!

My undisputed favorite Proenza-bedecked duo of the evening: Karen Elson looking like a rock-and-roll Little Mermaid with winner Tabitha Simmons in casual gilded glamour

Arizona Muse in DVF

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Candace Swanepoel in Valentino

Kate Bosworth in Altuzarra

Bright whites, big city – Joan Smalls looking fresh to death in Michael Kors Americana cool, accompanied by the man himself

Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung – this is when the cut-outs become contagious

Personal Favorite Alert:

Harley Viera-Newton, flawless in Jen Kao

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Who were your fashionable front-runners this year? 

xoxo Linds