All You Tweed Is Love


The husband and I made our way to Center City on Sunday. I had plans to hit A.C.Moore and stock up on arts and crafts supplies to put under the trees of less fortunate families. This year has been so full of blessings that I could not help but pay it forward.

As we walked past Philadelphia City Hall, we noticed the Dilworth Winterfest. Dilworth Park has been converted to accommodate a ice skating rink, cocktail and food tent, garden maze, and local vendors. Very festive and it adds more zest to Center City! I can practically smell the cedar and balsam just thinking about it.

Despite getting into the holiday spirit, the temperature was fairly temperate. Just looking out the window, I knew that I wouldn’t need a winter coat. I have been wanting to break out the Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally tweed blazer since I received it earlier this autumn. Pair it with the Karl Lagerfeld Paris for Long Tall Sally houndstooth cardigan over a studded dress (last seen here) and patent heels, perfection. I would wear this outfit every winter day in perpetuity; this is how much I adore the combination.


tweed blazer (℅ Long Tall Sally) // houndstooth cardigan (℅ Long Tall Sally) // studded dress // tights // sunglasses // heels (old, similar) // purse (similar, similar) // necklace // ring // hairdryer // hot rollers // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow // eyelash curler // mascara // eyebrow product // tinted moisturizer // setting spray

Getting Festive With My Bad Self: For Brother-In-Law

For parts one and two and three and four.

My brother-in-law is very straight forward when it comes to gift ideas. This year? Cable knit sweater, cable night blanket, pink oxford, workout gear. I tend to color in the lines when it comes to his gifts, although he does give me carte blanche with the most details like colors. Unless it is the pink oxford. Got it. We are going pink with the oxford.

He actually said he enjoys my style and what I pick out; in fact he was able to recall my gifts to him for the past few years.

cable sweater // oxford


For part six click here.

Basic B Essentials

 

 


Let’s be honest. As much as I love to serve up tall style realness, there is a part of me that gravitates to a more low key look. Add in rainy day weather and good luck even bringing oneself to roll out of bed!

Last weekend my little sister posted a photo with styling throwback to J.Crew at the height of Jenna Lyon’s influence. The striped shirt under the end-on-end button down? Genius to pull that out of her sartorial bag of tricks. Her interpretation inspired me to layer a long sleeve tee beneath a button down, albeit a chambray one. And trust, we both have the button down she is wearing, the only difference being our respective monograms.

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She was always the free spirit of the pod.

Did I copy cat her skater sneakers? Guilty. To be fair, I already had them in my closet (last seen here and here and here). The major thing I didn’t copy, which was next level, was her beret. For her privacy, I cropped out her face, but trust that she was throwing out next level Parisian vibes.


umbrella // shirt (old, similarsimilar) // long sleeve tee shirt // leggings (similar) // necklace (similar) // earrings // ring // shoes // shoes // shoes // shoes (alternate colorway) // shoes (similar) // shoes (similar) // hair dryer // eyeshadow base // eyeshadow // eyebrow product // eyelash curler // mascara // tinted moisturizer // setting spray

Sweater Weather

 


Want to know my favorite item of tall clothing?

I am certain that you could tell by the post title and the above images that the answer to that would be sweaters. Even brands that have tall lines seldom include a tall sweater assortment. (This is me giving the side eye to J.Crew. To only have a long length Cambridge cable crewneck, cardigan, v-neck, and turtleneck…)

When I was a junior in high school, I fell in love with a Gap black merino turtleneck sweater. My mom purchased it for me despite the fact that it was dry clean only. My mom would rarely purchase dry clean only items, so you have to understand what a huge deal this was for me. Because it was 3/4 sleeves, I was not concerned if they were too short; they were intentionally cut that way! I wore it with a pair of Gap red satin cropped pants (also got them in black and my little sister had them in gold) that, again, were intentionally cut short and looked phenomenal on a tall, lanky frame, if I do say so myself. And I do. I felt unstoppable in that outfit. History test? Wear the outfit. Showdown with the coach of the dance team about the team uniforms? Wear the outfit. Running against the class mean girl in the student council runoff election? Wear the outfit. And then win that election.

The length of the turtleneck in the torso worked with the rise of the pants in a way that I did not have to worry about my midriff being exposed. I knew what it was like getting sent home from school for “wardrobe infractions,” and I wasn’t going to chance getting sent home from second block Biology with Ms. Boatner again. (Just kidding. I despised that teacher after she threw me under the bus for something that I could not help and be happy to get out of the class.)

Fair isle, striped, cotton, merino. I will take them all. I have in my possession or have ordered most of the above sweaters in tall, and I can say with the confidence of my go-to junior year outfit, that they are winners.


merino wool crewneck // merino wool turtleneck // cotton cardigan // stripe crewneck //
fair isle crewneck // fair isle stripe crewneck // merino wool crewneck // cashmere crew sweater

Four Degrees From Kevin Bacon


I studied historic preservation and architectural history in graduate school. One of the classes that made a huge impact on me was a 500 level Urban Design seminar. And this is when I hit y’all with some next level seven four degrees of separation. The gentleman who taught the Urban Design seminar, Karl DuPuy, was a protege of Edmund Norwood Bacon. Edmund Norwood Bacon is a native son of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is also my current city. More notably, Edmund Bacon, whom his theories I studied and wrote extensively about in blue book exams, is Kevin Bacon’s father.

Let’s review that:

 you • me • Karl DuPuy • Edmund Bacon • Kevin Bacon

Congrats! You are four degrees from Kevin Bacon.

Back to urban design. I love walking through cities. You experience architecture differently than driving or biking through them (though I highly recommend the former). Add to that, that you experience architecture differently walking on either sides of the street and walking either way. While I could regurgitate that after the Urban Design seminar, I only understood it after I started long distance running while I was living in Washington D.C.

This is one of my favorite corners in Philadelphia and not only because there is a Starbucks location. I don’t love walking this neighborhood but I stand by this corner being boss.


sweatshirt // sweatshirt (alternate colorway) // long sleeve tee // vest (similar) // leggings // boots // sunglasses // tote bag // earrings // ring // hair dryer // eyebrow product // eyeshadow primer // eyeshadow palette // eyelash curler // mascara // tinted moisturizer // setting spray

My Book/Mark/Downs

 

Does anyone else bookmark items they love and continue to stalk them? (Just me….?) My current browser home page has a large selection of bookmarks from different sites. Some items I am waiting for my size to become available. Some items I am waiting to be marked down until I can reason paying promotional / sale / clearance prices. Some items I am waiting to purchase until my last month’s credit card rewards are issued. Some items I am waiting for a reason to purchase. #ballgown


navy pinstripe dress // black and white gown // blue bow blouse // black studded jeans // floral skirt // slingback heel

A Fab Collab: Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade

My Sunday mornings are for yoga. Sometimes brunch afterwards, but always yoga.

Last Sunday, I deviated from my standard wunder under-based ensemble to try out a pair of yoga pants that I purchased over a year ago, yet still had the tags attached. The first Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade collaborative collection was released in the fall of 2015. Since then, there have been at least three more releases.

I initially bought these leggings in a medium and had to exchange for a large. I usually do not love cropped leggings (#tallgirlproblems) but these were long enough that they did not turn into Bermuda-length bike shorts. The rise on these leggings is particularly low. Compounded with the facts that the waist ran large and the fabric didn’t have enough stretch to bounce back, I found myself repeatedly pulling up the leggings throughout the class. Flowing through chatarunga to up dog, my pants definitely creeped when they caught on my yoga towel. I regretted going up a size while trying to mellow out in down dog; however I think sticking with the medium would have made the leggings too tight throughout the legs. If you have slim legs, these are the leggings for you – just err on the small side.

They are cute leggings, but unless every other pair of leggings are in the hamper, I will not be wearing these to yoga or any other fitness class again. Breaking from down dog to pull up your pants…ain’t nobody got time for that!


gray tank // capri legging (similar) // yoga mat // yoga towel

Spring into 2017


I remarked how much I was looking forward to warmer weather as the fiance and I were walking home from brunch last week. The cold weather has me longing for the Spring 2017 lines. As soon as we returned to the apartment, I browsed my favorite online stores to get a jump start on seasonal wardrobe updates.

If we are being honest, I got a jump on shopping the day after Christmas when this pink and white stripe top caught my eye. It is just as dreamy as person. Rather than a poplin fabric, which it was I was expecting, I was pleasantly surprised that it is made of a cotton oxford fabric. The best part is that this top comes in tall.

Lately, I have gravitated toward bohemian-style pieces. (Cut to all of the tunics and caftans I accumulated last summer.) The blue tie-dye tunic is exactly what I have been craving for the past few months, as it combines my current favorite print with my current favorite silhouette. I cannot wait to wear it this spring for casual Fridays. This brand has not yet expanded into tall sizing, but in my experience tops in this line already run long.

I have been on the lookout for a pair of ankle length skinny white destroyed denim. These are exactly what I was hoping to find. I think they will look great with either the blue tie-dye tunic or the pink and white stripe top.

I am obsessed with this blue and white dress. The blue and white stripes remind me of the classiness of a bankers stripe button up. Once we hit spring and past opaque tights weather, this 100% cotton style is going to feel like heaven. This dress comes in tall – praise the Lord!

Top three selling points about the khaki short trench – 1) It would be perfect over every other piece from this post. 2) It comes in tall. 3) It is water resistant with a hood; perfect for being prepared for spring showers! Do you need anything else? No, I don’t think so.

The accessories are arguably my favorite pieces in this post. The statement necklace and statement earrings go together without being too matchy-matchy. The clutch is rose gold and spring is the perfect season to break the shade out after a cold winter. I love rose gold so much that I bought it in the same style as the yellow gold cuff and I cannot wait to stack them. Lastly, I feel like we should discuss the headband, and headbands in general. A polarizing topic, I was planning on polling this topic soon on my Twitter, but I am just going to put it out there that I love this accessory especially in unconventional and upscale materials and fabrics. Thoughts on the Blair Waldorf essential?


tie-dye tunic // pink and white stripe flutter sleeve top // khaki hooded short trench // rose gold clutch // statement necklace // statement earrings // gold cuff // feather headband // white destroyed jeans // blue and white striped dress

Attempting to Go Off-Brand

In an effort to try new things, I attempted to go off-brand when picking out my outfit for brunch last Saturday. I started with the black studded dress. It is something that I would have gone bonkers for while I was still in high school at the turn of the millenium – does anyone else long for the days where the major clothing trends were metallics, leather, and embellishments? I blame-slash-credit The Matrix – and it was one I went bonkers for a few weeks ago when I saw it online. The dress came in tall and it was on clearance, and lucky for you there are still more in stock.

Even luckier for you, I am giving the heads up that this style is see-through, as I unpleasantly found out as I made my way out of the lobby of my building. Wear a slip with it. The hem of my slip fell beneath the hem of the dress, which I thought really worked for my going off-brand approach.

Not so lucky about the sequin cardigan, however. As mentioned in A Fab Collab: New Balance x J.Crew, I bought nearly every item from the L’Wren Scott (Fact: L’Wren Scott [R.I.P] was a fellow tall girl, clocking in at 6′-3.) x Banana Republic Collection that came in a tall option. I immediately coveted this cardigan, as it and the two others I purchased, reminded me of some Eric Daman-crafted costumes.

I voted the booties as Least Likely to be Found in My Closet in A J.Crew Shoe Review. A purchase I did not remember making, I bought these after taking out an entire bottle of red on Election Night. (For the record, it was not a happy drunk night.) When the J.Crew box arrived in the mail and I opened the shoe box, I had to laugh at myself. I soon realized how free my calves felt after trying them on and walking around on the carpeted area of the apartment. I was sold.

The coat is one of the few I own that is not J.Crew outerwear. I purchased it back in 2010 from The Gap. Like J.Crew, outerwear at The Gap does come in tall options. The material is certainly not the Nello Gori-quality of that of the J.Crew counterparts, but it is also not nearly as expensive. For the 40-50 degree temperature of last Saturday in Philadelphia, the lighter fabric of this coat was ideal.

The accessories are where my attempt to go off-brand went awry. Rather than a winter scarf or necklace, I went with a vintage equestrian scarf that I found in a thrift store in York, England. Wanting to carry something different than my go-to Kate Spade handbag (last seen here), I tore my closet apart looking for a bag that would suit the outfit and realized that I did not own another black handbag. I did have a plaid Coach clutch circa 1999. With that choice, the final nail was put in my off-brand effort.


dress // boots (similar) // boots (similar) // boots (similar) // coat (similar) // coat (similar) // sunglasses // scarf (similar) // scarf (similar) // scarf (similar) // scarf (similar) // earrings (similar) // ring // pearl cuff // black diamond bracelet // lip pencil // eye makeup pallette