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 the Little Sister

My little sister is one of my favorite people to give gifts. She is awesome at pinpointing exactly what she wants, while still delighting in a surprise. Cut to the year she had no idea that there was a Marc by Marc Jacobs hobo bag coming her way. She cried tears. And years later, it is still on rotation in her closet.

This year she gave me three super specific ideas:

jegging // earmuffs // earband

Ear warmth is so clearly of utmost importance this winter.


My little sister is also big into beauty. Not vlogger or blogger level, but definitely more so than I am. She is the one who introduced me to the Caudalie beauty elixir. (Or rather her dog, Elsa, did as the gift was “from” her.) She has not really caught on to Glossier or Frank Body yet. I am especially looking forward to introduce her to the former, as the natural/low-key philosophy of Glossier is very consistent to her approach to skincare and make-up.

eyebrow product // blush // body scrub


For part two click here.

A Philadelphia Stepford Wife

 


I was so excited to join Long Tall Sally at the Philadelphia pop up shop this past Saturday. Initially overwhelmed by the selection of product at the shop, I spent the first 45 minutes of my time there publishing Instagram stories of the standout items, and guys, every piece was better than the last.

I had a great time interacting with so many other women who were members of #teamtall! I mean not only those who were shopping the pop up, but the Long Tall Sally team too. I will say that I was initially surprised that not everyone on the Long Tall Sally staff was physically part of the six foot club, but their entire team was most definitely part of it in spirit. The energy at the pop up shop was so remarkable; even my husband could not keep from tapping his toes to Olivia Newton John’s Physical.

I paired the leather coat with a Stepford Wife-esque shaped dress. I love that it makes the dress a touch edgier. A note about the cut on the coat: perfection. Long in the torso, long in the sleeves. The armpits do not fall towards the ribcage in the way that standard sizes do. As I mentioned to Courtney, one of the Long Tall Sally team members, I cannot wait to wear the coat over a gown to the ballet this winter!

The husband and I took a second to take a walk in the park across from the pop up shop location, just before joining the pop up. While many people walking around outside were bundled up, the sun was shining bright and warming the park. This might have been the last day this year for me to go bare-legged though. I nearly turned into an icicle during the ten foot walk from the restaurant door to the Lyft later that night.


dress (℅ Long Tall Sally) // leather coat (℅ Long Tall Sally) // pump (old, similar) // sunglasses // necklace // bracelet // earrings // black diamond cuff // green stone cuff // pearl cuff // quatrefoil ring // lipstick // eye primer // eye shadow palette // eyebrow product // eyelash curler // mascara // tinted moisturizer // cheek stain // lip liner // lipstick

As a Lady Dresses


Can you tell that I am stoked on the Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris collaboration? If writing about the part one and part two releases was not an indication, consider this the formal notice. Along with my wedding, the collaboration has been a highlight of 2017.

This tweed set was the first thing that I put in my online shopping cart. I love the lady-who-lunches vibe is exudes, while being completely appropriate for the office. This was the outfit that prompted my husband to comment that I looked ready to take on the world. The tweed fabric is sturdy, yet soft, I love the fringe and the pearl trim on the pockets.

I used to look for old Milly (with the old script label) to get a Chanel-like look. I would constantly run into the issue that the styles were not necessarily cut for a taller woman, and eventually Michelle Smith abandoned the ladylike aesthetic for something more modern and streamlined. While I know designers must evolve and I could find older styles on eBay, this transition was incredible disappointing to me.

Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris has settled my woes. This collaboration, and specifically this outfit, references Chanel while cuts fitting for a six-foot-and-over frame. As we were walking around town this afternoon, I commented to my husband that I wanted this set in powder blue, deep purple, and a gold-laced ivory. Long Tall Sally and Karl Lagerfeld Paris: ball is in your court.


dress // jacket // shoes (last seen here and here) // shoes (similar) // sunglasses // bag (similar) // bag (similar) // scarf (vintage) // pearl necklace // pearl earrings // green stone cuff // pearl cuff // black diamond cuff // quatrefoil ring // tinted moisturizer // eyeshadow primer // eyelash curler // mascara // eyebrow product // eyeshadow pallette // lip pencil // setting spray // hair dryer // hair spray // hair rollers

A Fab Collab: More LTS x Karl Lagerfeld Paris

Over a decade ago in 2006, and again in 2010, I found myself envious of those who were short enough to fit into Karl Lagerfeld’s collaboration collections with H&M and Macy’s. When the Long Tall Sally and Karl Lagerfeld Paris collaboration was released nearly a month ago, I nearly lost my mind. After I collected myself, I purchased this tweed dress and the matching jacket. (My husband commented that I looked ready to take over the world when he saw me in the ensemble. He gets it! But more on that outfit at another time.)

We returned from our honeymoon last Thursday. Upon unpacking my suitcase, which was full of summer items, I started to crave some new fall things. Long Tall Sally was amongst the first sites I checked for New Arrivals and I am so glad that I did, because there had been a few items added to the Karl Lagerfeld Paris collection. I visited the online store again today to buy a few of the items I couldn’t get my mind off of, when I saw that even more styles were released!

Today they went on a 20% off promotion. Act fast, because the reduction is only until this Thursday.

I have my eye on these:

convertible coat


pearl-embellished dress


lace trim dress


faux mink coat


pearl yoke dress


A Fab Collab: LTS x Karl Lagerfeld Paris

I have frequently discussed my love for a good (and maybe not-so-good) designer collaboration in the past. You can imagine how I audibly gasped when I saw the Long Tall Sally x Karl Lagerfeld Paris email hit my inbox this morning. I am fairly certain that those outside my office heard me, and I am not even ashamed.

I clicked the link and y’all, every piece was better than the last. Several items will be making a home in my closet this fall. I have dreams of mixing LTS x Karl Lagerfeld Paris tweed on other tweed pieces I collected over the years. Tweed on tweed. Radical, right? More radical that an insane collaboration with a brand exclusively for tall ladies? Doubt it. Let’s all high five Long Tall Sally for bringing this our way.

These are my picks from the collection:

blazer


cardigan


tweed dress


dress


pearl collar blouse


pearl dress


Don We Now Our Gay Apparel

My fiance and I hosted my parents for Christmas. Since we had a huge homemade meal planned for Christmas Day, we took Christmas Eve off from the kitchen and dined at Butcher and Singer.

Our meal was fantastic. I tried swordfish for the first time, in addition to ordering some favorites: oysters rockefeller, creamed spinach, asparagus, roasted brussels sprouts. I ate a few bites of my fiance’s chocolate cake and mom’s baked Alaska, and stole a forkfull of my father’s cheesecake.

Going into the dinner, I knew that I was going to be eating a lot of food; it is crucial to be able to recognize this when picking out one’s outfit for the night. Rather than wearing something with a static waistband, I opted for a dress with a touch of stretch, cropped tweed jacket, black leather gloves, black Kate Spade bag and black patent Cole Haan heels (both previously featured here).

Tights are a little trickier, especially for a taller woman. Two weeks ago, I ordered three pairs of Urban Outfitters opaque tights. I have had excellent luck with this style in the past. The pairs in my dresser are soft and do not have to stretch so much that they lose their opacity. I loved them so much that I had several pairs in black and charcoal gray, and even a lovely light gray pair. Unfortunately, I think the style has been updated through the years. After slipping into a new pair, my fiance pointed out several patches that were of varied in terms of opacity. The tights had to go back.

I purchased three pairs from J.Crew – the opaque and super opaque. Just after I hit the order button, I realized that I could be going about this all wrong and perhaps it was time to try a clothing line that exclusively releases designs for tall females. With that, I visited the Long Tall Sally online store and added two pairs to my virtual shopping bag, with plans to test them out on Christmas Eve and to return the J.Crew pairs.

The Long Tall Sally tights weren’t as opaque as I wished they would be. They were a lower rise than I am used to, probably because I tend to buy tights in medium/large or large and I bought these in a medium. There were a few moments that night that I had to excuse myself to the restroom and pull up the pair. The jury is still out on whether I am going to keep the second pair I ordered, but I am going to give them another shot on New Years Eve.


tall dress // basic opaque tight // superopaque tight // opaque tights // long tights // black leather cashmere-lined gloves // pearl necklace // quatrefoil ring // cable bracelet with pearl and gold // lip pencil // rose gold eyeshadow pallette