Shirting Stripe Skirt

 


I went on a bit of a shopping binge this week. When you see things you like, go after it or risk obsessing about it until you can find it NWT on eBay, yes? I found several things on markdown, along with discount codes, thus I couldn’t resist.

The skirt was also on markdown with an extra percentage reduction. It is available in tall and has an elastic waist, both of which sold me on the skirt. I purchased three sizes and kept the smallest one. As much as I wish it was a result of weight loss, I do believe that this skirt simply runs large. I love that it is made of two types of shirting fabric, much like the cocktail shirt I purchased several months ago. I cannot wait to pair the two for an office ensemble.

The bucket bag was the bag of last summer, no? Perhaps the shape has passed it’s peak, but I do not care. The leather is so buttery soft and the color is so muted that it works as a neutral. As I wrote in a post last summer, I will unapologetically wear anything as long as it fits my aesthetic and I like it. And I not only like this bag, but I love this bag. It is here to stay.

I purchased the shoes on deep discount. I covet everything that Princess Kate wears and as I have written about before, I love her navy blue cork wedges. Yes, I have a similar pair with a lower wedge, but those are not the ones my friend Kate sports. Financially less responsible than I typically am? Perhaps. However, I will not kick myself for weeks to come when I realize that they are no longer available. Unfortunately for you, they are only available on consignment sites; fortunately for you, there are several similar options available.


v-neck tee // tank // skirt // bucket bag (splurge) // bucket bag (budget) // sunglasses //  quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // pearl and gold cuff // earrings //  wedges // wedges (similar) // wedges (similar) // wedges (similar) // eyeshadow pallette //  mascara // eye liner // eyelash curler // eyebrow product // lip color // lip liner // tinted sunscreen // make up setting spray // nail color

En Vogue With Your Skin Out

Did anyone else not see winter store Stella coming? Yes, there was snow in the forecast a week prior, but this winter has been so temperate that I just did not believe that snow was going to happen in Philadelphia.

Mid-morning of our snow day, during a momentary pause of the snowfall, the fiance and I wanted to check out the snow coverage and whether the snow plows had made their rounds, so we went up to our apartment rooftop.

We were in the middle of a marathon laundry day, so I took a walk on the wild side and wore a cocktail dress paired with all weather boots for the day. I cannot remember the last time I wore this particular dress. (Edit: False. It was fall 2014, layered over a long sleeve forest green cashmere tee shirt.) It is comfortable enough to wear the entire day, so #livealittle.

I think my favorite part of the outfit are the gloves and the scarf. Despite different brands, the gloves are lined with the same colored cashmere as the scarf. Both accessories, but especially the gloves feel very 1950s ladylike. Or Olivia Pope.


scarf // watch // cuff // earrings // bracelet // sunglasses // gloves // socks // boots (mine) //  boots (his)

Wear What You Know

 

After yoga class last Sunday morning, the fiance and I decided to have brunch at North 3rd. Along the way there, we found a beautiful ivy-lined fence. While I do not condone ivy growing on the exterior of any building, ivy growing on fencing is acceptable, as it is considerably less expensive to replace a cedar fence once the moisture destroys it.

I stuck with an outfit formula that I have used in past (last seen in this post). When the yoga class was over, I changed out of yoga leggings to shower and change into – tada! – a (clean) pair of yoga leggings. With an army green waxed jacket, skater sneakers, and a concert tee shirt older than I am, I was ready for brunch.

The concert tee shirt is by far my favorite part of the outfit; possibly my favorite item in my closet. While my parents were dating, they and a group of their friends went to one of the Hampton Roads dates. As my dad tells it, it was a general admission show and there was actual sprinting of their entire posse when the gates opened to get a plum standing spot in the venue. Rocking out to the Rolling Stones…they were much cooler than I was at that age, but do not tell them I said that.


jacket // tank // wunder under legging // sunglasses // sneakers (similar) // clutch (similar) // ring // pearl cuff // bracelet with black diamonds // eyeshadow pallette // lip pencil

Winter White Waiting for Snow

 

In the winter of 2009, I was impressed by a sartorial combination of a winter white dress and black opaque tights. I was immediately jealous of the genius wearing it – I wish I had thought of that combination first. Since then, I purchased many a winter white dress, and I love wearing all of them with black tights.

Last weekend, with the intent to shop the post-holiday sales, I made my way into Center City. I was wearing my most recently purchased winter white dress, black opaque tights, black riding boots, grey peacoat, grey scarf, and blush sequin cardigan. Along the way into Center City, I found myself in the garden next to the Bishop White House. Shortly after the fiance and I left the garden, it started to snow – barely – and it made me all the more happier that I had a multilayered outfit.

While my dress is from last winter, I put together a list of favorite winter white dresses that come in tall lengths.


fringe sweater dress // cowl neck sweater dress // sleeveless sweater dress // ruffled shift dress // wool a-line dress


peacoat // riding boot // tights // earrings // rose gold cuff // black diamond cuff // pearl cuff // quatrefoil ring


My Favorite Things

 

I have the best childhood memories of picking out Christmas trees with the family. We would drive out to a Christmas tree farm, look and look until we found the perfect tree, and enjoy a hot chocolate and candy cane. This Christmas being the first my fiance and I have been living together, I insisted that we drive about an hour out of the city to Tuckamony farm. (The staff there was so sweet. I highly recommend it if you are in the Philadelphia area.) We combed three tree fields until we found the perfect one. Luckily the back seats of my SUV were disassembled and the tree fit. Thank sweet baby Jesus, because neither of us wanted to drive back down 95 with a Christmas tree riding piggy back!

My outfit was perfect for the 50 degree weather.

When I saw the plaid shirt came in tall, I immediately jumped at it, especially since I ordered it on a Black Friday promotion. (I loved the plaid so much, I may have [definitely did] ordered the matching pajama pants for myself [and my sister, who is even taller than me], complete with monogram [hers too], since they came in tall.)

I have been looking for tall length sweaters a lot lately. I ordered the fiance a tall medium in a men’s lambswool crewneck style about two months ago. Yesterday was the day I realized that I wanted to borrow it. I love that it fits roomy enough to wear over a button up while fitting streamlined enough to wear beneath a vest. I love the long length of the sleeves and the body. I love that it smells like the fiance the most.

I cannot sing the praises of Lululemon leggings enough. Unfortunately they weren’t the best pant to wear while walking through a Christmas tree farm. Holly leaves and prickly pieces got me as we were traversing the three fields.

I bought a pair of Loeffler Randall Marits about a year and a half ago. (Note: Go up a size in all Loeffler Randall styles.) I wore them so much that I wore a hole in the right sole. Rather than purchase a new pair of $600 boots, I opted to bring them to a cobbler and pay $75 for new leather soles. Yesterday was my second day wearing them since they came back from the cobbler, and I can confirm that it was an excellent decision. This does not stop me from putting a brown pair of Loeffler Randall boots on my Christmas list.


plaid button up // crewneck sweater // vest // boots (similar) // sunglasses // bracelet // earrings // bag (similar) // bag (similar)

Thankful

The fiance and I live at least two flights away from either set of our parents’ homes. Since it was just us for Thanksgiving, we decided that dining out would be the way to go. After much research, we chose XIX for an afternoon Thanksgiving brunch. With an all-you-can-eat raw bar in addition to the traditional holiday staples, XIX was a no-brainer.

Being the ever-wandering daughter, I have been to enough restaurant Thanksgiving brunches to know that an oversized shirt and leggings is just not appropriate (and let’s be honest, even if I made it home, my mom would not be a fan of either of her daughters congregating at her holiday table in athleisure); however it is a total rookie move to wear anything with a static waistband. An empire-waist dress is definitely the way to go! This dress from last year’s J.Crew winter selection, was perfect for the outing. With a cocoon coat and Cole Haan with Nike Air Technology heels, I was ready for walking to and from the restaurant; thus walking off the inevitable food baby.

I love most of J.Crew’s tall line of dresses and this dress is no exception. While this style is no longer available, I have found a selection of dresses, with either empire waists or belt-able over a less fitted silhouette. The best part is that every style I picked comes in tall, and ranges in price points. For the tall J.Crew, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Gap lines, as well as other less tangible things and people in my life, I am thankful.


embroidered swing dress // pintuck swing dress // long sleeve wrap dress // boucle wrap dress // silky split-neck dress // lace-trim shirtdress


coat // purse (similar) // eye shadow pallette // lip color // earrings // necklace // ring // pearl cuff

A Love Letter to Gap and Tall Sweaters

Upon realizing that the only breakfast food we had in the home was bacon and two eggs, the fiance offered to take me to brunch on Saturday. I checked the weather to see that it was 66 degrees out (in Philadelphia, mind you). Wearing a turtleneck and plaid skirt sans tights seemed like a ideal weather-wise combination, while the colors felt seasonally appropriate.

I have to give it to Gap for designing sweaters that come in a tall length. Not all tall lines extend to sweaters. (Ball is in your court, J.Crew.) How annoying it is to have a sweater fit through the torso, only for the overall length and that of the sleeves to fit cropped! The sweater I wore to brunch was a turtleneck style that I purchased back in 2013. The quality is pretty remarkable as it has kept it’s shape and color, but to be honest, I have come to expect that from the Gap. Looking back, I wish I had purchased it in black, and other available colors.

A quick note on the skirt: I bought it from Brooks Brothers about two years ago. Brooks Brothers does not extend its lines to tall; however the hemlines are typically more conservative, so a longer version is not always necessary. I am a sucker for any black watch plaid item, be it a skirt (check!), popover shirt with beaded detail (check!), or the fiance’s wallet (check!).


sweater // ballet flats // skirt (similar) // skirt (similar) // black tartan dress // lip color //eyeshadow pallette // satchel (similar) // necklace // necklace // earrings // bracelet // ring // sunglasses

I Heart Houndstooth

Several weeks ago while perusing the J.Crew online store, an oversized houndstooth-print dress with a pleated flounce hem at the header of the tall section caught my eye. As I scrolled down the page, the dress was no where to be found. A quick tweet to @j.crew_help and I got the item’s official name and confirmed that it came in tall. An email exchange later and the dress was preordered, complete with complementary overnight shipping.

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I ordered the dress on a Monday and I was hoping to wear it for my engagement photos the Saturday immediately after; however I was advised by the Very Personal Stylist that the dress wouldn’t be available for shipping until the Tuesday after my session. I was pleasantly surprised when I got a notice that my order was shipped two days after I placed the preorder. I was even more thrilled when I slipped it on and it fit perfectly.

The dress is just as stunning in person as online. If anything, I would say that the print looks softer in person and while I love a bold print, that is a good thing. From the photo in the tall header (since the item was not posted in the online store, the item description was unavailable), I thought I would be getting a black and white dress. The dress was actually ivory and shades of deep brown, charcoal, and black, making it super versatile in terms of pairing with a coat, shoes, and accessories. Additionally, J.Crew also offers an elastic-waist pant in this print.

The dress is marketed on the J.Crew website as a “30-second (holiday) outfit.” I can attest to the ease of it, as I have worn it twice more since my engagement photos, to work and to Crate & Barrel, for putting together the wedding registry with my fiance. The latter of which occasion, I married it with a faux fur vest, d’orsay heels, Wayfarer sunglasses,  multistrand pearl necklace and bracelet, and my everyday jewelry: engagement ring, pearl cuff, and quatrefoil ring. I tend to wait for an item to go on promotion or markdown before purchasing, but my confidence has soared every time I have worn this dress and that is priceless.


dress // vest // sunglasses // earrings // necklace // pearl cuff // ring //

purse (similar) // pumps (similar) // houndstooth pant

Election Day

I picked out my Election Day outfit weeks ago. It’s inspiration is decidedly 1970s Jacqueline Onassis. Making an encore from my post two weeks ago is my houndstooth skirt and suede lucite heels, and Kate Spade Crocodile Embossed Purse. I added a tie neck jacquard blouse and trench coat, the latter of which is typically available in tall.

It is crucial that brands and designers evolve; however I am obsessed with the old Milly. How can you tell it is old? The label is written in script, rather that the updated uppercase block typeface. The style evolution very much reflects that branding change, as it has transformed from an uptown ladylike aesthetic to a more fashion-forward, modern aesthetic. Not that I don’t love the new styles, but I completely covet items with the old label. Fortunately for me, there is plenty of NWT selection on eBay, which is where I found the tie neck jacquard blouse. I found the blouse and it reminded me of one Jackie wore in a photograph from the 1970s.

Every woman needs a trench coat. The Banana Republic Trench Coat seems to be offered seasonally (in the spring) in tall and in both black and khaki. A classic piece, the price per wear will surely diminish to dollars. Combined with the burgundy lucite heels and houndstooth tweed mini, it gives off a 1970s effect, reminding me of a vintage photo I had seen of Jackie Onassis.

I am relieved that we have been effectively relieved of elections for the foreseeable future; however I will continue to write about First Lady style, as long as they keep inspiring me.


trench coat //skirt // blouse (similar) // heels // sunglasses // earrings //
necklace // tweed blazer //ring //pearl cuff // tweed pumps

Gap and Pendleton Had a Baby!

I don’t shop for jeans often, but when I do, Gap is my first stop. I really appreciate that they design full length jeans that have consistently long inseams. Not naming names, but when other brands started cutting their skinny and straight cut jeans / pants / cords with shorter inseams, eventually their bootcut and wide leg options adopted those lengths too; tall length pants in those cuts were stopping short at 34″ inseam. I have a strict Say No to Floods policy, which is how I found myself shopping Gap for my denim needs.

Gap killed it when they partnered with Pendleton. Gap hit it out of the park by including tall lengths in the denim jacket, boyfriend shirt, shirtdress, and the jeans. While I don’t typically love a skinny cut, I purchased the jean immediately. (Sizing note: I had to return my original pair and go up a size.) Something about the plaid patched denim feels so right in the fall. The best part is that they are marked down now, reduced by an additional percentage.

I paired the Pendleton x Gap denim with a cashmere sweater, purchased last fall, again from Gap. This brings me to something else in which Gap excels: providing sweaters in tall sizes. Not only cotton or wool or blends, but 100% cashmere! Last year I managed to score three cashmere crewneck sweaters on promotion; however I missed out on the boyfriend hoodie in navy. Let it be known that once Gap posts a cashmere item, it sells out nearly immediately. As for quality, I bought a Gap cashmere hoodie back in 2006. I wore it until the elbows thinned last winter. Ten years is a good run right?


jeans // tank // ballet flats // gloves // sunglasses // pearl cuff // Gap + Pendleton boyfriend shirt // Gap + Pendleton long sleeve shirtdress // Gap + Pendleton 1969 icon denim jacket // earrings // necklace

My Hilton Head Suitcase

I was so disappointed to have to cancel our Hilton Head vacation. My fiance’s mom’s side annually reunites every fall. This was the first year that I managed to talk him into taking the time off to unplug and unwind. Unfortunately Hurricane Matthew had other plans.

Last week my fiancé and I were both out of town for business. Since we would have less than a 24 layover at home between the work return flights and vacation departure flights, we packed for Hilton Head well in advance. While I try to stay restrained when it comes to packing for vacation (I have been known to keep it to a backpack), the fiance has preferred status with our preferred airline, granting him a free checked bag. Trust me when I say that this does not excite him to the same extent that it excites me. I convinced him that checking a shared large suitcase with each of us carrying a backpack with one day/night of clothes and toiletries would be ideal.

These are my favorite items from the Hilton Head suitcase:

  • Calypso Henrika Caftan: I wore this multiple times over the July Fourth weekend and many times since then. While it is beautiful in photos, it is gorgeous in person. It has delicate pink beading along the neckline and the wrists. It is just sheer enough to show your swimsuit underneath. Although I am 6’2″, I can get away with the length of a medium. I purchased the caftan at the beginning of the summer and it is still available and on deep discount now.
  • La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF: Sunscreen is a necessity even on the cloudiest of days. My dermatologist recommended that I switch from standard foundation to the La Roche Posay Tinted Moisturizer and SPF years ago and I have never looked back. The last time I was in CVS picking up the Tinted Moisturizer, I picked up a tube of the Anthelios SPF 60 as well. It is perfection.
  • 7 for All Mankind White Denim Rolled Hem Shorts: This summer I have become obsessed with 7 for All Mankind denim shorts. The first pair I purchased were cutoffs and the length was the major selling point. (I think the inseam is longer than cited on the product information.) As a tall woman, the sad truth is that shorts can border on inappropriate, but the cutoffs and the white rolled hem shorts were the perfect inseam. These shorts run true to size.
  • Calypso Prudence Kimono: I coveted this kimono since earlier this summer when I almost purchased it along with the Calypso Henrika Caftan. I wish I had ordered it earlier as I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived two weeks ago. It is even more fantastic in person. The kimono is light silk, and so delicate and so detailed. While it is marked down with an additional percentage reduction, you can tell it is an expensive piece. This item runs large; I wear a small.
  • Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Blouse: The Elsa Blouse is a Lilly Pulitzer mainstay. When I saw the pink chevron in the window of a Georgetown boutique back in the spring of 2014, I became a woman obsessed. It has been in regular rotation ever since. The Elsa Blouse runs large; the length of the small is ideal.

I think it is time to start planning our next warm-weather resort trip.


cuff short // released hem short // distressed denim short // silk kimono // printed caftan // whipstitch sandal // tank // best sunscreen ever // split tie tunic // floral shell // tunic top // folio case // folio case // swim bottom // swim top // sunglasses // beach tote // tote // gold sandals

The Cars On The Road 1982

I woke up Sunday to a rainy morning, effectively prohibiting me from my morning bicycle ride. Rather than getting a morning of exercise in touch-and-go weather, my fiance convinced me to accompany him to brunch. (Twist my arm.) It was one of those days in that only leggings would do.

Lululemon Wunder Unders are the best, no? I am sure we are all on the same page with that sentiment – and if we aren’t and you know of something better, please let me know!

Despite the perfection that is the Wunder Under legging, my favorite part of this outfit is the concert tee shirt. Purchased by my dad for my mom when they went to The Cars on the Road 1982 tour while they were dating, it has been consequently shrunk in the wash and passed down to my sister and me. Right now, it, and several other treasures purchased at shows my parents went to in the early 1980s are in my custody and are the most valued pieces in my wardrobe. While this tee shirt is not part of my traditional aesthetic, it is older than I am, which I think makes it classic in it’s own right. It is beyond special.


jacket // wunder under leggings // sneakers (similar) // clutch (similar) // sunglasses // ring // pearl cuff