Yesterday’s style. I’m holding on to winter just so I can get some more wear out of my outerwear!
I’m a beanie girl. Meet my new love. A gift from my husband from his Japan travels. He knows my style too well! I love the patch and the blue on blue. The Japanese have perfected the attention to detail.
I am recycling a cloth skull and star shopping bag from a store purchase that I made some time ago in Amsterdam. I love handbags and have spent years collecting them. But funny how this cloth bag seems more my style lately.
Along with the beanie came a sweatshirt. The dyed indigo blue sweatshirt has an irregular texture and surface that will only get better with wear. I appreciate the detail of the deeper blue ribbed cuffs and neck that gives the sweatshirt a hint of a worn in look. For a blue loving girl like myself, this has become a favorite.
As promised I have been committed to wearing what’s in my closet. I’m falling back in love with my old favorite DENHAM jeans (my booty jeans). DENHAM are jean makers and are all about the details. For me, this particular pair are all about the back pockets. They are a straight fit and work well with kicks or a kitten heel.
My absolute favorite new piece added to my outerwear arsenal. This was a recent sale bin score from Henrik Vibskov. I immediately fell in love with this hip length, two-tone color (unusual paring I thought) puffy with a blue wave that hugs the jacket. It is one piece that you either love it or question the hell out of it. I Love It! A forever piece for me. Fashion forward and playful at the same time.
Style is whatever you make it. I have always been interested in following fashion in my spare time via insta, Flipboard, Pintrest, and magazines. I enjoy sitting in cafes to watch the city style pass me by. I love when someone is rocking their own style. It is not about what is on trend or what bag your sporting but more importantly being an individual and what inspires you.
Currently, I am having fun with functional winter pieces. It is still winter ladies (hopefully not for long)! I am totally digging track pants, black turtlenecks, boots, and my beanies (sounds a bit boring). My every day life is moving around the city and running around with my son. A lot of what I wear seems to be pieces that I have collected over the years (which makes me happy).
At the end of the day, I am a casual gal kicking it in streetwear. Loving that jeans are the norm and I can alternate them with track pants. Currently I have a couple jeans that seem to be in heavy rotation. One being a black mid rise, fitted jean from Madewell, and the other a Simon Miller, high rise, wide bottom leg. I call those gems my man repellers (brilliant name by the way and I love the site of the true Man Repeller). I typically pair any bottom with an easy knit or sweatshirt and occasionally layer on a blazer. Along with one of my favorite kicks or my Hope or Church’s boots depending on my day. Throw on a coat that suits the weather and top it off with a beanie. Easy Peasy and out the door.
Why the beanie love: I love the warmth, love to hide my bad hair, love the look, and love to sport it around the house:) Either my black Acne beanie or my son’s Vans beanie. As one has seen on most of my insta pics this season.
Welcome to the Bellerose store in Amsterdam. A Belgian company that offers stylish, well crafted, and playful basics for the whole family. I love that the branding is subtle and not obvious. The store itself is worth the experience. The environment is welcoming, warm, and encourages you to wonder around. The store is spacious, allowing the clothing to stand out. There is no clutter, no over packed shelves, and every garment is visible. I enjoyed just browsing and easily could have made some purchases:) but I didn’t.
Check out Bellerose online or pop into one if you have the opportunity.
Before another storm hits New England, I must get some wear out of these boots! Sometimes you have to hunt. It is also part of the fun. I had been hunting for my perfect black boots for longer than I want to admit. Here were my requirements: black, low heel, edgy, and would be worn year after year. Boots have been ordered, boots have returned. One of the benefits of online shopping! I don’t think I am alone on this one. I have hit every store in Boston and beyond. Believe me, there are boots out there that get me excited but I’m fussy, focused and no regretful purchases please. With my endless searching along came Church’s studded, glossed leather, handcrafted, classic wingtip style black boot. Love at first sight. An absolute investment purchase. Welcome to my closet! Totally worth the hunt. I am in LOVE. Rock n Roll baby! I’m breaking them out and breaking them in! To be worn with everything!
History Fact: This fine English company was founded in 1873 by Thomas Church and his three sons.
Fun Fact: Tony Blair had a pair he called “lucky pair” and British Secret Service agent, Mr. James Bond aka Pierce Brosnan wore a selection of Church’s to complement his Brioni suits. Need I say more to justify this investment?!
It can be such a mixed bag of winter weather when one heads to New England’s ski mountains. The range of weather is unpredictable. We travel to Vermont pretty much every weekend in the winter. The boys are skiers. I am at best a fair weather skier. I do love the idea of skiing but the cold scares me as well as tumbling down the trail with my butt and skis in the air. It is also important to mention that I am painfully slow! So I try to spare my family’s embarrassment and opt for snowshoeing or a trail hike. But when I do surprise my family when I put on the skis, it is always so nice to take a few runs with my boys! Later this week we head to Montana so I have put together a winter post as I pack just the essentials.
I require warm gear to embrace the elements. I love warm layers. I have great luck with both Nike (PRO HYPERWARM line) and Under Armour (Cold Gear Armour line) for base layers. My KJUS jacket is one of my best investment pieces. It is from their Freelite collection. It is knitted, warm, and super comfortable to wear. This Swiss company simply makes great products that are designed for function. Mittens, I love my tried and true Hestra and beloved by many outdoor enthusiasts but my Astis are a nice alternative. A new find that I am enjoying are some playful bandanas that are double lined. I also find them handy for the post hat head. I found them in Big Sky and unfortunately they have no label so I can’t share the source. The idea is planted so you could make them yourselves if you are crafty! Perhaps isostilo may surprise you down the road. I have included some snow/hiking boots. La Sportiva boots are the best that I have found. I wear them snowshoeing and they keep my feet dry, warm, and have molded perfectly to my feet. I pair them with some Smartwool socks and off I go!
I am always happily hunting for warm pieces. Here are a few pieces that are similar to what I own and a few extra pieces that I wouldn’t mind adding to my winter wardrobe. It’s all about getting out to play with just the right pieces.
Always in the mix for layering in the warmth
All about the base with Under Armour and neck bandanas
Wild accessories, more layering options from Nike and new addition, kjus Freelight jacket
Jacket from KJUS
Purist Gore Tex Pant from The North Face
Moto Seamless Base Layer Top from Sweaty Betty
Moto Seamless Base Layer Bottom from Sweaty Beaty
Smartwool PH D Ski Light sock
Fleece Neck Gaiter from Patagonia
Hestra Swiss Wool Loft Mitten
Hestra Power Heater Mittens, The Mother of All Mittens!
Pop of color: If you want some fun retro bottoms then check out these little fancy bottoms from Shinesty. Only to be worn in warmer temps. I whipped them out recently when the temps were in the 30’s. They have a similar feel to yoga pants. Hello!
Goal: More skiing! Fingers crossed that there are plenty of sunny days, no ice, no wind, low crowds and plenty of fresh powder that drops each night (my skiing requirements, not much to ask for:)
Here is a trend that I am playing with at the moment. I don’t wear earrings much and don’t like to fuss with my hair (lazy girl). Adding sparkly clips, colorful headbands, and printed scarves creates an effortless look. Candy colored accessories are everywhere! Bye Bye Beanie!
Sending you my round-up of inspiration !
isostilo has done some online hunting. Head to Anthropologie if you are digging this post. I hope you find a style that works for you. xo
More sneaker porn! I have to admit my husband has a good eye for finding men’s basics. A few years ago he in his mind had found the ultimate score with Greats! Greats is a men’s and women’s sneaker company from Brookyn, New York by the two genius founders, Ryan Babenzien and Jon Buscemi. They hatched their original plan in 2007 but didn’t launch their brand until 2012. They wanted to offer very high quality sneakers at a reasonable price through a vertical system that would allow them to design, produce, and sell direct to consumers. No retailer mark up. Sounds too good to be true, right?! But they are doing it and crushing it!
Asif is a huge fan. He thinks that Greats is the sneaker must have for all guys. The style of Greats is simple, subtle, stylish, and clean. They are understated, cool, and not in your face. Think Vans meets Common Projects and meeting in the middle on price. My sneaker loving husband loves The Wooster and The Royal Classic. In fact my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and brother have all been gifted Greats. Ladies next, please!
So with all this Greats obsession, Asif is convinced that the women’s styles would be right up my ally. But it hasn’t been till now that I think I’m ready for some Greats! Maybe it is due to my sneaker love affair and my new foot issue. Sneakers are so easy to wear in the city and it is my preferred choice of footwear these days. Damn, I hate when he is spot on!
Get ready for some men’s greatness:
Get ready for some women’s greatness:
Don’t need new kicks? How about the newly released slides?!
Fact: They sell out like hot cakes so be sure to have a couple of runner ups!