An Ultra Layer That Is A Smart Purchase

The key to surviving winter may be UNIQLO.  It is no secret that I love UNIQLO.  The reason is simple:  they offer clean, well designed, functional, and affordable pieces for the whole family.  Pieces that you will actually wear on repeat.  They also do great collaborations.  If you missed my earlier post about their Alexander Wang collaboration then check it out.  I just received my Heat Tech, NO REGRETS!  Here are two other pieces you should really consider.  The Ultra Light Compact Down Vest is a slim layering piece that will go undetected.  It costs $39.90.  Wear it under a blazer, coat, or over a blouse.  The alternative to the vest is the Ultra Light Compact Down Jacket.  The jacket will cost you $59.90.  Both are amazing adding zero bulk to your look.  They will help keep you toasty.  I personally live in a vest from now through April.  Add the Heat Tech for optimal happiness and warmth.  Happy Winter Folks!

The Extras

It all works and you won’t be a walking trend.  No fuss accessories that will give your wardrobe a refresh.  A bit of color doesn’t hurt anyone.  I know that black is so easy but so is adding a little color.  The wrap is your base to work around.  Underneath it I would wear neutrals consisting of a couple of layers (denim tuxedo and a cozy cardigan or jacket).  Accessories that have complementing colors will give you a look that is a bit more interesting but not so obvious.  Accessories are an easy way to express your own personal style.

Isabel Marant Lipstick, Jennifer Behr Bow, Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Wandler Tote, Alexander McQueen Scarf, The Row’s Cape, Haskell Eyeglasses by Warby Parker 

Evolve With Woolrich

Evolve with Woolrich.  A company with American roots is making a strong return.  Meet a refreshing alternative and perhaps the happy medium between Canada Goose and Moncler.  Both are very loved among city dwellers.  Walk down the street and count them to see how common they have become.  Hey I admit I’m in that camp.  You can’t deny the quality of both brands.  But I think it is a good time to consider other options if you are contemplating a new outerwear piece.  

Woolrich, you have my attention with your stylish ways.  Woolrich is dialing into an urban style with a cool, hip, and creative way.  Just take a peek at their Fall/ Winter campaign called American Soul.  This collaboration with Ms. Lauryn Hill has completely sold out.  They have balanced their new creative shift in a direction without losing sight of their heritage.  The iconic pattern, Buffalo Check remains strong.  If you haven’t checked out their website recently you are missing out.  Also their collaboration with Jeff Griffin from Loveland Farm is legit. Woolrich is defiantly worth exploring.  Their prices do seem to reflect their new competitiveness.  

(all images from Woolrich)

When It Is That Cold

you may want this look!  I am not the only one thinking these hats are a good idea.  Get on the waiting list.  A full coverage hat to be worn on the coldest city days without looking like a bank robber but maybe more like a Teletubbie.  They are not for skiers (less you are vying for Jerry of the Day) but for the brave wearers who just want face protection as well as up their city style.  The Moritz from Kule will have you fully covered!  Made of cashmere so hoping that skin irritation won’t be an issue.  But it may be a risk worth taking if they come back in to stock!  Stay warm this winter.  Kule

Gifts For The Home

I like to think about giving a gift that one would not buy for themselves.  Lovely pieces for the kitchen and home are always a welcoming treat. There are many beautifully crafted possibilities.  Consider your recipient’s hobbies, interests, and aesthetic.  Get creative and make it personal.  Perhaps think about pairing the lovely paper napkins with a small floral arrangement or the pitcher and syrup accompanied with your favorite pancake recipe.  They all are oh so perfect whether it is a small gesture gift or a celebratory gift.  It just depends on the occasion. 

Starting from the top left:

Linen Tea Towel, Alessi Tree Diffuser, Neutral Sky Candle, Petite Silo Pitcher & Syrup, Vintage Glasses, John Derian Paperweight, Black Burgundy Truffle, Ceramic Tree Ornaments, Bird Paper Napkins, Laguiole Cheese Knives, Wine O’s, Shibori Dyed Cocktail Napkins

Holiday Plaid All The Way!

There is never too much tartan and egg nog during the holidays.  It is fun, festive, and traditional.  Don’t just wear one piece.  Mix and match many pieces together to really get into the spirit.  Here is my selection from J.Crew to get you head to toe excited.  They have a fab selection.  FYI, holiday sale is in progress!  Happy Holidays.  Go tartan. It is a classic!  There is nothing here that you can’t wear year after year.  J.Crew

Mid Week Dinner With Scallion Turkey Meatballs

Scallion Meatballs With Soy-Ginger Sauce

Smitten Kitchen always makes my evenings a little easier in the kitchen.  It is my go to sight for tasty easy peasy recipes.  I should mention quick recipes are the ones I seek out for mid-week options (who doesn’t?).  I have been making SK’s scallion meatballs with soy-ginger glaze for the past few years.  They are one of my low prep dinner favorites that are healthy, tasty, and a crowd pleaser.  Even picky eaters can’t resist these yummy little nuggets.  They are meant to be appetizers but I serve them over a bowl of brown rice with a side of roasted broccoli or baked sweet potato.  I should also mention I don’t get too caught up with a perfect shape when I am forming them.  Sometimes they are more like small patties.  The turkey mixture is pretty soft.  Wear food grade gloves then wet your hands with water (so the turkey doesn’t stick to the gloves) to make the meatballs before placing them in the skillet.  (sometimes brown each side and then let them finish off cooking in the oven on a low temp around 300.)

isostilo in the kitchen
Meatballs and sauce can be made ahead to save time! You could do the same with rice and veggie.

Smitten Kitchen Scallion Meatballs With Soy-Ginger, you won’t be disappointed.  Dinner is served and you can thank me later.

(top image from SK, bottom image with the imperfect meatballs are from isostilo:)