No. 51

WISHFUL THINKING NO. 8

ONE  |  TWO  |  THREE  |  FOUR  |  FIVE

I got what I wished for with this fairly mild winter (so far, fingers crossed!), and so I'm already looking ahead to building my spring/summer wardrobe. Lately, Zara has been killing it (I described my experience of scrolling through their new arrivals to my boyfriend as something like "Zara, please, just take all my money"), and you'll probably see me toting around one of Banana Republic's new bags sooner rather than later. I'm also in the market for a new pair of white sneakers... trusty Stan Smiths, maybe? Or perhaps some New Balances? Either way, I am so in the spring mindset now.

No. 50

RIBBED TURTLENECK, PT. 1

You may remember that I featured my favourite black t-shirt dress, recently, in three variations: with denim, with over-the-knee boots, and with gaucho pants. I'm going to do the same with other pieces in my closet that I consider favourites, or, simply and ultimately, versatile. As much as I love to add new things to my wardrobe, I also appreciate when I can make one item go a long way; this grey ribbed turtleneck is no exception.

The best feature about it? That it's fitted: this is what I credit to its versatility in so many of my outfits as of late (and I have reached for this sweater over and over again). Simply put, its slim silhouette allows me to layer it under almost everything, and sticking to a neutral like grey (especially this lovely, medium shade of grey) also emphasizes this. I only wish I grabbed more than one.

No. 49

BLACK, GREY, BOWS

First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, friends! I hope the festivities are continuing smoothly and jovially. Secondly (and perhaps un-Christmaslike), has anyone else been cursing the weather? I'm stuck between resenting sweating in my sweaters and cringing at the thought of the kind of bitter cold that can come with a real winter. I have to say, though, the warm weather has been a dream for shooting; no ice, no need to worry about exposed ankles, and best of all, being able to stay outside. I especially love when I can get away with pairing a thin turtleneck underneath my coat, and have no need for a scarf otherwise to battle the wind. 

Putting this outfit together was a testament to my appreciation of wearing mostly neutrals--everything seems to just fall into place when everything already inherently matches. I find every little detail (when dressing neutrally, monochromatically, etc) both helps to add interest, and is emphasized by the simpler palette itself. Take, for example, these pants: the self-tie belt, the foldover front, the drop crotch, the cropped length, the marled grey texture--it's all so great together! It may seem like I'm just going on and on about a pair of pants, but seriously: (and this is universally applicable) the details count.

Banana Republic coat  Gap sweater  Zara pants  Aldo bag  Aldo shoes  Ceramic Glaze "Regal" nail polish

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