I digress. I really should be putting on my cowboy hat, and listening to country music instead, as I am Nashville bound for a bachelorette fiesta this weekend. I have never been to Nashville, nor do I know anything about it. I need to be strategic about packing for this trip, as New York attire and Nashville attire are two completely different animals. I am not going to roll up to some line dancing joint in my Jimmy Choos and an LBD and be all like “YEEHAW!” I decided to take my research to the blog, and put together some inspiration outfits to get me primed for the weekend. I understand that it is a casual town of live music, beer drinking, and friendly folks. I am ready to slip into my cowboy boots, and assume my alter ego for the weekend: Haute Banjo. See you in Nash Vegas, y’all.
J Crew long sleeve top / BLK DNM skinny jeans / Yves Saint Laurent black skinny jeans / Mexicana brown booties / Even&odd color block shoes / J.Crew mirrored lens sunglasses / Ray-Ban red sunglasses / Rebecca Minkoff | Five-Zip Mini Crossbody Bag, Black – CUSP / Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Percy/ Johnny Cash Tee
I recently bought a pair of shoes that are so game changing, I am trying to find excuses to sleep in them. These shoes are the type that you just want to twirl in. Some of you might remember many posts ago, when I was trying to decide how to spend a few Bergdorf gift cards given to me by my husband. These gift cards were burning a hole in my pocket for a solid few months. My cabin fever reached an all time high, and the way I saw it, the only cure besides more cowbell, was major retail therapy. The decision making process proved to be challenging, however when I saw them, I heard this. I had some swagger in my strut heading home with these gems, and just like that, cabin fever was alleviated. The best part about them, is you can work them into any outfit. This outfit showcases a distressed denim, and a cape, for an effortless “almost spring” look. Regardless of the outfit, you can bet I am dancing in them. Preach.
Check out my playlist below, for the grown and sexy who like to dance in their heels.
Cape: (Old, but similar here-ON SALE!)/ Jeans: Rag & Bone Destroyed Skinny, $220 /Sweater: Zara, $35.90/ Shoes: Jimmy Choo, $750/ Baubles: Kate Spade (gold & green)- unavailable in color, similar here / Pink bracelet: Piperlime (unavailable, similar here)
I remember this girl in middle school always wrote “flower power” on her hand in pink highlighter. Of course, she was a Grateful Dead fan, she certainly wasn’t referring to an excitement for floral patterns. I myself could use a little flower power right now. After another long week at work, I booked spa appointments at Great Jones Spa, for my husband and myself for this weekend. This appointment has been my warm light at the end of a cold tunnel. Floral patterns are another breath of fresh air this season which is why they are #4 on my list. (#springcountdown) I am a big fan of the floral bomber jacket, which is a nice, colorful take to an already classic staple. I think I have found my spring inspiration & motivation, which begins and ends with facials, and florals. Write that down.
PS-Let’s talk about this oldie, but goodie which is perfect inspo for some floral print shopping.
This weekend has given me hope that spring is on its way! I decided to dip my toe in the sunshine pool by throwing on an oldie but goodie. My yellow trench is one of my favorite items for spring! I love the way that a trench has the ability to be an outfit all its own. I was also excited that my Steve Madden leopard sneaks arrived last week. I have no doubt they will be a fun staple for spring as well! Warm up those credit cards, the spring trends are pretty ridic this year!
Spring is officially a month away, which is so hard to believe based on this crazy winter. As I have expressed many times via the blog, I am beyond ready. I have decided to count down with my top 5 favorite trends for Spring 2014, and first up is the D’Orsay flat. There are so many things I love about this shoe. As a city dweller, I love the fact that there is a flat that can look elegant, yet be practical for your feet. The D’Orsay can be dressed up or down, and as seen above, come in a variety of colors and styles. These are a few of my favorite. My advice is to jump on this bandwagon, like yesterday. Haute has spoken.
Oh! I almost forgot, check out my latest installment of jams below. These songs are sure to make you want to shake your groove thang, in your new D’Orsay flats!
There is something about a soft pastel that instantly makes me feel ultra feminine. You can imagine my joy when Pantone announced their color of the year as Radiant Orchid! Pastels are taking this spring season by storm, and after the winter we have had, I am ready to put some color back into my life! I literally utter the phrase “I can wear my snow boots with that,” every morning when I get ready. I can’t leave the house without a few tissues in my pocket, and cough drops in my bag. I would love to hear from you guys, and what your favorite pastel piece is this season. I have a wish list a mile long, and am done shopping for sweaters and gloves. Let’s do this already. Drums please.
Braving the bitter cold and snow has become old hat for this girl as of late. Luckily, I have my favorite winter hat to help me weather the storm. (Pun intended). I am finally back from my Canadian travels, which consisted of an onslaught of cancelled flight drama towards the tail end. After an epic rescue mission from my husband at the Philadelphia airport, I am back in New York and catching up on some much needed R&R. There is something to coming home after a long week of travel, and slipping into your fave casual staples. I am working on some new playlists currently, so keep your eyes peeled for those next week!
Hoodie: Ruby Rose Crochet Hoodie, $52.99 (different color shown online)/ Thermal: Lacoste, $65.00 (sold out, similar here) / Denim: BDG, ON SALE! $39.00/ Boots: Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots, $140.00/ Welly Socks: Hunter (not available, but tons of super fun ones here)/ Sunglasses: Burberry Spark Cat Eye, $190.00
“Le Beau Chaos” is translated as “the beautiful chaos.” I don’t think there is a better way to describe my week. I was called away to Quebec City & Montreal on business, and so our story begins. The premise of the trip was based on ensuring we completed a project quickly, as we were on a tight deadline, however we ended up getting more than we bargained for. My colleague and I made a pact that we would allow ourselves to enjoy these amazing cities, amidst all of the “chaos.” We arrived in Quebec City, and had a language barrier, and bitter cold temperatures working against us, but we didn’t let that stop us from taking over these beautiful streets. Regardless of the reason behind my trip, I am fortunate enough to have these amazing experiences and stories to take with me. I’ll be back, Canada. Look for me. I will be the one rolling up with this theme music.
Coat: Burberry London (not available, but similar here) -ON SALE! $99/ Leggings: Zara, $69.90/ Shoes: Cole Haan (SOLD OUT, but similar here, and such a deal!) $52.99 / Sunglasses: Burberry Spark, $190/ Crossbody: Michael Kors, $128 (almost exactly the same)/ Earrings: Bought at little boutique in Baltimore, but very similar here! $75.00