Monday, April 29, 2013

Vertical (See Jane Wear)

Zara skirt (similar)J crew sweatshirt, thrifted Gap jean jacket (similar), Zara heels (old but similar), KW sunglasses
Although stripes take up a huge part of my closet, this is my first try with the vertical kind.  They're a a bit intimidating and a lot bold, so I paired it with the most disarming pieces in my closet: a  light sweatshirt and denim jacket.  A light sweatshirt, denim jacket and pajama pants is what I wear to walk Jerome most nights, too; I wasn't kidding when I said that they go with everything.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Slice (See Jane Wear)

J Brand jeans, Urban Outfitters top (old, no label), Karen Kane jacket (c/o), J Crew scarf (old but love this one), 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, Gap sunglasses,  J Crew shoes (via eBay...color sold out but other versions here and here)
This lemon-lime combination is a great way to add color into a neutral (work) outfit.  Remember the soda (or, "pop," if you're midwestern) Slice?  Does that even exist anymore?  Anyway, as soon as I walked out the door with this refreshing, lemon-lime combination, I instantly thought of the (most likely) now-defunct Slice.  One might say I had a 'spritely' step while wearing this outfit (get it!?).

...Enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Peanut Butter + Banana Granola (See Jane Make)

Homemade granola was a household staple growing up.  Although I begged and pleaded for the packaged granola at the grocery store (you know the kind with huge, nutty, chunky clusters...mmm), my mom wouldn't budge because she made herself at home and unlike the store-bought version, it wasn't full of additives .  As I got older, I began to appreciate the fact that my mom said no to me about such things and also grew to love her granola.  She'd make me huge batches to bring to college and I still snack on it when I visit home.

And now, I share with you my mom's granola that started making in the 70s--before I was even a twinkle in her eye.  You can tweak the recipe any which way you want; here, I made a peanut butter and banana version.

5 cups old fashioned oats (NOT quick)
1/8 chia seeds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped almonds
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 T vanilla extract
1/2 salt
1/2 c peanut butter (I used fresh honey peanut butter from Whole Foods)
2 very ripe bananas
1/4 honey

Preheat oven to 300°.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Drizzle with canola oil and mix around on baking sheet before placing in oven.  Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Forever Young (See Jane Wear)

J Crew collared tee, Gap jeans (c/o), thrifted Gap jacket (similar), Chloe bag, Zara heels (similar here), KW sunglasses

There's nothing like a Peter Pan collar AND neon to inject youthfulness into an outfit.  Luckily, the demure collar offsets the acid neon pants which can have a mind of their own.  Sometimes, you've just got to tone it down it bit.

PS. I'm back!  Last week just seemed like the right time to unplug for a bit, so thank you for understanding.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bare (See Jane Wear)

Zara peplum leather jacket (old but similar), Duffy sweater (spring version here), Zara skirt (old maxi rolled up, but similar), J Crew pumps, KW sunglasses
Two words:  bare legs.  Also, a leather jacket is a wonderful contrast to the feminine, mid-lenth skirt.  Pairing leather with overly short skirts can often look too "biker babe," so sweetening it up with long skirts or pointy heels is a great juxtaposition.

Also, I'm taking part in Vanity Fair's "Best Dressed" Challenge.  I'd love it if you showed your support and voted for my looks by clicking here!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Same Old (See Jane Wear)

Zara coat, J Crew Factory top, J Brand jeans, PLV wedges, KW sunglasses
I know, I know--I just wore navy +coral + denim last week, but during this "in-between" season, there's not much else that works so well.  I'm scared to go sans tights because the weather has been known to drop twenty degrees in a day.  For now, please bear with me while I stick to what I know best: coats and denim.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Southwest (See Jane Wear)

ASOS (by Mango) jacket, J Crew chambray shirt, Zara jeans (similar), PLV wedges, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, Super sunglasses
I'm feeling a bit 'urban cowboy' today.  My jacket alone has a southwestern motif to it and when paired with a chambray button down (the obvious choice), I feel like I could rope in some cattle (which isn't too far fetched considering my cowgirl past). Giddy up!

Monday, April 1, 2013

This Vs. That (See Jane Compare)

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I already know what my office wear will be all spring: lightweight (hopefully chambray) blazers, printed pants, breezy blouses paired with various neutral accessories.   I made some fun pairings above, but the caveat is that one of the blazer/pants combos costs significantly less--can you tell which is more expensive?