Monday, December 28, 2015

Suede Wrap Skirt (See Jane Wear)

Theory skirt (love this suede one here and here), Equipment sweater,  Zara scarf (old but similar here and here),
Saint Laurent booties (less expensive version here), Mansur Gavriel bag, Saint Laurent sunglasses (on sale!)
Hope you're all either in the midst of a great holiday break or had a nice few days off.  You'll hear from me more in the new year but in the meantime, follow me over on instagram.

My question for you: what would you like to see more/less of from See (Anna) Jane in the new year?  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Thoughts (See Jane Think)

The holiday season sets off a flurry of emotions for me--excitement, grief, nostalgia, stress, gratitude…and if I'm being completely honest, it even brings out the cynic in me.  But let's talk about gratitude for a minute.  If you just started following along on my blog/instagram (because let's face it, blogs might be dying, along with society's attention span) or maybe you've been following along since 2010, thank you so much for being a part of my journey. More importantly, thank you for letting me have this outlet!  I started this blog as a way to explore my interest in fashion and writing and also as a distraction to my dad's cancer who was largely consuming me with worry.  I needed an outlet--an escape.  I had an awesome career at a great company but didn't feel like I was tapping into my true passions--and I felt regret for choosing finance over fashion.  I knew absolutely nothing about blogging; I read a few design blogs at the time and had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Five years later, I'm still here.  And while this blog will probably never be my end game, I envision it always being a part of my life in some capacity.

Like many of you, I've been through a lot the past five years and maybe you can relate to a few: wedding planning, a marriage, a total career change, dealing a parent's illness, home ownership, getting a dog, the birth of a child, the death of a parent, lots of laughter and perhaps even more tears along the way.  And you probably know by know that this blog isn't about what I'm dealing with on a micro-level each day, but sometimes it's helpful to show you all that there's a real person behind the lens--dealing with the highs and lows of life, just like everyone else. (Blogging/gramming/snapping is only going to get more curated and there will always be a glossy veneer that separates you from the harsh reality of life and that's ok, as long as you can reconcile that in your own mind.)

Thank you again for following along.  This blog has really been a bit of a safe haven for me and I think what keeps me here is the fact that my dad enjoyed reading it when he was alive (he was a great writer and his approval meant a lot).

From me to you:  I wish you all the happiest of holidays and the Merriest of Christmases.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Festive Red Blazer (See Jane Wear)

blazer with fur outfit
Two Penny Blue blazer + stole (shop fur scarves HERE), Won Hundred jeans (shop Won Hundred HERE),
Manolo Blahnik heels,  J Crew cami, Saint Laurent bag
If this blazer can't get me into the holiday spirit, nothing can.  It's such a great, tailored piece in a fun color.  I felt it needed a little contrast--some juxtaposition, if you will, so I paired it with some slightly baggy, high-rise mom jeans.  Basically, I look like my third grade teacher in 1993 at our Christmas recital.

blazer outfit holiday

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Grey Day + Night (See Jane Wear)

all gray outfit
Zara jeans (old but similar + here), rag & bone sweater (old but similar + here), Stuart Weitzman boots (similar) /
Manolo Blahnik heels,
ASOS coat (similar here + here), Saint Laurent sunglasses, Saint Laurent bag (+ Chanel bag)
I wore all grey one day but didn't want to change much when heading out for the night.  The quickest fix--ditch the sunglasses (obviously..I'm not cool enough to wear them at night), add heels and switch out the everyday tote for a small Chanel bag.  Easy enough and it makes a daytime tonal outfit look nighttime ready!

gray and camel outfit

stuart weitzman lowland boots

gray heels gray jeans

grey and camel outfit

monochromatic grey

Monday, December 14, 2015

My Perfect Outfit (See Jane Wear)

navy trench stripes red
Cuyana coat (℅), ALC turtleneck (less expensive version here),
Frame jeans,
Aquazzura heels (similar), Saint Laurent bag
 If I could pick an outfit to personify me, it would be this.  I love turtlenecks (in case you haven't heard), stripes and cool denim--plus a beautiful coat doesn't hurt.  I'd wear this everyday, if I could.  But I won't, because even I don't own that many turtlenecks.

Friday, December 11, 2015

That 70s Outfit (See Jane Wear)

Banana Republic blazer, Paige jeans, TopShop boots, Clare V clutch (shop Clare V HERE),
  Gap turtleneck (shop black turtlenecks HERE),
Saint Laurent sunglasses
Do you ever dress by theme?  I certainly do.  I think I have a specific style but that doesn't mean I can't have fun with my wardrobe.  I call this my 1970s news anchor look.  There's something about the flares with a turtleneck and double-breasted blazer that screams 'Veronica Corningstone' winter wardrobe, right?!

I mean, if you can't have fun with your style, how can you have fun at all?

70s camel blazer retro

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mad for Plaid (See Jane Wear)

plaid flanner outfit
Penfield shirt (old but similar and plaid shirts HERE), ASOS coat (shop camel coats HERE),
Frame jeans (shop Frame HERE), Manolo Blahnik heels,
Saint Laurent sunglasses + bag
This plaid shirt has always served me well.  I still stand by my 2013 post that plaid is forever--it's really a timeless print.  Besides, if you don't have plaid in your closet, what do you wear on hayrides?

penfield flannel

plaid shirt and jeans dressed up

Monday, December 7, 2015

White Underneath (See Jane Wear)

j crew field jacket
J Crew jacket (shop army jackets HERE), Vince top, Current/Elliott jeans (shop white jeans HERE),
Zara boots (old but similar), Saint Laurent bag (shop grey totes HERE), Illesteva sunglasses (shop Illesteva sunglasses HERE)
This most definitely isn't a typical December outfit, but we've had a few 'heat waves' lately and I've been able to get away with a light jacket.  This jacket is actually about three years old but J Crew keeps releasing it each year--the sign of a great jacket.  An olive, army-esque jacket seems like an easy wardrobe piece that you always forget about but are glad to have on hand.

white jeans with army jacket

Friday, December 4, 2015

Leopard Coat (See Jane Wear)

leopard topper coat
Two Penny Blue coat (℅), Paige Jeans, Gap turtleneck, Vince shoes (sold out but similar), Saint Laurent sunglasses, Chanel bag
I have never owned a leopard coat and I'm starting to wonder what took me so long.  I'm wearing all black and this coat just makes my outfit that much cooler.  It's a Two Penny Blue jacket and you can see my holiday feature over on their website.  Plus, use code ANNA15 to get 15% off your order.  I'm also taking over their instagram account so be sure to hop on over and check it out (and my instagram is here).

PS. Isn't this Chicago wall the coolest?  (It's in Logan Square, off Milwaukee near California.)

all black leopard coat

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Two Penny Blue + Holiday (See Jane Wear)

It's that time of year!  I've teamed up with Two Penny Blue a luxury jacket and blazer company based right here in Chicago.  Even better, for every jacket purchased, they donate a uniform to a girls in sub-Saharan Africa , which is a necessity for those attending school.  Local fashion with a cause behind it--it's definitely something that's easy to support.

The ladies of Two Penny Blue were kind enough to ask me about holiday traditions, so be sure to check out the feature and also shop my holiday picks here.  If you have your eye on anything, use the code ANNA15 to receive 15% off your order.  Also, I'll be taking over their instagram on Friday, so stay tuned until then!