Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter Flare (See Jane Wear)

veda jayne suede flares outfit
Veda jacket (similar), vintage fur stole (similar), sweater
Goldsign flares (similar here and here), 
Saint Laurent boots (less expensive version here), Chanel bag

You might be wondering if I ever take this fur stole off my body?  The answer is:  nope.  It's warm.

But really, I get in a winter rut quickly.  It just adds some much needed pizazz to an otherwise ho-hum outfit.  I feel that accessories really can make or break your outfit when the temperatures drop.  But, I need a new trick--what's your secret to keeping it fresh in winter?  Because we still have a few months to go…

*photos by Iron + Honey

leather jacket fur collar

black flares outfit

Monday, January 25, 2016

Put a Belt On It (See Jane Wear)

black and white winter
Vince coat (similar), old belt (similar), Paige jeans,
Zara loafers (old but similar here and here), Vince turtleneck,
Chanel bag, Saint Laurent sunglasses (on sale!)
Belting outerwear isn't easy.  Street style stars make it look so effortless, but its' hard not to look like a Yeti in sausage casing.  Ok, so I still look a bit Yeti-ish, but at least the black accents offset the expanding effects of a white, fuzzy coat.

Would you belt your winter coat?

*photos by Iron + Honey

chanel bag white vince coat

winter chicago style

white fuzzy coat

black and white winter outfit

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Cropped Bootcut Jean (See Jane Wear)

Frame jeans, Club Monaco jacket, Two Penny Blue fur stole (similar faux fur version),
Saint Laurent boots (similar), Saint Laurent bag, Saint Laurent sunglasses
This is a newer silhouette I've been playing with--light wash, cropped bootcut jeans with boots.  Kinda early 2000s, kinda '13 Going on 30,' but kinda awesome?  Or perhaps Penny Lane meets 2016?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Rust Colored Coat (See Jane Wear)

Zara coat (sold out but similar and here), Gap sweater, Zara shoes (similar),
 rag & bone jeans (shop light, skinny jeans HERE), Chanel bag (shop vintage Chanel bags HERE),
Illesteva sunglasses (shop all Illesteva HERE)
Is this coat rust or copper-colored?  It's too cold to possibly think harder than that right now so I'll just ask you all your opinion:  what do you think?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Office Blanket (See Jane Wear)

chilly office blanket
Theory poncho (on sale here and similar), Paige jeans,
Saint Laurent boots
, Kyi Kyi hat, Saint Laurent bag
I'm enjoying how this poncho has transitioned from fall (worn here) into winter.  This oversized blanket (let's call a spade a spade--that's what it is) is perfect for long meetings in the subzero fridge..I mean, office.

*photos by Iron + Honey

winter poncho outfit

plaid poncho

Monday, January 11, 2016

Old Film Star (See Jane Wear)

ALC skirt (shop black midi skirts HERE), J Crew sweater, vintage fur stole (similar),
 Aquazzura shoes (shop Aquazzura HERE), Chanel bag
Well, gosh--thank you all for your kind words and support from my motherhood post!  Sometimes it just feels good to get it out into the atmosphere.  I'm honestly not searching for perfection, I'm just trying to keep my head above water!

Anyway, this outfit makes me feel all 1940s, movie star glam.  The long hemlines, the red heels, the fur stole--during winter, a dose of glam is needed…trust me.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Work/Life/Mom Balance (See Jane Juggle)

Anna Jane's day job (Theory dress,  SM shoes  - photo by Iron + Honey)
Anna Jane's always job / photo: Marena Beck
Work / Life Balance.  What a loaded phrase.  Does it exist?  I used to say, 'just love what you do and there's no need for a balance.'  That's what motivated me to leave consulting--I didn't love it.  I loved the perks (i.e. the airline miles, hotel points, free trips), but the work was mind-numbing to me.  Being on the road for a job you're not passionate about it draining.

I love Trunk Club.  It's been really cool to help build a company from the very early days.  Even now, four and a half years in, it's just as thrilling.  But as much as I love it, having a child has really turned my world upside down.  My schedule just isn't as flexible but I make it a priority to be with Harry every night before he goes to bed.  That means: work guilt, mommy guilt, Jerome guilt (yes, pet guilt exists), friend guilt, spousal guilt.  

Oh right, and I also have this blog.  But honestly, it's cathartic for me.  I simply wouldn't do this if I didn't enjoy it.  But.. don't know if I could ever blog full-time; I just don't know if I'm interesting enough or able to produce so that much content organically (but I'll never say never).

I often get asked how I juggle so many things.  I'll be honest--I have no idea.  Sometimes I have to stop and ask myself, 'what's this all for?'  (I'm philosophical like that)  But then I remind myself that I'm enjoying the journey.  I've become a hell of a lot more efficient at work--I have to be.  I know I have a hard stop most days so I can be make it home to see the baby.   Nothing is perfect--that's for certain; I am the first to admit that I could change plenty of things.  There are definite sacrifices and lessons learned--on the daily.   I'm not afraid to say no.  I know how to delegate.  I know when to prioritize.  I cherish my moments with my family.  I take a lot of pictures and have our nanny send even more during the day.  I stay in bed fifteen extra minutes, laying with Harry and Eric, even if it means I won't be able to dry my hair for work.  I haven't taken a real vacation in a very long time.  I can't find the time to work out.  I still make it a priority to trek four hours back to Ohio to see my mom, sister and her family, especially since my dad passed away.  I take advantage of the fact that two out of my three siblings live in the city near me, because family is everything.  I don't hang out with friends nearly enough.   Laying on separate couches with Eric while eating pizza after the baby goes to bed on a Saturday does not constitute a date night.  Working full-time is hard, but rewarding, exciting and I love problem solving.  Motherhood is the hardest thing I've ever done, but I love that little guy so it scares me.  

Lastly, this blog is not an afterthought; it's a big part of who I am right now.  I blog because it's fun to share snippets of my life and more importantly because it's related to my career--I believe that fashion can make you feel good.

That's about all I know; I'm winging the rest.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Evergreen + Duck Boots (See Jane Wear)

winter boots outfit
Gap sweater (similar here ), Current/Elliott jeans (shop white jeans HERE),
LL Bean boots
 (shop winter boots HERE), Kyi Kyi hat (shop pom hats HERE)
Zara coat (old but similar here and here), Saint Laurent bag
How gorgeous is this tree?  It's in the entrance area of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago--a great backdrop.

Speaking of Chicago, you just can't get away living here without some great snow boots.  Don't try to avoid it--you'll succumb eventually.  These LL bean boots are my favorite (growing up, we'd wear them out to the barn to feed the horses) but I also love a good Sorel or Sperry boot, too.

What's your winter boot of choice?  Warmer climates, you don't have to answer--we'll all just be jealous of you.

*photos by Iron + Honey

white winter outfit

winter white boots outfit

winter white outfit duck boots

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sweater Jacket Throwback (See Jane Wear)

sweater jacket outfit
Vince sweater, (less expensive version here and shop other long cardigans HERE),
Paige jeans (shop black skinny jeans HERE), Cotton Citizen tee, Saint Laurent boots (less expensive boot here),
Mansur Gavriel bag (similar and shop bucket bags HERE)
Happy New Year!

Oh, how I wish these photos were from this week.  Like typical January, it's a tundra out there.  But a mere few weeks ago,  we were in the midst of a heat wave--I didn't even need a jacket!  This early-2000s-esque cardigan was all I needed.  Yes, this is indeed a throwback for me.  I just keep thinking it's something Britney Spears would've worn on the red carpet with pink, tinted, frameless sunglasses and low-rise leather bootcut pants.

*photos by Iron + Honey

long cardigan

bucket bag