Tuesday, November 21, 2017

His & Her Christmas Gift Guide

The holiday season is officially upon us!  Let the shopping begin! I've put together a few gift ideas for him and her. Admittedly they are products both Kiel and I love... Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving weekend! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Golden Goose

Jacket: Canada Goose, Dress: Treasure & Bond  (similar here and here) Boots: Sigerson Morrison (similar here and here) Bag: Madewell Glasses: Karen Walker Socks: Solange

For unpredictable frigid New England winters a down jacket is a must. It's the one jacket worth investing in for the season. I live in mine throughout January, February, and March when staying warm takes precedence over everything -- including looking fashionable. I live in turtlenecks, winter boots, cozy socks, and down jackets when the temperature drops below 30 degrees. 

This red parka is my first Canada Goose purchase from Nordstrom. The jacket is just as warm as I hoped it would be. Over the years I have heard a lot of hype about Canada Goose jackets and this one lives up to my expectations. I really wanted a jacket that would allow me to enjoy outdoor adventures on the the coldest of days.  I love that the arms are not too stiff. I have purchased other down jackets in the past where I could barely move. The fit was true to size and I just love the color and collar of this particular style. 

                                   Special thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Winter Warmer Guide to Winter Coats

Coats Worn from Top to Bottom: J.Crew Factory (similar), J.Crew (similar), J.Crew, Jack Wills (similar), J.Crew, Tory Burch c/o, Tommy Hilfiger c/o, H&M (similar), Burberry (similar), J.Crew, Reiss (old), Kate Spade (similar here and here), J.Crew 

Over the years I have built a great a collection of winter coats. I think I have coat for every type of occasion and yet I cannot resist buying a new one (or two) every winter. Coats are my absolute favorite article of clothing to buy. No matter how quickly I throw my outfit together in the morning, a beautiful coat will always tie my look together. I go from frazzled to polished the second I walk out the door. Fall and Winter in New England can be very unpredictable and the style coat I typically wear reflects the temperature outside. This time of year I wear my most stylish coats that might not necessarily be the warmest as the weather tends to be mild. In January and February I live in a down jacket unless we have that rare mild sunny day or I'm just going from my house to my heated car. I broke down my coat styles into: Pea Coat, Toggle Coat, Plaid Coat, Camel Coat, Pink Coat, and Statement Coat. I'm doing a post on down jackets later this week.

1. Pea Coats:  Originally worn by Sailors, the pea coat is the perfect staple for any classic wardrobe. I love a pea coat with gold anchor buttons worn over a turtleneck or chunky cable knit sweater. 

2. Toggle Coats: I'm making a Home Alone reference here but I first noticed toggle coats after Kevin Mcallister wore a green one in Home Alone 2. I was around 10 years old at the time but I really wanted that coat. Fast forward many years later and my love affair with toggle coats still exists. I love to dress mine up with rain boots and dresses. It's the perfect coat to wear around the holidays. 

3. Plaid Coats: I can never resist a plaid coat. To me everything looks better in plaid and this includes coats. I tend to wear understated basic pieces in solid colors with my plaid coats as the plaid pattern is already very busy. 

4. Military Coats: I love the structure and clean lines of an elegant military coat. Most come with brass or gold buttons which always enhance the look. The best military coats are  a bit longer in length. They look beautiful dressed up or down depending on the occasion. 

5. Camel Coats: There is nothing more classic or polished than a camel coat. My absolute favorite coat is the Burberry one featured in the 13th photo in this post. No matter what I'm wearing I always feel put together when I have one on. They are really versatile and look great with everything and on everyone. It's a coat must have. 

6. Pink Coats: Pink is a great way to introduce a pop of color to any fall/winter wardrobe. With so many shades of pink one can go from very bright to the palest pink depending on their personal style. I love a muted shade of pink that acts as a neutral.  

7. Statement Coats: A great statement coat is worth the investment. I have a few in my closet and they are great for days when you need a little extra pizzazz. I love to wear my faux fur collared Kate Spade coat with rhinestone buttons to holiday parties or winter weddings. My J.Crew Collection coat with rhinestones in the very last picture is tied with my Burberry coat for my absolute favorite. No matter what I am wearing underneath that coat I always feel perfectly put together when I have mine on. It doesn't hurt that it is also one of the warmest coats that I own.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Baby We're Home

Coat: J.Crew Sweater: Erlum Alpaca  c/o Pants: Tuckernuck Shoes: J.Crew (old, similar) Bag: Mansur Gavriel c/o 

Stroller: Stokke c/o (I'm obsessed with this stroller! It is the most beautiful one I have seen. My picture does not do it justice. It also comes with a number of matching accessories and is so easy to maneuver.)
Harris: Cable Knit Onsie: Gap
Kiel: Sweater: Aran of Ireland 

Sharing pictures from our first week home with Harris. It's been a week for the books. We are cherishing every moment. I've spent most of my week indoors recovering but we did manage to go out for our for a quick walk and a trip to the pediatrician. I'm just content to snuggle with him as I know this time will fly by. I can't believe he has already been in our life for ten days. 

I'm taking the rest of the year off from my duties at Kiel James Patrick. I worked a lot in the days leading up to Harris's birth to make this time possible. It will be my first time away from our office during the busiest time of year and I feel very relieved to know we have a good team that we can count on. I do have a number of blog posts left to share this year and of course more photos of Harris.