“On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a stripey long sleeve tee, an olive skater skirt, a fluffy circle scarf, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!”
This is legitimately the first time I’ve gotten dressed since my last OOTD—the reason being that my town has been in the midst of a “snow storm” for the last week. I put this in quotes because we’ve only gotten eight inches of snow (complete child’s play to any Chicagoans out there); regardless, we’ve missed five days of school, so I’ve spent most of my time in my pajamas watching Netflix.
Today, I decided I should probably remind myself what I look like with proper clothes on. My first inclination was to wear my typical black and white uniform, but I figured I’d switch it up a tiny bit by pairing my striped tee with a deep olive green skirt (Clare rocked a similar combo in her “Color Crush: Emerald” post). Then I added my faux fur circle scarf for some texture and coziness. Of course we can’t forget the shoes: an OOTD of mine would not be complete without a pair of killer heels (I love these booties SO MUCH).
If my school ever opens its doors again, this will definitely be the first outfit I wear!
As much as I love grey and black, trudging through cold winter mornings dressed like Basket Case can feel a bit sad and monotonous. Winter doesn’t have to be solely dark! In their F/W 2013 collections, Rochas, Carven and Céline all showed playful pastel pieces that seem appropriately fun for the winter season. I decided to shed some of my darker layers and trade them for chalky pinks and blues.
This tea-length pastel skirt is like a pop of Wonderland in December. And if you are hesitant about letting go of your black tee entirely, adding a pink collar can balance the light and dark!
Instead of the black bomber I usually wear with this outfit, I grabbed a vintage pink sweater. Seriously, wearing pastels makes you feel so happy and girly amidst frozen ponds and sleet covered streets. Try it out!
One of the biggest trends I have seen so far this holiday season is the teddy fur trend. This style is both fashion-forward and functional. It’s bold and makes a statement, but at the same time, keeps you warm in the harsh winter weather.
This is the Topshop jacket that started it all! I cannot tell you how many OOTDs I have seen from bloggers who are wearing this coat. It’s also sold in pastel pink, bright blue, and white, but I think the black is a subtle color to wear when trying to pull off this outrageous fur.
These Topshop boots are mostly suede, but when you fold over the top, there’s a surprise teddy lining. I can only imagine how cozy these shoes must be.
I actually own this twill quilted coat from BP. and I wear it almost everyday. Only the collar is fuzzy, but the inside of the coat is still very warm. My friends tell me I look “regal” when wearing this coat because the collar makes such a statement.
Instead of having any type of fur, this sweater has a literal teddy bear on it. This would be perfect to wear to an ugly sweater party, except for the fact that this sweatshirt is adorable.
What are you lusting after this holiday season? Let me know in the comments!
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love* gave to me: a polka-dotted sweater, a Frenchi skater skirt… and a partridge in a pear tree!”
For each of my posts leading up to Christmas, I’ll be snapping a shot of my outfit of the day. While I will not be able to share all twelve of my OOTDs of Christmas (I only have five posts left before the 25th), I thought this would be a fun personal style challenge and a great way to keep you girls inspired throughout the holiday season. For my first look, I chose an outfit that could easily transition from hot cocoa with the besties to ZooLights with the boyfriend. It’s cute, casual and super cozy! I absolutely love the sweater (if I could wear it every day, I totally would); it’s just so girly and adorable. To prevent this polka dot piece from going “I stole this from my little sister’s closet,” I decided to wear it untucked over a skater skirt for a relaxed, flirty feel. Of course, no black and white ensemble would be complete without a pop of color, so I chose a maroon infinity scarf to top off this look.
I’d love to see your OOTDs of the holiday season! Share them using #NordstromBP, and you may end up on an in-store video wall or somewhere else in the BP. universe.
*I contemplated changing this lyric, but then I remembered: Nordstrom is my true love.
I’m obsessed with the zodiac. The more I pore over my astrological charts and delve into the luxurious and outgoing life of a Libra, the more convinced I am that the horoscope is the most accurate measurement of a person. It’s scarily accurate. Fortunately, I’ve been seeing more and more zodiac signs and motifs on clothes and jewelry, so they have been dominating my wardrobe.
This sweatshirt from Wildfox (now sold out—sorry!), which features the astrological calendar, captures that mystic, heavenly feeling that makes me pretend I’m studying Divination with Ron and Harry in the Gryffindor common room on a Thursday night.
As you have probably noticed, I am a huge crafter and love making my own fun gifts, too. For her birthday, I made my friend, a Sagittarius and fellow zodiac-lover, this little creation. I got a black canvas and poked the shape of the Sagittarius constellation with LED lights, then connected the lights with wire. It was super simple and looks adorable.
Happy Friday! We just did a little one-for-you-two-for-me Christmas shopping over at the flagship store in downtown Seattle, and we’re feeling good about it. (Okay, maybe also a little guilty. Uh. What budget?)
Which reminds us of a golden oldie that always gets us moving and grooving. Girls, climb into the Wayback Machine with us and enjoy the smoothness that was, is, and always will be…the King of Pop.
Normally I try to keep all of my content on this blog fashion-related, but I just had to share this sweet and simple cookie jar gift idea. I love to bake, I love the holidays and I love DIYs, so why not combine them all? This gift would be perfect for your parents, your teacher or as a Secret Santa gift.
The first thing you’ll need to do is mix together a few dry ingredients. In a bowl, combine 1 + 1/3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon of salt.
Now it’s time to start layering in a one-quart canning jar:
1. Flour mixture
2. One cup of old-fashioned oats
3. One cup of holiday M&Ms
4. 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of regular sugar
Once you’ve neatly layered all the ingredients, twist on the cap and decorate your jar with cute ribbons. Don’t forget to add a tag with instructions on how to make the cookies!
Mix with one egg, ½ cup melted butter, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Shape into balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
December has just begun, but I’ve been in the Christmas spirit since the day after Halloween—I blame this on the fact that I listened to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on repeat after I watched “Love, Actually“ with my sister. As much as I enjoy decking the halls and giving gifts, belting Christmas songs is possibly my favorite part of the season. Here are a few of my go-to tunes (definitely not your traditional Christmas carols):
1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey (featuring Justin Bieber)
I honestly prefer the original version, but J Biebz always gives me a good chuckle.
2. “Last Christmas” by Wham!
Yes. Just…yes. I’ll never understand why he didn’t just “give it to someone special” in the first place though.
3. “8 Days Of Christmas” by Destiny’s Child
I have a legitimate obsession with Destiny’s Child. They put the sass in Christmas.
Now that you’ve been inspired, please participate in your winter talent show à la “Mean Girls.”
As we delve deeper into winter madness, my memory and usual organizational skills seem to deteriorate, and I’m constantly forgetting non-essential essential things or an extra layer. This is why I’ve come up with a foolproof plan: Project Winter Tote. PWT is this genius thing I’ve thought up where I use an adorable and washable tote bag to carry around anything I’d usually forget. I can throw the tote in my car, or put my wallet inside and use it as a purse! Canvas totes are equal to young Harrison Ford in their amazingness.
So far, I’ve been hoarding lip balm, tights (in case of unexpected chilliness or a nighttime outing), fleece mittens and an earwarmer, tea, cough drops and Emergen-C (my best friend). I’m in love with my canvas tote, and I highly recommend PWT to any of you suffering from winter-induced amnesia.
“Lively. Radiant. Lush. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony.” -Pantone
It’s clear that the fashion world has been crushing on emerald lately. Celebrities have been sporting emerald gowns and jewelry, style savvy New Yorkers are known to rock this color on their handbags, and even designers are showing emerald garments in their shows. This stunning shade of green just so happens to be the Pantone Color of the Year! As 2013 is coming to a close, I used this as an opportunity to show you how I style this trend.
I realize that this outfit probably makes me look like a little Christmas elf, but I think cranberry and emerald are a very sophisticated color pairing.
Other colors that would look wonderful with emerald:
• Mustard: Pair an emerald skirt with a white top and mustard cable-knit cardigan.
• Cobalt: Go bold! Color-blocking is always a must.
• Plum or mauve: Try a purple dress with an emerald accent piece such as a necklace or purse.