And in the blink of an eye, spring is here! While I despise setting my clock forward one hour, the extra light in the evening and the warmer temperatures sure are nice. March and April are full of inspiration for me – foliage and flowers, fresh cut grass and barbecues, outdoor exercise and birds chirping are just some of the little things that influence how I dress when the weather starts to warm up. I’ve actually been traveling quite a bit this spring already – working, dancing, working some more – and upon my return to NYC all I wanted was to put on some comfy clothes and take the weekend to myself. Lucky for me, athleisure is everywhere right now.
In hopes to avoid this year’s gray and chilly December in New York, I packed my things and headed west to catch some sun and fun. For those of you who follow my posts and know my signature style, you’re probably surprised by the lack of sparkles and velvet in this holiday season outfit. Not to worry – they’re there! They’re just a little bit toned down for this daytime look. While I did get the opportunity to don floor-length glittering maxi skirts and suede stilettos during my time in Vegas, I was mostly inspired by the western scenery around me – so that’s what I wanted to feature in my first post of the new year!
With holiday parties soon approaching, I’m focused on curating a small capsule wardrobe for these upcoming festive occasions. It seems that every day I mark a new event on my December calendar, which has spurred a small collection of outfit ideas and a mental list of 5th Ave sales I need to hit. I already own the staples – velvet dresses, sequined skirts, and cashmere sweaters. So as I shop for holiday party steals, I’m not necessarily looking for the trendiest items. I’m looking for something a bit different. More romantic pieces with hints of whimsy, garments that spark conversation and interest, and most of all, I’m looking for pieces that stand out in a sea of black, silver and gold.
Whether you love it or hate it, the concept of a dress code has become less relevant with every passing year. As time marches on and the retail industry changes, shoppers are prioritizing versatility and longevity more now than ever when it comes to purchasing clothes. Personally, when I shop, I won’t buy something unless I can imagine wearing it three different ways. I want to make sure that the piece will stand the test of time (and rinse cycles) as well as flatter my shape and work for my lifestyle. One investment piece that I oftentimes gravitate towards is the jacket – in particular, the blazer.
The blazer is a universal layer that, when fitted properly, is flattering and sophisticated. It can be the cherry on top to a business-professional ensemble. It can be the last layer that you throw on before heading out the door to meet your friends for happy hour. It can be the stylish flair that elevates your afternoon-at-the-mall outfit. Even though diamonds are nice, I could make a case for the blazer being a girl’s best friend.