Tuesday, January 16, 2018

From Comfy to Classy

blazer-Ines de le Fressange for Uniqlo(current collection here), blouse-Urban Outfitters(similarish here), skirt-BCBGeneration(more skirts here), tights-J.Crew, loafers-Zara(a badass version here), bracelet-Gifted from World Finds

Last week I was all about staying comfortable with leggings and a knit hat in this post, here. For today's OOTD I'm bringing classy-chic-realness in mixed prints and velvet. All of these pieces have done the rounds in various other outfits, but this is the first pairing of this blouse and skirt, which is surprising because each print speaks so well to the other. I only happened to notice it when these two garment ended up near to each other in a closet reshuffle. Just goes to show you, it helps to revise your wardrobe organization every so often.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Keeping it Comfortable

cardigan-Zara(similar here), shirt-Wild Fang(similar here), leggings-Amazon, boots-G.H. Bass, hat-Target, necklace-Gifted

I'm feeling a bit rusty here with OOTD posts, but let's hop back on the horse shall we? πŸ˜€

Started with this oversized button-down (last seen here) and paired it with these fleece-lined leggings, "coatigan", and cowboy-esque boots for a comfy midweek work outfit. 

Now a bit of "mom" advice, while yes, we're having a brief thaw, it's still Winter so keep those coats and hats on! And wear socks! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My 2018 Must Haves

The weather is finally starting to break here in Pittsburgh, so OOTDs are coming soon! In the meantime I've started by my Shopping List of Must Haves for 2018.

This crossbody/shoulder bag hybrid from Moop is more than I usually spend on a day bag, but I'm ready to invest and upgrade! The neutral grey and waxed canvas makes this versatile and highly functional, both of which are must-have features for my Must-Haves of 2018, Momma ain't playin! 

Speaking of functional and versatile, I'm in the market for a black, waterproof boot! This option from Nordstrom has tread and is nondescript is a good way, as in it doesn't look like a snowboot, just a neutral black boot, perfect for the office in winter. I'm very much over wearing a functional pair of shoes to get to work, then changing into a stylish pair for being at work. I want footwear that can serve me all day long. That's not asking too much, right?

In my ongoing quest for dresses with pockets, this boho number is on my Amazon wish list. You may recall the 90's-esque drapey top also from Mordenmiss in this post. In exploring their other products this "vest dress" caught my eye. Love how it's shown here as a layering piece, bringing some schmatta drama to my winter-wear. Come Spring/Summer I can wear it on it's own, as a quick thrown-on-and-go frock. 

For a bit of pretty I have my eye on this wrap blouse from Wren & Ivory. It also come in a grey and mustard... decisions, decisions... Again, I see the versatility in this for both work and for a dressier weekend look. 

This is just the start of my shopping strategy for the coming year, you can check out some pieces I've already picked up in last week's post here

Happy Shopping! 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Recent Buys

It's still arctic temps here in Pittsburgh, hence I am still mostly existing in fleece leggings and oversized flannels. In the meantime I've picked up a few keys pieces for warmer, more fashionable days ahead. 

I've had my eye on this top from ModCloth for quite some time. Their post-Xmas sale made it such a great deal that I couldn't resist. I can see this doing a lot of work in my wardrobe, being able to layer it over thermal shirts, under cardigans and button-downs, worn with jeans or knit skirts--more on that to come...

For a bit of pretty I also picked up this printed blouse from the MC. I'm not a huge fan of peplum, but the looser silhouette makes me think the fit will be flattering. Overall it feels simple and fresh, no? 

And speaking of skirts, this easy piece from Uniqlo is going to be another great go-to here this winter. Definitely looking to pair it with the olive tunic tee above, as well as some of my statement sweaters. 

And speaking of sweaters, I picked up a deep red cardi which I also see working with the skirt, as well as black, navy, and grey work trousers. 

And because a girl can always use more shift dresses in winter, I utilized some coupons codes for this knit number from eShakti. I customized it with longer sleeves and a V-neck which is a more flattering neckline for a busty gal like myself. You may recall my other two shifts from eShakti here and here. FYI, I'm still not sure how to pronounce this brand name... "E-shack-tee" or is it "E-shock-tye" any ideas? 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

It's F***king Cold Out!

Holy buckets, is it FREEZING out!!! I haven't been outfitting at all, just layering up to keep warm. Most days here recently you'll find me in this type of getup--

Stay warm and safe our there my friends. Hopefully soon we'll have a break and I can get some outfits up and running with pics. 

Until further notice, we're closed for the season. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ❆⛄

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday Dressing--Winter Prints

dress-eShakti, coatigan-Le Tote, scarf-J.Crew(similarish here), boots-Lifestride via DSW(similar here)

For another take on Holiday Dressing, I'm going in a subtle direction with this winter-themed novelty print of bare branches and birds. Of course, let's face it, I've been far from obvious in my holiday outfitting so far this season, as seen here, here, and here. And yes, I've styled this frock in an almost identical way to my last post featuring an eShakti dress, but the white background of this shift makes it a striking choice, not only for this month, but in the winter month ahead. Speaking of shifts, this silhouette is perfect for the copious amounts of food coming my way over the next two weeks. Bring on the desserts! 

I'll be taking a break from posting the rest of this year as I'll be traveling with family, and plan on spending most of next week in sweatpants and hoodies, its time to get hygge!

Here's to a healthy, happy, and safe holiday, thank you for reading. Love, B  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Gift Guide Part 3--Literature

So far I've covered beauty products and socks in this year's round of gift guides, which are prefect gift categories for the coming winter. To add to that list--reading!

Here are a few books from my Books Worth Reading Pinterest board, first up--poetry!

James Allen Hall's "I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well" from the CSU Poetry Center

I LOVED Hall's 1st book Now You're the Enemy, which won awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Lambda Literary Foundation, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. So this is on my personal wish list to read here during the snowy days to come. 

Anthology from Mason Jar Press

"The Black Ladies Brunch Collective’s Poetry Anthology, Not Without Our Laughter,  is a collection of humorous and joyful poems, riffing on Langston Hughes’s novel Not Without Laughter. It explores topics of family, work, love and sexuality. The women of BLBC believe, like Hughes, that even in these currently tense racial times, laughter and the celebration of life is crucial. Historically, it is what African Americans have done and will continue to do, no matter what challenges face them." 

From University of Pittsburgh Press, "Let's All Die Happy" by Erin Adair-Rodgers

"The poems in Let’s All Die Happy explore apostasy, concerned with what happens after the beliefs and institutions which promised fulfillment leave us empty instead. Darkly humorous, the collection examines a patriarchal culture in which women are defined through their relationship to others." 

Poems from Anay Krugovoy Silver on Amazon

"In her third collection, "From Nothing," Anya Krugovoy Silver follows a mother, wife, and artist as illness and loss of loved ones disrupt the peaceful flow of life. Grounded in the traditions of meditative and contemplative poetry, From Nothing confronts disease and mortality with the healing possibilities of verse. Whether remembering the sound of whispered secrets on a family vacation or celebrating a favorable PET scan, in Silver's keen observations of seemingly mundane moments we glimpse the divine. "

For Non-Fiction Readers--

A memoir by Alex Lemon available from Milkweed
"In Feverland, Alex Lemon has created a fragmented exploration of what it means to be a man in the tumult of twenty-first-century America—and a harrowing, associative memoir about how we live with the beauties and horrors of our pasts. How to move forward, Lemon asks, when trapped between the demons of one’s history and the angels of one’s better nature? How to live in kindness—to become a caring partner and parent—when one can muster very little such tenderness for oneself? How to be here, now? How to be here, good?"

Essays from Gabrielle Union, also available on Amazon
"In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman." 

And for those novel-readers on your gift list--

"The Mothers" by Brit Bennett
"Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret."

Maria Semple's Latest "Today Will Be Different"

"A brilliant novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future." Having read her previous book, I'm definitely on board for another story about a woman dealing with the challenges of modern life and internal struggle. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter White (& Black)

dress-eShakti(similar here), cardigan-Anthropolige(similar here), scarf-J.Crew Factory(similarish here), boots-Lifestride via DSW(similar here

This dress from eShakti will be a go-to this coming winter. It's super comfortable, work-appro, has pockets, and when worn on it's own gives me frontier-nun-schmatta realness, which is NOW a thing. Paired with this oversized cozy cardi and windowpane infinity scarf I'm bringing all sorts of winter white (& black) realness to your Tuesday!

Yes, things are VERY real here today. 😁#fingersnaps 

From Comfy to Classy

blazer-Ines de le Fressange for Uniqlo(current collection here ), blouse-Urban Outfitters(similarish ...