IMG_0784To round out my Christmas break, I took a trip to see my lovely summer roommates in our old stomping grounds. It was so nice to see New York in all of her wintery, snowy glory. Due to the "polar vortex" sweeping across the country, mostof my carefully calculated outfits—deemed unworthy to wear to Chili's or Panera Bread at home—ended up not being able to keep out the bitter cold, thus remained at the bottom of my suitcase. However, our trip to brunch at Rosemary's and walk around Central Park proved perfect weather to sport my most prized Christmas present, my J.Crew moto skirt. I'm crossing my fingers this will be my last visit. Also, this bag is everything I've been looking for in a carry-on, carry-all, out and about bag for a couple years now. Plus it adds a punchy chic note to any drab legging/sweater look I find myself in when school starts.

IMG_0806 IMG_0788 IMG_0814 IMG_0796IMG_0797[sweater-h&m, skirt-j.crew(on sale!!), bag-dsw, hat-gap, scarf-h&m, coat-mamaw's, boots-thanks syd]

zara classics

The birthday fairy was very good to me this year. I received some great "grown up" pieces perfect for the New York City wardrobe I am slowly trying to accrue. This beautiful cream jacket from Zara has been on my wish list for a while, so when I pulled it from the brown paper tucked neatly into it's sleek black box, I already had ten outfits planned to go with the Chanel-esque piece.

I wrote an article for The Crimson White about outwear and believe it is the best splurge item for any wardrobe. A strong jacket or blazer can transform any outfit from plain jane to sophisticated and pulled-together. I decided to pair my jacket with a girly peplum shape to balance out the edgy shoulder pads and boyfriend jeans.
[jacket-zara, top-h&m, jeans-thrifted, shoes-nine west, necklace-lucky, lip-revlon 'dark plum']