Beef it up


February has been nothing but freezing thus far and the temps don’t seem to be warming up any time soon. As you may recall from my first blog post, my Layering Advisory, layers are the key to survival. But with wind chills in the single digits, you’ve got to beef up every layer.


For this, I rely on chunky knits, another item of clothing I’d never considered for purchase until moving to the Northeast. I replace two, maybe even three cotton/linen layers with a chunky knit, throw on my my parka and hey, I’m still alive and kickin.


The chunky knit I’m wearing above is by Free People, I picked it up at Lord and Taylor during a blowout sale last week for $38.00 (damn, i’m good). I’m a huge fan of any oversized knit and especially one that has a turtleneck. Here are a few of my other top picks to keep you warm.


Fashion Forward


I think it’s safe to say ripped jeans are a millennial trend but how ripped is too ripped? I’m debating retiring the pair above after receiving nonstop commentary regarding the extensiveness of their tears last Thursday at the IIDA New England Fashion Show exhibit. Can the baby boomers let us live? Anyway, hosted at the Boston Design Center in Seaport, the exhibit had an open bar, a delicious selection of mediterranean finger foods, but more importantly a close up look at the 19th annual Fashion Show winners.


Far from your typical fashion show looks, these are a collaboration between two dozen of the region’s best interior design firms, design schools, and industry manufacturers. The results are totally unconventional.


I was blown away listening to the winners go into detail about the different elements that went into their respective looks. Anything and everything from light fixtures and window shades to banana leaves. And there I was having just purchased my first piece of cashmere in 2017.


My favorite look was a collab between Marvin at 7 Tide and Wentworth Institute of Technology, “Team Bergmeyer”, who took home the Best in Show Award, which included E ink, paper-like display technology, and rubber leather stripping to create Halcyon Shades into a jumpsuit and queen’s gown. Each piece transitioned between black, white, and silver.


Can you not see Queen B, Rihanna in these boots featured below?!?!




The Perfect Parka

As I begin my fourth (arguably fifth) winter in Boston, I’d like to believe I’m well-versed in regard to surviving these dreary months. In fact, I was actually sweating this morning on my walk to work albeit temps are in the 20s….and according to my IPhone it feels like it’s in the teens. So, let me advise you, the key is in your clothing but more specifically, your jacket choice.


My first winter I learned the hard way that a windbreaker, no matter how much layering you do underneath, will not suffice. The following winters I fiddled around with different styles ultimately to realize you cannot survive in New England without a solid parka jacket! When I say solid, I mean it must provide the following features, or it’s not worth your money:

  1. Fur lined hoodbecause the wind is brutal and a beanie is not always practical. Now some of you may say, Kelsey, why does the hood have to have fur, not everyone is extra like you? I swear the fur stops the wind from hitting your face directly, saving you from experiencing wind burn. While I feel strongly that a fur lined hood is essential, most parkas allow the fur lining to be removed.
  2. Sherling-liningbecause it creates another layer between you and the outside air……need I say more? Soft on the inside, hardcore on the outside.6174582336_IMG_1639
  3. Mid-thigh lengthbecause there’s nothing worse than bending over and having a gust of cold wind shoot up the back of your jacket. There’s an added bonus if the parka has a cinch cord at the waste, anything to help block out the cold.
  4. Ribbed cuffsbecause this time of year you don’t want mother nature getting up your sleeve. If your parka doesn’t have ribbed cuffs you’ll inevitably have a gap between your wrists and the actual jacket, that most gloves won’t make up for, this is no good.6174582336_IMG_1648

I scooped up this olive camo twill parka, (currently 50% off) from Abercrombie & Fitch a few weeks ago (check me out on bottom of their website). I debated splurging on a Canada Goose, but this A&F parka met all of my above-listed requirements, also I’m just not ready to dedicate a paycheck to a damn jacket. Originally $20000, it was 60% off on the weekend I purchased it, and the by joining the A&F club (email subscription) I got an additional 30% off… I paid $56.00. Talk about a steal!


Stay warm, xx.


Fall back with mules

Modesty is making a comeback – shirt dresses are out, cardigans are in.  For me, I keep a strong selection of shoes in my office and wear sandals or slides to and from work. That is until now. One sure tell sign that Fall is here, freezing cold toes! So with temps in the 50s here in Boston, slides are officially out too, mules are in.


So, I recently rearranged my shoe rack by priority and close-toed shoes are now my front runners, including these mules by Topshop available at Nordstrom. The first time I wore them to work another attorney told me, “I like your slippers.” I viewed this as opportunity to not only correct him, but properly advise him on mules; while comfort is king with me, I’d never actually wear slippers to the office.


Mules are a French term, used to depict a shoe that is backless and usually closed-toe. Apparently, mules are often confused with clogs, a similar style. Here’s what I gather, clogs originated in Scandinavia and the Netherlands and were a popular shoe for the working class. Although I may have worn clogs back in the late ’90s, I am no longer an advocate of the clog style. Both mules and clogs are closed-toe shoes, if it has a heel it’s likely a mule, platform, its likely a clog. Mules originated in France and were considered a dress shoe for aristocrats, that is until prostitutes began wearing them. Rumor has it in the early 1950s Marilyn Monroe restored the reputation of mules. Praise be to Marilyn!


Back in March, Elle hypothesized mules would be the shoe of 2017. To be honest, even though I acted offended when my co-worker thought I was wearing slippers, he called it on the head. A comfy slip-on style shoe that is structured like a flat or loafer, I definitely don’t hate it.


Mules can be styled for any occasion depending on the type. From flats to stilettos, wedges, chunky heels, platforms, leather, suede, pointy-toe, close-toe, mules come in all shapes and sizes. They easily spruce up any work look although some may mistake them for slippers.  Right now, my black knotted mules have been on constant rotation as the ideal Summer to Fall transition shoe.



Tough Transitions

Like I said in my updated post, Rules?, the Summer to Fall transition is always rough for me not only because I lose my toasted mocha tint, but my allergies go BANANAS forcing me to puff on my inhaler like clock work….oh and don’t even get me started on the temps dropping……

But the toughest part about this transition for me is putting away my sundresses and sandals and remembering to grab a jacket before I head out. I use to be a year round shorts and sandals girl, but we all know Boston weather doesn’t allow for that. Nevertheless, I try to prolong my summer wear as long as possible.


If you saw me at any point this summer, I was likely in my favorite buffalo print BB Dakota shirt dress. But it’s October, and I’d be pushing my luck to wear it out at this point (even though we are still having random days in the 80s here in Boston). So what’s a girl to do?

Build up the look. First, I added a leather moto jacket (it’s vegan, chill) to go over the dress. I always hate when I am dressed based off of the chillest morning temperature and end up looking like a sweaty dog mid afternoon when things warm up. Anyone else with me?


While I must admit, I use to associate leather jackets with leather chaps, and of course Daytona Bike Week, recently this Levi’s jacket from Nordstrom has become one of my staples. When the temps heat up in the afternoon just adjust the jacket to be worn as an “editor drape” to avoid having to carry it!


My next advisory, go get yourself a pair of over-the-knee boots (OTK). I picked up this black suede pair last year for a Thanksgiving look at Primark for ridiculously cheap. My only complaint, the tie strings in the back have no traction, so they do slide down your leg throughout the day which is REAL annoying ( hence face below). But you know what they say, you get what you pay for. Since then, I’ve purchased a Vince Camuto pair which has elasticized panels that help them stay up.


When I purchased my first pair I continuously wore them with skinny jeans (denim or black). Now, my favorite way to wear OTK boots is with shorts, a skirt, or a mini dress! Ordinarily rocking a shorter hem during the chilly months isn’t too smart and leaves your bare legs to freeze, but with OTK boots you’re all set. Think of them like a warmer pair of tights!


Check out some other ways to wear your OTK boots from my girl gang below:

Talks with Taylor 

The Blondissm



The Shirt Dress

My effortless go-to look this summer, the shirt dress. Quite literally, an extension of a dress shirt, but more sophisticated, it’s a closet staple. Shirt dresses are loose, breezy, and comfy. Think along the lines of your boyfriends button-down.


There’s a lot of options with this style but I’ll keep it short because there’s really not much to say about it- just buy one and wear it. It’s a style that requires very little effort.



With that being said, the shoes you pair the dress with will set the tone. For a more casual shirt dress like the BB Dakota buffalo print dress, pair it with flip flops, gladiator flats, or booties depending on the occasion. It’s also the perfect beach cover up.


For an oversized shirt dress like the Abercrombie & Fitch one below, add a belt to cinch your waste keeping a polished look in check. Dress it up with some wedges or ballet flats for a chic brunch look.







6241690800_IMG_0231While I’m an open advocate for wearing white jeans whenever you want (see Winter Whites ) – I will  admit that there is something that feels very right about wearing white jeans in the summer.


The “no white after labor day” moratorium was relevant in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when it made since to wear light colors to beat the heat because air conditioning had yet to come about.  Summer was notably between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so the rule was practical……back then. It’s 2017 now.


Times have changed and while wearing white during the summer feels right, it’s completely acceptable to rock it year round. Wear whatever you want, whenever you want. Here is me, running around Brooklyn, New York in my white jeans by Melrose & Market. Top is a recent treasure I picked up at Target.


UPDATE: It’s now October and thus, officially FALL. The Summer to Fall transition is always rough for me not only because I lose my toasted mocha tint, my allergies also go BANANAS forcing me to puff on my inhaler every two hours like clock work….oh and don’t even get me started on the temps dropping……


But anyway, this year I’m relying on retail therapy to get me by. I squaded up with a few other blogger babes to talk about our favorite Fall trends this month. I knew I loved these gals when the first suggested trend was “white after labor day.” Check out their stances here:

Talks with Taylor

Vino in the Village

Fashion Style Foodie

The Blondissim

Aurora McCausland