Friday, February 10, 2017

BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket

What are your thoughts on leather jackets? They're generally regarded as a staple in any stylish woman's closet and I think they look great on most people. Finding one has been on my fashion to-do list for years. I finally ordered one from Nordstrom on sale a few weeks ago, but when I slipped it on, I felt super cheesy and slightly masculine—like I was headed out to meet my cronies and beat someone up on a street corner. Not the plan. 

Still, my faithful black J.Crew Jackie cardigan (now 30% off!) was wearing a hole in the elbow and after close to ten good years, I needed a replacement—a classic and versatile layer I could wear through all seasons, but something a little less sweet 'n preppy than the Jackie.

This Faux Leather Jacket from BLANKNYC is a blend of both things I wanted—it combines the structure and cool of a traditional leather jacket with the softness and ease of a cardigan—edgy and feminine, in one pretty package. I love that I can wear it all day, as part of an outfit, and cruise right onto a cocktail patio in cooler weather without changing. A regular long-sleeve tee comfortably fits underneath and I'm obsessed with the effortless drape. So happy I found something with a little personality (but still so practical) to boost my boring winter wardrobe—it needed it! 

Hope you have a fun weekend planned! We're going ice fishing on Mille Lacs (I caught a couple crappies my first time out and now I think I'm a stud or something...!), and I'm excited for a long-overdue mani/pedi. Maybe I'll even whip up some pink and red Valentine's Day cookies. Catch you next week! x

Anthropologie tee (ahh! so many cute & elevated basics on the site right now!)
Madewell jeans (my fave for denim)
Kate Spade backpack (similar here and here)
Sam Edelman pumps (on sale for $77. also want these and these for spring!) 

SHOT NOTE: These pics are a little grainy, but we're a work in progress! 
(Chris is a trooper for letting me drag him into this.) 
Thanks for hanging in there while we get into our photo shoot groove. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Day Wish List

What are your Valentine's Day plans? Chris and I want to keep it low-key this year and we jump at any excuse to eat pizza, so I'm thinking takeout from Station (love the Midwesterner!) and a few indulgent hours of The People v. O.J. We agreed not to exchange gifts—still recovering from Christmas!—and wearing red isn't really my thing, unless it's a go-all-out special-occasion lace dress. But I still enjoy the hearts-and-roses holiday and will put in a little extra effort just for fun with an oxblood manicure, fiery lipstick, floral perfume and over abundance of fancy Champagne-scented candles. Here are a few more pretty little pick-me-ups to enjoy yourself or postmark to girlfriends next week. Sending love!