Weekend Style Inspiration, Thanks to Elizabeth Olsen

Weekend Style Inspiration Thanks to Elizabeth Olsen
From Left to Right: 
SunglassesThe Row, Illesteva Leonard II (similar), Hat: Barr (similar), Pullovers: Rag & Bone, AllSaintsTrousers: Ted Baker, Diane von Furstenberg, Bags: Prada, The Row, Booties: Modcloth, TopShop
Let’s kick off the weekend with some serious style inspiration from that other equally-fabulous Olsen! I love this toned down, relaxed look. And it is so easy to recreate! Start with a pair of (not too) slim trousers and a drapey, comfortable T-shirt or sweater. Then add some trendy accessories like this wool fedora, round-frame sunnies, and lace-up ankle booties and voila, cool-girl weekend chic!

Let’s Start Styling!

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If you sign up on my profile link, you will be invited to be among the first 100 clients during the December launch of KR. (100% online!) And, there will be a complimentary session for all clients in December.

For more information on how it works, check out my profile and the Keaton Row website.

Come on, you know you want to work with me! Thanks, HCB

Pants Please

Leather Pants: H&M (like this version), Top: W118 by Walter Baker, Shoes: Miu Miu via Threadflip, Polka Dot Bag: Kate Spade

Necklace: Vintage (similar), Tiger Bangle: gifted Kenneth Jay Lane (similar), Rings: Gorjana (love these too) and vintage

I hate tights. First of all, with a name like ‘tights,’ how comfortable can they be? Second, they inevitably rip so you have to constantly buy new pairs. And don’t even get me started on how tangled I get every time I have to go to the ladies room. What I’m trying to say is, tights are a worst case scenario for me. Therefore, if I go out for drinks during the cooler months, I tend toward pants so that I can avoid any pantyhose debacles.

Believe it or not, faux leather pants can be surprisingly versatile. I pair them with anything silky and/or sheer with a boyfriend blazer and bold jewelry (like this statement necklace) for a night out. Then for day, I would throw a comfy sweater over this outfit and swap my heels for leopard print loafers. What do you think? Do you wear your leather pants to death or are they still hanging in your closet with the tags on?

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

It’s never too early for Holiday Spirit

I have a soft spot for the Christmas holiday. Thanksgiving has never been my friend, because I don’t like turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, etc. I do enjoy a slice or two or three of pie though 🙂 … Anyway, I look forward to that time after the Thanksgiving holiday has passed when it becomes “socially acceptable” for me to watch Christmas movies (was totally caught in July by the manfriend watching White Christmas on Netflix), wear holiday-themed socks, listen to holiday music on my iPod, (“er, oops did I not press skip when All I Want for Christmas is You came on? My mistake…”) and break out some festive decorations. So, friends, here is an Insta-preview into my holiday celebrations…

My Holiday spirit started with the lighting of the bow at Cartier, and it continued at the holiday party, where I donned a variety of holiday-themed headwear, like this number above… 

Then, my fabulous Mother and I went to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, where I popped my Rockette’s cherry. 

And to round out my holiday-cheer update, the trees have arrived!! From the decorated trees rooted in the sidewalk and the fresh pine smell of the Christmas trees for sale, to my little Charlie Brown Christmas tree at home… I’m enamored. Get yourself some spirit, people! Because I have just begun…

Thanksgiving Style Inspiration

What to Wear: Thanksgiving Edition
Whether your Thanksgiving feast is fancy or laid-back, I’ve got you covered with three different outfit ideas for the upcoming holiday.
Look 1: If a dress is required, opt for something easy and fluid, like this All Saints jersey dress (LOVE the asymmetrical hem!).  Combining grays and browns is modern, and it looks very luxe… It is a great way to take a simple gray dress like this and bump it up a notch for the holiday. Add delicate gold jewelry and comfortable leopard flats to pull it all together.
AllSaints Dress, Rag & Bone Belt, J.Crew Leopard Flats, Gorjana Necklace, Chloe Ring, PS Bag
Look 2: Holidays are an opportunity for dressing up, right? Try a feminine midi-skirt with a slim metallic-gray tank. The skirt speaks for itself, so top the look off with a similar gray-hued coat for minimalist chic. The finishing touches? Ankle booties and a stack of multi-metallic bangles.
Lanvin Skirt, Valentino Tank, Zero + Maria Cornejo Coat, Balenciaga Booties, Barneys NY Trouser Socks, BCBG Envelope Clutch, Miss Selfridge Bangles
Look 3: Planning to eat A LOT and lounge on the couch watching football? (Me too…) Then jeans, a cozy sweater, and a chic scarf is the look for you. Heeled leather booties and gold accessories, like this watch and jeweled studs, dress the look up a little.
D & G Jeans, Burberry Brit Sweater, Lanvin Scarf, Mango Booties, Michael Kors Watch, Target Studs

What are you planning to wear? Tell me in the comments!

Weekend Recap: Down Time

Well I can’t Instagram a photo of the back of my eyelids, so I have no images to supplement my weekend recap… I spent most of the weekend cuddled up with the manfriend, watching Homeland (and football). It is unbelievably nice sometimes to wear comfy pajamas (not a blog-worthy look) and just veg out (lay like broccoli) with someone you love. Oh, and to get some sleep! Call me an old lady if you want, but I had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

And since I don’t have weekend pictures, here is my life lately, via Instagram. Enjoy

Preparation for facing the Nor’Easter & Beautiful dried roses hanging on my wall

Annual Lighting of the Bow at Cartier 5th Avenue Mansion

New Things: Gorjana Rings and Sandals c/o Steve Madden (both worn in a recent shoot – stay tuned!)

1 Piece 3 Ways: Calvin Klein Metallic Sheath

1 Piece 3 Ways: Calvin Klein Metallic Sheath
As promised, here are three ways to wear the Calvin Klein Collection metallic sheath I am dying over…
Look 1: Toughen up this classic shift dress with black leather and snake skin.
3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, Alexander Wang booties, Pieces belt, Sadee Says earrings
Look 2: Go trendy with a statement necklace, a winter-white peplum coat and HELLO, oxblood heels
Ports 1961 coat, Lanvin necklace, H&M Pumps (only $48!), Kate Spade stud earrings
Look 3: Add sparkly heels and a belted coat (LOVE this color!) for ultimate ladylike glam.
L.K. Bennet coat, H&M Pumps (only $40!), Eddie Borgo cuff, Kimberly McDonald studs

What do you think? How would you style this metallic beauty?

Currently Craving: Calvin Klein Metallic Sheath Dress

I’m not usually a “party-dress” kind of gal, but this one has me swooning. I love simple color palettes and silhouettes that I can change and update as my mood strikes, and this is the perfect blank canvas.  (That is probably a credit to the “get the most for your money” voice inside me). Anyway, love this Calvin Klein Collection number… Stay tuned for a post on different ways I would style it!

Currently Craving: Cocoon Coats

Currently Craving: Cocoon Coats
J. Crew, Jil Sander Fall 2012, 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2012, Lover, DKNY Fall 2012, Rebecca Taylor, Acne, and image c/o Stockholm Streetstyle
It’s officially cold in New York… And as unfortunate as this may be, it also means coats are making their way back into my closet. (Last year, I brought in an armoire to my petite dorm room simply to accommodate my coat collection.) I mean, lets face it, how bored would I get wearing the same coat every day when the temperatures drop? I think this is implied, but… so bored. Anyway, right now I am loving the cocoon coat because it looks effortlessly chic over anything! Oh this old coat? I just threw it on, and look fabulous. Oh, and speaking of old coats – if you live in the New York area, donate yours here!