1 Piece 3 Ways: Madewell Tee, Part One


Madewell Top, 1 piece 3 ways,  Spring fashion

Tahari blazer, Madewell top, H&M pants

Hillary Christine, Steve Madden pumps, Spring fashion

This is part one in a 3-look series featuring this mixed pattern tee from Madewell. I used this piece in so many Lookbooks for my clients (sign up for a styling session here), that I knew I had to have it! To show how versatile this floral and striped top can be, I styled it for work, day, and a date-night using pieces from my own wardrobe. What do you think of this look for the office? Stay tuned for more ways to wear this Spring top!

Wearing: Madewell tee, H&M trousers (similar here and here), Tahari blazer (old), Steve Madden pumps c/o, vintage belt, Michael Kors watch (love this one), J. Crew bangle (similar), Gorjana rings (here and here)


DKNY Sweater, Cynthia Rowley scarf, Boutique 9 boots

Spring fashion, personal style blog, Lydia Hudgens photography

Personal style blog, Lydia Hudgens photography, Spring fashion

Spring fashion, Floral, Cynthia Rowley scarf

Boutique 9 boots, Nine West socks, Laser-cut Leather

Spring fashion, Boutique 9 boots, DKNY Sweater

DKNY Sweater, Cynthia Rowley scarf, Michael Kors watch

DKNY sweater, Ralph Lauren sunglasses, Cynthia Rowley scarf

While I make the transition from New York to Boston, my wardrobe is making the transition from Winter to Spring. I love to wear my cozy winter knits over a skirt or dress while the weather is still warming up. I added a pretty floral scarf for some color and kept my diva shades on hand for when the sun was shining! How do you transition your look from Winter to Spring?

WearingDKNY Sweater, Pins and Needles dress via UO, Cynthia Rowley scarf (love this one), Boutique 9 boots (similar, short version), Michael Kors watch, Presh bracelet, F21 floral ring (old, love this one), Gorjana rings (here and here), J. crew bangle, London Fog pouch (similar)

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens – my last set of NYC photos taken by the fabulous and talented Lydia!!!

Wear Now, Wear Later: White Trousers

Wear Now, Wear Later; White Trousers
Here is another installment in my “Wear Now, Wear Later” series, featuring white trousers which are on my wish-list for Spring. For the now look I went a little nautical with a navy/white striped sweater. To keep it from feeling too preppy, I added an olive-hued trench coat and pretty pumps in a contrasting print. This look still feels light and fresh for Spring, but it’s covered enough to combat the still-cool temps. Later, ditch the overcoat and sweater, in favor of a breezy top with beautiful on-trend embroidery. Give your toes a breath of fresh air with these mustard sandals, and add black accessories for a chic black and white ensemble.

Now: Reiss trousers, J. Crew top, Vanessa Bruno Jacket, J. Crew pumps, Miss Selfridge bracelet pack, Topshop satchel, and Estee Lauder lipstick.

Later: Reiss trousers, Temperley London top, Theory sandals, Bar III bracelets, ALDO clutch, and Pim + Larkin studs

Have a great weekend!

Pattern Play

See by Chloe jacket, Ray Ban clubmaster, Lydia Hudgens photography

See by Chloe jacket, James Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff bag

See by Chloe jacket, Ray Ban clubmaster, vintage belt

James Jeans, See by Chloe jacket, Personal style blog

See by Chloe jacket, Ray Ban clubmaster, Lydia Hudgens photography

Hillary Christine Biggs, See by Chloe jacket, Ray Ban sunglasses

James Jeans, See by Chloe jacket, polka dot top

See by Chloe jacket, James Jeans, Ray Ban sunglasses

I couldn’t wait any longer to break out this amazing, floral See by Chloe jacket that’s been hanging in my closet for months! I love the unexpected combination of a sporty parka with a pretty floral print, and since I don’t typically dress super feminine, this is a perfect piece for me to incorporate florals into my Spring wardrobe without feeling too girly. I can’t wait for it to be warm enough to have this jacket in my regular rotation!

Wearing – James Jeans, Top via Urban Outfitters (lusting over this one), See by Chloe jacket (similar), Steve Madden booties (old), Rebecca Minkoff bag (last seen here), vintage belt, Ray Ban sunnies, J.Crew bracelets, vintage and Gorjana rings (here and here), Anthropologie earrings

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Florals and Suede

White blazer, floral dress, suede boots

T. Babaton dress, Calvin Klein boots, Urban Outfitters blazer

Calvin Klein boots, Lydia Hudgens photography, Florals

T. Babaton dress, vintage belt, Calvin Klein boots

T. Babaton dress, Personal style blog, Lydia Hudgens photography

T. Babaton dress, vintage belt, Calvin Klein boots

T. Babaton dress, Calvin Klein boots, Personal style blog

Florals and Suede

Picked up this dress on sale at Aritzia a couple weeks ago… I was drawn in by the colors and print which promised seasonal versatility, but the real clincher for me was the back – I’m a sucker for an exposed zipper and an unexpectedly low back, and this piece has both. And it was on sale. Done deal, my friends.

Since the weather isn’t exactly cooperating with the calendar, I paired this floral number with suede boots – but I can’t wait to wear it with sandals or wedges when the temperatures go up! Until then… Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wearing – T. Babaton dress via Aritzia (like this too), Silence & Noise blazer, Calvin Klein boots (old, similar), vintage belt, Chocolate New York clutch (love this one), Michael Kors watch, J. Crew bracelets (here)

Photo Credit: Lyda Hudgens

Spring Accessories

Straw fedora, Florals, White blouse

Spring style, florals, straw hat

Straw hat, Floral scarf, Michael Kors watch

Black and white, Spring style, Florals

Floral scarf, James Jeans, Jessica Simpson booties

Spring style, florals, black and white

Straw fedora, Florals, Spring Fashion

Jessica Simpson Booties, oxblood, Lydia Hudgens photography

In my Mother’s continued efforts to make me a hat person, I received this straw topper a couple of weeks ago… She discovered a website that offers sizes, thereby providing accommodation for my unusually small head. It’s not that I don’t like hats, I’m just not convinced they look good on me… However, one of my favorite things about fashion is that you can take risks, try new things, and if they don’t work then you can move on and laugh about it later. Although… Maybe my Mom is always right… I do think this straw hat and floral scarf will become go-to Spring accessories for me. What accessories are you dying to wear all Spring?

Wearing – James Jeans, Tunic blouse via Marshalls (love this one), Jessica Simpson booties (similar), Pins and Needles scarf (old, like this one), Hat (gifted, similar), Michael Kors watch, Gorjana rings (here and here), Bracelets via Gilt, vintage, and Off-Fifth

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Insta-Life, Take 4

Spring Blues, Tweed Jacket, Quote1. Spring Blues 2. LOFT tweed jacket, J.Crew trousers, Madewell tank, and Miu Miu pumps 3. Quote from Keira Knightley’s cover of Marie Claire

Prabal Gurung for Target, Beauty, Nautical4. Prabal Gurung for Target tank and BCBG blazer 5. Beauty essentials (yes, coffee included) 6. Nautical inspired look with LOFT blazer, Zara sweater and Pants, BCBG pumps

Chevron, Snake Print, Fedora7. Chevron sweater from LOFT and vintage belt 8. H&M Snake Print blouse, Cynthia Steffe trousers, Michael Kors pumps, and UO blazer 9. Sneak peek from an upcoming outfit post

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Working Gal

Cynthia Rowley trench, Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse, LOFT trousers

Cynthia Rowley trench coat, personal style, Lydia Hudgens photography

Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse, LOFT trousers, BCBG heels

H&M belt, Michael Kors watch, Presh wrap bracelet

Cynthia Rowley trench coat, LOFT trousers, BCBG pumps

Cynthia Rowley trench coat, personal style, Lydia Hudgens photography

Cynthia Rowley trench coat, Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse, Lydia Hudgens photography

Just thought I’d give you a peek at a typical work outfit for me. My office is conservative, so in the winter I have stuck pretty close to a trousers and blouse formula. To keep my personality, I layer on some jewelry, add a fun belt, or swap in some trendy shoes. Sidenote: I love that the weather is starting to warm up in New York, because it means I can wear my many trench coats. To me, nothing is more classic and sophisticated than a great trench coat. I look for pieces with a special detail like the color-blocking in this version. What is your go-to Spring jacket?

Loft Trousers, Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse, Cynthia Rowley trench (similar), BCBG pumps (old, similar), H&M belt, Michael Kors watch, Presh wrap bracelet via Gilt, Off-Fifth bracelet, vintage and Gorjana rings (here and here)

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Slouchy Street Style

DKNY trousers, Aqua Coat, Kate Spade bag

Aqua coat, DKNY trousers, Personal Style blog

DKNY Trousers, Aqua Coat, Steve Madden booties

Fashion, Personal Style blog, Lydia Hudgens photography

Aqua coat, DKNY trousers, Steve Madden booties

Aqua place, DKNY trousers, Steve Madden booties

Despite the recent snowstorm (in like a lion, right?), my fashion focus is on Spring, and the bright hue of these trousers injects the right touch of Springtime. Surprisingly, these blue pants are as versatile as they are audacious. In the spring, I will layer them with a chambray, scarf, and camel booties, and in the summer, I will opt for an easy tank and leather sandals. And did I mention they are ridiculously comfortable (much like this other favorite pair). How have you been adding a little much-needed Spring to your winter wardrobe?

DKNY trousers (love these), Isaac Mizrahi for Target sweater (similar), Aqua coat, Steve Madden booties c/o (last seen here), Kate Spade bag, Necklace via Saks Off-Fifth (similar here or here), vintage scarf, BCBG skull ring (similar), Michael Kors watch, vintage bracelets and rings

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Nerd on a Coffee Break

Steve Madden loafers, Lucky Brand jeans, Calvin Klein coat

Tiffany & Co. glasses, Calvin Klein coat, Steve Madden loafers

Calvin Klein coat, Lucky Brand jeans, Threads blouse

Hillary Christine, Personal Style Blog, Calvin Klein Coat

Steve Madden loafers, Lucky Brand jeans, Lydia Hudgens photography

Calvin Klein coat, Threads blouse, Lucky Brand jeans

Tiffany & Co. Glasses, Calvin Klein coat, Coffee break

Tiffany & Co. glasses, Calvin Klein coat, Lydia Hudgens photography

I describe my style as classic with a twist, so this is a pretty typical weekend outfit for me centered around the timeless formula of jeans, a button-down, and loafers. To add the twist I may wear a pair of leopard-print loafers or I may trade in printed or colored denim or I may add a whimsical touch with polka dot socks and nerd it up with glasses… you just never know

Oh, and if my coffee-cup tattoo isn’t a dead giveaway… I like coffee. Hope you all had a wonderful, coffee-buzzed weekend!

Lucky Brand jeans (last seen here), Threads oxford (similar), Steve Madden loafers c/o (in black, also love these), J.Crew socks (old, similar), Calvin Klein coat, Tiffany & Co. glasses, Michael Kors watch, vintage belt, Anthropologie earrings, vintage and Gorjana rings, J.Crew bangles (old, similar)

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens