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

Shades of Green

Michael Kors skirt, fisherman sweater, Marc New York cape

Lydia Hudgens photography, Fashion blog, New York style

fisherman sweater, cape-coat, ray-ban clubmaster

Personal style blog, New York Fashion, Lydia Hudgens Photography

Marc New York cape, fisherman sweater, Michael Kors skirt

Michael Kors skirt, Ray Ban clubmaster, Jessica Simpson ankle boots

Marc New York cape, Ray-Ban Sunglasses, Pashmina scarf

New York fashion, Personal Style blog, Lydia Hudgens Photography

I finally have a pair of these Ray-Ban Clubmaster frames (petite-version of course, as my head is unusually small for someone so smart…) that I’ve been craving for months thanks to a Bloomies gift card! Also wearing my favorite scarf which was purchased from Marshalls (much like all my scarves). In fact, my skirt and booties were also purchased via Marshalls and my sweater was a $10 vintage find! Deals on deals on deals today… You can’t beat a great price, people.

Wearing – Michael Kors skirt (old, lusting over this one), Vintage sweater (similar, under $30!), Marc New York cape (last seen here), Jessica Simpson booties (love these), Ray-Ban sunnies, Gorjana rings, Michael Kors watch, vintage bracelets

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

 

Insta-Life, Take 3

1984 Novel t-shirt, Jay Godfrey dress

1. My version of a suit: 1984 by George Orwell t-shirt (via Out of Print clothing), Cynthia Steffe trousers, BCBG blazer, Franco Sarto heels (all old)

2. More office attire… Jay Godfrey peplum dress (in blue), vintage scarf, Linea Pelle belt (old)

DVF hearts, Presh wrap bracelet

3. DVF heart-print dress – what I wore on Valentine’s Day

4. Wrist candy – new Presh wrap bracelet thanks to the best mom in the world 

Spring Inspiration Boards 5, 6. Blurry Spring inspiration boards that I keep by my desk 

BaubleBar necklace, Shades of pink

7. Buttoned up at work with Threads blouse, BCBG Blazer, and BaubleBar necklace (all old)

8. Shades of pink for Spring: LOFT trousers, H&M blouse, Elie Tahari blazer, J.Crew necklace, BCBG pumps (all old)

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Cape-Coat

For some reason, the manfriend always laughs when I mention my cape. I think he doubts my super-hero powers… I can’t begin to think why.

Cape, Gold Bangles, Lydia Hudgens Photography

Fair Isle Sweater, Cape, James Jeans

Marc New York Cape, Fair Isle Sweater, vintage

James Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff, Fair Isle

Personal Style blog, Lydia Hudgens Photography, Winter Fashion

Fashion blog, James Jeans, Marc New York cape

Winter cape, Fair Isle Sweater, James Jeans

Wearing – James Jeans via Gilt, Marc New York cape, Zara sweater (old, similar), vintage belt and necklace, Hiking-boot heels via DSW (old, similar) Alison Moses and Gorjana rings (and here), and Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar in yellow)

Huge thank you to the amazing Elizabeth Chabot for the bangles, brought back from her trip to India! XO

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Fancy Pants

Palazzo pants, leather jacket

Palazzo pant, bow clutch

Bow clutch, Leather jacket, Lydia Hudgens Photography

Zara pants, MaxStudio leather jacket

Paisley pants, leather jacket, Lydia Hudgens Photography

Zara Pants, Leather Jacket, bow clutch

Bow clutch, Cocktail Ring, Gorjana Ring

Zara pants, MaxStudio Leather Jacket, Michael Kors heels

I purchased these fancy pants over the summer, and I’ve surprisingly got a lot of use out of them… Worn with a silky black tank for a night out, dressed down with a casual white-T and denim jacket, or winterized with a leather jacket and comfy sweater. If it feels like pajamas, you better believe I am buying!

Wearing – Pants: Zara (similar), Sweater: Isaac Mizrahi for Target (old), Leather Jacket: MaxStudio (last seen here), Shoes: Michael Kors (old, similar here or here), Clutch: Gifted (similar), Rings: Gorjana and vintage, Beaded necklace: vintage

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Hat Uncertainties

Fedora, leather jacket

Fedora, Leather Jacket, Maxi Skirt

Leather Jacket and Skull Scarf

vintage belt, michael kors watch, leather jacket

Lydia Hudgens photography, plaid fedora, leather jacket

Maxi skirt, leather jacket, skull scarf

maxi skirt, skull scarf, vintage belt

Fedora, Lydia Hudgens Photography, Hillary Biggs

Fedora: gifted, Leather Jacket: Guess (old, similar here or here), Top: Zara (similar), Belt: vintage, Skirt: vintage (similar), Booties: Steve Madden c/o (similar), Scarf: via Marshalls (McQueen version), Watch: Michael KorsSkull ring: BCBG (lusting over this one), Bracelet: J. Crew (old)

I was given this delightful little fedora for Christmas, which I immediately rejected as “too much” for me. My Mom refused to return it, forced me to try it on everyday for a week, and finally convinced me (er, maybe?) that I looked “adorable” in it. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against hats. I often admire them on the heads of others, but I was never able to find one that fit my abnormally small dome (this version comes in sizes) or that seemed to fit my wardrobe. So here’s to new style adventures in 2013! Taking risks and taking names… while wearing a hat…

What do you think of my topper? Will you be taking fashion risks this year? Tell me in the comments!

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Nerd Alert

Hillary Biggs

Pants: Zara (similar), Sweater: Cynthia Rowley (love this version), Blouse: H&M, Booties: Jessica Simpson (love these too), Glasses: Tiffany & Co., Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (in gray), Necklace: vintage (similar)

Hillary Biggs

Hillary Biggs

Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: vintage and J.Crew, Rings: Gorjana (similar), Alison Moses

Hillary Biggs

Looks like I spilled on my pants… I swear I didn’t – damn cleaners.

Jessica Simpson Booties

Hillary Biggs

Hillary Biggs

Just nerding it up with my glasses and sweater/collared shirt combo. Lydia called it “nerdy chic,” and I will accept that as a compliment. I hope you all had a nice weekend!

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

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