Casual Friday

H&M sweater, Equipment blouse, Zara jeans, Dolce Vita booties, Lulu Frost for J Crew necklace

I got this cape sweater from H&M in both navy and tan and they have proved to be regulars in my casual wardrobe.  But as it gets colder, I'm trying to find ways to wear some of my transitional items that I love into the more wintry weather.  In comes this sheer Equipment blouse which has also served me well but won't really work on its own in the New England winter. 

Tahari coat, Celine bag, Hermes scarf

Topped it all off with a ruffly navy coat by Tahari and I was ready to go!



Jovavich Hawk for Target dress, Tiziana handbag, Chanel necklace, Kenneth Jay Lane cuff, Prada shoes, We Love Colors tights

I'm obsessed with colored and patterned tights; in fact I have been for years.  I can remember years and years ago, prancing about town in some bright orange tights that garnered quite a few looks.  The weather in Boston has been unseasonably warm and I hadn't really had the chance to whip out the fun color tights until Saturday night.  Let's talk about this particular brand of tights - We Love Colors.  It's the first time I've worn them and I'm often wary of anything that isn't a pair of Spanx.  Let's face it ladies, some of us need the control top.  But anyway, these tights are great.  Admittedly, they are lacking in the control top department but they are a nice thick weight and sit high up on the waist. And to top it off, the tights are the exact same color as these favorite red Prada mary janes.  Plus they come in a multitude of bright, saturated colors if that's your thing.

I know I'm a very lucky gal in so many ways, but especially when it comes to the fabulous closet of shoes I have (I will someday literally be the old lady who lives in her shoes).  But these Pradas really do stand out among all my lovely shoes.  The color, the curve of the heel, the buttons.  Can Miuccia do wrong in the shoe department?  I think not.

Sara Campbell coat

When I decided to plan the night's outfit around the shoes and tights, I thought I would wear a little black dress.  But most of the LBD's I own are sleeveless and I wanted something with a sleeve.  So I pulled out this whimsical Jovavich Hawk for Target polka dotted dress.  To add whimsy to whimsy, I wore an animal print coat over the dotted dress over the red tights and shoes.  Sometimes, too much is just not enough.


black+tan, black+tan

J Crew sweater, Banana Republic trousers and necklace, Valentino shoes, Hermes cuff

H&M trench cape, Stella McCartney bag

Last week I went to a party at the J Crew store in Copley.  I had been eyeing a few things online but thought I'd check them out in person.  Well the store was an utter mob scene plus they weren't giving the same discount in store as they were online for friends and family.  Why shops do that, I don't know.  But needless to say, I placed an order online when I got home.  One of the things i ordered was this striped black and tan sweater. I think they call it navy and acorn, but it looks black and tan to me. 

J Crew sweater, Banana Republic necklace, Theory trousers, Zara shoes, Hermes belt and bangle

Zara jacket, Coach scarf, Chanel pin, Stella McCartney bag

Since I was still feeling the black and tan, I wore my other new J Crew sweater; this one a cardigan.  I really love this sweater.  It was perfect paired with black wide leg Theory trousers for work but I'll also wear it for weekend wear with jeans.

And speaking of weekend, happy Friday!


Orange, Dots and Outsourcing

J Crew blazer, Talbots top, J Brand jeans, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Celine bag, Chanel necklace, Hermes belt

My closet is so jam packed that often what I pull out of it is a wrinkled mess.  I really dislike most domestic tasks (other than cooking) which is why I outsource apartment cleaning and laundry.  But the wrinkles still have to be dealt with and the iron has never been my friend.  I recently bought one of those little hand held steamers and it is life-changing!  It allowed me to wear this polka-dotted top from Talbots virtually wrinkle free with no ironing needed.  I paired it wih an orange J Crew jacket and Manolo Blahnik animal print shoes that have had a home in my closet for many years. 


Sunday Supper - Ragu

I was craving pasta with meat sauce and since I wanted to keep it relatively healthy. I used ground turkey and whole wheat pasta for this dish.

First I sauteed onions and garlic in olive oil.

Once the onions were translucent, I added in about a pound of ground turkey.

After the turkey was cooked through, I added a can of tomatoes and dried parsley, basil and red pepper and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, I cooked up some whole wheat pasta untl al dente then dressed the pasta with sauce.

Served with a salad and a sprinkling of grated parmigiana.