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what to wear to a bridal shower

I wore this to a recent bridal shower on a day that I wasn’t really feeling another of my summer dresses. Over the past few months I haven’t posted very many outfits, and part of the reason is that I’ve purchased very few things. Spring 2015 trends didn’t have much to offer me both body type and personal style-wise.

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The Holiday Brunch

Vintage inspired brunch outfit

Dear Silvergirl,

I hope December’s treated you well so far. I was glad to have a short trip to the UK and returned to just in time to welcome the new month. I gave myself extra time for wandering London and picked up this skirt at ZARA during a free afternoon. The length’s a bit difficult, but I enjoy the shape and slight vintage flair. And it’ll always remind me of London.

On this particular day, Kim and I met for a relaxing brunch– probably the last one before holiday season overtakes us all. December is one of the best months in New York, but this year I’m not feeling very cheery or Christmasy. Maybe it’s missing Thanksgiving, or too much upheaval, or maybe too many sad stories in the news…

Or maybe it’s just that too many people are gone.

Normally I love gift-giving and party-going and holiday sparkle, but this year I am just tired.

Zara skirt, Wolford tights, vintage Ferragamo Vara


Is it me, or has it been an unseasonably windy fall here in New York? I don’t remember heavy winds as typically being too much of a problem until January and February, although I also haven’t had my hair cut close to my shoulders in five years or so.

Stay warm and un-windblown.

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Fall Weekend + Shopping My Current Closet

Wearing a Military inspired jacket and blue leather dress to brunch

Dear Brenna,

Over the weekend I met Kim (she took this photo) for an awesome brunch. Of course, I wore a blue leather dress. This is a favorite one I got last fall at Reiss and is a true A-line, a less common shape for leather these days. I can’t wear it in the summer (too hot!), so I’m making sure it goes into regular rotation this fall. However, I don’t love the ankle boots with the rest of the outfit here. They’re not in style any more, but I can really picture gold glitter ankle boots with this dress and jacket.

Lately I’ve been going through a lot of my old things, in particular the clothing I’ve stored away. I’ve decided that this season, instead of purchasing new clothing I’m going to begin wearing all of my current pieces. Everything. Including the evening dresses. Adding the evening dresses will be a good challenge as I don’t normally wear them outside of formal events. I generally don’t believe in saving clothing for an occasion: I could outgrow it or the style could fade, and then I would be sad. I’d rather have worn the dress than not, you know?

…We’ll see where this experiment leads— likely to increased dry cleaning bills. And more shoes. I am not restricting purchases of shoes and to an extent, accessories. Shoes wear out so quickly in New York. I have mine redone with Vibram soles because I dislike having to replace things I love, but after a while there’s just no saving some of them. And also, I did a bit of thrifting and found a few good things (shoes) for fall. I’m into tall boots (and 1995) again, so those will definitely be happening this season.

Have you made any interesting new decisions this fall? I feel like I just made a clothing resolution along the lines of a New Year’s resolution.

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What to Wear When Fall Feels More Like Summer

outfit photos - wearing a foxcroft blouse and anthropologie skirt in union square

Dear Silvergirl,

Sometimes it can be hard to dress for fall when the weather is definitely favoring summer. I rolled up the sleeves of my blouse to try to keep cool, but I definitely still ended up melting in the humidity. I even pulled my hair back because it became too fluffy. …

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Emerald Green and American Pastoral Fall 2013 Trends

Emerald green and American pastoral Fall 2013 trendson a fashion blogger during nyfw

Dear Kelsey,

I decided to try trendy for NYFW and ended up combining the emerald green and American pastoral Fall 2013 trends. Emerald green? Check. American pastoral? Could have been better. It ended up being a hot day and I just didn’t have the patience for layers and ruffles. I barely had patience for my boots and the heels aren’t even that high. Flats for fashion week! …

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West Village: Anthropologie Mural Maxi Dress | Outfits

vanessa virginia anthropologie mural maxi dress on the street in the west village

Dear Chrissy,

Like many other things in New York, I’m involved in a love/hate relationship with the Anthropologie Mural Maxi Dress by Vanessa Virginia. Well, maybe not love/hate. Maybe it’s more like love/ehh.

Things I love about this dress include the pattern, the colors and the fact that it’s a long dress that has sleeves.

Thing I don’t like so much? The length, which kind of hits me in an awkward place. And the fact that the dress is so recognizable– I’ve seen it on the street on two different women in the past month. …

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Modern Vintage Summer Style | Outfits

fashion blogger modern vintage summer style in soho

Dear Katha,

It’s taken me a long time to settle into my style. And I’m actually not even sure that I’m done settling in yet.

I used to want to be on the cutting edge of modern fashion– geometric shapes, unusual silhouettes, shoes that border on the absolutely bizarre, etc. I bought tons of black clothing and sprinkled it with a bit of neon and some bold, bright trendy colors.

But… as much as I loved it, it didn’t quite fit. I like it so much on other people, but not quite as much on me. Something was off.

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Peach Eyelet Peplum Dress | Outfits

fashion blogger in soho in a forever 21 peach eyelet peplum dress

Dear Silvergirl,

The wind has been blowing here in New York this summer… and unfortunately it’s mostly been a hot wind! My hair is absolutely crazy. I’ve even taken to pinning it up on hot days, which you know almost never happens. I never used to go out with my hair up.

This peach eyelet peplum dress is from Forever 21 (last spring?) and one of my very favorite warm weather pieces. I love the color, which I think makes the eyelet a little less sweet. This particular piece is very well made. Even the fabric is decent quality. …

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Tracy Negoshian Pink Seahorse Dress | Outfits


Dear Kelsey,

Head-to-toe crazy pink seahorses on a chevron background– full length photos from this outfit snippet post have finally been caught on camera. This pink seahorse dress is my favorite dress of the summer. It feels like the clothing of my younger years, back when I used to wear old school J.Crew every day.

The pink seahorse and blue chevron pattern is really intense, though. Wearing patterns sometimes makes me feel very conspicuous so I don’t have very many of them. However, this one was just too good to pass up. …

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