Thursday, August 29, 2013

introspection

So, yeah.  So much for a Blog Project.  I wonder how many abandoned blogs there are out there?

An extraordinarily difficult time in my life is coming to a close.  This is great news, except that it is possible that another extraordinarily difficult time is following right on its heels.

My new job was a disaster almost from the first day.  I won't go into details here, but I was ridiculed and insulted on a fairly regular basis.  When I asked for advice on how I could improve, or concrete examples of criticism that was hurled at me, I was turned down.  My boss told me I was "the worst employee I've ever had" and then expected me to want to form a professional relationship with him.  Yeah...no thanks.  My inner Creep Alarm bell went off constantly with this guy, and I took any interaction with him down to a bare minimum.  I got my work done, and that was about it.

I was finally told I was being fired....but in four months.  I appreciate the notice period and the opportunity to work while I found something new, but it felt like a long, slow death.  Four months of coming to work every single day and knowing you are not wanted is HARD.  All of my projects were put on hold, or delegated to someone else.  Basically I just sat on my computer all day messing around online.  It was not a fun existence.

I came home crying more times than I care to admit.  The number gets higher if you count the number of times I started crying  randomly at home.  I was miserable, and I knew I was making my spouse miserable by being so miserable.  Talk about a Misery Spiral.  The looming termination and the thought of having to go through yet another "you're horrible at your job but I won't tell you why" meeting was unbearable.  I had had enough, and I needed healing desperately.  Though I hadn't lined up another job, I resigned.  I provided 8 days notice.  My boss did not even acknowledge my resignation, and during my notice period I was completely and totally ignored. 

I said goodbye to people I'd come to know over the past year.  The kindness of people I barely knew was so incredibly welcome but also so incredibly frustrating - why couldn't I work for them?  Why did I have to get stuck with the guy with Issues who decided on my first day that I was a target?  It was such a welcome relief to be around supportive people and to start breaking myself of the "you are such a failure" mentality that had been driven into my skull.

Tomorrow is my last day, and I am surprisingly zen about the whole thing.  At this point I welcome change, and the prospect of being unemployed does not scare me (yet).  I have been getting interviews, and have been exploring volunteer and temporary options.  We will not go hungry or bankrupt if I go a while without a job.  Honestly, it is nice to feel free to explore other options and really think about where I want to go from here.  However, I hope and pray that the difficulty of the past year does not become a new difficulty of extended unemployment.

It was important for me to leave my job with my dignity intact and to leave gracefully and professionally.  I really did not want to give any notice period - but I knew it was the right thing to do.  I thought daily about giving my boss the old one-fingered salute and a big ol' F U but I know I would hate myself for it, and fear that behavior like that would come back to haunt me.  Despite the damage that has been done to me and despite the strong words I have for my former employer, at least I can say I left on my own terms and in my own way.  Even in my young career I know that it really is a small world out there, and that your reputation will follow you wherever you go.

As I enter my final day at this terrible job, I try and contemplate the professional growth I have experienced this year.  While I wouldn't say I've gained a lot of concrete skills, I know my maturity has increased and my confidence in dealing with difficult situations has improved significantly.  I jokingly referred to this notice period and coming days as 'detox' and I really don't think that word is too far off.  Right now the focus is on healing myself and living for me.  I trust that things will work themselves out in due time, and take pride in knowing I took a great Leap of Faith into the next phase of my life.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

JCrew Jacquard Dot Top Review

I recently picked up the JCrew Jacquard Dot Top for 25% off.  It comes in ivory, "fresh guava", and "violet dust".  Normal retail price is $110.  I think it's a really versatile top that can be worn on the weekend, at work, or anywhere in between.  I purchased a size 6 which is my usual size in JCrew tops.  I am 5'8'' and the length is good for me; for a shorter person it may be long.

Pros: Wardrobe workhorse for sure.  A great basic top that goes with everything, with enough design elements to still be special.  The ivory color can be worn year-round. Very comfortable.

Cons:  A bit sheer.  In the pictures I'm wearing it with a nude bra and it looks okay, but you may want to wear a cami underneath.  100% synthetic (mostly viscose).  I'm disappointed that this isn't even a silk blend.  For $110, I want a little more than synthetic fibers.

Verdict:  Buy on sale. 







Weekend

Office

Job interview

Thursday, March 14, 2013

JCrew Catalog Inspiration - Green and coral

I saw this picture in the February 2013 JCrew catalog:

It features the model wearing the butterfly silk shirt in forest green with a coral skirt and neutral accessories.  The 'style tip' notes that unique color combinations can work if you have neutral accessories. I didn't like the specific pieces, but I kept coming back to the color combo.  I used it to make the following outfits:

JCrew Perfect V-neck in trellis vine, No. 2 skirt in poppy grove

 I am on the fence with this one.  I think it could be great with some kind of accessory but I'm not sure what.


JCrew Tippi sweater in heather turquoise, No. 2 in poppy grove
I was surprised that I liked this so much.  It just seems like something that would be perfect in April or May as everything is starting to bloom.  The nude shoes definitely allow for a little more experimentation with different color combinations.

Shoes - Ivanka Trump Cleo Pump

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sinequanone Polka Dot Dress: Six Ways

I got this great dress at Loehmann's lately, and I have been dying to pull it out.  It's a bit too light and airy for winter (though you could wear it with tights and boots on a warmish winter day).  It screams spring and summer to me, and I kept thinking of ways to wear it.  I highlighted a few of them here, all with the same pair of shoes, but I could think of so many more.  The shoes are nude peep toe pumps from Ivanka Trump.

Sinequanone dress, via Loehmann's

JCrew Tippi Sweater in navy (sadly the flash makes the sweater a little transparent, but in real life it looks fine)

JCrew Tippi Cardigan in heather silver

JCrew Jackie cardigan in black

Saachi scarf

JCrew leather belt in fuchsia

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mint Chocolate

Hi Mom!  What are you doing?
This is the only pair of pants I own right now that actually fits.  Sigh. 

NYC winters are FAR too long.  As a native Texan, winter should last a few days at most.  During the first week of March it should be downright warm, and winter coats and sweaters have long since been put away for another year.  Sadly, NYC is not Texas.  It is snowing today, and the wind chill is 18 degrees.  I hate my coat.  I hate my scarves.  I hate my gloves.  I hate freezing my butt of when I walk the dog at 6am.  I. am. over. it.  Luckily this sweater reminds me that yes, it is March, and that all of this shivering and suffering will be rewarded in a few weeks.  Blossoms!  Leaves! Sunshine!  Birds chirping!  The warm sun on your back!  Aaahhhhh...


Sweater - JCrew Tippi in heather turquoise
Scarf - Saachi
Pants - Ann Taylor
Bag- Fossil
Shoes - Born
Dog - Pomeranian

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fashion Math

Clearly I have a formula for getting dressed in the morning.  Blouse + skirt + cardigan.  Repeat forever.  I wonder how many combinations of outfits I could make out of my whole closet?  Maybe if I paid attention in college math I would know that.  I'm sure it has something to do with factorials or something.  If the examples used in the class had been about clothes and not balls and urns I probably would have learned a lot more.

Cardigan - JCrew Tippi
Skirt - JCrew Number 2
Shirt - Banana Republic
Belt - JCrew


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blue on Blue

Smiling through my hunger pangs
Matchy matchy belt time!  I can't believe I took so long to get on the belt bandwagon.  Look how the smallest thing jazzes up an outfit in no time.  It also helps the skirt fit a little better, which I accidentally bought in a size too big.  Clearly I need better glasses.

Cardigan - Lauren Ralph Lauren
Skirt - Banana Republic
Shirt - Banana Republic
Belt - JCrew

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A taste of spring


Hi there, fun belt
Hey, spring?  Do you think you could make your way to New York soon?  Because it has been cold for way too long.  I can't help but start incorporating springy colors into my outfits.  I have a robin's egg blue sweater that may have to come out soon!

Sweater - JCrew Tippi sweater in navy
Blouse - Banana Republic
Scarf - Saachi via Haute Look
Pants - The Limited
Belt - JCrew round buckle belt in fuchsia
Shoes - Born

Friday, February 15, 2013

Jooooooooel McHale!

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Before I begin, I'm going to pose a question to the world.  Why doesn't The Soup come on every night of the week?  I mean, really.  I look forward to every episode, and most weeks I come close to choking on my dinner while watching because I am laughing too hard.   Alas, I guess a daily episode would ruin the magic.  My husband doesn't find the show nearly as hilarious as I do...

I didn't love this outfit on as much as I thought I would.  I thought the purple and yellow would work better together being complementary colors and all, but meh.  I like it, but I don't love it.  Also, from certain angles I think this dress makes me look pregnant.  Bummer.

Dress - Ellen Tracy via Haute Look
Scarf - Saachi via Haute Look
Boots - Born
(WHAT!  NO JCREW!?!?)


Belts!


JCrew, I hate you.  You and your stupid 30% off sales.  Why you gotta go and make me drop $200 on clothes?  Once I'm at $100 I can't just stop there because your stupid free shipping limit is insane.

I got a lot of stuff, but I guess I shouldn't feel bad for buying stuff I know I will wear and that I know will fit.  I'm slowly doing a closet purge so new stuff helps me ID old stuff for recycling.

This is my first belting experience.  The belt was about $10 at JCrew, which is cheaper than I can buy a belt at my local secondhand store.  I wear a lot of blue and a lot of purple-ish colors, so I got one in each of those colors.  [This belt is blue, in case the picture isn't clear.]  I'm not sure how to belt a cardigan without it getting a little bunched up, or having a fabric muffin top.  More experimentation necessary, I guess.  This look is good though.  Yay experimenting!

As a side note, I find JCrew sweaters to run really large.  I struck out initially with the Tippi sweater in medium but finally tried again with a small.  The one in the picture is a size small.

Cardigan - JCrew Tippi in heather silver
Blouse - Tahari via Filene's (RIP Filene's)
Skirt - JCrew Number 2 in double-serge wool
Belt - JCrew Round Buckle Belt in Bluebird
Shoes - Born

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fat Tuesday

This is half of the outfit that inspired the name of this blog.  A blazer from Banana Republic...in size 8 Petite.


I think this is the only JCrew pencil skirt I haven't worn yet for the blog.  If you're counting, this is #4.  Is there a group for people like me?  I took a couple of pictures and initially realized that I looked like I had a broken neck because my scarf was tied too tight and too high on my neck.  Loosening it up helped A LOT.

Blazer - Banana Republic
Skirt - JCrew Number 2
Shirt - JCrew Perfect Tee
Scarf - Saachi via HauteLook


Monday, February 11, 2013

The Big Thaw

Shirt - JCrew Perfect Tee
Blouse - Banana Republic Outlet
Skirt - JCrew Number 2
Boots - Born

We made it through with only a foot of snow!  The weather was warm enough today that it made a decent dent in the snowpiles.  Too bad everything turns into a slushy mess...

Wearing this skirt makes me SO happy. Mostly because of the color.  It is such a welcome break in this dreary season!  Only a month or two left until the weather starts to turn...




Friday, February 8, 2013

Snow Day

Sometime yesterday afternoon, the cell phones of everyone in my office suddenly started going nuts.  SEVERE ALERT.  BLIZZARD WARNING THIS AREA TIL 1:00PM EST SAT.  PREPARE,  AVOID TRAVEL, CHECK MEDIA.  Wow, really?  The only other time I have gotten one of these VERY SERIOUS ALERTS on my phone was the day before Hurricane Sandy made landfall, regarding the mandatory evacuation of NYC Zone A.  Somehow, I have a hard time believing this storm will be on the same scale as Sandy (at least in NYC) - but I could be wrong.  [I talked to a neighborhood store owner last night who is STILL displaced from her home after it filled with god knows how much water after the hurricane! The high point of her day was that their new bathtub arrived.]

Today's outfit is a balance of three things: 1) I had a meeting with an associate dean 2) it's Friday and 3) when I leave work it will be very windy and snowing heavily. Looking professional and blizzard-ready is...difficult.  Unfortunately, I did have to change out of my snow shoes once I got to the office.



Scarf - Saachi via HauteLook
Skirt - JCrew Number 2 in double serge wool
Shirt - JCrew Perfect V Neck
Boots - Bare Traps

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The day before the blizzard, or the dusting. Nobody can decide.



I have a meeting today that will involve some campus VIPs so I figure I had better look like I know what I'm talking about.  This purple blazer...I got it in high school, probably in 2002 or 2003.  At Gap Outlet.  And it's not a piece of crap.  There is nothing (nothing!) you can buy at Gap Outlet today that isn't a piece of crap.  I kept this jacket even through my Fat Phase and I'm so glad I did, even though it didn't fit for a few years. This purchase was likely the start of my Purple Obsession.  If it comes in purple. I will buy it.  I could make several unique outfits - right down to the skivvies - completely out of purple garments.  Also note my purple shoes.  I love purple...sigh.  (My glasses are purple too.)

(P.S. I LOVE THIS SKIRT!)

Blazer - Gap Outlet circa 2003
Blouse - Classiques Entier via Nordstrom Rack
Skirt - JCrew Number 2 in Super 120s
Shoes - Cole Haan

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Soup, Salad, and Bread sticks

Since I started this blog. I've made an effort to put together things in my closet that I never put together before.  It's helping me think differently about clothes and reconsider what items I think I "need".  That said, not every combination I put together is a hit. I don't love this outfit.  It's average from the waist up, but from the waist down I look like a server at Olive Garden.  Unlimited salad and bread sticks for everyone! A pair of pumps or something would help, but it is icy today.

I really don't like black pants.  I'm really not a fan of black at all, really.  But black pants...ugh.  So boring and lifeless.  I much prefer charcoal or gray.  And black pants with black shoes?  UGH.  Why did I do this to myself?

I debated even making this outfit its own post but I want to be able to look back and see both hits and misses.  This also reaffirms my hatred of black pants.

Cardigan - Lauren Ralph Lauren
Blouse - Classiques Entier via Nordstrom Rack
Cami - Hanky Panky
Pants - The Limited
Boots - La Canadienne

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Iced Lilac

Yesterday at work, while I was filling my water bottle, I am pretty sure I was mistaken for a student.  A worker in the registrar's office came up and introduced himself.  I did likewise, and quickly stated what department I worked in.  He seemed surprised.  Looks I need to try harder to look like a Grown Up.

Have a sweater that is a little too big?  Layer it!  I got this sweater at the JCrew After Christmas sale and I should have gotten a size smaller.  It makes me look dumpy, even with a cami underneath.  Today I tried to see if it would look as baggy with a button down, and I like the way it turned out.  Normally I have a hard time doing the button-down layering thing, because inevitably the two layers never sit right and the arm is twisted the wrong way and one of the sleeves is bunched up to my elbow and oh god make it stop!  This sweater has a little more room to maneuver when layering.  I like it, and I even attempted to roll up the sleeves and pop the collar a little.  It looked too stuffy otherwise.  Long story short, in the future I will buy this sweater in a smaller size but will keep this one around for its layering potential.

Sweater - JCrew Merino V-Neck in Iced Lilac
Button-down - Ann Taylor
Pants - The Limited
Shoes - Indigo by Clarks

Monday, February 4, 2013

Black and Brown

Growing up, I knew never to mix black and brown.  I'm not sure where I got that advice.  My mom?  Girl Scouts?  Church ladies?  I have no idea.  Either way, I guess I saw it as the cardinal sin of getting dressed in the morning.  It has taken a long time to get out of that mindset - and I'll admit that it is still hard for me to do.  I managed to do it today because 1) I have a top with both black and brown and 2) I had a strong desire to wear comfortable shoes this morning.  These are perhaps the most comfortable shoes in my closet.




Blouse - Classiques Entier via Nordstrom Rack
Cardigan - Lauren Ralph Lauren
Skirt - JCrew Number 2 in double serge wool
Boots - Born

Friday, February 1, 2013

Casual Friday

My office doesn't really do casual Fridays.  But I can't stand to see my husband walk out the door in jeans without following suit.  Nobody has said anything...yet.

This blouse, which I stupidly obscured with a scarf, is one of my favorite tops.  It's Diane von Furstenburg and my guess is that it retails for at least $250 (for a blouse!).  But, lucky me, I used to work next to a fabulous store called Secondi.  Located on Connecticut Avenue in DC, it is a consignment shop that sells gently used women's clothing.  I am pretty sure they only take certain brands - no Old Navy here.  I bought a few things there when I lived in DC, but this is by far my favorite.  It was, if I remember correctly, $40.  My guess is that it sat on the rack for a while because the tag says it's a size 4 - clearly vanity sized.  One day I'll wear an outfit that shows it off a little better... (By the way, let's talk about why some woman out there got rid of a $250+ blouse!  Secondi is chock full of stuff that I wouldn't dream of getting rid of.  Who spends so much on clothes and then gets bored with them?)

I just calculated that the jacket + jeans + top retails for $675.  I paid $153 - just 23% of the original price.  Shopping win!

Jacket - JCrew Hacking Jacket
Scarf - Emu Australia via 6pm.com
Jeans - Joe's Cigarette via Neiman Marcus Last Call
Booties - Born
Blouse - Diane von Furstenburg via Secondi

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Turquoise and Purple

This outfit is so boring.  Yawn.  I need to accessorize or SOMETHING.  But I just never know where to start!  Would a long necklace look weird?

These pants always make me smile.  The day I bought them, it was as if some other woman who wears an 8L had tried on a bunch of stuff and then stuck it back on the end of the sale rack.  It was a treasure trove of stuff in my size!  These pants were $11 and I have gotten my money's worth many times over.

Cardigan - JCrew Jackie in retro jade
Button-down - The Limited
Pants - The Limited
Booties - Born

An Open Letter to Every Woman on House Hunters

See that?  That's 23'' of closet space.  I measured.  The other 23'' belongs to my husband (who takes up more overall closet space than me, by the way).   When you complain that your 3 walk-in closets aren't enough, I cringe.  When you think you're the first woman in the universe to joke "oh, this closet is only big enough for ME and ALL MY THINGS LOL!!" while your poor spouse gets stuck with the closet leftovers in the guest bedroom, I cringe even more.  Don't even get me started on you and your precious granite counter tops (which are hideous, by the way).  You are annoying.  The end.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Heat Wave

  
Oh couch, you're so funny.






When 32 degrees feels akin to a summer heat wave, you know you are in the depths of winter.  On the flip side, the days are getting a little longer and it is nearly February - always the winter 'upswing' to me.

Skirt - JCRew Number 2 in Super 120s, Poppy Grove
Blouse - Elie Tahari for Nordstrom via Nordstrom Rack
Cardigan - JCrew Jackie Cardigan in Black
Tights - Off-brand from Duane Reade
Shoes - Dana Davis

Sunday, January 27, 2013

JCrew Hacking Jacket in Autumn Coral

JCrew loves to clear out merchandise through final sales.  It's a great time to stock up on stuff you know will fit, but it's also easy to be tempted by untested garments in beautiful colors.  Cue the JCrew Hacking jacket.

I held off on buying this for a few days.  Then the sale increased from 30% to 40% off the sale price.  Oh, my.  But I can't return it.  I sat on it for a few more days and finally took the plunge.  One of my "closet holes" is blazers and cardigans, so I figured it was worth it.

The color is....wow.  It's called Autumn Coral.  It is very coral.  Very, very coral.  Borderline orange.  It looks great in these pictures but it is brighter in real life.  It's growing on me.

The material is double serge wool.  I just love this fabric.  I have the pencil skirt in the same fabric and I am obsessed with it.  It is heavy and lays so well.

I ordered a size 8.  It fits beautifully in the waist and hips.


Can't...move....

Buuuuut....see under the arms?  I can't really move my arms due to this weird cut.  The seam sits an inch or so below my armpit rather than right up in my armpit.  This is one of the first tests I do with a blazer to mimic how I stand on the subway (arm to the side or arm straight up). I do wonder if a petite size would have been better?

Here I am manually adjusting the jacket.  I am hoping a tailor can replicate this without too much deconstruction.  The jacket fits at the top of the shoulder quite well, so I wouldn't think they would detach the sleeve altogether.  The downside is that this fix (as I'm presenting it) shortens the sleeve to a bracelet length or shorter.  More $$$ for alterations but the dirt cheap price ($53 after sale discount) makes up for that.  Original price $250.

Jeans - Joe's Cigarette Jeans via Last Call Neiman Marcus
Shoes - La Canadienne via Last Call Neiman Marcus
Blouse - Nordstrom Rack

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Texan's Guide to Dressing for Cold Weather

I grew up in Texas. For years, my winter wardrobe consisted of a couple of sweaters and an assortment of fairly lightweight jackets. I wasn't prepared for the occasional below-freezing day, but luckily those were few and far between.

I moved to the northeast in 2007. I knew I was unprepared for winter, and frankly I don't remember how I made it through. I do know that I quickly realized that "snow clothes" (waterproof boots and a water repellant coat) were necessities, as was the need for many layers. Too bad winter clothes are expensive and my grad school budget didn't really allow for many new purchases.  I also remember feeling especially bulky when I dressed for cold weather - like the spawn of Stay-Puft.

After six years of gradually stockpiling base layers, coats, gloves, and hats, I think I have finally reached the point of having an adequate winter wardrobe.  By adequate I mean that I have at least a couple of each item so I don't get sick of wearing the exact same thing every day.

Are you a Texan moving to a cold climate?  I will show you what I put on for a typical below-freezing day in New York. I walk about two miles a day just going to and from work, so I need to ensure sustained warmth.
Before I start, I will tell you that you will need to spend some money here. I buy most of my stuff on 6pm during the spring when winter merchandise is on closeout. Maybe you have a good thrift store near you or a well-stocked Nordstrom Rack.  Buy quality brands, even if it means buying only a couple of things each year.  I have a few preferred brands but overall look for items that are at least one of the following: wool/mohair/cashmere/angora, insulated, or windproof.
Now, here is what I would wear on a typical cold day.

Base layers
1.  Form fitting top and bottom base layer.  I like the bottoms by Patagonia but I'm sure there are other good options. I have the Capilene 1, 3, and 4.  These are the 3.  (P.S. I cannot believe I am putting this picture on the internet.  Holy pear shape!)  Form fitting is key because it lays nicely under your other clothes.

1a. Tights.  I have a love-hate relationship with tights.  They are cute, but I always buy them at Century 21 or another discount store because they are usually $5-$10 a pair.  Tights get scuzzy too fast to spend any more on them.  I tend to size up to avoid too much muffin top action.

2. Wool socks. These are Icebreakers but I have a few Smartwool pairs.  Smile!  The heavier socks provide lots of cushion for your feet!

3. Wool skirt or pants. Yes, a skirt!  This particular one is the double serge wool skirt from JCrew. It is heavy and lined.  I stalk JCrew.com for a sale on this item.  Pants should be lined.  Jeans are ok, but see #1.  Jeans are NOT warm on their own.

Sweater and skirt.  Not crazy about the combo.
4.  Sweater. Again, preferably wool. Optional blouse underneath.  (P.S. One of the things I'm already realizing about this blog is that it is helping me rethink some outfits that seemed to work before.  This sweater and skirt combo?  Not loving it.)

5. Glove liner. I discovered these this year. I have already lost one of them but am planning to get another pair. The ones I have are Smartwool. 100% wool and not at all itchy.

6. Gloves. These are actually "under gloves" for snowboarding. I don't even know what that means, but they are great. Not the most professional look, but warm and windproof. Fleece lined. Don't go cheap with your gloves!!  These gloves do make it impossible to do anything.  I have to take them off to take out my PATH card.

7. Ear warmers. A must have for me. If my ears are cold, all of me is cold.  Mine are 180s

8.  Scarf. One you can wrap around your neck a few times.  No flimsy silk scarves and no cotton.

8. A quality coat. Your pea coat?  Not cutting it.  This one is from North Face. I like that it is cut with a waistline so I don't look too boxy. (I also like that it is dark colored and the North Face logo is black and not too obvious).  This is a triclimate coat: it has a liner that can be worn alone or zipped into the outer layer. The outer layer can also be worn by itself. I have two of this type of coat and I cannot live without them.  A hood is necessity even on sunny days. My next winter purchase will probably be a coat that is wool and a little more work appropriate than this one. I can wear this to work but some women probably can't.

Ready for schlepping around NYC
10.  Boots.  What woman doesn't love boots?   I prefer flat boots since I walk so much, but will happily wear heeled ones too.  These are from La Canadienne.  They are leather but weatherproof at the same time.

There you have it - ten items to help you dress for cold weather.  This particular outfit is so warm and helped me endure the recent days with highs in the teens.  AND this outfit is all black (and charcoal) so you will easily fit in anywhere in Manhattan. Just kidding.  Kindof.



Recap
Coat - North Face Kalispel Triclimate - 6pm.com
Skirt - JCrew Number 2 pencil skirt in heather carbon - JCrew.com
Boots - La Canadienne Paulina - 6pm.com
Legs - Patagonia Capilene 3 - REI
Gloves - Burton - Zappos
Glove liner - Smartwool -6pm.com
Socks - Icebreaker - 6pm.com
Scarf - Nordstrom
Sweater - Ann Taylor Loft Cable Knit
Blouse - Banana Republic Factory
Ear warmers - 180s