Let me introduce you to my favorite place in the world, a special world that only some get to expierence a few magical days out the year… Snow York Welcome to my wonderland – I’m today I’m sharing how I combated last week’s snow with a double dose of stripes and a smile.
Growing up in Arizona was great, but realllly warm – no outdoor ice skating, no reason to wear coats nor blanket scarves (my gosh, can you imagine) and no snow in sight – Boo! So when it snows in my current city I wake up like a Kid on Christmas morning and bundle up before skipping my way to work in toddler-like fashion.To say I’m obsessed with the snow is a vast understatement, especially when it’s so well-behaved as it was last Friday. I call this, movie snow, because it’s something you see in the final scene of Serendipity or in some black and white Audrey Hepburn film, sighhh. It’s just so beautiful and cinematic, that I can’t get enough of it. On days like these, I ditch the subway and let the other New-Yorkers fight for cabs, while I glide (Miss Congeniality style) and twirl all the way to work, while getting soaked in the worlds most perfect snow flakes! Don’t worry, I stay warm in three pairs of tights (I’m serious, I had to take one of the off once I got to work because I was a little too warm… don’t judge me) and two sweaters, black cashmere under layered this super striped sweater!Sweater || Skirt (similar) || Similar Scarf (another here) || Booties || Hat (Similar)
Aside from replacing my normal water intake with hot coco (extra marshmallows please), outdoor ice skating has to be one of my favorite winter activities!Growing up, Polar Ice was the place to be. The year was 2001, a sixth-grade Courtney lived in suburban Arizona so there wasn’t much to do. For entertainment, we spent Friday Nights at the Ice Rink, twirling (and falling) to S Club 7 – ain’t no party like an s-club par-tay. Plus I have a background in competitive dance, so when it comes to skating I’m pretty much a pro (not) and super graceful on the ice (hahah – not), like a really talented penguin or something.Okay, okay so my ice skating skills are not at penguin level, but I still like pretending like I know what I’m doing – Presenting, Color Me Courtney … ON ICE! My favorite spot to skate in NYC is at the Standard at the Highline because it’s not crazy crowded like other rinks and makes for a super cute backdrop. I didn’t mind that my too-cool-to-skate-brother (who took these photos while he was in town) refused to Ice dance with me, I was happy as a penguin to be skating around with the 8-10 year olds on this unexpectedly warm day! Some of them tried to take me down with them, but I stood strong … Sorry little dude every man for himself 😉 #ManDown
Post NYE blues? Cheer up, today’s post is specifically designed to cure you’re post-sparkle-depression and put that holiday twinkle back in your eye.Who says the sparkle party has to stop when the holidays come to an end? Isn’t it bad enough to have to say goodbye to Christmas, 2014, New Years Eve and most importantly, Pie – don’t make me put away the glitter too! So I’m stepping into 2015 while protesting the loss of the most wonderful time of the year, with black, gold and a whole lot of polka dots.If you’re like me, you probably went sparkle crazy during the holidays, buying glitter galore with enough sparkle tops and dresses to blind a small country – no judgement, this is a safe space to discuss your sequin disorders. It would be a total shame to let all your knew blinged-out besties sit in a closet until next season, so why not dress them down a bit about so the sparkles can really shine all year long.Sequin Shirt (on sale) || Leather Skirt || Over The Knee Boots || Lips Leopard Clutch || Over The Knee Socks || Numeral Bangle c/o || Nail Bangle c/o
Every so often a skirt will come along that changes everything, and this my friends, is one of those skirts.via instagram
I’m kind of crazy obsessed with “special skirts” and tend to wear them over and over and over again. So take this as your warning – you’re about to get a serious overload of my new favorite statement skirt. Last Spring I splurged on this Ted Baker skirt right before Fashion Week and still wear the heck out of it! It was one of those moments where the moment I tried it on, I knew we would be besties … kind of like love at first twirl, only in a i-have-a-problem-and-fall-in-love-with-my-clothing sort of way. The same thing happened when I spotted this Milly pretty and piperlime a few months back! But I was good, patient, and waited until it went on sale a few weeks later to purchase it, scoring it a crazy deal. The best part? It’s still on sale! Shop it hereI always invest in full floral or printed skirts with both light & dark colors – since this one has a pink paint effect with pastels and lots of black, I can easily wear it all winter long with black tights & sweaters, but step into it again come Spring with blouses or graphic tees. I was fortunate enough to shoot these photos on a rare warmer day, but when I wore the look a few days later I had to pair it with black tights for the office because it was just too dang cold.Skirt (on sale) || Blouse (under $35 here)|| Similar Pumps (under $100 here) Purse (similar) || Sunnies || Arm Party >> Cuff || Bangle c/o || Link Bracelet (similar)
Tops Knots & Blanket Scarves are besties, so it’s only natural I keep them together… besties should always stay close!I warned you in the last post that come Winter I go mad for plaid, and today I’m putting my money where my tartan is and doubling up on plaid for a day in Central Park.Central Park is pretty pretty this time of year, especially if you have a thing for dead trees, which I totally do! Bare trees with only a few straggling leafs are kind of one of my favorite things in winter (second only to snow and right in front of outdoor iceskating… more on that later this week).For this look, a double dose of plaid was totally necessary. I layered my boyfriend’s buffalo plaid popover (why yes, I did wear the same shirt two days in one weekend… thank you for noticing 😉 ) under a baby blue sweater before layering a black puffer vest over both pieces and finishing with a blanket scarf. I had my heart set on adding a bow and a bun to this look, but haven’t dabbled in the top knot since chopping off my hair at Rizza Salon so I used this bow (a vintage bowtie I borrowed from my frenchie, Waffles) and 27 bobby pins to help secure my topknot… It’s not perfect but we’re getting there – tutorial coming soon!Scarf (also here) || Jeans || Sweater || Plaid Shirt || Vest || Sunnies || Booties || Bag || Lips
Girls rule, boys drool, and to prove it to you today I’m wearing my boyfriends shirt better than any guy ever could 😉 Sorry Boys, your plaid shirts are now officially fair game.I don’t really consider myself a big “plaid” girl. Even during Fall I am not really one to reach for the flannels, but come December/January all bets are off and I find myself falling for Flannels, especially of the plaid variety. But since I don’t have an abundance in my closet, and am pretty poor after Christmas (boo), I resulted to shopping in my Boyfriends closet to pick up this red buffalo plaid top – Sorry, Paris.The “boyfriend” shirt looks great with ripped denim or even a leather mini skirt and over the knee boots! I tried to be cool and unbutton the top one button too far, but am not edgy enough to pull it off and resulted to safety pinning the top closed between the second and third button (I didn’t do a great job and you can totally see it in some of the photos, whoops! well exposed safety pins are kind of edgy, right?). I added leopard booties to ensure to the world that although I am wearing mens clothes, I am still a girl and layered with an oversized red jacket because I am a wee bit insane and always think more is more! Red lipstick, a boyfriend-esque beanie and a teeny tiny black bag were the finishing touches for this casual (and crazy comfy) weekend look.Buffalo Plaid (borrowed from my boyfriend) || Jeans (my fav) || Booties || Bag || Coat c/o
Oh and before you go, don’t get mad, get plaid and shop some of my favorite buffalo plaid pieces that would look great with any wardrobe!