Today's Outfit: Shirtsleeves

  • Uniqlo faux fur scarf
  • Lover coat
  • Vintage Coach bag
  • J. Crew white shirt
  • Banana Republic sweater
  • Fine Finds necklace
  • Nicholas Kirkwood flats
  • Lipstick: Stila Long Wear Lip Color in 'Intriguing'

Subsisting on a diet of soup, congee and Halls cough lozenges for two weeks has a funny way of wearing you down. After a prolonged bout of illness, I've become more of a weenie than ever about posing for outfit photos outdoors without a coat. I'm also a lot more diligent about bundling up and keeping warm.

Normally "bundling up" translates into cardigans worn over short-sleeved or sleeveless tops, which means that my lovely silk blouses, button-up shirts and long-sleeved tees don't get worn nearly enough. I spent last autumn and winter wanting a good quality knit vest or short-sleeved sweater--preferably cashmere or merino wool--to layer over long-sleeved pieces. Not wanting to settle for anything less than perfect, I despaired of ever finding what I was looking for until I saw this sweater on the Banana Republic website. Cashmere, black, perfect weight and neckline and sleeve length for layering. It was fate, I tell you.

As I mentioned before, dark winter months plus indoor lighting produce some pretty grainy photos. Being at work 9 to 5 doesn't help either. I tried taking pictures in the morning before work to take advantage of the natural light, but unfortunately none of them turned out quite right except for this one of my Nicholas Kirkwood flats. Aren't they beauties?

I'm slowly getting back into the routine of work, salsa, yoga, cooking, blogging, fashion events and writing that this horrible cold disrupted. One step at a time, I guess, one step at a time.

P.S. If you haven't entered my Brave belts giveaway yet, do it now!


  1. Great idea to layer "the other way around", it looks pretty!

  2. Such a cute outfit! I hear you though, I don't know how some bloggers can take outfit pics outside with SNOW in the background! I'm all bundled up just in the rain! And getting home when it's dark, I just throw my PJ's on and completely forget about the photos :P

    Glad you're feeling better, being sick is no fun!

  3. Your shoes!!! I'm JEALOUS. I was drooling over those shoes for month but couldn't bite the bullet. Good choice ;) And that necklace is such a showstopper.

  4. I'm so sorry you've been so sick. You must be so drained!

    On a positive note, this outfit is so perfectly girly. I love the layers and your necklace is perfect.

    Feel better!! xo

  5. i hope you feel better! i'm impressed that you still are so well dressed when you're not feelin well!

  6. Hope you are feeling better, and getting back into your regular routine. And wow - whatta necklace!!

  7. Glad you are feeling better and yes - keep bundled warm and stay healthy! Those Kirkwood flats are amazing; they add so much to a work outfit. Gorgeous necklace too - reminds me a bit of the Lanvin x H&M piece!

    Hopefully see you at some events soon!


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