As much as I love dresses and skirts, I also adore a nice blouse, dark skinnies and a good pair of boots especially when I’m running around all day and can’t go home to change between work, events, etc or trying to face down Black Friday crowds (hoping none of you have been trampled at a WalMart or Best Buy, loves!). I would say that my style is pretty simple – I don’t like too much fuss and I want to be comfortable, yet still presentable and polished. I think this outfit in particular is a good example of that. I love how relaxed and versatile jeans and boots are, and how a simple two-tone blouse with an embellished collar makes it look like you made an effort (when you realistically might have just rolled out of bed, ahem). This is definitely one of my go-to looks, especially because the blouse does all the talking for you. There’s no need for a necklace because of the collar, and you can get away with a simple pair of studs or curl your hair and pull it to one side with a vintage brooch for a more retro feel. Below are some of my favorite pieces with great collar embellishments. Which one is your favorite?
Happy belated Thanksgiving all! I hope you had the most wonderful day filled with family, friends, good food and happiness. I haven’t been back in San Diego to celebrate Thanksgiving in six years, and have spent the day in different cities with different people almost every year. I’m happy to be in New York again this year though, and am so excited to say that I’ve finally been to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I joined about 3.5 million people yesterday morning on 6th Ave (between 77th St. at Central Park West to 33rd St. at Herald Square) to watch the floats, oogle the Toothless balloon from “How to Train Your Dragon” (my personal favorite of the 16), and snap photos of anything and everything. Funny enough, I talked to a lot of native New Yorkers who said they had never been to the parade before even though they’d lived in the city their whole lives. Instead, most of them watched the parade on tv. This made me think of how often we take for granted what is happening right around us especially living in New York. I think the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a great example of this. After all – people travel from all over the world just to be there!
I wanted to go last year, but was sick in bed – I couldn’t miss it this time around though! It was definitely chaotic and freezing (it was in the 20s all morning), but I had such a great time anyway. If you’re planning on heading to the parade next year, here are a few tips!
1. Layer up. This is where you may want to reference this post. While I wouldn’t suggest wearing a ski mask (which I saw several people donning), gloves, a warm hat and a big coat are definite musts. The parade itself lasts around 3 hours and you really don’t want to be sneezing in to your cranberry sauce and turkey later in the day.
2. Arrive earlier if you want a good view. The parade started at 9am, but many people arrive at 6am to get the best view of the floats, celebrities, and performances. However, if you’re looking to arrive a little later (like Joe and I did), head more towards 40th St. opposed to uptown because the floats will take their time to get there.
3. Let go of the idea of personal space. There will be so many cameras and arms up in the air, people crammed up next to you, and loud cheering right in your ear. It pretty much comes with the territory of being at one of the biggest parades in the U.S. Let go, dance a lot (for warmth and for fun) and feel free to yell as loudly as you want when your favorite celebrity comes down the street on a float. I’ll admit that when I saw Kristin Chenowith, Fall Out Boy (and Richard Simmons – shh!), I may have potentially deafened the person in front of me.
4. Bring hot chocolate, water and snacks. If you leave your spot for something warm to drink, you probably will not find your way back to it. Also, when you’re that cold and standing for so long, your body will be so grateful that you brought some extra fuel.
Among my favorite parts of the parade were definitely seeing so many celebrities (I’m definitely counting the guys from Duck Dynasty in this, by the way), amazing performers, and all the fantastic balloons. However, what I loved the most was really feeling like I was a part of something great and bigger than myself. Remember what I wrote earlier about many New Yorkers never having gone to the parade? Well, I can totally understand why. In this huge (yet small) city, it’s easy to feel alone and lost. The magic you experience if you’re visiting for the first time often goes away after you’ve seen one too many street performers on the subway or been 15 minutes late to work because of all the tourists trying to take photos of random skyscrapers. Still, this city can be so magical. It really is a place of possibility and excitement. Going to the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade reminded me of that. I know it will do the same for you.
Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner? This time of year is definitely my favorite for many reasons! Some of these reasons include the pretty twinkling lights everywhere, pumpkin-flavored everything and spending time with my family and friends. My absolute favorite thing though is the overall desire to give back and do good.
Therefore, I’ve partnered with Chloe + Isabel to bring you “Art Deco The Halls”, an online shopping event to raise money to support the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. Both local and foreign aid has been coming in to the central part of the country, but there is still work to be done. This is where we can all make a difference. 100 percent of the proceeds for all purchases made from this link for “Art Deco The Halls” will go to the Red Cross to support the families who have been affected.
Avoid the traffic, crowded malls, parking, last-minute headaches, and shop online instead at this three day pop-up shop event from Thursday 12:00pm EST to Monday 12:00am EST. Once again, all the proceeds from your purchase from this link will be donated to the Red Cross and will go to a person in need in the Philippines – someone who may have just lost their home or a loved one, who may not know where their next meal is or even where they will be sleeping tonight. Instead of hitting up your local Walmart or Best Buy for deals after Thanksgiving, shop online with me instead and know that every gorgeous piece you pick up means more help for someone who needs it.
Please RSVP and share the word as this is an online only event and no in-person attendance is required. Browse Chloe + Isabel’s exclusive holiday pieces online here. Donations and additional raffle entries into the free jewelry giveaway can be made on our Eventbrite page. I hope you’ll take a look at the links and join me this weekend. In case you haven’t already fallen in love with the pieces I’ve been styling from Chloe + Isabel on the blog, check out some of C+I’s great gift ideas above for under $50!