Happy Friday, Loves!
It’s been too long, and I know that. This year is one that has gotten entirely away from me, and I’m almost positive it’s my own fault. Unfortunately, my blog is my creative outlet – and it has nothing to do with my business, so it’s been pushed to the backburner more often than not this year. That makes me a sad, because I love the creativity that comes from this space. However, it also means that my client list has grown, my time has gotten more precious, and I’m over-committed.
Not to worry – this year is almost over and 2020 is the year of no. If, “Yes, that’s amazing!” isn’t my first reaction to something, my immediate answer is no. I’ve given up too much of my time, and I’m ready to take that back. I’m losing my work/life balance a bit this year, and that’s my own fault (and let’s face it, finding a balance is hard enough when your office is 50 feet from your family room, right?) but I’m committing myself to blocking time for this every week – even if it’s just one blog post a week.
Aside from my everyday obligations, this fall has so much fun. Of course, it always is, and of course I’m always shocked how much more fun is actually possible when you think you’ve peaked, but it’s been fun. From four days in my favorite city and home away from home with my very handsome husband and our sweet friends to ring in 36 to family fun days to time spent laughing with those we love the most, it’s been sweet.
I have been so awful about updating everyone on things via social media when I receive questions, and I’m sorry. I try to answer them as quickly as I can, but I usually turn my phone off during the day while I’m in my office. It’s become a ‘phone-free zone’ and I don’t use social media on my computer or iPad. So, my phone is on Do Not Disturb until I make the decision to look at it myself – which I only allow myself to do when I walk out of the office. That means I have some questions I haven’t answered, and I’m sharing some things I got a lot of questions about!
Specifically, some of the things I wore when I was in NYC last month.
This look was my favorite all weekend. So simple, yet so chic.
Let me preface this by saying I had the most difficult time packing for NYC this year. It was unseasonably warm that weekend (in the 80s) and I struggled. We spend my birthday in NYC every year, and it’s always freezing! I wasn’t thrilled about the heat (even if it is so much cooler there in the 80s than it is here in Florida, but I am so over heat and sweat and hot weather…yuck).
I actually had nothing packed, hated everything I owned, and panicked until the morning of our trip. Our flight left at 8:30 pm, and I went shopping as soon as I took the kids to school that morning hoping I’d find something I liked (because, let’s face it, my closet is 75% Lilly Pulitzer, which is not fall in NYC appropriate in Tiffany-land). I was shocked that I did not find anything at any of my favorite stores, but that I did find things in the places I went out of desperation.
Case in point – this dress is from Old Navy, and it’s currently one of my favorite things to wear! Unfortunately, I cannot find it online right now, but I did find several that are quite similar and can be styled the same way here, here, and here. (wearing size XS for reference).
Belt (mine is the 85) – Gucci
Tory Burch Millers in “Makeup”
My hat is old and from Norsdstrom
Bracelets are Tiffany & Co. and David Yurman
Phone case and wristlet strap are Bandolier
I wore this outfit on our first full day in the city. We spent the day shopping on 5th Avenue, we had brunch at the Boathouse in Central Park, cocktails at the Plaza, the rooftop at the Le Meridien, the rooftop at the Peninsula, and more. This dress was perfect for the day!
I received so many compliments on this outfit the third day of our trip! I wanted something comfortable and fun since we were showing our friends around the city for their first (ever!) visit, and it was the day we headed downtown to the financial district to visit the 9/11 memorial, to see the Statue of Liberty, and to take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Lots of walking. Lots of fun.
Corduroy skirt (runs really big! I’m wearing a small and had to pull it up all day and rely on my belt to keep it where it needed to be) – Forever 21
Black Shirt (love this shirt and have it in every color!) – Nordstrom
Same Gucci Belt as above
Givenchy Sunglasses are from last year, and they appear to be sold out everywhere, but these are similar.