A Trip to Neverland

 This time last week I was gearing up for my first solo trip since having Elliot. What better excuse than a fashion show, right? It was my first fashion show andI have to say that Ralph Lauren did not disappoint. I wore a pair of Ralph Collection pumps and tried to channel the effortlessly chic Manhattan summer look with a pair of ivory linen wide legs and a soft pink oxford.

From the location (the Central Park Zoo), the Neverland theme and the naturally styled kids that walked the show I couldn’t have asked for a more lovely experience. It was an absolute breath of fresh air to see kids that, well, looked like kids. Rachel Zoe’s delicious son, Skyler, took a perfect sprint down the runway and little girls wore fairy wings while passing each other with high fives. The whimsey and excitement didn’t distract from the impeccable clothing that was both modest and stylish. Cheers to a company that allows children to be children while also, clearly, encouraging an appreciation for fashion and self-expression.

Popcorn Turtleneck 2.0

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I have to be honest, I am thrilled that wide leg pants are making a note-worthy appearance from fashion houses. They never went “out” for me, in fact this pair was purchased to wear at the rehearsal dinner for my wedding (oddly enough, I also wore them to my brothers rehearsal dinner, paired with a navy crop top sweater and a brown leather sandal).

To me, they are a timeless piece. Here, I’ve embraced the front tuck. I love it for a t-shirt, but lately the transitional weather has me giving a little tuck to my sweaters! Why not? In this outfit, it gave what would have essentially been a shapeless line, some waist.

I’m not one to encourage buying for the sake of buying, but this sweater is on sale at Banana Republic for UNDER $30. If it’s something you anticipate needing, that’s quite a deal! (Also noteworthy, I purchased this two sizes up from what I normally would as I do my t-shirts)

Happy Thursday to you! One more day and then relaxation (hopefully) begins.

 Sweater (Banana Republic), Pants originally purchased at Ann Taylor (Similar also Ann Taylor) Boots (Ralph Lauren)

Popcorn Turtleneck

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I have what some might consider an unhealthy addiction to turtlenecks. I’m thrilled that rash guards have come back, because now I can wear my obsession through the summer season. That being said, before I can pull that out, there’s this awkward transitional time of what feels warm (40 degrees seems balmy after 8 degree days), but in reality, there’s still a chill to the air. In addition to my turtleneck problem, I love white. This ivory turtleneck is comfortable, warm and can be dressed up or down. Here, I’ve shown it as I would wear it to the market or visiting my husband at the office. It’s easy, but still chic.

Tips for styling:

1.Make sure when you’re wearing a high-top (sneaker or bootie) with your pants (unless it is an intentional tuck) that you see a little ankle; seeing the skin breaks up the line and helps keep your legs from looking stumpy.

2. A simple roll of the cuff or slide of the sleeve up to your elbow makes the outfit look styled, but not in an obvious way; my goal is to look pulled together without trying too hard.

3. I always wear at least one bracelet. It was given to me by my mom and never comes off.  Just a simple gold band. For me, it has dual purposes: entertaining my daughter and a signature spin. Steve Jobs decided to only wear black turtlenecks (smart man) at some point in his life. They say highly intelligent people wear the same thing so that they don’t have to waste brain power on the daily minutia. I’m not pushing it that far, but I love that if I’m in a rush I will always have some jewelry on.

Stay tuned to see the sweater styled for a night out.

Sweater (Banana Republic),  Jeans (Jcrew) Similar Ecru Jeans (Jcrew), Sneakers (Nike via Jcrew)

Baby Elliot’s Outfit: Sweater (Ralph Lauren), Similar sweater here (Ralph Lauren), Jeans (Target), Sneakers (Baby Zara) Similar pair here (Baby Zara).