Tuesday, November 21, 2017

THANKSGIVING WINE PAIRINGS SURE TO IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS + FAMILY


Having just come off a trip to Ireland (more on that later, of course), it seems crazy that Thanksgiving is now just a few days away. I've scarcely made any plans at all, except selecting what I'm going to cook for our gathering of friends here in New York. (The usual tradition since I go home for Christmas in mid-December.)

Amongst our group, which changes every year, I only have one rule on Thursday which is that you are not allowed to call our Thanksgiving a 'Friendsgiving.' To me, that is a party thrown before the actual holiday with yes, your friends. On the true holiday, no matter who is in attendance, the meal is Thanksgiving!

Now, being both a true novice and delighted consumer when it comes to wine, I usually show up to Thanksgiving with some kind of red I typically enjoy, most likely purchased at the Trader Joe's wine shop for about $7. And while that's all fine and good, I am 32 now, and would like to transition my guest reputation from "She usually brings... Something!" to, "She always brings the best wine!"


And since I don't really see the point in composing a whole blog post about my solo personal journey to wine pairing bliss—I employed the help of my friends over at 90+ Cellars to help all of us excel in making this Thanksgiving our most delicious yet! Brett Vankoski, the VP & Wine Director at 90+ has come up with six pairing ideas to accompany every stage of your epic feast from appetizers to turkey and of course, dessert. That's right—we're all going to be so classy that we'll have different wines for different courses of our meal.


// ROSÉ AND CRANBERRY SAUCE, ANYONE? //

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

{ GETAWAY GIRL } HIGHLIGHTS FROM A FALL ROAD TRIP TO MAINE...


{ Uniqlo men's sweater / Gap jeans (old, similar) / Goorin Bros hat (sold out, similar) / Ray-Ban sunnies / Keds sneakers }

A couple weeks ago, Megan and I took a little jaunt up to Portland, Maine for the weekend. We were jonesing for a fall getaway, and since New York has been a little slow on the uptake, we had a feeling that we'd get the foliage, apple cider and highly layered outfits we wanted if we went far enough north.

Despite it being the end of October in Maine, we didn't get everything we asked for from our trip. Daytime temps hovered around 70 degrees! Nevertheless, we persisted. And naturally, had a wonderful time despite sweating slightly in the sweaters we packed.

We hit up a few of my favorite spots from past trips (sadly my ultimate lobster roll spot, The Clam Shack, was closed for the season) and had some amazing new experiences, too. Most importantly, we created the most delicious breakfast food you'd never even dream was real.

// CLICK THROUGH FOR ALL THE DELICIOUS AND SCENIC ADVENTURES //


Friday, October 20, 2017

{ PACKING ESSENTIALS } FALL GETAWAY TO PORTLAND, ME



Right at this very moment, Megan and I are cruising north on our way up to Maine for a quick little weekend getaway. Longtime readers of the blog will recall that I've been to Portland a couple of times during the summer and absolutely love it there. From the scenic islands of Casco Bay to the many, many lobster rolls—it's kind of a magical place.

Since the fall foliage has been a little late to arrive down here in NYC, I'm anticipating that it's going to be absolutely gorgeous once we start heading up the coast. For leaf peeping, eating lobster rolls with a fall chill in the air and strolling around lighthouses, I'm packing a pretty simple formula of cashmere sweaters, a flannel shirt, easy jeans and boots that can walk and go out to dinner, plus my ever-faithful and oh-so-on-brand Barbour jacket. (And obviously a jaunty / seasonal hat!)

My hottest hot tip for #Fall2017? Head over to Uniqlo and stock up on their men's cashmere. Yes, it's $20 more than the women's styles. No, I don't think that's fair. However, upon comparison it is softer and thicker (and longer in the torso) than the women's styles. I am completely obsessed with this camel cashmere crewneck I got the other day, and wouldn't be surprised if it was all I wore all weekend.

Stay tuned on my Instagram (and @StyleGF too) for all the eating and adventures.

// SHOP MY PORTLAND PICKS BELOW, TOO //


Monday, October 16, 2017

{ PERSONAL STYLE } THE COZIEST COAT EVER + THE BRIGHTEST LITTLE BAG

Since I know the first step is always admitting you have a problem, let me say: I already know that I have an unhealthy obsession with small crossbody bags. They haunt my dreams and fill my online shopping carts. I get that for all intents and purposes—I’m good. However, I wear one of those beloved little bags for just about every occasion except heading to the office—brunch, date nights, errands, Upstate adventures... You name it, I've done it with a crossbody bag over my shoulder. I can't really seem to stop and I'm not sorry!

Naturally then, when I peeped this cherry red pouch from Loeffler Randall on eBay I was already a goner. But here's the good news: I found it for just $95 and with that coveted "New With Tags" label. Since I wear so many neutral and monochromatic outfits this time of year (and all the time, tbh), an accessory that packs a punch helps me shake things up.

// CLICK THROUGH FOR ALL THE COZY AND COLORFUL DETAILS! //

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

{ PERSONAL STYLE } WHY NOT ME?


As I mentioned in my last MWMM post, I've been having a bit of a moment for country music lately. I've been listening to Midland's album on repeat while I'm working or commuting, and have even started a playlist of country songs. (I know. Honestly, I am as shocked as you are.) There's one song though, that seems to have transcended the genre for me and has made it onto almost every playlist I've made since my trip to Nashville. As you may have guessed from the title of this post, it's called "Why Not Me" and it's by The Judds. (A country classic, but brand new to me.)

For whatever reason, this song has been on my mind constantly. When I was in Idaho visiting my family this August, I would hook up my iPhone to the sound system of my '97 Explorer, roll the windows down and drive along the highway into town absolutely blasting this song, singing to no one in particular and perhaps every guy I've ever met, "Baby, why not me?"

// I'M NOT DEPRESSED AND I SWEAR I'LL BRING THIS BACK AROUND TO THE CAMEL SWEATER OUTFIT IF YOU JUST CLICK THROUGH //

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MID-WEEK MUSIC MOMENT: COOL COUNTRY FROM MIDLAND

I tweeted about this the other day, but it bears repeating in this context: I am not a country music fan. Or at least, I wasn't. Sure, I listened to the Dixie Chicks growing up, and was a hooked on Johnny Cash's music in the wake of Walk the Line. And who among us hasn't turned Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About" up full blast on the radio while driving? But current country? Most country? I snubbed my nose at it every chance I got.

That is, until I went to Nashville. I leaned into the kitsch and took myself to a honkey tonk by myself in the middle of the afternoon on a Monday—and to the Country Music Hall of Fame—which is really fun, by the way. I learned about the links between Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan and started a running list of old school country artists to check out when I got home. And since I was staying with two Nashville music scene insiders, I was pointed to amazing recommendations like Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings and Linda Ronstadt.

A little later in the summer, Caitlin emailed me a song from an up-and-coming current country band she thought I'd dig, Midland. Listening to this song, "Drinkin' Problem," I was immediately taken back to my favorite night we had in Nashville, trying to two-step to the incredible live bands at the American Legion in East Nashville. She knows me well, and she was right—I'm a woman obsessed!

This trio has the vibe of the old school country music really like, but with big pop hooks and 2017-level production. "Drinkin' Problem" is apparently a huge country hit right now, but I care not for the charts. This is a song that makes me want to throw on my cowboy boots and slow dance with a man in one hand and a whiskey in the other. Oh, and book a trip back to Nashville immediately.

In fact, Midland's whole debut album, On The Rocks, which just came out on Friday, is like that. It is mostly excellent and unlike so much cheesy current country music that feels like sonic summer, this music has more of a rich, fall-ready sound. Check them out and let me know your thoughts!

// Listen to the entire On The Rocks album here, and my favorite tune below. //


"People say I've got a drinkin' problem, but I've got no problem drinkin' at all"

Monday, September 25, 2017

9 FALL FINDS TO REFRESH YOUR CLOSET RIGHT NOW...


What could I say in this intro paragraph that you haven't already read somewhere else at this point? It's fall! Fall makes me want to shop! Fall is the best season for fashion! Fall fashion! And on and on—you know where I'm going with this. The end of September is creeping up, which means the most glorious month of the year is coming up: October. Layering with outerwear, hats, turtlenecks... Soon we will get to embrace that glorious stopover weather between hot soup streets and frozen turkey on the tundra.

If I'm being completely honest with you guys, I may not fulfill all of the fall fashion fantasies I'm envisioning here, but damn if I'm not going to try! And honestly, I encourage you to do the same. (Not everyone wants to wear a fisherman's cap, and I get it.)

1. THE PLAID BLAZER
The plaid blazer trend was all over NYFW this year, and I am so on board. It has infiltrated just about every retailer and every price point—which is good news for us. I love the one above from Mango especially ($119), but Zara has a great one too ($129), even Target ($35)! I want one with a sort of elongated fit but a nice lightweight fabric so I can throw it on over a t-shirt and jeans and still be comfortable in a non-office setting.

2. A LONG (WOOL, POSSIBLY STATEMENT) COAT
I have written often and profusely about my love of coats. I believe they have magical powers. Since I already have a camel coat that makes me feel like a million bucks (Club Monaco still has it in a pretty blush pink), if I were to invest in one this year, it would either be a basic grey or something off the wall—like red. This H&M coat is so chic but expensive for the brand ($129) , so do with that information what you will. Maje has a belted red coat that's 70 percent wool ($520), and if you're in the market for camel, aim to find a balance of wool percentage and price that you can live with—like LL Bean's 100 percent wool polo coat ($269) or this chic belted option from Whistles ($491) that's 70 percent wool.

3. A NOVELTY JACKET
Okay so now moving on to something I already own—this teddy biker jacket from H&M ($70). So far it's been way too hot to wear it in New York, but it's laying in wait for colder temperatures. It's almost sold out online, so I'd head into stores, where I've seen it en masse! They also have this version, but there are tons of other cool options like this long coat from Topshop ($180) and this really chic sherpa bomber from Madewell ($150). For some reason I'm just obsessed with how cozy these jackets look, and how good they will look with some of the below items, like a fisherman's cap and Levi's. Since this is a novelty item, I wouldn't fret so much over price and fabrication, by the way. Just pick up something affordable if the look appeals to you.

4. A STRUCTURED MINI BAG
Ah, yes. To be fair there's hardly a season that a structured mini bag doesn't appeal to me, but like freshly sharpened pencils and a crisp stack of lined notebook paper, it feels particularly promising now. I'm kind of obsessed with the bag Blair Eadie (of Atlantic-Pacific) designed for FEED ($198), which comes in a few hugely wearable colors. But I'll also circle back to 324 New York, a brand I featured on the blog a while ago (hello, this bag!), and a new one I've seen cropping up on literally every fashion blog lately—The Daily Edited. Their Box Bag ($280) looks like miniature old school luggage, and their gold monogram option gives it a real "keep forever" feel.

5. VINTAGE-Y MID-WASH JEANS
Duh, right? Well I have been dancing around buying a pair of Levi's Skinny 501 jeans, but I can't quite get the fit right. I want them to look like Re/Done without the price tag, you feel me? So, I'm considering trying to find the look I want from another brand with a more flattering fit. Any ideas for me, by the way? I'm open-minded.

6. ROUND METAL SUNGLASSES
Now's the part where I have to announce myself as such a 'sheeple.' You know what I mean? (A person who just does what everyone else does, like a sheep.) Everyone and I mean literally every living person in New York City owns these Ray-Ban shades ($153). And you know what, that's okay with me. I want them, I need them, and I shall have them. In my defense, I have another motivation: I want a pair of metal frame sunglasses that will fit under hats this fall and winter, and so far only my classic aviators do the trick. I need some variety and I think these are the answer.

7. MULES
This trend isn't going anywhere and I still can't get enough of anything that looks like it's meant for the bedroom but can be worn outside. At this exact moment I have my laser focus pointed at these lush velvet mule slides from Madewell ($98) and no others. They're not for everyone nor are they very practical, but this is who I am and I've accepted it.

8. A JAUNTY HAT
Guess what? I'm still on one about this fisherman hat trend. It's spread even more mainstream this fall, so you can wade into the interesting hat waters without much fear. There are tons of options out there, but I'd place fit and face-framing as top priorities. Mine is the Papou hat from Goorin Bros ($70) but here's a few more from Brixton ($42) and Zara ($22). And if you're feeling like this is just too much, try a beret! They are also everywhere on the blogs right now (even though its far too hot for wool hats right now just about everywhere). Cute, affordable options can be found from H&M ($13) and Amazon ($9) and for the truly whimsical, this one from Zara, covered in pearls ($23).

9. A STRIPED TURTLENECK (OR JUST A TURTLENECK)
Another lingering trend from circa 2015 is the return of the turtleneck. Great as a layering piece or on it's own as a face-framing top—you need one. Or three. I definitely need at least three. I have a chunky knit men's sweater from Uniqlo, and now I want a cashmere version ($99), and a striped t-shirt weight turtleneck from Petit Bateau ($19) that will make a great still-French-feeling alternative to a boat neck mariniere top.

Sheesh. To be honest it was rather exhausting to write all of that down. Guess I better get to shopping? What's on the top of your list for fall?