Thursday, October 6, 2016


Greetings from Idaho—also known as the only place where I wear cowboy boots in a non-costume-y way. My mom and I hatched a last minute plan to surprise my dad, and so I could help them unpack at their new house. I've actually never been to Sun Valley in the fall, and I'm so excited to see the Aspen trees in all their autumnal color-changing glory.

With daytime highs in the 50s and low 60s and temperatures in the evening dipping into the 30s, I packed my suitcase full of layering pieces that have a rustic, mountain-y feel. Cowboy boots in Idaho are a real thing, and while I always borrow my mom's all-black vintage pair, I'm lusting after this pair of brand-new Ariat boots that have a super-classic vibe. Same goes for a crazy-affordable Uniqlo cashmere-blend turtleneck sweater (on sale for $40!) and this Goorin Bros hat—which will serve as the perfect update for my rather worn-in Madewell hat from a few years back. All together and topped off with my beloved Barbour jacket (which sold out, but I'm obsessed with this one)—I feel like I'll have that whole chic-but-rugged-for-fall thing down.

Also in my suitcase is a cozy pair of men's camp socks (less than $10 at Old Navy) for hanging out fireside, some good plaids and obviously more than one bandana. For dinner out, a denim skirt (trendy button-front for less than $55, anyone?) and I've been dying to try this R+Co dry shampoo paste that Meghan introduced me to when we were in Boston this spring. (Which is much easier to travel with than a spray bottle.)

On that note, shop my Sun Valley essentials below, while I sort through storage boxes searching for things my parents won't miss and I can send back to New York...


Tuesday, October 4, 2016


{ Candela Novembre, shot by Christian Vierig for Getty during Milan Fashion Week }

Hide your kids, hide your wife—in case you couldn't tell already, velvet has come to completely overtake your wardrobe. The utterly ubiquitous fabric has been steadily making its soft, shiney return from the 90s for a few seasons now, and has reached a fever pitch for Fall 2016. I don't know about you, but I'm on board 100 percent. 

A quick browse through any shop will show you that at this point, you can find a velvet version of anything you desire. A trendy pleated midi skirt in the prettiest pink? Hello, Topshop. (I'm obsessed with that, by the way.) An embroidered military jacket in my favorite shade of dark green? Don't mind if I do, Mango. My other current obsession, which I can't imagine will feel stylish more than a year from now? A pair of velvet joggers from Zara. At just $26, it's a worthy and tiny investment to live my most comfortable, sumptuous (yes, sumptuous!) fall fashion dreams. Just look at this outfit potential!

Zara, unsurprisingly, has the largest selection of trendy velvet offerings this season, and I'm totally drinking their kool-aid. I am sort of dying for this embroidered velvet bag, this slinky little camisole (that has a luxe counterpart from Tibi) and this crimson (perfect for the holidays) slip dress—all of which are under $50.

Just to give you a little history... Velvet's origins are believed to be in the Middle and Far East, though once it reached Venice through trade, it spread like wildfire through Europe as a prefered fabric of royalty and the upper class. The finest velvet is made from silk, though now you'll find most varieties (aka the affordable ones) are a blend of silk and rayon—more likely composed entirely of cotton, or a rayon and spandex blend which gives it stretch. Even though so many casual silhouettes are now available in velvet, the effect is still pretty luxe/glam—ensuring that you look like a classy broad even in joggers and a sweatshirt.


Monday, October 3, 2016


There are some days, some moments and some places when nothing but a beer will do. I've always enjoyed a good brewski, mostly on a "Can I just have something light but not so light that it tastes like water?" level. But just as my hard alcohol palette has grown up from vodka and cranberry juice to whiskey, bitters and sugar—my grasp of ales, sours, lagers and stouts has evolved a bit, too. That's mostly because I spend time with people who know a lot more about beer than I do. Chief among them is my friend Jerry, so naturally I felt it was my duty to exploit his expertise for your benefit. I asked him to round up his favorite fall beers that you can find around NYC—you know, the kind that are basically the hops and barley equivalent of listening to the new Bon Iver album while crunching some leaves underfoot in Central Park. At least, that's how I'd describe it. And on that note, I'll let him take it from here...

My misadventures with craft beer started my junior year of college at University of Oregon when I would buy 22 oz bottles of Ninkasi because it offered the most bang for my buck in those days. Flash forward a handful of years and I'm currently enjoying the spoils of New York's exploding beer scene. My budding status as a bit of a beer nerd has brought me to long brewery lines in Gowanus and rare can-hunting in Midtown. I've made a point to try and sample local beers on just about every trip I take now—whether that's a jaunt to Tired Hands when I'm in Philadelphia or stopping at Russian River Brewing on the drive from San Francisco to Napa. This summer culminated in an epic brewery-hopping pilgrimage from New York to Massachusetts to Vermont to hit up Treehouse, Trillium, Alchemist and more. I'm still a rookie in this game by most standards, but I'm excited to share some of my favorite local and seasonal beers for you to enjoy this fall. Cheers!


Thursday, September 22, 2016


Happy Thursday! Why so happy, you might ask? Because Gigi Hadid is just stepped out at Milan Fashion Week wearing a gold, sequin-covered duster jacket, a long-sleeve knit romper and fur-trimmed sandals—that's why. I haven't really been following all of the Fashion Month happenings that closely this season, but when I came across this image I literally could not look away.

The jacket she's thrown over her shoulders is Max Mara, and not-coincidentally-at-all she is photographed here on her way into the Max Mara show. I would venture to guess that her bag and shoes are also Max Mara, but I'm not 100 percent on that. No matter, though, because we need only to sit back, relax and appreciate how truly magnificent this outfit is. Staring at it makes me feel like I'm in a warm, glowing and glamorous trance—and also like I want to blast some Donna Summer

I love the mix of textures in this look, and the way all the gold and nude tones just seem to blend in with her skin, hair and makeup. This is monochromatic dressing taken to the extreme—it's a wild look to try and emulate in the real world, that's for sure. Doesn't it remind you of something our girl Carrie Bradshaw might have worn had SATC taken place in 2016? And not to a party or anything, but like, to a baby shower.

I should also note that this look comes closely on the heels of Kim Kardashian West and North stepping out on the Pablo tour in matching silver sequin Vetements dresses. I have a feeling that the metallic trend is going to be taken to a whole new level this fall... And I'm into it.

A similar look doesn't come cheap, obviously, but Libertine makes a very cool silver sequin bomber jacket and Tibi has a whole host of sequined goodies this season, including this swishy gold skirt I am obsessed with.

What do you think of Gigi dressed as the golden disco ball of my dreams? 

Image credit: Getty Images

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I am notoriously adverse to wearing a lot of color, especially in the fall and winter. Aside from my most treasured, beloved and prized camel coat (which is technically a neutral as well), I usually just pile on layers and layers of black, navy, grey and white. Blame it on the changing tides of fashion but I'm slowly warming up to the idea of infusing my cold weather wardrobe with a bit more color—mainly a rich, jewel-to-olive hue of green.

I've found myself trying to add a little green to my life in all sorts of ways, actually—I'm even making a mental list of all the plants I want to *try* and keep alive in our new Greenwich Village apartment. Green, by it's very nature, is sort of a hard color to wear. I think we tend to think of a brigher, more acidic shade of green when we think of apparel (ick!) but moss, hunter green, and olive tones are infinitely more wearable—especially if you're just starting to ease away from black, navy and grey, like me. (Do note that I wore a green dress to my friend's black tie wedding in April.)

I'll admit, I tried to avoid all this green at first. I have an olive green Barbour jacket (the timeless Beadnell, anyone?) and those classic green Hunter boots (now in a lighter, packable style!) and that felt like all I needed. That is until I started seeing Mansur Gavriel's new bags for fall. Their suede and leather bags in a deep moss green (mainly the 'Elegant' top handle bag) are just too good to resist. I could see them looking so so chic with an all-black outfit—just a little hint of something different that adds interest and character to your everyday uniform.

One of the five rings I wear daily is a tiny gold band with a teeny tiny green stone—and I hardly even noticed how much I liked the color until, like I said, I started seeing green everywhere. I found a similarly dainty ring from Catbird for just $185 that has a tiny emerald stone in a round gold setting. And speaking of green stones—can we have a moment for these drop earrings from J.Crew? I love how feminine they are, they remind me of something Lady Mary might have worn on Downton Abby.

Also at the top of my green list is this preppy, bright pouch from Mark and Graham. I love the monogram on the pocket, and could see it making the perfect companion for dinner dates or tucking into my tote for work. Additionally, I'm crushing hard on Away's collection of carry-on bags, and my favorite one just happens to be dark green.

Below, I've rounded up my favorite green things, including J.Crew's perennially wearable Jackie shell (on sale!) and a cozy-looking olive green cashmere blend turtleneck from Uniqlo. (Oh and obviously this satin-y emerald green robe from Mango...) Now go forth and go green.


Friday, September 16, 2016


To be honest, I can't quite trace back the exact origins of my love for menswear. I think part of it comes from that time I was brand new to New York (and social media was just starting to become what it is today) and I developed a digital crush on a menswear blogger. Perhaps it finally became serious when I was tasked with helming all the menswear content for my former employer, Lifestyle Mirror. I may have started singing it from the rooftops as soon as I started contributing regularly to Style Girlfriend.

Whatever the case may be, here I am and here are my favorite menswear pieces of the moment. I say "of the moment" because right now, I can't stop being selfish—dreaming of all the ways that menswear can work for me. You might know from previous stories that I'm already a devoted wearer of men's sweaters (best exemplified here), but I've added a few more finds to my straight-up-stollen-from-the-guys shopping list.

Curious what they are? Want to get in on this low key look with me? 
Then by all means, come thru!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


{ J.Crew x Drake's top and pants, $198 each }

You guys, I am writing this post to you in a rather breathless state. I have no idea how it took me so long to find out about J. Crew's capsule collaboration with British scarf-and-tie maker Drake's. Frankly, I'm a little upset about it. Given my propensity for fashion news and love for printed silk, I am unsure if I was in a coma or perhaps, more likely, really wrapped up in unpacking—given that I had moved apartments just says before the launch. Anywho, the voyage of discovery that brought me to this delightful collaboration between J.Crew and Drake's went something like this:

1. On Sunday the evening train home from Southhampton, Taylor sees an image of Jenna Lyons at the SS17 J.Crew presentation. She likes the look (perhaps even literally) but then forgets about it.
2. The Cut posts a story on Sunday night about how cool Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi look at the Altuzarra show. Taylor sees this post on Monday afternoon. The Cut notes that the duo is wearing mismatched sets from the Drakes x J. Crew collaboration. 
3. Taylor remembers that she used to put a lot of Drake's ties in her menswear posts for Lifestyle Mirror.
4. Taylor clicks on this link in the story, wondering what the heck is going on, exactly.
5. Taylor sees that said collaboration launched exactly one month ago and feels briefly insane.
6. Upon realizing the entire thing is not yet sold out, Taylor relaxes slightly and starts writing this post.

You can read all about the collaboration on J.Crew's very well-done blog, which I just did, with just the slightest bit of drool dangling from my parted lips. You see, I have a slight (but to be honest bordering on obsessive) love for pajama dressing right now. Did you read my extensive post on it back in March? Or maybe this one I wrote for, also in March? Unlike other romantic fires that were very very flame emoji this spring, the torch I carry for this trend is still burning strong. There aren't enough kimonos, mules or silky pants in the world to quench my desires.

{ J. Crew x Drake's top and pants, $198 each }

As it turns out, there is no scenario in which my life can go on without owning this shirt. I want to wear it like the model above, as a layering piece over t-shirts and camisoles (date night talking piece, anyone?), and also on its own with a pair of re/done jeans and these Sam Edelman mules. And, tbh, I think I really, really want the pants too because who doesn't want a pair of slim-cut elastic waist pants in a really chic, bordering-on-royal unicorn print? This outfit reminds me of what Cersei Lannister might wear to bed if Game of Thrones was set in 2016. And if that doesn't feel like the ultimate party outfit inspiration for the upcoming fall, I don't know what does.

The collection includes a few more small pieces like scarves and ballet flats, but if you're anything like me, you'll agree that the interchangeable tops and pants are the real money-makers here.

Upon reading through this post, I realize it's crazed, scattered and quite passionate. Frankly, it sounds like the fever dream musings of a fashion editor with the flu. I'm okay with that.


Image credits: J.Crew