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Napa for the Soul

Immediately after my ex and I broke up, my best friend responded to my 911 distress signal by booking me a flight to visit her in SF. If that’s not real love, then I don’t know what is.

Though I had been to SF a handful of times before, I had never done the trip to Napa and an entire valley of wine seemed like a good solution to my heartache. The drive with Anna, her boyfriend and his best friend was beautiful and an amazing escape from the chaos of the real world. We started at a picturesque winery that felt like Tuscany and had a flight of four full-bodied reds.

We then moved onto a Chateau where our server, Dean, told us about how he works at the vineyard as a hobby and he’s really a lawyer in real life (side note: giving legal advice + wine seems like a questionable combination). The best part of the day was when I wanted to order a third flight of wine and Dean responded, “Let me check the time because we can’t serve after 5:30,” then proceeded to literally SPRINT to the kitchen when he saw it was 5:29. Dean quickly replaced Anna as my best friend during this trip. For our Napa excursion, I wore a crewneck J. Crew knit sweater, a sequined Endless Rose cargo jacket from Bloomingdale’s, and my favorite high waisted BDG jeans. I used to spend $200 on J.Brand’s every season but realized that Urban Outfitters’ jeans actually fit me better and save my wallet a lot of moolah.As a disclaimer, I look super happy in these photos, and for some part of it I really was, but coming to term with the end of a relationship inevitably causes a flood of emotions, and that flood came pouring in after 10 samples of wine. Thank you, Anna, for loving me unconditionally even after I cried a river of mascara onto your white pillow cases.

P.S. I am doing well and very much over the break-up now :)

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How to Wear Leopard Pants

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So if you’re following me on Instagram then 1. Bravo, you made a great choice, and 2. You’re probably well aware of my leopard obsession. If you’re not following me on Instagram, then stop reading, drop everything and go follow me (please:).

I found these leopard pants on sale at H&M for $15. I was a bit hesitant at first. I’m a leopard devotee but leopard pants…that’s extreme even for me. But for $15, what was really the harm in trying them?

To my delightful surprise, I found myself wearing these pants with everything. One of my favorite ways to sport them was simply with a black turtleneck and a gold floral necklace. Since it was frigid cold outside, I wore my Moncler puffer and threw on a maroon hat for a punch of color. I liked that the wild pants balanced out the blandish coat. Voila, leopard pants done right.

Where to wear? Trendy places like Laduree in Soho or Jack’s Wife Freda in the West Village

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Less is More

If you’re an active follower of my Instagram, you might remember the photo in which I’m donning an O’2nd tweed coat that I got from Bergdorf’s. To tell you the truth, the coat looked oh-so-good in photos, but in reality resembled $600 of plastic-like fabric. It was so synthetically made that whenever I crossed my arms, minute wrinkles would appear along the shoulders and stay there until I steamed the entire thing.

Although I ended up returning it, I still loved the idea of a grey masculine-cut coat and began scanning every online store for a similar style. I searched through hundreds of pages of Zara, Mango, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Saks…you name it. Some coats were the perfect shade of heather grey, but lacked the modern minimalist shape I sought. Others possessed a great silhouette but only came in black or camel or any other color but grey.

Then one slow morning before the work day started, I decided, “What the hell? Let’s see what Forever 21 has to offer.” Yes, that teenage store with mocks of runway looks and overwhelmingly low prices (and usually low quality). But! I discovered this luscious grey coat with a detachable fur lining for a covetable $60. Aka one-tenth the cost of that Bergdorf’s number. And the Forever 21 coat not only fit my body perfectly, but also felt so much softer.

I don’t deny that some items are worth the splurge (nothing keeps me warmer than my Moncler down coat), but never sacrifice your standards of quality just because the price tag values the item highly.

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Climate Change

 

I’m one of those people who turns the dial to 90 degrees and calls it comfortably warm. I dream of mild California weather and cashmere sweaters that don’t need to be layered over a long-sleeve tee and under a heavy duty winter coat. But alas, I chose to live in the city that never sleeps, where blizzards shut down subways and evacuate streets, but also let me work from home for a day :)

Residing in a cold climate doesn’t mean sacrificing on color, comfort, and all those other things that come with the nice weather territory though. My bold red corduroys, which have faded to a raspberry tone, make the dreary winter months feel a little more cheerful. I wrapped a fuchsia and crimson infinity scarf several times around my neck, keeping my hair tucked in for extra warmth, while a stone colored wool Burberry coat, layered atop a turtleneck added even more insulation.

I’ll admit I underestimated how cold my feet would get in my black loafers, so I was lucky that this was more of a cab-to-door kind of day. Otherwise, I would’ve worn over-the-knee boots to protect my soles.

How do you guys keep warm in the blistering wintertime? Do you still wear bright colors even during these very grey and gruesome days?

P.S. Another way to keep your hair tucked in

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