February 25, 2015

marsala moment

The Steele Maiden: Marsala Leather Midi Skirt with Coral Suede Sole Society Heels
In general, I find I'm usually drawn towards cooler hues - blues, greens, grays. But then - there was this wine-hued (faux) leather midi skirt. And I couldn't help but pair it with equally warm hues, like this printed silk blouse, fringed plaid scarf, and for just enough of a contrast, these coral suede heels.  As much as I love a little mini skirt (exhibit A from yesterday's round-up) I've been wearing a lot of longer lengths lately (like here and here) to help stay warm. Because aside from Sunday when temps hit 40 and I went bare legged for these photos, winter seems to not be going annnnyyywhere.

Sunglass Warehouse Sunglasses // Loft Tunic Blouse - on sale! // ASOS Scarf - sold out, similar // Oasis Skirt - no longer available but almost identical here // Sole Society D'Orsay Pumps c/o // Lulu Frost J Necklace // Make Up For Ever Lipstick N.40

The Steele Maiden: Marsala Leather Midi Skirt with Coral Suede Sole Society Heels

The Steele Maiden: Marsala Leather Midi Skirt with Coral Suede Sole Society Heels

The Steele Maiden: Marsala Leather Midi Skirt with Coral Suede Sole Society Heels

The Steele Maiden: Marsala Leather Midi Skirt with Coral Suede Sole Society Heels

The Steele Maiden: Marsala Leather Midi Skirt with Coral Suede Sole Society Heels

The Steele Maiden: Marsala Leather Midi Skirt with Coral Suede Sole Society Heels


February 23, 2015

need it now: suede mini skirt

The Steele Maiden: Suede Mini Skirt trend for Spring
I talked a bit yesterday about wanting to really streamline my wardrobe. While mostly for me that means cleaning out my closet, it also means taking a much more concentrated approach when it comes to new purchases. For Spring I've got my eye on a handful of select items - that I can wear again and again in new ways - and a suede mini skirt is most definitely one of them. Seventies inspired pieces were everywhere at NYFW (both on the runway and spotted on the streets) and a suede slightly A-line mini skirt fits the bill perfectly. I'd wear it with thick tights, these ankle boots and cable knit sweater for the last cold days of Winter. And come Spring, I'll be pairing it with perforated booties, and a pretty lace top





winter weekend

The Steele Maiden: Winter weekend in denim quilted coat and Sole Society scarf
If you follow me on Instagram (or newly, on snapchat at 'thesteelemaiden') then you already know that Friday's impossible cold brought frozen pipes in our apartment that Adam and I spent all Friday night nursing back to life. Needless to say, by Saturday morning we were more than ready to get out of the apartment and the city to head home to Pennsylvania for a quick 24 hour trip. I've been doing a lot of streamlining in my life lately - extracting the unnecessary and making more time/space/dedication to what's truly important to me. That mindset has been carrying over to my wardrobe, and for the trip home I packed maybe 10 items. This quilted denim coat, black skinny jeans, white wool-blend sweater (with pretty shoulder zipper details hidden here) and brown ankle boots all made the cut. Anyone else have the itch to simplify and streamline lately?

F21 Denim Coat - now on sale! // ZeroUV Sunglasses c/o // Talbots Zip Shoulder Sweater c/o // Sole Society Scarf c/o // Urban Outfitters Jeans // Bag via TJ Maxx // Margaret Elizabeth Ophelia Ring via Rocksbox - use code Jessicaxoxo3 for 1st month free // F21 Boots - similar via ASOS

The Steele Maiden: Winter weekend in denim quilted coat and Sole Society scarf

The Steele Maiden: Winter weekend in denim quilted coat and Sole Society scarf

The Steele Maiden: Winter weekend in denim quilted coat and Sole Society scarf

The Steele Maiden: Winter weekend in denim quilted coat and Sole Society scarf

The Steele Maiden: Winter weekend in denim quilted coat and Sole Society scarf

The Steele Maiden: Winter weekend in denim quilted coat and Sole Society scarf