December 18, 2014

merry and bright

The Steele Maiden: Christmas Outfit with Plaid Blanket Scarf ASOS midi skirt
There is just one week until Christmas (which I still can't fully believe) and I plan to soak up every second of it.  Like wearing this outfit.. which is basically the most merry and bright I can possibly get without wearing a full out Mrs. Claus costume. I first wore this green midi skirt with a cobalt blue sleeveless top during Fall Fashion Week (here) but I switched it out for a sweater this time and then played up the holiday vibes with this oversized plaid blanket scarf.  Full disclosure - I had no idea how to properly wear this around my neck until yesterday morning when I came up with this shawl meets scarf version, tied it in a knot, and finished it off with a cute brooch.  And then New York, with it's fresh garland, trimmed trees and bright red doors - did the rest of the work.

p.s. If you're anything life me and still in need of gift ideas - you can shop the items for all 5 of my city-themed gift guides (NYC, Austin, LA, London, and Parishere

Aerie Blanket Scarf c/o // F21 Sweater // ASOS Midi Skirt // Felix & Iris Glasses c/o // Vintage Belt // Fossil Bag via TJMaxx // F21 Boots - similar via Zappos // Mac Lipstick in Ruby Woo

The Steele Maiden: Christmas Outfit with Plaid Blanket Scarf ASOS midi skirt

The Steele Maiden: Christmas Outfit with Plaid Blanket Scarf ASOS midi skirt

The Steele Maiden: Christmas Outfit with Plaid Blanket Scarf ASOS midi skirt

The Steele Maiden: Christmas Outfit with Plaid Blanket Scarf ASOS midi skirt

The Steele Maiden: Christmas Outfit with Plaid Blanket Scarf ASOS midi skirt

The Steele Maiden: Christmas Outfit with Plaid Blanket Scarf ASOS midi skirt

The Steele Maiden: Christmas Outfit with Plaid Blanket Scarf ASOS midi skirt


December 17, 2014

street spotting

The Steele Maiden: Leopard Coat and Suede Shorts
I've  been talking about how important it is to have a 'coat wardrobe' now that winter has hit the East Coast (this one and this one are recent examples), since for several months that's basically all you get to see of an outfit - and this leopard one has put me over the top. I've been searching for some version of this exact coat for literally years now, so when I found this one at H&M during a pre-Black Friday sale I had to scoop it up.  It's decidedly statement making but also just neutral enough to mix well with other colors, like these burgundy suede shorts and printed blouse.  In a sea of black coats - sometimes it's nice to be easily spotted in a crowd.

H&M Leopard Coat - recent in stores // Loft Blouse - now on sale! // Vintage Sweater - similar via Piperlime // Gorjana Ring via Rocksbox subscription - get your 1st month membership for only $9 w/ code BeYourBrightest // Ruche Suede Shorts // ASOS Oxfords c/o // Sole Society Bag c/o


The Steele Maiden: Leopard Coat and Suede Shorts

The Steele Maiden: Leopard Coat and Suede Shorts

The Steele Maiden: Leopard Coat and Suede Shorts

The Steele Maiden: Leopard Coat and Suede Shorts

The Steele Maiden: Leopard Coat and Suede Shorts

The Steele Maiden: Leopard Coat and Suede Shorts




December 16, 2014

the heart of it

The Steele Maiden: Times Square NYC in lace romper and Loren Hope earrings
This week marks 10 years since the first time I stepped foot in this city.. and in that very first instant I knew my whole life was about to change (6 years and 9 days later the sight of something would stop me in my tracks again.. but instead of skyscrapers it was a 6'2" boy).  On its bad days, this city is madness. I have cried on subway trains, fallen into streets, suffered bad jobs, bad apartments bad break-ups, and once even stepped on a rat. But on its best days, this city is total magic. So to celebrate, I headed back to Times Square and of course, dressed up a little for the occasion. This black lace romper and statement earring combo is a no-fail date night look - whether it's your first date or you're falling in love all over again.  

Loren Hope Earrings via Rocksbox subscription - get your first month membership for just $9 with code BeYourBrightest // Missguided Romper c/o // Old Navy Coat - similar via J.Crew Factory // Brahmin Clutch - similar via Zappos // Heels via Marshalls

The Steele Maiden: Times Square NYC in lace romper and Loren Hope earrings

The Steele Maiden: Times Square NYC in lace romper and Loren Hope earrings

The Steele Maiden: Times Square NYC in lace romper and Loren Hope earrings

The Steele Maiden: Times Square NYC in lace romper and Loren Hope earrings

The Steele Maiden: Times Square NYC in lace romper and Loren Hope earrings