September 30, 2014

red, white and new

The Steele Maiden: Plaid Jacket and Polka Dots with Knee High BootsCall me extra patriotic, but my favorite classic color combo has always been red, white and blue.  I find myself wearing the trio most in the Summer time when blue denim and white cotton just beg for a pop of red - but as we get into the swing of Fall I wanted to try taking the colors in a slightly less traditional direction.  This plaid sweater coat from Sheinside is perfectly boxy and adds a sort of mod feeling when paired with these knee high navy boots (think beyond brown and black when it comes to boots this Fall - I promise you won't regret it).  I paired it with these burgundy red suede shorts (last seen during NYFW here) and a polka dot blouse I've had in my closet for years and years then threw on this powder blue cross body bag for an unexpected touch.  I'm a firm believer in dressing how you want to feel - and since so far this week I'm feeling terrible with a bad cold, this outfit was just enough fun to perk me up for an hour or so the other night.  Before promptly returning to my pile of tissues and the couch. Sheinside Plaid Coat c/o // Polka Dot Top - similar via Modcloth // Ruche Suede Shorts // Miche Bag c/o // Ruche Knee High Boots 
The Steele Maiden: Plaid Jacket and Polka Dots with Knee High Boots

The Steele Maiden: Plaid Jacket and Polka Dots with Knee High Boots

The Steele Maiden: Plaid Jacket and Polka Dots with Knee High Boots

The Steele Maiden: Plaid Jacket and Polka Dots with Knee High Boots

The Steele Maiden: Plaid Jacket and Polka Dots with Knee High Boots

The Steele Maiden: Plaid Jacket and Polka Dots with Knee High Boots

The Steele Maiden: Plaid Jacket and Polka Dots with Knee High Boots



September 29, 2014

home grown

The Steele Maiden: Red plaid maxi dressI spent the weekend back home in Pennsylvania, spending time with family and friends (and unfortunately picking up a cold while I was at it..).  I love living in this city, cut I'm always so grateful that I have these wide open spaces to escape.  This particular space is just a small corner of Adam's backyard - and their horse Molly (caught in a few shots) is just one of the animals we were up very early on Sunday morning to feed.  I could have used a few more hours of sleep, but catching this dreamy morning light and sharing a few peaceful moments was totally worth it.  Also worth it? This equally dreamy plaid maxi dress.  I plan on layering it with tights and a turtleneck sweater come cooler days.  Hope you all found a moment or two of quiet over the weekend before the start of another noisy, busy week. Ruche plaid maxi dress // Capwell & Co. Bangle // Restricted Booties c/o - 30% off site wide with code THESTEELEMAIDEN30 through 10/31/14! 
The Steele Maiden: Red plaid maxi dress

The Steele Maiden: Red plaid maxi dress

The Steele Maiden: Red plaid maxi dress

The Steele Maiden: Red plaid maxi dress

The Steele Maiden: Red plaid maxi dress

The Steele Maiden: Red plaid maxi dress

The Steele Maiden: Red plaid maxi dress




  

September 25, 2014

fall must haves


These seasonal round-ups of must haves are always some of my favorite posts because it gets me excited for the months ahead but also gets me thinking about all the ways I'll be able to mix and match the key items in my wardrobe for endless options.  This season there's a lot of this 60's mod feeling that I happen to love mixed with your staple leopard and plaids.  Mix in a few jewel tones and a few stand out accessories and you've got the makings of some really good sartorial options.  Below are just a few of the outfits I've got in mind.  P.S. just hover over the above image to see more about each item!