October 22, 2014

business blues

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office
Most days, (aside from simply trying to get out the door in time) I try to bridge the gap between business appropriate and creatively casual when getting dressed for work.  That means balancing more structured pieces like this pencil skirt with a softer, graphic t-shirt and countering a weekend-worthy moto jacket with power-stepping heels. And I mentioned it last week when I gave you a look inside - but truly this structured mini tote bag from Dagne Dover is totally changing my morning commute   Yesterday I hauled an umbrella, my lunch, a book and an extra pair of shoes in this thing! It means business.

Sunglass Warehouse Aviators c/o - use code STEELE for $5 off your purchase of $25 of more through 11/30 // Moto Jacket - similar via Ruche // Old Navy T-Shirt // Lulu Frost Earrings - now on sale! // Dex Skirt c/o // Dagne Dover Mini Tote c/o // ASOS Heels

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office




October 21, 2014

spotted: patterned coats

The Steele Maiden: Patterned French Connection Coat and Seychelles Boots
Maybe it's because of my more mysterious new hair color, or the fact that we're closing in on Halloween - but I saw this French Connection stunner of a coat at their Holiday Preview during Fashion Week and lately I can't get it's witchy woman vibes out of my head.  I wasn't sure I could pull it off until I stumbled upon the above image via Pinterest and realized.. you can't fight the vibes of a coat like this.  Give in to the Stevie Nicks meets Salem style of it and pair with a wide brimmed black wool hat, the skinnier the better black jeans and downtown cool black ankle boots.  I like to think she had on dark, blood red lipstick when she turned around.


   

October 20, 2014

fairytale fall

The Steele Maiden: Cloisters NYC how to wear Fall layers
First of all - I'll just go ahead and point out the obvious - my hair has gotten a little makeover.  Several shades darker than my natural light brown and very much darker than my usual sandy blonde, it's still taking some getting used to.  But I will say, it certainly feels Fall-ish.  And so did this weekend.  On Saturday Adam and I ventured to the very tip top of Manhattan to visit the Cloisters (a part of the Met Museum this outpost houses architecture from Medieval Europe - mainly churches).  We packed a picnic, and sat perched on top of Fort Tryon Park looking out on the Hudson River, laughing and talking.  Then explored what felt like a giant castle filled with beautiful nooks and ancient artwork.  It was one of those fairytale Fall days that everyone should let themselves get swept up in from time to time.  Today? Back to reality.

p.s. My hair isn't the only new thing around here - I gave the blog a little update, and all of the top tabs (about, shop...) now link to brand new pages plus there are some fun features added to the side bar!

Ban.Do Bobbi Pins // Denim Jacket - similar via Gap // Mango Vest, old // Striped Dress - similar via Nordstrom // Joules Scarf c/o // Ruche Boots // Knee Socks
The Steele Maiden: Cloisters NYC how to wear Fall layers

The Steele Maiden: Cloisters NYC how to wear Fall layers

The Steele Maiden: Cloisters NYC how to wear Fall layers

The Steele Maiden: Cloisters NYC how to wear Fall layers

The Steele Maiden: Cloisters NYC how to wear Fall layers

The Steele Maiden: Cloisters NYC how to wear Fall layers

The Steele Maiden: Cloisters NYC how to wear Fall layers

The Steele Maiden: Cloisters NYC how to wear Fall layers