December 19, 2014

shake it off

The Steele Maiden: Plaid miniskirt and Sole Society Booties
It's a toss up here whether my incessant listening to the new Taylor Swift cd or whether my lifelong love of uniform-style is to blame for me dressing the part of a schoolgirl again.  Either way, it turns out that no matter how many years pass I never can shake off my desire to pair short plaid skirts with button down shirts.  It feels kind of fitting though, since I'm so excited for Christmas break from work I feel like I am in fact back in school.. just waiting for that last bell to ring.  4 days and counting my friends. Now go enjoy your last weekend before the holidays - I'll be picking up last minute presents, attending a couple of holiday parties and getting ready to share my NYE look with you all next week!  


The Steele Maiden: Plaid miniskirt and Sole Society Booties

The Steele Maiden: Plaid miniskirt and Sole Society Booties

The Steele Maiden: Plaid miniskirt and Sole Society Booties

The Steele Maiden: Plaid miniskirt and Sole Society Booties

The Steele Maiden: Plaid miniskirt and Sole Society Booties




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