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Cozy Sweater and Trousers

Today’s look is a casual weekend outfit, and in my case it was for a trip to Benihana with the kids. To be honest I am not a fan of hibachi, to me the food is barely edible, but Tom thought it would be fun for Adam to see the whole production. However, it turns out he wasn’t all too interested, and the whole time we were saying things to get him to tune in. Like ‘ooh did you see that?!’ or ‘How cool! A volcano out of onions!’ to which he simply replied ‘cool.’ I think that means I am officially not cool anymore. Once your child gives you a pity reply, you are no longer cool. Sophia was semi-interested, but I’m not sure if she was really just looking at the overhead lights. Oh well, at least I have a few more years to be cool in her eyes…

Which got me to thinking, what makes something ‘cool’ or ‘in’ fashion? Is it simply because it was on the runway or some celebrity was seen wearing it? I don’t believe that anymore. I say ‘anymore’ because there was a time in my life where all I needed to know was someone cool wore something and that made it cool for me. Happily, I’ve grown out of that stage. To some extent the runway determines what is cool but what you see on the runway can be interpreted in many ways so really, what is interpreted is what is cool, and who is doing the interpreting these days? Editors? Bloggers? Your next door neighbor? Yes, yes, and yes. The point is the days are gone when one thing was ‘in’ fashion. Fashion is so fast now that it has actually become slow – like watching NASCAR cars racing or looking out the window in an airplane – at any given time anything can be in. You could be ahead of the next big trend by simply not changing your style one bit. Food for thought…

Todays look features a cozy sweater from Ann Taylor’s Fall lineup. As in my last post with Ann Taylor, this one is a wool and cashmere blend, making it super luxurious and so warm.

I found these Vince pants (on sale now!) and fell in love with the cropped fit, which is the length I prefer for most of my pants, because it looks great with a flat or a heel, a boot, sneaker, or sandal. For me, having options is always cool.

Thanks for visiting as always x
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Leather Weather

I’m letting two worlds collide in today’s post by sharing something I wrote for my stand up class. We had to do a set about something honest, something truly personal. It didn’t have to be funny, just real. I decided to write about my near death experience I had back in 2008, which changed the trajectory of my life completely.

There isn’t anything certain in this life, except of course for death.

The saying goes ‘death and taxes’ but we all know if you are rich enough you can escape one of those. (Looking at you Donald…)

So if it is a sure thing why are we always so upset about it? I guess its always because the people who go too soon end up being the nicest, best people imaginable.

So i guess if you want to live forever just be an a-hole? No thats too easy, they die too anyway.

I almost died once. In a freak snowmobile accident. It was a complete freak accident and the 7 vodka tonics I had at various bars along the trail had absolutely nothing to do with it.

I remember none of the accident, just the before and after. I remember hitting 100 mph while Kanye’s 808 and Heartbreak blared in my headphones. That was incredible. I felt invincible. Still one of my favorite albums too…

Later that night while going about 20 mph my sled hit something and flipped over and catapulted me off in to the distance while my boyfriend, horrified, watched me helplessly as he was behind me on his own sled.

I woke up intibated, the tubes down my throat, and arms tied down to the hospital bed. I thought I was dreaming or having a nightmare or something. I couldn’t speak because of the tubes so I wrote out my one question to the nurse – what happened?? after they said I had an accident, I noticed my family was in the room – they had flown in from California – my next question was ‘ is it that bad??’ I thought I was definitely dying.

They told me I was flown to a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, because the little podunk town we were in didn’t have a neurosurgeon, and they thought I might need brain surgery. They thought this because while I seemed totally fine, while I was talking to the doctor, I learned he used to be an Engineer so, at the time I worked for an Engineering firm and apparently I was trying to recruit MY DOCTOR TO GO BACK TO ENGINEERING AND WORK FOR MY COMPANY.

I did have two separate hematomas in my head, and i shattered my collarbone. But I would live.

My husband, then boyfriend had to make the fateful call to my parents in California. Not only did they not know I was going on this trip, they didn’t know about my boyfriend. So my not Muslim boyfriend had to call my Muslim father – like ‘hi sir, I’m dating your daughter and by the way she also might be dying’

I didn’t need brain surgery as the hematoma reduced by itself by the grace of God. I do have a shiny new metal collarbone as a souvenir though. No it does not set off the metal detector at the airport…

Almost dying was the best thing that could have happened to me. I’ve always thought I lucked out, this was my second chance at life. I’m appreciating every moment I have here on Earth, doing everything I can and trying not to complain too much. I’m not wasting my time dwelling on past mistakes nor am I wasting my precious time on people who bring me down. I’m living my life unapologetically, authentically me.

Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got until its (almost) gone?

sandro-leather-jacket-jjill-sweater-aquazzura-heels aquazzura-heels-fall-outfitaquazzura-fur-sandals jjill-sweater-layeredTop: Thanks to J.Jill (get 25% off with code OCT2517)| Jacket: Sandro (old – similar leather style – similar suede style) | Jeans: Zara (old – similar style) | Bag: Stella McCartney | Shoes: Aquazzura – similar style (under $110) |

Tie Sleeve Sweater and Platform Loafers

You know it’s officially Fall only when all the Mums and Pumpkins come out! The weather complied as well this past weekend and we had a chance to break out our favorite Fall hashtag: #sweaterweather. I wore this for a day out shopping with the family, we bought Adam a new video game, grabbed a week’s groceries, and picked up some new fish and coral for Tom’s salt water tank. Of course I couldn’t resist making him snap a few pics of my outfit in front of the mum display at the  grocery store! I didn’t even flinch when people stopped and stared, and one even pulled out a cell phone, I think to maybe add us to the boyfriends of instagram feed? Hopefully not…haha.

If there is anywhere I do want drama in my life, it has to be on my sleeves this season. This cozy wool cashmere blend sweater with the tie-sleeve detail is my newest addition to my wardrobe, also available in grey, navy, and winter white. I like to wear my sleeves longer as I’ve done below, but you can also tie the bows tighter so that the sleeves don’t go over your hands – which is exactly what I did when I was home changing diapers instead of out trying to be extra cute 🙂

I’ve also been using my favorite tote bag a LOT more now since I’ve been going to my Stand-up comedy class with Second City, and often lugging around more stuff than usual, including notebooks and the all-important snacks for the road (I’m SUCH a mom). The class has been a lot of fun and I would encourage anyone with the slightest interest in comedy to give it a shot. It isn’t easy though, and I do want to curl up and die in the riff sessions at the beginning of every class, but besides that, overall it has been great! (P.S. This bag is a part of the friends and family sale going on now, use code WEAREFRIENDS for 30% off + a free pouch with purchase of $250!)

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Sweater: thanks to Ann Taylor | Bag: thanks to Gigi New York (Get 30% off with code WEAREFRIENDS)| Jeans: Zara (old) – Similar Style | Scarf: (on bag) Cuyana | Shoes: Rag and Bone (sold out) – Similar Style