Friday Favorites – Fall Fashion Essentials


Happy Friday!

I wanted to do something a bit different for this week’s Friday Favorites. Instead of sharing recipes, articles and other items that I am loving this week, I am going to focus on my Fall fashion essentials. These are the items that I look forward to wearing each Fall, year after year. These are the pieces that are always at the front of my closet or on my top shoe rack. Regardless how long I’ve owned the pieces, I seem to fall more in love with them each year.


As you guys know, I tend to focus more on quality over quantity, streamlining my closet over the past few years. Some of these pieces are what I consider to be investment pieces. Their initial cost was a bit of a sticker shock but once I realized that I would wear them for years to come, their style and quality convinced me to purchase. Some of the items on the other hand, are so reasonably priced that I own either multiple pairs or own the piece in a few different colors.  If I think about the outfits I’ve worn for meetings, dinners and social events over the past month almost every outfit includes at least one of the below items. My style tends to be Northeastern preppy, especially in the Fall months with a hint of edge thanks to the inspiration I find in New York City.

In no particular order, here are the twelve pieces I look forward to wearing and styling each Fall season. The below list includes the link to the actual product I own as well as a few similar options.

Your turn – What is your favorite piece of clothing each Fall?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week. As normal, it includes lots of beauty and fashion items which means there are a few affiliate links via ShopStyle. It takes time and money to maintain a blog so I thank you for the support and few cents that come from clicking through the links! 

Stitch Fix Review #7

Good morning and happy Thursday guys! This month’s Stitch Fix delivery caught me by surprise but man was I excited when I opened the box. I immediately saw Fall colors, booties and layers which are a few of my favorite things to wear when the weather turns cool in New York City. Even though the temperatures are still in the low 80s each day, trying on these Fall items helped put me in the mood!

In case this is your first time hearing about Stitch Fix, I signed up for the membership back in January and have received seven “fixes” since then. It is an online personal shopping and styling website which allows you to schedule shipments to arrive based on your needs or schedule. After registering for the site, new members fill out an in-depth style survey and profile which helps the Stitch Fix personal stylists get to know you. The questions include things like sizes, styles, favorite colors, brands, and other likes and dislikes.  Once you finish the profile you are able to schedule your first Stitch Fix delivery. Each Stitch Fix delivery is a box of five pieces of clothing or accessories. There is a $20 styling fee which you have to pay up front, but, the good news is that this $20 works as credit towards any of the items you want to keep. Each month I receive a Stitch Fix shipment, I share with you a recap of what I receive (January FebruaryMarchAprilJune and August) and my thoughts on each piece.  So far, I have kept an average of one piece per fix and have gravitated towards dresses and tops.

Here we go! Remember – If you see anything that you like below, feel free to pin and/or ask your stylist in the notes section of your next fix for something similar! Your stylist does her best to get to know you and therefore will read your blog, check out your Pinterest board and even your Facebook page if you give her access so she can see what you wear and love! In addition, remember that while I do get a small amount of compensation if you join Stitch Fix, all thoughts and feedback are my own opinion!

Diba Triumph Cutout Booties – Size 10 – $95.00 – Return – Okay, my stylist finally answered my wishes and included shoes in this fix, even though she warned me that they may night fit since Stitch Fix currently doesn’t carry shoes larger than size 10. These booties were cute in the box but unfortunately they run small, meaning there was no way I could squeeze my feet into them for a picture. I tend to be a quality over quantity girl when it comes to shoes, especially boots, and therefore would rather invest a bit more in a pair of booties that I will wear for years.  While I liked the notched, cutout detail and the color, these didn’t feel like real leather nor was the material soft and flexible.

Stitch Fix Booties

London Times Kecia Knit Dress – Size 8 – $68.00 – Keep When I first saw this dress I rolled my eyes wondering why my stylist would choose such a boring option, as it seemed to be a plain, grey dress. Once I put it on and styled it with my favorite heels and necklace, Bo immediately insisted I keep it. When I glanced in the mirror, I saw exactly what he saw – the fit and flare detail of this dress flattered my body and the knee length makes it perfect for a work dress.  When the temperature drops, I will style this with either a blazer or long cardigan and heels in Fall and then with tall boots and a cardigan in the colder, winter months.

Stitch Fix London Times Kecia Knit Dress

Market & Spruce Palos V Neck Knit Top – Size Medium – $48.00 – Return – This lightweight top is perfect for those in-between weeks when the seasons are changing. Unfortunately, this faded grey and white color is not flattering with my complexion. The longer length and lean cut was more flattering than I expected but unfortunately it just wasn’t the right color. If I received this in either a rich Winter hue or a vibrant Summer color, I could see this quickly becoming a closet staple.

Stitch Fix Market & Spruce Palos V Neck Knit Top

Staccato Dinah Open Front Cardigan – Size Medium – $48.00 – Keep – Even though I love the ease of open front cardigans, I only own two, both of which are plain, neutral colors. As soon as I saw this lightweight cardigan, I fell in love. The deep colors will pair perfectly with my Fall wardrobe and I can either style it with lighter color layers, such as a white long sleeve top or darker, as I styled it here.

Stitch Fix Staccato Dinah Open Front Cardigan

Lila Ryan Lila Skinny Jean – Size 8 – $98.00 – Return – I told my stylist that I was in the market for jeans as I recently donated four pairs which were showing signs of wear. I love wearing skinny jeans in Fall and Winter as they pair perfectly with tall boots or booties. These jeans fit perfectly and were even long enough but unfortunately, they are the exact same color as my favorite pair of skinny jeans. If you are in the market for dark skinny jeans that will instantly make you look leaner, request these in your next fix.  I’m wearing the jeans in three of these pictures, so you can see how they pair with different tops.

Stitch Fix Staccato Dinah Open Front Cardigan

Your turn: What piece is your favorite? What would have you kept?


Friday Favorites – September 16th, 2016


Happy Friday friends! I woke up to a crisp, cool Fall morning and the promise of what is going to be a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Tonight Bo and I are heading to Exceed Fitness as part of NYC Fitness week then we are going to a new neighborhood restaurant for date night. Tomorrow will include no alarm clock, yoga, an event at Bandier, tennis and plenty of relaxation. My only plans for Sunday are an 8-mile long run with my friend Mary and a few errands. Like I said, this is going to be the weekend my body needs and craves. What are your plans for the weekend?

Now, let’s dive into this week’s edition of Friday Favorites, including recipes, articles, posts and other things that caught my eye this week.

  • Yesterday’s outfit was definitely a favorite this week for both me and you guys! After sharing a peek of it on Instagram many of you asked for more details. Even though the items I’m wearing in this picture were purchased last year, everything is still available and many of the items are on sale! In case you are interested, here are the links: Faux leather skirt – Chambray ShirtPave Link Bracelet – Leopard Heels (similar and similar)
  • These two articles on sugar and carbs were eye-opening and a very good reminder that you can’t always trust what you see on labels or recommendations.
  • As someone who started running later in life, I could not be more excited for Women’s Running series, Project Start!
  • The WebMD rabbit hole is a scary place. Trust me, I’ve been there more than once when looking for answers to health questions. A new site, Truly-MD, is providing no-nonsense answers to women and better yet, the information comes from healthcare providers so women can make informed decisions!
  • Thanks to a special delivery from Skinny & Co , I was inspired to start oil pulling again this week! Last year I kept up this healthy habit for three months and love that it leaves my mouth and gums feeling fresh and clean! This coconut oil is has a refreshing mint flavor and is 100% pure, wild-harvested, raw coconut oil. If you want to try it out, use the code SKINNYCO15 to save 15% off your first order.
  • If you’re a blogger, make sure you check out this post as it is very helpful and makes SO much sense! 
  • Similar to Kayla, I often see people make these same form mistakes during workout classes and wish I could correct them!
  • If you’ve never ridden at Soul Cycle, this is the month to try it out! New riders get to ride for free in all cities – just call your local studio to book!
  • If you’re in NYC, the new Dumbo Yoga Vida location is gorgeous and must be added to your list! Two studios, a loft vibe and huge showers and steam rooms make it the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day. Bring a friend and sweat through their hot yoga class then head downstairs for coffee and breakfast at the new Bluestone Lane.
  • These nutritionists made me think twice about a few of my go-to “healthy” snacks.
  • Last year this Turkey Trot was on of my favorite races of the year and registration opened today!!  and I can’t wait to race it again! Here’s hoping I can find sub-8:30 paces in my legs over these next two months. Who wants to join me at Mile High Run Club?
  • Speaking of getting faster, this treadmill workout  helped Laura set an amazing new 5k PR!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week. As normal, it includes lots of beauty and fashion items which means there are a few affiliate links via ShopStyle. It takes time and money to maintain a blog so I thank you for the support and few cents that come from clicking through the links!