Do or Don’t: Unfinished Hems

August 13, 2015

Do or Don't: Unfinished Hems

The other day on the subway, I noticed a stylish women in a chic 70s-inspired look, which is so popular in the city right now, and I also noticed the unfinished hems of her jeans. It was a subtle detail but the slight untouched feel was unique and effortless.

So I did as anyone would do and I googled “unfinished hem trend” later that evening. Turns out, raw and unfinished hems are a thing, and it’s more popular than I thought…

Do or Don't: Unfinished Hems

Do or Don't: Unfinished Hems

Do or Don't: Unfinished Hems

Since my first unfinished-hems sighting, I’ve seen it a few other times around NYC, and, to be honest, this intentionally unkept look is growing on me. It’s especially cool with a pair of heels, don’t you think?

Thoughts? Would you ever wear jeans with unfinished hems?


Images: HonestlyWTF, We Wore What, StyleCaster, Song of Style.)

Easy Summer Dresses by Everlane

July 9, 2015



Silk Short-Sleeve Dress / Silk Tank Dress

I love these effortless summer dresses by Everlane. They’d be perfect for weekend adventures and a stroll through the park. Also, they’d be so comfortable to wear if you work in a casual work environment.

Weekend Maxi Dress

May 28, 2015

Weekend Maxi Dress

I’m a huge fan of maxi dresses and wear them often in warmer months. I love how effortless they are; I can throw one on and my outfit is made–so easy. And when it’s hot and humid–as it often is in NYC–soft, free-flowing fabric is cool and comfortable.

Weekend Maxi Dress

Weekend Maxi Dress

But spring temps in NYC can be tricky. Sometimes on my short walk to the subway, it’ll be warm and sunny in Brooklyn, but 45 minutes later, when I arrive in the Meatpacking district in Manhattan, the wind in whipping and it’s chilly. Lately, I’ve been wearing a button-down shirt as a top layer. But the other weekend, I pulled out this black faux leather jacket and paired it with an easy maxi dress. I bought this jacket several years ago, and to be honest, I’ve only worn it a handful of times. It’s one of those pieces where I liked the idea of it (and it was only $60), but it just hasn’t been something I wear very much. However, it was the perfect layer over a casual weekend maxi dress.


Jacket: by Paper Doll Los Angeles but isn’t available anymore.  If you’re looking for a similar one, I like this grey BB Dakota draped jacket, $92, and this peplum biker jacket by Zara is only $70! (You might be able to find a Paper Doll jacket on Posh Mark too.)

Dress: from Forever 21 and I got it last summer for $19.90, so it’s also not available. Here are three cute options: Floral crossback cami maxi dress, $27.90, black embroidered gauze maxi dress, $32.90, and a geo-stripe maxi dress, $29.90.

Sandals: by Ecote and I ordered them from Urban Outfitters during an end-of-summer sale for ~$12.00 (similar pair here). I also like these popular Ecote Huarache shoes, $39, and this Morgan sandal, $39.

Bag: Transport Tote from Madewell, $168.

Ray Bans from ideel.

What to Pack for a Memorial Day Getaway

May 21, 2015

Do you have a Memorial Day getaway planned? Tomorrow night, Dan and I are meeting up with our good friends and driving to Dayton, Ohio for a wedding. We’ll be there for the long weekend (which makes the drive a little easier to swallow), and I’m looking forward to a few days out of the city while catching up with friends we haven’t seen in a long time.

On Saturday, we’re hoping to explore Dayton a bit, and then the wedding celebration is on Sunday. So, what to pack for a getaway weekend that includes a casual day of adventure and a wedding? Here are some items I have in mind…

What to Pack for a Memorial Day Getaway

1. An easy weekender bag (currently 30% off) with a smart bottom pocket for your shoes. (I have a version of this bag that’s great for overnights and day trips.)

2. A cami dress that’s cute dressed down with white sneakers or dressed up with…

3. Sexy heeled sandals for dinner and drinks.

4. A lovely cuff (on sale for $33!) to add a bit of sparkle.

5. Another perfect accessory: rosy lips. This balm is perfect for anytime.

6. The perfect spring cover up: short-sleeved sweatshirt. The olive color is also lovely.

7. A cool Panama hat to wear while strolling along city streets.

8. A delicious smelling hair mist that doubles as a perfume with essential oils of lavender and sage for a calming aroma.

9. Ripped white jeans because it’s Memorial Day weekend! And they look effortless with that grey t-shirt and those brown sandals.

10. Pretty flat sandals–currently only $27! Also love this demi-wedge pair that would be comfy to wear to a wedding.

11. Drapey t-shirt for a casual brunch date. I have this exact shirt and love it.


What do you always pack for weekend getaways?


(Image by Mr. Cup.)


Casual Work Wear

May 7, 2015

Casual Work Wear | City and Us blog

My office in the Meatpacking District is generally pretty casual, shorts and “athleisure” are fair game. But it’s also not unlikely to spot a suit or LBD with stilettos. My style is casual and comfortable, and I don’t want to think too much about what I’m wearing every single morning. So, these days, I wear a version of this outfit to work each day: black jeans, a button-down shirt (I have about four on rotation) and black booties.

Casual Work Wear | City and Us blog

Casual Work Wear | City and Us blog

I’m wearing black skinny jeans from Zara, $40. They’re comfortable for everyday wear and can be dressed up for a night out. I couldn’t find the exact pair I bought, but this pair (also $40) looks very similar).  I recommend buying one size down because they stretch out (I actually ended up returning the first pair I bought for a size smaller).

My button-down is from J.Crew’s “perfect shirt” line. I’ve had it for a few years, so this particular one isn’t available anymore, but this grey stripped one, $78 (currently 25% off with code SHOPNOW) is pretty and something I’d wear to work.

My suede ankle boots are from H&M, $60–love them.

My bag is the popular Transport Tote from Madewell, $168. Madewell totally nailed it with this bag. I see it all over the city. Mine was a Christmas gift a couple years ago and I highly recommend it. I use it every day.

I’m wearing these exact gold Ray Ban Original Aviators (58 mm), but I bought them a few years ago on ideel for $115 (versus the $150-$170 you’d pay at, say, Zappos.) Sites like ideel and Rue La La can be a little tricky for buying popular items like Ray Bans because they sell out in a matter of minutes–so be (really) quick about it!

And let there be outfit posts, but first…

May 6, 2015

City and Us

For the past few months I’ve toyed with the idea of featuring outfit posts on City and Us; a lot of blogs feature outfit posts. It’s a great way to discover new pieces, trends, and tips (like this one) that you may not have found otherwise. But, still, I wasn’t sure.

I appreciate billowing maxi dresses, power clashing, and wide-brimmed hats as much as anyone. But when relatability and attainability swiftly see themselves out the door in matching Valentino Rockstud pumps–that gets to me. And I have no interest in that.

What I am interested in doing with outfit features is: Keepin’ it real. When I score a $17 pair of jeans or buy my beloved Ray Bans from ideel, I’ll tell you all about it. (Both true, by the way.) I’ll share what I’m actually wearing–like in real life–and not, as my sister said, random stuff on the internet that everyone is posting.

So, coming up is my attempt at an honest, (dare I say) transparent series of outfit posts. I hope you like this new addition to City and Us!

7 Stylish Short Rain Boots

April 16, 2015

Short Rain Boots by LR

Unlike rainy days back in Vermont where rain smells fresh and earthy, rainy days in New York City are kind of, well, gross–it’s one of the more unpleasant things about living here. We’ve had a few rainy days over the past couple of weeks, and I keep spotting women all over the city wearing short rain boots. Often times, I see them paired with sheer tights and a skirt or black ankle jeans, and they look effortless on dreary days. I’m seriously considering getting a pair–and I think they’d be great to wear in the park even when it isn’t raining.

Here are a few stylish short rain boots, if you’re looking for a pair…

Above: With shiny gold metal buckles and a back zipper, these Loeffler Randal’s Rain Fenton booties were made for NYC–it’s hard to tell they’re even rain boots!

Short Rain Boots by SLOOSH

SLOOSH ITALY SLOOSH makes this chic ‘Glossy’ Rain Boot. It reminds me of the J.Crew pair I see a lot that’s sold out, unfortunately. The stacked heel is so stylish.

Short Rain Boots by Jeffery Campbell

Jeffery Campbell’s Forecast Rain Boot is less than half the price of the ‘Glossy’ and just as sleek and beautiful. It’s my favorite pair.

Short Rain Boots by Hunter

The Hunter Original Chelsea Rain Boot is sporty and great for casual wear and weekends. I see women wearing the tall rain boot all the time, and this “packable” version would be perfect to bring on vacation–it folds to take up less space in your suitcase.

Short Rain Boots by Tretorn

The wedge on these Tretorn Plask Rain Boots is perfect for a little extra height. I like having more than a quarter of an inch between the bottoms of my feet and concrete, don’t you?

Short Rain Boots by Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren’s Tally Rain Boots are sleek and come in a few different colors (I like the olive pair), and the contrasting elastic side adds a pretty texture to the boot.

Short Rain Boots by chooka

Chooka is a popular, inexpensive brand of rain boots. This classic lace-up grey pair is only $65 and would be easy to slip on and go even when the skies are clear and sunny!

Which one is your favorite? I’m seriously considering those Jeffery Campbells!


PS. Pretty loafers.

Selfie Shoes by Miz Mooz

April 1, 2015

Happy April Fools!

A Smart Spring Fashion Tip

March 31, 2015

Last week, this Refinery29 article on dressing for spring caught my eye. In the post, Liz Adams of Sequins & Stripes, a Chicago-based fashion blog, shared looks that can easily transition from winter to spring and summer. While I’ve heard most of Adams’ tips, this one stood out to me: “To balance out the slouchy sweater and create the illusion of a midi-skirt, Adams belted it. “I tucked the sweater into the belt in the front and let the sweater drape over for a relaxed, flattering look.'” Makes sense! I’ve used the belt-your-maxi-for-a-tighter-fit-tip before, but it never occurred to me to throw on an oversized sweater and tuck in the front to give the illusion of a midi-skirt. It would look cute with booties or summer flats.

A few other tricks from Adams, a breezy skirt-and-tights combo creates the perfect winter-meets-spring vibe, swap heavier coats for light utility jackets (I’ve been wearing mine on warmer days for the past few weeks), and treat your pastels like neutrals. See the full post, here, if you’d like.

Thoughts? Would you use this trick? It’s really cute with those clogs!


(Images from Refinery29 by Heather Talbert.)

Everlane’s New Trousers and Beautifully Real Models!

March 11, 2015

Everlane Trousers

On Monday, Everlane’s first pant collection launched on their website, and they nailed it. Partnering with a Hong Kong-based and family owned and operated factory, Everlane developed two new womens’ trousers. The Slouchy Trouser has a relaxed fit and two front pleats and slant pockets, and The Slim Trouser is a classic, tailored fit with two front slant pockets and side vents at the leg opening. Both styles feel sexy and tomboyish, and they could easily transition from a day at the office with loafers to date night with sexy heels.

Everlane Trousers

Everlane is a company known for doing things differently. “Radical Transparency. Know your factories. Know your costs. Always ask why.” They want their consumers to make informed decisions, and they take actions to ensure their own labor practices and costs are known. It’s completely refreshing and something I hope more companies adopt. In addition to transparency, Everlane photographed real women wearing their new trousers to help answer the sometimes daunting question, “What size should I wear?”

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THANK YOU, Everlane. Seriously.

What do you think? The black slouchy trouser is on my wish list along with their Twill Weekender, which is the perfect size for a weekend getaway.


PS. More loafers.

(All images via Everlane.)

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