I remember when I first met Desiree, eons and eons ago. She walked into the room wearing this bright yellow top that quickly grabbed my attention. And I remember the first thing I thought to myself was: "I need to know where she got that shirt from." Answer: Zara (of course). That's how our first encounter happened and it was kind of dunzo from there. Desiree's style is something I have admired since day one (literally) and is something I love about her. Unlike many who flee from the freezing cold to head to sunny LA, Desiree has braced herself and done the opposite. While switching states to move to New York may not be such a culture shock, it definitely is a weather shock and is something that she (and her closet) have been working to adjust to. The stockings, hat, fur vest combo is one of Desiree's favorite and classic New York looks, whereas burgundy is her ultimate go-to color of the season (which plays out perfectly and subtly in this outfit's choice of shoes, hat and nails). Many think living in the cold means you can't look cute because you have to pound on the layers. But Desiree shows how one can still be boho chic when it's negative 0.5 degrees.


Vest: Phillip Lim (similar here) // Shirt: Stella McCartney (similar here) // Skirt: Zara (similar here) // Shoes: H&M (similar here) // Hat: H&M (similar here) //  Purse: Alexander Wang // Belt: Vera Wang // Jewelry: Brooklyn Flea Market (rings), Michele (watch)

Winter Wonderland

It's December and that can only mean one thing... bring on the winter clothes!  Today's look was inspired by what I believe are the must-have essentials to make anyone feel right at home during these cold and trying times. People have asked if fur vests are out of style because they were soo last year. I say, fur vests are definitely here to stay, so resurrect them from your closet and pair them up with a cute combo. When I was younger, I think I probably owned every turtle neck ever created. Therefore as I grew older, I grew to resent them, not feeling like they were cute or fashionable anymore. But now, after a lot of time and some thought, I gave them a second chance and kind of can't live without them.  This top in particular is one of my favorites because it's not only warm, but it's so comfy and usable that you can mix and match it with a lot of different ensembles. 

But of course, let's not disregard the most important part of this outfit... the leggings! I know,when I first saw these thermal beauties, I wasn't sure if I could really pull them off. But then I soon realized that I absolutely couldn't leave the store without them. It's important to have those token fun pieces in your wardrobe that you can throw into an outfit here and there. And these leggings are one of those pieces for me. I'm more of a summer girl, loving my cute high waisted shorts and crop tops. But as we enter this new weather and cold times ahead, instead of getting sad and in fear of the change in temperature, embrace it and work through it in style with your best winter chic look.

Vest: H&M (similar here) // Shirt: Zara (similar here) // Leggings: LF // Shoes: Aldo (similar here) // Socks: H&M // Necklace: H&M