Beanie Style

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I’ve never thought of myself as a hat person. I love the way that hats look on other people, but I don’t feel like I can pull them off myself. Hat person or not, when it’s winter on the East Coast you don’t really have a choice. You need to wear a hat (unless you’re into freezing your ears off).

Earlier in the season I bought a cozy, black-and-white striped beanie from Joe Fresh. It was the first hat that I’ve bought where I thought “Hey, this doesn’t look half-bad on me!” Now I’m thinking maybe I can wear hats, or at least that I look okay in a beanie. I purchased that beanie mainly for warmth purposes, but now I’m starting to see it as an accessory too- a way to finish off the outfit. Over the weeks I’ve saved a few inspirational pictures for styling a beanie and I shared some of my favorites above.

During the long weekend, I knit a beanie out of some burgundy yarn that I had stashed away. This is only the second beanie that I own, but I’m looking forward to wearing it for an outfit post and seeing if I still think I can pull off the beanie style. I also really want a basic black version- something to add a little edge to a casual outfit.

Tell me: Do you wear hats? If so, what’s your favorite style?

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The Floral Sweatshirt

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I’m not quite ready to focus on spring fashion. There’s a lot of spring clothing popping up in stores, but it’s hard to get excited about a new season when the sky is still dumping lots of snow almost daily (according to this article, this is one of the top 10 snowiest winters on record). Enter the floral sweatshirt- combining the pretty florals of spring with the cozy warmth you need for winter. Since Sir Groundhog said we’re due for six more weeks of winter, I think this is a great way to bring a little spring fashion into your winter wardrobe. Fun fact- two of these picks above are actually men’s sweatshirts!

Tell me: Which is your favorite?

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Knit This: Plowline Raglan Sweater

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Do you guys remember when I used to knit things? Sort of? Barely? Not really? The reason you can’t remember is that I haven’t knit anything for myself in about a year. That’s a really long time for someone who used to be an avid knitter. Back in the day, I would finish one project and then start another within a matter of days.

I have a few theories for why I don’t knit as much as I used to:

– I was part of a knitting group in college and we used to meet weekly, so even if I didn’t knit at all during the week, I was still knitting for a little bit each weekend.

– Knitting can be an expensive hobby. When I was part of that knitting group in college, our supplies were subsidized, but of course I’ve been paying for everything myself for the last few years since I graduated. I live on a pretty tight budget, so sometimes I just don’t have the money to spend on anything that’s not a necessity.

– I’ve been doing a lot more reading in my downtime. Sometimes there are only a few precious hours after work and while I didn’t knit a lot in 2013, I did far exceed my reading goal!

I did complete one item last year- this cozy herringbone scarf. Also, towards the end of the year, I became a test knitter for an accessories designer here in NYC. This meant that I knit up samples from patterns that they created. Now that that gig is almost over, I’m excited to pick up knitting myself again.

There are a couple of blogs that I’ve discovered (or rediscovered) recently that have gotten me excited about knitting again. Meredith’s blog One Sheepish Girl is fun and colorful and she always finds the prettiest knits. I just found Karen’s blog, Fringe Association, and I love her “Knit the Look” series where she describes how you might recreate knits from inspiring street style pictures.

Finally we get to the picture above! I think this sweater could be my next project. I love the simple, yet colorful style and it would be the perfect thing to work on as I’m logging all of these hours watching the Olympics. I’m currently in the research phase, meaning I’m trying to decide what yarn to work with and if I want to go for a more springy or wintery color combination.

Tell me: Are you a knitter as well?

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Warmer Weather

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Well, these are the last of the photos that I took when I was in California in December. Sometimes I think, “Why did I ever leave California, where it’s a sunny 50 degrees in the middle of winter?”

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As much as I wanted to hibernate this weekend, I did leave the house on Saturday to attend Lulu’s NYFW Style Studio. As always, it was a fun event and I picked up a couple of pretty pieces that will be making their way to the blog at some point. Thanks to Lulu’s for a fun evening!

On Sunday I was glued to the TV, soaking up all of the Olympics coverage. And when I say glued to the TV, I mean I watched the coverage from 2-6pm and then from 7-11pm. Yep, that’s serious couch potato status right there.

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Outfit Details: Top- Target // Jeans- old // Jacket c/o TJ Maxx (when I won a trip to go shopping with Keiko Lynn) // Purse- Dana Buchman at Kohl’s (old) // Shoes- BP ‘Trolley’ Ankle Boot from Nordstrom // Necklace c/o Gorjana-Griffin // Nails- Essie Turquoise & Caicos // Lips- Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout // photos- my sister