Sweater, by way of Altanta …

The weather cooled and I quickly pulled out my favorite Rebecca Taylor sweater; the one I have worn and loved for many years and featured here on TFIO. This sweater has a good story – I hunted it down to find the very last one at a Rebecca Taylor boutique in Atlanta after seeing a blogger I really admire wearing it. I love the color, the softness, and the texture – it’s warm enough to wear without an added jacket for chilly days before the real cold begins. Favorite things are favorites because they make you happy when you wear them, no matter how long you have owned them. In fact, they get better with age. This sweater traveled several states to find me and I feel we are destined to be together for a long time.

Sweater, Rebecca Taylor; jeans, Frame Denim, boots, Laurence Dacade Paris

Shot on location at MONDO Summit – Photo by Serena Chmelar

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It’s Cocktail Hour

There is a dress often overlooked but so very fun to wear – the cocktail dress. More formal than a work dress and less dressy than an evening gown – the cocktail dress is somewhere in between. But every bit as elegant. A dress for an under appreciated time of day, perhaps all that is left of a bygone era – the cocktail hour. I love the idea of cocktail hour, that time for relaxing and unwinding. I don’t drink cocktails but even so, I love dressing for cocktail hour.

I love designer Rebecca Taylor for her feminine touches – ruffles, peplums, florals – and in this case, an added puffed sleeve and exposed shoulder.

Dress, Rebecca Taylor; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, tights, Wolford.

Photos by Abrina Hyatt, shot on location at Huntley Taverne, Summit NJ

 

 

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Opening Day of Baseball!

Well, actually, Opening Day is behind us but my fashion sense is just catching up! Today I found myself at the field with my favorite baseball-inpsired tee (the first time of the Season) and harem-style pants. It’s invigorating to wear clothes that belong to the spring season; like taking an old friend out for a spin on a sunny day!

Photos by Kendra Olson

Tee, Rebecca Taylor; pants, Helmut Lang; boots, Sigerson Morrison

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A Rebecca Taylor Sweater Worth the Effort

unspecified-1unspecified-3unspecified-2This is the time of year I love to pull out my heavy-duty, cozy Rebecca Taylor sweater – too bulky to wear with a jacket but warm enough to wear on its own. I love Rebecca Taylor’s feminine designs. The story of this sweater? Several years ago I noticed it in a fashion blog, loved it, and tracked it down – to a single remaining sweater in Atlanta! I knew I had to have it so I purchased it over the phone and had it shipped. In other words, I worked hard to get this sweater. But it was unique and I was willing to make it happen. Today, it is holding up so well that I don’t regret my decision at all. In fact, it was well worth the effort!

Sweater, Rebecca Taylor; jeans Frame Denim; hat Misaharada Millinery; shoes L.L.Bean

Photos by Sophie MacMillan

 

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My Sweater for Life!

mxmoR29WGUbGNKVxD9Reyw2KCPn1KC1x25e_re6mEx8,DFHhGokvMCkl_SJ6TjeDqYiqojz-b9JTauiv86oD5ic,VCpr0ZsBwEACl0dqhDQJzluZc7CINhq6hJI1W8XrvhU-1If you were to ask me about my favorite article of clothing I would always say – the sweater. I can’t think of anything else that says ‘this is my favorite way to be Melissa‘ than a cozy, chunky, fitted, sleek, colorful, plain, vibrant, sweater. It can be any of these things – the specifics don’t matter – it’s the fact that it’s a sweater that matters to me most. I feel the same way about sweaters now as I did when I was younger. A sweater is my forever go-to piece. Especially now, as the weather is cooling and fall is in season.

When I was a just-arrived freshman in college trying to find my way in a new environment and with a new set of people, it may not be a surprise to you that I turned to clothing for help. That first semester, the sweater became my foundation for self expression. Continue reading

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Winter White With Midnight Blue

My midnight blue blazer

My midnight blue blazer

For these last weeks of winter I am embracing the blues. Thanks to Bill Cunningham’s report last week that various shades of blue have become a winter staple on the streets of New York, I pulled out my midnight blue blazer. Here I pair my statement jacket open, over a crew neck tee and skinny jeans. Find your shade of blue and start styling!

Jacket, Arabella Blazer Boden USA; tee, Rebecca Taylor; jeans, Frame Denim

Photo by Lisa Reznik

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Into the Woods …

mxmoR29WGUbGNKVxD9Reyw2KCPn1KC1x25e_re6mEx8,DFHhGokvMCkl_SJ6TjeDqYiqojz-b9JTauiv86oD5ic,VCpr0ZsBwEACl0dqhDQJzluZc7CINhq6hJI1W8XrvhU-1… and into a New Year. I often find myself walking in the woods to clear my mind and open my heart. I guess you could say that I am trying literally, to set the path for my life. Here I am again, thinking good thoughts and wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! Here’s to the brightest 2015!

Outfit: Rebecca Taylor sweater, Frame Denim jeans, L.L. Bean shoes, Misaharada cap

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