Walking Around: Northern Liberties

Did I somehow manage to spam my own blog with my Polyvore creations? Oops! Looks like I forgot to turn off that “share on WordPress” feature. Now you all know my deep dark secret. I build outfits late at night when I am up feeding the Cub. Then I spend an inordinate amount of time window shopping for shoes on Zappos. Anyway, now you know. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

Over the weekend I had brunch with some girlfriends in the Northern Liberties section of Philly. This is a neighborhood that has been in transition for several years now, and there’s still a ton of construction going on. One of the oldest sections of the city, NoLibs was once home to great deal of industry which is now being demolished in favor of new construction. Walking around you get a mix of old, modern, modern made to look old, and a lot of great places to eat and browse around. Since I parked so stinking far from the cafe, I took some snaps with my iPhone as I made my way through the narrow streets and navigated past all the construction. Most photos have been edited using VSCOcam.

New old
NoLibs Feb 2014

Murals abound all over the city
NoLibs Feb 2014
NoLibs Feb 2014

I love the brick
NoLibs Feb 2014

Hidden Roof Deck
NoLibs Feb 2014

Ironwork like this is getting harder and harder to come by
NoLibs Feb 2014

I’m obsessed with green lately
NoLibs Feb 2014
NoLibs Feb 2014

NoLibs Feb 2014

NoLibs Feb 2014

This reminded me of ketchup and mustard
NoLibs Feb 2014

NoLibs Feb 2014

In high school I came here with a couple friends. It was a jazz bar back then, and we felt super classy even though it was kind of a dive.
NoLibs Feb 2014

Here’s what is looks like around back. I love the typography, I’m sorry to see it go.
NoLibs Feb 2014

NoLibs Feb 2014

I love this door. It’s green. Also…new haircut
NoLibs Feb 2014


Look 5

Look 5

Three quarter sleeve top

Toast blue trench coat
$160 – toast.co.uk

J Brand high rise jeans

Madewell oxford

Friday Favorites

Happy Valentine’s Day! DB and I aren’t huge on this made up holiday, but we do like any excuse to eat steak and celebrate being awesome together. Today is as good a day as any to do so. Plus, we’ve got all these little ones hanging around demanding cuddles (and cookies). I won’t get too much on you. I just love my little family, and feel so lucky and blessed to have them. I hope you’ll take some time today and all the days to appreciate your loved ones and tell them so.

I really enjoyed Jen’s post about marriage. So so true.

Just like the pre-fall runways, many of the NYFW fall runways featured forest green, which I totally love. This look from Christian Siriano was one of my favorites.

I also loved all the colors used on the Delpozo runway.

This outfit is awesome, especially the DIY dinosaur necklace. It’s on my to-make list for sure.

I love using buckwheat in baked goods, and these buckwheat chocolate chip cookies are totally calling my name right now.

Kinsey’s gorgeous photos of Northern California have made me seriously homesick for the west coast.

I would make this leather pendant lamp in a heartbeat, if only I had a place to hang out.

Wardrobe Architect: Weeks 3 & 4

These last two weeks of Wardrobe Architect have been about identifying the shapes and silhouettes we like and keep coming back to. It’s been both fun and informative for me to thinking about different shapes and how I feel when I wear them.  For instance, in high school, I love love loved to hide in my clothes. Everything was a size or two too big, and then I’d throw a cardigan on top for good measure. In college I started to wear clothes that were actually my size, but I still opted for looser silhouettes. It wasn’t until I got into my mid-twenties that I really started to play around with different shapes. I found that a slimmer bottom (usually a pencil skirt), and a tailored button down shirt was my most comfortable and confident option. Still, I never found myself favoring skinny jeans or leggings until I had kids and needed a slimmer bottom to free myself up for running around after tiny ones. I still love pencil skirts, but for every day wear I gravitate towards skinny jeans, a slim fitting t-shirt, and a cozy, boyfriend-style cardigan.

Looking back on my personal style over the last decade, no matter what shapes I like, I always find myself picking out a few pieces that I absolutely love and wearing them to death. In other words, I’ve loved having a uniform far before I got paid to have one. I put together these silhouettes on Polyvore, which is a new to me tool for creating outfits and collages. For this exercise I wanted to keep things simple. I focused on finding shapes and kept the palette very neutral. I went for things that I could easily wear year round by changing up the layering. Adding sweaters, scarves, and boot for winter, and opting for sandals and minimal accessories for the warmer months. I always opt for my structured pieces that accentuate my shape without sticking to it. Apart from t-shirts, it’s rare that you’ll find me wearing a lot of jersey knits. I posted these outfits up on my Wardrobe Architect board on Pinterest. I’ve really enjoyed seeing what other gals are coming up with.

Here’s the most basic iteration. Skinny jeans, a crisp white tee, chunky knit cardigan, and work boots. I love dark denim and a white tee. It’s my most favorite thing to wear. The jeans have a higher rise which I find most comfortable and I like that they give my legs a longer line. I’ve always favored V-neck or U-neck shapes for my t shirts. If I want more coverage, I can just add a scarf. The sweater has a longer line, but still has shaping at the waist.

Look 1
This is basically the skirt version of the first silhouette. I like button down shirts because they provide structure. I like clothes to show the shape of my body without clinging to it.
Look 2

If I worked in an office, I would totally wear this type of outfit. I went with slim fitting cropped pants here, and tops that add structure.

Look 3

At times, I do like having a fuller skirt. I like how they draw attention to the waist, but are also comfortable and breezy. I’ll tuck in a t-shirt or button down top to show off my waist and avoid having too much volume up top.

Look 4

This is another version of the first look. As much as I like to be structured underneath, I’m a big sucker for swing coats.

Look 5
I’m not in love with the embellishment on the dress, but the lines on it are perfect. Fitted, but not super tight. It could stand on it’s own or be paired with a cardigan (long and chunky for winter, lightweight and cropped for spring and summer)
Look 6