An open letter to my readers.
So here we are, mid-year, gearing up for the summer months. And I have a confession to make, I’m ready to stop blogging. A lot has happened in my life throughout the past six months, which I’ll share with you below. I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now, but wasn’t sure how to talk about some of this stuff. There have been many back and forth moments as I transition my life a bit, and decide what I have truly wanted to do with the blog. So here goes …
You might remember my Digital Detox that I took during February. This experience was eye-opening for me. It was really lovely to disconnect from my digital devices and reconnect with other things in my life. I had weekends without plans for the first time in a while, and that felt amazing. I was able to see friends I hadn’t seen in awhile, get outside and find new trails to hike, and have more time for myself. The month-long adventure made a lasting impression on me, that stuck.
During March, my husband and I ventured out each weekend to find our dream home. And we found it, and then we bought it, and now we’ve moved in. It’s our first home together … and my first home since I moved to New York in 2008. I can’t really put into words how much this house means to me. While renting has given me flexibility over the last nine years, I was ready to settle into a more permanent place with Matt. The house is everything I have ever wanted, and we are so excited to start fixing everything up and making it our own.
As this transition started to take place for me, I found myself falling out love with blogging. I’ll be honest, I started the blog in early 2016 because I was in a creative lull in my life, and I think subconsciously I needed an outlet. So SFS launched, and I am incredibly grateful for this process, because I have learned so much (like how to build a website and use Snapchat) and I have met so many wonderful people along the way. I am truly thankful for each and every one of you who has connected with me or SFS in some way or another. That’s very cool and very real to me. And I owe you a tremendous hug for that.
But I’m starting a new chapter in my life in moving. We’re away from the city now, and out in the country, as I like to say. And I’m ready to settle down and just enjoy my weekends with my husband at our home. As I write this, it sounds boring, but my life has always been so insanely jam-packed (seriously, in high school, college, until now basically), I’m a bit burned out and ready to just enjoy the simpler things in life.
And blogging just isn’t simple. A lot goes on behind the scenes with photo shoots, editing, maintaining my website, developing content, posting, following and supporting other bloggers in the community, and so on. And truthfully, the past few months I’ve started to almost resent it. I don’t anxiously look onto my social media feeds anymore. I was getting nervous and stressed out about finding locations to do photo shoots (because I’m really rather shy and never really grew accustomed to snapping photos in places where there were tons of people around). It was just a lot, and while I loved it for a while, I don’t anymore. And it’s not that I don’t love my readers and followers, because I do. And that’s kept me doing this for quite a while now. But I have to be in this 100% to keep it going, and I am at a point personally where I want to be giving 100% to other areas in my life. Like my relationship with my husband (who, let me just give a quick shout out, has been so incredibly helpful with this whole experience taking photos/editing/supporting me). Like my time with my family. And my friends. And my new digs.
But before I sign off, I wanted to share this with all of you, and thank each and every one of you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of the love and support over the last year and a half. It means more to me than you will ever know. And maybe one day I’ll be back, but for now, I’ll catch y’all on the flip side.
Thank you again, and be well everyone!
P.S. Feel free to follow my personal Instagram page at LaurenCandela3. I can’t guarantee that there will be fashion posts there, but I do add photos of cool things from time to time.
If you’ve seen my Instagram stories at some point, you’ve likely seen me running a trail, pedaling away on my bike, or toning up at the gym. As a former college athlete, staying in shape is something that has always been important to me. So I am continuously on the hunt for quality clothing to work out in.
I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Maggie, founder of Six and a Quarter, and had the opportunity to try out her new athleticwear! Maggie learned how to sew in 2011 and started making her own clothes to fit her 6’ tall frame. As her skills improved, she decided to turn her passion into a business, and today she sells women’s tall-length clothing on Etsy.
Each of the Six and a Quarter pieces are pre-washed/pre-shrunk so they won’t change sizes on you after one turn in the laundry machine. Maggie personally sends each fabric through a regular wash and dry cycle before cutting the garments, which means that each piece is machine washable and dryable! This is huge for us tall ladies. I personally don’t dry most of my clothing for fear that it will shrink, so this is a game-changer in the tall clothing industry.
I got to try out the women’s fiery red-orange workout tee, and the women's black workout capri leggings with grey polka dots while practicing some yoga with a view!
Can we first talk about the gorgeous and fun pop of color on the workout tee? Maggie has committed her line to offering bright and bold colors and prints for tall women who want to add variety and one-of-a-kind pieces to their wardrobes, and it shows in this tee! I adore the fiery red-orange performance fabric with contrasting steel blue mesh side panels. Both fabrics also wick away moisture, and the mesh panels keep you cool while you’re working out. The fit of this top is its best feature though. I am not someone who wears super-revealing clothing to the gym, so the crew neckline, cap sleeves, and longer torso (measures 28" from back of neck) mean that I can downward dog all day without flashing everyone around me. Win, win.
And how adorable are these capri length leggings? If you look closely, you'll see that they have small polka dots on them! I wore these to a yoga class recently and loved how the pants stayed in place, and the control top waist band was a lovely feature as well (for those extra pounds I've packed on lately, and am now trying to lose).
Overall, I am totally and utterly enamored with this workout outfit. The fun colors and prints drew me in, but the fit of each garment sealed the deal for me. If you’re a tall woman, you should definitely give Maggie’s shop a look for both workout gear and other tall-friendly clothing. All listings include sleeve lengths, hem/inseam lengths, and plenty of photos, so you can rest assured that you’ll be receiving a piece that fits.
Want to learn more? Maggie has a super cool newsletter that you can sign up for! Subscribers get first dibs on new items before they’re released on Etsy. And if you’re interested in purchasing anything from the Six and a Quarter shop, be sure to use code ‘sixfootstyle’ for $15 off, valid through June 15th.
Namaste and happy trails ladies!
One of the coolest changes that I love seeing in fashion is the integration of technology into what we wear, carry and adorn. Lots of designers are finding new and creative ways to implement tech elements into clothing and accessories. And while some of these tech-savy products might not be super appropriate for the workplace, I’ve rounded up some that will work in any business formal office environment.
If you’re working on a laptop while at work, take a moment and get yourself a custom laptop skin. It’ll set you apart at staff meetings, and give your colleagues something to chat with you about rather than the weather. I designed this one at CaseApp and it was super affordable and mega classy. The website has lots of pre-designed skins to chose from, or the option to design your own.
I’ve chatted about this bag before on the blog, but it’s so good I’m going to place this little beauty here again for ya! It can hold a laptop up to 15”, and has lots of fun pockets and places inside for everything the busy, working woman may need throughout the day. Wear it crossbody or as a hand carry.
I haven’t found another company that’s integrating technology into their clothing as well as Argent is. This vest has a media pocket as well as a stylus pocket, and it’s a great alternative to a blazer for the summer months when it’s nice and hot in the city.
Having a portable charger on hand is a necessity these days. I purchased this one a while back, and it’s amazing. It can charge two phones simultaneously, holds up to 5 charges at one time, basically it’s the bomb. But it’s a brick. So, carrying it while commuting every day is not fun. Instead, opt for something like this power tassel keychain and hook it on the front of your pocketbook. It looks like a traditional tassel but has a USB and iphone cord inside for when you need some juice.
Fitness trackers … ugh. You want to be healthy, but those little rubber bands are not exactly ideal for a corporate work environment. Ta da! Kate Spade made a fabulous one that you can wear all the time! Thanks Kate.
We’re full swing into April and while I’m not really a fan of rainy weather, the thought of having the summer season right around the corner is keeping my spirits high.
Hopefully by now, the weather where you live has warmed up a bit and you’ve ditched your winter coats for a springtime jacket. My favorite jacket for springtime in the office is without a doubt, the trench coat. They’re incredibly versatile, chic, and above all else, functional during those rainy days when you need to stay dry.
I’ve had the same Michael Kors trench coat for years, but decided to donate it this year and get a new coat in a tall length, and something that fit a little better. Here’s what I bought (and have fallen in love with) along with a few other recommendations for work-appropriate trench coats:
FOR TALL WOMEN
I purchased this trench coat from Long Tall Sally right after the new year, and I have loved wearing it every day. The fit is perfect for my taller frame, and the navy color is so elegant and timeless.
Love … the material, color, venting (that’s fabric-filled so you’re not freezing), details on the cuff and the length to my knees
Don’t Love … the only thing missing from this coat is a removable hood. I was spoiled with my last trench having one, and during those unplanned downpours, it was super convenient to be able to pull up my hood when I didn’t have an umbrella handy
I recently stumbled on this trench coat from Argent.
Love … classic look, places to keep all your technology dry, sand color and the wind-resistance material
Don’t Love … it’s only available for pre-sale right now, so you’ll have to wait until after May 1st when it will ship
FOR SPLURGING FASHIONISTAS
This coat is so glamorous.
Love … the long length, modern cut, and the Italian cotton (swoon)
Don’t Love … personally the price is a bit high for me, but if you got it, spend it baby
FOR MILD CLIMATE BABES
This lightweight beauty rocks.
Love … lightweight if you live in a warmer area where rain does not mean cold weather most of the time, machine washable, and the color is lovely
Don’t Love … the angled pockets in the front ... I'm not sure how functional they would be
Regardless of which trench above is your favorite, I have to add this little black envelope clutch from Tobi in here as a recommendation to accompany any of these looks! It’s a black velvet material with gold chain and metal details, has the cutest black leather tassel, and it’s a perfect crossbody which is clutch (see what I did there) when you need both hands free for an umbrella and portfolio while it’s raining.
First Trench - Navy Trench Coat from Long Tall Sally
Dress - Leaf Print Pleated Dress thanks to Long Tall Sally
Earrings - Colette Brushed Teardrop from Francesca's
Bag - Le Pliage from Longchamp
Watch - Santa Monica from MVMT
Shoes - Penalty Pointed High Heels from Asos
Second Trench - Technical Trench Coat from ARGENT
Third Trench - The Marilyn from Silkarmour
Fourth Trench - Trench with Minimal Styling from Asos
Crossbody - So Smooth Velvet Envelope Clutch thanks to Tobi
Special thanks to my husband and bestie for their photography.
And to my wonderful friend Abby for letting me borrow your granite countertop/accessories.
Self confession … I am PUMPED about several of the Spring/Summer 2017 runway trends this year. Why? They’re fresh and new! Believe me, I love a good nautical stripe, but after the long cold winter we had in New York, I need some life in my wardrobe, some vibrancy, joy and fun!
So here’s the challenge. If you watched any of the runway shows, or even do a quick Google search for this season’s hottest trends, I think you’ll be hard pressed to find many runway models donning looks that are appropriate for corporate America’s wardrobe requirements. No matter. There are some simple adaptations of this season’s hottest trends that you can still incorporate into your work wear, with pieces that will last for years ahead.
Trend #1 - Pump It Up
Well, block pump it up. A block heel is the perfect combination of comfort and chic. Commuters, women who stand for large portions of the work day, or anyone who is looking to rock a tall heel, but still be able to gracefully walk, should source several block heeled pumps this spring. I’ve been wearing the Beatrix Pointed Pump from Lonia on repeat as we transition from winter to spring. The elegant gray suede material is ideal for mixing and matching with almost any piece in your wardrobe. Don’t be fooled though just because this shoe has a neutral color. The 4” heel and pointed toe finish combine classic styling with a more modern height. Stand tall and kill it at your next big meeting in these beauties!
Trend #2 - Throwing Shade
Long sunny days are upon us, so it’s important to protect your eyes, and equally as important to look fabulous while doing it. I just picked up these oversized sunglasses from Tobi. They’re Jackie O all the way, and I can’t wait to wear them all summer long (while secretly pretending I’m half as styling, elegant and amazing as she was).
Trend #3 - Head To Toe Florals
Floral pieces are nothing new to the spring/summer runway, but designers took this trend and amplified it this year by creating bold floral suits, pants and blouses for a head-to-toe look. However, this isn’t super office-friendly (I can hear my colleagues teasing me now), but floral is most certainly office appropriate for the warmer weather. I personally adore this Leaf Print Pleated Dress from Long Tall Sally that incorporates the floral trend with another one of this season’s clothing must-haves … pleats! The beautiful print on this below-the-knee dress, the flowy pleats, the satin cinch at the waist … I promise, you will get compliments on this dress.
Trend #4 - Simple, Sweat-Friendly Jewelry
If you live/work in city environment, I’m going to venture a guess that you make adjustments to what pieces of jewelry you wear when the temps are sky high. I used to try and rock my chunky watches, statement necklaces, and dangling earrings year-round, but as any city slicker will tell you, it just gets too damn hot for this. This year I am on the hunt for simple, elegant, lightweight jewelry that I can wear and still feel stylish in. This gold, pull down bracelet from Tobi is on-trend for the season, and I love the minimalist styling.
Trend #5 - Summer Brights
The color pink is ‘the it color’ to be wearing this season. And while a lighter, feminine hue might look lovely for springtime, turn up the heat (and turn some heads) this summer. Go bold or go home. I love this Beatrice Skirt from Of Mercer. This adaptation of the classic pencil skirt has an asymmetrical detail and ponte fabric, so you’ll feel as good as you look.
Shoes - Beatrix Pointed Pump thanks to Lonia
Sunnies - I Know Black & Gold Oversized Sunglasses thanks to Tobi
Dress - Leaf Print Pleated Dress thanks to Long Tall Sally
Bracelet - Gold It Down Gold Pull Bracelet thanks to Tobi
Skirt - Beatrice Skirt thanks to Of Mercer
Photography - Thanks to my amazing husband and wonderful bestie for helping, as always!
Tall women of the world … there’s a new clothing brand arriving in our community very soon, and we are all in for a treat. Shpala, founded by my fellow Tall Guides contributor Inna, will be releasing their first capsule collection in mid 2017, featuring six dresses.
The entire collection is designed and manufactured in New York City, a place where women often gravitate towards one type of dress for every occasion in their lives, the LBD. That’s right, these six dresses included in the first Shpala capsule collection each muse on the classic little black dress for a myriad of occasions that women encounter throughout their busy weeks. Inna’s designs are a fresh take on this timeless and elegant piece, and each dress couldn’t feel more fabulous. While her brand focuses on luxury pieces, the plush materials (like 100% silk lining), attention to detail and structure of each dress is worth every penny.
THE LBD FOR WORK
Inna designed two professional dresses for working women in the collection, one that features long sleeves with a frame-hugging silhouette and oversized gold zipper, and the other with a crew neckline, elbow length sleeve, and material that moves with you while you balance a busy work day.
THE LBD FOR HAPPY HOUR
Another essential in every woman’s wardrobe, these two dresses are ideal for happy hour or date night. The first, a sleeveless sheath, with dramatic zipper detail along the back, is a bit shorter in length and slightly flared in the sleeve of this playful dress. The second, which is a perfect mix of elegant and flirty, features a deep v-neck in both the front and back of the dress with an a-line cut and enclosed pleat along the front hemline.
MAKE A STATEMENT
The final two pieces in the Shpala collection are impeccably designed statement dresses that will undoubtedly capture the attention of anyone in the room. I’ve cropped these photos a bit tighter, because you really should see the full pieces during Shpala’s release to feel how special both of these dresses truly are. The long sleeve button dress with plunging neckline and sexy length is NYC glam all the way. And my favorite piece in the collection, is the second statement dress (aka the evening dress) with a tank-top neckline and overlaying lace skirt that feels feminine yet chic.
Stay tuned for launch details, and be sure to follow Shpala. I am eagerly awaiting the launch of this collection and wish Inna much success over the next few months as she prepares for the release.
Thirty days ago, I started out on a journey to become more aware of how I use digital devices. I was catching myself mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds, or glossing over blog posts and not spending the time to really read the content that was before me. We’re all guilty of this, and as technology continues to advance, there are some startling statistics about how we are all consuming digital media and using our smart phones.
Research estimates that the average user checks their smartphone approximately 150 times per day. Guilty … I was doing this so often at work, tapping the home button on my iPhone to see who had messaged me or what alerts had popped up, which was causing me to lose focus on what I was working on. But what’s even more troubling is how our dependence on these devices is impacting other aspects of our lives.
A study by the National Institute of Mental Health found a strong and significant association between social media use and depression, low self-esteem and increased anxiety. What’s more, as our tech habits deny our brains important downtime, our ability for deep-thinking and maintained focus is reducing. At the start of 2017, this is exactly how I was feeling … distracted, unfocused, uninspired and quite down. I wasn’t sure why I was feeling this way, so I decided to take a break from my blog, for one month while pursuing a digital detox. It was my hope that a 30 day break would allow me to realign and find inspiration again, while helping me to make conscious and intentional boundaries about how I use technology.
I am the type of person that seems to stick to something much more when I have a group of people participating with me. So, I tapped my friends and asked if anyone would want to partake in a digital detox, and to my surprise, four of my fabulous friends were willing to try!* Each day during the month of February, we all underwent a small challenge relating to our digital devices. From little things like turning our phones off for one hour, or eating dinner in a different room than our phones, to the larger challenges like turning off all emails for an entire day, or not using Google Maps and asking for directions instead. There were some beautiful challenges along the way as well, like writing out birthday cards for friends rather than sending digital cards, or buying a new book (the physical kind) instead of downloading a digital copy. For a full list of daily challenges, check out the Time To Log Off youtube page.
While we all had different experiences during the digital detox, my lovely friends and I were all thankful that we participated at the end of the 30 days. As we pulled away from our devices, many of us realized that our smartphones have become essential components of our lives, but that we can find a balance in how we use them throughout the day.
“What I’m finding is that, although I always think of my devices as the devil, they’re actually my friend … I do need to be more mindful of the time I spend scrolling aimlessly on social media, but overall, these challenges are actually showing me that I’m mostly responsible about the use of my devices. Specifically with my phone, I love my daycare app … I can check in on my girls, see pictures of what they’re doing, and get updates on food/bottles/etc. This is productive and the use of technology makes it far easier and allows me to use my time more efficiently.” - Kristen
“I intentionally didn’t find my phone while feeding my son today and he was more than thrilled with the nonstop eye contact. We’ve enacted a rule of no phones at the dinner table so I’m happy to stop being so distracted by this device I’ve grown so attached to the last 16 years.” - Joanna
“I expected to find at least some exercises hard, to feel torn being away from my phone, to feel some level of FOMO and to also experience the well-earned bliss of total engagement for my suffering, to be more alive and alert from having escaped the throes of this devious, attention seeking device … and that isn't quite how it went. I was continually reminded and astonished by how much functionality my phone provides in my life. It is quite the little multitasking machine and I am grateful that in a few little inches of space I have the ability to take notes, photos, reference q's....order pizza. It's absence made me more mindful of how much I take it for granted. I also realized that I have a bit of a built-in luddite juxtaposition. I enjoy physical things just as much as digital and they are an everyday part of my life. I also found that being away from my phone didn't make me feel as anxious as I thought it would.” -Christine
I loved that each day had a small challenge, and that this wasn’t a total purge of my digital devices from my life. Like my friends, I found that after starting the challenge and reflecting on how I use my phone, I wasn’t as addicted as I thought I was … in that when a challenge called for turning my phone off for a period of time, or eliminating notifications, or turning off email I not only survived, but I felt fine while doing that task. And this feeling has stuck with me.
When I venture out to dinner with friends now, I make a conscious effort to keep my phone in my bag, so that my friends have my full attention. Today, I don’t look at my social media several times throughout the day, but instead, I dedicate a period of time when I’m home and relaxed to look at my various pages. This is helping me focus on the content in my feed, rather than scrolling and double tapping in an effort to ‘keep up’. I feel like I’ve hit refresh with my phone and how I use this device throughout my day, and I’m feeling more inspired and less down than before the detox. It is my hope that these new habits will stick with me, and I can continue to maintain the balance between my digital use and and time without my devices.
*Sending a special thank you to Christine, Kristen, Ginna and Joanna … my four fabulous friends who were willing to take part in the 30 day detox with me, keep me encouraged along the way, and give their feedback when the detox was over. Love you all.
A year ago, I started Six Foot Style and recently took some time to reflect on the last year, how I’m feeling and where I see SFS going in the year ahead. After a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided to take the month of February off from the blog.
I’ll be honest here, and completely candid with you guys … on both sides of the spectrum. This is a longer post, so stick with me. I've added some funny candid photos mixed in from my last year of blogging for entertainment value!
THE FUN STUFF
It’s been a great year. I’ve met some wonderful people, connected with other fabulous bloggers, had the opportunity to discover and work with so many amazing companies. And perhaps most important, I have been able to share my sense of style with a unique community of supportive and receptive people.
I can’t tell you how much each comment, like, repost, direct message, everything means to me. That’s what has made this year, and the blogging experience in general, worth it for me. Making meaningful connections with truly inspiring and incredible people.
THE SHITTY STUFF (AND A HEAVY DOSE OF TRUTH)
Blogging is a lot of work with often little reward. I don’t have a paid team behind me taking photos, editing, updating my website, creating and sending weekly emails, posting daily updates on social media pages, etc. … my team is me and my husband.
It’s a huge time commitment. If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I have a full-time job and lots of obligations that keep me busy during the week. So, Six Foot Style is a weekend activity that I squeeze in between a seemingly endless list of to-do’s. This leaves little room for error, and has led to some tense moments between my husband and me over the last year. When photo shoots don’t work out as planned, or something comes up and I’m frantically trying to meet commitments I’ve arranged with a company, I become a stressed out maniac. Not fun for anyone.
There’s also a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. When I partner with a company for a blog post or review, there are usually dozens of emails back and forth with product requests, shipment information, returns for alternate sizing, and so forth. And I’ll be real here … I don’t have a flood of emails sitting in my inbox from designers and companies that are dying for me to wear their clothing. Most of my partnerships over the last year have come-to-be as a result of my outreach to a particular company. Which takes work to successfully pitch and convince a brand that I am worthy of wearing their clothing and writing about their brand.
You’ve all probably seen Instagram fashionistas with tens of thousands of followers, but please know that there’s usually a team of people behind these women serving as the face of their brand. And a lot of women have been able to successfully make blogging their full-time job, spending 40+ hours a week. That just isn’t the case for me.
Musing on that same theme, here’s a news flash … I’m not a model. I wish that I woke up looking like Gigi Hadid, but the reality is that it takes time for me to do my hair and makeup before each photo shoot. And my prep before a photo shoot is not as extensive as some other bloggers I know. I am not putting in hair extensions, applying fake eyelashes, or anything like that. How you see me in my photos is actually what I look like in real life. Anyway, since I haven’t ever modeled before, when the camera starts flashing, it takes me quite a while to hit a comfortable niche and actually strike a moderately reasonable pose. Sensing a trend here … more time.
I make zero money from blogging. Here’s a little nugget of truth about blogging … brands want to partner with influencers who have lots of followers. And LOTS of bloggers pay to play this game. There are tons of companies that, for a minimal investment will like, comment, basically be a robot for your Instagram page in order to grow your following. I personally know bloggers who have paid for followers. I refuse to do this, it feels weird to me. It doesn’t bother me that others are, but it’s just not for me. So every single one of my followers is earned and that takes consistent posting of relevant material and lots of prayers that everyone keeps coming back week after week and showing love on my pages.
I’ve thought about joining Reward Style which you all know (or should get to know). You’ve probably clicked on links to products from blog posts and watched your web browser quickly go to rstyle.com then seamlessly forward to a product page. That blogger gets paid if you purchase that product. And rightfully so, they’ve influenced your purchase, and should be rewarded for that. However for me, I just never set out to make money off of my blog. I wanted to create a place for women to find inspiration and ideas for upping their workwear game. It’s my hope that Six Foot Style has become this place.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I wish that I was making some money … just enough to pay for someone to do my hair and makeup before each photo shoot. To pay a photographer so my husband isn’t forced outside in the dead of winter to snap photos during his precious weekend time. But maybe in 2017 right?
There are a ton of fashion bloggers out there. Lately I’ve been feeling defeated + deflated and find myself thinking I can’t provide something that a million other women aren’t already doing on Instagram. There’s lots of tall bloggers, loads of work wear bloggers, and a seemingly endless number of fashion bloggers. While I know that none of them are me, and my aesthetic and style is unique to truly only me, it feels overwhelming at times. And competitive. I see myself comparing my blog to others, and I become disappointed when I’m not as successful as others (I’m a former college athlete so competitiveness courses my veins). I can’t figure out how to not feel like that.
So, with all of that being said, I have decided to take a month off from blogging. I am a bit burned out, and need to step away from Six Foot Style for a hot minute. I am not sure what the future holds for the blog … but I’ll be sure to keep y’all updated. During the month, I'll also be doing a digital detox which I've posted about on the Tall Guides website.
Thanks for reading this post (I didn’t mean for it to be so sad), I just wanted everyone to know where I’m really at. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more honest and open up more … lift the “perfection” mask and image that I find myself always putting on. So this is real. This is me.
Last week marked the official start of winter, but let’s be real it’s been chilly here in New York for a little while now. Naturally, I have been reaching more and more from a large bin full of hats, scarves, and mittens in my apartment (yes, you read that correctly, mittens).
Since moving to New York, I have purchased countless pairs of fingered gloves only to end up donating them after frustratingly wearing them throughout the winter. Why? Because most companies make gloves in one size. So the 5’1” woman, who likely has shorter fingers than I do, will be donning the same pair of gloves as me, someone a full foot taller than her.
Fingered gloves leave me feeling uncomfortable, and often with webbed fingers. For gloves to reach the tip of my fingers, precious length is lost around my wrist resulting in the dreaded tall person’s exposed wrist while fighting the bitter cold. Not fun.
So I just gave up on fingered gloves altogether and started wearing mittens. No more webbed fingers, and I found several pairs with additional fabric to fold either up or down your wrist. And this has been sufficing.
But there’s nothing like an elegant pair of leather gloves. Not to mention, I do feel a bit childish and ridiculous when I inevitably need to be outside with colleagues or clients and I’m putting on mittens. It’s hard to take someone seriously who can’t even hold a pen while outside in colder weather. And mittens don’t exactly scream, “Take me seriously, I’m a seasoned professional who will get the job done”.
So when I was approached by TallFingers, a company specializing in men’s and women’s leather gloves for taller-fingered individuals, I was certainly intrigued. I have been wearing The Clarets gloves for several weeks now, and I couldn’t be happier to have finally found a pair of professional, polished leather gloves that I can wear to work.
Lined with Thinsulate, these gorgeous wine-colored gloves are both warm and functional. And I adore the burnt-orange exposed stitching and piping along the tulip-shaped wrist. These small details add an element of personality to these chic leather gloves.
They fit like a glove (I couldn’t resist, c’mon), and have held up nicely as I’m starting to break the leather in a bit. I recently wore them after a snow storm (and even packed several snowballs), and my fingers remained dry and warm the entire time we were outside.
If you or someone you love has longer-fingers (the start of this sentence sounds a bit like a PSA but I assure it’s not … or maybe it should be ha), I would highly recommend visiting the TallFingers website and ordering a pair. Don’t suffer through another winter wearing ill-fitting gloves, or torturing yourself with freezing fingers anymore.
Gloves - The Clarets thanks to TallFingers (here)
Scarf - Chunky Knit thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Turtleneck - Old from Long Tall Sally (similar here)
Jeans - Skinny Shaper thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
As the year inches closer to an end, I have been starting to think about New Year’s Eve and what to wear that’s fabulous yet practical for the inevitable cold that chills New York each year as the ball drops and everyone counts down.
I started searching for a pair of closed-toe shoes that would shine bright. Something sparkly + festive, yet chic + sophisticated. And I found them!
Meet the smoking slipper that shines! Let’s be real here, wearing anything open toed on NYE while living in a colder climate is not a fun experience. Believe me, I’ve tried it. Keep your lace up pumps in the closet, put down your glittery strappy sandals, and get yourself a pair of closed toe shoes that are comfortable.
These beautiful Lettice Flats from Lonia Shoes are my personal favorite to ring in the new year while dancing the night away. They run true to size, have a slight heel, and shine beautifully with layers of glitter that produce a lavishly festive sparkle.
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I’m a sucker for menswear inspired pieces lately, so I also adore how the Lettice is inspired by the gentleman’s dress shoe in its shape, but maintains a feminine feel and utter beauty.
This is how you wear glitter this holiday season, the cool girl way.
Shoes - Lettice Sparkle Pointed Flats thanks to Lonia Shoes (here)
Pants - Jackson Fit Slim Ankle from Banana Republic Factory (here)
Oxford - Old from Banana Republic Factory
Sweater - Old from Ann Taylor
Bag - Le Pliage from Longchamp (here)
Hat - Old from Topshop (similar here)
Coat - Lisbet from MARGE (here)
Gloves - The Clarets thanks to Tall Fingers (here)
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