Packing for New York City

I’m leaving my flip flops and tank tops behind in the 78F “Winter” of Southern California and heading over to New York City this weekend! It will be a somewhat lengthy trip of two weeks with my boyfriend, Chris. He actually works for a company based in the city and he has flown out to work quite a few times, but he arranged this trip for this particular time so that we can be in New York for Valentine’s Day. I will be spending a good chunk of the trip alone, while he works during the week… but New York is my favorite city, so I won’t be too bummed about it! 🙂

I visited New York for the first time almost three years ago with my two sisters and my mom. I immediately felt at home! I remember being surprised over how much I loved the city. I’ve always been the one to love the outdoors, hills, lakes, desert, and beaches. Additionally, I’ve never been a fan of huge crowds, traffic, noise; however, I cannot begin to express the beauty that I see in New York City, but you can check out my blog post from that very trip right here.

A fashionista, I am not, but I was very mindful of my choices when packing for this trip. Warmth was a big factor, considering it will be significantly cooler on the East Coast! Clearly nobody is interested in seeing my pajamas, socks, and undergarments, so I have the important goodies below.

Top left corner, I have all of my long sleeved shirts/sweaters. The top right corner includes all of my layering sweaters. Moving on over to the left again, I’m bringing along one sweater dress and one basic red dress (I will clearly be pairing these with tights, boots and a coat). Sandwiched lovingly between the dresses and coats are my basic t-shirts for layering. Right below the t-shirts are the button-up shirts of my choice, obviously I’m a fan of the basics (jean, sheer black and flowy white). To the right I have my trusty coats that will be assisting me through the cold! I’ll be bringing a hip length black peacoat, a mid-thigh length gray peacoat, my weatherproof black coat (I wore this baby in Iceland, so I know it’ll be good to me), and finally a short brown leather jacket. Last, but not least are the bottoms. Nothing too exciting here, grey skinny jeans, two pairs of my favorite blue jeans, black leather leggings and my standard black leggings.

Cold weather gear will be mandatory for this trip! I absolutely love hats and scarves. I don’t get to wear these things often in California, so it’ll be a nice change of pace. I’m bringing a little bit of everything to go with any outfit.

My favorite…. shoes…. Boots are my bitch. Same thing with hats and scarves, I don’t get to wear boots very often in California… So, now I’m bringing ALL DE BOOTZ (Well, at least these five)!! Starting from the left, I’m bringing along my black, chunky heeled ankle booties (Target); Brown, laced up ankle booties (Steve Madden); Army green short boots (Steve Madden); Black lower low/mid-calf boots (Target); and of course, the tall, sexy, black heeled boots (Nordstrom).

I hope to put together some outfits of the day during my trip, as well as post about experiences, food, and all the other goodness that will come of this trip. Do you have any suggestions for restaurants, bars, interesting sights? I would love to know about it!

Work Outfit of the Day – Classic White Button Up Shirt with Fun Pants

This is probably one of my favorite outfits to wear to work. Anything that looks relatively stylish, yet is comfortable…? Sign me up!
The pants feel like pajama pants and the classic white button up is essential (in anyone’s closet). If I’m feeling particularly bleh and just want to be completely comfortable, I’ll wear this outfit but switch out the high gray heels for some gray flats. Yes, I know gray flats are not nearly as sexy/awesome, but I’m at work! Can’t impress everyone every day. 😛

Clothes – H&M Off White Button-Up Blouse; New York and Co. Dress Slacks; Gray Pumps (front a random cheap shoe store in the mall).
Jewelry – Silver rings, heirlooms from mother and one from Kohls; Leaf Bracelet from Charlotte Russe.
Makeup – Mac Studio Finish Concealer, NC15; NYX HD Studio Finish Powder; Nars Goulue Blush; Benefit Hoola Bronzer; Lorac Mauve Eyeshadow; Benefit They’re Real! Mascarca; Maybelline Clear Mascara for brows; Maybelline The Elixer Gloss in Petal Push.

Work Outfit of the Day – Pencil Skirt and Black Wedges

One of my favorite type of blog posts is a good ol’ “Outfit of the Day.” The only thing that I have noticed is that there aren’t many “Work Outfit of the Day” posts. As a working girl that has to stick to business casual attire, it’s nice to get ideas for work.

Somedays I put more effort into my appearance than others, but on this particular day… I didn’t feel like doing my hair or taking too much time to do my makeup. The best way for me to make up for the fact that my hair/makeup is less than impressive is to dress a bit nicer.

Clothes – Banana Republic black sweater; Merona black t-shirt; Kardashian Kollection pencil skirt; Jessica Simpson suede black wedges.
Jewelry – Necklace, made by my friend Mandey.; Gold rings, heirlooms from Grandma and Mom.
Makeup – Mac Studio Finish Concealer, NC15; Benefit Hoola Bronzer; Nars Deep Throat Blush; Benefit They’re Real Mascara; Maybelline Clear Mascara (for brows); Maybelline Touchable Taupe lipstick.

Every woman needs a pencil skirt, nothing will make you feel prettier. Plus, you can easily pair it with a t-shirt and the outfit will still look dressy!