Friday, November 16, 2012

Sweater Weather

Post Hurricane Sandy has caused the weather temperatures to drop dramatically and it's down right chilly out there which means it's officially.....

Our favorite thing about autumn is not just the delicious crisp air and the leaves changing color, we get to take out our favorite sweaters. Yes! Fall fashion is in full swing! And if you're anything like us, a day of shopping for fall favorites followed by some warm butternut squash soup and hot apple cider is a perfect seasonal day.

When the opportunity comes along to flaunt your favorite cozy staple as a trend, we'll take it and run with it! For us, this means we're going to be rocking the over-sized sweater six days out of seven. It also means we need to stop styling it with sweatpants and at-home headbands.

But, after spending some time studying the fall runways, we've found the solution: Chic ways to wear over-sized sweaters without looking like a potato sack. 

The trick is to always style the heavy knits and bulky shapes with sleek and slim or short-fitting bottoms like miniskirts, cropped trousers, leggings and skinny jeans. Once you've mastered the silhouette, elevate your look with pretty shoes and costume jewelry, and your over-sized sweaters will feel right at home no matter where you go....without making it look like you're actually sitting around at home.

With the wide assortment of options out there, we know firsthand that the task of deciding which knit essential to buy can seem overwhelming. Good news: we combed the market for the season's top sweater trends and gathered the best styles for you to try now. Yes, there are some splurges in the mix, but we found affordable option too, which means there's a sweater for everyone and every budget.

If your sweater collection is currently stocked with all the basics, consider investing in one with 3-D detailing. These subtle statement-makers are an easy way to introduce texture into your repertoire. Since they often demand the spotlight, keep the rest of your ensemble minimal with a pair of standard tuxedo pants for a polished finish.

Animal Print
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my - more like, oh yes! It's a real animal planet out there, both on the runways and on the streets. Animal prints seem to never go out of style and reappear every season, a great investment and statement piece. Whether they're single, over-sized graphics or patterns they are making their mark on fall fashion. These prints are a cool contrast to sleek and sophisticated pieces, such as a leather pencil skirt and patent heels.

Sweaters with distinctive digital designs and patchwork prints are like a grown-up version of graphic t-shirts. In other words, they offer an easy way to increase intrigue in a humdrum closet. In keeping with their fashion-forward look, style them with a pair of printed jeans for a look-at-me-now outcome.

The versatility of a comfortable-yet-elegant fisherman knit makes this sweater a closet essential every year. Take a cue from the Michael Kors runway and juxtapose its casual vibe with a delicate skirt, or embrace its rustic roots and pair it with corduroys and rugged boots for the weekend. They even look sweet with a short flirty skirt. Have fun and play with it!

~ Keep Warm ~

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Now that we are reaching the end of what has proven to be a horrific week for so many people, We wanted to say that our hearts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. It goes without saying that the storm and its aftermath has affected so many people and businesses throughout the East Coast and beyond. Most importantly, though, this is a moment to wish you, your friends, and loved ones well. 

We are happy to say that our New York staff is safe and continues to be through this difficult time. We are working hard to update our blog. We apologize for any inconvenience.  

To help relief efforts, we've made a donation to The American Red Cross. You can donate @

If you safely weathered the storm and are able to donate time or money, please do so. Not all of our friends, family and neighbors were so lucky.

To volunteer immediately, email with your name, email address, and borough. Someone will contact you with ways to help today and over the next week. The Red Cross is also looking for shelter volunteers; visit for sign-up information. For opportunities in the coming months, go to

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those seriously affected by the storm and with the first responders.

~ God bless you ~