Off The Shoulder / Off The Grid

October 4, 2016

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Since the end of Summer my life is been a little bit irregular (much like the silhouette of this off the shoulder top). First I was in Hawaii (which was ahhhmazing) and then upon my return to New York City I came down with a nasty cold that I’m still trying to kick. This has meant that not only has my workout schedule been disrupted, but my social life has been too. I get a little antsy when I am unable to exercise. So I was finally be able to workout this weekend – to much relief. I am getting myself back into it with some bar method classes. I’m hoping to get back to boxing and soul cycle this week as well. Needless to say my life has been a little bit off the grid. 

I have been trying to take advantage of the downtime by getting some work done that has been looming over my head for awhile and by getting into some good books. I have also been trying to take in the change of seasons. This weekend, I was in Connecticut and went apple picking. It made me think of days when my brother and I were little and we would go apple picking and pumpkin picking with my parents. This weekend, my mom and I gathered as many apples we could carry at an orchard not too far from where I grew up. 

There was this adorable little market at the apple orchard — it looked straight out of Currier & Ives. It was selling everything from apple pies and apple butter to local honey, mulled cider and apple cinnamon donuts. They cook all of the baked goods on the premises. So as you can imagine, when we walked into the market the smell was infectious. The first thought that jumped to my mind was that that it smelled like Christmas Eve. Which in my house means plenty of homemade cookies and pies. My mom and I shared a doughnut and each got a hot cider and got my dad some local honey. That, in addition to our apples made for a very successful Sunday. 

Needless to say my weekend has made me ready for full on fall. The weather needs to play a little game of catch-up. I headed to work on Monday morning wearing a cashmere sweater and a puffy leather vest only to have to peel off layers and carry my vest all the way to work. It was clearly not seasonably appropriate quite yet.

While I’m ready for scarves, booties, and coats; the muggy 60° weekend didn’t require many layers. So I took the last opportunity to leave my shoulders free in this neckless number: which is not-your-average-off-the-shoulder-top. Its sweetheart neckline, balloon sleeves, and black and white color blocking make it just interesting enough for me to continue wearing it. Since off the shoulder shirts became far too saturated in the market – and on my Instagram feed – this past spring. I’ve only continued wearing my iterations-of that are anything but boring. And this bad boy fits the bill. 

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some real fall weather. (Even if it will prohibit us from flaunting our collar bones in off the shoulder silhouettes). Because I’m about ready for some pumpkin spice cake from Little Cupcake Bakeshop. And it just wouldn’t feel right without being properly bundled.

Wearing:  Pixie Market off the shoulder top (similar here, here and here), Mother High Rise denim (also love them in black), Zara mules (check out some other faves here, here and here), Karen Walker Super Duper Sunglasses (also love them in this color), Helmut Lang clutch (also love this, this and this), Maybelline The Buffs Lipcolor in Truffle Tease

Jewelry: Stone drop earrings (similar here, here and here), Abby Carnevale Flower ring (also love this, this and this), Vintage Cigar Bang ring (similar here), Belliza Knight Evil Eye Bracelet, Lionette Lennon Bracelet, Miansai Cuff, Bing Bang Crystal Shard Stud Earrings, Bing Bang Tiny Geometric Stud, Number ’13’ Stud Earrings Found on EtsySteven Alan Gold Bar Stud Earrings (also love these ones found on Amazon)

Photography by Lydia Hudgens

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