Monochrome Holiday // Winter White Suit + Glitter Heels

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday photo shoot locations in New York.
A power suit always makes a statement. But for the holidays — especially in a crisp shade of white — that statement goes above and beyond. Sophisticated and polished, this is your party-ready look that’ll shake things up.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 2019.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday photos in New York City.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper holding a Diane von Furstenberg white patent leather clutch.
Arguably just as essential as a great party dress, a sleek suit is a one-and-done outfit that’ll always impress. Not only is it a tad unexpected, it’s timeless and polished no matter the occasion. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a holiday suit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a white monochrome outfit for the holidays.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing silver glitter heels from Ann Taylor.
Ornate heels are your ticket to a standout look this holiday season. From glitter to embroidery to velvet to mesh, the perfect party shoe is ALL about being *just enough* over-the-top. 

I’ve had these sparkly pumps for four years now and, to be honest, I’ve only worn them a handful of times. What? You can’t pull out your most extra shoes for just any old occasion ;) But seriously, I love how well they work with this monochrome look. They add a festive touch that also blends right in.

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an all-white suit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Rockefeller Christmas tree photo shoot.
Monochrome looks trended hard all year long, and heading into 2020, they’re just as popular as ever. I knew I wanted to have a tonal moment this holiday season, and it turns out all white is the freshest take out there.

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a power suit for the holidays.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's photo shoot with the Rockefeller Center holiday decorations.
[blazer: H&M (similar style here) // trousers: H&M (similar style here) // turtleneck: H&M (similar style here) // heels: Ann Taylor (old, but I also like this pair) // clutch: Diane von Furstenberg (I also like this one) // necklace: Madewell (I also like this one) // earrings: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // lip color: Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Lip Paint in "Delish"]

Taking photos in NYC this time of year is especially challenging. You have to be extra strategic in order to capture all of the amazing holiday spots and decor while avoiding the photobombing crowds. 

For this shoot, Antonio and I got to Rockefeller Center by 8 am this past Sunday. I thought even that may be too late but we totally lucked out! Although the tourists were definitely out and about, we still managed to get loads of clear photos. As a result, this is my favorite holiday shoot to date!

// SHOP //


Holiday-Party Ready // Slip Dress + Plaid Coat

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 holiday photo shoot in New York City.
December means it’s time to party. From pearlized clips to glittery clutches and velvet boots, all things festive are not only fair game, they’re ENCOURAGED. You know what they say, the more the merrier - and this holiday season is ALL about being merry (...and bright. And sparkly.)! 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute Christmas party outfit.
Beauty blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 holiday hair style.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an office holiday party outfit in New York City.
Sleek and chic, this holiday-approved look isn’t over-the-top, but it still packs a festive punch. This black slip dress has been one of my favorite pieces these past few months, and layered with a tee underneath and a printed coat on top, it’s perfect for your next soirĂ©e. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a plaid coat in New York City.
Fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a holiday party outfit in NYC.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a layered slip  dress outfit in New York City.
Never underestimate the power of details - especially for a party or event. These embellished barrettes are playful yet elegant and serve as a super easy way to add a hint of glamour to any look - even jeans and a tee. 
Fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 holiday outfit inspiration.
You may have noticed that my hair looks extra fabulous in these photos ;). That’s because I had gotten a blowout earlier in the day. It’s a wonder what a good hair day can do for your mood and overall spirit! I highly recommend treating yourself to a trip to the salon before a special occasion - it’ll give you SUCH a feel-good boost of confidence. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing pearl clips in her hair in New York City.
[coat: Sam Edelman (I also like this one) // dress: Aritzia (similar style here) // tee: Aritzia (I also like this one) // boots: Ann Taylor // purse: Michael Kors (I also like this one) // necklace: MANGO (I also like this one) // earrings: Kendra Scott (super similar pair here) // hair clips: Amazon // lip gloss: Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss in "Backtalk"]

The Christmas season is about a week shorter than usual this year, and I am FEELING it. Anyone else? Things feel more hectic than normal (which says a lot), and I just know that I won’t be able to accomplish every little thing on my list. But you know what? I’m learning to be okay with that. We can’t do it all, and this is the perfect season to practice self-care, patience, and being present. After all, I don’t just want to “get through” the holidays, I want to EMBRACE them! 

// SHOP //


It's a Match // Burgundy Coat + Windowpane Pants

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall outfit inspiration.
Matching my turtleneck to my coat, I'm strolling into this holiday weekend in a polished look that's perfect for fall, Thanksgiving, or any day of the week.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper on the Naperville Riverwalk.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a hair bow.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's cute outfit ideas for work.
I consider this look fairly business casual, so I couldn't resist adding a playful spin. This whimsical crossbody is quirky and fun and it totally takes some of the seriousness out of a buttoned-up outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing windowpane pants.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an impressive Thanksgiving outfit idea.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 fall outfit idea.
Burgundy, merlot, maroon, scarlet; no matter WHAT you call this deep red shade, it's a gorgeous fall-friendly hue that's flattering on all skin tones. I really took the theme and ran with it, even clipping in a velvet hair bow to match my coat and top. Sometimes matchy matchy hits all the right notes!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a burgundy coat outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall outfit in Naperville, Illinois.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a polished outfit idea.
[coat: Primark (I also like this one) // turtleneck: J.Crew // pants: Banana Republic (similar pair here) // boots: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // purse: Alice & Olivia // necklace: Anthropologie // earrings: fine jewelry (similar pair here) // hair bow: Wunderkin Co. // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics matte liquid lipstick in "Khlo$"]

This was such a fun outfit to style and wear. I think the windowpane pants really add an unexpected element that keeps the other pieces current and fresh. And of course burgundy is always a winning color. While I'll be playing it more casual on Thanksgiving Day, this look would make such a killer holiday ensemble. Not to mention, it's festive without being over-the-top.

// SHOP //