Easy Versatility // LBD + Sneakers

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to style a black dress.
The powers of a little black dress are undeniable. Arguably the most important dress a woman can own, it’s the one piece you can wear any time, any place and feel perfectly on-trend and perfectly in place. Not sure what to wear for that first date? Can’t seem to find a suitable wedding guest dress? An LBD won’t disappoint!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 black dress outfit idea.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring outfit ideas.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Alice & Olivia face clutch.
Every so often I like to touch on the little black dress’ fail-proof versatility, and this time I decided to illustrate just that with a sporty, casual look that works surprisingly well for the office, date night, or an afternoon out and about.

The secret to mastering LBD styling, is in the accessories, and for this look I went with up-for-anything sneakers, a chic statement purse, and a fun leopard cardigan that adds an unexpected flair.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's black dress outfit idea for Spring.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute black dress for work.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring date night outfit.
I dressed this look down significantly with my footwear choice and the fact that I tied a sweater around my waist. But that’s the glory of an LBD — it takes on whatever form you want it to, and it looks great with EVERYTHING. Consider it your closet chameleon and start stocking up now — if you haven’t already ;)
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing delicate gold jewelry.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring street style.
[dress: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // cardigan: J.Crew // sneakers: Adidas // purse: Alice & Olivia (similar one here) // dangle earrings: Kendra Scott // stud earrings: Kevia (similar pair here) // choker: Uncommon James // pendant necklace: Kevia (I also like this one) // lip color: Nars Powermatte Lip Luster in "Pierce"]

This past weekend I wore this look out to brunch with a friend — we tried Coco & Cru, which I'll be recommending to all my fellow New Yorkers — wandering the city with Antonio, and later, date night at a trendy rooftop (Versa) for dinner and a cocktail. It was an absolutely gorgeous day consisting of temps in the mid 60s and tons of sunshine!


An LBD look like this one is a go-to for multifaceted days when I want to look put-together. I love how easy, polished, and completely timeless a black dress is — it’s the true fashion girl’s uniform.

// SHOP //


Cardi Season // Silk Maxi Skirt + Grandpa Cardigan

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring 2019 cherry blossom pics
Oversized cardis, or "Grandpa" cardigans, as they're adorably referred to nowadays, have made a surprising comeback in 2019. I used to think of cardigans as an "old lady" item, but I have since seen the light, realizing how stylish, effortless — and dare I say chic — cardigans can truly be.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Brooklyn Botanical Garden cherry blossom pics
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 grandpa cardigan outfit ideas
Cardigans may be a winter staple, but I'm making mine work all the way through spring with a few refreshing tweaks. First, I ditched my shirt — who needs 'em once May rolls around anyways? I then only buttoned this deep v-neck cardi in the middle, leaving the bottom loose and free to flash some skin now and then. I also bunched the sleeves a little bit to add some lived-in flair.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival
Nyc cherry blossoms spring 2019
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring outfit ideas
To balance out my baggy sweater, I slipped into a curve-hugging, silky maxi skirt. It served as the perfect feminine companion to my grandfatherly top. Finally, stark white chunky, athletic sneakers completed my look in a comfy-cool way. Just call this my go-to outfit formula for spring 👌
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's silk maxi skirt outfit idea
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a grandpa cardigan
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring outfit ideas
[cardigan: Trina Turk (I also like this one) // skirt: Anthropologie (sold out, but I also like this one) // sneakers: Nike // purse: Rag & Bone (super similar one here) // necklace: Dogeared (similar one here) //earrings: & Other Stories (I also like this pair) ]

These photos were snapped during a recent trip Antonio and I took to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It was my first time there and I had gotten us tickets for their annual cherry blossom festival. Although it was super crowded, it was really cool too see so much pink in one place. 

I absolutely love cherry blossom season and every year I try to incorporate as many pink trees as I can into some shots. They never disappoint as a beautiful, whimsical backdrop!

// SHOP //


Lovely in Lavender // Pant + Top Set

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a lavender pastel outfit
I can't think of a more appropriate way to usher in May than in an outfit that personifies spring. Playful, polished, and oh-so sweet, this look is guaranteed to put a pep in your step any day.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring work outfit idea
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 cherry blossom pics
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's neon strappy sandals from J.Crew
Saturating myself in pastels had me feeling like freshly spun cotton candy. I've got your mint earrings, baby blue nails, lavender two-piece, and multicolored croc-effect heels. It all seems like A LOT, but grounded in primarily monochrome, with a neutral splash in the form of a white clutch, this look is surprisingly wearable.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring street style
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper in Central Park with the cherry blossoms
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring 2019 pics in Central Park
Effortless and lightweight, this lavender set was comfortable enough for me to walk nearly 20,000 steps in (aka over 8 miles). But yes, while the color is stunning, and certainly attention-grabbing, I think the unsung hero of this ensemble is my bag. It helps add depth to any look, and I can't wait for this baby to accompany me on many summer adventures.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's white Anthropologie summer clutch
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring outfit ideas
[top: J.Crew // pants: J.Crew // sandals: J.Crew // purse: Anthropologie (sold out, I also like this one) // earrings: Anthropologie (I also like this pair) // sunglasses: Banana Republic (I also like this pair) // lip color: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in "Backtalk"]

This was actually my Easter look this year. I was dreaming of something on-trend, quintessentially spring, and comfortable. I loved the idea of a matching set, and throwing these summer-ready accessories into the mix completely won me over. 

ORIGINALLY originally, I planned on wearing this ensemble in Paris last month, but as my trip approached, I realized it'd be too cold. And now, with the release of Taylor Swift's "ME," I feel like this outfit's timing couldn't be more perfect. It's safe to say pastels are having a moment, and I'll just be over here taking full advantage, thank you!