Wild At Heart // leopard vest + thigh-high boots

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I know what you're thinking. A skirt -- in January? I may be walking a little on the wild side, but stepping out sans tights in below freezing temps is actually totally doable (see my tips below)! Oh and speaking of "wild," this leopard vest has completely stolen my heart! 
So you've decided to wear a skirt in the winter. First of all, I applaud your fashionable spirit (I mean, pants for three months straight gets SO boring). Second, if you're going to do it, you should do it right. Start by adding boots -- the taller the better. It's even ok if your boots and your skirt overlap, resulting in zero skin exposure (that's actually super in right now). 
Now that you've got your legs mostly covered, pile on the layers up top. Here, I started with a sleeveless chambray button-down. Layering with a sleeveless top is my secret weapon because it lessens bulk in your arms! Next I threw on a chunky cable knit with a v-neck, which perfectly shows off the collar of my blouse. And finally, the icing on the cake, my gorgeous faux fur vest. (Pro tip: if you really want to get technical, I'm also wearing a cami underneath my chambray).
Photos by Dan Harper 
[vest: J.Crew (similar one here) // sweater: Ann Taylor (similar one here) // chambray blouse: Forever21 (similar style here) // skirt: Ann Taylor (similar one here) // boots: Steve Madden // clutch: Rebecca Minkoff // earrings: & Other Stories // watch: Vitae London // gold spike bracelet: Stella & Dot]

Is there any leopard print item that I don't love? No. The answer is no. And it just so happens that this lovely piece is just as functional as it is fabulous. I love wearing this vest because it truly does pack in serious heat -- all my faux fur items do! But it does so in a polished, stylish way. With warm pieces like this, who needs pants!

// SHOP //

So Much Chill // wool hoodie + velvet heels

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a winter, cold-weather outfit
Instead of entering 2018 with a bang, I'm taking my time; strolling into the new year with comfort and warmth at the forefront of my mind. These past few weeks have been exceptionally cold, so I have no problem playing it casual and reverting to a stylish hoodie and stretchy jeans in below-freezing temps. 
Nyc beauty blogger Kathleen Harper's winter makeup ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a hoodie stylishly
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an Alice and Olivia Time Out purse
Lucky for me, this sweater is crazy warm! It's mostly wool, which is key to locking in heat. Stylish hoodies are totally having a moment too, and I love how this one is longer so it can easily be worn with jeans OR leggings. And those bell sleeves? SO on trend.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Kylie Cosmetics metallic lip color in Reign
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing burgundy velvet heels from Ann Taylor
To dress up my simple sweater and jeans, I chose to throw on red-hued accessories -- including elegant velvet heels in burgundy. To compliment them, I chose fun statement earrings, also in red. My complimentary lip color is just the icing on the cake. And finally, using a clutch you'd normally save for a special occasion also helps adds glamour to my casual look. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing red Anthropologie statement earrings
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's hoodie outfit ideas
 Photos by Dan Harper 

I went back home to Chicago-area for the holidays, and let me tell you, "so much chill" is a major understatement. Every day I was there, the temperature was significantly below zero with windchill! Needless to say, these photos just BARELY got taken. Can you tell my hands are freezing off? Big shoutout to my dad for being such a trooper taking these pics! 

While it's definitely warmer here in NYC, it's still freeeezing - and winter has only just begun. Here's to staying warm these next few months!

2017 // The Best Of

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Below are some of my favorite looks from last year! Categorized by season, these are the outfits I loved the most in 2017. Hopefully there's some inspo here for your 2018 :) Enjoy! 

Nyc winter street style
Winter outfit ideas
Fashion blogger winter outfit ideas
Spring outfit ideas
Fashion blogger spring outfit ideas
Nyc spring street style
Summer outfit ideas
Fashion blogger summer outfit ideas
Nyc summer street style
fall outfit ideas
Nyc fall street style
Nyc fall fashion
Holiday fashion from a fashion blogger
Holiday outfit ideas
Happy 2018, everyone!