Dress, Optional // party look feat. formal track pants

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2018  holiday party outfit ideas
Dresses not your thing? Temps too frigid for bare legs? Or maybe you're a fan of comfort and free range of motion. Whatever your reasoning, you do NOT need to rock a dress to feel festive and feminine — but you didn't need me to tell you that, did you? ;)
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday outfit ideas with pants
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday party outfit with pants
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Nic and Zoe white boots
Switch up your party style this season with sleek trousers, formal track pants, elevated denim, or all of the above! I've been feeling more comfortable than ever lately in pants, and I love how this polished holiday look fuses sporty and traditional. To tie it all together, I weaved hints of white throughout. And I mean, how fabulous are these crisp white boots?
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's non-dress holiday party outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2018 holiday makeup
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's work outfit with pants
This is the first polo I've owned in a while, and I absolutely love it. Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific really nailed it, and she ended up designing a charming top that's just as versatile as it is chic. ...I've already worn it twice this week! 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday office party outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear formal track pants
Photos by Antonio Owens 
[top: Atlantic-Pacific x Halogen via Nordstrom // pants: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // blazer: Zara (similar one here) // boots: Nic + Zoe (almost sold out, but I also like this pair) // purse: Michael Kors (I also like this one) // earrings: J.Crew // lip color: Nars Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set in "Spike"]

As my social calendar's been filling up with parties and events, I've had to get more creative in my outfits than simply slapping on a dress and calling it an evening. I love how this outfit is subtly festive (hello emerald green blazer and pearl buttons) and easily fits in no matter the occasion. 

This past weekend, I wore this look to a holiday wine tasting party, and not only did I feel stylish and confident, but I was as comfy as can be! Pants, you're the real holiday MVP 👌

// SHOP //


A Dash of Red // off-the-shoulder + velvet pants

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday outfits
Coming in red hot with another festive look for the holidays. Featuring luxe velvet, refined off-the-shoulder detailing, trendy leopard, and of course statement-worthy red, this outfit pretty much has it all. But would you believe it's also deceivingly comfortable?
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a holiday jumpsuit outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Ann Taylor leopard heels
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's red blazer outfit ideas
I actually featured these pants last December in this post, but I couldn't resist styling them again this year. Why? The softness! The stretchiness! The versatility! These babies are my secret weapon when I want to look put together (or dare I say, fancy?) but know I'll either A.) be eating a lot, or B.) be lounging/sitting a lot. Best of Both Worlds, I am here for you! 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Rebecca Minkoff gold clutch
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2018 holiday outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday outfit inspiration
I love sprinkling my holiday looks with extra special detailing of the shimmery, sparkly variety. Long, gold earrings like these are refined and light but still bring the drama. I especially love the way they frame my face!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing gold statement earrings from Club Monaco
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper in front of Ralph Lauren NYC at Christmas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2018 holiday party outfit
[blazer: Ann Taylor (similar style here) // bodysuit: Express (I also like this one) // pants: J.Crew // heels: Ann Taylor // clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this one) // earrings: Club Monaco (similar pair here) // gold spike bracelet: Stella & Dot // eyeshadow: Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in "Smoky Storm" // lip color: Nars Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set in "Bondage"]

Christmas in New York City is a special thing. What's amazing is that so many stores, streets, and buildings get into the holiday spirit. Almost everywhere you look, you see larger-than-life decorations and lights, and it is SO picturesque.

Antonio and I took these photos this past weekend right out front of the Ralph Lauren flagship stores on the Upper Eastside. For those who haven't seen it, check out this pic and this pic. You see what I'm saying? ALL out! Sometimes I even feel like I'm in a Hallmark movie...

// SHOP //


Well Plaid // red dress + plaid coat

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's plaid coat outfit idea
For me, holiday fashion means dressing extra bright, extra sparkly, and extra red. That means you'll see me regularly incorporating all of the above into my looks for the next month, starting with this cherry red dress and matching beret
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a red holiday dress
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing ankle-strap embellished heels
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Christmas outfit ideas
To satisfy the "extra sparkly" part of my holiday fashion definition, I'm rocking ankle-strap embellished heels that I typically only wear this time of year. I love that they're simple and demure in the front, and PARTY in the back! A metallic purse is another great way to add subtle shine to any party look, and of course I couldn't forget my go-to chandelier earrings and one of my favorite vintage-inspired necklaces.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper at the Plaza Hotel at Christmas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2018 holiday outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday party outfit ideas
A plaid coat is endlessly versatile, which is why I'm surprised it took me so long to own one. They can easily be dressed up or down, and here, this top layer completes my ensemble with a playful yet sophisticated twist.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a silver Rebecca Minkoff purse
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2018 holiday outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Christmas at Bergdorf Goodman
[dress: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // coat: Sam Edelman // beret: Urban Outfitters // shoes: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // purse: Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this one) // necklace: Madewell (I also like this one) // earrings: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // lip color: Marc Jacobs Le Marc lipstick in "Oh Miley"]

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I'm fully embracing Christmas! If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that Antonio and I were in full-blown decorating mode this weekend. Not only did we get our tree (first fake one I've ever had, RIP), but we decked it out, along with the rest of the apartment, making our entire space feel beautiful and festive. The only problem is, now I don't want to leave the house!

We ended our Saturday night with a trip down memory lane by watching Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't inspire this shoot just a little bit. After all, we shot right outside the Plaza Hotel, which is where a bulk of the movie takes place. NYC at Christmastime is truly something special!

// SHOP //


A Taste Of Drama // turtleneck layered under ruffle top

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper’s turtleneck outfit idea
This holiday season, serve up a look that’s equal parts festive and stylish with a sprinkle of drama and a dash of glam. I'm getting into the spirit with a bold lip, statement earrings, and unexpected layers. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper’s fall street style
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper’s Thanksgiving outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper’s holiday clutch by Rebecca Minkoff
To give my party look a serious revamp, I styled a plain black turtleneck underneath a one-shoulder ruffle top. While I despised turtlenecks when I was younger, I can't get enough of them now — especially for layering! Elevated and easy to wear, this outfit is perfect for any event on your cal. Even better, you'll stand out in the usual crowd of dresses.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper’s 2018 holiday fashion
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper’s 2018 holiday outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a turtleneck layered under a blouse
I love a skirt just as much as the next girl, but there's something powerful about a sharp pair of pants — especially during party season. Introduce the ultimate straight-leg ankle pants to your holiday outfit rotation by pairing them with a top as refined as they are. Extra points for ruffles, velvet, or subtle sparkle. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper’s holiday party outfit ideas
[turtleneck: Ann Taylor // top: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // pants: Ann Taylor // shoes: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // clutch: Rebecca Minkoff // earrings: Anthropologie // eyeshadow: Too Faced Chocolate Gold eyeshadow palette // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics KoKo Collection in “Gorg”]

The holidays are officially here! I don't know about you, but they kind of snuck up on me this year, so I've been looking for as much holiday outfit inspo as possible. This is one look I can see myself turning to time and time again when I'm in a pinch for something chic and easy to wear. And even though I'm doing a low-key Thanksgiving this year with friends in Denver, I know I'll be rocking this next month as Christmas outings pile up.

// SHOP //


With A Side Of Style // burgundy coat + bowtie blouse

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall pics
A proper Thanksgiving outfit needs to be three things: polished, flattering, and comfy. This look is all of the above sprinkled with my own edgy spin on femininity. But no matter what vibe you go for, make sure your holiday turkey is served with a side of style. Too corn-y? Sorry, Thanksgiving turns me into a real HAM. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's hair bow outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's bow tie blouse outfit ideas
Pairing modern stripes with luxe vegan leather, I pulled my look together with a rich burgundy top layer and burst of yellow satin. Ideal for everything Thanksgiving has to offer — from the sit-down dinner to chatting on the couch — this look ensures both style and comfort. Paint on a berry lip and add dainty gold jewelry as a finishing touch.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leather legging outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Thanksgiving outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's burgundy coat outfit ideas
This has been my go-to coat so far this fall. I can't get enough of its deep wine hue and classic, tailored fit. Would you believe me if I told you it only cost $35? I picked it up from Primark in Brooklyn (my mom and I had quite the adventure getting there and back), and it's one of those pieces that looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. In other words, scoop this baby up now before it's too late! Word of advice though — you may want to size up a considerable amount. Here I'm wearing a size 6 (for reference, I'm just under 5'2). 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2018 holiday outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's holiday outfit ideas
[coat: Primark // blouse: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // leggings: Ann Taylor (similar pair here) // booties: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // purse: Zac Posen // hair bow: J. Crew // earrings: Anthropologie (I also like this pair) // lip color: Nars Velvet Lip Glide in "Unspeakable" // eyeshadow: Too Faced Gold Chocolate palette]

The leaves just started turning colors here in NYC, and it's been so refreshing and beautiful to watch. Last year, we didn't get much color due to lack of precipitation, which I didn't even know impacted the leaves changing! I especially love wearing burgundy this time of year because it really pops against the orange and yellow foliage. To me, merlot is the perfect Thanksgiving color!

// SHOP //