Call of The Wild // leopard skirt + leather jacket

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring 2019 outfit ideas
For the second week in a row, I'm posting about leopard and leather — this killer combo is just that good. And with Spring officially here, I'm particularly loving this look for easing into warmer weather. After all, when the wild calls, you answer!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's moody dark lipstick makeup look
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring outfits
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's rag and bone crossbody purse
Classic with a 'tude, I love how animal print gives major edge to this pencil skirt. Same goes for my leather jacket. While a black blazer may appear more office-friendly, leather adds a rebellious twist that's chic and unexpected.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's date night outfit idea
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring street style
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leather jacket outfit ideas
Black boots would have been the easy choice. Instead, I love how refreshing and modern these white booties feel. They also project major spring vibes.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leopard skirt outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's street style
[faux leather jacket: Guess (I also like this one) // tank: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // skirt: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // boots: Nic & Zoe (similar pair here) // purse: Rag & Bone (I also like this one) // choker: Urban Outfitters (similar one here) // earrings: & Other Stories (I also like this pair) // lip color: Nars Powermatte Lip Luster in "Combat" (sold out, but similar shade by Anastasia Beverly Hills in "Poet")]

 I think my fingers and toes are finally starting to defrost... It's still chilly here in NYC, but at least there's a light at the end of the tunnel! Spring, we see you, we feel you, and we love you. You didn't come a minute too soon! 

// SHOP //


Feline Fatale // leopard pants + necktie blouse

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leopard outfit idea
Take your femme fatale game to new heights with fierce cat prints that scream sexy confidence. Throw on a leather accent and, FORGET about it! Is there anything more sultry? 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's outfits
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Alice and Olivia face purse
Florals for spring are cute. And don't get me wrong, I adore florals, but leopard on the other hand? Leopard is bold, attention-grabbing, and ultrachic. Paired with a conservative Victorian-esque ruffle blouse, it's also unexpected. It's what I like to call, business up top, party on the bottom!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's bowtie blouse outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leather jacket outfit idea
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's necktie blouse outfit
When the clothes speak for themselves, keeping accessories minimal is key. But minimal in no way has to mean boring! This Alice & Olivia face purse is a favorite of mine that's neutral yet packs major personality. I also love these dainty gold earrings. If you look too fast, you just might miss them.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring street style
[blouse: Ann Taylor (I also love this style) // pants: Ann Taylor (I also love this pair) // jacket: Guess (similar one here) // boots: Ann Taylor // purse: Alice & Olivia (I also like this one) // earrings: Anthropologie // lip color: Shiseido Cle de Peau Beaute Lipstick in "Silk Thread"]

This look really jived with me. And while I truly love every outfit I showcase on my blog, this one in particular felt especially "me." I love that it's fun, wild, and super of-the-moment. Both animal print and ruffle necklines were ALL over the runways this past Fashion Month, so prepare to see a whole lot more this season and next! 

This outfit is also crazy versatile. Forget changing clothes after work or bringing a separate pair of heels for date night. This look works as is no matter the event or occasion. How refreshing is that?

// SHOP //


Making Varsity // leopard boots + varsity cardigan

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leopard boots outfit
I like to call this look "collegiate with a twist." On the one hand you've got your varsity cardi (varsity letter and all), velvet knotted headband (feels super schoolgirl, right?), and dark-wash denim (doesn't get much more classic than that). But on the other hand, we're mixing it up with leopard booties (so 2019), acrylic hoops (hello major jewelry trend), and a leather studded crossbody that's edgy in all the right ways. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a red knotted headband
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit idea
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Karl Lagerfeld leopard boots
Once again, I'm styling these gorgeous leopard booties. If it seems like I can't get enough of them, it's probably because I can't. Once you start seeing leopard as a neutral, incorporating it into your wardrobe becomes effortless.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to style a plain black tee
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's varsity cardigan outfit idea
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's rag and bone leather crossbody
These Rag & Bone jeans give me legs for days, which is a big deal because I'm under 5'2." And while I'm definitely not a label snob, it does go to show just how incredible high-quality pieces can make you look and feel. I wish I could pinpoint exactly why this pair is superior to my others, but I'm guessing it's all in the fabric — and of course the little details. These babies have great stretch, impressive resilience, and expertly hug me in all the right places. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's varsity cardigan outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter street style 2019
[cardigan: POPSUGAR x Kohl's Collection (I also like this one) // tee: J Brand // jeans: Rag & Bone (I also like this pair) // boots: Karl Lagerfeld // purse: Rag & Bone (I also like this one) // headband: Anthropologie (similar style here) // sunglasses: Anthropologie (I also like this pair) // earrings: Ann Taylor (similar pair here) // watch: Fossil (super similar one here) // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics matte liquid lip kit in Koko K]

Anyone else have a feeling that March is going to be colder than February? While NYC has essentially avoided snow this entire year, we actually have some slush on the ground currently, which is extra disappointing because it's SO late in the game! So although I may be ditching coats in all my posts going forward, just know that yes, it is still cold, and yes, my down coat is just chilling on the ground out of frame ;) 

// SHOP //


Feeling Fresh // Lavender Coat + Windowpane Pants

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit idea for work
As much as I'm craving spring, and boy I am READY for it, winter is still here and the cold is sticking around. To keep things fresh, I'm injecting bursts of color into my wardrobe and polishing my looks off with eye-catching accessories.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a lavender coat
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's checkered pants outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's silver booties outfit
I've been relying on knotted headbands lately to carry me through bad hair days and/or to be the cherry on top of my OOTDs. I have a black one, a red velvet one, and this canary yellow version, which just so happens to be my favorite. This shade of yellow is surprisingly versatile and I find myself pairing it with every color under the sun.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a yellow fabric headband
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to dress up a sweatshirt
Nyc beauty blogger Kathleen Harper's spring makeup ideas
I've brought my lavender cocoon coat back out this season, and it feels SO right for this time of year. I'm dying to bust out more pastels and embrace warmer weather, but when it's still 30 degrees outside, this coat feels like a solid compromise. I have to say though, it's definitely not my warmest coat, so heavy layering is encouraged — hence my "199x" sweatshirt that I've been wearing on repeat.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's purple coat outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 winter street style
[coat: Max & Riley boutique in Boston (similar style here) // sweatshirt: Theory (I also like this one) // pants: Banana Republic (similar pair here) // booties: Zara (I also like this pair) // purse: Rebecca Minkoff (similar style here) // headband: Anthropologie // earrings: Anthropologie (I also like this pair) // watch: Fossil (similar style here) // lip color: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in "Lovesick"]

I love playing with juxtaposition, and I've recently gotten super into sweatshirts. In order to reasonably wear them at work, I've had to get a little creative with my styling. Here, I'm rocking plaid trousers, which instantly provide polish and professionalism to a notoriously casual piece. I've also layered collared blouses or turtlenecks underneath my sweatshirts, worn blazers over them, or teamed them with a pencil skirt and sneakers. 

// SHOP //

Silver Fox // metallic puffer + high-waisted jeans

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's puffer coat winter street style
Ever have one of those pieces that makes you feel instantly cool when you put it on? Meet my Levi’s silver puffer coat. Not only is it an item I feel confident in and love wearing, but it makes me feel especially stylish and trendy — no matter what I have on underneath. Maybe there’s some magic secretly woven into these gorgeous marshmallow panels of shiny goodness!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Levi's silver puffer coat
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Levi's street style outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Levi's wedgie straight jeans
This puffer has been one of my pride-and-joy pieces this past winter. Unique, eye-catching, and certainly statement-making, it’s helped me step up my fashion game in a fun and unexpected way. But it’s not just the metallic finish that I love — the crop shape is super flattering and the down, insulated padding is toasty and soft. Oh and the compliments? Constant ;)
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter beauty look with a red lip
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper in a Levi's crop top and high-waisted jeans
I’ve been having a lot of fun these past few seasons slowly (but surely) revamping my denim closet. For the longest time I played it safe and stuck to basic skinny jeans — maybe throwing in a girlfriend or a high-waisted pair here and there. But for the most part, I had my go-to denim look and I was cool with it. Lately though, I’ve been widening my horizons, playing with mom fits, baggy fits, straight styles, bootcut, and more. The Levi’s Wedgie Straight Fit jean is iconic, and I’ve been rocking this uber high-waisted pair with endless crop tops and tees. I love that they’re subtly sexy while maintaining a relaxed yet modern vibe.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's silver puffer coat outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's puffer coat outfit
[coat: Levi's // top: Levi's (sold out, but I also like this one) // jeans: Levi's Wedgie Jeans // boots: Nic & Zoe (almost sold out, but I also like this pair) // hat: Loft (old, but I also like this one) // purse: Michael Kors (I also like this one) // necklace: Tiffany & Co. // rings: John Hardy (I also like this one) // earrings: John Hardy (I also like this pair) // watch: Fossil (I also like this one) // bangles: Alex & Ani // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // lip color: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in "Spike" (similar shade in "Garnet")]

 It’s cold, we’re not happy about it, but here we are. I keep thinking spring has GOT to be just around the corner, but who am I kidding? It’s February! We’re easily going to be shivering in our boots for another two whole months. In times like these, I try to refresh my spirit through my wardrobe — think interesting silhouettes, bold colors, fun prints, and unique textures. In other words, my metallic puffer is pulling serious double duty, and I am A-O-K with that 👌 

// SHOP //