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 //


The Bold Pursuit // Striped Sweater + Leather Jacket

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a winter outfit at Notre Dame University.
Casual yet polished, this is an everyday outfit I can get behind every day. The best part? It's full of subtle personality. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing her cute winter outfit idea.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leather jacket outfit idea.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a black Zac Posen crossbody purse.
A bold sweater is a fall must in my book. I love that this option is fitted and a great weight, making it perfect for both layering and tucking into any bottoms. To top it off, I added a leather moto jacket to add some edge to its playful feel.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a striped sweater from Nordstrom.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a black jeans outfit with a leather jacket.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Karl Lagerfeld leopard booties.
Leopard booties, oversize heart earrings, a dainty necklace, and moody lip color help make this look one-of-a-kind. The low-key pattern mixing is also a fun way to switch things up without being too loud or risky.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a leather jacket from Topshop.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a winter outfit in 2019.
[jacket: Topshop (similar one here) // sweater: Halogen, Nordstrom // jeans: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // boots: Karl Lagerfeld (I also like this pair) // purse: Zac Posen (I also like this one) // earrings: J.Crew // necklace: Uncommon James // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics liquid metal lipstick in "Reign" (I also like this shade)]

I've spent the past few days visiting my family in the Chicago area. Part of my trip included two days at The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. where my sister is currently a senior. While we were there, my sister, dad, and I had fun shooting these photos around campus. I was so excited to finally capture some fall vibes since most of the leaves have changed there. 

This was a great outfit to explore in, go out to dinner in, and meet my sister's friends in. I felt comfortable and confident all day — not to mention stylish and on-trend!

// SHOP //