The Leather Layer // Paper Bag Pants + Leather Jacket

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper fall street style.
Jacket season is just about here, which is excellent news for layers lovers like myself! And since perfect fall weather never seems to last long in NYC, I'm already taking advantage of the cooler days we've had here. Before we knew it, it'll be coat season...and THAT is something I'm NOT ready for!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a paper bag pants outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing paper bag pants from Athleta.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall outfit inspiration.
I picked this jacket up from Anthropologie in August (happy birthday to me) and I had my first opportunity to wear it two weekends ago. When I think of leather jackets, my mind immediately pictures a black moto, so I love that this is an unexpected take on one of fall's biggest trends.

After all, (faux) leather has invaded the street style scene this season, with bold head-to-toe looks going mainstream. I'm talking leather tops styled with leather trench coats, leather pants, and leather boots on the bottom. But if all of that's a little too leathery for you, a jacket like this one is the perfect way to dip your toe in the trend.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a black bodysuit for fall.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing black slides from Theory.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing 2019 Fall fashion trends.
These paper bag pants have been one of my new favorite things since I tried them on in Athleta back in July. Now that shorts season is coming to a close, I'll be getting even more use out of them. 

They're unbelievably comfortable — as in they feel like a second skin — they're super lightweight and breathable, they're wrinkle resistant, AND they look like a fancy, chic trouser.  
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall outfit idea.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Fall 2019 beauty look.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall fashion outfit ideas.
[bodysuit: Zara (I also like this one) // pants: Athleta // jacket: Anthropologie // Shoes: Theory (similar pair here) // purse: Kenzo (I also like this one) // earrings: & Other Stories (I also like this pair) // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics matte liquid lipstick in "Khlo$"]

I love that this is an outfit that can easily be worn to work but it's not like your other work clothes — they're cool (and comfy) work clothes 😉. They give off a polished downtown vibe that can carry you even beyond the office. 

// SHOP //


Do The Polka // Wrap Top + Levi's

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper at New York Fashion Week 2019.
If there's one thing I've learned in this industry, it's that on-trend looks don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Sometimes a single new item can completely reinvent an outfit. Take this ensemble for example. Everything I'm wearing here is AT LEAST one season old...except my top.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing the best jeans for petite women.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall makeup look with dark lipstick.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall denim outfit idea.
Let's be clear, while every piece, excluding my top, may be "old" by fashion standards, they still look relatively fresh, which means in the REAL WORLD, they may not actually be that old. I get it. But fashion does move fast, so typically, if something is a few seasons old, that can be the difference between on-trend and old-news.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall date night outfit idea.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing hand-painted heels from Naturalizer.Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing white Naturalizer pumps.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall street style.
I decided to add this top to my arsenal because I instantly knew it would upgrade my favorite Levi's jeans (almost a year old). I was also attracted to its retro flair, which I thought would perfectly complement the cat-eye shades (two years old) and white pumps (6 months old) I already owned. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a polka dot wrap top.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a silver Rebecca Minkoff top handle purse.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Levi's wedgie jeans.
My fiancé and I are currently in saving mode, which means I've been creatively challenged with making some of my "old" pieces feel new and modern again. The key lies in how you style them. I've also learned that strategically purchasing a FEW new items here and there can do wonders for your entire wardrobe — no overhaul necessary.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's fall outfit inspiration with jeans and a wrap top.
[top: Nordstrom // jeans: Levi's wedgie fit // heels: Naturalizer // purse: Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // hoop earrings: fine jewelry courtesy of my mom (similar pair here) // lip color: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in "Chaos"]

At the top of every season, scope out the trends and do your research. I keep my pulse on the fashion world through Instagram, people watching IRL, constantly refreshing the "New Arrivals" pages on my favorite brands' sites, and reading posts from Who What Wear and POPSUGAR.

Next, make a list of your MUST-HAVE pieces. This should consist of a few items that encompass your favorite current trends — pieces you know will completely elevate everything else you pair with them. This is the hardest part because it takes some serious thought. My first instinct every other season is to declare I need new EVERYTHING, but when you're on a budget, you have to think objectively. Be honest with yourself!

Once you know what you need to feel stylish for the season ahead, take your time scouring the internet/the world for a good deal. Patience is key here, people. For affordable, fashion-forward items, I love MANGO, TopShop, Zara, Bloomingdales' Aqua line, and Nordstrom's Halogen line.

Remember, a fantastic, on-point pair of heels or a statement-making top is oftentimes ALL YOU NEED to take your older items to the next level 👌

// SHOP //


Third Time's a Charm // Bike Shorts + Denim Jacket

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a fall bike shorts outfit.
You didn't think I'd let summer end without featuring my beloved bike shorts one more time, did ya? I'm not lying when I said I've been living in these guys since July. For pre-fall, I'm styling them with oversized top-layers and thick, cozy crop tops. (check out looks 1 & 2 for more inspo).
NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 fall fashion.
NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a personalized screen-print denim jacket.
NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 fall fashion ideas.
Denim jackets have a way of adding an effortless, cool vibe to any outfit. Whether you throw 'em over your shoulder or wear 'em fully buttoned, they're ideal for this transitional time of year. 
NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's bike short outfit idea.
NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing the gold layered necklace trend.
NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing her favorite high-waisted bike shorts.
Monochrome black with denim on top and a purple pop of pastel makes for an easy look that's casual, on-trend, and flattering. Did I mention comfortable? In high-waisted, stretchy bike shorts, you'll feel as if you're wearing sweatpants!
NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear bike shorts for fall.
NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an Urban Decay naked 3 palette makeup look.
NYC fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's denim jacket outfit idea.
[jacket: Levi's (personalized) // top: Aritzia (I also like this one) // shorts: American Eagle (super similar pair here) // sneakers: Adidas // purse: Rebecca Minkoff (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Ray-Ban // gold chocker 1: Uncommon James // gold chocker 2: Uncommon James // gold pendant necklace: Alexis Bittar (I also like this one) // ear jackets: gift (I also like this pair) // eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked3 palette // lip color: Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in "American Woman"]

Fall may be quickly approaching, but I'm getting as much mileage as I can out of these bike shorts. Next, I plan on wearing them with an oversized sweatshirt. ...You may just have to pry them off my cold, goosebump-ridden legs once winter hits!   

// SHOP //


Snake Bite // Teal Heels + Python-Print Dress

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a snake print dress for fall 2019.
At this point, animal print is no longer a trend. It's a classic. And this classic is more popular than ever as we head into fall. From python to leopard to zebra, the wild must-have is THE neutral to own now. ...Consider me bitten by the animal-print bug — and snake in particular is especially chic and powerful!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an animal print dress for fall 2019.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing teal heeled sandals from Zara.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an Anthropologie python print dress.
For a bold, unexpected twist, step into a jewel-toned pair of heels. I've had these guys for a few years now and they never fail to add a quirky burst of polish — even when paired with the most unlikely of outfits. When mixed with animal print, the result feels super fresh and modern.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Kylie Cosmetics metal liquid lipstick in Reign.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 fall street style.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute fall dress from Anthropologie.
While I love a crossbody — hello convenience and comfort — I've been seeing shorter purse straps lately. It seems the over-the-shoulder strap is making a comeback, and I can't say I hate it. The effortless, glam vibes are definitely there, and I predict we'll be seeing a lot more of this silhouette in the near future!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an animal print outfit in fall 2019.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing 2019 fall style trends.
As soon as I tried this dress on back in the spring, I knew it was special. It fit like a dream and I instantly felt incredible in it. We're talking pre-proposal here, but at that point in time, I had a hunch Antonio would be popping the question at some point this year. So I bought the dress and thought, "This may just be THE dress!" 

Flash forward a month or two and it WAS the dress I wore when he proposed on May 25th :) Obviously it's now even more of a special piece and I feel a whole host of amazing feelings every time I wear it. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing the snake print trend in 2019.
[dress: Anthropologie (sold out, but I also like this one) // heels: Zara (old, but I also like this pair) // bag: Carlo Fellini (vintage, but I also like this one) // dangle earrings: Alexis Bittar (similar pair here) // stud earrings: Diamonds Doing Good (similar pair here) // gold bangle: Alex & Ani // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in "Reign" (sold out, but I also like this option)

Antonio and I snapped these photos just over a week ago, and IT WAS INCREDIBLY HOT. I don't know if you can tell from these photos, but I was practically melting in the heat. And don't get me started on the horrendous humidity — why do you think my hair is in a bun ;) ? 

But just like that, it feels like fall is coming in hot, or err cold! Who's ready for jacket season? ...and more importantly, FASHION MONTH season? 

// SHOP //


Risky Business // Bike Shorts + Oversized Blazer

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's bike shorts outfit ideas.
Suiting but make it sexy. On the fall runways earlier this year, business-with-sex-appeal was a standout trend, and now that fall's upon us, there's no better time to try it out for yourself (hint: it's easy and FUN)! 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing a chic way to wear bike shorts.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a bike shorts work outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing 2019 and 2020 jewelry trends.
A do-it-all blazer is the stylish extra layer you needed yesterday. It never fails to add tomboy edge to any look and, bonus, it's universally flattering! You can literally throw one on over anything and feel instantly put together. 

The variation I'm wearing here is one of my very favorite pieces in my entire closet. I wear it with everything from skinny jeans and a tee to a slinky slip dress. In winter, it looks ultrachic layered over a solid turtleneck.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper sharing ways to wear bike shorts.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a bike shorts and blazer outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an Anthropologie top handle purse.
Style tip: think of bike shorts as a modern, cooler alternative to a mini skirt. Throwing a blazer into the mix gives the look a refined feel. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's hot girls summer pic.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper in Soho.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's tube top outfit idea.
To prevent this trend from looking tacky, it's all about strategic coverage and playing with proportions. A long-sleeved blazer that covers your backside is key. So are extra high-waisted shorts that are not, under any circumstance, short shorts. Last but not least, keep your heel height modest and the design minimal. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's bike shorts outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper sharing Soho photoshoot locations.
[blazer: Elizabeth & James (I also like this one) // tube top: Aritzia // bike shorts: American Eagle // heels: Who What Wear via Target (I also like this pair) // purse: Anthropologie (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar pair here) // necklace: Uncommon James // earrings: vintage via my mom (I also like this pair) // lip color: Tarte's Tarteist Lip Paint in "Delish"

I felt like a million bucks in this ensemble. I wore it over a recent weekend this month where I took a trip to the hair salon (shoutout to Mia Wagner Salon), explored Soho, got milkshakes with Antonio, and ate late-night, rooftop pizza with friends. 

Even more recently, it's been too hot for a blazer, but once it cools down just a tiny bit, I will most definitely revisit this look. I love the empowering mixture of style, confidence, sexy, and business that this outfit exudes. It's a 10 for me! 

// SHOP //