At-Home Comfies // Loungewear I'm Loving

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's work-from-home outfit idea.
Something that's been made abundantly clear to me since self-isolation has begun, is just how little "at home" clothing options I own. I've always wanted to be the girl with cute loungewear; who looks effortlessly cool while just chilling at home. But tbh, I've never thought the investment was worth it — until now. Now, it is VERY worth it.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a comfy outfit for home.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing cute loungewear in spring 2020.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to look cute while working from home.
These days, getting dressed is kinda major. It's one of the few joys and few acts of normalcy we can still engage in. Slipping into something that's not only comfortable but that makes us FEEL good, is priceless. For me, looking put-together, even when I'm slumming it at home, has made me feel like life isn't so topsy-turvy. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing cute PJs.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a white cropped tee and sporty shorts.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing stylish loungewear.
I'll be honest, most days I've just been wearing an old t-shirt and a pair of college sweatpants (that's pretty much all I own in terms of loungewear). But when I do make more of an effort, I feel the difference. 

I bought these shorts just over a year ago and I bought this top much later this past August. At the time, I didn't think I NEEDED these shorts, so it felt like a splurge. And the top, I planned on wearing as a regular "outside" top. Self isolation has been teaching me to get more creative though, and I became ecstatic when I realized I could pair them together for a cute "at home" look that I'm not embarrassed to be photographed in (lol).
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's cute PJs you can wear all day.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's home photo shoot.
[tee: TNA via Aritzia // shorts: TNA via Aritzia but almost sold out (similar pair here) // scrunchies: Wunderkin & Co. (similar here)]

This was somewhat of a spontaneous photo shoot (if you can even call it that!) I was excited to share this lounge outfit — because holy crap I actually discovered I have an acceptable one — and I just wanted to shoot it quickly for IG. But Antonio and I got a bit carried away. I have to admit, it felt amazing to shoot some photos again :)

Annnd, I just ordered a loungewear haul from Aerie, SO prepare to see some more stylish, comfy looks suitable for all of your self-isolation needs. In the meantime, check out some other lounge pieces I'm currently coveting...

MORE CUTE LOUNGEWEAR



Springtime Blues // Cropped Chambray + Leather Pants

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

My world definitely doesn't look like this right now. These were taken much earlier in the month when 2020 Spring Fashion was a still a thing. Now we're all wearing a whole lot more sweat pants and a whole lot less high heels. But while this isn't the year ANYONE had in mind, it won't last forever. Until then, I'm trying to get more creative around the apartment while enjoying spring from the comfort of our home.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's photo shoot on the Upper Westside.

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's date night outfit idea.Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's cute fall outfits for 2020.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a white daisy hair clip by Wunderkin Co.
It's hard to resist a red-lip-denim moment. I love this combo any time of year, but I love even MORE how it came together here with leather trousers, round shades, and an artwork-esque bag. This look is chic, simple, yet majorly impactful.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a leather pants outfit in spring.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing easy ways to look stylish.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing tan sock booties and a leather Staud purse.
When I first spotted this STAUD bag online, I fell in love with its unique shape. STAUD has some of the prettiest, most original purses I've seen, and they're true outfit game-changers. The amount of polish this bag adds to my outfit shouldn't be legal ;)
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a spring outfit idea for work or weekend.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cropped chambray button-down by Rag and Bone.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2020 spring street style.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing spring 2020 fashion trends.
[top: Rag & Bone (I also like this one) // pants: H&M (I also like this pair) // boots: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // purse: STAUD // sunglasses: The Row x Linda Farrow (similar pair here) // necklace 1: Uncommon James // necklace 2: Uncommon James // earrings: Kendra Scott (charms here, hoops here) // hair clip: Wunderkin Co. // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics liquid matte lip kit in "Kristen"]

These are the last of the extra photos Antonio and I took before the Earth flipped upside down. Clearly we won't be able to hit the streets of New York anytime soon for a photo shoot, which definitely hits a somber note — on more levels than one.

I'm not sure how my blog will look moving forward, but we'll take it one week, one day at a time. For now, I'm more thankful than ever for mine and my family's health. Stay well, everyone <3 

// SHOP //


Rock On // Snake Print Dress + Leather Jacket

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an Anthropologie snakeskin dress with a black leather jacket.
A leather moto jacket is SUCH a rockstar piece. Not only is it a closet hero, but — I don't know about you — it effortlessly makes ME feel like an actual celebrity every time I slip it on. Add combat boots and a mini dress and you've got a winning combo that's chic, modern, and hella edgy. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a leather jacket outfit for spring or fall.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's photo shoot in Gramercy Park.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a leather moto jacket.
A dress with combat boots? How very 90s! Make it current by incorporating a so-now print like snakeskin, double hoop earrings, and an on-trend statement bag that's guaranteed to ring in the compliments.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper carrying a Staud black and clear bucket bag.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a dress outfit with combat boots.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Topshop black leather jacket outfit.
You all know I'm a sucker for animal print. Throw some leather into the mix, and I've got a confidence-boosting ensemble worthy of a night out. This is the kind of weekend look I could easily spend all day and/or night in and feel completely comfortable and like myself.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing 2020 spring fashion trends.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring 2020 street style.
[dress: Anthropologie (I also like this one) // jacket: Topshop (similar style here) // boots: SOREL // headband: Sephora (similar style here) // purse: STAUD // earrings: vintage courtesy of my mom (similar styles here and here) // lip color: Urban Decay's Vice Lipstick in "Backtalk"]

Antonio and I snapped these photos in Gramercy Park two weekends ago — before the current madness began. It feels a little strange to be posting as normal, but the truth is, I love sharing my outfits on this platform and I don't want to stop doing that. I need this creative outlet, and I also need a fun distraction. I hope you do too.

I know a look like this isn't something anyone will be wearing anytime soon. But enjoying fashion again is something I'm looking forward to once things start getting back to normal. For now, we must power through and not just carry on, but ROCK on. We got this!

// SHOP //


I'd Be The Man // High-Neck Blouse + Oversized Blazer

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing skinny Rag & Bone jeans.
Sometimes you can't help it; you just feel like a boss. And on those days, projecting confidence comes naturally. But for times when you may need a little extra encouragement, it's amazing how much of a difference an outfit can make. In the words of Taylor Swift, this attitude-enhancing look makes me feel like THE (WO)MAN.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an outfit with a high neck ruffle blouse.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a work outfit for all seasons.Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing her version of The Man music video outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a work outfit with jeans.
With help from Little Women, Victorian blouses are trending especially hard this spring. A high neck, ruffles, pleats, and bows all help differentiate this specific type of top. And with such romantic, traditionally feminine details, I prefer to toughen up the classic vibe with structured, casual pieces — i.e. a pair of skinny jeans and a long-line blazer.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a fitted long blazer outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Alice and Olivia's Time Out crossbody bag.
A great blazer and/or a great pair of jeans can truly alter your energy. I love styling a blazer with graphic tees, denim, hoodies — even bike shorts or sweats — to provide extra polish. In short, it's the ultimate boss piece. Meanwhile, a flattering pair of jeans is ALWAYS a game-changer. You can't go wrong in either.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear skinny jeans to work.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing spring 2020 trends.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing the Victorian blouse trend.
[top: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // blazer: Zara (similar style here) // jeans: Rag & Bone (similar pair here) // boots: Naturalizer // purse: Alice & Olivia (I also like this style) // sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar pair here) // earrings: vintage from my mom (I also like this pair) // lip color: NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in "American Woman"

I'll leave you with this: dress for the person you want to be. Dress for the attitude you want. When you wake up in the morning, what message do you want to project to the world?  

// SHOP //


Wild Card // Leopard Midi Dress + Trench Coat

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a leopard midi dress outfit.
Spring is a wild card. With chilly, frosted mornings and warm, sun-soaked afternoons, dressing can be tricky to say the least. You never know what you're going to get, which means layers are key. So is an effortless look that'll take you from day to night — preferably with leather and animal print ;)
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a spring work outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing 2020's biggest spring trends.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring outfit idea for 2020.
This leopard midi dress is a current favorite of mine and has been since fall. Now that it's not freezing outside, I've been able to dust it off and try my hand at styling it in new ways. Here, I've layered it over a mock neck bodysuit and under a chic trench coat. Pointed-toe booties with an angular heel complete my spring-ready ensemble. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing Naturalizer black booties.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an Ann Taylor trench coat with leather sleeves.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2020 spring street style.
I've said it one hundred times and I'll say it one hundred more: playing with layers is SUCH an easy way to add interest to any outfit — not to mention warmth. Get creative! This bodysuit under this dress helps breathe new life into my look; it adds dimension and polish in an instant. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper carrying a Hobo black patent leather clutch.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a trench coat outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a leopard dress and trench coat outfit.
[dress: Banana Republic (almost sold out, but this one is similar) // turtleneck bodysuit: Express (similar one here) // coat: Ann Taylor (old, but here's a similar style) // boots: Naturalizer // clutch: Hobo (I also like this one) // sunglasses: Ann Taylor (old, but I also like this pair) // earrings: gift (similar pair here) // lip color: Huda Beauty Matte Lipstick in "Joyride"]

My sister and I snapped these photos this past weekend in Atlanta. Antonio and I stayed at a charming bed and breakfast in the Inman Park neighborhood, which is where these pics were taken. Spring is already busting out all over the city — so much green! So many flowers! It was refreshing all around and made me even more jazzed for warmer weather here in New York. This is the kind of outfit I can see myself wearing rain, shine, or whatever this fickle season has to offer! Bring. It. On.   

// SHOP //