Living for Leopard // Soho Photo Shoot with Gaby Deimeke

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper posing in front of wall art in Soho.
I don't care what anyone says, a leopard coat is a winter staple! It's elevated, impactful, and better yet, versatile. I throw mine on whenever my chilly-weather looks need a little more zhush — and you better believe it delivers every time ;)
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a leopard coat outfit in Soho.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter street style.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a black and clear Stuad bucket bag.
Chic, modern accessories help take this outfit to the next level. Even something as simple as a pant silhouette can bring your look to new heights. The pants I'm wearing here feature an updated wide leg with a flattering ankle crop, which I love. Throw a sleek bucket bag, pointed booties, and a tortoise shell bar clip into the mix, and this outfit is instantly 2020-approved.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Soho street style for fall or winter.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper photographed in Soho by Gaby Deimeke.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a tortoise shell hair clip.
A super easy way to ensure you look polished, is to tuck your top into your pants. I used to HATE doing this (and kinda still do...), which is why I've started to make bodysuits a priority in my closet. You get that pulled-together affect without having to fuss over actually tucking your shirt in — and keeping it in. 

I know it can be a hassle, but trust — if you're wearing anything other than a cropped top, oversized sweater, tunic, or flowy shirt, 9 times out of 10 it looks 100 percent better tucked in. So if you're like me and don't want to deal, a bodysuit is your BFF. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter street style in Soho.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's street style with a leopard coat.
[coat: Ann Taylor (old, but I also like this one) // bodysuit: J.Crew (I also like this one) // pants: J.Crew // boots: Naturalizer // purse: Staud // necklace: Anthropologie // hair clip: Wunderkin Co. // earrings: & Other Stories (I also like this pair) // lip color: Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in "Hudson"]

How fun (and gorgeous!) are these photos? I teamed up with NYC photographer Gaby Deimeke (IG here, website here) to capture this winter fashion moment in the streets of Soho. If you're looking for a talented photog, Gaby pretty much does it all — plus she travels for projects and is often in Cali! From weddings to engagement shoots to lifestyle pics, Gaby is SO fun to work with and we had a blast shooting these photos. 

Soho is always an inspiring place to shoot, and Gaby and I got lucky with an overcast day. The two of us just walked around talking, looking for interesting backgrounds, and getting excited when we were able to capture a cab or two in the background (if you know, you know!) I'm already looking forward to an upcoming engagement project Gaby and I have in the works for next month — it should be epic! 

// SHOP //


Feel the Love // Pink + Red Valentine's Day Dress

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a 2020 Valentine's Day outfit.
Pink and red are quintessential Valentine’s Day colors. Put them together, in one dress, and you’ve got a classic date night outfit worthy of VDay and beyond. It may be cliche, but it’s also one heck of a bold choice — in the best way!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a winter or fall date night outfit in 2020.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a trench coat outfit in Winter.
Nyc beauty blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Valentine's Day makeup look.
Pink and red are loud enough on their own - especially in a luxe fabric like satin. To ground my look, I added the blackest of black accessories. My headband, matching heels, and cheeky crossbody ensure this look is wearable no matter where you’re heading. ...Hello wedding season!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a pink and red Valentine's Day outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an Alice & Olivia face purse.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Rebecca Taylor trench coat with ruffles.
I’ve been super into pants lately but there was just something about this dress that really caught my attention. Pink and red is a playful combo that, although slightly unexpected, has been EVERYWHERE this past year. It feels so fresh, so fun! Adding black into the mix gives it a chic, winter-approved twist.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a pink and red dress from Ann Taylor.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing what to wear on a date.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Valentine's Day outfit inspo.
[dress: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // jacket: Rebecca Taylor (I also like this one) // heels: Ann Taylor (similar pair here) // purse: Alice & Olivia (I also like this style) // headband: Anthropologie // necklace: fine jewelry courtesy of my mom (I also like this piece) // earrings: Anthropologie (I also like this pair) // eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 3 palette // lip color: Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipstick in "Sheikha"]

I can't end this post without calling attention to the gorgeous trench coat I'm wearing in some of these pics. A Christmas gift from my mom, this unique jacket takes an essential utility piece and transforms it into something that's just as fresh as the color combo underneath it. And come on — those ruffles? Such an elevated touch.   

Enjoy the rest of your week and happy Valentine's Day!

// SHOP //


Velvet Dreams // Valentine's Day Outfit

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Valentine's Day outfit idea.
No matter WHERE you're headed this Valentine's Day or WHAT your plans are, a stylish, low-key-festive outfit never hurt nobody ;) 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an outfit with a plaid blazer.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing pearl clips in her hair.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's date night outfit idea.
Even if you don't have mega plans on February 14, dressing the part is always fun. After all, V-Day is on a Friday this year, so go ahead and make a night out of it. Whether you're out with your girls, watching movies with your BFF, or dining with your SO, you'll need an outfit for it!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a velvet tank top with a plaid blazer.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper carrying a black and white Staud leather purse.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Valentine's Day outfit.
I love this outfit for Valentine's Day/date night because it's laid-back yet polished, on-trend yet classic. Both in velvet, my burgundy tank and merlot heels are a nod to the holiday, while my pearl accessories are romantic extras that dress up the entire look. Leather pants and an oversized plaid blazer add edge and easy sophistication. 
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an outfit with leather pants.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing burgundy velvet ankle strap heels.
[top: J.Crew (I also like this one) // blazer: H&M (I also like this one) // pants: H&M (I also like this pair) // heels: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // purse: Staud (I also like this one) // hair clips: Amazon // earrings: Anthropologie (similar pair here) // necklace: Kevia (I also like this one) // lip color: Urban Decay Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in "Backtalk"

Valentine's Day can be a tossup for Antonio and I. Last year, HE went all out — had a massive bouquet of flowers delivered to my office, surprised me with fancy dinner plans, wrote me a tear-inducing card, etc. We dressed up, we had a blast, and it was very memorable. However, in years past, we've simply worn jeans and headed to the movies. I'm not sure where we ate dinner, but it was probably at Chipotle or something. 

Our first Valentine's Day in NYC was on a Saturday. He came over to my apartment in the morning carrying pink roses and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. He then took me to Bloomingdales and told me I could pick out anything I wanted (within a certain budget of course.) After shopping, he surprised me with a private mani/pedi complete with champagne and chocolates. Dinner was at Ted's Montana Grill — one of our favorites! 

I, on the other hand, am not as impressive on Valentine's Day. One time I even forgot a card for him so I bought one AND WROTE IN IT inside Duane Reade the day of...while he was picking up something unrelated a few aisles over. Not my finest moment. This year though, I'm taking the reins. It won't be something overly glamorous — our wedding budget will make sure of that — but we'll do SOMETHING. And it'll be sweet and special nonetheless.  

// SHOP //


Windy City Chic // Pink Coat + Silver Boots

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing an outfit with metallic silver boots.
You hear it all the time in the fashion sphere — people talking about how they "can't pull off" a certain look or trend. Leather pants and metallic boots may seem like bold, risky choices, but really it's all about attitude. Henry Ford articulated it best when he said, "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right.” When you feel confident, you look confident — and that, my friends, is what makes ALL the difference.
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper in front of the Sears Tower.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper outside of the Art Institute of Chicago for a photo shoot.
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit for work or date night.
Two words: OWN. IT. Leather-effect pants are having a major moment and I cannot get enough of their sleek and edgy aesthetic. My sister was making fun of me over the holidays because I brought home three pairs of leather pants (I couldn't pack just one because DUH they all have different fits!). The icing on the cake though was when I received a fourth pair as a gift! 
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's street style.
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing metallic silver boots from Zara.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a blush pink coat.
Speaking of gifts, I received this Staud bucket bag for Christmas, and I immediately fell in love with the modern design and on-trend look. Even better, it comes with a crossbody strap, making it way more practical than it may look at first glance.
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a clear and black Staud bucket bag.
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing crystal ear seeds.
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a leather pants outfit.
Chicago fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit idea.
[coat: Ann Taylor (old, but I also like this one), sweater: Ann Taylor (similar one here) // pants: Ann Taylor (similar pair here) // boots: Zara (I also like this pair) // purse: Staud // sunglasses: Anthropologie (I also like this pair) // "K" earrings: Diamonds Doing Good (similar pair here) // earrings: gift (I also like this pair) // lip color: Saint Jane Microdose Lip Gloss in "Nectar"]

I wore this look last month in Chicago during a jam-packed day with my family. We visited the Art Institute and checked out the Andy Warhol exhibit, dined out, and then I caught up with my best friend at a wine bar. I loved how I felt in this outfit, and that confidence carried me through my entire day. 

It can be easy to feel extra when you're outside of NYC. I love how in New York, you automatically feel empowered to dress HOWEVER you want. Thigh-high snake print boots at the office on a Wednesday? YES! Oversized, crazy, fur coat at Trader Joe's just because? YES! New Yorkers cannot be fazed. 

Sometimes I forget that no other place is quite like that. As much as I love Chicago, it's not a fashion capitol by any means. But sometimes that's part of the fun — i.e. standing out and making a statement! I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't let anyone get in the way of YOU being YOU. 

If the metallic boots make you smile, go ahead and wear them...even if you're in the midwest and already wearing sparkly lip gloss, leather pants, and a pink coat...and posing wildly in the street ;) 

// SHOP //


Power Stance // Black (Faux) Leather + Sheer Tights

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing 2020 fashion trends.
A power outfit can take many forms. Sometimes it’s a killer jumpsuit that flatters every curve. Other times, it may be a monochrome suit that not only makes your eyes pop, but looks fierce in a boardroom. If you’re unsure how to find yours, something involving leather is usually a pretty good place to start. Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a peacoat and leather mini skirt in winter 2020.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit inspo for work and date night.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leather mini skirt outfit.
No matter the occasion, a power outfit will make you feel unstoppable, confident, and fabulous. When dreaming up new looks for myself, I have the same goals in mind, but this outfit hit the nail especially on the head. 

A leather mini skirt is inherently sexy, already making it an intriguing choice for a power outfit. Sheer black tights are a chic way to winterify the ensemble, while a classic, black mock neck sweater is just about as versatile as you can get. All in all, this look will turn heads out on the town and command any room at the office.Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Staud black and white croc leather purse.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a leather mini skirt in 2020.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit idea for 2020.
Sometimes an all-black, or a nearly-all-black, outfit is the perfect way to make a statement. Always elevated, polished, and alluring, black gets the job done — whatever job that may be. A moody red lip takes the aesthetic to a whole new level, creating a vibe that's ladylike and daring all at the same time.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a Tiffany & Co. silver Love necklace.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a winter date night outfit in 2020.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's work outfit idea for winter 2020.
[jacket: Ann Taylor (old, but I also like this one) // mock neck: H&M // skirt: Zara (similar one here) // boots: Naturalizer // sheer tights: HUE // purse: Staud (I also like this one) // leather cuff: Michael Dawkins (I also like this one) // Love necklace: Tiffany & Co. // earrings: John Hardy (I also like this pair) // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in "Gorg" (similar shade here in "Rubino")]

Sad story about this jacket: soon after taking these photos — we're talking about 3 hours and two errands later — I noticed the "leather" starting to peel around my arm cuffs. From there, everything went downhill quickly. Within minutes, I noticed another patch and another of flaking leathery pieces. I'd sit down, get up, and a pile of faux leather sprinkles would be left in my seat. I was shedding everywhere and my jacket was literally falling to pieces as I wore it. 

Unfortunately, that's sometimes the problem with faux leather items. I've had this particular coat for five years and I guess it was just it's time. BUT, I haven't tossed it just yet. I'm thinking I'll have the sleeves removed and then use it as a vest. If I'm feeling extra inspired, I could even have different sleeves put on it at some point as well. If you have any ideas, hit me up!

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[Special hand appearance by my dad, lol]
// SHOP //