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Traveling for Work: New York in the Winter

Burberry coat, J crew skirt, Furla bag and

Burberry coat, J crew skirt, Furla bag and Stuart Weitzman Halftime boots

I’m on my first work trip to New York City for my new job. It’s a totally thrilling experience – new people, new places, intellectual stimulation, beautiful sights…I’m loving it. (Follow along on Instagram for more from the trip.)

I’ve traveled many places for work, including NYC, but never at this time of year. In planning my outfits for the trip, I needed to take into account that it would be much colder than I’m used to coming from California and potentially wet. Another factor was that I’d be  traveling with my boss, which means I wouldn’t want to hassle with changing from flats to heels for meetings and we’d be going rapidly in and out of the subway. I knew I could easily wear a suit and travel with my trusty Burberry trench, but what shoes to wear?

sw_boots_nyc-2016-2My super stylish colleague who used to live and work in NYC turned me onto the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot and the related model (with a slight heel) Halftime Boot. Supremely comfortable because they are made half out of leather and half from stretchy elastic material, I knew that they would be the perfect item to round out my workwear for the trip. The heel provides just the right amount of lift to feel powerful for meetings while still being sturdy enough to trudge in and out of the subways and navigate the busy city streets.

I know these will be a wardrobe workhorse for work and play. As my colleague said, they are iconic for a reason! What are your go-to cold-weather shoes for work?

What to Wear to the Office


Figuring out what to wear to work each day can be a real challenge. I’ve recently A. started a new job and B. started working in an office again after 3 years of being remote. Below are a few of the strategies I’m using to figure out what to wear each day in the office … Continue Reading →

Morning Routine

Cruising around the beautiful Stanford campus.

I love mornings. For me it is a magical time when everything feels fresh. Alot about my mornings has shifted since getting back into an office job after being remote for three years. Below is a look at how I’m starting my workdays. 5:25 am alarm goes off and I hit snooze to snuggle with … Continue Reading →

New Chapter: Stanford University


This has been the year where everything changes – then changes again. My absence from blogging has been for numerous reasons: 1. I moved to San Francisco (talked about here) 2. I ended my marriage after 13 ½ years (talked about here) 3. I interviewed for and got a job in Major Gifts with Stanford … Continue Reading →

My Power Pose Lately


Things change. Interests come and go. For years I was consumed by my career and loved it. I poured over magazines and online sites searching for the right thing to wear for such-and-such occasion. I still love my career but I’ve come to a point where I feel confident in my ability to choose properly … Continue Reading →

House Warming Brunch


I’ve mentioned before that I moved to San Francisco in January. It’s been an incredible change of lifestyle and I’ve had a great time walking around my neighborhood, trying new restaurants and living closer to dear friends. Bit by bit my apartment has been becoming more “me” and feeling like home. And what has really helped me … Continue Reading →

The Multitasking Wardrobe: a Little Lace

Photography by David Kim.

I’ve talked before about how much I like to wear items that can double-time from work to weekend. One of the things I’ve enjoyed recently has been renewing my lingerie wardrobe, with Agent Provocateur being at the top of my list. Given that their pieces are unusual in design, they require special consideration to wear. While the … Continue Reading →

A Place Like Home


At age 14 I visited Italy with my mother. It was a magical trip filled with delicious food, interesting/beautiful sights and sweet moments for us together. I was hooked. Five years later at 19 I chose to study abroad in the Northern Italian town of Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and birthplace of Ferrari – … Continue Reading →

A Day in Florence, Italy


I’m fresh back from a dreamy vacation in Italy. I spent much of the time in Modena (more here) and in Tropea (more here), but for my last day I took a solo trip to Florence. Just 1 hour by train from Modena, I was able to leave after breakfast and return in time for the evening … Continue Reading →

What to Wear: the LBD


Dresses are a fantastic solution for a multitude of work situations. I recently had trustee meetings in Southern California and was delighted to find this number by DVF. It’s got the structure I generally look for in workwear thanks to a thick fabric and strategic seams, but the ruffles at the bottom of the skirt add … Continue Reading →

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    This blog is designed for women who are serious about their professional lives and spend time thinking about how to present the best version of themselves. Here, I seek to balance between fun self-expression fashion and unattainable high-fashion. This is about everyday fashion that makes you feel good!

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