How I paired vintage and contemporary pieces to create a classic black and gray winter wardrobe staple.
Location: New Preston, Connecticut
It has been a magical Christmas holiday in wintery Connecticut. My grandparents’ home has been as busy as a train station all week. Family has been coming and going, UPS trucks have been delivering packages, gift wrapping stations throughout the house have been occupied at all times, and mom and her sisters have made the decorations in the house and throughout the property look just right. Christmas Eve Day was perfect- it brought festive flurries just in time for Santa’s arrival.
We are Italian, which means each day is built completely around food. The meals we have each night have been family traditions for generations, and its important to everyone that they’re honored every year. There is a science to coordinating what has to go in the oven when, in order to have dinner ready on time for 15+ people. In our culture the pastas, the meats, the desserts, the wines- they’re what make the Holidays. As I watch my mom and her sisters take over for my grandmother these days, the reality sinks in that these special Christmas memories won’t stay this way forever. It has meant so much for me to be here with a new little family unit of my own.
Now that Christmas Day has passed and the hustle and bustle is beginning to die down a bit, we have found time to take a few afternoon trips to charming nearby towns. We went to New Preston and had the best time shopping in the beautiful boutiques on the main street. Pudge came along too, and left with a fashionable puppy turtleneck sweater. It’s not pictured here, but you can find it on my Instagram.
As I’ve mentioned in several prior posts, my personal style is characterized by my love for mixing and matching vintage pieces with new pieces. I build my new pieces around the old ones. For this day trip, I wore an old Banana Republic black velvet miniskirt, a vintage gray cable-knit oversized sweater that I found in the bureau drawers of the room we are sleeping in at my grandparents’ house, and my new Sam Edelman boots I was given for Christmas. From there, I threw on my new Madison Avenue Wool Cocoon Coat from Tobi.com and accessorized with more Christmas gifts: a big black and white acrylic elastic tribal bangle and a gray and black snakeskin clutch. The cocoon wool jacket is a great piece for my wardrobe. I live in a warmer climate, so the short sleeves make it the perfect weight for Texas winters. When I am traveling in colder climates, I love that I can layer a sweater underneath and see the sleeves.
We are about to leave Connecticut and fly to Los Angeles for the second half of our cross-country family Holiday excursion. Packing for bi-coastal weather is no easy task, so I tried to pack versatile pieces that can keep me comfortable in temperatures between 30 and 70 degrees.
Hoping everyone has been enjoying a wonderful Holiday with their loved ones. As always, thank you for reading!
Shop the look:
Madison Ave Wool Cocoon Coat in Black: on sale for $56
Gray Cable-Knit Sweater (mine is vintage, similar one here): on sale for $228
Black velvet mini skirt (mine is old, similar one here): $88
Black Peyton Stretch Over-The-Knee Boots: $120
Grey Snake Whitney Clutch (sold out, similar one here): on sale for $29.97
Striped Acrylic Stretch Bracelet (similar one here): on sale for $31.15
Clear Glass Chunk Earrings with Black Detail (mine are old, similar pair here): $325