Star Print Dress.

Theory Marah Dress, Vince Camel Coat, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

coat // dress // boots // bag

 

How was your weekend? Mine was… blissfuly uneventful. I really didn’t do much besides go running, work, and clean… sometimes you just need a weekend like that! With all of the travel I have coming up (LA at the end of the month and Europe in mid-February), I am set on getting as ahead on work as possible so that I can really enjoy my time away.

I did see two movies… I went and saw Hidden Figures on Saturday afternoon with a girlfriend, and last night I spontaneously went and saw La La Land in IMAX on my own. Both were so great, for (obviously) very different reasons. Hidden Figures was very empowering (and I learned a lot as it is a true story), and La La Land just made me happy (and want to dance). Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are so good together! One of my goals this year is to see more movies. Going to a movie is one of my favorite things to do, even if I just go by myself… and I feel like there are so many great ones in theaters right now! Manchester by the Sea is next on my list though I know I will bawl my eyes out.

My dress went on sale and is in stock in different sizes at different retailers so I linked to it in four places. But this one from Topshop (listed in the “look for less”) is almost identical and is definitely just as cute.  I am such a sucker for a star print, especially when it is this small. The tiny stars look like polka dots (another fav of mine)… but stars are so much better than dots!

Outfit Details: Vince Coat (also really love this, this, this, and this!) // Theory Dress (also here, here, and here) // Stuart Weitzman Boots // Chanel Purse // Karen Walker Sunglasses // Hotlips Ring (c/o)

Look for Less: Coat (love this one too if you are a size 4!) // Dress // Boots

Theory Marah Dress, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

I know every blogger has a pair of these Stuart Weitzman boots and sometimes I hate myself for having all of the “blogger things,” but I really do just love these so much. I bought these 3 years ago and they’ve held up incredibly well. The suede is still in perfect shape and I replaced the cap on the end of the heel once. Over the past few years I’ve also added the flat pair to my closet in black and grey, and the mid-height pair in tan. When I really like something, I tend to collect it.

Theory Marah Dress, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Theory Marah Dress, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Theory Marah Dress, Vince Camel Coat, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Theory Marah Dress, Vince Camel Coat, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Theory Marah Dress, Vince Camel Coat, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Theory Marah Dress, Vince Camel Coat, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Theory Marah Dress, Vince Camel Coat, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Photography by Lydia Hudgens.

Cozy Grey Dress.

 

Hello hello, and yay… we made it to Friday! I’m feeling ready for the weekend. I have a pretty full day of meetings and then a “me night” tonight. Thinking of either… watching all of the TV while devouring an entire bag of Skinny Pop (my fav snack lately, ha ha) or going to see La La Land. Everyone I know has seen it and I am feeling a little left out – it sounds so incredible! I’m really looking forward to a peaceful weekend. I have a few workouts planned and a movie date with my best friend tomorrow and… that’s it. A nice, blissfully empty weekend.

I did something a little bit crazy this week. Okay, not crazy but a little impulsive. I booked a trip to Europe in mid-February! My friend Stanley is the master of finding inexpensive flights (my round-trip ticket was $400!!) and he was already visiting our friends in Belfast so I decided to go too! I don’t always take advantage of the fact that I can more or less do my work from anywhere and I can. not. wait. We are starting in Copenhagen (for whatever reason, flying to Copenhagen seems to be the secret to traveling inexpensively… tickets out of NYC are cheap and then you can just get $50 flights within Europe to whatever cities you want to go to).

From Copenhagen, we will head to Belfast together and stay with our friend Aly and her family there for five nights…. then I will head to London and Paris (two nights in each) and then then fly home! I am so excited. I am lucky in that I get to travel a lot for the blog but it’s been a while since I went anywhere “just for fun.” Of course I will be writing about the trip and taking photos but I’m excited for time in all four cities to explore on my own schedule and just spend time with my friends. Aly and her husband have three little boys and they are the cutest – and getting so big!!

Outfit Details: J.Crew Coat (4 years old but this, this, this, and this are all just as classic + similar) // Clare V Clutch // AEO Scarf (sold out but obsessed with this one) // LOFT Dress (40% off!) // Express Tights // BP Trolley Boots // Celine Sunglasses

Loft Cozy Flounce Dress | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

I get asked about tights a lot for some reason, and I tell everyone that Express tights are the best out there. Better than Wolford, better than anything…. and also really affordable. They’re super thick and opaque and while I don’t think you are supposed to, I put them in the dryer and they’re fine.

Loft Cozy Flounce Dress | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

You need this dress. Okay, maybe need is too strong of a word, but it’s such a good one. Cozy, comfy, flattering, and warm! It’s a great price (presently 40% off, no code needed) and if they made it in more colors I would be all over it.

Loft Cozy Flounce Dress | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Loft Cozy Flounce Dress | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Loft Cozy Flounce Dress | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Loft Cozy Flounce Dress | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Loft Cozy Flounce Dress | Grace Atwood, The Stripe

photography by Lydia Hudgens.

January Reading List.

I read a lot this month. Blame it on being home for the holidays. But also, there was an unfortunate little incident with Apple, where I was locked out of my account and couldn’t watch any TV (I don’t have cable – I watch everything on my Apple TV!) Lots of good books this month. My favorite was The Perfume Collector but I also really loved Small Great Things and Faithful! I mean, they were all great, but those would be my favorites. I’ve added these all to the new book club page where you can filter and sort to find the perfect book based on what you are looking for!

* I read Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult while I was home at my parents’ house over Christmas. It’s a longer book (467 pages) but still, I read it in just a few days. My family teased me the whole time as I could not put it down. I have been a fan of Jodi Picoult’s work for a long time now (she also wrote two of my favorite books – My Sister’s Keeper and Leaving Time – amongst countless others) and I’m always amazed by how well researched her books are. This one deals with race and does so in an incredibly graceful manner. The plot starts out in a hospital and centers around Ruth, a black nurse; and white supremacist parents. The parents don’t want Ruth to touch their child and so she’s reassigned. Something terrible happens, and before you know it, Ruth is charged with a terrible crime. Picoult writes (believably) from the perspectives of Ruth, the supremacist father, and Kennedy (Ruth’s white lawyer). It’s beautifully written, a page turner, but most importantly, it will make you think a lot about race and privilege.

* Alice Hoffman is one of my mother’s favorite authors and by extension has become one of my favorites. Over the holidays she suggested that I read Faithful, and I finished it within a day. I (literally) could not put it down. It’s a coming of age tale in a weird sense – the main character Shelby is in a terrible car crash (she is the driver) that destroys her best friend Helene. She blames herself for the accident, wishes it were the other way around, and is completely and utterly emotionally devastated by it. Gradually pulls herself together… moving to New York City, getting a job, going back to school, and finding love (a few different times). The realness and rawness of the characters is incredible, and with all of Alice Hoffman’s book, a little magic is involved. You won’t be able to put it down! You’ll laugh and cry but the ending leaves you feeling good.

* Okay, I am embarrassed to admit that I read Mr. President by Katy Evans but you know what? It was a fun read. I was going through a little bit of a rough time at the end of December and I wanted something totally mindless and silly to read. It’s sort of like, Scandal/West Wing meet 50 Shades of Gray. Yeah. I know. Not exactly highbrow and yes, a little bit (scratch that – quite!!) smutty. But it was fun, and sometimes you just need a fun book. If you’re looking for a mindless but steamy romance, pick this up.

* The Perfume Collector, by Kathleen Tessaro was probably the best book I read all month. It was a Christmas gift from my mom, and she has the best taste in books. It follows Grace Munroe as she mysteriously inherits an apartment and a large sum of money from a stranger. The tale weaves through London, New York, Monte Carlo + Paris over several decades. It starts out very slow (albeit mysterious so you are still drawn in) but before you know it, you’re taken on all sorts of twists and turns. Perfume plays a big part of the story, which I loved as I spent the first half of my career working in the perfume business!

Watching Edie by Camilla Way is in a single word, very creepy. I had a lot of anxiety reading it and felt a little sick to my stomach at times. It explores the darker side of female friendships and is also pretty upsetting, but I would still recommend it. It alternate between the stories of two girls (at age 17 and then in their early thirties). You’ll find yourself nervous and a little disturbed but you also won’t be able to put it down.

* Last but not least, I read Local Girls by Caroline Zancan this week. This one took me about 30-40 pages to get into. It starts out slowly, and I actually had the thought, “Do I want to continue this?” several times before I really got into it. But once I did, I was glad I did as it is really well written and fun to read. The book is the story of four close friends, living in Central Florida. They’re working dead-end jobs, unmotivated, and mostly unhappy. The story alternates between a chance encounter with their favorite movie star (on the last night of his life) and a past incident that broke up their group of friends. What I enjoyed most about it was the accurate depiction of friendships at that age (they were 19) and the nostalgia it made me feel (my childhood wasn’t anything like theirs but I had similar situations in my friendships).

Don’t forget to check out our new Book Club page to find the perfect book… and check out last month’s reading list for more inspiration! And I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments… I’m always looking for new books to read!! 🙂

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