Military Inspired

DIY Forever 21 Military Vest (similar, similar, similar) | White Tank | Forever 21 Tan Pleated Skirt | Military Inspired Steve Madden Booties

I’ve been wearing this vest on repeat non stop. It’s been a great light layer for the daytime and over long sleeve button-ups for when the temps fall at night. It was made for layering. But… it wasn’t that long ago that this pre-vest 3/4 sleeve length jacket was hanging in the back of my closet, because it was one of those pieces that ended up being way too tight on my shoulders. I decided to do something about it, and I had documented my steps on my lovely iPhone, but that phone died a few weeks ago and I lost those pictures. Since so many of you have asked me how I made it, I’ll try and share the steps below and cut-up another jacket I’m ready to part with soon to illustrate the steps in detail.

How to DIY a Military Inspired Vest 

Step One: Select a thick button-up or jacket that you’re a) ready to part with or b) doesn’t fit you properly in the sleeves or shoulders

Step Two: Flatten the jacket and sleeves on a table. Take a pair of fabric scissors and cut the sleeves off from the top to the bottom of the seam. Make sure to make the incision right below the seam, meaning the seam should still be intact after the sleeve has been removed. This way you don’t have to worry about the fabric fraying as much and you won’t necessarily have to seal the seam.

Step Three: Start layering. I’ve worn this under jackets, over tank tops, over button ups, etc – the options are endless.

Here are some more shots of the vest in action here, here and in Instagram Outfit shots all the time!

Empire State of Mind

Anthropologie Poncho (similar)| Black Tee | Green Stevie AG Jeans | Sperry Topsider Cortland Black Leather Boot | Longchamp Le Pliage Bag 

On our last full day visiting CK we trekked back over to Rockefeller Center and took in the views at Top of the Rock. Thankfully it was a beautiful day, the sky was clear and the sun was out in full force. The fact that the viewing areas weren’t crowded made it an optimal day to snap some gorgeous photos. I promise to post some beautiful birds eye view photos I snapped, along with some action shots of myself in another post later this week. Today is reserved for CK and her empire state of mind.

In case you want to see what else we did, here are some shots in Williamsburg Brooklyn, me (BK) posing in front of some Chelsea Street Art, CK and some epic Meatpacking cobblestone, and part one of our NYC details post.

Plaid + Billy’s Bakery

Free People Twisted Hair TieForever 21 Quilted Woven Vest | Trouve Plaid Tunic | BDG Black High Rise Grazer Skinny Jeans | Born Black Boots (similar) | Deena & Ozzy Tote

Words cannot describe how excited I was to finally wear my plaid tunic and quilted vest! So lame I know, but it had been so hot in California I was looking forward to getting my Fall on. CK took these photos of me against this fun graffiti wall near the Highline right after we picked up some sweet treats from Billy’s Bakery in Chelsea. Unfortunately yours truly is still a huge gossip aficionado (I’ve tried to fight the addiction unsuccessfully , so I was quite aware of the fact that it’s Katie Holmes’ favorite bakery and was semi-bummed we didn’t catch a glimpse of fierce Siri. But, I guess it’s for the better, I’m sure Siri would have made me cry after she gave me and my outfit the once over.

Check out other Autumn inspired looks on Friday’s Fancies!

The Meatpacking District

Free People Feather Yarn Striped Beanie | Striped H&M Long Sleeve (similar) | BDG Sleeveless Surpluss Hooded Vest | Forever 21 Jeans | Lonchamp Le Pliage Large Shoulder Tote| Sperry Cortland Leather Boot

Other than my sister CK is gorgeous, this post needs no further text.

State of The Carolina

Free People | Peacemaker Dress, Reversible Fur Vest, and Johnny Tall Boot

It’s been a while since we last had a Carolina post, so I decided to give you all an update on Miss CK. Obvi she’s loving life in New York City and she’s taken a job at the Free People store on the Upper East Side while she continues her job hunt. So, if you’re ever on the UES on 3rd between 75 th and 76 th street pop in and visit CK at work. She’d be more than happy to style you up for Fall!

Don’t forget to LIKE the Free People UES page so you can keep up with Carolina and friends’ store style!

Free People | Ditsy Printed Crop SkinniesClassic Crochet Cuff Henley, Quilted Vegan Leather Jacket &  Converse Tommy Studded Chucks 

The WEEKEND Purchase Old Navy Boots

Anthropologie Necklace, Splendid Top, DVF Embossed Bag, TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Jacket, Current/Elliot Striped Skinny Jeans, Spiked Bracelet, Beaded Bracelet, Old Navy Boots

The Old Navy Boots. So, I know I was supposed to refrain from making any purchases until Feb 1st, but I ran into these boots on sale and I just couldn’t help myself. I made it until the 23rd (a record for me), not exactly Feb 1st – but I had been wanting boots like these and I knew I’d wear them ASAP and tons of times. I already wore them for the rest of the day, so it was a win!

I picked these up in the store for $35, and normally if I’m buying boots I really like for them to be leather, but these were structured exactly how I envisioned my next pair of boots being so it was hard to resist trying them on. The stacked heel, color and height of the shoe really drew me in and when I felt how light and soft the shoe felt when it was on I knew it was a match made in heaven.

What I liked…

Canvas Lining
Stacked Rubber Heel
Shaft is approximately 10″ high
Heel is approximately 3″ high

I have already envisioned all sorts of outfits I’ll be able to wear them with now, in the Spring and Summer! So excited about these, I’m sure you’ll see them in action in a post very, very soon!

Anthropologie Anorak, Free People Bella Donna Dress, Drop Necklace, Stackable Monogram Ring, Z & L Marrakesh Crossbody Bag, Old Navy Boots