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Closet Staple: Madewell Boots

Beauty + FashionHailey Andresen4 Comments

I've been wearing the same heeled black ankle boots for years. I didn't realize just how bad the heels had been worn down until I had a fresh new pair to compare them to. To be totally honest after seeing the two side by side I'm surprised I couldn't feel how uneven they were - that's how bad it was. Haha. So with the cold weather finally here I figured I deserved the upgrade. These Madewell boots go with just about everything in my closet, which I am all about. As Brooklynites there's no room for excess so the more I can wear these with the better. 

Has anyone else gutted their closet since becoming a mother? I went through a huge closet purge before we moved to New York and it seems like every few months since I just keep getting rid of more and more. I used to hold on to items I might wear down the line, but of course never did and didn't really love. I'm certainly not a textbook minimalist by any stretch, but it feels so nice to get rid of what I don't need and open my closet doors to find items I want to wear. It's taken close to two years to really get there, but I'm glad I've held out and have made thoughtful purchases rather than snagging anything I could find in my price range. Anyone who lives or has visited Phoenix knows the trap that is called Last Chance. When everything is $5 it makes it hard to say no. Haha. 

PS. Madewell is hosting a #wellheeled #contest for a $2000 shopping spree, two pairs of boots and a handful of other goodies. Swing by their site to learn more!

Photography by Amy Frances. Clothing provided by NicoNico. Boots by Madewell


Closet Staples: Lo & Sons

Beauty + FashionHailey Andresen3 Comments

When Owen was first born I swear I basically carried an overnight bag around with everything under the sun for the simplest errand. I would just throw what I thought were the essentials into one large tote bag (which was a lot) and when we were out and about I would have the hardest time finding anything. Sound familiar to anyone? Over the past year I have learned that I need less and less and less. Funny how that happens right? I mean what are the chances I’m going to need eight diapers and five toys when I run out for a cup of coffee? But just like anything else in motherhood there’s a learning curve with these things, and over the past year my diaper bag has definitely become smaller and smaller. While this bag certainly wouldn’t suffice for an entire day, it was perfect for running into the city to grab coffee, have a pastry and shoot at Washington Square park for a couple hours. Believe it or not, I actually fit two diapers, a changing pad, wipes, my wallet, keys, Owen’s pacifier, and my phone with room to spare in the bag you see here. It’s the perfect small purse if you ask me.

I attribute this to the fact that Lo & Sons is known for creating bags with all the right compartments. Helen Lo and her two sons started the company after Helen had abandoned yet another bag. She kept having issues finding the right bag for her travels and so her son’s quit their day jobs to make their mom’s dream a reality. How sweet is that!? Their goal was to design bags that allow you to travel light without compromising functionality or style. Helen and her sons aim for less fumbling and more globetrotting and have created a collection that does just that.

Photography by Amy Frances

Sponsored by Lo & Sons

Closet Staples: Ace & Jig

Beauty + FashionHailey AndresenComment

I've admired the owners of Ace & Jig, Cary and Jenna, for quite sometime. The duo met as fashion interns nearly ten years ago where they bonded over their love for antique textiles. In 2009, after Cary gave birth to her daughter Alice and Jenna gave birth to her son James, they joined forces and started Ace & Jig. Their goal was to design season-less pieces that can be worn for years. Their silhouettes are simple, classic and flattering, and their textiles are stunning. They travel to India multiple times a year to work with textile specialists who are still weaving on ancient hand looms. Cary and Jenna are inspired by textiles with roots that stem from France to Japan. When I first saw their designs I was reminded of the Japanese Boro quilts I had seen in the vintage shop I worked in recently and back in college, Raggedy Threads. 

The piece I'm wearing here is from their exclusive line for Barney's (The Andie T-shirt). While the top is similar in silhouette to a t-shirt, the double-layer cotton canvas makes it feel much more dressed up than your standard tee. I paired this top with my favorite pair of vintage Wranglers. There's something about Ace & Jig's designs that boosts your confidence and gives you a timeless sense of style. I truly feel like this look could have been worn by my grandmother in the 1960's, but is still equally stylish today, and I have a gut feeling when I look back on these images 20 or 30 years from now I'll feel the same. That confidence is truly priceless for me. Especially when it technically involves jeans and a t-shirt (my uniform, haha).

Making investments in garments like this and even just treating myself to a hair appointment or pedicure or cup of coffee on my own has been something I've been trying to make more of a conscious effort of the past couple months. As a mother it's easy to feel like the money or time should go elsewhere, but there's something to be said for doing something nice for yourself. Taking care of yourself as a mother in return is always beneficial for the whole family. It doesn't always have to involve spending money, but if you do feel like treating yourself to a garment that will last you years check out Ace & Jig