Third Time’s A Charm

Do you have these days when you have the perfect plan for a night out and your hair and makeup is on point, your outfit is banging and in the end the weather has a different plan for you? Well, I had it happen to me recently. I have mentioned before, I like to take short weekend trips with my husband and explore new places or go back to places we already love.

One of our favorite spots we visit over and over again is the National Harbor in Maryland. Located close to Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA, this is the perfect place for great times with tons of restaurants, night life and historic sites.

So we are there and ready to go out, I am loving my outfit and of course planning to take few pictures of it before dinner. The moment we get out of the hotel it started to rain like cats and dogs and my shoot is ruined. We end up having a great time despite the rain and I decided to wear it again just to take the photos.

It’s that simple right? Wrong! We get back and the following weekend I put my outfit on for the second time and its picture time and again the weather is a total bummer. It was so dark and gray outside, I only had one usable photo. At this point I was getting a little annoyed, but also very determined to have these pictures taken.

So “third time’s a charm” couldn’t be more true than in this case and finally I got the photos for this post. I didn’t let some weather to stay in my way. Of course I have to break down the details for you.

My jacket is Rachel Zoe and was only just over a $100, down from $1300 at a sample sale. My dress is Zara and I got it from their sale for $15.99. Originally I had on Charlotte Olympia wedge sandals, but by the third shoot it got so cold I had to wear my Karen Millen booties. My jewelry is DVF and A.V.MAxx all sample sale finds.

My Obsession With Capes Is Real

I am obsessed with capes. I don’t remember how and when it started, but all I know is that I am obsessed with them. Let me tell you, I love all clothes and collect them in few categories, but when it comes to capes it’s a whole different story.

I found one of my all time favorite capes many years ago in a vintage store in Manhattan and every time I wear it, people will literally stop me on the street. I still have it and wear it every winter and will get the same reaction every single time.

The latest one I found was on one of my trips to Upstate New York. There is cute vintage store and  every time I am in the area I have to check out and chat with owner. When I got there that day, she had just put out a new rack of garments. The first thing I saw was this gorgeous gray cape, right then and there I knew it was coming home with me, but to be honest most capes I meet do 🙂

I love the color, I love the style and the price was amazing too. The owner gave me sweet little discount and made my day even better.

The day I was ready to wear it, I was not sure where I wanted to shoot my look, then it hit me, the charming  streets of Hoboken, NJ are the perfect background to showcase this beauty.

Here is the perfect place to mention few more things on how to wear vintage, but look current. I love vintage pieces, but don’t like to have  a vintage look. In order to achieve that, I only wear one vintage piece at a time, everything else has to be modern. In my case here are all the other elements of my look. New and on trend.

My jeans are from Target ( you have seen them many times, they are the best jeans ever ), my over the knee boots are Elie Tahari a penny find from Nordstrom rack, turtle neck is Zara and my bag is Karen Millen.

By now you know I find everything on sale or from sample sales and some of the styles are not available, but I linked similar pieces below in case you want to recreate  my look.