Sofia Cashmere Fur-Collar Coat (Tahari Dupe here) | Banana Republic Windowpane Dress (similar here) | Celine Mini Luggage Tote | Over-The-Knee Boots | Gentle Monster x Song of Style Sunglasses
Welcome to my new career series: 9-to-the-Nines! The title is a spin off of the typical 9-5, since my job as a broadcast journalist can be more like a 9-9 (or with more unpredictable hours, like a 3 a.m. to noon shift). It also plays off the phrase “dressed to the nines.”
Being a TV reporter is very much a (fun) whirlwind. People always ask me what a typical day looks like, and the answer truly is there isn’t one! I need to be prepared to run from an interview at Philadelphia City Hall to a water main break to a homicide scene in a matter of minutes. That means my wardrobe has to look professional on-air but still be practical on-the-ground. I do keep “back-up” outfits at my desk, but I try to dress appropriately and comfortably each day.
My career path also requires a level of care about image, which has always been a strange concept for me. While I’ve always loved fashion, I didn’t touch makeup until I was in my early 20s! It took me a while to figure out that eyebrows really do define a face, can I get an amen? In this series, I’ll also be sharing my favorite beauty picks. Stila’s ‘Stay All Day’ liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Patina’ is my daily go-to both on and off-air. Its staying power is unmatched, and the color goes well with everything!
I think many can attest to the seeming correlation between looking and feeling your best. Even if my workload gets overwhelming, knowing that I can at least “have it together” in one department helps me attack my tasks with more confidence. Besides just sharing workwear, I also plan to interview bold career women who inspire me. I hope this series inspires you, too!
Madewell Velvet Overalls | Striped Sailor Tee | Canada Goose Shelburne Parka | Jeffrey Campbell Pearl Heel Booties and Suede Version (size up half a size) | Sugarfix by Baublebar Tassel Earrings |
Velvet is a classic, timeless holiday texture, and I love the overalls trend; naturally, this pair of Madewell overalls instantly caught my eye. I paired them with a striped sailor tee for a casual weekend look, but a plaid top or chambray shirt would dress up the look. I’ve also gotten so many compliments on these booties, which have a gold and pearl detail on the heel. They have comfortably trekked through the streets of New York City during a recent trip and also through my daily workwear as a reporter. Add some extra flair with a fun pair of earrings, like these mint tassel drops that are less than $15!
One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is picking a real Christmas tree. It’s festive and traditional, and the pine scent it leaves around home instantly makes me happy. There are plenty of places around the Philadelphia region where you can pick up live trees and wreaths, but I stumbled upon this perfect lot at the Lemon Hill Mansion. From the sprawling hilltop, you can see the Philadelphia skyline on one side, the Schuylkill River on another, and the historic mansion built in 1799.
Other great options include:
–Linvilla Orchards | Media, PA (also my favorite place to pick apples in the fall)
–Bustard’s Christmas Trees | Lansdale, PA
–Marsh Creek Tree Farms | Elverson, PA
–Willard Family Christmas Trees | Newtown, PA – Washington Crossing, PA – Columbus, NJ – Hamilton, NJ
–Terrain | Glen Mills, PA (for baby tabletop firs, garlands, wreaths)
This marigold beauty is perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s cute with a great price point but more importantly, it’s loose around the waist, so you can eat to your heart’s content. I paired it with leather booties and a leather jacket to edge up the look, but you can also wear it with simple heels to make the ruffle neckline the focal point. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday!
I’ve rounded up my top picks under $200 from the Nordstrom Fall Sale for every occasion. I chose items that are simple but have a unique quality to them. For example, these Topshop beaded mom jeans have a relaxed fit and wash but the gorgeous embellishment adds a little extra flair. All of these items can be dressed up or down. If there’s something specific you’re looking for, feel free to message me and I’ll send you my suggestions!
Free People Chamomile Cardigan: $78 | Adelyn Rae Lace Sheath Dress $59 | Halogen Ruffle Hem Top $35 | Blondo Olivia Waterproof Knee High Boot $169 | Street Level Velvet Backpack $29 | Le Specs Cat Eye Sunglasses $47 | Lauren Lorraine Ruby Embellished Half D’Orsay Pump $59 | Vince Camuto Down Fill Parka $199 | Topshop Beaded Mom Jeans $144
‘Tis the season for chunky knits; if there’s only one you add to your wardrobe this fall, make it the Free People Park City pullover. It comes in ivory, terracotta, turquoise, and wine, and this waffle-knit is the perfect piece to layer over stripes and under a coat. Instead of buying a ton of cheaper pieces and replacing them every year, I like to collect investment items that I adore and know will stay with me for a while.
Photography: Caleb Church
Joggers are one of my closet staples because of their versatility; they look equally as good dressed up or dressed down. Wear them with sneakers for a casual weekend look or with heels and a dressy top for the workday.
Sequins, tulle, and pastel: three of my favorite details seamlessly come together in what I consider my ethereal ‘fairy’ dress. Inside is a shorter, separate slip that adds a subtly flirty feel to the midi length, a current favorite style of mine. Add a pair of bright white sandals and cat-eye sunglasses to complete the look.
Photography: Rosie Simmons