Sweet & Vicious

02-P2830380 Welcome back! We ran off to NYC for the weekend, hence the little lull in posts. More on that in a bit! Let's get right down to it because this R29 Awesome Outfits to Copy All July Long challenge is almost done for!

Day 19: "Old college sweatshirts can look a little schlubby for everyday wear, but not if you pair it with a super-slick pencil skirt (chunky heels in this case are an absolute must)." 


True, it's a knit, not a sweatshirt.

True, I found it in the little boys' department last year.

True, the closest I've come to attending BU is seeing Jack White play at Agganis, which is to say not close at all.

But damn, does it look rad with this Safari Cat Long No. 2 Pencil Skirt from J. Crew! And these lipstick red suede heels by Franco Sarto! I was really pleased with the outcome and will definitely revisit this one as temps cool in autumn.

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Since the point was to negate any schlubbiness with some polish, I felt the heel were appropriate, as well as the addition of this J. Crew pearl necklace (similar here) and an Elie Tahari leather jacket in a pale chestnut leather. The lipstick bullet was a defiant last-minute add-on, and I borrowed M's Jack Wills backpack. Love the khaki olive color with this outfit, too!


So, NYC! We have a big trip coming up in October; we're heading home for my kid brother's wedding! We'll be gone like five nights or something, and with Gunny now we felt it was time to find a local petsitter who can come and be with them while we're out of town. The doggy hotel is nice but ends up costing as much as a 4-star human hotel, and back home we had a handful of pals who were happy to stay with the dogs whenever we were away.


Long story short, we found someone amazing through a website that caters to matching pet owners with great pet sitters, and her first weekend with them went swimmingly, which is a very wonderful and welcome relief. Plus, we had an amazing whirlwind weekend showing the kid around the Big Apple for her first time.

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We booked a last-minute hotel with an incredible rooftop terrace just a few blocks away from Central Park in Midtown, and Saturday was absolutely perfect weather for strolling through the park, showing the petite Bethesda Fountain and cooling off at the Boathouse, checking out the carousel and people-watching and just enjoying our surroundings.



We took a break to nibble on a cheese plate back at the hotel, then walked around Rockefeller Plaza, freshened up and enjoyed the sunset from the rooftop terrace with its perfect view of the Chrysler Building before walking a few blocks down to the same awesome Puerto Rican restaurant M & I went to when we visited together way back in 2007. (It's loud, rowdy and completely bananas on a Saturday night, but the rellenos de papa and ropa vieja are definitely worth it.)

On Sunday morning M popped out to bring us coffee and pastries in bed, and then we did a little SoHo shopping (highlights: Bond No. 9 and Uniqlo) before our NoHo brunch at The Smile with a few old but good friends of mine, which may or may not have spilled over into Sweet & Vicious for jargaritas. You heard that right, jargaritas! By then the rain had arrived in earnest and so we reluctantly packed back into the car for the ride home, but not before scarfing down two slices of pizza each. Yum!


It was perfect. I cannot wait to do it all over again.

More soon, babes!