Building an edited wardrobe takes time, and patience. Trying to find that perfect piece at the right price, in your size and desired color takes time. When the January sales hit (i.e. now) you must strike while the sartorial iron is hot, but try to refrain from impulse purchases. Take time to research the fabric, fit and care for each item before adding to cart, as many of the deeply discounted duds are final sale. I’m a huge fan of uniform dressing, so my January sales picks add longevity to my existing wardrobe. I’ve rounded up some of my must-have sale items that are up to 70% off from Net-a-Porter and Farfetch.
This collarless Lemaire blazer has just the right amount of monastic meets boyish charm vibe. Opting for an update to the classic blue poplin shirt, this Marni top boasts seasonless potential. A reimagined classic hoop earring feels fresh yet timeless. Schoolgirl nostalgia meets sophisticated comfort in these Mary Jane shoes by The Row. A nod to the 90’s bucket bag, this update from 3.1 Phillip Lim adds structural integrity to any look. Raw edge denim is here to stay, but choosing a silhouette with longevity is key, enter: Rachel Comey jeans.
My husband grew up in Ireland where home remedies trumped prescription medicine and doctor visits. We’ve adopted the same school of thought even though we don’t have the fresh ingredients right outside our doorstep. It may take a google search, time spent reading reviews and a subway ride to hunt down the dried ingredients needed to make the home remedies of yesteryear, but it isn’t without cause. My mother-in-law remembers being forced to drink nettle tea as a child, but never knew why. Last year, a friend of mine told me about the women’s health benefits of drinking raspberry leaf and nettle tea. Most people assume red raspberry leaf and nettle tea is for women who are trying to get pregnant, or who are already pregnant, but that isn’t the case. I don’t fall into either group, I simply want to drink a tea that has health benefits opposed to sugar and caffeine which work against me.
Red raspberry leaves and nettles are high in iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamins B and C, and phosphorus. The combination of these vitamins and minerals help aid in preventing hormonal acne, regulating mood, lessening painful and heavy periods, reduces inflammation, alleviates diarrhea, supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid and spleen.
Once I began drinking it, I couldn’t stop. The hardest part was locating the ingredients. I ended up at Flower Power in the East Village, they have been there for over 20 years. It is a bit dusty and crunchy inside, but the women who work there are very helpful and knowledgable about healing any ailments you may have.
The simple steps to making Nettle Tea:
1/4 cup red raspberry leaves
1/4 cup nettles
4 cups of boiling water
Add ingredients to a bottle or jar, cover and steep tea for a minimum of 4 hours. Strain and store in the fridge for up to one week. If the tea tastes too strong, simply add more water. Enjoy hot or over ice. It’s safe to drink up to 3 cups a day. Feel free to add other ingredients including lemon or ginger.
As the temperature drops, the layers of clothes we wear increases. At times, you may feel like an overstuffed sofa. Lately, my uniform has consisted of high-waisted jeans, the Tie Cuff Shirt from DE SMET and this chunky cropped sweater. The joy of the chunky cropped sweater is the warmth it provides without excess bulk. If you get too hot, simply take it off and drape it over your shoulders, granny style. Another favorite look of mine. Made of 100% wool, you won’t miss the length. The neckline of this style is slightly higher than a crew neck, which is ideal.
There is so much going on in the world this week, I thought we should start it with beautiful imagery from Martien Mulder’s new book, “The City Beautiful.” Capturing how light interacts with the architecture in Chandigarh, India – a city designed by Le Corbusier. His Modernist vision transformed the city after the country won it’s independence in 1947. Mulder says “Of course, as a photographer I am always chasing the light, and, in Chandigarh, the light is just a dream.” She dedicates this book to Le Corbusier’s belief that “architecture is the skillful, correct, and magnificent play of volumes assembled in light.” The outcome is awe-inspiring and fills me with wanderlust.
An excerpt from the book: “We exist by putting one foot in front of the other, drawing our own line through a kind of walking history. If simplicity is a sign of mastery, it is because simplicity allows for the infinite. The only critic is the past, and the only judge is posterity.”
Continue to explore more images from “The City Beautiful” here.
It’s hard to believe it’s already the second week in January. As the Women’s March on Washington approaches next weekend, I can’t help but find solace and motivation in the strong women who fill my Instagram feed…
“Take your broken heart, turn it into art.” Carrie Fisher’s words memorialized by Meryl Streep. @localcreative_