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A Day At The Met

When the weather is rainy, cold and dreary like it was this past weekend, there is really not much for us to do in the city aside from cozying up at home and spending the day watching some Netflix and blogging. Of course, being bunkered down at home every time it rains (which is a lot in NYC, especially during the Fall/Winter months) can get quite boring, so we switched things up this past weekend and headed to the Metropolitan Museum together.

Jess: So, if you know me personally, you may or may not recognize this checkered cotton dress that I have absolutely worn to pieces over the past couple of years. It's actually one of my most worn and loved pieces of all time, and it was less than 20 bucks at Forever 21. Not going to lie, I've worn it to sleep, on the Bolt bus between Maryland and New York, and on plenty of plane rides since it's so soft and comfy. Unfortunately, it gets a bit shorter every time I throw it into the washer and dryer, and has become a bit too short to wear alone as a dress without anything underneath. I borrowed Mel's tights since I was hanging out at her apartment all day, and also decided to finally break out my brown leather boots from Steve Madden that I have yet to wear this season (Fun fact- I walked 33 miles in London with these babies and they haven't failed on me yet!). I kept the look very casual with a leather baseball cap from Aritzia that I picked up after much contemplation in Vancouver and a small cross-body bag from Tory Burch that fits all my essentials. For a bit of added glam (it wouldn't be a Jess outfit without a little sparkle), I added a gorgeous glass and rhinestone necklace from Bauble Bar I picked up at Nordstrom!

Mel: To be completely honest, I have a short attention span, and spending my limited free time at museums is not really my ideal weekend. However, since I live pretty close to the Met (10 min walk), it wasn't much of an effort to drag myself out of the apartment, put on a banging outfit, and explore the museum for a few hours. Being a first year analyst and living in Manhattan, I definitely don't have an unlimited budget to go shopping every weekend, so I like to dig through my closet and find old pieces that I can bring to life again in new ways. For example, this skirt was my go-to during my college days, and unfortunately I have neglected it the past few fall seasons. Since it is one of the last weeks I can go bare legged this year, I wanted to seize the opportunity to showcase it in this post! I am usually not a fan of black and brown pairings, but I learned that if you wear black with a warm, reddish brown - similar to cognac, it wears a lot better than if you had paired it with dark, muddy brown. It may be surprising, but my solid black top is actually a velvet peplum I bought last year at Zara during their black Friday sale (30% off everything!). Because of the material and the very low-cut neckline, it is more of a night-time, going-out top then something that is appropriate for the day. However, since I have been skipping those bar crawls lately (paying for those $15 gin and tonics is not sustainable on a weekly basis), it has not made an appearance this season yet. To make it more wearable in the daytime, I layered a striped bodysuit underneath which not only provided a great buffer to the two solid pieces, but also an extra layer of warmth. This outfit can be elevated by going all out on some accessories, but I did not have the time or patience that morning to untangle my layered lariats, so I just finished this look off with some ankle booties!

Thank you always for reading and supporting our blog!

Love Always,

Jessica & Melissa


Outfit Details

Jess: Dress - Forever 21 (long sleeve) (Rachel Parcell: similar), Baseball cap - Aritzia, Leggings - Uniqlo, Boots - Steve Madden (similar style)

Mel: Striped Top - H&M, Black Top - Zara (similar), Skirt -Forever 21 (similar) , Shoes - Dolce Vita (similar)

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