Winter texture: Leather, jacquard + suede bows at Liberty Hotel

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BlankNYC jacket in XS, Kenneth Cole skirt in 0P c/o (40% off)
Talbots top, Manolo Blahnik pumps (40% off)
These pumps from last winter are one of those pieces that still put a smile on my face each time they come out. The darker hue is suitable for austere winter outfits, but oversized bows lighten things up a notch. Manolos in my experience run a little big (I took 34.5 in these and am usually US 5 to 5.5), and Nordstrom’s selection of their hard-to-find sizes trumps that of any other store I’ve shopped at. For anyone who may be interested, the same Lisane bow style is back this year in 3 colors, each of which are currently 35-40% off (also love these burgundy classic BB pumps, also on sale and still in sz 35+). If you call and speak with a Nordies sales associate, they should be able to search store inventory for a certain size and ship it free of charge.
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American Apparel sheer dot tights (similar)
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These photos were taken at the Liberty Hotel around their 3rd floor “catwalk,” where they host local fashion shows on Thursdays throughout the year (old photos from a rare weeknight out for me!). I often get questions on where to stay as a visitor to Boston, and I love this place for a few reasons. Very central location aside (steps from the subway, walkable to many areas in Boston and even Cambridge), you get a bonus dose of local history as the structure used to be the Charles Street Jail. This jail opened in 1851 and was actually shut down in 1990 due to “unlawful” overcrowding and poor conditions – hard to imagine when you visit it in its current state! For kicks, here are two photos of the structure from its former jail life:
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The core, open rotunda design was retained in the renovation, along with some original cell doors that you can spot throughout the hotel and its bars.
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My style is admittedly more conservative than edgy, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much wear this jacket’s been getting. In the past I’d probably pair this outfit with a basic blazer, then lament about how the resulting look is too stuffy. This jacket has served as the perfect topper for weekend outfits needing an extra fitted layer. It was re-stocked in black last week, so I hope anyone who wanted to try it was able to pick one up!

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Items from this look, plus a few other shoe styles that are now marked down (in select colors):
Disclosure: Part of this post was sponsored by Manolo Blahnik at Nordstrom.

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Hello! Thanks for your blog, it is very informative and inspiring. Can you tell me if this jacket is actually warm enough for say, 50-60 degrees fahrenheit, or for very cold wind? I live in Miami and even though we don't get snow, it does get into the low 40's sometimes, with the wind being the worst of it. I was wondering if this jacket is comparable to a real-leather jacket when it comes to blocking the wind. Thank you so much!

    Posted 12.2.13 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    What a cute find! I loved poking around the LK Bennett stores while visiting London. Great quality shoes – wish they'd carry more sizes!

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Hi Chiaki, I hate the slippery tights issue so I usually buy my pumps very snug so it's not an issue. You can try shoe inserts in the winter (I use some by Stiletto Hardware ) to make them fit more snug. Good luck!

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  4. Love the color combination! That skirt is phenomenal, and the whole outfit is very rich looking and conservative while remaining a fun youthfulness.


    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  5. FW wrote:

    I'm still coveting your burgundy MB shoes! I ended up getting a similar pair of shoes from LK Bennett (

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  6. Great Holiday look!! The colors are gorgeous together.

    NEW POST:: Black Friday Picks for him & REFLECT in metallic


    Posted 11.28.13 Reply
  7. Chiaki wrote:

    Hi Jean! Always enjoy reading your blog πŸ™‚
    One question – how do you prevent your feet from slipping out when wearing heels?? (is it the pantyhose trick?) It's getting chilly here and Tokyo and I want to start layering with tights, but I could never get too far without my feet slipping out every few steps! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted 11.28.13 Reply
  8. Wonderful outfit! Love all the details!!!
    Love your skirt print and your pumps!!! (Have always loved bows!!!)

    xoxo from Dubai

    Jul du monde des petites

    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    You look absolutely stunning — so gorgeous!! Perfect!

    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Happy early Thanksgiving to you too, Brittany! THank you for your kind words : )

    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    My biggest struggle is the huge discrepancy in temperature between outdoor and indoor! I've been wearing opaque tights and tall boots for warmth when commuting but take them off indoors, so don't have to worry about tights matching outfits.

    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  12. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – for commuting I'm looking to get some fleece-lined tights (hear they are the best!), and my Aquitalia weather-proof boots have been very useful so far this season for balancing on the subway while staying warm. I also get gloves in sz XS from H&M; which fit pretty snug and are affordable. On less frigid days, my Sperry's have been serving well since they have a good flat traction sole.

    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  13. Priscilla wrote:

    So gorgeous Jean! I wish I had your luscious locks Xx

    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  14. Jean wrote:

    Thanks! The skirt fit perfectly as-is – I was very impressed considering I've tried on other Kenneth Cole petites items and they ran a little big.

    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  15. Jean wrote:

    Hi Wendy! I thought they were the same but I just looked up my old receipt and mine are "Burgundy" and this years are Purple. Hope you end up finding the shoes you want! I loved these last year in gray flannel too.

    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi jean

    A great outfit. I love the MB shoes. Can I check with you if the current Nordies Purple MB is the same as your pair? Is it the same shade?

    Thanks so much cos I've been wanting to nail this pair of MB.


    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  17. Brittany wrote:

    You fit the setting so perfectly, Jean!! πŸ™‚

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! I'm certainly grateful for the wonderful bloggers like you who bring amazing style posts to us πŸ™‚


    Posted 11.27.13 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    The shoes and tights look so great together – the tights look really classy and different! Love the skirt too!

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  19. Suzie Q wrote:

    Love this outfit with the burgundy paired with the metallic print skirt and I especially adore the polka dot tights. That's so cool of you to give some historic insight on the hotel. It's so fascinating that they turned a once previous jail into a chic hotel.

    Suzie Q

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  20. Such a sweet and lovely outfit! We adore all of this prettiness.


    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  21. We love this skirt!

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    Very pretty combination!! Love all of it!

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  23. One item I've found that work, from commuting in the NYC subway…

    leather tech gloves – so you can text without having to take off your gloves:

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  24. Beautiful post! The stocking/shoe photo's looks like it could right out of a advertising campaign (and I say this coming from working in that industry!).

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  25. For me itΒ΄s the same and now I know for sure that now I will fetch my tights with the dots out of my closet πŸ™‚

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    Those shoes are so pretty!
    How do you keep warm in such freezing weather in Boston? I always stuggle what to wear in winter! haha

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    hey jean! could you do a blog post on winter weather appropriate work outfits? especially for those of us who commute via public transit? it's so hard to look cute & stay warm at the same time!

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  28. what cool photos — love your backdrop! xo

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  29. Gorgeous winter look. I appreciate the insight about the hotel.

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  30. Iv wrote:

    The conservative+edgy elements work really well together, though! Did you have to do anything to the skirt, or did it already fit that well? The hem line looks spot on!

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  31. heyxgrace wrote:

    Ugh I really can't get enough of those pumps! I had no idea they were going to be included in the Designer Sale! My poor bank account lol

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  32. Carol Li wrote:

    I love this outfit on you. The shoes and tights are so pretty!

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  33. it looks so cool!

    xoxo from rome

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply
  34. Pretty lady πŸ™‚

    Posted 11.26.13 Reply

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