New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind

My trip last week to felt like it lasted a New York Minute, and no, I’m talking about the Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen classic, it was simply a whirlwind of experiencing the very best of the Big Apple in just four days.

I headed to NYC for the  first time in about five years to celebrate my 24th birthday and experience Thanksgiving with my best friend and it couldn’t have been a better visit! This would be the third trip this year where I’ve stayed with a local, which I’ve loved because it takes a lot of guess work out of getting around. In a city like New York, I can use all the help I can get.

On day one, we hit the ground running with a scenic ferry ride to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, which were both historical and great views of the city. We took a stop through Times Square before having dinner at Chinese Tuxedo and then finishing up the night for drinks at NoMo Kitchen in Soho. It was the perfect way to toast to the end of 23.

We painted the town red on my birthday and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. After donuts from Peter Pan’s, we hopped on the Gossip Girl site tour, a personal favorite, to act out our fantasies of the Upper East Side for the afternoon. Highlights included seeing Constance, sitting on The Met steps, and getting sweets at Dylan’s Candy Bar! If you’re a fan of the show, I’d highly recommend it. Following the tour, we headed to Soho, one of my favorite areas to window shop before getting ready for dinner at Peter Luger, one of the best known steak dinners in New York, and it did not disappoint. The night ended with a scenic view of the whole city from Westlight in Brooklyn!

I  had what I’d consider a true New York Thanksgiving by beating the crowds to Central Park and 72nd to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was really fun to be a part of the action this year, and after we strolled through Central Park. We took more photos at Dumbo and around the Brooklyn Bridge before having a laid back night.

 

On my final day, the morning started at Sadelle’s, a NYC bagel and lox institution adorned in Tiffany blue decor with the best french toast I’ve ever had. I  made sure to check out the Volez, Voguez, Voyagez -Louis Vuitton exhibit. (It’s free to the public and open till January 7th) If you’re a fashion lover, you’d enjoy it. Just steps from the 9/11 Memorial and The Oculus, it was perfect to check those off my bucket-list too! After the day in Manhattan, I  grabbed a slice of pizza at Williamsburg Pizza before heading home.

Like most of my trips, I squeezed a lot in a short amount of time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You can check out the map below to see everywhere I went!

This was an incredible trip to start 24 and catch up with old friends! Next week I’ll be sharing more fall to winter looks as the countdown to Christmas begins!

Happy Friday,

TW

 

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is fast approaching, seriously, I can count the weeks left till I  head home for Christmas on one hand! Since I’ve had some travel sprinkled throughout the last two months of the year, I’ve made it a point to get all of my holiday shopping done earlier this year! Take a look at what I’m gifting this year from some great places, big and small!

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For the Sports Fan: Designs by Patterson, created by couple Matt & Anna, creates unique stipple art of your favorite sports team’s stadiums. For the baseball lover in your life, in my case, my grandfather, this Yankee Stadium print will be perfect. Check out their Etsy shop for over 50 unique products and receive 10% off when you use the promo code WITTSTYLE at checkout until 12/6.  (Under $25)

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For the Traveler: If you follow me on Instagram, or know me personally, you’ve seen or heard me rave about the Wildsam Field Guides on my travels. These guide books are so well done, mixing facts about your destination with personal stories and maps for every kind of traveler. They’re fun to collect too. (Under $20)

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For the One Running Late: Watches are a great gift because everyone can always use a new one! I found Wolfpoint Chicago, an up and coming watch company that I’m partnering with this holiday season. After 20 years in the industry, Wolfpoint is dedicating its efforts to establishing itself as the premiere watch of Chicago. With a beautiful look and price friendly, I believe that’s possible. (Under $150)

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For the Fashion Lover: La Matera, an artisan leather company, reached out this holiday season to work together on Instagram and I’m loving what they sent over! The woven print stands out in my closet and works great with just about any pair of pants. Check out more from their website, including the Paloma Belt pictured above. You can use bakertw10 for 10% off your order until December 31st. (Under $150)

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For the Artist: Pennants are popping up everywhere these days! Whether in a boutique or at home, I’m seeing them created in great colors with cute sayings. I  reached out to Than and Chandler, another artistic couple, about creating some pennants this year. This Midwest mini pennant is a great stocking stuffer. Check out more of what they make on their Instagram page. (Under $20)

I love all of the gifts I’m giving out this year because they blend personal sentiment and quality materials perfectly. It’s been fantastic working with local and small businesses to create this guide. Can’t wait to see everyone unwrap their gifts this year!

Best of luck on your holiday shopping,

-TW

Another Year Wiser…

Another Year Wiser…

2018 is inching closer and although an end of year reflection post is more than likely coming in December, my birthday this week is another great reason to think about what happened over the past year, and it was nothing short of a whirlwind.

Some people are not “birthday people” and I’m quite the opposite, I think it’s so important to celebrate yourself, because more often than not, we’re so busy and caught up in keeping up that we neglect ourselves the other 364 days of the year. Although deemed “The Jordan Year” and referred by some (like the credible source urbandictionary.com) as your best year, it’s safe to say it wasn’t. On the flip side, the more I think about it, it was such a growing year for me that even-though everything didn’t line up the way I might have liked, I got a lot out of it. I’ll admit, I went into 23 with high expectations.

I thought I’d be in a different place in my career, I thought after a moderately consistent effort to date, I  might have managed to be holding down a relationship by now…. but neither has been the case. Like I mentioned in my post about time, the old me might be crushed with the realization that my deadlines weren’t met, but the “older” me, is almost laughing at the thought saying “nice try, TW.”

This year of 23 has taught me that just when you think you’ve got it all together, there’s always a challenge ready to greet you, which is perfectly fine and honestly, necessary. Comparing my circumstances in work, relationships, and wellness is not where I    should have been concentrating my efforts. Even though your birthday is just a day on the calendar, I  love that it can mark change and a new way of thinking, much like a new year can bring.

So I’m very grateful that I  got to learn that lesson this year. Even though I  might have wanted to fast forward to more ideal circumstances, it’s the growing pains that are going to make the reward so much sweeter.

Looking forward to seeing what 24 has in store! Hoping everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. I’ll be back next week with lots to share including travel guides, gift ideas and more!

-TW

 

 

Scarf it Down

Scarf it Down

It’s fall, and another scarf post is just what you need, right? Right! Sharing this look today featuring my favorite scarf of all time from Burberry! It’s my hands down favorite, not only because it’s beautiful and classic but because of the sentiment behind it.

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This is actually this first real clothing “purchase” I  made myself. My local mall had just gotten a Burberry store and at the time, it was like Heaven had just decided to open a little pop-up shop of what life could be like, courtesy of the fashion gods. I  had saved up my money and knew that I  had to have needed a Burberry item, and fast! Even though Tampa generally doesn’t warrant a winter accessory purchase, this scarf stood out and needed to come home with me. It used the classic print, but was more unique because of texture created by the wool and cashmere blend.

My parents helped me get over the big price hump by saying I’d have it forever, so far, that’s true. This scarf has gone through middle school, lived abroad and embraced five Chicago winters and counting. Sometimes I use a piece like this as the focus and build an outfit around it. Luckily it’s neutral enough to go with everything but a recognizable print that gives it that “statement piece” quality.

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More scarves and layered looks to come as temperatures drop! Excited to share more looks and posts as next week brings on travel, holidays and my birthday!

Happy Friday,

TW

Making Varsity

Making Varsity

Letterman jackets may have made a comeback in fashion a couple of years ago, but if you notice, they don’t seem to be going anywhere, a fact that I’m perfectly okay with. The reason I’m drawn to them, as is the case with many, is that letterman jackets give us that nostalgic feel. Whether you earned your own back in high school or are shopping for one after the fact, (like me) a varsity jacket automatically gives off that “cool” factor that most jackets don’t!

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I picked up this jacket from my favorite shop in Chicago, Una Mae’s of Wicker Park, a while back and I could not be happier with that decision. Between the rich red color, the stitched lettering or the fact that this jacket is it impeccable shape for being almost 60 years old, it’s one of my best vintage finds. It feels like I’m wearing a little piece of history every time I put it on. I always think about the story of Roger and his football team when I wear it.

It could be my obsession with Riverdale, but channeling the classic look of a letterman jacket like Archie makes me believe that a varsity jacket is a necessary fall staple! Like a bomber jacket, it’s a great stand alone statement piece but also adds instant personal style to whatever you’re wearing.

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Lots going on as I prepare for my birthday, Thanksgiving and New York next week!

Stay tuned,

TW

Photos: Callie Craig 

 

 

Time after Time

Time after Time

The holiday season might not be kicking into high gear for a few more weeks, but I’ve already got them on the brain. No, I’m not just thinking of my wish list or my busy travel plans, I’ve been thinking about the lessons that the holidays teaches us. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts regularly, you know I’ve been reflecting a lot lately. It recently came to me that my newest revelation reminds me of the classic tale, A Christmas Carol.

As you know, Scrooge experiences scenarios of the past, present and future all highlighting that his behavior needed a drastic overhaul. I’m not comparing myself to Scrooge but I’m realizing the value of each time of life. I’ve been so preoccupied with both the past and the future, that I’ve fallen victim to forgetting to live in the present.

The past is indeed a part of what makes us, us, but it’s not everything. My new outlook is to take the past at face value. It’s set in stone, and I have to accept that. It’s easy for me to say “everything happens for reason” (because I believe that) but it’s harder for me to not spiral into wishing I made a different decision. The best solution to looking at the past in a better way, is to embrace the present.

My greatest challenge has always been just being in the now. I’m seeing however that the challenge can be overcome when I’m really enjoying what I’m doing. I know that resetting and just slowing down has greatly improved overcoming that obstacle. I’m getting better, but it’s not easy. It’s improving the way I  think about the future too.

Where it’s been hard for me to think about the present, it’s almost been too easy for me to think about the future. The big picture should be considered, but like the past, it’s shouldn’t take over your entire way of thinking. The future can seem scary, look bright, but mostly, it’s unknown. I continue to remind myself of that in times of worry. This isn’t That’s So Raven, I can’t predict the future or read minds, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I used to feel a perpetual need to set a deadline (in work, in dating, in general) and I’ve realized those kind of expectations come with too much pressure and disappointment.

Finding a place of peace in accepting the past, living in the present and taking deliberate small steps forward the future is what time should be about. I hope that putting time into this perceptive makes the holidays more enjoyable and less overwhelming, as we finish out 2017 and begin again in only a few short months. It’s time we think about time more productively!

Best,

TW

 

A need for knits

A need for knits

If you’re in Chicago, you’re well aware the weather hasn’t been too kind lately. The bitter wind chill is making layering a necessity at this point. Although not always ideal, it’s time to embrace it. I’ve struggled in the past with figuring out how to go from summer t-shirt to a parka. This season, I’ve found a great solution, knitted tops. Part casual top, part knit the Banana Republic polo I’m wearing is a great go-to in these chillier months as long as it’s layered.

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I  love this outlet find because it’s got a lot of detail compared to a regular polo. The shoulders and sides have a ribbed quality and it’s also got a little more weight to it, given in a light sweater feel. It’s been coming in handy as a first layer as the temperature drops.

Knits like this are great because they are a little more unique than the classic pique polo. Adding a textured element to a look adds dimension, especially when you’re trying to differentiate the look from something you’d wear in a warmer season. In olive green, it’s a great fall piece, mimicking the changing foliage and pairs perfectly with dark browns, navy, or gray. CallieCraigWAS102017-32

Sure, sweaters and pullovers are always great, but try mixing it up once in while! My top is no longer available on line, but try something like this instead. The devil is really in the details, and this polo has plenty! This is becoming one of my favorite throw-on pieces in the fall because it’s looks polished but doesn’t really requite much extra effort.

You’ll be seeing more sweaters and coats posted soon, as the mild fall days are numbered. Have a fantastic rest of your Monday!

-TW