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Cape Tips from Little Green Riding Hood

If you’ve read my first post, you would know that I have been fortunate enough to inherit some beautiful clothes from my mother. If I had to describe her style, I would say that it seems like stuff one would pack to a British castle for a weekend of garden parties and dangerous dalliances in hedge mazes (read: pastels, paisley, pleats, charms and capes). Being the type of person who feels that every day should be lived like a movie or a fairy tale, I’m especially happy to be able to break out the green cape-coat set when it starts feeling a little nippy, and when I’m itching to meet a big bad wolf (just kidding — sometimes I just want to get a cup of coffee in town).

This cape and coat set belonged to my mother. It's 100% wool with a suede border.

This Loden cape and coat set belonged to my mother. It’s 100% wool with a suede border. Boots: Fratelli Rossetti

Despite having a red interior (there’s no lining), neither the cape nor the coat is reversible. Regardless, I think that the pop of red is really cute and rather festive! 🙂

Tips for wearing capes:

1. Look for cape-coat sets. You’ll get more bang for your buck, since you’ll essentially be getting two pieces of outerwear. I’ve worn each piece separately before, and they’ve worked with my outfit each time.
2. A long cape-coat set makes quite a statement, so pair it with simple, quality accessories in neutral colors to let it do the talking while still looking elegant.
3. Look for quality outerwear. Capes are generally very tasteful, and can add an element of luxury to any outfit. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that cheap quality materials will make the cape look anything but luxurious. Age and the signs of lesser quality are more apparent on longer capes like the one I’m wearing, which is why it’s very important for the capes to be made with good quality materials, like wool, silk, leather, suede, or a heavy duty cotton, at the very least. If you pick up a cape and it’s cotton-polyester-rayon-spandex blend, you’re better off leaving it on the rack. It won’t look so great after a couple of wears, so you will have wasted your money, even if we’re only talking $25.
4. Avoid wearing any non-waterproof capes in the rain or heavy snow. The water will weigh down the fabric, making the cape pretty cumbersome.

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5. Wearing capes should always be FUN. So much fabric creates so much movement! It makes me want to pack up a picnic basket and head over to my grandmother’s house… in Genoa, Italy. I only wish I had a hood!

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Do you have a cool cape? Do you have any tips for wearing one? What other outerwear shapes do you like?

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‘Tis the season for festive nails!

Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of Holiday Party Madness, which pretty much means that for a month straight I will be drinking every weekend, eating more sweets LACED with sugar than I’d care to admit, and listening to The Vandals on repeat. Oh, and as is customary, I will spend the three hours before my Aunt Sheila’s Christmas Eve party freaking out at how little I have to wear, leading me to go on a massive shopping trip where I come home with a whole lotta sequined and glittery crap. And cookie dough.

The gatherings are always fun, though. This past Saturday night, in fact, I met up with a friend of mine for a couple of drinks at the Standard Grill in Meatpacking and ice skating (the Penny Drop is incredible! It’s a very refreshing vodka-based ginger julep served in a copper mug, and it comes with a candied ginger garnish). Being that this was my first outing since Thanksgiving, I wanted to look a little more festive and dramatic. Nail art is the perfect way to ease into the holiday spirit, and so I decided to do a reverse French using gold and black nailpolish (because the holiday season is not complete without some metallics and glitter!).

I thought it turned out quite well!

The look was also not that difficult to create:

1. Cover the entire nail with gold polish (I used Revlon Gold Coin).

2. Once dried, apply a French manicure nail guide less than a quarter of an inch above your cuticle (Nailene Perfect Tips worked well, but a stencil may work better — this is really a matter of preference).

3. Use black polish to paint the space above the nail guide (I used Milani Black Magic).

4. Peel off the nail guide, use the gold polish to retouch any spaces where paint was removed (trust me, it MAY happen, so be prepared to do some retouching), then use a black lacquer with a precision brush for nail art to create a smoother edge (I used Milani Nail Art Lacquer in Black Sketch).

Done! Festive nail art at your fingertips (haha, see what I did there?)! Try reversing the colors for a different look. Either way, your nails will look AWESOME.

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