Labor Day


Every September, I get excited to wake up to that first day when you step outside and realize it’s turned to fall. There’s always one beautiful day when the weather switches, the air feels fresh and crisp, and it just smells like fall. Stepping out into that first crisp air is one of my favorite days of the year.

This morning held the first weak twinge of that crisp fall air and I even shivered a little as Clinton and I went on our morning walk. I spent the morning cozy in a sweater, sipping on a cup of hot coffee. It was wonderful.

This is the bracelet I shortened in this post.

Of course, by 11am the sun beat down once again, and that sweater I had thrown on earlier that morning became a terrible idea. But at least I know my favorite day of September is almost here.



My blog posts have been scattered lately for two reasons. First, the recent end-of-summer heat has left me so defeated when it comes to getting dressed, that there’s no reason to take photos of my “I give up” ensembles lately.

Second, I’m both nervously and happily packing for my very first trip to New York! Terrified that I’ll be unprepared for my stay in one of the most stylish cities in the world, the last two weeks have been filled with restless sleep and blank staring in the closet.

So, if you’re in NYC and see a jet-lagged, curly haired girl wandering around next week, say hello! =)

Outfit details - Madewell sweater (similar from J.Crew), Ann Taylor shirt (similar from Banana Republic), J.Crew Crewcuts shorts, J.Crew necklace, Valentino handbag (similar from Michael Michael Kors), Miu Miu shoes (and at Saks), Kate Spade watch, Gorjana bracelet, Daisy Knights ring, Banana Republic stackable rings

Altered - Miu Miu flats have heel liners addedKate Spade watch has a shorter strapGorjana bracelet has been shortened



Happy Labor Day!


  • Reply September 3, 2012


    What have you decided to pack for NY? I am traveling to New York from Australia in 2 weeks time and am really struggling with what to pack.

    • Reply September 3, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Hi Carolyn! It’s going to be hot in NY for the next two weeks while I’m there, so I’m expecting my outfits will be a lot of shorts and collared shirts. I’m also brining more flats than usual since I’ll be doing a lot of exploring, and a big bag to schlep my camera and stuff around town. I’m also brining jeans and blazers, but not sure how often I’ll wear them. I keep hearing the weather there is unpredictable, so be sure to check as your trip gets closer. For example, my first day in NY is expected to thunder storm! But it will be 80 degrees! So I’ll be sweating but carrying an umbrella? Crazy!

  • Reply September 3, 2012


    Are you attending NYFW, Kelly? Wish I could meet you there. :(
    I have the same excited feeling when I feel the fall crisp air for the first time end of every summer. Great feeling.
    Love this outfit. Your sweater is screaming for a playdate with my Madewell shorts. lol. And oh those shoes! They look like they are meant for display. :)
    Have a great week in New York, Kelly. Can’t wait to see what you end up packing.

    • Reply September 3, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Vicky! I have a few fun things to go to that are NYFW related, but I’m not going to any shows or anything (I wish!). I’ve always wanted to go to NY during FW so I can be one of those weirdos who stand outside the shows and watch all the craziness. I’m hoping I’ll see Bill Cunningham taking photos! =D

  • Dearest Kelly,

    That post about ‘Secrets my high heels are hiding’ is the one that brought me to your blog! Funny for Labor Day. Hope you have a happy one, in your cute outfit! And you will just do fine going and being in NYC.

    • Reply September 3, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thank you Mariette! I love hearing how people found me. Have a great week! =)

  • By the way, your bracelet turned out to be PERFECT!

  • i know what you mean about the end of summer blah outfits! you look so cute here, and my gosh, what accessories. that bag, those shoes…

  • Reply September 3, 2012


    Too cute! Love the way your whites all tie in, and that watch is perfect.

    • Reply September 3, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Michele! Gotta get all my whites in before the end of the weekend, hehe.

  • Reply September 3, 2012


    Love the outfit! Do you mind sharing the size of those Crewcuts shorts? I’ve been looking for something like them for a while!

    • Reply September 3, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Jane! The Crewcuts shorts are size 10, but I probably should be wearing size 12 since the hip is a bit snug.

  • Reply September 3, 2012

    Jacqueline C. Rineer

    I still use the “no white after Labor Day” rule…I know it’s old lol but I guess I just feel weird in white in the fall O_o But you are wearing white very well here!

    You will love NYC! If you haul anything please post!

    • Reply September 3, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Jackie! I figured I’d get my white in now before the end of the long weekend. The only white I feel normal wearing after Labor Day is a white blazer, even though I know it’s an outdated rule, so I know what you mean!

  • Reply September 3, 2012


    You look great! Loving the shoes and bag paired together. I agree with you on summer outfits…I am just not feeling it this summer. Really wanting a change in weather. Ours does not usually come until October.

    Hope you have a great time in New York! Looking forward to seeing your pics!

  • Reply September 3, 2012


    Polka dots!! I need more of those in my closet. I know what you mean about those “i give up” outfits…I have them every so often. =)

    A Little Piece of Fashion and Beauty

  • Reply September 4, 2012


    Don’t stress too much over making sure you pack everything because the shopping experience is amazing. But you don’t need me to tell you that ;)

    Are you a coffee person? My coffee snob friends (as I affectionately call them) LOVE Gregory’s. They have locations in Midtown and the Garment District if you happen to be nearby.

    Have an amazing time in NY, Kelly! Hope you’ll be able to share twitpics!

  • Reply September 4, 2012


    Have fun in NYC Kelly!!!!

  • Reply September 4, 2012


    whimsical dots and pops of white! the sunlight is beautiful and i ever so like your accessories! have a blast in NY! don’t get swamped by all the overdressed chicas and chicos :) can’t wait to see your travel diary

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    New Petite

    Love the white shorts and the large white polka on the sweater!

  • Reply September 5, 2012


    This is great!! I love the colors for the polka dot sweater.

  • Reply September 6, 2012

    Law Moda

    I triple love those shoes!!! They scream: “I could be a Chinese Emperor if I really wanted to.”

  • Reply September 7, 2012


    Great outfit! Hope you are having a great time in NYC. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • Reply September 9, 2012


    Have fun in NYC!

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