2015. best. nine.

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Before we officially leave 2015 behind (crazy, I know!), I wanted to share my #2015bestnine. (If you haven't already, check out this website that will generate your most liked Instagram posts from the past year.) No surprise, outfit snapshots dominated my Insta feed along with my very own pint-sized Christmas tree, which I'm still loving. 

Speaking of personal style: There's no question that my J.Crew Factory field jacket was my go-to layering piece in 2015. I wore it with literally everything... and still can't get enough of it. (Sounds like an excuse to invest in another one, right?!). This year also marked a more minimalist + streamlined aesthetic for me. I was all about stripes, simplicity and flats (lots of ballet flats). Oh, and, we can't forget about my favorite Industry Standard jeans, which I already know will be in constant rotation in the new year.  

Thanks for reading + cheers to a new year,

nyc. holiday. recap.

Because I'm so NOT ready to leave Christmas behind just yet (is it really over?!), I've rounded up some photos that I took during a recent trip to NYC. Speaking of which, it's true what they say: No one does the holidays like the Big Apple. Just when you thought that the the city couldn't get any more magical, it totally does. From the holiday markets and stunning window displays to festive decorations around every corner, it's safe to say that I came home in a holidaze. I especially lucked out with the unseasonably warm weather, which made roaming the city even more enjoyable. Scroll down for some of my favorite snapshots (read: photo overload) that best capture the city's holiday charm.

C'ville --> NYC via Amtrak.
THIS view. The #NewWhitney has easily become one of my top favorite museums in NYC.
Checking out Frank Stella: A Retrospective.  
Holiday cheer wherever you go... Can you believe that I went sans tights during December in NYC?!
Run, run as fast as you can... A close-up of one of Lord & Taylor's holiday windows.
Marimekko, it's always a pleasure.
But seriously, when can I move in? 
New pizza spot? Check. For pizza by the slice, Joe's Pizza is the place to go.
SoHo afternoons + architecture around every corner. You know that you're a tourist when you can't stop looking up.
Two words: Holiday. Markets. I had so much fun browsing the holiday vendors for unique trinkets and local goods while snatching up the occasional molasses cookie.
DO make a pitstop at every holiday market that you stumble upon.
Hey there, Charlie Brown, Sally + Franklin... The Peanuts gang took over Macy's and it was basically the cutest thing ever.
A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life.
I can't even. Macy's seriously outdid themselves this year.
Strolling along Fifth Avenue at night, and naturally, I had to snap a photo of Henri Bendel's festive window display.
Snapped along the edge of Central Park. I'm pretty sure there's nothing better than quiet NYC mornings.
NYC's equivalent of decking the halls in style... as seen at Columbus Circle.
Christmas scene at Bryant Park. Not photographed: Ice skating + a scrumptious waffle from Wafels & Dinges.
A peek inside Henri Bendel during the daytime.
Rockefeller Center and the Christmas tree of all Christmas trees.
Unintentional photobomber in the background, but hey, here's a cute snapshot of my #OOTD.
I think it's safe to say that an annual trip during the holidays to NYC is definitely going to become a new tradition of mine. I quite honestly couldn't have asked for a better Christmas present! Stay tuned for a roundup of photos from my evening at the Whitney Museum — I decided to write up a separate post for that since this one's already super long.

What are your favorite things to do in NYC during the holidays? Leave a comment below!


merry. merry.

Merry, merry! I hope that everyone had a joyous holiday season filled with good company + plenty of sugar cookies to go around. While I continue to take a brief "pause" from the blogging world, I'll def be back before the new year with fresh content and a fun recap from my NYC trip. In the meantime, you can stay in the loop by following me on Instagram (@a_wilmer) for fun holiday snapshots and the occasional ice cream cone (or two!). 

'tis the season,


seven. for. sunday.

All photographs featured above are courtesy of the corresponding sources as cited below.
Hey there! Happy weekend! It's been a while since I've done a "five. for. friday." post, so I'm doing a Sunday edition. I've rounded up some of my favorite links (and gift guides that I've put together for Brit + Co), for your reading pleasure below. If you're currently in the midst of studying for your finals (BTW, good luck!) here's an excuse to take a study break + procrastinate for a few.

1. Sugared & Spiced: The Making of Our Holiday 2015 Windows (Anthropologie) // OMG, Anthro's window displays are extra on-point this holiday season. If you've ever wondered how much work is actually put into designing a holiday window, check out this video posted on Anthro's blog that shows a behind-the-scenes look at the process. Hint, hint: Epic gingerbread houses may or may not be involved.
2. 17 Unique Gift Ideas for People Who Are Always Cold (Brit + Co) // It's true. We all have at least one eskimo in our life (or perhaps it's even you!) who's always cold. When a Snuggie doesn't cut it, check out these 17 gifts that will keep the cold temps at bay.
3. MR's Guide to the Best Cookie (Man Repeller) // Heading to NYC for the holidays? Check out this guide to the best cookies in the Big Apple. I'll take one sugar cookie to go, please :)
4. 66 Gift Ideas for Every Style-Obsessed Person in Your Life (Brit + Co) // From the girly girl to the sporty sister to the #girlboss on your Christmas shopping list, it's all here, neatly organized by personality type. A few of my favorites include The Atelier "Icon Tote," the Fantastic Cities coloring book + the bkr Juliet 1 Liter water bottle.   
5. At Home With Nicole Najafi of Industry Standard (domino) // Can you say apartment goals? While's it's no secret that I love Industry Standard jeans, I'm crushing hard over founder, Nicole Najafi's, swoon-inducing LES apartment in NYC. When can I move in... ?    
6. 16 Sparkly Gift Ideas That Aren't Jewelry (Brit + Co) // Chock-full of — you guessed it — sparkly things, this is the gift guide to consult for the BFF who considers glitter to be a neutral. Don't we all?!
7. Download Now: 8 Festive Wallpapers to Holiday Up Your Desktop and Smartphone (Brit + Co) // The Brit + Co graphic design team put together eight super festive wallpapers (for your desktop computer, laptop, iPhone + various devices), so that you can gear up for the holidays in style. I've already DLed the "Fa-La-La" background for my MacBook (see below) and I'm this close to downloading the "Winter Trees" wallpaper for my iPhone. Which seasonal design is your fave?

What piqued your interest this week? Feel free to share a link to your weekly roundup or leave a comment below!


a. denim. story.

And then it was December... I can't believe that the holidays are officially in full swing. Here's to hoping that the days don't fly by too fast (especially since I have yet to decorate my miniature Christmas tree, bake sugar cookies or complete any holiday crafts). Another thing that I've been super pumped about: These unseasonably warm temps! While the tights have finally come out to play, I haven't had to pull out the boots and mittens just yet — and I'm not complaining one bit! Before Old Man Winter shows up for real (mark your calendars for Dec. 22), I have one more fall-esque #OOTD to share. These snapshots were taken a few weeks ago on what I consider to be the perfect fall day. 

For a minimalist + casual look, I teamed up a plaid Equipment button-down with my favorite Industry Standard jeans. Luckily, it was warm enough outside that I was able to get away with just a lightweight cardigan that I snagged from Club Monaco a few years back. I finished off my easy-going daytime look with some black d'Orsay flats from J.Crew (which have been on repeat lately). Side note: I also loved this color palette. The peachy pinks from my shirt offset my gray cardigan and ink blue jeans perfectly. 

In case you were wondering, the inspiration for this outfit came from the book, A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to Boyfriends by Emily Current, Meritt Elliott and Hilary Walsh. (Which I totally recommend investing in if you consider yourself to be a denim connoisseur.) One of the quotes from the book especially hit home for me: "Every pair of jeans has a story and tells a story." Naturally, I had to wear my go-to Industry Standard jeans... it only seemed fitting. 

I've put together a few #winning outfit combinations below, so that you can get the look:

What's been your go-to fall uniform? Leave a comment below or link to one of your favorite fall #OOTDs, so that I can check it out! :)

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