Below Zero

leopard coat, LBD black dress

Oh man, you guys. Shooting outfit photos has been a real b*tch lately. The struggle has been so real.

It was -10 degrees when we were snapping these pictures… A really great way to start the morning! Kind of like taking an ice bath, I would assume. Taking photos in windy conditions is my biggest pet peeve… My dresses, skirts, and tops blow around in the most unflattering of ways and my hair never cooperates. This icy -10 degree wind, though, was the most brutal I’ve ever felt and had me feeling like I was back in Chicago.. But maybe even worse!

It was one of those days where we got a whole heck of a lot more outtakes than useable photos.

by malene birger leopard coat, cynthia rowley black embellished dress, kate spade black rhinestone bow pumps

It’s kind of ironic that we shot these photos in front of REI in Soho. The most un-outdoorsy girl who, apparently, cannot deal with the elements. Speaking of outdoorsy, have you heard the following phrase?ย “I’m outdoorsy in that I like getting drunk on patios.” Yep, that’s me. And I’m ready for alfresco happy hours any time now!

by malene birger leopard coat, embellished cynthia rowley dress

I wore this outfit last Friday for Day #2 of NYFW. From Kate Spade, to Nicole Miller, to Charlotte Ronson, to Cynthia Rowley, I felt like a princess all day wearing this Cynthia Rowley party dress, leopard coat, and Kate Spade bow pumps. The shape of this dress is SO fun (it’s sleeveless with a fit-and-flare cupcake shape) and I wish I could have showed it off more, but you know, theย tundra that is NYC.

kate spade rhinestone bow pumps

You may be wondering if I got a cat… Nope. I did, however, get a new off-white wool rug that has the tendency to latch on to all of my black jeans, and especially my black tights, when I’m getting ready in the morning!

leopard coat, embellished neckline, pearl front-back earrings

nyfw outfit leopard coat

borrowed Cynthia Rowley Dress
By Malene Birger Coat (old / similar splurge, similar save,ย similar splurge)
J.Crew Tights
Kate Spade Bow Pumps (on sale!)
Tom Ford Sunglasses
Capwell + Co Front-Back Earrings
Loren Hope Bracelet (not pictured because it was too cold to take my hands out of my pockets!)
NARS ‘Anna’ Lipstick

Lydia Hudgens Photography

oh, and here are a few to make you laugh…






*Pretty sure the F word is getting ready to fly out of my mouth in this last one… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. 2.18.15

    Chicago has been ridiculously cold this week! I love that dress paired with that coat! And the neckline for that dress is gorgeous!

  2. 2.18.15
    Natali said:

    Looking beautiful and glamorous in this outfit! I love the embellishments on your dress!

  3. 2.18.15
    Chris said:

    From the look on your face, I can totally imagine the words that were coming out of your mouth between pictures! lol

    But anyway, you look fantastic!!!

  4. 2.18.15
    Ella said:

    Sorry to tell you it’s 60 degrees in Washington right now… Stay as warm as possible!

  5. 2.18.15

    This California girl can’t imagine -10 degree weather! Hope you’re keeping warm!

    Liz @

  6. 2.18.15
    Briggs said:

    I feel your pain even more – it’s -32C here in Winnipeg and is dropping down to -40C tonight. Looking cute is not even a possibility in this weather – survival is key! Love the coat and the sparkly bow pumps!! Wish I could wear something like that today!!

  7. 2.18.15
    Liv said:

    I feel your pain, it is currently below zero here too. I hate it but you look fabulous as always ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. 2.18.15

    Dying over that last outtake. Too funny. If it’s any consolation, I love the whole look!

  9. 2.18.15
    Jeanne said:

    Love your leo coat!

  10. 2.18.15
    Cherish said:

    Love that dress


  11. 2.18.15
    Helรด said:

    Wow, i wish the temperature in Brazil was colder this time of the wear so I could use a coat as gorgeos as that! Amazing style!

    Helรด, from Vestido do dia

  12. 2.18.15
    Rose said:

    I totally agree with how cold the weather has been- come on spring! And love this outfit btw you look gorgeous. Love the sparkly design on the top of the dress.

  13. 2.18.15

    Those shoes are too adorable! It’s been freezing around here lately so I completely understand the difficulty of outside photos. Somehow you still made it look cute though, so bravo!

  14. 2.18.15
    Meagan said:

    Love that dress! So gorgeous!

  15. 2.18.15

    Absolutely loving that coat! Chicago has been brutally cold lately, too – I appreciate your honesty & humor with these pics!

    xo, Laura

  16. 2.18.15
    M A R T A said:

    Love so much the coat! Lovely style!

  17. 2.18.15
    Samantha said:

    Loving that leopard coat! It is super cute and goes great with that outfit!

  18. 2.18.15
    Alexandra said:

    Ha! This is so funny – I relate completely. I adore the neckline on that dress – you look like a princess!

    Warm Regards,

  19. 2.18.15

    If it helps you look adorable! haha I want those shoes!

  20. 2.18.15
    melissa said:

    Cute Shoes!

  21. 2.18.15
    Kayla D said:

    This outfit is so cute and I love your leopard jacket! I live in New York too and the weather has been brutal as of late. Stay warm!

    Eat Play Dress

  22. 2.18.15
    Sharon Faith Graves said:

    Love your dress. Those sunglasses wrap it all together. Beautiful as always

  23. 2.18.15

    You are definitely dedicated! I can’t handle taking outfit photos in subzero temperatures…nor can my boyfriend. This outfit is beautiful! I love those shoes.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

  24. 2.18.15
    Sam said:

    Hahaha I do not know how you do it. During this awful polar vortex, I basically give up any attempt of even trying to look cute. You on the other hand look adorable.

    Savvy City Chic

  25. 2.18.15
    Dana said:

    Aside from this being an awesome look, those bloopers are HILARIOUS! I shot with Lydia on Sunday and I’m pretty sure every other word was the F word! You’re not alone!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  26. 2.18.15

    I hear ya about the outfit posts! So hard to look relaxed and comfortable when your hands feel like they are falling off.


  27. 2.18.15
    Bets said:

    Pardon my French, but have we had enough of this sh@t! My lips chapped, cuticles split and patience dry. Please arrive soon Spring, pretty please.

  28. 2.19.15
    Laura said:

    Love this outfit! The dress is perfect for going from work to play. I don’t know how you are handling -10 degree weather though!! I have a feeling there are going to be a lot more trips to warm locations this year after Fashion Week!

    Stay Warm!!
    Laura | Surf & Hydrangeas

  29. 2.19.15

    Not sure how you braved the cold for so long during NYFW…let’s hope the cold weather is leaving us all soon!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  30. 2.19.15

    The struggle is real. I’m so over this! Love the outtakes, hehe. Stay warm, Girl!

    Kelly | Kelly in the City

  31. 2.19.15
    Emily said:

    So adorable! I love the shoes! Definite lust list!

    I am SO over the cold! Ready to get out of town to warmer weather!


  32. 2.23.15
    Leeanne F said:

    This is one of my FAVOURITE of your outfits to date!! It is the perfect combination of chic and feminine (..and keeping you warm!!)
    So gorgeous.

    Lee | LegalLee Blonde
    Ps. My post today is all about fancy DRESSES! A recap of the academy awards dresses and my own favourite ball gowns. check it out!

  33. 2.26.15
    Alexa said:

    I love this look with the bow heels! And I completely I agree – I just moved to NYC from Chicago and it definitely feels like a Chicago winter. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy Spring soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx, Alexa