The big chill

I think the chances of another 80° day this October are slim, now that this cold snap has hit, and every weather forecaster rejoiced when they got it right for once.

At least it hadn't gotten cold yet this past Thursday when I was having the most miserable time in New York. I'd been invited to an event at the Anthropologie show room to preview the BHLDN spring line. The evening promised drinks, hors d'eouvres, a photobooth and hair stylists from Dry Bar. Overall, it sounded like it would be a really fun event.

All day long on Thursday it down poured and I was thinking I might just skip it and stay cozy and dry at home, but then the rain let up, I checked the train times and realized if I wanted to go I'd have to be out the door in under 20 minutes. The event did sound like it would be really fun, so I hustled to get ready, sped to the train station, bolted (in heels) all the way to the last platform (why are the Metro North trains always on the last platform?) and got there just in time to watch the train roll away.

The next train was only 40 minutes later, and it was an express train, so I rationalized I'd only be 30 minutes late, and took it. That train ended up arriving in Grand Central over 10 minutes late. I went to grab a cab, but the line was five people deep and not moving, so I gave up and decided to walk - it would only 15 minutes. I would only be an hour late.

I walked half a mile in the wrong direction. I finally got a cab. It was rush hour traffic. I would only be an hour and a half late. At last, I was on the right street going the right way, and I walked right passed the address. I backtracked to discover the destination was a big black metal door with no outside handle sandwiched between a Moroccan restaurant and a hair salon.

I didn't know what to do. I looked at BHLDN's instagram account and saw photos of the bloggers who had managed to be punctual sipping champaign and getting their hair done. I sobbed. I didn't know what to do, so I went to Starbucks, got a cup of tea, called my Mom, cried, and then went home.

I suppose if there is a moral to this story it's always be on time, or always make sure you have an event coordinators phone number. One of those.

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The Rundown
Chevron Dress c/o London Times similar
Fur Vest American Eagle via TJMaxx similar
Boots Migliorini via TJMaxx buy on ebay similar
Willis Bag Vintage Coach thrifted
Pave Disc Necklace Avon
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana & Griffin
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Gold Twisted Bracelet The Cavernous Jewerly Box similar
Spike Bracelet "Baby B" c/o Marrin Costello
Thin Gold Rings Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Antler Ring House of Harlow
Nail Color "Deep Blue Red" Mode



  1. Oh, what a bummer. I'm not sure what I would have done either. :(

  2. Oyyyy....that SUCKS!!!! That happened to me once, except I didn't even get on the train. It was for a Brahmin party AND a fashion week preview (forgot who for) and I drove to the train station but there was NO parking (it was Milford) so I freaked out and went home and was super upset...

    Love this outfit though, always a huge fan of that dress (obviously) :)

  3. Is it weird that I am so thrilled about bringing out the faux fur pieces now!?

    You look amazing, I hope everything turned out for the better though!
    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  4. Um, you look stunning! And, you have more motivation than me, after a rainy day I probably would have stayed on my couch ;-)

    La Joie de Vivre by Alecia Mariana
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  5. Oh no, that sounds awful! I'm sorry it all ended up being such a mess...on the plus side, you look awesome in that dress (and that vest!).

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  6. Ugh, I am so sorry! I hate those days where it seems like no matter what you plan they don't work out. On the plus side, you look gorgeous in these photos!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  7. Oh so sorry that sucks!

    You look super cute in these pics, love the faux fur vest!

  8. Oh no!!! So stressful! I am so sorry that you missed the event. But at least you had your mom there. And Starbucks. And these photos look great. There's always next time!

  9. Oh no, I am so sorry that you missed the event, sweetie. Also, that dress is stunning. Kisses

  10. omg, what a story! i'm so sorry that you didn't make it to the event but it does sound like you had quite an adventure. i love your fur vest in this outfit and your hair is fab!

    cute & little

  11. Oh my that sounds like such a dreadful situation, and tiring. But, you look fabulous in the dress and I love that you went to Starbucks ... totally would have cheered me up + calling home. :) xo

  12. Awww I'm sorry you missed it! You look beautiful here, and I've done the same thing on occasion (gotten lost and not made it to a party or function). Love this look though xx

  13. Ah those kind of days are the work--but luckily Starbucks tends to take the pain away a little bit :) Plus, you are looking so cute n this outfit--loving the fur!


  14. Awww what a bummer, but definitely a good story and adventure. Loving this outfit btw!!

    xx 365hangers

  15. Oh no! That sounds horrible. I hope the rest of your weekend was better. I am loving this fur vest with the dress and boots. A very cute fall look.

  16. So sorry you didn't make it! Hope your weekend turned around after that!

  17. Oh my gosh!! I am so sorry to hear your story of being late :( Why does it always happen like that?! Hopefully next time will be better! but your dress is so beautiful with those jewel tone colors and that faux fur vest is so perfect for winter!


  18. I really love this combo with the skirt and fur vest. Perfect for any Fall day.

    If you have a second, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my most recent blog post. XXOO

  19. love this look! it looks really great how you paired your vest with that dress

    xo, carli
    Puppies and Polka Dots

  20. oh no! sometimes situations can be beyond frustrating. sorry you had to go through that Lydia. sassy outfit girl!

  21. Sorry you had such a sucky day, days like this happen to all of us. You look darling I wish I could wear a faux fur vest.


  22. Oh, boy! What a day! I do love your chevron dress paired with the vest. Very pretty look.
    Red Reticule

  23. Oh no! I can just feel the frustration and anxiety from your post! What a horrible experience! You look amazing though! I adore that dress!

  24. I'm so sorry about your unfortunate event. I feel your pain. Usually I sob like a mess in my car and feel super defeated. As a solo adult, I've been late to at least two events that I can vividly recall where I was just too late to get in and completely missed it. The worst part is when someone later calls you and was like "where were you? we had so much fun!" and you proceed to tell them the story and they're like "oh you should've text me I would've come and gotten you." That never helps.

    Besides that, I adore this dress and vest combo!

  25. Oh no! I hate that that happened! Then with the rain on top of everything else. Ughh. On a happier note, love that vest!


  26. Oh, that does sound like a bad day... But, this look is fabulous!

  27. Oh, what an awful night! I think we can all sympathise, because we've all had those moments when absolutely nothing goes the way it supposed to and we end up stuck in the rain somewhere we didn't intend to be. (Or maybe that just happens a lot in Vancouver? Either way - I get where you've coming from.) It's a shame that the evening didn't work out as you'd hoped, but if nothing else, someday you'll surely look back on that night with, if not a laugh, then at least a rueful smile. And if it helps, your hair looks beyond fabulous in these photos. As do you :)

  28. That's too bad about the event! Why does it always have to happen that way, you start out late because of one thing, then the dominoes just start falling!? You look great though, I love the added layer of that cozy vest!

  29. great fur vest. I need to invest in a look like this!


  30. Aww no!!! I am so sorry to hear that awful story! Sounds like something that would happen to me! And I probably would have called my mom crying too haha! At least I am sure you looked fabulous at Starbucks! :) I am absolutely in love with this look from head to toe! That fur vest is amazing and I am dying over those boots!

    <3 Shannon

  31. Oh, what a pity! Sorry to hear that you had such a day and nothing went as planned. Big hugs.
    You look fabulous. I love this look. The colors and pattern of your gorgeous dress is wonderful. And your hair is beautiful.
    Hope you're having wonderful day!

    xoxo Ra

  32. Great look, your dress is amazing!

  33. Sorry you had such a tough day! I've definitely had moments very similar where my travel plans refuse to go right. Hope this week started off better!

  34. Oh noooo- I feel you girl, I hate being late and it seems like you had one of those Murphy's Law, everything's gonna go wrong evenings. :( Such a bummer!

    On the bright side- you are too fall chic for words here in this dress + fur vest combo! I love it!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  35. Aww no, I'm so sorry you had such a miserable time! :(

    I hate how being just a minute late can set off a bad chain on events sometimes! :( Hopefully you'll get invited to bigger and better events soon to make up for it - and that they are easier to get to!

    Away From The Blue

  36. Awwww so sorry to hear about that - it would have been lovely. Anyways I am so in love with this Fall look of yours here - the fur vest is so versatile!!


  37. Love the vest with this cute chevron dress

  38. that sucks about what happened. but I bet you were the best dressed lady that ever entered Starbucks. love the chevron dress and fur vest.