new york state of mind

it’s funny, but since the blog started having my photo snapped every day has been an eye-opener for me. i don’t know many of us who actually like photos of themselves. after perusing a photo of myself as a young girl and teenager the typical response was ‘really?’ why didn’t i stand up straighter or what kind of smile was that? what’s wrong with my hair. and that outfit? was i the one who picked it out? and wore it in public? what was i thinking? my mom used to have the same reaction, and i can remember my nana joking that maybe we weren’t as good looking as we thought. ha! which is true to a greater or lesser degree after dissecting a photo of yourself. you see your flaws and all. but when the blog came along, i more or less resigned myself to the fact about sharing photos with you. after all, if you’re going to talk about a daily outfit, you have to bring the goods. warts and all. right?! and i do have an amazing photographer living under the same roof that helps me look my best day after day. 

but there’s another aspect of the blog that i’ve come to appreciate. all those photos taken through the years are cataloged for easy reference. they’re divided by season, casual or date night, nine-to-five, travel and so on. and i refer to them whenever i want a quick and easy outfit. it’s a brilliant system that i would recommend each of you starting. what with smartphones and selfies it’s never been easier to snap a photo and file it away. another reason you might like to start a photo catalog of your outfits is that strangely enough what you see in the mirror and what the camera picks up are two entirely different things. and i’ve come to trust the camera. sometimes, when i’m not certain about an outfit, i’ll have mr. style snap a photo and take a quick peek. it’s amazing what one simple photo reveals. for whatever reason, the mirror isn’t as truthful.

so when i thought about the outfits that might make it into the suitcase for our trip to NYC, i remembered one of my favorite outfits i wore during new york fashion week 2016. a simple denim dress trimmed in leather by my all-time favorite designer Ralph Lauren, faux suede jacket, and suede booties. it’s a perfect fall outfit. and it’s a contender for New York.

i’ve rounded up similar denim dresses.

similar booties

similar jackets

similar belts and handbags



  • Reply
    Marcy _
    October 9, 2018 at 10:12 am

    That outfit looks great on you! Perfect for fall. I’ve also found taking pictures of outfits for travel very useful. I use Evernote, and when I make a packing list I include the outfit pictures for easy reference.

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    Anne Hughes Glover
    October 9, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Love this outfit, Beth, and I’ve started trying to catalogue my outfits, especially from travel – wins and losses! What system / app / filing system do you use to catagorize, etc as you mention in this blog?

    • Reply
      beth djalali
      October 9, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      the blog categorizes everything for me. the tabs are located at the top and all i have to do is start clicking. it’s a lifesaver! xo

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    Helen Wish
    October 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Great idea taking photos of out fits.thanks Beth.Sometimes we happen to put the right things together, and look and feel great…then next time we think…how did I do it?Though Im “down under” in Australia, I enjoy reading you each morning.thank you.😎

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    Rebecca Saffer
    October 9, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Just saw exhibit you would love Beth. FIT has a wonderful costume exhibit on your favorite color “Pink”. Maybe you can see it on your upcoming visit to NYC!!

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      beth djalali
      October 9, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      thanks so much for the suggestion! i’m writing it down on my to-do list. xo

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    Nan Peterson
    October 10, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I have been using a Pinterest board to put ideas I love from you and others, including moi. It has freed up do much time for me. I LOVE your category idea.I shall be refining my Pinterest “outfits” boards to include categories. Thanks so much for all you do to inspire me on so many levels Beth.

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    Sue Smith
    October 11, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    I remember this outfit–it’s a classic. You look terrific in it. Have a fabulous time in NYC. Will you get to visit your son? Safe travels.

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