Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Essential Striped Blazer.

Confession: I've been living in sweats at home and easy-to-style dresses at work since we got back from our trip last week.  
I'm sure it's just a mixture of exhaustion, weather change, and some viral bug that I picked up somewhere along the way. 
But I'm ready to feel better already.

Since my outfits lately haven't been too blog-worthy, I thought I would share one from last month. 
I absolutely love this striped blazer that I bought from H&M a couple of years ago. It's turned out to be a staple in my work wardrobe. I can throw it on over any solid top and it instantly jazzes up the outfit. 
So if you don't have a striped blazer already, I highly recommend adding one to your closet.

I've linked a few of my favorites below! :)
Sleeveless top- Forever21 | Almost exact | Love these other styles: peplum,  bow neck, ruffled, cowl neck
Pencil skirt- Forever 21 | Similar here, here, and here
Striped blazer- H&M | Great versions here, here, & here | Love these in petites and plus
Pumps- Target | Similar here, here, here, & here 

Pearls c/o Blossom Jewelry Design
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gingham Vest.

If you've noticed that I've been MIA the past few weeks it's because I WAS IN PARIS AND ITALY. WHAT?!
Long story short, my sister-in-law got married in Positano, Italy (so cool!). So John and I decided to visit a couple of other places along the way.  First, Paris, a total bucket list trip for me. Then, Florence, which we've been to before.
And it.was.AMAZING!! I really can't even begin to summarize how incredible the whole experience was. It really deserves its own series of posts. But, two things have to be said: 
1. For those who follow me on Instagram, I decided to wear the yellow fascinator to the wedding reception! I wore a big red hat to the actual wedding, but that's a whole another story.  2.This was one of the first long trips that I was truly sad to come home from. The only thing I really couldn't wait to get back to were our dogs. :)

Other than getting to shower our pups with hugs and kisses, it's also awesome to come home to my favorite month-- October!  Bring on the fall weather, boots, and lots of vests! 
I've talked about my love for vests before and this one is no exception. 
I'm absolutely head over heels in love with this navy and white gingham vest from Catch Bliss
Why wear a plain vest when you can wear one with an chic pattern that will go with just about anything?! 
It's a great piece to throw on over a light sweater on chilly fall days, but it's also perfect for lots of layering in the winter.  
This vest is so cute that I've already had a couple of friends threaten to borrow/steal it from me. ;) 
But since most of you don't live in "borrowing" distance from me, you can get your own here!

Gingham vest c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact)
Striped sweater- TJMaxx | Similar here, here, and here
Chambray button-up | Similar here & here
Skinny jeans- Express | Similar here & here
Brown booties- Clarks (Exact) | Loves these others here, here, here & here
Necklace- E-mail me for more info or leave e-mail in the comments
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Tweed + Yellow.

I've been dying to wear this tweed skirt from The Limited outlet store for some time.  
It's been sitting in my closet since last winter and the in-between weather we've been having lately prompted me to pull it out. Paired with a white blouse and a mustard yellow cardi, it's a good transition look-- it allows for layering, while still being fall appropriate.
Full outfit details below. :)
Ivory blouse- Forever 21 | Similar here and here | Love these tie blouses here and here
Tweed skirt- The Limited Outlet | Similar here and here | Super cute pink versions here and here
Yellow cardi- Target | Similar here | Other great versions here, here, here, & here
Black patent flats- Target | Similar here & here | Similar pointy versions here & here | Love these bow ones here & here
Layered necklaces | Similar here and here
Plaid watch- E-mail me for more info or leave your e-mail in the comments

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Monday, September 12, 2016

The Modern Pantsuit.

You know you're a true child of the 80s when you love a good pantsuit.
But we've come a long way since then. Pantsuits now come in all shapes and sizes and most of them don't have huge shoulder pads. Although, who am I kidding, I love a good shoulder pad, too. ;)
The best part is that today's pantsuits don't have to be purchased as a set. Just mix and match blazers and pants that you already have on hand and voila! Pantsuit. The trick is to make sure that the fabrics and colors go together. And, as always, the most important thing of all is proper fit. If you're wearing wide-leg pants, make sure your blazer is fitted and hits right below your hips. Conversely, a longer and less structured blazer is the way to go if you're wearing skinny pants. 

Floral shell- The Limited | Similar from Vince Camuto,  NYDJ, another cute NYDJ, Macy's, Dillard's
White blazer- H&M | Similar from Target, Kohl's, JCrew, ASOS
Navy pants- NY&Co | Similar wide leg versions: The Limited (flare), The Limited (bootcut), Banana Republic | Also love these ankle pants: My Fave Limited Ones, Another Great Pair
Skinny gold belt- Forever21 | Similar from Macy's, JCrew, Talbots
Navy pumps- Target | Almost Exact | Similar | Love these Mary Janes
Necklace- E-mail me for more info, or leave your e-mail in the comments

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Utility Vest.

Even though I'm sad to see summer go, I can't pretend to be too upset. Because aside from pumpkin spice lattes, the holiest grail of Starbucks drinks*, autumn also means time for #AllTheVestsAndBoots !
Utility (cargo) vests are my favorite vests to wear year-round. They are edgy, yet practical and versatile. I've worn mine with jeans, thrown it over sweaters, and layered it over dresses. And even though olive green is my go-to color, I'm also crushing on a couple of khaki and camo ones. I've linked a few of my favorites below.

*Confession: I've never actually had a pumpkin spice latte. Do I still qualify as a blogger?! ;)
Utility vest | Very similar here, here, & here | Love this khaki version | Great cargo jackets here & here
Red short sleeve blouse | Similar without the gold spikes here | Love this scalloped top here
Skinny jeans- Zara | Similar here, here, & here
Leopard print flats- Target | Very similar here | Another great pair here | A bit pricier, but worth it: here, here, here, here & here 
Skinny gold belt- Forever 21 | Similar here, here, & here

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Khaki + Blue.

We spend every Labor Day weekend at our friend's cottage on Lake Michigan-- hanging out with a group of our close friends, playing in the sun, and eating as much grilled food as we can handle. Needless to say, going back to work the Tuesday after Labor Day weekend is always a challenge, fashionably speaking.
I woke up this morning in a tizzy (having overslept my alarm by an hour) with horrible face bloat from all the salty chips and s'mores. You know what I'm talking about, the bloat where even your eyelids are puffy? Yup. That's the one. Sexy. So I threw on an easy dress and a cardigan and booked it out the door. No time for outfit pics. (Although I do have plans for a post on dressing well, even when you don't feel like it.)

I originally wore the light blue blouse and khaki skirt below two weeks ago. The blouse is from a Forever 21 shopping trip in February- I loved it so much that I bought it in a couple of different colors. They don't have the same one available anymore, but I linked to a few of my favorite look-a-like items below.

Blue Blouse- Forever21 | Similar with adorable neckline | Great V-Neck version | Love this high neck one
Khaki pencil skirt- H&M | Very similar from The Limited | In love with this midi pencil skirt
Silver and black bow flats- Nine West | Amazing black pair with rhinestone bow | Pretty silver/grey versions here and here
Watch- Tissot (Exact)
Necklace- Charlotte Russe | Love these black & white statement necklaces here & here
Just for funsies, here's a pic of the whole fam this weekend. The pups are totally smiling, right?!

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Did you have to go back to work today? Did you have kiddos to get off to school?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Scalloped Shorts.

I know it's cliché, but I honestly can't believe we're at the tail end of August already.
July and August are always busy months for John and I. With both of our birthdays, our anniversary, and lots of other little events thrown in, summer's end always comes much sooner than we think it will. So when people start posting about the number of days left until pumpkin spice lattes, I'm looking around like "What? What month is it even?!" 
But I have done my research, and it is in fact August 23rd. And we still have one whole month of summer left. The weather is warm, but a slightly cooler breeze rolls around at night--perfect for a pair of cute scalloped shorts and a light sweater!

Bonus: the adorable high-waist shorts I have on below are on SALE for $9.99. Say what?! YES, $9.99.
They fit perfectly and I love the gold button detail as a simple, but classy finishing touch. 
(For size reference, I'm wearing a small.)  
Check the scalloped shorts out here and the rest of the outfit details below.

Hope your summer's been lovely, friends! :)
Scalloped "Claire" shorts c/o Catch Bliss (exact)
Grey open-stitch sweater- Banana Republic (exact) | Love this other one from BR | More budget-friendly versions: cute boat neck, LOVE this off-the shoulder
Nude ballet flats- Target | Similar NY&Co pair and Sam Edelman pairObsessed with these sparkly bow flats here
Necklace c/o Sira & Mara | Similar version here
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