Monday, October 28, 2013

Learning to Layer: 5 Easy Steps.

Whenever someone asks me what my best style advice for Fall casual wear is, I immediately shout out "LAYERS!!".  
Layers, ladies.  That's where it's at.  Because sometimes you need a warm embrace in the middle of the day.  And no one is better at giving you that hug than a layered button-up/sweater combo.  

And here, I will impart upon you all of my layering knowledge.  


5 Steps to Layering:

1.  Wear fitted button-ups.  If the button-up is not fitted, it will bunch up and look sloppy.
2.  Wear button-ups that have interesting patterns or colors.  It will enhance the look of the outfit and look more fun while "peeking out".
3.  Wear fitted sweaters for the top layer of your layering.  Many people think that the bigger the sweater, the better.  Not true. The top layer almost always stretches out over the bottom button-up.  If you buy a too-big sweater, it will look messy and slouchy in 10 minutes' time.
4.  Layer some bling over your killer button-up/sweater combo!  Statement necklaces, bracelets, and watches can add some serious punch to a basic layered outfit.  Most layered combos look even better with a "completer" piece.
5.  And as always, have fun with putting together different layered looks!  Try different proportions, textures, and colors.  Find out what you like and what you don't like.  If you hate what you're wearing that day, it's not the end of the world.  You will take it off when you get home and try something else the next day!

Now that you know all that I know, go forth and layer!  


Pink plaid button-up (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Fox sweater (Exact here)//
White skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Black riding boots (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Pave link necklace & bracelet set C/O ILYCouture (Exact here)//
Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)
Pink plaid button-up (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Fox sweater (Exact here)//
White skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere)//
Black riding boots (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Pave link necklace & bracelet set C/O ILYCouture (Exact here)//
Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)


Chambray shirt (Exact here; Similar hereherehereherehere)//
Polka dot sweater (Exact old, via Old Navy; Similar herehereherehere)//
Burgundy ankle pants (Exact are Cynthia Rowley via TJMaxx; Similar hereherehere)//
Pointy toe black pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 
Necklace via Accessory Mercado (Similar here)
Chambray shirt (Exact here; Similar hereherehereherehere)//
Polka dot sweater (Exact old, via Old Navy; Similar herehereherehere)//

Burgundy ankle pants (Exact are Cynthia Rowley via TJMaxx; Similar hereherehere)//
Pointy toe black pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 
Necklace via Accessory Mercado (Similar here)

Chambray shirt (Exact here; Similar hereherehereherehere)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 

Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Leopard-print scarf (Exact gifted; Similar herehereherehere)//
Red blazer (Exact old, via Kohl's; Similar hereherehere)//
Bezel Teardrop Gemstone Earrings c/o Regina Pierallini (Exact here)//
"Be Present" bracelet c/o Ali Oesch Jewelry (Exact here)//

Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)
Chambray shirt (Exact here; Similar hereherehereherehere)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 

Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Leopard-print scarf (Exact gifted; Similar herehereherehere)//
Red blazer (Exact old, via Kohl's; Similar hereherehere)//
Bezel Teardrop Gemstone Earrings c/o Regina Pierallini (Exact here)//
"Be Present" bracelet c/o Ali Oesch Jewelry (Exact here)//

Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)

Friday, October 25, 2013

pile on the layers!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was stalling on wearing tights because once I start wearing them there is absolutely no going back to bare legs.  Well... the temperature this week was in the 30's!  And... it snowed.  
SNOW!  On October 24th.  What is going on??!

Needless to say, I'm pulling out all my tights and every single layer I own.  I may be somewhat used to living in cold weather, but that doesn't mean I don't get cold easily. --I have just learned to pile on the layers!

Do you layer it on in the Winter or do you brave the frigid temps? 

Plaid button-up (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Navy cardigan (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Teal pencil skirt (Exact old, via LOFT; Similar hereherehere)//

Navy opaque tights (Exact here)//
Navy round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Pave link necklace & bracelet set C/O ILYCouture (Exact here)//
Skinny gold belt (Exact here; Similar herehere
Plaid button-up (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Navy cardigan (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Teal pencil skirt (Exact old, via LOFT; Similar hereherehere)//

Navy opaque tights (Exact here)//
Navy round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Pave link necklace & bracelet set C/O ILYCouture (Exact here)//
Skinny gold belt (Exact here; Similar herehere
White button-up (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Black and white striped skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Black cardigan (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Pearl cluster necklace C/O T+J Designs (Exact here

White button-up (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Black and white striped skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Black cardigan (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//
Pearl cluster necklace C/O T+J Designs (Exact here

Tweed peplum top (Exact old, via H&M)//
Mustard yellow pencil skirt (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)// 
Necklace C/O Our World Boutique (Exact here)// 
Black oxford pumps (Exact old, via Payless; Similar herehere)
Tweed peplum top (Exact old, via H&M)//
Mustard yellow pencil skirt (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)// 
Necklace C/O Our World Boutique (Exact here)// 
Black oxford pumps (Exact old, via Payless; Similar herehere)
Faux-leather trim maroon blouse (Exact here,  here)//
Chevron skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//

Mary Jane heels (Exact old, Nine West; Similar hereherehere)//
 Designer Inspired Jewel Necklace c/o Style Lately (similar here)
Faux-leather trim maroon blouse (Exact here,  here)//
Chevron skirt c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)//
Black opaque tights (Exact here)//

Mary Jane heels (Exact old, Nine West; Similar hereherehere)//
 Designer Inspired Jewel Necklace c/o Style Lately (similar here)

Chambray shirt (Exact here; Similar hereherehereherehere)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 

Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Leopard-print scarf (Exact gifted; Similar herehereherehere)//
Red blazer (Exact old, via Kohl's; Similar hereherehere)//
Bezel Teardrop Gemstone Earrings c/o Regina Pierallini (Exact here)//
"Be Present" bracelet c/o Ali Oesch Jewelry (Exact here)//

Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)
Chambray shirt (Exact here; Similar hereherehereherehere)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 

Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)//
Leopard-print scarf (Exact gifted; Similar herehereherehere)//
Red blazer (Exact old, via Kohl's; Similar hereherehere)//
Bezel Teardrop Gemstone Earrings c/o Regina Pierallini (Exact here)//
"Be Present" bracelet c/o Ali Oesch Jewelry (Exact here)//

Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)

Polka dot top (Exact old; Similar herehere)//
Maroon cardi (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Black pencil skirt (Exact hereherehere)//
Maroon opaque tights (Exact here)//
Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//

Renegade bracelet C/O Erika Lehman//
Necklace c/o Regina Pierallini (Exact here)// 
Earrings c/o Regina Pierallini (Exact here) 
Polka dot top (Exact old; Similar herehere)//
Maroon cardi (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Black pencil skirt (Exact hereherehere)//
Maroon opaque tights (Exact here)//
Black round-toe pumps (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//

Renegade bracelet C/O Erika Lehman//
Necklace c/o Regina Pierallini (Exact here)// 
Earrings c/o Regina Pierallini (Exact here) 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Better than Sweats.

Since most of the clothes I wear on a daily basis are somewhat business casual, I love when I can actually break out my jeans and other non-work pieces.  They don't get as much love as I'd like them to!  
There are even times when I go weeks without wearing jeans-- and jeans used to be SUCH a staple in my wardrobe! 

Another reason that I don't post as much casual-wear on my blog is that, honestly, my favorite thing to do on the weekends is to just shut it down and do nothing. (Which doesn't happen often!)  But, when it does, I usually roam around the house in glorious sweatpants and sweatshirts.  Sweet, sweet ecstasy.

Here are some casual-wear looks I've been hanging in lately.  Many of them have been posted in my "threads" tab already, but I wanted to include them in an actual blog post so that I could tag them as "Casual Wear" and "Autumn/Winter". ;)
Have a great week!

Her-berry Cardigan c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact here)//
Mossimo Skinny Corduroy Pants (Exact here; Similar here , hereherehere)//
Black riding boots (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Pave link bracelet C/O ILYCouture (Exact here)// 

Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)    

Her-berry Cardigan c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact here)//
Mossimo Skinny Corduroy Pants (Exact here; Similar here , hereherehere)//
Black riding boots (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Pave link bracelet C/O ILYCouture (Exact here)// 

Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)    

Her-berry Cardigan c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact here)// 
Mossimo Skinny Corduroy Pants (Exact here; Similar here , hereherehere)// 
Puffer vest (Exact old via Old Navy; Similar herehereherehere)//
Black riding boots (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 
Pave link bracelet C/O ILYCouture (Exact here)// 
Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here) 

"Follow in My Footsteps" top c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact here)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 
Chloe & Isabel Necklace C/O Sarah VanBenschoten (Exact here)// 
Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)//
Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots (Exact old; Similar here, here, here, here)
 

"Follow in My Footsteps" top c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact here)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Forever21 jean jacket (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
Chloe & Isabel Necklace C/O Sarah VanBenschoten (Exact here)// 
Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)//
Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)
 
"Follow in My Footsteps" top c/o Flourish Boutique (Exact here)//
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Forever21 jean jacket (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)//
Chloe & Isabel Necklace C/O Sarah VanBenschoten (Exact here)// 

Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)//
Etienne Aigner Chip riding boots (Exact old; Similar hereherehere
here)
 
Striped dress (Exact old, via Forever21; Similar herehereherehere)//
Striped sweater (Exact old, via Forever21; Similar herehereherehere)//
Black riding boots (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here) 
Striped dress (Exact old, via Forever21; Similar herehereherehere)//
Striped sweater (Exact old, via Forever21; Similar herehereherehere)//
Black riding boots (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)//
Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here) 

Cream blouse (Exact old, via TJMAXX; Similar hereherehere)// 
Forever21 Skinny Jeans (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)// 
Target Merona Leopard Print Flats (Exact here; Similar herehere)// 
Leopard-print belt (Exact old, via NY&CO; Similar hereherehere)// 
Pearl cluster necklace C/O T+J Designs (Exact here)// 
Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)

Cream blouse (Exact old, via TJMAXX; Similar hereherehere)// 
Forever21 Skinny Jeans (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)// 
Target Merona Leopard Print Flats (Exact here; Similar herehere)// 
Leopard-print belt (Exact old, via NY&CO; Similar hereherehere)// 
Pearl cluster necklace C/O T+J Designs (Exact here)// 
Alex Tortoise watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)
Chiffon top (Exact old, via GAP; Similar hereherehere)// 
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 
Green blazer (Exact old, via H&M; Similar hereherehere)// 
Leopard-print belt (Exact old, via NY&CO; Similar hereherehere)// 
Leopard Print Flats (Exact here; Similar herehere)// 
Italian Horn Dangle Earrings C/O Feisty Christine Designs (Exact here)

Chiffon top (Exact old, via GAP; Similar hereherehere)// 
Dark-wash skinny jeans (Exact here; Similar hereherehere)// 
Green blazer (Exact old, via H&M; Similar hereherehere)// 
Leopard-print belt (Exact old, via NY&CO; Similar hereherehere)// 
Leopard Print Flats (Exact here; Similar herehere)// 
Italian Horn Dangle Earrings C/O Feisty Christine Designs (Exact here)
H&M Chinos in grey (Exact here; Similar herehere)// 
American Eagle sweatshirt (Exact old; Similar here)// 
Mossimo Ona (Exact old; Similar hereherehere) 
H&M Chinos in grey (Exact here; Similar herehere)// 
American Eagle sweatshirt (Exact old; Similar here)// 
Mossimo Ona (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)

Polka dot blouse (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
TJMAXX striped sweater (Exact not available online;Similar hereherehere)// Forever21 mint skinny jeans (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
Forever21 riding boots (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
Forever21 chunky pearl necklace (Exact here; Similar here
Fabulous Fall Oatmeal Sweater C/O Flourish Boutique (Exact here)// Forever21 Skinny Jeans (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)// 
Target Merona Leopard Print Flats (Exact here; Similar herehere)// 
Leopard print scarf (Exact gifted; Similar herehereherehere)// 
Forever21 jean jacket (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
NY&Co watch (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
Louis Vuitton Speedy

Fabulous Fall Oatmeal Sweater C/O Flourish Boutique (Exact here)// 
Forever21 Skinny Jeans (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)// 
Target Merona Leopard Print Flats (Exact here; Similar herehere)// 
Leopard print scarf (Exact gifted; Similar herehereherehere)// 
Forever21 jean jacket (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
NY&Co watch (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
Louis Vuitton Speedy
Fabulous Fall Oatmeal Sweater C/O Flourish Boutique (Exact here)// 
Forever21 Skinny Jeans (Exact old; Similar herehereherehere)// 
Target Merona Leopard Print Pumps (Exact here; Similar herehere)// 
Leopard print scarf (Exact gifted; Similar herehereherehere)// 
Forever21 jean jacket (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
NY&Co watch (Exact old; Similar hereherehere)// 
Louis Vuitton Speedy

JCPenney top, Target Mossimo skinny ankle pants, Bamboo flats, Forever21 chunky pearl necklace, NY&Co watch
JCPenney top, Target Mossimo skinny ankle pants, Bamboo flats, Forever21 chunky pearl necklace, NY&Co watch