Sunday, November 30, 2014

Satchel up.

Plaid flannel button-up shirt (Similar herehereherehere, & here)//
Ivory cable knit sweater (Exact here; Similar hereherehere, here, & here)//
Skinny dress pants (Exact here; Similar here and here)//
Burgundy riding boots (Almost exact here; Similar here & here)//
Bobal satchel c/o Angel Reinares (Exact here)//
Champagne pearl cluster necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here)//
Pyramid stud cuff ℅ Stella & Dot stylist Erika Lehman (Exact here)//
Belt buckle bracelet (Similar here)
Plaid flannel button-up shirt (Similar here, here, herehere, & here)//
Ivory cable knit sweater (Exact here; Similar herehere, here, here, & here)//
Skinny dress pants (Exact here; Similar here and here)//
Burgundy riding boots (Almost exact here; Similar here & here)//
Bobal satchel c/o Angel Reinares (Exact here)//
Champagne pearl cluster necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here)//
Pyramid stud cuff ℅ Stella & Dot stylist Erika Lehman (Exact here)//
Belt buckle bracelet (Similar here)
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I’ve said it many times before—but, if I had to pick just a few wardrobe pieces to invest in, I would always choose staple accessories: a chic coat, great boots, and a well-made, beautifully constructed bag. The first two are pretty self-explanatory (see this post)-- especially for someone living in the North Pole. 
Just kidding, I live in Michigan. But, that’s kind of the same thing, right? Only minus Santa and cute little elves? =P
But, I digress.
 A gorgeous bag will last for years and become a staple in a wardrobe that’s bound to change with time. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for bag-investment—first, because I love beautiful bags. (Who doesn't?!) But, mostly because I am really tough on bags and if it’s not a quality piece, it's guaranteed to fall apart in a couple of short months. I’ve literally had a cheap-o bag rip with all of my work materials in it (in a parking lot). It was not fun. To put it into perspective, I’ve had the same Louis Vuitton bag for 11 years and it’s still in great condition. And my relatively new Michael Kors bag (which I had longingly saved for) still looks brand new after months of daily wear. And as with most things, quality matters. But, I think this concept is most important with core pieces and accessories.
So, when I was asked to review a bag from Angel Reinares, a Spanish handbag company, I was more than happy to do so. I’m always up for discovering new brands—especially those who feature classic, quality pieces. After some back and forth, I ordered the Bobal satchel in the cognac color (called Lion on the site) instead of the Cabernet tote in Brandy. I think my indecision was due to the fact that I couldn’t decide if I wanted a tote or a satchel, and I was lusting after both bags equally. Generally, a tote or purse with a long strap is more convenient for me because most of my week is spent at work. So, I just cram all of my things into it, hang it over my shoulder, and go. But, I figured since I had just bought the MK Hamilton tote, I should venture out and get the Bobal satchel. And boy, am I glad I did! 
This bag is seriously beautiful. Soft, luxurious leather. Great construction and color. Lots of room for all of my things. And wait for it… a detachable strap! Boom. 
So, if you’re looking for a new bag or a great piece to pop on your Christmas wish list, check out Angel Reinares. They have so many drool-worthy pieces that are truly well worth it!   

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Winter Survival 101.

Winter Survival 101
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Wool coat/parka (Exact here; Similar herehereherehere, & here)//
Mittens (Exact here; Similar here; LOVE these patterned mittens here and here)//
Earmuffs (Similar hereherehere, & here (the earbuds detach!)//
UGG boots (Exact here; Similar here & here)// 
Hunter wellies (Exact here; A wider fit here)//
Hunter Brit Cuff boot socks (Exact here; Love these here & here)//
Sorel Joan of Arctic boots (Exact here; Similar without fur here)

Generally, I don't claim to be an expert in any particular area (except my job!). Sure, I know a number of things. But, there are many things that I don't know and I'm okay with that. And what I do not know, I can always learn, right?
 However, I am here today to proclaim myself an absolute EXPERT in dressing for frigid temperatures. 
If there was a PhD in dressing for warmth, I would have received it (with high honors!).
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Having lived in Michigan most of my life, I have learned that in order to stay alive and functioning from November through April, I have to dress for the weather. As a blogger, I would love to wear something other than boots and sweaters for those six long months. But, in reality, I'm a total wuss in the cold. And I'm fully convinced that when I'm cold my body goes into hibernation mode. (Let's not even talk about how unpleasant I am when I'm freezing.) So, out of basic necessity, I've learned to bundle up and just get on with it. 

So, above, I've linked my favorite (fashionable!) cold-weather accessories. Seriously, if you know me in real life, you know that I wear these exact pieces every single day for months on end. But, they are tried and true items that I recommend from my own personal experience in surviving the Polar Vortex. ;)
Stay warm, friends!
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A few afterthoughts:


-A wool coat or a parka is a MUST in cold temps. I really like versions with faux fur because they are especially cozy and help insulate your entire neck and face.
-Faux fur earmuffs are fantastic-- they're warm, cover your ears (which are bound to get cold faster than your head), and they save you from having crazy hat hair all day.
-UGGs-- the warmest boots I have ever owned. However, they are NOT waterproof (even with the waterproof spray). 
-Hunter rain boots-- I didn't own a pair of Hunters until last year. Apparently, I lived under a rock. But, these boots are LIFE CHANGING. They are completely waterproof. However, they are not warm. If you want to "winterize" them, get some Hunter boot socks. They don't make the boots super warm, but they are pretty good.
-SOREL Joan of Arctic boots-- if you live in a snowy climate, do yourself a favor and buy these boots. They are the most important winter boots you'll ever buy and you will thank yourself for the rest of time. They are REALLY warm (too warm for Fall) and completely waterproof.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nordstrom Sale: Part Deux.

Guys, I just can't get enough of the Nordstrom sale!  
I'm especially loving the tortoise shell sunnies and the patterned flats below. But, really there are just so many great deals. They have everything from makeup to clothing on sale. But, remember, it ends tomorrow (Nov. 11th)! 
Check out my picks below-- clicking on the images will take you directly to the pieces. I hope y'all are finding as many things as I am! 

Have a great week! :)

Check out the Nordstrom Sale here!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Nordstrom Sale: Staple Pieces.

Every once in a while it dawns on me that not living in a bigger city does have tiny little disadvantages. Disadvantages like not having a Nordstrom nearby so that I can shop the huge sale that's happening now. 
My friends who live on the east side of the state always talk about shopping at Nordstrom and how great it is, not realizing that I don't have one nearby. (Yes, Jen, I'm calling you out! Love you!)  But, then again, there's always online shopping! And true to form, I've already got my eye on a few staple pieces that are on sale right now.  Mostly, I'm looking for classic pieces that will transition easily from work to play and from season to season. Living in Michigan, buying great pieces that you can only wear in the summer isn't always the best choice. (It already dipped down to 21 degF this past Sunday!!) So, I'm eyeing a lot of sheath dresses and boots.

Here are some of the of things that are in the running-- just click on the images to get linked through to each piece!

Are you going to be shopping the sale? If yes, what ya' gettin'?!
Check out the whole Nordstrom Sale here!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hello Gorgeous/Avery Lane Exclusive Look!

In trying to keep up with the blog more, it also seems fitting to get back to the Hello Gorgeous/Avery Lane Exclusive Look. 
And this month's look is seriously awesome, if I may say so myself! It also feeds right into my current vest addiction. Honestly, if you've been looking for a military style vest that is high quality and gorgeous, look no further. This is IT, my friends.
Plus, the watch and the purse? LOVE. The purse is the perfect color and the watch has just the right amount of quirk. 
I know you're going to love them!!
To purchase this exact vest, watch, and/or purse check out Avery Lane Boutique
Happy shopping! :)

Black and white plaid button-up (Similar herehere, & here)//
Military vest c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact here)
Yellow pencil skirt (Similar here; Love this floral version here)
Two-tone riding boots (Similar here & here)//
Skinny brown belt (Similar here & here)//
Watch c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact here)//
Rhinestone necklace (Love these ones here and here, & this daintier one here)//
Messenger bag c/o Avery Lane Boutique (Exact here)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

One Extra Hour.

I didn't realize that today was Day Light Savings until late last night. And because of that one extra glorious hour of sleep, I woke up feeling refreshed and like a whole new person. 
I even finished chores that I had been needing to work on for weeks. 

And since I'm on a roll...here's what I've been wearing lately!

Ivory blouse (Similar here, herehere, & here)//
Red ankle pants (Similar here, here & here)//
"Arabelle" vest c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)
Patterned satin scarf (Exact here; Similar here)//
Tortoise shell watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)//
Black riding boots (Great options here, here, & here)//
Pyramid stud cuff ℅ Stella & Dot stylist Erika Lehman (Exact here)//
Tortoise shell watch c/o Wristology Watches (Exact here)
Elephant blouse c/o Our World Boutique (Exact here)//
Skinny dress pants (Exact here; Similar here and here)//
5 Flower Statement Necklace c/o Our World Boutique (Exact here)//
Pink pumps (Similar herehere, & here)//
Pyramid stud cuff ℅ Stella & Dot stylist Erika Lehman (Exact here)

White button-up shirt (Similar hereherehere, & here)//
Floral dress c/o TeodoraB (Exact here)//
Black tights (Exact here)
Skinny black watch (Similar here & here)//
"Fall Lines" earrings c/o Button Down Accessories (Exact here)//
Black booties (Similar herehere, herehere)
Plaid "Lilly" top c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (Exact here)
Navy sheath dress (Similar hereherehere, here)//
Champagne pearl cluster necklace c/o T+J Designs (Exact here)//
Burgundy riding boots (Similar here,  here here)//
Skinny black watch (Similar here & here)