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Monday, October 24, 2016

Modern Military

 I've always been drawn to classic tailored styles, particularly anything with military-inspired details.  I'd been on the hunt for a coat like this for ages, but all of the versions I was finding were way out of my price range.  If you don't mind spending more, this melton wool coat is so gorgeous in person & one that I almost considered purchasing.  Another affordable approach is to update a coat you already own by switching out the buttons for metal ones - there are dozens affordably priced on Amazon (examples here & here).  My search finally ended when I came across this coat for less than $55 - it's just the right weight for our current weather & the fit is absolutely perfect.  I styled it with easy layers & a menswear-style shoe for a polished but comfortable weekend look.  

What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 Peacoat (wearing a Small; also in red), Three Dots Sweater (similar here or here), 
Treasure & Bond Shirt (similar here or here), Banana Republic Jeans (similar here or here), 
Leila Stone Oxfords (similar here or here), Nails: Essie Mink Muffs



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekly Top Finds

Every year around this time, the temperatures start dropping & all I want to do is just throw on something warm & cozy.  Last year, we had already had our first snowfall by now!  To me, there is nothing better than bundling up in soft chunky knits, so that's what I chose to highlight this week.  I've rounded up some of my favorite cozy neutral pieces below that will help you transition into the cooler weather & everything is affordably priced.  There are also some great sales happening this weekend - LOFT is offering 40% off all full-priced styles & an extra 60% off sale styles with code GAMEON; Ann Taylor is offering 50% off almost everything with code OCTOBER50 & J. Crew is offering 25% off $125 or 30% off $200 + free shipping on all orders with code SHOPMORE.

1) BDG Waffle-Knit Turtleneck (comes in 8 colors) // 2) RDI Wrap Cardigan (more colors here & here)
3) H&M Cable Knit Sweater (also in pastel blue) // 4) ModCloth Cowlneck Asymmetric Sweater
5) Urban Outfitters Blanket Scarf (comes in 5 colors) // 6) H&M Turtleneck Sweater (also in beige & navy)


Friday, October 21, 2016

Silver Silhouette

I had my daughter at a fairly young age, just a few years after we were married.  My doctor encouraged us to try for a baby after I had a cervical cancer scare, even though we had planned on waiting a couple more years.  It was early on in our marriage & we didn't have a clue what we were doing...but if I was given the chance to go back, I wouldn't change a single thing.  She instantly injected an infectious joy into our lives that we didn't know we were missing. I'm so thankful for the close bond that we share and for the way we've been able to maintain regular & open communication as she goes through adolescence - I still can't believe she'll be 13 this December!

As she gets older, she has started to develop her own sense of style & is constantly wanting to borrow items from my closet. So, I love the idea of having a few special pieces I can pass on to her that are keepsake items she can wear both now & later. Even though fine jewelry is typically seen as an investment, these silver earrings & matching bracelet are both accessibly priced and they add such a fun, whimsical touch to this feminine look.  The dainty design makes them a perfect choice for every day wear and they are pieces that my daughter & I can treasure together for years to come. My other affordable favorites from Tous include this pearl bracelet, these drop earrings & this open ring - all of which would make beautiful gifts for the upcoming holidays.

What I'm wearing:
Romeo & Juliet Couture Top (also similar here or here), Mango Jeans (similar here or here), c/o Nine West Pumps
Similar Bag, c/o Tous Silueta Earrings, c/o Tous Silueta Bracelet (matching necklace here), 
Nails: Essie Playing Koi, Lips: Trish McEvoy (Plum Brown)

Thank you to Tous for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Q&A: Affordable Outerwear

Earlier in the month, I asked for readers to send in their questions so I could launch a new Q&A series.  So many of you wrote in asking where to find budget-friendly outerwear so I decided to dedicate a post specifically to address this topic.  When I was living in the South, I didn't understand why someone would spend a significant amount on a coat...but as soon as we moved to upstate NY, my opinion quickly changed & I realized the value of investing in something warm & well-made.  While this is one item I don't mind paying a bit more for, I completely understand that may not be the case for everyone & I firmly believe there are still ways to get what you want for less.  So I've rounded up the best affordable options below & categorized them by the most popular styles - everything you see here is under $100 with some as low as $35!  

PEACOAT:  ONE // TWO (more colors here) // THREE // FOUR // FIVE



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Divine Wine

I can't seem to get enough of this gorgeous merlot hue for the season - every time I'm out shopping, I find myself gravitating towards it...which is unusual for someone who typically sticks with a neutral palette.  Here's the simplest way to find a shade that will suit you: if you have warm undertones, a true burgundy, brick red or maroon will work best.  And if you have cool undertones, a deep plum, merlot, or oxblood will flatter your complexion (this same principle applies to lipstick colors).  I wore this off-the-shoulder sweater over the weekend with jeans, but decided to dress it up a bit with a chocolate brown skirt & pale pink clutch (which might just be my new favorite fall color combination!).

What I'm wearing:
c/o Dorothy Perkins Sweater, c/o Dorothy Perkins Skirt (similar), Ivanka Trump Boots
Zara Clutch (similar), Zara Choker, LuLu*s Bracelet (similar), Nails: Essie Playing Koi
Lips: Honest Beauty (Mulberry Kiss)