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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Welcome Fall


It's no secret that fall is my favorite season - if you've been following my blog for a while, you know that layering is one of my favorite ways to add interest to my looks.  And, if you're new to my site, then get ready to see lots of layered outfits in the months to come!  I picked up this rust-colored sweater last week and couldn't wait to mix it with other autumn-hued pieces from my closet (I added a silky square scarf on top to give it a more modern feel).  

When wearing a thin knit over a button-down like this, I use a simple styling hack to eliminate bulkiness: layer a seamless fitted cami (this one is my favorite) over the button-down shirt & then put on your sweater.  This smooths out any bumps & prevents wrinkles & bunching from showing through your top layer + it helps keep everything in place so you aren't tugging at your shirt all day long.



What I'm wearing:
H&M Sweater, Old Navy Shirt (similar), Forever 21 Scarf (similar here or here), Vintage Skirt (similar), 
Dolce Vita Boots (similar here or here), Warehouse Bag (identical), House of Harlow Earrings (similar), 
c/o InPink Ring, Nails: Sally Hansen Rupee Red, Lips: Kat Von D Lolita II

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

20 Under $20

It's hard to believe that September has nearly come & gone and that a new month is almost upon us.  Anyone else feel like the last 30 days just flew by?!  Now that the fall weather is finally here to stay, I'm excited for the beginning of layering season.  I've scoured the internet for the best deals possible & pulled them all together to share with you today.  Everything you see here is $20 & or less, which means you can update your autumn looks without breaking the bank!


MORE  UNDER $20

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sophisticated Lace


I grew up with a mother who was much more interested in interior design & home decor than she was in keeping up with the latest clothing trends.  But, she recognized my love for fashion early on & encouraged it by letting me play dress up in vintage clothing and continually experiment with my own personal style.  Regardless of the different phases I went through (some of which make me cringe now!), the one lesson she taught me was to always dress like a lady.  

So, even when I'm embracing trends or trying something new, I repeatedly hear her voice in the back of my head.  I think that's why I tend to shy away from anything that is really short, low-cut or form-fitting from head-to-toe. And, now that I have a teenage daughter of my own, I want to set the same example for her & teach her that she can look & feel beautiful without wearing clothing that's too revealing.  I believe the key to dressing ladylike while keeping things modern is all about balance.  For example, this lace pencil skirt is a timeless piece, but pairing it with this bell-sleeve blouse & these leopard pumps gives it an updated feel.  It's a polished combination that incorporates some of my favorite textures & fall colors.  

This look is from the latest Eva Mendes Collection from New York & Company - I love this line because everything is sophisticated with an on-trend twist.  It's full of classic silhouettes that flatter a woman's shape & it's all affordably priced, which makes it even better!  I'd also recommend this bouclĂ© cardigan (great for dressing up a basic tee & jeans), this burgundy skirt (ideal for the office) and this fit-and-flare dress (perfect for those upcoming holiday parties!).  They do carry some of these pieces in store, but if you're ordering online, I found that most items ran true to size (though I always recommend reading reviews to be sure).







What I'm wearing:
c/o Eva Mendes Evie Bell-Sleeve Top, c/o Eva Mendes Emma Lace Skirt
c/o New York & Company BagEarrings & Ring

NEW YORK & COMPANY FAVORITES



Thank you to New York & Company for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & all items were hand-selected by me.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekly Top Finds

Just popping in quickly to share the details of an amazing sale that Macy's is having today!  You can get 20% off your purchase using code STYLE (some exclusions apply) + you'll earn $10 Macy's money for every $50 you spend!  This fringe top that I wore here is now under $20 & tons of their athletic shoes are on sale - love these, these & these.  Here are a few more of my top picks:


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Everyday Runway


One of the main reasons why I started my blog nearly 6 years ago was to help encourage other women to look & feel their best.  I've always believed that when you put on clothes that make you feel pulled together, you have more confidence.  I found this to be true when I was a stay-at-home mom and my kids were little - even if we were just running to the grocery store or walking to the park, putting on a cute outfit and a little makeup helped boost my mood for the day.  And, now that I work full-time from home, I notice a big difference in my own focus & productivity when I actually get dressed & ready each morning (as tempting as it is to stay in my pajamas). 

As much as I loved watching the playback of all the runway shows from NYFW, most of those looks (while beautiful) aren't accessible for me & they aren't really wearable for the average woman.  Which is why I was excited to hear about the new Kohl's Everyday Runway campaign, that's promoting the idea that you can still show off your personal style while going about all your regular day-to-day activities & staying on a budget!  Whether you're running errands, walking the dog or meeting up with friends for coffee, there are lots of affordable ways to express your personality through the clothes you wear & flaunt your strongest assets.  So today I'm sharing two new looks based on this concept & highlighting some versatile fall pieces that will easily update your style for the season. Right now you can get 15% off any amount with code BIGSAVER or 20% off $100 with code SUPERSAVER + you'll earn $10 Kohl's cash for every $50 you spend!

WEEKEND ERRANDS


I'm pretty sure there's nothing more comfortable than a cozy knit poncho.  The cabled detailing on this one makes it look more like a hybrid between a poncho & a sweater (it also comes in 3 other colors).  I love the ankle-length of these jeans, which makes them perfect for wearing with higher shaft boots so you don't have to worry about that awkward bunching or rolling them up.  They also have a cool raw-edge hem that gives them a modern vibe.  This poncho would also be cute layered over a plaid button-down shirt with black leggings & riding boots.







What I'm wearing:

LUNCH MEETING




I've mentioned this before, but feminine blouses are a big trend for the season - this chic white bow top is such a great versatile option.  Try layering it under a v-neck sweater with the bow-tie pulled out on top; wear it under a moto jacket with jeans for a little edge or tuck it into a pencil skirt with pumps for a ladylike look.  I'm partial to this sweater vest, which is great for those of you who live in warmer climates and can't pull off a thicker boyfriend cardigan just yet.  I'd also dress this vest down by styling with a striped long-sleeve tee, denim & leather sneakers.










What I'm wearing:
MY KOHL'S PICKS
Thank you to Kohl's & ShopStyle for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & all items were hand-selected by me.

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