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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ring The Bell

One of the fall trends I was quick to embrace was bell-sleeves & I'm happy to see that this style has got some staying power and will be sticking around through the spring & summer months.  This sweater has perhaps the most exaggerated sleeves of any that I own, but I love it paired with a simple skirt, silk neckerchief & lace-up booties. You could easily add tights to this look (and a wool coat) - this fleece-lined pair are my favorite to wear in the winter because they keep you toasty warm.  If you're worried about the excess fabric of the bell-shape getting in the way, you can opt for a 3/4-length sleeve style with a similar flare, which has a less dramatic (but equally pretty) effect - see more of my favorite affordable options below.

What I'm wearing:
BCBG Sweater (similar here or here), thrifted Milly Skirt (similar herehere or here), 
Who What Wear Scarf (similar here or here), Mossimo Booties (similar), 
NastyGal Bag (similar here or here), BaubleBar Earrings, Similar Rings
c/o Abaco Sunglasses (also in black & tortoise)



Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Wardrobe Challenge

I'm not one to wear lots of bright colors together in one outfit because it doesn't really fit with my personal style & I can't pull it off nearly as well as other women.  However, I can definitely appreciate (and embrace) a well-placed pop of color, which can take a neutral look and instantly add more interest.  If you're not a fan of bold hues, start small by trying a brightly colored scarf, handbag, flats or even a just a cheery lipcolor.  Or go all out in a statement coat like this one.  Here are a few of my favorite ways to incorporate brights into your looks this season:



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Weekly Top Finds

Even though we have quite a bit of winter still ahead of us, lately I've found myself dreaming about springtime. Nothing gets me more excited than seeing all the pretty pastel pieces that are hitting stores - I'm always drawn to these soft, feminine colors & think there are plenty of ways to wear them now (I love a good winter pastel look).  I think it's important to be thinking ahead to the next season and to purchase pieces that will allow for an easy transition (this pink tweed skirt is at the top of my spring wish list & it's 40% off - just add it to your cart to get the discount!).  

10) Pink Coat (another option here) // 11) Blush Ballet Flat (lace-up style here)
12) Wool-Blend Sweater (another option here)


Friday, January 13, 2017

Gray Layers

We had a true miracle occur this week - the temperatures warmed up to the 50's and I happily watched as all our snow melted away.  We took full advantage of the great weather & shot outfit pictures for next week so I could share some looks without all the layers & outerwear for those of you who live in milder climates.  This swingy sweater is one that I bought during the Anniversary Sale last fall, but I was thrilled to discover that it was just restocked!  It's available in all sizes and also comes in black - I recommend sizing down, as it is a loose oversized fit.  I've also worn it dressed down with a striped tee underneath, paired with cropped denim & sneakers.  This brand is one of my favorites that Nordstrom carries because they have on-trend styles at affordable prices - I've got my eye on this pretty floral skirt for spring.  Check out more of my top picks below!

What I'm wearing:
Leith Sweater (wearing an XS; also here), c/o Old Navy Shirt (similar here or here), 
H&M Pants (another option here), Similar Pumps (here or here), 
Zara Bag (similar here or here), BaubleBar Pinata Earrings
Cluse Watch, Nails: Essie Good as Gold, Lips: LipSense (First Love)



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Steals Under $30

The month of January always feels like a shopper's paradise because most winter styles go on sale to make room for spring's new arrivals...which means you can score some pretty incredible deals.  I've put together nine different outfits below using pieces that are all $30 or less!  Many of you have requested more work-appropriate looks in this series, so I was careful to include those this time around.  If you're not on a shopping freeze like I am, be sure to check out the Sales Alerts Page (updated daily) so you can get the lowest prices possible when you shop!