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10/23/16

Blanket Scarf Round-Up + My Top Picks

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With all of the comforts and cozy layers of Fall comes the return of the beloved blanket scarves.

As the temperatures drop, I start pulling them from my closet bins where they've been safely stored away, and ready them for multiple outfit pairings ranging from sweater-and-pant combos to sweater dress-and-boot combos.

They're the perfect layer to not only add warmth during the chilly and breezy Fall and Winter months, but to also add dimension, texture and, of course, beautiful color to your outfit.

I already have quite the collection of them -- almost comical given the sunny, hot and arid weather that's typical of Los Angeles. A little impractical? Maybe. But what can I say? 

I love a good blanket scarf!
I have this one, this one, this one, and this one, just to name a few.
They're perfect for those days where you just want to be warm and bundled up, even if those days are few and far between. ;-)

So, if you're somewhere on the spectrum of novice blanket scarf collector to borderline hoarder (hehe) then this post is just for you!

I've scoured the Internet and rounded up a huge collection of the prettiest blanket scarves in a rainbow of colors and at the BEST prices! 

From pastel and neutral tones to the rich, seasonal tones -- there'll all here for you. And most are in the ballpark of $15 or less! 

If that doesn't perk up your Sunday, I don't know what will. (lol)
So, have fun browsing/shopping!

Scroll through the photos below and click on the ones you love!



So many pretty options, right? 
I'm especially loving this one, this one, and this one.
This one in the classic tartan plaid is also a must-have.

Which ones are your favorites?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
XO 

10/20/16

Office Style: Silky, Soft Pastels



Loft Blush Ruffle Shell - old (similar here)
Ann Taylor Cream Textured Pencil Skirt - old (similar here) 
Ann Taylor Heather-Grey Blazer - old (similar here, here, here)
Charles David Grey Suede Pumps - old (current season here)
Tory Burch Thea Triple-Zip Satchel - old (similar here, cheaper here, here)
Loft Watercolor Floral Silk Square Scarf - old (similar here, here)
Ann Taylor Pearlized Cabochon Earrings - here
 

Soft pastels are always so pretty and feminine, don't you think?
I especially love incorporating them into my daily work wardrobe; there's just something special about mixing classic pieces like a skirt suit with more feminine colors and details.
 
 The color palette for this office look was completely inspired by one of my favorite silk scarves from Loft. It's a silk, square scarf with a watercolor floral print in the center in shades of blush, cream, powder blue, taupe, light yellow, and navy. The edges of the scarf are bordered by color-blocked panels in the same complementary shades, and it's really quite beautiful. I decided to pull from the colors of the scarf to create a soft, classic look.



Blush and grey play off each other so nicely, so I chose this blush ruffled shell from Loft to layer under this heather-grey blazer from Ann Taylor.
 
If you love blush as much as I do, you really need a ruffled shell like this one in your wardrobe; it'll see a ton of use since it can be thrown on with a pair of jeans, dress pants, or skirts, or layered with cardigans or blazers like I've done here. It's one of those pieces that can easily be dressed up or down yet elevates an outfit more so than a basic tee or tank. I own several shells in a variety of colors, and mix and match them with everything; their versatility and longevity really speak for themselves.

 


 This heather-grey blazer is actually part of a skirt suit, but I wanted to break up the suit to allow for more color and dimension in the outfit, so I swapped out the matching skirt for a cream pencil skirt. It really brightens up the whole look, don't you think?
It's clean and fresh, and the fabric has a fine, woven pattern that adds another fun layer of texture. It's another one of those pieces that pairs perfectly with everything, and can be worn year-round.
If you love this one as much as I do, I recently found this similar one at Ann Taylor and reviewed it in this post here
 
A heather-grey blazer is a great staple for any office wardrobe as well. The lighter shade allows you to easily pair it with multiple colors and prints while still maintaining a polished look thanks to its neutral color. Apart from the color, the key to any blazer, of course, is the fit; it should fit closely to the body and flatter your shape without looking bulky or sloppy. I generally find that Ann Taylor, Loft, and J.Crew offer the most flattering options in terms of fit, especially in their petite sizes.
 
Similar blazers in the same color here, here, and here look promising if you're looking to fill this void in your closet.

 


 
 
Loft Blush Ruffle Shell - old (similar here)
Ann Taylor Cream Textured Pencil Skirt - old (similar here) 
Ann Taylor Heather-Grey Blazer - old (similar here, here, here)
Charles David Grey Suede Pumps - old (current season here)
Tory Burch Thea Triple-Zip Satchel - old (similar here, cheaper here, here)
Loft Watercolor Floral Silk Square Scarf - old (similar here, here)
Pearl Cluster Necklace - old (similar here)
Ann Taylor Pearlized Cabochon Earrings - here
 
I rounded off the look with pretty accessories in the same color palette, choosing a classic pair of Charles David light grey suede pumps, my favorite blush Tory Burch Thea Triple-Zip satchel, and of course, the Loft silk scarf that inspired the full look, which I knotted around the bag for a touch of whimsy. Jewelry was kept simple and classic with pearl stud earrings and a pearl cluster necklace.
 
It's always fun drawing style inspiration from unexpected things, isn't it?  If something catches your eye -- a particular color combination, juxtaposed patterns or textures -- just run with it! You'll be surprised at your creativity. ;-)
 
Do you like incorporating softer tones into your work wardrobe?
What items have inspired some of your outfits?
 
I hope you all have an amazing day, and thanks so much for stopping by!
XO
 
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Sale Alert: Ann Taylor - 50% off Everything

  
Ann Taylor has been on a roll with amazing, back-to-back sales! Today kicks off yet another one, which I just had to share:  

Get 50% off everything at Ann Taylor with code 'OCTOBER50'

Sale is valid online and in-store and ends Sunday night, so grab what you love now and don't procrastinate!
Start shopping the sale here.

All of the outfits pictured above are included! See my recent fitting reviews and recommendations on them here.

I've rounded up these and more top picks by category below -- just scroll through and click on the ones you love!

I'm forewarning you, though: with so many pretty pieces, your wallet may be crying after this. (lol)

Happy browsing/shopping!

TOPS


SKIRTS/DRESSES


ACCESSORIES


Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!
XO 

10/15/16

Fitting Room Reviews / My Picks / Promo Code for 25% Off

 
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Happy Saturday, Everyone!
 
I wanted to quickly share a few more recent fitting room reviews with you, some of which I already posted on my Insta-stories on Instagram and received questions about. 
 
These pieces are all by Maison Jules, a clothing brand inspired by Parisian street style, that is carried exclusively at Macy's. If you're unfamiliar with it, I'd classify it as classic with a dose of fun, contemporary flair. From great layering basics to feminine, flirty prints and details, there's a little bit of everything to choose from. Sizing generally runs on the smaller side, making it a great option for us petite gals. I already own several pieces from this brand and recommend trying it if you haven't already (for you non-petites, too!)
 
A few of the recent releases online caught my eye, so I decided to swing by Macy's to give them a try.
 
Macy's is currently offering an extra 25% off select regular items and sale/clearance items with promo code "LOOKS" so most of these pieces are less than $50! Yesss!

Start shopping the sale by department here.
(Sale ends tomorrow, 10/16/16.)
 
 
First up is this Striped Fit-and-Flare Dress in size Small. I love a great classic, striped dress, so this one with its navy and white stripes, elbow-length sleeves and mock-neck details is a front-runner for me. It nips in at the waist and gently flares out at the hips for a flattering silhouette. It also hits right at the knees, which is ideal for me (I'm 5'2".) Since I didn't want the dress to be too clingy, I sized up from my usual XS to a S, and the fit was just right.
 
It's adorable on its own, but it would also be a great layering piece for Fall with a cropped jacket or long open cardigan, boots or booties, and scarf. Love it and highly recommend it!
 
Fit:  Runs small - suggest sizing up 1 size
 
Price: $49.99 sale / $37.49 with promo
 
 
 
I tried on size XS in this blazer and it was a perfect fit. The fabric is a mid-weight knit, making it super soft and comfy. I almost didn't want to take it off; it felt like a well-loved sweatshirt! The dot print is subtle but cute and adds a nice detail to an otherwise basic, navy blazer. The cuffed 3/4 sleeves are also a nice touch, and can be worn uncuffed as well. I'd say this is more of a casual blazer, great for semi-casual days at the office or for after-hours/weekends. It's unlined and not as structured as a more formal blazer. It's also an open-front style (no buttons/closures.)
I love it and highly recommend it!
 
Fit: True-to-size
 
Price:  $59.99 sale / $44.99 with promo
 
 
This top is so darling! I love 2-in-1 tops; just throw 'em on and go! The pleated hem on this one dresses up the basic, heather-grey tee perfectly. The tee material was soft and not too thin. I tried on size XS and it fit true-to-size. It's a little longer than I would like but works well with leggings or skinny jeans since it covers more of your backside. ;-)
 
The only small grievances I have is that the pleats appear to wrinkle/crease easily, as this one shows in a few areas. It would likely require steaming, which makes it higher maintenance. The stiff inner care tag also causes one side of the shirt to jut out in an unflattering way, as you can see on the right side in the photo above. I'm sure this could be quickly fixed with a quick snip of the tag, though. Overall, it's a super cute tee and I would recommend it!
 
Fit:  True-to-size
 
Price: $39.50 sale / $29.63 with promo
 
These jeggings are oh-so-comfy as well! They look like a dark denim wash but feel like a ponte knit pant. The two front pockets are non-functional but a nice detail; they don't add bulk to a slim-fitting pant as real pockets sometimes do. Since jeggings tend to run small, I sized up from my usual size XS to a S, and they fit nicely. The pull-on styling makes it easy to get them on and off, and I like that the fit is flattering without looking painted on. They're nice and stretchy, machine-washable, and will look great dressed up with pumps or dressed down with boots/booties.
I highly recommend them!
 
Fit: Slightly small - suggest sizing up 1 size for comfort
 
Price: $39.99 sale / $29.99 with promo


 
Last, but not least is this Gilet Trench Vest in size XS. I've been on the hunt for a petite-friendly, classic, trench vest in this color for what seems like ages. This one looked promising online, however, it's quite literally a big disappointment in-person. Even in the smallest size available, it's much too large. The cut is wide and the length is way too long for petites -- such a shame since Maison Jules is known to run small.
 
The camel color is lovely, though, and the hook-and-eye closure down the inner front keeps the look clean and sleek. It would definitely look best on someone who isn't as vertically challenged as I am. ;-)
 
Fit: Runs large - suggest sizing down 1- 2 sizes
 
Price: $67.99 sale / $50.99 with promo 
 
 
Here are the ones I tried on plus several other Maison Jules pieces I'm eyeing and that I'm hoping to try on next time. Click on any of the ones you like!
 

Have any of these been catching your eye, too? Which ones are your favorites?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great weekend!
XO

10/9/16

Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews + Sale Alert

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Hi, Everyone!
 
Today I'm sharing some Ann Taylor fitting room reviews with you.
I was able to pop into their store yesterday to try on several pieces I've been eyeing; I wanted to see them in real life and try them on to better assess fit. Usually, I do my shopping online, but every now and then I like to venture out to my local store to see everything in-person and to have some fun trying on half the store. (lol)
 
Before I get started, I have to share that Ann Taylor is still offering 50% off everything both online and in-store! 
Use code "FALL50" if shopping online. No code is needed in-store; the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.
Sale ends tomorrow night, so you don't want to miss out on your favorite pieces at a great discount!
Start shopping the sale here.
 
Let's jump into the fitting room reviews!
 
Botanical Pleated Blouse (size XS) // Diamond Eyelet Pencil Skirt (size 0 regular)
 
First up is this Botanical Pleated Blouse in "peach blossom."
Hello, gorgeous! 
I knew I would love this blouse as soon as I saw it online; the peachy blush and pastel colors combined with the intricate floral print are just so beautiful and feminine. The fabric feels soft and silky, and the long sleeves are ideal for both the office or for after-hours when you just want to slip on some jeans and a pretty blouse and go.
 
Fit:  I tried on the smallest size available, XS regular, and I would say it runs large; the fit was wide and blousy un-tucked. It's more manageable when tucked in, though, as you can see here. Unfortunately, this blouse is not offered in petite sizing - boo. I still adore this blouse and would highly recommend it, but a size XXSP would have been ideal. Just know that if you're really petite, you may be looking at alterations, i.e. slimming the sides and possibly shortening the sleeves. 

Update:  Petite options for this blouse were available exclusively online but sold out quickly, which is why I didn't initially see any. However, as of today (10/10/16) size XSP has popped back in stock online, so if this is your size, hurry and snag one before it's gone!
 
Price: $69.50 retail / $34.75 sale
 
This Diamond Eyelet Pencil Skirt is a great option if you're in the market for a creamy-white pencil skirt. It's a little on the thin side, so I would suggest wearing it with a half-slip just to be safe, but overall it's lovely with its eyelet detailing and is a great neutral skirt to have in your wardrobe. I would definitely recommend it.
 
Fit:  I tried on size 0 regular, which was the smallest available, and the waist was slightly loose on me. I'd say it runs a tad large and would recommend sizing down. That said, I checked online and it appears that size 0 is the smallest size in stock, which means petite gals may again have to consider alterations, i.e. taking the waist in and having the sides slimmed.
 
Price:  $49.99 retail / $25 sale
 
Floral Pleated Midi Dress (size 4 regular)
 
Next is this Floral Pleated Midi Dress in the same pretty print.
I adore everything about it except for the sizing/length. As you can see, it's extremely loose and the length hits me at the ankles.
Unfortunately, the smallest size available for me to try on was a size 4 regular. The petite sizing was not available in the store, which was a big disappointment, but I decided to try this one on anyway to get a feel for it.
 
The fabric is soft and flowy, and the pleat detailing on the front is such a lovely detail.  
 
The tie-neck collar is another feminine detail that I love. 
 
This dress seems to be selling like hot cakes, and I can see why - it's simply beautiful! Several sizes are already sold out online, but you can always try to locate your size in-store by using the "Find in Store" feature on the product page or by calling Ann Taylor's Customer Service line.
 
Fit: Runs large - recommend sizing down 1 - 2 sizes.
 
Price:  $159 retail / $79.50 sale
 
Cropped Knit Tweed Jacket (size XXSP) // Ruffled Shell - soft cameo (size XS)
Textured Pencil Skirt (size 0P) - sold out online - similar here, here
 
Next is this Cropped Knit Tweed Jacket in size XXSP.
This jacket has such a classic design with its thick, almost-tweed-like fabric and fringe detail. The open styling and collarless neckline are very sleek and streamlined. The two front pockets are a nice touch as well, and overall, this jacket is very reminiscent of Chanel.
 
The only downside for me was that the fabric was too scratchy and itchy. This is always a deal-breaker, and in this case, I didn't want to be forced to layer a long-sleeved blouse underneath for the sole purpose of alleviating this issue. The fabric is a cotton-polyester blend, which I wouldn't normally associate with an itchy material, but for some reason, the feel of this jacket bothered me the moment I put it on. Unfortunately, it was a pass for me. That said, it could be that my skin is just extra sensitive. I would suggest trying this one on in-person before buying just to be sure.
 
Fit:  True-to-size/close-fitting - great for petites
 
Price:  $149 retail / $74.50 sale
 
This Ruffled Shell in "soft cameo" pink is darling. It looks great on its own or layered under a jacket like shown here. Of course, I'm drawn to the color and the pretty ruffles, and I would highly recommend it as a feminine, versatile blouse to have in your wardrobe. It comes in two other colors as well: winter white and navy blue (the latter is an online-exclusive colorway.)
 
Fit:  Slightly large - may need to size down 1 size
 
Price:  $49.99 retail / $25 sale
 
I grabbed this light grey pencil skirt from the rack to try on with these pieces, and didn't realize until now that it's no longer available online. It appears to have sold out, and I didn't jot down the style number for reference. (*face palm*) The Petite Textured Jacket looks like the matching jacket, if you like the exact color and pattern of the skirt. 
 
A couple of similar pencil skirt alternatives I found online are the Bonded Knit Pencil Skirt and the Marled Pencil Skirt. Both are nice, basic pencil skirts with textured fabric to add interest. I wasn't able to try these on, so I can't speak to their fit, but I wanted to mention them in case you're in need of a grey, textured pencil skirt.  
 
Single-Button Blazer - vintage petal (size 0P) //
Cream Wrap Blouse (size XXSP) - sold out online - similar here
 
Next is this Single-Button Blazer in "vintage petal" or blush-pink in size 0P. 
I was surprised to find this blazer in-store since the petite sizes of this particular colorway are completely sold out online. This means you may still be able to snag one if you use the "Find in Store" feature or if you call Customer Service, as I mentioned above. The size 0P was the smallest available to try on, so I grabbed it to give it a try.
 
I love a classic, nice-fitting blazer, and this one in blush-pink is no exception. The color is beautiful, and the blazer itself is soft and feminine without being overly frilly. It also comes in an ivory-white color. It's fully lined and has a nice weight to it. I highly recommend it.
 
Fit:  Runs large - recommend sizing down 1 size 
 
Price:  $129.99 retail / $65 sale
 
I also grabbed this white wrap blouse to try on with the blazer, but don't see it offered online. A nearly identical blouse is the Silky Wrap Blouse, which is offered in this ivory-white color and also a light, dusty blue color (the latter is an online-exclusive colorway.)
 
The pencil skirt shown is the same one referenced above.  
 
 
Next I tried this navy-blue, eyelet-trim sweater combo.
The trim on the sleeves of the sweater and along the hem of the skirt and top is such a beautiful detail. The sweater fabric is nice and stretchy albeit very form-fitting. I had to size up a couple of sizes in the skirt to accommodate my wider hips. The trim material was extremely stiff and rigid. It made putting the top on difficult since the trim at the bottom has absolutely no stretch. I had to wiggle and contortion myself into the thing. (lol)
 
Once I got it on, though, I thought it was quite pretty. I tucked the top into the skirt for more coverage and for a flattering silhouette.
Important note: the trim along the bottom of the sweater shows your belly button! A matching cami will need to be worn underneath for more coverage if wearing it untucked, or the trim will need to be tucked in as it is here. Sizing up for length may help, but I ran out of time to test this theory. 
 
I like that both pieces can be mixed and matched (I'll show you an example below) and that they're offered in regular and petite sizing.
 
The top also comes in "winter white," which is an online-exclusive colorway.
 
Overall, I liked this set and would recommend.
 
Fit: Runs small - suggest sizing up 1 - 2 sizes
 
Price:  $98 retail / $49 sale (each)
 
Eyelet Trim Pullover (size XXSP) // Tulip Jacquard Pencil Skirt (size 0 regular)
 
To break up the above set, I swapped out the sweater skirt for this Tulip Jacquard Pencil Skirt.
The tulip pattern with the contrasting navy and mauve side panels and black piping is so unique and beautiful! I hadn't even noticed this skirt online, but once I saw it in-store, I had to try it on.
 
This skirt is amazingly flattering! The material is slightly stretchy thanks to a hint of spandex. It's dry-clean only, unfortunately, but the beautiful colors and design make up for it. The skirt is only offered in regular sizing, but the 24" skirt length hits me mid-knee, which is my preference (I'm 5'2.") For more petite gals, hemming may be required. The size 0 regular fit nicely as well; it was a tad loose in the waist, but I think the size 00 regular might be too snug. And I don't want to look like a stuffed sausage. Not cute. (lol)
 
This skirt is definitely a show-stopper, and you are sure to get noticed in it. I highly recommend it.
 
Fit: True-to-size/slightly large
 
Price:  $89 retail / $44.50 sale
 
Sweater Skirt - grey metallic (size S) //
Cream Wrap Blouse (size XXSP) - sold out online - similar here
 
Next I tried on this grey Sweater Skirt in size S.
 
It's simple yet so darling!
The light grey color is a perfect neutral for Fall (and year-round) and the flared silhouette is very flattering. Since it's a sweater skirt, I sized up, and I'm glad I did; the Small fit nicely, skimming the hips without clinging. The length was just right, too, hitting right at the knees. The great news is that this skirt is offered in regular, petite, and tall sizing -- yay for options!
 
I can see this being dressed up or down with sweaters, blouses, or tanks -- it's super versatile. Love it and highly recommend it!
 
Fit:  True-to-size/slightly small
 
Price:  $89 retail / $44.50 sale
 
The white wrap blouse is the same one mentioned above.
 
Striped Ruffle Neck Blouse - washed navy (size XSP) //
Textured Twill Flounce Skirt - mauve muse (size SP)
 
Next up was this navy and white Striped Ruffle Neck Blouse in size XSP. This one was another pleasant surprise. I hadn't even noticed it online, yet it caught my eye in-store. The navy, micro stripes and ruffled-neck detailing is what sold me on it. The covered button-down front is a nice touch, too; it gives it a clean, sleek look.
 
The material feels soft and silky, and doesn't look wrinkle-prone -- always a plus. Size XSP draped nicely and didn't gape at the bust. The sleeves are just a smidge long, but not enough to deter me. I love it and highly recommend it!
 
Fit:  True-to-size/slightly large
 
Price:  $79.50 retail / $39.75 sale
 
I paired the blouse with this soft pink Textured Twill Flounce Skirt in size SP. Of course, I adore the color, and the flounced hem is feminine and pretty. The A-line silhouette is also super flattering. The material has some stretch to it and feels similar to the grey sweater skirt I tried on earlier. For this reason, I sized up to a Small Petite, and it fit nicely -- not too loose and not too snug. I can still eat my tacos without worry. ;-) The length hits right at the knee, too, which is ideal. Dressed up or dressed down, this is another lovely classic to add to your skirt collection. Highly recommend it!
 
Fit:  True-to-size/slightly small
 
Price:  $98 retail / $49 sale
 
Doublecloth Seamed Flare Dress - mystic ocean (size 4 regular)
 
Last but not least, I tried on this Doublecloth Seamed Flare Dress in size 4 regular.
 
I hadn't intended to try this one, but once I did, I really liked it! The color is a bluish-grey, which is a great color for Fall, and certainly unique; I don't come across this color too often. If this color is not your cup of tea, then it also comes in a classic-chic black. The smallest size in-store was a 4 regular, but I slipped it on anyway and was surprised at how flattering it was. I'm guessing this dress runs fairly small, as I'm usually in a size 00 or 0 for these types of dresses.
 
 The cut and seaming is what makes this dress special. It really highlights the narrowest part of your waist and gently flares out at the hips. It's very elegant and ladylike. Dress it up with pearls or a crystal statement necklace, classic pumps and a clutch, and you've got the perfect dinner party ensemble.
 
It's also very comfortable. It's fully lined and has a concealed zipper in the back, making it easy to slip in and out of. No weird contortions needed with this one. (lol) It's really lovely and I highly recommend it.
 
Fit:  Runs small - size up 1 - 3 sizes
 
Price:  $139 retail / $69.50 sale
 
 I hope you found these reviews helpful! If you have any questions, I'll be happy to help. 
 
Have you been eyeing any of these? Which are your favorites?
 
Thanks for reading!
XO
 
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10/7/16

Pleats, Plaid & Suede



Forever 21 White Pleated Tank - old (similar here, here) // Plaid Silk Pashmina (here) //
Banana Republic Sweater - old (similar here, here) //
J.Crew Factory Jericho Pursette - old (current season's version here) //
American Eagle Distressed Skinny Jeans - old (similar here, here, here, here) //
L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in 301 Real Red (here) //
Ann Taylor Pearlized Cabochon Earrings (here)
 

Lightweight layers are key for Fall in Southern California.
 
Today I'm featuring an easy, transitional Fall look with light layers consisting of pretty pleats, plaid, and suede.
 
This type of layered look is always one of my go-to looks when it's still too warm for heavy, bulky layers but just cool enough for scarves and boots.
 
Pleated tops are a great layering piece. I found this white one at Forever 21 last season, and knew it would be a versatile top to add to my arsenal. It's lovely on its own or layered beneath cropped blazers or lightweight sweaters. I went with the latter for this look, and decided a sleeveless, mock-neck sweater would be the best choice for the lingering 80s/90s temperatures here in L.A.
 


This beige, wool-blend sweater from Banana Republic is so soft and pretty. I love the neutral color and the slightly shrunken fit, which works well for petites with its shorter and more slim-fitting cut. It was a sale score from several years ago, but it could easily be swapped out with this one or this one for an identical look.
 
Since I wanted to really highlight the pleats of the underlying tank, I simply tucked under the hem of the sweater once evenly, then again, to give the illusion of a layered, cropped sweater. And because I already have a slight obsession with faux-layered tops and sweaters, I was really happy with how it turned out!
 
The sweater adds a nice bit of texture, and the peek-a-boo pleated hem also adds a fun, flirty twist. Once the weather cools, I plan to layer this tank with thicker, long-sleeved sweaters. 
 



For this look, I opted for dark, distressed skinny jeans. This pair from American Eagle is a longtime favorite; it comes in several washes, has a hint of stretch, and has just enough distressing for my liking. The slim ankle fit is also ideal for tucking into boots to minimize unsightly and uncomfortable bunching.
 
 
Similar pairs online that look promising are here, here, and here. If you're similar in height to me (I'm 5' 2") petite or cropped skinny jeans with inseams of 26 - 28" will work best with boots, preventing having to roll them up at the ankle. I just tuck the bottoms of my jeans into a thin pair of socks to anchor them and that usually does the trick.
 
Let's talk about these boots, shall we? 
I'm kind of in love with them. The suede is soft and supple and the 'dark mushroom' color is a beautiful, dark taupe that goes with everything. They're also super comfortable. These are the Sole Society Rumer Boots that I scored on major sale last year.  There was only one size 5.5 left in stock, so I didn't even hesitate to order them.
 
I'm so happy to report that these boots are still available online albeit in very limited sizing (size 5 appears to be the last in stock) but this year's Sole Society Cleo Boots in the taupe suede colorway are almost identical with their block heel and pull-on styling, and all sizes are currently available. They also come in black.
 
The chunky, 3.5" block heel is nice and sturdy, and I like that the boot shaft height is just right at 15.5." They're also slightly slouchy and can be scrunched down more depending on how you like to wear them. I like to push mine down about an inch or so for a cute, more relaxed fit.
 
 
 
 

For a fun pop of color, I added this cherry-red leather crossbody.
This is the J.Crew Factory Jericho Pursette from several seasons past, but this season's J.Crew Signet Bag in 'festival red' Italian leather is very similar. It's a smaller, more compact bag, which makes it easy to just throw it over your shoulder and go.
 
I also like adding dimension to my outfits, so I layered on this silk pashmina, which is a great Burberry dupe I found on Ebay for only $12! I found an identical one here for the same price. The classic plaid pattern is lovely, and the pashmina itself is lightweight and super versatile, allowing you to wear it in a variety of ways. For this look, I just wrapped the ends around and tucked them under to give the effect of an infinity scarf. Easy-peasy!
 
A swipe of red lipstick can really do wonders!
I chose this gorgeous, vibrant shade to brighten up my face and to also complement the red in my bag and scarf. I used one of my go-to red lippies, the L'Oreal Paris Color Riche in #301 "Real Red." Not only is the color pay-off amazing, but the formula is extremely soft and moisturizing. It glides onto your lips like silk!
 
What are some of your favorite seasonal looks?
 
Thanks for stopping by, and happy Friday!
XO
 
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