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11/30/17

Winter-White, Camel & Plaid

Cooler, breezy weather has finally reached So-Cal with temps dipping down as low as the 40s at night (brr!) making it perfect to cozy up in my favorite sweaters and fuzzy blankets. While I love the crisp and chilly evenings and mornings, carefully planning my outfits for the day has become even more necessary since I have to take into account the ever-changing temps that manage to climb into the mid-70s and the 80s some afternoons! With this in mind, dressing in layers has been essential for me.
Though I wear skirts and dresses most days (as you've seen) and genuinely enjoy getting dressed up, when I'm out and about running errands or just want to wear something easy and comfy, casual basics are my go-tos. When styling them for cooler weather, a sweater-and-boots combo is always at the top of my list. Who doesn't like wrapping themselves up in their favorite soft sweaters and throwing on a pair of jeans and boots this time of year? I think it's one of the quintessential Fall/Winter "uniforms" we've come to love and repeat year after year. And it's easy to see why. It checks all the right boxes for most of us: easy, comfy, and cute. In other words, yes, yes, and more yes!

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite casual-cute pairings in winter-white, camel, and plaid.
Classic, neutral colors like these are my favorite. They're simple yet pretty, and more importantly, timeless. They withstand all of the fleeting fashion trends, and can be trusted to look the same now as they did in years past or in years to come. I love that. 
Winter-white, camel, and plaid also work together so flawlessly, don't you think? For those of you with more minimalist-style sensibilities, this look will no doubt resonate more with you. That's because with only a few key pieces, you have a polished and pulled-together look that is also warm and easy to move around in -- the best of both worlds, style and comfort. And because the foundation pieces are all neutrals, your color choices for a topcoat expand that much more! Camel, navy, black, winter-white, red, burgundy, grey -- coats in any of these hues would look gorgeous with this outfit!
The winter-white sweater I'm wearing for this look is old from LOFT, but I've found a few similar ones here, here, here (love the hem of this one!), and here that are worth a glance if you're in need of some new ones. 

This camel wrap coat is a recent purchase from Ann Taylor about a month ago, and fits really well in the XXSP size, which is why I ultimately kept it, despite having bought this one from H&M beforehand (see it on me in this post.) I adore both for their varied details, including their overall length (the AT one is shorter, while the H&M one is longer and slightly dressier in my opinion.) With the rise in popularity of these wrap-style coats, I was able to find several similar camel ones herehere, and here. I've mentioned it before, but if you can purchase only one outerwear item this season, go with a well-fitting, high-quality camel wrap coat; it will instantly elevate your outfit and will last you years. 
These dark, "modern skinny-ankle jeans" from Ann Taylor have become a fast favorite of mine. I've had this particular pair for a couple of years now, and love the style and slightly-stretchy fit so much, I'm considering picking up this season's new variations here and here. Since I'm 5'2" the petite inseam is ideal for me (26 - 26.5"), especially when I want to wear my jeans with heels/pumps. If you're taller, the regular sizes or tall sizes may work best for you.

A Burberry check scarf is such an iconic piece, and worthy of the investment if you're able to treat yourself. It definitely hits all of the "classic and timeless" notes, and will hold its value for years to come with proper care. It would make a perfect gift, too! If the price is just too much to swallow right now, try a budget-friendly option like this one, which is equally lovely and only $13!
These Vince Camuto boots have been highly-praised by multiple fashion bloggers, especially fellow petites, and for good reason. They're very petite-friendly, hitting about an inch or two above the knee on someone my height, and the  micro-suede is very soft and supple. They fit the legs nicely without being too constricting, which makes them easy to walk in, too. I loved these so much, I snagged the black ones during the many killer Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. They're sleek and beautiful and will see plenty of wear during these cooler months! I plan on wearing them with dresses/skirts and tights, too! I found them on sale here for only $77, which is a steal! (Use code "FRIEND" at check-out.) I was also happy to find them in more sizes here, especially since several sizes have already sold out at Nordstrom and other popular department stores.
My dome leather satchel is by Michael Kors, which I scored at my local T.J. Maxx store over the Summer. I believe it was around $120, and was worth every penny. I have worn it countless times and adore the color and clean shape so much. It's easy to just throw on your arm and go, too. And if I want to go hands-free, I just attach the crossbody strap that came with it; it's so convenient! I was able to find this nearly-identical MK bag on sale for $156 with free shipping, for those interested!
OUTFIT DETAILS:
LOFT Sweater (xsp) - old (similar here, here, here, here) //
Ann Taylor Modern Skinny-Ankle Jeans (0p) - old (this season's here & here) //
Ann Taylor Wrap Coat (00p) - several sizes sold out (similar here, here, here) //
Burberry Scarf - gifted (similar here, budget-friendly here for $13!) //
Vince Camuto OTK Boots (5) - here (on sale for $77!) & here (in more sizes!)
Michael Kors Dome Leather Satchel - T.J. Maxx (similar here on sale!) //
Louis Vuitton Damier Eva Clutch/Crossbody (pre-loved here) //
Pearl Stud Earrings - old (similar here)

Winter-white, camel, and plaid will be a forever-favorite combo of mine for Fall/Winter! I plan on repeating it often, with multiple variations. Stay tuned for another plaid look I'm loving that's coming to the blog soon! 

What is one of your go-to combos this time of year?

Thank you so much for stopping by - it always means a lot! XO





11/22/17

Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales 2017 + My Picks


(Click on any item above to shop)

It's time! Black Friday sales are here! *happy dance*
Who else is super-excited that so many Black Friday sales have started early? I'm definitely taking full advantage and encourage you to do the same before your favorites sell out. I'm already kicking myself for not ordering the tweed bow pumps in the collage above; my size 5 is already sold out. I'm stalking the website for pop-backs and hoping I can grab them on sale, but we'll see...

I'm really loving all the bows, tweed, and sparkle this time of year. (No surprise.) There are also so many beautiful coats, sweaters, cashmere, and winter-wear items on sale, making it the perfect time to pick up a few pieces that will last years to come. How pretty is the double-breasted camel coat above with the faux-fur collar? It's so classic and chic! And the heather-grey sweater with the pearl-embellished collar? Just adorable. In fact, I think I need everything in the collage, period. The sales are just too good!

To help you navigate the sale madness, I've rounded up all of the best sales for you below, along with my top picks by category. I'm also sharing several items I already own and love that are included in the sales.

(I'll be updating this list through Cyber Monday, so keep checking back for the best deals!)

BEST BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY SALES
(Updated Monday, 11/27/17)

AMAZON - Daily Black Friday deals all week on a huge selection of items across all depts.

ANN TAYLOR -  50% off everything + FREE shipping with code BESTMONDAY

ANTHROPOLOGIE - 20% off full-price items + FREE shipping on orders of $100+ (no code needed)

BANANA REPUBLIC - 50% off everything + FREE shipping on all orders with code BRSHIP

BLOOMINGDALE'S - 25% off select styles + FREE shipping (no code needed)

EXPRESS -50% off everything + FREE shipping (no code needed)

FOREVER 21 - 21% off everything + FREE shipping with code CYBER21

H&M -  30% off everything + FREE shipping with code 9054

J.CREW - 40% off everything + extra 10% off all orders + FREE shipping with code SHOPFAST

J.CREW FACTORY - Up to 60% off everything (prices as marked) + extra 50% off clearance items (online only) + FREE shipping with code CYBER

KATE SPADE - 30% off full-price items + extra 40% off sale items with code MOREJOY + FREE shipping & returns (for items shipping within the U.S. only)

LOFT - 50% off everything + FREE shipping with code CLICK

LORD & TAYLOR - 25% off everything + FREE shipping with code CYBER

MACY'S - Up to extra 25% off select styles/depts + FREE shipping on orders of $25+ (excludes furniture & mattresses) with code CYBER

NEIMAN MARCUS - $50 gift card on orders of $200+, $125 gift card on orders of $500, $250 gift card on orders of $1000, $500 gift card on orders of $2000, $750 gift card on orders of $3000 with code GC4YOU + FREE shipping/returns every day (no minimum)

NORDSTROM - Up to 40% off select styles as marked + extra 20% off select sale styles + FREE shipping/returns every day (no minimum)

NORDSTROM RACK - Up to 75% off all styles (prices as marked,) extra 30% off clearance items, + FREE standard shipping on all orders through Monday (no code needed)

OLD NAVY - 50% off everything (no code needed) + FREE shipping on orders of $50+

ONE KINGS LANE - 30% off everything (prices as marked) + FREE shipping on orders of $100+ with code OKLFREESHIP

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE - Up to 50% off select styles, $50 gift card on orders of $200+, $125 gift card on orders of $500, $250 gift card on orders of $1000, $500 gift card on orders of $2000, $750 gift card on orders of $3000 with code CYBER17 (valid online and in stores this weekend; valid online Cyber Monday), + FREE shipping with code FREESHIP

SAKS OFF 5TH - Extra 60% off cold-weather styles + extra 30% off women's shoes with code CYBERMON + FREE shipping with code SHIP4FREE (both codes accepted at check-out)

SAM EDELMAN - 30% off sale styles + FREE expedited shipping with code CYBERSALE

SHOPBOP - Extra 35% off sale items with code WOW35 + FREE 3-day shipping & returns 

TALBOTS - 50% off 1 full-price item + 40% off entire purchase + FREE shipping (online only, no code needed)

TORY BURCH - 30% off orders of $250+ with code THANKS + FREE shipping, returns, and gift packaging on all orders (for items shipping within the U.S. only)


MY SALE PICKS
Now, on to the goodies! Here are all of my sale picks by category. 
Since cashmere is high on my list, I've dedicated a full category to it this year. ;-)


(Scroll through & click on the ones you like!)

CASHMERE


SWEATERS


JACKETS/COATS


BLOUSES/TOPS


BOTTOMS


DRESSES


SHOES


ACCESSORIES


JEWELRY


HOME


SALE ITEMS I OWN & LOVE
Suede Bow Pumps (Burgundy & Grey) - also available in Black
Taupe Suede Over-the-Knee Boots (ordered the black, too!) - also sold here
Jersey Blazer (2) // White Skinny Ankle Jeans (0p) - my favorite!
Taupe Suede Over-the-Knee Boots (ordered the black, too!) - also sold here
Plaid Ruffle Blazer (2p)  - also in Grey & Pink // Dark Skinny Jeans (0p)
Marled Crew-Neck Sweater (xxs) - have in 3 colors!

Have you done any damage yet? If so, I'd love to hear what you've scored!

Also, I'm wishing you a wonderful, relaxing holiday week with your family and friends! I'll be busy baking eating all the yummy pecan and pumpkin pies and am fully prepared to gain a few pounds. ;-)

XO

11/20/17

Bows & Bordeaux: Tweed Bow Dress Re-Styled for Work & Festive Special Events

Hi, Everyone! 

I hope you're enjoying the short week so far -- it's definitely going to be a busy one! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are just around the corner!

I am so glad to finally be feeling better to get this blog post up. Being sick for well over a week is never fun, but being sick while your babies are sick is especially hard, as I'm sure you other mommas can relate. At the risk of sounding trite, motherhood (parenthood in general) really is the toughest job in the world, yet the most rewarding. That's why it will always come first, before the blog, before social media, before anything else. So thank you so much for being patient and understanding!

 Today I am really excited to share this look with you because it showcases one of my favorite things about styling outfits: re-styling or re-purposing a clothing item in a fresh, new way.
Remember this darling tweed bow dress I shared in my last post? I already raved about its darling bow detail (my favorite), its Chanel-esque style, and its super-affordable price tag of $24. I also showed how it can be worn on its own for a feminine, flirty date-night look or even a fun party look (above.) 

Well, today I'm going to show you how to re-style it for an office look or festive special event that requires a more conservative, modest dress code. This look is easily another one of my favorites this season. It's classy, feminine, and modest. I also love that it adds an element of surprise.
Re-styling Tip 1: Layer a Flared Skirt Over a Shorter Dress

 Who would guess that the "top" is actually a dress? Layering a flared skirt over a shorter dress is such a fun and easy way to re-style it! 

The trick is using the right skirt. 
Since the silhouette of this dress flares out into a simple A-line, it makes it perfect for pairing with a flared skirt. I chose this grey sweater skirt because of its shape, color, and fabric. It's a thicker-knit skirt that's stretchy and that pulls on easily (no fussing with zippers.) It flares out just enough to conceal any small lumps and bumps of the dress underneath, and it's long enough to fully conceal the bottom hem of the dress, giving it a whole new look, which is still very flattering and ladylike!
This tip also works well for sheath dresses and even peplum tops. I've styled them multiple ways, layering a skirt over them, and no one was the wiser. ;-)
Re-Styling Tip 2: Add a Cardigan in a Festive, Seasonal Shade

This is another easy tip for re-styling your favorite dresses. Add a cardigan in a festive shade to add more coverage and to transition your dress into the current season. Here I chose a rich bordeaux cardi, which plays off the colors of the dress and skirt nicely and also keeps the overlook look seasonally-appropriate. Rich jewel tones and earthy colors are perfect this time of year. Swapping out cardigans in these varied shades takes minimal effort and time, yet makes such an impact to an outfit! It keeps the look classy and elegant, too. 
 Re-Styling Tip 3: Pair it with Classic, Colored Pumps

This seems like an obvious one, but serves as a good reminder. Pair your re-styled dress with classic, colored pumps. It infuses a pretty pop of color to the overall look, and keeps it dressy and polished. Be selective in the color you choose and make sure it complements the rest of the outfit. I chose a matching bordeaux shade to play off of the cardigan, but if you don't like anything too matchy-matchy, then neutral shades of black or nude would work well, too. For the workplace or for special events with a conservative dress code, I usually steer clear of colors or patterns that are too bold, busy, or bright. Simple and understated can be quite beautiful and even sexy. There's something to be said about "less is more."
These 3 easy tips for re-styling a dress have worked for me like a charm over the years, and I hope they help you, too! 

It also goes to show that this darling dress is more versatile than meets the eye, and looks equally darling styled as a top! I love that you get multiple outfits for only $24, too -- it's such a great way to get the most out of your budget and your wardrobe!

Which look is your favorite? The stand-alone, flirty style or the layered, modest style?
(Hover over the above image and click on the "pin it" button to save to your Pinterest board!)
OUTFIT DETAILS:
c/o Tweed Bow Dress (Sz XS) - see also matching Tweed Bow Blazer //
Ann Taylor Sweater Skirt - old (similar here, here, here) //
H&M Cardigan - old (similar here in regular & petites, here) //
Charles David Burgundy Suede Pumps - old (similar here - only $20!, here - only $35! here - have and love!) // Ann Taylor Pearl Stud Earrings - old (similar here; also really love these!)

This is such a pretty, affordable look for both work and special events, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Thanks so much for stopping by! XO







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