Fall Embrace

Fall Embrace






[Outfit details: Mini Skirt: J.Crew; Loafer: Everlane; Shirt: LOFT (no longer available); Poncho: Asos (old)]

Feeling very full-on fall these days. Despite the bipolar weather dips, I’m finding a way to transition into my fall look. For me, that means using more brown, burgundy, and navy, even though I’m a navy enthusiast pretty much year round.

Not pictured: a perfect navy silk Calvin Klein scarf I’ve been sitting on for years. I added that, and changed out the poncho with a military style jacket, later on in the day.

Is anyone else out there falling hard for the neckerchief look? I’ve always been a collector of silk scarves for head wraps, but now it seems like the final touch for many outfits is a scarf tied around the neck. I purchased these bandanas from Levis which add a little western flair. For under $10, this is the easiest wardrobe update!

How are you all embracing fall? We didn’t even get to talk about my new loafers … be forewarned, they will be gracing this site again.

Hey girl

Hey girl

White on White | Sleeveless Trench Vest: 22 ways to wear this in-between season staple:

Black Leggings, Tall Boots, a Turtleneck, and a Duster Vest:

Get a Fashionable Wardrobe by September—Without Spending a Ton

Plaid is this years trend at any age. For winter 2014-15: It seems to me that this fall warrants a slight wardrobe update. Not an entire overhaul of what I have, but the addition of a few functional and stylish pieces. As I simultaneously clean out my closet, and aim to be very choosy about the things I buy, sometimes you just have that certain feeling about a style of clothing that’s made for you.

This whole sleeveless trench/duster thing has caught my attention for a while. It’s the type of piece you can wear now with your end-of-summer dresses, and later with a thick cardigan and jeans. And it’s definitely a “hey girl, hey” piece, sure to turn eyes whenever you wear one.

A few of my favorites are here, here, and here.

My fall list (the fashion apple of my eye)

My fall list (the fashion apple of my eye)

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[Outfit Details: Jacket: J.Crew, Sweater: Banana Republic; Shirt: F21 (old); Jeans: Madewell; Boots: LL Bean]

This fall I made a list. Have a dinner party, check. Pick apples and make glorious things with them, check. Make a shopping list and stick to it, CHECK. At the top of my list was a lightweight jacket that was utilitarian and weather saavy (guys, this jacket is waterproof with a hood).

As always, I fell in love on the J.Crew website. I’ve found that sticking to a plan for my purchases this season has expanded the versatility of my closet even though I’m adding a smaller amount of items. I’m abiding by the mantra of “fewer, better things.”

Are you all sticking to a list this season? Having any luck? Of course there are always a few finds the come your way that are too good to pass up on, but I’m really digging this more intentional approach to building my closet.

Primal Neutrals

Primal Neutrals









10[Outfit Details: Dress: Zara; Necklace: BaubleBar; Shoes: J.Crew]

I would never claim to be a print lover, but there is a small section of my closet completely dedicated to animal prints. I’m not sure what it is that draws me to the leopard, but sometimes you just go with your gut no?

This little dress from Zara is proving to be super functional – wearing it now with bare legs and flats or sandals, but in a few months (dear Jesus, let it be not weeks) I can see this with black tights and booties. Anything that works with both black and brown accessories is a winner in my book. Also shout out to J.Crew for the amazing Kiki flat, I have somehow acquired two pairs in the last month and am super impressed with the heel support and great leather. There are a ton of styles on J.Crew now over on sale as well.

What prints are a staple in your closet? Let me know in the comment box below.

Pinners Delight (#Fallinspo)

Pinners Delight (#Fallinspo)

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It’s taboo for a style blogger to admit a total lack of excitement for fall, layering, and a removal of citrus-colored clothing once Labor Day passes. But that was totally me this month. All it took were a few images via Pinterest to get my creative juices flowing and I was ready to whip out my credit card and run to the stores. Really, I was that easily convinced.

I’m all in for luxurious knits, tailored pants and felt hats. Bring it all September!

Where do you all turn for inspiration when you’re lacking ideas?

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Step lightly into fall

Step lightly into fall

Step lightly fall
With the new season comes the gaping hole in your wardrobe for wearable accents (once you do the annual closet switch, that is). This Fall, the pointy-toed flat is striking the right cord. With silk blouses, and loose trousers, these simple but striking picks will create a modern look from head to foot.

Which look is your favorite?
The quilted vest revisted

The quilted vest revisted





[Outfit Details: Sweatshirt: J.Crew; Vest: Gap (old); Jeans: F21; Heels: TJ Maxx (old); Beanie: H&M; Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target]

Oh puffer vests – you remind me of middle school, the Gap, and boys with frosted tips. It took a little thought and creativity to pull this look together. It feels fresh to pair weekend essentials like a comfy sweatshirt and black jeggings, with some suede pumps and a beanie. What do you all think? Would you try this look out?

Hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones and thanks in their hearts.

Miss match

Miss match


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[The Details: Shirt & Skirt: Gap; Jacket: Thrifted; Boots: Franco Sarto]

I have a thing for pairing different prints within the same color palate. This skirt and shirt called to me from my closet, saying “try this out?” (You know, not literally, but it the fashion version of a vision). I had to add my new fall booties that added a little cool factor.

Here are some unique pairings to try:

Start safe with animal prints + stripes

How about floral + windowpane print

Gingham + polka dots

Plaid + faire isle

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. So, please tell, what unique pairing are you going to try?!

It’s Easy

It’s Easy





[The Details: Dress: Gap (old); Shoes: Nine West; Necklace: BaubleBar]

A look that’s effortless, and can be thrown on in the haze that is waking up an hour late. That’s this outfit my friends. If you find yourself in a situation similar to me, start with a basic dress and then choose accessories that complement in hue. Plus if you’re feeling brave you can definitely choose a contrasting pattern to finish the look.

I promise you’ll get compliments.