Fall Embrace

Fall Embrace

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[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.

The one thing your winter wardrobe needs

The one thing your winter wardrobe needs

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I get it. Shopping out of boredom is one of the easiest ways to keep your outfits interesting for winter. Been there, so guilty of it.

But, there is a way to take a month off of shopping, and take care of the things you already called yours. Sweaters, no matter how quality, eventually start to pill. Some people swear by the “dull razor” trick to remove pesky balls, but that makes me nervous, and I also swore off cheap razors.

This $10 dollar fabric shaver has been breathing life into some wool coats, cardigans, and pullovers of mine that have been close to the “donate” pile.

Does anyone else have any tricks for keeping their items fresh?

Fur Sure (Beating the fashion blues)

Fur Sure (Beating the fashion blues)

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“You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.” – Karl Lagerfeld

If your winter wardrobe is beginning to drag like the days until April … perhaps fur could do the trick. Whether faux or real, fur can take your outfit to a different level.

If your inner dialogue with fur is:

I can dip my toe into the pool: start with a stole.

You’re pretty sure you can pull it off: so slip on a vest for a solid daytime to night statement.

All eyes on me in the center of the room (just like a circus): a coat obviously, and maybe multicolored.

I couldn’t leave your shopping carts empty either, so see below for some great outfit starters.

 

Fur Sure

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Lost Ink imitation fur coat/ Mango coat / Jack wills coat / ASOS fake fur scarve/ Jack Wills faux fur scarve

From the feet up (Sock stylin’)

From the feet up (Sock stylin’)

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One of the best fashion abilities presented in winter is layering. For some, the  lack of thoughtful layering brings a unique deep chill to their bones until the frosty ground is again broken in April. But some, are always up for the challenge of layering. Today we’ll cover the basics with a trusty accessory: a pair of socks.

As a lifelong (sans college) resident of the great northeast, I consider myself pretty creative in the art of using socks, basic as it sounds, to keep things cozy, even when you’re out in the elements.

Steeped Tips:

  1. ALWAYS, and I mean without fail, layer tights with socks on top. This is a non-negotiable. At least start with an ankle sock, but playing with the proportion of sock shown is encouraged too.
  2. Quality counts. Those last minute checkout grabs at F21 will only get you so far. Look for socks with more body, and perhaps some wool content for a real winner. No one likes a pair that only last one meager season.
  3. Engage in optical illusions. If you didn’t join the over the knee boot trend, you can fake the illusion with an over the knee pair of socks in a similar color. Or, if you don’t want cold ankles with your favorite pair of oxfords, or boots, a funky ankle pair can keep you warm.

A few of my favorite options are below! Be smart about staying warm, friends.

Perfect Pairing

Free People cuff socks / Smartwool merino wool blend socks / Nordstrom black hosiery / P.J. Salvage brown socks / Knee hi socks / Star socks / Forever 21 knee hi socks

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.

Tis the season (Winter sales)

Tis the season (Winter sales)

Winter Sales

Black dress / J Crew coat / Loeffler Randall shoulder bag / Flower necklace / Tinley Road infinity scarf / LORAC beauty product / NVY Astrid

If you aren’t guilty of picking up a few treasures for yourself during the holiday season, congratulations on your self-control. For those of you who did, hey I’m guilty too. But the great thing is that the post-holiday sales can be pillaged by all of us, penny pinchers and splurgers alike. Here are a few sales that I’m shopping about myself (from the comforts of home with a hot beverage in my hand no doubt); see above for some of my dream picks too!

J.Crew – 30% of full-price items and 40% off sale with the code GIFTNOW.

Piperlime50% off sale items with the code EXTRA.

GAP – 30% off sale items with the code GIFTMORE.

ASOS – up to 50% off items, prices as marked.

SephoraExtra 20% of sale items with code EXTRA20.

Now go forth and shop!