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Enchanted with Fall

No Comments 30 October 2014

This time of year, between the beginning of autumn and the holiday season, is magical, isn’t it?  There’s a crispness to the mornings and evenings that echoes of cooler days to come.  A hot pot of coffee, a waft of cinnamon in the air, and the promise of hours spent bundled on the couch reading books carry me through a long work week.

Mustard sweater with black scalloped trimmed white collar and cuffs, black and white striped a-line skirt, leaoprd heels, and owl purse

I picked up this knit two summers ago at a small boutique in my parents’ hometown.  While I knew it would return to the desert with me and be promptly put away for a few more months, I couldn’t resist the perfect fall hue or the quirky crisp white collar and cuffs.  Now that cooler temps are beginning to hit the valley I find myself turning to this sweater once again.

Mustard sweater with black scalloped trimmed white collar and cuffs, black and white striped a-line skirt, leaoprd heels, and owl purse

What I love about this outfit is how perfectly it melds functuanilty and style. The collared sweater, a-line skirt, kitten heel shoe, and sensible handbag create a perfectly polished look that can be worn to work, lunch with friends, or dinner with my husband.

Mustard sweater with black scalloped trimmed white collar and cuffs, black and white striped a-line skirt, leaoprd heels, and owl purse

It’s the extra details, though, that elevate these basic pieces and make them infinitely more interesting and full of personality.  The sweater, bag, and shoes repeat lovely autumn tones of mustard, rust, and brown while the black scalloped stitching on the sweater’s white collar and cuffs echoes the black and white stripes on the skirt.

Mustard sweater with black scalloped trimmed white collar and cuffs, black and white striped a-line skirt, leaoprd heels, and owl purse

This outfit strikes an ideal balance of a put together look that can be worn to a variety of occasions and a look with just enough whimsy to embrace the enchantment of a new season.

Style Notes:  Sweater (winter 2013; similar) / Anthropologie skirt (spring 2012; similar) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; similar) / Kate Spade purse (fall 2014; budget friendly) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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Oversized knit

No Comments 22 October 2014

cobalt oversized knit, faux leather tuxedo striped leggings, black heels

Oversized knits are taking the fall fashion scene by storm.  Having lived through the 90s grunge, oversized everything phase I tend to lean towards more classic and tailored pieces in my adulthood, but I cannot deny the lure of a cozy knit now that the evenings are starting to cool.  This is a trend that lies outside my comfort zone, so the key to making it work was in finding ways to include elements of my personal style.

cobalt oversized knit, faux leather tuxedo striped leggings, black heels

Since I am not tall and willowy, the danger of an oversized knit is that the extra fabric and weight will add bulk, which at my age is not a desired effect. To counteract the “heaviness” on top I paired the knit with a tailored pair of faux leather tuxedo striped pants.  I also like the way the faux leather zipper on the sweater echoes the leather stripe on the pants and the purse; it lends a little rock ‘n roll vibe to the whole look.

cobalt oversized knit, faux leather tuxedo striped leggings, black heels

The lack of structure in an oversized sweater is not my normal style, but layering it over a crisp, classically tailored white button down brings a happy compromise of polished comfort.  The black heels lend more sophistication to the look and also add length to my leg, which helps to further counteract the bulkiness of the sweater.

cobalt oversized knit, faux leather tuxedo striped leggings, black heels

The key, then, to pulling off an oversized knit is to balance out the unstructured, loose fitting elements with ones that are more tailored and form fitting.

Style Notes: Chaus sweater via Last Chance (fall 2014; perfect for fall) / Ann Taylor shirt (summer 2014; similar) / Ann Taylor pants (summer 2011; similar) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2014) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; budget friendly)

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How to Wear a Pencil Skirt this fall: Ladylike Leopard

No Comments 14 October 2014

polka dot anthropologie sweater, ann taylor bow belt, leopard loft pencil skirt

When Jordana Paige asked me to style three pencil skirt looks for fall I jumped at the chance.   I love Jordana’s bags (check out this bag- perfect for a teacher or busy mom on the go) and what her company stands for.  Plus, I can’t resist a good pencil skirt or helping other women come up with ways to refresh their current wardrobes or find new pieces to add to their fall arsenal!  See look one here.

The innate femininity of a pencil skirt makes it a go-to piece for date night as it plays up your feminine wiles.  A pencil skirt with a classic leopard print has instant style and ladylike sex appeal. Choose accessories that add an element of fun while still retaining a classic, feminine feel in order to keep the outfit from reading too somber.

polka dot anthropologie sweater, ann taylor bow belt, leopard loft pencil skirt
In this look, the sheer polka dot sleeves of the sweater and the leopard print of the skirt help elevate the two closet staples (sweater and pencil skirt) beyond basic pieces. The curve of the sleeves’ dots and the curve of the skirt’s print add visual interest and further emphasize the feminine lines of the entire look. The accessories (statement necklace, belt, and heels) don’t compete for attention since they are all the same hue; rather, they complement the sweater and skirt with their sophisticated glamour and whimsical touches.

polka dot anthropologie sweater, ann taylor bow belt, leopard loft pencil skirt

Style Notes: Anthropologie sweater (love) / Loft skirt (similar) / Ann Taylor belt (similar) / Kate Spade shoes (similar) / Kate Spade necklace (similar) / Kate Spade bag (similar) / Loft sunglasses (similar)

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& Apparel Fall Lookbook

No Comments 26 September 2014

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to model a few pieces for & Apparel’s fall lookbook.  I use the term model very, very loosely here as I am the world’s most awkward person in front of a camera.   The fact that any of my photographs turned out to be usable is a testament to the magic Michelle Herrick yields with a camera and the styling genius of Alex Evjen.

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

This first outfit Alex selected totally captures my style personality and is one of those looks that fits the various outfitting needs of a modern girl.  The polka dot chambray is not only stylish, but it’s amazingly comfortable- probably the softest one I have ever worn.

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

And can we talk about this adorable skirt for a moment?  While I adore the added visual interest of the white piping along the waistline and the pockets, it’s the bicyle print along the hemline that makes this a truly special piece.  Anything that has a healthy mix of sophisticated style and whimsy is a must-have piece in my book.

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

Do yourself a favor and check out & Apparel’s fall collection.  It is full of lovely pieces that perfectly meet a woman’s needs for stylish garments that can transition from day to night, work to play.

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

Style Notes: & Apparel shirt  / & Apparel skirt / & Apparel statement necklace / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2013; love these)

 

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Remix

No Comments 20 August 2014

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

I am not a huge lace fan as it often leaves me feeling like a walking doily.   What initially attracted me to this shirt was the embellished collar; I just can’t resist them.  Being honest, though, while I have owned this shirt for a few years I continue to waffle back and forth on it.  I’ve paired it with printed and black jeans in the past or layered under a sweater, but I’ve never really been satisfied with the looks.

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

In fact, when I cleaned my closet a few weeks ago I all but decided the shirt’s time had come and gone and tossed it into the maybe pile.  My rules with maybes is to always try them on and then consider what two-three items I could pair them with in my closet.  If something comes to me and helps me see the garment with fresh eyes then I keep it; if not, then the item moves from a maybe to a donate/resell piece.  When it came time to try on this shirt I thought about the elements I love (embellishments and slightly sheer) compared to the things I hate (lace, boxy fit) and how to capitalize on what I like while diminishing the dislikes.

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

To modernize things, I played up the sheerness by pairing it with a bralette rather than a tank. I like that the Barletta adds just a hint of sex appeal, which keeps the shirt from looking dated and makes this a fun look to wear out to brunch with the girls or for date night.

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

My fashion tastes lean towards classic silhouettes with modern, feminine touches, so to keep the lacey sheerness of the shirt from looking too over-the-top I went with a solid black midi skirt, minimal, feminine accessories, and a sensible looking pump that has a surprise pop of modern, on trend, gold on the heel.

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

Style Notes: Forever 21 shirt (few years old; similar) / H&M skirt (winter 2014) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014; summer update) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (summer 2014)

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Inspired by Pinterest: LBD

No Comments 18 August 2014

little black dress and strappy black heels

I wrote here that I am trying to be more mindful of the images I am pinning and putting that inspiration to good use when outfit planning. Today, I am taking a cue from an ultra chic picture of a Parisian woman in a LBD. French women seem to be super cool, full of confidence, and manage to dress minimally while creating looks that are infinitely interesting. I love color and I love accessories, but sometimes I love a sophisticatedly simple look too. Dressing monochromatically is like a palate cleanser and definitely makes getting dressed for work on a sleepy Monday morning an easy task.

little black dress and strappy black heels

Dresses are a total no brainer for work wear. One piece, that may or may not need accessorizing, a killer pair of shoes, and a great handbag that can carry all the day’s necessities and you are out the door. What I love about this LBD, another find during Ann Taylor’s extra 60% off sale promo, is its ease of wear. The tubular shape is ultra-feminine and flattering, while the tapered waistline, hidden button bodice, sheer, cuffed cap sleeves, and pointed collar provide a lovely mix of work appropriate tailoring with just a hint of sex appeal.

little black dress and strappy black heels

I’m really into the minimalistic look for fall, so I chose to keep accessories light, letting the dress, bag, and shoes speak for themselves.  A statement necklace would work really well with the collar and would be an easy way to change up the look to head to dinner after work or for a night out with the girls.

little black dress and strappy black heels

Style Notes: Ann Taylor dress (summer 2014; currently an extra 50% off) / Gianni Bini shoes (summer 2014; love for fall) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; budget friendly) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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