Cozy in Soft Layers

 

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Staying cozy is easy in oversized knits! Playing with texture and pattern are two of the most fun things to do when it comes to dressing in autumn.

This oversized Zara blanket scarf was a favorite of mine last year– I paired it with everything from stripes to cargo-military styles. This year, I’m trying my hand at mixing textures as well as prints. The festive plaid print makes it easy to pair with almost any gem-toned hue of the season.

This jumbo-knit black and gold Miss Me sweater has instantly become my go-to for chilly weekend mornings. Paired with their perfect-fitting denim in black (thought I’d try something new), you can’t go wrong.

In order to set off the darkness of an all-black outfit, I played upon the speckled gold tones throughout the sweater by donning my favorite ballet slippers- these golden metallic numbers I picked up while thrifting a couple of years ago.

One of my go-to makeup routines for fall include vamp-esque lipstick tones. While out this weekend, I decided to pick up a new wine-hued color that comes in the form of a crayon. It’s always a good idea to make something pop against a more pale complexion in the cooler months!

I wore this outfit this weekend while running errands for Halloween parties. While I love being comfy over the weekend, it’s equally as important to me to {try} to remain somewhat stylish while doing mundane errands.

I’m getting a lot of use out of these new black jeans. I always gravitate toward a true blue denim when I go shopping for jeans, but in the spirit of trying new things- – I thought I’d spring for a change.

With a pear shape like mine, it’s easy to see wide hips in lighter washes of denim. But with black, it’s easy to tame those unforgiving parts while accenting the top with bold textures and patterns.

What’s your go-to piece this fall?

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Wrap Jacket + Graphic Tee Giveaway!

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Outfit: Estelle wrap jacket c/o Kris & Kate| Leopard pumps| Black jeans via Miss Me| Graphic tee c/o Elle B|

Today is my puppy’s 5th birthday! I’m celebrating with a giveaway (and of course a big doggie frosted cake from WoofGang Bakery in Celebration :). Since my love for graphic tees has no end, I wanted to pass the joy on to one of you!

As the afternoons are cooling down a bit, light jackets are the perfect solution for layering, especially in fall. This quilted/leather jacket is adorable and I’m loving the leather tie, making it a wrap jacket; it flatters pretty much any body type. We took Henna down to Celebration for a walk and a doggie cake today, she loved it! I love going down there, it’s so gorgeous, especially when the sun is setting.

Anyways, let’s get down to the giveaway! Just enter in the widget below to win a size small “I’m so fancy” graphic tee exactly like the one I’m wearing here! Open to U.S. residents only, giveaway ends October 26th at midnight EST.
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#MaxxLife

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When asked to participate in this fall’s #MaxxLife promotion with TJ Maxx, I was thrilled because I couldn’t wait to sift through their new offerings for my favorite season! No, temps here have no really dropped unless you count this morning’s 64 degree commute at 6am. I have to say, I’m embarassed to admit that I was a little chilly at 64 degrees. Maybe my blood has thinned after all!

After sorting through TJ Maxx’s latest collection, I found these amazing (yes I wore them yesterday… go on and feel free to judge…) high-waisted pants. These pants look super-chic but feel like wide-legged yoga pants. What surprised me was how I didn’t need to hem them when wearing lower heels. I came across these beautes as well during my hunt–a gorgeous pair reminiscent of last year’s popular Zara heels in my favorite print–leopard.

When thinking about the pieces that perfectly fit my #maxxlife, I knew comfort, print, and easy-going style had to be a part of the gig. My go-to print has always been leopard and I love pieces that go from casual-chic to glam with a few accessories added on. Being a lover of graphic tees, I gravitated toward this really cute “Sunday Funday” cutoff and added a leopard bralette for some interest. When it’s hot out, layering creatively without adding bulk, is key.

It’s almost the weekend- time to celebrate! Weeks have been tough lately and I’m definitely “earning” my Sunday Funday if you will. This weekend, Nate and I are going to Halloween Horror Nights with some of his friends from work. Even though scary, it’s a new and fun thing to do and I can’t wait! Anyone been? Helpful tips/hints/places I should hit? Lemme know! :) Enjoy your weekend!

 

Outfit: Tee, High-waisted pants, & Leopard pumps c/o TJ Maxx| Kate Spade handbag| Michael Kors watch| Victoria’s Secret bralette

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Piperlime “Moments of Chic”: Classic Cropped & High-Waisted

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The androgynous style is always a nice way to pull together simple, classic pieces with a bit of an edge!  High-waisted pants are a blessing for people of a pear shape like me–they accentuate a small waist and hide wide hips…perfect.  To balance out the pants, I added a feminine-chic silky crop top. Together with a shimmery pair of brogues, this work-appropriate outfit can easily go to after-work drinks with no change necessary.

With simple pieces that make a statement, I only needed to add minimal jewelry and a colorful, fun bag. I love the idea of wearing brogues instead of heels to the office- functional and trendy!

I was so thrilled when Piperlime asked me to be a part of their “Moments of Chic” challenge. So many times it’s easy to get caught up in the same prints and styles when picking out an outfit for work but these different fabrics and silhouettes forced me to step outside my box. I’m so glad I did–The silky blouse paired with high-waisted pants is a nice way to show off a waist while remaining classy and tasteful. It’s a nice switch away from the traditional top + dark pants + cardigan + flats combo.

Halfway through the week– have a great rest of your week!

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Outfit: Top & shoes c/o Piperlime| High-waisted black pants c/o TJ Maxx| Handbag via Kate Spade| Melinda Maria Jewelry necklace

Leather and Sparkle

 

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This post is brought to you by Miss Me, however opinions are my own.

This fall, leather is partnering up with some unexpected materials to create an interesting and cozy vibe. Miss Me‘s faux leather jacket is a great example of how to add a modern twist to the classic leather jacket.  By adding a touch of shimmer, this jacket is functional and fashionable at the same time.

In true blogger fashion, I broke the most cardinal rule of fall–don’t wear white after Labor Day! I’ve known for awhile that this rule was meant to be broken but finding fall outfits that layer well with white can be challenging. Thankfully, a leather jacket works well with pretty much anything as does a graphic tee.

Naturally, I couldn’t resist adding yet another graphic tee to my ever-growing collection and so here is the “Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle tee”. I’m loving the message because it speaks to young woman on a fun and relatable level. I was reading the most inspiring quote the other day that talked about how women should stop comparing themselves and love their quirks, personalities, and bodies instead of constantly slamming them. How much better off would we all be if we listened for once? If we could learn to embrace our flaws, break past rules, and give ourselves a break for once we may actually be happy.

Lately, I’ve been doing my best to improve my health and feed my body what it needs to feel better.  I’ve been so stressed lately and have been doing nothing but downing the Diet Coke while neglecting to eat healthy foods and stay active. Over the past week, however, I’ve vowed to change and have made an effort to buddy up with a friend from work to get some exercise, have kicked the nasty soda habit, and have made a conscious effort to clean up my diet. It has to start somewhere! I honestly feel better about myself when I take time to treat my body right.

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