Latest Stitch Fix

I receive a Stitch Fix every other month. I’ve found that is a good frequency for me…especially since I find myself shopping so much. (I’m sure you are shocked by that statement.) I have the same stylist each time, and I think she does a great job getting my style. Of course there have been some misses, but I think that’s more for the fact that certain items of clothing just fit my body different once they are on.

If you have never fixed before – or you have without much luck – my best advice is to be super specific with your note to the stylist. You will receive an email before your fix is pulled together, so be sure to take a few moments to write them a note about what you want. In this last fix, I told her that I wanted to see flowy blouses, preferably with a pattern and not see through, and a pencil skirt option. And that’s exactly what she sent!

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Fun patterned blouse, check and check!

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Fun pattern. Check. But, the crochet hit on my chest wrong, so I decided to send this one back.

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The olive color is something I don’t have a lot of, and I loved the sequin detail and tie sleeves.

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I wanted to love this blouse…but the cut out shoulders were just not doing it for me. I didn’t want to wear a strapless bra with this, and the bra straps would show no matter what bra I had on. I love the back of this and the bright hot pink color.

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This is the first pull-on pencil skirt I’ve ever tried on. I was skeptical at first, but I loved it on. And it fit like a glove!

Stitch Fix is so fun! If you haven’t tried it before, you are missing out. You can sign up here! You are not obligated to keep anything you don’t want to!

 

J. Crew Factory Quilted Vest

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I was always a little unsure of the vest trend. But when J. Crew Factory has one of their great 40% off the whole store deals, I thought why not? I went with navy, since blue is one of my favorite colors and I knew I had a ton of different options to wear underneath.

I can’t tell you how much I have worn this vest! My other favorite way to wear it is with a plaid shirt underneath. It’s so easy just to throw on some skinnies and boots – and you’re done! Easy outfits are my favorite :)

Vest – J. Crew Factory (on sale!); Shirt – The Limited Perfect Tee (similar); Jeans – AG (similar); Boots – Frye Carmen Inside Zip (similar); Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired, but these are similar); Bracelet – Louis Vuitton Save It

benefit Roller Lash and They’re Real Review

I’ve been wearing benefit’s They’re Real mascara now for a few years. I love it. It has always done a great job lengthening my lashes. I find myself on the weekends just wearing this mascara and lip gloss. Being a blonde, my lashes are super light. Actually, it looks like I don’t have any at all. I promise they’re there! So that’s why I throw on a few coats of mascara so you can actual see them!

Since benefit came out with the new Roller Lash mascara, I’ve been so curious to try it. I love They’re Real and the results I get, but I wanted to see if the Roller Lash actually curled my lashes like it claimed too. So here’s what I did…

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I layered them. Roller Lash does do a fantastic job of curling my eyelashes, but it’s definitely not a thickening and lengthening mascara (for me at least). So I have been putting a few coats of that on first and layering a few coats of They’re Real on while Roller Lash is still wet to make my eyelashes pop even more. Both of these mascaras have neatly designed wands to make sure the mascara is distributed the way you want. As you can see from the picture, layering them gives me the curl, thickening, and lengthening that I want.

See, I told you I have eyelashes. Actually quite long ones I might add :)

Click here to get They’re Real and here to get Roller Lash. I hope you like them as much as I do!

Ted Baker Paria Coat

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Last year for Christmas, I got the longer version of this amazing coat in taupe. This year, there was a fantastic Black Friday deal on this Ted Baker Paria short wrap coat. I fell in love with the color…so I asked if it could please be wrapped for me under the tree. (Oh, you know you have all done that before!)

I think the official color name is interesting – Pale Purple. This coat is anything but pale. It’s so bright and so beautiful. And as Ted always does, he puts in a gorgeous lining. One important thing to note is how the buttons are buttoned. They are covered, so you have to finagle the button on the inside of the coat. The finagling is worth it though! It gives it such a polished look.

I also love the option of the collar. You can fold it over or pull it up for those windy and cold days. It has a button on the inside and then another one on the outside to make sure it stays secure.

It’s definitely warm, too. I think it cuts the wind out really well. So if you are looking for a new coat at a great price, definitely give this one a try!

Coat – Ted Baker Paria (so many colors available and on sale!); Sweater – Gap (way old); Shirt – Old Navy (old); Leggings – J. McLaughlin (sold out); Boots – Frye Vera; Necklace – Kendra Scott Rayne

Fitness Monday – New Lululemon Finds

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I love shopping for new workout clothes after Christmas because there are so many good sales! I’m slightly addicted to workout clothes, but I’m in workout clothes pretty much six to seven days a week so it’s my justification to get new gear!

The lululemon by me had an incredible selection of sale gear the day after Christmas. I can’t tell you how much stuff I took into the dressing room. Their prices are higher, there’s no doubt, but I’ve had great success with constant washing and wearing with their clothes. I do think they are worth the money…BUT…I’ve rarely bought things full price. You just have to stop by often to see when things go on sale.

These Ebb to Street pants I wrote about the other day. Functional as workout pants and as leggings under a sweater! I had my eye on them for a while, and the price was finally right. I love how they hold everything in place, and they are super comfortable.

I’m cold blooded by nature, so when the temps drop, I like to work out in long sleeves. Lulu considers this Rest Less Pullover more of a mid layer, but whatevs…I wear it how I want. :) It’s slightly thicker but does a great job at wicking away sweat.

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Who doesn’t love a good zip up to throw on on the way to the gym? The high neck sold me on this Scuba Hoodie. I’ve worn this a ton already…and the part that has become my favorite? The hood! I’ve walked on my greenway in 45 degree temps with my hood up, and my noggin stays completely warm. I definitely have to layer a long sleeve shirt underneath because it’s not the thickest, but it does a decent job of keeping me warm.

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And I can’t leave out my favorite sneakers…Asics GT-2000s. I think this is my sixth or seventh pair. I pronate in when I run, and these help balance out my gait. I always end up finding them on sale through Amazon or Zappos or even on Rue La La.

So there’s my fitness gear wrap up for the day! Happy working out!

Shirt – lululemon Rest Less Pullover (on sale in stores); Jacket – lululemon Scuba Hoodie III Terry (better sale in stores); Pants – lululemon Ebb to Street; Shoes – Asics GT-2000 3

 

Long Sweater, Leggings, Boots, and Bling

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The weather has been so warm lately, so I was happy to be able to get out a sweater and boots after a 75 degree Christmas! But of course now I’m freezing in 40 degrees. Gotta complain about something, right…ha!

I got this sweater in my Stitch Fix a couple of months ago. My stylist nailed this one! I said I wanted a comfy sweater that was long enough to cover the booty. As soon as I opened the box, I knew I would love it. It is actually a little on the thinner side, so I had to add a long sleeve t-shirt underneath to stay warm. But did you see the little pockets, too? Love.

I have so many workout leggings that I have started wearing them with my day outfits. Why the heck not? They are usually thicker than the typical leggings I find anyway. These lululemon Ebb to Street pants worked perfectly with this outfit!

I continued by addiction to Frye by getting these Vera boots. I already have them in another color…love this style. These are a little stiffer than the other leather that I have, but I know they will be good after a few wears.

Santa was good to me and got me these Lagos earrings and pearl David Yurman bracelet. I tend to like more traditional pieces that can be versatile. These both are going to be in heavy rotation…especially the bracelet that can be layered with so much.

Sweater – via Stitch Fix; Leggings – lululemon Ebb to Street (on super sale!); Boots – Frye Vera; Earrings – Lagos (no longer available); Bracelets – David Yurman pearl and onyx

2015 Wrap Up

The last day of the year. I can’t believe it. I know every year I say and think that “this has been the fastest year yet!” But, no, really….this has been the fastest year. I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who regularly read the blog and take a peek inside my life. (Sorry the blog was so neglected the last few months!) This blog is my creative outlet, and I appreciate you taking the time to read – or just look through the pictures :) I hope everyone has a safe New Year’s and a wonderful 2016!

Here are a few of my favorite looks this year!

 

 

Three’s Not a Crowd

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I love jeans. So freakin’ much. I love how you can easily dress them up with the right top, shoes, and accessories. I found this great flowy blouse at Loft recently…which with the weather we are having I didn’t even have to wear a coat over it that night! I thought layering necklaces with this higher neckline would look good, but I thought I’d add another wrinkle…one more necklace! I kept it somewhat easy with all of them being gold and clear crystal, but they all had varying styles and lengths. Not to pat myself on the back, but I really like how the look turned out :) Love when I step outside of the box and try something new.

Shirt – Loft; Jeans – Joe’s (similar); Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Earrings – kate spade (similar); Shorter Necklace – Stella & Dot; Medium Necklace – J. Crew Factory (sold out); Long Necklace – J. Crew Factory (sold out)

Feeling Fall

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This weather has been unreal lately! I’m not complaining about not having to wear a heavy winter coat or gloves or hat or snow boots…BUT…we had an awfully hot summer, so I’m looking forward to wearing sweaters! Mother Nature has been teasing us. But I welcomed the tease to wear this pretty burnt orange cowl neck sweater from The Limited.

I can’t tell you how many great sweaters I have hanging in my closet that are begging to be worn. Luckily this one is slightly thinner, so I won’t burn up in the 65 degree weather. Also love how it is longer so I can wear leggings and not feel like my booty is exposed at work.

I have to give a shout out to these boots. They were one of my first pairs I purchased five years ago. They have been worn countless times…I love their slouch and low heel that makes them so comfortable. Enzo Angiolini did a great job designing these.

Sweater – The Limited; Riding Pants – Banana Republic (old); Boots – Enzo Angiolini (way old); Watch – Michael Kors; Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired); Bracelet – Hermes (similar)

A Bit Dreary

 

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It’s not too often that you see me in black or gray…I’m just a girl who loves color. But sometimes you get the cutest sweater in your stitch fix box that you can’t help but fall in love! My favorite part of this sweater? The gray patches on the elbows. Cute details make me happy…it’s the little things, people :)

If you’ve read my blog on and off, you know I’m a huge Frye fan. These Paige riding boots are going strong on their third year. They just fit like a glove and are so well made. I know the price of Fryes can be a turn off for some, but the quality and craftsmanship of these boots are in a league of their own. I couldn’t recommend these boots more! And they come in a ton of colors!

Sweater – via Stitch Fix; Jeans – Old Navy Rockstar (old, but similar); Shirt – Banana Republic (old, but similar); Boots – Frye Paige (in brown or tan); Necklace – Kendra Scott Rayne

Perfect Fair Weather Sweater

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Fall weather is an enigma to me. One day it’s 75, the next it’s 50. So if I’m wearing sweaters in this weird transition, I try to make sure they are somewhat thin where I won’t break into a nasty sweat the second I step outside in the afternoon.

This sweater is now one of my favorites. I won’t lie. I have this in two colors. It’s nice and thin, and I love how it’s long in the back…you could easily get away with wearing legging with this and it would easily cover your assets. :) And did I mention it’s on sale? And I’m sure Banana will have a wicked good sale for Black Friday, so it will be even cheaper!

Sweater – Banana Republic; Jeans – AG (similar); Boots – Frye Regina Slouch; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired)

 

Gap Ribbed Dress Three Ways

If you have followed my blog at all, y’all know I love dresses. I have a ton for spring and summer, but not as many for fall and winter. I saw this dress at the Gap, and knew I could wear this so many different ways! So I’ll show you three simple ways I wore it:

First, just by itself with boots. Sometimes plain is the way to go.

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Second, add a scarf. A simple addition can give it a whole new look!

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Last but not least, add a jacket. Oftentimes I forget about my denim jacket! Silly me, I know. :)

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Dress – Gap (on sale!); Scarf – via Von Maur (old but similar here); Boots – Enzo Angiolini (oldie but goody); Jacket – Big Star (old but similar here); Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired); Watch – Rolex; Bracelets – David Yurman (similar) and Henri Bendel (old)

Black and White Pattern Mixing with a Pop of Pink

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And look at these fur babies! They constantly photobomb me, so I thought I would give them a little face time.

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Mixing patterns can be so much fun. When I first got this skirt from Banana Republic, I really didn’t think about wearing it with polka dots…but when I was going to wear it to work, this shirt just jumped out at me. I tend to keep my pattern mixing to the same color family, which keeps it easy. I don’t want to get too funky :) With the monochromatic colors, I love choosing a color to pop out. These pink Sam Edelman beauties were it! I have to admit I’m still breaking these in; my pigs don’t love the pointy toes. Ha!

Skirt – Banana Republic (on sale!); Shirt – Forever 21 (old – but similar here); Shoes – Sam Edelman (on sale!); Earrings – via Stitch Fix

Gray Kind of Day

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Longer blouses make me happy. I love when I can wear tight jeggings and not worry about my booty being too out there at work. I love the length of this Banana Republic striped boyfriend blouse. The only downside to this light colored blouse is how sheer it is; definitely had to wear a cami underneath. But I paired it with these Old Navy jeggings from last year. Yep, they totally remind me of maternity pants though…great elastic waist. Ha! I know Kendra Scott is super hot right now, but I am so glad I jumped on the Rayne necklace bandwagon. I wear this bad boy ALL the time. It was such a great purchase – highly recommend.

Shirt – Banana Republic (super sale!); Jeans – Old Navy Pull-On Skinnies (last year); Necklace – Kendra Scott; Booties – DVF (old); Earrings – Stella & Dot (old) 

Bedazzled Button Up

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Why yes, I did get asked when I wore this shirt, “Did you buy it that way or did you bust out your Bedazzler gun?” Ha. Ha. Ha. :) I’m a girl and I like bling…and never did I own a Bedazzler. I prefer to buy my clothing pre-bedazzled. Since I have a casual office environment, throwing a button up on with jeans is my go-to if I’m having one of those morning where I am staring at my closet saying I have nothing to wear. We all have those mornings.

I also received these jeans in my first Stitch Fix last year – bootcut Level 99. They have a fantastic amount of stretch. I remember opening my box and thinking there are no way these will fit me right. Sometimes I love when I’m wrong. Their sizing is true, too. I’m typically a size 29 in jeans, which is a size 8. But in Level 99 (I own a couple pair now), they are all a size 6, which is my normal size.

Let’s not forget to add more bling! I know I blogged about this necklace last week…and it’s getting so much wear! Such a good purchase for $24.95.

Shirt – J. Crew (on super sale!); Jeans – Level 99 (via Stitch Fix, but similar here); Necklace – J. Crew Factory (super sale!); Booties – Por La Victoire (old but similar here); Ring – Lagos; Earrings – Coach (old)

Crystal Clear – Necklaces and Earrings

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I’m a typical girl. I love jewelry. But, I have an exception to that statement. I love jewelry that can be worn so many ways. And these two necklaces and earrings are exactly what I’m referring to. Being clear stones, they go with everything! Even dressing up this flannel plaid shirt from J. Crew Factory.

The best part of this jewelry…ridiculously affordable. The longer necklace I picked up this fall at J. Crew Factory. Uh…for a whopping $24. The shorter necklace I eyed from Stella & Dot for a long time, and I finally caved almost two years ago. Again, I knew it would go with so much, from shirts and sweaters to dresses. It’s under $60, and for those of you have bought S&D before, you know it’s so well made.

Let’s not forget about the earrings. Talk about go with literally every outfit! These Nancy studs from Stella & Dot are a must. And again…only $24. These have become some of my go-to earrings. They are the perfect size that doesn’t swallow my earlobe.

If you are going to spend any money on jewelry this fall, I highly recommend these three pieces!

Shirt – J. Crew Factory (super sale!); Longer necklace – J. Crew Factory (super sale!); Shorter necklace – Stella & Dot (here and very similar style for cheaper here); Earrings – Stella & Dot

Fancy Sweatshirt

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I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of the sweatshirt trend…until I found this great jacquard sweatshirt at Gap. I love how it’s “fancy” enough to wear to work (thank you casual workplace!). The details of the exposed zipper on the back was a sealed deal. It is so comfortable, too! I was slightly worried about getting the white dirty, but thankfully I didn’t have any spills :)

This is on sale right now, too! Gap always has various offers, so you can definitely pick this up for a huge bargain. You’re welcome.

Shirt – Gap (on sale!); Jeans – Hudson (similar); Booties – Frye (one of my favorites!); Necklace – local boutique; Earrings – Cookie Lee (old)

Blue All Around – Banana Republic Pencil Skirt



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banana republic blue square jacquard pencil skirt

banana republic blue square jacquard pencil skirt

Pencil skirts = one of my favorite clothing items. I own quite a few and am always on the search for great patterns. Well…I found one! For one, blue is my favorite color. And two, this pattern is fantastic. The skirt doesn’t have any stretch factor, which I have to say I like. In my opinion, when pencil skirts don’t have a lot of stretch, it makes them lay better.

There are plenty of way you can style this skirt, but I thought I’d go all out on the blue and pair it with this button up. I picked this up at the Gap a few years ago, and it goes with so much. Fantastic staple to any wardrobe.

Shirt – Gap (similar); Skirt – Banana Republic Blue Square Jacquard; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired); Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (old)

Fall Uniform – Plaid Shirt and Booties

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The plaid shirt. It’s my favorite fall and winter item! I keep telling myself enough with the plaid, but there are so many great plaids out there! And in the colder months, I do love layering them under a cozy sweater. One thing I love about this Banana Republic shirt is the reversed print on the inside. It’s a great navy gingham. And let’s not forget to mention how soft it is! Pretty much like wearing a pajama shirt :) (And it’s on sale – even bettaaaahhhh!)

I was on the hunt for some great (and comfortable) brown ankle booties. Do you know where I found these? The Aerosoles outlet store! I thought Aerosoles were kind of “old lady” shoes for their comfort factor, but they had some very cute styles! I have become a fan…and I got a TON of compliments on them when I wore them to work.

Another great find at J. Crew Factory was this jeweled necklace. It goes with literally everything. And what a bargain getting it half off for around $25.

Shirt – Banana Republic (on sale!); Jeans – Joe’s; Booties – Aerosoles (on sale!); Necklace – J. Crew Factory (on sale!); Bracelet – Henri Bendel (on sale!); Watch – Michael Kors

lucy – Extra 40% off Sale Right Now!

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I picked up some great items on super sale last weekend…so I wanted to share this sale with you! I’m such a huge lucy fan, as their clothes last so long…wash after wash after wash. One of my absolutely favs is their Crossback Tanks. They come out with new patterns every season. This sports bra tank beats any others that I have worn…and has great coverage!

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Happy Shopping!!

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