Easy Peasy Layering for Fall

One thing I love about Georgia’s winters are you can (most of the time) get away with layering to stay warm without having to wear a jacket. To me, this is fantastic after growing up in Illinois. I find layering a button up and sweater is one of the easiest outfits for me in the late fall and winter.

C. Wonder sweater and Paige Hidden Hills jeans

I’ve been loving C. Wonder lately…as I posted about my great find last week, too. The colors of this sweater just screamed at me at the store. I knew I had a few different ways I could wear it. One being, over a striped button up I have. Pair it with some jeans and booties. And there you have it! Easy peasy!

C. Wonder sweater

C. Wonder sweater

Sweater – C. Wonder; Shirt – J. Crew Factory; Jeans – Paige Hidden Hills; Booties – Tory Burch; Necklace – Stella & Dot; Earrings – Coach; Watch – Michael Kors

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder – it works!

I’ve always been told that it is good to give your hair a break and not wash it everyday. But as a blonde, sometimes I find it hard to do. Why? Because I feel my hair looks like a big ball o’ grease the next day! I get so jealous of my brunette coworkers who can go three or four days between washes (but they also have long hair where they can do braids, pony tails, etc.).

bumble and bumble made a hair powder back in the day that I loved. They discontinued it, I cried, and stocked up on a few bottles. When those ran out, I cried again. bumble and bumble tried to replace it with a spray powder which did NOT work as well AT ALL. But they came out with yet another replacement that is freakin’ fantastic. The Prêt-à-Powder!

At first, I didn’t know if I wanted to spend $26 on hair powder. I know the brand is great. But seriously? It’s powder. I’m so glad I did though because it works great for my blonde hair. And I’ve had my bottle for almost a year and it’s only 1/2 gone! How the top is designed, it doesn’t put a ton of product out at once, so you end up not wasting it. See (please don’t get grossed out by my grease!)…

Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder

 

Now, I’m a visual person, so I wanted to show you how well this product works. These are before and after pictures of using the Prêt-à-Powder. This was after not washing my hair for one day.

Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder

Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder

 

As you can see, it takes away the grease and oil. What it also does a great job of is giving the hair some volume. I shake it all over, but focus on my part and the hair around my face.

While I have done the Johnson & Johnson baby powder trick in the past, this powder 1. doesn’t make you smell like a baby’s bottom or 2. leave a white cast in your hair. Although it’s pricier, it does a much better job. And the scent is wonderful and not overpowering. After you put it on, you don’t even notice it.

You’ve got to try this powder!

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Reversible C. Wonder Skirt

I had a new C. Wonder store open about 7 minutes from my house. AWE – SOME. Maybe not for my budget. But yeah for my wardrobe and being able to scope out sales on a regular basis!

When I was perusing the racks, I spied a reversible skirt! How awesome is that? I don’t think I own any clothes that are reversible, and if I do, it’s definitely not a skirt.

C. Wonder Reversible Wool Wrap Skirt

C. Wonder Reversible Wool Wrap Skirt

It has a great plaid on one side – and black on the other. It has a large zipper on the side that is super easy to just unzip…and flip! Voila! A new look!

C. Wonder Reversible Wool Wrap Skirt

C. Wonder Reversible Wool Wrap SkirtI love color, so I paired it with this great greenish/yellowish sweater I’ve had forever from Banana Republic. It’s just one of those sweaters that goes with so much! I can’t even count how many times I have worn it.

 Skirt – C. Wonder Reversible Wool Wrap Skirt; Shirt – Banana Republic (old); Booties – Vince Camuto (similar here or here); Watch – Michael Kors (similar here); Necklace – The Limited (old); Bracelet – David Yurman

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

 

Under $50 Gift Ideas from Henri Bendel

I love Henri Bendel. Thanks to my mom. She first bought me the Make A Scene Laundry Set for Christmas a few years ago, and I was hooked. Their items are unique yet classic and come in a huge variety of price ranges. Now I own quite a few pieces of jewelry, travel accessories, a purse…and my favorite – the huge coffee mugs! The mugs are my absolute favorite. They hold about three cups of tea. Now that’s my kind of mug!

Since the holidays are right around the corner, I wanted to introduce you to some great HB products under $50. Whether they become ideas for you, your girlfriend, your wife, your BFF, your mom…I know these products won’t disappoint!

 

 

Henri Bendel Gift Ideas Under $50

 

Building Your Outfit Around The Shoe

A lot of times, you might tend to build your outfit off of your shirt or pants. But then. You find these awesome shoes. And you want to build your outfit around them.

In walk (no pun intended) Sam Edelman’s Anastasia Cutout Sandals. Or should I say “in walks Ems to the Von Maur shoe sale room about four times before these were at the right price to finally buy?!?!?”

Sam Edelman Anastasia Cutout Suede Bootie Wine

Aren’t they gorgeous? I just couldn’t resist. I love a great statement shoe. And this is definitely a statement shoe. So I built my outfit for work around them. A simple black top and pencil skirt – and I’m ready for work!

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Oh hey, FitBit Flex, let me take you off since you aren’t the most fashion-forward “bracelet.” But if you are a FitBit wearer, you understand how your wrist feels naked when it’s not on!

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Sam Edelman Anastasia Cutout Suede Bootie Wine

 

Shoes – Sam Edelman Anastasia Cutout Suede Bootie (not on Von Maur’s site, but found here); Shirt – White House Black Market (old); Skirt – J. Crew Factory; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Henri Bendel; Earrings – Vintage Chanel; Watch – Rolex

Fitness Friday – Review of Nike Studio Wrap Shoes

A while ago, I admitted how curious I was of how the Nike Studio Wrap shoes would work in my ballet class. Well, after many wears…I have to say…

I LOVE THEM!

Nike Studio Wrap Shoes

Now, I say that because they fit my feet very well. The sizing of these Studio Wraps is a little off. I am a true 8.5 and ordered these in a Medium. They say the Medium fits sizes 7.5-9. To me, if you are closer to 7.5, they would feel way too big. And if you were closer to 9, they would pull too much between your toes and not be comfortable at all. I guess I’m a lucky one, because they fit my feet very well.

When I first wore these to class, I have to admit it took me a while to get used to them in between my toes. But once I got over that, I won’t go to class without these. They do a great job of protecting the bottoms of my feet as well. It still allows my toes to grip the mat or floor, but protects and gives a little bit of cushion to the balls and heel of my foot.

Nike Studio Wrap Shoes

Another excellent feature – they are machine washable! They come in their own little wash sack. I’ve washed mine multiple times, and they still have the same vibrant color and stretch as when I first got them out of the box.

It seems that Nike likes to put these on sale when they come out with new prints and colors…so the opportunity to get these on sale is pretty ideal. I got mine through Zappos.

I’ve tried the socks with the grips on the bottom, and I definitely prefer these shoes over the socks. The socks tend to slip and slide a little more, when these feel more stable on your foot.

Overall, I give these Nike Studio Wrap shoes a huge thumbs up!!

Statement Necklace, Skinnies, and Animal Print – Oh My!

To me, this was an easy outfit. Do you ever have one of those mornings when you are feeling rushed and just need to hurry up and get the heck out the door? In the ATL, I have about a 10-minute window that if I don’t hit it, I’m stuck in traffic. As in taking me an hour to get to work :(

So…this outfit came together super easy on my rushed morning. Love a good silk button up. Love a good statement necklace. Love a good pair of skinnies. Love leopard print. Add them all up and voila! Here’s what you got!

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J. Crew Statement Necklace

My team member at work came to work one day and said “Emily, you have go to get these!” She understands my love for fashion. So for $20 (on sale!) at Old Navy, I couldn’t resist. I love trying new skinnies. And these are pull-on…circa my maternity pant wearing days! I am prone to buying dark wash too because they just make jeans seem a little dressier – at least in my mind. I’ve worn them a few times now, and I highly recommend them. They keep their shape all day and do not stretch out or appear baggy after a few hours. And for under $30, you can’t beat it!

old navy pull on dark rinse skinnies

Now, I love wearing high heels, but I’ve been on the hunt for some leopard print flats. Or kitten heels would do, too. And I finally found a pair! Where you ask? In my favorite store’s shoe sale room – Von Maur!! I’ve never own a pair of Isaac Mizrahi New York shoes before, and I am now a big fan. Super comfortable! And they are made so well.

Isaac Mizrahi New York™ Gabrielee Animal Print Cow Hair Pump

 

So here you go…my easy go-to outfit. Do you have similar outfit for work that are your go-to?

Shirt – Juicy Couture (last year); Skinnies – Old Navy’s Pull-on Dark Wash Skinnies; Shoes – Isaac Mizrahi New York Gabrielee Animal Print Pump; Necklace – J. Crew Factory (no longer available)

The Limited Ashton Blouse

On Monday, I told you about my fascination with button ups. Well, my friends, it continues. I love being comfortable at work, yet look pulled together and not too casual. The Limited’s Ashton Blouse is perfect for this look.

The Limited Ashton Blouse

And this blouse comes in so many colors and prints – and it’s on sale!

The fabric is a drapey crepe, and it lays so well. It’s also the perfect V. It doesn’t plunge too much and gives just the right coverage for work. And if you are like me and want a shirt to go past your hip line, this is for you! It looks great with skinny jeans, but also looks great tucked in. It covers a good majority of the booty :)

The Limited Ashton Blouse

I won’t lie – I just ordered another one in a beautiful purple color. Addiction kicking in!!!

The Limited Ashton BlouseLet me also talk for just a second about these AG Absolute Legging Extreme Skinnies. They are like wearing sweat pants. They have so much stretch…and the fabric is ridiculously soft. And don’t hate, but I got these amazing leggings for a whopping $59. I know; I have a knack for finding amazing deals sometimes. These have become my favorites!

Shirt – The Limited Ashton Blouse; Jean Leggings – AG; Bracelet – Spartina; Booties – Vince Camuto Effel; Earrings – Stella & Dot Bardot; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

 

 

Feeling Flowy in a Maxi and Blouse

When I first put this outfit together, I thought “Is this me?” “Is this too trendy?” But, one of the things I always try to do…step outside of my comfort zone.

Maxi skirt and blouse

With maxi skirts in the summer, I never paired them with a flowy shirt. Why? I have no idea. But I have a couple of coworkers I gathered inspiration from, and the result was this outfit.

Maxi skirt and blouse

Another plus – it was so comfortable! :)

The last two years, I’ve been obsessed with button ups. I remember a time where I think I owned one white button up shirt and that was it. I’m ashamed to admit how many button ups I have now! There are such versatile shirts – dress them up or down, layer them, wear them untucked, tucked in. Endless possibilities. And how can you not love a cute heart print? (And it’s on clearance at J. Crew Factory!)

J. Crew Factory Heart Blouse

And these booties I got at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this summer have been worn a ton already! They were a great investment and being Coach, I know they are going to last forevaaaaaaa!

Coach Adrianna Booties

Shirt – J. Crew Factory; Skirt – fab’rik; Booties – Coach; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired)

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! I got the pleasure of trick-or-treating with a Grecian Goddess and Boba Fett. IMG_4268.JPG

Another Fit & Flare from Stitch Fix

Last week, I featured one of the great dresses I got in my latest Stitch Fix. Well…drum roll please…here is the other one I kept. My Stitch Fix stylist listened to exactly what I wanted – “a great fall print dress!” Doesn’t this dress fit that perfectly?! The colors. The print. They are divine!

Stitch Fix Fit & Flare

Now, I love dresses. Sometimes too much. But I don’t have any dresses with such a great print like this. The fabric is so sturdy and thick enough to keep me warm in the late fall and winter if I pair it with tights. The fit and flare style has definitely become my favorite cut.

Stitch Fix Fit & Flare

Not only do I love dresses, but also purses rank high on my list. And I carry a lot o’ crap in my purse…I think it’s a mom thing. But I’ve got to carry stuff “just because I might need it.” Puuuhhhhlllleeeeeze. I never use half of it. Anyway…I had my eye on this Henri Bendel beauty since it came out. It comes in so many beautiful colors, but this rich brown caught my eye. It’s such a great quality leather that will last forever…and a day. Then I had a discount…and I bought myself a present. :)

henri bendel carlyle tote

Dress – via Stitch Fix; Necklace – Spartina; Watch – Michael Kors; Bracelet – Tory Burch; Purse – Henri Bendel Carlyle Tote; Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Scarves – A Must Have Accessory

Over the past few years, my scarf collection has grown a ton. It can make an outfit in an instant. Just by wrapping something around your neck!

Cool fall mornings are among us. And scarves are perfect to keep you warm when there is a little chill in the air. It was only 55 degrees in the morning, but was supposed to heat up to almost 80. Here’s a perfect example. We visited the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC this last weekend. Not to digress too much, but I’m a major kid at heart – I could not freakin’ wait to feed the giraffes!! I’m a huge animal lover, and if you didn’t know this about me, I actually interned at a zoo!

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DSC_4077But back to the fashion :) It was definitely chilly in the morning, so I wrapped an infinity scarf around my neck and out the door I went. Excitedly to feed the giraffes. Ha! I got this awesome scarf at Von Maur on sale for…wait for it…$7! I won’t go on my rant on how much I love Von Maur and you’re crazy if you don’t shop at this great department store.

Here are some great scarf options below $25. I love how many options there are nowadays – floral, plaid, plain knit, animal print, stripes, polka dots, and the list goes on and on.

 

 

Scarves Under $25

Are you a scarf lover? How many do you have in your collection?

Fit & Flare Dress from Stitch Fix

I got this dress in my latest Stitch Fix. I had asked them for fall dresses, and they sent me four great choices. I immediately fell in love with this Tart fit & flare dress. For starters, the fabric is so soft. It’s like wearing a nightgown! There are so many different ways you can wear this black and white snakeskin print.

Tart Fit & Flare

I definitely wanted to wear this to work, so I thought it would look cute with a little black blazer – that I have had for years! It’s one of those items that you leave hanging in your closet because you just never know when you are going to wear it.

Tart Fit & Flare

I hadn’t worn my turquoise necklace for a while, so I choice that as my pop of color for this outfit. My bracelet has the same pop of color.

Tart Fit & Flare

I’m always a sucker for details, and this back is no exception. Love, love, love the cutout in the back! But boy do I need a spray tan. I am pastey! Hope I’m not blinding you with my whiteness on your screen :)

Tart Fit & Flare

Come back soon to see the other fall dress I kept out of my Stitch Fix!

Dress – Tart via Stitch Fix (same dress, different style here); Jacket – Jolt; Shoes – Michael Kors; Necklace – Stella & Dot; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Stella & Dot

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

 

Dressing Up a Sweatshirt

Well, hello there! It’s been forevaaaaaaa! Work life is calming down slightly, so I at least have time to put a blog post together. Hooray!

I have to admit, I haven’t jumped on the sweatshirt bandwagon, but the one from the Altuzarra collection at Target caught my eye. I love the silky fabric on the front. So I guess that wouldn’t classify as a complete sweatshirt, huh? :)

I think there are so many possibilities with this shirt. Obviously you could pair it with jeans like I did. But, I did add a statement necklace and booties to dress it up a little for work. The Target site shows it with a black pencil skirt, but I think a black pencil skirt is such a safe choice. What about hunter green? Or a purple? Y’all know I love color!

Altuzarra for Target Orchid Sweatshirt

Do you love my baby pony tail?! I haven’t been able to do this for seven years!  I love it short, but being able to pull it back is AHHH-MAZING.

Altuzarra for Target Orchid Sweatshirt

 

Here are some of my Stella & Dot favorites over the last few years.
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Sweatshirt – Altuzarra for Target Orchid Print; Jeans – Goldsign; Booties – Coach; Jewelry – Stella & Dot

Always Time for Peplum

To say I’ve been busy at work is an understatement. The blog is being a little neglected…but since I don’t make money from my blog and I do from my day job….day job comes first. I write employee benefits communication (hold the ooohs and aaaahhhhs please). It’s a great job and I work with some great people and clients. But my 4th quarter is insane to say the least.

Enough about work. On to the fashion…

The Limited blue peplum top

I love a cute peplum top. And it worked so well with this $15 necklace I got at J. Crew Factory a few weeks back. That’s right. $15. I was shocked! It was another 50% off the sale price. I love great statement necklaces like this; it could pair nicely with so many different looks. (Disregard the FitBit :) )

J. Crew Factory Neon Pendant Necklace

 

I know tons of bloggers talked about their Nordstrom anniversary sales purchases over the summer. Well, these bootie were mine. I love the python heel to the added interest. They are the perfect height for me, too. I found them to be comfortable all day while wearing them at work.

Coach Adrianna Leather Peeptoe Bootie

Top – The Limited (old); Jeans – AG (similar; got mine for $58 in Chicago!); Booties – Coach; Necklace – J. Crew Factory

It’s In The Details

I’m not quite what sure what first drew me to this dress – the colors, the reddish piping, the patterns, the silky fabric, the little flutter at the bottom. It’s doesn’t matter because I love it all. It’s just one of those dresses that makes you feel feminine and pretty. Those are good combos in my book. It is all in the details.

DVF Katarina Dress

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Dress – DVF; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Coach; Watch – Rolex

Anthropologie Maravilla Maxi Dress

I have been on a maxi kick lately, especially if I can wear them to work! I love the fact I can dress casual to work. I had a long 7.5 years of dressing corporate five days a week. Yuck. Let’s not do that again. My jeans would be mad at me.

My hubby actually picked this dress out. I walked right by it, and he pulled it off the rack and said that I had to try it on. Don’t you love when your guy thinks you would look beautiful in something? Makes me feel so good.

Anthropologie Maravilla Maxi Dress

And he was right. This was a beautiful print – look at the minty plus blush plus green plus pops of blue in the butterflies. <3 And I didn’t have to wear a heel/wedge with it! I’m telling you. At 5’8″ tall, it’s amazing how long some maxis are on me. Love when they hit just right.

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And who doesn’t love an Anthro sale?! I know I do! Check out the Maravilla Maxi dress on sale right now.

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Dress – Anthropologie Maravilla Maxi; Sandals – Sam Edelman Gigi; Bracelets – Stella & Dot; Watch – Michael Kors; Earrings – a local art show

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Vince Camuto Effel Sandal

It’s the classic case of “went in to the store to try on one pair of shoes, but ended up with a completely different pair!” Thanks, Nordstrom shoe man :)

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I can’t believe how comfortable these Vince Camuto Effel Sandals were when I put them on! The leather is so incredibly soft. Ankle strap shoes can also be sketchy sometimes – they can be too tight or hit on your ankle bone wrong. But not these, which I think has to do with how soft the leather is in general. The heel height is just right, too…at 3.25″. Some might think that is high, but the heel is nice and thick – and so easy to walk in. Trust me.

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My first time wearing them, I thought I would pair them with a camel colored pencil skirt and orange pencil top. Can you also tell I still had my spray tan – oh how I miss thee!?!

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Top – Banana Republic Factory; Skirt – The Limited; Shoes – Vince Camuto Effel; Watch – Michael Kors; Earrings – Coach; Necklace – Stella & Dot Somervell in Gold

kate spade Dehlila Dress

When I spotted this on the sales rack, I knew I had to try it on. With my curvy shape, fit and flare style dresses are my favorite. The one thing that surprised me about this “summer” dress was that it is very heavy. But, that also means it’s a great transition into fall dress.

Let’s also talk about how great the details are on this dress. Built in necklace?! Love. Or as my coworker said, “Look! Your dress is bedazzled!” :)

Sorry the pictures are kind of dark. When I have to leave for work when the sun is coming up, and I’m hitting the gym after work, gotta do what I’ve gotta do to get a shot. Ha! My red lips definitely pop though…and I’m loving this bareminerals’ Moxie lipstick in shade Light It Up. Bright lips have been my fav lately!

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Dress – kate spade Dehlila (on sale!); Shoes – Splendid; Bracelet – Spartina; Watch – Rolex

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Anthropologie’s Mayacamas Maxi Dress

Ok, I rarely ever buy anything at Anthro full price. I may love to shop, but I am always on the hunt for good deals.

But.

I saw this dress. The Mayacamas Maxi Dress.

Anthropologie Mayacamas Maxi Dress

The colors. The fabric. The detail on the neckline. The perfect length on me. Yeah, I had to splurge. But it was totally worth it. (And it looks so good when I have my spray tan! Ha!)

Anthropologie Mayacamas Maxi Dress

It has a slight keyhole in the back and fastens with two small buttons that are covered in the fabric.

Anthropologie Mayacamas Maxi Dress

 

It has a mix of gold and platinum colored beading. The purple and pink color you see is actually yarn. It is so pretty in person. And it was perfect for a rehearsal dinner – there, I just justified the purchase :)

Dress – Anthropologie Mayacamas Maxi Dress; Sandals – Sam Edelman; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Henri Bendel

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

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