Wardrobe Staples!

I love it when you guys make requests for specific outfit or blog posts.  So when my cute SIL came to me recently and asked me to do a post about wardrobe staples, I was more than happy to oblige!  ESPECIALLY because this is the perfect time of year to clean out the clutter, get rid of the things you don’t need or wear, and make sure you have a few key items in your closet (that you LOVE) that will give you a ton of outfit options.  Trust me, less can definitely be more when it comes to your wardrobe.  You just need to own the right pieces!

Wardrobe Staples

1. JACKETS: Light jackets are the quintessential layering piece for every gal’s wardrobe and can be worn year round-so you will be sure to get your money’s worth out of them.  And while I am a proponent of jackets in general, there are three styles that every gal should definitely have in her closet, with an honorable mention going out to a great faux leather jacket (you can shop my favorite one HERE):

*The Surplus: Great for dressing up or down, perfect weekend or date night wear, great with t-shirts or dressier tanks, also looks great with boots or heels, and always perfect with denim (SHOP MY FAVORITES: HERE, HERE and HERE)

*Denim Jacket: Surprisingly, I wear my denim jacket all year round.  This is truly an item that can be worn with anything.  BUT if you wear it with denim bottoms, please, please, please make sure there is enough contrast between the colors (ALSO LOVE THIS AND THIS)

*Black Blazer: There is a lot of talk about transitioning looks from day to night, and a black blazer is the key item to do just that!  And not only will it help you transition your look from day to night, but you can wear it to an interview, throw it on as a jacket for date night, wear it over a dress at a wedding, or pair it with sky high pumps and a silky tee for drinks with the girls-it really is a must have item for every wardrobe! (SHOP MY FAVORITES HERE, HERE, and HERE)

2.  BOOTS: If you are like me (or any other girl in the world for that matter), then you LOVE boots!  But even though I love boots, I notice that I tend to wear the same boots over and over: go-to cognac boots, black heeled boots for work (or a slightly dressier look), and tan booties to fill in for all of the occasions in between! You can always add to these, but if you are trying to be more minimal this year, then these are the only three pairs of boots you’ll need! And if yours are worn out (like mine were this year), then find yourself a good cobbler!

3.  LBD: If you don’t have a little black dress in your closet, you definitely need to invest in one.  If you have a wedding, a date, anything that pops up, an LBD is the perfect piece to have in your closet so do you don’t have to buy something new.  PLUS with fun accessories and shoes, it’s an item that you can style countless ways without breaking the bank! (PICTURED, ALSO LOVE THIS, THIS, and especially THIS)

4.  LIPS: For the longest time I thought I couldn’t wear a bold lip.  But I can, and SO CAN YOU!  Trust me when I tell you that you not only need a go-to nude lip color in your life, but you also need a go-to bold! Lipstick was one of the hottest accessories of 2014 and it will be again in 2015! (SHOP MY FAVORITES HERE: MAC Rebel, Stila Beso, Urban Decay F-Bomb, Nars Heat Wave, Nars Striptease)

5.  PUMPS: If you follow this blog, then you know I LOVE pumps!  And I have them in a plethora of colors, shapes, and sizes (I used to be a footwear buyer).  But when it comes down to it, all you really need are 3 pairs: a pair of classic nude (also love these and these), black (also love these), and a pair of leopard for when you are feeling a little feisty (also love these).  Trust me when I tell you, leopard is a neutral and you will be surprised at just how many things you can wear them with!

6.  BOTTOMS: I selected all skinny bottoms for this post, because that is what I primarily wear (and think you should too!), but if skinny jeans aren’t for you, the same premise from below applies to whatever style you prefer, whether it’s flare, bootcut, or something else:

*A pair of clean, dark wash denim: Minimal is definitely key here-no bling, no heavy stitching or whiskering, no flap pockets (on your skinny jeans specifically)-just a simple pair of dark, clean denim.  Some of the best brands out there are 7FAM (what I wear), JBrand, Rag & Bone, and Current Elliott.  And while these brands are a little pricey, they are definitely worth the investment.  I also think American Eagle Makes great denim and I love their new premium line (which is still under $50/pair)!

*Blank Ponte Pants: Granted I have to wear black to work, but I’m pretty sure I wear my JCrew GiGi pants more than anything else in my closet!  They are heavy enough that they aren’t a legging (and hold everything in place!) and the twill/ponte fabric make them work appropriate.  They also look great with pumps or boots. (also love these)

*Light Wash Destroyed Boyfriend Jean: Again, a great piece year round and the perfect way to change up your wardrobe and your look.  They are absolutely one of my favorite things to wear with pumps for a night out, or with sandals to the farmer’s market.

7.  VESTS: Oh how I love me some vests!  And I constantly find myself rotating between a UTILITY VEST and my favorite PUFFY VEST (which I change out with a denim vest during the warmer months).  They are almost like my safety blanket-if an outfit feels boring or incomplete to me, you can bet I am almost always going to throw on a vest.  And boom!  The outfit is fixed!  Amazing what a difference a little old vest can make for an outfit! And get ready, because you are going to be seeing a lot of them this season-so why not get ahead of the trend?

8.  TOPS: I seem to always have too many tops in my closet.  In fact, it’s an area that I am working on paring down in the new year.  And because I feel like I have too many tops (yet still have nothing to wear-ha!), I have been focusing on the kind of tops that I DO wear, and I’ve found there are three very specific styles on constant rotation in my wardrobe:

*Plaid button down or flannel: I don’t think this one needs much of an explanation, but if you don’t have a great plaid shirt in your closet, then you need to get one.  You can wear it with any of the above vests or jackets, and they always look great back to a red lip! (SHOP MY FAVORITES HERE, HERE, and HERE)

*Lightweight Layering Sweater:  There is a reason JCrew always carries the Charlie sweater every season in both the Factory store and the regular store in a rainbow of colors-it’s the perfect staple.  Wear it alone or layered under or over something-you are bound to get your money’s worth out of this one, and then some!

*Silky V-Neck Tee (my fave):  I discovered the silk v-neck tee from Express last year and I am obsessed.  They look amazing layered under a jacket, a sweater, or alone.  And when you’re looking to make smart decisions with your money and wardrobe, this is an ideal piece to have because it will help you create endless outfits for all sorts of different types of occasions! (Also love this reversible tank!)

Alright my sweet friends.  Thanks for bearing with me through this long post!  I hope it was helpful.  And if there is anything specific you would like to see on the blog this year, or if you have any questions about this post, please don’t hesitate to let me know!!!!

Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

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Black and White

Sometimes there is no better color combo than classic black and white.  Especially when paired back to a pop of leopard and a bold lip to add a little dimension.  Plus, do you guys love beanies as much as I do?  I’m pretty sure I would wear one every day if I could.  Not only are they super cute and cozy, but they are also completely practical for this time of year.  And when fashion and practicality collide, you can almost always rest assured that I’m a fan!!!

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Plaid Shirt: Denim & Supply (on sale!!! but it runs small, so be sure to size up) | Vest: Old Navy, also LOVE this one (on major sale!!) | Skinnies: 7 for all mankind | Ring: Suz Somersall | Beanie: Dakine, just got this one in pink (and it’s my new fave!) | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Bag: Clare Vivier (sold out) clutch version, suede version | Boots: Aldo (old), similar, similar

Thank you so much for stopping by!  And don’t forget to enter the $50 Bohme Boutique gift card giveaway here!  Winner will be announced Friday!

Motorin’

I am guessing if you follow this blog regularly, then it should come as no surprise that a t-shirt, ripped skinnies, and a great pair of pumps is my go-too outfit.  It’s such an easy combo and works perfectly for so many different types of events and outings.  And while I am fond of this outfit all year round, I especially love it in the Fall season when I can incorporate another one of my very favorite items-a classic moto jacket!

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Moto Jacket: Express (last season), similarsimilar, similar | T-shirt: Old Navy, also love this one | Skinnies: 7 for all mankind (sold out), love these (my new favorite fitting denim!) | Necklaces: JCrew, INC | Cuff: Forever21 (old), similar, similar | Sunnies: JCrew (on sale!) | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Pumps: BarIII (obsessed)

Cheers to the weekend, sweet friends!

Fire In the Sky

Happy Friday everyone!  Remember how I said earlier in the week that I lost all of the outfit photos I had taken while we were on vacation?  Well thanks to my hubby, I was able to salvage the photos from one outfit. And while I am still sad about the others, one, is certainly better than none!  So with that said, I have to tell you guys that I am obsessed with this JCrew top.  I had been eyeing it for quite some time and immediately snatched it up when it went on sale.  The cute embroidered print reminds me of a pink and white Easter dress that I had when I was a little girl, and you all know how much I LOVE neon yellow-a little nostalgia and my favorite pop of color all rolled into one!  Plus, it’s a great statement top that can be easily dressed up or down.  And when the heat index is high, in my closet, easy, breezy, fun tops like these rule!

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Top: JCrew (on sale-plus get an extra 40% off wth code: SHOPMORE) | Skinnies: 7 For All Mankind (my faves!) | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Bracelet: Lucky Brand (clearly I am obsessed with this cuff-it’s the BEST!), similar, similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Karen Walker, under $10 version | Bag: Steve Madden (old), similarsimilar, similar | Wedges: Sole Society (SOOOOOOO comfy!!)

I’m sure you can tell from the photos, but it was really, really windy when we snapped these pics.  And while normally I would have just waited a day for better weather, the sky was so incredible that I just couldn’t pass up such a gorgeous back drop.  So please don’t mind the wind blown hair!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Out

I love white bags and have been wanting to add one to my collection for quite some time.  And while I only had three specific features I knew the bag had to have (saffiano leather, gold hardware, and a structured shape), I had a really hard time finding just the right one.  Well thank goodness for Rebecca Minkoff and her huge spring sample sale coinciding with my birthday this year!  I was able to snatch up the Avery tote which is not only gorgeous (and one of my favorite RM bags EVER), but it also met all of my white bag requirements.  AND the icing on top of the cake?  I was able to get it for less than half of the regular retail price!  My favorite kind of purchase!

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Top: Express (LOVE it!) | Jeans: 7 for all mankind, similar, similar | Necklace: Stella & Dot (older style), similar, similar | Cuff: Lucky Brand | Love Bracelet: Forever21, similar, similar | Ring: KiraKira | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Ray-ban | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff: Large version (like mine), smaller version, LOVE this white bag, and this one too |  Heels: Sole Society (sold out), new version (and they under $70!)

Starting today, I am going to be on the road for the next two weeks (one week for work, and the other for a wedding and mini vacay), so be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of our crazy adventures, and to get your daily outfit fix.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

Pink Suede Shoes

I think every outfit is made that much better with a great pair of shoes.  So when I found these amazing pink suede heels for under $50, I knew that they were the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe.  And not only are they cute and comfy (and PINK!), but they add that perfect pop of color to just about any outfit.  Talk about swoon-worthy!!

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Blazer: BarIII (sold out) similar, similar, similar, similar (40% off!)

T-Shirt: American Eagle

Skinnies: 7 for all mankind, identical 

Necklace: Jeweliq

Watch: Michael Kors (sold out), similar, similar

Sunnies: Ray-ban

Bag: Coach Bleecker

Heels: JustFab (under $50 with 20% off coupon code for visiting site!)

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.  Can you believe that we are coming up on Memorial day weekend already?  I know I certainly can’t!  This month is really just flying by-which I suppose is just fine with me.  Bring on summer!

 

 

Connect The Dots

The combination of gray and yellow is one of my all-time favorites.  And when you add polka dots, a pop of leopard, and distressed denim into the mix, in my book, it’s a pretty perfect ensemble(not to mention ideal for the weekend!)…

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Sweater: JCrew (on sale!), similar

Tank: JCrew 

Denim: 7 for all mankind, almost identical 

Necklace: Stella & Dot, wishing for this version

Ring: KiraKira

Watch: Michael Kors

Bracelet: JCrew (sold out), similar, similar

Clutch: Clare Vivier

Sunnies: Ray-ban

Pumps: Marc Fisher (sold out), LOVE these and these

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend to the fullest!

 

 

Pump It Up

I am definitely a high heel kind of girl.  Not a huge fan of flats, and while I do love boots, if I had my choice, let’s be honest, I’d wear a fab pair of pumps everyday.  And so it should come as no surprise that this season I am especially loving making a statement with my footwear.  Don’t you just love that shoes aren’t just shoes anymore, but rather outfit completing accessories?

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Camo Jacket: Buffalo via TJMaxx | Jeans: 7 for all mankind | Necklaces: Tiffany and Co., Personal Collection of Charms | Statement Ring: Macy’s | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Rayban | Bag: Michael Kors Selma, similar | Pumps: BCBG (on sale!), also here

I had such a fun weekend in Chicago with friends (of course it went by way too fast).  But I couldn’t be happier to be home with my sweet family.  Well that, and the fact that we are only 2 days away from heading back to Nicaragua for a little vacay.  And let me tell you, I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  You can see my pics from last year’s vacation to the darling town of San Juan Del Sur here.

Happy Monday!!!

Sleeved

I have had my eye on this leopard sleeved Townsen sweatshirt for SO LONG!  But I just couldn’t justify paying full price for it (because I don’t pay full price for anything-seriously!).  So when it went on sale for less than half price right after Christmas, I knew I had to pounce (no pun intended!).  And I am certainly glad that I did.  If you follow me on Instagram (AllDolledUpBlog), then you know I rocked a very similar outfit to this one a couple of weeks ago for a shopping date with one of my best friends at Nordstrom.  And there was so much interest in the details of my look, that I decided it should make an appearance on the blog.  So all of you ladies who wanted outfit details, please see below!

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Leopard Sleeve Sweatshirt: Townsen (on sale!), similar | Vest: H&M (old), similar | Jeans: 7 for all mankdind | Monogarm Necklace: Keti Sorely Designs | Statement Ring: Macy’s | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Rayban | Bag: Michael Kors Studded Selma (obsessed) | Pumps: Aldo (old), similar, LOVE these

Lips: Nars Heat Wave

I hope that you all had a most wonderful Super Bowl weekend!  We had a great weekend skiing at the resorts and in the backcountry, celebrating the 4th birthday of one of our very favorite little guys, and of course cheering on the Seahawks and the Broncos in the Super Bowl!  It’s not very often that all your homies from the west make it into the big dance.  So even though we may have slightly sided with the Broncos (Peyton is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met), it was still pretty rad to see the west  represent!

Happy Monday!

Holiday Dressing

I LOVE polka dots.  And I especially love polka dots paired with plaid.  So lucky me that both happen to be very on trend this holiday season!  And not only are they both on trend, but in my opinion, they are the perfect combo to put together for all of those upcoming holiday parties quickly filling up the calendar!

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Polka Dot Sweater: JCrew (sold out), loving this one, similar, similar | Plaid Shirt: JCrew (old out), obsessed with this one, similar | Jeans: 7 For All Mankind | Necklaces: JCrew, JCrew (sold out), similar, similar, Stella & Dot | Bracelet Watch: Anne Klein | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Rayban | Bag: Michael Kors (old) OBSESSED with this one | Pumps: Aldo (old) similar

And if you missed it yesterday, CLICK HERE for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to JUNIEblake.  It’s a darling online shop full of items perfect for this holiday season so don’t miss out on your chance to win!  Winner will be announced Friday, December 6th.

And last but not least, CLICK HERE to see if you won the Vintage Locket giveaway!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week!