Fall Florals

When I think florals, I definitely think Spring.  But for whatever reason, I have been finding myself drawn to bright colors and flowery patterns this Fall season.  Maybe it’s denial about the cooler months ahead, or maybe it’s my love for color.  But either way, I am kind of digging breaking out some of my favorite Spring pieces in the month of November…

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Blazer: BarIII (old), similar, similar, similar | Button Down: Express, dress version, sleeveless version  (on sale!)| Jeans: 7 For All Mankind | Necklace: Jeweliq, same in gold | Rings: Sundance Catalog (old), similar, similar, Etsy  (old) similar, similar| Sunnies: House of Harlow Chelsea | Clutch: Coach | Pumps: Ivanka Trump

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Blazer of Glory

One thing I feel like I often neglect to write about on this blog is the importance of owning a fantastic black blazer.  I think because I wear them for work nearly every day, I forget that it’s a piece not everyone might own.  But with the weather changing, I am finding that I am reaching for my blazers not only for work, but also to wear as a light jacket back to my favorite destroyed skinnies and a tried-and-true graphic tee.  They really are the perfect piece for so many different occasions and something everyone should have in their closet…

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Blazer: H&M (old), similar, similar, similar. loving this alternative | Tee: Forever21 | Skinnies: Else by Joe’s Jeans | Earrings: H&M (old), similar , similar | Sunnies: House of Harlow | Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Coach | Pumps: Windsor Store (sold out), similar, similar

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  I can hardly believe it’s Monday already again. Sometimes I swear it feels like it’s always Monday, don’t you think?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Stormy Weather

While I spend a lot of time on the road for my job, one of the perks of all of the travel is that every couple of months, I get to take a trip back to my home state of Montana. And depending on the time of year and our schedules, sometimes it works out (like it did this past weekend) that J can come and join me and we can sneak in a long weekend in one of our favorite places-which also happens to be where we first met. And while the weather was cold and stormy (which required a little more layering than I’m used to this time of year), we still managed to have a great time with friends, visited all of our favorites places (and discovered some new), and were even able to sneak in a few miles on the bikes in between showers…

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Blazer: H&M (old), similar | Striped Top: Calvin Klein | Destroyed Skinnies: Else (on sale!) | Flower Necklace: Groop Dealz, similar | Bracelets: Kate Spade, Stella & Dot, JCrew | Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Coach | Pumps: Marc Fisher (on sale!)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I know I for one can’t wait for our next trip to Bozeman.   Such a fun little town packed with so many good memories.  

And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter the JCrew $50 gift card contest here!  It runs through Wednesday at midnight.  AND they are having a huge sale right now, so it’s the perfect time to shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monotone

Sometimes throwing together a monochromatic look is a welcome change from the usual. Plus, pairing two like colors is an easy concoction to create and a great way to change-up your look without investing in anything new…

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Blazer:  H&M (old) similar, similar | Silk Tunic:  H&M (old) similar | Skinny Pants:  INC | Sunnies:  Marc Jacobs  | Necklace:  JCrew, INC | Bracelets:  Anne Klein, Stella and Dot, Juicy Couture | Watch:  Michael Kors | Bag:  Michael Kors Hamilton | Shoes:  Steve Madden (old) similar

I don’t know about you, but I am so happy it’s the middle of the week already.  I am practically counting down the days until the weekend-the end is in sight!

Thanks for reading!

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Highlight Express

The first time I wore this shirt, my husband told me I looked like a highlighter. But that has not deterred me. In fact, it was the vibrant, neon hue that drew me to this shirt in the first place. I am absolutely loving mixing neons and bright colors back to winter neutrals this year. It’s the perfect way to brighten up those post holiday blues…

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Black Faux Fur Bomber:  BarIII (last year) similar, similarsimilar | Grey Blazer:  H&M (old) similar | Neon Buttondown:  Express | Black Skinnies:  Seven for All Mankind The Skinny | Sunnies:  Vogue Eyewear | Necklaces:  Tiffany and Co., JCrew | Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co. | Watch:  Michael Kors | Studded Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff Devote (old), similar, similar | Pumps:  Guess (old), similar, similar

On a totally random note, I have to say how happy I am that the Bachelor is back.  I love Sean, but more importantly love to tune in each week for the ridiculous entertainment this show provides, and of course, for the fashion.  SO many great dresses last night.  But if I had to pick my favorite, it would be the stunning red dress that Ashlee the Professional Organizer wore.  The back was ah-mazing!  And judging by last night, it should be a fun season to watch.

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I Heart Shoes

It’s no secret that I love mustard and navy together.  A perfect combination, if you will (which you can read about here and here).   And on top of a great color combination, nothing makes me feel better when getting dressed in the morning than putting a few of my favorite things together-which of the moment are a great blazer, anything striped, and as always, a fantastic pair of shoes.  Because shoes, at least for me, make everything that much better. 

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Mustard Blazer:  INC via Macy’s

Striped Top:  H&M (old), similar

Skinny Jeans:  Gap

Earings:  Target

Watch:  Michael Kors

Spike Bracelets:  Aldo

Necklace:  Macy’s, similar

Bow Pumps:  Kelsi Dagger via TJmaxx, same shoe

I love shoes.  Nothing completes an outfit for me like a fabulous pair of kicks.  Maybe it’s because I have spent my career as a shoe buyer and designer, or maybe it’s my destiny, but shoes are and always will be my favorite fashion accessory.  And as crazy as it might make my husband (sorry J!), I just can’t help myself .  Pretty sure I’ll be a shoe collector for life. 

Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween!

xx

 

Fashion Star Finale!

I was so excited when I learned of the inception of Fashion Star and have thoroughly enjoyed it every Tuesday night since its premiere.  The mentors are terrific, the designers are fantastic, and as a buyer myself, of course I especially love the buyers!  In fact, I was even privileged enough to spend some time with Caprice in LA when I first started working for Macy’s.  And let me tell you, she is just as pretty and fabulous in person as she is on TV!

So of course, having followed along with the designers on their journey thus far, I am so excited to see how the finale unravels tonight!  Although each person left is incredibly talented, I can’t help but find myself rooting for Kara.  She is sweet, and humble, and her sense of style rocks!!  I think she is the perfect candidate to design lines for H&M, Saks, and Macy’s.  But even though I’m rooting for Kara, Orly was my season favorite, so in honor of her, I wanted to pay tribute by wearing the AH-mazing lime blazer she debuted last week, and of course top it off with some jewelry from Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow…

Blazer:  Orly Shani for H&M

Black Silk Cami:  Express

Snake Skin Liquid Leggings:  Nodrstrom (old)

Heels:  Steve Madden

Necklace:  House of Harlow via Nordstrom

Ring: House of Harlow via Nordstrom

Tortise Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Bracelets:  Tiffany, Macy’s, Word Market, H&M

Sunnies:  Guess via TJMaxx

So while I can’t wait to see if my girl Kara is announced as the very first Fashion Star, tonight will also be a bit bittersweet as I say goodbye to one of my favorite guilty pleasures.  Guess I better start figuring out something new to do on my Tuesday nights!

Good luck Kara!!!

xx

 

Black+Navy

The rule stating that you can’t wear black and navy together no longer applies.  And thank goodness, because half of the time I can’t tell them apart anyway.  And thus, mixing black and navy together has become one of my favorite color combinations as of late.  Black on black always feels awfully dressy to me (especially on days when I know I am going to be sitting at my desk all day), so adding a navy top or blazer back to a black pant or skirt is a great way to tone things down a notch and bring that element of “casual” into “business casual” attire.

Navy Blazer:  Express (recent)

Grey Ruffle Blouse:  Express

Black Skinnies:  Gap

Necklace:  Tiffany, my personal charm collection

Watch:  Michael Kors via Macy’s

Bracelets:  Tiffany, Macy’s, H&M

Ring:  Saundra Messinger via Sundance Catalog

Pink Pumps:  Jessica Simpson Waleo via Macy’s

In addition to loving black and navy together, I also LOVE pink and navy together, hence the pink shoes to tie it all together.  And while black and navy are a perfectly acceptable combo, it is important that there is enough of a contrast between the two so that people can tell you are wearing black and navy and not wonder if one of your pieces is a poorly cared for, faded black garment.  Oh, and one more very important thing, if you are wearing a suit (girl or guy), this is one instance where you don’t want to mix black or navy.  Try and keep your suiting pure (same color jacket and pants)-it looks more classy and chic that way.

Happy Monday!!

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