Plaid Shirt Dress

If you don’t have a go-to plaid shirt dress in your wardrobe, then I would highly recommend purchasing one in the new year.  They are such a versatile piece that can be dressed up or dressed down and will give you tons of options for different outfits to create in your wardrobe.  A denim vest is also an excellent choice if you are looking to add a few new silhouettes to your closet in 2016!  Be sure to shop my favorite plaid dresses and vests below!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to swing by tomorrow for a fun NYE inspired post!

xoxo,

Abby

 

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Mad For Plaid

I am obsessed with plaid.  It’s all I want to wear, all day everyday.  From button downs, to skirts, to pants, to jackets, plaid is at the forefront of my very favorite fall fashion trends.  And one way to wear it that I am especially loving?  Back to leather and lace.  Duh!

Also, don’t forget, today is the last day to enter to win the gorgeous locket I am wearing in this post.  Link below!

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Jacket: H&M (old), similar, similar, similar | Lace Tunic: H&M (old), similar, almost identical, similar | Plaid Button Down: JCrew (old), loving this one, this one, and this one | Belt: Target (old), similar, similar | Necklaces: Basil the Cat c/o, TJMaxx, similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Stella and Dot | Sunnies: Rayban | Bag: Michael Kors Selma

Today is the last day to enter the fabulous giveaway with Basil the Cat!  Click on the link below to enter for your chance to win the beautiful elephant necklace I am wearing in this post!  Winner will be announced tomorrow, so be sure and check back!

Locket Giveaway!

And don’t forget, Basil the Cat is offering All Dolled Up readers 20% off of their enter purchase for the month of November-perfect timing for all your Christmas shopping!  Just enter code AbbyDoll20 at checkout!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Wine Country

In my mind there isn’t much that can top a warm sunny day spent wine tasting with friends in gorgeous Sonoma. And because J decided to join me on a recent business trip to SF, we were afforded the opportunity to do just that.  A perfect day filled to the brim with good food, sunshine, beautiful wineries, a stretch limo, lunch at my favorite restaurant, and of course, lots of laughter and memories shared with good friends we don’t get to see often enough…

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Polka Dot Chambray Top: Macy’s, similar, similar, similar | Skinnies:  American Eagle Super Skinny | Heart Necklace:  Tiffany and Co. | Long Necklace: Personal Collection of Charms | Bracelets:  Stella and Dot, Juicy Couture, Tiffany and Co. | Watch:  Michael Kors | Bag:  Kate Spade | Boots:  BCBGeneration

So I have to make a confession. I didn’t pack anything on my trip to wear to wine country.  I made the assumptoin that I would have time to do a little shopping in the city, but ended up being so busy with work, that unfortunately that was not the case.  But even though I had to do a little scrambling Saturday morning to put something together, it was a good reminder that a chambray shirt is a perfect (and easy!) choice for just about any occasion.

xx 

Spring Has Sprung

This weekend felt like spring here in the SLC. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and all of the snow in my yard finally melted. And so of course, inspired by sunshine (and gloriously longer days), I decided it was high time to pull my florals out of their winter storage and put them back into rotation for the spring season…

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Floral Button Down:  Old Navy (old) similar, similar, similar | Skirt:  Forever21 similar | Belt:  Express | Chain Necklace:  Macy’s similar| Sunnies:  Target (old) | Charm Bracelet:  Juicy Couture | Watch:  Michael Kors | Bag:  Kate Spade Grove Court Maise | Boots:  Aldo (old) similar

I love this time of year.  It’s always ripe with anticipation and the promise of warmer weather just around the corner.  And while I’m sure we’ll still have another snow storm or two here along the Wasatch front, I fully plan to take advantage of this perfect spring weather while it lasts.

Happy Monday!

xx

Come Fly With Me

I am on the road a lot for work. And because I am in stores when traveling and have to wear all black, dressing for travel tends to be a fairly easy task. But when I travel for leisure, I find dressing for flights is not quite as easy. Comfort is key, but for me, sweat pants are definitely not an option. Instead, I like to select outfits that are not only comfortable and casual, but that are also just fashionable enough to have the ability to take me straight from the airport to lunch, dinner, drinks, or wherever I might need to go when I land!

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Plaid Button Down:  American Eagle, similar, similar | Puffy Vest: Old Navy (old) similar, similar | Striped Tank:  H&M, similar | Skinnies:  Else by Joe’s Jeans | Heart Necklace:  Tiffany Extra Large Heart Pendant | Long Necklace:  Personal Collection of Charms | Sunnies:  Forever21 | Bag: Kate Spade | Boots:  Nine West, similar

J and I spent this past weekend in North Dakota visiting his family before his parents make the move to Montana in April.  It was a bittersweet trip, but we had a fabulous time and shared lots of laughs and memories with two very special grandma’s, Justin’s mom and dad, and an amazing group of aunties, uncles, cousins, and extended family.  It was a very special weekend and I am feeling extra blessed to have married into such a wonderful family! 

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

xx

Welcome 2013!

I must say that the beginning of January is always a mixed bag of emotions for me. On one hand I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of a new year and the promise of adventure that it brings, but on the other, I am always sad to say goodbye to the most wonderful time of the year. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

J and I had an amazing Christmas in Montana this year and feel incredibly blessed to have had the chance to spend ample time with family and friends. We hadn’t spent Christmas with my family since 2009 so it was a welcome opportunity to gather everyone together to celebrate. Plus, as an added bonus, I always love to wear sequins, and the holidays present the perfect excuse to do just that!  Not that you ever really need an excuse to wear sequins!

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Heart Silk Blouse:  JCrew (sold out)  similar, similar;  Sequin Skirt:  American Rag ; Belt:  Merona; Leggings:  American Apparel; Drop Earrings:  INC for Macy’s  (only black available); Gold Charm Bracelet:  Juicy Couture via Nordstrom Rack; Gold watch:  Michael Kors; Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.; Diamond Cocktail Ring:  Gift; Boots:  Aldo Farmar (last year) similar, similar

I must say that one of the things I am looking forward to the most this year is writing more blog posts and sharing outfit ideas and tips with all of you.  Thank you so much again for your continued support and encouragement.  I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season.

Cheers to 2013!

xx

Let It Snow…

The snow is falling here in the SLC and even though I have enjoyed our warmer-than-normal temperatures this year, I am more than ready for it. With Christmas just around the corner, it wouldn’t feel right if everything wasn’t blanketed in a gorgeous layer of snow. Plus, I am ready to start wearing my winter coats!! I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago about investing in a colored coat this year, and of course black is classic and always a must. But I have also found that a camel coat is a fantastic piece to add to your wardrobe. It tends to be a little more casual and looks great with boots and sweaters, but can still be dressed up for any occasion.  I purchased mine on a whim at Forever21 last year while I was living in SF, and I still can’t get over how often I wear it…

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Camel Peatcoat:  Forever21, similar, similar, similar

Green Sweater:  Gap

Plaid Button Down:  JCrew

Jenas:  AE Hi-Rise Super Skinny

Watch:  Michael Kors

Bag:  Anne Klein

Boots:  Vince Camuto

I love that this outfit is festive without being too overdone.  I think it’s perfectly acceptable (and even encouraged!) to wear red and green during the Christmas season.  My only word of advice is not to pair the colors too literally.  My green sweater is more of a spring green than a Christmas green, and my red button down has a lot of navy in it, balancing the two.  So while it’s still a red and green combo,  it doesn’t feel forced or make me look like a Christmas tree.

And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for my final Gift Pick installment of the season!!  I will be sharing my finds for under $100-perfect for all you last minute shoppers out there!

xx

Sun Drenched

I know that the general rule of thumb when blogging is to share clear, clean photos. In fact, I am already stepping out of the strictly-adhered-to-norm by using Instagram and my iPhone to write this blog instead of Photoshop and my SLR. And even though I try my best to share the clearest of photos while still integrating everything fantastic about Instagram, truth be told, sometimes I am more drawn to the creative than the clear. And so, today I share these photos with you. Because really, how often do you get to soak up this much sun in the month of December????

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Mixed Media Jacket: American Eagle (sold out online, but check in store), similar

Pink Sweater: JCrew Factory

Jeans: American Eagle Hi-Rise Super Skinny

Heart Pendant: Tiffany and Co.

Bracelets: Tiffany and Co.

Watch: Michael Kors

Sunnies: Steve Madden via TJMaxx, similar

Cross Body Bag: Betsy Johnson

Boots: Nine West Vintage America

I have to share with you how amazing this mixed media jacket is. If you follow this blog at all, you understand that I am quite fond of surplus and leather jackets. So when I saw this number at American Eagle, a perfect combination of two of my favorite fall fashion trends, I was pretty sure they made it specifically for me. So I obviously had to buy it. 😉 And besides being incredibly comfy and stylish, it is also lightly insulated-which means I will be able to wear it a little longer than my other surplus jackets this winter. Hooray!

xx

P.S. Here’s a little clearer shot of the jacket, just because it is so amazing!!

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Flannel Animal

I love a good flannel. In fact, if I could perfectly describe my fall/winter everyday style, the below outfit would be it. As much as I love to dress up, when the temperature drops, I always reach for a great pair of boots, my favorite pair of jeans, a cute flannel, and a cozy scarf to keep me warm on snowy, winter days…

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Flannel:  American Eagle (old), similar

Long Sleeved Grey Shirt:  American Eagle

Jenas:  American Eagle Hi Rise Super Skinny

Crossbody Bag:  Steve Madden (on sale at Nordstrom’s Half Yearly sale!!)\

Scarf:  Nordstrom (last year), similar

Sunnies:  Jessica Simpson

Boots:  Aldo Farmar, similar

As you can see from these photos, the temperature definitely took a tumble in the SLC this weekend.  We went from 72 degrees on Thursday, to a huge snowstorm that started on Friday morning and lasted all weekend-dropping  over 30 inches of snow at our house!  So not only was I forced to get out all of my winter apparel and shoes, but the snow shovels came out too.  If this is any indication of the winter we are going to have, then the skiing is going to be fantastic.  I can’t wait!

Happy Veterans Day!

xx