Rehearsal Dinner

If you follow me on Insta (and if you don’t, you should!), then you know I was in Austin, Texas last week celebrating the wedding of one of my best college friends.  It was an absolutely fabulous weekend and I could not be happier for my sweet friend and her new hubby.  And despite my best intentions to take blog photos of what I wore to all of the festivities, I was having too much fun to pause and break out the DSLR.

So even though I’m back home in the SLC, I wanted to recreate for y’all what I wore to the rehearsal dinner.  I haven’t been to many weddings in the winter, and it made me realize that they can be a little tricky to dress for.  Even though Austin is fairly mild, I wasn’t sure it would be warm enough for a sleeveless dress-and I was right.  So instead, I opted to pair one of my favorite skirts from this past summer, with one of my favorite tops from the holiday season.  And I have to say that I really love the way it turned out.  Not only is navy one of my favorite colors for a formal event, but mixing it back to gold and leopard is one of my very favorite combinations of all time-a total no-brainer for such a special event!

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Top: Express (on sale for under $20!!) | Skirt: JCrew (loving the citrus color AND it’s on sale for under $40!) | Necklaces: Stella & Dot, JCrew (this isn’t quite the same, but it’s really close, and on sale!!) | Rings: Stella & Dot, Rocksbox | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Clutch: Michael Kors (old), new version | Booties: INC (best booties EVER and they are on sale!!!)

I hope you guys are having a great week.  I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier that the end is in sight.  I’m definitely ready for the weekend already!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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Jean Jacket

Whether you call it a denim jacket or a jean jacket, if you don’t own one, then you should! Denim jackets are a key item for Spring, and a great investment piece that will last you for seasons to come. And while they are a great layering piece while we wait for the temps to warm up, they are also really cute. In fact, my favorite way of styling them as of late is back to flirty dresses and skirts-allowing me to get into my summer wardrobe a little earlier than usual.  And if you are really feeling the denim jacket this season (like I am), then I would be sure to venture out and purchase one in both a dark wash (see yesterday’s post), and also in a light wash…

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Denim Jacket: INC (no longer available), similar, similar, similar

Dress: LC by Lauren Conrad (last season), similarsimilar

Watch: Michael Kors

Necklace: Stella & Dot 

Sunnies: Karen Walker Number One

Clutch: Michael Kors (last season), new version

Pumps: Marc Fisher (sold out), LOVE these

Lips: St. Germaine by MAC

Also, I should note that this was the outfit I ended up wearing on Easter.  It was such a beautiful day and this was the perfect outfit for church, running errands, and hosting friends for Easter dinner.

Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

 

 

Casual Sparkle

Hello everyone!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I must admit, I am feeling a little sad that it’s all over.  Why is it that the things we look forward to the most always seem to go by the most quickly?  But on a positive note, I am really looking forward to 2014 and all of the promise and adventure that a new year holds for us all.  And with that, I thought I might share yet another holiday plaid look on the blog today, but this time layered with a little sparkle.  A look that is casual enough to wear during the daytime, or perfect for a cozy New Year’s eve spent at home…

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Plaid Buttondown: JCrew (old), similar, similar, similar, LOVING this one | Sequin Polka Dot Tee: JCrew (old), similar, similar, love this one | Skinnies: 7 for all Mankind (ON SALE!!) | Monogram Necklace: Keti Sorely Designs | Bracelets: Banana Republic, JCrew, Stella & Dot | Watch: Michael Kors, similar, similar | Sunnies: House of Harlow Chelsea | Clutch: Michael Kors (old), similar | Pumps: Sole Society (BEST shoes EVER)

Wishing you all a happy New Year’s Eve Eve.  See you back on the blog tomorrow-I’ll be sharing some of my favorite looks from 2013.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Party Pants

I have been on the hunt for a pair of sequin pants for quite a while now.  And believe me, it was much more difficult than I could have ever anticipated.  So I was absolutely thrilled when I found this fantastic black pair of sequin pants at Bebe for a steal of a price.  In my opinion, they are the perfect holiday party attire.  And while I am loving them back to plaid, I can’t wait to style them more ways this holiday season!

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Top: Express | Sequin Pants: Bebe, also love this version | Necklaces: Basil The Cat, Jeweliq |  Bracelets: JCrew, Stella & Dot, Banana Republic (sold out), similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Michael Kors (old), similar | Pumps: BCBGeneration (SO comfortable) | Lips: Urban Decay Revolution in F-Bomb

I can’t believe Christmas Eve is one week from today.  In fact, I am so excited, I can hardly stand it.  the Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year.

Hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying all of the excitement and anticipation of the season-I know I certainly am.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mad for Plaid

I love plaid.  Which is lucky for me, because it’s a key trend this fall season.  And while I am so excited for all of the different ways I have up my sleeve to style this beloved print, right now, I am loving it paired back to leather and chiffon.  A slightly masculine spin on a pretty fall dress, if you will (click here to see how I styled this dress last year)…

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Drop Waist Dress: The Limited (old), similar, similar, similar | Plaid Button Down: JCrew (old), similar, loving this one | Necklaces: JCrew, Stella & Dot | Watch: Michael Kors | Cuff: H&M (old), similar | Clutch: Michael Kors (old), obsessed with this one | Pumps: Chinese Laundry

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Ours seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.  But I must say, I am absolutely in love with the gorgeous Fall weather we are having.  Oh how I love the month of October!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Camo Couture

Since I’m heading down south tomorrow, it seems I’ve got camo on my mind.  And believe it or not, camo just happens to be one of my very favorite prints.  Maybe it’s the Montana girl in me, or maybe it’s the years I spent below the Mason Dixon line-either way, I couldn’t be happier that it’s an important print for the season.  Kinda feels right up my alley-especially dolled up a little!

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Camo Blouse: Express | Skinnies: Gap | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Sunnies: Rayban | Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Michael Kors (old), similar| Pumps: Ivanka Trump

I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

P.S. Can you believe it’s October already?  Holy cow!  Where on earth did the month of September go?

Just A Sliver

One look that was all over NYFW that I am feeling a little on the fence about? Midriff baring tops. Now when I was in my early 20’s, I most definitely would have embraced this trend. But now that I am a littler older, it’s daring a look that pushes me out of my fashion comfort zone. And of course, forces me to acknowledge that certain trends are perhaps sometimes better suited for younger demographics. And while you won’t see me baring my full midriff anytime soon, I must admit I love the idea of taking a classic outfit, adding some pretty jewels and toughed-up shoes, and showing just a hint of skin. Now that I think I can handle…

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Buttondown: JCrew | Skirt: BCBGMaxazria, similar, in LOVE with this one | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklaces: JCrew, JCrew (sold out), Stella & Dot | Sunnies: House of Harlow Chelsea | Clutch: Michael Kors | Pumps: Vince Camuto (majorly on sale!)

When my husband was snapping these photos, he didn’t realize at first that I was showing a sliver of my midriff.  But when he did, he couldn’t help but laugh at me (thanks a lot!!!).  So hopefully you are not having the same reaction!  But I have to ask, what do you think of the midriff trend?

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Inspiration Station

Often times when I put together an outfit, it’s because I am inspired by a pair of shoes, a handbag, an image I’ve seen, or in this case, a necklace. I am loving statement necklaces this spring, and this one is one of my favorites. I love the pretty flowers, chain length, and the unexpected and unique combination of mint and neon yellow. So much so in fact, that an entire outfit came to fruition because of it…

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Mint Blouse: TJMaxx (old), similar, similar | Skimmers: JCrew (on sale for under $30!!!!!) | Necklaces: Macy’s, JCrew | Bracelets: Oia Jules, Aldo, Stella & Dot, Juicy Couture | Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: House of Harlow | Pumps: Aldo (sold out), loving this style

I just wanted to take a minute and send my love to Boston.  I feel so heartbroken by the events that transpired yesterday and can’t even begin to imagine the hurt and the devastation that the victims and their families are feeling right now.  And while I wish I had more to offer, I hope they know they have my support and prayers.

God bless you all today and in the days to come.

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Fashion Obsession

Every once in a while I stumble upon a fashion find that I love so much, I may or may not become slightly obsessed. The last time it happened was when Rebecca Minkoff first came on the scene in a big way with her studded Devote tote. The Hills was at its peak and when LC started carrying the black version with the gold rivets, I knew I had to have one. So, I saved up all my money and treated myself to one for my birthday. And boy did that bag get a lot of use. In fact, it still makes me happy every time I open up its dust bag and take a little peek. I guess that’s what we call nostalgia.

And maybe it’s purely coincidence, or maybe I just happen to have a thing for black pieces with gold embellishments, but I am pretty sure my new Vince Camuto gold spiked heels are going to be my next fashion obsession. It was love at first sight when I spotted these pumps at a Macy’s in Detroit a couple of weeks ago. I was shopping with my mom and my aunties and thought they would think I was crazy for trying them on-they are after all, completely covered in little gold spikes from heel to toe. But the vote was unanimous and we all fell in love with them on the spot. And looking at these photos, it’s not hard to see why-they are definitely a pretty darn special pair of shoes.

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Blazer:  H&M (last fall)

Black Tee:  Victoria’s Secret Pink Essential V-Neck (best tee’s EVER!)

Snakeskin Shorts:  Rachel Roy (sold out)

Ring:  House of Harlow

Gold Watch:  Michael Kors

Clutch:  Michael Kors via TJMaxx

Sunglasses:  Guess via TJMaxx

Shoes:  Vince Camuto

I know that we’ve already established the importance of adding a colored blazer to your wardrobe this fall, but it should also be noted that a spiked or embellished pair of shoes should also be a must on the wishlist.  And now that I am finished mourning the passing of summer, I can officially get excited about my fall shopping and start checking things off my wishlist-like a pair of spiked pumps for one.  Hooray!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

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