On Repeat

This little orchid skirt was one of my favorite purchases from last Spring.  Fast forward to a year later, and it’s still one of my favorite things in my closet.  And even though on its own it’s a pretty statement piece, I love that it goes so well with other bright colors, giving me endless options to style it different ways!

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Shirt: JCrew (on sale!) | Skirt: JCrew (old), really similar | Necklace: Baublebar (on sale!) | Clutch: Steve Madden (old), love this | Sunnies: Prada | Heels: Sam Edelman

Happy Thursday!!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Insta Lately

Hey guys!  Apologies for lack of new content this week.  I’ve been under the weather, so haven’t been able to shoot blog photos.  Hoping to be back in full swing next week!

But today, I wanted to a round-up of some recent Instagram posts (mainly my Sunday night style outfits) that haven’t been featured on the blog yet.  That way, if you don’t use LikeToKnow.It, you can still shop the looks and get all the details here. And just like on Insta, I’d love to know, which recent outfit is YOUR favorite?  Feel free to leave a comment!  I always LOVE hearing from you guys!

Insta Round Up 1Top: Free People (this is my FAVORITE!!) | Skinnies: AG | Necklace: House of Harlow | Pumps: Joe’s Jeans

Insta Roundup 2Sweater Coat: SheIn c/o | Skinnies: AG (same as above) | Pumps: BCBG

Insta Roundup 3Sweater: JCrew (old), almost identical (and on major sale!) | Layering Tee: Express (my fave!) | Skinnies: AG (on sale for under $100!) | Booties: Matisse

Insta Roundup 4Sweater: Nordstrom Rack (under $22 and SO soft) | Monogram Necklace: Bauble Bar | Skinnies: 7 for All Mankind | Boots: Jessica Simpson

Insta Roundup 5Top: Free People | Faux Fur Vest: Nordstrom | Black Skinnies: JCrew | Necklace: Banana Republic | Pumps: Jeffrey Campbell

Insta Roundup 6Sweater: JCrew | Layering Tank: Express | Vest: Patagonia | Skinnies: Paige | Booties: Vince Camuto

Insta Roundup 8Jacket: Macy’s | Top: Free People (I told you it was my favorite!) | Skinnies: Joe’s | Pumps: BCBG

Insta Roundup 10Jacket: Lookbook Store (obsessed) | Tank: cabi | Skinnies: Paige | Necklace: Lucky Brand | Booties: Matisse

Insta Roundup 9Jacket: Vince Camuto (old), similar, similar | Sweater: JCrew | Tank: cabi | Skinnies: JCrew | Boots: Aldo (old) similar (see above outfit)

Insta Roundup 11Jacket: Nordstrom (best. ever.) | Silky V-Neck Tee: Express | Skinnies: JCrew | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Pumps: BCBG

Insta Roundup 12Top: JCrew (on major sale! and apparently I love it so much I’ve styled it 3 times recently lol!) | Stripe Top: JCrew | Jacket: Nordstrom | Plaid Top: JCrew (on major sale!) | Denim Skinnies: AG | Black Skinnies: JCrew | Red Lace-Up Pumps: Jeffrey Campbell | Black Pumps: BarIII (old), similar | Red Patent Pumps: BCBG

Happy, happy Friday, sweet friends.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

Abby

The Ghosts of Christmas Past

Happy Friday, sweet friends!  Sorry to have been a little absent on the blog this week.  I was traveling for some big work meetings and a snow storm at the beginning of the week made it tough to get any new photos!

But with that said, the falling snow reminded me that not only are the Holidays just around the corner, BUT  I need to start planning my Holiday outfits.  So today, I wanted to take a little trip down memory lane and share some of my favorite looks from the Holiday season last year!  And even better?  A lot of these items have been restocked, so happy shopping and Holiday outfit planning!

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Buffalo Check Boyfriend Shirt | Faux Fur Vest, love this (under $50) | Leggings (my FAVES!) | Bag | Sunnies | Leopard Pumps

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Jacket (BEST ever and under $100) | Tulle Skirt | Leopard Clutch | Sunnies | Leopard Pumps

Holiday 4

Plaid Shirt (old), OBSESSED with this one | Gold Skirt | Red Pumps (old), similar, LOVE this lace-up version

Holiday 2

Leopard Coat (old) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one | Silky V-Neck | Skinnies | Sunnies | Boots (old), similar, similar

Holiday 6

Jacket (same as the black one above) | Plaid Shirt | Dress (old), almost identical | Sunnies | Leopard Booties (these are the ones from my Insta this week you were all asking about!), similar, similar

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Gold Dress (old), similar, similar | Jacket (old), obsessed with this furry blush one | Sunnies | Glitter Clutch | Leopard Pumps

Cheers to the weekend!!!!

xoxo,

Abby

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!

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!

The Holiday Season

I love this time of year.  And one of my favorite parts?  The holiday parties!  And fortunately, this season, J and I have plenty to attend-the first of which is this weekend!  So when I saw this skirt in the Nordstrom Savvy department a couple of weeks ago, I knew it was the perfect holiday party piece to add to my closet!  And I’m especially loving it back to a plaid shirt with a pop of red-helps to make it slightly less dressy and perfect for any type of holiday occaision!

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Shirt: Polo Denim & Supply (also LOVE this and this) | Skirt: ASTR via Nordstrom (under $65!!!) | Bracelets: Juicy Couture (old), Stella & Dot, Anne Klein | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: House of Harlow | Pumps: BCBG via DSW (super comfy AND under $50!!) | Wreath: Thai Pan Trading Co., loving this one and this one

Hope you are all having a great week!!!

Cheers to the holiday season!!!!

 

Pop of Plaid

Well hello there, and happy Tuesday sweet readers!  Today, I am sharing with you a 2nd outfit idea to wear to your Thanksgiving dinner.  Yesterday, I posted a super casual outfit (a tunic and leggings), and today, I wanted to share with you a dressier option-with a pop of plaid (of course!).  And one thing all of my outfits ideas have in common this week?  COMFORT!!!  While I am all for being stylish on any given day, to me, comfort is key on Thanksgiving! And a relaxed fit dress (with pockets!), paired back to my favorite plaid shirt and leather jacket certainly seems to fit the bill!

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Jacket: Blank NYC via Nordstrom (this is seriouly THE BEST jacket EVER) | Plaid Button Down: JCrew (last year), almost identical (and on sale!), LOVING this (50% off!) and this (on sale!) | Dress: Zara (recent-check in store), similar (50% off!), LOVE this | Bracelets: Stella & Dot (here and here), JCrew (here and here) | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Karen Walker, less expensive version | Clutch: Hobo Lauren (my FAVE!) | Booties: INC via Macy’s 

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AND ONE MORE THING!!!  Be sure to come back tomorrow-I’ll be sharing another outfit option for Thanksgiving and ALL of the amazing Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales happening this week.  Trust me, you want to miss this!!

Happy day!

Layers

We have had such a mild fall here in the SLC, that I almost forgot how brutal it can be to have to take blog photos during the winter months.  But boy, was I sure reminded in a hurry when we shot these photos on Saturday.  I guess it’s time to break out the winter coats, and pile on the layers.  And speaking of layers?  Surplus vests over plaid and flannels is still a combo at the top of my list this season…

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Flannel: Express (the shoulders have sequins!! I LOVE this shirt!), non-sequin version here | Vest: H&M (old), similar | Necklace: Stella & Dot (old), similar, LOVE this one | Skinnies: American Eagle Denim X, similar | Sunnies: Karen Walker, less expensive version | Clutch: Michael Kors | Booties: INC (most comfortable and cutest booties EVER!)

Hope your week is off to a great start and more importantly, that you are staying warm during this arctic front!!!  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts Under $50

Can you believe Christmas is less than two weeks away?  I certainly can’t.  And it certainly doesn’t leave much time to finish Christmas shopping!  And so today, I bring to you some of my favorite gits of the season and all for under $50!! Gifts Under $50
Happy, happy weekend!!!

Beanie Baby

I love a good hat.  In fact, on most winter weekends, you can almost always find me wearing one (most likely covering up helmet hair from a day on the slopes).  Not only are they an easy (and practical) accessory to throw on with just about any outfit, but they are perfect for this time of year when the temps start dropping (or when you just don’t feel like doing your hair)…

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Plaid Button Down: JCrew (old), similar, loving this one | Skinnies: Hudson | Beanie: American Eagle (old), similar, similar | Necklaces: Stella & Dot, Keti Sorely Designs | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Rayban | Bag: TJMaxx | Boots: Aldo (old), similar, similar

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  My hubby had a double header bike race this weekend, so ours revolved around biking.  But lucky for me, Cyclocross is a really fun event to watch, and my husband is having a great year-so it’s always exciting.

Thank you so much for stopping by!