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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Put A Bow On It

When I think about my own personal style, girly and sweet are definitely not the first words that come to mind.  And while I think hearts and bows and frills are all adorable, I don’t normally gravitate towards those types of ensembles.  BUT, every once in a while, I do think it’s fun to put on a girly dress and pay homage to a more feminine style.  And as an added bonus, while most of us are still experiencing in between temps, I absolutely love the option of wearing a button down shirt underneath a dress to change things up from my typical go-to cardi or jean jacket…

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Dress:  H&M (sold out), exact same dress (for under $20!) | Button Down: Gap (sold out), similar, LOVE this one (both on sale for 50% off at Jcrew Factory!) | Bracelet: Kate Spade (on major sale right now, click  here to enter their secret sale-and save up to 75% on some pretty amazing stuff-including my pink bracelet!!) | Ring: Stella & Dot (sold out), similar | Watch: Michael Kors (old), almost identical | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Pumps: Joe’s Jeans via DSW, LOVING the new sandal version for summer!

Happy Thursday, sweet friends!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

Instagram Outfits

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you can follow me  here), then you know I post a lot of daily outfits that don’t necessarily always make it to the blog.  And because there has been so much interest and so many questions about the items I am wearing in those posts, today I wanted to take a minute and share the outfit links to your favorite looks from Instagram! Happy shopping and happy Friday!!

20140425-105017.jpgSweater: JCrew (on sale!) | Pants: Gap (on major sale for less than $30!!) | Pumps: Jessica Simpson

20140425-105036.jpgJacket: Nordstrom | Cami: Express | Jeans: 7 for all mankind | Pumps: Aldo (old), similar

20140425-105050.jpgJacket: Forever21 (old) similar | Cami: Express (on sale!) | Jeans: 7 for all mankind | Necklace: Stella & DotBallet Flats: INC (old), similar

20140425-105101.jpgBlazer: Macy’s (sold out), similar | Tank: American Rag | Skinnies: American Eagle | Necklace: Stella & Dot (old), similar | Pumps: Aldo (old), similar

20140425-105114.jpgShirt: Gap (sold out), similar| Vest: Tommy Hilfiger (sold out), similar | Skinnies: 7 for all mankind | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Pumps: Nine West

20140425-105127.jpgJacket: Nordstrom Savvy (sold out), similar | Tank: H&M | Skirt: H&M (sold out online, check in store), similar | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Pumps: Nine West

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

 

Down On the Farm

Our weather has been a little crazy the past few days (nice one minute, then raining, or snowing the next!), so between that, and our busy schedules, it’s been a little hard to coordinate for blog photos this week. So yesterday after work, J and I decided to meet at a beautiful historic farm pretty close to our house.  And even though it was freezing cold while we were shooting, I loved the location and can’t wait to shoot more photos there-even if we did get chased down by some whopping big snow geese!

And do you know what else I am loving? The simplicity of today’s outfit.  Black and white is all the rage this season, and I love it paired back to simple chambray, nude pumps, and a bold lip.  Another one of those looks that is so easy to put together, but makes you looked you really put some effort in!

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Chambray Shirt: JCrew (on sale!), LOVING this short sleeved version | Skirt: Express (old), similar, similar | Love Necklace: Anna & Ava (large is sold out, smaller version here), similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Cuff: Lucky Brand | Sunnies: Karen Walker Number One | Pumps: Jessica Simpson (60% off!!!)

Lips: Stila Fiery

Happy Hump Day!!!

Track Pants

It took me a little while to hop on the whole track pant band wagon, but am I sure glad that I finally did!  Not only are they as comfy as sweatpants, but they look fantastic back to heels.  And who doesn’t love to look to put together while being comfortable at the same time??

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Sweater: JCrew, similar, similar | Track Pants: Rachel Roy (on sale!) | Necklaces: Stella & Dot Somervell, Stella & Dot Sutton, JCrew | Cuffs: H&M (old), similar | Clutch: Nine West (old), similar | Sunnies: Gap (old) | Pumps: INC (old) similar

Happy, happy Friday to you!  I am flying to Chicago for a baby shower this weekend.  And while I’m a little nervous about how cold it’s going to be, I couldn’t be any more excited to see some of my dearest friends from college.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram to check out my adventure and the Windy City, and of course what I’ll be wearing!!

Blanket Scarf

I have been loving extra big, cozy, plaid scarves this season.  And this one is no exception. But not only is it the perfect piece to keep me nice and warm on even the coldest of winter days, it’s the perfect pop of color to help satiate my spring fever…

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Jacket: Guess (old), similar, similar | Tee: Victoria’s Secret Pink (BEST tee’s ever!) | Skinnies: Joe’s Jeans, similar | Scarf: Gap (on sale!!) | Sunnies: Nordstrom, similar | Watch: Michael Kors, loving this one | Pumps: Nine West, LOVE these

I hope your week is off to a fantastic start.  Than you so much for stopping by!

Shootie

I love shoes-and I am talking love.  And while many might guess that my love affair with footwear started when I began my career as a Footwear Buyer and Developer for Sundance Catalog, I would actually be more inclined to say that it began when I was a little tiny girl and insisted that if I had to wear saddle shoes, then they had to be the pink and white ones and not the black and white version that my mom wanted to buy me for school.  And much like my saddle shoes of old, when I saw these Report Signature shoes in a magazine a few weeks ago, I knew I had to track them down.  And boy am I glad that I did.  Because not only are they chic and amazingly comfortable (not to mention versatile), but they are the perfect hybrid between a pump and bootie-which really couldn’t be any more perfect for the season…

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Sweater Dress: The Limited (old), similar, similar, loving this one |  Vest: H&M (old), similar |  Belt: Target (old), similar | Necklace: JCrew | Watch: Michael Kors | Bag: TJMaxx, similar | Pumps: Report Signature

I am in Montana this week for work braving the cold.  And while I always love coming back to my home state, sometimes I forget how soft I’ve become between living in Tennessee and Utah over the last few years.  Winter is definitely no joke up here in the big sky state!! Brrrrrrrr….

Hope you have a wonderful week and staying warm!  Happy hump day!

Neon+Surplus

I love pairing the unexpected together. And while neon plus army surplus might not be something you would automatically think to pair up, together they just might be one of my new favorite combos of the summer. Plus, if you follow this blog, then you know I can’t get enough of this vest and LOVE coming up with new ways to style it (see it here, and here)…

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Neon Dress: Forever21(old), similar | Vest: H&M (old), similar, similar | Necklace: BCBG, similar | Sunnies: Rayban | Bracelet: H&M (old) | Pumps: Marc Fisher (on sale!)

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Can you believe it’s July already?  I know that I can’t.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Twirly Girl

I LOVE that circle skirts are back on trend. There is something so fun and completely girly about them. In fact, when I slip one on, it’s all I can do not to twirl around like I’m five years old again…

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Polka Dot Sweater:  Forever21 | Circle Skirt: The Limited (old), similar, similar | Bow Belt: Macy’s, similar | Necklaces: INC, JCrew | Bracelet: Juicy Couture | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: House of Harlow Chelsea | Clutch: Hobo International | Pumps: Aldo

I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.  The above is actually what I wore to church and for dinner on Easter Sunday.  I always love a good excuse to get dressed up, but I especially love Easter and the reason why we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.   It is always one of my very favorite days of the year.  And of course I love Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs.  I mean really, why is it that they are so much better than regular Reese’s anyway?

Happy Monday!

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Baubles and Dots

There are so many fun trends in fashion right now, that it’s hard to say just which one is my favorite. But one particular trend I am loving experimenting with is layering multiple necklaces. From chains, to sparkles, to pops of neon-pretty much anything goes. And like many of my favorite things in life, the more the merrier!

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Sweater:  Gap (old), similar, similar | Black Skinnies:  American Eagle | Necklaces:  INC, JCrew, JCrew Factory | Sunnies:  House of Harlow | Bag:  Michael Kors Hamilton | Pumps:  Aldo (on sale!!)

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!  I have some exciting things coming in the next couple of weeks that I can’t wait to share with you all-including a pretty awesome giveaway.  So be sure and check back often!

xx