Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, today’s outfit post is brought to you by the colors orange and black.  And while it might seem like a taboo combo, or at the very least a little tough to wrangle, I promise you can wear black and orange together without looking like you are dressing up for Halloween-or in support of your favorite team.  The best bet?  Stay away from a true orange.  Instead, opt for shades of mandarin (like my outfit below), corals, or neon.  All look fantastic with black and can be worn together anytime of the year…

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Lace Top: JCrew (old), similar | Vest: Target (check your local store), similar | Jeans: American Eagle | Necklace: GroopDealz, similar | Cuff: H&M | Watch: Michael Kors | Bag: Michael Kors Selma | Pumps: Vince Camuto

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful Halloween.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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?

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Tie One On

I think it’s safe to say that this look is going to be a staple for me this summer. Since chambray shirts are always on constant rotation in my closet, it’s no wonder that I am loving the new sleeveless version hitting stores right now. And I’m particularly loving them when tied and worn over pretty summer dresses. A look that’s polished and sweet-but easy as one, two, three…

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Chambray Shirt: Kohl’s similar, similar, similar | Dress: LC by Lauren Conrad (order one size up-runs tiny in the ribcage) | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Cuffs: H&M (old) similar | Bag: Kate Spade similar | Wedges: Guess (old) similar

If you haven’t already, but sure to enter to the win the $50 JCrew giftcard brought to you by All Dolled Up and Groop Dealz.  And don’t forget to stop by Groop Dealz to check out all of their amazing daily deals.   They have so many cute things-you most definitely will not be disappointed!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Day to Night

People often ask me for tips on how to create an outfit that you can take from day to night. And while the task might sound daunting, it is actually a pretty simple thing to do. All you have to do is think layering and remember that in these instances a cardigan or blazer can be your best ally.

Take the below outfit, for example. I paired my neon skinnies back a crisp white off-the-shoulder tee (perfect for an evening on the town), but layered it with a conservative white blazer to go about my day. Two looks, one day. Pretty easy, right?

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White Blazer:  Forever21 (recent)

White Off-the-Shoulder Tee:  H&M (old)

Neon Coral Skinnies:  American Eagle (recent)

Neon Necklace:  Forever21 (recent)

Bracelets:  Tiffany, Macy’s, Forever21

Watch:  Michael Kors via Macy’s

Neon Pink Clutch:  Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC

Nude Pumps:  Steve Madden via the Overstock.com

J and I still love to go on dates, and due to our opposite schedules, I often find myself going straight from work to dinner or drinks. I run into the same issue when traveling for work, heading directly from the office to dinner with friends in whatever city I happen to be  visiting.  And because of these frequent situations, I find myself constantly having to create these types of looks.  So with that said, the best words of wisdom I have to offer you when faced with creating a look you can take from day to night, is to really utilize those layering pieces in your closet.  A blazer can be your best wardrobe friend.  AND you can also bring a change of shoes and throw on some bright red lipstick to really up the ante for your evening look. 

Hope everyone has a fabulous 4th!!!

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Hindsight

I don’t always love the outfits I put together. And usually when I wear something that isn’t quite right, I find myself wishing for a “do-over” all day long (don’t you hate that feeling?). And since starting this blog, I now have my daily ensembles documented which has been an interesting journey in and of itself. And let me tell you, it can definitely be a blessing and a curse.

Take for example the below outfit. This blouse is one of my favorite items that I own and I thought I loved this look the day I wore it. BUT in reviewing these photos, I’m kind of having that “do-over” feeling-but can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the belt? Maybe it’s the yellow cardi? Maybe the blouse is better suited with a skirt? Maybe I should have worn my hair down for this particular look? So i want to know what you think. Is this an ok outfit and I’m just being critical? Or am I correct in wishing for that “do-over”??

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Silk Ruffle Blouse: JCrew (old)
Yellow Cardi: Nordstrom Rack (recent)
Skinny Jeans: Gap
Sunglasses: Calvin Klein via Macy’s
Belt: Mossimo for Target
Bracelets: Tiffany and Co., Forever21
Watch: Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Chinese Laundry Love Me (last summer)

So while they say hindsight is 20/20, I’m not totally convinced that is exactly the case in this instance. So I suppose I will have to resolve myself to staying on the fence about this one. BUT the good news is, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Which indeed I will. 🙂

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