Prep Academy

I’ve never been one to be drawn to creating super preppy looks in my wardrobe. In fact, when I hear the word “preppy”, AC Slater’s pet name for Zach Morris is typically the first thing that comes to mind. But every once in a while, I do feel compelled to put together a slightly more preppy look. And for whatever reason, when I come up with one of these outfits, it usually has something to do with stripes, blazers, and the color navy.










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Striped Tee:  Gap (on sale!!!)

Navy Elbow Patch Blazer:  H&M (old), similar, similar

Jeans:  American Eagle Hi-Rise Super Skinny

Cat Eye Sunglasses:  LuLu’s, similar

Heart Necklace:  Tiffany and Co.

Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Watch:  Michael Kors

Handbag:  Michael Kors Hamilton

Boots:  Vince Camuto Almay (last season), same boot in black, similar

I am totally smitten with my new Vince Camuto boots.  As I said in my previous post, my favorite Aldo cognac boots are pretty worn out and I have been on the hunt for a new pair.  In fact, I actually bought these Vince boots last year in black and they quickly became one of my favorites.  So after scouring all of the new boot styles this season and not loving anything I found, I made it my mission to track down my Almay boots in the cognac color.  And while it did pose to be a challenge, I finally found them (for a great price!) on eBay.  And while the color is a touch more red than I would prefer, they are super comfy and stylish and I get tons compliments on them wherever I go!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend!



The One That Got Away

I have been on the hunt for a great leopard bag for quite some time now-ever since I fell in love with one and made the mistake of not buying it. And while I thought my wish list was pretty simple (nothing too expensive, versatile animal print, and big enough to schlep all of my stuff to and from the office and on errands around town), apparently I was wrong. And so, after looking high and low with absolutely no luck, I had all but given up. That is until I spotted it during a recent store visit-the one that got away.







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Polka Dot Tie Top:  Macy’s (on sale!!!)

Grey Tank:  ArdenB (old)

Skinny Jeans:  The Gap, similar

Sunnies:  Jessica Simpson

Heart Necklace:  Tiffany and Co.

Long Necklace:  My personal collection of charms

Watch:  Michael Kors

Leopard Bag:  Steven by Steve Madden (on sale at 6pm!)

Cognac Boots:  Aldo Farmar, similar

I think perhaps what originally drew me to this bag, and ultimately led me to purchase it is its coloring.  Because it has a lighter base and lots of different shades of tan, cognac, and brown, not to mention some very subtle black detailing, it is one of those pieces that will go with just about anything in my closet.  I couldn’t be more excited to have found it again (and for such a great bargain!), and know that I am going to get a lot of use out of it this season!!



Lip Service

As much as I love color, sometimes I just want to wear something neutral that doesn’t require much effort or coordination. But because I love color so much, those types of outfits always feel slightly boring to me. Well thank goodness for bright lips and nails to solve that dilemma!! In addition to accessories (of course), one of my favorite ways to add a pop of color to an outfit is either on my nails or on my lips. And while pretty, polished nails are always a staple for me,  lately I have found that a swipe of bright lipstick not only adds interest, but brightens the face making me look and feel younger, and maybe even a teeny, tiny bit (gasp!) sexy.  And come on, who doesn’t want to look and feel young and sexy???








Instagram Filter:  Lo-Fi

Printed Blouse:  The Limited (on sale!!!)

Skinny Jeans:  The Gap

Watch:  Michael Kors

Heart Necklace:  Tiffany and Co.

Long Necklace:  Personal Collection of Charms

Sunglasses:  House of Harlow

Cocktail Ring:  Gift from my J

Studded Pumps:  Vera Wang for Kohl’s (sold out) similar

Orange Lipstick:  MAC Morange

I think I will always be more of a lip gloss girl, but am finding that I’m wearing lipstick more and more frequently.  And while these are still far and away my favorite, MAC has some fantastic colors and I find their lipsticks to be very comfortable when layered with a chapstick or a lip gloss.  And while I’ve been bold and tried everything from hot pink, to orange, to bright red, one trend I haven’t tried yet is a burgundy lip. Oh the drama!!!  But I think I’m ready to give it a go.  Stay tuned…


FPF: Gold Cuffs

I rarely wore a watch until a few years ago when J got me my first Michael Kors as a birthday gift. And now I find that I am stuck in the rut of wearing a watch every single day. So when I started seeing big gold cuffs on the runway and all over fashion magazines a few months ago, I knew it was a trend that I not only loved, but also one that would help me add some variety to my wrist fashion!




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Gold Cuffs:  H&M (this summer) similar, similar

One shoulder top:  The Limited (this summer)

Skinny Jeans:  The Gap

Clutch:  Michael Kors via TJMaxx

Nude Pumps:  Steve Madden (old)

And while I know arm parties are all the rage (yes, I LOVE them too), I am really digging having the option to change things up and rock a completely different look.  Wearing two big cold cuffs is a bit bold and a bit Grecian, but a whole lot of fun.  Plus it will be a great way to dress up plain tees and sweaters during colder months. 

Happy weekend everyone!  I am so excited that it’s FINALLY here!!!


Green With Envy

I’ve always had a thing for kelly green. It is such a pretty color and of course reminds me of my Irish heritage (small as it may be). So needless to say I’ve been a wee bit disappointed the last few years that the only chance I’ve had to wear it is in celebration of St. Patty’s day. Well fortunately, that is all changing this season, because ladies and gentlemen, kelly green is back. And with a vengeance.

I’ve been seeing a lot of shades of wine and bordeaux this fall (which I am really excited about), and of course the tried and true jewel tones. But perhaps the one thing I have been the most pleasantly surprised by is the expansion beyond teals and into the realm of kellys and emeralds. So when I was checking out the H&M in downtown Seattle a couple of weeks ago and spotted this fabulous blazer in such a gorgeous shade of green, I knew it had to be mine.





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Blazer:  H&M (recent) similar, similar

Mirror Print Top:  H&M (recent)

Jeans:  Gap Jeggings (on sale!)

Sunglasses:  House of Harlow via Nordstrom Rack

Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Gold Bracelet:  Oia Jules

Gold Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Earrings:  Judith Bright Lolita Earrings

Handbag:  Marc by Marc Jacobs Supersonic

Nude Pumps:  Steve Madden similar

Perhaps the thing that excites me the most about this blazer (besides its delicious color) is the fact that it goes with so many things in my closet.  I gravitated towards a warmer weather look in this outfit (it is still in the 80’s here, after all!), but I can’t wait to pair it back to cozy grey sweaters, lacey cream blouses, and knee-high cognac boots.  I’m telling you ladies, if there is one thing that should be at the top of your fall wish list this season, it is a colored blazer.

Happy Wednesday!!


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