Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Easy Everyday Style

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So often as bloggers, we post outfits we have styled for photo shoots, but gone are the days of our daily outfit photos. I don't know if yo know this, but for the first 5 years of blogging, I simply took photos of what I was wearing and posted said outfit the following day. Then, I learned most bloggers shoot a few looks each time they take photos to get better quality photos and better backdrops. I remember thinking how genius this was, gone would be the days of the gloomy outfit or umbrella photos because you could take photos on a good weather day. That said, some of the outfits I shoot are not worn for a full day. Sure, some I wear at a later time and just don't worry about pics, but some don't make it past the photos shoot. This look is a nod to the old days of blogging as this was the outfit I was actually wearing this day. No extras, no added styling, just my little ol' #ootd. 

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This outfit is the perfect example of easy everyday style. A great pair of crop denim, cute print top, suede moto jacket, and chic flats. There is nothing out-of-the-box about this look, but it's timeless and effortless making it super easy to style and get out the door. The jacket was definitely an investment piece, but I figured I'd trade in a few of my faux leather ones and get a "big girl" jacket. About time! ;) That said, it is still OK to pick up some great pieces at deal prices as well. This hat is on sale for $10 right now, score! 

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Jacket: Blank NYC // Top: c/o J.Jill // Jeans: Express (similar) // Shoes: Victoria's Secret (old) // Hat: Forever 21 // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Watch: Fossil (similar)
What is your go-to easy everyday style? What do you think of this pairing? Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

XoXo, Gossip Girl

I am officially naming this look "Gossip Girl meets Girl Boss." I am a sucker for anything with a bow, so I jumped at the chance to channel my inner Blair Waldorf with this feminine tuxedo blouse and and my absolute FAVORITE coat of the season, this beautiful plaid trench. (Not to mention, an ivy covered wall? I was pretty much living out an entire day at Constance Billard on the Upper East Side). To keep things modern, I paired my top with jewel-tone corduroys which are my go-to Fall color and SO comfortable. 

Let's not forget to draw attention to the best velvet loafer/flats I have probably ever owned to date...We have already boasted about them various times but it's only because they're the kind of shoe you want to wear everyday and that means you guys NEED to know about them.

Basically, there's nothing about any of this ­čĹć that I don't love.

With Gossip Girl on the mind, answer me this: Were you team Blair or Serena? I loved them both for different reasons (Blair, her attitude and Serena, her perfect hair) but I'm a huge Blake Lively fan in general so she generally won out. Does that girl EVER have a style fail? Sigh, I miss the good old days of teen dramas on the CW. 

But wait...I just finished the first season of Riverdale so I guess my taste hasn't changed all that much... ­čśé

How do you feel about this super prepster style? 
Thanks for reading!


Top, Pants, Jacket, Shoes, Bracelet: c/o Cabi Clothing
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)
Sunnies: Old Navy
Lipstick: Glo Skin Minerals

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it

Us Midwest gals have quite a few coats and lets be honest, we need them. Today is high 38 degrees, low 16 degrees, which means wearing warm layers and a great coat are key to staying warm. We were recently gifted this beautiful Chelsea Coat from J.Jill and I can speak for both of us when I say we are obsessed. I personally have been wearing my daily, the gray color is the perfect addition to literally any outfit! Gray not your color? This beauty comes in black and a super beautiful teal color called ocean as well. 

When Kaitlyn styled her coat, she paired it with tights and a dress for a weekend family party. I love how the gray really made the red in her dress pop! When I styled my coat a few days later, I wore it over an all black base and added pops of colors and prints in the accessories. Both looks were elevated by adding such a great long jacket! 

I'd also like to point out that we both added our compassion fund floral scarf. Not only is this scarf beautiful (and reversible), but 100% of the net proceeds will help disadvantaged and homeless women become self-sufficient. You can pick up your very own here. They make great holiday gifts! 

What do you think of our pairings? Are you a fan of long-collarless coats? Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Matchy Matchy Workout Wear

I am a sucker for cute workout clothes...but aren't we all? I can be sitting on the couch, Netflix bingeing (binging? Is there really an appropriate way to spell that, because all I keep thinking about is Chandler) and thinking of ways to get out of going for a run but then remember I have new leggings to wear and suddenly, my interest is peaked. We work out for many reasons, one of them being to look and feel better about ourselves, but it's also important to have that state of mind WHILE exercising - It's motivational and confidence building to keep us going through our exercise routine... Hence why I was SUPER stoked when I found out J.Jill launched an athletic/leisure line, Pure Jill Fit. 

The online shop (and a few select stores) has everything from leggings and tank tops to cozy cardi's (perfect for post-yoga) and a cowl neck dress (which I want to LIVE IN) that you can wear with or without leggings depending on how much you want to dress it up. Thanks to the J.Jill team, I have tested out quite a few pieces and I can honestly say, it is some of the most comfortable athletic wear I've ever owned. With an infant at home, I find myself also wearing it around the house which I know is the stereotypical "Mom uniform" but when the apparel is this cute, it feels like I put in a little more effort than I actually did ;) 

By the way, my husband snapped these photos for me and you should have seen his face when I walked out in this hat. "Is that velvet?" followed by "aren't you photographing exercise clothes?". I love the man dearly but let's not pretend a fashion is his sixth sense. I am kind of loving the return of velvet...I feel like it's a little Clarissa Explains it All, a little Alex Mack and the 90's in me is giddy with excitement, even if it is short lived.

What J.Jill workout pieces are your favorite? 
Run, don't walk to add a few to your closet!


Top & Pants: c/o J. Jill
Jacket: c/o J. Jill
Velvet hat: Target
Water Bottle: Swell 
Shoes: Nike 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Little Red Jacket

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Before now, I have never owned a little red jacket. That said, how did I go 38 years of life without doing so? It's such a statement piece and so perfect for this time of year, and going into the holiday season. It really makes any outfit pop but put it over another item that already has red in it or pair it with a red lip, and it's next level!

On this day I styled my LRJ over what started as an all black look. Leggings and a turtleneck are the "bones" of this outfit, then I added this gorgeous bonus blouse over and decided to use the tie around my waist. You can totally use the tie around your neck as well, but I digress. Once I was loving my layered look, I added two-toned boots, gold jewelry, and my LRJ. In the end I was obsessed with this unexpected look. Spoiler alert, I've worn it twice since. Hey, if it's not broken, don't fix it! 

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Jacket, Blouse, Turtleneck, Leggings, Boots, & Jewelry: c/o cabi Clothing // Sunglasses: Raen // Clutch: French Connection (similar & under $20!)

What do you think of this layered look? Do you own a little red jacket? This entire outfit can be found currently selling on the cabi website. I do want to point out to you guys something that is very important (I think). As bloggers, we promote clothing and other items and a lot of the time, we make a % if you buy any items by using our links. I want to let you know, I don't make any money off you ordering your very own cabi pieces! I simply work with this brand because I love the quality, what the company stands for, how they give back not only nationally but global, and the clothing are all such great items you can use season after season. In short, cabi is a brand I am happy to promote and stand behind just because I love it and think you will too! 
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it: Military Jacket

It's true: We LOVE a menswear-inspired jacket, especially when mixing it with feminine pieces. This year, the the military-inspired jacket is a big trend and a fresh alternative to one of our regular Fall favorites, the moto jacket, so it’s a welcome change. This structured jacket from Cabi is an obsession for us this season! It features bands across the chest accented by decorative metal dome buttons, hidden hook-and-eye closures, and ponte twill fabric that's SUPER comfy. It's a great way to add a little bit of "fierce" to any look, yet makes your outfit seem effortless at the same time.

Lisa layered her jacket over a classic jeans & turtleneck look which took her style from everyday to edgy while I chose to double up on the menswear look with a tuxedo blouse underneath. Stay tuned... I'll be sharing another fun way I styled this jacket on the blog soon!


What do you think of this trend? 
How would you wear it?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How to Turn Your Outfit From Basic to Beautiful

Happy Wednesday friends! We did it, we are officially half-way through the week and I can't tell you how good that feels. I have my husband's 20 year anniversary show for his band (Lucky Boys Confusion) on Friday night, my daughter's 7th birthday on Saturday, and her family birthday party (complete with 60 of our friends and family) at our home on Sunday. Just get me through this weekend and life will make sense again. ;) 

OK, let's talk about this outfit. Nothing jazzes up a basic look like a beautiful long sheer cardigan. If you took this cardigan off, I'm literally wearing black jeans and a black tank blouse...that's it. So basic and simple, but I wanted to make my look pop this day, so I added this long cardigan I recently picked up from PinkBlush. This sheer lace beauty took my look from basic to beautiful in seconds and I had an extra strut in my step because of it. And correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure this can be worn year round...more bang for your buck ladies! And I plan to wear it over a lot of basics in the coming months. 


Top: Naked Zebra (similar) // Long Sheer Cardigan: c/o Pink Blush // Jeans & Bag: Express // Boots: Vince Camuto // Sunglasses: Rayban // Necklace & Ring: c/o Park Lane Jewelry // Watch: Fossil (similar
Are you a fan of long kimono style cardigans? What do you think of this look? Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo