Monday, December 17, 2018

A Pretty Plaid Skirt for Work


Details: J.Crew Turtleneck / J.Crew Factory Skirt / Everlane Loafers / BaubleBar Earrings

Wow! Just like that Christmas is almost here. Along with last-minute shopping, wrapping, and eating lots of cookies, I am trying to finish up a few things at work so I can enjoy a nice, relaxing vacation at home with my family in Cleveland. But before I hang up my loafers for slippers, I wanted to share this pretty plaid skirt I found for work. It can be so hard to look cute in the office during the cold, gray winter months, but a fun skirt in a bold pattern like this one can really brighten up those dreary days. Here I'm wearing it with a black turtleneck, but I could totally see this working with a pink or navy sweater or button down. The ruffle detail is the icing on the cake. What have you been wearing to the office lately? I hope you're winding down for the year and get to celebrate the holidays with friends and family very soon!



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Great Low-Key Sweater for the Holidays

Details: ASTR the Label Sweater / Target Jeans / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Necklace
  
(Unfortunately, this original sweater is close to sold out in green. Here are a few other options: A green v-neck with a blouson sleeve, a red ballet sweater, and a green crew neck blouson sweater)

We are officially in the thick of it! Parties, cookie exchanges, and white elephants galore! We've already been to a few parties so far and have a few more to go. For a lot of these gatherings, I'm excited to say I've found the perfect low-key yet chic green sweater. It's a wrap style that has the most romantic v-neck and is in the perfect shade of dark green. I've paired it with black jeans to match its sophisticated look and added pops of interest with my leopard print flats and glitzy necklace. In addition to being super stylish, it's really cozy and I can't wait to wear it for Christmas and beyond. What are you wearing to your holiday shindigs?



Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Softest Fleece Joggers for Going to the Gym

 Champion Fleece Joggers / J.Crew Cocoon Coat / Thrifted Champion Sweatshirt 

Are you a morning person? I am. Most mornings I'm out the door before the sun rises to get the gym. I like to get my workout in before I start the day. It helps me feel like I can really tackle the rest of my day without distraction and with an extra boost of energy. This routine becomes much more difficult in the winter months, as I'm sure you can imagine. It's never harder to find the motivation to go to the gym. That's why I was on the hunt for a pair of sweatpants that are both warm and stylish. I've found them, and it's safe to say that I'm obsessed with these pants. The brushed fleece makes them so soft and warm, and I love the jogger style. It's a much more current look than your typical sweatpants, especially paired with a sophisticated coat like this one. Getting up to go to the gym in the morning will still be hard, but a little less daunting now that I have these pants. What do you wear to the gym? Does what you wear help you stay motivated?




Thursday, November 22, 2018

Black Friday Sales: 4 Things I Love

Was the turkey amazing? Was the pie delicious? I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Today I'm sharing four things I love that are currently on sale for Black Friday. Which sales are you most excited about?


Up to 75% Off Kate Spade Purses
I love this purse and use it constantly! This exact version is not on sale, but there are many like it. It's so lightweight I can wear it anywhere (including grocery shopping). I love its classic shape and color. This would make a great gift for you or someone else and similar versions are under $100 right now.


40% Off J.Crew Wool Coats
I originally bought this coat to wear in Paris, but I haven't stopped wearing it since I bought it. It's a great fall/winter coat because the stadium wool makes it super warm, but it's overall cut and length makes it very lightweight. It also has beautiful details like the pink satin lining and gold metal zipper. Currently, you can get it for $210.


40% Off Lush Tunics

This tunic is a great wardrobe staple. Its versatility speaks for itself. I've layered it over everything from leggings to work pants, under cardigans and sweaters, or just jeans in the summer. It's a great modern and updated blouse.


35% Off Thread & Supply Pullover

This is the comfiest, warmest, softest thing I own. Even though it's loungewear, I feel like it's nice enough to wear outside of the house, which means you can literally walk around in what feels like a warm fuzzy hug all day if you want to.

Well, that's it! I hope you found this helpful. Happy shopping everyone!


Monday, November 19, 2018

My Black Friday Shopping List

The biggest shopping holiday is almost upon us. Every year around this time, I try to take stock of what's missing from my closet before Black Friday, so I can buy some of the wardrobe staples I need for a fraction of the price. Here are a few of the items on my list. What's on yours?
 
Work wear for the fall and winter months, like this  J.Crew Factory Suede Skirt, is easy to find during this time of year. I'm especially in need of pants and skirts that will pair well with sweaters.

Holiday party wear is another category usually featured as part of most Black Friday sales. Everything is either glittery or Christmas plaid this time of year. These J.Crew Factory Glitter Flats would be great for an office holiday party paired with black pants and a green or red sweater.

Since most brands offer a discount across their entire store, now is a great time to stock up on basics like t-shirts and leggings. I can't get these Loft Velvet Leggings out of my mind. They would be great for work, holiday parties, or just lazy Saturdays. They look comfy yet sophisticated.

It seems like every retailer offers pajamas this time of year as a gift option and there are so many varieties to choose from. Now is a great time to pick up sets like this Target Striped Flannel Pajama for a little less.

Big chunky sweaters like this Topshop Mock Neck Sweater seem like they are hard to find earlier in the season. And if you do find something like this, they are usually full price. That's why now is the time to stock up on really high-quality sweaters like this one. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving. Soon we'll be mashing the potatoes, slicing the turkey, and Reddi Whipping the pie while watching giant cartoon characters float through New York City on TV. Thanksgiving is starting to become one of my favorite holidays because of its simple premise: gathering for a good meal with the people you love most and being thankful. That's it and I love it. In my opinion, there is no better way to be. I love celebrating and appreciating my gracious hosts by wearing a thoughtfully put together outfit befitting the occasion. To help make your holiday a special one, I've put together three outfit ideas from casual to dressy that will hopefully inspire your ensemble. Cheers to being grateful with the ones you love!

Outfit Idea #1: Dressy Top / Jeans / Pumps / Chunky Necklace
This is likely what I will be wearing since it's pretty casual at my aunt's house. It's just relaxing on the couch and eating really good food all day. I love the idea of elevating a pair of jeans with a statement blouse like this one.

Outfit Idea #2: Chambray Top / Black Skirt / Loafers / Chunky Necklace
This is a good option if you're going to someone's house for Thanksgiving for the first time and you're not sure of the dress code. It's dressy but not overly so.

Outfit Idea 3: Plaid Scarf / Black Dress / Riding Boots
I love this look for a dressier dinner. You could easily wear this with black heels instead of riding boots if it's really dressy.  

Monday, November 12, 2018

A Good Sweater Blazer Can Update Your Work Look


Details: J.Crew Factory Sweater Blazer (Similar) / Banana Republic Factory Blouse (Similar) / Banana Republic Factory Leggings / Everlane Loafers

We just got back from Paris on Saturday and I'm admittedly still a little jet-lagged as I write this. Despite that fact, I'm excited to get back in the swing of things because Paris had such great style inspiration. Everywhere you go there are Parisians mastering the I'm-not-trying-but-look-amazing look. This outfit is definitely inspired by that philosophy. It's a simple look yet it has interesting details.

The sweater blazer, which is my new favorite addition to my wardrobe, offers a modern and relaxed fit that instantly updates any work outfit. I especially like this version (which is unfortunately sold out, but I found a similar version) because it doesn't have the button like some sweater blazers. I think that makes it look too similar to an actual blazer when the appeal of the sweater blazer is the looser fit. And I love the lapel because you can either turn up or down depending on what top you wear with it. Turned up, I think it looks especially sophisticated. It adds the necessary structure to the blazer, which really complements the relaxed fit. The blouse adds another element of interest with pleats that pop out of the collar and sleeves. And the color scheme is once again simple yet sophisticated. The menswear inspired loafers reinforce the look. I can see a lot more outfits like this in my future. What do you think? Are you inspired by Parisian style sensibilities?




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Halloween Costume: Miss Frizzle


I enjoy nothing more than re-purposing old things into a Halloween costume. The cheaper and more homemade the better. For me, it's a fun creative challenge. While looking for last year's Halloween costume at Goodwill, I found the basis for this year's costume: this green dress. With my red locks, I'd always entertained the idea of going as Miss Frizzle from the Magic School Bus, but I needed the right dress, preferably a shirt dress with a flared skirt. Once I found it, I knew it would be easy to add the right embellishments with felt and a glue gun. Here's my step by step:


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Cleveland Recap: Lake View Cemetery Self-Guided Tour

As you may have guessed, I was in Cleveland this past weekend visiting family and friends. One of the Cleveland attractions I've always wanted to do, but never got around to, is a tour of Lake View Cemetery. So with family in tow, I traversed the gravestone-lined, sometimes hilly landscape in search of history, both personal and otherwise. The cemetery boasts a number of gravestones and monuments dedicated to famous people, including our 20th president and Ohio native James Garfield, Eliot Ness, and Rockefeller to name a few. Some of my relatives rest in peace there, so it was nice to go and pay my respects, especially to my great grandparents whose gravestone I had never visited before. It's also home to Wade Chapel, which features an interior completely designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studios, and still hosts weddings and services. It amazes me that I am still discovering these hidden gems of Cleveland that are free and open to the public.

Monday, October 22, 2018

A Beautiful Camel Coat


Time is flying by. We're less than two weeks away from our long-awaited Paris trip, and I can't believe it's almost here. A few months ago, I had a realization quickly followed by a freak out about the trip: it's going to be cold in Paris this time of year! I need to pack a coat! Side note: It's not going to be that cold. It will be in the 40s and 50s. Nothing this Cleveland girl can't handle! But I was a little concerned about my coat situation. All of my coat options seemed a little too bulky or long to worry about/carry around a foreign city. The length and lightness is what initially caught my attention when looking at this coat. It's a great length to layer over pretty dresses and cardigans, and with its wool exterior it's still very warm. I also have always really wanted a camel coat. It's a closet staple that I'll have for a long time, which made me less worried about the price tag. A 40% off sale also helped alleviate my hesitation. If you can get this coat on sale, it's well worth it. With the cooler temps we've had, it's been my go-to option. Here I'm wearing it for apple picking at Patterson's Fruit Farm in Chesterland, Ohio, with my parents.




Tuesday, October 16, 2018

My Quintessential List of Halloween Movies


One of my favorite ways to celebrate the season of Halloween (which lasts all October, according to me), is to turn down the lights, get under a blanket, cuddle close to my man, and watch a scary movie. If it's creepy, whimsical, or includes sister witches, it's a movie I'm all about this time of year. It's a tradition that I can remember starting as early as grade school sleepover parties. I still remember screaming with my friends while watching the original House on Haunted Hill. There will always be something so creepy and sinister about Vincent Price in that movie that perfectly captures the spirit of Halloween.

To help you with your spooky movie marathon this year, I've compiled my quintessential list of movies that puts me in the mood for Halloween. These include everything from children's classics to gory slashers. They are listed from least to most scary/gory. Most are available to rent on Prime, but some are free with a streaming subscription.

I would highly recommend watching the 1960s version of Psycho so you can listen to a discussion about the movie on Unspooled, a podcast featuring Paul Scheer (from How Did This Get Made?) and film critic Amy Nicholson as they watch the American Film Institute's top 100 movies. Although this is not on my list, you might also want to consider watching or rewatching the original Halloween so you can listen to another podcast featuring Amy Nicholson: Halloween Unmasked.

What's on your list? 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)The Shining (Free with Netflix)

A Pretty Plaid Skirt for Work

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