Monday, November 12, 2018
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
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
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
Details: J.Crew Cocoon Coat / J.Crew Sunglasses / Level 99 Jeans (Similar) / Calson Tunic / Sperry Boat Shoes
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
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)
Monday, October 15, 2018
Similar) / Limited Skirt (Similar) / Everlane Loafers / J.Crew Factory Necklace
When I first bought this blouse, I was only planning on wearing it for spring and summer. But when fall rolled around, I knew I wasn't done wearing it. (The poofy sleeve is my favorite!) Instead of pairing it with the bright pink skirt I wore it with earlier this year, I wore it with my dark red pencil skirt to work last week. It looks just as a good, and gives it that fall vibe. I love playing with unexpected color pairings to keep things fresh. How do you keep your wardrobe looking new year after year?
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Outfit 1 Details: Target Shirt (Similar) / Leith Cardigan (Similar) / Target Jeans / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Necklace
There is something incredibly flattering and stylish about black jeans. They instantly upgrade any outfit, making you seem more serious and put together, and they seem to hide those pesky imperfections (or at least the ones only we think and obsess about). I found this pair at Target for $15 and thought it would be fun to show just what a steal they are by displaying their versatility. They're fitting perfectly into my fall wardrobe this year and these are just a few of the ways I'm wearing them. The possibilities are endless. And yes, I am obsessed with this sweater. It is one of my favorite purchases for fall. Sadly this exact one is sold out, but I found a similar one at Nordstrom Rack.
Outfit 2 Details: Anthropologie Body Suit (Similar) / Leith Cardigan (Similar) / Target Jeans / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar) / H&M Necklace (Similar)
Outfit 3 Details: Gap Shirt / Leith Cardigan (Similar) / Target Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Charming Charlie Necklace (Similar) / Pavement Hat (Similar)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Every year I feel like the fall/Halloween season comes and goes so quickly that I don't really have time to enjoy it. That's why you'll see a combination of fall and Halloween decorations throughout my apartment. In an attempt to stop acquiring so much stuff, I've stopped buying new Halloween decorations. What I have is sufficient for our charming little apartment. Every year, I deck out our mantle with these quirky pumpkin lights and my jack-o-lantern friend. As far as fall decorations go, I try to stay as natural as possible, buying gourds and dried leaves. I place them in bowls, atop books, and throughout the apartment as decoration. Cute decorative books like the ones below are fairly easy to come by. I bought mine for $2 each at a library book sale. I picked them because I like their color scheme, when paired together, and the titles. I found the dried leaf wreath at Trader Joe's. How are you decorating this year?
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
It wasn't until October 1st that it truly started to feel like fall for me. My Instagram feed was full of pumpkins and fall foliage. The weather has not been as good a barometer for the change in seasons. It's supposed to be in the 80s this weekend! Despite that fact, I'm plunging head first into my fall wardrobe go-tos.
One thing I always fall in love with every fall are dark floral prints. Luckily, they are very in right now. This dress is the one I featured in my J.Crew Factory try-on session. I didn't buy it that day because it was only marked down to $50. So I played the waiting game and sure enough it was marked down another 50%. I got it for $25! Such a steal because I can wear this for any occasion. I've already worn it to work several times, my cousin's rehearsal dinner, and to see Aladdin the musical. It's also super easy to style. I wore it with this buttery soft Leith cardigan in the perfect shade for fall. I bought this cardigan towards the end of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale after I saw it on everyone else. I'm so glad I did because it's already become a staple.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Jane Blanket Scarf (Similar Modcloth Scarf) / Similar BP T-Shirt / STS Jeans / Sperry Boat Shoes
My favorite season of the year is finally here! I've got my cozy sweaters ready to go and pumpkins on my mind! I love fall for many reasons, but chief among them is the weather. It's that perfect blend of winter and summer that allows you to walk out the door in outfits like this. No coat. Just a blanket scarf and a striped tee, living your best life. I picked up this plaid scarf at Jane.com, a site featuring daily deals on boutique fashions. I love this site because I can usually find that trendy item I'm looking for at a great price. This scarf was only $15.98, compared to the $20 to $30 I've seen for other brands. Sales usually only last for a few days, so you have to act fast when you see something you like. This particular item is not on their site right now, but may come back soon. I've linked to a similar scarf above.
Is the weather starting to feel like fall where you are? What fall activity are you most looking forward to this year?
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Nothing adds personality and story to your home like a good handmade print, especially when your cousin made it. I couldn't be more proud of my cousin Nikki for pursuing her passion and starting Lake Erie Design Co., a Cleveland-based paper goods and gift shop. Like the Drop in the Ocean Indigo print you see above, she has found her inspiration in the natural world, which results in dream-like designs grounded in the ordinary and everyday beauty of a cresting wave or spindly succulent. If you like her prints as much as I do, you should also check out her journals, calendars, and greeting cards. The cards are like works of art, perfect for marking special occasions you'll want to commemorate for years to come. You can shop her store here, show her love on Instagram, and visit her at various arts and craft fairs, including the October 13 Cleveland Flea Market.
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