Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

Details: Banana Republic Sweater (Similar) / Gap Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Ten Thousand Villages Necklace

Well, it's officially winter. Our first real snow storm hit us over the weekend. Luckily, it was nothing major, just enough snow to cover the grass, but keep the roads clear. That's the kind of snow I like. My weekend was a good mix of productive and fun. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw in my stories that I'm trying a capsule wardrobe for the first time. Couldn't be more excited about it. It's freed up a ton of space in my closet already. I followed this step-by-step guide if you're interested.

We saw Vice, a very good and interesting movie. Christian Bale's transformation for the movie is amazing and will likely get him on Oscar nomination.

My friends and I tried a new restaurant in Bellevue called Revival on Lincoln. I loved the food, but also the traditional decor and architecture. It's housed in a historic building with beautiful white columns and stained-glass windows.

I wore this outfit to dinner and could not have been cozier on a cold winter night. This beautiful cable-knit sweater is another purchase from the Christmas sales, marked down from $120 to $67. It's such a versatile piece and adds something to any look. It's currently sold out, but I've linked to a similar option.

Here I'm back to my gray-on-gray combo that I've been gravitating to lately. This was the first day of my capsule wardrobe. I'm already relying heavily on my accessories for variety, and I love this sweater-necklace combo.

Hope you're staying safe and warm this week!





Tuesday, January 8, 2019

$15 Pleather Leggings

Details: Charter Club Cashmere Sweater / Gap Factory Leggings / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar)

We're officially back into the swing of things. Our Christmas decorations have been taken down and carefully stored away for next year, and it's our first full week back after the holidays. How are you holding up? I'm doing surprisingly well, considering. Although I'm always one of those people who is eager to start the new year and set new goals. And the weather hasn't been as terrible as it normally is around this time of year, which makes it a lot better.

I found these leggings while Christmas shopping for $20. Now they're down to $15! I've been wanting to try out pleather leggings for a while, and I have to say I really like them. They're great for adding a little something extra to everyday outfits or updating any of your old wardrobe staples. I think they're best paired with long tunics and preppy sweaters and shoes that balance out their edgy look (unlike the leopard print ones I'm wearing here!).





Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Give Me All the Chunky Sweaters


Happy New Year! I hope you had a great time celebrating the end of 2018. I had some exciting news of my own to end the year. My boyfriend and I got engaged on New Year's Eve! We're both thrilled and looking forward to what 2019 will bring. Besides that I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things after completely disregarding healthy eating and exercise for close to two weeks.

In addition to shopping for people on my Christmas list, I tried to find some deals for myself during the holidays. I decided to focus on big chunky sweaters this year since those seemed to be a major category missing from my wardrobe. I've been trying to clean out my closet every season, getting rid of styles I no longer care for or wear. Last year, I did a big purge of my sweaters, leaving my closet woefully low on this wardrobe staple. With colder temperatures right around the corner, I was glad to stock up while they were on sale.

This pointelle sweater from Loft is one of my favorites. It's big, chunky, and cozy, and styles perfectly with jeans and booties. I also want to try it with skirts for work. Currently, this sweater is almost sold out, but luckily Loft has a lot of other cute styles like this texturestich sweater and marled sweater. What are you wearing to stay warm this winter? 





Monday, December 24, 2018

A Festive Christmas Eve Look


Details: Gap Cable-Knit Turtleneck Tunic Sweater / Gap Factory Velvet High-Rise Legging Pants / BP Booties 

Happy Christmas Eve! It's almost here. Only one more sleep until Christmas. Today I'm wearing these red velvet legging pants that I got on sale at Gap Factory for under $25. They feel like the perfect festive touch for a day that will be spent finishing wrapping presents and attending Christmas Eve mass where my mom will be singing. Now I just need to decide which Christmas movie to watch tonight. The Grinch? Christmas Vacation? Rudolph? What's your favorite? I hope you have a very merry Christmas with your family and friends and find something wonderfully fashionable under the tree. Merry Christmas!




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?




A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

Details: Banana Republic Sweater (Similar) / Gap Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Ten Thousand Villages Necklace Well, it's officially ...