Clothing

leather jacket ootd

Leather Sleeves and Scalloped Hems

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a self proclaimed Maxxinista. On an average week I can be found at my local store at least once and more often than not I come home with a goodie … or two, or three.

The other week when I was perusing the racks, I was considering how I could seriously use a few more business causal tops. I work in a very casual startup, so there is no real divide between my work and weekend wardrobes. What you see me wearing in my free time is what you also see me wearing during work hours. That is unless you find me at the beach or the gym. But I digress

So as I’m flipping through hangers, I looked across the women’s section and saw the most fabulous blazer/jacket situation on display. (Faux) leather sleeves, tweed body and a peplum waist were calling my name. It’s the perfect jacket to dress up for work or down for a weekend brunch. Naturally, I added to my “yes” pile. And then I glanced to the right a bit more and saw the most adorable blouse with a scalloped hem. I knew instantly that the blouse and jacket would work wonderfully together as well as blend into the rest of my wardrobe seamlessly. We rode off together into the sunset. On and one thing before you bring it up. I know I should have ironed my blouse, but that would require owning one. Moving on.

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Jacket Calvin Klein via TJMaxx (similar) | Top Willi Smith via TJMaxx (similar)

Necklace Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans Target

Booties Franco Sarto via TJMaxx (similar) | Watch Kate Spade

So far I’ve received approximately one zillion compliments on my jacket and also styled my blouse with a chunky knit, open-faced cardigan. Spoiler, it looked adorable that way too.

How do you work leather (either real or faux) into your wardrobe?

Photos: beautyXposé/Spoons and Stilettos; Disclosure

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Valentine’s Day Date

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I won’t be doing anything romantic this Valentine’s Day. I’ll be visiting my grandparents in DC and getting afternoon tea. I mean, if that doesn’t spell HOT, I don’t know what does.

But just because I won’t be with my boyfriend this weekend doesn’t mean I can’t get dressed up in celebration in love. And with that, I wanted to share with you my planned Valentine’s Day OOTD.

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Valentine's Day OOTD

Valentine's Day OOTD

Valentine's Day OOTD

Valentine's Day OOTD

Valentine's Day OOTD

Earrings c/o Robert Matthew | Clutch c/o Soul Carrier | Watch Kate Spade

Top (similar) | Pants Free People (similar) | Shoes BCBG 

It might be a bit over-the-top for afternoon tea with my grandma, but oh well. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

What will you be wearing this Valentine’s Day?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

snowy ootd

Snowy Sunday

Some New Englanders have been itching for a snow day. As far as Winters go, this one has been pretty mild. Sure, there were a few below-zero days, but there have been plenty of days where I’m too toasty after walking more than a few minutes in my coat and scarf. And the icing on the cake, as far as I’m concerned? There has been little-to-no snow. We had flurries here and there, but nothing substantial … until now. It snowed on Saturday this past weekend and it’s set to potentially blizzard this week (when this post goes live).

Don’t get me wrong, I love Winter wear. The hats, coats, scarves and boots all tickle my fancy. I love a bundled look, but I don’t necessarily love the snow that goes with it. I like to wear snow boots because I choose to, not because I have to. Makes total sense, right? Right! Glad we’re on the same page.

This past Sunday, I met up with the lovely Agnes from Spoons and Stilettos for a cup of coffee and outfit photos. It was such a pleasure to meet Agnes, especially since we’re two city bloggers caught in the suburbs :) We might have gotten a few stares from people walking by, but we didn’t let that stop us from capturing our snowy OOTD.

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J.Crew Coat past season (similar) | Target scarf old (similar) | J.Crew chambray shirt

Vince tshirt | JCrew belt | Paige denim

L.L. Bean boots | Kate Spade watch | Kelsi Dagger purse via TJMaxx

J.Crew elephant necklace (similar) | Pendant necklace from SOWA  (similar)

Thanks to Agnes for taking my photos and I hope you all enjoyed my snowy OOTD.

What is your go-to snowy-day footwear outfit?

Photos: beautyXposé/Spoons and Stilettos; Disclosure

new year's eve outfits

Outfit Options: New Year’s Eve

Can you believe we’re just a couple of short weeks to the end of 2014 and the start of 2015? You probably can assuming that you have either a physical or electronic calendar that you can consult. But that’s beside the point.

To ring in 2015 correctly and start the year on a good foot, you’ll need (obviously NEED and not want) to rock a New Year’s Eve outfit that’s as fabulous as you. And plus, if there is one night when no one can mock you (or remember) for wearing a romper, NYE is the night. To help you plan for the midnight countdown, I’ve pulled together three outfit options that could work for (almost) every party.

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Top Outfit: jeans | top | purse | booties

Middle Outfit: skirt | top | clutch | booties

Bottom Outfit: romper | bracelet | clutch | heels

What will you be wearing while you ring in the New Year?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

holiday party outfits

Outfit Options: Holiday Party

With a week of December under our belt, holiday party season is in full swing. And with all the festivities comes lots of photo opportunities, which require only the cutest holiday party outfits. Whether you’re attending a casual get-together at a friend’s house or a swanky holiday party, I’ve got you covered with three options.

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Top Outfit: shirt | pants | flats | purse

Middle Outfit: dress | boots | necklace | clutch

Bottom Outfit: dress | clutch | heels

What will you be wearing to holiday parties this year?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

wish list

July Wish List

A new month means a new list of items I want someone to buy me … I mean I want to buy myself. And seeing as I was gone most of June for work, I didn’t get a chance to get the items on that wish list either. I guess I have double the shopping to do this month!

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Happy July!

Eyeliner | Beach Tint Shimmer | Dress | Necklace

What are you looking forward to nabbing this month?

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May Wish List

May Wish List

Another month means another month of lusting after beauty and fashion goodies. I was supposed to be on a shopping ban last month, but that didn’t go so well. I think I’ll try it again this month, but we’ll see …

Any who, I’m hoping May brings warmer weather that sends me to the beach, so it’s time to pick up my yearly bathing suit. I’ve also been eyeing this clutch for a while and I think it belongs in my life. For makeup – I’ve heard such great things about this lippie and Tarte, so I think these items are a must.

May Wish List
I want all of these, please!

You can shop these items here:

I really hope for my wallet’s sake that I have no items on my wish list one month, but I don’t have high hopes for that.

What are you lusting after this month?

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easter dresses

10 Easter Dresses

I somehow made it to this point in April without realizing Easter weekend is upon us. I blame it on traveling for work and not having cable (hence no commercials to watch), but it’s most likely because I’ve been too busy binge watching Drop Dead Diva on Netflix. I know, I have amazing TV preferences.

Let’s get back on track, shall we? So yea, Easter is this weekend and I have no idea if we have plans with my BF’s family. Naturally this means that I’ve been doing some virtual window shopping to make sure that I won’t be caught last minute without anything to wear. I’m sure I have plenty of dresses I could wear, but I’ll never say no to an excuse to buy another piece of clothing.

Want to hear a funny story? I realized while perusing Nordstrom that I already have the perfect, never-worn Easter dress. I got this blue lace number at T.J.Maxx last month for just $40, about $100 cheaper than it is online. You can buy it down below, but stop by your local T.J.Maxx/Marshall’s first to see if they’re carrying it.

Since I had a dress I totally forgot about that was perfect for Easter, I’m going to pass on buying a new one right now. But, never fear, my research didn’t go to waste! I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite Easter dresses below for any of you who still need to find the perfect frock for this weekend.

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Happy Easter!

You can shop these Easter dresses here:

 

 

Oh and if you need to make a Easter basket for a beauty lover or are just in the market for a new lip balm, check out these eos goodies. Aren’t they the cutest?!

What will you be wearing this Easter (assuming you celebrate)?

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March Wish List

So it might be a bit late to do a monthly wish list seeing that we’re half way through the month, but better late than never. Right? Back in February I shared with you a list of seven items I was lusting after. I gave in and bought three of the seven items: the J.Crew blazer, Cole Haan Magnolia flats (both in black) and the Facial Radiance pads from First Aid Beauty and I couldn’t be happier. It was money well spent; I love all three items.

What didn’t I get? The H&M sweater didn’t fit quite right, mixed reviews made me less determined to scoop up POREfessional, Madewell stopped stocking the leopard skimmers in my size and I don’t have a David’s Tea nearby to purchase that tasty flavor.

I liked how having a wish list helped me focus on specific purchases than going as crazy as I normally do, so I figured I’d give it another go. This month, to the relief of my wallet, I only have five items on my list. I’ve actually already purchased the J.Crew pants in black, but I figured I’d keep them on the list.

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Who wants to buy me all these beauties?

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I have my eye on that dress, so if you see it go on sale, let me know ASAP. My wardrobe is just dying for it.

What are you lusting after this month?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

dazzling blue

How to Wear Dazzling Blue this Spring

While it might not feel like it up in Boston where I am, Spring is well on it’s way, just 10 days away. We just sprung our clocks forward, and shop windows are teasing us with the cutest Spring frocks. And even though the weather forecast tells me I have more wintery days ahead of me, I can’t help but start stocking up on Spring clothes.

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Hello, Spring!

This Spring, I’m especially excited to sport anything and everything in Dazzling Blue – one of Pantone’s 10 Spring 2014 colors. So excited in fact, that I’ve teamed up with 9 other fabulous bloggers to show you how to rock this and the 9 other colors. If Dazzling Blue isn’t your color (but I’ve found it looks AMAZING on most people), you can skip on down to the end of this post and check out how my bloggy friends are rocking the other 9 colors. And while you’re at it, check out these 10 nail polishes that are perfect dupes for the 10 “it” colors of the season.

But back to the topic at hand – how to wear Dazzling Blue this Spring …

I have mixed feelings about Gap – I love Gap Fit clothes, but 90% of the time I strike out with their day-to-day wear. Still, I hold out hope and pop in every few months to see what’s new. When I popped in last month, I was ready to admit defeat when I stumbled upon the cutest dress in the back corner. Why anyone would put this baby in the corner is beyond me. I scooped it up, ran to the dressing room and jumped up and down (on the inside) when I saw how cute it looked on. It also didn’t hurt that I had to size down (I don’t hate you, Gap vanity sizing!).

And while I haven’t been able to wear it just yet – damn you, Polar Vortex! – I’ve been dreaming of all the ways I can wear this dress when the weather warms up a bit. Dressed up or down, this dress is going to be perfect for almost any occasion.

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1 dress 4 ways

Day Off: Shoes, Bag, Sunglasses | Work: Necklace, Blazer, Shoes | Date: Shoes, Earrings, Bag | Brunch: Shoes, Scarf, Hat

Here are some other Dazzling Blue clothing and beauty items you could rock this Spring: 

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