winter blues

I heart eyes this dress from Banana Republic. Like wowza. It’s great to layer jackets over for more casual, sweaters for church, spiciness with some knee boots. The dress is super comfy (pockets are a plus) and great for both brunch and business.

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Little details like my mother’s old necklace from the mediterranean hits perfectly at the wrap. The structure of the dress also beautifully rounds the shoulders and makes the arms look fab.

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The waistline is wonderful with the billowing but still figure flattering, and the fabric is so soft and delightful.

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Also from banana, I bought this sweater a year or two ago and it is comfy, good layering piece, and the asymmetrical edge is great texture.

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Simple outfit, but both perfectly stunning. No need to sacrifice time for style for this outfit here!

P.S. If it is really cold, add some black tights and a black ankle bootie to stay warm.

a splash of green

I love to wear black, white, and grey with a color pop, so today I chose this green vest! It feels simple but classy. Too many details and accessories is overwhelming, especially small stripes like this long sleep shirt from Gap. So pairing a solid vest helps calm it down without need for any more details.

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This outfit super simple to put together with just a little bit of thought. It is nice without being over dressed and simple without being overlooked and sloppy.

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The copper bracelet ties into the buttons on the vest while adding some pretty and subtle detail.

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Pairing black booties and jeans elongates the legs and gives a clean look.

img_8069img_8096Best thing is that this vest was from the children’s department in Target and is not even the largest size they carried! I am never afraid to check out the children’s sections, because a lot of times the sizes go pretty large for things like sweaters, vests, and jackets.

Utilize some pattern and solids to create a nice simple outfit without falling to the casualty of casual!

yellow: frenemie

Yellow has never been my friend, especially the sunshine daisy yellow. That is until I found mustard yellow! It doesn’t even wash me or my hair color out. Then paired with the grey sweater (that I got at a garage sale), it is a real compliment against the dark jeans.

For the most part I wear light BB cream and neutral eye make-up and I did not have to alter any of more normal routine for this yellow.

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The cut neck adds some funk but maintains it’s tailored appeal. Then the choker adds some finish without being too edgy. I love how elegant and delicate this choker is from Nordstrom. It can be worn loose like I did, or tightened to sit higher on the neck on days I like to be bold.

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The jewelry does may not seem to go together at first glance but the silver on the right and sapphire tie neatly into the sweater and jeans, while the gold, teal, and purple metallic of the earrings of the necklace tie in with the mustard shirt while adding some pop.

img_7966The best thing about this outfit is that it is absolutely comfortable. The flowiness of the shirt and sweater makes sitting and working extra comfortable!

Blustery Day

So I woke up yesterday to blustery weather and dastardly cold temperatures. To beat the cold I took this fleece thermal and dressed it up denim skirt and tights.

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Great thing about thermals is they are easy to layer without adding a lot of bulk, and the denim skirt is heavy enough to add warmth as well. Also black always flatters!

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Of course then the rain started pouring and there was no getting out of the house without faceplanting.

 

 

TRAVEL DAY

It is so easy to just throw on yoga pants & a tee to travel, but in mindfulness of choosing to be creative and control the casual, I compromise with my favorite lived in jeans, bralette & simple top. img_7624

The key is that each piece is equally as comfortable and livable as a tee & yoga pants, but with the added class of these ankle boots I was able to hop out of the car and go after traveling.

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Simple jewelry that I can wear with all of my outfits for the trip made it easy to pack and still feel more dressed up in casual clothes.

The perfect pair of jeans and you will wonder why you just *had to* wear those yoga pants (and just a hint these babes from LOFT were absolutely affordable).