Thursday, November 20, 2014

gift guides: my holiday wish list.

1. kate spade "Places To Go, People To See" // 2. OHF Arrow Earrings // 3. Baggu Canvas Tote // 4. kate spade Travel Mug // 5. Nordstrom Chunky Bracelet // 6. Madewell Mira Pumps // 7. C. Wonder Navy Pumps // 8. UD Naked 3 Palette // 9. kate spade Skinny Belts (leopard, glitter, patent) // 10. Madewell Calf Hair Skimmers // 11. C. Wonder Earrings

Today I'm kicking off my new series of Holiday Gift Guides, starting with my own personal wish list! Each week, for the next five weeks I'll be posting a new gift guide to help you ladies (and gents) this holiday season! Start your gift planning now, no one wants to pay for rush shipping at the last minute....or worse, battle the mall crowds!

Feel free to comment below or email me with any holiday gifting questions...I love picking out gifts and I'm happy to help!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

outfit inspiration >> navy + yellow

shirt: Target (similar) // belt: Target (old) // earrings: Stella + Dot // necklace: Forever 21 // pants: Banana Republic (40% off) // heels: J. Crew via eBay (similar) // watch: Michael Kors

Today's outfit inspiration can be credited to one of my favorite bloggers, Jean from Extra Petite. She's wearing the same Sloan pants from Banana Republic and they're amazing (and come in petites). If you haven't tried these I highly recommend them!  Bonus...everything is 40% off until tomorrow!

Hope you're all having a great week!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

fall favorites.

1. Old Navy Striped Top // 2. Mossimo Flannel Shirt // 3. F21 Pleated Blouse // 4. F21 Lace Blouse
5. Old Navy Plaid Peacoat // 6. Pashmina // 7. Oversized Scarf // 8. J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer
9. F21 Patent Flats // 10. Old Navy Ankle Boots // 11. Old Navy Faux Suede Pumps

My fall favorites are a mix of high and low end pieces, which is pretty typical of my shopping habits. I love a good bargain, but I hate sacrificing quality. Case in point...I can't tell you how many black blazers I've been through over the years. I've tried them from everywhere from Target, to H&M, to Forever 21...and they either didn't fit quite right, or showed signs of wear after just a couple of uses. I recently decided to just bite the bullet and invest in the J. Crew Schoolboy blazer (which I found on eBay in my size!), and IT. IS. AMAZING! I got it in petite sizing it's the perfect fit in the shoulders and torso, though the sleeves are about half an inch too short for my taste (I just cuff the sleeves). Perfect example where it's better to invest in the pricier option for a closet staple...and I'll have it for years to come!

On the other hand, I can never get enough of Forever 21's blouse selection. Their quality seems to be a bit better in recent seasons and you can't beat the prices! Another favorite of mine this season has been the patent flats from Forever 21 above, and the ankle boots from Old Navy...seriously, these are sooo comfortable!

What about you...have you found any must have items this fall? I'd love to hear about them!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

this vs. that: red + black buffalo plaid

shirt: Target // jeans: Forever 21 // shoes: Target // watch: Michael Kors (on sale!)
earrings: Oh, Hello Friend // lip color: Revlon "Fire + Ice"

Lately I've been all about comfort, which for me turns out to be a button up shirt, jeans, and flats for work. Being the bargain shopper that I am, I was able to put this outfit together (details above) for a total of $72.88 (shirt, jeans, and flats).

Now let's take a look at some nearly identical pieces that aren't quite as wallet friendly: J. Crew Factory Flannel Shirt, J. Crew Cece Flats, and J. Brand Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans...totaling $370.50.

Wow. Just remember pays (or rather saves) to shop around! And PS...these genuine leather flats from Target are wayyyy more comfortable than the near identical version from J. Crew! Bonus!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

cranberry + cream.

blouse: Old Navy // necklace: thrifted // earrings: Forever 21 (similar) // skirt: Zara via Crossroads Trading Co (similar, love this wallet friendly option!) // heels: Joan + David (similar) // watch: Michael Kors // coat (below): H+M (similar, wallet friendly option)

It's finally happened ladies. It's finally cold enough to wear a coat! To celebrate, I pulled out my favorite winter coat and decided to dress it up a bit with a cranberry skirt from Zara and black patent heels. I realized I haven't gotten this dressed up for work in quite awhile...and I miss it! I think it may be time to head to Pinterest for some fall outfit inspiration!

What about you...what are you looking forward to wearing this fall?