Jean Vest + Maxi Dress

Today is the first day that I officially get to shop again. I have been buzzing all morning and can’t wait to hit the streets at the close of business today. A carefully crafted list was created to keep me from amassing a heaping pile of things that I really don’t need yet may be induced to buy in a shopping blackout.

One combo of an outfit has my current (and fleeting) attention. In the last issue of InStylethere lived a spread featuring the jean vest with the maxi dress. I lack either of the two items I have laid out for you. There are a few midi dresses in my closet so, for me, the maxi dress just seems like a natural extension. The jean vest is just a dressing-down element that makes it/me cooler.

In my search, I see a softer patterned, sweeping dress paired with the vest and some sandals. The pic in the magazine had a long necklace, too.

Image c/o Forever 21

Images c/o Piperlime

1. Vest, Forever 21, No Longer Available Online

2. Dress, Rebecca Taylor Tie Dye Smocked Silk Dress, Piperlime, FINAL SALE: $197.97

3. Dress, Collective Concepts Paintbrush Strokes Maxi Dress, Piperlime, $89

4. Dress, LA Made Cami Maxi Dress, Piperlime, $123

5 o’clock can’t be here soon enough!

Kate’s the Spring in My Step

Image c/o US Weekly

The happiest of Springs to all! The dreaded Winter is gone at last! [Insert evil cackle here] Most of America is experiencing weather more frequently found in Summer, which is fine by me because I love wearing the ballet flat’s cousin, the sandal. Now that I think about it, I am a very picky dresser. I don’t usually wear shorts or khakis or pumps or espadrilles or wedges, but never say never (but I didn’t say never, but it seems to fit here). I do put my foot down (pun intended) when it comes to what are being called wedges (like these), which is really a euphemism for clown shoe.

Anyway. If you pay an iota of attention to the news, you more than likely saw Kate Middleton in a (now famous) pair of coral jeans. I will happily jump on that bandwagon as this season is all about color. I know this because InStyle came in the mail yesterday and it told me so. I sound really brain dead saying all of this, but I really do like to follow what is hip and happening. These jeans? They’re happening. And hip, just to cover all of our bases. Other celebs, like Jessica Alba and Sarah Jessica Parker, love them as well.

It was her other coral jeans outfit that I most fancied. She has an innate ability to dress classically with a modern twist. You can see that her outfit is prim and proper, but the coral color makes it all current and on trend.

Image c/o Glamour

Anyone can create this outfit right out of their own closet with just a few easy pieces; some you may already have!

Images c/o Macy’s, The Outnet, and Oasis

Jeans, Joe’s Jeans The Skinny Jeans in Geranium, Macy’s, $158

Scarf, Lily and Lionel French Scene Wool and Silk-Blend Scarf, The Outnet, SALE: $107.25

Jacket, Double Breasted Soft Jacket in Navy, Oasis, SALE: $45

Grab a white t-shirt and your choice of shoe (I personally would have done a nude or gold flat, but I’m not a princess so…) and you’re out the door! It’s a great start to your spring wardrobe.

If you are as obsessed with Kate’s style as I am, hop over to this blog I found today: Kate Middleton Style Blog. I am sure there are more out there, but this one is top notch.

J. Crew Boots for You

Image c/o J. Crew

Wowzers. Sorry for the delay in posting. Actual work is getting the best of me and with all the travel I have really taken a backseat. I hope this will make it up to you. That is, if you’re even reading this, which is dumb to say because you clearly are if you’re reading this…I’ll stop.

The brick and mortar J. Crew is best to visit during the dead of winter. By then, it’s resort wear time. I find that the second you step inside, all bundled up in your parka, you immediately regret that you do not own a beach house because, according to J. Crew’s walls and tables, you should be on vacation you mouth-breather. I enviously gaze at the skirts and critter flip-flops and internally weep. It at least gets you excited for the warmer months however far away they are in actuality. #firstworldproblems

My latest obsession is filling the holes in my wardrobe. Funny how I see my wardrobe as a bottomless pit, always eager for just one more piece. I recently purchased a pair of ankle boots like the pair seen above from J. Crew. I am digging the laces not-too-fussy-or-stuffy detailing. I decided to build an outfit around it from the ample archives and some from the sale section of the site. These boots make me want to go totally artsy, upscale hipster.

Let’s start from the top. Ba dum chhh.

Image c/o J. Crew

Image c/o J. Crew

Tank, Whisper Linen Striped Tank in Dusty Sage. J. Crew, SALE: $24.99

This tank is super lightweight and a good base for building on all your layers. I am about stripes. I just am.

Jacket, Utility Fleece Sherpa-Lined Hoodie in Bench Green, J. Crew, SALE: $88

Okay, so maybe I play for both teams. If it means I’ll get what I want, I’m not above…shopping in the men’s department. They usually have the smaller items that might not survive the onslaught of crazed women who are swooping them the moment they go on sale up while you’re asleep. Plus, men’s clothes tend to be really comfy because they don’t know how to sacrifice for fashion like we do. And to top you off…

Image c/o J. Crew

Puffer, Excursion Quilted Vest in Black, J. Crew, $98.00

Sorry this one isn’t on sale (yet). Every lady should have a puffer vest. It very rarely makes you look rounder if that’s your fear. As long as it doesn’t look supremely tight after you have all your layers on, I say you’re golden. And warm.

Image c/o J. Crew

Jeans, Downtown Skinny Jean  in Pearly Blue Wash, J. Crew, SALE: $69.99

These jeans will be perfect for tucking into the top of the boots and will ensure that the whole look is not too dark. Don’t forget some patterned socks! Fun socks for me are like fancy underwear for most. You may not see them, but I know that I’m wearing socks that have cows on them and that makes me feel sexy.

Image c/o J. Crew

Bracelet, Crystal Brulee Bracelet in Rouge, J. Crew, $45.00

Scarf, Metallic Snood, J. Crew, $49.50

These last two are just icing on the cake. I am needing the bling to remind me that I’m still a girly girl despite the hard exterior of the boots. And the snood is fabulous because it’s called a “snood”, people. That’s awesome.

November Wishlist

I am OBSESSED with November. It is my birthday month and it is Thanksgiving time and it is almost Christmas time. There’s Black Friday, football games, the return of caroling and the hypnotic smell of turkey and falling leaves. The only qualms I have with November are: A) the birthstone is topaz (which I think could have been better) and B), for some terrible reason, all the calendars that I’ve ever seen have a dumb picture for November. Trust me. I check almost every calendar and I am most often disappointed.

One of my favorite things to do at the start of every month is create a wish list of items I would like to add to my closet. November is great because it’s just on the verge of being cold enough for lots of layers and warm enough to not need your parka quite yet. Though where I live, I will probably break out the parka earlier than most. C’est la vie…As a tribute to November, here are 11 things I’m loving.

Images c/o Anthropologie and ModCloth

ONE: Sweater, Floating Chrysalis Cowlneck in Grey, Anthropologie, $118

I am loving this sweater because it is light, billowy and airy versus woolen and chunky. Don’t get me wrong- I love the chunky knit, but this just makes me feel more Autumn.

TWO: Dress, Harvest Season Dress, ModCloth, $44.99

I am way into orange this season. This is the perfect staple to build around and it can translate throughout the seasons.

Images c/o James Jeans and Piperlime

THREE: Jeans, Reboot Vixen, James Jeans, $158

I am a recent fan of James Jeans because they seem to be the best fit for pear shapes in a long while. There’s no gap in the waist! This is a pair of skinny boot leg, which are popping up all over these days. Luckily I can wear jeans to work so I like having a variety.

FOUR: Wellies, Original Short in Green, Hunter, $115

Already a proud owner of the tall Hunter welly, I am thinking that the short version will be just as lovely and fun. I wear my boots almost every day during the snowy months and they are lifesavers. The welly socks, which I highly recommend, are so warm you’d swear your feet were on the equator.

Images c/o Target and Forever 21

FIVE: Tights, Merona Womens Dot Tights in Grey, Target, $10

I live in skirts and dresses. When it comes time to stay warm, tights are my best option. I don’t like to get too crazy, but pattern tights are an easy way to spice things up.

SIX: Necklace, Pocket Heart Locket Necklace, Forever 21, $4.80

The true bargain of the bunch. Forever 21 is my go-to for accessories. They’re a steal so I can really indulge in my want for outfit decorations. This locket has that romantic vintage-y look to it and I really like the little pearls and the added bow. I typically gravitate towards long chains because they’re great for…you guessed it…layering!

Images c/o Nordstrom and Echo

SEVEN: Boots, Corso Como ‘Rocky’ Boot in Coffee, Nordstrom, $198.95

I believe these to be my riding boot sole mate (pun intended). They are simple, elegant, and stretch for wider calves. I’m still not over the fact that my calves are considered wide. That aside, these are gems.

EIGHT: Gloves, Ruffled Echo Touch Glove in Purple, Echo, $35

I have been putting off buying these for years. I don’t know exactly why (because they are genius) save that there are just so many different styles and colors that I simply cannot make up my mind. The index finger and thumb have a special pad that allows you to touch your smartphone screen without taking off your gloves. Fabulous.

Images c/o Urban Outfitters and HM

NINE: Jacket, Sparkle and Fade Leatherette Jacket, Urban Outfitters, $129

My clothes tend to be very feminine, which makes sense because I am female, but, I like to balance it out sometimes. This jacket is a suitable contrast to all the lace and ruffles and it doubles as regular ol’ outerwear. I am leaning toward shearling this season so this subtle hint makes me giddy.

TEN: Skirt, Skirt in Grey, H&M, $12.95

I won’t give up on finding the perfect accordian skirt. Something about the way it simulates a texture, I think. This grey is perfect for muting more colorful accompanying pieces. And for that price, I’ll take it.

Image c/o Amazon

ELEVEN: Book, Vogue The Covers, Amazon, $31.50

I’m a magazine hoarder. I subscribe to a fair amount of mags and I like to thoroughly go through each one to make sure I don’t miss out on a new idea for any facet of my life. Vogue is my go-to for art. I rip out my favorite ads or stories and frame them or pin them up at work. Having a collection of the best covers, while not framable (although I will have to sincerely resist), is a welcome addition to my book shelf.

So there’s my list! Have the happiest of Novembers!

Scared to Color

Image c/o Ampersand Design Studio

My dear friend is afraid of color. I talked about her here– the neutral lover. I’ve been raking through the new arrivals at Anthropologie this week and I thought it would be fun to put together a colorful outfit for her that still makes her feel like she’s a professional woman who should be taken seriously (and fashionable-y).

Dress, Gathered Lace Dress, Anthropologie, $178

This dress is a wonderful lilac color with a dainty yet clandestinely bold texture. It’s professional and conservative, but not boring in the least.

Blazer, Sans Collar Blazer in Dark Orange, Anthropologie, $98

The dark orange is a refreshing change from the basic black blazer (the latter of which I believe to be a staple in any wardrobe). And how could you resist the grey and white polka dots. I think Stella McCartney would approve.

Necklace, Frozen Orchid Necklace, Anthropologie, $98; Belt, Hinged Belt in Yellow, (On Sale) $29.95, Anthropologie

The necklace brings out the purple of the dress and brings the eye downward from the high neckline of the dress and sits well between the deep-v of the blazer. I am such a sucker for long necklaces. It’s also quite a statement jewelry piece. This belt, worn around the waist, gives the dress a little more whimsy when the jacket is taken off.

Pair all of this with a nude pump and you’re ready to bring home that bacon, honey. It’s a little out of her comfort zone and that’s what she needs. Color blocking doesn’t always mean neon color. Next stop, pattern blocking. Baby steps.

SJPink

Happy first day of Fall from me and SJP!
 

Image c/o Fabsugar

No one can knock my fashion icon. Get it girl.

The great part about SJP’s look is that it’s accessible. As much as I hate to admit that my closet actually has clothes in it (makes it hard to say, “I have nothing to wear.”), I know I have everything available to make a similar outfit. I’m really enjoying her latest pairing of bright, similar colors together, also seen here. Soon after that SJP’s ensemble appeared on David Letterman, perhaps just a happy coincidence, I spotted a display at The Limited decked out in reds and pinks together. Suspect. Highly suspect. One of these days I may try similar blues or greens together before venturing out into the jungle of louder colors.

I am planning on seeing SJP’s current film I Don’t Know How She Does It this weekend. I am about 70 pages away from wrapping up the book, which has been delightful and terrifying. All working mothers deserve to be thanked. To jointly quote soon-to-be working mother, Beyonce, and my dearest friend, “Who run the world? Moms.”