Modcloth Dress / Betsy Johnson Flats / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Target Clutch (Similar)
A few weeks ago we attended a wedding in Sonoma. It was one of the dreamiest weddings I’ve ever been to. The venue was the rental property of a farm-to-table restaurant situated right near the Russian River and close to many famous wineries. Both the ceremony and reception took place outside and the setting could not have been more beautiful. We were surrounded by redwood trees and everything had that simple yet sophisticated California-cool vibe. I was obsessed with the rustic tables and place settings, which featured gold flatware and eucalyptus leaves.
When searching for a dress to wear to the occasion, I followed the direction provided on the invitation. It said: boho chic. To me that meant nothing too formal or fussy, but something that had the right amount of special touches. Enter this Modcloth silk wrap dress. It fit the setting perfectly and I loved how the deep blue was a perfect complement to the natural reds and oranges of fall. I felt stunning and the skirt of the dress was great for twirling on the dance floor. I can’t wait for the next opportunity to wear it!
Because the wedding was outside and at a farm, I opted for flats. These Betsy Johnson flats are that rare combination of comfortable and stylish. The unique cutout design is in the shape of roses and the rhinestone embellishments give them a little sparkle! Normally I’m not much of a flats person for special occasions, but the shape of these shoes is really nice and flattering on my long feet. I felt like Cinderella when I put them on. They fit perfectly! We danced the night away under glowy string lights and a full moon.
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.
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?
There is something incredibly flattering and stylish about black jeans. They instantly upgrade any outfit, making you seem more serious and put together, and they seem to hide those pesky imperfections (or at least the ones only we think and obsess about). I found this pair at Target for $15 and thought it would be fun to show just what a steal they are by displaying their versatility. They’re fitting perfectly into my fall wardrobe this year and these are just a few of the ways I’m wearing them. The possibilities are endless. And yes, I am obsessed with this sweater. It is one of my favorite purchases for fall. Sadly this exact one is sold out, but I found a similar one at Nordstrom Rack.
Outfit 3 Details: Gap Shirt / Leith Cardigan (Similar) / Target Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Charming Charlie Necklace (Similar) / Pavement Hat (Similar)
It wasn’t until October 1st that it truly started to feel like fall for me. My Instagram feed was full of pumpkins and fall foliage. The weather has not been as good a barometer for the change in seasons. It’s supposed to be in the 80s this weekend! Despite that fact, I’m plunging head first into my fall wardrobe go-tos.
One thing I always fall in love with every fall are dark floral prints. Luckily, they are very in right now. This dress is the one I featured in my J.Crew Factory try-on session. I didn’t buy it that day because it was only marked down to $50. So I played the waiting game and sure enough it was marked down another 50%. I got it for $25! Such a steal because I can wear this for any occasion. I’ve already worn it to work several times, my cousin’s rehearsal dinner, and to see Aladdin the musical. It’s also super easy to style. I wore it with this buttery soft Leith cardigan in the perfect shade for fall. I bought this cardigan towards the end of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale after I saw it on everyone else. I’m so glad I did because it’s already become a staple.
I have to try on clothes to see how they fit or know if I really like them. My size is different depending on the store and the item or style of clothing. It makes shopping online, especially time-sensitive sales, a little tricky. So I thought it might be helpful to share some dressing room notes and photos for stores I frequent to help you get ready for your fall stock up. First up is J.Crew Factory.
In the first photo I am wearing their oxford button down
and skinny jeans. Although it looks a little wrinkled, the shirt has a nice weight to it, making it feel a little more high quality than some of their other shirts. It comes in this classic blue, which goes with just about everything. I’m wearing a small.
The skinny pants
have a nice fit, but the fabric does not have much give, especially in the high waist, where I found them a little tight. I couldn’t find the next size up, a 28, so I’m curious to see how those fit. I especially love the rust red color of these for fall.
I was also impressed with the quality of this quilted puffer vest. It’s not incredibly thick, but it does have some plush to it and the material is nice and soft. The zipper moves easily. It could be a little longer, but overall I was pretty happy with this. I’m wearing a small in navy blue.
I tried on this dress because it looked so interesting on the hanger. It has this flared skirt and floral print that seems to be really “in” for fall. I was happy with the fit and quality. I’m wearing a size 4.
Lastly, I tried on this skirt. It’s lined, has pockets, and the material seems durable, which is a must for any work pieces. I’m wearing a size 4 in black. I would probably go down to a size 2, since the 4 looks a little boxy and the waist is elastic.
So what do you think? Do you like seeing dressing room notes and photos? What do you like at J.Crew Factory for fall?
If you aren’t following me on Instagram, you may be missing out on my daily outfit posts. Here is just a round up from the past week. To see more, follow @cosmocleve. I hope you are having a great week so far!
I could not be more excited to share with you my most recent collaboration with Crocs. Their boots for the fall and winter seasons have impressed me once again because of their ability to stay true to their comfortable roots while still offering fashion-forward styles. The boots come in gorgeous, rich fall colors and luxe materials. I think I could fall asleep wearing their suede boots they are so comfortable.
To offer some complete fall looks, we teamed up with Pavement a local boutique in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I am in love with every outfit we shot.
Joining me this time is Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa who did an amazing job with not only our hair and makeup but modeling too. I have never felt more glamorous and confident.
Here is the first round of outfits. Join me every day this week to see the different outfits. Enjoy!
We knew we wanted to do part of the shoot on Mt. Washington. It has the best view of Pittsburgh. The city turned out to be a great backdrop for these all American looks. Sometimes jeans and a t-shirt is all you need. Add this patchwork shawl made out of recycled materials and these brown suede boots and you get the right amount of texture and subtle hues for a more laid-back but put-together look.
Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Espresso
Pavement patchwork shawl and t-shirt
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton
Last Photo by Chaz Balasakis
It doesn’t get more American than fringe and a motor cycle jacket. For an updated twist, try this classic jacket in a softer material. The braided fringe scarf adds another element and a subtle pop to this all black ensemble. A nice pair of tall suede black boots do all the talkin’.
Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Black
Pavement jacket, scarf and purse
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton