Fall Hat and Olive Tunic

 Details: Jane Dress (Similar) / Pavement Hat / Old Navy Boots / H&M Necklace 

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful and very filling Thanksgiving. Mine was especially relaxing this year so I’m thankful for that. And the food was ah-mah-zing. I think my favorite dish this year was my sister’s cheesy potatoes. I had to keep going back for more. I actually wore this dress for Thanksgiving, but styled it here for work with this asymmetrical cardigan to stay warm while in the office. I also didn’t wear the hat to work, but wore it for Thanksgiving so posed with it here.

I got the dress on a website called Jane.com. They feature daily deals from various boutiques and the prices are really good. This particular dress isn’t available anymore, but they have many more cute dresses. They carry a variety of on-trend clothes, accessories, home decor and products for babies and kids. I am definitely going to shop from them again, especially when I am looking for a specific trend, but don’t want to spend too much. What sites do you shop on? Did you score any great Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals?

Cargo Jacket

Details: Gap Cargo Jacket and Jeans / Tommy Hilfiger Shirt via Marshals / Halogen Boots / Target Necklace

I never feel like fall is long enough. I have been trying to soak up the rituals, one of which has been going to the farmer’s market on Fridays. Cooking up fall dishes is another way I try to hold on to the season a little longer. I made these pumpkin cookies over the weekend and this butternut squash, smoked mozzarella and kale pizza last night for dinner. Both recipes turned out great! What are your fall rituals?

It’s not a ritual, but the cargo jacket has become a fall staple over the last few years. I was on a mission this fall to find the perfect cargo jacket. After trying a few options, I finally found the one. It’s a nice weight, not too thin, and it’s the right style and color. It’s exactly what I was looking for and a good price. I waited until Gap was having one of their sales and it ended up being only $45, which was the same price as a similar jacket at Target that was a much thinner material. I just love it with this gingham shirt. It also pairs nicely with a super girly dress. Where did you get your cargo jacket?

Fall Hat and Blanket Scarf

Details: Pavement Hat / The Backroom at the Limited Sweater / Gap Jeans / Halogen Boots / Nordstrom Scarf

I found this hat at Pavement, a boutique in Lawrenceville with a wealth of local and independent designers. Everything in that store could be worn at Coachella. It’s that cute. I knew this hat would be the centerpiece of many of my fall looks. I wore it in Nashville and one of the locals told me I came well prepared. I love the 70s vibe it adds to any outfit as well as how it signals that fall is here in all of its hat and scarf glory.

In sad life news, we lost my grandpa a few weeks ago. The last few weeks have been especially tough for me and my family. As is always said during times like these, I’ve been trying to focus on all of the good memories. One such memory of my grandpa was how he always used to wear cowboy hats. In fact, after looking through pictures of him, I found out that he was quite the trend setter himself, always wearing the latest styles. His style definitely evolved with the times. Perhaps that is where I get my love of fashion. I get a kick out of the fact that he probably would have loved this hat. If you’re looking down Grandpa, I hope you are enjoying this outfit post!

Layered Sweater

Details: Backroom at the Limited Sweater / Banana Republic Skirt via Avalon / Old Navy Boots / Target Necklace

Hello all! I hope fall is treating you well so far. For me it’s been a flurry of activity. From trips to Cleveland to a trip to Nashville last weekend for a friend’s bachelorette party, it feels like I’ve barely been home. I’m excited to finish decorating my apartment for Halloween and finish reading my appropriately creepy book for the season: In Cold Blood.

I’m also looking forward to rocking sweaters, scarves and boots as soon as we are done with the 80-degree weather. I’m almost there with this sweater, which instantly adds interesting layers to any outfit. I especially love it with this skirt. It seems to continue the lines of the sweater perfectly. I found this sweater at Backroom at the Limited for only $30.

How has your fall been so far? What have been some of your great fall finds? What are you reading or watching that’s creeping you out?

Lace-Up Ballet Flats

The number one item on my wish list for fall is a pair of lace-up ballet flats. I first fell in love with the Green Billy Ella’s from Anthropologie. They are so elegant and look like a ballerina slipper, but the bright color keeps them fun and modern. A little on the pricey side though. I also found this pair of cranberry Nine West Lace-Up Flats, which are not a bad price. The deep colors gives them a very romantic, medieval look like something Sansa Stark might wear. Not sure they are my style. The Topshop Lace-Up Flats are my favorite (also available at Nordstrom). They are a great style at a great price and come in good colors. Now I just need to decide between the black or the red pair. Which lace-up flat is your favorite?

(Topshop image from The Sweetest Thing)

Sophisticated in Polka Dots

Maybe it’s because I was born in the 80s and I can still remember wearing polka dot sweaters with neon pink leggings, but I had a nagging need to tone down this sweater lest I repeat history. I also really wanted to wear it to work without looking unprofessional. A simple but fall-appropriate color palate and sharp tailored separates was my game plan here. I like how polished yet not-to-serious this look is.

Details: Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Old Navy sweater / Banana Republic skirt / New York and Company shirt / Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes / Worthington tights / J.Crew necklace

How to Wear Riding Boots to Work


A faithful reader approached me about doing a post on how to wear riding boots to work. In my humble opinion, she could not have asked anyone better. I wear mine so much that you would think I was hiding a horse somewhere in my second floor, one bedroom apartment. If I was, his name would be Rusty. Just saying.


Look 1: Equestrian 

This is probably the easiest way to use riding boots with an already existing work look. I usually wear this shift dress with black heels and a black cardigan. To make it work with these boots, I added pieces that carry the equestrian theme. Those pieces can be a tailored jacket or scarf — or any pieces that match the look and feel of your boots, but that can also be paired with a work look.

Details: F21 jacket / H&M dress and scarf / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime


Look 2: Brights

Here is a way that you can wear your riding boots to work and incorporate another current trend for fall — brights. The tan of these boots goes well with blues and greens, but I would encourage you to experiment with different colors based on the specific shade of your riding boot. You never know.

Details: Thrifted blouse / H&M skirt / Banana Republic necklace / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime

Look 3: Plaid

A plaid skirt is a great middle-ground piece for work. It has that woodsy charm that goes really well with riding boots without looking too casual. I found this skirt at a consignment shop, and I am not sure of the brand. I would highly recommend looking for one at your local thrift or consignment shop. This seems to be one thing I see consistently. You may want to hem it though for fear of looking too much like Laura Ingalls.

Details: Gap turtleneck / Thrifted skirt  / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime

Androgynous fall look

When it comes to my work outfits I don’t mind a little androgyny. I actually prefer it. A nice pair of trousers and a classic button down look great on a man, and even better on a woman. It’s the Annie Hall effect. The less form fitting pieces leave more to the imagination. I threw in the boat shoes to top off the menswear-inspired look. They also seemed like a good match for these rolled navy pants. These pants are perfect for fall, and I am going to take full advantage of them while I can.
Sears pants; Target top and shoes; J.Crew necklace

White blouse + Chunky Necklace

For in between seasons, this outfit has it all. Long sleeves that can be rolled up and plenty of ventilation. The color scheme also has a hint of fall with the red skirt, but still calls on summer with this chunky gold and turquoise necklace. Although it’s a little glared out by the sun in these pictures, I love how this necklace spruces up a white button down shirt. I have meaning to make this pairing for a while.
Gap skirt; NY & Co. shirt; Ann Taylor shoes; Forever 21 necklace

Tie blouse and leopard print heels

I have officially started wearing fall clothes. The temperature in Pittsburgh has been ranging from 60 to 70 with pailfuls of rain and blustery wind making me reach for long sleeve shirts and longer pants. I love the rich silky fabric and color of this blouse for fall. Tie blouses just happen to be all the rage right now too. Look at me go! For some reason I decided to take this look in a 60s direction with the tight black pants and Mrs. Robinson-esque leopard print heels. I couldn’t resist the great pattern mixing opportunity here. What are you wearing for fall?

BCBG consignment blouse; H&M pants; Nine West shoes