Yet another use for the gingham shirt

It’s tights weather! When did that happen? It was just skirt weather. I get mildly if not just as excited about tights weather as I do about skirt weather, but only for a second, because then I remember how uncomfortable tights are. This outfit consists of one of my most dressy work pieces and one of my most casual pieces and somehow it just works. I don’t know if it’s because this neutral dress can handle anything I throw at it or because this gingham shirt brightens anything it is paired with. It may be a combination of both, but I was quite happy with this nerdy librarian look I have going on.
c/o Jack Wills button down; H&M dress; Worthington tights; Thrifted vintage Ann Taylor loafers

Weekend update and Larchmere antiques

This is what I wore over the weekend.
For antiquing on Saturday (Day 12): Thrifted scarf; Target turtleneck; Gap pants and belt; Charming Charlie’s earrings; Nine West shoes; Thrifted Ralph Lauren purse
For Sunday brunch and movie (Day 13): H&M sweater; c/o Jack Wills gingham blouse; c/o James Jeans Twiggy Black Cat leggings; Gap ballet flats; Silver Mine Jewelry

This outfit started with my love for scarves and anything equestrian. I love playing with different ways to wear scarves, and when I saw Sydney from the Daybook style her scarf like this, I knew I wanted to try it. I folded the scarf diagonally and brought the two ends together and tied them around my neck, like a cowboy kerchief, and then I layered my belt over the scarf at my natural waist. Ta-da! A new way to belt it. Celine Dion-style!

In said amazing outfit, we ventured to the Larchmere neighborhood in Cleveland for antiquing. The antique stores ranged from completely random kitsch to obscure, expensive pieces like the kind that make people rich via the Antiques Road Show. One store that had us at hello was Elegant Extras. Based on the storefront, you would assume that they only carry porcelain and china dishes, but if you navigate your way through the narrow rows between tables and tables of dishes, you will find several cases of vintage fine jewelry and some very fun paintings including the mannequins. I had to share some photos of this store because it is just out of this world. There was so much jewelry to choose from, but when it came down to it, my favorite cases were those with the statement earrings and necklaces. Of course no actual purchases were made during this trip due to the 30 for 30 spending freeze.

Jack Wills: Holiday Looks

Jack Wills, UK clothing line and recent arrival to the U.S., has some perfect looks for the winter/holiday season. You can always count on their preppy plaids, blazers, and oxford button downs, but I am loving the glittery detailing on the Arkendale Sequin Dress and Runfold footless tights. I will definitely be using these looks as inspiration, especially pairing my plaid shirt with a ruffled skirt.

The first snow/outfit post

I was very surprised this Friday while on my way to Michael Symon’s latest Cleveland culinary experience, BSpot, I found myself caught in what can only be described as a freak snow storm. So on Saturday when I ventured out for some early Christmas shopping, I was ready with the Wellies. I like the way I wore this gingham shirt much better than last time. Even though the shirt is of a thicker material, I needed another layer to stay warm in this unexpected cold weather, hence the sweater tunic. Has anyone had their first snow/snow storm? Want to move to Cleveland? The weather is beautiful!
H&M sweater and pants; Shirt courtesy of Jack Wills; Hunter Wellington boots

Fall outfit: Denim and a button down

I don’t love this outfit. I think it may look a little matronly, but I still wanted to share it because we all have our good outfit days and bad…right? right? anybody? Bueller?  I think if I try this again, I would let my hair down and untuck the shirt to balance out the length of the skirt and the formal-ness of the tights. And maybe I would wear more casual shoes next time that made me look less like a teacher/the wicked witch of the west. However, this outfit is extremely work appropriate, and I am always trying to strike a balance between stylish and work appropriate, so yay for that!
Shirt (courtesy of Jack Wills); Converse skirt (Plato’s Closet); Tights (don’t remember); Aldo shoes; Vintage necklace

Fall jackets part 2

By now you must know that I am obsessed with jackets. Wearing one really is a great way to offset and compliment an outfit. Not to mention keep you warm during fall’s fluctuating temps. I love that tweed can be worn a number of ways from the office to going out, and the embellished versions available now look very dressy and demure. I am quickly becoming a fan of the leather jacket. Not only has it been a garment symbolizing cool, from James Dean to Joan Jett, the tough exterior really creates a great contrast to the frilly, girly dresses and outfits that I love to wear. Lastly, the equestrian jacket, which remains a staple for lines like Ralph Lauren, and pops in and out of mainstream retailers. The best part of the equestrian jacket is that it is so flamboyant you only need it and some very subtle accompaniments to wear it. It is the statement. And fall is the best time to wear this hunting-inspired piece.
1. J.Crew Houndstooth bomber, $298
2. J.Crew Shimmer tweed Ruby jacket, $325
3. Loft tweed jacket, $148
4. Express Leather quilted shoulder jacket, $98
5. Target Moto jacket, $39.99
6. Delia’s Layla ruffle jacket, $79.50
7. Piperlime Tinley road equestrian blazer, $59
8. Jack Wills Queenhill equestrian jacket, $449
9. Anthropologie Garment district blazer, $148

Jack Wills: Alchester Silk Skirt

I really wanted the Alchester Silk Skirt to work out. I love the shiny silk material and the tulip shape, but it’s just a tad too short for my taste. I tried it out with my nautical stripes, because I like the way the blue and white looks with neutrals. I tossed in my gold sandals to complete the theme. I think I could have ordered a larger size, because the description says it should sit low on the hips and this is definitely sitting higher. To make this skirt work in the future, I might try wearing it with black tights when it’s a little colder out. Am I being too prude? What do you think? Would you wear this skirt?
Skirt courtesy of Jack Wills; Ralph Lauren shirt; Sam Edelman Sandals

Jack Wills: Heigham Cardie

When I saw the fun stripes on the Heigham Cardie, I knew I wanted to try mixing patterns. Mixing of patterns was a big trend on runway shows such as Marc by Marc Jacobs for spring. I love how the red stripes look with my floral print skirt. One of the reasons why the summer collection of Jack Wills caught my eye was because I knew I would be able to mix and match the different pieces in creative ways with pieces already in my wardrobe. Pictured above is also the Spindlestone Bag, a canvas bag with cute striped lining.

What I especially love about this cardie is how long and soft it is. I love wrapping myself up in long sweaters, especially when it’s a soft cashmere blend like this one.
Cardigan courtesy of Jack Wills; Charlotte Russe top; H&M skirt; Target loafers; Bag courtesy of Jack Wills

Jack Wills: Mornier Dress

The Mornier Dress is definitely my favorite. I love the babydoll dress style and it even has a lace ruffle peplum lining. How cute is that? The floral print reminds me of something vintage. It is more subtle than some of the other floral prints that are really popular right now, and I like that. When the forecast predicted rain, I knew my green Hunter Wellingtons would really compliment the playfulness of this dress. I can definitely see this dress as an alternative for date nights and summer barbecues.

When I first tried on this dress the scoop neck was quite low. It is definitely meant to be worn with a tank top layered underneath. It would look really cute with a white blouse and leggings during early spring or fall.
Dress courtesy of Jack Wills; Hunter Wellingtons; Kohl’s Lace Tank Top

Jack Wills: Laceby Boyfriend Shirt

Today I get to share with you the first item that was sent to me from the very nice people over at Jack Wills, the Laceby Boyfriend Shirt. I really like the blue and white checkered pattern on this shirt. It definitely screams summer, and I have been really digging the whole menswear trend. I tried to add some girly details like the flower pin on my trench and my black heels and pearl necklace to balance it all out. I imagine wearing this shirt with a skirt to a summer picnic or with boyfriend jeans and sandals to a farmer’s market. What’s fun about this shirt, and most menswear-inspired pieces, is that you can dress them up or down.

Although the shirt has the look and feel of your boyfriend’s button down, it is fitted and has some pink detailing on the inside of the collar and on the cuffs. It is a bit snug around the hips, so keep that in mind when ordering your size. I have on a size 8, and I have found that Jack Wills, which is based out of the UK, has very similar sizing to H&M. 
H&M Trench Coat; Jack Wills Button Down; H&M Pants; H&M Flower Pin; J.Crew Necklace; Nine West Pumps