Bright Lace

Outfit details: Target shirt / Loft skirt / Sole Society shoes via Nordstrom / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff

Here’s to it officially being skirt and dress season. I haven’t had to wear tights for the last few weeks and I am quite happy about it. To help ring in the warmer weather, I am longing for brights like this skirt I scored at Loft over the weekend for only $18! It’s still on sale and there are plenty of sizes left. I love how the traditional lace is paired with such a bright color. It works really well with this denim top for an updated business casual look, but could just as easily be paired with a silk top.

Leopard Print Heels

Jennifer and Grace Blouse via T.J. Maxx  / J.Crew Factory Skirt and Necklace / Sole Society Desi Pump via Nordstrom / Gap Cardigan

I bought a pair of leopard print heels. That may sound incredibly cliche and very fashion blogger-esque, but I promise I had good reason. I was on the mission for the perfect she for fall. It needed to compliment the various colors in my wardrobe from the brightest pinks to the most steady navys. It also needed to be comfortable and stylish. A neutral shoe of some sort was what I needed, but I didn’t want to go too pale to harken back to summer.

At first I was not convinced that the leopard print would go with most of my outfits, but after I started to think about it, it made sense. Leopard print is great for pattern mixing and combines two neutrals — black and tan — into one, giving it the ultimate versatility.

I first tried the he Juli version of this shoe, which is wedge. It was two narrow in the toes so I tried the Desi in a kitten heel instead. That turned out to be much better. I am hoping that these Sole Society shoes stand the test of time because I am already obsessed with them. They look just as perfect with a skinny leg pant as they do with a really loud skirt.

Leopard Print Dress

I fell in love with this dress from Loft at first sight. I quashed my unrequited love by telling myself to wait for it to go on sale. When there was a flash sale a few months ago, I made sure to look for this dress. I was happy to find it again at a price tag of about $30 — down from it’s original $80. Since then I have worn it to work many times. It was perfect for the FUSE concert at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Brahms + Radiohead. Amazing by the way! The next one is Coldplay + Beethoven on October 7.

I love that I can throw this together with a few pops of color, and I am ready to walk out the door in a few minutes. The moral of the story is if you see something you love, try it on in the store to make sure of your size and then wait for it to go on sale.

Loft Dress / Lou Lou Earrings / Francesca’s Necklace / Nine West Clutch / Calvin Klein Shoes

Cool Cat

J.Crew Sweater from Goodwill / J.Crew Skirt from Avalon / Illy Couture Necklace / Ray Ban Sunglasses / Halogen Boots 

Working on the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show inspires me every year. After shopping for the show, I always come away realizing how much I could be saving on clothing by shopping at Goodwill. You may not always get exactly what you want, but if you put in the time and have a little patience you can find some real gems in the racks of your local Goodwill. You have to be willing to see the potential in something.

This sweater I am wearing was found while shopping for the show one year. It’s a size large from J.Crew. Now normally I would not fit into a size large, but I couldn’t help but notice that it looked a little small so I tried it on. It fit great. Clearly someone had washed the sweater and shrunk it, which is why it was sitting at a Goodwill. Besides the fact that the sweater is in great condition and was very inexpensive, it feels like I have something very unique in my closet. It’s something I wear all the time.

Do you shop at Goodwill? If so, what was your best find?

Fall Style Tip: Subtle Neutrals


Details: Gap cardigan / TJ Maxx jeans / Ralph Lauren top / Franco Sarto via Nordstrom boots / the Limited belt

I have added leopard print in subtle doses to my wardrobe. A pair of heels here, a belt there. Basically the antithesis of  a Lady Gaga exhibition-style effort. Oftentimes, I have been on trend pairing it with a contrasting pattern or bright color. To mix it up for fall I have gone completely subtle. Pairing it with this neutral tan cardigan makes the belt look like it goes with the ensemble. I think there is nothing wrong with accessories looking like they go with your outfit, even though sometimes it is more fun to wear something loud that contrasts. The off-kilter look, which J.Crew has made popular with its style guide, is one of my favorite looks, but sometimes it’s OK to match.

Leopard Print Confidence

I put this outfit on begrudgingly, thinking it would be another blah work outfit. No reason to document it on the blog. Then I added the leopard print belt and looked in the mirror, and I was astonished at how easily I could become a member of Josie and the Pussycats. Actually, I thought, this is one smokin outfit. You may disagree, but I can’t deny the Joan-esque confidence I had all day. This sweater and skirt were two closet misfits on my list of neglected winter clothes. Here’s hoping this weather perks up and I can start wearing spring clothes.
H&M sweater / Arden B skirt / The Limited belt / Franco Sarto boots / Michael Kors watch

A "cool" outfit

 Thrifted Gap dress / The Limited belt / Riley (Chicago) necklace / United Colors of Benetton leggings / Franco Sarto boots
I am loving the combination of denim, leopard print, and gold accessories here. I was wearing this outfit and a man at work said, “That’s a really cool outfit!” Not “You look hot” or “Did it hurt when you fell out of heaven?” Just, “That’s a really cool outfit.” Men everywhere can take note. I would accept “That’s a really cool outfit,” any day.

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

A week for the ladies…

Last week, I started to notice a pattern in the way I was dressing. I was embracing longer skirts and girly accessories. Lady-like looks, including longer skirts, 50s-style sweaters, and gloves and pearls, have been making their way into my style conscience since the Fall 2010 Louis Vuitton runway looks. While some may find this trend boring, I actually feel that making longer skirts and classic shapes look current is more of a challenge. These looks are ultimately what will help you create a timeless and effortless wardrobe appropriate for your 20s to 50s. It’s the Betty Draper in all of us wanting to come out. So this week is dedicated to everything lady-like. Keep your eyes peeled for some discount codes to select Etsy stores. I will be posting these deals on Twitter and Facebook so make sure you follow me on both. 

I have been trying to slowly incorporate some of my Christmas gifts into my current wardrobe, and I have had to resist the urge to wear all my gifts at once. I think I have been displaying amazing self control. It’s hard though since I got such thoughtful, nice gifts. First of all, I have to commend the boy for getting me this amazing necklace that is something I would have definitely picked out for myself, but something I would have never bought for myself. And secondly, I am in love with these shoes. I tipped off Santa when Nine West was having a great sale and so here they are. As for the rest of the outfit, I love the classic shape of this skirt and its paper bag wrinkled texture. With a skirt this big and a turtleneck that clingy this outfit really accentuates a lady-like silhouette with its cinched waist. And the very neural colors made it easy to wear the leopard print pattern and bright red lipstick.
Target turtleneck; H&M skirt; Anne Klein sweater tights; Banana Republic necklace; Nine West shoes

(Top photo via Fashion Gone Rogue)

My wish list this Christmas!

 It’s about time that I shared some kind of gift guide with you. What better way to share some Christmas gifting guidance than to show you some things that I am wishing for this year.

I love browsing J.Crew’s new Factory shop online. The J.Crew Factory bling-button cardigan ($29.50) looks warm and cozy and is a quality wardrobe staple at the right price.

I absolutely love Nine West’s Masquerade ($39.99) pump. Leopard print anything is probably a good idea this Christmas.

The Limited Statement Sparkle Drops Necklace ($39.90) is perfect for Christmas parties this year and parties for the New Year.

You may have seen NARS Heat Wave ($24.00) featured on the models that wore J.Crew’s Spring 2011 collection. For someone who likes to be ahead of the beauty curve this will be a big color for spring. This color will make the most basic outfit look special.