A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

Details: Banana Republic Sweater (Similar) / Gap Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Ten Thousand Villages Necklace

Well, it’s officially winter. Our first real snow storm hit us over the weekend. Luckily, it was nothing major, just enough snow to cover the grass, but keep the roads clear. That’s the kind of snow I like. My weekend was a good mix of productive and fun. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw in my stories that I’m trying a capsule wardrobe for the first time. Couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s freed up a ton of space in my closet already. I followed this step-by-step guide if you’re interested.

We saw Vice, a very good and interesting movie. Christian Bale’s transformation for the movie is amazing and will likely get him on Oscar nomination.

My friends and I tried a new restaurant in Bellevue called Revival on Lincoln. I loved the food, but also the traditional decor and architecture. It’s housed in a historic building with beautiful white columns and stained-glass windows.

I wore this outfit to dinner and could not have been cozier on a cold winter night. This beautiful cable-knit sweater is another purchase from the Christmas sales, marked down from $120 to $67. It’s such a versatile piece and adds something to any look. It’s currently sold out, but I’ve linked to a similar option.

Here I’m back to my gray-on-gray combo that I’ve been gravitating to lately. This was the first day of my capsule wardrobe. I’m already relying heavily on my accessories for variety, and I love this sweater-necklace combo.

Hope you’re staying safe and warm this week!

Bright on Bright Work Wear

After being on vacation for a week, I needed something simple for my first day back to work. I chose this dress because it never requires ironing. It’s a $20 purchase from Gap that will continue to more than pay for itself in time saved. This jacket that I purchased from Goodwill years ago was a last minute decision as I was rushing out the door. These colors just complement each other so well that the bright colors do not feel overdone. Not to mention, I have complementary burn tan.

Details: Goodwill jacket; Gap dress; Fergie sandals via Shoe Department; Ily Necklace

On the Horizon

Details: Gap sweater / J.Crew Factory skirt / Loft tights / Halogen boots via Nordstrom / Anthropologie necklace

Last week I talked about wearing winter appropriate brights. Red being an obvious choice with its distinct holiday color scheme and its roots in the classic buffalo check pattern that adorns winter scarves, coats, hats and the like. This week I am all about mixing spring brights with winter separates. There is something about the month of January that makes me extremely hopeful. It may be that spring is right around the corner. I am already starting to see bathing suits in stores so it can’t be that far away, right? With bright winter mornings like today’s, it’s hard not to look toward the horizon. 

To incorporate this bold-print skirt with my winter separates, I tried to keep things fairly neutral with my gray sweater and tights. Not completely ignoring the warm colors in the skirt, I wore my brown riding boots, and I added an interesting texture and color with this gold and turquoise statement necklace.

Ily Couture Statement Necklace

I got this Ily Couture Statement Necklace for $16 after redeeming a promotion code from J’s Everyday Fashion. She is a must follow as she is always sharing great outfit inspiration as well as special offers like this one.

I had been searching for a budget-friendly version of this necklace for a while and had passed up on some other versions because they did not look very high quality. When I saw the offer on J’s blog, I knew I had to jump on it because unlike the other versions I had seen, this one looked promising. After opening the package, I was happy to see that the quality was indeed higher than some of the other necklaces I had seen. Immediately, I wanted to pair it with my chambray shirt and pencil skirt. It’s such an easy look to pull off and the chambray shirt is such a simple back drop for this colorful accessory.

Where do you find great deals on accessories?

Here is another statement necklace I found at a great price.

Details:
Target Chambray Shirt
Ily Couture Statement Necklace ($16)
Consignment J.Crew Pencil Skirt
Nine West Shoes

Remix: Statement Necklace from Work to Casual

Outfit 1: Willie Smith via TJ Maxx top / thrifted J.Crew skirt and Jones New York Sandals via Avalon / J.Crew necklace via eBay / Ray Bans purchased with Amazon gift card 

Outfit 2: Willie Smith via TJ Maxx top / J.Crew necklace via eBay / Ray Bans purchased with Amazon gift card / Libby Edelman sandals via TJ Maxx / New York and Co cardigan (gift) / thrifted skirt 


This is the remix! Ok so here I took some elements I liked from this work outfit, the ruffle shirt and statement necklace, and turned it into a more casual look with flat sandals and a crisp jean skirt. I was going to wear shorts but I thought I’d mix it up with a denim skirt. I threw on the cardigan because the temps have been a little more brisk lately.

Hot Days and Nights

 Old Navy tank top / J.Crew necklace via eBay / American Eagle skirt / Libby Edelman via T.J. Maxx sandals
The boy had a lacrosse tournament in Hudson, OH, so I had the chance to wander around the quaint historical town not far from Cleveland on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The town itself is quite old and was part of the Underground Railroad. You can still take a tour of the different sites. Besides it’s historical significance, it has a great Gap that I go to every time I am there, top-notch local cuisine and local businesses such as the Learned Owl, a bookstore I also have to stop in. For lunch, I tried One Red Door. I had the most amazing burger with brie and pomme frites served with a Bearnaise sauce and bacon dip. My indulgences included a Goose Island Matilda, a new favorite summer beer.

The weather predictions for the weekend were pretty hot and steamy so I outfitted myself in a breezy, no-thought required ensemble. My new statement necklace is getting a lot of play and I am absolutely loving it with this bright yellow top. The white skirt seemed like a natural compliment to these bright colors as well as these tan gladiators I picked up for $25 from T.J. Maxx. The necklace kept the outfit serious enough to wear it to a birthday party later that night. This might have to be my go-to transition from day to night outfit for summer.

J.Crew, I Love You

J.Crew necklace and pencil skirt / Willie Smith via T.J. Max blouse / Jones New York sandals / Ray Ban wayfarers
My addiction to J.Crew is satisfied by two sources: consignment shops and eBay. Sarah from Simply Sarah was the one who turned me on to this J.Crew necklace on eBay for $15 plus free shipping. It turned out to be a great buy, and I love how it turns this typical work look into something with a little more panache.

The pencil skirt is from Avalon Exchange. I’ve only owned a couple of very nice pencil skirts, and I have to say this one by far has had the best fit. It hugs in the right places, but still looks work appropriate. It’s the perfect example of why a pencil skirt is such a wardrobe staple. I also love the navy blue and pin stripe for summer.

This is also the debut of these tan sandals, which were bought at Avalon for $10. I knew I wanted to add a vintage sandal to my repertoire this summer, and these are in great condition. Don’t you just love the straps?

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.

Everyday glamour

If the location of your whereabouts are even remotely near Cleveland, you probably experienced some shockingly cold days. I am talking 40 degrees and rain spray in your face. Just look at the background of these photos. Lush green trees and me wearing my winter coat with peep toe heels. It’s just not right. So even though today is muggy and warm, and I doubt we will be seeing anymore cold weather soon, I thought I’d post this outfit before it just becomes too ridiculous. Inspired by the video I posted last week of Jenna Lyons, I mixed some everyday classics with unexpected touches of girlyness and glamour. I had been looking for some serious hardware for my neck for a while. Think: grill, but for your neck. So when I was at the Charming Charlie event at Legacy Village, I was happy to find this necklace complete with matching earrings. Also take note of the leopard print heels. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a gift card to Legacy Village for $25. The giveawat ends tonight at 9 P.M.
H&M sweater; NY&Co. blouse; American Eagle jeans; Charming Charlie necklace; Nine West shoes; Silver Mine Jewelry