Patchwork Cardigan and Tunic Blouse

Details: Sun & Shadow Sweater via Nordstrom (Now $38.40) / Lush Tunic via Nordstrom / Old Navy Jeans Similar / Old Navy Shoes Similar / Lou Lou Earrings / J.Crew Factory Necklace

I was ready for fall on approximately July 28. Yeah — I’m obsessed! I have been on the lookout since then for anything fall themed. Something that has been on my fall/winter wardrobe wish list for a while are pattern sweaters. I was specifically looking for something like this southwestern print sweater.

When I saw this sweater while shopping Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the different take on the fall cardigan with its interesting patchwork and asymmetrical design. In this color, I can wear it casually with a flannel or to work with dress pants. Over the weekend, when we were experiencing unusually chilly temps, I decided to layer it over this great tunic that I also scored at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Like I told my sister, she can give me a Nordstrom Gift Card for my birthday every year if she’d like. 🙂

The tunic is longer so it can be worn over leggings and has a nice drape to it. I didn’t realize how see through it was. I probably wont wear a tank top underneath it next time since it’s so noticeable.

This sweater with any top, skinny jeans or dress pants and boots is a great fall go-to!

Tunic at Work

It was only a week ago that I was wearing this paisley tunic with shorts at the beach. Now I am pairing it with my all-business pencil skirt and gladiator sandals for work. The bright color and loud pattern contrast so well with this simple navy blue skirt. It’s living proof that you don’t have to be boring to be work appropriate. Although it’s one of those wardrobe stapes I can wear with almost anything for almost any occasion, I would have never bought a top like this for myself. Luckily, the boy happened to receive an email letting him know that J.Crew Factory was having a 50% off sale right around my birthday. (I don’t know how that happened.)

Do you ever find it hard to visualize the true potential of something before you buy it?

See this skirt with a:
Statement Necklace 
Yellow Belt

J.Crew Factory Tunic
Thrifted J.Crew Pencil Skirt
Nine West Gladiator Heels
Riley Necklace 

Adding some sparkle

I have to say that the only reason I chose to wear this dress was because when I pulled it out of the recesses of my closet, I fell in love all over again with the line of sparkly rhinestones on the neckline. The tunic itself is so simple, but the thin line of rhinestones is perfectly subtle and pretty. I haven’t worn this dress in ages. It is definitely one of those items that I forget about until I find it while digging through my closet. Sometimes that’s all you need to freshen up your wardrobe for fall: a good pair of boots and an old dress—sounds like a country song!
Dress (unknown gifted); Target leggings; Franco Sarto boots; Kenneth Cole watch; Silver Mine bracelet

First day of fall poem and outfit post

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
– Robert Frost
Now that we have heard from Mr. Frost, we can move onto fashion for the day. It was actually quite green when I took this picture. A more recent walk through the park and some of my more recent photos show that the leaves have begun to change. For this outfit, I did something I normally wouldn’t do. I wore something very long with something kind of baggy. Usually I think that drowns a person, especially me at 5’4. I’m in that weird in between height that isn’t tall but isn’t short either. I don’t want to go too much in one direction. Nicole Richie seems to be able to pull off the whole baggy bohemian look, and she is a lot shorter than me, but she is also a lot cooler than me. Anyways, for some reason I like the way this tunic looks with these wide leg jeans. The tunic is actually nicely fitted throughout and the belt helps too.
Forever 21 tunic and necklace; Seven for Mankind jeans; J.Crew necklace; Banana Republic belt; Ann Taylor (thrifted shoes)