$15 Pleather Leggings

Details: Charter Club Cashmere Sweater / Gap Factory Leggings / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar)

We’re officially back into the swing of things. Our Christmas decorations have been taken down and carefully stored away for next year, and it’s our first full week back after the holidays. How are you holding up? I’m doing surprisingly well, considering. Although I’m always one of those people who is eager to start the new year and set new goals. And the weather hasn’t been as terrible as it normally is around this time of year, which makes it a lot better.

I found these leggings while Christmas shopping for $20. Now they’re down to $15! I’ve been wanting to try out pleather leggings for a while, and I have to say I really like them. They’re great for adding a little something extra to everyday outfits or updating any of your old wardrobe staples. I think they’re best paired with long tunics and preppy sweaters and shoes that balance out their edgy look (unlike the leopard print ones I’m wearing here!).

Floral Print, Black and White

Target cardigan via Goodwill / Gap shirt  and jeans / Nine West shoes via TJ Maxx / Michael Kors watch and cuff 

This floral print cardigan paired with this black and white stripe makes me think of flowers against a cast iron fence. These two things create a contrast yet look so good together. Black and floral print is a great way to wear florals for an updated and edgier look. However, nothing can look too edgy with a ruffled collar and bow-tie heels.

I hope you all had a great weekend and an even better Mother’s Day. I am lucky to say I spent Mother’s Day with my mom. Also, the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show was a great success. I will be providing a recap later this week. So keep your eyes peeled for fashion show goodness.

Sweet Details

Details: Loft sweater / Blank NYC corduroys via TJ Maxx / Halogen boots via Nordstrom 

Don’t mind the red, white and blue balloons in the background. They are left over from our Opening Ceremonies party this past weekend. I am completely obsessed with everything Olympics. Even my hair do for this pic is inspired by figure skater Ashley Wagner (tutorial to come later).

I wore this outfit for a birthday dinner and drinks. I love how the simple black lines on this sweater and off white color are a great compliment to almost anything. Since the polar vortex is still upon us, I opted for my cranberry corduroys and riding boots. I can’t wait to wear this same sweater with skinny jeans and heals or a pencil skirt when it gets a little warmer. The sweet bow and puckered shoulders add such a subtle feminine touch. This sweater would make a great addition to any Valentine’s Day outfit.

You didn’t think I’d let you miss out on a skating pose pic, did you?

Throwback Thursday Outfit: Burgundy Jeans

With the weekend almost here I wanted to revisit an outfit that I wore last year around this time. I still love this color combination and how the outfit can be dressed up or dressed down with just a quick shoe change. The verdict is still out on these Target pants that get loose after several hours of wear. What are you wearing/doing this weekend?

Details: Gap sweater / Target jeans / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime / TJ Maxx necklace / Nine West heels

I bought these burgundy jeans as soon as August got here. Burgundy jeans for fall felt like the right addition to my wardrobe, which is filled with a lot of navy, white, black and gray. With all of those choices, I still wanted to challenge myself a little more with an interesting color combination. I thought these similar hues would really compliment each other. The sweater helps to tie in the turquoise while making it pop at the same time.

Just for fun, I wanted to show you this outfit dressed down with boots and dressed up slightly with leopard print heels. My only peeve with these jeans is how they get really loose after only a couple of hours of wear. Oh well! It’s to the dryer for them!

Weekend Wear: Striped Cardigan and Corduroy Pants

 Details: Marshalls cardigan, lace tank and pants / Pavement necklace / Old Navy boots

Reason #355 why I love fall: I get to wear these corduroy pants. They feel so sumptuous and warm, and the dark maroon is the perfect romantic statement for fall. The girly lace tank mixed with the tough suede boots, as well the stripes in unexpected colors make the look more interesting. I feel like this outfit is a great mix of playful and serious and can easily transition from visiting pumpkin patches during the day to drinking pumpkin beers at night. As if there was anything else to do? If we are brave enough we might try to watch the Conjuring this weekend and we will be picking out our annual giant pumpkins for carving. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Casual Friday Maxi Dress

OK. Let’s be real. This dress is more of an attempt to be comfortable on Casual Friday than it is an attempt to be fashionable. It’s that decision you make as you are staring at your closet on Friday morning wondering if you should wear pants or not. Clearly not pants in the form of a dress or skirt wins, especially in the summer. I did make some effort to be edgy by pairing it with this awesome military-style jacket. I like the mix of dressy and tough. The jacket lends itself to this kind of styling with its puckered shoulders and peplum waist. This isn’t the first time I’ve stretched this jacket’s use. Here I am wearing this jacket with a silk shirt to work.

Do you like mixing structured and feminine pieces?

Details:
H&M Consignment Jacket
Forever 21 Maxi Dress
Old Navy Shoes
Ray Ban Wayfarers
Riley Necklace

White Pants and a Bright Top

Paris Blue via TJ Maxx pants / Jones New York sandals (Avalon) / Gap sweater / J.Crew necklace / Old Navy blouse / Michael Kors watch (gift) / Ray Ban wayfarers (purchased with Amazon gift card

Ok so white is probably the most obvious choice when it comes to styling with bright colors. Just because it’s obvious does not make it any less of a good idea. Also bright colors and whites are easy to pair with all of the other accoutrements of summer such as tan sandals and gold accessories. I decided to wear a navy blue cardigan with the combo to tone it down and contrast the green a bit. It’s getting to be that time of year when you can walk everywhere and you almost don’t need a coat, except for last Friday when we walked home from dinner and the temperature made a swift and drastic change. This brings me to my favorite detail of white pants: they keep you warm while still looking dressy. And the cats out of the bag!

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.

Weekend update 30 for 30 challenge


Day 19: Target turtleneck; American Eagle jeans; Banana Republic necklace, Nine West shoes
Day 20: J.Crew cardigan; H&M top: James Jeans; Gap city flats; Nars Heatwave lipstick

Happy Monday all! I hope you have today off from work. I do and I am loving every minute of it. Sleeping in, coffee, and reading my favorite blogs…couldn’t be more perfect. I just wanted to check in with my weekend outfits for the 30 for 30 challenge. I basically lived in skinny jeans so sorry for the lack of variation. I took my first ballet class in years on Friday night and we celebrated my mom and aunt’s (her twin sister) birthday with tacos and birthday sombreros (Vicky Cristina Barcelona soundtrack is great background music for a party). Also, the Oscars are this weekend. I can’t wait for that! I will be posting my ballot for you to see sometime this week, and I would really love it if you could weigh in. And I will be guest posting on another blog so stay tuned for that. Enjoy your week!

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.