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!

Give Me All the Chunky Sweaters

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great time celebrating the end of 2018. I had some exciting news of my own to end the year. My boyfriend and I got engaged on New Year’s Eve! We’re both thrilled and looking forward to what 2019 will bring. Besides that I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things after completely disregarding healthy eating and exercise for close to two weeks.

In addition to shopping for people on my Christmas list, I tried to find some deals for myself during the holidays. I decided to focus on big chunky sweaters this year since those seemed to be a major category missing from my wardrobe. I’ve been trying to clean out my closet every season, getting rid of styles I no longer care for or wear. Last year, I did a big purge of my sweaters, leaving my closet woefully low on this wardrobe staple. With colder temperatures right around the corner, I was glad to stock up while they were on sale.

This pointelle sweater from Loft is one of my favorites. It’s big, chunky, and cozy, and styles perfectly with jeans and booties. I also want to try it with skirts for work. Currently, this sweater is almost sold out, but luckily Loft has a lot of other cute styles like this texturestich sweater and marled sweater. What are you wearing to stay warm this winter? 

A Pretty Plaid Skirt for Work

Details: J.Crew Turtleneck / J.Crew Factory Skirt / Everlane Loafers / BaubleBar Earrings

Wow! Just like that Christmas is almost here. Along with last-minute shopping, wrapping, and eating lots of cookies, I am trying to finish up a few things at work so I can enjoy a nice, relaxing vacation at home with my family in Cleveland. But before I hang up my loafers for slippers, I wanted to share this pretty plaid skirt I found for work. It can be so hard to look cute in the office during the cold, gray winter months, but a fun skirt in a bold pattern like this one can really brighten up those dreary days. Here I’m wearing it with a black turtleneck, but I could totally see this working with a pink or navy sweater or button down. The ruffle detail is the icing on the cake. What have you been wearing to the office lately? I hope you’re winding down for the year and get to celebrate the holidays with friends and family very soon!

Valentine’s Day Outfit

Are you feeling the love this Valentine’s Day or are you boycotting it this year? We don’t usually make a big deal out of the holiday, opting to spend our money on travel and other experiences throughout the year. We’ll be making dinner at home, including this Chocolate Fruit Dip recipe. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to wear something romantic. I got this super cute skirt at Loft right before Christmas for 40% off. Talk about love at first sight! Loft has had great skirts lately and this one has the perfect shape for twirling. What are your plans this year? Wearing anything special? Sending lots of love your way and hoping, no matter how you celebrate, it’s everything you want it to be!

Black and White Print Dress

Details: Banana Republic Factory Dress / Gap Shirt / Halogen Flats / Target Necklace

I hope 2017 is going well for you so far. I accomplished my first “first” of the year. I went indoor rock climbing over the weekend. It was an amazing experience. I was filled with adrenaline and pride in myself for overcoming my fears. I have to admit I was really scared. I have a bad fear of heights. I could barely get up the wall at first. Putting your safety in someone else’s hands when you’re really scared is hard to do. The nice thing is that you get to be the person holding the rope too. Once you figure out how it all works it’s a lot less scary. Over time I gained confidence and was trying some of the more challenging walls.

Luckily, getting dressed in the morning in not as stressful as rock climbing — especially when you can wear a dress to work. Dresses are the best go tos for the office because they can often times be more comfortable than pants and are much more stylish. This dress in particular is a great staple because the black and white pattern goes with any color and any season. For the colder days ahead, I wanted to try wearing my ballet flats with tights. This dress was the perfect opportunity to test out this look because of its simplicity. I love how the contrast of black and pink turned out.

Gray and Pink Monochromatic

Details: Charter Club turtleneck / Banana Republic thrifted skirt / Loft tights / Nine West shoes / Francesca’s necklace 

One of the best ways to realize the full potential of what you own already is to shop your closet. Even though it’s so much more fun to shop J.Crew Factory when they are having a sale and convince myself that I need another polka dot sweater. To help find the inspiration to actually follow through with this, I’ve been participating in style challenges. Even if you don’t like to post your outfits on instagram, making yourself do the challenge and observing others doing it is a great way to breath some life back into your wardrobe. It has me thinking of outfits and combinations that I haven’t thought of before.

I am participating in Wear What Where’s January Style Challenge and the prompt for today was color blind. I knew I wanted to go with this gray monochromatic look after I saw something similar on Cupcakes and Cashmere. For a little pop of color, I threw in the pink shoes and rose quartz necklace. Don’t you love the combination?

Oatmeal Tunic Sweater with Skinnies

Details: Sun & Shadow Sweater via Nordstrom / Gap Leggings / Sole Society Shoes / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff

I have been gravitating to longer, tunic style sweaters lately. They look great layered over skinnies, they feel sophisticated and they provide a different level of warmth and coziness. My mom and I found this one while shopping the Black Friday sales before Thanksgiving. I was lucky enough to unwrap it on Christmas morning. When I wear this sweater to work with my legging pants from Gap, it sort of feels like I am wearing pajamas. There is no better feeling after toughing it out in the snow and cold.

As I attempt to be less wasteful in 2016 (See Resolution) and invest in quality pieces for my wardrobe, I have been relying on Nordstrom a lot lately. They tend to carry brands that interpret trends with longevity in mind. Despite the fact that this sweater feels more modern, I can see it being useful in my wardrobe for a long time to come. Nordstrom has a lot of great sweaters under $100 and they have sales frequently enough that you may find one of these beauties marked down if you wait. This one was only $32, and is unfortunately sold out on the website. Southern Curls and Pearls is always posting about her great Nordstrom finds and she usually lets you know if the price drops on an item she’s purchased so you can snatch it up to.