A Festive Christmas Eve Look

Details: Gap Cable-Knit Turtleneck Tunic Sweater / Gap Factory Velvet High-Rise Legging Pants / BP Booties 

Happy Christmas Eve! It’s almost here. Only one more sleep until Christmas. Today I’m wearing these red velvet legging pants that I got on sale at Gap Factory for under $25. They feel like the perfect festive touch for a day that will be spent finishing wrapping presents and attending Christmas Eve mass where my mom will be singing. Now I just need to decide which Christmas movie to watch tonight. The Grinch? Christmas Vacation? Rudolph? What’s your favorite? I hope you have a very merry Christmas with your family and friends and find something wonderfully fashionable under the tree. Merry Christmas!

3 Cute Outfits for When It’s Cold

So far, getting dressed this winter has consisted of me finding the longest, thickest, most turtleneck sweater in my closet and pairing it with pants. There’s not much else you can do with weather like this. So in an attempt to change it up and fight this winter style rut, here are three cute outfits for when it’s cold. 

Mia Embroidered Boots, $59.97
Or go to ZuLily for more sizes and a cheaper price, $49.99

I got these boots for Christmas, and I have been hesitant to wear them with all of the snow and salt. But, if you are just hopping into and out of an Uber for the night and you don’t have to worry about hiking through mountains of snow, these are a nice way to add a little color and texture to the sweater and black leggings we’ve all been living in this winter.

ASTR the Label Tie Sleeve Sweater, $19.97
(Similar Nordstrom Rack tie-sleeve sweater here and here, J.Crew tie-sleeve sweater here)
If you can’t embellish your footwear, embellish your sweater. When I first got this sweater, I thought you were supposed to tie it the way you see above, but apparently the ties are supposed to be in the front. Personally, I think it looks good either way and it’s not the only way to make your sweater game more interesting. It seems like there are an endless amount of options for sweaters. Bows, ties, fringe, pom-poms, sequins, appliques, embroidery, you name it!

Thread and Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover, $78
Though this pullover may be for when you made plans with your friends and then decided to stay at home instead because it’s just too damn cold, I still think it’s cute enough to be worn in the light of day. That is if you do decide to leave the house! The fur elevates it from an everyday pullover to something a little more special. And if you do decide to stay in, put on your leggings and slippers, grab your hot tea and just lean into it. No one will care because everyone else is just as cold.

Anthropologie Plaid Cape

Details: Anthropologie Plaid Cape / Gap Shirt and Pants / Nine West Boots / Loft Necklace / Studebaker Metals Cuff

Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful holidays! I took a much needed hiatus from work, blogging, laundry and almost all other adult responsibilities the last few weeks to spend some unadulterated time with my family and friends. It was glorious!

I feel renewed and refreshed and ready to tackle 2017 with one resolution in mind: to keep it simple. So many times last year I felt overwhelmed and overworked all because I couldn’t properly set priorities or I couldn’t admit what was truly important and essential. I don’t really have a plan yet for how to make sure I do better this year, but at least I know what I want to fix.

One of the areas where I will continue to try to make things more simple is my closet. Last year, I set the goal of trying to make fewer, larger purchases that would be game changers for my wardrobe. I for the most part followed that philosophy successfully. I will continue to refine that model of buying this year.

This Anthropologie cape, one of my Christmas gifts, is a perfect example of the type of piece that can really make an impact on your wardrobe. The pattern is classic and goes with everything yet the shape and cut make it modern and interesting. I will definitely be looking for more pieces like this in the new year and sharing them with you here. What do you hope to accomplish in 2017?

3 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just another excuse to dress up. Sure it’s about love too, but its in the middle of February and when it’s as cold as it has been I am excited to find any reason to dress cute. I put together these three simple outfits using pieces already in my closet. There is no reason to spend a lot on your outfit especially considering how much will be spent on dinner, movie tickets, etc. A little creativity can go a long way.

1. Red Tights – This one is so simple. Red tights automatically make any outfit that much more interesting. I love this BB Dakota dress that I got at a consignment shop for $15. It’s form fitting and perfect for a fancy dinner date.

Kohl’s Scarf / BB Dakota Dress via Avalon Exchange / Hue Tights / Old Navy Boots

2. Mix and Match Pinks and Reds – There are a lot of ways to combine various shades of pinks and reds. I went with this hot pink top and a maroon skirt for an interesting and bright contrast. I like this outfit for a work party or meeting up with girlfriends for drinks.

Ann Taylor Top / The Limited Skirt / Franco Sarto Boots / Illy Couture Necklace

3. Use Unconventional Red Patterns – Everyone automatically goes for the heart shape and polka dot patterns when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but I think a buffalo plaid scarf paired with simple black and white really pops! This outfit is perfect for ice skating in the park or a cozy night in.

Gap Men’s Scarf / Loft Top / James Jeans / Calvin Klein Shoes

Peplum Sweater

Details: The Limited Peplum Sweater / Consigned J.Crew skirt / Franco Sarto Boots / Banana Republic necklace / Jennifer and Grace blouse via Marshalls / Michael Kors watch and cuff

Winter sure loses its appeal quickly. One minute you are making snow angels, the next minute you are driving to work cursing the skies. I feel the same way about winter outfits. I’ve been trying to keep things fresh lately, but that poses a challenge when the only chance of staying warm is to pile on the layers. For me that often turns into the same look over and over again. Sweater, button down skirt, repeat. When I found this peplum sweater in the clearance section at the Limited, I knew it would provide that small amount of variety I needed to really up my sweater game. How are you keeping things fresh?

3 Tips for Wearing Gold Sequin Leggings

Details: H&M sweater (old) / Parisiscoming.com leggings (Order one size larger) / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls / Coach purse 

I rang in the New Year like any style blogger, human being and woman of 2015 should: in gold sequin leggings. I know New Year’s Eve is old news, but that line just sounded good. And it’s true! We attended the Girl Talk concert here in Pittsburgh on an unusually frigid New Year’s Eve night and I have to say these leggings stole the show. Many concert goers told me so … or something to that affect.

When I first received these pants for my birthday in July, my feelings were of both elation and panic. Elation because there was nothing my heart desired more than a pair of gold sequin leggings. Major props to the boyfriend for finding these pants via the Google machine. Panic because I thought I lacked the guts to pull of this aberration of fashion. I quickly realized that was crazy talk! My advice to you for feeling more comfortable wearing gold sequin leggings is as follows.

  1. Wear Them Comfortably – I don’t judge anyone who wears leggings as pants, but that is one thing I am not comfortable with. And I am certainly not going to feel comfortable wearing leggings as pants if they have gold sequins on them. So I made sure to layer a longer sweater over them. Wear them with whatever makes you feel comfortable.
  2. Choose a Good Color Scheme – Choosing the right color scheme will help make the whole outfit look under control. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Don’t let the outfit wear you.” It would be very easy for that to happen with gold sequin leggings. I imagine these leggings would look good with emerald and black, cream and black, cream and pink, and pink and black. I am sure there are other combinations, but I think the key is keeping the scheme relatively simple.

  3. Mix in Casual Elements – One of the things I love about this look is that it mixes the dressy gold sequin, the sporty cut of the leggings and the casual sweater to make an understated look. It also lets the leggings be the center of attention instead of having elements that are competing for attention. This type of look is created all the time by Jenna Lyons who just masters casual cool.

Good luck in your gold sequin legging adventures!

Dressing up for warmth

This is a dressier look for work. I usually don’t break out the shift dress unless important people are coming in for a meeting. I needed a way to make this winter-weather appropriate though, so I buttoned up the cardigan and layered on the scarf. I like that my shift dress actually looks like a tulip skirt here. I still feel very dressy, despite the cold temps, and I was warm all day, especially with the knit tights.
Target scarf; BP Nordstrom cardigan; H&M dress; Loft tights; Fraco Sarto boots; F21 earrings