Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I found this printed sweater last winter at a vintage shop in Columbus, OH.  I was visiting with girlfriends and we had a great time picking through the racks to find our treasures.  I got some interesting looks from my friends when I picked out this granny sweater, but it was love at first sight!  It kept me warm and cozy last winter, and I plan on keeping this love affair going for many winters to come!
Sweater|Thrifted   Trousers|Old Navy   Pumps|Jessica Simpson   Bag|Coach   Glasses|Vintage


Yesterday I was bumming over breaking out my winter coats.  Today?  I'm over it!  Once I pulled them all out and took inventory (I always forget how many winter coats I own until I break 'em out after the first snow) I got excited again.  Adding a great statement coat is a great way to take a basic black and white outfit to the next level.  Who doesn't look chic in a long peacoat?!
Coat|Merona   Top|Old Navy   Skirt|Michael Kors   Belt|Husband's    Boots|De Blossom   Tights|Hue

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Weather Outside

Even though I know that temperatures (and snow!) start falling in November each year, I seem to always be caught off guard.   I may grab a winter coat as I head out the door, but my optimistic self was sure that bare legs would keep me warm.  Boy was I wrong.  We had snow for the first time this weekend, and while I loved watching my Scottie Miss Pearl romp, I had to pour one out for my high heels. 

It becomes exponentially harder to wear heels as it gets colder.  They don't get good traction in slippery conditions, they aren't as warm as boots and it seems like whenever I wear them with tights my feet slip out of my shoes when I walk- no bueno.  Maybe someday I will master the art of high heels in the winter, but I'm not hopeful. 
Top|Merona   Skirt|Mossimo   Clutch|Jessica Simpson  Heels|Alfani   Glasses|Vintage

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pink and Blue Pattern Mixing

Please excuse these pasty gams!  They haven't seen sunlight in a while! (Mental note to self: pick up some self tanner ASAP!)

I try not to play favorites, but I am breaking my rule today.  This is one of my favorite pattern combinations ever!  I am a big fan of pattern mixing to begin with, and this combo just gets me.  The bright blues and pinks tie together perfectly for me.  I have to emphasize that because I got some looks today in this getup.  Mostly people giving me the oh that poor girl got dressed in the dark look I have come accustomed to over the years.  

I have received lot of comments like "oh I would have never thought to pair those things together".  Some of them have been very sweet and meant as a compliment, and others have been very backhanded with mean intentions.  I think anyone with their own style rules has to deal with these looks and comments from time to time.  They don't bother me anymore, because I wear what I love and have learned the art of tuning people out nicely. 
Dress|Merona   Coat|AGB   Shoes&Bag| Coach

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


I'm super guilty of wearing these polka dot trousers from Old Navy to death.  I swear I wear them once a week, because both black & white and polka dots are super versatile and just go with everything.  I've paired them with buffalo plaid, florals, stripes and even a basic cropped sweater like this one from Banana Republic.  There are certainly times I think "I don't want to feature these again, people will think I only own one pair of pants!", but a big part of being authentic is admitting that I am a chronic re-wearer, especially in the fall and winter!  
Sweater|Banana Republic   Trousers|Old Navy   Shoes|Jessica Simpson   Bag|Coach   Glasses|Vintage

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rainbow Bright

After a few days of wearing my new favorite color (hint: check it out here) I decided I needed some more feminine colors today.  I have had this pink tie neck top for over eight years and still love wearing it.  Paired with a purple peplum skirt and turquoise accessories I felt super girly.
Blouse|Old Navy   Skirt|Mossimo   Coat|AGB   Shoes|Bondolinos   Belt|Macy's

9 Cold Weather Style Tips That Every Woman Can Try

With winter coming up soon, it's time to drag the winter coats from the back of our closets and unpack our boxes of tights.  Say bye bye to the sundresses and hello to your scarves. Here are some of the best cold weather style tips  that any woman can try!

1) Go for monochromatic looks
This can be a safe style for anyone, depending on the color you choose.  It's a lot easier to rock an all black ensemble than feature head to toe red.  Stick with neutrals if you're a bit more conservative.

2) A bold cold weather coat
This is where I really like to spice things up.  I gravitate toward bright colors or bold patterns when choosing winter coats.  What fun is dressing cute when you just throw on a basic black pea coat over everything?

3) Pattern Mixing
It doesn't have to be cold for you to have fun mixing and matching your favorite patterns, but cooler temps allow more opportunities to layer.  If you're new to pattern mixing, start with mixing two patterns that feature the same colors to play it safe.  If you're bolder, the sky's the limit!

4) Put a hat on it
Whether is is a beanie, a beret or a floppy brimmed hat, anything that tops your head is going to keep you warm.  Why not grab a hat that will make you feel chic and stylish?  It is also the ultimate three-day hair tamer.  What greasy roots?

5) Brightly colored or patterned tights
Basic black tights are always a chic choice, but don't lose out on a chance to inject some more color into your wardrobe.  Colored tights are a great way to keep warm and extend the life of your favorite dresses and skirts.

6) Raid your grandmother's closet
"Granny sweaters" and cardigans have left the retirement home and taken up residence in your closet.  Don't worry about appearing dated, these sweaters are on trend this winter.

7) Stay comfortable in a poncho
These aren't your parents' hippie ponchos.  We are talking about chic and comfortable ways to stay warm and stylish this winter.  You can belt them to give yourself more structure or wear it loose to accommodate those holiday meals!

8) Layer, layer, layer!
Do you have a warm weather dress that you love?  Hate sticking it in the back of your closet three seasons a year?  Layers are your best friend here.  Whether you're layering a jacket or cardigan over or putting a classic button up underneath, you get a lot more bang for your buck (and styling options) when you layer.

9) Invest in knee-high boots
Stylish boots are a must in the cold weather.  Investing in a versatile pair can be a great way to have both professional work and sexy date night footwear.  I have these beloved boots in three colors so that I can wear them almost daily in the winter.  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cool Mom

I often think back to that scene in Mean Girls where Amy Poehler says she's not a regular mom, she's a "cool mom".  I have one of those.  Not cool in the gave me margaritas in high school way, but the badass super smart and great role model cool.  She kicks butts and takes names, and somehow finds time to pick out cute dresses for me.  A few weeks ago she called me and told me she found me a "nice fall dress" and bought it for me hoping I'd like it.  She gets my style, so needless to say she hit it out of the park.  Simple, olive green and perfect for fall!   How many almost-30 year olds can still say their mom's dress them? 
Dress|Alfani   Belt|Limited   Bag|Coach   Glasses|Vintage

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Olive Juice

My favorite color for fall has to be olive green.  This skirt has been making regular appearances since I scored it for less than $20 at a Banana Republic last month.  I bought its dusty rose sister that day too!  I love the way that the olive just seems to go with every color.  Cream? Yup.  Black? Heck yeah!  Pink? Totally!  It just seems to me like it is a new neutral for fall.  I doubled up on leopard print and threw on some brown booties and I was ready for a beautiful (if not unseasonably warm) Indy Autumn day!
Blouse|Old Navy   Skirt&Belt|Banana Republic   Scarf|H&M   Booties|Style&Co   Bag|Coach   Sunglasses|Ray-Ban