staple pieces

an investment piece

January 30, 2014

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Rag & Bone blazer [love this one] | Olive & Oak blouse | Wayf pants | Elizabeth & James booties [second favorite fair ever]

There are some pieces that you just don’t invest in. These usually include fad items that include but are not limited to neon, high low skirts, acid wash denim, the Robin Thicke VMA blazer, bell bottoms, flatforms, crop tops…the list could go on & on but we’d be here for days. In a perfect world, the aforementioned would never be worn. In reality, you shouldn’t spend your paycheck on this week’s fad – it’ll be over before you know it & you’ll be left penniless with a closet full of overalls.

Survey your closet & realistically judge what pieces you wear most. I’m a blazer girl. Pants, skirts, or dresses, it’s likely I’m throwing a blazer over whatever I’m wearing that day whether it be a work day or I’m heading out with my best girls. I’m obsessed with the structure a blazer adds to any look & I feel my best in them: win, win. Although I have an eternal & undying love for blazers, the fad thing can happen here too. I can say, without a doubt, that I will always love black blazers, & likely any blazer in that color family. Always. I love cobalt right now too. But I can’t say that I’ll love cobalt in 5 years or even 1 year. Because of this, I wouldn’t invest in a cobalt blazer.

I’d been coveting this particular piece of structured goodness for nearly a year when I saw it peeking out behind a bunch of sequin mini skirts at Lessburg Outlet’s Saks Off Fifth. This was one of those items that the fashion obsessed portion of my brain & my bank account agreed upon earlier in life: I would purchase it if ever the fiscally responsible opportunity presented itself. That particular day, it was nearly 75% off & there was only one left in my size, which is a sign in & of itself. Purchased. No thought, no reason, no guilt. I seldom shop ‘just because’ or spree on random purchases. I always shop with intent. I know what my closet is lacking & what I’m willing to spend a little more on. This jacket was one of those pieces. In all honestly, I likely would have paid double to take it home that day, it was pure luck + a right time, right place type of situation or as I like to call it, FASHION FATE. Yes, mom, it’s real.

What’s the one item that you’re not afraid to spend a little extra on?

[monday must-haves] fall staples for the office

October 28, 2013

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Layering sweaters | Cable knit beanie | Leather gloves | Statement flats | Leather detailed trench | White button down | Nude lip | Tortoise shades | Chunky baubles | Versatile blazer |  Solid boxy tops | Shift dress | Patent pumps | Leather skirt

THERE’S SO MUCH BLACK!? I know, isn’t it the best? It dropped below 50 this weekend & I was beside myself with excitement. I don’t know what it is about this time of year but the older I get the more I fall in love with it.

Yet another favorite part of this time of year, other than football, roasting mallows, weekend winery tours, & chunky scarves, is that I can wear my favorite color every. single. day. Not that I ever would [lie] but at least I have the option. I’m not sure when I fell so madly in love with black. Maybe it was the night my mother told me to return the black floral top I’d just purchased from Sears because it was far too “gothic” for her liking. Ah, rebellion.

Stock up on comfy sweaters that you can layer over button downs in the office & throw over a maxi dress on the weekends. & while you’re at it, take a gander at this trench. It’s fab, & at this sale price it can’t be beat.

I know we’ve chatted about this before but I can’t say it enough: If you’re mixing blacks, make sure they’re the same black. Not only have I fallen victim to this offensive trap, I’ve also gotten dressed so early in the morning that it wasn’t until noon that I realized I was wearing navy tights with a black sheath dress. I went bare legged the rest of the day. Do yourself a favor & invest in a $5 full length mirror from Target. Your legs [& your self esteem] will thank you.

summer sales

July 29, 2013

After the necessary edits to my closet were made via these suggestions I was able to reevaluate the pieces I needed to purchase to have a more well-rounded wardrobe. Thanks to a few major sales at Zara, JCrew, BR, & the like, my mini hauls have transformed my closet into something I’m excited to dive into every morning instead of standing in front of it dreading the day. Revamp success!

Here are a few more favorites that I just might bite into in the next few days. These sales are just too good to miss!

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