Friday, October 24, 2014

Handbag Help...

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So remember earlier this season when I was trying to decide which fall tote to get? Well I still haven't gotten a new one yet, but I have the best little helper to assist me in finding the perfect bag for next season! First off, I am a frequent at Rue La La - it's an online shopping destination that offers great prices for it's members. Plus, they offer designer pieces at discounted prices. Looooove it. Not only do they offer great clothes, handbags and jewelry, but they now have a Premier Handbag Guide! The Handbag Guide is extremely detailed to give you a thorough look into shapes, sizes and quality of designer handbags. Not only that, but it also gives you step-by-step instructions on how to care for you bags and also a little history on some of your favorite designers. Be sure to check it out for help in finding the perfect bag! 

Have a great weekend! 

Thank you to Rue La La for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mixed Prints...

Sweater: old, similar here and here | Skirt: J.Crew Factory, similar here | Boots: Ecco, similar here and love these | Boot Socks: Spotlight Boutique (call to order) | Belt: J.Crew | Purse: vintage Celine, similar here and here | Necklace: Groopdealz (old), similar here | Watch: Michael Kors | Earrings: Nadri | Ring: Baublebar | Sunnies: Amazon, Prada version here | Lip Liner: Revlon - Nude | Lipstick: Estee Lauder - Beige

Pattern mixing is a fun challenge for me each morning. I've found that by mixing larger prints with smaller ones, the prints will most likely go well together. Stripes and animal print is a pairing that may seem difficult at first, but they compliment each other well, making it a go-to combo that you can trust will look great for when you're rushed in the morning. We've had 75 degree weather lately (unheard of in late October!) so I've been gravitating towards my summer wardrobe again. This skirt and sweater I've worn in multiple other looks in many different seasons, so don't feel like you can't wear pieces from the back of your closet! 

Have a great day! Thanks so much for reading. 

photos by f8 creative 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Harvest Gold...

Dress: H&M, similar here and here | Vest: Forever 21, similar here | Booties: Francesca's (not available), similar here and here | Bag: Dolce and Gabbana, similar here | Necklace: old, similar here and here | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: stella & dot, kate spade | Ring: Baublebar | Earrings: Nadri | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Lip Liner: NYX - Plum, Lipstick: MAC - Rebel 

How amazing are these photos from f8 creative?? My photographer Chris and I set out to find some locations to shoot at last week and luckily a colleague of mine allowed us to use his house as a backdrop. You'll see more of where we shot photos throughout the next two weeks, but my goodness the grounds around this house are absolutely breathtaking. Chris is an amazing photographer, as is the rest of the f8 crew, so be sure to check out their site (also linked below!). 

As for this dress, I'm quite impressed by the length and feel of it. I typically expect shorter hemlines from H&M, however they've recently come out with longer skirts, conservative dresses and work-appropriate pieces. Sure they've always had pieces like those, but the quality of the clothing has gone up a notch (in my opinion). I definitely like to mix my investment pieces with more affordable pieces, and I think by doing that, the investment pieces add more value towards your affordable ones. Plus by saving my money on more affordable pieces, I can save up for investments that I'll keep forever! 

Thanks for stopping by... 

Photos by f8 Creative 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Vests...

Vest: TJ Maxx, similar here and here | Tunic: Forever 21 (old), similar here | Leggings: J.Crew, loving these | Boots: Enzo Angiolini, similar here and here | Necklace: Francesca's (old), similar here | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: BCBG, kate spade, stella & dot | Ring: Baublebar | Earrings: Nadri | Sunnies: Ray-BanLip Liner: Revlon - Nude | Lipstick: Estee Lauder - Beige 

Why are vests always so comfy?! What I love most about vests is that you can find so many different styles, ranging from casual/workout gear to ultra glam. Being that I live in a more casual atmosphere, I gravitate towards the outerwear and faux-fur styles because they are extremely versatile and warm (hello Iowa winters). When I shop for vests, I try to find styles that don't add too much bulk, especially because I like to pair them with flannels, sweaters and turtlenecks. If styled right, vests should actually compliment your shape, so although it might be tempting to purchase a vest to cover up, keep in mind what you'll be wearing under the vest. A favorite look of mine is a cropped vest styled with a long tunic or t-shirt; the contrast of the cropped vest with a long shirt will create balance while also elongating your shape.  

I've linked a few of my favorite fall vests below. Happy shopping!


Photos courtesy of f8 creative
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