Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gold Tones...

Sweater: Gap, similar here and here | Pants: Calvin Klein, similar here | Shoes: Gianni Bini, similar here and here | Scarf: Old Navy, similar here and love this | Hat: old (my dad's Lord Abbot hat from a work conference), love this | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: kate spade | Ring: Baublebar | Earrings: Nadri | Sunnies: Amazon, Prada version here | Lips: MAC - Rebel, Liner: NYX - Prune 

A sporty outfit for today... On Saturday I was cheering on my Iowa Hawkeyes from the lake. Although this weekend's weather was not typical for Iowa in the fall (it was 80 degrees!), I couldn't help but play the part when "tailgating" at my family's house. My tailgating uniform is as follows - a comfy sweater, jeans / ponte pants, and comfortable but stylish oxfords, all of which are black and gold!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Pretty in Pink...

Top: Francesca's (on sale for $24!), similar here and here | Skirt: old (bought at LOFT), similar here and loving this J.Crew option | Pumps: TJ Maxx, similar here, here, here and here | Bag: vintage Celine, similar here and lusting for this | Necklace: J.Crew Factory | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: kate spade, stella and dot, J.Crew Factory (no longer available) love this instead | Earrings: Nadri | Sunnies: Amazon, Prada version here | Lips: stila - fiore 

Neon pink anything is (and will always be) an obsession of mine! Most likely because it is "appropriate" for any season. It's definitely an overwhelming shade, however it pairs nicely with my striped skirt. Stripes can also be overwhelming at times, but this skirt from LOFT is equal parts neutral and flattering. One tip when wearing stripes is to find a piece that will become the focal point of the outfit. My neon pink shirt offsets the severeness of the stripes, bringing your eyes up towards my face. By adding in a bright pop of color, the stripes will become less severe and show off your shape! Just make sure the stripes are in a neutral shade (think black, creams, navy or grays), otherwise the entire outfit can be too overwhelming.

Have a great day! And HBD to my big sister Emily - she turns 25 today!

Friday, September 26, 2014


Dress: old, similar here and here | Heels: Target, similar here, here and here | Purse: Marc Jacobs, similar here and love this | Necklace: J.Crew Factory | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: kate spade, stella & dot | Earrings: Nordstrom | Sunnies: Ray-Ban, thinking about getting these | Nails: Essie - Fiji | Lips: Estee Lauder - Beige, Liner: Revlon - Nude 

There's just something about spiked-anything that vamps up an outfit! Or apple cider... 'tis the season! :) On another note, this dress is so comfortable! To change it up, pair this dress with a crisp button down underneath and simple pointed pumps for a more conservative look. 

What are your plans for the weekend? Mine consists of sleep, family, football and hanging with friends. It's supposed to be 80 degrees so I'll take any chance I can to soak up the last few days on the lake. Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pattern Mixing with Vanity..

Cardigan: Vanity c/o | Blouse: LOFT, similar herehere and here | Pants: J.Crew Factory, loving these for fall | Booties: Francesca's, similar here and here | Clutch: BCBG, similar here | Earrings: Vince Camuto (similar), loving these | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: stella & dot | Sunnies: Target, thinking about getting these | Nails: Essie - Fuji | Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte #7 

So over the weekend, I was with my family celebrating my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary in Des Moines. Yes, 60 years! What an amazing accomplishment. Almost the entire family came into town, including cousins, great aunts and great uncles. I love when everyone gets together! We don't see each other very often, so it's nice to catch up on every one's lives. We're a pretty big family with lots of extended family members, so it's always a party! Anyways, my aunts and adult cousins kept telling me they wanted to see more outfits that they could wear to work, so ladies, this outfit is for YOU! 

When I got this lovely cardigan in the mail from Vanity, I originally imagined it with more casual pieces, like a loose tank, a scarf and a billowy hat. When I saw that my sister brought home this polka-dotted button down, I loved the idea of dressing up the cardigan and mixing up the patterns! Plus the fringe on the ends.. amazing! It definitely adds a little personality and fun to the outfit. 

What are your go-to work pieces? Thanks for reading!

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