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 20141023-235715.jpg>< Amuse Society tee c/o >< J Crew Anorak >< Forever 21 Skort >< Loeffler Randall Clutch >< Franco Sarto Sandals >< LC Lauren Conrad Sunnies >< Coral Turban from 9th & Elm ><

XOXO,

#WIWW 10.15.14

S&S WIWW 10.15.14

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Grey has always been one of my favorite colors, and this coat and skirt from H&M make me fall in love all over again with the shade. Plus I think the fringe on the skirt is just so fun – like Kate Moss meets a 20s flapper!  I love simple, elegant jewelry, and these two pieces from Bauble Bar are quite great; the whimsical details really make them.  I’ve been craving a pair of blue heels ever since I saw SJP wear a pair in SATC The Movie, and I love that these are simple enough to wear in your daily life.  Finally, I’ve been a (wee) bit obsessed with finding a great card case, and it’s kind of difficult to find one in a bright, fabulous color.  This Tory Burch case would be absolutely perfect!

XOXO,

checked

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20141013-105730.jpg:: Target plaid scarf (similar) :: Bernardo Leather Jacket :: Gabriella Rocha Booties :: Marc Jacobs Clutch ::

I know blanket scarves have been huge this season, and I’ve always wanted one of those huge, gorgeous Zara scarves that look so fabulous and luxe – enter Target.  Target has been on point this season, and this scarf is positively perfect.  It’s not available online, but it’s definitely worth tracking down in store!  I’ve been trying to focus on practical winter-wear this year, and what’s more practical than scarves? And what’s next: a great statement coat.  Should I commit to the whole faux-fur thing?

XOXO,

Featured ON Friday

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Now, I know it isn’t Friday and that I normally post one of my featured posts on Friday, but I thought I would make an exception this week.  One of my friends, Stratton Parr, is a fabulous writer/fashionista after my own heart, and featured a short profile on me on Wake Forest Today’s website.  She writes a lovely column on all things fashion that relates so beautifully to your everyday life.  Definitely check her out (especially her article on vanity sizing – it’s so great)!  Thanks, Stratton!

XOXO,

Layered

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>< H&M Mustard Sweater >< Asos Black Skinnies (similar) >< Sam Edelman Booties (not available, but I love these metallic ones) >< Rebecca Minkoff Wine MAB Tote Mini (it’s fabulous in orange!)><

XOXO,

 

#WIWW 10.8.14

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This week’s #WIWW is inspired by the elusively elegant Chanel.  Now, Chanel isn’t exactly in my price range, but I was able to track down some particularly elegant and fabulous goodies this week!  Coco Chanel is famous for layering costume jewelry, and these two pieces from J. Crew and Sylvia Benson are the perfect balance of layering.  They’re hassle-free and quite gorgeous.  This H&M quilted faux leather skirt and these Zara tweed sneakers automatically make me think of Chanel’s signature 2.55 handbag and their famous tweed suits, and I can’t help but want to wear them together!  I spotted this striped v-neck sweater, a la Blair Eadie of course, at H&M – talk about a great way to snag the “it” sweater of the season!  I couldn’t escape the fall/winter fringe, and absolutely had to include this wine colored fringe bag – complete with chain strap.  Oh, Coco, your heart be still!

XOXO,

Sweater Weather

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>< Calvin Klein Sweater >< LC Lauren Conrad Jeans >< DVF Bag >< Felt Hat from Pacsun ><

XOXO,

Frugal Chic Series: Invest Well

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With trends coming and going like leaves in a tornado, it can be easy to overlook some very important additions to your closet: the building blocks.  These are the pieces that you will keep for years and end up wearing over and over again – the bones of your wardrobe.  These pieces should be great quality that will last a long time, and in the long-run they are definitely worth dropping a bit of cash on.  The key here is focusing on which items you invest your limited budget in.

Now, I’m not saying that you should funnel all your money into these pieces (especially since they tend to be a good deal pricier than most things you’re probably used to buying), but I am saying that you can build a list of closet staples you need and work toward them.  Maybe it’s just me, but I would rather skip buying those three pairs of trendy earrings at Forever 21 if it means that I can save up to purchase a gorgeous cashmere sweater.

Now, there are many lists on the internet and in books of what constitutes a closet necessity, so I’m going to list some of the top contenders below:

  • Cashmere sweaters : They’re soft, cuddly and oh so opulent
  • Great fitting jeans : Because you will want to wear them every. single. day.
  • Men’s white button down shirt : For channeling a variety of personas from Tom Cruise to Jackie O
  • Little black dress : There’s a reason it’s so iconic
  • Ballet flats : Perfect for a girl on the go
  • A fabulous handbag (or two) : Because a fabulous woman needs a fabulous bag (or two… or three… or four…)
  • A classic heel : Goes with everything

A picture’s worth a thousand words, so here are some of the better closet-building guides I’ve found so far (Real Girl Glam had a great four part series that is being turned into an ebook – be on the lookout!):

 

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What are some of your favorite closet staples?

XOXO,

Seeing Stars

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>< Billabong Top borrowed from Whalebone Urban Surf Shop >< Asos Black Skinny Jeans (similar here) >< Loeffler Randall Handbag (similar here)>< Sam Edelman Black Suede Sandals >< D’Blanc Midnite Radio Sunglasses borrowed from Whalebone Urban Surf Shop ><

XOXO,

What I Want Wednesday 10.1.14

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Everyone needs some great basic pieces in their closet, and this week I found a bunch of absolutely fabulous pieces!  This H&M wool hat looks like it taken straight out of Blair Eadie’s post on Saturday, and it’s taken everything within me to not buy this right now (I’m trying so hard to be good!).  I get so tired of bland winter outfits, so I’ve been actively searching for some great colorful, yet still wintery, pieces to make this season truly bright.  This Milly red tote and H&M sweater are perfect pieces for this season – I actually already bought this sweater in mustard!  I love a good piece of sparkly jewelry, and Kendra Scott has outdone herself with this double druzy ring.  I’ve also fallen for Nadri’s arrow cuff, which is a perfect balance of minimalism and glitz.  Perhaps my biggest obsession as of late is finding the perfect pair of peep-toe booties, and I think my search has finally ended with these Steve Madden beauties.

XOXO,

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