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

S&S WIW 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,

Structured

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>< Philosophy Top via TJ Maxx >< LC Lauren Conrad Boyfriend Jeans >< Leopard Nine West Flats >< GS Davenport Handbag ><

XOXO,

Frugal Chic Series: Buy Well

S&S buy well

  • Buy what you love:  One great buying strategy is to buy those items that you absolutely love.  Have you ever tried something on and you just don’t want to take it off?  Those are the items to splurge on and not pass up.  It can be difficult to discern whether you really love something, though.  A lot of times we mistake a feeling of belonging with love when shopping, mostly because we love the idea of belonging.  It can be easy to get caught up in a sale and make split-second buying decisions, but this often results in a closet full of clothes that you never wear more than a few times.    Buy what you love.
  • Buy what fits:  Shopping with a future size in mind is a sure way to end up disappointed.  It’s important to buy what fits now because fit is everything, and you can’t make sure something fits the future you.  Plus if you’re anything like me you will want to don your new purchase ASAP, and buying for a future version of yourself doesn’t let you enjoy your purchase while it’s still new and fresh off the rack.
  • Buy what makes you look and feel good:  This point is SUPER important – there’s no use buying something unless you think you look good in it and you feel good while wearing it.  Your besties may tell you that crop tops are so cute on you, but if you aren’t comfortable in them you’ll never end up wearing one without being self conscious, and that’s no way to live.  You want your clothes to empower you and help you become the best version of yourself, but ill-fitting clothing is not likely to empower you.  If you find something that you love, that fits, looks good on, and makes you feel like a million bucks, I’d say snap it up in a heartbeat!
  • Buy quality items:  Fit may be everything, but quality is what takes your look from cheap to chic.  Items don’t have to be the most expensive clothes in the world to be great quality (plus, price tags don’t give you a realistic picture of quality).  Quality can be measured by the fabric itself, the construction, and the overall design aesthetic.  Now don’t get me wrong, some things are totally worth the heftier price tag, especially if a certain brand or style makes you feel great, but don’t automatically think that all expensive clothing is worth the heavy price.

When shopping for the long-haul, avoid buying:

  • Items you don’t love
  • Clothing that doesn’t fit you right now
  • Clothes that don’t make you look and feel great
  • Cheap quality items

XOXO,

Fringe

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>< Billabong Wrap (borrowed from Whalebone Urban Surf Shop) >< Target Tank >< LC Lauren Conrad Boyfriend Jeans >< Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Tote Mini >< Franco Sarto Sandals ><

I absolutely love fringe, so when I saw this Billabong wrap at Whalebone Urban Surf Shop I fell for it immediately!  Fringe is one of my favorite fall trends, and fringed kimonos are really great transitional pieces.  This way you get to hold on to summer a little bit longer while keeping covered in the cooler weather (and they’re just super cute!).  I can’t wait to try full-on fall fringe this year, especially after seeing Olivia Palermo’s fringe skirt in the fashion week coverage.  Viva la 1970!

XOXO,

What I Want Wednesday 9.24.14

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Today it finally got cold(ish), and this has inspired me to crave muted pieces with a little extra pizzazz.  I’m absolutely loving this H&M knit top and skirt.  Sometimes fall clothing can get a bit dreary or seem a bit plain, but Bauble Bar’s Jurassic necklace is certain to spruce up even the most monotone ensemble.  Plaid is one of my favorite patterns this season, and this scarf from Nordstrom is absolutely amazing!  With all that pattern, a great basic bag can help tone it down, and this Marc Jacobs bag is a beautiful balance between unique and trendy.

XOXO,

Tuxedo

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>< Adrianna Papell Navy Tuxedo Vest ><  LC Lauren Conrad Boyfriend Jeans >< Nine West Leopard Flats >< Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Tote Mini (similar here)><

I first spotted this navy tuxedo vest in TJ Maxx about a month ago and fell in love immediately.  Being me, I decided that “it wasn’t necessary” and parted ways, brokenhearted.  Fast-forward a few weeks: I make my rounds at TJ Maxx and lo and behold, there is my beloved tuxedo vest!  I decided that it was a sign and quickly snatched it up.  I’ve never really been able to rock a double breasted jacket due to my bustiness, but there’s just something about the length and button placement on this vest that makes it oh so flattering.  Some things are just meant to be!

XOXO,

Tie It Up

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>< Merona Men’s Flannel >< Asos Black Skinnies >< Sam & Libby Flats >< DVF Handbag via TJ Maxx ><

If you’re like me, you totally associate fall and winter with flannels – especially plaid flannels!  I love a good boyfriend flannel, but it can be hard to style if you have a super short torso and you’re a shortie like me.  I mean, I love a good grunge look, but an oversized shirt can make me look absolutely horrible due to my size (I’m 5’3″ with long legs and a suuuuuper short torso).  Then I made a discovery: tying the front tails! It’s a great way to make your favorite oversized shirt look more tailored and proportionally appropriate.  I know, I know it’s a simple fix, but it makes all the difference in the world!

XOXO,

Photo Credit: Shaoping Zhu

What I Want Wednesday 9.17.14

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This week I’m craving a mixture of trendy and classic pieces.  Every girl needs a great quilted bag, and these two are positively fabulous – who doesn’t love a little Michael Kors or Rebecca Minkoff, right?  Fringe is all over the place now, and I’ve particularly fallen for Bauble Bar’s tassel bracelet.  It’s a refreshing take on the trend with similar aesthetics.  PLUS, I imagine it would make almost any outfit POP!  You can’t beat a studded heel for the office or a night out, and pairing them with jeans and a great leopard top would be a match made in heaven.  Finally, you all know I love a good sequined piece, and this H&M dress is a perfect balance of glitz and glam.

What have you been craving lately?

XOXO,

Fall Is In the Air

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>< Billabong jacket (borrowed from Whalebone Urban Surf Shop) >< Billabong Dress (borrowed from Whalebone) >< Sam Edelman Heels >< D’Blanc Sunglasses (borrowed from Whalebone) ><

Today it happened.  The air was crisp and light, and it finally felt like fall.  If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for that crucial moment for a long time now – the summer sun has lost its captivation and you’re yearning for crisp fall weather.  This season, I’ve teamed up with Whalebone Urban Surf Shop (a Raleigh, NC favorite in the North Hills shopping center), and I’ll be showcasing some of their gorgeous offerings here over the next few months.  This maxi dress is definitely one of my favorite items at Whalebone Urban Surf Shop for the fall, and it’s perfect to either dress up or dress down.  This transitional time is perfect for layering some summertime pieces like maxi dresses to make them ready for fall.  One of my favorite year-round layering pieces is a great leather jacket – and for all my eco-friendly readers out there, this jacket is vegan!  What’s not to love, right?

XOXO,

Photo credit: Robert McClain

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