Style Series Part I: Workwear

HELLO sweater weather! Oh, how I’ve missed you. I’ll probably be singing a different song in a month, but for now I’m very much enjoying the cooler temps. I’m starting something new around here, something that I’m uncleverly calling, Style Series. Y’all know by now how much I adore sweaters, so for the next 4 weeks, I’m putting together a few ways to style your sweaters for all sorts of activities. To kick-off this series, we’ll start with the place that affords me to purchase all these cute, cozy sweaters—the office.

Around the office

Workwear

Where I work, the ladies take their style very seriously. In my first week, I knew I had to step my game up, but honestly, sometimes minimal effort is the way to go. Queue the casual cardigan look. I love this look because it makes me feel like a creative nerd. I mean how hipster is this look? But I love it—it’s like Harry Potter meets millennial graphic designer. And I probably just lost all of my 3 readers, but if you continue I promise I won’t toss in nearly as much cheese as I just did. Another reason I love this look is because of the versatility. You can pair it with graphic tees, solid tanks, and even prints if you’re feeling frisky. Not to mention, this outfit works with sneakers, booties, slides, boots, birks, sandals, etc. Versatility folks.

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Blanket scarves have really been saving the day around the office. We have a green building which depends on sunlight for heating, and since we’ve had so many cloudy days over the last several weeks, it’s been an icebox in the office. I love the body and shape blanket scarves can add. I usually pair mine with a crew neck fitted sweater, however, I’ve been playing with over-sized sweaters and wearing the scarves as a wrap or a shawl. 

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This is one of my favorite finds this year. I have been loving and wearing this Target sweater almost every week. It’s SO soft and I adore this color. I’ve been wearing this top with a French tuckbut untucked is fine, as well. I like to pair this top with high-waisted black denims and booties, but you can also wear with jeans. 

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This style I’ve been playing with and I’m not 100% confident with it, but my policy is—as long as everyone believes you’re confident, you’re as good as gold. I would love to adapt this style with other dresses, however, my dress selection is pretty limited at the moment. If I were to redo this fit, I would definitely opt for OTK boots and a slightly longer dress. Here are some stylings that I think are slightly better executions. 

So that’s just some ways I style sweaters around the office. Next up, athleisure/what I live in outside of the office. 🙂 Please share if you like styling your sweaters in certain ways, or if you’re just tossing them on for the functionality (I feel ya, there). I hope this series will inspire you to achieve looks that are both fashionable and functional! Until next week! ✌️

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6 Styles I’m Digging Right Now

IMG_1328Somewhere between a fractured ankle, a time-consuming garden, creating 3 months worth of content, and ever fluctuating temperatures, we skated into fall. For quite some time, I’ve wanted to share my summer and my fall inspiration, but tbh, things have been moving so rapidly over here, that I can’t keep up with the changing seasons. So to get back into the swing of things, I’m sharing 6 styles I’m really digging right now.

  1. Sweaters

No surprise here, and not really a style, but I absolutely adore sweaters and fall temperatures. There’s just something so sweet about bundling up in a warm, cozy sweater and sipping coffee. Ahh, can’t you just smell the morning brew? This year, L.L. Bean has been diligently targeting me, and I’m shamelessly hooked. Another go-to as of late has been a retailer out in Utah, called Roolee. They have the cutest styles and they’re SO affordable! I’ve bought several pieces from Roolee and they’re very good quality, so I highly recommend.

2. Mules

I am absolutely obsessed with mules and slides. These babies are effortlessly chic. Seriously, throw on a black top with black pants and a pair of fabulous rose mules—you will be instantly transformed. You can wear them with virtually anything. Trust me, you can. I strongly believe that every woman needs a pair of these in her closet, and I’m not sure I’ve ever felt this strongly about any garment or accessory. That’s super serial, friends.

3. Millennial Pink

Can’t stop, won’t stop. I’m absolutely obsessed with dusty rose hues (or as YouTube calls it—millennial pink). I have begun a small collection of household items, as well as clothes and accessories in these delightful shades, and I can still use more of these colors in my life.

4. Athleisure

Can I just say, that I am so glad we live in a day and age where leggings and sweatshirts are socially acceptable in public? Athleisure is nothing new, but every year it seems to continue to grow and become more relevant and stylish—which I’m am absolutely onboard with. What I love about athleisure is that (at least for me) it inspires me to be more healthy, to get out and get moving. Plus, there’s the comfort factor. That my friends is a win-win.

5. Naturals

Perhaps it’s the people I follow, or perhaps it’s me easily falling victim to trends, but I am loving all the camel, chocolate, beige, natural color palettes. What I love most about the above styles is that they are modern renditions of timeless pieces, e.g. the trench (Casablanca, anyone?), high waisted trousers, turtlenecks, and of course, we mustn’t forget off the shoulder tops (thank you, 80’s). One of my favorite gals (Cella Jane Blog) really turned me on to this palette. But seriously, scroll through her IG feed and you’ll be hooked too. It’s just so warm and fabulous.

6. Trousers

Last spring I bought a pair of wide-leg trousers and I fell in love. What I love most about this style is the versatility. You can literally wear trousers year-round and keep your outfits fresh. Right now, I’m styling mine with booties, dark sweaters or turtlenecks, and a scarf. I love that these trousers can be styled up for the office, or dressed down for a weekend outing, brunch, or visit to the art museum. While these pants may not be for everyone, I do recommend giving them a try—you’d be surprised how well these pants work.

So there you have it—6 styles I’m really digging right now. What are some styles you’re into? Share in the comments below! Until next time, ✌️.

Sweater Fever

Today, I wanted to talk about a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart: sweaters. It seems the past few years I’ve had an obsession for, traditionally, one category of either clothing, accessories, or shoes. Nevertheless, it seems to be a seasonal fix each year. Last year it was scarves, the year before coats, and before that booties. This year just so happens to be sweaters. I can probably point a lot of blame at a blogger or two, but we don’t need to get into the dirty details of influencer marketing.

As promised, I mentioned on the gram (give or take a week or five) that I would share a few from my own collection and some favorites that I have refrained myself from purchasing. So without further ado, here are my favorite sweaters this season, and links on where to snag em!

Mock Necks

Lucky Brand Mock Neck

The mock neck is sort of in-between a full-on turtleneck and a crew neck, and is probably one of my favorite trends this season. And while the mock neck has been around (here) for much of 2017, the style definitely dominated the sweater category this past fall and I’m so glad it did. My favorite mock neck sweater pictured above, was a steal from a Lucky Brand outlet store in Colorado. But you can find similar items here:

 

  1. White Nep Pullover – Target
  2. Button Side Tunic Sweater – Target
  3. Donegal Northfield Mockneck – Madewell 
  4. Cropped Turtleneck – Target
  5. Knit Sweater – H&M

More favorites here:

 

  1. Let’s Link Up Cable Pullover – Free People
  2. Patchwork Mock Neck Sweater – Nordstrom
  3. Knit Wool-Blend Sweater – H&M
  4. Links Links Mock Neck – Free People
  5. Cuddle Up Pullover – Free People
  6. Ottoman Slouchy Tunic – Free People

Power Sleeves

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Ah, the power sleeve. Not an official style title, just my own personal feeling about them. They are big, they are bold, and you sort of have to have a bit of confidence when you’re wearing such ridiculously large, ballooned-sleeves, amiright? But let’s be honest, all I think about when it comes to a power sleeve is Jerry. But if you’re bold enough to flaunt the power sleeve, more power to you.

 

  1. Ruffle Sweatshirt – Lucky Brand
  2. Wrap Sweater – Treasure and Bond x Something Navy
  3. Cocoon Sleeve Oversized Crew Neck – Target
  4. Wide Sleeve Sweater – Nordstrom
  5. Her Turtleneck – Free People
  6. Park City Pullover

Ok, to be fair, none of these options are too much power puff—maybe except you green.


Colorful Knits

 

  1. Dundee Fringe Cardigan- Anthropologie
  2. Kaylee Pullover – Anthropologie
  3. Marled Wool Blend Turtleneck – J. Crew
  4. Shelley Pullover – Free People
  5. Castles In The Sky Sweater – Free People
  6. Knit Sweater – H&M

There seemed to be no shortage of spectacularly embellished, bright and colorful sweaters this season, and I can’t say I hate it. Just pure awesomeness. In a closet full of mostly black and grey, I could seriously use a pop of color. I had loads of candidates for this category that unsurprisingly, sold out. 😦


Over-The-Shoulder

image2I tried to find one of the sweaters pictured below in-store at Free People, but the St. Louis store has a lame buyer—sorry, not sorry—I did, however, find this gem at a fraction of the cost of the sweater I initially wanted to buy. You win some, you lose some.

 

  1. Off The Shoulder Sweater – Target
  2. Cold Shoulder Chenille Sweater – Lucky Brand
  3. Off Shoulder Sweater – Lucky Brand
  4. Alluring Sands Pullover – Free People
Turtle Neck

Fear not of the traditional turtleneck. Albeit, a popular and modest style for 80s-90s moms, and classicly paired with a jumper, the turtleneck has made a big and cozy comeback with sweaters this season. No undershirt necessary.

 

  1. Flecked Turtleneck – Madewell
  2. Knit Your Love Turtleneck – Chic Wish
  3. Grid Turtleneck Sweater – Chic Wish
  4. She’s All That Knit Turtleneck – Free People
  5. Heart and Soul Patched Knit Sweater – Chic Wish
Cardigans

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A staple necessary for everyone’s wardrobe if not only for their cozy, casual, and cocoon-like qualities. Here are some of my favorites:

 


That wraps up some of my favorite sweaters this season! Any favorites you can’t stop wearing this winter? Share em with me in the comments below or tag me on the gram! Thanks for peeking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Thanksgiving Day Styles (stuffing approved)

Tis’ the season to stuff of our faces full of delicious food and be thankful for our family, friends, good fortunes, and 4-day weekends. This year I am thankful that I have a job that pays the bills, puts delicious healthy food on the table, and gives me time off the be with the people I love. I am thankful for a new chapter in my life, and I am thankful, always, for my brothers and sisters, and my girlfriends, who I might not see or talk to everyday, but who are always willing to listen when I’ve got something on my mind.

With that being said, while those listed above will love me unconditionally no matter what, they’re still going to give me trouble if I show up to Thanksgiving dinner in sweatpants and a sweatshirt. So here are three outfits styled for Thanksgiving Day (stuffing approved).  

Lounge-Like 

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If you are a child of divorce, you can empathize with this child of divorce who has 3 Thanksgiving’s tomorrow, and don’t even get me started on Christmas. Let’s just say the holidays are always, sigh, exhausting. This year I’ve made note on what clothing works for both the comfort of travel and over-eating. Enter leggings, over-sized cardigan, and loose T. You bet I will be wearing this tomorrow.

T-Shirt from Target here. Cardigan (different color) from H&M here. Black Fringe Booties (similar) here. Leggings here.

Denim and Discreet

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Over-sized sweaters are where it’s at this season and not only are they seasonably practical for the weather, they are also practical for eating lot’s of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, and vegetables I guess.

Hi, Rodger.

Sweater (similar) from H&M here and here. Booties from Target here. Blanket scarf here.

High Waisted Hero

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Ok so this skirt seriously rocks. I wore this for a Friendsgiving and I had no issues, even after a huge plate of starches and a bottle of wine. If you’ve got any high waisted pleated skirts, I highly recommend those. They’re comfy, chic, and do a lovely job at hiding any bloated discomfort. No high waisted pants, those are way too much pressure on full bellies.

Faux leather skirt from Nordstrom Rack here. Flannel from Target here (only seems to be available in plus size online). Over-the-knee boots from DSW here.

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving holiday, full of delicious food, laughter, family and friends, love, and zero politics! Peace, love, and pumpkin pie. Cheers!

 

Fall Trend Forecast

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Guys, the 90’s are back and so are all these Backstreet Boys songs that I fondly replay in my mind while Josh atrociously sings, Goodies. Yes, the Ciara song. Lot’s of throwbacks in the house tonight…ANYWAY, I know what you’re thinking, Caitlin the 90’s have been back, like duhh. True, but at last, they’re back in a good way. Almost. Besides 90’s inspiration for fall trends we’ll take a look at some fashion fixations that I’m certainly looking forward to. Here we go!

  1. Stirrup Pants

Meeeoooww. As the ever-growing trend of athleisure continues to flourish, so begins this throwback. If you haven’t seen them in your yoga class, you will soon. I was skeptical at first, and then I bought these bad boys and my doubts diminished. Unlike the 90’s, 2016 will probably save you from massive camel toes, and thank heavens, the leotard-over-leggings-look hasn’t made a comeback. Plus, 2016 stirrup pants are fitted, unlike the 90’s when we had this awkward flabby fabric sitting at the ankle. I’m a proponent for athleisure, and you can totally make minimal effort look fabulous. I wear my stirrup leggings every single week. Seriously. I’m obsessed with them. Not only are the fantastically comfortable, they’re functional, and SUPA cute.

Where you can find them:

Alo Yoga, Target, Express, Nordstrom, and Google if you have no luck with all 4 of those.

2. Wrap Necklaces

I’m not a super fan of chokers, but I’m loving these. They’re simple, sexy, and have that southwest swagger (which I LOVE). I contested the cost of these necklaces; I mean seriously, it’s a string with tassels, so I opted to make them myself. I spent a solid $23 on several yards of black, brown, and beige suede, and faux leather string. In addition I found these itty-bitty clasps that I fashioned into tassels. It legit took me all of 10 minutes to make 2 necklaces, so if you’d like that how-to insider information, hit a sister up. Otherwise, you can purchase these lovelies here:

Urban Outfitters, Lulu’s, Etsy.

3. Flannel, Plaid, Gingham, you got it!

 

Everyone knows flannel is a fall favorite, but this year is all about the twist- literally, around your waist. Oh yes, this practical 90’s hack is on-trend. Not only should you expect flannel, plaid, and gingham derrière, you may notice it in “new” fashions including, trenches, vests, of course, blanket scarfs (still my favorite accessory), skirts, jumpers, et cetera.

Get your flannel fix here:

Target, Zara, Shabby Apple, Nordstom, Nordstrom again, and Urban Outfitters.

4. Over-the-knee boots and oversized sweaters.

Supa, supa, supa, supa stoked to rock these boots with oversized sweaters this fall! I just have no words. Chunky sweaters are the best and over-the-knee boots are simply sexy. I got my boots here, but you can also find them here:

Asos, Famous Footwear, Nordstrom, Nordstrom again, and Steve Madden.

Speaking of oversized sweaters, look out for oversized tops this fall, like this one (don’t mind scary model).

5. Half pony.

Another 90’s favorite, the half pony is back (hehe) and my go-to for the office. Keep it bohemian chic or make it pop like Ariana Grande. Her hair is a little too extreme (or maybe too juvenile) for my tastes, but that seems to be the bees knees with many. Expect more top knots, and the man buns aren’t over yet.

6. Metallics.

I’m having flashbacks to the millennium all over again; what with Met Gala’s Manus x Machina. Technology advancements, digital interwebs, and the future of fashion; it’s all so shiny! I’ve never understood why futuristic fashion is always metallic. Surely, we will wear something less luminous. That is unless we’re collecting energy with our wearables, or something of that nature. Whether you’re fearless of flash, or just want to add a little sparkle to your OOTD, here are some places you can find some shine:

Zara, Zara,  Zara, Zara, Zara everything, these incredibly beautiful velvet over-the-knee boots, Nordstrom,  and Asos.

(I am an alliteration-animal.)

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So there you have it; my fall trends forecast. Nothing but 90’s, shiny, oversized shirts, chokers, velvet, pleats, and seasonably fit, flannel.

Now let’s hear it. What fall trends are you looking forward to?

Sayonara Summer

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Sweet, sweet, summer. What a time for exploration, adventures, and new discoveries. Knock the temperatures all you want, but I LOVE summer; lake trips, floating, laying out by the pool, sun-kissed skin, lightened locks, minimal clothing, and ice cold beer.

Yep, I will take scorching temperatures for all of this. Sadly, summer is coming to an end; so to send off summer on a stellar pump, I decided to visit one of my favorite places, dressed head-to-toe in some of my some of my summer favorites.

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Location: Bowood Farms Dress: Urban Outfitters Shoes: Pitaya Wallet: Target

Unfortunately, I found this dress at Urban about 3 months ago, and it’s no longer available online, however, you might be able to find it in-store. The shoes I purchased from Pitaya last year. Although, they are no longer available now, I highly recommend browsing their stores. Awesome, super cute clothes, accessories, and shoes, for incredible prices. I also got my sunglasses from Pitaya and they were $8.

 

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Bowood Farms remains one of my all-time favorite brunch destinations in St. Louis. Not only are the food and cocktails excellent, but in the spring and summer, the nursery is abundant with plants, herbs, blooms, and magnificent florals. It’s an exceptionally charming nursery and cafe and I highly recommend checking it out; at least just to peruse and wander because it’s just simply  a beautiful boutique.

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I hope you enjoy your last weekend of summer by soaking up the sun, and taking some time to reflect on all your accomplishments and finally relax with a big ol’ margarita, chips & salsa, and maybe some shrimp tacos if you’re feeling really spicy. I’m definitely not craving Mexican food…not at all…

Stay tuned for my fall fashion predictions coming soon! Sayonara summer!

Denim in Distress

Hi all!

So here’s the deal – I’ve been getting quite crafty these past few weeks. You see, sometimes the retailer doesn’t have exactly what your heart desires/your size in stock, and you know how the old saying goes; when we can’t buy, we DIY.

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So the two projects I completed were distressed boyfriend jeans, and cut-offs.

Now I’ve had my fair share of hack-job handcrafts, and as I’ve just alluded, they were nothing short of disastrous. This time, however, I watched a few YouTube videos before starting. Here are my tips for creating your very own boyfriend jeans or cut-offs, or both.

First and  foremost, before making destroyed jeans or cut-offs, be sure you’ve got a decent pair of denims. You don’t want any of those shitty super stretchy jeans; and probably ditch the bedazzled studded embellishments.

For my boyfriend jeans, I picked up a pair from the Goodwill for a whopping $4. I did have  a specific look in mind for my boyfriend jeans: light-wash, decent-quality denim, high-waisted, and finally, the back pockets couldn’t be too distracting. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a pair that was nearly a perfect match…except for the size. For the price, I was willing to try and make it work.

I didn’t watch a YouTube video or anything when I started my boyfriend jeans; I just searched for the pair of pants I wanted to buy online, and tried to mimic its style and cut. I took a pen and marked the pants where I wanted to cut and voila! Distressed boyfriend jeans! Kind of.

After my holes were cut, I took the blade of the scissors and frayd the edges  of the holes. I threw those bad boys in the washer and dryer and all of my distressed denim dreams came true; besides the actual size, but hey, that’s what squats are for! Am I right?

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For the cut-offs, I’ve fucked up far too many pairs in the past and decided to take proper precaution by watching a YouTube video or five.

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There are so many ways you can do distressed cut-offs, but I particularly liked this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehcIeqXinSU
but that may be because this is the most adorable vlogger I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting. Frankly, I can’t stand the shorts that leave your butt-cheeks hanging out and that’s all I can seem to find these days. I do have a pair of butt-cheek shorts, but I wear long t’s and tanks to cover up my ass. You’re welcome. I did make some alterations to her technique, mostly because I don’t know what she was thinking with those crotch flaps.

The measurements were kind of wonky due to my super low-cut jeans (thank you, 2007), so I also made some adjustments when applying measurements. The key is to mark your desired measurements on where to cut, then cut 2-3 inches below those marks. Try on your shorts and decide whether you want to continue taking off an inch, until you’re satisfied with the length.

I incorporated her “dolphin cut” and I’m very pleased with the look. My absolute favorite part about these denims are the shredded holes. Let me tell you, it’s the best tip in this video (05:16). It took me so long to complete the shredded holes and it was an absolute pain in the ass, but oh my god, so worth it. It gives your cut-offs that store-bought look that I was ultimately trying to achieve. Now I completely understand why distressed jeans are so expensive.

Just like with my boyfriend jeans, I took the blade of the scissors and frayed the edges and any holes that weren’t shredded. Lastly, I threw them in the washer and dryer to give em to complete the look.

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I was very pleased with the results of both of my projects and I would highly recommend it. You just can’t beat recycling and a $4 price tag. Cheers!