Thursday, October 30, 2014

So You're Looking for a Coat…

*Photo from an upcoming blog post

I've had a lot of people (readers, family, friends) tell me that coats are the hardest clothing items to shop for. They're tough for several reasons… the first is that there are so many out there, it's sometimes difficult to find the best coat for the best price (they can get really expensive!). The second reason they are intimidating to shop for is because you know that once you purchase your Winter coat for the year, you're pretty much stuck with that same coat until next year… so you better pick a good one!

I've rounded up my top picks for coats and outerwear below. I tried to be as budget-friendly as possible… the items indicated by "SAVE" are all less than $80 and an alternative to another designer brand (and pay attention to the retailer's website because a lot of these are 25% off right now!).  

Click on any of the items above to be taken to the product page!

Although I love all of the items I'm showing above, I think my absolute favorite is the classic parka that is featured last. They come in six different colors and they're 25% off right now with the code STYLETREAT. That red one is calling my name!

Which one is your favorite?!?


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Carolina Autumn

kensie tissue knit cardigan, also love this one // white tee // black leggings
Tory Burch Robinston tote in "deep berry" // Tory Burch riding boots // ILY Couture pearl ring
Michael Kors watch // David Yurman ring, bracelet // Baublebar earrings // diamond bracelet
Dior lipstick in "rialto" with Dior "trompe l'oell" on top

The leaves are FINALLY starting to change here in the Carolinas and I'm SO happy about it. It seems like I've been waiting for this day for months! This was a look I wore over the weekend. I can't get enough of this tissue knit cardigan, it is so cozy and the colors in it are neutral so it pretty much goes with everything (I love this cardigan too!). I like the black on black look so I paired it with black leggings and boots. Voila! Easy weekend look. You can definitely dress this up by wearing a nicer sweater or a tissue turtleneck under the cardigan (or even a dress!).

On another note, remember this poncho I wore in the mountains a few weeks ago?

Well the poncho is FINALLY online! You can get it here. It comes in one size only, but it does come in a few different colors! I can't tell y'all the number of emails I received about that poncho - it was insane!!! I don't know how long these will last so I would order quickly :) If you want entire outfit details, check out the original blog post.
Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Leopard In Love

Clare V leopard tote (25% off today only w/ code WINWIN25), also comes in clutch version
turtleneck sweater in ivory (25% off today only w/ code EXTRA25), similar sweater here & here
Dior lipstick in "rialto" // Celine sunglasses, exact dupe here

Happy Tuesday, friends! Man, where do I even begin with this outfit? There's a lot going on! I went for a cozy but glam look by mixing a comfy sweater with edgy leather leggings. I love the added touch of leopard and the blingy statement jewelry (those crystal earrings are my new faves!). I'd also like to first point out that my sweater and my leopard bag are both 25% off today only (see above for deets). There's also a clutch version of the leopard bag that's 25% off and it's a lot cheaper than the tote. (!!!)

I think this look is PERFECT for a date night! And speaking of date nights, I'm really happy because I get a date night with my boyfriend on Thursday (a week night - which never happens!). He is coming to Charlotte for a meeting on Thursday, which means I get to see him Thursday night. Being in a long distance relationship can sometimes mean going two to three weeks without seeing each other… so a date night in the middle of the week is somethin' special. :)


Monday, October 27, 2014


chunky turtleneck sweater, love this one (a lot cheaper!) & this one too 
AG skinny jeans, similar here & here // buffalo check top (sold out in exact color), similar here
Steve Madden leopard heels, get them here for 25% off, similar here & here // Daniel Nicole handbag

I love pairing longer shirts and blouses with sweaters… it gives the illusion that the sweater is cropped! Just throw different patterns underneath to switch up your look (I love this sweater & it's inexpensive too!). It's also a great opportunity for pattern mixing, like buffalo check and leopard… why not! (P.S. I'm wearing the ShopBop jeans I ordered during their 25% off sale and I'm so happy with my decision… I LOVE them!)

Anyways, I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was pretty relaxing… I got to see a few of my friends that I don't see very often so that was great! I also slept… a lot. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Gingham & Sunshine

striped shirt (with built-in necklace!) // gingham puffer vest // similar skirt in this color & this color

Today's outfit combination is one of my favorites… stripes, a puffer vest & a high-waisted skirt. I have had my eye on this gingham puffer vest ever since it first came out online… isn't it really fun?! I love how it pairs with stripes, too. Gingham and stripes may seem mismatched in theory, but with this outfit it totally works. Plus, I really love that this striped shirt has it's own built-in necklace, haha!

Anyways, happy Friday everyone! Does anyone have big plans for the weekend? Chris and I are dressing up for Halloween next weekend so I'm going outfit hunting (or maybe creating) this weekend. I can't wait to reveal what we're dressing up as!!

Also, just FYI - Tory Burch is having a private sale right now with up to 70% off. Click here to access the sale… You can see my favorites below!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Layer in the Fall

One of my favorite parts about dressing for fall is layering. Cooler weather allows you to really get creative with your outfits, mix patterns and put together cute combinations. But layering can get a little tricky, especially when it comes to the top half! I've put together some of my favorite combinations below for a little "cheat sheet" to layering.

click on the items above to shop!

Let's start with the most basic layering piece for fall: a turtleneck. I picked up a few of these striped jersey turtlenecks this year because I love and wear them so much. So how can you style them? Try wearing them under a big, chunky sweater or paired with a puffer vest (I picked up the gingham puffer vest a few days ago & I'm obsessed!). I also really like turtlenecks under button-up shirts (for instance, a chambray one). And perhaps my favorite look of all is under a knit poncho like this one! The bottom half of the outfit is pretty easy… you can wear jeans, cords, black denim or even leggings with boot socks, which is my favorite.

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Next we have a simple chambray shirt (I own this one). I love chambray shirts because the possibilities are endless! My favorite look is to wear a colorful sweater over top, and to have the edges of the chambray shirt peeking out of the sleeves and the bottom of the sweater. This look is really cute with a statement necklace. You can also wear chambray with a fur vest or with a cute cardigan. Adding a belt (like this leopard one) over your layers adds another dimension to the outfit and also makes your waist look small. When I wear a chambray top, I usually stray way from wearing jeans to avoid wearing denim on denim. I own this pair of distressed black pants and they are perfect for wearing with chambray (plus really comfy!!).

The same looks I showed with the chambray top can also be applied to any type of button down shirts. I love pairing sweaters, fur vests, puffer vests and cardigans with any button down (especially plaids!). The possibilities are endless!


P.S. If you live in the Columbia, S.C., area don't forget to stop by the new Nordstrom Rack tonight for the private shop event! Get the details plus your exclusive invite here!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Camel & Black

I really love floppy hats for the fall (especially to cover up bad hair days) but this two-tone one may be the cutest one I've seen! It's so effortless to throw on but adds an extra dimension to an outfit. Plus I'm really loving the colors camel and black this season. Can we also take a second to talk about these Ivanka Trump shoes? I have been drooling over them forev-errrr. Leopard, cap-toe and T-strap? I'm sold. I don't think Nordstrom carries them in the store (mine doesn't) so if you decide to order, be sure to get a half size smaller than you normally wear!

On another note, does anyone have any good recommendations for books? Completely random, but I've really been into thrillers/mystery novels lately and I would love your suggestions! This book is the best thriller novel I've read to date. It's SO GOOD, I highly recommend it if you're looking for a book to read!