The Plaid Quilted Vest

nordstrom vince camuto melaya over the knee bootsPlaid Quilted Vest (similar cheaper option!) | Mustard Yellow Sweater | Ankle Jeans | Over The Knee Suede Boots | Lock Envelope Clutch | Colored Aviator Sunglasses

Don’t you just love plaid? I mean, I don’t think I have met anyone that isn’t a fan but I’m sure there is someone out there. If so, hopefully they aren’t reading this post where I’m rocking this plaid vest like I just stepped out of a J.Crew catalog. Well, I wish I did but I’ll just play pretend in my plaid quilted puffer vest (okay it’s really a tartan print but whose getting technical here). I’m also feeling somewhat “lumberjack chic” in this look but I can dig it, you have to switch it up from time to time. The weather has been on and off cold here in Texas so some days calls for heavy pieces while others call for light layers. This mustard yellow sweater is more on the thinner side so if it’s freezing where you live, this makes for a great layering piece. I think it would be cute with a topper camel coat but still having the vest underneath for contrast and depth. Also adding a buttoned shirt underneath the sweater and adding a scarf/beanie! I went for simple and light for this look but with this good plaid vest, more possibilities await!j.crew suede leather lock envelope clutchI have these over the knee suede boots also in the gray color, which shows how much I love them. They are fitted just right without sliding down and come with the perfect chunky heel, which makes them easier to walk in. I am on the hunt now for a great non-sliding suede pair that has a flat heel, so hoping Santa checked my list twice! I cannot believe Christmas is so close by the way, it feels like just yesterday it was summer time and now we are already headed into the new year. I am really excited about the fresh start of a year, aren’t you? I have so many goals/plans and have a gut feeling this year will be good to me. How do you feel about Christmas quickly approaching, I’m not quite done with my shopping yet, but I’m excited about spending time with my family. What are your holiday plans or what about the new year, I plan on ringing that in ultra chill mode this year with friends…couch, pizza, pajamas, and wine. Perfection, right?j.crew red plaid tartan quilted puffer vestfall winter outfit inspiration jeans bootsj.crew red tartan plaid quilted vestwho what wear collection target mustard yellow sweaterhow to style a quilted puffer vest

How to Wear a Velvet Dress Three Ways

Today is more picture heavy than I normally do but I wanted to share some fun ways I wore three different velvet dresses, holiday party ready! Velvet has been such a big trend this season, and depending on your style, I may be wearing a velvet dress that is perfect for you. The first is strapless, the second is sleeveless, and the third is long sleeve. Since some of the dresses are selling out, I linked a few similar options at bottom of post if you are on the hunt for a velvet piece.how to wear a velvet dressStrapless Velvet Dress | Burgundy Strappy Bow Platform Heels | Black Velvet Choker | Gold Cuff | Velvet Clutch, only $26!

If you are a lover of velvet, why not go crazy with it and pair velvet with velvet with velvet? When I scooped up these burgundy velvet platform heels (half off right now!) I couldn’t wait to wear them, so finding this strapless dress I knew I had to pair them together for fun. Searching for accessories to pair with the look, I thought ah why not go all the way and have a velvet party, so I grabbed my velvet clutch and velvet choker for an all out fun look. I mean does this not scream party ready?how to wear velvet dress from office to partySleeveless Velvet Dress: Old Navy (similar) | Gold Jacquard Open Front Jacket | Gold Leather Booties: Topshop (almost exact/similar) | Gold Y Chain Necklace | Black Clutch: The Limited (similar, only $25!)

Now this velvet dress is actually sleeveless but I decided to pair it with this gold embroidered jacquard jacket that just screams holiday. What’s great is you can still wear alone or if you wanted to take velvet to the office, this look is perfect. The dainty necklace doesn’t take away from the jacket since that is the statement piece but is a nice touch if you wanted to take off the jacket. I went with boots for this look to change it up from heels but this outfit can easily transition from the office with heels to happy hour with the gals after work switching into boots.
holiday party outfit inspiration velvet dressLong Sleeve Velvet Dress | Silver Leather Slip-on Backless Loafers | Silver Fringe Chain Collar Necklace | Faux Fur Clutch: Zara (similar, only $29!)

Last but not least, this long sleeve velvet winner of a dress is perfect for keeping you somewhat warm since the legs are exposed. However it can still be paired with tights to help with more warmth. In Texas it is not extremely cold yet so I can easily get away with wearing this long sleeve number around town. I wanted to show off the sleeves for this look so I went with a statement necklace and faux fur clutch. I wanted to look chic but casual for this outfit so I decided to go with flats that don’t scream casual if you know what I mean. This open back loafer trend is hot right now as well and these loafers didn’t break the bank (only $25 on sale!) so I went for it. If you want to go to a holiday party but hate to be in heels all night or simply want to switch into flats later, you have yourself the perfect outfit. express burgundy velvet bow platform heelshow to wear a dress and ankle bootshow to wear zara long sleeve velvet dresshow to wear velvet for fallexpress silver leather slip on backless loafersold navy velvet swing dresshow to style a long sleeve velvet dressvelvet dress outfit inspirationold navy gold jacquard open front jacketbauble bar velvet tied chokerzara long sleeve velvet dresszara black velvet strapless mini dresshow to wear embroidered jacket to workhow to wear velvet for holiday

Here are a few other similar options for velvet dresses….what look would you wear this holiday season? What do you plan on wearing for New Years?

The Wraparound Coat

The Limited Green Wool OvercoatGreen Wraparound Coat: The Limited (similar/similar/similar) | Leopard Print Sweater Dress | White Skinny Jeans | Gray Ankle Boots: Express (similar/velvet/similar) | Gray Leather Pom Bag

The winter season is quickly approaching and Texas is starting to feel it, so I am finally breaking out the bigger coats. Although, the cold weather only lasts for a few days and then all of a sudden we get the heat again out of no where. It can definitely be confusing when one day I am pulling out all my heavy cold weather pieces and the next I am sticking to thin layers or a dress with no tights. I have never been a fan of cold weather (growing up in a hot all the time place) but lately I have actually enjoyed it. I guess it’s because I have been anxiously awaiting wearing the coats I love or wanting to wear new favorite pieces for longer than a week. For example, this green wraparound coat was a gift last year that I am happy to bring back out again. It’s so warm and cozy and that is a winning combo I can get behind. I love this style as it is easy to wear with the tie/wraparound and can be paired with a casual jean look or even chic with a dress. This particular coat is no longer available, however I shared a few similar options that I love, because a colored oversized coat is just what you need for winter.
dsc_0526I brought out the white skinny jeans because who doesn’t love some winter white in their life, or do you follow the no white rule? This leopard print (what I thought was a sweater) is actually a dress but regardless I love the print in this lighter color. I may try to wear again as a dress with some gray over the knee boots should it not be too short. It has hints of blue in the print so I knew I wanted to have an overall pop of color with this look because I love bold pops, like that purple fur pom on the bag as well. Did you see this travel post where I clearly show my love for the faux fur pom trend? This gray bag came with the pom so obviously it was a no brainer that I have it. I love colored coats and incorporated a few new ones in my wardrobe this season…are they a hit for you as well or do you like to stick to the basics? I love my basic camel coat but I can’t shy away from some color in my life. dsc_0592The limited scandal collection coatdsc_0567dsc_0597dsc_0518 Untitled2

Dear Diary #4

Sharing another roundup of some Instagram favorites over the past week or so…If you haven’t already, you can easily shop what I post on my Instagram daily right here on the blog by checking the SHOP tab on the menu above, then under the drop down menu click on MY INSTAGRAM. What are some of your favorites?

nordstrom sam edelman leya fur pom slip on sneakersBackpack: Express (in stores, similar) | Slip on Sneakers (also in pink…also sells herehere, here, & here)

My absolute favorite new favorite slip on sneakers and they are literally flying off the shelf every time I post, so hurry if you love them. I linked a few different retailers to check for sizes and they restock frequently so check back! They are insane comfortable and how can you not love the poms?

img_5940Duster Cardigan | Plaid Scarf (similar/similar) | Skinny Jeans | Rain Boots | Floppy Hat

These have been my favorite rain boots for a while now, I love the smaller ankle style since I am shorter and they are unique with the studs, although I do have my eye on some red hunter boots for Christmas.

express women perfect match football shirtFootball Shirt | Cognac Leather Jacket | White Skinny Jeans

I mean for every football lover chick out there, this is your shirt if you think beer is a perfect match as well. Hey single ladies, it may be the perfect conversation starter if you find yourself headed to a bar to watch the game!

nordstrom blank nyc suede moto jacketSuede Moto Jacket | Casual Tee (similar long) | Distressed Skinny Jeans | Snakeskin Ankle Boots (similar) |

The best suede jacket you will ever have and some amazing snake print ankle boots, that is a win if you ask me.

express burgundy velvet ankle bootsBurgundy Velvet Boots (similar)

Burgundy + Velvet = need I say more?

how to wear a camel coat Camel Coat (similar) | Striped Tee: H&M (similar) | Black Distressed Skinny Jeans | Black Leather Platform Loafers (similar) | Crossbody Bag (similar)

If you haven’t already scooped up a camel coat from me raving about mine on this post, than now is your time ladies, because it is one investment you will not regret!

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The Wardrobe Staple

target who what wear collection mustard yellow sweaterCamel Coat: (similar/similar/Peacoat) | Mustard Yellow Sweater | Skinny Jeans | Peep Toe Ankle Booties | Metallic Gold Mini Bag

If you are looking for at least one thing to invest in as a wardrobe staple in your closet, choose the camel coat. Trust me in that it will be worth the investment because it is a classic. I was so excited to get mine when I did because I had been on the hunt for the longest time and it felt as if my life was complete when it made its way into my closet. Perfect for fall and transitioning into the winter, versatile in being worn with a nice sheath dress or casual with jeans, and a great layering piece for warm with additional layers to throw over it such as a blanket scarf. You can’t get much better than that y’all. I’ve worn this same camel coat recently (shown here on my Instagram) but with some stripes and sneakers. I’m sharing this look now in a fall perfection color combo that is just as comfortable with these favorite olive green booties I also have in black. Burgundy is my favorite fall color but I would have to say that mustard yellow and olive green have a big place in my heart as well. camel coat fall winter casual outfitHowever can I talk about another piece that has my heart? This metallic gold mini crossbody bag. First, I just can’t stop wearing crossbody bags and have slowly started to transition my purse collection into smaller instead of bigger ones. They are just the perfect bag to wear when you are out running around and don’t want to actually carry your bag around because you have other important things to carry like shopping bags, am I right? I received this mini one last Christmas as a gift after having on my wish list for a while, and maybe this year I will add another one to my list. Does anyone want to be my secret santa? Okay, too much, well if you have a list going for yourself…add a camel coat to it to take you into the winter cold, some comfortable booties for running around, and a mini crossbody bag that will free your hands as you’re doing all your holiday shopping. how to wear camel coat in fall wintertarget who what wear mustard yellow sweaterralph lauren camel coatnordstrom vince camuto katleen peep toe bootie how to wear a camel coat in fall wintercoach metallic gold swagger 15 bag target who what wear collection mustard yellow sweater

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Printed Midi Dress & Moto Jacket Combo

target who what wear floral printed midi dressPrinted Midi Dress | Faux Leather Moto Jacket: BLANKNYC (love this one/similar) | Burgundy Leather Block Heel Bootie (want these too) | Chain Leather Bag: Forever 21 (similar/similar/similar)

How gorgeous is this floral printed midi dress? I love that it isn’t quite a maxi dress because those never quite work out great for this shortie. Floral print dresses are perfect for fall in my opinion. Most would stick to wearing just in spring/summer but this dress is example of how it can work for the fall with the darker tone colors like burgundy. Which if you haven’t noticed already (check out all my Instagram snaps) that burgundy is my favorite color. I own a little too much of it, so when I saw this printed dress my eyes grew wide with excitement. Oh and did you notice my burgundy ankle booties? I love when a dress is paired with boots. Its like little house on the prairie but made edgy with my leather moto jacket and chain leather bag combo.target printed midi dress nordstrom leather jacketI love the details on this printed midi dress like the sheer bottom and sleeves, the cut open cuff and slit opening on chest, and the high collar. It is belted with fabric but I love that you can fancy this up further with a statement belt and strappy heels for a different occasion. Oh but wait, I didn’t mention the best part, the price of it, DUH! You can’t beat a beautiful piece that is affordable, with this one being only $35! I invested in the faux leather moto jacket because I wear that more (look at all these outfits for proof – travel/casual dress/athleisure) so the price per wear makes it worth it. If this color style of this dress doesn’t strike you, maybe the other dark red floral print will win you over. Not that it needs to, but if you are looking for a nice statement dress to wear all year round, you’re welcome. target who what wear floral printed midi dress how to wear a floral printed midi dress for fallblanknyc faux leather moto jacketnordstrom halogen burgundy leather pointy toe block heel bootietarget who what wear collection printed midi dresshow to wear a dress in fall outfit inspiration target who what wear printed midi dress

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Cyber Monday Sales & Favorite Picks

The day is finally here, CYBER MONDAY! But it’s not like it’s anything TOO crazy because most of us have already been shopping all week, so technically it is just another really good sale day. I went through most of my favorite sites and I’m sharing sales along with pieces I purchased during the sale or what I already own and love. You can click on titles to be redirected to the stores or you can click on the items shared below. Tell me what goodies you scored or that you are looking to add to your list!

Nordstrom: Take an extra 20% off selected sale items

Express: 50% off everything ONLINE ONLY + Free Shipping – (Check out this post wearing my favorite tunic sweater)

 

Old Navy: 50% off everything

 

J.Crew: 40% off sitewide, use code MONDAY

 

American Eagle: 40% off sitewide

Sole Society: 30% off site wide

 

ADDITIONAL KEY MENTIONS:

H&M: 20% off your order of $30+ with code 5144, 25% off your order of $50+ with code 0275, 30% off your order of $100+ with code 8284

Forever 21: 21% off sitewide

Amazon: 30% off select women’s clothing/shoes/jewelry (I love this crossbody, paired with this cute colorblock sweater, all tied together with must have over the knee boots)

BaubleBar: 35% off 2 items or more (CODE: SAVE35)

Target: save an extra 15% off your purchase – (Check out this post wearing some favorite pieces, or this post with a turtleneck dress, or how cute is this Christmas sweater shared here)

Topshop: up to 50% off sitewide

ShopBop: Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off (CODE: GOBIG16)

ASOS: 30% off sitewide and In Store (CODE: THANKFUL30)

Banana Republic: 50% off sitewide – (Check out this recent post for a cozy furry sweater I wore and this post for some amazing gloves I shared).

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Dear Diary #3

Sharing another roundup of some Instagram favorites…If you haven’t already, you can easily shop what I post on my Instagram daily by checking the SHOP tab on the menu above, then under the drop down menu click on MY INSTAGRAM. Below I am also sharing my monthly POPSUGAR subscription box that I have been raving about, so check out what goodies I scored this time!express camo print dressCamo Print Dress | Infinity Fringe Scarf – tons of other color options here!| Crossbody Bag | Ankle Boots: Jeffrey Campbell (similar/similar) | Gold Bracelet

ugly christmas sweater chillin with my snowmies targetChillin With My Snowmies Christmas Sweater | White Skinny Jeans | More Cute Christmas Sweater Options: (funny / so soft / gangster / dog lover / funny / too cute)

shoe closet organization storage inspiration ideaShoe Closet Storage – one stacked on top of another, cheap easy to build! | Over The Knee Boots (own in two colors!) | Ankle Boots (own in two colors!) | Tassel Boots | Lace up Flats | Strappy Sandal

how to wear a leopard print jacketLeopard Print Coat: Forever 21 (similar/similar/similar) | Brown Sweater: Old Navy (similar) | Clutch: Zara (similar)

how to wear shorts in fall outfit ideaPink Leather Shorts | Silver Oxfords: Louise et Cie (sequins/similar) | Knit Vest: Nordstrom (similar/similar) | Gray Knit Top | Statement Necklace | White Fur Pillow | Gray Pillow: Target (similar/similar) | White Fur Rug: similar | Standing Mirror: Home Goods (similar)

how to wear distressed skinny jeansLong Sleeve Top | Distressed Skinny Jeans: Topshop Jamie (similar) | Ankle Boots | Crossbody Bag | Statement Necklace: The Limited (similar) | Aviator Sunglasses

pop sugar must have box novemberc/o POPSUGAR

Every month I love receiving this POPSUGAR must have box in the mail because it is just like a gift, in that you don’t know what you are getting until you surprise yourself when you open it. Of course you can cheat and take a peek online or around social media with everyone sharing what they received, but where is the fun in that right? Check out my review here last month, as I think it was one of my favorites, but then again I LOVED this month because I was over the moon about getting the Kendra Scott bracelet. I received a beautiful chambray runner that is perfect for fall and matches so well to the wire bowl that I used to hold my home grown lemons. Luckily the makeup I got in the box was an eyeshadow palette because those are my favorite and most used product. I love the fall colors in this one! I enjoyed the toffee butter popcorn as soon as I opened it, whoops. Also, how fun are those glitter star picks that will go nice for a holiday party? I honestly think the must have box is the perfect gift for either yourself or someone you know for the holidays. The products inside are worth the price of the box in my opinion and right now they are offering a sale for $20 OFF a monthly subscription, $50 OFF a 3-month subscription, and $100 OFF a 6-month subscription! You can also use code: SHOP5 for $5 off your first monthly box in case you miss out on the sale. Such a good deal and the perfect time to jump on this if you’ve been debating it for months. Enjoy!

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Gift Guide: Cozy Must Have Fall/Winter Pieces

gift cuide cozy pieces to wear for fall

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten | eleven | twelve | thirteen | fourteen | fifteen | sixteen | seventeen | eighteen | nineteen | twenty

Who doesn’t love cozy pieces to wear during the holidays or anytime for that matter? Today I am sharing two guides based around cozy things you will either want to keep for yourself or gift to someone who loves a good snuggle piece. I bought my sister number seventeen last year because she loves a good beanie and that one is cashmere! The first guide showcases some favorite pieces that you may wear as you head outside to do some Christmas shopping, while the second guide highlights some favorite things you would normally wear as you stay inside drinking hot cocoa watching movies. Both guides equally filled with all cozy comfortable must haves because ultimately that is what we love, am I right? I can’t resist some holiday themed pajamas/socks with some plush slippers but I also love a good scarf and beanie to brace the cold weather blues. I have been looking to add a fur stole to my wardrobe as they one up the scarf on the cozy factor and look so chic! From the first guide….I have number twenty in my cart now, eighteen is so cute for the cat lover, I love anything leopard so number twelve is on my list, and I personally own number seven in two colors if you’re looking for a good fringe infinity scarf! From the second guide below…number six is in my cart because I need to wear that on Christmas, number four-velvet hello, how cozy does number one and three look, good reviews on number thirteen, and number nine is the perfect gift with how it’s packaged like an ornament. So, what pieces are you eyeing to make your list complete?

gift guide cozy things to wear

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten | eleven | twelve | thirteen | fourteen

One last cozy piece I want to share are these amazing navy blue faux fur pom leather gloves! The best thing is that you can still use your phone when you wear them…for those fully connected to their phone all the time, this is for you. How nice is that, that you don’t have to take your gloves off when it’s cold outside and you need to use your phone for a minute. They are 100% leather but the real winner is the faux fur pom addition on top. Y’all know how obsessed I am with fur poms right now, as you can see from me wearing them here in this post. Oh wait did I say all of that was a win, how about that they are half off right now? Gosh, I love a good sale!banana republic faux fur pom leather gloves

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Traveling in Style

what to wear when traveling airport styleBlack Leather Moto Jacket: (similar) | Gray Stripe Tunic Sweater | Black Leggings | Leya Fur Sneakers | Statement Necklace: Forever 21 (similar) | Burgundy Leather Backpack: Express, available in store (similar)

This year for the holidays I am not traveling anywhere out of town but if I was, this is exactly what I would wear to travel in style. Matter of fact, it doesn’t even need to be the holidays and this is my go-to travel look when headed to the airport or taking a road trip. I think everyone has their “look” that they reach for when traveling and I’m sure comfort is always key. Along with comfort, my thought is you should also look put together, because you never know who you will run into or what networking opportunity will arise. I tend to carry my faux leather jacket on every trip which doubles as warmth and taking my look up a notch, plus it’s surprisingly one of the most comfortable jackets I own. I’ve shared above the same jacket but it is selling out so I added a similar jacket and believe me when I say, any jacket by that brand is golden. I own like every one I’m clearly that obsessed.

nordstrom sam edelman leya fur pom laceless sneakersFor comfort I like to be in leggings, an oversized sweater, and sneakers. I usually stick with some colorful Nikes or my favorite all white Adidas but recently I found the cutest slip on sneakers and I know they will be my new traveling pair. I CANNOT STOP RAVING ABOUT THESE! I was like a little kid opening the box for the first time but when I tried them on I was practically dancing around because they are so comfortable. Walking on clouds, I promise. Being obsessed with the fur poms, as you can tell with my addition to my backpack, having them on the sneakers were perfect. So you have a comfortable shoe that is also the cutest, it’s a win-win. Plus, they would be great conversation starters when your traveling around. I found out that they are either selling out really fast or don’t make smaller sizes because I have yet to see a smaller size than 7.5 and have had multiple people ask me about where to find them. I have looked everywhere and as of now I see nothing but will definitely keep y’all smaller feet posted! I actually got in both pink and gray because I couldn’t decide which color I wanted to keep and I posted the pink on my Instagram that had tons of love, so now I guess I will keep the pink one too? Plus speaking about things not in stock…my burgundy leather backpack is not selling online but I just saw it in the store this weekend, so either head there if you love it as much as I do or I’ve linked another cute option! Backpacks are also one of my favorite traveling pieces because it works as a purse that I can just throw over my shoulders with ease. To me they scream travel but don’t make you look like you’re in high school because of the smaller style and chic leather look.express faux leather burgundy backpackSo if you’re looking for what to wear as you travel to your holiday destination, than I’m happy to have shared this inspiration if you want an edgy casual comfortable look. If this is not your style when you travel, I would love to hear what is your go-to look or what thing do you always wear/carry when you travel?nordstrom blankNYC faux leather moto jacketnordstrom stripe tunic sweaterholiday airport travel style what to wearnordstrom sam edelman gray faux fur laceless sneakers

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