Leather and Polka Dots

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2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,
Staying with the layering theme, an easy way to begin a layered outfit is with a black skirt and a white button down. This is a classic combination that you know will look good and is probably in your comfort zone. You also could substitute the black skirt for jeans or black pants. From there, add a crew-neck sweater with a fun pattern or a little color to brighten up the look. To finish it, add a brightly colored, but solid vest so it isn’t too much with the pattern of your sweater.
For finishing touches, I like a big, but simpler necklace and fun shoes. The white soles on the bottom of these shoes was the perfect tie in to my white button-down. The key to an outfit like this is to inject your personality to make it yours. For me, that meant my leather skirt instead of jeans and fun, neon polka dots. But for you, it could be something completely different. You can still follow this formula, just personalize it so you are comfortable in it. 
Not only is an outfit like this fun, but it is also extremely comfortable and will keep you warm on these crisp fall days. Happy weekend! 
P.S. As always, my glasses are from The View on Elm…for more info on these or my glasses in general, just email me! 

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Fall Layering

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,
My favorite thing about fall is layering, which is probably pretty obvious from this outfit. I am naturally very cold-natured so I always need a jacket or something like that in addition to my outfit. So layering is right up my alley. Whenever I wear an outfit like this, I always get questions about how I put it together and let me tell you, the answer is gradually. 
You need to start with your base first, which in an outfit like this is the flannel, jeans, and shoes. It is finally starting to get cool here so I knew I wanted at least one cozy layer and I wasn’t really feeling a necklace so my next layer was the vest. If I had added jewelry, that makes it easier to determine the other layers because I would have wanted to keep them relatively simple. Anyways, to choose the cheetah vest, a lot of it came down to the fact that I hadn’t worn it yet and I was dying to wear it. 
Once my vest was on, I needed one more layer, but it need to be really simple to not be over the top with the flannel and the vest. Thus another fabulous reason to have a leather jacket for fall! Yay for fall weather! 

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Top 10: My Top 10 Favorite Outfits from 2016

Hello all! This year has been a big year for me…I graduated from college and announced my consignment business, which will be opening in 2017. Plus I am now employed full time! In addition to all of that exciting news, this has been one of my most prolific blog years and has included some of my favorite outfits of all time. So for our top 10 list today, we are going to look back at some of my favorite outfits from 2016! Let me know if I forgot your favorite outfit or if you have any thoughts in the comments below. XO
2016, leather, stripes, summer, top 10
1. This striped shirt was a staple in my wardrobe this summer. It is so versatile and easy to wear. Plus, this blog shoot was one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever had. My mom takes most of the amazing photos you see on the blog and it is always an adventure for us as we try new poses and locations.  
2016, pearls, sequins, summer, top 10
2. Sequins are a regular occurrence in my wardrobe and I love this statement making jacket. This was the perfect outfit when my boyfriend and I went out in New York. This is by far one of my favorite outfits of 2016! 
2016, lefty, ruffles, summer, top 10
3. Ruffles were a new addition to my wardrobe this year and I am excited about them to say the least. This was just one of the ruffled outfits I’ve worn in 2016. 
2016, leather, personal, ruffles, summer, top 10

4. I wore ruffles again on the first day of my new job! I bought this outfit as my “first day of school outfit” at my job, but this shirt became one of my favorites this fall and I don’t go more than a couple of days without wearing this skirt! Must be lucky! 
2016, pastel, summer, top 10
5. Pastels have always been one of my favorite color groups, but this year, I have loved wearing lots of pastel accents against navy. Mixing pastels together is also one of my favorite ways to add more color to an outfit. 
2016, 60s vibe, fall, pink, top 10
6. The 60s were a huge style influence for me this year. I have loved channeling that decade with mini skirts, color blocking, and big earrings. This was one of my favorite 60s looks from 2016. 
2016, fall, pink, top 10
7. A new thing for me in 2016 was utilizing the tailor. Let the “Taylor goes to the tailor” jokes begin, but I have been extremely thankful to have a tailor when I am not ready to give up on pieces that don’t fit quite right. 
2016, hat, layering, stripes, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, winter, top 10
8. My new blog series this fall/ winter has been all about turtlenecks- tips and tricks for wearing them. Make sure to stay tuned on Thursdays for even more fun turtleneck ideas. This has been my favorite turtleneck outfit so far! 
2016, dress pants, fall, mad men, red lips, top 10
9. I have been loving turtlenecks this winter, but also cozy knits in general. I love the idea of wearing a bulky sweater with feminine details like red lipstick. The combination gives any outfit that extra oomph as well as making it look elegant. 
patterns, red lips, t-shirt, tartan, top 10
10. My final look from this weeks top 10 was actually from Christmas Eve a couple days ago. I love pairing t-shirts with big jewelry and dressing it up with heels. This outfit came together perfectly and had just the right amount of holiday flair. 

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Turtleneck Thursday: Double Trouble

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turtleneck, layering, winter, 2016, turtleneck thursday, stripes, hat,

turtleneck, layering, winter, 2016, turtleneck thursday, stripes, hat,

turtleneck, layering, winter, 2016, turtleneck thursday, stripes, hat,

turtleneck, layering, winter, 2016, turtleneck thursday, stripes, hat,
turtleneck, layering, winter, 2016, turtleneck thursday, stripes, hat,
Hello all! Happy Turtleneck Thursday! At its most basic function, a turtleneck is supposed to keep you warm. So what do you do when your turtleneck is a warm knit, but it is too big to wear a coat over and it is a little loose? My solution was to layer a more fitted turtleneck underneath it. This way, you stay warm, but you also add some extra color, and in this case pattern as well. Plus, with two turtlenecks, you definitely don’t have to worry about a necklace! 
Our message this week? Wearing a turtleneck does not limit your layering options to hiding said turtleneck under a regular sweater. Turtlenecks are fun and versatile so experiment! We would love to hear what you come up with! XO 

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New York, New York

Yesterday was our last day in the Big Apple and what a fabulous trip we had! Great food, lots of art, and exploring are the perfect recipe for a great trip for me. Traveling and exploring new places is one of my great joys in this life and I love anytime I am able to do so. School starts back again tomorrow and I am in the final haul before graduation. What a wonderful way to start the last quarter of senior year. XO 
P.S. Am I an outfit repeater? Yes…but some outfits are worth repeating! 

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Patterned Sweaters and Sequins

Hello all! The brief hiatus we’ve had is officially over! Life has been crazy with school, my thesis, and applying for jobs, but I’m back. Now that I am applying for jobs and thinking about post grad life, I can’t seem to convince myself to wear jeans. All I want to do is be business casual! It has been fun trying to combine my favorite trends of layered sweaters and button-downs with skirts and booties. I am in love with this sweater because it is not only warm, but also has this incredible pattern and sequins! Three of my favorite things! I also love this shirt because of the ruffle detail. XO

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Pattern Mixing

I am an extremely cold-natured person, which basically means I am always cold. So, in the winter, I have to be very creative about my layering so I can stay warm. My favorite addition to my layering collection in this sleeveless turtleneck because it is the perfect base layer. Plus, the stripes make it more interesting than a solid color. Do you have any tricks for staying warm? XO

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Navy and Gray Neutrals

Hello all and happy Friday! I hope you have had a wonderful week- mine has been a little busy as I get back into the swing of school. Today though, we didn’t have any school as I am snowed into my apartment. As I write this I sit with a cup of tea under my heated blanket trying to stay warm! This time of year is always a little difficult for me because I am very cold natured and always have a hard time staying warm. The key is layering, which you are going to be seeing a lot of in the next couple of weeks. For me, the most important parts of my layering combination are my base layer and the last thing I put on. My favorite base layer is a turtleneck and this one is perfect because it is a thinner material, which makes it easy to put under multiple sweaters at the same time. The middle steps aren’t as difficult for me, but by far the most important step is the last one. In this outfit, my last step was the scarf. I already had on the hat and sweater and felt pretty good and cozy, but the scarf really tied everything together (no pun intended!) and added that extra layer of heat that I needed! More layering tips and more fun outfit posts coming soon! XO 

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