Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Win $50 to White Plum x3 and 20% off!

Wanna know my favorite go-to trick for when you want to feel like you're dressing for fall even when it's hot?  Ankle boots!  They're perfect for when you need to wear a dress or skirt with bare legs because it's hot, yet it's supposed to be fall.  (Aka, you live in Southern California where it's 70 degrees in November.)

The outfit above is pretty much the same thing as THIS outfit, but with different shoes.  I got these booties from White Plum (HERE), and they're a great affordable option.  When temps actually dip they'll go easily with jeans or finish off an ultra comfy leggings + tunic outfit, like below.

On that note, I've tried to avoid the whole leggings and tunic thing, as I've seen it go really, really, really wrong enough times that I couldn't get over it.  Think tunic that doesn't cover the rear completely plus leggings that aren't fully opaque.  Yikes!  But, White Plum sent me this tunic and these FLEECE LINED leggings and I think I might finally be coming around on that tunic + legging thing.

These leggings are super warm, feel really sturdy, and are NOT see through (HERE).  And this tunic is long enough to be worn with or without tights (and comes in 13 colors HERE) and overall is soft and easy to wear.

Today White Plum is giving THREE of you a chance to win $50 to their shop!  Enter in the widget below.  And they're offering 20% off your entire purchase with code PMT20OFF.  Good until 9/8/15.

Outfit #1:
Dress: Old Navy
Boots: c/o White Plum (exact--usually size 8.5-9, wearing 9)
Bag: Nordstrom (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Nordstrom

Outfit #2:
Tunic: c/o White Plum (exact--wearing M, usually S/M sz6 in tops)
Leggings: c/o White Plum (exact)
Boots: c/o White Plum (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Nordstrom

*Remember to use code PMT20OFF for 20% off your entire purchase until 9/8/15!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Style Resources for Transitioning from Summer to Fall

As temps begin to change on this part of the globe I wanted to point you to some past posts to help you dress for that transition between summer and fall.  It's basically last year's fall transition roundup post, just updated.  You all go have fun with that.  Meanwhile, I'll be over here baking in warm weather until December.  (Thanks, San Diego!)

Find the index of all style tips for any season under the Style & Wardrobe Tips tab.
Fall Wardrobe Building

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pulling Together Neutral Basics

I wore this to dinner with Benson last weekend to celebrate 7 years of marriage (as posted on Instagram HERE.)  I've tried wearing a nice dress out to dinner for past special occasions, and while I love dresses during the day I actually prefer jeans for nighttime looks.  Call me weird, but ideally I'd wear skinny jeans and a blazer with some heels or wedges.

This is a case where accessories totally make the outfit.  The outfit itself is super simple--white jeans and a solid black blouse.  A couple things that help is the blouse is one of those look-like-a-tshirt-but-not blouses I've talked about before.  (Some really nice options are below.)  Plain silhouette, but nice drape and dressier than a cotton tee.  And, it's a dark color paired with white, a light color, for contrast.  But, overall it's still plain, and there's not even any real color between them.  However, the shoes, watch, and bag add some texture and the colorful statement necklace all help the outfit pop a little more.

Want a style challenge for the week?
If you're looking for ways to mix and match or freshen up your pieces, this week try pairing a solid neutral piece that's dark (whether a top or bottom) with another solid neutral piece that's light, and add color somewhere.  It could be a colorful piece of jewelry (necklace, earrings, ring, bracelet), or colorful shoes.  Try it and see if you can find a new outfit waiting to happen!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o LeTote (similar, similar--looser fit, similar--slightly more detail and shape)
Jeans: LOFT (similar)
Shoes: BC Footwear via Amazon (exact, exact--6pm.com) reviewed HERE
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom (similar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Some Basics for Now and Later

black dress utility jacket

Aaaannddd, out comes the utility jacket again.  It's one of my favorite fall pieces, and it's especially great for the transition from summer to fall.  It pretty much goes with everything, from the most causal tee to a pretty lace dress.  Old Navy has one HERE, though I'll post a few more options in an upcoming post.  

If you don't have one yet and you've been thinking about it, please take advantage of the fact that Old Navy does free returns by mail and order this one in several sizes to try.  These jackets tend to sell out quickly.  I've said this past seasons and people still say to me, "Noooo, I waited and it's sold out in my size now!"  If you've been thinking about it, order one during the next ON sale because FREE RETURNS.  Yahoo!

Also, I raved about this jersey dress back in April (see HERE), and while I haven't worn it on the blog since then, I've definitely been wearing it off-blog.  This exact one is not in stores anymore, but there's a long sleeve version this season HERE.  Another great piece to have come fall!

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Old Navy (similar)
Jacket: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar, similar)
Shoes: Rampage via Amazon (exact, exact from another store)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom

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