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Thursday, October 12, 2017

ModCloth Friends and Family Sale: 30% off Your $100 Purchase

rust orange lace top + jeans + nude pumps
Rust Orange Lace Top + Dark Jeans + Nude Pumps
rust orange + dark wash jeans + nude pumps + tan clutch + statement necklace
rust orange lace top + dark wash jeans + nude pumps + tan woven clutch + gold statement necklace
Hey everyone!  ModCloth is running their annual Friends & Family Sale, which means you get 30% off when you spend $100+ until this Sunday 10/15!  I was checking out their site recently and saw tons of cute things that I wanted to share with you.

First, HOW PRETTY is this rust orange lace top?!?!  I got it last year as a dressier-but-not-too-dressy Thanksgiving option, and I'm too happy it's BACK IN STOCK because it's gorgeous!!!  It's lined through the body from the chest down and do not need a camisole, just no lining in the shoulders and the arms.  The lace goes all around from the front to the back, and there's a fringe hem to top it off.  Such great details!  The details make it seem way more expensive than what you'd pay with the 30% off, which is $35, originally $49.99!  Discount is shown upon checkout.

SIZING: I'm 5'6" and 6/8 or S/M and wear this top in M.  See it HERE.

(You might want to wear a strapless bra with it due to the shoulders, regarding which I'd normally groan except that I found the most awesome strapless bra!  Read about it HERE.  See it HERE.  Another one that's raved about HERE.)  

Shop for the Look:
Top: ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing 4)
Shoes: Target (updated version)
Necklace: Nordstrom (identical--available in some stores but not online)
Clutch: DSW (similar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

Secondly, my maroon slacks from last month's post that are super stretchy and comfortable are only $42 with the sale!  I just ordered them in grey, and they come in black as well.  See them HERE.  I wear size M.

While you're at it, the mustard cardigan (available in a million fun colors) is also on sale!  See the colors HERE.  I wear the cardigan in M and own it in a couple handfuls of colors.  It's really soft!  


This is one of my favorite coats that I got 2 years ago, and it's also BAAAAACKK YAYYYYY!  (Yes, that pic above is 2 years old!)  This coat is SO cute and SO fall!  The color of this coat is red/orange, though it looks more tomato red in my pics above and veryyyy orange on the product site HERE.  It's kind of a mix of both.  You can see it on tons of people in various lighting on the product site under the reviews to get a better idea of the color.  It would not make a great winter coat for the coldest climates, but for where I live in San Diego it's great for both fall and our mild winters.  Overall, I love love love this coat!  

I wear it in Medium.  See it HERE.

Lastly, here are some more pieces to check out during the sale!
Shop the Pieces:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine
ten  |  eleven

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

6 Outfits from the PMT Fall Outfit Challenge

Hey, hey!  The PMT Fall Outfit Challenge began in full swing on Monday and the Facebook group is popping!  If you don't know what it is, read all about it HERE.  

Even before the challenge started, women remarked how much they'd already learned simply because in the Facebook group (which is open only for those doing the challenge) you have the ability to ask all of your simplest and most challenging style questions and have handfuls of women chime in with their knowledge and experience.  Also, I'm in there quite a bit answering all sorts of random individual style questions!  

I promised you the first week of outfits so that anyone who was hesitant about joining could try it for a week, so here they are!  It's still not too late to join.  There are 5 weeks of the challenge being officially "live" with 2 more bonus weeks after, for a total of 7 weeks.  If you join us starting Week 2, you'll still have 1 to 1.5 months of the challenge!  

Also, if you just want help building a wardrobe but don't want to do the challenge, you can see the entire shopping list for the challenge HERE.  

Please note, Week 1's outfits below are the only outfits that will be published from the Outfit Challenge.  I usually don't blog, Instagram, or Facebook much about the challenges while they happen, and content here proceeds as normal (remixes, style tips, etc.).  All challenge activity goes on behind the scenes in the separate Facebook group or as people do it individually.

Here are Week 1's outfits if you want to try them for the next 6 days!  We're currently on Day 3, putting Day 6 as a Saturday option.  However, you can start from any one of these days.  Have fun!

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

 DAY 5

DAY 6


TAKE THE PUTTING ME TOGETHER FALL 2017 CHALLENGE:
Build a mix-and-match wardrobe of pieces that will make you feel great everyday!


If you're ready to go, CLICK HERE to sign up, or click the Sign Up Now button above!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

4 Ways to Wear a Black Cardigan

4 Outfits With a Black Cardigan
You all know I'm a huge fan of these oversized cardigans and have them in an array of colors.  Yep, the same cardigan in multiple colors (or at least each year's iteration them).  Last winter I started feeling an itch for a black cardigan, putting on outfit after outfit that I felt could use a black cardigan.  I'm soooo glad to say that this black cardigan recently came in at Nordstrom!

Before seeing this at Nordstrom I'd already resolved to get a similar black cardigan at a different store for a much cheaper price.  But in complete honesty, I wasn't 100% happy with the cheaper cardigan, however I felt it was my only option at the time.  No lie, I tried the cheaper one on and thought to myself, "I REALLY wish this was more like my Nordstrom cardigans--something is just a *little* off."  Still can't put a finger on what it was, but I set it down waiting for it to go on sale. I waited and waited and waited, and during that waiting period, this one from Nordstrom popped up!  You'd better believe I jumped on it ASAP!  

This one from Nordstrom is definitely pricier than the cheaper one I was looking at, but it feels a lot, LOT better.  In fact, it feels better than all of the other cardigans I own from Nordstrom in different colors that are from this brand.  It's fairly thick and has some resilience in the stretch so it doesn't feel like it'll and lose shape easily.  I'm a fan!  Shop the cardigan HERE.  

SIZING INFO: I'm 5'6" and usually 6/8 or S/M in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.  I wear this cardigan in XS as they run quite large.  I have gotten S in past colors and always felt like the shoulders were too big on me.  

Overall, I'm very happy to have finally added a black cardigan, and today I'm partnering with Nordstrom to show you 4 ways to wear it!  

Black Cardigan + White Tunic + Pendant Necklace + Riding Boots
White Tunic + Black Sweater + Riding Boots + Pendant Necklace
Pendant Necklace + Black Cardigan + White Tunic
Black Cardigan + Pendant Necklace + White Tunic + Brown Bag
Riding Boots + Skinnies + Black Cardigan + White Tunic
Everyday Casual #1
This is the kind of outfit I'd typically wear during the weekday in my very casual work environment or out to lunch with friends.  I've got two of my closet staples on--my white Lush tunic with my new favorite Wit & Wisdom dark wash skinny jeans.  Last week I did an Instastory with this outfit showing the different shoe options like my taupe booties, black booties, and these tall knee high boots.  I talked through why I liked or didn't like each version, and I landed on this combo as one of my favorites.  I liked how the taller boots anchored the look, had a stronger presence, and overall made the outfit pop more compared to either of the two booties.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size M)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 4)
Boots: Nordstrom (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (similar)




Black Cardigan + Plaid Shirt + Black Skinnies + Bucket Bag + Booties
Plaid Shirt + Black Skinnies + Black Booties + Bucket Bag
Black Skinnies + Black Bucket Bag + Plaid Shirt + Black Cardigan
Everyday Casual #2
This is one of my go-to combos in the fall and winter: plaid button up + jeans + oversized cardigan + booties or boots.  I totally love this all black look with one huge focal point with color and print!  The black jeans (which are super duper comfy both in the waist and legs) and black cardigan make the perfect bookends.  It's sooo easy to do and works with basically any shirt you have. 

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o J.Crew Factory (similar--40% off)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 6; sooo comfy)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8.5. Expensive but waterproof!) 
Bag: Nordstrom (similar but pricey)




Floral Shirt + Black Cardigan + Black Skinnies + Red Flats + Statement Necklace
Black Cardigan + Floral Shirt + Tote Bag + Statement Necklace
Brown Tote + Black Cardigan + Floral Shirt + Statement Necklace
Casual Office 
This could be another everyday casual look or something you could wear to a business casual office.  It's almost the same outfit formula as above but with a nicer printed blouse and topped off with colored shoes take the whole thing up a notch!

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 6; sooo comfy)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 9)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom



Black Cardigan + Maroon Skinnies + Bucket Bag + Black Sneakers + Pendant Necklace
Black Twist Tee + Black Cardigan + Maroon Skinnies + Black Sneakers + Pendant Necklace
Maroon Skinnies + Black Twist Tee + Black Cardigan + Black Bucket Bag
Weekend & Errands
This is a relaxed weekend look with an easy twist tee and sneakers.  To deviate from a standard jeans + tee, I used colored jeans instead of regular blue jeans.  You'd be surprised how many compliments you might get with jeans + tee if you just wear colored jeans instead of blue jeans!  :)  The black cardigan was the perfect comfy topper.  

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar) 
Shoes: Zappos (similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar but pricey)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (similar)

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There are soooo many ways you can wear a black oversized cardigan!  If you've been looking for one, definitely check this one out HERE!

Huge thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

5 Trends I Love This Fall (That Aren't Too Trendy)

Lately quite a few of you have said you appreciate that the style I show here is somewhat trendy while still feeling classic.  I've thought about that a lot because I don't think of myself as a very trendy dresser (I usually don't like spending money on trendy items that I think will fade soon!) but I've realized there *are* a few trends that I enjoy each season.  They're usually on the milder end of the trend spectrum and could be worn without looking outdated when the trend fades.

Today I'm sharing a few trends I'm loving this fall!  Some of them may be considered trends while others may be closet staples for some people.  But either way, adding any of these to your closet will help your outfits look fresh this fall!

5 Trends for Fall That Aren't Too Trendy


1.  BELL SLEEVE TOPS (THE TINY ONES)
I'm happy this one has carried over from last season!  (And possibly before, but I was just not "in the know" then :P)  I've said before that I think huge bell sleeves that go down to your wrists are rather inconvenient and impractical as they often get into food (boooo).  But I'm digging the tinier bell sleeves like the ones shown below!  

Black Pants + Maroon Bell Sleeves + Black Bucket Bag + Jord Watch + Leopard Shoes
Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing XS)
Pants: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8) 
Necklace: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (similar) 
Shoes: Sole Society (similar
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

I've included several other bell sleeve tops for fall that you can shop through the widget below!  If you are in the Bloglovin' frame you'll have to click out of it HERE to see all the shoppable widgets in this post. 

SHOP BELL SLEEVE TOPS:




2.  TWIST OR TIE FRONT TOPS
If you follow me on social media it's not news that I've been living in these these twist tees (see one styled 3 ways HERE), but I'm still loving them.  Tie-front tops have a similar effect with styles allowing you to wear plain tees that have more visual interest.  I now have the twist tee in 4 colors--black, olive, white and blush. 😳 They've been getting me through the awkward period where it refuses to become fall down here.  :P


Black Twist Tee + Skinnies + Statement Necklace + Tote + Jord Watch
Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar--I wear size 4)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar--I wear size 9)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (exact)

Olive Twist Tee + Tan Cardigan + Skinnies + Statement Necklace + Booties
Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing XS)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 4) 
Boots: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8.5) 
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom (similar

That pic *looks* all nice and fall-ish.  I wore it on a day where it was 68 degrees in the morning, but lost the cardigan promptly when it heated up in the afternoon.  Like I was saying, not gonna be fall down here anytime soon!  

More twist and tie front tops in the widget below, including a long sleeved version of the one I'm wearing above (by the same brand)!

SHOP TWIST AND TIE FRONT TOPS:




3. MAROON, BURGUNDY, WINE
(whatever you wanna call it)
This is not really a trend, rather I believe it's a staple color for fall and winter.  At least, it is for me!  This is possibly my favorite color to wear in the fall.  I named it a "trend" only because there are tons and tons of items out in this color right now, so even if you pull out an old maroon piece you will fit right in with what's fresh and current!

Burgandy Tunic Top + Denim Skinnies + Riding Boots + Infinity Scarf
Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 4)
Scarf: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 9.5)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

Above is the super soft "butter" top.  Ahhhh so cozy!  Can't wait until the weather cools so I can snuggle up in it!  


Maroon Pants + Maroon Stripe Blouse + Marigold Cardigan + Tote Bag
Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Cardigan: ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Pants: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Shoes: c/o Naturalizer (exact--wearing 8.5)

The stretchiest maroon pants for the office!  So stinking stretchy and comfortable!  And a classic maroon striped blouse.  Adorable, but completely sheer.  


Gingham Shirt + Puffer Vest + Infinity Scarf + Maroon Skinnies + Booties
Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact--wearing size S)
Vest: Old Navy (exactsimilar--quilted and not as puffy) 
Jeans: Old Navy (almost exactalmost exact--wearing size 4)
Boots: c/o Sole Society (similar
Scarf: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact

Maroon jeans have been a closet staple of mine for years!  See my remix with 15 Ways to Wear Maroon Pants.  Definitely needs an update soon!  

SHOP MORE MAROON ITEMS:




4. FRAYED OR RAW HEM JEANS
This may be the trendiest out of the five listed today.  When I first saw them, I was like, "Mehhhh, jeans are expensive, I have no idea how long it will be until we all stop wearing them, and I don't want to spend that much money on something so trendy!"  But, I do love the bit of edginess they give to an outfit, and since I wear jeans most days it's possible to get a lot of use out of them--even if they're not around long.  (Hopefully the trend will be around longer though!)

Luckily there are several cheaper options at Old Navy which you can shop through the widget below. I also included some pricier ones from good brands with great-feeling denim.

Frayed Jeans + Maroon Blouse + Tote Bag + Nude Flats
Frayed Jeans + Maroon Stripe Blouse + Nude Flats
Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Jeans: c/o ModCloth (exact--I wear 7)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (exact--wearing size 8.5)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact) 



Frayed Skinnies + Blush Twist Tee + Brown Tote + lace-up flats
Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing XS)
Jeans: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing size 7)
Shoes: Amazon (exact--wearing size 9)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact))
Watch: c/o JORD (exact
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact--size M)


SHOP FRAYED OR RAW HEM JEANS:




5. MARIGOLD AKA YELLOW!
This one makes me so happy!  Though I know MANY people think yellow makes them look sickly, I'm a huge fan of yellow!  I used to not be, though.  I used to think yellow washed me out or made me look sick, too.  I finally realized that not all yellows are the same, found shades that worked for me, and now I'm all about it.  I know it will still not be great for some people no matter what shade you try, but a surprising number of women in past PMT Outfit Challenges had similar qualms about yellow but now are rocking it and looking amazing!

This is me trying on a beautiful LOFT top that unfortunately sold out so fast during their recently 50% off sale.  I featured this in the PMT Fall Outfit Challenge (which you can still join!)  It's nearly sold out thanks to a recent LOFT sale, but you can take a look HERE.  I got it in both size Small Petite (left) and Small Regular (right) since my torso is shorter and LOFT tops tend to run long for me.  Still debating about which to keep, but it's definitely gonna be one of them!

I *always* want a yellow top in my closet, even once they're not "in" anymore.  The fact that they're "in" just means I finally have many. many options to choose from and can add several to my closet if I want to!  Although my LOFT top is limited in availability, there are tons of cute marigold, mustard, and yellow pieces you can shop through the widget below.  They make me so happy!  

SHOP MARIGOLD ITEMS:



Are you into any trends this fall?
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