I always gravitate toward neutrals, especially when it comes to fall pieces. I mean how can you go wrong with a cozy taupe sweater or a gray scarf? Bold colors can be intimidating during the fall months. Tans fade, your complexion becomes milkier; hot pink doesn’t look so cute when you’re resembling Casper. But with recent life changes and risks that have proven to work out in my favor, I decided to give add some bold pieces to my fall wardrobe. This full sleeve red top turned out to be an immediate success. The bold red complements my (slightly) new hair color, and I paired it with my favorite heeled mules. Venturing outside of my comfort zone has not only propelled my growth, but it has also opened my eyes to other and new passions. Whether you wear something you thought you’d never wear, accept a job in a different field or decide to try out a new sport, take a leap outside of your comfort zone and see where it takes you. If it doesn’t work out, at least you can say you tried something new.
Oh, February, the month of love! It’s so funny. I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, even sans boyfriend. When I was younger, my mom always made Valentine’s Day a thing (she still does to this day). She’d make a special red or pink treat, buy me cute Valentine’s Day-themed gifts and it always felt like such a happy day to me. My mom’s Valentine’s Day gifts continued on through college and as a result, I became a Valentine’s Day ambassador myself. I don’t think Valentine’s Day needs to solely be about the love for your partner, but more about spreading love to the ones you care about. The ones who pick you up when you’re down, who make you laugh when you’re mad, the friends who listen and give advice. Take this Valentine’s Day to let all of the ones you love that you care about them and appreciate them. Yes, you should do that every day, but if you don’t already do that, let this be a reminder.
In addition to giving and getting gifts of love on Valentine’s Day, I always love to wear heart-themed clothing. I came across this French Connection sweater in Steinmart, and it had this must-have 90’s appeal. I can see Kelly Kapowski wearing this on Saved by the Bell or DJ Tanner, in her high school years. I just love it! It’s got a classic appeal to it and I decided to make it appropriate for the workplace with a fitted black skirt. The polka dot tights offer some fun and I went with booties instead of pumps to keep it casual. Now, would this be something I would wear on Valentine’s Day date night? Probably not…maybe just the sweater with some jeans; the skirt is just too work-esque for V-Day.
So, if you’ve been one of those Valentine’s Day scrooges, maybe give one of your friends a call or write a note to your parents, letting them know you appreciate them. It will go a long way.
Happy Monday loves! Spreading love and happiness your way. Own the work week and kick some butt!!
I’ll admit, I really wasn’t a fan of the bomber jacket trend. Not the traditional bomber jacket, but the lightweight bomber ones. There was something about them that I couldn’t take seriously. It was an episode of Southern Charm where Chelsea was wearing this really cute metallic blush bomber jacket, that I said I NEED one. I went to so many stores, scoured the internet for something similar but there was nothing. I actually gave up and quit my search until I walked into Marshall’s and stumbled upon this Kensie almond green bomber jacket with black trim. It’s shiny–not exactly metallic, but it’s perfect. The weather has been so ideal for light bomber jacket weather, so you can imagine how much I’ve been wearing it. Then, there were embroidered jeans: another trend I really couldn’t get behind. I don’t know what it was about them that I didn’t like. I guess I kind of felt like they were tacky and outdated (not in a good way). Again, I was wrong. It just took the right embroidered jeans to change my mind. These Weekender jeans from J.Jill have blue and green stem flowers, making it understated and classy. I feel like when there’s a really bold color flower it’s difficult to style, but these go with everything. They”re super versatile and a really fun way to change up your wardrobe in the fall months. I guess I need to take my own advice and not judge a trend by one or two looks… you have to try it out for yourself.
What trends were you wrong about?
Rompers are a girl’s best friend once the warm weather rolls around. They’re undeniably comfortable and you don’t have to worry about a summer breeze exposing you or being conscious of how you sit. And we all know that in addition to the romper trend, the off-the-shoulder trend is just as popular right now. Like I said last year: “shoulders are the new cleavage”, and it remains to be true this year too. OFTS tops share just enough skin to be sexy while allowing you to remain modest and classy. Although I’m known for going for bold colors and patterns when it comes to rompers, I love that this one is black and can be easily dressed up or down. Lately, I’ve been on an earring kick and have been popping in some color that way. However, if casual is more your speed, throw on your favorite pair of flip flops and stroll on down to the beach–the options are endless. So, does anyone need more reason to go out and get your romper on? I didn’t think so.
So, last night I slept with the windows open! It finally felt like fall and I couldn’t be more excited for the crisp clean fall weather, and all of the chunky knits and cardigans that come with it. I’ve been stocking up on some sweaters and came across this jacquard topper. It’s longer than I’m used to, but I love that I can either wear it as a light coat or make it a statement piece. It’s cozy and has a single-button closure, and a shawl collar, which is my absolute favorite attribute of this coat. And while I’m going crazy over sweaters, I absolutely cannot forget about all of the booties I’m about to wear. I made the mistake of going to Marshall’s before getting my paycheck and while I was close to buying EVERYTHING in sight, I walked out with these nude suede booties. They’re the perfect transition bootie because they have an open back and a small peep toe, making the acceptable for the end of summer, but also a serious conversation piece for fall. A shoe to be reckoned with. Let the fall shopping begin!