August 29, 2016

Moody Picks: 12 Ways to Transition into Fall for Under $50

With Labor Day just around the corner, we all know that cooler days are ahead for most of us. Transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall could get expensive if you decide to ditch all of your summer clothes.  But there’s no need to spend your whole paycheck trying to keep up with all of the new fashion trends.  All you have to do is pair up a few fall must-haves with your summer collection to create a new look and transition into fall with style. Adding deeper colors, like burgundy, olive green and grey, mixing different textures like tweed and corduroy  wearing leggings or tights and layering for warmth are a few ways that will allow for some of your summer clothes to stay around for another season without spending too much cash.

In an effort to help save you money, I’ve put together a quick guide for you with my 12 fall fashion essentials to help you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. And the best part is that everything is under $50!
Shirt Dress / Ankle Booties (1 & 2) / Leggings / Skinny Jeans / Plaid Shirt / Cardigan

1. A Plaid Shirt: There’s nothing more classic for the fall season than a plaid print. From buffalo plaids, tartan plaids to plaids embellished with gems, there's an option for everyone this season. Pair your favorite plaid shirt with some boyfriend jeans for a casual look or with a pencil skirt for a stylish office ensemble.

2. A Cozy Cardigan: A cardigan is the perfect piece for layering all year long.  You can wear it over a t-shirt or button-downed shirt or you can wear it under a blazer and warm winter coat. A cardigan a great alternative to a turtleneck or pullover style, especially in offices or buildings where you have no idea how cold it’s going to be.

3. A Sharp Blazer: Blazers are flattering on every size and shape.  A classic black blazer is a smart investment as the temperatures start to get cooler.  And since you'll wear it all the time allow yourself to splurge a little on the price for better quality. Pair it with a cute sundress or wear it over a white tank and jeans for a sophisticated yet sporty look that will take you into fall.

4. Faux Leather Jacket: A leather jacket is a fall must-have piece that you should defintely add to your wardrobe.  You can create a basic look by adding a leather jacket to a t-shirt and skinny jeans. Or you can rock an edgy look by adding a leather jacket to a breezy sundress.  A real leather jacket could get a little pricey, but there’s no need to fret.  There are so many affordable faux leather jackets available this fall so you don’t need to break the bank.

5. Shirt Dress: Practical and versatile, the shirtdress is a classic and simple silhouette that will transition effortlessly from summer to fall.  A shirtdress is so easy to wear and with the right accessories you can dress is up with a belt  and some heels or dress it down by layering over some jeans. 

6. Darkwashed Skinny Jeans: Most of us are wear white or light-washed denim over the summer, but as we transition to fall, it’s time to start wearing jeans in a darker wash. Darkwashed jeans work perfectly with lightweight sweaters, plaids and a leather jacket.  

7. Leggings: Leggings are one of those fashion trends that return year after year, so get ready because you're going to continue seeing them everywhere.  When it comes to styling your favorite pair, you can add it under a flowy dress or tunic and throw on a pair of heels or booties to create a spicy outfit.

8. Ankle Booties: An easy way to transition into fall is buying a pair of ankle booties.  Grab a couple of neutral color booties to pair with jeans, dresses and skirt and extend the life of your wardrobe.   

9. Choker Necklace: Chokers have made a come back from the 90’s and it’s a great way to tie in a new trend into your current wardrobe.  There are so many price options out there likc $3 options from Forever 21 to $40 options at Shopbob. I also think this is something you can make yourself if you have a DIY spirit.  In my opintion, there’s no need to spend too much on this trend, but I think it would be fun to try.

10. Oversized Scarf: Bundling up from fall through winter is vital in cities like New York City and Chicago and the best way to keep you warm is with an oversized or chunky scarf.  This is the queintesstial fall fashion accessory!

11. The Saddle Bag: The saddle bag purse is the definitely the shape of the season. Team it up now with a fun maxi dress for the final days of summer and later in the fall with a shirt dress and some cute booties as the temperature drops.

12. Wool Hat: It’s almost time to toss the straw hat you’ve been wearing all summer aside and pick up a wool fedora! We all know that hats are perfect for the summer, but they also work great in cooler weather.

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:
Debonita of Elegantly Fashionable Classy Monday Blog Link Up
Lauren of Fizz and Frosting Mix It Mondays
Rachelle of Pink Sole #HowISummer Linkup
Carylee of More Pieces of Me and Jenna of Sincerely Jenna Marie Hello Monday Link Up
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

August 20, 2016

In the Mood – J.Crew New Arrivals (Fall 2016)

Pink, pink and more pink! J.Crew definitely wants all of us to think pink this fall.  I finally had a chance to see the new arrivals in person at J.Crew today and I actually tried on a few pieces as well.  I’ll share my fitting room tryons in a later post, so stay tuned.  I was pretty excited to see so many beautiful shades of pink sprinkled throughout the store.  I wanted to try everything on as soon as I walked in.  Every shop had something for everyone – bold bright colors, paisley prints, a beautiful leopard pattern, subtle ruffles here and there and even a little glitter. To stay that I love the fall collection is an understatement.  I literally want to buy everything right now.  One of the first things I plan to buy is the Margot Top in airy cotton pique.  This top reminds me of some of the older J.Crew pieces that you’ll never get tired of seeing.  Another item that’s at the top of my list is the Cuffed-Sleeve Top in leopard print.  This timeless top is a great statement piece that you can pair up with just about anything - remember leopard is a neutral.  And last, but not least, I don't want to miss out on the Rhodes Blazer in Italian Wool.  The wild flamingo color is pretty spectacular.  I didn’t know what to expect when I saw it online, but in person the color is just wow.  It’s not too bright nor is it too dark.  The color has just the right amount of cool tones in it to make it the perfect pop of color for fall.        
Are you guys excited about this new collection?  Which items are you most likely to buy?  Have you checked out the latest catalog yet?  I didn’t get a copy in the mail, but I did check out J.Crew’s Pinterest board for some pinspiration.  Well, my favorite items from J.Crew are pictured below and I’m sure they will put you all in a good mood!  Check them out and let me know what you’re loving this month.

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:
Debonita of Elegantly Fashionable Classy Monday Blog Link Up
Lauren of Fizz and Frosting Mix It Mondays
Rachelle of Pink Sole #HowISummer Linkup
Carylee of More Pieces of Me and Jenna of Sincerely Jenna Marie Hello Monday Link Up
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

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August 18, 2016

Moody Style: Now and Later

Happy Friday Eve! I hope that you all are having a great week so far.  I’ve been traveling for work since Sunday and I still have one more day to go, so needless to say I’m ready for the weekend.  I’m also ready for a vacation.  I realized earlier today that I haven’t taken a real vacation this summer yet.  I’ve gone on mini trips here and there, but nothing like a true vacation where I’m sitting on a beach soaking up the rays or exploring a new city.  Hopefully, I’ll get something planned soon, so stay tuned.

The sleeveless cowl neck shift dress that I’m wearing was one of the first pieces that I wore from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  This dress is so easy to wear now by itself in the summertime with some cute sandals and accessories.  And it will transition perfectly later into the fall season.  Just add some booties and a denim or utility jacket and you’re ready for cooler weather.  A few weeks ago, I packed this dress to visit my sister out of town for the weekend.  This dress is so soft and lightweight, that it was easy to add to my luggage.  I decided to wear this dress to church because it’s comfortable and it’s a versatile piece that you don’t have to think about.  When I originally saw this casual dress online, I didn’t hesitate to order it right away.  I had a feeling it was going to be a flattering dress and I wasn’t disappointed.  The cowl neck has just the right amount of draping to it without make you feel too constricted like a turtleneck.  And this dress has pockets, which automatically made it one of my go to dresses for rest of the summer.  Did any of you get this dress during the #nsale?  If you didn’t you should still think about it.  The price isn’t bad at $38 and it comes in about 9 colors that include solid and stripe options to choose from as well. 

Dress: Socialite Cowl Neck Shift Dress
Earrings: Kendra Scott Alexandra Gold Earrings
Sunglasses: Michael Kors Tahiti Sunglasses (also here)
Bracelet: J.Crew Pave and Tortoise Double-Link Bracelet (similar here and here) and
Ann Taylor Round Crystal Stretch Bracelet (similar here)
Purse: Tory Burch Robinson Multi Tote (similar here and here)
Shoes: Sam Edelman Camilla Wooden Platform Wedge (also here)

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:
Jalynn of The Red Closet Diary & Ashley of Twenties Girl Style #WIWT Link Up
Lizzie in Lace Friday Favorites Link Up
Nancy's Fashion Style Fancy Friday Linkup Party
Jo-Lynn Shane Fashion Friday Linkup
Shelbee on the Edge On the Edge of the Week Link Up