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My Fall Fashion Wish List and a Guest Blog Post

Fall Fashion Wish List

 

Hello and Happy October! I know we are well into fall now but I thought I would drop in and post about some of the items I’ve had on my fashion wish list for this season. I’ve been wanting to pick up some good basics and I think these pieces could mix and match really well with other items I already have. What about your wish lists? What things have you all had your eye on for fall? Fashion is so fun this time of year with all of the rich colors and textures, I’d love to hear what you all have on your fashion radar screens.

My Fall Wish List

Fisherman’s Sweater – I’m in need of a few new sweaters this year (after the winter we had last year I’m stocking up…) and I’ve been thinking about adding a fisherman’s sweater to my closet. I love the texture that a sweater like this offers and I think you can style it in a variety of ways depending on the look you’re going for. I’ve got my eye on one like this from LL Bean’s Signature Collection.

Flannel Shirt – No, I’m not going for the lumberjack look. ūüėČ But lately I’ve been thinking that a flannel shirt would be great to have. Again, maybe it’s the crazy cold winter we had last year that’s influencing my fashion choices this fall, but I think I could get a lot of use out of a flannel button-down. I’m always cold and it seems like such a soft and cozy piece to have in my wardrobe rotation. It looks like Target has a few cute options right now.

Black Coated Denim РI wear jeans all the time and I think having a pair like these could be fun to up the interest factor in an outfit. I love the shine and the way the coating almost makes them look a little like leather.  I could see wearing them mostly at night, like if I was meeting friends out for dinner or drinks. Old Navy has these available right now for a great price.

Ankle Boots – I’m in desperate need of a new pair of ankle boots and I think a pair in a taupe-y sort of suede could be a great neutral that would go with a lot. I’ve had my eye on this pair from Lands’ End.

So that’s it, my fall fashion wish list. Pretty simple, but items I think I could get tons of use out of. What about everyone else? What have you all had your eye on this fall?

I’m Guest Blogging!

Aside from fall fashion, I’m also guest posting today on the healthy living blog, BalancingB, for Brynn who just had her first baby a couple of weeks ago. Brynn is a certified health coach and covers all things healthy lifestyle with fantastic tips and inspiration for living a balanced and healthy life.¬† I’m talking about the jogger pant trend that’s been so popular recently and how I’m wearing it so be sure to go over and check out the post as well as the rest of this great blog.

Happy Fall, Everyone!

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Winter Wardrobe Must-Haves on The Nate Berkus Show

Fashion blogger, Liliana Vazquez, visits The Nate Berkus Show to offer up great winter outfit ideas.

I don’t know how I missed this segment on The Nate Berkus Show a week ago, but I thought I would share it in case you all¬†missed it too. My favorite fashion blogger, Liliana Vazquez from Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style, was on the show to share her thoughts on the key items you¬†need in your wardrobe to¬†build some super¬†stylish winter outfits.¬†While watching the segment online earlier today¬†I was pleasantly surprised to see that I actually already¬†own several of the items and it gave me some great ideas for new ways to wear them. Two of the items were actually things I had just recently purchased.¬†The first¬†is¬†a faux fur vest from JC Penney,¬†very similar to the¬†one by BB Dakota¬†that I¬†purchased on sale right after Christmas. I’ve been really happy with¬†it – despite the fact that I look a bit Kardashian-esque when wearing it (ha ha) – but¬†I’ve gotten lots of compliments and I’m loving it. Another one of the items Vazquez suggests is a puffer vest –¬†in the segment it’s a vest from Forever 21. I’ve had my eye on a black puffer vest for a couple of months now and I just found one on sale this past weekend at Sears in their in-store Lands End section for about $25. I’m looking forward to wearing it through the winter with jeans, warm sweaters and some fun scarves. Some of the other¬†staples Vazquez recommends are a white button down shirt, dark skinny jeans, and a great pair of riding boots.¬†She also showcased a great zigzag print dress from www.shopsosie.com that I absolutely love. It’s made with a lightweight fabric and reminds me of something by Missoni – only this dress is surprisingly affordable at just $43. To see all of Vazquez’s picks, click here. And to see her picks in action with 30 days of outfit ideas, click here. You won’t be disappointed! I’m even thinking I might have to¬†break down and purchase¬†some of the items I don’t already have in my closet given their great prices. Enjoy!

Hot Spring Colors

From coral to tangerine and all shades in between, orange is a hot color for spring. (H&M dress/$24.95)

Hello All! So, after my last post I think I scared Mother Nature into throwing some warm weather my way. While much of this winter has been downright brutal,¬†last week I think¬†we finally saw a glimmer of spring as the¬†temps in my area¬†reached into the¬†50’s! Sadly, it wasn’t here to stay and we’ve still got some winter weather to get through before spring officially arrives, but hallelujah for a brief respite from the cold!¬†Of course, now that we’ve gotten a taste of some warmer weather,¬†I’m getting more and more excited for new spring fashions and I have to admit that¬†I’ve actually bought a couple of items already.¬†¬†For this spring the¬†hot trend in colors seems to be bright bolds – like hot pink, kelly green, and cobalt. Orange is also another shade that we’re seeing a lot of. It’s showing up in various shades throughout¬†many retailers’¬†spring lines and it¬†feels so fresh and warm, a welcome change from this blustery winter we’re having.¬†One of my recent spring purchases – a striped knit dress from H&M¬†–¬†¬†plays on this color trend in a subtle sort of way. The dress was just $24.95 and its wide stripes are made of¬†a terracotta-y coral color as well as heather gray. It’s a great way to incorporate the orange trend into your wardrobe if you’re the type that prefers a more neutral sort of look. The dress¬†is¬†really comfortable and I can see wearing it with flats while running errands, or dressed up with a belt and sandals for a casual dinner out this spring or summer. Now, if you’re loving the idea of incorporating some orange into your spring wardrobe and need some more inspiration, I’ve done some¬†searching and have put together a mix of options – ranging from¬†bright¬†monochromatic¬†orange pieces to more neutral¬†items that offer just a splash of the color. Regardless of what your preference may be, I think we would all be happy¬†to see¬†a little more orange in the way of sunshine high in the sky. Here’s to hoping spring comes quickly… Happy shopping!¬†

Women’s Pleated Pattern Skirt – Land’s End Canvas ($59.50)¬†

Wrap-Around Cardigan – Zara ($39.90)

Cap Toe Patent Ballet Flat in Camel/Coral РGap ($39.99 Рon sale) (Note: I recently bought these with the black cap toe and I love them!)

Elbow Sleeve Contrast Placket Cardigan Sweater – Lacoste ($155)

“Pretty Nylon Little Tate” Tote in Rock Lobster/Marc by Marc Jacobs – Nordstrom ($158)

Going to great lengths…cropped ankle length pants are fresh and stylish

J. Crew's "Minnie pant" is a great ankle length cropped pant

Even though it’s now mid-November and¬†the weather is getting colder, I’m really loving the cropped ankle length¬†pant styles that so many brands are offering right now.There is just something so attractive and fresh looking about this length that I really like.¬†(Check out this photo of Katie Holmes¬†in pants by Stella McCartney for an example.)¬†And it¬†looks great with so many¬†different types of footwear¬† – with flats, heels, ankle boots, etc. If you live in an area where a bare ankle¬†right now wouldn’t be too uncomfortable, I’m thinking that this style could be perfect for upcoming holiday events¬†paired with a dressy shoe and a¬†festive top. Or, if you live¬†in a colder climate and the thought of showing any skin south of your collarbone at this point in the¬†season is just too much to bear, I think that adding¬†patterned tights or sheer trouser socks could¬†make the style still a feasible option for upcoming events.¬†I actually just purchased my own pair – the Minnie pant from J. Crew –¬†and I’m looking forward to¬†incorporating them into my wardrobe.¬†Regularly priced at $79.99, I found them on sale in the store for $59.99 a couple of weeks ago.¬†¬†However, if you’re near a J. Crew factory store, I just saw¬†they have a very similar style there – the Winnie pant –¬†that¬†is¬†priced at only $39.99. If you’re interested in checking out¬†more¬†ankle length¬†pant options yourself, I’ve got some suggestions at a variety of price points.

Target – Mossimo Sateen Ankle Pant in black or khaki ($21.99)

Gap – Slim cropped pant in black ($49.50)

Zara – Studio Straight Leg Trouser in red ($89.90)

J. Crew – Bi-stretch wool Minnie pant in henna ($98.00)

A Leg Up

So, the skinny trend in jeans is still in and I have yet to jump on the bandwagon. ¬†When it first started, the whole trend just turned me off completely. Maybe because I was pregnant at the time¬†and the thought of wearing anything ‚Äúskinny‚ÄĚ was just not in my realm of reality. And pregnant or not, the idea of tight, skinny jeans just seems like it would be super constricting and uncomfortable. Now, I know jean technology (if I can call it that) has come a long way and the jeans we wear today are not your grandfather‚Äôs overalls. With the use of more materials that provide stretch and give, jeans today can be soft and quite flexible. But regardless, I still haven‚Äôt been able to¬†bring myself to partake in this trend. If you know of a skinny pair of jeans that I should try out, by all means, let me know because I‚Äôm willing to at least try them on. However, in the meantime I‚Äôve settled on a compromise so I can in some way take part in the skinny phenomenon. With the recent purchase of a couple of pairs of leggings I‚Äôm now strutting my stuff, er, I mean, my skinny. ¬†This clothing item has been in and out over the years but along with skinny jeans, leggings seem to be ‚Äúin‚ÄĚ right now as well. And as a new mom, I‚Äôm all about cultivating a cute and on trend wardrobe that is still comfortable and doesn‚Äôt require dry cleaning. So a few weeks ago I found a great deal on leggings online at Old Navy. For just $14.50, I purchased a package of two pairs of leggings, one black and one charcoal gray. So far I‚Äôve worn both pairs a few times and I love them. With long knit shirts or oversize cardigans they look great and are super comfortable ‚Äď especially when I‚Äôm crawling around on the floor playing with my 7-month-old son. They are full-length, fitting to my ankle and the quality of the fabric seems to be pretty decent. To check them out for yourself, visit the Old Navy web site.¬†

So go on, and get your skinny on!