Floral Blazer – 4 Ways

Well I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for floral print.  A MAJOR thing. So a floral blazer? Well, it was a done deal. Here are 4 ways to wear it:

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The easiest way to wear it is with a t-shirt and jeans.  (Bonus points if you wear them with colored jeans/cords) Just adds that extra sum’n sum’n to an otherwise plain outfit.

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A good casual Friday look would be with a flippy green skirt and a chambray shirt. (I’m pretty much a walking advertisement for LOFT at this point….. they should pay me)

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Of course floral print with stripes. It is the new classic print mix combo.  Get to know it!

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I was putting together another look with this black sweater dress and decided that the floral blazer looked awesome with it! Sometimes the best looks are literally thrown together last minute. Over the knee boots and a mini dress, how could you go wrong?

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Similar Floral Blazers:

Target

Nordstrom

Forever 21

Forever 21

Jewelry from Bindhi & Brutus!

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Monochromatic.

I’m back!! I know its been awhile, but lets be the kind of friends that pick up just where we left off.  No awkward silences please!

Well this is going to be a short one, but I will post my big fall blog this coming weekend to talk about my fall picks, fall trends to buy into, and JEANS.

So the idea of monochromatic dressing isn’t new to the scene, however, I am finally starting to feel comfortable enough to try it myself! It is super flattering AND so easy to pull off.  You can start off with all white or all black, but I decided to start with this fun fall hue.  If you do go with a bold color, make sure that you try to buy both pieces from the same store so that you get the same shade.

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Not only is it flattering, but you immediately look like a fashionista. Just add simple jewelry (and one of these adorable chunky chain bracelets) and a bright purse/clutch.

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Of course you can add a scarf to this look if it is chilly outside.  I personally love this Fall Floral Infinity Scarf!

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Also, I got this entire outfit at Old Navy!! Now, I do have to give credit to my blogger crush KendiEveryday (she is AMAZING!)

I would also put leopard print shoes with this if I had them, or  do what Kendi did and put electric blue shoes with it.  But the nude shoes look classy, and it is easy to take it a step further with a statement clutch.

 

Blouse: Old Navy

Skirt: Old Navy

Shoes: Clarks Similar

Clutch: Kate Spade Similar

Bracelet: Bindhi & Brutus

Necklaces: Bindhi & Brutus

Scarf: Bindhi & Brutus

 

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Black & White Dress

So when I told my husband how I wanted to post more about what I wore everyday instead of just every once in awhile, he started laughing so hard he fell on the floor.  Ok, so I wear a lot of lounge clothes. I admit it. But, I can still get dressed up to go to the grocery store! Another reason why I substitute teach, I can wear my cute dresses and patterned pants.

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Black and white dresses are awesome because you can wear them during any season and you can wear almost any type of shoe and any type of accessory.   In fact, if you follow this blog I’m sure you will see a lot of black and white dresses.

A lot of times I put a bright belt with this dress, but today I decided to go with a more classic look and put my gold belt and clear bead statement necklace with it.

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I added a touch of color with this great hunter green jacket from LOFT.

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Finally I added this great metallic grey scarf to add a little extra layering and also to be more conservative at work.

You can see how easy it is to layer in the winter! If it was freezing I would have added tights, and worn a long coat over the small blazer.

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Where to find:

Black and White Dress

Clockwise from top left:

1. LOFT 2. Anthropologie 3. Anthropologie 4. Banana Republic 5. Old Navy 6. Forever 21

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Colored Blazer, Similar (ON SALE)

Brown Boots, Similar

Gold Belt, Similar

Clear Bead Statement Necklace

Scarf, very similar

THE STATEMENT SWEATER.

“What the FOX say?? RING DING DING DA DING DA DING DING DING!!!”

If it wasn’t already obvious, I am in love with this new fox trend.  They are the new owl. I also got into the owl trend to late to make it my “thing”.  That basically means, I could not resist this UH-MAZING sweater from Ann Taylor.  (As crazy as my friends think I was) Plus, I can say that I have nothing like it in my closet because, it’s true!

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With any of these statement sweaters, you just need to know how to not make them look like crazy cat lady sweaters. (Even if you are one, like me) Put a white collared shirt or some chambray under it to add some style, and put it with a mini skirt, tight ponte leggings, or boyfriend jeans with heels. I, of course, put the Clear Bead Statement necklace with it also! It just adds the perfect amount of sparkle to almost any outfit.

Sadly, Ann Taylor sold out of this sweater pretty quickly.  There are tons of fun sweaters out there though so find one that fits your personality! Here are some that I like and also similar links to the other items I am wearing in this post:

Statement sweater: Similar, Similar, Similar, Similar

Chambray shirt:  Madewell

Mini skirt:  Similar

Necklace: Clear Bead Statement

FALL. {Christine’s picks}

I’m a total summer girl at heart. I absolutely love shorts and sundresses but there comes a day I just want to wear my skinny jeans again without sweating through them in 5 minutes.

To me, fall fashion is pretty much the best. With a little bit of layering, I can make several of my favorite summer pieces work in the cooler weather. The right scarves, boots, and jackets can make just about anything into a super cute, put-together fall outfit. And after 20+ years in the midwest, I know layers are the way to dress for cold mornings and hot afternoons. Keep that in mind, and the fact I’m moving to Florida in a couple weeks (YESSS!), when you see some summery items in my fall must-have’s list.

Christine’s Fall Must-Have’s

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I love the color & texture of this scarf. And if I could have everything on this list, I would totally pair it with the cobalt tee.  As much of a DIYer as I am, let me just say that my at-home attempts haven’t looked nearly as adorable as this scarf.

Cobalt really is this fall’s super hot trend (see Nina’s Cobalt post for more on that). I love how this tee mixes comfy and cute, which makes this a wardrobe necessity.

Does someone want to buy this for me?! I can’t afford it, but omg do I love it. While I carry my hot coral Kate Spade handbag with me everywhere, this bag has a little more space that I could really use, some amazing texture, and is a great neutral that will go well with any season.

Another pricier item but I can’t get over how amazing the collar and asymmetrical zip are. This jacket can basically give you 3 different looks just with how zipped up it is. I also love the lambskin on the interior, which makes it look not only HOT but oh-so-comfy.

You may be wondering how this amazing lace sundress is fall wear, but just visualize this with tall brown boots (#14 ), the asymmetrical zip jacket, and a bold scarf with a long pendant necklace underneath (#11). There you have it, a delicate, feminine and put together fall look!

I feel like the only girl who doesn’t already have a peplum top. I’ve seen women of all different shapes and sizes rocking this style. Are you curvy? Wear this to accentuate your hourglass shape. Are you more of a straight, athletic build? Wear this to create a curvier hourglass. I also love how this top’s stripes make a stronger illusion of the tiny waist.

I already have these jeans in a dark blue wash and I freaking love them. How chic are black jeans?! I am dying to get this pair and mix it with a light chambray top (#12) and neon flats (#10).

This is another example of a summery piece that works perfectly for a layered fall look. I LOVE the color and would definitely pair this with the black skinny jeans (#7), asymmetrical leather jacket (#4), and ankle boots (#17)

This top looks so casual and a little military, but that waist tie gives it a more feminine flair.

I’m dying to get these! That neon mixed with neutral trend is a great way to add a pop of summery color with a cozier fall outfit. A good pair of flats can go with almost anything, too.

This is one of our new creations made by Nina. I might have to snag one of these from her before I move. I love the pounded texture and the warmth of brass. Long necklaces like this look stunning with everything – dresses, tanks, sweaters, jackets, and peeking out from under scarves.

12. Loft Chambray Denim Long and Lean Shirt – $55

Chambray is pretty new to my wardrobe. I have this shirt in a dark chambray that I pair with black pants, colored skirts, white shorts… basically anything but denim. It’s so versatile that I want another one in this lighter wash for a bit more variety.

After scouting this out online and trying it on in the store, I finally bought this (with a 50% off coupon)! This super comfortable dress has a subtle leopard print, a figure flattering waist tie to show an hourglass shape, and long sleeves that easily roll up to the elbows for more versatility. I just wore this the other day with my new knee-high boots (#14) since it’s a shorter dress and I think that is my new favorite outfit.

Brown boots are probably the most important fall staple on my list (along with skinny jeans). The over-the-knee look is a new trend of the season that is everywhere. I wasn’t sure how the over-the-knee look would work on me since I’m only 5’3″ but since they go up to my knee and no higher, it definitely works. Nina was absolutely right in her blog post about boots that the tall, knee high boots will make you feel sexy.A quick note for those in icy/snowy climates – these boots actually do have a decent amount of tread (more than most fashionable styles) which is definitely a plus!

There’s nothing like a good statement necklace to punch up your outfit. This plum purple is so rich and decadent.

I love a good maxi and this one would look adorable with ankle boots (#17) and denim or leather jacket (#4).

True story – I had been searching for the PERFECT ankle boots for over a year. They had to go with dresses, skirts, and jeans. I’m really picky about the comfort of shoes too, especially if a heel is involved. I just bought these at an outlet (with a military discount!) and they are exactly what I was looking for. I think the first day I wore them (with a sweater dress, scarf, & leather jacket) I got 5 compliments.

More cobalt! The color is so intense, just add this to a more neutral outfit (like the beige chiffon blouse, #19) and you’ve got a stunning put together fall look.

This long and flowy top looks like it would go with skinny jeans as well as leggings. Or tuck it in to a skirt. It would need to be layered with a cardigan or jacket and scarf for cooler weather, but a great base to work with. I’d also pair this with the plum statement necklace (#15).

SCARVES.

So when I used to work at LOFT (oh how I miss it) one of the most frequently asked questions was how to wear a scarf.  Not surprising, it is just a big piece of fabric that doesn’t come with directions.  So today I will try to address the issue and give you an idea of what a scarf can do for you!

Scarves are the best. They are one of the easiest ways to look put together without too much effort.  They are also a way to add a splash of color, pattern, and personality to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. You could almost just buy a new scarf each season and be done with shopping … (no need to tell the men about this—you NEED a new wardrobe for Fall…)

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Clockwise from top Left: 1. LOFT maxi dress, Madewell silk scarf 2. LOFT denim jacket, Madewell scarf, LOFT maxi dress 3. alice + olivia sequin dress, Forever 21 booties. 4. LOFT scarf, Madewell chambray shirt, LOFT skinny corduroys 5. Jcrew Sweatshirt.

Pick your scarves based on what colors are in it that will go with what you have.   I have one scarf that I can almost wear with everything in my wardrobe—It has tons of colors in it!  Think taupe and grey, not black! I have a couple scarves with black in it, and although they are cute, they only go with a few things.  I also suggest starting with cotton scarves that have volume.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

1. Scarves are a great way to add interest to an outfit:

Ok,  this is pretty obvious, I know.  But pick a scarf that you like. Pick a scarf that makes you smile.  I love floral prints and scarves that have something crazy on them, like animals and maps, etc. Madewell is a great place to find scarves with funky prints.  LOFT is also a great place to find scarves, they have great floral prints! Add it to a basic t-shirt, tank top, sweater or dress and you have an outfit! (Another bonus: that means you can take almost any of your outfits to different seasons depending on the scarf you wear)

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Madewell scarf, Madewell Jeans, Madewell Sweater, Target shoes.

When you wear a fun scarf with a little black dress, your scarf is the statement– also, if you bring your cat around with you everywhere, that would make a statement too– just maybe not the statement you want to make…

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From left to right: 1.Madewell scarf, Loft dress 2. LOFT scarf and dress, Madewell shoes.

2. You can use them to “dress down” an outfit:

One of the best things about scarves is that I can take my fancy sequin dresses that I never get to wear, put them with a scarf, and voila, I can wear it out to coffee.  I mean, why shouldn’t we be able to wear sequins every day?? Seriously.  Of course you can do it with fancy non-sequin dresses too—anything too lacey, silky, or velvety for every day wear.

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3. Putting something sparkly under your scarf adds dimension:

Also, if you get hot and need to take your scarf off,  you still have your third piece!  I love wearing a sparkly necklace under my scarves so that it shines through.  A great necklace for this would be the Clear bead statement necklace or the Tribal Triple Triangle pendant necklace.

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Anthropologie scarf, Jcrew Necklace, American Eagle sundress.

4. How to wear them:

  • Square scarf—fold in half diagonally, tie the outside points together, and put it over your head.
  • Infiniti scarves– these are pretty self explanatory, but can be confusing if you’ve never seen one before! You can either just put it on as is, or double it up to give it more volume– which is what I do.  ALSO, you can make long rectangular scarves into infiniti scarves by tying the ends together.
  • Long rectangular scarf—put it over your shoulders so the two ends are in front of you, then take one end and wrap it around your neck.  Make sure that it is a little lopsided to give it a more easy/ breezy look.
  • Long rectangular scarf II—put it over your shoulders so the two ends are in front of you, and just tie it loosely.

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Urban Outfitters scarf.

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J. Crew scarf

5. Scarves can bring your clothes through different seasons:

I have so many sundresses that I HAVE to be able to wear them in multiple seasons! I just add a jacket, a scarf and boots to bring it into fall, and tights to bring it into winter.

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6. Scarves are a great way to try new trends:

For example: mixing prints.  This is a new trend that can seem quite scary and a little crazy, but try a floral scarf with a striped top or dress—you might surprise yourself! (and start feeling like you could be a celebrity stylist)

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7. They have multiple uses:

A good friend of mine once taught me the value of a great pashmina scarf when you are traveling.  You can use it not only as a fabulous accessory, but also as a pillow and a blanket.  In fact, the school I am working at right now is FREEZING, and I am currently using it as a blanket. (Luckily I wore a necklace under my scarf, so my look didn’t have to sacrifice!) You can also use it as a shawl as well—they pack small so you can put it in a small purse and bring it with you on a date, just in case it gets a little breezy.

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Bring a couple of scarves with you if you are trying to travel light and you can have multiple wardrobes in a tiny suitcase!

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Left to right: 1.Madewell scarf, Anthropologie dress 2. LOFT denim jacket, LOFT scarf, Anthroplogie dress.

There is so much more to say about scarves because there are so many ways to wear them! This is just a place for you to start, but have fun experimenting!