Metallic Silver

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I’m in love with all of these pieces individually, but together it’s a winning combination head to almost toes. Friday was our annual office awards luncheon. It’s a huge deal for staff because there’s so much preparation for it, but we also have to stand up and be introduced in front of 200 people, so looking less than your best isn’t an option. I decided that on this gloomy day, I’d rock the sleeveless sheer chiffon tucked into my current favorite metallic silver skirt. I also amped it up with pops of color in my sequin flowered headband and in my baby Carrie Bradshaw-esque purse. (Made by yours truly)

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Top: Forever21 // Skirt: Forever21 (similar) // Nude Wedges: Mix No.6 // Headband: Forever21 // Purse: DIY

Nails: elf beach party

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At the luncheon

xx – Dan

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Mad for Plaid

If there’s any trend that truly never goes out of style for fall and winter, it’s plaid. Plaid is one of those completely versatile patterns that can be put on anything and worn anywhere. There’s an unlimited number of color schemes for any number of clothing pieces or accessories. It’s not just for farmers or  Catholic school uniforms anymore! It can be dressed up in a mini dress for a holiday party with a leather jacket or dressed down in a simple plaid long sleeve with jeans and flats. Plaid can work with any style because it can be the bold centerpiece of an outfit. It can also be downplayed as a neutral add on in a lighter colored pattern to showcase another outfit staple. Plaid is also found at almost any store for any budget especially during the winter months, so don’t hesitate to search around for your perfect plaid pieces.

1. Target Merona Plaid Square Crossbody – $29.99

2. Plaid Sweater – $19.80

3. Free People Blanket Stripe Shift Dress – $89.95

4. Vineyard Vines Festive Plaid Skirt – $138

5. Kensie Double Breasted Plaid Jacket – $73.98

6. Forever21 Denier Plaid Tights – $7.80

7. American Eagle Plaid Tuxedo Shirt  – $44.95

8. Cole Haan Chelsea Double Platform Pump – $213.98

9. Joe’s Skinny Stretch Denim Jeans School Yard Plaid – $179

10. Urban Renewal Studded Plaid Blazer – $39.99

11. Urban Renewal Cut Out Back Flannel Shirt  $39

You’ll sure be seeing lots of plaid in my outfits this winter because I’ve truly gone mad for plaid in my closet!

xx – Dan

Thanksgiving Outfits

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I just got my outfit finalized YESTERDAY. Some may say this post is too little too late, but if you’re like me one of the last things on your mind was what to wear on Thanksgiving day. It was all about tying up all the loose ends at work, finishing that last paper before your flight home, or getting the house clean before the big day I’m sure. But now you’re stressing. My family tends to be all over the board in terms of what to wear on Thanksgiving. I enjoy getting a little dressy, but we are quite casual compared to most. (Jeans are allowed/most prefer them.) These outfits are by no means formal. They’re definitely just easy fall outfits that will keep you comfortable after you eat just a bit too much on Turkey Day.

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Outfit #1: A simple neutral colored cozy sweater paired with a fun metallic/slightly sequin-y skirt either tucked in or just over top with an easy black patent leather flat. Sweater // Skirt // Flats

Outfit #2: A cowl neck sweater dress in a dusty pink with a light brown belt matching the light brown riding boots. Dress // Belt // Boots

Outfit #3: A pretty patterned feather chiffon top over indigo leather jeggings for a girly meets edgy vibe topped off with taupe suede lace up booties for comfortable height.  Top // Jeggings // Booties

 

These three outfits are just basic ideas and are easy to change up and personalize to your own style and wardrobe which is great in a pinch and when you’re trying to save your money for a crazy Black Friday sale. Also, if you’re looking for more outfit ideas, check out one of my favorite lifestyle blogs, The Kennedys Amongst the Kardashians, for really fabulous formal and casual Thanksgiving chic outfit ideas.

xx – Dan

Bows and Baubles

It’s almost a guarantee that if something has a bow on it, I’ll want it. This skirt was no different. I was shopping on Forever21.com and I saw it and died. It was the perfect neutral pencil skirt with the adorable black bow detail smack dab in the center. I’ve been waiting to wear it till I found the perfect outfit and knew a simple black long sleeve was the easiest top to pair it with. I didn’t just want the top to be blah plain with it, so I added my big bubble necklace and knew it pulled everything together. I got lots of compliments on the whole ensemble at work, so I knew I made the right choice.

Skirt: Forever21 // Long sleeve T-shirt: H&M // Necklace: J.Crew // Boots: Franco Sarto

Nails: OPI The Spy Who Loved Me

xx – Dan

Preppy Leather

On a whim, I bought a leather skirt. Mind you, leather is so not my style. It’s so out of the realm of my usual preppy, classic taste. But since starting this blog, I’ve really wanted to make edgier pieces more me in a sense. I just wanted to make this leather skirt more polished and work appropriate. It was a challenge, but I think I’ve started to learn how versatile this black leather skirt will become in time. I love Chambray for every situation and I think it’s so great for work if done right and I think the leather skirt makes it more dressed up surprisingly.

Chambray – Old Navy, Leather Skirt – Forever21, Leopard Loafers – Target, Crossbody Bag – IIIBeca by Joy Gryson, Nail Polish – essie Wicked

Leather is a huge trend this season, but it’s sometimes tricky for the average person to work into their style. I know it was difficult for me. I did really like how I incorporated the leather skirt into an otherwise average outfit for work. It pairs so perfectly with the chambray and the leopard loafers. It doesn’t look out of place at all. I think the leather skirt is going to be one of my favorite things to style this season.

xx – Dan