Fringe & Faux Fur

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I’ve had this suede fringe skirt since August, but I’ve been hesitant to wear it – not because I didn’t know what to pair with it, but because I hate skirts and dresses that are tight on my stomach. Naturally, I decided to wear it on Thanksgiving, because what’s better then wearing a body conscious skirt on a day that’s dedicated to eating? I figured “what the heck, my family will still love me if I have a food baby,” so I rocked the damn thing.


A long fringe skirt screams “Pocahontas” to me, so I figured I’d go all out and pair it with a faux fur vest to really bring me back to my Colors of the Wind days. (Sorry for playing that song on straight repeat for all of 1995, Mom.) I’ve been really into mixing black and brown together lately so I thought the neutral vest would help saturate the harsh black and camel together. Secret tip? Vests are an amazing piece to throw on over a fitted dress or skirt; they’re short enough to still show off your butt (let’s be real, that’s why you’re really wearing a bodycon dress), but cover up any areas you may be self-conscious about, like I am with my (lack of) lower abs.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of food, no family drama, and all the wine. My Pocahontas outfit and I sure did!


Skirt |
Forever21

Top | Lord & Taylor

Vest | Vince Camuto

 Booties | Forever21

Boots of the Season with As Told Over Brunch

To chat about our favorite boots for the fall season, I teamed up with Cazey Williams from As Told Over Brunch, a Richmond, VA-based blog that has me literally laughing out loud as I follow Cazey and Sara’s stories about life as a twentysomething.

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Over-the-knee boots have been on every fashionista’s Instagram this fall, most likely the gorgeous Stuart Weitzman Highlander boot, which boast an $800.00 price tag. Considering that’s close to my monthly rent, they were not even an option for my budget, but I found an amazing lookalike pair for a fraction of the price.

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I’ve always been a fan of the over the knee trend, pairing knee socks with booties to emulate the look, or that time that I bought two different pairs of boots from Rue 21 in college that looked like they were props from the Pretty Woman wardrobe (if you know what I mean.) This season’s hot boots are suede and fitted all the way over the knee, which gives it a classier look than leather or boots that flare open at the top.

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I like pairing mine with flirty floral dresses or skater skirts, but since they are sexier, I think it’s important to balance out the look with long sleeves or a conservative neckline. Personally, I don’t think these boots belong in the office, so I would stick to date night or a night out on the town to bring these bad boys out. As Cazey mentions below, “the weak do not wear boots”, so if you’re going to go for the over the knee look, you better werk that look and own it. Nothing ruins an outfit more than not being confident, especially when you’re wearing such a statement-making shoe.

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Boots | Steve Madden

Dress | Forever21

Bag | Rebecca Minkoff

Photo cred: Andrea Viza 

Many guys lack shoe game. And we’re not talking guys who wear white socks and slip-on sandals. I’m talking rolling up to the bar in sneakers. I say this as someone who used to do the same. Then, one day, I saw a guy in my math class wearing Chelsea boots and knew I wanted those. Of course, at the time I didn’t know they were Chelsea boots, but so began my affinity for boots.

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Boots are an easy way to step up your fashion game. They not only look stylish (people will compliment you, I promise), they can add some confidence to your step. The weak do not wear boots.

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These men’s harness 8R Frye boots are my go-to boots. Now I know, they’re expensive. They’re Frye. This was an investment and took me many sleepless months and consultations with cobblers to decide to click “Purchase”, but I have never regretted it. I plan on having these for another two decades, and people constantly comment on my footwear. Pair them with almost anything – except business casual.

IMG_0042 (1).jpgAfter I got my first pair of Fryes, I told myself there was no way I would ever let my wallet bleed like that again. Then I saw these, and I had to have them. So three years later, my wallet and I had a heart-to-heart and out of it came these: men’s engineer 12R boots.

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These Penguin chukkas are arguably not boots at all. This style of shoe has a lot of names: Chukkas, Clarks (because Clarks popularized the style in the 1950s for you history nerds), or desert boots. Basically, this is your gateway drug to wearing the real deal. The best part about desert boots? You don’t need to wear pants. By that, I mean you can wear shorts with these bad boys. (Please have some sort of covering)

The question with boots is, of course, tuck or no tuck? If you have baggy pants, please don’t! You look like Sigourney Weaver in Gorillas in the Mist – not what you’re going for, I promise. If they’re skinny jeans, definitely tuck. I don’t think you even have an option. Otherwise, it’s a coin toss. Boots are gorgeous feet shrine that need to be seen, so tuck if you can – but you need to be able to pull it off, which includes feeling comfortable in what you’re wearing.

Harness Boots | FRYE

Engineer Boots | FRYE

Chukkas | Penguin

Burgundy & Gold

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As a Northern Virginia native, my football team is the Redskins. I really just watch football for the beer and seven layer dip, but occasionally, I get into the game and root for my home team.

One fateful gameday, an unusual 65 degrees in November, I decided to go all out and rock the burgundy and gold to support the Skins. Personally I think I looked a bit like a vintage Redskinette, but they actually demolished the Saints (14 – 47) that day. Maybe it was a good luck charm?

I’m a huge fan of high waisted skater skirts, especially since they pair so well with crop tops. I picked this crop top up from a Memorial Day sale at H&M, but it’s their Divided brand, so I’m sure it’s still available! I’ve linked a similar (and longer) sweater below.

Crop Sweater | H&M

Skater Skirt | Forever 21 

Booties | H&M

Clutch | South Moon Under 

Sneaker Style

Fete

Join me this Black Friday in all black, at Fete en Noir, a formal affair hosted by JBC Events and sponsored by Reebok! The event will benefit Miram’s Kitchen, an organization that helps the homeless. (See my previous post on why this event is important to me.)

The event will be held at the iconic W Hotel, if you haven’t been there, this is the perfect time to check it out. The W’s rooftop bar boasts the best panoramic of the city and the interior is Instagram-worthy to say the least. DJS will be spinning throughout the night, prizes will be given away, and of course, the cocktails will be flowing.

Although the event is an all black formal event, sneaks are encouraged because duh, Reebok. At first thought, sneakers and dresses don’t go together, so I’ve compiled an entire Pinterest board for inspiration. Check it out here: https://www.pinterest.com/sneaker-style/

Below are some of my favorite looks curated from Pinterest. I’ll be rocking my new Reebok classics!

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70s Inspired

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For a birthday brunch, I knew I’d want to wear something flowy because I’d be consuming large amounts of mimosas and greasy breakfast dishes, so I opted for a 70s inspired shift dress. I’m a huge fan of faux fur vests, so I figured I’d go all in and top the dress off with one for a full 70s style look.

I’m a firm believer that fashion repeats itself. I have always wished I was born in the late 50s so I could have lived through the age of fringe vests, peace signs, and winged eyeliner, so I’m ecstatic to see that the 70s are back in and don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Suede, fringe, bell sleeves, and faux fur, I can’t get enough, but you probably shouldn’t pair all of them at once. In order to look like I wasn’t an extra in That 70’s Show, I topped this look off with an iconic trench and structured booties. If you happen to be at an H&M that still has these booties in store, I highly suggest snagging a pair because I’ve been wearing mine nonstop this season!

Dress | Zara

Vest | Nordstrom

Booties | H&M

Trench Coat | Michael Kors

Satchel | Rebecca Minkoff

Fall Favorites Under $50

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This is a long overdue post, but as promised, my fall favorites under $50.00!

Floppy hats were a staple last year, and I’m happy to see that they are still in this fall! I thought I could never pull one off, but they are surprisingly easy to toss on top of an outfit, and when paired with casual items like a t-shirt dress and jean jacket, makes the whole look more put together.

Hat | Forever 21

Blanket scarves, you’ve seen them on every fashionista’s Instagram this fall. This scarf isn’t as thick as a blanket scarf, but still mimics the look when wrapped the right way. I snagged this one on a flash sale for $6.00 at Forever 21, and it’s probably the best $6.00 I’ve ever spent. I’ve been layering it over dresses, pairing it with loose tanks and leggings, and even tossing it on over sweatshirts and quilted vests.

Scarf | Forever 21

If you don’t have a jean jacket, shame on you. They’re easily the most effortless layering piece for fall and spring and go with everything from jeans to midi skirts. I have a dark wash and a light wash jacket, but just one in a medium or darker wash is all you need to carry you from October – November. This is a cheap jacket, but brands like GAP and Levi’s have great pieces that will last forever. No kidding – my light wash jacket is my little brother’s Levi jacket from kindergarten…it makes a great cropped jacket!

Jean Jacket | H&M

The t-shirt dress has been my go-to this season. I acquired a few this fall and have been wearing them nonstop paired with military jackets, leather jackets, and even with converse when running a quick errand. Invest in one, or three, and I promise you won’t regret it.

T-shirt Dress | Forever 21

Last but not least, over the knee boots. I’ve always been a fan of over the knee boots, just ask my friends from college about the time I bought a heeled pair from a store that shall not be named and broke the heel at a party, only to stand on my tiptoes for the rest of the night in the broken shoe because I refused to sacrifice the look. I found these on the clearance rack at DSW last March, but they are still available!

Boots | DSW

Central Park Picnic

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This weekend, I went to visit one of my closest friends. Macy, in New York City for a girl’s weekend full of bagels, champagne, and ridiculous Halloween costumes. Macy lives in the Upper West Side, so we decided to head on over to Central Park to sip some bubbly and brainstorm our Halloween costumes for the weekend.

NYC was unnaturally warm for this time of year, around 55 degrees the entire weekend! For our frolic in the Park, I opted for an oversize cardigan with my latest investment, a pair of AG jeans. I’m not one for premium denim, but I tried on the jeans at Refine Boutique during their Columbus Day sale and picked them up for 20% off! As a Forever 21 and H&M repeat customer, the premium denim boasted a much higher price tag that I’m used to seeing, but since I can wear jeans to work whenever I want, I figured they would be a reasonable investment. The difference between these premium jeans and my regular cheap ones was definitely the comfort level. After running all over the Park and the Upper West Side, they didn’t stretch out at all and I wasn’t tempted to rip them off the second I stepped back into Macy’s apartment after finding our Halloween costumes. (In case you were wondering, we found vintage cheerleading uniforms at a thrift shop down the street from Macy’s apartment! Took us right back to our high school glory days of cheer squad and dance team.)

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Cardigan | H&M

Tee | GAP

Jeans | AG Jeans

Booties | H&M

Clutch | Forever21 

Girls Night Out With Tablelist

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Last weekend, I teamed up with Tablelist to host a girls night out at Gryphon! Tablelist is a mobile app that makes planning a night out on the town an absolute breeze – I had a VIP table booked and set up in less than 5 minutes! Tablelist provides services for bottle service/table service in Boston, New York City, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Washington DC, Foxwoods Casino, and the Hamptons. Once you download the free app you can scroll through venues in your city and see where events are going on that weekend. After selecting a venue, the app easily lays out drink package options, so you know exactly how much the night is going to cost before you even walk into the club! (We’ve all been there when you close out your tab and you realize you spent over $100.00 on Fireball shots…the absolute worst.) The app then prompts you to invite your friends who will also be attending the event, and it automatically splits the price of the table evenly among you. The night of your event, the app allows you to pay your cover fee from your phone and you don’t have to wait in line to enter the venue. The app made the entire process seamless and we had a great time!

I opted for one of my favorite cut out jumpsuits and comfortable wedges for the night because I knew there would be dancing involved. I love jumpsuits because they instantly look chic, but are extremely comfortable, and this one even has pockets! These wedges aren’t available online anymore, but you can still find them in select Forever 21 stores.

Jumpsuit | ASOS

Wedges | Forever 21

Clutch | South Moon Under 

The Shirt Dress

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The shirtdress is a classic staple and I love this olive green frock for fall.  wasn’t planning on belting it, but my boyfriend told me it looked like I was wearing a men’s shirt without it belted (eye roll). Personally, I think shirt dresses look great belted or not, but agreed with him for this look. I’m planning on wearing this dress open as a sort of jacket over another dress and also pairing it with a fur vest. I think that shirt dresses are a great piece that work well for work or casual wear and would suggest adding one to your wardrobe in a chambray or solid color!

I snagged this bag at Forever 21 for a mere $30.00 as a laptop bag, and absolutely love its classic shape and leather look. It’s similar to bags I’ve seen at GAP and Madewell for over $100.00, but you can’t beat the price tag on this one!

Booties | HM

Bag | Forever 21

Dress | Forever 21

Pleather & Plaid

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When the temperature drops, somehow my style goes from girly with flirty florals to edgy with (p)leather and mixed metals within a day’s notice. I always gravitate towards richer materials and chunkier pieces in the fall and winter, and I own enough leather jackets to be mistaken for a member of a bicycle gang.

Leather staples like this work-appropriate skirt are great items to add to your fall and winter wardrobe. I own 6 pleather skirts alone, and am constantly reaching for them for work, pairing them with tights, or for going out and adding a crop top with stacked heels or knee high socks and booties. I got this leather skirt at Ann Taylor Loft last year, but I found it on eBay for you at half price (link below)!

Pairing a statement necklace with a buttoned up plaid shirt takes it from lumberjack to chic, and a ladylike purse helps soften chunky booties and a tough fabric like leather.

Button-up | GAP

Skirt | LOFT 

Booties | Forever21

Necklace | HM

Handbag | Rebecca Minkoff