Shop the Post:  Banana Republic Striped Tee // Zara Yellow Jacket // Citizens of Humanity Racer Jean // Old Navy Bucket Bag // Ralph Lauren Heels // Gap Belt (old)

I am SO into this yellow jacket.  I put it on and feel like a million bucks.  I think we all deserve to have something in our closet that makes us feel that way, and at $159, I think this particular coat was a small-ish price to pay for such confidence and good wardrobe juju.  Do you have anything in your wardrobe that does that for you?

I love pairing this bold yellow with the navy stripes, but I’ve also worn it with a denim (chambray) button down and navy trousers for work.  I also plan to wear it with a cream shift dress this Spring.  It’s a really easy way to pump up an otherwise basic outfit!

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I wore this outfit for a fun night out in Over-The-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati a few weekends ago.  Wanted to wear something sassy but a bit playful, which is where the camo tee comes in to play.  It’s not too serious, but creates a good visual interest for an otherwise basic outfit.  And let’s talk about these jeans.  They’re a little baggy in the knees in this photo because I had worn them a bunch of times before the photos were taken, but they are my ABSOLUTE favorites.  So soft, incredibly comfortable, and the perfect rise.  I struggle with jeans because I have a really short torso, but these have a low rise in the front and a high rise in the back so no worries about my butt showing (eeks!).  I highly recommend them!

Get the look:  Citizens of Humanity Racer Jeans in “Virtual” // Zara Blazer // Madewell Camo Tee // Hammered Metal Necklace // Sam Edelman Heels // H&M Clutch (old)

Photos by Liz Urso

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Thought I’d share some of my recent purchases in hopes that it helps you see what I am buying – perhaps it gives you a little inspiration or pushes you in a new direction.  I’ve shared a few of these items on the blog already, but may not have mentioned that I bought them myself.  If you have any questions about the sizing of any of the items or the quality, let me know!

Sandals from Lulu*s – I mentioned these in my spring sandals + dresses post last week.  Love all three pairs!

Camo Tees – Splurged on one from Madewell last weekend and am so glad I did.  It’s sexy in a tomboyish sort of way, especially when worn with a structured blazer and statement necklace.  Also, for the more budget friendly shopper, Old Navy has camo tees right now too (for only $13), and I picked up the gray one.

Striped Dress / Bucket Bag – Speaking of Old Navy, they’re killing it lately (weird, I know).  I bought this striped dress to wear with my red sandals when the temp reaches a respectable level.  I also got my hands on this bucket bag and it is SO GOOD.  It looks and feels 10x more expensive than it is, at least!  For $30, I would recommend this to everyone (Liz bought it yesterday!).

Swing Top – This is so soft, comfortable, and perfect for the days you don’t feel like getting out of your pajamas but want to look cute anyway.  I got the green/cream striped version, but there are so many options!

Not pictured but also purchased in March – my first Helmut Lang purchase and this AMAZING black blazer (such a great fit and very much worth the $100).

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It’s nearing the end of Winter, so your time for sporting the all-black ensemble is waning, but this is one of my absolute favorite no-brainer outfits.  It looks amazingly chic and you get the opportunity to showcase your hair or makeup a little more when your canvas is all black.  You can also use it as an opportunity to show off the amazing new statement necklace you’ve got, or try out the leather pants you’ve been wanting to wear.

My biggest tip is to just keep it sleek, but don’t go too simple.  Make sure you have at least one special piece on, whether it be a silk blouse, a killer pair of black sandals, or a new pair of sick boots. Below are some of the best black pieces you can pick up to put one of these all black outfits together.  Also – don’t forget about my past Easy To Follow Outfit ideas (army green + black), (animal print + red), and (stripes + blazers)!

Vegan Leather Pants / Blazer with Zippers / Leather Skirt / Pendant Necklace / Sunglasses

D’orsay Flats / Silk Blouse / Biker Jacket / Lace up Sandals / Black Denim

Ankle Strap Heels / Necklace / Ray Ban Sunglasses / Boots (only $66!) / Scallop Tank

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Affordable Shoes for Spring

February 20, 2014

I’ve got Spring on the brain over here – sorry if you’re not ready to embrace that yet – just go with me here!

I got an email from Lulu’s yesterday, and while their clothes aren’t generally my cup of tea (a little too young/college for me), I really love their selection of affordable shoes.  I bought three pairs yesterday and used a 20% off coupon code STYLEWATCH2 (found it on retailmenot – I always look for a coupon code there before I make a purchase on any site!) and got all three shoes for $61 total!  Score! I bought the red shoes below, the same pair in camel, and the camel cutout heels below!

So I thought, given that I haven’t done a Thrifty Thursday post in a while, that I’d share my favorites with you guys so you can get in on the deals if you’re interested.  I also included fun dresses from ModCloth (admittedly not all super cheap, but still on the more budget-friendly side) that I’d pair with the shoes!

Red Sandals / Striped Dress / Blue Sandals / White Embroidered Dress / Camel Sandals / Maxi Dress / Black Sandals / Black Embroidered Dress

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This is the worst.winter.ever.  I’ve had 4 groups of people push my rear-wheel drive BMW out of ice/snow… I’ve slipped on the ice twice and gotten lovely brown bruises on my knee and butt… My UGGs are getting way too much wear (gasp! the horror!)… This winter just needs to end.  Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.  SERIOUSLY.

So when it decided to reach the 30′s last week and the 40′s/50′s this week, I decided I am over this Winter crap and am ready to start wearing my Winter-to-Spring transition items, namely my printed and ankle-length pants.  Granted, it will probably be 20 degrees again next week but I am trying to enjoy it while I can.

On the left is an outfit I actually wore last week (you may have seen it on Instagram).  I broke out the ankle length pants last week (pretty into these black and white printed pants from Gap – love the fit and pattern), but since it was still cold, I paired them with a pair of ankle length boots, so only an inch or so of my leg was sticking out.  The other two outfits I don’t own but have my eyes set on both of the pairs of pants.  In the middle, when it gets a bit warmer, I feel a little more sporty with my ankle/foot-showing-abilities and go for the full pump (aside from the commute to work, when I am still wearing boots so I don’t slip and break an ankle).  On the right – the striped pants are too fun to pass off, and since Gap always has 40% off sales, I could pick these pants up for only about $35.  Sold!

Are you starting to transition your wardrobe yet?  What are you itching to wear again over the next few months?

Left:  Swing Top / Printed Pants / Bracelet (gold)  / Bracelet (Black) / Boots

Middle:  Swing Top / Necklace / Printed Pants / Heels  Right:  Sweater / Belt / Printed Pants / Boots

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Mens’ Style Sessions

February 11, 2014

This blog is generally about womens’ clothing, but I have been thinking about mens’ clothing a lot lately.  I posted a photo on instagram on Sunday after the first mens’ session I have had in a long time - I felt energized and excited afterwards because it gave me a different perspective.  I feel like I’ve been in a funk with womens’ clothes, so it was a nice change of pace and a new reference point for me to be inspired by and work from.  It also didn’t hurt that this particular client had a pretty solid wardrobe to start off with (J Brand jeans, Burberry trench anyone??).

(two of the outfits I put together on Sunday)

 (left) Gingham check shirt // Lacoste Sweater (similar) // Chinos (in melted caramel) // Allen Edmonds Boots (similar)

 (right) J Crew Army jacket // J Crew Gingham Shirt // J Brand “Darren” Jeans // Allen Edmonds Boots

A lot of women would be hesitant to let their husband/boyfriend hire a wardrobe consultant because they think that that is their job as the wife or girlfriend (I’ve heard this excuse about a billion times now) - but the bottom line is that an outsider can bring in a level of creativity to the process that would not be there with someone that knows you so well.  A wife or girlfriend will pick things within their comfort zone – not pushing the boundaries.  The boundaries are meant to be pushed!

I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a mens’ blog for a WHILE  now and will hopefully get my figurative sh*t together and finally launch it in the Spring.  It has become apparent to me that guys trust a woman’s instinct, and I think there is a void of women voicing their opinion on what men should wear.  So hopefully this idea will pick up some momentum for me and I will make it happen!

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Style Crush: TTH

February 4, 2014

It’s happened again.  The winter wardrobe boredom has set in.  I wear the same stuff all the time lately and it’s seriously cramping my vibe.  I’ve got a reputation to uphold here, people!

So, in keeping with my own advice, I’ve been pulling inspiration photos and Taylor Tomasi Hill (and her stunning red hair) has really hit the spot for me.  Particularly, I loved the mixture of ladylike / sexy in the outfit below.  Isn’t it fun sometimes to think outside of your comfort zone?  I would normally think wearing a lacy bralette under a blouse is way too racy for me, but TTH makes it look feminine and pretty rather than trashy and racy.

Here’s how you can get the look (for a very affordable price, too, I might add!)

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Twenty Eight

January 28, 2014

I turn 28 today – I suppose it’s my golden birthday (thanks for the reminder, Liz).  My life has changed a lot in the last few months, but I honestly can say I haven’t felt as comfortable in my own skin for as long as I can remember, if at all, as I do today.  I have really embraced life over the past two months, made lots of plans, done things I don’t normally do, and enjoyed just being me and doing what I have wanted to do.

Some days I get worked up because I am in my late twenties and am not currently going down the path of marriage, babies, etc.  But the truth is that I think I needed to come into my own before I venture down that path, and I am doing it right now.  I am more sure of myself, what I want out of life, and what makes me happy.  I am not compromising my happiness for the happiness of others.  I am just being me and enjoying it.

As always, thank you for reading.  This blog is important to me and makes up a part of who I am, and I am thankful to have a whole virtual group of friends with whom I can share all of my inspiration.

I think 28 is going to be a really good year.

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Birthday Wishlist

January 24, 2014

My 28th birthday is next Tuesday (28 on the 28th!) and I thought it would be fun to put together a little wishlist and share what I would love to have for my birthday if I got some money to spend recklessly.  These things aren’t over the top at all, just not items making it on top of the priority list right now, because I’ve curtailed my spending a bit to bounce back from the money I put into decorating my place!

For the Kitchen:

Immersion blender - luckily my friend Steph lets me borrow hers, but I would love to have one to make delicious soups this Winter (especially with these disgustingly cold temperatures we’ve been having).  I borrowed hers last week and made this soup (but without corn added sausage to make it paleo and because I can’t feel full on a totally veggie based soup) – it was so delicious.  My friend Chelsea also made me a curried acorn squash soup last week and we topped it with crème fraiche and pumpkin seeds and it was so great.  I’d make them both again!

Marble slab – I love the way food looks on a marble slab and I think it would be a pretty addition to my kitchen – would just leave it sitting out on the counter and stare at it :)

Colorful nesting bowls – These are bright, fun, and would allow me not to have to wash my two mixing bowls immediately after every use when I am doing a big cook!

Fitness:

New sneakers - I’ve had my inov-8′s for a couple of years now, and while I still love them, they’re starting to look a little dingy and they’re pretty cold for the Winter.  I am really into Nike’s patterned offerings and would love to add a pair to my workout routine.

Fun workout tights – Tights are my go-to for Fall and Winter and (surprise) Nike has been making some really cool pairs.  Do you follow the Nike Women insta account?  It’s a beautiful feast for the eyes for anyone who enjoys exercising.  Cool colors, patterns, and interesting photos.

Rumbleroller foam roller – to really work out the kinks but not as harsh as using a lacrosse ball for rolling my muscles out.

Shoes:

Striped Pointy-Toed Flats – I definitely am in the camp of “pointy toe flats are better” – I think they look more refined, less opportunity for frump.  These are affordable and so cute – and they come in polka dot too!  Would easily jazz up an outfit made of mostly solids.

Leopard Heels – I have two pairs of leopard flats but no leopard heels (can you believe it?).  These are only $50 and a nicely scaled pattern!

Accessories:

Loren Hope Necklace – Okay so given that this IS a wishlist, this is way more than I’d ever spend on a costume jewelry piece, but I think Loren’s jewelry is absolutely stunning.  I always enter her giveaways on Instagram and hope I win some day.

Forever 21 Earrings – only SEVEN dollars.  These look way more expensive and they’re fun!

Rayban White Rimmed Aviators - A fresh updated Rayban that would look so amazing with a little summer tan.

Scalloped Bag – This is out of stock so if I had a wish I would bring it back, because it’s beautiful and classic, but a little “different” with the scalloped edges.

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