29 February 2016

Trench Transitions

spring neutrals spring neutrals

Winter isn't over yet, but temps have been positively spring-like these past few days - or maybe I've been feeling that way just because it hasn't been freezing-butt cold for more than 24 hours - so I broke out some of my transitional pieces, like this trench.

I've also decided to keep this outfit mostly neutral, and let my new favorite shoes do all the talking. I snagged these on winter clearance, so I am going to get as much wear out of them while I still can!

spring neutrals spring neutrals

 Jacket: Banana Republic factory (worn before - sim, sim for $80, pricey)
Sweater: J.Crew cambridge cable (factory version for $30, sim under $20, sim under $15)
Jeans: Loft relaxed skinny (sim, sim under $30)
Scarf: hand-made, not by me (sim under $20, luxe)
Necklace: J.Crew coated crystal (worn before - sim, over-the-top luxe version)
Rings: F21 (sim in gold, sim), c/o INPINK(sim, over-the-top version)
Shoes: Vionic georgia on sale (also in leather, sim, sim under $35)
Bag: Coach turnlock tie (worn before - small version, sim under $200, sim streamlined, sim pricey)

spring neutrals

26 February 2016

Style Lately

Leopard as a neutral (exact: boots on sale / sim: blazer, striped tee, hem top).

Wear all the layers (exact: clutch, plaid shirt on sale / sim: trench, blouse).

Knotted knits (from top left clockwise: sim under $40, sim, sim under $20, sim).

Lunar new year floral (sim: skirt under $22, shoes).

Black and gold (exact: tote under $100 / sim: shoes, necklace on sale, top).

Bringing my own sunshine (exact: sweater on sale / sim: blazer, necklace, scarf pricey).

Ankle bows (exact: shoes now under $30).

24 February 2016

Check, Check

I'm kind of in a love-hate relationship with this vest. I always thought the colors and pattern were cute but was able to steer clear of it last year when J.Crew first released it ... because a gal only needs so many puffer vests, right?

Well then they re-released the same cute pattern this winter and threw in a promo - and add that to a gift card I already had - and well ... I caved. Even though I don't need another puffer vest ... and actually don't prefer the flap pockets and now-missing the two-way zipper of the redesigned vest (Factory still carries the older style puffer).

But the pattern got me. And the overall style is just the right kind of preppy-lumberjack I like. And of course the $%$%$% off. You've got me again, J.Crew, well played.

buffalo check, gingham check

Vest: J.Crew excursion in buffalo check on sale (worn before - sim fleece, wool, sim under $20)
Shirt: Lands' End gingham poplin (worn before - sim, sim on sale, sim under $20)
Jeans: Loft relaxed skinny (sim on sale, sim)
Shoes: Vince Camuto bronco (worn before - sim, sim under $20)
Bag: Furla martha (worn before - sim, sim, sim for $65)

22 February 2016

Field Mechanic

field mechanic jacket + red field mechanic jacket + red

This jacket kind makes me feel like I need to actually acquire proficiency in something "handy" - or just may get mistaken for a cast member from Freaks and Geeks - but my all-thumbs self adores it nonetheless. Paired with something a bit more girly and I really like the contrast in styles - prepare to see a lot more of me in this preppy-grunge-tastic this coming spring.

field mechanic jacket + red field mechanic jacket + red

Jacket: J.Crew field mechanic (sim, sim under $70)
Dress: Maeve by Anthropologie brindille sheath (worn before - sim, v-neck)
Top: Modcloth petal patch (worn before - sim pricey, black collar, white collar)
Bracelet: J.Crew hammered double cuff (sim, sim under $6)
Shoes: Schuler & Sons by Anthropologie studded strap (sim under $65, sim under $40, flats)
Bag: Coach pebbled duffle (worn before - sim, sim)

field mechanic jacket + red

19 February 2016

Carrying Casually

I'm a purse lover and I usually am drawn to more structured styles that work out perfectly for the office and travel, but sometimes looks a little stiff when paired with a more casual outfit. Since I work from the home office part of the time, some of my daily outfits are pretty relaxed, so running around town on errands in ripped jeans and a structured purse don't match together that well. So I've recently (over the last few months) added a few more laid-back satchels to my collection. Here are my more informal-yet-still-multi-functional additions to my purse collection:

Animal print clutch (exact - similar clutches / similar leopard print bags / similar bags by Clare V.)

1A leopard clutch 1B leopard clutch

Basic throw-around tote with an edge (exact - similar black totes / other bags by Foley + Corinna)

 2A foley tote 2B foley tote

Cross-body mini bag in a punchy hue (exact - similar pink crossbodies / other bags by Milly)

3A milly pink 3B milly pink

Leather tote to dress up or down (exact or rent it - similar green totes / other totes by Rebecca Minkoff)

4A minkoff tote 4B minkoff tote

Slouchy carryall in a go-with-everything color (exact in mini - similar red bags)

5A coach duffle 5B coach duffle

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17 February 2016

Style Lately

Tomboy prep (exact: sneakers / sim: blazer, sweater on sale, shirt).

Colorful office style (exact: sweater / sim: shirt, skirt, necklace).

This pink bag with everything (exact: bag on sale, shirt / sim: sweater).

Winter plaid (clockwise from top: sim, sim under $60, exact on sale, sim).

My favorite - and only - pair of printed pants
(sim: pants under $25, denim jacket, gingham shirt, popcorn sweater on sale).

Rose gold (sim: shoes, sweater).

Fatigued (exact: boots on sale, bag / sim: sweater under $40, coat).

15 February 2016


buffalo check + foley tote buffalo check + foley tote

Continuing on the easy, easy, easy style theme for me right now, so a few wardrobe basics let a standout coat and tote do all the work during the weekend. The colder the weather gets, the more I like to put together outfits that require minimal fuss and thinking (creative brain cells in hibernation right now, maybe?)

buffalo check + foley tote buffalo check + foley tote

Coat: Gap (worn before - sim hooded under $55, luxe, longer)
Shirt: J.Crew factory classic chambray on sale (sim under $33)
Scarf: hand-made but not by me (sim, circle)
Jeans: Lands' End mid-rise
Rings: F21 (sim set), Gorjana (sim)
Shoes: Anne Klein (sim point-toe, sim, luxe)
Bag: Foley + Corinna apollo (sim striped under $67, sim in ivory)

buffalo check + foley tote

buffalo check + foley tote

12 February 2016

Tomboy Casual

My style this winter so far has definitely been veering towards easier, more casual. So fewer fussy skirt/sweater/shirt/layer-everything combinations and more undone pieces with an edge of tomboy. Simpler style just makes getting dressed on a cold morning easier and I can conserve my brain cells for more important things like how to decorate my dining room (finally ...) or just plain what to have for breakfast. This combo? Easy peasy pre-weekending attire.

tomboy plaid + stripes

Shirt: J.Crew tuxedo (sim on sale, tunic length)
Top: H&M (sim under $10, sim, pricey)
Jeans: Old Navy (worn before - sim under $20, sim)
Necklace: J.Crew factory medallion (sim pendant, pricey tasseled)
Shoes: Clarks penwick abbott on sale (sim, studded slip-ons)

10 February 2016

Chunky Knits

 ivory cable knit

I gotta love a cozy chunky knit sweater when the weather is chilly outside. Throw in a stretchy turtleneck underlayer and I'm more than ready for the cold. And this bag? A simply retro duffle of my dreams in a soft pebbled leather with a punchy hue. I'm all set.

ivory cable knit ivory cable knit

Sweater: F21 (sim, sim, sim under $16)
Top: H&M (sim under $13, sim)
Jeans: J.Crew matchstick (worn before - sim, sim)
Brooch: Ebay (sim, sim under $20)
Bracelet: Ann Taylor (sim, sim, luxe)
Ring: F21 (sim under $5, simpler under $3)
Shoes: c/o Farylrobin via Free People vegan addison (worn before - sim, sim under $36)
Bag: Coach pebble leather duffle (mini version, sim, sim)

ivory cable knit

ivory cable knit

08 February 2016

Style Lately

New kicks, pop of pink (exact: bag, sneakers, striped top / sim: sweater, leopard bracelet). 

Camo red (exact: bag in mini / sim: sweater, brooch, loafers). 

 Little layering (exact: vest on sale / sim: shirt, tee, necklace). 

Easy pieces (exact: shirt, latest version of the bag / sim: sneakers on clearance, belt). 

One is not enough (exact: solid, floral). 
Other espadrilles by Soludos.

Heart and soul (sim: jacket on sale, sweatshirt on sale, cords, shirt). 

Rainbow fair isle (exact: boots / sim: sweater on sale, scarf under $10). 
Other boots by Sorel.

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