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Feminine Staples

14 Nov

JCrew Houndstooth Skirt

Feminine Outfit Bow Blouse

Happy Monday, everyone!

I decided to do something social this weekend, which is very unlike me once it starts getting colder (I go into hibernation mode when it’s cold). Miraculously, it’s been so mild here for months, so it’s made me more willing to venture out instead of curl up in bed come Friday night. Not only was the weather enticing, but I was also invited to check out the newly opened Finery Dress Boutique in Over-the-Rhine. Finery is a dress rental boutique that allows you to rent out gorgeous dresses at an affordable price. As someone who attended a ton of weddings this year, I can attest how pricy finding the right dress can be. Renting a dress instead of buying one you may wear once or twice is genius, and their selection was incredible. I look at a lot of clothes, and was impressed at the unique selection Finery offered. Check it out Cincinnati ladies!

Molly, Elise and I decided to grab drinks after visiting Finery, and it was so nice to get together and catch up with my blogging friends.

Pink Houndstooth Skirt

White Bow Blouse

Since I took a bit of a “blogging break” in October, I have a lot of outfits that haven’t made an appearance yet on my blog. This has been one of my favorite outfits I’ve worn this fall, and it’s definitely because of all the feminine pieces paired together. I actually bought this Banana Republic bow blouse way back in July, but had to wait to wear it until it was more seasonally appropriate. The bow is detachable, which is so nice since this is a perfect layering blouse.

Feminine Outfit Ideas

White Bow Blouse

I’ve been a bit brooch obsessed ever since I inherited some of my grandma’s brooches when she passed away a few years ago. I bought some new ones recently, including the sparkly one I’m wearing in today’s post. Brooches are my favorite accessory at the moment. There’s so many ways to utilize them!

Another feminine piece that has quickly become a closet staple is this J.Crew pink and purple houndstooth skirt. I absolutely love the colors and the pattern. It’s a fun take on a classic print. Usually once it starts getting cold I begin to wear more simple black pieces. I have a feeling though that these feminine pieces are going to be on constant rotation this season!

banana republic bow blouse

Banana Republic Bow Blouse | J.Crew Houndstooth Skirt | BCBGeneration Pumps (similar) | Vintage Brooch (similar)

Polished In Pink

7 Mar

Pink Coat Outfit

I recently talked about this coat in my February favorites video, and I wasn’t lying when I said I’ve been wearing it nonstop this winter. It’s my mom’s, and luckily it fits me like a glove. I love it because it’s clean cut and provides the perfect amount of warmth on those days that it’s not unbearably cold.

Another reason I love this outfit is because I can comfortably move around in it. I’m starting to realize how much I appreciate clothes that feel good and aren’t too restrictive. Over the weekend, I wore an outfit where everything was form fitting and hard to move around in. I didn’t notice how uncomfortable it was until I was already out, but I can’t explain how irritating it was. It was a reminder that I only like to wear one or two fitted pieces at a time, otherwise I feel like I’m in a straight jacket. If that doesn’t mean I’m getting older, I don’t know what does!

Pink Coat Outfit

My weekend was a mix of downtime and socializing. Friday night I stayed in and spent the night organizing my receipts from the past year. It was time consuming to say the least, and it was a huge motivator to start keeping track of them more frequently. The rest of the weekend was spent doing things much more exciting than getting ready for taxes.

 I hadn’t done this many social things all winter, and I think I’m starting to defrost and get back to my going out ways.

Saturday we celebrated my friend’s birthday, but the real cherry on top was getting to experience Nation’s brunch for the first time on Sunday. Elise and I both wanted to try it, and it did not disappoint! They’re big on tater tots, and so am I, so I knew it would be an instant love affair. Need proof? Check out what Elise ordered. It’s food porn at it’s finest.

Bow Blouse with Pink Coat

How To Wear Brooches

Back to the outfit. If you read here often, you know I’m a fan of the clustered brooch look. I think they’re an effortless way to elevate a look and I put these two on everything. I think I’m going to explore some vintage stores here and see what kind of selection they have, because I’m eager to grow my brooch collection.

Pink Coat Outfit

Clustered Brooches

Moschino Coat (similar)

J.Crew Pixie Pants (on sale!)

Ann Taylor Bow Blouse (only $20!)

Vince Camuto Mary-Jane Heels (similar)

Kate Spade Holden Street Bag

Afternoon At The Museum

4 Jan

bow blouse with brown leather skirt

If I had to pick a uniform that I was forced to wear every day, this would be it. I mean, it has all the essentials that I consider key to my fashion routine: an oversized bow-tie, my Mary-Jane heels and a chestnut brown vegan leather skirt. I felt like Blair Waldorf straight out of a Gossip Girl episode, especially with the location we shot these pictures at. You know how Blair and her friends hung out on the museum steps before school? It kind of felt like that for a few minutes. The Cincinnati Art Museum has the most gorgeous and grand front entrance, and I took full advantage for these pictures.

These pictures were obviously taken before our Midwest winter kicked into full gear. I’ll fully admit that I wouldn’t be able to tackle bare legs in our current cold temperatures.

feminine outfit with bow blouse

bow blouse outfit

This outfit is comprised completely of some of my favorite staples. It goes without saying that I wear these shoes in almost every blog post. I’m super hard on shoes, and am both surprised and relieved that these Mary-Jane’s have held up for a few years now. I wish I would have bought another pair, because these might be my favorite shoes that I own. I’m selective of what shoes I buy, and have yet to find a pair that will live up to these. This blazer and skirt are other pieces I’ve had for a long time now. The blazer dates all the way back to early college!

Now that I’m getting older, I really appreciate the simple staples I have in my wardrobe. Really, those are the pieces you can mix and match the most, and there are so many outfits you can create from the basics. I’m interested to see how my style evolves this year, but I’m sure I’ll be using these feminine pieces as inspiration.

bow blouse brown leather skirt outfit

louis vuitton pochette metis

feminine outfit brown leather skirt

Ann Taylor Bow Blouse (similar) | Brown Leather Skirt (similar) | Vince Camuto Mary-Jane Pumps (similar) | Urban Outfitters Blazer (similar) | Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis

Holiday Glam in Flowers and Bows

30 Nov

Blair Waldorf Fashion

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! I took a much needed Internet break last week when I was in St. Louis, and it felt amazing. Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s full steam ahead into the holiday season, and having a little break was just what I needed.

Holiday Outfit Ideas for Women

Since December starts tomorrow (crazy!), it’s time to start thinking about holiday outfits. As much as I’m a warm weather girl, this is my favorite time of year to dress up. There are so many parties and events, meaning it’s the perfect excuse to go all out with your look.

I bought this green and black skirt from Anthropologie fairly recently, but have already worn it multiple times. I saw it online right when it hit the Anthropologie website, and happened to see it in the store later that day when I went shopping. I wasn’t going to ignore that sign, and instantly took it to the checkout line. I totally think this skirt is something right out of a Gossip Girl episode. Can’t you see Blair Waldorf wearing this?!

Garden Glimmer Skirt Anthropologie

The center of the flowers are actually made up of shimmery threads, so it adds a subtle pop of sparkle. I thought it was silver, but my mom thinks its gold. Either way, it’s subtle enough that you can pair it with silver or gold accessories and pull it off!

Since it’s Cyber Monday, you can get free shipping on all your orders at Anthropologie and 25% off sale items with the code ‘xtragood’!

Holiday Fashion For Women

Anthropologie Garden Glimmer Skirt

Holiday Outfit Ideas for Women

Ann Taylor Bow Blouse (similar) | Anthropologie Garden Glimmer Skirt | Vince Camuto Mary-Jane Heels (similar) | Silver Clutch (similar)

Tied with a Bow

26 Mar

J.Crew Sleeveless Bow Top

Pleated Skirt with Bow Tie Blouse

Don’t you love finding an old favorite in your closet that you rarely wear? I came across this J.Crew blousy bow top recently, and fell in love all over again. It has a blue and purple hue to it, and I just love the bow detail! Very simple, but chic. I got this Madewell pleated skirt recently, and have already worn it a ton. I try to steer away from black because I have so much of it, but you really can’t go wrong with a black skirt. This is me justifying buying more black things for my wardrobe.

I’ll be at the Cincy Chic Eco-Chic Fashion Show tonight! There will be a fashion show featuring organic hair and makeup products, and eco-friendly clothes designed by the talented students at DAAP. I, along with some other local bloggers, will also be looking for the best “eco-chic” look from the attendees. Get your tickets here!

Bow Tie Silk Top J.Crew

Madewell Pleated Black Mini Skirt

Madewell Pleated Black Skirt with J.Crew Top

Purple J.Crew Bow Top

As of this post being published, it’s supposed to be extremely cold in the Midwest. I am counting down the days until it’s permanently warm, and I can get rid of my Casper coloring.

Sleeveless Bow Tie Blouse J.Crew

Sleeveless Silk Bow Top

Madewell Black Pleated Mini Skirt (similar on sale!) | J.Crew Sleeveless Silk Bow Tie Blouse (not similar in any way, but obsessed with the colors) | Vince Camuto Callea Heels (similar) | Kate Spade ‘All Wrapped Up’ Pearl Earrings

Statement Bow

18 Mar

Bow Blouse with Leather Shorts

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like I get to a point every winter where I’m cramming in all my favorite winter pieces that I didn’t get to wear much during those freezing cold days. It’s like painfully cold for at least two months, and nobody (at least me) has looking flawless at the top of their priority list. Cue a few days before spring officially starts, and I’m realizing I didn’t wear most of the outfits I had wanted to share on my blog this winter. Exhibit A: this Ann Taylor bow blouse.

I bought this blouse way back in November, with intentions of wearing it often on here. Many outfits have been planned in my head revolving around this top, because I can never say no to bows. I’m finally styling it for my blog, and today’s outfit shows a subtle sign that spring is near: shorts! Mixing edgy with feminine is something I’ve always liked to do, and I love how these pieces complement each other.

Ann Taylor Bow Blouse

Black Leather Shorts with Bow Blouse

On a side note, I did absolutely nothing fun for St. Patrick’s Day. I had an extra stressful day at work, forgot to wear any green and my favorite Kate Spade polkadot tights ripped from my thigh to my ankle. At first I felt like I was missing out by not celebrating, but once I got home from work and plopped myself on the couch, I was very happy with my decision. Sometimes the best way to celebrate a holiday is to not do anything at all.

Black Pussybow Blouse

Bow Blouse Ann Taylor

White Blouse with Black Bow

Ann Taylor Bow Blouse | Gianni Bini Leather Shorts (similar) | Vince Camuto Callea Heels (similar) | Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Earrings