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Holiday Dresses

Holiday Dresses

 

It’s that time of the year. Holiday family photos, holiday parties, and the holidays themselves! I rarely wear dresses these days, which has me all kinds of excited to step up my look a bit.

 

It was such fun browsing for these holiday dresses. I absolutely LOVE this sweater dress from Banana Republic. It’s currently sold out in a lot of sizes so if you see yours, I’d recommend snatching it up using whatever promo they have going on.

 

Come Thanksgiving week, you’ll find me wearing this one with a long duster sweater and booties or my flat boots.

 

This ruffle dress would hide all the turkey and sweets. It’s less than $50 and would look equally cute with heels, booties or flats. Add a pair of tights for warmth and you’re all set.

 

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe

fall capsule wardrobe

 

This is a somewhat aspirational fall capsule wardrobe as the temperature in LA was 105 earlier this week. I’ve basically been living in my favorite shorts and tee shirts for the past 6 months. To say I’m ready for fall is an understatement.

 

In full disclosure, I don’t follow a capsule wardrobe. I tried it once and found it strange to limit myself only to the items in my capsule when something I really wanted to wear was staring right at me. That being said, I likely wear the same items 90% of the time. So whether you follow a capsule wardrobe, want to give it a try or just need some fall inspiration, these are the items I’ll be reaching for again and again this fall.

 

TOPS:
long sweater | striped shirt  | blouse | striped shirt | button down | sweatshirt

 

BOTTOMS:
black skinnies | cropped skinnies | skinny jeans | dress

 

SHOES:
loafers | sneakers | booties

 

ACCESSORIES:
jacket | crossbody | scarf | clutch | beanie

 

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The Only 6 Shoes Every Guy Needs

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When Jim came home from school one night and said he had an idea for a post, I was all ears. His idea…the only pairs of shoes a guy needs. We’ve both been on a quest to create a curated closet full of items we love and wear often. After brainstorming for a few minutes, we settled on 6 pairs of shoes that are an essential part of every guys wardrobe.

 

While you may want more than 6 pairs of shoes, these are the only shoes a guy needs. They’ll work with any outfit from casual to dressy. You can find them at all price points whether you are ready to invest or want to save.

 

THE ONLY SHOES A GUY NEEDS

 

  1. Neutral Sneakers ( SAVE | INVEST ) : If you work in a casual environment, you’ll wear these all the time. They look equally good with chinos or jeans and will be one of the most comfortable shoes you own. No surprise grey is my favorite neutral.
  2. Black Dress ( SAVE | INVEST ) : Even if you don’t wear them on a regular basis, black dress shoes are a must. They will be your go to shoes for weddings, funerals, job interviews…you get the picture. If you don’t see yourself wearing them often, this is a great pair to save on.
  3. Brown Chukkas ( SAVE | INVEST ) : In my opinion, brown chukkas are more versatile than brown dress shoes. You can get away with wearing them with a suit, but they work even better with chinos or jeans.
  4. Bold Sneakers ( SAVE | INVEST ) : Now these are where you can have some fun and add a little personality to your outfit. If you’re not be brave enough for a bright burgundy (on super sale), go with a classic navy. I also love these in a more muted burgundy.
  5. Workout ( SAVE | INVEST ) : Next up is a pair of lightweight workout shoes that can double as everyday sneakers, especially when traveling.
  6. Loafers ( SAVE | INVEST ) : Loafers are probably the pair of shoes absent from most closets, but they’re perfect for the summer and your middle of the winter beach vacations.
  7. Bonus : While a good pair of flip flops aren’t a necessity, I couldn’t pass up including them as a bonus. (These happen to be Jim’s favorites.)

 

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The Investment Pieces

Investment Pieces

 

My personal style philosophy has evolved from fast fashion to investing in quality pieces that will stand the test of time. These 18 items are my investment pieces. They are the items I reach for time and time again. The ones I can’t part with during a closet purge. The pieces I saved for months (or years) to purchase. I’ve slowly built up these items over the past 10+ years.

 

I’m a bargain shopper at heart. I splurge on jewelry and handbags and believe everything else can be found on sale. Along with sharing my 18 investment pieces, I’m going to tell you exactly which ones saved on.

 

I wish I could say I had a magic formula for determining which items qualified as investment pieces. While some were definitely a splurge and a couple were gifts, others didn’t cost as much but certainly weren’t a “need”.

 

Alright, let’s get to it. My 18 investment pieces every woman should own + a runner up!

 

Jewelry

 

  1. Maya Brenner initial necklace – Jim gifted me this necklace with Lawson and Sybil’s initials after Sybil’s birth. It is one of my most cherished possessions. I wear it virtually every day and feel proud each time I put it on. While BaubleBar offers plenty of discounts, I’ve only seen this necklace included once.
  2. David Yurman crossover ring – I bought this ring for myself after a rough period in my last job. It symbolized my hard work during a challenging time. Since Jim and I aren’t married and I don’t have an engagement/wedding band, it’s become my go to ring.
  3. Diamond stud earrings – For my 30th birthday, I gifted myself a pair of diamond stud earrings (mine are 2 ctw). I wear them almost every single day. At this point that’s over 4,000 times! I originally bought a smaller pair at Macy’s. They had a trade-in program and I exchanged them for this pair. They are one of my power pieces and help me to feel confident.
  4. David Yurman bracelets (here, here and here) – I bought myself a trio of David Yurman bracelets for my 35th birthday. I’m a big believer in gifting yourself something special for big birthdays. It makes them much more enjoyable. Similar to my diamond earrings, this trio make up my power pieces. I’ve probably had them on in every outfit I’ve posted on the blog.

 

Handbags

 

  1. Clare V leopard clutch (also here)- For the longest time I never had a clutch to carry at weddings or nights out. That changed when I bought this leopard clutch. Leopard is surprising neutral. I’ve carried it with a sweater and jeans, plaid, and a summer skirt. You can get it for up to 25% off during Shopbop’s semi-annual sale. There’s also a flat version that is a little less expensive.
  2. Cult Gaia bag – This has become my go to bag to carry in the summer. It’s a statement piece that actually isn’t that expensive. I have the small version and it fits everything I need for a night out. You’re probably sick of hearing me talk about it (seen with my best dress and favorite striped shirt.
  3. Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 and Zippy wallet – The Speedy 25 was the very first luxury handbag I ever bought. It’s been almost 9 years and it’s still one of my favorite bags (seen here). A few years ago Jim and I were in Switzerland in a little mountain town called Crans Montana that happened to have a Louis Vuitton store. I wanted to buy something on our trip to remember it. A wallet by a Parisian brand seemed like an odd choice, but I’ve loved it ever since. It reminds me of a fantastic vacation and is the perfect size – not too big and not too small.
  4. Chloe Mini Marcie crossbody bag – For my 40th birthday I splurged on the Chloe Mini Marcie. I actually originally purchased it in the regular size, but exchanged it for the mini. It fits my phone, cardholder and lipgloss. I’ve used it a ton in LA since we walk everywhere. It’s light and a beautiful shade of grey. I’ve worn it with grey stripes, a tee shirt and jeans. and bright pink (here and here).

 

Clothing

 

  1. J Crew Regent blazer – One of my more recent purchases, I had been eyeing the J. Crew Regent blazer for years. Before that all of my blazers were from H&M. It was a tough choice, but I chose the classic navy. It fits like a glove and instantly makes me feel professional whether I’m wearing it with a pair of jeans or dressed up. It retails for almost $200, but I paid less than $100 by waiting for a 40% off promo along with a $25 rewards card.
  2.  Aether cashmere sweater – Jim gave me this sweater for Christmas last year. It’s soft, cozy and warm. Everything good cashmere should be. And it’s the main reason I look forward to cold weather.
  3. Leather skirt – Three years ago I found a black leather skirt at Banana Republic (seen here). I’ve worn it with everything from a tee shirt to a sweater to a chambray shirt. I got it for 50% off and haven’t seen anything at a similar price and quality.
  4. Saint James striped tee – I raved about this tee recently (seen here) so I’ll try to keep it short. I packed it for two 3+ week trips this summer and wore it more than any other top I packed. It’s classic and chic and I wear it every week. I bought it during a Black Friday sale for 25% off.
  5. Banana Republic leather jacket – Banana Republic continues to surprise me with their high quality leather. A black leather jacket is really versatile. It can be worn with jeans (seen here) or dresses. I bought mine during their 50% off friends and family promo.
  6. J. Crew Lady Day coat – Everyone needs a fancier coat and this one is mine. I don’t wear it that often, but when I need a coat to wear with a dress, my ivory lady always saves the day (ha, pun intended!). I bought this coat so many jeans ago that I have no idea if it was on sale or not…but I definitely would recommend waiting for a promo.

 

Shoes

 

  1. Cole Haan ZeroGrand sneakers – I’ll be honest, I totally copied Jim when it comes to the Cole Haan sneakers. Mine are a couple of years old and I’ve been wearing them multiple times a week this fall (which you may have seen on Instagram Stories!). They elevate my regular tee shirt and jeans and are extremely comfortable. I did get them during the Nordstrom anniversary sale and I’ve seen them occasionally on sale since.
  2. Stuart Weitzman 505o boots (also here) – These over the knee boots were on my wish list for 3 years. I finally tried them on in an effort to convince myself they didn’t live up to the hype. Turns out all those reviews are true. I have yet to wear them with a dress, but they are perfect with jeans (seen here and here). I bought them at 30% off (Nordstrom price matched a competitor) and used gift cards and rewards on top of the discount. They are usually included in Shopbop’s semi-annual sales too.
  3. M. Gemi Felize loafers – If you haven’t tried a pair of M. Gemi loafers, you’re missing out. They feel like butter on your feet. I’ve worn them with shorts and jeans (seen here and here). They were comfortable right out of the box. The only question is should I go bold for my next pair?? I did save $40 off since they were my first purchase with the brand. If you’d like to save $50 off your first purchase, let me know and I can send you a referral link.
  4. Stuart Weitzman wedge sandals – Two years ago I got rid of all my cheap wedge sandals and bought this pair instead. The neutral shade goes with all my summer essentials and I know they will be in style for years to come. I bought them at 50% off (Nordstrom matched the sale price).

 

Runner-Up

 

Last, but not least, are two runner-up items. The first is my army utility jacket (seen here and here). Mine is several years old. The closest I could find is the Madewell fleet jacket in olive. I never thought I’d reach for an army green jacket as much as I do. It’s perfect paired with a striped tee. The second is my Stuart Weitzman Highland boots (now on sale for 40% off). Jim gifted them to me for my 40th birthday. I feel tall and sexy wearing them and they’re a gorgeous shade of grey.

 

What’s your best investment piece? The kind you wouldn’t want to live without?

 

 

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