Thursday, September 29, 2016

my everyday style: the fall highlight reel!

If you are like me, shopping for new clothes, shoes, etc each season brings a lot of joy.  I love strategically planning out what I need/want each season and then executing that plan.  From perusing  online stores, to getting catalogs in the mail and then trying things on in person... it's a whole process that I definitely enjoy.

But, for me, there is just as much joy in bringing out classics from previous seasons as well.  Today I am cuing up the highlight reel from previous seasons to feature items that have really stood the test of time in my closet.   Read on to see what pieces I am loving this season... from previous seasons.  And since I love these pieces so much and I think you will too, I've linked to similar items at all price points below.

This camel coat is SO classic and one that I doubt I will ever stop loving.  It's so classic and beautiful.
Shop similar jackets: budget, spend, splurge 

Riding boots are not only classic and comfortable, but for the cooler months they are quite warm as well!  They are perfect for everyday wear all fall and winter long.
Shop similar riding boots: budget, spend, splurge

This faux fur vest has been a stand-by for quite a few years - it's the perfect topper for sweaters and tops for the fall and winter and adds a fun visual interest to any look.
Shop similar faux fur vests: budget, spend, splurge

This utility vest is something I picked up on a whim several years ago and it's since become an absolute staple.  I love layering it over tops and sweaters or under thicker coats.
Shop similar utility vests: budget, spend, splurge

Every closet needs a cable knit sweater or two on hand.  I love this one in navy, but I have one in cream I love just as much!
Shop similar cable knit sweaters: budget, spend, splurge

Plaid scarves are no-brainer for fall dressing - you can wrap them around a tee or sweater or coat.  Whatever the weather calls for... I recommend adding a plaid scarf for that extra bit of coziness this fall.
Shop similar plaid scarves: budget, budget, budget (no need to splurge here!)

Click through the items below to shop similar pieces featured here!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

my everyday style: it's blazer season!

Once you've resigned yourself to the fact that summer is over, that first fall chill in the air is quite exciting. Lately the mornings have been so cool and crisp that a blazer is just what I need as I head out the door.  I tend to be a bit of a blazer "collector" (read: hoarder) and nothing makes me happier than a good excuse to pull one out of the closet.  

This tweed blazer was a no-brainer - even though I bought it in July (hey! When you find a good blazer you have to snag it! Good for you it's on sale now!).  I knew it would be perfect as the weather cooled and I was absolutely right.  I love that it has a relaxed look with a shawl-like collar and no button.  But that the tweed keeps it classic and refined.  Here I paired it with a simple t-shirt (these Everlane tees get major play in my closet!) but this blazer would be perfect with a tank, graphic tee, blouse or even a lightweight sweater underneath.  

And of course I paired them with my favorite jean lately... the "Rocket" by Citizens of Humanity.  See all my favorite "Rocket" finishes in this post.  These jeans are so comfortable (thanks to the stretch!) and so flattering (thanks to the high waist!). 

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Blazer, LOFT (or I love this one or this one!)
Jeans, Citizens of Humanity
Shoes, Vince Camuto (similar or similar)
Bag, Chloe (in grey, or less expensive)
Sunglasses, Warby Parker (no longer available, similar or similar)
Necklace, Kendra Scott via Rocksbox*
Bracelet, House of Harlow via Rocksbox*
*get one month of Rocksbox FREE with code: BFF4

Monday, September 26, 2016

10 classic wardrobe staples!

One of the most common questions I get from readers are about starting from scratch with your wardrobe.  Often times life changes like becoming a stay-at-home mom, reaching your weight loss goals or even just deciding that your wardrobe needs a major overhaul leads to the big question of "where to start?"

I always encourage the ladies that ask these questions to start with really high quality basics that are absolutely timeless.  Taking your wardrobe back to bare bones can be refreshing and it's a great way to build a foundation that you can slowly grow on.  Very few people have the money or patience to shop for an entire wardrobe at once.  Keying in on beautiful basics first makes the process simple and makes getting dressed and putting together outfits right away easy.

Here are 10 classic wardrobe staples that are a great place to start... or maybe you have a solid wardrobe, but you need to refresh a few pieces.  These are the pieces I like to make sure I always have on hand for a well rounded closet.

A classic cardigan is perfect for layering over tees, tanks or plaid shirts this fall.  

I love this plaid scarf, it's classic and the colors will work perfect with other neutrals in your closet. Plus, it adds a bit of style and texture to any fall look.

These slouchy fit jeans are the next iteration of boyfriend jeans.  They are a modern and casual and perfect for pairing with sweaters or blouses for a pulled together but laid back look. 

A pair of classic black flats are perfect for everyday wear.  Pair them with leggings or jeans, sweaters and jeans for an easy and comfortable shoe option.

striped top is a classic wardrobe staple that is great for layering or wearing on it's own.  It's the perfect upgrade to a standard t-shirt.

A top with visual interest like this white bell sleeve top is great to have on hand to look and feel a little dressier without sacrificing comfort.

Ankle boots are the perfect way to bring any look into fall.  The small heel gives them a sophisticated feel when paired with a great pair of jeans. 

Classic sweaters like this black sweater are great to have on hand for cooler fall and winter days.  They don't have to be anything fancy, but a knit always looks great.  I love every thing Everlane carries if you are looking for classic sweaters. 

A simple trench coat will never go out of style and will always elevate any look as an extra layer!

Last but certainly not least, I always depend on a great pair of black jeans for an ultra flattering but comfortable and practical foundation to any outfit. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

my everyday style: just buy the boots already with Nordstrom!

Boot season is my jam... ankle boots, riding boots and now over-knee-boots.  I'm love 'em all.  I'll wear them all.  I want them all. I was riding the fence on the over-the-knee boots for a while.  But when I tried these boots on last season I knew I wanted/coveted/had-to-have them... but I passed.  Then I couldn't stop thinking about these darn boots - so when I started my fall shopping I knew it was time to press play on these babies.

Of course when I went to buy a pair of over the knee boots I knew to go straight to Nordstrom's shoe department.  They ALWAYS have what I am looking for and at all styles and price points. I went for a flat pair of over the knee boots at a mid-range price.  But I love the high heeled version too (it's just not practical for me) and if you want something a little less expensive or more along the lines of a splurge - they've got that too! Whatever your boot dreams are... Nordie's has you covered.

I basically plan on wearing these with skinny jeans and sweaters ALL winter long.  Since I'm a little early on the over-the-knee-boot-season... I went with white jeans and a short sleeve poncho (which is so sadly sold out, I've linked to similar ones below and hopefully they restock!) for this look.  These babies are going to be great with leggings or if you are a dress person - with dresses too - all fall and winter.  Plus, this pair happens to be water-proof suede - PERFECT for Michigan winters.

(Photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:

This post was created in collaboration with Nordstrom.  All opinions are my own.
Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

on my radar: september 2016!

You guysssss!!!! I am LOVING September so far... what about you?  The cool mornings and warm afternoons are what dreams are made of.   It's definitely time for Michigan to show off with it's  leaves changing and apple orchards bursting with fruit.  Plus, it seriously helps that my kiddos are back in school and this momma FINALLY has some time to work, work out and just BE without someone complaining or running in and out of the house 20 times a day.

And of course, you know, fall fashion.  Duh.  Is it me or are the gettings REALLY good this fall? I'm trying my best to hold off on sweaters and boots (and mostly failing) in order to really savor the amazing September weather and leave all the boot wearing for October, November and basically forever until spring.

Here are a few fun things on my radar this month... I hope you love them as much as I do!

I'm loving the limited edition Beautycounter for Target, I just snagged this charcoal mask and it's amazing! (Wondering what the difference is between the BC for Target collection and the regular BC? NOTHING!  BC for Target are just smaller sizes and special BC for Target packaging.  The products are the same.  So the BC for Target products are perfect for trying something new... ! If you want to know more about Beautycounter and why I love them... read this!)

Scarf season is HERE ladies!  I'm going to kick off the season in style... I'm loving this navy and red plaid version.  It's perfect for early fall.

Quite possibly the most perfect fall earring ever. 

I am already craving all the plaid shirts for fall... how about you?

J.Crew is at Nordstrom! Have you heard? You can get your favorite J.Crew pieces with Nordstrom's free shipping and awesome customer service.  I love this classic blazer, which I own in navy, but may need in camel too!

Currently obsessed with this cashmere cardigan - swoon! Can this just magically appear in my closet? Mmmm, k.

After falling in love with this pair of boyfriend jeans, I'm loving these distressed skinny jeans by the same brand! (Plus, they are under $70!)

My current shoe obsession... these flats (plus, they are 25% off right now)! I'm trying to wait on boots until October or November - which isn't proving to be easy! So I'm distracting myself with flats in the meantime...

I'm really loving army green bags for fall... this tote is definitely on my wishlist!  Are you a "big" or a "small" bag kind of gal? I love the look of small bags, but often times feel like I don't use them as much.  I do love this small bag though! In real life I always like my bag to be able to fit a book in it (nerd alert!).

Monday, September 19, 2016

my everyday style: more boyfriend jeans for fall with Topshop & Nordstrom!

Remember these boyfriend jeans?  I love them so much I just had to style them up twice.  Last time I went dressier with a blouse and wedge heel... but for today I took them more in an casual direction.  Suede moto jackets are right on trend for fall and I love how this navy moto jacket by Topshop at Nordstrom is part trendy with it's fresh silhouette and part classic with the navy hue.

Here I paired my Topshop boyfriend jeans with a moto jacket, chambray oxford and simple pink flats.   I absolutely love this outfit combo... the layers are perfect for cool mornings and warm fall afternoons.  Since this top was a little long on me I decided to tie the shirt ends instead of tucking it in and I love the way it looks.  The tie adds a fun small detail.   I can definitely see already that this moto jacket will be getting lots of wear this season...

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Suede Moto Jacket, Topshop @ Nordstrom
Chambray Top, Topshop @ Nordstrom
Boyfriend Jeans, Topshop @ Nordstrom
Flats, Sam Edelman
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff

This post created in collaboration with Nordstrom. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

my everyday style: best beauty buys with Nordstrom!

I'm the first to admit that when it comes to beauty I have a lot to learn!   Since I sometimes feel lost in the beauty isles, my work-around is to try as many different products as I can and learn along the way.  It's fun to splurge on new beauty products, but not so fun to have invested in a full size product only to learn it's not exactly what you had in mind.  So I have a little secret to "trying" the best in beauty without having to fully commit to purchasing a full size product first.

You want to know my little trick?

I scour the "gift sets" for smaller sizes of the products I want to try... they usually feature several of a brands most popular products at a discounted price and without the potential waste of buying full sized products only to realize they may not be for you.  It never fails that I find exactly what I like - and maybe more! - and THEN go back and buy the full size.  Have you ever tried this?

Take the Bare Minerals "Moxie" lip glosses.  These are one of my favorite lip glosses, I've been using them for a few years. I love how soft they are and that they have a great minty flavor.  But to pick out one or two colors in the full sized tubes leaves me feeling a little lost.  How to choose? They all look so perfect! Enter the gift set of miniature lip glosses (shop similar here)!  Not only do I get to try the colors I wanted, but a few extra too... then I can use them for a few weeks and decide which ones I absolutely love before I go back to buy the full size.  And on top of it all, aren't these little guys the cutest?

I love that Nordstrom stocks TONS of gift sets from fragrance, to haircareskincare, suncare and makeup!  They are the perfect solution for this beauty rookie.  I can try a bunch of new products, find exactly what I love and then repeat the whole process over again!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
T-Shirt (similar)

This post was created in collaboration with Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

fall must haves 2016!

Each fall on the blog I like to pull together the ultimate round up of this season's must have items for your closet. The weather is still pretty warm here in the midwest so it's almost impossible to start thinking about plaid shirts, knee high boots and suede jackets QUITE yet... but it's coming friends.  The cool weather will be here (unfortunately) before we know it and when it does arrive we want to be ready!

Today's round up is all about the must-haves for all. Moody colors, denim, suede and layers take center stage this time of year.  These pieces are easy to wear and to mix and match to make getting dressed this fall super simple and stylish.

Some of my favorite pieces see are the bell sleeve blouse, which is perfect for layering under a utility vest or on it's own to the office or for a night out paired with the lace up flats   The graphic tee is perfect for layering under the suede moto jacket or the long cardigan with ankle boots   And the plaid top is perfect with black leather-like jeans and pair of over the knee boots.  What are your favorite fall combos?

Monday, September 12, 2016

my everyday style: work it girl with the Naturalizer "Michelle"!

Being self employed my "work" wear is often times quite casual... but hey, I do still have a business to run and every #girlboss knows when to ditch the sweaty work out clothes and pjs and get down to business.  Whenever I've got an important meeting or event to attend the power shoes come out! 

This fall I am partnering with Naturalizer to feature their "Michelle" pump.  Arguably the most comfortable pump I've ever worn, the Michelle was designed with superior cushioning and balance support along side great style.  I love the classic lines of this simple black pump, especially the modest heel with a slight platform to make it easy to wear and oh so flattering.  They are the perfect black pump that every gal should own.  Plus, I had a major Cinderella moment when I slipped this shoe on and it felt just perfect.  I invite you to shop the Michelle pump yourself and see if you have a similar Cinderella-meets-#girlboss moment like me!   Stay tuned next month to see how I give this classic spin a date night flare - I think you will love it!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Shoes, Naturalizer - courtesy of Naturalizer
Top, H&M (similar)
Leather Leggings, LOFT (similar or similar)
Jacket, Gap (similar or similar)
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff (similar or similar)
Sunglasses, Warby Parker (similar or similar)
Earrings, via Rocksbox - use code: JILLBFF4 for a FREE month (similar or similar)

This post is sponsored by Naturalizer, all opinions are my own.


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