Friday, October 2, 2015

what to pack: fall weekend getaway!

Each fall I love to plan a little getaway weekend to sightsee and relax while enjoying the fall foliage and newly fresh and crisp fall air.  Antiquing with a warm drink in hand, cozying up by the fireplace with a good book or enjoying a delicious farm-to-table meal with fall produce are great ways to explore new towns and relax and unwind in the fall.

Here I pulled together a few simple pieces to pack for a relaxing fall weekend away.  Cozy layers, comfortable shoes and a few extra warm layers are perfect to pack and then mix and match together for several outfits in one small bag.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

on my radar/september 2015

With a little dip in the temps this week I am in full on fall mode… scarves, boots, warm drinks - you name it, I'm ready for it.  Or at least I am working on prepping for it.  Here are a few things on my radar this month as fall arrives.

black midi dress, perfect with a denim or leather jacket and flats - love this!

cream saddle bag, I'm loving cream for fall and this bag is the perfect size.

'why not me?' by Mindy Kaling… I'm pretty much the biggest MK fan ever. Ever. Her new book is great!

earrings, these earrings are delicate and sweet and perfect for pairing with turtlenecks or scarves.

plaid scarf, I mean… plaid scarf. I want this one and every other one that crosses my path these days! (or less expensive option)

fur hooded coat, this coat is on my winter wish list. It's not too soon to start planning (or shopping)!

riding boots… this pair has me drooling. I mean, how gorgeous!?!? (or less expensive option)

Warby Parker + Maiyet sunglasses, I love this French partnership with Warby Parker! Aren't these stunning?

sneakers… these are giving hearts in my eyes. I'm obsessed!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

my everyday style: blue and black!

Fall layers are my absolute favorite. They are easy and noncommittal.  My leather jacket is one of the best investments I've ever made for my wardrobe.  This baby gets a ton of wear.  Here I paired it with a preppy oxford for a simple and classic look.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit details:
Leather Jacket, Zara (old but similar, similar or similar less expensive)
Oxford Top, Banana Republic
Jeans, Banana Republic (similar or similar)
Bag, Madewell
Sunglasses, Nordstrom Rack (similar or similar)
Earrings, Kendra Scott
Necklace, Gorjana via Rocksbox - get your first month free with code: jillggxoxo

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

how to style plaid for fall!

With the falling leaves and the chill in the air - plaid is a given for fall.   It's perfect for layering or dressing up or down…

Here I styled it up four ways for whatever fall event you have on tap these days.  I love the idea of dressing plaid up with black jeans and flats for a night out on the town - just add red lipstick to complete the look!  Are you heading out to the apple orchards or pumpkin patch this weekend? If so, pair a plaid top with shorts and moccasins for the perfect laid back fall look. If you are a mom on the go grab a plaid top, denim jacket and a pair of army green pants for a simple and stylish look.  Lastly, layer up your plaid top with a cardigan and pair it with ankle boots to cheer for your favorite football team.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

my everyday style: fall whites!

I'm a little obsessed with wearing white for fall… especially multiple layers of it - and I'm a lot obsessed with lace lately. These two obsessions come together in this outfit and it was an instant favorite.

(Also, a big shout out to DENYM that helped us out during our recent photoshoot… if you are in the Grand Rapids area you have GOT to check out this little boutique.  They have tons of denim for men and women and lots more.)

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit details:
Denim Jacket, Old Navy (similar or similar)
Jeans, Target (similar or similar)
Bag, Michael Kors (similar or similar)
Shoes, Dolce Vita (similar or similar)

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Friday, September 25, 2015

get the look: 3 pinterest inspired looks for fall!

Fall style is all about layers and textures and classic silhouettes… today I pulled three together three Pinterest looks that are inspiring me this fall and recreated them for you here today.

I love piling on the cozy layers in the fall and winter and one of my favorite wardrobe staples is my wool camel coat.  This look is PERFECT for fall weekends around town on chilly fall afternoons.
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This graphic sweater is super fun for fall… paired with simple skinny jeans and black flats it's perfect for a date night or dinner out with the friends.
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 Wide leg jeans are all the rage this fall… paired with a simple grey t-shirt and a bright red lip it's the perfect look for warm fall days. 
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If you want more outfit inspiration… check me out on Pinterest!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

#BleachInYourBest with Clorox - Part Two! (+ last days of the giveaway!!)

I'm back with more #bleachinyourbest fun with Clorox!

I have mentioned before that I have this crazy thing with white for my home… I'm kind of obsessed with it.  White sofas, white sheets, white towels… if it comes in white, I have it or want it.  But with two busy kids and I'll be honest a sometimes-klutzy-self my whites need a little (or a lot) of help staying that way.

But like any obsession it has it's ups and downs.  Who wants to be bleaching sheets and towels (or let's be frank… toilet bowls) in your good clothes when there is a chance for spilling or splashing.  Not me!!  But I also don't have the time to be switching into "yucky clothes" just to get a few household chores done mid-day.  And yes, I have paid the price.  Bleach stains on my favorite black top or worse on my designer jeans are in my not-so-distant past.

So when Clorox sent over their new Clorox Control products my interest was instantly piqued.  Clorox challenged me to 'Bleach in My Best' clothes like my favorite dark rinse jeans and my all time favorite sweater without the stress of ruining it. Using either the Clorox Control Bleach Crystals (solid form) or Bleach Packs (pre-packaged bleach bombs) I didn't have to worry about splashing or spilling or staining while using bleach!  I was instantly sold.

The Clorox Control Bleach Crystals are a handy solid-form bleach that is water activated - I have been using these babies like crazy, they are so easy to use!  You can add them right to the washing machine drum with sheets and towels or shake them into a toilet bowl to clean and brighten.  The Clorox Control Bleach Packs - my personal favorite - are pre-measured water-activated pouches of bleach powder that completely dissolve in water but are safe to the touch.  Washing white towels and sheets with bleach has never been easier! (Please remember parents to always keep cleaning products away from children!)

Read on below to see how you can win a Clorox Control Prize Pack and a mini shopping spree to #BleachInYourBest this fall!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Sweater, J.Crew (old, but similar or similar less expensive)
Jeans, AG
Shoes, Vince Camuto (similar or similar less expensive)

If you haven't already… enter to win a Clorox Bleach Prize Pack and a $150 AMEX gift card to spruce up your fall wardrobe - without the fear of ruining your new duds while bleaching!

Thank you to Clorox for sponsoring this post. 
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

12 gorgeous handbags for fall!

Each fall I love to see what new styles handbag designers have in store for us… I love the moody colors, the great textures and classic shapes re-imagined.   A gorgeous handbag is such an awesome investment in your wardrobe.  A beautiful leather bag will quickly become a staple you can't figure out how you ever lived without before.  When I am investing in handbags I only need one or two a year to round out my wardrobe because a gorgeous handbag should really stand the test of time.

I love that a simple and gorgeous bag like any of these can bring ALL of your outfits to the next level.  It's such a simple investment in your wardrobe that pays off long term.  These are some of my favorite picks this fall… which is your favorite!?!?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

my everyday style: a summer dress in fall!

I've mentioned here before that I don't really have a "summer" wardrobe versus a "spring" wardrobe, or a full on "winter" wardrobe or "fall" only apparel.  I have definite "summer" pieces like shorts and swim cover ups and "winter" pieces like coats and boots that only get worn in their intended season, but everything in between is fair game.  I wear sandals into the fall, tank tops under blazers in the winter.  I'm known to sneak a sweater into summer with some shorts and here I brought my favorite spring/summer dress straight into fall with a few layers.

I've been wearing this striped dress since April on spring break and now I'm stilling wearing it.  The more versatile a piece can be, the better in my opinion.  Here I simply paired my favorite summer dress with a denim jacket and a blanket scarf and voila - it's a super simple fall look!  And it's the perfect layers for these cool mornings we have been having!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Denim Jacket, American Eagle (old, but similar or similar or similar less expensive)
Scarf, Zara (old, but similar or similar)
Striped Dress, Gap (similar or similar or similar or similar)
Bag, Michael Kors (similar or similar or similar)
Shoes, Sam Edelman (or similar or similar - swoon!)
Sunglasses, Nordstrom Rack - ℅ (similar or similar)
Bracelet, House of Harlow via Rocksbox - get your first month FREE with code: jillggxoxo

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Monday, September 21, 2015

9 pieces | 9 outfits… fall 2015!

It's HERE!  The 9 pieces/9 outfits post for Fall 2015!  This time I changed things up a little bit… if these 9 pieces look familiar to you, it's because I snagged them from the 'fall wardrobe essentials' post from a few weeks back!  You gals LOVED those pieces so much I thought I would bring that post full circle with tips and tricks on how to style some of those pieces.  So I chose my 9 favorite pieces from that post and worked them into outfits here.  How awesome is that?!

If you are new around here the 9 pieces/9 outfits posts take 9 seasonal wardrobe staples and mixes them into 9 outfits.  It's the ultimate mix and match game where everyone wins!  It's a great way to take a fresh look at the items you already own, or that extra nudge you may need to a purchase some new pieces for your fall wardrobe now that you know how versatile they can be for you! As always… the outfit options here are endless - so try and come up with your own combos of these 9 pieces too!  It can be quite addicting once you catch on…   If you love this post… there is an entire series AND an ebook with tons more inspiration.

This fall I chose some simple and classic pieces that are easy to layer and mix and match.  These are pieces that I will be wearing tons of this season, and hopefully you will too!

The 9 pieces: 

The shoes:

The accessories:

Friday, September 18, 2015

fall must have: BLANKET SCARF!

When the temps begin to drop there is nothing cozier than a big, fluffy blanket scarf.  Named for their near blanket size, this style of scarf is known as the ultimate fall and winter layering piece.  It not only makes a statement but keeps you warm and stylish while doing it!

I bought one of these last year - and I am hoping to add another style this year - and it was an instant favorite in my wardrobe.  Here is some awesome inspiration on how to style your blanket scarf this fall and winter and then I linked to some awesome options to add to your wardrobe!  Bonus, all these scarves are well under $50!  So the price is right…

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

my everyday style: early fall style with Naturalizer!

When the weather starts to cool down I love to grab a few favorite summer pieces from my closet (like this t-shirt and white jeans) and pair them with some of my fall staples (like a denim jacket and these 'Maureen' ankle booties from Naturalizer) for a fun summer-into-fall look!

I'm partnering with Naturalizer for the next few months to feature the versatility of these ankle boots… so stay tuned for some awesome outfit inspiration through the coming seasons.  In the meantime, let's talk about how comfortable these babies are!  Oh my!  My feet felt like they were walking on air!  Plus, I've never had a pair of grey ankle booties before and they are quite fun to style up… I love that this pair has a combo of both leather and suede.  It's a modern and classic ankle boot that will get plenty of wear over the coming months. Check them out for yourself… I think you will like them!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Denim Jacket, American Eagle (old but similar or similar)
Grey Top, Gap (similar)
Jeans, Gap (similar or similar)
'Maureen' Ankle Boots, Naturalizer - ℅
Necklace, J.Crew (similar)
Earrings (similar or similar)
Bag, J.Crew (similar or similar)

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