Thursday, September 16, 2021

madewell try on session!

 I always get SO excited for Madewell's fall new arrivals. They do fall SO well and I always love their sweaters and jeans. Today I've got some really great staples for fall that I can't wait to show you. We are in one more warm burst of weather, but it looks like after this little stretch we should be in some prime fall weather. I can't wait to dive into sweaters and jackets and layers... 

Let's take a look at some of the pieces I found and my honest thoughts on them...

I will say in advance that I ordered these fatigue pants and they just didn't work. They are very oversized and didn't fit and even if they did fit aren't a super flattering cut for me personally. I never know whether or not to include the "flops" but for today's post I just didn't feel like including them.

military shirt jacket (above & below)
Sizing: Runs big, I went down a size to XS.
Thoughts: I thought this was more of a jacket with a cinched waist... which is hilarious because it's actually called a "shirt jacket" and I missed that somehow. I don't love the shirt jacket trend because I like a more defined waist with this style of jacket. But despite all that (user error!) I actually like it. I still need to decide if I would wear it enough without a defined waist. I really like the overall fit though. It's a little oversized and works great for layering.

Shown with: sweaterjeans, clogs

Sizing: Sweater is true to size, I'm in my usual size small. Jeans run big, I went down a size.
Thoughts: This sweater is such a classic Madewell piece. It's a great early fall staple in a gorgeous textured knit. It's the perfect weight too, not too light but not heavy either. It's also NO itch because it has no wool. Let's talk about these jeans... I got these earlier this summer and I LOVE them so they are worth mentioning again. They are the perfect straight leg jeans if you are new to straight leg jeans. They feel like skinny jeans with just a tiny straight leg opening so they are very easy to wear. I highly recommend both these pieces.

Shown with: clogs

alpaca cardigan & demi boot jeans (above & below)
Sizing: Sweater runs big, I went down a size to XS. Jeans run big, I went down a size.
Thoughts: This sweater is SO dreamy. I'm obsessed. The fabric is so soft and airy but warm and the buttons are so pretty. I just adore this look for fall. These jeans I LOVE. The wash is great and I like the distressed hem. There are a few things I'm deciding if I like (haha!) the length is longer which I know is a little more on trend but as a shorter person (5'4) I am still deciding if that works for me and secondly they don't have much stretch. I realllllly love a stretch jean so I have to decide if these will work for me without the stretch.

Shown with: clogs

cream cardigan (above & below)
Sizing: True to size, I'm in my usual size small.
Thoughts: Madewell does cardigans SO well. This one is gorgeous with the tortoise buttons and a nice side slit. The fabric is super unique, it's a thinner knit that feels a little like sweatshirt. It's very soft and stretchy. This is a great fall staple and not too thick if you live somewhere where it's warmer.

Shown with: jeans, tankclogs

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

trend to try: striped sweaters for fall!

Stripes have been on trend for like 10 years now... they are truly the fashion gift that keeps on giving. So easy to wear, so classic and they never seem to go out of style. This fall, bold striped sweaters are everywhere. This ultra classic look never gets old and these sweaters are so gorgeous! Dial into your inner French girl with these chic sweaters paired with jeans or trousers for work, sneakers or loafers for whatever the day brings, or whatever dressed up or dressed down combination that you love. You really can't go wrong with this super classic and on trend piece this fall.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

under $100 finds for fall!

Fall is definitely *my* season... I just love fall clothes. This fall the options seem to be SO good, just so good. But maybe I say that every fall?!?! Today I rounded up some absolutely gorgeous pieces for fall that I am loving... the best part? They are all under $100 with many being under $50. New fall clothes on a budget is always a good idea, especially when they are this chic.  

floral topcream sweatshirt dressblack turtleneckcamel sweatshirtpolo sweatersneakersjeansbraceletlayered necklace setbrown sweater blazernude flatsbutton neck sweatshirt

Monday, September 13, 2021

target try on session!

Today I have some VERY fun finds from Target! They are super affordable, classic pieces for fall and I'm always inspired by the quality of Target for the money. All of these pieces are under $30 and most of them are only $20 so there are some seriously great prices here. I'm excited to show them to you... let's get to the fun...

puff sleeve sweater (above & below)
Sizing: True to size. I am in my usual size small.
Thoughts: If you want some 90s DRAMA for your closet this fall, this amazing puff sleeve sweater is it. The knit is very soft with no itch and the puff sleeves are incredible. 

Shop the look: jeans, clogs

camel crewneck sweater (above & below)
Sizing: I went up a size in this top for some extra room. I'm in size medium.
Thoughts: This is my favorite piece from the haul. It's simple but super wearable. It's the type of piece you just grab for again and again. It's a nice light weight sweater so if you live in a spot where it's warmer, this is a great option and it's also great for layering with a jacket or blazer. 

Shop the look: jeans, slides

striped oversized sweater (above & below)
Sizing: Runs a little oversized. I'm in my usual size small.
Thoughts: If you love a longer tunic length sweater this is a great option. It's going to be great with leggings this fall and winter. The color and delicate stripe is just perfection on this.

Shop the look: jeans, loafers

brown ribbed ottoman top (above & below)
Sizing: True to size, I went up a size to medium and it's quite large.
Thoughts: This top is a real winner. It's a thick t-shirt type fabric with ribbing. It's so soft and the perfect athleisure piece for all. This color is a rosey or mauvey brown that is so pretty in person. 

Shop the look: joggers

lounge leggings (above & below)
Sizing: True to size, I'm in my usual size small. These have a very high waist.
Thoughts: I'm allllll about stocking up on lounge wear for winter. these are so soft and I love the slit detail at the ankle. 

Shop the look: sweatshirt

leather leggings (above & below)
Sizing: True to size. I'm in my usual size small. The waistband is black and extra stretchy for a perfect fit, so you would want to wear these with a longer top to cover the black elastic.
Thoughts: I recently took a risk on these. I mean, leather leggings are always a little risky with fit and look. I'm so glad I did... these are INCREDIBLE in person. They look much more expensive than their price tag and are so cute in person. They are also very soft and stretchy so they are incredibly comfortable. 

Shop the look: sweaterloafers

Friday, September 10, 2021

6 ways to style: white jeans for fall!

 No white past Labor Day is a rule I've never gotten behind... I mean, who cares? I love this sweet spot between hot summer days and those really cold fall days where kind of anything goes. White jeans with sweaters, sandals with sweaters, shorts with long sleeve tops... it all works! 

Wearing white jeans for fall is a favorite of mine. It feels fresh and a little rebellious and is also that last gasp of summer vibes before we head deep into the dark months. 

Today I pulled together 6 fun looks for wearing white jeans this fall, let's take a look at all the outfits...

Outfit 1 (above & below)
Simple and classic I love white with this walnut/brown color. It hints at fall but works for these warm afternoons we've been having.
Shop the look: jacket, similar top, jeans, loafers, bag

Outfit 2 (above & below)
White on white - especially creamy whites - are perfect for a late summer/early fall outfit. This sweater is cottony and so soft so it's perfect for cool mornings and warm afternoons. 
Shop the look: sweater (mens sizing, I went with my usual size for an oversized fit), jeanssimilar loafers, bag is Polene

Outfit 3 (above & below)
I love a sporty look with white jeans too! It's perfect for errands and busy mom days!

Outfit 4 (above & below)
Stripes and white jeans are a classic combo that I just love so much. This is a perfect business casual look or for meeting friends for lunch. This is another sweater that is cotton-y and perfect for these late summer days.
Shop the look: sweater (runs small, I went up a size), jeans, tote, similar flats

Outfit 5 (above & below)
White jeans with a blazer is so chic for fall. This is another perfect zoom or office look but also just comfortable enough to just wear for errands.
Shop the look: blazer (runs big), topjeans, loafers, bag

Outfit 6 (above & below)
White jeans with a denim jacket is a favorite spring and summer combo of mine. This works so well for fall with a lightweight sweater too!
Shop the look: sweater, denim jacketjeans, flats

Thursday, September 9, 2021

wear to where: fall outdoor activities!

It's time for another installment of WEAR TO WHERE! You all have been loving this series for fall... you can see past episodes here. Today I'm pulling together outfits for all those outdoor fall activities. From apple orchards, cider mills, football games, corn mazes... it's all happening this year and it's a great time of year to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air and fun! I'm LOVING these outfits for fall and I think you will really enjoy them too... 

 (above) A crazy sweater and vest combo is so classic and easy to wear. Plus it's great for cool mornings or evenings. This is the perfect look for kids sports, an evening at the corn maze or a chilly Saturday running errands.

Shop the look: quilted vest, waffle half zip, distressed jeans, sneakers, cross body/belt bag, necklaces

(above) Layers are always a good idea for fall outdoor activities and it's a great time to start incorporating some plaid into your wardrobe! I love this classic and crisp top layered with a soft cardigan and ankle boots. 

Shop the look: plaid shirt, cream cardigan, jeans, ankle boots, crossbody bag, earrings

(above) Athleisure is always a good idea, especially since it's both practical and cute. Perfect for hanging with the kids at the part, the cider mill or picking out pumpkins for the porch!

Shop the look: turtleneck top, joggers, coat, tote, sneakers, sunglasses

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

quince try on session!

Instagram sure has my number these days... I get fed the BEST ads. Is that weird? I feel like I'm always getting ads that totally appeal to me. What a time to be alive!

Today I'm featuring a brand that I saw ads for time after time and finally I caved. This brand claimed to have the same quality of Everlane and Jenni Kayne, but for half the price. Um, count me in! I tried four of their gorgeous sweaters and I was completely blown away by the quality and the prices. They also have free returns for one year and tons of selection. Not only do they have sweaters, but tons of other pieces and even home items too... so I highly recommend checking out their website. These four sweaters from Quince are just stunning. I'm so glad I tried them!

Let's take a look at the pieces! 

Sizing: True to size, I went with my usual size small.
Thoughts: Alpaca is so beautiful and lightweight while also being very warm. I love the half zip on this sweater which is right on trend while also being super classic. This piece will layer beautifully with jackets this fall and winter zipped up or unzipped. I love that this piece can be dressed up or down too. It would be fun in an athleisure look with joggers too. 

Shown with: jeans, loafers

Sizing: I went up a size to medium. It runs true to size, but fitted. I did a medium for more room.
Thoughts: This is an INSTANT favorite. Incredibly soft and thick cashmere for a crazy, crazy low price. I'm obsessed. This sweater is unbelievably beautiful for this price. I'm gushing. It's just too good. It's also available in lots of colors.

Shown with: jeansloafers

Sizing: One size fits most. I would say this fits like a medium.
Thoughts: Another instant favorite. This piece is gorgeous with the dolman sleeves with it more fitted on the forearm. I can't even handle how gorgeous this is. Wow!

Shown with: jeansloafers

Sizing: This sweater runs small, I went up a size to medium and I am glad I did, it's also a little cropped.
Thoughts: Wow. I know I'm gushing but this is another instant favorite. I love that it has some sweatshirt details like the raglan sleeves and the v detail at the neck for a casual feel juxtaposed to the gorgeous cashmere fabric. It's another piece you can easily dress up or down. 

Shown with: jeansloafers

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

what I'm loving lately...

Happy Tuesday that feels like a Monday... ugh! At least we are one day closer to the weekend already! Today I am rounding up a few random things that I am personally enjoying lately. A new candle that I'm obsessed with, the book I'm devouring right now and some pj pants that are life changing (or almost!)...


This Lake & Skye "11 11" candle was a birthday gift and it's quickly become a favorite in our house. My husband loves it too. It's hard to describe the scent but I would say it reminds me of gorgeous boutique hotel or a beach house straight out of a Serena and Lily catalogue. The scent is incredible and so unique too. 

I recently bought these wide leg sleep pants & jogger sleep pants because a few of my existing pj pants were in super rough shape. Can new pjs be life changing? I think maybe! These are super soft and lightweight and run a touch oversized. I went with my usual size as I don't mind them having some extra room. I highly, highly recommend these!

It seems I've seen the book The Third Door mentioned EVERYWHERE these days. I just started it a few days ago and have already zoomed through over half of it. It's a fun and quick read with lots of amazing insight. If you are an entrepreneur or a wanna be, you will love this book. I'm reading it on kindle but thinking of getting the hard copy too so I can dog ear pages and underline quotes.

I bought this sweatshirt for the same reason I recently stocked up on some new pjs. I had quite a few sweatshirts that were super ratty and needed to go. This one is so soft and perfectly oversized with a little bit of distressing. I loved it so much I bought two - which I rarely do! I got this creamy white and the black too. They are on serious repeat for end of day and weekend lounging.

This is by far my favorite mascara of all time. Beautycounter reformulated it's mascara and got it SO SO right. It's creamy and easy to apply and even one coat is enough for everyday wear. Or you can layer it up for a super big lash look. This is another item I can't get enough of lately.

I just love wearing a little bit of jewelry lately after wearing almost none for 18 months. It feels so special! This necklace works great on it's own or layered for a trendy look. It's chunky but not heavy and I wear these almost everyday. I'm not big into earrings but I love this pair of hoop earrings - they are so small and petite it doesn't feel like you are wearing anything but they are so pretty!


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