Friday, November 21, 2014

Runway to Reality: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014

When I was flipping through fashion shows online and saw this beauty, I knew I wanted to find a way to recreate it.  It's so simple, but the proportions are absolutely perfect!  The flounce at the bottom of the skirt perfectly balances the chunkiness of the sweater, and the fact that it's black and white really lets your eye focus on the shapes.

I may not be able to find the simple perfection of Oscar de la Renta in my closet, but I can definitely use it as inspiration for my winter work wardrobe.  Chunky sweaters I have (although I'd take a few more) and I have several black skirts (that could all use a good once over with a lint roller)!  Plus, I managed to find lots of similar pieces being sold now that would allow you to have a similar look and not go broke right before Christmas!

Look for Less: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014

What looks are inspiring you lately?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Daily Look: Perfect Pair

Blouse, Skirt, Earrings: Ann Taylor // Boots: Banana Republic // Lips: Revlon Balm Stain in Lovesick

My husband got me this blouse and skirt last year for Christmas, and when I was trying on all my new clothes, I ended up with them on at the same time. I really liked how they looked together, and I haven't looked back, having worn this same combination at least 3 times since then. It's one of my favorite tops and one of my favorite skirts, so if they look good together, I might as well go for it, right?

Do you have certain pieces that you tend to pair together over and over again, or do you generally change things up?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Daily Look: Fall Break in Winter Weather

Sweater & Shirt: Gap // Jeans & Boots: Madewell // Rings: The Limited // Earrings: Francesca's

Our school is giving us a little fall break with cute themes, yummy snacks, and best of all, jeans days.  It was perfect timing because with this miserable cold snap, I am happy to have a thick layer of denim between me and the wind!  These pictures are from our first day which was hiking themed with trail mix in the lounge and a suggestion to wear plaid.  I ended up hiding most of the plaid with a sweater, but a button down was not cutting it in below freezing temperatures.

I'm most excited for the bedtime story theme on Thursday when I'm going to break out my flannel jammies and this sweet sweatshirt I got for my trip to Universal Studios this winter break.  Between wearing my slippers to school, turkey bowling (yep, I bowled with a 5 pound frozen turkey), and a potluck feast planned for Friday, it's turning out to be a pretty fun week!  It just makes the countdown to a week off that much sweeter!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Daily Look: Shades of Oxblood

Sweater, Skirt, Earrings: Loft // Tights, Boots: Via Spiga // Bracelet: The Limited // Rings: Madewell // Nails: OPI Skyfall // Lips: MAC Rebel // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Yesterday was an oxblood (burgundy?) kind of day. I decided to go tone on tone in a cranberry (maroon?) sweater and slightly darker skirt. Whatever you call it, this color combination just screams fall to me, although it felt more like winter. One of my favorite things about dressing for colder weather is how easy it is to throw a sweater on over a skirt and call it an outfit. Granted, I often regret my choice when the heater in my classroom starts trying to smoke me out, but there's just something so cozy about putting on a sweater on a chilly morning that I can't resist it, even knowing that it's probably a mistake.


What do you like to wear to work when it's cold outside?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Daily Look: Bright and Blustery

Sweatshirt: Gap // Shirt: Asos // Jeans: Madewell // Shoes: Converse via Marshall's // Earrings: Francesca's

Bright colors and my most summery perfume were just no match for the dreariness of this weekend's weather.  Between the rain, mist, and cold, I was barely able to force myself out the door.  I did end up running a few errands, but don't worry, I complained the entire time.  I know you folks up north are rolling your eyes, but the cold and I just don't mesh!  Someone pass me a blanket and a cup of tea!

How did you spend your weekend?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Outfit Inspiration: Gwyneth Paltrow's Chic Plaid

I love perusing the interwebs for great outfit inspiration. Some of my favorite celeb street style stars are Miranda Kerr, Jamie Chung, and Keri Russell, just to name a few. But I recently came across a picture of Gwyneth Paltrow, who doesn't normally come to mind when I think about the most stylish actresses, looking great.

I love this outfit because it's nothing particularly new or crazy, but it's just put together so well, and it would be super easy to re-create for a lot less money than Ms. Goop's Valentino and Saint Laurent-filled version. Just tuck a plaid button-down (adding that to my wish list!) into a full black skirt, throw on a pair of black booties (and, assuming it's chilly where you are, a pair of tights), and you're good to go. Paparazzi-proof sunglasses are entirely optional.

Gwyneth Paltrow Style

Would you steal Gwynnie's style?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Daily Look: Fair Isle

Dress: Cynthia Rowley via Marshall's // Tights: Via Spiga via Marshall's // Shoes: Aldo via DSW // Earrings: Francesca's // Mood Ring: Vintage // City Ring: Asos

It's official, I love my winter clothes but I HATE having to wear them!  How can it be below freezing in November?  In Texas?  It's enough to make you huddle under the covers with a book and two fat cats until May.  If only my pesky need for money wouldn't get in the way!  At least it gave me an excuse to wear one of my all-time favorite Marshall's finds, this fair isle sweater dress.  It's small consolation for cold toes, but it's better than nothing!

Are you a winter person?