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The Military Coat

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Express Coat  //  Forever 21 Tee  //  Articles of Society Jeans  //  Louise et Cie Booties (similar here, here and here)  //  Ray-ban Sunglasses  //  JCOS Bag (similar here)


Out of all the coats in my closet, a military coat was not one of them and it’s one of my favorite outerwear styles! I snagged this piped military style coat on Cyber Monday and it’s been my go-to ever since. I love the piped-detailing and the contrasting coral color. It’s a great everyday coat with extra detailing to make a look anything but basic. I’ve been pairing this military coat with a cozy turtleneck, over the knee boots and a beanie for a polished, yet edgier look, as well.

How was everyone’s weekend? It actually snowed here in Dallas! I usually dread the snowy forecast (I’m not one who enjoys the cold) but to my surprise I was actually excited the day it snowed! I found myself staring out the window at work watching the snow fall. There’s something so peaceful about the snow. And although I’m a big baby in the cold, somehow the excitement of snow trumped the feeling of numbness in my hands (it was so, so cold haha). Looks like I’ll be getting a lot of use out of these gloves Steven’s sister got me for the holidays! I also pretty much lived in this teddy coat all weekend. So cozy!! You may have seen it here on my Instagram. Can’t get enough.


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6 Items I’m Currently Craving

 

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1. Madewell Shirt // 2. Warby Parker Eyeglasses // 3. Loeffler Randall Pumps // 4. H&M Jeans // 5. Mango Coat // 6. Public Desire Booties


I decided this year I was going to be strategic in what I buy, not just impulse shopping all year round. Similar to a capsule wardrobe, I wanted to only purchase key pieces that I know would last me more than one season and would be versatile all year round.

But when you decide to narrow down your shopping to only a handful of pieces, you want them to be perfect. You know, “the perfect pair of jeans” or “the perfect booties”, and this can definitely take you down a rabbit hole to find a coveted piece that’s just right. But I think I finally narrowed it down to the items I’m truly loving.

Starting with a pair of cropped straight leg jeans, this was a struggle for me – most jeans aren’t catered towards those under five feet tall. This style spoke to me though. So I was determined to find a pair that worked, even if it did require a bit of altering. I ended up going with this perfect pair for it’s simple style and affordable price. Who doesn’t love a great pair of jeans for $40? I’m currently still eyeing a few other pairs: here, here and here.

When it comes to shoes, I am very picky about the styles. Sometimes affordable knock-offs just look, well, off. I like the details to be perfect – everything from the shape of the toe to the arch of the heel. There are two styles I’ve had my eye on: the low block heel pump and the snakeskin bootie. Both of which have a ton of options available, but only a few really caught my eye as being “the ones.” For the low block heeled pump, I originally fell in love with this style, only to be left disappointed by the price. But found this slightly more affordable option that is just too perfect. I also found this and this that are great budget-friendly contenders. Then came the search for the perfect pair of snakeskin booties. There is surprisingly an overwhelming amount of options with this style, but only a few felt “high-end”. I ended up going with this style in the end, but also loved this and this.

Besides the jeans and shoes being at the top of my capsule wardrobe list, I’ve also been on the hunt for a chic pair of vintage style eyeglasses, a perfectly draped trench coat, and a pajama shirt that doesn’t look cheap. I fell in love with these eyeglasses from Warby Parker. These were a second runner up. I just love the look of vintage styles. They add the perfect mix of funky and chic to any outfit. The draped trench is another favorite of mine because you can easily just throw it on and go. Alas, this was another issue for me being so petite. So finding one that fit properly has been a struggle. I actually ended up with this style in green, although I was hoping to find one with a longer length similar to this one. And one in a dusty pink? Too good. Then last but not least is the pajama shirt. I don’t know why I love this style so much. It’s just such a simple and chic top to wear with any type of jeans. I especially love the look with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans. I first set eyes on this version, but later found this option instead. I actually prefer the navy for a softer look.

So there you have it! My final picks for my sort-of capsule wardrobe this month. What are you currently craving?


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How To Casually Wear A Leopard Coat

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Mango Coat (similar here, here and here)  •  H&M Hoodie  •  Madewell Tee  •  Mossimo Jeans  •  Gucci Mule Loafers  •  Ray-Ban Sunglasses  •  Forever 21 Tote (similar here and here)  •  Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick – Medusa


Ok, so technically this coat is cheetah print, but you get the idea. Oh, Happy New Year by the way! What a year, right? Glad that’s done with. Let’s start fresh, shall we?

I love glamorizing any casual outfit (see my leather jacket addition to my airport sweatpants look here, for example). Because that’s really what I’m all about – making the mundane just a little more fabulous. A leopard coat is the ultimate way to elevate any look. Boring hoodie and jeans? Throw on a leopard coat! That’s exactly what I did here and I love the look. Perfect combo, no? It’s unexpected, yet still effortlessly easy to wear; even in day time.

Finding the right leopard coat is surprisingly difficult. You have to make sure the pattern, fit and colors are all perfect otherwise you risk looking tacky or costume-y. Not a good look. Unless you’re a lady of the night, and if that’s the case – you do you, girl 👊🏼😉. I linked a few different options above and all of them have a perfect leopard print. A leopard coat is easy to wear with jeans, tailored pants (personally loving this cigarette style) or a slip dress. It’s also my favorite way to spice up a Monday!


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November 2016 Monthly Favorites Video

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World’s. Worst. YouTuber. lol #fail

I can’t believe I took so long to upload this video! I had filmed this at the end of November and was excited to share my monthly favorites with you. Then life got the best of me and I never got around to editing and uploading. So here we are, at the very end of December and I’m posting my November monthly favorites. Yeesh, better late than never, right?

My goal is to start doing monthly favorites videos every month in 2017 because I try a ton of new products and I love sharing them with all of you! There are some great beauty products out there that need to be shouted from the mountain tops so I love sharing what products I’m loving each month.

In this video, I cover skincare favorites, lip colors on repeat and a new budget-friendly shadow primer I’ve been loving! I tried to mix up high to low end so there is a good variety of products to try no matter what your budget. Let me know if you’d tried any of these products before! I love hearing other people’s thoughts since not every product works for everyone. Feel free to let me know in a comment below!

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Faux Suede Jacket and Boxing Day Sales

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Forever 21 Jacket  •  Sole Society Stole (similar here and here)  •  Brandy Melville Tee (similar here and here)  •  Topshop Jeans  •  Gucci Loafers (affordable version here and here)  •  Ray-ban Sunglasses

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Hope everyone had a happy holiday weekend! I spent most of the day visiting Steven at the station since he had to work Christmas Day. Luckily, he was off Christmas Eve so we picked up some last minute gifts, necessary alcohol and grabbed tacos and elote for dinner from our favorite down-and-dirty taco shop, Fuel City. Yes, it’s at a gas station, and yes they are literally the best tacos in Dallas. Trust me. We ate at home and watched Home Alone and Love Actually and ended up knocking out before we even had a chance to make hot chocolate with whipped cream vodka, our Christmas drink of choice. Ugh, we’re getting so old.

Now that Christmas is over (though, we still have 6 days left of Hanukkah), I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and adjust to normalcy again. The holidays interrupt daily routines and I tend to get a bit off track of literally everything – the blog, work, laundry, etc. I’ve fallen behind on a lot so this week I’m focusing on getting everything back to normal. Starting with the blog!

This look is a favorite of mine and is usually what you’ll find me running around in day to day. Loafers, skinny jeans, t-shirt and jacket. It’s just so easy to coordinate a ton of different looks all with these key pieces. This faux suede jacket was a steal at $25!! A few other good faux suede jacket options are this and this – both currently on sale. I also love a good faux fur stole. It’s been unseasonably warm in Dallas, so busting out my faux fur jackets and scarves isn’t exactly ideal. This stole makes it easy to still get the same luxe look, without overheating. I’ve been pairing it with leather jackets, blazers and even my favorite denim jacket. It’s just an easy way to elevate any jacket and make it winter appropriate.

Besides a few of the jackets I mentioned above, there is a ton of good stuff on sale. You guys… a ton. Like, hold my wallet because things are about to spiral out of control lol. I did a little shopping online yesterday online because most of the boxing day sales had started and I was afraid everything I wanted was going to sell out. See everything I scored on sale below – so much good stuff!!


NORDSTROM

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is going on right now and O.M.G. there are like, a million things on sale. We’re talking awesome pieces under $50… at Nordstrom. Say no more. A few standout favorites were these jeans and this jacket. Scroll through the widget below to see what items made it to my shopping cart.


BOOHOO

I love Boohoo. I don’t think I talk about this retailer enough. Think Forever 21 prices but more basic, trendy pieces that don’t have awkward phrases and patches on the back of everything (so annoying, right?). Also, they almost always have sales going on… off regular priced merchandise. What’s not to love? The entire site is currently 40% off with code TOOGOOD! I immediately grabbed this coat (I’m like, giddy excited for this to arrive) and a few sweater dresses like this and this. See everything I ended up purchasing below as well as a few other amazing picks.


ANN TAYLOR

This is a surprising one. I don’t shop at Ann Taylor often, but they have quite a few good pieces right now. The entire site is currently 40% off full price with code SHOP40 and up to 70% off sale! I picked up this bell sleeve sweater and these killer black boots. And I’m still debating on pulling the trigger on this cozy cardigan. See more great sale picks below!


H&M

H&M’s sale section is currently up to 80% off and there are some great items available. I’m pretty excited about this jacket going on sale! Also can’t wait to wear this and this. See the rest of my top sale picks below.


EXPRESS

With the entire site 50% off, this is the time to go ham. I love Express for their trendy, basics but they’re a little over priced in my opinion. I usually only buy things from Express once they go on sale, and this is one I wait for all year to stock up on great pieces. I fell head over heels for this coat. I’m also obsessed with this jacket. See more picks below!