Neat Knits

Neat Knits

Lord & Taylor Sweater, Jessica Simpson Jeans, Bass Boots

Knit-wear can be tricky.  Yes, it’s very cozy, but there’s always the potential of an itchy, bulky, Grandma-esque sweater situation.   I prefer to wear a lightweight sweater with a tank underneath to minimize the bulk, and I always look for soft fabrics, such a cashmere, to avoid constant fidgeting.  That’s why I love this sweater from Lord & Taylor.  It’s thin, velvety soft, and very modern with the color blocking and asymmetric hem.  It meets all my knit-wear needs!

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Black Magic

Black Magic

French Connection Sweater, Zara Skirt, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels, Vintage Bag

I love a head to toe black look.  It makes me feel strong, confident, and pulled together.  And my favorite thing to do is to combine a bunch of different textures to make the monochrome look feel fresh.  For instance, a cashmere sweater with embellishments on the shoulder, worn with a tweed skirt with lace panels, and patent leather lace up heels is chic, not dull.  I topped it all off with a vintage beaded bag.  My intention was to exude a less witchy and more of a bewitching vibe instead.

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Poncho Please

Poncho Please

Vintage Poncho, Bass Belt, H&M Long Sleeve Top, LOFT Pants, Michael Kors Boots

A poncho is not an easy piece of clothing to wear without looking like you’re going to a costume party.  But I like a challenge, especially a fashion challenge.  And I believe in the transformative powers of a belt.  Pre-belt I looked like I was wearing a tent (take a look in the photo below).  After the simple addition of a plain black belt though, my waist was defined and an outfit was made!  Whether I use it for a coat, a blanket, or Halloween, this poncho is a keeper.

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Black Magic

Black Magic

Free People Top, Jessica Simpson Jeans, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels, Urban Outfitters Clutch, Earring from New Orleans

It’s all in the details when wearing head to toe black to keep your look from falling flat.  Hence the netted peplum top with beading and the lace up faux leather heels.  It’s fun and easy to combine different textures when they’re all the same color, especially in something neutral like black.  The result is anything but basic.  However, if you’re in need of some extra color save it for small accessories like a clutch or dainty jewelery.

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Work Inappropriate

Work Inappropriate

Urban Outfitters Sweatshirt, Express Skirt, Stephanie Johnson Ipad Case, Calvin Klein Heels, Loft Sunglasses, Banana Republic Earrings

Business on the bottom, party on the top.  I felt sleek even while wearing Biggie’s face when I put on my pencil skirt and peep toe heels.  I don’t think there are many jobs where this look would be acceptable, but a girl can dream!

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Fabulously Faux

Fabulously Faux

LOFT Faux Fur Vest, Banana Republic Blouse, Zara Faux Leather Pants, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels, Vintage Earrings and Bangle, Hells Kitchen Flea Market Cross Bracelet, Gifted Elm City Jewelers Locket and Pinky Ring, Vintage Turquoise and Diamond Rings

For a night out with old friends, I revisited some old wardrobe staples: my faux fur vest, faux leather pants, and a splash of bright blue.  Newer isn’t always better, especially when compared to tried and true favorites.  Personal style is like a friendship, if you find something that works, stick to it.  And I have some pretty excellent friends.

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Back In Black

Back In Black

H&M Sweater, J. Crew Pants, Gifted Scarf, Bass Boots, Vintage Earrings, Gifted Elm City Jewelers Locket, Charles-Hubert Watch

While an all black ensemble can be sleek and chic, it can sometimes come across as flat.  I aimed for the former, and tried to avoid the latter, by combing different textured black separates.  I topped fitted black trousers with a fuzzy sweater and quilted boots.  A spot of color and some leopard print by way of a scarf added some much needed character.  It’s all about the accessories!

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