Light weight layering

No need to put away your light weight summer-to-fall transition jackets just yet. Even though the temps are dropping, you can still make use out of them! All you need to do is to layer one of your favorite jackets [that you would typically wear alone] under the light weight style of your choice. The jacket on jacket look adds contrast to your outfit while providing that extra layer of warmth you need.

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Shop the look below!

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Gentle Fawn Russe Trench Jacket • Gentle Fawn • $185

Topshop ‘Julie’ Suede Moto Jacket • Topshop • $360

H&M – Ribbed Top – Light beige – Ladies • H&M • $17.99

Express high waisted black ankle jean legging • Express • $128

Nine West Xalan Patent Loafers • Nine West • $69.99

-Happy Styling

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Shop local holiday gift guide

Oh hello, November? This year has flown by so fast which means the holidays are right around the corner! Last week I had the opportunity to attend Ohio Creative’s gift giving guide event and was able to get a peek into all the goodies local businesses have to offer. With that said, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gift ideas to help you get a jump start on your shopping this year. Enjoy!

For the interior decorator

Indian Lake creations [$25-$120] – Add some Ohio pride to your home or office with these unique hand crafted wooden wall pieces.

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For the entertainer

Paisley Proposal [$15] – As an entertainer, you can never have too many glasses – especially when they’re as awesome as these #repyocity

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For the foodie

Bleu & Fig gift box [$100] – I had the pleasure of eating all of the items from this box and the only thing I have to say is that you should get it before the 200 that are made get snatched up!

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Lollipop Lush [3.99] – Boozy lollipops? Yes please!

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For the bride-to-be

The Paper Vow [$2-$30] – From dazzling bottle tags, invitations and t-shirts that are crazy soft, The Paper Vow has everything you need to help make your brides special day even better.

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For the traveler

Daisy Mae Designs [$10-$40] – Anywhere in the world, right at your finger tips. Daisy Mae takes any location you want on the map and adds the design to all kinds of goodies.

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For the one who always accessorizes

Rowe Boutique [$40+] – Everyone has a zodiac sign and whether that person believes in it or not, these necklaces are too gorgeous not to wear. The shop also offers plenty of scarves, hats and gloves that make great stocking stuffers.

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Adore Jules [$15-$50] – It was great to meet this woman at the gift giving guide event. Her story about why she started her business was so inspiring and the products she creates are so unique.

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For the fitness guru

Bend Active [$20-$70] – Whether solid, a unique print, or repping OSU, the options for workout pants are never ending at this place!

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For the hat & t-shirt lover

Anomaly [$12+] – There’s no lack of OH pride with these items. From trendy snap backs to comfy tees, options for both him and her.

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I hope you’ve got some great ideas and are ready to get started with your holiday gift purchases!

-Happy shopping

Currently coveting: the choker

For a look I styled earlier this week, I borrowed my roommates choker because I have yet to pull the trigger on buying one for myself. I need the choker to be versatile and comfortable. The main point is – after wearing my roommates for a bit, I knew I wanted to get one ASAP.

Take a look at the chokers/lariats I’ve got my eye on:

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Made Bar & Satin Choker • Made • $13

ALDO Delicate Layering Chokers • Aldo • $17

Regal Rose Sterling Silver Plated Layering Chains & Velvet Choker • $46

Passiana Gold Circle Lariat • $27.50

Clara Velvet Choker • BaubleBar • $24

Axelia Choker • BaubleBar • $36

-Happy Styling

Peek-a-boo bell sleeves

Ohio has finally decided to be fall where it’s chilly enough that a sweater is necessary. With that said, layering [my favorite] is required for a lot of my outfits.

The bell sleeve trend was big over the summer and is continuing into fall. For this look, I styled a gorgeous bell sleeve sweater from Forever 21 under a classic black blazer. The bell sleeves peeking through the bottom of the blazer sleeves adds a unique touch. Pairing the sweater and blazer with my go-to wide leg pants and black pumps completed the look.

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Shop my favorite bell sleeve sweaters below

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Chloé – Cable-knit Cotton Sweater – Mid denim • Chloé • $995

ASOS Sweater with Lace Bell Sleeves • Asos • $43

See By Chloe Bell Sleeve Sweater • See by Chloe • $260

 

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American Rag Off-The-Shoulder Bell-Sleeve Sweater, Only at Macy’s • American Rag • $49.50

BCBGMAXAZRIA Bell Sleeve Sweater • BCBGMAXAZRIA • $228

Free People Lovely Lines Bell Sleeve Sweater • Free People • $168

 

Complete the look with classic staples

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Mango Outlet MANGO OUTLET Double-Breasted Jacket • Mango Outlet • $74.99

Go Silk Silk Wide-Leg Pants • Go Silk • $150

Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed-Toe Suede Pump, Black • Sam Edelman • $120

-Happy Styling

Romantic pleats + culottes

Ever since the show The City, I’ve been a fan of Olivia Palermo’s style. Her ability to mix high and low end pieces in addition to wearing the same piece multiple times has always brought me inspiration. Needless to say, anytime I can recreate a look she wears with pieces already in my closet, I’m on it.

When I saw Palermo in a pair of culottes and a pleated top I knew I had an outfit I could put together. The perks of not having a massive closet is you tend to know the pieces you have by heart, so when I see an outfit I like and can recreate, I can quickly think of the pieces to put together. Image via oliviapalermo.com

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When you want to recreate a look, you don’t necessarily need the exact pieces. In my case, I had similar items but with a different color palette, then of course added my own personal style with a belt with zipper detail.

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Shop my look below

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Pleated Notch Neck Blouse • Marks and Spencer • $55

PALMER/HARDING High-rise velvet culottes • Palmer Harding • $347

JULES SMITH ‘Asa’ Choker Necklace • Jules Smith Designs • $75

Diesel B-ZIPPER • Diesel • $140

Reilly • Warby Parker • $95

Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps • Sam Edelman • $120

-Happy Styling

 

Monochromatic Minimalism

Monochromatic pieces can create a very timeless and chic look; however, sometimes can be intimidating to style  – especially with the color black. Typically with monochromatic looks, you want to play around with fabric, texture and proportion so that an outfit with only one color can still be interesting. Another option is to keep fabrics simple and add a subtle contrast of color. You can add contrast not only with shoes, jewelry and hand bags, but with nail and lip color as well.

For my monochromatic look, I paired a boatneck top with slacks, leopard print shoes and my favorite minimalist jewelry from a local boutique BOHINDI.

How do you style monochrome?

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-Happy Styling

Fall sweater trends

Now that sweater weather is afoot, I’m sharing some of my favorite sweater styles from one of my favorite retailers SheIn

  • The off the shoulder trend that was a major hit this year is continuing into the chilly weather which I love.
  • It’s hard to wear sweaters sometimes and not feel frumpy, so lace detail can add a feminine touch to your cozy look.
  • When the weather isn’t chilly enough for a thick jacket, but you need something to keep you warm, a sweater jacket is the perfect wardrobe staple.

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Images via SheIn

From left: White lace up trim sweater, Gray off the shoulder sweater, Black cut out back top, Pink jacket sweater

-Happy Styling

Chic athleisure

The track pant trend is a big one for fall, as well as the cut out shoulder look. I combined the two for an athletic and chic style. Pumps give a more polished feel, but you can easily style this with sneakers or sandals. The transition from summer to fall is my favorite time of the year and this look is the epitome of what I love to wear because of the marvelous weather. How do you transition into fall?

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Shop similar styles below!

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FOREVER 21 Contemporary Open-Shoulder Top • Forever 21 • $19.90

H&M – Track-suit Joggers – Dark blue/red – Ladies • H&M • $29.99

Chloé ‘Medium Faye’ Leather & Suede Shoulder Bag • Chloé • $1,950

Nine West Salinda • Nine West • $89

-Happy Styling

Styling separates, Part 2

Last week I posted how I styled the bottoms of my matching set [here] – and now I bring you how I styled the top. I paired the top with my favorite wide leg pants and fun gold accessories. The black chevron earrings I got years ago from a thrift store. The necklace is actually a gold chain belt I took from my moms closet so so long ago [obviously I knew it was a keeper of an accessory].

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Shop a similar look below!

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H&M – Patterned Blouse – Dark blue/floral – Ladies • H&M • $29.99

Premium Crepe Wide Leg Pants White • Missguided • $48

Halogen ® ‘Double Swag’ Chain Belt • Halogen • $29

Kristin Cavallari ‘Oracle’ half d’Orsay Pump (Women) • Kristin Cavallari • $79.90

Raised by Foxes Heir Nouveau Earrings • $55

-Happy Styling