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Autumn and Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Autumn and Winter Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve had several requests over the years to do a seasonal capsule wardrobe and I’m so excited to be sharing my very first one. After years of buying pieces that just laid around in my closet all season long, I’ve narrowed down what I consider to be my most worn wardrobe staples. If you haven’t heard of the term capsule wardrobe, it is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that never go out of style augmented with a few seasonal or trendy pieces. So if you are trying to purge the excess in your closet and invest in pieces that you know you will get their money’s worth, look no further!

TOPS & COATS

The key to having a killer wardrobe starts here and it’s all about layers and mixing prints. Sweaters come a dime a dozen, so find a couple that you love. My two most worn in my closet are this v neck sweater that I can layer a striped tee or plaid button down under. It instantly takes your outfit to the next level without having to wear a coat. The second is this cowl neck sweater that is long enough to wear with leggings or can be front tucked into a pair of jeans.

When it comes to coats, moto jackets are my personal favorite. I own both the BlankNYC suede and leather moto jackets. I like that they are a more fitted coat, not too bulky and have a slight edgy look. If you are wanting to layer anything more than a long sleeve tee underneath, I suggest sizing up in these. If you are needing a jacket with more warmth, this is the best parka out there and comes in so many pretty colors.

BOTTOMS & DRESSES

This might be the easiest part of your wardrobe simply because there’s not a ton of options out there and you just need a few good basics that will go with everything. Invest in two great pairs of denim- a basic denim pair and a black denim. My two favorite denim brands that have lasted me years are Levi and Madewell. You’ll definitely want a pair of faux leather leggings in your wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down and be worn with everything from sneakers to over the knee boots.

When it comes to skirts, I suggest investing in dresses that can double as skirts to get maximum use out of your pieces. This sweater dress can be worn as is or paired with a sweater over top of it to make it look like a skirt. In addition to a good midi dress/skirt option, I always like having a suede mini skirt in my closet for date night or girl’s night out options. My favorite way to pair them is with a sweater and over the knee boots.

ACCESSORIES & SHOES

I’m not a big accessory gal myself so I don’t go overboard here. A wide brim hat and a couple of scarves should do the trick and go with every outfit. My favorite way to pair a plaid blanket scarf is with a striped tee. It’s always a fun way to mix patterns. As for a bag, I usually switch to a tote for the cooler months. I love the quality of this Madewell leather tote.

Now when it comes to Fall/Winter shoes and accessories there are really not many that you need. If you invest in one pair of shoes, it should most definitely be a pair of neutral booties that can go with everything- denim, leggings, skirts and dresses. My favorite pair this season are the Gigietta booties. I own them in two colors! Make sure to size up a half size. After booties, the other two pairs of shoes I would say are must haves is a pair of knee high boots and a statement pair of flats. I’m loving this snakeskin pair and love wearing them with solids and stripes for a little pattern play.

And if you are looking for style inspiration or a few different ways to wear these pieces, see below! I’d love to hear your feedback on my first capsule wardrobe! Can you see yourself wearing these pieces? Which were your favorites? Least favorites? Let me know if you’d want to see one for the Spring/Summer!

Autumn and Winter Capsule Wardrobe

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Walmart Fall Fashion Haul

Walmart Fall Haul

Walmart has done it again! So many great basics for Fall so I’m back with another try on session! For sizing reference, I am 5’4″, 115 pounds and typically wear an XS in tops and bottoms. Time and Tru is usually my favorite brand to shop at Walmart but lately I’ve found really good finds from Scoop and Dreamers By Debut too!

Avia Hoodie Tunic – If you get one thing, make it this! Meant to be a workout top but just as good if not better than a lot of the Aerie tunics. It has thumb holes and is long enough to wear with leggings. SO SOFT. Comes in several colors and runs true to size. Wearing a small.

Avia Leggings – I can’t find these exact leggings online but Avia makes several patterns and colors that I high recommend. They have the quality of several high end brands. They are high waisted and have tummy control. They run true to size. Wearing an XS.

Walmart Fall Haul

Windbreaker plus sizes– This little windbreaker is water resistent and a cute athletic option. It has pockets and a drawstring around the waist to make it tighter. It runs small as it’s a junior’s item. Size up! It also comes in .

Walmart Fall Haul

Walmart Fall Haul

Walmart Fall Haul

V-Neck Tunic Sweater – Size up if in between sizes as this sweater runs a little short. I’m in the XS but would have preferred the small! It has 3/4 sleeves and is very lightweight.

Walmart Fall Haul

Sherpa Jacket– These are just $10 and come in several color combos. They are junior sizes so they are a bit fitted. I suggest sizing up at least one sizes and if wanting it oversized, size up 2 sizes. It also comes in plus sizes.

Walmart Fall Haul

Walmart Fall Haul

Walmart Fall Haul

Button Front Plaid – Grab this in ALL of the pattern combos it’s that good and will be great for layering purposes. It is very soft and flexible. It runs true to size. I’m in the size small.

Walmart Fall Haul

Boat Neck Top – Such a great work to weekend top! It’s stretchy and a good in between of a sweater and a tee. It runs on the bigger side so if in between sizes, size down. I’m wearing an XS.

Walmart Fall Haul

Walmart Fall Haul

Walmart Fall Haul

Casual Moto Jacket – Great alternative to the popular suede BlankNYC moto jacket. This one is a cotton material, stretchy, and much less warm. It is incredibly comfortable and will be a great piece to wear now and later. Oh and it’s just $25! I got the small but would have preferred an XS.

Walmart Fall Haul

Sherpa Vest – $10 and comes in several colors! It feels much more expensive than $10. It is sherpa on the inside and out and has pockets too! It runs true to size. Wearing a small.

Walmart Fall Haul

Walmart Fall Haul

Walmart Fall Haul

Sweater – This is one of those sweaters you are going to want to buy in ALL of the colors. It’s $11 and SO soft that it almost feels like cashmere. Would also be office appropriate. It runs a little oversized so if wanting for the office, size down, otherwise true to size. Wearing a small.

Walmart Fall Haul

Sherpa Cardigan – Ladies this is the softest thing EVER. Probably something I will only wear around the house but for $12 it is worth it. It comes in several colors. The oatmeal is probably my favorite color combo. It runs true to size. I’m wearing a small.

Walmart Fall Haul

Pajama Set – This set is fleece lined making it extremely soft and pretty warm. It has cuffs on the wrists and ankles so it won’t ride up in your sleep and functioning buttons. If runs big so if in between sizes, size down.

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*Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

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Labor Day Sales

Labor Day Sales

Happy Labor Day friends! Hope you are enjoying the long, holiday weekend with friends and family. If you want to shop, the sales are in full force!

ABERCROMBIE | 50% off site wide

AMAZON | Find all of my designer dupes here

AERIE | 40% off (our favorite leggings are the MOVE leggings)

AMERICAN EAGLE | 30% off jeans and joggers

ANN TAYLOR | 40% off  + additional 10% off full price styles with code LASTHURRAH

ANTRHOPOLOGIE | extra 50% off sale items

ASOS |20% off with code 20HUN

BANANA REPUBLIC | extra 10% off purchase + 40% off purchase with code BRSHIP

BAUBLEBAR | up to 80% off

DSW | 25% off of sandals // Find my selects here

EXPRESS | 40% off

FOREVER21 | 30% off everything. Free shipping on orders of $21+ with code FREESHIP21

FRANCESCAS | All full price items are buy one get one 50% off

GAP | 40% off everything with code DAYOFF

GOODNIGHT MACAROON40% off + free shipping with code LABOR19

H&M | extra 25% off sale with code 341.

J.CREW | extra 50% off sale styles + 40% off everything else with code SUNSET

J.CREW FACTORY | 50% off everything

LOFT | 40-50% with code LONGWEEKEND

LORD & TAYLOR | up to 40% off sitewide with code STOCKUP

MACY’S |Free shipping with $75 purchase

MADEWELL | free shipping and returns for insiders

NASTYGAL | 50% off everything

NORDSTROM | Select styles are  up to 50% off + FREE SHIPPING

NORDSTROM RACK | Extra 25% off clearance. See my picks here

OLD NAVY | 25% off applied at checkout // See my picks here

PIER ONE Up to 50% off everything + FREE SHIPPING over $49 (my nightstands here)

POTTERY BARN | Buy more, save more! Up to 30% off sitewide with code SAVEMORE

SOLE SOCIETY| Up to 70% off select styles

STEVE MADDEN |

SSENSE | Designer items up to 50% off including Golden Goose

TARGET | Up to 30% off women’s clothes, 30% off sandals, 20% off one select indoor/ outdoor furniture, 30% off bedding and bath, 30% off indoor and outdoor rugs, BOGO 50% window treatments

T3 MICRO |  20% off with code FRIENDS19 (I love this wand and this curling iron)

ULTA | 20% off one qualifying item with code 716549

URBAN OUTFITTERS | extra 40% off sale styles

VICTORIA EMERSON| take 40% off everything

WAYFAIR | up to 70% off everything

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First Date Outfits + Stories

First Date Outfits

Having been single for the majority of the last few years, I have been on more first dates than I can count. Some good, some bad and some just down right awkward.  I certainly have quite the playbook of funny first date stories and I’m honestly not quite sure why I’ve been keeping them all to myself. Scroll to the bottom of this post to share in the laughs. In addition to funny first date stories, I also think I’ve perfected the first date outfit by now.

My requirements in a first date outfit are this. It has to show a little skin while still being modest. We’re out here trying to trap a husband not a one night stand kind of guy! It also has to be cute without being too over the top. This is mainly because I don’t want to look like I tried too hard. We don’t want anything going to their heads after all 😛

There is a 99.9% chance you will find me in all black on a first date or if I’m going out for any occasion for that matter. Black is the most slimming and flattering color so of course us girls opt to wear it when we want to look our best! Now how formal the date is will determine how dressy your outfit should be. I always err on the more casual side. If you are going out for drinks, then jeans or a casual skirt are the way to go. If homeboy is ballsy/fancy enough to take you to dinner, you better pull out that LBD (little black dress) you’ve been saving up. For shoes, I almost always wear heels because they elongate your legs and well because your girl just needs an excuse to rock the absurd amount of heels that I own. But you do you girl. If the date location is outside, it is more than okay to wear sandals or flats.

First Date Outfits

First Date Outfits

First Date Outfits

Now for the first date stories! After writing them out, I realized how many bad first dates I’ve been on so I narrowed it down to the top 5 worst/funniest.

Crawfish King– I knew this wasn’t going to turn out well from the moment he asked me to go get crawfish. I mean not the sexiest first date peeling and sucking on crawdaddy’s. Definitely not my best look anyway. Between the awkward convo, him telling me he had no job and was depressed, and then getting mad at me when I politely told him I had to head home (after 4 hours) there was no second date.

Margarita Man– After telling him I hated Mexican food and margaritas he insisted on Papasitos. Besides the fact that something obviously got lost in translation, while on the date he told me that he goes to Papasitos every single day of the week for their happy hour and has 3 large margaritas. Alone. Thank you, next.

Sushi PTSD– As much as I love sushi I usually try to steer clear of it on first dates as it’s not the easiest, most ladylike food to maneuver on a first date. He picked a hole in the wall sushi place that I had never heard of. I almost suggested another place but 1) I didn’t want to offend him and 2) thought it might be a hidden gem despite the fact I’d never heard of it and I’ve lived in Houston my entire life. WRONG. We were the only ones in the entire place. The sushi was horrible and chewy. Later that night I experienced my first case of food poisoning.

Mr. Workaholic – Met this guy on Hinge and got together for drinks. He had his laptop out the entire time we were there. We had one drink, he walked me to my car and then went in for the kiss. I went in for the hug 😳

Baseball Boy– He took me out to the ballgame! He got so drunk that he kept falling asleep during the game. I think he snoozed for at least 3 innings. Funny part of the story is that I hit if off with another guy sitting next to me while Baseball Boy was sleeping and he ended up asking me for my number! #score

First Date Outfits

 

First Date Outfits

First Date Outfits

First Date Outfits

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*Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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How to Wear Bold Prints at the Office

Bold Prints at the Office

Bold Prints at the Office

Leopard, plaid and now snakeskin are three prints that you can expect to see a lot of this season in the fashion industry and that includes work wear too! I was pleasantly surprised to find several leopard and plaid pieces at Walmart recently that were not only cute but affordable and office appropriate too!

If you work at a more conservative office, start small with prints for example wear a pair of leopard flats or possibly a leopard camisole under a solid blazer. Small pops of print are still professional while bringing a little bit of flare into the otherwise repetitive mix. If you are in a more relaxed environment and want to be a little more bold, purchase a statement piece. For example this could be a plaid blazer, a leopard pair of slacks or a snakeskin dress. The key to statement pieces is pairing them with a more muted, usually solid colored piece.

Bold Prints at the Office

Bold Prints at the Office

This peplum top is one of those great work to weekend tops that I fully plan on wearing with a leather jacket, jeans and a pair of strappy black heels.

Bold Prints at the Office

Bold Prints at the Office

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*Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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