My Non-Costume Halloween Outfit of the Day!

Just for the record-- this is the second year in a row that I haven't dressed up for Halloween!! Let it be known that despite my poor showing of Halloween spirit, I really do LOVE Halloween and have always enjoyed the concept of playing dress up and making creative costumes.there's always next year! Today I did want to share my OOTD with you because even though its not a costume, I do have a new jacket that I love. It is the 1969 Stud Denim Jacket from Gap.  I think the stud accents on it are just enough to make a statement without being too far into the rocker/biker category. As it always goes with The Gap, the denim is super soft and already worn in. 
For our evening at the movies (where we saw John Wick) I paired this beauty with a JCrew Collection White Cashmere Tee7 For All Mankind Skinny In Black, and my Metallic Aldo Booties ! Comfortable, laid back, and casual… just the way I like it!

I hope that you all had very happy Halloweens filled with lots of treats and no tricks! I can't wait to see and hear about your costumes!! 

My Fall Staples!

Hi friends and happy Wednesday! Woo-hoo we've made it half way through the week!! As you read this, I am probably road tripping to one of my fave places, Phoenix Arizona, for work (any opportunity to go to AZ and I am ready to go!). 
With my current job, which I absolutely am loving by the way, I get to travel a lot. When I first started, I will admit that my "light" packing skills were seriously bad.  Instead of packing three outfits for a two day trip I was leaving with 10+ (hey, this girl has gotta have her options). After a few wake-up-calls that my overpacking was more of a nuisance than a wardrobe saver, I've gotten to be really good at narrowing it down to the staples (blog post about packing light coming soon :) ). 

Anyway, today I wanted to share with you some of my most favorite recent Fall purchases. I have reached for these items day after day because I love them so very much.  Let me begin with the Ray Bans (1). I love the blue lenses because they are totally opaque (yay for privacy), and as someone who wears a lot of neutrals, I love the pop of color they add to my outfits/ fair skin and blonde(ish) hair. They are so comfortable, and I've honestly worn them every day since I bought them with my fiancĂ© in a moment of joy in Santa Monica, CA. 

Next is this NARS Nude Lipstick (aka Honolulu Honey)(2). I've been on the quest for the perfect nude for so long, and I can really say that this is it. I love a nude lip for fall and this checks all the boxes- moisturizing, barely there, elegant. Couldn't love it more. 

Also a NARS purchase, this Cheek Palette is gorgeous. It is great for highlighting and contouring, which I am a huge fan of, and also supplies three good sized blushes, each of which are very different and fun. I ran into Sephora to stock up on my favorite blush, Orgasm, and left with this instead… guess what? Turns out I like this better! 

I recently also treated myself to these incredible PJ's by PJ Salvage, which I found in Bella Beach in Manhattan Beach. I usually buy PJ's at target, but these were so worth the money, and I love the "Girly Skull" print. I feel like a rockstar in my sleep. I've also seriously considered wearing the PJ top as a "real life" tank top…. I'll let you know if  when that happens ;). 

Finally, these Aldo Montoro Metallic Booties have been my MVP shoe of the season.  After seeing them walk the runway on my favorite show ever, Project Runway, I bought them on sale and could not be happier with them. They're great with dresses/skirts as well as skinny jeans or even leggings. They are also the perfect way for me to add a bit of metallic into my fall wardrobe. 

What have been your fall fave's? I'd love to know!! Do you have any of these too?


Bridal Shower Style!

Hello and happy Sunday! I hope that you have all had great weekends-- mine has been so amazing!
I flew back to my hometown, Charlotte NC, for my Bridal Shower and it was even more special than I expected. It was hosted by my soon-to-be aunt, and my fiancĂ©'s grandmother; they (along with  my future Mother in Law) were so thoughtful in every little detail and planned such a fabulous day, making me feel so honored and loved.

When I found out about the shower, I immediately started thinking  stressing out  about what I was going to wear. Initially, I really wanted to wear a dress in an off white or cream color, but had such a hard time finding one. I began to admit defeat on that mission, and instead became obsessed with trying to re-create an Olivia Palermo Wedding separates moment. After a few weeks of searching for the perfect cashmere sweater and flowy skirt, I had an epiphany that I was being a bit unreasonable… I am no Carolina Herrera!

So, literally the day before the shower, I found myself with my mom at the Kate Spade store in Houston (best Kate Spade store EVER by the way… it is massive) with only a few hours to try and create the perfect bridal shower look. Thankfully, my mom is my best shopping partner and extremely helpful picking out things and giving advice. I tried on a bunch of outfits, but ended up settling on classic a blush pink dress, berry and glitter heels, and green and pink earrings (loaned to me by my bridesmaid, Laura).

Dress: Kate Spade  Shoes: Kate Spade (not available online) Similar Here Earrings: Kate Spade Similar

I am obsessed with these shoes! I almost bought some nude pumps to go with the dress, but the second I put these on I knew that it was just meant to be. The glitter heel matches the color of the dress perfectly and I think it gave my outfit a bit of a happy surprise element.  They make me feel happy too, and to me that is the most important thing. 

So, I didn't end up in off-white but I love how my outfit turned out, and I felt very "me" and comfortable the entire day. 

Here are some iPhone shots of the shower taken by my future Mother in Law if you can see what a beautiful job the hosts did! I am so incredibly thankful for them and our guests… it is such an incredible thing to feel supported and loved. 

Have a great Sunday night!!

One Lovely Blog Award!

Happy Tuesday! I don't normally post on Tuesdays, but a few days ago the lovely Novelette nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award. Thank you so much Novelette; I really appreciate it! I love following her blog; you should definetly go on over and check it out.

"The Rules:
1. Display award logo.
2. List 7 Facts about yourself.
3. Nominate other awesome bloggers and follow the person who nominated you."

So, here are my seven {really random} facts:
1. I will eat literally anything, and probably really like it. I am the least picky eater I know.
2. I love dogs, especially boxers and bulldogs. Whenever I am around them I feel like a better person.
3. My favorite color is pink.
4. I have one older sister and thankfully we have always been really close.
5. Touching paper napkins gives me the sensation of nails on a chalkboard.
6. I never match my socks.
7. If something has hearts on it, there is a 99% chance I will buy it.

I nominate…
Anyone who reads this who wants to participate!!! Let me know if you do and thanks for stopping by my blog!


The Oversized Sweater!

When I think about my style, I often get confused reconciling all the various (and to some incompatible) ways I love to dress: super girly, all black minimalism, classic, studs and leather, animal print all over, etc, etc. While I may truly love to dress in may different ways, there is one article of clothing that I love above all else… the amazing, wonderful, irreplaceable oversized sweater.

On days when I feel "off" or don't know what to wear, it is what I always turn too because it is so easy and so comfortable. I love wearing leggings underneath or a pair of skinny jeans like I did last night to dinner and a movie with friends.
Even though it is not "fall" like at all right now where I am, I think this style is perfect for chillier temps and transitioning into cold weather. Sadly, I can't find a link to the exact sweater I was wearing last night (although I am positive it is available in-store as I just got it less than two weeks ago), but here are three similar ones I also love. I own all three of these and am getting a lot of use out of them. Added bonus-- they are all under $30. That's hard to beat!

My favorite of the three is the one to the right, the Oversized Sweater, because I love this subtle leopard print that it comes in. It is also pretty light weight which is good for layering and places that are not as cold (cough cough, Florida). 

What do you think of this style? I hope you had a great Wednesday!!