outfit: cozy and casual

October 16, 2014

If I lived in a cooler climate you’d see me in this every single weekend. There’s nothing better — and more comfortable! — than a great v-neck (I love a grey in the fall), the coziest cardigan, my favorite denim, and the perfect and comfy leather black booties are all style essentials. You can mix and match these pieces — swapping out the denim with black pants to make it work appropriate or pairing the black boots with a cable-knit sweater and leggings for an outfit some comfy it’s like you’re wearing pajamas out in public.

About these boots: they’re by Naturalizer! Gorgeous, right? My boots need to be made for walking so I love that these are so durable, with a really comfortable footbed. I get boots every gazillion years so even this Florida girl typically invests in a good pair or two, perfect for cool days here (I love them with a dress or skirt), and for traveling. Naturalizer asked if I’d like to style them for a fun blogger challenge and contest called “Style at any Age.” Starting today at 9 am you can head to Naturalizer’s Facebook page to see how a blogger in her 20’s, 30s’s (that’s me!), 30’s and 40’s style the boots, and then you can vote your favorite (ahem!). I personally love seeing how different women style the same piece so my hope is that you find some great inspiration from the contest, too.

IMG_1270 Fun/random fact: I’m 5’3 and yet I wear a size 9 shoe. Doesn’t make sense, I know…


tee: old navy (the absolute best, and just $5!) // cardigan: ℅ white plum (similar) // jeans: j. brand (similar, plus get 25% off with code FAMILY25) // boots: ℅ naturalizer // tote: ann taylor (this season’s version) // necklace: i love jewelry // bracelet: ℅ baublebar


Can we talk about my pretty little initial necklace for a second? I’m such a sucker for dainty necklaces and this one — which looks just like a designer version — is so pretty. In full disclosure I now work with this company called I Love Jewelry through my PR firm, however… I’ve pretty much nerded over the brand and its jewelry designer-owner for about four years first so it’s definitely true love. I’m currently obsessed with her game day tassel necklaces (go gators!), this little state necklace, and these David Yurman-inspired bracelets (under $20!) as well as this awesome monogrammed sweatshirt. Great buys, right?




Without nerding out on you here, Shopbop’s friends & fam sale is among my favorite of the season. Get 25% off site-wide for the next three days, through October 17, 2014, which includes getting a great deal on a fall splurge, or saving even more of budget buys. Included below are my personal favorites, many of which I’ve mentioned to you here over the past few months (hello, perfect tote, and that black clutch!). For example, I’ve possibly secretly had these nude pointy toe heels, faux leather pants and gorgeous oversized gumdrop earrings in my cart waiting for this moment.

Not included here are these amazing boots this Florida girl has irrationally coveted for two years (now or never!), the perfect denim and a stunning dress for all your winter weddings and parties. What on the size are you loving most? Happy Fall shopping, friends!


JOA marled sweater // Madewell tote (in black) // Michael Kors black watch // BB Dakota faux fur jacket (so cozy!)

BB Dakota herringbone sweater // And B sleeveless blouse // Kate Spade studs //   Steven leopard wedge flats (closet staple!)

Rebecca Minkoff black clutch (own/love!) // Blank Denim Vegan Leather Pants (great reviews, purchased!) // Tory Burch nude flat

Rebecca Minkoff pink purse (outfit popper!) // Shashi solitaire ring // Blank Denim Leather & Ponte Jacket



Every time around this time of year every Florida girl (and probably add in at least Texas and California girl) are craving fall attire, despite temperatures rarely dipping below 80 degrees. Sad reality.  Two ways to inject a little fall: 1.. find pieces with touches of leather (err, well faux leather in this case). From dresses to blouses, it just adds edge. I picked up this dress in late August and am just getting to it. 2. Check out your footwear. Booties, particularly open toed with a fun pop of polish showing, is another great tip to have fun for fall, and they’re awesome with dresses, skirts and skinny ankle length denim and pants (definitely work appropriate).


striped dress + faux leather details
striped dress + faux leather details
dress: ann taylor (on major sale!) // booties: sole society (last season; similar) // purse: kate spade (for less: this or this) // necklace: ℅ baublebar // watch: ℅ skagen (obsessed with this studded option!)



gold flash tattoos

You’ve possibly been spying these cool temporary tattoos around town for a few months but this girl just tested them out recently. Wear them around your arm in lieu of a bracelet (and no worries of them getting in the way while typing!), add a few, like hearts, stars or the word love, on the back of your neck or the under side of your wrist, add to your ankle or get inspired by the round-up of real ways to style them.

There are crazier styles out there — I mean you can create major statement necklaces, wear along your forehead and other cool things — but this average girl with a regular job? Those aren’t going to fly. I used Lulu DK tattoos, which are $22 for two sheets (it’s a lot of temporary tats!), and mine have lasted two weeks. Flash Tattoos are the original, and I’ve even found these look-a-likes on Amazon for under $8 per sheet.

gold temporary tattoos

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