6 must haves for fall

August 25, 2014

Can you believe that next Monday starts September? Nuts. Even as a Florida girl who’s still battling 90 degree temperatures, it’s fun to embrace Fall styles, colors and textures. We just modify here based on the weather. Here are six must haves that you can start to wear now and use through to spring.

 

6 pieces for fall

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cargo jacket: cute over dresses & denim/tee pairings // anything grey: watch (or this tote!) — even more versatile than black! // stylish sweatshirt (25% off, code SHOPNOW) // striped tee with leather sleeves: the most perfect fall tee // skinny distressed denim (in mid-rise) — the new mid-rise in this ultra popular bargain denim has become a quick favorite // pointy toe flats (also comes in black, and red suede) – just like last year’s madewell pair, yet half the price (win!)

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Acid wash denim, back… really? I was surprised as you likely were and was convinced I would never wear it — I mean, hello, I’m 34, a mom and well, it’s acid wash — until I saw this subtly faded black/grey pair. I’ve wanted a grey pair of denim for a while and haven’t had a pair that fit well. The mid-rise on these are super flattering, the acid wash adds a flattering texture, and most importantly, doesn’t make me look like I’m trying to be 22 (or worse, 16).  Not all trends work for everyone, often it’s simply my body type isn’t designed for certain items or that it’s not age appropriate, but this hue is a great way to make it work if you’re looking to play into this denim trend, without the spend (they’re under $30).

Having trouble at the moment finding this exact pair on Target’s site but these denim leggings are great if you’re new to the skinny trend, too. They don’t have front pockets — which took me getting used to — however that creates a flat front (i.e. more flattering!) and they’re stretchy so they don’t feel tight as others might.
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The slip-on sneakers trend continues! I have a pair of black slip-ons (worn here; these are similar) and can’t wait to live in them this fall. They’re so easy, let my crazy self move faster than wearing flip-flops of flats — though I do love my flats! — and have that cool girl vibe.  While I majorly coveted a leopard pair last year I couldn’t pull the trigger; $100 for leopard sneaks? Couldn’t do it. That’s why this pair is such a steal… get the look for way, way less. They’re currently on sale for $19! Wear them now with a v-neck tee and cut-offs, and pair them this fall with a denim button down and black leggings. Outfit with personality complete.

look for less: leopard slip-on sneakers

ogle: sam edelman // own: mossimo

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best work bags for fall

August 18, 2014

This week starts back to school here, and for some of my friends, that means their kiddies are heading into kindergarten. Cannot even handle. Luckily I can hang on to my little “big” girl being little for one more year for that milestone. As everyone hits the back-to-school frenzy (anyone else nerding out over sales on school supplies?!), take this chance to evaluate your school… err, work… supplies. The perfect bag or tote should hold all your stuff, plus tech — iPads, headphones and anything else. For me, the best ones easily fit my notepad and a few files.

Here’s a few gorgeous girls sure to give you an A+ in the style meets functionality department. I have last year’s version of the Ann Taylor and C. Wonder totes below…. both are awesome, wear well, are work (to weekend) appropriate and have garnered more compliments than way pricier picks. Quick tip: while we could easily compile a list of only black and/or tan bags (as evidenced by our direction here), most of these come in multiple colors.

best fall work bags

1. french connection (love the tweed!) 2. aldo 3. sole society  (looks so luxe!)  4. tory burch (the perfect tote!)

5. ann taylor  (even better than last year’s I have/love!) 6. kate spade  7c. wonder (obsessed! I live for mine) 8topshop (real leather for a steal!)

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