outfit: cozy and casual

October 16, 2014

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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.

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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

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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?

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wednesday words: so busy

October 15, 2014

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Saw this on Instagram and is so resonated; what’s with the “so busy” response all the time? I’m guilty. Yeah, sure, I’m insanely busy and it’s crazier than usual but wow, I have a million better ways I could probably answer this question… including all of the ones mentioned above! #someonepourmeaglass

Going to make it a personal mission NOT to say “so busy” in response to the “how are you?” question and see how it goes. I could mention work, my kiddies, cool blog chat, an upcoming volunteer event, anything. Any other answer, even needing wine STAT, likely will create a much more fun and engaging dialogue with the person asking, too. What do you say… want to join me in the banning the “so busy” talk?

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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!

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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

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When it comes to home decor, this average girl admittedly has a lot to learn. There’s a few things I have learned along the way though, and besides my love of trays (organizing masterminds!), a little gold detailing goes a long way. The rich metallic adds a luxe feel when you layer in details on your bookshelves and coffee tables, or up the stakes with some gold furniture… side tables being the easiest and most affordable way to do so. Check out favorite gold accents here — all gorgeous, and perk: under $100!  Nervous about it? Create your own gold treasures by using a multi-purpose spray paint (this one is great).

Gold Home Accents 2014

lamp // chevron box // set of three gold figurines // geo sphere //  black and gold accent table

gold cheese knives // woven throw //  file folders // glass & decanter

chevron pillow //  mercury hurricanes //  do what matters print

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