Thursday, October 23, 2014

NAVY STRIPED TOP + HUNTER GREEN VEST







TOP: JCREW - SIMILAR HERE - $50   //   VEST: OLD NAVY - SIMILAR HERE - $70   //   JEANS: AEO - SAME HERE - $35   //   BOOTS: c/o ARIAT - SAME HERE - $224   //   BAG: c/o GREGORY SYLVIA - SAME HERE - $215

It's funny how such a simple top can make things fall into place. I love this striped top that I picked up this summer at J.Crew. The subtle style pairs perfectly for fall fashion with tall riding boots and lightweight outerwear. What's your favorite go-to space?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

PUFFER VEST + 3 CHEAP DATES PERFECT FOR FALL







CHAMBRAY SHIRT: GAP - SIMILAR HERE - $18   //   SKINNY JEANS: AEO - SIMILAR HERE - $ 25  //   TALL BOOTS - c/o ARIAT - SAME HERE - $265   //   BLUE PUFFER VEST - SAME HERE, SIMILAR HERE - $40   //   GREEN ENVELOPE CLUTCH - eBAY - SAME HERE - $5

These cold temperatures may have you heading inside, but embrace the outdoors and take advantage of these 3 insanely cheap fall date ideas!

1. PUMPKIN PICKING AT THE PATCH
They are on every corner. Spend a Saturday afternoon driving around and stop by your local pumpkin patches and choose your own. I always like the little ones with some character!

2. SCARY MOVIE MARATHON
Not a fan of the haunted house? Take a seat in your own living room for the night of horror. My favorite? The old school trilogies- a Scream marathon would be perfect! The terror might even make you laugh.

3. CORN MAZE
Take a group of friends out and head to a corn maze. For added drama, pretend like your in the Maze Runner or the last challenge of the TriWizard Tournament!

This post is linked up with:  DC In Style // Join the Gossip // Healthy Diva Life //  Funday Monday  // How I Fall//

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

THE MESSY CUFF: Olive Jeans







OLIVE JEANS: F21 - SAME HERE - $23   //   BROWN BOOTIES: F21 - SIMILAR HERE - $37  //   BLACK METALLIC SWEATER: EXPRESS - SIMILAR HERE - $25   //   LONG NECKLACE - F21 - SIMILAR HERE - $4   //   SPIKED NECKLACE: F21 - SIMILAR HERE - $8   //   BAG: KATE SPADE - SIMILAR HERE - $200

Whoa, it's been a rough week. I've been in and out of feeling sick all week and can't seem to shake this. The good news it that the weather is finally consistently sweater-weather and being bundled up in public is now acceptable.

I tried two different fall trends in this look. Can you find them? One is the messy cuff. I've mentioned the cuff on my blog before and it wasn't until I went to the Fab'rik denim event, a few weeks ago, that I spoke with other bloggers about methods of cuffing. The messy cuff is made with 2-3 smaller cuffs where you rollup first and then roll halfway down. Here, winging it will work just fine  - but in case you were curious about the different types of cuffs, there is a great tutorial here!

Can you spot my other fall trend?
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST: CASHMERE UNDER $100

TAUPE SWEATER: NEIMAN MARCUS - SAME HERE - $98   //   GREEN SWEATER: NEIMAN MARCUS - SAME HERE - $62

Who doesn't love cashmere? It's a key investment piece to add to any wardrobe! I picked up a beautiful grey one from H&M last season and it's one of my favorite things to wear in the winter. This season i'm craving some bolder fall colors. Which cashmere is your favorite?
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TL4L: WENDY'S LOOKBOOK

TANK TOP: F21 - HERE - $11   //   LINEN SKIRT: LOVE21 - HERE - $11   //   STATEMENT NECKLACE: CHICNOVA - HERE - $10   //   DENIM JACKET: H&M - HERE - $35

Here's a little transitional season outfit inspiration for you from one of my favorite bloggers: Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook! This outfit combines essential pieces that you already have in your closet, including a denim jacket, white tank, gold statement necklace, and a bold colored skirt! I can't wait to recreate this look, will you give it a try?

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Monday, October 13, 2014

LET'S TALK BENEFITS WITH AFLAC









DRESS: ENTOURAGE ATHENS - SIMILAR HERE - $31   //   BAG: c/o GREGORY SYLVIA ELLINGTON - SAME HERE - $225   //   BOOTS: c/o ARIAT STAUTON - SAME HERE - $229

It seems like every time my fiance and I go house-hunting it hits us like a ton of bricks: When did we become grown-ups? You mean, we get the master bedrooms? APR stands for what? My benefits cover how much?

Sigh, now that i've had a real-world job for a few years, it's really important to know where my money is going and what i'm opting into. I'll admit - i'm awful about it, but it seems like i'm not alone.

Aflac's 2014 Open Enrollment Survey showed that 41% of employees spent 15 minutes or less researching their benefit options and 24% spent only 5 minutes or less. 

Guilty? Me too. This is coming from someone who spends an eternity researching my next vacation, Friday night's dinner plans, and even the new "based on a true story" movie. How is it possible that I have no idea what benefits I am choosing over others?

Luckily, Aflac has put together a post entitled, "One Emergency Away From Financial Disaster" outlining what it's like for a Millennial Worker's finances. There are lot's of great resources when it comes to understanding your benefits. In my experience, it's best to go straight to the source and connect with an HR professional within your company who can give you a breakdown of your benefit options and/or connect you with someone to give you more information. 

Aflac has a great resource for helping you make the decisions. Be sure to check out the Aflac WorkForces Report website for more information on open enrollment.

We've got to not only get older, but also smarter. Let's all pledge to read the fine print and get informed. 
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

LINKS I LOVE


Happy Sunday! I'm taking the day off my computer because it is my sweet fiance's birthday today! Happy birthday Teddy, I am so proud of who you are. You are such a strong man with high expectations for yourself and this world. You make your family and our love your priority. I love you more and more every day.
This week's links I love:

1. These coconut shrimp noodle bowls looked too good not to share
2. I'm obsessed with elephants, and anything gold. These trinkets are easy to DIY
3. You've probably heard about Microsoft's CEO's recent PR nightmare. Here's a great article summing up that story
4. The perfect blow-out? Easy to do at home with this tutorial
5. Harry Potter fan? Me too. If HP had snapchat literally made me "LOL"
6. Alfonso did the Carlton and nostalgia took over my body. Just watch it over and over again on repeat.
7. This video really touched my heart. I'm a huge proponent of the "Put Your Phone Away" movement, and this video is exactly why
8. This week I learned a lot about the gender pay gap and it's something really close to my heart. If you wanna learn more, this WSJ article is a great place to start
9. Homemade Biore Pore Strips from Barefoot Blonde, such a great DIY

Thursday, October 9, 2014

PINK SWEATER DRESS + LEOPARD PUMPS






DRESS: F21 - SIMILAR HERE - $87   //   HEELS: DSW - SAME HERE - $70   //   CLUTCH - SAME HERE - $5   // 
  CHAIN BIB NECKLACE (COURTNEY): PURPLE PERIDOT - SAME HERE - $26

I picked up this sweater dress almost 2 years ago from Forever21. I immediately gravitated towards the subtle color block pattern and was thrilled when I (re)discovered it - tags attached - in the back of my closet this week. Also, I seem to be getting a ton of use out of this Purple Peridot chain bib necklace! It really does go with everything, but weighs down your neck just a bit. Sigh, what can you do? Pain is beauty.
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