The Only Four Jackets You Need

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Where does your love for jackets fall on a scale of one to THEY ARE EVERYTHING?

Because for me…THEY ARE EVERYTHING.

Recently I was putting together a look in my head for an event I have coming up. I asked myself a question to help determine what look I would go with. The question I asked is one you should often ask yourself, because your answer is a great tool!

I asked myself, “What article of clothing do I feel the most ‘me’ in?”

The answer? A jacket.

So if your love for jackets couldn’t fill the ocean like mine can (ok maybe a really, really big lake), then you only need these four jackets. Otherwise, buy all the jackets!!!

The two blazers pictured are from Banana Republic (which is one of my favorite stops in West Town Mall). You don’t have to buy a pink blazer, but one that’s a pop of color would do wonders for all your neutrals. Not to mention the possibilities it holds when paired with boyfriend jeans, heels and a graphic tee.

The gingham pattern is a fun one too! Throw it over an all black ensemble with some gold jewelry and leopard heels – OH MAMA.

The denim jacket and army green casual jacket are from GAP (another great stop in the mall). Each can get thrown over a multitude of sun dresses. Which is one of my favorite ways to create a spring look…that I use well into summer. Truly, throw either of these on with most things in your closet and it will work. Especially if you’re going for the athleisure look.

I will do whatever it takes to make you a believer in the power of jackets. Start with any of these this spring and you’ll soon be salivating as you shop for them like I do! …Or…er I mean, some really crazy people do that need to calm it down…not me though. Good.

Psst: I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to jackets!! 

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Glamorous Comfort – For Your Feet!

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If anyone is willing to put up with a little discomfort in order to look good – it’s me.

I refuse to dismantle my look in anyway, no matter how painful it is, until I’m in the car. Earrings stay in. Heels stay on. Hair stays in place. I am very firm with myself on this.

Which is why, if I can find something that makes me look good without having to grin and bear it, I’m all in. Athleisure? Sign me up!

The shoes I featured on the show this week posses a balance of glamour and comfort. They all came from Dillard’s in West Town Mall. I want each pair to become a part of my life, but since that’s not feasible, I hope at least one or two pairs can become a part of yours ;)

Ok you have the shoes, now what? I believe you can easily nail the athleisure trend, with a few simple tweaks.

Also, I’ve started a new board that will help with this on Pinterest. Follow me there for more!

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Cheap + Tight: How I Made it Work Anyway

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Shop this look: Skirt | Similar Sweater | Booties

Do you remember what Forever21 was like in 2008?

It had a sparkly floor, clothing racks as far as the eye could see and a jewelry section with a giant chandelier. I would often drive three hours just to be there and gaze at all the beauty. Then I could scoop up whatever I wanted, because it was so dang cheap!

There were so many great tops and jackets (OH THE JACKETS!!).

So what’s changed?

Probably (honestly) me. I’ve watched my taste shift from trendy and cheap to craving more classic and sturdy. Like needing fiber for my closet. Good thing that doesn’t sound like I’m getting older!

Forever21 has changed too, but only because that’s the nature of their business. They’re here to provide us trends. And it seems the trend is now to wear shirts that stop half way down your torso. Yay.

I still wander in there.

I made myself a promise (you were there, it’s in a blog post somewhere) that I would always shop at Forever21 no matter my age. Because the jewelry is great. I often snag pieces that look like they came from J. Crew for less than $10.

Or hey, this skirt! It was $8.

And while it is tight (like TOO MUCH INFORMATION tight) I rose to the style challenge and made it work…for a Sunday morning…at Church!

Here’s how I did it…

Knowing the length and straightness this skirt would bring to my frame; I knew it would need to be severely balanced out with some volume. Enter: this waterfall sweater that thankfully covers my bum. That made the skirt a little less sexy office assistant and a little more mother appropriate.

You know what else would work? This vest.

Because the skirt is so long, you want something that does cover your bum, but doesn’t go much longer past that. Too much length can drag your whole frame down.

To continue the volume up top, I went with a loose gray shirt. I tucked it in for a couple of inches just to define my waist. Again: it’s all about balance and I needed to balance all of that volume I had added with a defined waist. I didn’t want to get swallowed up!

In the spring this can also work with a shorter kimono and maybe some taupe booties instead of black. Just remember…Balance is key!

And know that 30 years from now you’ll still bump into me, shopping for cheap jewelry and possibly really tight skirts ;)

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Date Night Outfit Inspiration

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Valentine’s candy may already be slapped with red clearance stickers, but that doesn’t mean you’re done with dates. Or going out at night. Or looking good in general.

Watch my segment from yesterday to get some outfit inspiration for your next night out.

It includes fabulous pieces from Fiore Boutique in West Town Mall – who happens to have 40% off jewelry and shoes this week, as well as 25% off of Pikos (whoop whoop!).

Follow me on Instagram for more outfit inspiration!

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Treat Yourself or Someone You Love

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Let’s see if we can get all of these gift ideas to fit in a love language

Just for kicks. It’s either that or fold the mountain of towels. Yeah.

By the way, all of these things can be found at West Town Mall! Which also has a Godiva Chocolate, Chocolate Monkey or (if you’re trying to win your way into my heart) an Auntie Anne’s. THOSE PRETZELS ARE AMAZING.

Francesca’s

Gifts one, two and four pictured are from this little treasure trove of a store.

So the first love language we can hit is words of affirmation. The Bestie book is perfect for that because you fill in the blanks! As a word love myself, I can see where this would make someone feel truly special.

The cutie tea diffuser that hangs on the side of your mug is a great gift for someone who loves them. And the gold cord set, well it’s gold. So you’re winning no matter what their love language.

Bath and Body Works

Four – these are bath bombs! They’re all the same size in real life, I just played around with them for the visual effect.

And they’re in all your favorite Bath and Body scents! I think this is a total tread YOURSELF gift (that I’ll be gifting myself in the near future).

They would fall in the physical touch  or quality time category. We’ll let you interpret that however you want.

Vera Bradley

Gifts five six and seven are so cute! They’re all from Vera.

Let’s get creative and say they can all be filed under acts of service. Especially if you hold the umbrella over your loved one in the rain, fill their cup up with their favorite drink and fill out some forms for them with the pens…? We’re stretching it there.

But still, all of these things are inexpensive, beautiful ways to show your friends, family and loved ones (or just YOU) how much they’re appreciated!

Get over to West Town Mall today!

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram for more fun! (links up there in the right corner)

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