Friday, August 22, 2014

fall must-haves 2014: cozy sweaters!

Between boots, jeans and sweaters it is impossible to decide which is my favorite item to purchase each fall - it's a three way tie… and since we've already talked about fall trends for jeans this year (here and here) I am excited to dig into sweaters next.

What is more fun that cozying up in a brand new sweater in the fall? Not much in my book.  This season I am drawn to creamy whites, cozy grays and classic carmel hues.  They go perfect with boots and flats and are easy to throw on for cool and crisp fall days.

Here are my top picks and some suggestions on how to style them as well… happy sweater shopping!

above: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven

Thursday, August 21, 2014

fall must haves 2014: high-rise jeans!

Every fall I take some time to outline some of the trends I am most looking forward to wearing this season… new styles and trends are everywhere from the runways, to the magazines, to your favorite stores these days. But with this series here on the blog I really try to break it down into truly wearable trends, those that you will feel comfortable and confident in.  And also trends that hopefully will stand the test of time - or at least more than one season.  I really want to seek out the pieces that you will love wearing (and wearing, and wearing).

So when you first read "high-rise jeans" you were all probably like "what is she thinking!?!?".  But bear with me here!  I promise these babies are worth trying.  High- or even mid-rise jeans are making a comeback and they really are worth checking out.  The number one reason? Usually our waist is the smallest part of our torso… and along the past few years the waist has been completely forgotten amidst low rise jeans.  What a shame! It's time to bring the waist back.  And the best news about high- and mid-rise jeans is that they virtually BANISH the muffin top and can really suck in the lower belly portion of our body that after having kids can be a really trouble area.  Low-rise jeans can just let all that junk hang out sometimes… so why not switch up?  Don't just take my word for it… head on out to the fitting rooms and give them a try this fall!

Here are my top picks for the high-rise jean this fall…
above: one, two, three, four, five, six

So what do you think… will you maybe give this trend a try? 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

fall must haves 2014: loafers!

Loafer style shoes are so classic for fall and this season there are some great loafer-inspired styles that I am really loving.  While it will be sad to see sandals go along with the excuse that a pedicure is absolutely necessary this time of year - these cute shoes make me okay with putting my toes under wrap until spring.

Loafers are this season's must-have flat shoe. I love how they can be dressed up or down… you can wear them weekends and to the office and just about everywhere in between.

above: one, two, three, four, five, six

Loafers can add a great sophisticated vibe to a simple sweater and jeans combo… or are fun to pair with a dress and leather jacket for a weekend look.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

my everyday style: scalloped shorts three ways!

These scalloped shorts were love at first sight and love at first wear.  The sweet little scallop at the bottom hem makes for a fun addition to any outfit.   I know that this time of year the blog is a little schizophrenic… one day I'm talking about fall sweaters and the next I am wearing shorts.  So bear with me here, because while I am shopping for fall now (my absolute favorite!) there is still plenty of time to don our favorite summer pieces.  The warm weather even in Michigan is sticking around for a while.

Here I styled these shorts into three fun looks… one a little more dressed up and perfect for a date night, one a perfect weekend layered look and one a perfect everyday look with a chambray top.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

top look:
Peplum Top, J.Crew Factory (similar or similar)
Necklace, J.Crew (similar or similar)
Sandals, J.Crew (similar or similar less expensive)

middle look:
Denim Jacket, American Eagle - ℅ (old, but similar)
"hello" tee, J.Crew (similar, similar or similar SUPER cute)
Sneakers, Superga

bottom look:
Chambray Top, J.Crew
Sandals, Loeffler Randal via - ℅

Scalloped Shorts, Gap (similar or similar)

Monday, August 18, 2014

fall must haves 2014: grey-black jeans!

Fall is knocking on our doors and while it's sad to see the lazy days of summer go… fall clothes always seem to make up for it.  For the next few weeks I'll review what's on my "must-haves" list for fall and showcase my top picks for those trends and offer a few tips on how to style them as well.  

Today I am featuring grey/black jeans… and this is one trend that I am super excited about this fall. I am a tried and true blue jean lover, but this season I am excited to try out hues in greys and blacks and in between.  These styles seem to be popping up at a lot of retailers lately and I love the laid-back rocker chic vibe these jeans exude.   And while jeans are always "in" every fall - it's fun to have a new style to add to my wardrobe.

What are you thinking of the grey/black jeans trend… you in? 
above: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight

Grey jeans mix and match with the other neutrals in your closet to make sophisticated looks for everyday wear. I love the idea of pairing grey or black jeans with camel, leopard, burgundy and gold accents for fall.
(above: jeans, sweater, shoes, bag, rings)

 Stay tuned for more must-haves over the coming days! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

cheap thrills for fall with Forever 21!

Who doesn't love a rock bottom bargain from time to time? I always like to look in at Forever 21 a couple times a year to see what fun pieces they are offering for the season.  While I try to keep my wardrobe minimalist and high quality there is always room for a fun find at a really great price.

Checking out F21's site most recently I was pleasantly surprised to see some really classic pieces in great silhouettes for fall.  Any of these pieces I would be thrilled to add to my closet and all of them would be really versatile for fall.  Don't you think?

1. nude flats 2. dolman sweater (I can never have enough of these) 3. navy blazer (love the cut on this) 4. open front duster jacket (LOVE!) 5. baseball tee 6. striped scarf 7. chevron necklace (obsessed) 8. midi ring set (new fascination of mine) 9. black d'orsay flats 10. tote

And the best thing… shopping online allows you to skip that terribly loud music in store (am I alone?!? I can hardly think straight with music at that volume! Or am I showing my age!?!?).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

my everyday style: washed out!

One sure thing (out of the million things) I will miss about summer? White.  Sure there are "winter whites" and I have been known to indulge in them… but white is the ultimate neutral all summer and I rely on it heavily for my everyday outfits.

I love that I can pair all these "washed out" colors together and make an outfit out them.  No browns, blacks or burgundy's are necessary.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)
Shorts, Old Navy - ℅ old (similar)
Chambray Top, J.Crew Factory
Sweater, J.Crew (similar)
Sandals, Loeffler Randal via - ℅ (in gold, silver, or two-tone)
Watch, Daniel Wellington - ℅ 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

personal style: find yours!

Finding your personal style is the key to making your style and your closet work for you.  It can really focus your spending and shopping habits; making for an easier getting dressed experience each day.  For my on-going personal style series I like to focus on 5 different types of styles and then give examples of what those styles might look like and how to achieve the look.  

As we focus on the end of summer and the beginning of fall, simple and transitional pieces are key… shorts and dresses are on their way out, but tons of layers aren't necessary yet.  Here I broke down my five favorite styles.  Often times our styles will overlap a little or we will find that we relate to two types of styles.  That is totally normal and gives your style it's own personal flair.  For more of these types of posts click here for the archives… or find great resources on my Pinterest boards as well: boho, casual, classic, modern, preppy.

Boho is carefree and relaxed, often overtly feminine and plays off of lots of unique details to make this look successful.  Details like lace, floral and fringe can be added with closet basics like white tees and denim shorts to pull off this look.
get the boho look: jeans, tee, bag, shoes, sunglasses, ring (image)

Laid back and relaxed pieces define casual style.  Sweatshirts, relaxed cuts of denim and simplicity make this look work.  To make this look successful make sure pieces are well fitting and add in a refined piece like a watch or jacket to still look relaxed and pulled together.
get the casual look: jeans, tee, sunglasses, sandals, bag (image)

 Beautiful pieces that stand the test of time make for classic style.  Leopard, denim, oxfords and accessory staples like flats and simple jewelry create a classic wardrobe. Simplicity and beauty is key.
get the classic look: jeans, top, sunglasses, flats, lip gloss (image)

Modern style takes the classics and adds a little trend to them to make them pop.  So revisions on the classics with a trendy feel will pull off the modern style.  Think classic black dresses in new silhouettes or trendy accessories like the hottest shoes and purses paired with gorgeous basics. 
get the modern look: jeans, jacket, tee, clutch, shoes (image)

Preppy style is similar to classic style in that the pieces and looks are timeless, but preppy tends towards a more collegiate or nautical style alongside the classics.  Think stripes, East Coast flair, layers, plaids, reds/blues/whites/pinks and a monogram or two.
get the preppy look: jeans, sweatshirt, denim shirt, hat, flats (image)

What personal style(s) do you most relate to?  Lately I've been feeling the casual/classic feel.  But my style often changes!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

my everyday style: looking and feeling great in your #favoritebra with Kohl's!

Is there one look that always makes you look and feel great? One that instantly puts a little pep in your step?

For me that look is a striped top, jeans and flats. I could wear this type of combination endlessly.  Whenever I pull this type of outfit out of my closet I feel like I have the day "off" from deciding what to wear, you know? Keeping this look pulled together and beautiful requires the right under-pinnings as well though right… you know that one bra that looks great with t-shirts and is comfortable to wear all day?  Yeah, we ladies need to make sure that we are covered in that department as well.

Kohl's has you covered… with tons of brands and selections and even personalized bra fitting services you are sure to find the perfect bra to go with your favorite outfit.  I recently shopped their intimates section and was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful selection.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit details:
Striped top, J.Crew (similar or similar)
Jeans, Gap (or similar and similar)
Clutch, J.Crew Factory (similar)
Flats, Madewell - on sale! (similar or similar)

(above photo by me)
Here are just a few of the favorites I found, from top down: pink lace bra, white lace bra, black bra, nude chevron bra

(this post was sponsored by Kohl's but all opinions are my own)

Monday, August 11, 2014

on trend for fall with Piperlime!

When the season changes I always am curious to see how the new trends will be presented and how they will actually play out. What we see on the runways is not usually the exact translation to the stores each fall. A healthy balance between trend, beauty and sophistication is what I look for when I am shopping the seasonal trends.  While I love the classic and timeless pieces in my closet - those with a touch of trend always keep things feeling new and exciting when getting dressed each day.  Piperlime always showcases the best of the trends without going completely overboard. Their shoe & handbag selection is one of the best online in my opinion.  I love that they carefully curate their stock, rather than having 100 million boots to choose from for fall they pare it down to a manageable number to search while still having plenty of selection.  Today they are having a 25% off sale of select fall must-haves - so here are my picks… but check out their sale picks as well!

Fall is a great time to invest in boots, bags, new jackets and denim… this list reflects that.  Spending a little more money on these pieces will always be worth the investment in the long run, in my opinion.

Friday, August 8, 2014

on my radar… August!

Who's excited!?!? Fall items are hitting the shelves at your favorite retailers and I'm giddy at the thought of it.  I plan on doing my usual seasonal posts featuring the best of the season and the must-haves but in the meantime… here are a few things that have already caught my eye.

leather bag: this bag is gorgeous and also comes in navy (!!) and the price, well, it can't be beat.

orsay flats: J.Crew finally is jumping on the bandwagon with this style and of course, it's beautifully executed.

j'adore tee: you have to check out these graphic tees from Old Navy - spot on for style and price!

surplus coat: this coat is gorgeous. I have an ongoing affair with army style jackets and since I already own two, I probably don't need another… but this one. Love it.

mixed media sweater: I don't want to think about sweater season, but at the same time this sweater is making me very excited for it. Part sweater, part oxford. My kind of sweater!

black grey skinny jeans: I'm not much of a black jean gal - but I'm kind of craving a pair for this fall. Are you a fan of the grey/black jean? 

track pants: hello comfort and style! If 'they' say cozy pants are in style, who's to argue right? Can you see yourself wearing this trend this fall? I may have to try it.

gorjana necklace: I'm having a moment with delicate jewelry lately. They are so fun to wear and layer. Rocks Box successfully got me hooked on Gorjana.  Eek! They are a touch on the pricey side but so so gorgeous!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

my everyday style: summer whites!

This blog is always evolving and part of me still doesn't know what I want to do when I grow up.  Will I be blogging forever? Is this a viable career going forward? What the hell is a blog anymore even? There are always questions about the future of blogging and where I will be in five years swirling around in my head. But one thing that I always (read: usually, I still suffer with moments of self-doubt) know is that where I am now is exactly where I am supposed to be.  Even though the "now" is always changing.

Wardrobe consults and wardrobe styling clients have been a common thread throughout most of my blogging career.  What started out as one random reader asking for help with her work wardrobe over 5 years ago (5 years!!! 5 years???) has been an amazing experience for me and hopefully readers and clients too.  Even when I decided to take time off from taking new clients there were still emails of the loyal ones wanting services.  It's always felt right to offer these services because you readers always wanted them.

Recently I was introduced to Keaton Row that brings together wardrobe stylists (like me) with people that want a little help in the wardrobe department (maybe like you).  I can offer these services FREE to you through Keaton Row and even mentor other ladies that want to start their own wardrobe styling services.  The way Keaton Row works is a little different than how I have done consults in the past so some of my clients may not like it - although it's hard not to love!  But the fact that it is free will be a huge opportunity to work with a lot more of you on a regular basis and maybe even help those of you that were hesitant to pay for my services.  So I'm going to give Keaton Row a try AND keep my regular consult program going too.  If this is a service you are interested in you can decide which way works best for you.  I am truly excited to work with MORE ladies this way and to have an opportunity to work with you on a more regular basis as well.  I think it's really a win-win for my readers and clients.  I highly suggest you head over there and check it out!  If you have any questions, always feel free to email or leave a comment!

None of this has anything to do with this outfit… summer whites for the win! That's all I'm saying about this look!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Jeans, Gap (or similar)
Bag, J.Crew "Tillary" tote (old - but similar or similar)