Thursday, December 18, 2014

obsessed with: red plaid!

For me a simple red plaid top or scarf wraps up the cozy and festive feelings of the winter and holiday season all into one.  Layering up with plaid is one of my favorite ways to dress in the winter.  Here I rounded up several plaid looks from the archives for inspiration on how to style your red plaid pieces this winter.

Shop a few of my favorite red plaid picks below!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

three ways to style your LBD this winter!

A LBD (little black dress) is a classic wardrobe staple that can get your through all your holiday wardrobe needs.  A little black dress can be styled up or down for the holiday parties on your schedule large or small and even through Christmas into New Years. Here I styled it up three fun ways… and BONUS! These great dresses are all UNDER $20 - can you believe it? So snag one now and you will be set for the holidays!




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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

my everyday style: fully vested!

Vests are the perfect alternative to jackets on winter days.  They layer well, can go under a heavy winter coat… and really spruce up the whole sweater and jeans or in this case, sweatshirt and jeans combo that I tend to gravitate to each fall and winter. 

Here I paired an army inspired vest with a faux fur shawl and voila! Not only does this vest have new life… (see how I wore it here this past summer) but so does this sweatshirt (which I have worn before here).  

Maybe you've realized, or I know I've said it before, this blog is less about showing off new clothes or the new styles of the season (which I DO love to do!) and more about showing how your closet can be versatile from one week to the next or even one season to the next.  I don't believe that "fall" clothes or "winter" clothes always have to fit into that one season.  The more you can make pieces bend and stretch to your will all year long, the more wear you can get out of them.  Thus, making your entire wardrobe not only a good value or return on your money but also making your clothes a fun and rewarding part of your day.  Like I've always said: getting dressed each morning should be fun!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Faux Fur Shawl, Asos (similar, similar or similar)
Vest, Old Navy ℅ - old (similar or similar)
Jeans, AG
Boots, Sam Edelman (similar or similar or similar)
Lace Sweatshirt, LOFT (similar or similar)
Sunglasses, Warby Parker
Bracelet, Banana Republic - on sale!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

last minute stocking stuffers!

Can you believe there are only 10 (ten!) days until Christmas!?! Crazy! I'm almost done with my shopping, I just still need to fill in a few blanks here and there with some small stocking stuffers.  And let's all agree that by now we've spent some major cash and it's time to start dwindling down the spending, amiright ladies!?!?

Just for that reason I have a bounty of the perfect stocking stuffers all at $25 and under! Just perfect…

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Friday, December 12, 2014

my everyday style: bundled up!

Every now and again I like to bust out a monochromatic look and since I'm not exactly the queen of color these days - neutrals are the way to go.   Here I paired cream and camel hues together for a cozy winter monochromatic look and I really liked the result.

Winter has been pretty kind to us so far (except that big 3 foot of snow storm in November, which has since melted) and it's been fun to experiment with two or three layers instead of the standard five to six layers that it seems is necessary to keep warm in winter.  It's always surprising to me how warm a vest can be and paired with a cozy sweater and scarf it was nice to be warm enough to ditch a coat for a bit.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Scarf, J.Crew Factory (similar less expensive)
Vest, J.Crew Factory (or similar)
Sweater, J.Crew Factory - on sale! (or similar - also on sale!)
Ankle Boots, Sam Edelman (similar or similar)
Bag, J.Crew (similar or similar)

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Thursday, December 11, 2014


I have a serious obsession with anything bejeweled lately. See exhibit A and exhibit B.  Could it be the holidays? Or the grey winter days?  It must be.  Either way, I've been drawn to any sparkle I find these days.

Here are a few of my favorites these days…

(click the photo to shop!)

1. jeweled sweatshirt 2. jeweled dolman top - on sale! 3. jeweled raglan - on sale!

4. grey jeweled hat 5. jeweled fingerless gloves - on sale! 6. white jeweled hat - on sale!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

my everyday style: winter classics!

I love nothing more than throwing a bunch of classic wardrobe pieces together to create an everyday look.  The result is always simple but sophisticated.  And let's be honest: way, way too easy! Who doesn't love a look that comes together in a snap?  I seem to have a major obsession with black pumps lately (see Pinterest for proof) and really, why not? They look great with just about everything and really dress up even the simplest of looks.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Faux Fur Infinity Cowl, LOFT (old, but similar or similar)
Blazer, Forever 21 - ℅ (similar or similar)
Striped Top, Gap (old, but similar or similar)
Waxed Jeans, Gap (similar or similar)
Bow Pumps, Sole Society
Earrings, Kendra Scott
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What to wear to holiday parties!

It's that time of year… if you haven't already squeezed in a holiday party or two, you are likely to attend  one very, very soon!  If you are asking yourself what to wear to all your holiday parties… today I've got answers! I always find that a little bling, a little plaid, a little red or a cozy sweater dressed up are always no-fail outfits solutions for any holiday party! Here are three outfits for any occasion the holidays may bring you.

the office party:

Christmas eve:

cocktails with friends:

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday window inspiration with Nordstrom: home for the holidays!

Growing up in the Chicago area, a natural yearly tradition was visiting the city to look at the holiday windows.  The magic and style of the season was wrapped up with a bow in each and every window we would visit.  Each would send you to a magical world of holiday perfection.  Even still I love to visit those windows in Chicago and recently did it with my children, who I hope will remember it as fondly as I do.

Nordstrom asked me to create my perfect holiday window and being the homebody that I am I knew instantly what my inspiration would be: the home.  While I love getting fancy and hitting the town for holiday fun and family gatherings, to me the most special time of the year is the quiet moments at home with the ones I love.  Snuggling up in bed to watch a beloved classic Christmas movie, sitting by the fire by the light of the Christmas tree and reading, a night in primping and prepping to look my best for the holiday season or watching the fireworks from the comfort of my own bed on New Years Eve… this homebody loves to hunker down and create special holiday memories from the comfort of my own home.  To me the holidays means "home."

I hope you enjoy my dream Nordstrom holiday window… I sure wouldn't mind spending a night or two in it myself!

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This post was sponsored by Nordstrom and Shopstyle. All opinions are my own. 
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Friday, December 5, 2014

my everyday style: flannel for the win!

I never was a super huge fan of flannel until this top came along (plaid, yes; flannel, meh)… but this is the softest and most flattering flannel I've ever laid eyes on or wore.  Yes, flattering! It's thin and the shirt is cut just right.  I seriously wear this top all the time! (I even wore in on Instagram yesterday, here! Also, seen here…)

For this outfit I layered it up with a cropped sweater - there are literally a million ways to wear this plaid flannel top and I plan on finding out all the variations! ;)

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Sunglasses, Warby Parker
Sweater, Banana Republic
Flats, Dolce Vita
Bag, Madewell (similar)

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

holiday gift guide! (for the guys!)

I've got one last gift guide for you this season ladies (unless I am missing someone… is there someone I am missing?).  Today I've got gifts for all the guys in your life… gifts for your husband, uncle, grandfather, brother, boyfriend… you get the idea.  Here are the ultimate holiday gifts for the guys in your life.

I think we can all agree that often times the guys can be a little tough to buy for. They can be picky or swear they don't need anything (like my husband).  You know how it goes ladies.  I tend to go for the more practical gifts, because guys - at least the guys in my life - tend to be more of the practical variety. And hey, they may never say they need a new wallets, sneakers or hat. But you ladies know it might be JUST the thing they want!

These gift picks are just the type of things that my husband would totally dig for gifts… I'm hoping the guys in your life would love them too!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

my everyday (holiday!) style: leather dresses with!

This is the second (vegan) leather dress that I have come to own this fall/winter and I have to say… I am hooked!  Leather dresses have new style and appeal this season and they are absolutely perfect for holiday wear!  I love this one with it's leather paillette detailing - it is the perfect dress for the holidays and beyond.  Here I paired it with a faux fur stole scarf, but you could style this so many ways… with a blazer, a denim jacket, a plaid scarf, a bold necklace… the options are endless.

I am positive this dress will get tons of wear this season.  Today I am teaming up with to feature all the great leather dresses they have this holiday season… you are sure to find one you love!

Dress, BB Dakota via - ℅ 
Faux Fur Stole Scarf, Asos (similar or similar or similar)
Clutch, J.Crew Factory
Earrings, J.Crew (similar)
Shoes, Sole Society

For the rest of my leather dress picks at - shop below!  There are so many gorgeous dresses here and all at AMAZING prices!!!

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