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Bundled but not frumpy

I know it’s hard to get motivated to come up with a new outfit idea when its under 20 degrees outside, so I decided to share this one for some inspiration.  My first reaction when I see temperatures below freezing is to say “forget it” and throw on my coziest cable knit sweater over jeans and call it a day.  However, I was feeling particularly motivated this morning to come up with something that would keep me warm, but without the “frump”.

Here is all you need:

Denim shirt – I recommend these:HERE, HERE and HERE.

Grey Cashmere V Neck Sweater – I recommend these: HERE, HERE and HERE.

Black Skinny Ponte Pants – I recommend these: HERE, HERE & HERE.

Brown Knee High Boots – I recommend these: HERE, HERE & HERE.

Now, here is the secret to staying super warm in this outfit.  Underneath everything, add in:

Black or Neutral Opaque Tights (sheer ones don’t give you much warmth and knit ones might not fit under your pants)

Black Long Sleeved V Neck Tight Shirt

These two items will not cause a lot of bulk, but will add the extra layer you need to keep warm, while still looking cute!

Bundled not Frumpy

Bundled not Frumpy

 

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Express Mint Ballet Flats Review

I recently acquired a Rebecca Minkoff wristlet in “baby blue” (it’s really more of a mint color as you can see in the picture) and decided that I needed some matching ballet flats for Spring.  After scouring the net, I found this pair at Express that seemed to match and were also super affordable – only $34.90 here.  The color is really close to that of the wristlet, and they are very comfortable.  The pointy toe is a bit witch like, but it also makes them more interesting than most round-toed flats I own.  Pics below.

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

 

Rebecca Minkoff Wristlett and Express Mint Ballet Flats

Rebecca Minkoff Wristlett and Express Mint Ballet Flats

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Steve Madden Women’s Abonita Ankle Boot Review

Just got home from work to a wonderful surprise: My Steve Madden Abonita boots just arrived 🙂  They really do look a lot like the Rag & Bone Newbury boots.  The heel is a great height for walking around in, while still giving you a bit of height.  They also have a nice, small ankle opening, which I find hard to find in ankle boots.  Most of the ones I try on have a huge opening that moves around when you walk and looks weird with skinny jeans or shorts.  They are on sale on Amazon for $99 right now.  I highly recommend as a wardrobe staple this year!

Steve Madden Women's Abonita Ankle Boot

Steve Madden Women’s Abonita Ankle Boot

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Rag & Bone Newbury Look Alikes

Trend: Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

It’s pretty obvious why celebs like Sienna Miller, Rachel Bilson and Nikki Reed can’t get enough of these adorable booties.  They are so versatile and easy to wear with thier mid-sized heel and simple design.  Since I am not willing to drop $500 on shoes, I found a few “look alikes” listed below.  I put in links to the originals, the mid-grade look alike (Steve Madden’s that I actually purchased today) and the super-cheap versions that give you the look without the price.

Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Available at:

Shopbop

Nieman Marcus

Nordstrom

Sienna Miller in Rag & Bone Newberry Booties

Sienna Miller

Rachel Bilson in Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Rachel Bilson

Nikki Reed in Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Nikki Reed

The ones I bought:

Steve Madden Partenon Ankle Boot

Steve Madden Partenon Ankle Boot

Best Value:

Go Jane Buckled Booties

Go Jane Buckled Booties

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Winter Accessories: 49 Styles (Under $100!) To Change Up Your Look Fashion: glamour.com

Winter Accessories: 49 Styles (Under $100!) To Change Up Your Look Fashion: glamour.com.

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Kensie Open Cardigans

An absolute must have item for the transition from Winter into Spring is the open cardigan. I decided to go with two neutral and wearable colors: Black & Oatmeal.  I purchased these two cardigans last week from Kensie.com (with an extra 20% off discount that ended on Feb 1).

I was very impressed with the ordering process through the Kensie.com site.  They processed the order quickly & kept me notified about when my shipment would arrive.  It is actually surprising to me how many online retailers keep you in the dark about where your orders is.  Anyway, I ordered a small (which is what I normally wear) and it fits perfectly.  The material is very good quality and the sweater is nice and thick.  It has light ribbing on the inner arms and pockets which are super convenient.  The rolled hem and draped fit make it stylish but simple.  This sweater is also available in “neutral” which looks like a light cream color in the pictures.  I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a basic cardigan to transition their wardrobe from winter into spring.

Kensie SOFT COTTON LONG CARDIGAN - $19.99

Kensie SOFT COTTON LONG CARDIGAN - $19.99

The second cardigan I got from Kensie was this soft cotton blend one in a size Large.  They were out of all the other sizes so I decided to give the large a try.  After trying it on, I realized that it fits just like the small.  Good for me, but I worry about anyone who normally wears a large.  There is literally no difference between the way the small black one fits and the way this oatmeal colored large one fits.  The draping on this one is a bit different than the black one.  It has more of a waterfall effect in the front and the ribbing on the sleeves goes from the cuff to the mid forearm.  This one does not have pockets, but fits very nicely and is extremely comfortable.  It is only available in “oatmeal” but it is a very neutral color that fits nicely into the nude color themes for Spring.

Kensie SOFT COTTON BLEND CARDIGAN - $19.99

Kensie SOFT COTTON BLEND CARDIGAN - $19.99

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4 ways to wear your chambray shirt

One of the hottest, must have items for the Fall was the chambray shirt.  So, how can you take this wardrobe essential and refresh it for Spring?

Take some hints from these 4 looks:

Look 1: This simple yet flirty look pairs the shirt with short black shorts, opaque tights and flat, brown, lace up boots.  The emphasis here is on the legs, so keep the shirt buttoned all the way up.


Image from Lookbook.nu user Nicole F.

Look 2: Take a more feminine approach by layering your chambray shirt over a floral blouse and using a skinny belt to accentuate your waistline.  Relaxed fit, faded jeans and some platform wedge sandals complete this soft spring look.

Chambray shirt with jeans

Image from Lookbook.nu user Nicole F.

Look 3: Mix preppy with flirty by layering a striped, scoop neck sweater over your chambray shirt.  A floral pleated skirt and strappy sandals complete this springtime look.

Poet Skirt

Image from Madewell.com

Look 4: Class it up with high waisted, pleated shorts or trousers and a tucked in blouse.  The chambray shirt acts as a casual accent and gives the look just the edge it needs.

Wayward Jean Shirt in Dynamo Wash

Image from Madewell.com

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Short Story

One must have for the upcoming spring season is a pair of high waisted shorts. Not only can you pair them with feminine blouses for a fun and flirty look, but you can also wear them to work paired with a simple tank, your favorite blazer and some hight heeled booties.

I got this great piece of style inspiration from ShopBop‘s new splash graphic today featuring 3 great short suiting looks:

Here are some great deals on high waisted shorts for spring:

Vero Moda High Waisted Shorts at ASOS - $22.41

Vero Moda High Waisted Shorts at ASOS - $22.41

High Waisted Wool Blend Trouser Short at Forever21 - $22.80

High Waisted Wool Blend Trouser Short at Forever21 - $22.80

Shorts Off-Season Adventure Shorts at ModCloth - $29.99

Shorts Off-Season Adventure Shorts at ModCloth - $29.99

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Karen Millen Pinstripe Suit Pants for $34!

Originally $199, these clean cut suit pants are available in a size 2 for only $34.  If that isn’t a steal, I don’t know what is.

Karen Millen Pinstripe Pants for $34!

Karen Millen Pinstripe Pants for $34!

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Blanket Cardigans

While browsing through Piperlime’s Sale Section this morning, I happened to run across Splendid blanket cardigans on sale for $76.99.

Splendid Blanket Cardigan

Splendid Blanket Cardigan

Available in 2 very neutral and versatile colors of grayish blue, these cardigans are great transition pieces for spring.  If you live anywhere in the northern US, you know that it stays pretty cold through about mid April.  Blanket cardigans provide a good amount of warmth in the winter, but are also very drapey and flowy, fitting nicely into many layered spring looks.  The great thing about this blanket cardigan in particular is that it has a single button closure at the left shoulder, allowing for even more styling possibilities.

Winter Styling: Pair with medium-dark skinny jeans, a navy or black fitted sweater, grey booties and an accent scarf.

Standerd Medium Dark Skinny Jeans at Lonnys

Standerd Medium Dark Skinny Jeans at Lonnys - $54

Solid Sweater Tunic at Forever21

Solid Sweater Tunic at Forever21 - $15.80

Slouchy Leatherette Bootie at GoJane

Slouchy Grey Bootie at GoJane - $19.95

a windy day with winston plaid scarf from Ruche.com

a windy day with winston plaid scarf from Ruche.com - $14.99

Spring Styling: Pair with lighter, flared jeans, an ivory or pale pink shirt, nude heels and a pale pink handbag

Raven Daphne Jeans in Thompson at NationalJeanCompany

Raven Daphne Jeans in Thompson at NationalJeanCompany - $98

ASOS Lace Trim Pintuck Cami

Lace Trim Pintuck Cami at ASOS - $25.86

Classic Medium Heels at Forever21

Classic Medium Heels at Forever21 - $20.80

Pink Satchel at YesStyle

Masstige Pink Satchel at YesStyle - $85.50

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