Flouncing Into Fall

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Flouncing Into Fall

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Is anybody else layered up this morning?  Whew!  It is cold here in Bham!  Fall has finally arrived.

But, the best thing about Fall in the south is that by afternoon, the weather is absolutely perfect.

This past weekend was no different.  We loved getting out and enjoying the beauty all around us!

Bama Belle all the way, friends.

This past weekend, I took the kiddos out for a tour of some of the iconic spots in our town.

Amongst other fun things, we spent a good bit of time oohing and ahhing over the legendary Alabama Theatre Sign.

We’ve seen this sign so many times before, but something about having the whole street pretty much to yourself on a quiet weekend makes it magical.

Confession: we stood in the middle of the street and pretended like we owned the place.

#NoRegrets.

In fact, wherever you are from, take a weekend and go explore your own town.

Stand in the middle of the street and act like you run the show.

Because who is going to tell you that you don’t…?  Except for that policeman posted up outside the landmarks…but as it turns out, these guys are super awesome and kind.

Not tellin’ you how I know this.  Just trust me

I promise you won’t be disappointed by the rush this little activity gives you.

And next time I’m drivin’ downtown on a slow weekend day, I promise not to run over you as you bask in all your glory! 😉

If you are from Alabama, you may have heard that this iconic sign is about to be removed and the actual original sign will take its place.

SO…if you want some memories with this beauty, get out and snag some pics while you can!

I love this red ruffle number.  Is anyone really surprised?!?

With the holidays right around the corner, this look would be perfect for a holiday party, cocktail party or night out on the town!

I paired this look with my all time fave leopard heels for that extra special pop.

Because, don’t forget… leopard is a neutral! 😉

I didn’t choose to wear any earring with this so I wouldn’t take away from the drama of those red ruffles!

But you could totally rock any pair you wanted with this, even another pop of color if you wish!

This whole outfit came in for under $ 60!  And the best part is that those leopard pumps will get put to realllly good use now that those temps have plunged.

In fact, they may even show up next week… 😉

NOTE: As always, sharing fashion inspiration with y’all is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16

What fashion pieces are you playing dress up with in your closet this week?  Please share in the comments!

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Fab FriYAY Five

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Fab FriYAY Five is a weekly listing of my five favorite products, verses, quotes, crafts or ideas of the week – hope you will discover some new favorite items, too!

Today, I am sharing my 5 fave looks for one of the biggest trends of the season: VELVET!

(1) Ruffled Velvet Heels Have you ever seen a richer, more beautiful hue on a shoe?!?

Seriously though, these are a must for the Fall… you could dress these up or down!

Photo: Forever 21

(2) Embroidered Velvet Purse – My obsession for purses continues…

Embroidery has been trending since early spring, and it appears it will follow through into the fall.  Hooray!

This elegant handbag is a perfect way to embrace the trend without overwhelming your look!

Photo: Forever 21

(3) Violet Palazzo Jumpsuit Take all my money, people.  Velvet + Jumpsuit = Literally what I dream about at night…

Photo: Forever 21

(4) Velvet Bow Flat I mean…come on.  Bows make everything better!

Photo: Forever 21

(5) Floral Velvet Open Shoulder Top – You are nailing two trends with this beauty!  Open Shoulder + Velvet = Fall Perfection!

Photo: Forever 21

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

What were some of your favorite products this week? Please share in the comments!

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Belle of the Bow

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Belle of the Bow

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You can find my top HERE.

We haven’t had a wardrobe post in a while, but this weather has gotten me in a fashion frenzy…good and bad.  Allow me to explain…

See, when the weather does this every year (one day I’m laying out on the back deck praying for a golden glow, the next I’m burying myself under quilts and sipping on hot chocolate), I get fashstrated.  That’s frustrated in the world of fashion… Ok.  I made that up.  Stay with me…

I mean.  What do you wear?!?  I’m not a layers girl, per se.  I like for my outfit to stand on its own without having to ditch a cardigan here, pick up a faux fur there… you feel me?!?

So, when the style masterminds announced that the “feminine” trend was coming in strong this year, I literally did a happy dance.

Bows.  Ruffles.  Flounce hemlines.  Yep.  They are all. the. rage.  Rejoice with me?  Yes?

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Bow blouses are the answer to our in-betweeny-weenie weather fashstration, ladies!!

(1) They are the perfect weight = warm enough to ditch a jacket, but cool enough to let in that refreshing breeze.

(2) The bow adds a feminine detail without punching you in the face with over-the-top girly girl.

(3) The detailing screams “put together” without even having to try.

(4) The silhouette looks good on EVERY body type!

and, as if we need any other reason…

(5) They are currently major ON Trend.

Oh, and another thing, these blouses are super affordable, too…

Pair a bow blouse with a jumper like I did, or throw it on with a pair of dress pants or even jeans!  The options are endless!

Here are some options of bow blouses I LOVE: HERE; HERE and a sleeveless one HERE.

Bows aren’t just for babies anymore, friends.  Hop on this look and you can be the Belle of the Bow, too 😉

NOTE: As always, fashion is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b

Is the bow trend your thing?  Why / Why not?  What are your secrets to in-between weather?

Please share in the comments!

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Bootie, Bootie, Bootie Rockin’ Everywhere…

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Bootie, Bootie, Bootie Rockin’ Everywhere…

I LOVE a good bootie, don’t you?!?

Made ya look! HAHA!  I thought we needed some levity this week from all the seriousness that pervades our inboxes, our timelines and our screens these days…

It’s Fall Y’all and it’s time to celebrate with chunky knit sweaters, buffalo plaid and BOOTIES!!!

This week I am sharing my top 5 picks for the best booties this Fall…and, because I’m all about “Chic for Less” these booties are all under $90 and most of them are under $50 (or at least they were when I made this post)!!!  Combine these insane prices with some coupons and you really will be rockin’ your bootie(s) everywhere 😉

(1) Steve Madden Baine Bootie in Cognac:

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(2) Impo Panama Bootie in Red:

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 (3) NY&C Faux Suede Scrunch Booties in Black

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(4) Audrey Brooke Angie Tan Bootie

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(5) Michael Antonio Jessika Western Bootie

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What are your favorite shoes for Fall?  Please share in the comments!

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Demystifying Dressy Casual

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Demystifying Dressy Casual

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So you get an invite in the mail and the attire reads: Dressy Casual… dun dun dun.  The dreaded wardrobe designation.  What the heck is dressy casual?  Is it dressy?  Is it casual? How can you be both at the same time?  AHHH!

The art of dressy casual is the ability to appear completely put together without all the fuss.

Have no fear…here are two outfit suggestions to take the guesswork out of the ever popular, yet mind-numbingly frustrating, wardrobe request….

OUTFIT # 1

Simple turtleneck with wide-leg dark wash denim trousers and a statement necklace:

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Turtleneck: old, but similar HERE; Wide-leg denim trousers: NY&Company;

Leopard heels: Express – old, but amazing option HERE

NOTE about “Dressy” Jeans: The wide-leg trouser jean is your best bet when looking for a “dressy” jean.  You can totally dress up other styles of jeans as well…see my earlier post HERE for ideas on that.  However, trouser jeans come with a “I’m-dressier-than-your-average-jean” feel built right in.

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Statement Necklace: Initial Outfitters – old, but similar HERE and HERE

OUTFIT # 2

Statement Blazer paired with black ankle pants and some jazzy heels:

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 Floral Jacquard Blazer: Banana Republic; Black Ankle Pants: NY&Company;

Statement Heels: old boutique purchase – similar HERE

There are several other ways to take a statement blazer and make it the star of your “dressy casual” show.  See a post about that HERE.

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I love extra touches in life.  Flowers for no reason.  A hug just because.  Love it.  Big fan.

I also LOVE extra touches in outfits.  The blazer you see pictured does not have any form of closure but I wanted a tailored look for the event I attended.  Enter: brooch.  This particular brooch is extra-special to me because it is reminiscent of one my grandmother used to wear.  It served two purposes for me that evening: (1) utility in fastening my coat and (2) that extra touch of “bling.”

What are your go-to “dressy casual” staples?

Bundled Up in a Blanket Wrap

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Bundled Up in a Blanket Wrap

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I am very cold natured.  So when the temperature dips below 60 I begin to get nervous.  My favorite thing to do is to snuggle up in the biggest blanket I can find on the couch and sip hot chocolate while I gaze outdoors at the people brave enough to venture out.  Enter my saving grace: a wearable blanket.  Have you tried one of these things?  Could fashion have been any kinder to us?

One issue I do have is the fit, of course.  Because there is none.  Solution: belt it!  I picked up this amazing blanket wrap on the cheap at DSW.

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HAT – Forever21, similar HERE; SHOESForever21

I decided to throw a coordinating winter hat into the ensemble as well as some lace-up booties (all the rage these days).

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DRESS: Forever21; BELT: old but similar HERE; BAG: NY&Company – old, but similar HERE

Underneath my comfy outerwear, I paired a ribbed knit / mock neck midi dress with a leopard belt.

Midi dresses – another exciting fashion gift to us all.  Knees can be attractive but some of us consider it a feature that we are less than enthused about putting on display.  Midi dresses solve that problem effortlessly.  The length is traditionally right below your knee.  Show off your hard work on your stems while leaving the rest to everyone’s imagination ; )

What are your favorite ways to bundle up in cold weather?

Blazer Boss Lady

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Blazer Boss Lady

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Want a super simple way to take your boring jeans and tee up a huge notch?!?  What about a work-to-cocktails ensemble that basically coordinates itself?  Look no further than a snazzy blazer.  Every woman should have at least one blazer in her closet.  Something about them makes you just feel powerful the second you put one on.  They are the perfect layering piece, irresistibly comfy and very chic.  You could always select a neutral colored blazer – which would be cost efficient and smart.  OR you could select a vibrant one that will take your style cred way on up.  Here are three vibrant options that will take you from just another day at the office to Who’s That Girl?!?

Pink POP

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BLAZER: Boutique find but similar HERE; JEANS: H&M

This is an excellent look for work.  Chic but still professional.  I paired a simple white camisole with structured skinny jeans, a statement bag and some jazzy heels.  For work you could tone down the heels a bit by substituting a classy nude pump but why not have fun with fashion?

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BAG: Francesca’s – old, but similar HERE; SHOES: These were a Prabal Gurung for Target moment that are now only available on trade sites or eBay HERE

Jacquard Blazer Moment

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LONGLINE BLAZER: Banana Republic; WHITE JEANS: NY&Company – SOHO Jeans

Jacquard is all the rage.  It’s everywhere right now.  Dresses, pants and yes, blazers.  Jacquard is a type of material that has a beautiful raised texture and typically a nice shimmer to it.  I paired an eggplant patterned jacquard longline blazer with white skinnies (yes, you can wear white all year now) and some statement heels.  Traditionally, I suggest only wearing one true “statement” piece but when I put this blazer with those heels I made an exception.

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SHOES: Forever21

Night Out on the Town

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SEQUIN JACKET: Forever21 – old, Similar HERE and HERE

This look is perfectly suited for cocktails with co-workers, friends or dinner with your main man.  The sequin texture kicks up the dressy factor while the jeans tone down the overall look.  I paired gold pumps in the same hue of the blazer to tie the look together.  One other tip for after work looks – if you wore your hair down for work, throw it up in a dressy bun for dinner after.  If you wore your hair up for work, let it down in loose waves for a night out.  This makes it seem that you completely transformed your look when in reality you made very little effort to change your look.

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JEANSH&M; SHOES – old, but similar HERE and HERE

Do you have a blazer in your closet?  What piece in your wardrobe makes you feel powerful?

It’s a Plaid Plaid World

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It’s a Plaid Plaid World

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If you’ve picked up any magazine or watched any entertainment news over the past few months you have most definitely noticed some plaid.  A lot of it.  Plaid has been the trending pattern for the fall / early winter.  I happen to love the print and wear it whenever I can.  This post will show you three ways to rock the look:  A casual look, a dressy-cazsh look and a dressy-ish version.

CASUAL PLAID LOOK

This look would be great for a weekend at the park, tailgatin’, shoppin’, pretty much anything.  The best part about plaid is the comfort.  It literally feels like you are wearing a blanket.  Try a plaid shirt today!

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SHIRT: Old Navy – old, similar HERE and HERE; JEANS: NY&Company;

BELT: old, similar HERE; BOOTS: Old, similar HERE

DRESSY-CAZSH LOOK

This look would be perfect for brunch, date night, cocktails, etc.  The options are endless with this outfit because you’ve kicked it up a notch with the fringe booties and monogrammed bag.

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SHIRT: Polo – old but similar HERE; JEANS: NY&Company SOHO Jeans

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BAG: Initial Outfitters; BOOTIES: Forever21 -old but similar HERE and HERE

DRESSY-ISH LOOK

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DRESS: Forever21; BELT: Old, but similar here – NY&Company; BOOTS: Old, but similar HERE

So, do you like plaid?  If so, which look fits your personality / style profile best?

Houndstooth and Side Ponies for Life

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Houndstooth and Side Ponies for Life

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I am not sure if I can identify any pattern that is more beautifully classic than houndstooth.  We already know that black and white are considered staple colors for every lady.  Houndsooth is simply the most divine expression of black and white if I do say so myself.

In my book, sassy side ponies are classic staples as well.  A sideswept ponytail is the perfect combo of a touch of class mixed with a touch of sass.  Here I went for a two-fer of classy sass by pairing houndstooth with a side pony.

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TURTLENECK BODYSUIT NY&Company / other options: HERE and HERE; SKIRT – H&M

With this look, my skirt is really the focal point of the outfit.  So, I opted for a turtleneck and black tights to allow the houndstooth to take main stage.  I have to share one of my fashion pet peeves: shirts that will not stay tucked in!  Throughout my years as an attorney, my daily uniform consisted of button up shirts and suits.  I would literally sit at my desk throughout the day re-tucking my shirt countless times!  It caused so much frustration.  Then, I discovered the bodysuit.  Yes, just like the ones from the 80s.  They are back and they are better than ever!  Ladies, if you have not discovered bodysuits, please do yourself a favor and explore this ingenious gift to women.  Bodysuits are designed like bathing suits in a way.  They snap creating a smooth / un-tuckable look for the whole day.  Peace of mind.  Effortless chic-ness all day long.  My kind of purchase.

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NECKLACE: Forever21 – old; Similar one HERE and HERE

Turtlenecks are the perfect canvas for a statement necklace.   In fact, they scream for something to add a little pizazz.  This silver / black rhinestone piece seemed like a nice addition to the ensemble.

For the cherry on top I added a red bag.  Another thing I love about houndstooth is the ability it has to make solid colors POP like no other print.  I love mixing reds, pinks, blues and even limes with houndstooth.  You are truly headed for a fashion moment when you get just the right combo of the two.

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BAG – Sorry to disappoint, but NO it is not a Hermes.  Boutique find.  But similar HERE

What patterns get you giddy?   What statement pieces are your favorite to add to a look?

Belle at the Ball

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Belle at the Ball

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Who doesn’t love to get all dolled up and feel like a star for an evening every now and then?  Think Prom but as an adult!  Recently, my hubby invited me to a work function that was “black tie.”  I was immediately elated and befuddled.  Fashion quandary!  What kind of gown do you wear in the middle of winter?  I searched through my closet and found all the trusty old prom and formal gowns.  The following thoughts filled my mind:  Nope.  Not gonna happen. What was I thinking?  The sequins, oh my!

As an adult and mother of two I needed something subtle, classy and frankly, warm.  It’s February for goodness sakes!  Enter: long sleeved eyelash lace crop top paired with a fuchsia ball gown skirt.  Completely on trend and comfortable as well.

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MAKEUP: FoundationPowder, BlushEyeshadow, MascaraLip Liner, Lip Gloss,

Makeup Tips (1) Use Touch-up concealer under your eyes to create a fresh / un-tired / even-though-really-secretly-I’m-exhausted look.

(2) Even if you do not have oily or problematic skin, consider using oil-free or even acne preventative products.  Investigate products before using them, always making sure to look for the products using the least amount of preservatives and unhealthy additives for your skin.

(3) Don’t forget to change your foundation and concealer with each season.  Depending on your tan / pigmentation each season the color of makeup you need will obviously change.  This helps you avoid the obvious makeup line on your chin and running down your neck.

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TOP: Forever21SKIRTNY&Company

I got this entire ensemble for under $75 with coupons and store rewards!!!

The lace crop top is a steal for $ 25 from Forever21.  The detailing of this top is incredible in person.

The skirt is from the Eva Mendes Party Collection for New York and Company.

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To kick the chic factor up a few more notches I added leopard print heels.  These are from Express and no longer available.  Although Express does have these available now.  But, I’m LOVING these from DSW.

For your next super-fancy night out ladies: explore prints, lace and skirts rather than the traditional gown for a fun fashion change-up!

What are some of your favorite fancy go-tos?  Do you all have gowns in your closets or have to go out and buy one for events?