Shopping: 10 Closet Staples You Need for Fall

You know how sometimes you can go on a break from a brand? Okay maybe not. That’s probably only something people with shopping addictions do. I think that may be one of the signs that you have a problem – referring to a relationship with a store. Hey, admitting the problem is the first step.

Anyways, I’ve been a longtime fan of Banana Republic. When I got my first job in a very corporate atmosphere, I stalked the Banana sale wall. Give me all the dress pants and silk blouses at an additional 40% off. When my work wardrobe became a little less formal, I’d still hit them up for those silky basic tees, jeans (their skinny jeans may be my favorite) and still, all the silk blouses. But about a year or so ago I kind of fell out of love with Banana. I’d still stop in, like a needy girlfriend who couldn’t quite give up, but would walk out empty handed. The basics were still great but there was nothing to get me excited about shopping there. No must-haves.

Things have changed. I was wooed back in a week or so ago on a mission to find a shirt for Drew but left with way more things than I intended (which involved sneaking my overstuffed shopping bag in slowly like I was trying to smuggle drugs through my living room). Things started slowly – with this mini skirt and vest – but on my last stop in I ended up grabbing a new pair of jeans (#7), the cutest detailed tank (#5 – that is seriously on sale) and a new necklace. I may have also ordered these heels (still waiting on their arrival).

Here’s the thing, nothing is overly trendy (save maybe the heels) so I know I’ll be able to wear and re-wear them. The other bonus is everything works really well for mixing-and-matching. The stripe tee with the mini and sneakers for a football game (throw on #1 if it’s a little chilly). The printed sweatshirt (#2) with the boyfriend jeans (#7) and heels for a casual dinner with friends. The tee (#4) and pants (#9) for work, toss on the vest (#10) to really dress it up. I could go on and on with the combos (it gets a little out of control – see below).

Moral of the story: it’s time to stop back in Banana on your next trip to the mall (or just when you’re browsing online). You will not regret it. You may want to head there stat too because everything on sale is an additional 50% off AND a bunch of stuff that rarely goes on sale is marked down 40%. Yes please. Oh and it’s worth mentioning this post is not sponsored, I’m just really that into Banana. #letsstaytogether

10 closet staples for fall

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Combos to try:

#3 + #7 + sneakers = Movie Matinee

#5 + #9 + #8 = A Day of Meetings at the Office

#5 + #7 +  heels = Drinks with Friends

#5 + #6 + black heels: Cocktail Hour Attire

#2 + #7 + #8 = Dinner Date

#1 + #3 + #7 = Football Tailgate

#10 + #4 + #6 = Networking Event

#1 + #3 + #9 = Casual Friday

#1 + #4 + #7 = Brunch

See I told you. It’s a little out of control.

Outfit Post: To Miami With Love * Hallmark Signature Style

I love snail mail.

Flamingo Card * Hallmark Signature Style

The minute I get home, even when I’m balancing half a million things, I grab the mail. Nine times out of ten it’s a solid mix of bills, credit card offers and junk but every once in a while there’s a handwritten note in there. Cue the feelings of being 10 again and waiting on letters from my pen pal (yes, I had a pen pal). This is probably going to date me big time but when I was younger my friends and I would send each other letters over the summers. See I’d leave Miami and head up here to Kentucky to spend the summers with my dad and grandparents so the only way to keep in touch with my middle school buds was through overly dramatic letters. I would race down the driveway to see if a sticker-covered letter had come addressed to yours truly.

I don’t get many sticker-covered letters these days but I still get a little giddy when a fun card, especially an unexpected one, shows up in my mailbox. So partnering up with Hallmark Signature to share the mailbox happiness was a no-brainer for this letter lover. When I spotted this flamingo card with the sweetest message inside, I knew I had to send those birds south back to Miami where they belong. My mom loves a good letter almost as much as I do and since her mailbox is normally the same sad mix of junk, I knew it would bring a big unexpected smile to her face.

Flamingo Hallmark Card * Flamingo Hallmark Signature Card 

And for this post, I figured I’d channel my inner-Brenda (that’s my mom) and add a pop of tropical color to my normal work wear – although I doubt she’d let her shirt get so wrinkly (my b). Fall may be creeping in (faster than expected judging by the weather lately) but I decided to keep summer going strong with this lime green + white combo.

So next time you swing in to the drugstore for shampoo and toothpaste, take a detour to the card aisle and share a little snail mail love of your own. Trust me your {mom, dad, best friend, sister, brother, cousin, niece, grandma, nephew, grandma} will love it.

Medium Wash LOFT Jeans | Bar III Lime Tank from Macy’s | Target White Vest (seen before here) | J.Crew Pendant Necklace (similar here) | Taudrey Name Plate Necklace c/0 (seen before here) | BCBGeneration Heels (similar here)Photos by Chelcey Tate. 

Note: This post was sponsored by Hallmark Signature but, as always, all opinions, embarrassing stories and commentary are my own. I only partner with brands I truly love and think you all would love too.

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