Outfit Post: Caped Crusader + Alex and Ani

After traveling with a {now} four-year old all weekend, I need a vacation. We packed up and took D3 to Chicago for a weekend of touristy fun and a visit with my friend Cara. In just one day we hit up the Bean, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Portillo’s (for hot dogs and milkshakes) and the holiday L train (it is amazing). I am exhausted but it was one of the most fun trips I’ve taken in a long time (although I haven’t taken many trips lately… so there’s that).

But there’s no rest for at least a couple weeks so I’m back at work trying to make it through to another jam-packed weekend. The holidays can be exhausting in the best possible way.

Unfortunately I’m not quite as put together today as I was last week when I donned this cape for a day of meetings. I love the color mix but wanted to add a little something underneath to toughen it up so I paired it with this faux leather jacket I’ve been wearing non-stop. Did double duty of keeping me warm and giving the outfit that extra touch it needed.

I also mixed it up with these Alex and Ani bracelets borrowed from Gumer Jewelry. I layered up a bunch of them but couldn’t help but love the blue/green stone combo the best. These bracelets make a great gift for those hard-to-buy for gals on your list. Especially since they won’t break the bank so you can snag a couple that fit their style. I’m loving this feather one big time.

Tan Cape with Leather Trim: Ann Taylor (bought it last year but this year’s version is similar AND 40% off); Faux Leather Jacket (underneath): ASOS; White T-Shirt: Forever 21; Necklace: Bauble Bar (old but love this option + save 30% off with code INSTAGLAM); Jeans: True Religion; Heels: Jessica Simpson (so old); Bag: Kate Spade

Bracelets: Alex and Ani – All Available at Gumer Jewelry (225 Hurstbourne Parkway)
 Stop by their store this Thursday for a special shopping event. No big party or high-pressure environment – just a relaxing spot to break away from the crowds and check a couple gals off your shopping list. I heard there may even be a little bubbly. Sounds like my kind of shopping. 

Photos by Hayley Grant. 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Gumer & Co. Jewelry. All opinions and random musings are my own. 

Outfit Post: Black and White

Do you ever feel like you have days where you’re crazy busy but accomplish little to nothing on your to-do list? I feel like I’m having one of those weeks. I either need more hours in the day or something to help me get laser focused. Can anyone help me out? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Anyways, on to today’s better late than never post…

As much as I love sneakers, I have avoided grabbing a pair of classic chucks (despite being constantly envious of how cute they look on Beth) since I think they accentuate my already epically large feet. But when Rack Room Shoes gave me the chance to pick a pair of shoes for a post, I figured it might be worth giving them another go. I’m glad I did since I needed a new pair of fresh white sneaks and these are pretty perfect with jeans.

But rather than go the standard jeans and tee route, I thought I’d switch it up and go all black & white with this causal look. Perfect for running around on a fall weekend* – polished enough for errands, comfy enough for lazy football watching on the couch. These Lysse leggings are pretty freaking fabulous too since they come with a built in tummy panel to help hold everything in – perfect for this post-baby bod.

* Speaking of fall weekend plans, this weekend Dress & Dwell is hosting their 3rd Annual Fall Flea. It’s making the move from the farm to downtown New Albany so there’s no excuse not to head over there to hunt for some antiques and other fun finds. All the details here. Check out my trip to last year’s event here.

Lysee Leggings (2)Black & White Tee: J.Crew (bought earlier this year but this sweatshirt is similar); Vegan Leather Panel Leggings: c/o Lysse; Converse Sneakers: c/o Rack Room Shoes; Necklace: BaubleBar (sold out but this one is the same color palette) ; Black Crossbody Bag: Sole Society (from last year but this year’s version is really similar)

I realized I’m a total fail today on providing links to the actual products – except the leggings & sneakers. So sorry about that but trying to shop the closet (#budgetprobs). Lysee Leggings (3)Lysee Leggings (5)Images by Whitney Neal.





Outfit Post: Dress + Vest

Yesterday I mentioned that I spent the weekend in Atlanta for the Southern Blog Society conference. Well today I’m sharing what I wore to the main event on Saturday which included a “Coffee Talk” session of speakers followed by a delicious lunch hosted by ASOS.

Getting dressed for one of these events is crazy stressful, it’s like competitive dressing. I was fully prepared for my outfit to get the up-and-down so I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any doubts about what I wore (cause if you do, you’re going to regret your outfit every time someone gives you the once over). Adding to the stress is the fact that half of the stuff in my closet still doesn’t fit – so I had to call in the reserves and borrow a handful of dresses from my friend Megan. I left her house with a bunch of options and this one fit the bill (which means it was both cute and literally, fit).

I’d been on the hunt for a white blazer vest for a while but refused to shell out big bucks for one since I’m unsure of the length of this trend. I found this one on the sale rack at Target ($13!) and immediately, and impulsively, added it to my run for Windex and toothpaste. Happens every time – go for one thing, leave $75 poorer.

It was a crazy hot day so this ended up working out perfectly and I avoided passing out from heat stroke while Grace snapped these pics.

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These bracelets were on my wrist all weekend. I found them at 9th & Elm which carries all kinds of handmade and independent designers. You have to act fast because once it’s gone, it’s gone but they have tons of amazing stuff. Can’t find something you love one day, head back and you’re sure to find something you love. I’m digging this scarf and this perfect for poolside hat.

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This dress is borrowed from last season but here’s some similar options to check out:

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