Inspiration: Fall Favorites

It’s officially fall. Well on the calendar that is. Someone has yet to pass along the memo to Mother Nature since it’s still climbing into the 80′s here on the regular.

I’ve pretty much avoided breaking out all my fall gear so far but a crazy messy closet and one afternoon of crazy OCD have me switching out my summer gear for cozier, fall basics. All of that is just a fancy way of saying I packed up my shorts, kicked my espadrilles and sandals to the back of the closet and broke out the scarves, boots and heavier weight pants. Now I’ve got a big load of musty laundry to do but a whole new batch of options for daily dressing. Gotta take the good with the bad there.

To get back in the mood for fall dressing, I’ve rounded up some inspiration. I can guarantee that I’ll be putting my own spin on some of these looks in the near future. Well as soon as those temperatures decide to drop.

Image via Devon Rachel Image via Damsel in DiorImage via seersucker + saddles Get the coat here (it’s under $50!!!)
Image via Glitter Inc. Image via atlantic-pacificImage via Happily Grey
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Outfit Post + Yay! It’s a Giveaway: Working It with Well-Kept

Monday Monday. After a solid weekend (the perfect mix of low-key and fun), I’m back to work for what is promising to be a hectic week (lots and lots of client events going on). That being said, I’m starting things over here off with a bit of a bang with a nice little giveaway for you all from Well-Kept - more on that in a minute.

When I’m looking at a busy day (after what will inevitably be a crazy morning trying to make it out of the house in one piece), I try and stick with a pretty basic uniform: skinny pants + easy, practical and polished top + wedges. This outfit is all of those things with a little twist on my normal get up. The cropped top (certainly no skin showing for me, at least not yet) isn’t something I normally gravitate to since I have a longer than normal torso. So a crop top can throw my proportions all out of whack. The looser, boxier shape of this one though hits at just the right spot and pairs well with the more fitted pants. It’s also the perfect weight for this not quite summer/not quite fall weather. So if you ever see me coming or going from work, you’ll more than likely see me in something like this.

Another thing you’ll see me dragging along is a bag packed to the gills with my work crap. Computer, multiple notebooks, phones (don’t ask me why I have two), my camera (try to keep it with me all the time) and possibly an iPad (that gets used to watch Disney Junior way more than to do actual work). With all those screens and the high likelihood that there is so form of snack debris on the inside of my bag, a pack of Well-Kept wipes comes in crazy handy.

I first got my hands on a pack a year or so ago to try and since then I’ve kept them in my desk drawer for those days when I eat lunch at my desk (yeah I know it’s kind of gross) or I notice some sort of impenetrable gunk on my phone. My poor iPad takes the worst of it and needs to have the jelly wiped off it on a regular basis.

The good folks at Well-Kept want you to enjoy not only a gunk-free screen but also a little shopping spree on them. So scroll all the way down to check out how I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite blogger pals (all my favorites are on board) to give you a chance to win a year’s supply of Well-Kept wipes + a $200 American Express gift card.

Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (10)Polka-Dot Crop Top: ZARA (snagged it during the summer sale – these Forever 21 options are pretty similar here and here); Pants: J.Crew ‘Minnie’ in Navy; Nude Wedges: Sole Society; Bracelet: Gorjana & Griffin via Rocksbox (seriously, I heart Rockbox – check it out here); Bag: Longchamp; Sunglasses: c/o Sole Society 

Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (1)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (6)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (2)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (3)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (9)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (7)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (5)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (8)Work Outfits * Lou What Wear (4)Outfit Photos by Whitney Neal

1 | Alex at Lex What Wear | Bekka at Palm and Peachtree |  Buffy at The Style Gathering | Courtney at Color Me Courtney | Danielle at Lou What Wear 

 2 | Danielle at Shop Dandy | Elle at Elle Sees | Emily at Life With Emily | Grace at A Southern Drawl | Jackie at Living After Midnite

3 | Jen at Skirt The Rules | Julie at Julie Leah | Katherine at Style Tab | Krista at Covering The Bases | Lauren at Edit by Lauren

4 |Mae at Mae Amor | Paris at | Shelby at Glitter and Gingham | Tiffany at Tiffany Style Blog | Tracy at Right Shoes Blog

Wondering how I lug all that crap around (yeah I ask myself that every morning). This Sole Society bag has been a serious life-saver. Holds so much stuff and the pouch inside keeps me from having to dig around aimlessly for the little stuff. Now on to the giveaway fun. Enter as many or as few times as you like!

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Outfit Post: Tan + Neon

A while back, I spent a entire month trying to recreate looks I loved from Pinterest with items in my closet already (here’s an example). #NoNewThings

Well today’s post is getting me back in the swing of things. I really want to make better use of the things I already own and love. And now that things are fitting a little better (not there yet), it’s easier to mix and match. When I saw this post from Julia {Gal Meets Glam} a few weeks back, I knew I could recreate it once the temperatures dropped a little (but make no mistake there was no way I was recreating her bad ass hair and make-up skills). Yesterday was a little cooler (at least in the morning, totally didn’t pay attention when they said it would warm up by mid-day), so I decided to give it a go. Also, I woke up late and didn’t want to think about putting together an outfit. I’m lazy like that.

So sorry for an outfit of old favorites but at least the accessories are new. These navy booties are going to be in heavy rotation this fall. And as much as I need structure when it comes to bags, I always forego the pockets and organization for a carry-all and this oversized one is pretty perfect. The good part is that it comes with a pouch to hold all the little things that can descend into the abyss of a big bag. So clutch (pun intended. sorry for being a nerd).

Yellow Lace Skirt: Forever 21, same skirt different color here; love this fuller yellow version (seen here and here); Sweater: J.Crew; Navy ‘Romy’ Booties: c/o Sole Society; Monogram Necklace: Old, similar here; Oversize ‘Capri’ Tote: c/o Sole Society

Thanks Hayley for the pics!

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