Inspiration + Shopping: 10 Cozy Cardigans to Wear Right Now

Right now all I want to buy is cozy, long cardigans. No, I’m not attempting to dress like a college professor or channel my grandpa’s style – rather I’m trying to convey that slouchy cool girl look that many try but few master (consider me in the group of try-hards). I’m also just anticipating lots of cold winter days/nights when I all you want to do is basically wear a blanket.

Basically, I want to wear one of the outfits below every day from now until the end of the holidays. And yes, if I could get away with wearing sneakers {almost} every day until then too, I would. You know, sneakers or booties. 

10 cozy cardigans to wear right now


If you’re like me and in the mood to add at least three giant cardigans to your closet, here’s 10 great options.

Side note: Where are the Nasty Gal models going in their leather, crop tops, knee high boots and cardigans?

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Outfit Post: Sweater Vest

It may be fall but we definitely haven’t seen much sweater weather yet. There was a quick second of it last weekend but there’s been no sign of the crisp fall weather that we’re all patiently waiting for.

The lack of fall temps hasn’t stopped me from stocking up on some fall layers though and this Banana Republic sweater has been my most worn snag of the season. Ask the girls I work with, I wear it at least once a week. With a black skirt and t-shirt, over dark gray leggings and a black blouse or like below, with jeans and a slouchy tee. It’s been especially great for the crazy cold temperature in our office (no joke, our boss keeps it like a meat locker) where it does double duty as a blanket.

I know once the real fall makes its appearance I’ll be layering this over thin knit sweaters or a cozy sweater dress. Basically what I’m saying is that I doubt the once-a-week routine will end anytime soon.

Banana Republic Open Sweater Vest * Fall Style Inspiration (22)Banana Republic Drapey Open Sweater Vest  (40% off now with code BRSAVE) | J.Crew Highrise Lookout Jeans (seen before here and here) | Banana Republic Slouchy Black T-Shirt | Shoemint Wedge Booties (so old – almost identical here)

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Required Reading: Football and Fashion

While many of the bloggers in your feed flood it with pretty new things from fashion week, I’ll be coming live from the significantly less chic Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. On the bright side, they have lots of beer.

No but really, as much as I’d love to be taking in some shows from New York, I realize there’s not much to have FOMO about, other than maybe missing out on a Gigi sighting. Maybe that’s a sign that I’m getting older (woof) or that we’re saving up (and cutting back) to, hopefully, move in the next year. Either way I’ll be stalking shows online and through all those Instagram pics (some tips on that below).

Between the Canes last night, the Cards and Cats today and the first Dolphins game tomorrow – I’ve got way too much football to watch to worry about fashion week FOMO anyways.

NYFW Street Style * Fringe

* Starting things off with a shameless plug. Next week, I’m hosting a little mid-week shopping party at J.Crew with my pal Grace. Stop by The Paddock Shops on Wednesday September 16th from 6 to 8 pm for shopping, styling and sweet treats. And a sweet deal of 15% off (including all the new goodies) when you spend $125. I’m coveting this cozy flannel. 

* If you’re looking for some insider fashion week coverage, check out Le 21eme. Photographer Adam Katz Sindig shouts that he’s not a street style blog but he captures models and the fashion elite on the go better than almost anyone. I love the movement and detail in all his images.

* There’ll be no Serena Slam. Is Drake to Blame? 

* You’ve probably seen it by now but Justin and Jimmy are at it again. 

*  Love this article from Karen {Where Did You Get That?} on the current state of blogging. What do you think – do all blogs post the same thing? Has the rise of the medium made everything homogenized. I’d tend to say yes and am currently fighting a serious battle to stay away from the status quo.

* This article about two Gawker writers adventures at the LC Lauren Conrad show is all kinds of LOLZ.

No really, I laughed out loud while I sat alone watching the Miami football game. I had to do something to distract me from the mediocrity on the field. See I did it again – combined fashion with football.

* I fell in love with the silky trench Jacey {Damsel in Dior} wore last week but was decidedly less enthusiastic about the price tag. Then I stumbled upon this doppleganger  at a significantly more reasonable price tag and it was true love at first sight. Yes, it might not be as fancy but the $68 price tag made it twice as nice.

* Your favorite little kid needs this t-shirt. 

* Louisville Love: Have you tried out Joella’s Hot Chicken yet? I’m thinking that, by now, the long lines have subsided. I waited 45 minutes for take out the first week. Clearly I was dedicated to getting my hands on that fried chicken. 

Even if there’s a line, it’s worth the wait. Don’t wuss out, go with at least the ‘Hot’ level of chicken and try it with the Joe’s Sauce (I think that’s what it’s called). Make it a combo and be sure to get a soda. Not sure what the brand is it’s a soda fountain of those deliciously syrupy craft sodas. I got the Black Cherry and was in sugar heaven. They have thin fries – my favorite, country style green beans (with lots of bacon!) and a super rich white cheddar mac n cheese. You convinced yet?

*  Last but not least, have you seen the Petite Randy Moss DirecTV commercial? I’m a sucker for these commercials, they get me chuckling (sorry, it’s the most accurate description of what actually happens) every time. Oh and this couple’s Drunk History video of their relationship is all kinds of goals.

Image via The Cut. 

Inspiration: All Black Outfits

Lately I’ve been saying this every week but this week got away from me. In all honesty, I am totally overextended, a little overwhelmed and somewhat uninspired. Doesn’t make for the best combination. How’s that for some positivity on a Friday? I know, it’s bleak. I hate to be a debbie downer but I kinda hate when people act like they’ve got the perfect life. Hell, no one is perfect and I certainly don’t have it all together (I just try to pretend every once in a while). My car looks like I’ve been living in it, my laundry mountain should have a formal name and my work to-do list gets longer by the minute.

Next week, we’re taking off a few days and heading to South Carolina for a beach wedding. I’m hoping that a long weekend away helps me hit the reset button. I’m afraid I’ll just come back more overwhelmed than when I left but that’s just the anxious person in me rearing its ugly head.

Since things have been so busy, I’ve been trying to cut down in my getting ready routine by sticking to an all-black uniform – with a dash of denim thrown in for good measure. I don’t want to get in to a rut though so I’m pulling together some inspiration to keep the all black look fresh for fall. I’m so dedicated to the uniform that I’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to it, so if you’re like me follow along for a consistent feed of inspiration.

p.s. – on a more fun note, every year my favorite part of New York Fashion Week is combing through the street style pictures and pulling my favorites. There’s always so much inspiration to be found in what the fashion elite throw together. It’s always one of my favorite posts of the year to put together so watch for it on Monday. Check out last year’s here. 

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