Shopping: Now & Later

If your inbox is anything like mine you’ve been inundated with sale emails lately. End of summer, pre-fall, friends and family – whatever they call it, stores have been handing out some big mark-downs to get you shopping. I’ve been trying to avoid the lure but it’s hard not to take a look.

I may not be in the majority when I say that I’m not ready for summer to be over – I love those long summer pool days, warm temperatures and all the fun outdoor activities that go along with them. That being said, I’m done buying the warm weather clothes that accompany the good times but I’m also not on the hunt for jackets, boots and other fall essentials just yet. It’s a little hard for me to want to buy cool weather gear when it’s a toasty 90 degrees outside (and don’t even get me started with how humid it is).

So when I’ve been browsing those sale racks (both in real life and online), I’ve kept my focus on looking for items that can work for now and later.I’ve rounded up a few things that you can easily work into your wardrobe now but that will work long into the fall months.

now & laterASOS Sheer Cut Out Dress | ASOS Heels (from top to bottom – 1 | 2 | 3 ) | 7 For All Mankind Pencil Skirt  (save 25% now with code MUSTHAVE) |
Leith Oversized T-Shirt | French Connection Booties | Mother ‘The Looker’ Skinny Jeans (save 25% now with code MUSTHAVE)
Most of the items on the list are pretty self-explanatory and all of them are under $200 (most are under $100). The only higher priced items are the denim and booties – which when you think about the cost per wear, end up not breaking the bank. I’m planning on investing in a great pair of booties again this fall because the last two pairs I’ve had, I’ve worn down to the point of total destruction. Seriously, I bought a pair two years ago that I wore so much that the top edges began unraveling.
I’ve also made sure to only include options that can be both dressed up and down. Like this dress could easily pair with a light jacket – like this one – and flat boots for day; pair it with a simple pair of heels and a blazer for work; or add strappy sandals for a night out.
And since I couldn’t help but do a little looking ahead, this faux leather jacket, with the waterfall front, is now firmly atop my wish list.

Outfit Post: Just Plaid

Keeping it short today and totally different from yesterday. Spinning a 180 from the leather to do a little plaid today. This is what I wore on Christmas day (when it wasn’t so cold)  for hanging out with family (before giving up and throwing on sweatpants – you’ll be happy to know this shirt pairs well with sweats too). Obviously my favorite part is the elbow patches. Just love ‘em.

Almost as much as I love a two-day week! Definitely helps ease me back into work mode. Hopefully you’re not buried in snow somewhere but if you are, i’m keeping my fingers crossed that you are cozied up on your couch and not trekking through the streets. We got a little bit of snow (you’d think it was 10 inches) but it’s pretty tame here just totally freezing. So so freezing.

Plaid Button-Down: H&M; Denim: William Rast; Sweater: H&M; Booties: Target; Sunglasses: c/o Sole Society

Photos by Whitney Neal.

Favorite Things: A Year in Outfits

It’s only natural that as the year comes to a close, to doing a little looking back at where you’ve been, what you’ve done and in my case (and probably yours too) what you wore. I can say undoubtedly that in the first two categories, it’s been a pretty amazing year. In that last one, there have been hits and misses but that’s what it’s all about, right?

Seriously though, 2013 has been a really wonderful year. All of the highs have outweighed the lows and I look ahead to 2014 with so much to be thankful for and so much that I’m excited about. I’ve also got a to-do list a mile long in my head of things I want to accomplish, enjoy and just plain finish (organize, paint, clean) but that’s one of the fun things about the start of a new year.

I’m thinking about doing a little resolution post, mostly as way to keep myself accountable and have a running list of things I’d like to do next year. But until then, I thought it would be fun to do a look back at some of my favorites outfits of the last year. It’s a list of look that have been inspired by gals on the streets, magazines, other bloggers and the sheer panic of staring at my closet and needing to get out the door in 20 minutes. Hopefully a couple of these looks has helped you conquer the closet panic but mostly I hope it’s showed that you don’t need to buy a million new things or spend a ton of money to look put together.

Thanks for sticking with me this year – it’s been a lot of fun growing and I’m looking forward to sharing more style spotting, getting more readers involved and just keeping this thing moving in the right direction in the new year. Definitely let me know in the comments what you’d like to see more or less of in the new year.



A big, giant thank you goes out to Whitney Neal – the photographer extraordinaire that puts up with my crazy on a regular basis. If you just got engaged or are looking for someone to shoot your family, baby or personal portraits – you need to give her a call. She’s the best.


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