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1 Sweater, 3 Ways (part three)

20140113-114836.jpgHave you ever worn hair extensions? If you have, I’m so jealous, you are amazingly confident! But for the rest of us chickens, we’re terrified to even try them, right? “They’re going to look fake!” “People will know!” “What if they fall out?!” Well I’m here to tell you, it’s waaaaay easier than you think. I have no idea why I waited so long to try them.

As I was trying to find a third way to recycle this green holiday sweater, I wanted to do something really different, and tried this boho glam look. But I don’t have the requisite long, beachy waves like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley when she wears a floppy hat. So I decided to fake it.

I went to Ulta, and looked at the entire row devoted to extensions, and was a little overwhelmed. But once I figured out what color I needed for my grown-out ombré, it was ridiculously easy to put them in and actually wear them. These are the hairdo. 16″ Ombré Extension by Ken Paves – yes, Jessica Simpson’s hairstylist. You clip up the top half of your hair, snap in the extensions with the six super strong clips (these extensions will NOT budge), then let down the top half of your hair over them, and just blend it all together. Voila! Long glamorous hair!

And you know what, if others find out that they’re fake, who cares?! It’s a fun temporary accessory, and if you feel like a Victoria’s Secret supermodel for a few hours, then that’s all that matters 🙂

All images by Kari Jenkins.

Sweater: J.Crew . Jeans: Zara. Boots: Jimmy Choo. Hat: Eric Javits. Extensions: Ulta. Bag: Alexander Wang

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And here are all 3 looks together. One holiday sweater – three ways to wear it year round. Thanks for reading!
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1 Sweater, 3 Ways (part one)

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So I ordered this gorgeous sparkly green sweater from J.Crew, thinking it could be a cool option for some holiday parties.  And it was.  But now that it’s January, how do you take your holiday clothes and wear them with “normal” outfits for the rest of the year?  I almost just folded up this beauty and shoved it in the back of the closet, where it would sit until next December.  But then one night, as is typical for me at least five times per week, my sleep was interrupted by a fashion nightmare. “No, this sweater will NOT defeat me! I will make it cool for everyday outfits! There have got to be several ways to style it… I will conquer this sweater!!!”

So, here is part 1 of 3 different looks with this seemingly non-versatile sweater. This one could be called the ‘polished casual’ version. Something I could wear to work, or out shopping. I decided to actually put more jewelry over it, to layer the beading at the neckline. And I dig it. Gonna do it more often, in fact. And these loafers? O.M.G. They are soooo comfortable, so if you’ve been eyeing them on other bloggers, you should go for it!

*** And they are both 40% off right now at J.Crew.com with code TAKENOTE!!! ***

Next post will be the ‘edgy casual’ version of said sweater… Stay tuned!

And thank you again to the fabulous Kari Jenkins for helping to capture this moment of holiday-sweater-recycling coolness 😊

Sweater: J.Crew . Jeans: Zara. Necklace: J.Crew. Shoes: J.Crew. Bag: Prada
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Cabernet & Chanel.

20140109-125144.jpgPants: J.Crew. Coat: Zara (similar here). Heels: J.Crew (similar here and here ). Shirt: J.Crew . Sweater: J.Crew. Necklace: J.Crew. Glasses: Chanel (and here).

Burgundy is the color of the season, so these chic little pants from J.Crew are the perfect pop of subtle color to enhance a black and white outfit. These are the newer “full-length” Minnie pant, that are cut a little longer and leaner, but still “look good on everyone” as J.Crew claims. They are pretty magical, in my opinion. And there’s just a little pop of Chanel, too… my favorite eyeglasses with the signature Chanel tweed arms. They always work flawlessly as a way to class things up 😉

And if you haven’t picked up a pair of metallic cap-toe pumps this season, you are missing out on a killer wardrobe staple. I attempted to wear plain black suede ones with this particular outfit, and it was so… boring. Then I put on the cap-toe ones, and it just worked. I wear these with jeans, pants, tights – they just add a tiny bit of edginess to each look. Love them!

…I also picked up a sweet burgundy leather jacket from the new Nordstrom Rack here in JAX, so there is more burgundy to come!

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Sunny Monday

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Yesterday was such a crazy weather day — 81 degrees in December!  No need for a sweater or jacket, it was pure bliss.  Christmas is right around the corner, hope you are all getting your shopping done!  This comfy outfit got me through the day, with easy-to-slip-on-and-off Rag & Bone Harrow booties, and my new favorite Chanel aviators (last seen here).  And of course, some plaid, since it’s everywhere right now!

Happy Holidays!

…and another great set of pics by Kari Jenkins, at http://www.karijenkinsphotography.com

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En-trenched in the holiday spirit

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Trench: Zara (old) (similar here).  Jeans: AG.  Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat.  Bag: Alexander Wang.  Gloves: Zara (old) (similar here & here)

Today is a fun-filled day of holiday shopping, and I have to admit, I’m feeling lazy, so I used the oldest trick in the book: throw on a classic khaki belted trench, and you have instant chic!

This one is a little bit shorter in length, a little flirtier, belted nice and tight to create that ladylike flare.  I also can’t stop wearing these fab Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, they are a ridiculously gorgeous Marant knockoff, and yet strangely comfortable.  You will be seeing these beauties quite often 😉

Wishing you all luck as you conquer the crowds this weekend to get your shopping done, too!

Photos by the talented and sweet Kari Jenkins, of www.karijenkinsphotography.com!

Friday Sparkle & Sale

Happy Friday!  Today is the perfect day to add a little sparkle to your basics… this is my absolute favorite look: a cozy sweater, with an unexpected statement necklace thrown over it.  Makes me smile just thinking about it 🙂

You can also check out the new crop of sweaters with jewelry built in, maybe as a sparkly collar or shoulder detail.  Here’s one I’ll be buying!

Sweater: J.Crew (sold out, but loving this one & this one)  Necklace: Zara (also love this one)

** all 40% off right now at J.Crew, with code: GIFTNOW **

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Jimmy Choo ‘Gypsy’ OTK = perfection

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So I promised you more from my first blog shoot, and here is the next installment…

I suffer from the affliction known as “narrow calf syndrome”.  You might be thinking, ummm that’s not really a problem?  But I’m here to assure you, it is indeed a real problem.  When you can’t find knee-high or OTK boots that don’t sag and slouch around your miserably scrawny legs, you resign yourself to the fact that maybe you’re just destined to wear ankle boots for the rest of your life (which wouldn’t be so bad, truthfully, but what a shame to miss out on so many great fashion moments with tall boots…)

I can’t tell you how many boots I’ve tried on over the years, only to be met with disappointment that “narrow calf syndrome” has struck again.  So when I saw the Jimmy Choo ‘Gypsy’ black suede over-the-knee boots at Neiman’s, with a hefty price tag no less, I almost talked myself out of trying them.  “Why would these boots be any different from the last 37 I’ve tried?!”  But something told me that the universe was finally going to change my luck.  And I was right.

THEY.  ARE.  PERFECT.  Seriously, divine.  Those designers at Jimmy Choo understand how to craft a suede shaft that hugs but doesn’t squeeze the leg (because the ‘sausage casing’ look is just as bad as the floppy ‘I-look-like-a-little-kid-wearing-my-mom’s-boots’ look).  It doesn’t matter what your legs look like, or the circumference of your calves.  As long as your boots fit your leg, then it works.

These Jimmy Choo’s are a classic, a true wardrobe staple.  And you might call me crazy, but that is worth every (exorbitant) penny.  So here’s my homage to the Gypsy boot.  These pics don’t even do them justice, so will spend my life trying to capture their essence and perfection on film.  Or maybe at least another three outfits 😉

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IMG_4966 IMG_4967 IMG_4969 IMG_4979  IMG_5041 IMG_5012 IMG_5013 IMG_5014 IMG_5027  Boots: Jimmy Choo.  Skirt: Banana Republic (sold out) (similar here & here).  Blouse: J.Crew (similar here & here).  Bag: Alexander Wang.  Necklaces: J.Crew

Yup. Valentino.

photo-2I’ve had a pair of Valentino Rockstud kitten heels for awhile now, the black patent with nude leather trim, you know the ones?  But I was craving another pair.  Something more fun, more edgy.  I saw the leopard rockstuds on presale at Saks, and I waited patiently for them to arrive… six months later.  It was torture!

But now I’m having so much fun pairing them with just about everything… skirts, skinnies, leather, denim, etc.

This is also the first photo “shoot” with my best friend of 15 years, when I was visiting her for Thanksgiving and just knew I had to start this fashion blog.  She told me to stop dreaming, go put on one of my outfit obsessions, and to get my fanny outside so we could start documenting it and making it a reality!

And she was right.  She always is.  Cynthia is an amazing attorney, but she also makes a pretty freakin’ amazing fashion photographer, don’t you think?!?!

There is no one like your bestie to tell you to “suck it in, your stomach looks weird”.  And it’s not even offensive… it’s the person who knows you best, and wants you to look and feel your best 🙂

So, I hope you like the little journey we took in these gorgeous Valentinos… there is more to come!  Stay tuned!

Shoes: Valentino.  Skirt: ASOS.  Top: J.Crew.  Necklace: J.Crew (sold out) (similar here)  Bag: Alexander Wang

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The BEST aviators…for those afraid of aviators…

Is it just me, or do Ray-Ban aviators look good on everyone else, but I find them to look ridiculous when I try to wear them?  Surely there must be others out there who feel the same?

I don’t have that perfect, perky little nose.  Or perfectly shaped cheekbones.  So that classic, teardrop Ray-Ban shape just doesn’t look good on me.  So frustrating!

So I set out to find some aviators, and gosh darn it, I wasn’t coming home until I succeeded!

Enter CHANEL.

After trying on a gazillion pairs of glasses at my local Solstice store, the salesgal finally said, “well, I do have a new pair of Chanel frames that I haven’t tagged yet, but you could try them on…”

Ummmmm, of course they’re perfect.  They’re Chanel… obvi.

She told me they have the new “glitter lens”, which almost sent me packing.  I didn’t want some weird sparkly sunglasses that make me look like a preteen, I’m 35 years old for gosh sake!  But they simply just make the lens look more mirrored in the sunlight.  Phew!

So they’re perfect.  With everything.  Dressy, casual, edgy, glam, girlie… they work with everything!  I was so excited at my new discovery that I had to take a shameless car selfie as soon as I left the store!  🙂

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Who knew?!  J.Crew has the best bling! photo-3

Lulu Frost for J.Crew.   J.Crew jeweled triangle necklace.

For years I have found great costume jewelry from J.Crew, but lately… WOW!  They have really stepped up their game, and might be THE best place to get statement pieces these days.  And they’re always perfect for layering, too.

My favorite thing to do is throw on two sparkly beauties with a simple crewneck sweater, skinny jeans, and ankle boots (Rag & Bone Harrow?  Acne pistol?).  It instantly ups your style quotient, without much fuss.

Have a great fashion day!