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The 5 Piece Outerwear Wardrobe Every Woman Needs

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Wednesday, already?!

Man, this week is rockin’ and rollin. I can’t thank you all enough for your kind words and encouraging comments on the new house and renovation — especially THE KITCHEN! I’ll be sharing more room-by-room renovation details over the new few weeks and hope you’ll help with some of the design choices — next up: the kids’/guest bathroom!

In the meantime, let’s talk a bit of seasonal fashion — namely, outerwear.

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Plaid Blazer

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One of this season’s biggest NYFW trends comes to us from a place other than the runway — the street.

If you’ve been coming here for a while, you know that I take much of my inspiration from street style fashion. Rather than focus on more editorial and unrealistic model goals, I prefer to see how real people interpret the runway trends and wear them in real life and on real bodies. One of these trends spotted on repeat has been the menswear-inspired plaid blazer. Continue Reading

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Here’s The 4 Piece Fall Outfit You NEED

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With our big move right around the corner, I’ve started to consider what clothes will be coming with me into interim housing while the renovations are in full swing.

Always a minimalist at heart, I want to ensure that I have all of the essentials necessary to get me through the fall. The fewer pieces, the better. This led me to start categorizing my wardrobe and pulling my absolute favorites from the top of the lists. What I realized, is that there are truly only 4 basics necessary to create my absolute, favorite fall outfit: cozy sweater, fitted pants/jeans, mid /low-heel boots and a neutral coat.

Sounds like a no brainer, huh?!

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Fall’s Best Cardigans

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Fall’s transitional weather often calls for a little creativity in the wardrobe department.

The morning chill requires an extra layer — I like to call it THE THIRD PIECE — that not only keeps you warm but gives your outfit a little something extra. While you’re first inclination might be to grab that DENIM JACKET or BLACK BLAZER, why not try something a little different!? With this season’s collection of fall’s best cardigans you’ll never overlook the classic knitwear piece again!

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In The Mood: Fall 2017 Mood Board

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a pretty visual person.

I need to see it, write it or document it, or it didn’t happen.

Thank goodness for sites like Pinterest and Instagram and most importantly, the handy notes feature of my iPhone to keep my thoughts organized. If I’m going “old school,” a mood board is my favorite method to keep my ideas and inspirations in check. Whether I’m pulling an editorial from my favorite magazine, or a quote that simply speaks to me, I like to keep all of these “tidbits” filed together. Over time, I’ll start to see patterns forming and a color story emerging. Moods and emotions become visualized and from this new intel comes a creative springboard from which to draw from as I write, shop and style.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite images and the looks they inspired for this Fall 2017 season ahead.

Perhaps you’ll be inspired, too.

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Fall Fashion Finds Under $100

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If there’s any indication that Fall is making an early debut, let me recap the evidence:

  1. NYFW kicks off in a few days. I CANNOT wait!
  2. Cleveland has been averaging a steady high of 68 degrees.
  3. Leaves have started to drop.
  4. I’m literally sitting on my hands to keep from spending all of my money on fall clothes — in my humble opinion, the BEST clothes of all.

In order to keep some of your hard earned cash in your wallets, I’ve compiled a great collection of Fall Fashion Finds UNDER $100! Here’s your chance to get your shopping fix without the inevitable guilt, as the UPS delivery guy keeps dropping boxes at your front door… not that I know anything about that.

Well, maybe a little…

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I Dare You: Striped Pants

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Sometimes it’s nice to dip our toes outside of our comfort zones.

Whether that’s learning a new skill, trying a new food or flavor, or even testing out a new style of fashion — taking a risk is never a bad thing. Historically, stripes have been unfairly generalized as unflattering, ESPECIALLY when worn on a woman’s bottom.

Well, we’ve come a long way, baby.

Just take a look at these striped pants finds! From wide and bold, to skinny and subtle, these are the pants you’ll be seeing a lot of this season.

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Transitional White

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Lately, Cleveland has been giving me all of the Fall feels.

Between school starting back up, the cooler temperatures (hello, 60’s!) and even the first hint of leaves dropping, fall is definitely in the air. However, I’m not so willing to give up my summer just yet! Labor Day weekend is still a few days away and as they say, “It’s not over until the fat lady (drinking a pumpkin spice latte) sings!”

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Lady In Red

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If you had a chance to read YESTERDAY’S POST, you might have noticed a bold color creeping into the Fall Trend scene: RED.

As flattering and complimentary as the color red can be, many folks tend to shy away from the bright hue. Red leaves many of us uncertain about how to incorporate it into our wardrobes, or even questioning if the color works with our skin-tones/complexions at all.

Essentially, we opt out before we even give red its fair shot.

I thought I would shed a little light on red and offer up some fun style ideas on how to wear the shade of the season. You know, since we’re good friends and all…

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Buy, Keep, Store: Fall 2017 Edition

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One of my favorite regular magazine features is The In Out List in my monthly Harper’s Bazaar. While most of my fashion reading is done online (and has been for quite some time), this regular feature is one of the few things I actually get excited to see when my mail arrives.

In that vain, I thought I’d put together my own interpretation of The In Out List called, “Buy, Keep, Store” to get you guys as excited as I am for the upcoming fashion season. Hell, maybe it will even get you motivated to clean out your closet, too!

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