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cardi: gift
sweater: JCrew (old)
skirt: Metalicus (old)
bag: Mansur Gavriel
scarf: Winners (old)
bracelets: Olive & Piper and Stella & Dot
boots & headband: Old Navy

New Years Eve used to be about me shopping for a new fabulous outfit, getting all dressed up, and breaking in a new pair of heels until the wee hours of the New Year.  Soooo, life has changed a little.  This year I’m shopping my own wardrobe, finding something cute but comfortable, and I’ll be sipping champagne with my loves until…well, until we get tired and decide it’s time to go to bed.  {You can always celebrate Eastern time.}

We have no idea what exactly we’ll be doing tonight, but we know it will be low key and as a family.  This look I styled with items from my wardrobe.  I  kept comfort the priority and then added touches of shine and glamour.  Tonight’s look might be an even more casual approach, but I’m ok with that; as long as there is bubbly.

Happy New Year!

 

 

Valentines Day is less than a month away so naturally I’m adoring all the pretty heart prints out in stores. Truthfully I’m not one to make big plans for cupid’s day, but any day that encourages shopping and consuming chocolate is a holiday this gal celebrates in some way!

If you’re like me, I enjoy feminine elements without being too cutesy girly.  Luckily there are options out there beyond the traditional red and pink hearts of our youth.

Black and Gold Love

Black and gold is a classic combination.  It can have a bit of a rock feel to it but when used in pretty ways with hearts and bows, it becomes soft and flirty.  Would you wear hearts or bows?  If these prints are just not you try a heart bowl on your coffee table filled with your favorite candy.  This way you’re sharing the love with everyone in your home.

 

I adore pouring over the glossy pages of my newest fall issues to see what treasures are in store.  What colours are being shown?  What are the silhouettes?  Have skirt lengths finally gotten longer? (one can only hope)  A new season brings new fashion, shopping, and a frenzy of trying to be the It-Girl with the latest of everything.  Rather than trying to reinvent myself every season, common sense  has me infusing small bits of trends into my closet all while reworking what I already have.

My Fall New-Mom Look inspiration.  I’m planning on items with casual comfort and wash-ability.    I’m thinking soft jersey’s, embellished sweatshirts, flats, denim, tees, and cozy layers.

Perhaps it’s shopping maturity, having other financial responsibilities, my age, or the strain on my wallet that has me now more concerned with dressing for myself instead of for others.  Dressing for others often resulted in strange purchases of items that would get worn once due to feeling ridiculous in them.   It was easy to over shop as one piece purchased would need multiple other components, that I of course didn’t own, to make it work.  Now, I first turn to my already existing wardrobe where I edit, purge, and discover all my wardrobe can offer me.  Of course there is always a missing item (or five) that need to be purchased and added in for an update.  However, my shopping choices are now made with practicality, budget, and my lifestyle in mind.   Can’t say I’ll be rocking the very cute Miu Miu polka dot dresses to breastfeed in.  (Although they do don a half zipper right at the bust.  Hmm??)

Freeing myself of the one-up-manship of  trying to look cuter than everyone else in the mandatory blogger Zara skort and JCrew sequin tee…is well, just that.  Freeing.  I do not live by the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality.  I’m more of a why try and  beat ‘em, just do something different.  With an ever changing figure this season, I’m not exactly sure what my personal style will look like in the upcoming months.  The only think I do know, I plan to look like me and feel good doing it.

Photos sourced from some of my favorites: Motherhood Maternity, Old Navy, Nicole Bridger, Sam Edelman, J Crew, Joe Fresh, and H&M

 

 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Jenna, she is the Creative Director at J. Crew.  Her sleek hairstyle and bold glasses have become a signature look for her.  She adores tomboy touches in her own personal style and that influence trickles in to the J Crew Collections.   Her closet is one I covet for sure.

Images sourced on Pinterest

 

 

Weekends just seem to fly by, don’t they?  I had a full weekend with a photo-shoot on Saturday that I styled followed by clothing returns.  I took a little break afterward with my husband for some very yummy eats at Bel Cafe (including some macrons to go).   My Saturday night consisted of a night in on my couch doing some writing and re-watching most of the episodes from the current season of Girls.  My Sunday was pretty relaxed.  I got to sleep in and then made a big brunch to fuel my brain for more writing and photo editing. Of course my Sunday night involved watching the Oscars.  Watching the red carpet coverage always makes me with I had the type of lifestyle where gowns were needed in my wardrobe.  Maybe one day.  Have any red carpet favorites?  I really thought Jessica Chastain looked amazing.  She had that whole old school Hollywood glamour thing going.  Beautiful!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Happy Monday!

Jacket: Inwear,  Sweater: J Crew mens,  Jeans: Fidelity,  Blouse: Courtney Boutique,  Necklace: H&M,  Clutch: c/o Nella Bella

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