Sunday, January 18, 2015

One Tough Cookie

The leather moto jacket is no longer just for the Harley rider, but has become a staple in many womens' wardrobes. I was out shopping with my mom this week and found this gem at JC Penny for about $20! The pleather jacket was on sale for $36. They were offering an additional 25% off of clearance in addition with my mom's 20% coupon when you use your JCP card. I love that this piece can be worn indoors as part of my outfit or used as an outerwear piece when I'm out and about.

 I chose to wear this look for work yesterday. It was 40 degrees out and was so nice not bringing a winter jacket and UGG boots to work with me! Since the jacket has silver detailing I wanted to stick with similar tones for the rest of the look. It is completely okay to mix gold & silver together, but I often stick to one tone or the other!

Underneath the jacket I chose this long sleeve embellished tee from dressbarn that I purchased this week. Along with the grey it is also available in teal and is currently on sale for 60% off the ticketed price.

I love to layer necklaces together to pack an extra punch. Why not layer two of the exact same necklace for an extra statement? These silver strand necklaces are available at WAL-MART on clearance for....$3 each! (what a steal)

To tie the look together I chose these ponte pants with perforated pleather detailing on the sides. I love how they are an edgier take on the classic ponte skinny. You can find this style at dressbarn for 50% off currently!

To complete Saturday's look I chose my black leather COACH boots, an #ArmParty of assorted silver bracelets & a snakeskin print ring from dressbarn.

<3 CMM

Saturday, January 10, 2015

During Wisconsin Winters layering is often a must. This week it has been in between 0-10 degrees each day, so if spending time outdoors or traveling one must be bundled! Today and tomorrow happen to be my weekend off this month (which I always enjoy even if I have nothing planned). Today was that relaxing day in which I did nothing other than errands, cleaning, working out, and watching TV (my perfect day).

 Today's ensemble was all about the layers! Many retailers such as J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Target, and H&M to name a few, have been all about embellished blouses and sweaters the past few seasons. (I tried an ADORABLE black blouse with beaded bees on it yesterday at H&M, but it turned out to be a crop top..shucks) This cream sweater is from Kohl's in their Elle line. I also have it in black as well too, because I love it so much :) I chose a tan dressbarn blazer over it for extra warmth.

Underneath the sweater I chose a chambray blouse from Old Navy. The dictionary defines chambray as, "a linen-finished gingham cloth with a white weft and colored warp, producing a mottled appearance." So many think of chambray as the thick style shirts found at Fleet Farm to work out in the garden.. but the chambray of the present is no such thing! I love using my chambray blouse to layer under a dress or sweater, or wear it as is with a leopard print scarf. Chambray has made a large comeback on the fashion scene and no...I hope we will never ever go back to denim from head to toe look that JT and Brittany did at the 2001 American Music Awards...(see above)

Every woman needs a great pair of dark wash denim. Today was the first day I wore my new pair from dressbarn. I had a favorite pair from American Eagle, but over the past few years they had worn and were starting to form holes :/ I was in desperate need of a new pair & I tried this pair on and fell in love! This is the dark wash pair of luxurious stretch denim that you can purchase here.

At $29.50 (the regular price) you can get more than one pair. They are available in dark wash (pictured above), a dark blue, light wash, and black as well too. Seasonally they are available in other colors. Previously we have carried them in marsala, pink, grey, white, olive, brown, and tan.

 A slim leg or skinny pant is a closet essential, especially for the winter to pair with boots. Also they work great with wedges, sandals, flats, and booties. A skinny pant is a win win all around. One thing when shopping for this type of pant is to remember fit. You may not feel comfortable with a pant hugging close to your body, but honestly this is the proper fit...and a saggy behind is most definitely not the proper may just take some getting used to :)

Speaking of boots...I love this pair..soo much so that I also purchased them in black. They have a wedge heel, but are very comfortable. Kohl's still has them for sale in store, but watch the price..original price is $109, but I purchased them when they were on sale for $39. Today they were marked at $70. I find it rather ridiculous the wide variance of prices they have had them available at..part of why I rarely buy anything at Kohl's unless it is on clearance.

I chose pearls to accentuate the already embellished sweater. I loooove the peek-a-boo earring trend. Basically a smaller earring is in the front and then the back of the earring serves as a larger stud, or a piece that hangs down. The pearls are my favorite however! You can find some similar peek-boo-styles here for only $10.


 Hopefully you are staying nice & cozy!

<3 CMM