Chic Fall Outfits

Hey loves!

Sorry I was away for such a very long time. You know how sometimes you have a mental block and before you know it time has completely gotten away from you? Well…That’s me. Lol!

Because I was having a mental block, I headed over to my favorite place to find inspiration, Pinterest. There I found some truly amazing outfits to help you look chic while staying cozy this fall. Without further ado…

 

The Bardot sweater may never go out of style. Wear it with jeans and boots for a casual afternoon jaunt to the library. What’s better than a cozy evening in with a good book or movie?

 

Neutrals can go miles in your wardrobe! Although this nicely layered outfit is made up of neutrals, there is a good mix of textures and  whisper pink which helps keep it interesting.  Quick tip: Always wear your sunnies in the fall and winter when the sun is closest to the earth.

 

A bright fall colored sweater adds pizzazz to basic denim. I like the long tunic style sweaters worn over skinny jeans. Slip on a pair of  flat heeled boots and a fun scarf and it’s casual weekend wear.

 

Teal is so perfect for any time of the year. This rich tone that marries well with the many shades brown. I like the whimsy of the  peacock feather earrings and plaid scarf  in this set.

 

Remember that chambray shirt you couldn’t get enough of? It gets new life when worn under a sweater. An unexpected statement necklace in place of a scarf keeps this outfit fresh. *Note the animal print flats*

 

Loving this nature inspired look. I love long hikes through the woods, especially this time of the year when the leaves are turning their gorgeous colors and softly crunching underfoot. You can take that feeling along with you by pairing a colorful sweater, jeans and a pair of hiking style boots.

 

Flannels are still hot. Layer them over tees and tanks to keep you cozy. Add skinny jeans with boot socks and leave your shirt untucked or wear high waisted jeans and tie up your flannel.

 

Lastly, a light sweater in a rich tone worn with jeans, an animal print coat and simple jewelry. So chic!!

There are so many great sets on Pinterest to give you inspiration on how to style your own wardrobe. All of these came from Pinterest and I claim no ownership to them. I will share some of my own style boards in a future post.

Which look is your favorite? Leave me a comment below.

Happy Fall!

Debra💋

These Boots…

Hey love!

Did the weather finally change where you live? The BEST part of fall to me is pulling on a pair of boots. I just adore wearing boots. There are trendy boots and then there are the good old classics. I lean more towards a classic boot that I can wear season after season. Because really, who has money to waste? Boots are an investment piece.

 

 

When shopping for boots, shop smart!  Keep these things in mind.

*They must meet your budget. Whether you shop Neiman Marcus or Marshalls, know your limit. If you feel uncomfortable with the price, chances are they will collect dust in  your closet.

*Don’t buy cheaply made boots. Trust me! You can spot these right off. Cheap hardware, poor stitching, and certain fabrics just scream low quality.

*Look for a boot that fits well. No pinching of the toes or lifting in the heels when you walk. Is it too tight or too loose in the calf?  Think about how you will be wearing them. With boot socks, tights or nylons. All of these factor in the fit of your boot.

*Chose a comfortable heel. Especially important if you will be standing in them all day. Take them for a test drive through the aisle.  Remember this is an investment piece and you will be wearing your boots frequently from fall until spring. Choose wisely.

*And lastly, the style of the boot should mesh with your current wardrobe. This goes without saying. However  I know I am not the only female out there that has spied a boot or shoe that was so stunning but would clearly not fit my style.

 

My Favorites

This year there are a couple of boot styles on my radar. The classic calf or knee length boot (forever a favorite in footwear) and the new classic, the bootie. I feel these two styles are the most versatile.

The Calf or Knee Length Boot

If you are investing in a boot, this is the one. Unlike the thigh high boots favored in recent years, calf length or knee high boots can be worn with any pant style, from boot cuffs to skinny jeans. Toss them on with a dress or with slacks and a cardigan for work. Dressed up or down, they finish a look.

The Bootie

The bootie is quickly becoming a classic. I think women really started to embrace them when the Chelsea made it’s debut. The bootie has been seen both on the runway as well as on the street featuring  kitten or chunky heels as well as flat. So there is a bootie for every occasion.

Booties can be worn many ways. Pair them with skinny pants and a tee shirt for a casual look. Wear them dresses and skirts for dressy occasions.  And with shorts and a flowy cardigan for an edgy look.

 

 

This year’s color choices for boots run the gambit. There are animal prints, plaids, the neutrals and of course the colors of the season. Whatever you favor you are sure to look amazing!

Which boot would you choose? Leave your recommendations in the comments section below.

Style pretty loves!!

Debra

 

Photo Source: Pinterest, Stylewise by Debra

 

Style Update: Bohemian

Hey dolls!

Over the last year my style has shifted from primarily romantic, girlie clothing to a more bohemian vibe. And I find myself questioning what has brought about this recent change.

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Trying on a beautiful kimono wrap at Marshalls. I love the beautiful colors and pattern. Just lovely.

 

As some of you know, this year I dedicated myself to being more courageous. This includes both spiritually and physically.

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Tried these floral belled pants. Although they fit like a glove, they are quite comfortable!

I believe I am going through a growth spurt. By that I mean I am realizing who I am and what I am capable of and learning to accept what I can not change. This process has given me a newfound freedom and allowed me to embrace a side of myself I kept hidden.

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My first embroidered top. The dusty rose color really complements my fair complection.

So how do I see myself now?  I will forever be a romantic and a dreamer. And I believe my free spirit complements those sides of me quite nicely.

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Embracing my Gypsy Soul.

How about you? Have you also gone through something in your life that changed you to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace a new style?

Have courage to try something new just for you and see how grow.

Love,

Debra

Thrift Like a Pro

Hello loves!!

I am not a clothing snob. I don’t intentionally look for designer brands when shopping because, let’s be honest, I can’t afford them. I hunt for bargains when I shop. I enjoy quality clothing as well as accessories. Since my divorce and a big move a few years ago I have learned to hone my shopping skills and stretch my money. This is a good thing because I was quite the “mall rat” before.

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This 100% wool cardigan by Cynthia Rowley is a staple piece in my wardrobe. My multi colored scarf, also thrifted, was a  gift.

There are so many reasons to buy pre-owned items. It is good for the environment.  Less waste because you are saving an item from a landfill. You can find one of a kind items like a handmade skirt.  An item has history… think of that beaded bag you found from the 60s! It’s an inexpensive way to try a trend and you won’t feel guilty if it’s not really “you”. It’s an inexpensive way to shop, especially for college students or new moms.

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Thrited cordurouy jacket and American Eagle jeans.

Here are some tips on how you can shop like a pro when going thrifting.  The first thing I learned it to relax. Don’t go out planning to find a particular item because it can be much like a treasure hunt. You may or may not find that special item so be patient.

Do have an idea of what you already have at home. If you have a collection of jeans, you probably don’t need another pair. Think of what is lacking in your wardrobe.

Shop more than one section. I am small so I search the womens and the juniors racks. Grab some items you wouldn’t ordinarily choose such as a trendy pant or blouse. You may find a new love!

Try everything on. Don’t think just because it is marked the size you normally wear that it’s going to fit.  I can’t tell you how many times I have found the cutest top, but when I tried it on it was not cared for properly and was either stretched or shrunken.  (Do not let this discourage you. I take a TON of stuff in the dressing room for this very reason)

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I love this lilac cashmere sweater. It’s so warm  and I like dressing it up with different scarves from my collection.

Once you’ve tried your items on and decided what you love, check them  over. Are there any stains or holes? Are there buttons missing ? If so, can you either fix it or live with it the way it is?

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The red boho shirt above is a perfect example of an item that was not well cared for. I hadn’t checked it thoroughly and completely missed a few small holes on the bottom. Thankfully they are unnoticeable!

I don’t always shop with a friend, but if you do and you are unsure of the fit of an item it is good to have someone there who will give you an honest evaluation.

Lastly, BEFORE you get to the sales wrap, look at the items you chose once more. Sometimes you will discover you already have a simular item at home. This is where you can weed out what  don’t really need or were still deciding on.

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A stripped  Anne Taylor LOFT top with bow. Perfect with black slacks or jeans or cropped pants.

Now you are ready to thrift like a pro!! If you have any questions or tips of your own, please leave a comment below. Happy hunting!!

Love,

Debra 

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Dior’s Ready to Wear Collection for Spring

Hello gorgeous!!

I was browsing the internet when I came across the Spring ready to wear collection by Dior. It completely took me by surprise! This collection is 70’s inspired and geared more towards the millenniums, but I found some great takeaways for all ages. Are you ready?! Let’s get started.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri’s  collection for Dior was inspired by all of the female artists who were never truly recognized for their brilliance. The quote ” Why are there no great women artists?” on the striped boatneck top above is in reference to just that. Worn with wide legged jeans, this is a classic look.

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Overalls get a new look in leather. A striped long sleeve shirt and beret gives it a French vibe. Loving this look.

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Polka dots on sheer fabrics. What is not to love about this look? Ok… other than the fact that the length is pretty short.  Imagine a colorful cami beneath this, black skinny jeans and your favorite pair of booties.  Perfect for a casual weekend.

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A graphic sweater?! YES!! This whole outfit is my personal favorite. Everything here is wearable. I love the idea of layering (and I do it often). Shorts+ Blouse+ Sweater= Fabulous style!

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The silhouette above is so sensual. If you’ve ever tried a pencil skirt, you know what I am talking about. For a grown up look, I would wear this skirt with a cropped cardigan. Perhaps one with some embroidery, pearls, or some other embellishment.

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Another look at a graphic sweater. I like Godzilla movies and would love to get my hands on this sweater. Hello, Forever 21, do you hear me?!

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I am a texture freak. I have been since I was a kid. And I love the mixture of this delicate fabric toughened up with the leather jacket. From girlie to edgy!

Which of these looks speak to you? How would you wear them? Please leave a comment below with your own style ideas.

Photo sources: Vogue.com and Pinterest

 

 

 

 

Lauren Conrad’s Spring Line

Hello friends!

Have you started shopping your spring wish list yet!?  I like to add a couple of spring pieces to my  wardrobe to keep things fresh.

Currently on my radar is the pretty Spring  collection by Lauren Conrad. This season Lauren featured easy to wear mix and match pieces in spring’s gentle pastels…peachy pink, sky blue and buttercup yellow.

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Fabrics flowed freely in both mini floral prints as well as neutral knits.

Gently distressed skinny jeans pair well with soft cotton, striped tees embellished with a lace hem and long knit cardigans. (So happy to see the long cardi continue to be a wardrobe staple.)

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Short floral dresses with movement in soft, breathable fabrics can be worn with dressy heels or with flats for a casual look.

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I love this collection because of it’s every day pieces that I can mix and match with what I already own.

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You can find all these great pieces at Kohls

What do you think of Lauren’s latest collection? Love it or hate it. Leave your comment below.

Photo source: Lauren Conrad, Pinterest

Bohemian Woman

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Hello gorgeous!

Recently someone mentioned on an online thrifting group I moderate, Thrifting, that they can’t  pull off the Bohemian look. I think we can all identify with that feeling regarding one style or another. So I want to share some “stylespiration” with you. Are you ready?! Let’s go!!

The bohemian woman woman is a free spirit. She is an explorer. She is creative. She is a peacekeeper. So her clothing must speak this.

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Because she is so colorful, she chooses vibrant clothing. Sometimes she does this via fabrics or prints.

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Lightweight, free flowing fabrics flutter about her gracing her silhouette.

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She uses strategically placed accessories to complete her look.

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Fringe, lace, leather, beads, tassles, embroidery. All these she calls her friends.

 

As you can see, there are many ways you can add this look to your wardrobe.  Think texture. c0acec84a01ca15ba6b4454cfdbc7db0Pair your shorts or jeans with a tee shirt and a cropped or long length coat with boots to gain a boho vibe. Toss on a long or chunky statement necklace, dangly earrings and some rings to complete your ensemble.  Below is an example of how I would create a bohemian summer look.

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Or modify this look with a floaty maxi dress, beaded sandals, and a natural stone jewelry.

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The Bohemian woman breathes easy. She is confident. She is fearless. She is in each of us.

Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side?

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Photo source: Pinterest and Polyvore