Time for Tartan

Time for Tartan

I have a mean case of Tartan on the mind. These pieces are such great essentials for winter and fall. If I could buy the middle look in time for Thanksgiving I definitely would but alas, I think time has been cut too short for this one. I’ll hopefully find a different alternative but I believe I will be sporting as similar a skirt as I can find and pairing it with a nice warm sweater.

What will you be wearing this Thanksgiving?

Faux Fur Sure

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Currently can’t get enough of this faux fur collar I purchased last week. It’s the easiest and simplest way to turn any jacket into a complete fur fest without having to commit to full time fur. I also picked up this slinky little number of a dress at Forever21, velvet maxi with two front slits is definitely the interview with a vampire look I was shooting for. I’m pretty sure this will be my “go-to” dress when I’m struggling to find something to wear out.

On a side note, I went to the Spanish Moss sample sale today and was really overwhelmed with all of their beautiful pieces. Ended up walking away with an adorable black dress so stay tuned for a glimpse of that! I’m really saving up my funds for For Love & Lemons sale on December 8th. Mark your calendars for that one!

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Denim Jacket – Thrifted

Faux Fur Collar – World Market

Enchanted Velveteen Maxi Dress – Forever 21

Tote with Gusset (Black) – Phillip Lim for Target

Holiday Party Guide ft. Shop Akira

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I had the pleasure of collaborating with ShopAKIRA and their AKIRA label which included this beautiful Slub Knit Mid Dress. What drew me into this dress so quickly was the potential it had for all of those upcoming Holiday parties/get togethers I know that most of us will be attending. I was inspired by the beautiful backdrop directly outside my boyfriends house and used the burnt reds and deep yellows of the leaves as part of my outfit.

The benefit of a midi dress during fall is you get a little bit of leg action but depending on where you are in the country or world you can easily throw on a jacket or even add some cute nylon socks to get the warmth you need. I threw on my structured blazer to keep with the dresses femininity and found (after hours of online searching) the perfect fur collar to pair it with. If you can believe it, I found this one for a steal at Cost Plus World Market. Can you say fall fur is in full swing? I also chose an easier shoe route by putting on my Sam Edelman booties (also purchased from ShopAKIRA) instead of heels but if you want to get the most out of this dress I’d recommend a pair of heels.

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Slub Knit Midi Dress – ShopAKIRA

Halton Ankle Boot – Circus by Sam Edelman

Dinner Jacket Blazer – H&M

Faux Fur Collar – World Market

Mini Satchel with Gusset (Yellow) – 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

Leopard Cropped

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Not sure if everyone was aware but Nasty Gal had an amazing sale last week and I couldn’t resist grabbing a few tops. Animal print is always a good thing, especially if it’s leopard, and this cropped knit def fits the bill. I also am in love with these ankle boots which I also grabbed during an insane clear out of Shop Akira’s sale section. I think anyone would spare $30 for these puppies considering they are 1) Sam Edelman 2) Actually comfortable 3) True to size.

This look was somewhat inspired by what seemed to be a rainy day looming in the distance. Kept it sporty with the leather track pants but the stomach action definitely helps balance out their puffy-ness. I also threw on my trench coat I got a few years back for Christmas to give me peace of mind on the off chance it started to sprinkle. Weather update: there was no rain, but thats so-cal for ya.

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Wild Streak Knit – Nasty Gal

Vegan Leather Pull-on Pants – Urban Outfitters

Halton Ankle Boot – Circus by Sam Edelman

Trench Coat – PacSun

Dayton Sunnies – RAEN Optics

Winter Whites

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I have been obsessed with matching pantsuits but have always strayed away because I must admit I’m not a huge fan of certain trousers, they just never seem to fit me right. So when I came across this white blazer from H&M I knew it would be a perfect match with my Hudson jeans. I really love mixing the structured top with skinny bottoms. Thus far I have only owned boyfriend blazers and although they are amazing to pair with dresses and other fitted items, having a more feminine blazer really makes me feel put together and a little sexier.

On a side note my sister is such an amazing artist and she wanted to do a little piece for my blog so voila! I honestly think it looks better than the actual picture. I’m thinking of including a lot more of her artwork onto my blog so stay tuned! Feel free to checkout some of her other work here. She is always looking for freelance gigs!

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High Neck T-Shirt – Zara

Dinner-jacket Blazer – H&M

White Cigarette Jeans – Hudson Jeans

Medium Selma Saffiano Satchel – Michael Kors

Dayton Sunglasses – RAEN Optics

Knee Highs

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Haven’t worn my knee high’s in awhile. We had excellent weather this weekend which means knee high socks and blazers. All items shown are pretty much recycled from my closet but I enjoyed pairing my Roxy blue fedora with the rest of my monochrome madness to add a little touch of fall (Roxy is having a family and friends sale at the moment with additional 30% off so don’t miss out on that!). I also brought these insane JC’s back into rotation, they make my legs look incredibly long and lean when paired with these socks. Makes me want some knee high boots even more now, anyone else agree?

Thank you so much to Timex who sent me this rad watch to feature! I think sometimes we forget about these classic watch brands but their new collection is super rad. The band on this one is a cool silver mesh material which makes it appear more like a bracelet than a watch.

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Charm Hat – Roxy

Open Back Printed Jumpsuit – MANGO

Carter Peep Oxfords – Jeffrey Campbell

Medium Selma Saffiano Satchel – Michael Kors

Boyfriend Blazer – H&M

Originals Classic Round Watch – Timex

Beanie Weather

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This is probably one of my favorite looks. Short dress, tights, big jackets and a beanie. I had a co-worker ask me how large my closet was considering she’s pretty sure every time she sees me I’m wearing something new. Fact of the matter is I just try and utilize what I own and re-visit old clothes that after being retired for awhile seem fresh and new. Sometimes I get in a rut after window shopping and becoming so indecisive on what I want to purchase next I like to make new outfits out of what I already own. It’s almost like some sort of therapy I swear. (Also helps if you are trying to budget)

On a side note, if you want people to continuously stare at your shoes make sure they are metallic and reflective. Having them pointy also helps.

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White Lace Mini Dress – Here & Here

Boyfriend fit Denim Jacket – Here & Here

Astoria Oxford – Tildon (Nordstroms)

Dayton Sunglasses – Raen Optics

Grey Beanie – DC Shoes

Totally Barbaric

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As I have graduated college and moved into the working world you finally get a feeling of what monotony really is. Getting up every morning at the same time, sitting at the same desk, and using your brain to complete the same tasks. While my job isn’t always monotonous, sometimes you can’t help but get in that rut. What I love as of late is seeing some of my old classmates, friends, and co-workers pushing their entrepreneurial spirits into high gear. Take for example the above handmade embroidery for my blog Unconscious Style made by one of my old co-workers Meghan Foster. She creates the cutest and geekiest embroideries that are perfect for your room, home, or office.

Her Etsy shop Totally Barbaric is something that while starting off small can grow huge with the right amount of spirit and dedication. This is one of the reasons I wanted a custom embroidery for my blog, almost as a reminder to keep pursuing what you love to do.

Be sure to check out her shop for more designs, she also takes custom orders!
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Zippora Jumper

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Nothing like a Saturday at the beach! I kept it nice and cozy in my new MINKPINK Zippora Jumper. I had been eyeing this sweater for awhile but unfortunately with only limited retailers selling this Australian brand I was having a difficult time finding it in a small. After a few hours of researching I finally found it on ShopAkira for a fraction of the cost compared to other online retailers. I was beyond stoked! The sweater is super soft and a tad oversized which makes it a perfect beach look. I paired it with a black skater skirt and some pointed booties for a little shopping, relaxation, and delicious breakfast burritos.

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Zippora Jumper – ShopAkira

Black Skater Skirt – CottonOn: Similar

Tildon “Classik” Bootie – Nordstroms Rack

Dayton Sunnies – RAEN Optics