Jazz Hands

This weekend, it snowed here in Virginia! Needless to say, this Arizona girl was taken by surprise, and I decided to do a little online hunt for fun cold weather accessories, and I'll be sharing a few of my favorites this week. I stumbled across these hysterical Kate Spade gloves, all with cheeky phrases on them. I think they're so fun, and I love the bright colors! I know I can't be the only one who has a dad that waves his hands over his head when you walk in to a restaurant, right? These could make a cute little Christmas gift, if you're the overachieving type and planning early! 
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What I Wore: Red and Black

Red and black is probably my all-time favorite color combination. I just like the bright contrast between the two colors- I think it may be genetic- my mom pretty much only wears combinations of red, black, and white. Anyways, I wear this top a ton, but I realized last night that I've rarely worn it on the blog! Oops.  

{Cords, Gap (similar), Sweater, Gap (similar), Top: Gap (similar),
 Belt: Uniqlo (similar) Shoes, Cole Haan (similar)}

What's your favorite color combo? 


Up until a year or so ago, I was a white-metal devotee. While I still love silver toned metals, and won't be dumping them any time soon, I've taken a liking towards golden toned jewelery. Here are a few of my favorite pieces I've collected in the last year or so. 

Watch: Michael Kors
Monogram Necklace: West Avenue (I have the large size)
Gold knot earrings: vintage (similar)
Magnifying glass necklace: Catbird
Arrow cuff: Catbird
Cocktail ring: Made Her Think

What I Wore: Skyline Drive

On Saturday, Brett and I took a little drive through the Shenandoah National Park and did the Skyline Drive. It was the perfect time to do the drive, since the leaves are changing. On the drive, there were some of the most spectacular views I've ever seen, and I'm so glad we took the time to do the drive. Photos don't quite do the scenery justice, but here's a little idea of what we saw this weekend. 

{Jeans: 7 for All Mankind (similar) Shoes: Hive and Honey, Tunic: Uniqlo (similar),  jacket: Halogen (similar)}

Best of: Sweater Dresses

This week, the air suddenly turned chilly, and I've been turning to my favorite sweaters to stay warm and cozy. I know that sweaters and jeans won't fit every fall occasion, and I think that sweater dresses will definitely be the perfect wardrobe piece to be warm and chic when paired with tights and boots. Here are a few of my current favorites on the web. 

1. Rag & Bone, $325
2. Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, $205
3. Tibi, $210
4. Athleta, $138

What I Wore: Bow Tied

I've always loved bow-neck blouses, but I hadn't found one that I loved and was in my price range until last week when I spotted this Asos number. I've worn it three times in two weeks, and I'm pretty sure it's well on the way to becoming one of my favorite tops. I love the pretty pale pink, and the delicate chain link print is a fun added detail. 

{Blouse: Asos, Shorts: Gap, Shoes: Hive and Honey}

What's been your favorite recent purchase? 

My Ten Commandments of Closet Cleaning

When it comes to closet cleaning, I think we've all heard the old adage that if you haven't worn an item in a year, you should toss it, about a thousand times. I know that organizational experts may beg to differ on this, but I completely disagree. While this may be a fair deciding factor for a lot of items, I think that there are some exceptions to be made to this rule. These are my 10 rules on closet cleaning out- 5 items you should always keep, and 5 you definitely need to pitch.

First, we'll start with the five items I think you should throw away (or donate!) right now...

1. Wire hangers. They ruin the shoulders of your clothes, and whether you're spending $15 or $150 or $1500 on a dress, you want to keep it nice. Buy nice hangers. Please. 

2. Anything that's stained, ripped, or otherwise ruined. If you couldn't get a stain out when you tried 6 months ago, it's not coming out now. Take anything that's ripped to your tailor, and if they can't fix it, get rid of it. 

3. Clothes that are more than one size too big or one size too small for you. I know every diet expert might tell you to only keep clothes in the size you wear, to motivate you to stay that size, but let's be real. Sometimes, we go on vacation, get broken up with, or have one too many pieces of pie. And all of those things can affect our weight. Keeping clothes in a size bigger and smaller gives you a bit of a buffer zone, so to speak. You should be able to find clothes you love in your closet, even if you did finish a box of chocolates. 

4. Last season's trendy pieces that you bought from Forever 21 (or the like). Forever 21 is a great place to pick up trendy items on the cheap, so you don't spend a fortune "investing" in neon spandex that is going to be out of style in six month. Hate to break it to you, though. Chances are, the piece isn't going to hold up until the trend rolls back around in 5-10 years. Toss it now, and make room for the next season's temporary trend. 

5. Shoes that are ruined. This may seem like tough love, but that pair of heels with the leather stripped all the way up the heel? Yeah, you know you have a pair in the back of the closet. Get rid of them. They're taking up space, and you shouldn't be wearing them. Try taking them to a cobbler to get fixed, but if they are beyond repair, please, do yourself a favor, and get rid of them. They look tacky. 

And the five things you should keep... 

1. This might make me sound crazy, but don't get rid of "emotional" pieces. Yes, I realize, I won't ever be able to fit in my 6th grade graduation dress again, but I still love looking at it from time to time, and I loved when my mom showed my sister and I her graduation dress. You may come to regret it in a few months, weeks, or years. 

2. A suit. I realize that not everyone owns a suit, but if you do, don't ditch it. Even if you're currently working in an office or industry that doesn't require suits, there's always a chance in the future that you'll need a classic suit, and it would majorly suck to have to drop a bunch of money to replace something that was timeless to begin with. 

3. High-quality trendy pieces. I know most of us don't drop a ton of money on super-trendy items, but we all know that we've spent more on that dress we somehow convinced ourselves was classic, but let's be real, it wasn't. If it's high quality, it may be worth keeping around for the next time the trend is in. Thanks to some trendy dress saving of my mom's, I'm the proud owner of several super 80s dresses that look new again.

4. Jeans that are a little too snug or a little too big. I know that this is similar to the "get rid of" rule number three, but if you're tight on space and can't save everything, at least keep the jeans. You can dress jeans up or down, and it's more noticeable if you're wearing a size too small in jeans than it is in a black dress. 

5. A few simple outfits that you feel great in, clean and ready to go. I personally think it's a great idea to keep  a few outfits that are clean, ironed, and that you know you feel great in, hanging in your closet ready to wear, at all times. That way, on the mornings you hit snooze six times in a row, you'll show up to work looking more rested, not frazzled! 

What I Wore: More Mustard

The last time I wore these mustard pants, I paired them with a striped shirt, but since it was a lot cooler last week, I decided to tone things down by bringing out my favorite blazer to wear with these very bold pants. Don't get me wrong, I really like these pants, and they are a much-needed break from my usual dark denim, but, well, I still know that they are a major statement. I've found that when I'm a bit nervous or unsure about one piece I'm wearing, pairing it with an item I know I love and feel good in makes me feel a lot better about my outfit overall. 

{Blazer: rag & bone (similar), Top: Gap, Necklace: Vintage,
Shoes: Cole Haan Watch:  Michael Kors}

What I Wore: Monticello

Last weekend, when my parents were in town, Brett and I took them to visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, which is about 10 minutes from where we live. The grounds and the home are beyond gorgeous, especially now that the leaves are beginning to change. I kept things casual, and wore a few of my favorite things: stripes, my fur vest, and my Frye boots. I added two of my birthday presents from Brett in to the mix, a bracelet and necklace from Catbird. He has great taste :). 

{Vest: Marshall's, Jeans: Uniqlo, Top: J.Crew, Boots: Frye,
Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelet/Necklace: Catbird}

What I Wore: Birthday Girl

My birthday was this this past weekend, and I had a blast celebrating with Brett and my parents, who were in town visiting. We had a jam-packed weekend full of touristy stuff, wine tasting, apple picking, and eating some amazing food. I picked up this dress from Shareen Vintage this summer while we were in LA, and I've been waiting for the right occasion to wear it. I love that the fabric is a bit menswear-inspired, but that it's in a girly enough shape to allow for some twirling! 

{Dress: Shareen Vintage, Watch: Michael Kors, Shoes: Hive and Honey}

What I Wore: Form and Function

More often than not, I tend to choose clothes for their aesthetics, and less for their function. I wear heels when my feet hurt, I suck it up and wear the belt that makes me feel like someone is squeezing my ribs (but makes my waist look great), you get the picture. This outfit was one of the rare instances where I chose function over form. You see, I'm a bit of an accident waiting to happen. I trip, spill, drop things,  injure myself, and generally make a mess of myself on a regular basis! Last week, I managed to burn my back with an ice pack. Yes, I burned myself with ice. Not one of my finer moments, and it made wearing anything other than yoga pants not fun! However, my wonderful parents came in town for the weekend, and there was no way I was wearing workout clothes while we were out and about, celebrating my birthday, so I opted for the next best thing: corduroys from American Eagle a couple seasons back. I was so happy to realize that since they were from a "teen" store, the waistband was lower than average, so no hurting my burn! I know they may not be the most flattering pair of  pants I own, but definitely better than my other options. 

{Pants: American Eagle, Sweater: J.Crew, Boots: Frye}
 When picking your clothes, do you chose form over function? 

What I Wore: Celebrating

Confession time: I bought these boots and this jacket in the middle of the summer. But now that the weather is cool and crisp, I'm so glad I had them in my closet- the fact that I purchased both for a steal doesn't hurt, either. I wore this for a little dinner to celebrate my new job this weekend, and even though the look isn't groundbreaking, I still liked it a lot. Sometimes, keeping things basic is exactly what I need. And yes, that's a Lillian Vernon (circa 1994) umbrella sticking out of my bag. And yes, it has my name on it. Don't judge. 

Coat: Nordstrom (similar),  Jeans: Uniqlo, Boots: Cole Haan (similar), Bag: Kate Spade (similar) 

Do you buy wardrobe staples out of season? 

Best of: Poppin

So, in some big personal news, I got a job last week, and I'm so excited! I'll be doing social media consulting, and I'm super happy about it. Since I'll be working from home, I spent part of the weekend finding and ordering a desk (I went with a classic white Parsons style one), and browsing office supplies like it's the first day of school. One of my favorite places to look for fun supplies is online store Poppin, which has a wide array of sleek, modern desk accessories that come in a bevy of bright colors. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the shop: 

1. Desk Set, $19 for 2
2. Scissors, $8
3. Tape dispenser, $8
4. Ruler, $5
5. Stackable inboxes, $19 for 2

Where do you like to buy office supplies?

What I Wore: Weekend Adventures

Earlier this week, the lovely Dana from Cville Fashion had told me about a little local fashion show that was happening in town. It was hosted by a local fabric store, Les Fabriques, and the designers had taken part in  Project Runway-style challenges. All in all, it was a fun way to spend an evening, and I always love discovering new fun things to do around town! 
{vest: Marshalls, top: American Eagle, Skirt: BCBG, Boots: Cole Haan}

How was your weekend?