Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Style with Gordmans

One of the pieces that has been on my wish list is a jacket like this one, so I was ecstatic when I got the chance to partner with Gordmans this fall. I was able to visit my local store and check out all their new fall pieces.  Gordmans has brands like Jessica Simpson, Kensie, BB Dakota and Lush- all that feature the latest fall trends, and all at affordable prices. 

I decided on this jacket, although the choice was tough, because they also had a great version in wine, a tan one, and a gray one. The outfit I'm wearing today is great for casual Friday, minus the jacket, than I can add the jacket for a fun night out with friends.  I'm actually getting to go on a Girls' Weekend to Kansas City this next weekend.  It's the first time I've ever been away from Grant for more than 24 hours and I'm so excited!  We're going to keep it pretty low key, but we do plan to check out the Power and Lights District one night, so this jacket will be perfect!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gingham and Pearls

 Today I decided to wear my much-loved navy dress and my gingham shirt from last year with this cardigan I've had forever.  I really love how it came together and it's a transitional look for fall I can hop on board for.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Holding Onto Summer

I wore this outfit to church last Sunday because the weather is still pretty nice, by nice I mean in the 70 degree range.  I did pull out jeans on Saturday, as we were outside in the morning and it was cooler, but I haven't pulled the trigger and switched my summer clothes out for my winter and fall. You know we'll all be sick of those layers by January???? I do have an outfit planned for tomorrow that I will count as a transitional outfit, but I'm wearing peek toe heels, what can I say, I'm a rebel ;)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Trends Worth Trying

I was recently reading up on some of the trends for this upcoming fall season and today I thought I'd highlight some that I think I'll try. They include wearing sneakers (other than with sweats to the store), neon (I love this for summer, but hadn't considered fall),  Fair Isle (love this!), and bold prints.  Now none of these are a huge stretch to the imagination, but they're easily attainable and adaptable to an existing wardrobe.  Some other trends for fall like head to toe knit and dresses over pants (say what???) are trends I think I'll be passing on.  What about you, what trends are you loving for fall?

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Neon: Image Source / top / jeans / pumps / scarf

Bold Prints: Image Source / chambray / leather biker jacket / skirt / pumps / necklace

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Casual

It's starting to cool down and that means breaking out my jeans for the first time in months.  This summer I came across Joe's Jeans, similar to these at Goodwill for $3. So, at the age of 35 I got my first pair of fancy jeans.  You guys.  I love them.  Today I decided to pair them with my beloved utility vest and J.Crew Factory shirt.  The finishing touches on this outfit are my favorite new leopard flats and these Kendra Scott inspired earrings.  I wore this for a day at my parents' house this last weekend.  My sister and her husband came back to visit, so we hung out, picked apples, and Grant entertained the bunch with his antics.  

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cobalt and Stripes

Last spring I scored these cobalt dress pants from Loft for $4, I ended up altering them to ankle pants, which I like a lot more, these cobalt pants are very similar.  I haven't worn them all summer, so I'm excited to pull them back out for the new school year.  I decided to keep this outfit simple with my striped blazer and a basic black top.  I don't wear pants much, but if I had more like these I sure think I would. 

This week at school the kids were introduced to Passion Projects as part of Genius Hour.  Each of the kids will get one hour each week in class (we'll rotate) to work on something they are passionate about.  On Tuesday we introduced it and the kids came up with their "fat questions." (i.e. what they want to learn) Over the next 16 weeks the kids will research and at the end create "something" to share what they've learned.  Questions ranged from "Why is Louis Vuitton a brand beloved by so many people?" to "How can I make kids with cancer feel like they're normal while they're sick?"  I'm so excited to see what these kids come up with and have so many amazing teachers at my grade level who slaved away to get all of this ready!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Online Shopping

Up until this last year I almost never bought anything online.  I was always worried about fit and I hated the hassle of returns.  However, I've kind of changed my tune.  I feel like I know my body better, and the store options here are somewhat limited. One of my favorite collaborations lately has to be getting the "Hayden Faves Bag" with  Kika.  I shared this concept with you all a few times now, and can honestly say I really like all the of the six pieces I received.  Sometimes I just come across across a brand I really care about and this is one.  I love that it's Eco friendly and made here in the the U.S. I also love how each of the pieces has fit so well. 

 If you're shopping for new fall clothes, the Kika Bag is the perfect way to go. Here' a re-cap on how it works: For $149 you get this maxi dress plus four to five more pieces picked by the stylists specially for you. After adding the Hayden Faves Bag to your cart and you begin to check out, you can add comments in the "comment section" about what type of pieces you're looking for.   I said I was looking for pieces to transition to fall and that I love prints and bold colors too.  These details will help your stylist pick the perfect pieces just for you! 

One of the pieces I got was this great blazer.  I adore the color and I think the cut is super flattering.  I decided to pair it with my navy printed top and skirt I picked up at Loft last fall. I also have worn it like this.  I added some gold accessories to finish it up and it's collaborations like this with Kika and make me like the idea of shopping from my couch a lot more. : )

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Essential: Leopard Flats

I just picked up these leopard flats over the weekend and am crazy about them. They were a bit of a splurge at $50, but they are so comfortable and they've been on my wish list for quite some time. That being said I thought I'd share some outfits for this fall that feature leopard flats to use for inspiration.

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Here are some more leopard flat options, all at reasonable prices:

Leopard Flats

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Sparkle and Lace

 I am definitely not ready to put my shorts away. This last weekend I saw girls sporting vests, scarves and boots on Instagram at 64 degrees....this is what I wore that that same temperature.  This outfit is inspired by Shanna, I just love the black with this lace cardigan, but I really wanted to wear these new shoes from Target.  They were $12. I seriously want to wear them everyday. I also really wanted to wear this great new pendant necklace from chloe + isabel too.  I wish I could say I went somewhere glamorous, but I wore it to go to Target, then the library and park with Grant.  Yes, I was overdressed, but no, I didn't care. ;)

Today at school we are doing some testing in the morning and in the afternoon we are hosting our very own 7th grade Amazing Race.  The kids are divided into team and we each have a mental and physical challenge they have to pass, first team home wins.  It'll be a blast and I will be exhausted at 3:30.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cobalt and Chevron

Today I decided pair my cobalt cardigan with my maxi dress from Kika.  I wore this for church and was super comfortable the whole time, which is the best, in my opinion. I think I've also got ton more compliments on this dress than anything else recently, so that's fun too :) I'm seriously crazy about all the pieces I've gotten from  Kika and the combination of quality and fit makes them a total winner in my opinion!

For $149 you get the "Hayden Faves Bag"too, which included this maxi dress plus four to five more pieces picked by the stylists specially for you. After adding the Hayden Faves Bag to your cart and you begin to check out, you can add comments in the "comment section" about what type of pieces you're looking for.   I said I was looking for pieces to transition to fall and that I love prints and bold colors too.  These details will help your stylist pick the perfect pieces just for you!