Athleisure

athleisure

olive joggers

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leopard scarf

fall fashion

denim jacket

fall style

rose gold sneakers

fall accessories

athleisure

Paige Denim Jacket, similar HERE // Express Sweatshirt, similar HERE // Velvet Heart Joggers, similar HERE // Brooks Sneakers, HERE and HERE // F21 Scarf, similar HERE // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Frye Leather Bracelet // Stella & Dot Choker

This is my version of athleisure.  Yes that’s a thing.  It’s basically a mix of athletic wear mixed with chic casual wear.

Joggers are one of my favorite types of pants.  They are a dressier version of sweatpants.  I have a few pairs and almost always wear them when I fly.  I already have another pair set out for my flight this Thursday!  HERE are a similar olive jogger.  You can get them for 35% off today using the code: BOO.  I often wear mine with sneakers or booties but you can dress them up with heels too.

Skulls are appropriate anytime but today seemed most appropriate to bust out my sequin sweatshirt.  You could get a similar look with THIS tank and THIS denim jacket.  I don’t see them online but I did find a sequin skull iron on at Michael’s this season that you could put on a black sweatshirt or any type of shirt.

Leopards are a great fall neutral so I went with this lightweight scarf.  HERE is a similar one.

I’m obsessed with rose gold and everyone need a casual sneaker in their closet.  These beauties are no longer available but HERE is the same style and I am so on the verge of buying THESE (which happen to be on sale too)!

Keep comfortable and fashionable!  Happy Halloween!  I’m finally on Snapchat and had some fun playing with the Halloween filters this morning 😉  Follow me with username: jlrotger !

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Lace Up Sweater // Leather Moto Jacket

lace up sweater

leather moto jacket

choker

wood watch

mirrored sunglasses

saddle bag

lace-up sweater

distressed boyfriend jeans

lace up sweater

Express Sweater // BCBGeneration Jacket, similar HERE // Rag & Bone Jeans, similar HERE // DV Booties // Shop Inspire Boutique Sunglasses // French Connection Saddle Bag // Jord Watch // Stella & Dot Bracelet // Stella & Dot Choker

This isn’t the first time I’ve walked into a store in search of one thing but leaving with another!  As soon as this lace up sweater caught my eye I just knew I had to have it!  My only dilemma was choosing which color.  I’m usually drawn to the neutral option and that is exactly what this color is.  I have been describing a lot of my sweaters as cozy but this one is uber cozy!  It’s so warm I literally had to take it off mid hair dry session this morning!

I had a cheapo faux leather jacket for awhile.  It was cute but I knew I eventually wanted to get something a little nicer.  It went missing at a birthday party last winter and I couldn’t have cared less except for the fact that I had to walk out of the restaurant sans jacket in freezing temps!  I found this BCBGeneration jacket a few months ago at Nordstrom Rack.  It was still pretty hot out when I bought it so it was hard to bite the bullet.  It’s not online but you might still find it in stores.  THIS one is almost identical and it’s 40% off right now!  That’s about $100 less than I paid!!  My loss is your gain.

I’ve had these Rag & Bone distressed boyfriend jeans for about a year.  HERE is a similar style.  The hole has gotten a little bigger since I’ve accidentally gotten my foot stuck in it while putting them on a few times.  Oh well!  I think it gives them some charm and a more unique look.  Maybe I’ll get it stitched up a little if it gets much bigger.  The boyfriend style is super comfortable and doesn’t make me feel as “trapped” as a lot of skinny jeans do.  The key to not looking sloppy is to find a skinny or slim boyfriend style.

This is the final pair of sunnies that I’m trying out right now.  These rose gold mirrored sunglasses are on trend with their mirrored retro cat eye shape.  I love the detail of the bar across the top.  What makes these a little different is that they are oversized.  I wasn’t sure how big they would really be in person when I saw them online but I went for them anyway.  Verdict?  I love them!  I’ll post a review of the 4 styles soon for your input.  You can get them for 20% off right now with the code: CELEBRATE.

I’ve been getting tons of use out my wood watch and gold choker.  I’ve been wearing another new choker quite a bit lately too but here I used it as a wrap bracelet.  Love the versatility!

Anyone have a fun Halloween party you are going to this weekend?  What are you dressing up as?  No parties for me this year but I love getting ideas and seeing what creative costumes people come up with!

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Gray Master Bedroom

gray master bedroom

Meet my cozy sanctuary.  I’m so happy with how our master bedroom turned out.  However, when I look at these photos it reminds me how badly I need wall art!  I need it in several other rooms too.  I have a couple pieces in mind but I’m taking my time to find some things that we really like.

This vintage poster was a wedding gift to and from ourselves and is the one thing hanging in our room!

vintage wedding poster

I stuck with my theme of using or repurposing as much as I can when putting this room together.  My husband purchased this bed frame before we were even dating.  I like the overall structure of it and it is in good shape but it needed a softer tone to be able to work with my vision for our new house.

I was a little nervous to chalk paint it since at that point I had only chalk painted a few small pieces of furniture.  I hated to “ruin” a perfectly good piece if it didn’t turn out.  But, I built up my confidence and decided to just go for it.

Our house at that time was up for sale for several months while our new house was being built.  You know what that means.  Showings and lots of them.  I put off doing anything for awhile because I didn’t think the final product would look good in the existing room and I wanted it to show well for buyers.  Toward the end of the new construction project our other home still hadn’t sold and I decided I couldn’t wait any longer.  I wanted it done before we moved.

My husband travels often for work so I tackled it while he was gone.  I’m not sure how my super human strength kicked in to move the king size mattress off and back on by myself!  I bought a plastic drop cloth from Home Depot and laid it under each leg and got to work.  I used the same process as outlined in this post but used Pittsburgh Gray by CeCe Caldwell.

My mom put me in touch with an upholsterer that was kind enough to come to our house.  He popped out the center piece to take it to be recovered and tufted.  I absolutely love how it turned out!

I liked the bedding that my husband had but again thought it needed a softer edge to go with the new look.  I’m a pretty hot sleeper so I love a light weight coverlet instead of big bulky duvet or comforter.  We like to layer a blanket in between that and the top sheet in the winter.  This coverlet is so similar to what we had but in another color.  I went with the gray coverlet and pearl shams to mix it up a bit.  It’s on sale right now if you are interested!

To cozy it up I added throw pillows with different textures: faux fur, knit, metallic cotton, and linen.  I topped it off with a fuzzy cream throw.  All of these items are from Homegoods.

Can you believe the bed used to look like this?!

master bedroom

I really had my heart set on mirrored chests of drawers for each side of the bed.  I waited too long and the ones I really wanted sold out.  Sad face.  But I found found these mirrored x based tables and am obsessed with the champagne colored legs!

I found these stunning Drexel Heritage lamps at Homegoods before I even knew where I was going to put them.  Once this room started coming together I just knew this was where they belonged!  HERE is a similar style.

mirrored side tables

The sliding doors that open to our pool are not only a spectacular view but so convenient when letting two small dogs out in the morning!  I had West Elm curtains in my previous home and was happy with the quality so I chose these linen cotton blackout drapes for this room.  They are a great weight and really do darken the room well.  The color is white but it’s really an off white which is what I wanted.  Bonus for you – they are on sale!

I used the tutorial HERE to make these curtain tie backs that look just like the ones Restoration Hardware sells!  I love how they turned out but, I’ll be honest, this type of tie back is not great for curtains that you open and close frequently.  When you unhook them you have to be very careful that they don’t swing and hit your walls.  The paint also chips from the regular hooking and unhooking but I don’t mind that.  It gives it a bit of a rustic look.  I also made one of these for a curtain in a half bath that goes over plantation shutters.  That curtain never gets unhooked so it’s not an issue there.

rope tie backs

We had built ins installed for a little extra storage and a tv.  I haven’t had a tv in my bedroom for awhile but I have to admit I kinda like it!  Since this the first photo below was taken, I have played around with the decor for the shelves.  It’s a work in progress but I think it’s coming along!  I also added the luggage stand.  I couldn’t stand the thought of my husband’s dirty suitcase on our bed when he packs and unpacks.  Problem solved!

gray master bedroom

gray master bedroom

The round tufted ottoman is a fun pop of color and used to reside in my closet at the old house.  There isn’t room in the current closet and it seems to fit well here plus it’s a great place to stack the throw pillows when we go to bed.  I have a secret.  It’s also intended for shoe storage! Inside there are pockets around the interior.  It’s perfect for my sandals and wedges that don’t have a place in my closet!  I bought it at Art Van a few years ago but HERE is a similar one.

We had this rug in our dining room at our other house but it is too small for the current dining room.  I loved the rug and was happy it fit under our bed.  Lucky for you this is also on sale right now!  I really had to talk my husband into wood floors in the master so at least now he has some carpet to rest his piggies on when he gets out of bed!

The other debate was whether or not to have a fan.  Hubs likes one and I do not.  I know I said I was a hot sleeper but 1. I’m cold when I get in bed; 2. the sound of it on high gives me anxiety; and 3. it dries my eyes out when I wake up.  I wanted a pretty chandelier.  Luckily I was able to find the perfect compromise!  I will warn you that it comes with some very dim halogen bulbs.  I called the company and they were able to send me some that are slightly brighter.  For us it’s bright enough especially since our closet/dressing room is in a separate room but for others it may not work.  You could add recessed lighting for added brightness.

The wall color is Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.  It’s in the same color palette as the color we chose for the master bath.  Grays can be tricky and I was nervous about trying something new but I absolutely love how it turned out.

The floors are Antico by Provenza in Caribou.

It was a lot of fun putting this room together.  Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions.  Thanks for reading!

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Fringe Sweater // Plaid Blanket Scarf

fringe trim sweater

fringe sweater

skinny cargo pants

plaid blanket scarf

blanket scarf

burgundy booties

Louis Vuitton neverfull

quay cherry bomb sunglasses

plaid blanket scarf

quay sunglasses

Victoria’s Secret Sweater, similar HERE and HERE // J Brand Pants // LePetit Monkey Scarf // CHARLES by Charles David Booties // Quay Sunglasses // Stella & Dot Ring // Stella & Dot Ring

Fall give me all of your cozy sweaters and scarves!  This boxy cable knit fringe trim sweater is one I know I’ll get tons of wear out of for the next several months.  I’m a sucker for fringe and this style doesn’t disappoint.  HERE and HERE are similar versions.

I’ve had these skinny cargo pants for awhile but they are still available in a slightly darker color.  The fit of these is amazing and they are so comfortable.  I rarely describe anything “skinny” that way!  I love the zipper detailing on the ankles.

Blanket scarfs are one of my favorite new accessories.  I had been eyeing this one for a few months and one of my best friends bought it for me for my birthday recently.  What a good friend!  There’s good news for you too.  It’s on sale!

Yet another spotting of me and my burgundy booties.  All I can say is they are everything I was looking for and I will have these for a long time.

Here is another pair of sunglasses I’m debating.  Online I did not think I would like this style.  In person they are the most beautiful rose gold and I  loved them the moment I put them on.  I have one more style to show you and then I need to decide which ones are winners.  Right now they are all winners in my book!

I should probably start thinking about packing for my trip coming up next week.  Anyone live in or traveled to Sydney or Melbourne?  I’ll take any travel tips and must sees you have!

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Open Cardigan // Adidas Sneakers

cream open cardigan

michigan state jersey

quay sunglasses

Paige Deconstructed Jeans

Desi Perkins Gold Aviators

pink superstar adidas

pink superstar suede adidas

shinola brakeman

michigan state university football

ivory open cardigan

Romeo + Juliet Couture Cardigan, similar HERE and HERE // Nike Jersey, similar HERE // Paige Premium Denim, similar HERE // Adidas Sneakers, similar HERE // Desi Perkins Quay Sunglasses // Shinola Watch, similar HERE // Stella & Dot Bracelet // Stella & Dot Choker // Nine West Belt, similar HERE

I never met a tailgate party I didn’t like!  Getting game day ready is half of the fun.  With so many teams to root for now between the World Series this week, College Football, and the NFL, it’s nice to show your team spirit while incorporating current fashion trends.  Hey even those of you with kiddos in sports can get in on this to support their teams!

I’ve had this Nike jersey for awhile but HERE is an updated version for my fellow sparty gals.  I can’t get enough of cozy open cardigans and didn’t miss an opportunity to layer with one in this case.  HERE and HERE are similar styles.

Destructed or Destroyed jeans are everywhere!  I wore a pair last week and I just knew that when I saw my toddler niece that she would question me about the “hole” and I was right!  She’s pretty fashionable but her little brain couldn’t quite grasp that they are supposed to be that way.  Haha!  I’m just waiting to get a call from my sister telling me that my niece went after a pair of her pants with some scissors!  Mine are Paige Premium Denim that I’ve had for at least a year.  HERE are some very similar.

On a whim I decided to wear my leopard print calf hair belt.  Mine is old from Nine West but HERE is another available now.  Leopard is often considered a neutral believe it or not!

My favorite part of this look are my pink suede Adidas Superstar sneakers!  I’ve been eyeing a few blush pairs for awhile and finally pulled the trigger on these beauties!  The white stripes and white on the back of the shoes have a subtle snakeskin print.  Warning that these run big!  I ordered a full size smaller than I normally wear in shoes.  HERE is another pair I was looking at.

I’ve always thought pom pom socks are so cute.  These are from the Gap from many moons ago.  I loved them so much I bought 2 pairs in the same color!  Evidently cheerleaders wear this type of sock now so HERE you go!

Last but not least, this is another pair of sunglasses I’m trying out.  They are a little bigger than my other aviators but the flat gold mirrored lenses are total stand outs!  The sales girl at Nordstrom told me this particular style might sell out so hurry if you like them!

Even though Michigan State isn’t doing so well in football this year, I’m sticking with Sparty!  We have our annual rival game against the University of Michigan this Saturday.  Last year we left the game thinking we had lost only to run to the closest tv after hearing a bunch of commotion after Michigan fumbled and Michigan State scored a touchdown in the final play of the game!  You just never know what can happen 🙂

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Plaid Poncho / Vegan Leather Pants

plaid poncho

vegan leather pants

tory burch amanda

burgundy lace up heels

lace top

plaid cape

gold choker

burgundy tassel lace up heels

lace up heels

faux leather pants

BP. Poncho // Free People Pants, similar HERE // Jessica Simpson Heels, similar HERE // Free People Top, similar HERE // Tory Burch Purse // Stella & Dot Bracelet // Stella & Dot Choker // Stella & Dot Ring

I stocked up on ponchos last year after I embraced the look.  I’m so glad they are still on trend this season.  Besides being super cozy, they are another versatile piece.  I normally go for a more casual look with them but when one of my bestie’s gifted me with this plaid poncho for my birthday I decided to try a more glam look.

I got the deal of the century on these Free People vegan leather leggings at TJ Maxx.  HERE is a similar style that is still pretty reasonable.  Pairing the leather with the poncho seemed to tone down the rocker vibe I sometimes feel wearing leather pants.

The lace top is also from Free People but one I bought last winter.  HERE is another lace top that would work but the long sleeve options that would work with this cream and black cape style poncho are really endless.

Clearly I have a thing for burgundy and my lace up tassel heels seemed like the perfect subtle pop of color for this ensemble.  HERE is a similar style.

I kept my accessories simple with my gold choker, gold monogram signet ring and my new favorite black lace cuff bracelet.

I had a great night out to dinner for some Mexican food with some college friends.  I’m so glad I had this poncho because there was a vent shooting cold air right over our table!

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Buffalo Check Dress // Olive Jacket

buffalo check dress

olive green jacket

tory burch amanda

fringe wedge booties

army green jacket

buffalo plaid dress

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buffalo plaid tunic

buffalo check tunic

choker

Beach Lunch Lounge Tunic // Max Jeans Jacket, similar HERE and HERE // Mossimo Booties, similar HERE and HERE // Stella & Dot Choker // Tory Burch Purse // Jord Watch // Free Press Bracelet // Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Here is some more yummy buffalo check for you!  This time in a dress but technically a tunic.  It could definitely be worn with leggings or tights and a cardigan or denim jacket.  The short sleeves make it great for layering on the those iffy temperature days.  It’s quite roomy so wearing a jacket or crossbody over it gives it a bit of a slimmer look.  I found mine at TJ Maxx one size too big.  I should have looked online before I ripped the tags off because I found it HERE for you in every size!

My army green jacket is another TJ’s find.  HERE and HERE are similar styles.  This style of jacket is essential for casual wear in the fall and even the spring.

I’ve had these booties for at least a few year and believe or not they are from Target!  They are so comfortable and are a definite staple for me every fall.  HERE and HERE are close versions of the same thing.  Fringe looks like it’s sticking around for awhile so get your boho on!

Thank you for all of your warm sunny days October!  The fewer days I have to wear pants the better!

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Cold Shoulder Sweater // Over the Knee Boots

cold shoulder v neck sweater

over the knee wedge boots

over the knee taupe boots

over the knee boots

cold shoulder sweater

choker

cold shoulder swing sweater

open shoulder sweater

free people moonshine sweater

free people cold shoulder sweater

Free People Sweater, similar HERE and HERE // Citizens of Humanity Jeans // Catherine Malandrino Boots // Stella & Dot Choker // Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Can’t stop, won’t stop baring my shoulders!  I was geeked as ever to find this cold shoulder v-neck swing sweater from one of my favorite brands at Marshall’s.  It’s a size bigger than I would normally buy but that’s all they had so I snatched it up anyway.  It’s supposed to be roomy and it just makes it that much more comfy.  Don’t worry I found a strikingly similar style for you HERE and HERE!

Over the knee boots are back and in a bigger and better way, in my opinion!  The last pair I owned were much more vampy.  I love all the cool casual styles now available like these suede wedge over the knee boots.  I would recommend going with a 1/2 size smaller than you normally wear.  These are beyond comfortable and I cannot wait to style them skirts and dresses too!  I was practically stalking the UPS man waiting for these to arrive!  They come in other colors.  I was really drawn to the gray but opted for the taupe instead.

I’ve found another great choker that can be worn multiple ways.  It’s on a grosgrain ribbon that can be tied in front or back and in a bow or with the ends hanging.  It can also be worn as a wrap bracelet or a headband.  How cool is that?!

I am a loyal Ray-Ban fan and tend to steer toward the classic aviator.  While I still love and will wear those, I’m trying to branch out and see if I can handle some other styles.  I don’t know why I tend to lean toward oversized sunnies but was surprised when these weren’t.  I actually think they fit my face.  What do you think of these Ray-Ban sunglasses?

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Burgundy Jeans // Cold Shoulder Peplum Blouse

cold shoulder blouse

cold shoulder top

cold shoulder

burgundy jeans

caged heels

pointed toe cage heels

louis vuitton neverfull

paige burgundy jeans

fall fashion

blush open shoulder blouse

Mustard Seed Blouse, similar HERE, HERE, HERE // Paige Premium Denim Jeans // BCBGeneration Heels, similar HERE // Kendra Scott Hand Chain // Stella & Dot Choker // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Blush is one of my favorite colors and paired with burgundy is one of my favorite color combos.  The cold shoulder trend is alive and kicking into this fall.  This blush cold shoulder blouse has some adorable detailing including a peplum hem.  I purchased it last month from Sofi Stella Boutique but it’s already out of stock.  Sad face.  I searched high and low to find it somewhere else for you but came up with these alternatives for a a similar look HERE, HERE, and HERE.

I had been on the hunt for burgundy jeans for awhile and was thrilled to find them in my favorite brand.  These are ankle length which are perfect for showing off all of the caged and lace up heels that are everywhere right now.  I did cuff mine once but realized later that I didn’t really need to.  HERE are similar heels.  The nude color is great because, not only do they go with everything, but they elongate your legs especially when wearing them with shorts, skirts, or dresses.

Another trend that is carrying into the fall is chokers!  I’m obsessed with them!  I have several but was excited when this delicate gold choker was recently released.  Again, something that will go with almost anything.  It’s so subtle so, if you are hesitant about trying one, this would be the perfect starter!  What are your thoughts on chokers?

Today the colors really started to pop around here!  It was another gorgeous sunny day.  I’m praying the weather gods are wrong about tomorrow’s forecast of rain and cold.  I’m chaperoning my niece on her first preschool field trip which is supposed to be outdoors.

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Skull Muscle Tee // Over the Knee Leg Warmers

skull muscle tee

fabletics leggings

target skull tank

stirrup leggings

stirrup over the knee leg warmers

stirrup leg wamers

hooded denim jacket

knit hooded denim jacket

Fifth Sun Tank // Fabletics Leggings // Fabletics Leg Warmers, similar HERE and HERE // Free People Jacket, similar HERE and HERE // F21 Choker, similar HERE // Natasha Leather Bracelet, similar HERE // Stella & Dot Signet Ring // Stella & Dot Chevron Ring // Stella & Dot Fete Bracelet

There is something kind of edgy and cool about skulls. I will wear this lacey skull tank year round but of course it is a little festive now with Halloween right around the corner.

Anyone tried Fabletics yet?  It’s Kate Hudson’s fitness clothing line.  I joined as a VIP member awhile ago.  On the first of every month you go to the website to see the outfits that are suggested for you.  Not interested in anything that month?  Simply press the “skip this month” button by the 5th of the month and you’re not charged a thing.  Now if you forget to skip and you don’t purchase anything what happens is that your credit card with be charged $50 and you will be given that amount in store credit.  So it’s not a total loss if life gets in the way!

I had a credit this month and I found a few things to use it on.  You don’t have to use it on their suggested outfits.  It can be used for any individual items.  They usually have some unique items that I keep my eye out for.  I thought these over the knee stirrup leg warmers would be fun to switch up the look of some of my solid and maybe even some print leggings.  Solid leg warmer can tone down the look of a busy print and by contrast a print leg warmer can amp up a solid legging.  It is a nice way to introduce prints if you aren’t sure about wearing printed leggings.  Since I pretty much live in leggings M-F, it’s nice to have options!  This particular pair is nice because they are a thin legging-like material.  In other words, they won’t make you overheat!

I’m so sad to report that the day after I received mine, I went online to find them for a friend and they were already out of stock!  I will definitely be checking on November 1st to see if they bring them back and hopefully in more prints!!  In the meantime, HERE and HERE are some addition over the knee stirrup leg warmer options.  The over the knee look is right on trend with over the knee boots that we are seeing a lot of this fall.

This hooded knit denim jacket is one of my favorite things to wear to and from the studio.  It’s available HERE in another color and HERE in a similar style and color.

I’m feeling so thankful to be able to enjoy the outdoors.  Two days in a row over 80 in October!  I’ll take it.

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