Cable Knit Sweater Dress // Wide Belt

Gap Dress, similar HERE and HERE // Express Belt // Charles David Booties, similar HERE // Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag, similar HERE and HERE // Natasha earrings, similar HERE // Express Sunglasses, similar HERE // Plum LipSense

There’s nothing better than a dress.  It’s an instant outfit that can be styled with a few simple accessories.

I love a good sweater dress and was excited to find this Gap cable knit sweater dress at Marshall’s recently for less than $17!  They also had it in black and I’ve seen it at a few stores.  So perfect for fall and you could easily add tights and taller boots to carry it into winter.  HERE and HERE are similar styles.

This definitely could be worn without a belt but with the longer length I thought I’d incorporate a fall trend: wide belts.  They were seen all over the runway this spring and are making their way to be a fall staple.  They’re a great way to define a waist and add some interest to not only a dress but a sweater, tunic, and even a coat.  I picked up this gold oval buckle wide belt and another stunner at Express yesterday for 30% off.

Speaking of Express, I went in there to pick up a pair of pants I’ve been eyeing when I learned that the whole store is up to 40% off now through Sunday!  Good news is that I got the pants for $18!  Bad news is I walked out with a bunch of other stuff.  Well is that bad news? Not when it was all a total deal including these sunnies that were on clearance plus an additional 40% off bringing them to less than $12!  HERE is a similar pair.

I have just about all of the LipSense colors in stock now and have been having so much fun playing with different colors.  This was my first time trying Plum but it definitely won’t be my last!  So gorgeous for fall!  I’m still amazed that I found something that actually stays put all day.

I had the honor of attending a small luncheon today with other local bloggers.  It’s always great to learn from others and share inspiration.  I’ll be sharing more information about my experience, and of course, what I was wearing in an upcoming post.  Have a great weekend!

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Velvet Moto Jacket / Distressed Jeans

Badgley Mischka Jacket, similar HERE, HERE, HERE // Express Jeans // Banana Republic Tee // Tory Burch Handbag, similar HERE // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Vince Camuto Booties, similar HERE // Similar earrings HERE // Sheer Berry LipSense

Who else has been challenged dressing the last few weeks?  I LOVED having a super hot end of September but dressing for the season made it tricky.  I feel for you that live in warmer climates.  It has just started to cool down a bit in the last few days so now my focus is back to fall wear.

I’m seeing velvet out already and I’m loving it!  Traditionally it’s reserved for the holidays but it was a big trend last winter and I see that it’s carrying into this next season.  Another trend I’m still seeing is moto jackets.  Velvet + Moto = edgy lux!

I found this Badgley Mischka teal velvet jacket at TJ Maxx this week.  I saw it at another store a few days prior in burgundy and was dying that it wasn’t my size!  Both of these jewel tones are great for fall and will carry you into the holiday season.  I rounded up these other great velvet moto jacket option for you HERE, HERE, and HERE.

I got so much wear out of these distressed jeans last summer.  Technically Express calls them leggings but they button and zip like a regular pair of jeans.  They are super stretchy and comfy and still available.  Even better, the whole store is 40% off right now.  Guess where I’m going after I finish this?!

I own a couple pairs of Vince Camuto booties that I’m pretty obsessed with.  This pair is no longer available but HERE is a similar style.

I don’t know why I’m constantly drawn to burgundy, maroon, wine, oxblood…..whatever you call it….but it’s a color that is perfect for the season!  I picked up two new pairs of earrings at TJ Maxx with this color and this is one of them.  I honestly don’t even know what brand they are.  I ripped them off the packaging and tossed it right away because I was so excited to get them on my ears!  They are a bead tear drop hoop with fringe but HERE is a pair that will get you a similar look.

I’m breaking out my fall dresses to wear on repeat while I can.  The season is short my friends!!  I can see this velvet moto jacket being the perfect top layer for them too.

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Mesh Midi Skirt // Striped Crop Top

F21 Top, similar HERE // Mossimo Skirt // BCBGeneration Heels, similar HERE // Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody // Stella & Dot Bracelet // Express Sunglasses, similar HERE // LipSense in Lexie Bear-y (2x) and Bravo (1x)

I adore all things girly and nothing scream ultra feminine like a tulle mesh skirt!  They immediately catch my eye when I see them in store but the truth is I’ve never found one that lays right beneath the waistband.  That is until now!  I spotted this pink mesh midi skirt on a recent trip to Target and I love that the tulle lays flat under the waistband.  On top of that, it’s a midi length that someone my height (5′ 4.5″) can actually wear without looking like my legs got chopped off!  This is possible with the mini skirt that is layered underneath a shear panel of mesh.  Being able to see the silhouette of legs lengthens the look.

I have a couple different ways that I envision styling this skirt but since we still have warm weather I decided to start by pairing it with this cropped stripe top that I picked up a few years ago.  HERE is one that would give you the same look.

As if I need another pair of sunglasses, I found these at Express last week and couldn’t resist them!  I was expecting them to ring up at $29.99 but they actually were $9.99.  I don’t see the exact pair online but HERE is a similar pair on sale for $19.90 (all of their sunnies are on sale for that prices and there are tons of cute pairs).  The sales at Express seem to fluctuate regularly so keep checking back if they are back to full price by the time you see this.

When the kids go back to school you know it’s only a matter of time before one comes home with some sort of illness.  We’ve got our first sore throat in the house today.  Hopefully it doesn’t become much worse than that.  I’ve got the essential oils diffusing on repeat to keep the rest of us healthy and hopefully help make my step daughter feel better sooner.

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