October 30, 2015

#itsbanana Pink Shift Dress

1. Turtleneck: H&M // 2. Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 // 3. Necklace: Rachel Zoe
4. Turtleneck: J. Crew (25% off) // 5. Jeans: Topshop // 6. Dress: Banana Republic 
7. Tights: Banana Republic // 8. Satchel: Danielle Nicole // 9. Pumps: Sam Edelman 
10. Lipstick: MAC // 11. Boots: Sam Edelman

 One pink dress styled - two ways!

PLUS, 35% off today (Code: BRFlash) 

Have a great weekend!

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October 29, 2015

#itsbanana New Arrivals for Fall

chunky sweater, turtleneck, banana republic, kendra scott, plaid, pumps, skinny jeans

1. Blouse: Banana Republic (Also in green) // 2. Necklace: Kendra Scott
3. Sweater: Banana Republic // 4. Coat: Banana Republic // 5. Jeans: H&M
6. Bag: Sole Society (Only $70) // 7. Jeans: H&M // 8. Boots: Banana Republic 
9. Lipstick: MAC // 10. Fragrance: Estee Lauder // 11. Pumps: Banana Republic

I typically wear black and white, however, this citron yellow/green is one of my favorite accent colors.  I love all these new arrivals at Banana Republic.  I have on my eye on this chunky turtleneck sweater (I can't decide between the gray or the green - plus it comes in a lot of other colors) and this fur trimmed plaid jacket.

And, be sure to share whatever you buy at BR by using - #itsbanana

PLUS, 35% off today (Code: BRFlash)

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October 28, 2015

Classic Black & White

black white plaid stripes pattern mixing booties sole society chloe bag
1. Sweater: H&M (Under $20) // 2. Necklace: Julie Vos // 3. Shirt: H&M
4. Jeans: H&M // 5. Satchel: ZAC Zac Posen // 6. Jeans: Topshop
7. Bag: Chloe (Similar under $50) // 8. Booties: Sole Society
9. Lipgloss: YSL // 10. Rollerball: Donna Karan // 11. Booties: Steve Madden

Happy Wednesday!  A few classic black & white looks for fall.

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October 26, 2015

Plaid Poncho

nordstrom, plaid poncho, riding boots, seventies, pumps
1. Sweater: Topshop   // 2. Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff // 3. Turtleneck: J. Crew
4. Jeans: Topshop // 5. Poncho: BP. (Only $38) // 6. Bag: Ann Taylor (Only $35)
7. Jeans: Topshop // 8. Satchel: Sole Society ($60) // 9. Pumps: BCBGeneration 
10. Lipstick: Laura Mercier // 11. Eyeliner: MAC // 12. Boots: UGG Australia

I cannot believe this plaid poncho is still in stock. It is only $38 and definitely on trend.  Each time I wear it - everyone loves it!  I have styled two looks - one with flare denim, and the other with riding boots.

poncho, fall, trends, riding boots, plaid

PLAID poncho, bucket bag, fall trends, seventies, flare denim


Have a great Monday!

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October 22, 2015

How to Update Fall Wardrobe on Budget

1. Necklace: BP. ($18 + free shipping both ways!) // 2. Fedora: Forever 21
3. Necklace: Kendra Scott ($18 option) // 4. Turtleneck: Topshop (Other option: The Limited)
5. Tee: Topshop (Similar LOFT option)
6. Denim: BlankNYC (Other Nordstrom option) // 7. Poncho: Topshop (Under $30)
8. Jeans: Topshop (Similar LOFT and Nordstrom options) (Bootcut option)
9. Bucket Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors
10. Cross body Bag: Emperia (Only $36 + free shipping both ways!)
11. Boots: Journee Collection (Under $80)
12. Lipgloss: MAC // 13. Lipstick: MAC // 14. Rollerball: Donna Karan

Each fall when my style magazines come out - and the new fall items hit the stores - I want to buy everything, but without an endless budget, I have to limit what I buy. Today, I am sharing how to update your wardrobe staples with a few simple, budget-friendly pieces - that can take an existing look and make it look “new”.  These trendy items will hopefully make you feel great and look super chic.  I know when I add something new - even something as simple as a new shade of lipstick - I feel prettier and more confident.

The look above I built from a few basic pieces - black denim, a white top (either turtleneck or tee or even a blouse), and black boots.  I incorporated faux leather jeans to show how to easily they can be styled (for any age) - but they can easily be swapped out for just black denim.  Also, you could switch the over the knee boots with short booties, tall boots (under the knee) or even flats.  And, if you don't like black jeans, you could wear a dark denim.  Also, if skinny jeans are not for you - flares would work great or even bootcut.

So, now, the four trendy "add on" items for fall, which you can add to your existing wardrobe....

Item #1: Fedora
A fedora is the hat to buy right now.  Back in my day, it was the baseball cap, and today the on trend option is the fedora. You do not need to spend a lot of money on one.  I have found some options for under $30 - some as low as $12.  If this is your first hat, I would stick to a neutral color - beige/tan, gray or black, because it is most versatile.  Depending on the colors in your wardrobe, you could try a burgundy one.

SHOP (All under $30)

Item #2: Poncho
The new “go to” cover-up is a poncho.  Ponchos from the seventies are definitely back.  You can spend as much or little as you want.  I got this plaid poncho for $38 - and I love it!  You definitely do not need to spend a lot of money.

SHOP (All under $50) 

Item #3: Scarf
I thought this trend might fade - but it is still going strong and does not seem to be fading anytime soon. These big blanket scarves you can wear loosely around your neck or you can even belt them and wear them more like a poncho.  Scarves are a great layering piece for the fluctuating fall temps, and are a great budget-friendly way to update an existing outfit.

SHOP (Under $50 - most around $30 or less)

Item #4: Something Burgundy
I think burgundy is a rich beautiful color - that just says “fall”.  You can easily incorporate some burgundy into your existing wardrobe - through a new bag, shoes, boots, or even something as simple as lipstick.

SHOP (Almost everything $25-50)

Here are some other looks for fall and ways to incorporate wardrobe basics of black denim and boots.

#1: Black denim, neutral tunic sweater, black booties - here.
#2: Today's look.
#3: Cozy long cardigan, jeans,  and boots - here.
#4: Plaid shirt, quilted vest (or shaggy sweater), black denim, boots - here

fringe, black denim, fedora, clare v leopard clutch, poncho, how to wear fedora

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October 21, 2015

Fall Style Inspiration

kendra scott, plaid shirt, fall style, zac posen eartha bag, layering, how to dress fallSHOP THE LOOK
Plaid Shirt: Forever 21 (Under $20) // Vest: Forever 21 (Under $20) // Jeans: J. Brand (Under $70)
Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: ZAC Zac Posen (gold) (Silver option) (Sale option here)
Necklace: Kendra Scott // Pumps: Nine West

October 20, 2015

Red Plaid Coat Styled Two Ways

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1. Necklace: Kate Spade New York // 2. Sunglasses: Prada (Similar for $12)
3. Necklace: BaubleBar // 4. Sweater: Topshop
5. Coat: Topshop // 6. Blouse: Topshop
7. Jeans: Topshop // 8. Skirt: J. Crew (25% off) (Also in Burgundy)
9. Bag: ZAC Zac Posen (Over 50% off)
10. Boots: Louise et Cie // 11. Lipstick: YSL
12. Bag: ZAC Zac Posen (Over 50% off) // 13. Loafer: Nine West

Christmas will be here in a couple of months. In preparation, I have put together two looks that are styled around this festive, red plaid coat, which would be perfect for any parties or events you plan to attend.  Plus, I created both the looks with wardrobe basics - black jeans, midi skirt, turtleneck and blouse - that could be worn throughout the year.

October 19, 2015

One Sweater Styled Two Ways

turtleneck sweater, j. crew, michael kors, rayne kendra scott necklace, distressed denim, burgundy, wine

1. Sweater: J. Crew (30% off) // 2. Necklace: Kendra Scott // 3. Sweater: J. Crew (30% off)
4. Jeans: Topshop // 5. Tote: J. Crew // 6. Jeans: Topshop
7. Pumps: Nine West // 8. Watch: Michael Kors // 9. Lipstick: NARS
10. Rollerball: Jimmy Choo // 11. Booties: Nine West

Turtleneck sweaters are one of my favorite parts of fall (as seen here and here).  They are cozy - and simple, yet chic.  These turtleneck sweaters are 30% off.

LOFT: 40% off sweaters & pants + Additioanl 40% off sale items
BANANA REPUBIC: 40% off $200 / 35% off $150
J. CREW: 30% sweaters, coats, and tees


Also, I am guest blogging over on The Blended Blog - be sure to stop by and say hello.

October 16, 2015

Save or Splurge Handbags & Suede Jackets

chloe saddle bag, fall style, trends, fringe, moto jacket, forever 21

Bag: Express // Jacket: Forever 21 (100% Suede) ($70)
Bag: Steve Madden // Jacket: Forever21 ($55)

Bag: Chloe // Jacket: Topshop
Bag: Stella McCartney // Jacket: Topshop (This is actually only $100)

Also, I just updated my shopping page with some of my top picks for fall - with blanket scarves, burgundy flats, plaid shirts, OTK boots, and more...  You can always find my shopping page - the link "More Shopping" is found on the right side of my blog under the store links.

Have a great weekend!

October 15, 2015

More Shopbop Sale & Fall Style

neon yellow, rebecca minkof, j brand denim, denim jacket, style over 40 style
Jacket: Old (Similar jacket options) // Top: old (Similar top options) 
Sandals: Old (Similar sandal options) // Jeans: J. Brand
Mini Tote: Rebecca Minkoff // Watch: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Necklace: Jenny Bird via Rocksbox
Lipstick: NARS (Manhunt) // Nail Polish: NARS (Torre Del Oro)

October 14, 2015

How to Dress for Fall

what to wear fall, skinny jeans, clare v. leopard, topshop, baublebar, zac posen

1. Necklace: BaubleBar // 2. Fedora: Forever 21 ($12) // 3. Necklace: BaubleBar (25% off)
4. Sweater: Topshop // 5. Sweater: Topshop // 6. Watch: Michael Kors
7. Pants: BLANKNYC // 8. Clutch: Clare V. (Budget option here) // 9. Jeans: Topshop
10. Bag: ZAC Zac Posen // 11. Boots: Sole Society
12. Lipstick: YSL // 13. Rollerball: Carven

A few looks for fall.

And, the Shopbop sale ends tomorrow.

October 13, 2015

Sale for Friends & Family

shopbop, plaid poncho, sam edelman, pom pom keychain, fur, boots, fall

UNDER $100
Pendant: Chan Luu // Sunglasses: Le Specs
Boots: Sam Edelman ($41 on sale!) // Cape: BB Dakota ($56 on sale!)
Flats: Sam Edelman // Keychain: Jocelyn
Clutch: Dogeared// Ring: Madewell

OVER $100
Coat: BB Dakota ($98 on sale!) // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Satchel: Tory Burch 
Ring: Monica Vinader // Keychain: Mischa Lampert
Watch: Michael Kors // Flats: Loeffler Randall
Clutch: Clare V. // Boots: Dolce Vita

The Shopbop Friends & Family sale is finally here - 25% off (Code: InTheFam25) most of the store!  I am so excited. I have been waiting for this sale to pick up a few things that typically do not go on sale.  In my shopping cart wish list is a bag from ZAC Zac Posen, some boots by Sam Edelman, and another pair of flare jeans.

If you are looking to update your fall wardrobe - here are just a few suggestions at the sale.
1.  Fur bag - Fur is no longer just for vests - fur is showing up in accessories and shoes.
2.  Budget rings - You do not need to spend a lot of money to accessorize. These rings are under $55.
3. Ankle boots - These are perfect for fall. Suede, fringe, and gray are all big trends this season.
4. Burgundy - Definitely the color of fall and can be incorporated through shoes, bag or a jacket.
5. Accessories - like rings under $30, sunglasses under $100 and pom pom keychains.
6. Boho/Seventies trend - ponchos, flare jeans, and hats. (some outfit ideas here)

Plus, Shopbop offers (3 day) free shipping both ways!

Have a great day!

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October 12, 2015

Fall Life Lately

ann taylor, ivanka trump, tall boots, skinny jeans, fall trends
Sweater: Ann Taylor (Only $18 on sale!) (Similar here) // Jeans: old (Similar here and here)
Boots: Ivanka Trump (Other options here) // Watch: Michael Kors

October 8, 2015

Designer Boots for Less

stuart weitzman, highland, lowland, suede, boots, fall, what to wear

 Save: Tan (Also here) / Burgundy / Black
Splurge: Tan / Burgundy (Also here) / Black

You might do a double-take on these "SAVE" boots.  I have found some boots that look so similar to the designer ones - I had a hard time picking which ones were designer and which ones were not.  Plus, theses budget-friendly options are selling for a fraction of the cost.  Two of them I found are under $100 dollars and one you can get for 50% off (and free shipping)!  You cannot beat that price - plus with such a similar look - why splurge.  Also, each of the styles come in other colors.


A great attitude is one of your most marketable skills, and if you can muster the energy and passion to have a good attitude about any task, large or small, then you will get very far.

- From a book on how to be make an impression.

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What to Buy for Fall

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Fur Bags: Furla // Vasic Collection // Rochas
Budget Rings: Elizabeth Cole // Gorjana // Jules Smith
Ankle Boots: Dolce Vita // Schutz  // Joie
Burgundy Hue: Rebecca Minkoff // IRO // Rebecca Minkoff

Looking to update your fall wardrobe - here are just a few items to buy.
1.  Fur bag - Fur is no longer just for vests - fur is showing up in accessories and shoes.
2.  Budget rings - You do not need to spend a lot of money to accessorize. These rings are under $55.
3. Ankle boots - These are perfect for fall. Suede, fringe, and gray are all big trends this season.
4. Burgundy - Definitely the color of fall and can be incorporated through shoes, bag or a jacket.

Sometimes it simply will not work out. And in those times, you will learn more than when you get it right. After all, in the end, it’s the journey that defines us, not the destination.

- From a funny and creative girl.

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October 7, 2015

Fall Cardigan

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1. Tee: Topshop // 2. Sunglasses: Ray Ban // 3. Tee: Topshop
4. Pants: BLANKNYC // 5. Cardigan: Topshop // 6. Jeans: Topshop
7. Bag: Tory Burch // 8. Bag: Tory Burch // 9. Boots: Sam Edelman
10. Lipstick: NARS // 11. Lipgloss: NARS // 12. Boots: Kristin Cavallari (20% off)

A striped cardigan for fall - styled two ways.

P.S. I bought these faux leather jeans during the Anniversary Sale, and I can’t wait to wear them this fall with my tall suede boots and my $23 sweater.

October 5, 2015

Transition to Fall

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Today, I joining a few ladies from The Blended Blog to share how to transition boots from summer to fall. I got these shorter riding boots this past spring.   I like the cognac color and how it pairs well with black and cream. I wore them in the spring/summer mostly with jeans and a tank. This fall I have worn them a couple of times with my plaid poncho and my cable knit sweater.

October 2, 2015

Fur for Fall

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1. Necklace: Dogeared // 2. Vest: Topshop // 3. Necklace: BaubleBar
4. Dress: Topshop // 5. Dress: Topshop
6. Clutch: Emperia (Only $32 - Also in Gray) // 7. Bag: Emperia (Only $42)
8. Sneakers: Coach // 9. Lipliner: NARS
10. Lipstick: NARS // 11. Booties: Ivanka Trump