Fall Fashion Favorites Under $100

Sweater | Necklace (similar) | Skirt (purchased last year from J. Crew) | Loafers

Fall is officially here! Sweater weather is my absolute favorite, mostly because sweaters are a signature staple of mine. There are a TON of great sales going on right now, making it the perfect time to stock up on your favorite fall fashion pieces. Despite the fact that my goal this month is to not spend on anything I don’t need in order to save for an upcoming trip, I can’t help my habit of online window shopping. In lieu of feeding my shopping addiction, I’ve put together a list of my favorite fall pieces – both classic and trendy – that won’t break the bank, and where to find them.

Classic Pullover Sweater // Not gunna lie, I have this Cotton-wool Teddie Sweater in three different colors because I love it so much. They’re so cozy and easy to layer as the temps drop. Bonus: It’s currently on sale in all J.Crew Factory stores!

Shirtdress  // I love a good shirtdress, and Abercrombie has the perfect one for fall. This plaid shirtdress can be dressed up or down for any occasion this season. If you’re willing to spend a bit more money, I’m also crushing on this tie-waist shirtdress from J. Crew.

Balloon-Sleeve Pullover Sweater // As I previously mentioned, I’m a bit of a sweater fanatic, so it’s no surprise that I’m obsessed with this fall’s trend of balloon-sleeves. I just may have to break my no-spend rule to snag this sweater  from Madewell in Egyptian Gold.

Puffer Vest // For those chilly evenings spent at football games or cider mills, a puffer vest is a must! J. Crew has an excellent quilted option with several fall colors to choose from. I’ll take one of each!

Riding Boots // Every woman needs one staple pair of riding boots in her closet. This season, DSW is offering numerous options at great prices, including these black Iona boots by Tommy Hilfiger, G by Guess’s Herly Riding Boots, and Lauren by Ralph Lauren’s Menna Two-Toned Riding Boot.

Booties // Continuing on the topic of shoes, booties are also a must-have for fall and winter. I’m actually in need of some new ones, so I have my eye on these Tommy Hilfiger Ruthee Block-Heel Ankle Booties in black.

Leopard-Print Accessories // This is one trend I stand behind this year; while I can’t rock head to toe animal print like some can, I love incorporating a pop of print into my outfits. I have a particular soft spot for leopard print, especially these loafers by Louise et Cie. I mean, seriously, I’m OBSESSED with them!

Now I want to hear from you! What’s your go-to fall fashion staple?

– K.

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Closet Staples for Every Professional Woman

Transitioning into corporate America from college life is no easy feat, especially in the wardrobe department. Luckily for me, I had my sorority Sundays and numerous internships to help me build my professional wardrobe and keep me on the right track to know what is and is not professional. However, my current workplace has everything from casual jeans to full business attire depending on what team you’re on, so it took me a bit to get in the groove of what is and is not acceptable.

I’ve found that having a business capsule wardrobe helps make my outfit planning for work a lot easier. Here are a few primary closet staples every boss babe needs in her wardrobe!

Classic White Oxford // Ralph Lauren never fails in the Oxford department. An Oxford can be paired with most everything, and is perfect for layering in the cooler months.

Feminine Blouse // While an Oxford is extremely versatile, a feminine blouse can make an outfit. Add a little extra embroidery like this Zara high-collar blouse, and you’ll instantly make a statement.

Blazer // I love love love a good blazer! I believe that a well-tailored blazer can instantly dress up any outfit. My personal favorite is the J. Crew Factory Schoolboy Blazer in Navy, as seen on Instagram.

Pencil Skirt // Pretty sure it goes without saying, but every boss babe has AT LEAST one power pencil skirt in their closet. J. Crew Factory has a ton of pencil skirts in varying colors and great for all seasons. Some of my favorite pencil skirts also come from New York and Company; they have everything from a classic black pencil skirt to a fun, flirty patterned skirt.

Sensible Pumps // I used to be that horrible person that buys shoes because they’re cute without really thinking about their comfort level. Don’t be that person! I promise your work conferences are so much more enjoyable when your feet aren’t killing you. Some of the most comfortable (and fashionable) pumps were nearly identical to these black leather pumps from Nine West.

Loafers/Chic Flats // Lately I’ve been obsessed with loafers and pointed-toe flats such as these Sam Endelman Loafers and these pointed-toe ballet flats from Target. Bonus points if you have them in fun colors!

Here are a couple ways to style these classic pieces:

Professional Staples 1
Professional Staples 2

Professional Staples 2 by kerogus featuring a j crew jacket

What are some of your favorite staples for the office?
-K.

 

Fall Fashion Trend Watch

This season, we’re seeing fashion come full-circle drawing inspiration from the past and putting a contemporary twist on the classics.

Statement Sleeves // The trend that took over the summer is now invading shopping racks this fall. Featuring everything from ruffles to bell sleeves, styles can range from eccentric to sophisticated – perfect for work or play.

Power Red // This color is EVERYWHERE this fall. Inspired by female empowerment, this trend is bound to make a statement. Gigi Hadid rocked the tonal red look at Max Mara’s runway show.

Suiting // Continuing on the theme of empowered women, the broad shouldered pantsuit as seen at Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham runway shows is back and chic-er than ever.

Vintage-Inspired Fur // If you were looking for an occasion to bust out your grandma’s mink scarf from circa 1953, you are in luck – fur is making a comeback this fall! Mark Jacobs, Michael Kors and Céline have all donned fur coats and accessories on the runway this season. Looks like it’s time to update your winter coat collection!

Corduroy // As seen at shows such as Mark Jacobs and Prada, it’s now socially acceptable to incorporate this 70s staple into your daily look again.

Fishnets // The previous trend of fishnets under destroyed denim is long gone, and being replaced by a more feminine approach to the stockings. Recently they’ve been seen paired with skirts, dresses, and schoolboy blazers.

What are some trends you are looking forward to seeing this fall?

-K.

Top Summer Trends

Hello and Happy June!

It is finally warm in Michigan which means it’s time to start breaking out your summer clothes and read up on this year’s trends. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, while I don’t necessarily “abide” by trends, I like to take them and make them my own. Luckily, this season has some of my favorite trends of all time and I can’t wait to work them this summer!

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Gingham // It’s no surprise, that one of my favorite classic prints is at the top of my trend list this summer. Generally it’s one of those prints that people associate with a more preppy style; However, thanks to the help of companies such as Zara, gingham is becoming more versatile like this Zara dress.

Bell Sleeves // I’m LOVING this trend right now, and maybe spending a little too much money on it as well! Bell sleeves pair great with the off-the-shoulder trend that’s also in season. You can get both in this dress I just posted on my Instagram. PS – it’s SUPER affordable and currently on sale!

Retro Swimwear // One piece and high-waisted bathing suits are back! I never thought I would be loving this trend as much as I am now. I recently purchased one similar to this one and I can’t wait to rock it on my upcoming vacation.

Statement Earrings // The bigger, the bolder, the better. That seems to be the motto accompanying the latest jewelry craze. I’ve had my eyes on these tassel earrings and these bauble drop earrings both from Francesca’s.

Wrap Dresses // Midi, maxi, mini, you simply can’t go wrong with a wrap dress. They work for any occasion, which is especially convenient now that wedding season is upon us. I absolutely adore this gorgeous pale blue maxi wrap dress from Asos. It’s definitely a possibility for my uncle’s wedding later this year.

What are some of your favorite trends that you are trying out this summer?

-K.

Henri Bendel’s New York Fashion Week Event

This weekend I attended my first New York Fashion Week (NYFW) event at Henri Bendel with my friend and fellow blogger, Bri (you can check out her personal blog here). Essentially, it was a promo event that consisted of a sparkling water, snacks and a sale. Participants also received a free votive candle with a purchase of over $100 (I snagged a jasmine + bergamot scented candle). In true Kourtney and Bri fashion, we took advantage of the sale. My initial plan was to purchase a new cross-body bag, but ended up buying the West 57th Zip Around Continental Wallet in black, as well as the West 57th Pocket Case for the iPhone 6 in red. I’ll probably end up purchasing a bag from the next season online and have it monogrammed. All in all, the event seemed to be a success and we had an absolute blast!

Coffee in hand & ready to shop til we drop!
We had to get this shot qfter realizing we’re actually Blair & Serena
The goods

I will definitely be participating in more Fashion Week events, and even hope to actually attend in NYC in the near future! What is your favorite NYFW experience or designer?

-K

Fall Favorites

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Hello Friends!

Fall is officially here in Michigan and I could not be more excited since it is my absolute favorite time of the year! In celebration, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about fall and things that I am obsessed with at the current moment in time.

Chunky Cable knit Sweaters// They can be layered with an adorable pair of boots and jeans or just paired with leggings. My go-to place for amazing sweaters is J Crew!

Fleece Pullovers// Continuing the theme of comfy garments, I’ve always been a huge fan of your average crew neck and quarter-zip fleece, but I’ve never known love until I bought my Patagonia Snap-T Fleece Pullover. Okay, maybe that’s a tad over-dramatic, but, in all reality, it’s quite fabulous and I highly recommend checking it out!

Cider Mills// This really speaks for itself, the best fall past time in Michigan; donuts, caramel apples, and warm cider…. Nothing beats it!

Guacamole Chips// Okay, so it’s not quite fall themed, but they are one of my latest obsessions. If you enjoy tortilla chips and guac, you’ll LOVE the organic twist by Food Should Taste Good. I’ll admit, I was a tad apprehensive initially, but I ended up demolishing the whole bag with my friend. Yes, they are that good!

Quilted/Puffy/Fleece Vests// Last, but certainly not least, I find it quite essential to have, at least, one vest to sport during this time of the year. Vests are perfect for layering on particularly chilly days; it’s no surprise that my favorite comes from the store that holds my heart: J Crew!

What are some of your favorite fall things? Comment below and don’t forget, sharing is caring!

-K

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Headbands of Hope

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Headbands of Hope
My purchase: Bluestar ($23.95 without shipping)
My purchase: Bluestar ($23.95 without shipping)

Growing up in Catholic school, philanthropy has always been a huge part of my life. Now that I am involved in a sorority, I have so many amazing philanthropic opportunities, not only per my chapter, but other Greek organizations as well.

A few weeks ago, while attending a retreat put on by my school’s Panhellenic Council, I had the privilege of learning about a new chapter (Sigma Sigma Sigma) coming to our school’s campus this fall following Formal Recruitment.  During their segment, Tri-Sigma spoke about their involvement with the charity Headbands of Hope; For every headband sold, the organization gives a headband to a child battling cancer, and $1 is donated to children’s cancer research.

As the philanthropist and self-proclaimed shopaholic I am, I grew quite interested in the organization and decided that I wanted- nay- NEEDED Headbands of Hope in my life. They have a large variety of headbands to choose from ranging from couture to flowered to headwraps, and everything in-between! I decided to go with the timeless couture piece, Bluestar (see left image).

Your purchase is mailed in an adorable satchel (see feature image) that is great to store your product in. You also receive a sticker which I chose to put on my laptop to stir up questions about the organization and peak the interest of others! Of course, there are many more on my wishlist, plus it’s for such an amazing cause. This is one purchase you do not have to feel guilty about going a tad overboard with!

Check out the link to the Headbands of Hope website above and feel free to like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram. They also have a variety of ways to rock your new headbands on their Pinterest page.

Until Next Time!

-K