Week in Review, Vol. V

Happy December! It’s the most magical time of the year and, like most of you, I’ve been in full Christmas prep mode. Holiday engagements are already in full swing for me; In fact, I’m currently writing this while cooking for my annual Wine & Cheese Party with a few of my close friends and sorority sisters! Most of what’s been going on lately is solely work-related, and not much else besides holiday prep, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

Preparing for the holidays with J. Crew

Quick Reads:

What I’m Reading: The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

What I’m Watching: Madam Secretary 

What I’m Listening To:

Sundress // A$AP Rocky

Roses (with Juice WRLD ft. Brendon Urie) // benny blanco

Project Dreams // Marshmello

I Couldn’t Be More In Love // The 1975

Miracle // CHVRCHES

Recent Purchases:

  • I have been obsessed with this J. Crew crewneck sweater for a while now, and finally took the plunge during their 50% off sale. I’m really into emerald and hunter green right now, but don’t own much of it, so I purchased it in the color “old forest”. I’m beyond ecstatic to style it!
  • Continuing on the theme of J. Crew: During the same aforementioned sale, I bought this belted sheath dress in Black Watch tartan for Christmas Eve. I love the classic look of the dress, and it’s so comfortable! Plus, it’s versatile – I can wear it for dress-y events such as our Christmas Eve party, or I can pair it with a blazer and wear it to the office. 
  • I also just got into essential oils, and purchased a premium starter kit with a diffuser after attending a Young Living party and learning more about them. With my health issues, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try the holistic approach. I’ll definitely be writing a post on my experience with them in the future when I have been able to properly test them out!

Latest Fashion Pick: Kate Middleton has recently been photographed sporting a velvet bow in her hair numerous times this season, which is giving me some serious inspiration. This next “it” accessory can be found everywhere from Target to Nordstrom.

Looking Ahead: 2018 is quickly drawing to a close, and I’ve been gearing up for Christmas! It’s my absolute favorite time of the year, but it’s also the busiest between preparing for the holidays, and wrapping up work for the year.  I’ve been working hard on both end of the year content, as well as my content calendar for Q1 of next year. I’m incredibly excited to try out some different types of content I haven’t touch yet, so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

-K.

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Winter 2018 Trend Watch

The weather outside is frightful, but a cozy sweater is so delightful! As much as I love the holidays, I’m not the biggest fan of the weather that comes along with it. Luckily, this season’s trends include options that will keep you warm whilst still looking fabulous!

Animal Print // One of fall’s biggest trends is trickling into winter, so don’t put away your favorite animal prints just yet! Specifically, we’ll be seeing a lot of leopard and snakeskin this season, as demonstrated at New York Fashion Week. Some of my favorite items this season include these snakeskin boots from Zara, this pleated leopard midi from J. Crew, and this leopard print skinny belt from Loft.

Puffer Coats // Great news for those of you who, like me, live in areas that are impacted by cold temperatures and snow in the winter, puffer coats are in! Last winter, I finally decided to invest in last year’s version of  this The North Face parka, and it was one of the best decisions for my winter wardrobe, checking the boxes for both warm and fashionable. Some other great options include this Columbia parka and this Patagonia down jacket.

Slouchy Boots // You heard that right — your go-to trend from the 2000s is back! Paired with jeans, dresses, really anything, this style is incredibly versatile. Dress your outfit up with these Jessica Simpson leather boots, or keep it casual with these Kelly & Katie suede boots, OR vice versa because that’s how versatile they are!

Plaid // If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you already know how crazy I am for plaid — shoutout to my Catholic school days for instilling this in me. Naturally, I’m over the moon about this trend and had the most difficult time not actually purchasing all the items I stumbled upon in my research. I’m living for this belted sheath dress in Black Watch tartan from J. Crew, this big bow midi skirt from J. Crew Factory, and this Irish Lambswool Scarf from L.L. Bean (which I already have in Royal Stewart & love).

Statement Sweaters // Knitwear is a key player in winter fashion every year, but this year’s focus is on statement sweaters. Think wacky prints, embellishments, statement sleeves, embroidered phrases, etcetera. This jeweled embellished pullover from J. Crew hits most of these points, but I’m also loving Francesca’s Karly Open Back Sweater, which is available in so many cute winter colors!

Did I miss a trend that you are most looking forward to flaunting this winter? Let me know in the comments below!

-K.

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Week In Review, Vol. IV

Week In Review, Vol. IV

Hey hey hey! It’s been a minute since my last update, and life has been crazy lately so it’s time for a quick review of what’s been happening on my side of town. Since my quick trip to Vegas last month, I’ve been on hiatus with blogging since life happens; however, this is all starting to turn around this week. Life is slowing down a bit, the holiday season is upon us, and I could not be more thrilled! I love the holidays. Yes, I’m 100% that person that starts drinking peppermint mochas and listening to Christmas music right after Halloween NO SHAME! I digress, let’s dive into the recap, shall we?

Me and my guy after the wedding festivities in the Flamingo Garden

Vegas Recap: In early October, Ryan and I took a brief trip to Las Vegas for his friend’s wedding. When I say brief, I mean VERY brief…  like less than 48 hours brief. Anywho, despite it being super quick we had so much fun! Honestly, I never had a desire to go to Vegas, but we had so much fun in such a short amount of time that we cannot wait to return next year for my best friend’s bachelorette party. We stayed at the Flamingo, which is also where we spent most of our time in the casino, but  I was bummed that we didn’t get to see much of the strip on foot, though I did get to visit the Venetian while I waited for Ry to arrive, which was super cool and slightly trippy. Once he arrived, we all headed to Fremont Street (aka Old Las Vegas) for the evening. Since it was a Sunday night there was not a ton going on, but we enjoyed two of the outdoor concerts taking place. Our last adventure of the trip was ziplining from the roof of the Rio Hotel 500 feet above Vegas. If you know me, you know that I HATE heights! It ended up being an extraordinary experience, but one that I’m fine only doing once. If you have any recommendations of things we should see or do on our next trip to Vegas, leave a comment below!

Quick Reads:

What I’m Reading: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

What I’m Watching: Manifest

What I’m Listening To:

Baby // Clean Bandit, Marina & the Diamonds, and Luis Fonsi

Without Me // Halsey

Speechless // Dan + Shay

Burning Man // Dierks Bentley & Brothers Osborne

Lover, Leaver // Greta Van Fleet

Higher // Social House

Mona Lisa // Lil Wayne & Kendrick Lamar

Close to Me // Ellie Goulding,   

Recent Purchases:

  • I just ordered these adorable leopard print flats from James Ascher and I’m hoping to get in a few wears with them before the snow falls!
  • Also ordered from James Ascher is the navy and orange Window Pane Open Front Shawl Jacket. The link was removed from the website, but you can see it in my Instagram fashion highlight!
  • I also recently purchased these Ellie Chelsea boots from Target for only $30 to replace my favorite Ralph Lauren booties (RIP) and I’m obsessed. I try to not spend a ton of money on boots for the mere fact that Michigan winters can be pretty gnarly and the sidewalk salt can destroy boots.
  • Finally, I purchased a Quip toothbrush. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, and have heard nothing but good things about the brand so I’m excited to see if it makes a difference. What really drew me to it was the price; it’s super affordable compared to other electric toothbrushes.

Latest Fashion Picks:

  • It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of layering, and this tweed coat from J. Crew would be the perfect top layer as the cold weather rolls in. Plus, tweed is always in style.
  • Believe it or not, my mom actually just picked up a pair of these Faux-Suede Stevie Pants from Old Navy and I want them in every color. Not only are they comfy, but they can be dressed up or down for most occasions.

Looking Ahead: In October, I fell off the workout wagon, so I’ve gotten back on the workout grind with some at home Pilates exercises. That being said, I plan on putting together a health/fitness post about the plan I’m sticking to for the next year, that will most likely come out in early January in lieu of my 2019 goals post. I also am excited to have the next week off of work for the Thanksgiving holiday, which will give me plenty of time to crank out some fun content I have for the blog through the end of the year! 

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

-K.

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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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Fall Trend Watch 2018

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Top | Jeans | Belt | Scarf  (similar) |Loafers | Purse (similar)

YOU GUYS, my favorite season is right around the corner, and call me crazy, but I’m SO ready for sweater weather! Last week, my friend Bri (peep her blog here) and I went down to Campus Martius Park in Detroit to start shooting some fall outfits, and it made me so.freaking.excited. for the coming season. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos from the shoot of me looking awkward throughout this post. I digress – back to what you came here for. I am OBSESSED with all of the fall basics – sweaters, puffy vests, riding boots, blanket scarves – but today I want to talk about some of the trends for this upcoming fall that I’m most excited for, as well as those that I could do without. Keep scrolling to discover the trends I’m loving and leaving be this season.

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Pleats // We’ve already been seeing this trend everywhere and on everyone from Karlie Kloss to Meghan Markle. Pleats are such a classic fashion element that you can’t go wrong with; pleated dresses and skirts alike can be dressed up or down for any occasion. I recently picked up this whimsical skirt from J. Crew – I simply couldn’t pass it up! A few other items I’m loving are this pleated midi from Banana Republic, and this pleated wrap dress from Nordstrom.

Tweed // Chanel has been capitalizing on this trend since the 1920s, making it a closet staple for business women around the world. To say that I’m a little geeked to see it everywhere this fall is an understatement. While I’m not exactly in the position where I can afford Chanel, this Zara skirt and blazer are perfect power pieces to slay the work day!

Animal Print // Everyone needs at least one fabulous animal print piece in their closet, so now is the perfect time to stock up on some timeless pieces to add a bold pop to any outfit. This season, I have my eye on these adorable leopard print pumps from J. Crew Factory, and this sweater with a hint of print from J. Crew.

Bold Plaid // Plaid flannel is a fall staple, but this year people are literally mixing it up. Expect to see ensembles of  different plaid colors and prints paired together, and bright colored plaid (think Clueless). As a former Catholic school girl, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for plaid. I’m loving this Zara midi skirt, and Urban Outfitters’ plaid beret.

Western // I’m going to be honest, I was a bit apprehensive about this trend initially, but it’s really grown on me! Cowboy boots, fringe jackets, and prairie dresses are taking over this fall. This Zara blouse, MICHAEL by Michael Kors suede booties, and Free People prairie dress are some Western-inspired pieces to add to your wardrobe this fall.

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Neon // Most recently, the Kardashian-Jenner sisters have been posting themselves on Instagram killing the neon game. While many people can pull this trend off, neon doesn’t mix well with my style nor my fair skin so this is a trend you won’t find me rocking this fall.

80’s Inspired // Falling right in line with the neon trend, pieces reminiscent of the 1980s are resurfacing this fall. That’s right, it’s time to pull out your parents’ high school yearbooks to draw inspiration for this season. Items ranging from blazers with shoulder pads to sequins are all the rage, but it is one trend I will not be looking forward to. If this is up your alley, here are a few finds to get you started: sequin sheath dress – Express, plaid ruched sleeve boyfriend blazer – Express, plaid wrap-front skort romper – Urban Outfitters

Logos // Prepare to see the logos plastered everywhere. We’ve been seeing this a lot lately with the popular Gucci tee and Gucci Belt (dupe here for those of us ballin’ on a budget), and this fall we’ll see more people taking the opportunity to be walking billboards for various brands. I left this trend behind in high school, but I wouldn’t be opposed to pulling out my first Michael Kors bag (similar style).

What trend are you looking forward to rocking this fall?

-K.

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Top 5 E-Newsletters to Kick-Start Your Morning

Top 5 E-Newsletters to Kick-Start Your Morning

Looking to stay more informed with what’s going on in the world? You’ve come to the right place! Beginning in high school, my teachers preached the importance of staying on top of current events. Throughout college, I went about my days with a lack of television which was my primary source for news growing up as I did not read the newspaper. I had several news apps on my phone and newspapers were always available on campus, but I never really took the time – or had the time – to read the articles.

It wasn’t until my senior year of college that I discovered the beauty of e-Newsletters. I could digest the top news stories from around the world in 5 minutes and under. They provided me enough information to develop my own opinion on world affairs, and hold an intelligent conversation. Thus began my love for these quick, information-packed news sources.

The Skimm //  Top world news stories, current events, and the latest products and reads curated by two former producers and delivered to your inbox every weekday with no bias, no jargon, and much needed humor. Join the Skimm Life here!

The Newsette // Delivered to the inbox of career-focused women every weekday, the newsletter covers several topics including current events, wellness, beauty, fashion, and more. Sign up for  The Newsette here!

New York Times: What We’re Reading // Delivered twice a week to your inbox with articles from around  selected by NY Times reporters and editors. Sign up for NY Times: What We’re Reading here.

Career Contessa // This career site was built exclusively for women seeking empowerment and looking to cultivate successful careers. Their newsletter includes free downloads, workplace adivce articles, job openings across the USA, and more. Subscribe here!

WhoWhatWear // Daily fashion news delivered straight to your inbox including trends, celebrity style, street wear, and more! Fellow fashionistas can sign up here.

What are some of your favorite e-Newsletters?

-K.

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.