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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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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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.

 

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.

Keeping It Current

Life has been absolutely crazy since I’ve returned from my trip, but I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and catch you all up on some current happenings and obsessions.

Lush // Recently, I made two new purchases from the handmade, organic cosemetic store Lush – the Big Blue Bath Bomb and Cup O’Coffee face and body mask. I’ve previously tried a bath bomb and enjoyed it so I thought I’d try out another.

Big Blue promised a relaxing, oceanic experince; however, I somehow missed the fine print where it said there would be literal pieces of seaweed in the bathtub with you (see image below). If bathing with seaweed relaxes you, then this is right up your alley! As for me, tiny bits of the water plant give me anxiety so it wasn’t the best experience for me. Also, the cleaning of the seaweed was a pain; I don’t usually like to give the bath tub a good scrubbing after my soak, but I felt the need to after this one. I give it a 7/10 for the scent and the beautiful color it leaves the water.

As for the Cup O’Coffee face and body mask, a ton of bloggers I follow have raved about the product so I had to give it a try. I bought the smaller version as I have sensitive skin and am allergic to most things under the sun and, you guys, I’m obsessed! It smells amazing (if you like the smell of coffee), and makes my skin feel unbelievably smooth. The only thing I recommend is not using it before bed as it does have caffeine in it and will keep you up all night – trust me, I learned this the hard way.

The Skimm // I like to start off my mornings with a cup of coffee and The Skimm. Interested in staying up to date on current events without biased BS? Join me and the rest of the Skimm community by signing up here today!  It’s quick, easy, and super entertaining; I promise you won’t regret it!

Zara // Now onto my favorite latest obsession: Zara! Since there aren’t any that are close to where I live, I jumped on the chance to explore one of the stores in Florence while in Italy. Needless to say, I loved it and picked up the two tops featured in the photo above. Have I mentioned how much I love neutrals?

Game of Thrones // Last summer, I got hooked on Game of Thrones, but barely made it through the second season before life got hectic. Just the other night, I re-downloaded HBO Now so that I can finally watch it all the way through before the new season starts.

That’s all for me this week! What have you been up to?

-K.