fall & winter staples – tops

Hi there šŸ™‚

My wardrobe is super simple… lots of solids, a few simple prints and mostly pieces I can mix and match. This is sometimes referred to as a capsule wardrobe. Not familiar with this term?Ā PINTEREST is your FRIEND.

This is the first of a three-part series on fall/winter staples for casual days. In this post, we focus on tops. Next will be bottoms, then a final post with everything else (accessories, shoes, scarfs)! All the pieces mentioned below are super accessible.Ā You can go high-end or low-end, based on your personal preferences and/or budget – the end result will be EXACTLY the same!

PSA: I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes. Handbags and accessories, now that’s a different story! #pickyourpoison #unlessyouarerich

The key to looking chic is to keep it simple.Ā The fewer colors you wear, the more chic you look! #factsĀ  Find a piece you like andĀ buy in multiple colors!

 

(pictures not my own)

Long sleeve shirts.Ā I always purchase these from Banana Republic. They come in many colors; but, my staples are white, gray and black. Add in a white long-sleeve shirt with black horizontal stripes to your list as well as corresponding short sleeve plain shirts.

Boyfriend shirts.Ā For, um… layers! (who wears coats anymore??) You only need two: one camouflage and one jean material. For camouflage, checkĀ NordstromĀ or Express. My jean shirt is from Target – I wanted plain jean shirt, no fading, no embellishments, no buttons… sigh; but, you can find these anywhere (Macy’s). If you want to be a little more fancy, add a red buffalo check shirt – this one is men’s (couldn’t find a women’s version online).

One button black blazer. This is a must have! Wear it on top of the shirts described above or over a graphic t-shirtĀ for an extra snazzy look. J. Crew

 

 

 

 

 

Puffer vestĀ from The North Face. In the absence of a coat this piece really does need to work and will last you a VERY longtime!Ā J. Crew also has some nice ones.

 

 

 

 

That’s it y’all!Ā You won’t find me in much more than these pieces on the weekends.

Stay tuned for my next post – fall/winter staples – bottoms!

 

Designer Arm Candy

 

pic from google images. not my arm (sadly!)

There are some things you look at that make your heart sing! šŸŽ¼šŸŽ¤ (I borrowed this phrase from a prominent YouTuber, Minks4All). Today’s topic is bracelets, also known arm candy when strategically stacked/positioned to create what some consider to be a work of art! In this post I am including my FAVORITE designer bracelets from: Ā Lagos, Cartier, Hermes, Gucci, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Van Cleef. These items AREĀ on my #wishlist – some things never come off because they are #SUPERexpensive šŸ¤‘ A girl can dream can’t she?!

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LAGOS – Absolutely LOVE the subtle, yet classy way they mix metals, particularly black (caviar) šŸ–¤ with silver, gold or pearl. All are stunning!

 

Next up is the infamous CARTIER love bracelet, obviously in gold (DUH!) WITH diamonds! No additional commentary needed here.Ā šŸ˜©

 

HERMES H bracelet. Many colors available, take your pick! I prefer narrow (0.5 inch) in some combination of black, silver, white or gold. Their signature orange is also a go.

 

 

 

GUCCIĀ Loved pendant bracelet with pearls. Great for a night out on the town!

 

 

 

 


TIFFANY HARDWEAR Link Bracelet in gold, medium.

LOUIS VUITTONĀ Idylle Blossom Bracelet, Yellow Gold with Diamonds.

 

VAN CLEEF & ARPELSĀ Vintage Alhambra bracelet. This is a new brand for me; but, I LOVE this bracelet and it looks SO good on!

 

 

 

 

You don’t have to be rich to get these looks. Find something similar in your price range and rock with it!

#girlboss

It’s a term I absolutely love! According to a popularĀ Netflix movie, a #girlboss is strong, smart, resilient, opinionated, confident and feisty! Do you agree? If not, no worries! Everyone has a different definition. While the point is to define what being a #girlboss means FOR YOU, the more important thing is to BE THAT. In your personal life, work life or however else you define your life.

BE. THE. BOSS. OF. YOUR. OWN. LIFE.

Not someone else’s. Live your best life. Stay in your lane and mind your own business. šŸ™‹šŸ½ If you need to find (or re-find) inspiration you can listen to a #girlboss playlist (Spotify), read a #girlboss book, check out #girlboss quotes on Pinterest, set up a #girlboss lockscreen on your phone or take a #girlbossĀ trip. #whateverworks

LIVE. THE. LIFE. YOU. WANT. MAKE. IT. HAPPEN.

You can be 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 or 100+! Just know that while you are doing all those things, so are others and it’s okay! For me, being a #girlbossĀ means protecting my space and my peace. I guard that very closely because most times I just CANNOT!!!! šŸš«

FIND. YOUR. PASSION. AND. DO. THAT.

FACT: I like writing and paper. And guess what? So do A LOT of other people. As normal, we take the things we love whole new #levels! See also: Planner Situation, my current favorite penĀ (there’s nothing wrong with a little bling!) or Shop PaperSource. Another one of my personal #girlboss criteria is to have order in my life – in written form of course – (and to look the part šŸ˜‰)! The essential item I use to do this is an agenda. Mine is currently being repaired and I feel SO VERY stifled. šŸ˜©

You may have noticed I underlined a few words above: FIND, BE, DO, LIVE. They are all verbs because at the heart of being a #girlboss is to takeĀ ACTION.

GO. GET. IT. šŸ–¤

DIY Travel Journal

Do you have any trips planned this summer? I certainly do! If you want to chronicle your experiences in a unique way, check out the video below for inspiration!!!! I only wish I had started this YEARS ago when I traveled to exciting cities like Prague, Rome, San Francisco, New York, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Brussels, Beijing, Budapest and more! The good new is, IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!! You can absolutely GO BACK and document all the places you’ve been – just go online and find clip art or pics of all the places you’ve been ORĀ of all the places you want to go!Ā šŸ˜

Check AmazonĀ or The Paper Source for cute journals. YouTubeĀ PinterestĀ for more inspiration.

Best of Chloe

Chloe. AĀ French luxury fashion house founded in 1952 and sold in high end stores like Nordstrom, SaksĀ (best collection) and Neiman Marcus. I absolutely LOVEĀ this designer’s sophisticated pieces and clean lines – mostly their accessories like handbags, shoes and jewelry. Chloe has the absolute PERFECT shade of gray and THEĀ prettiest pink for Spring. The calfskin leather is also amazing. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from their current collection. #wantitall šŸ˜©

ConsiderĀ Chloe’sĀ most popular handbag, TheĀ Marcie Medium Satchel. It comes in 12 colors (red not shown) and I can honestly see myself carrying most, if not ALL of themĀ depending on the timeĀ of year. Pick ANYĀ color… you can’t go wrong!!!

While we’re at it, take a look at Chloe’s 2017 Fall/Winter Runway on YouTubeĀ šŸ˜ or check out #chloegirls on InstagramĀ for the latest fashion trends.