Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pearls + Plaid

Plaid flannel with gray skinny denim

One of my favorite things is plaid...on anything. It's just so easy to style and literally goes with everything. The print mixing abilities are endless and layering possibilities are the ultimate for fall and winter style.

I must say though, sometimes plaid speaks for itself and looks just as fabulous and effortless standing alone with a favorite pair of denim, ankle boots, fun accessories and a basic tote. That was my mindset when I was styling this top. I tend to over think outfits from time to time and going back to simple basic styles like this one is a sure way to feel comfortable and stylish without much thought. 

Life can get insanely busy and calendar complicated. We are always in a rush with the kids, work, dinner, errands and all the added appointments/commitments in between. It's refreshing to be able to put together a style that is timeless and appropriate for a busy week or even a laid back weekend. This one just works and I fully intend on repeating and swapping out similar items to replicate the causal fall look.

French connection tweed tote 2014
PLaid flannel with skinny denim fall style idea
Plaid and pearls
Joe Fresh plaid oxford and skinny ankle zipper denim with gray ankle booties
Plaid pearls and danile wellington watch
Wallis gray ankle zipper boots
JcPenney Joe Fresh Plaid Top // Gray Denim (old: very similar here and here) // Wallis Gray Ankle Boots c/o // French Connection Tote c/o // Forever 21 Necklaces (option here and here) // Daniel Wellington Watch c/o

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Dressing for Texas

Dressing for warm weather in the fall style ideas

If you are living in warmer climates, today is a fun way to dress the seasonal part without dropping of a heat stroke in 2.25 seconds. I received my October Golden Tote package in the mail last week. And, oh my word...I LOVED it all. Unfortunately, this blouse was the only piece that I could immediately wear. Everything else was, you guessed, heavier items that are far from Texas appropriate. I promise to show you guys what I got as soon as I can...think the cutest infinity scarf, collegiate sweater and tartan hooded top. 

My love for scarves this time of year is undeniable. I want to wear them with everything, but like I said a second ago, the weather isn't cooperating. So, instead of being defeated, I styled this scarf tucked under a belt. It's not restrictive around my neck, but still adds the element of a fall layer. Here is another way I wore a scarf that didn't require wrapping or knotting around my neck. 

By wearing lighter pieces on top, a short sleeve blouse and skirt, I was able to get by with riding boots. Because they are on my feet and not around my body, I can wear them comfortably without getting overheated. It's an easy way to incorporate fall pieces into your outfit without sacrificing comfort.

tucking a scarf into a belt for fall layering
riding boots and j crew factory skirt
gigi new york orange clutchfall outfit style ideas
Golden Tote Blouse c/o // J. Crew Factory Skirt (go down one or two sizes) // Cream Scarf (old: option here) // MIA Boots (old: option here and here) // Gigi New York Clutch c/o // Costa Del Mar Sunglasses (option here)  // Sweet Tea Jewels Bangles c/o 

If you haven't heard of Golden Tote you can go to this post or read below. I will make it quick.

It's an online site where you have the option of choosing between 2 different levels of service. You can select the 2-3 item tote for $49 (a $200 value) or 5-7 item tote for $149 (up to $600 value). If you aren't interested in a tote, you can always shop their boutique for individual items. 

Keep in mind that Golden Tote is NOT a monthly subscription. You can try it out once, if you like it you can come back next month, every other month, once a quarter or even send as a gift to someone else.  

If you want to give Golden Tote a try, you can sign up here. I highly recommend it and hope you all know that I never share companies or products that I don't 100% believe in or have not have tried for myself.

P.S. In case you are worried about receiving an item that doesn't suit your style preference, there is a Golden Tote trading group on Facebook where you can exchange pieces from your tote. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Subtle Sparkle with White Plum + $50 Giveaway

stripe tunic, leggings, cardigan, brown riding boots, tassel necklace, floppy hat

Today I am chatting about a boutique that I had the pleasure of being introduced to several months back. White Plum Boutique is a fun place to shop online, discover the latest trends and at an affordable price point.

Most days I am all about comfort, but still want to look "put together" and stylish. Fall is the best time of year to embrace layering and play with accessories. Both the cardigan and top are from White Plum Boutique and are perfect for warmer weather climates. They are light weight, can easily be remixed with other items in your closet and add a party to any elbow

I fell in love with the subtle sequins on the elbows of this cardigan. While it's a basic piece, it also adds a bit of sass and sparkle. It's the perfect length to wear with leggings and cover your backside. The stripe tunic holds a special place in my heart because it's the colors of my alma mater...GO TEXAS STATE! I should have taken pictures without the cardigan...nice after thought once I was editing. Anyway, it has camel colored patches sewn to the elbow area as well. You can see more pictures here.

felt floppy hat for fall
casual fall outfit idea with riding boots
sparkle and sequins on the elbow elbow patch cardigan
cardigan, tunic, leggings and riding boots fall outfit idea
sequin elbow patches from white plum
stripe tunic and riding boots for fall
White Plum Sequin Elbow Patch Cardigan c/o // White Plum Stripe Tunic c/o // Old Navy Leggings // T+J Designs Clutch c/o (sold out: similar here) // Tassel Necklace (option here) // MIA Boots (old: super similar here and here) // Target Hat (sold out: option here and here) // Gorjana Ring c/o

White Plum Boutique has been kind enough to offer one lucky reader $50 credit to their store. You can also use the code SHANNASAIDSO at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. This is valid until October 29th. 

Happy shopping and good luck! Enjoy your weekend.

*Thank you to White Plum for partnering with me on this post. Compensation and clothing was provided, but all opinions and content remain 100% my own.

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