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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Structured Staple

Basic Fall Outfit for Casual Friday

There is something about a solid blazer that just gives every outfit structure and class. Even though the fall weather that came last weekend is long gone, I couldn't help but to put on this tan blazer that I got from Target. I wanted it last year, but they sold out of my size both in stores and online. When I saw it again this year, I yanked it off the rack without hesitation. In my opinion, the quality is better than the J.Crew Factory version and less than $40. 

I met a client for lunch yesterday and wanted to look polished, yet laid back and effortless. By adding the blazer as a final detail, I think I accomplished just what I was going for. I wish I would have had Ross take of photo without the jacket to show the dramatic difference one wardrobe staple can make to a style. If I had to choose my top five must have pieces for the fall (or for any season) everything I am wearing would make the list:

1. Solid, structured blazer
2. Pair of black heels or ankle boots
3. Stripe top for layering under jackets
4. Distressed denim, skinny or boyfriend fit
5. Tote bag (preferably printed) to spice up the simplest of outfits

Coach Zebra Print Tote
Tan Blazer Stripe Top Distressed Denim Black Ankle Boots
Black Cut Out Zara Heels
Basic and Classic Fall Style
Tan J.Crew Structured Boyfriend Blazer
Target Blazer // Old Navy Stripe Top (old: similar here and here) // Old Navy Boyfriend Skinny Denim // Zara Heels (old: almost identical here) // Coach Zebra Print Tote (similar here) // Vintage Chain Necklace (similar) // Wrenn Jewelry Rings c/o // La Mer Watch c/o (love this one) // Forever 21 Pave Bracelet (old: love this one) // Forever 21 Sunglasses (option

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Shanna

Monday, September 15, 2014

Checks and Wine

Tony Lama Latigo Tucson Cowgirl Boots

This past weekend sixteen of us headed to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to a town called Grapevine for our 2nd Annual GrapeFest Girls Weekend. The festival is a three day event filled with vendors, food, music, carnival rides and of course wine. Thankfully the weather was much different for us this year. Fall arrived just in time and we didn't have to melt from the blazing heat like we did last year. Let me tell you, it was like Mother Nature flew down from the sky and graced us with an almost forgotten chill. 

I wore this heavier cotton buffalo check drop waist dress from Old Navy and my cowgirl boots for our first afternoon out. It is so comfortable, doesn't wrinkle and is a perfect print for fall and winter. I think it will be fun with my riding boots and a tan blazer for a more classic style. I also plan to wear it with tights, ankle boots and my denim jacket. It is a Refinery 29 Top Pick and I have a feeling it might not last long. 

fall 2014 tredn red and black plaid check for fall
Cowgirl boots style idea
Black and red buffalo check plaid dress
Buffalo check taran plaid drop waist dress from Old Navy

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If you live in Texas, you really need to mark your calendar for GrapeFest next year. Plan yourself a girls trip or a romantic getaway. We stayed at The Gaylord Texan. This resort is a vacation in itself. We also did a few other fun excursions, so if you want to make plans to go next year, shoot me an email or leave me a comment. I am happy to help answer any questions. I cannot take credit for all the planning though, my friend was rock star and set up our entire trip. I can however, pass the detailed daily itinerary she made for us onto anyone who is interested. Cheers!


Shanna

Friday, September 12, 2014

Swayed by Stripes

stripe dress with leather pockets

Yep, a stripe dress twice this week. I can't even apologize for it. What can I say? Stripes for the win is all I got. In my opinion, they provide the perfect blank canvas for so many styling options and have many fashion faces; classic, preppy, chic, edgy and even glamorous. I am sure I left off a million other adjectives that describe this pattern we all seem addicted to. They can do no wrong when it comes to clothing.

casual fall casual spring outfit idea
Black and white stripe dress with ankle boots
Leopard bangle and wrenn jewelry druzy bangles
stripe tunic dress with leather front pockets
 ruche tokyo summer striped tunic dress
Ruche Dress // Charlotte Russe Booties (option here and here) // Urban Expression Bag (option here and here) // Wrenn Jewelry Druzy Bangles // T+J Designs Leopard Bangle c/o // Costa Aviators (option here) // La Mer Leather Wrap Watch c/o (option here)

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This Ruche dress was another Labor Day purchase. I saw a similar one at J.Crew Factory, but once I finally decided to pull the checkout trigger, it was gone. So when I saw this one online, I added it to my basket immediately. It's another early fall staple that is helping to ease me into the seasonal transition.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I am off to join my neighborhood girlfriends for our 2nd annual wine festival trip. Grape stomping here we come!

Shanna
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