Transitioning a Summer Dress into Fall – Part Deux

I think my second favorite way to transition a summer dress into fall, is to add a cardigan, tights and boots. My first favorite way is to add a denim jacket, because hello… EASY. We had a few really chilly days here in Michigan last week, so it was easy to justify sporting tights so early in fall (even though according to the calendar it was still officially summer). Michigan… You so crazy.

The last time I wore this dress was this past summer to an outdoor wedding. I actually wore the same jewelry and carried the same bag the last time I styled it, but the addition of the black cardigan, tights and boots really makes it look different. Heck, even the Mister gave me the fish-eye and was wondering when I snuck this dress in. I was all “This old thing? Ummmm… I wore it to your cousin’s wedding in June. DUH.” The blog provides photographic proof. There was no sneaking.

In this instance…

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Wearing: Dress – J. Crew, Cardigan – T.J. Maxx (old), Bag – Coach, Necklace – J. Crew, Bracelet – Vintage, Boots – Vince Camuto, Lips – M.A.C. (Del Rio), Nails – Essie (Burgundy).

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and stay classy my friends!

Humbled and Honored

Today

On Wednesday, You Look Fab published an article featuring my “style”. (You can read the article here.) I was completely blown away by the incredible write-up and the kind comments from the members of the community. I am so honored to be included in a series that has spotlighted many bloggers that I personally follow and admire. I am also incredibly humbled by the many kind and lovely comments from the YLF community.

I’d like to send a warm welcome to all of my new followers that resulted from that introduction. WELCOME! You should know that I’m kind of weird… Are you sure you know what you have gotten yourselves into?

OK then…

Consider yourselves warned.

Happy weekend!

 

Retro Inspired Sweatshirt | Sweet Retro New Balance Kicks

OK friends… What this post SHOULD have been titled was “High School Senior Portraits” or “Me and Trees” because…  Ummm… Yeah…

Let me give you a bit of a back story, so you don’t think I’ve completely fallen off of my rocker. The Mister gave me a new camera lens for my birthday, which was last Friday. (I’m 43. WOOT!)  My old 50mm F/1.8 lens kicked the bucket recently. It quit focusing and I couldn’t get a clear photo with it to save my life. (I can’t complain too much though, because it was super cheap and that thing lasted me for about 12 years.) He upgraded me to the 50mm F/1.4, which is a much better lens. Muy bueno. So, we were roaming around testing it out. Next to trees… Lots of trees…

So, anyhoo…

About this sweatshirt… J. Crew strikes again! I love the retro styling. It’s got a late 70’s/early 80’s vibe which is totally up my alley. I knew from the first instant that I saw it that it would need to come home with me, but seeing as though I am totally frugal, I waited until I could get it on sale. YAY!

Where did I wear this? I wore this out and about on Saturday for a spa day and to crappy Chinese food. GACK. So gross.

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Wearing: Sweatshirt – J. Crew, Tee Shirt – J Crew Factory, Denim – J. Crew Factory (matchstick fit), Kicks – New Balance, Bag – Coach, Nail Color – Essie (Burgundy).

Thanks so much for stopping by and stay classy, friends!

 

Linking up with: What I Wore, Visible Monday

 

So Much for Transitioning Slowly into Fall | Black Over the Knee Boots

We went from summer with 95° heat and humidity to fall with 55° temps, overnight. Holy cow, Michigan… Ever heard of easing into things? In the span of four days I had both the air conditioner and the heat on. What the what? Actually, it was the Mister who buckled on the heat. He told me the night before that I was forbidden to turn it on because it was only September and to go put on a sweater. Then he turned it on the next night. Wimp. And, yes… He DID tell me to go put on a sweater. We have turned into our parents.

Since fall decided to hit so hard and fast, I decided that I was going to wear my new over the knee black boots. Last year I really wanted a pair, but I farted around with all my hemming and hawing and missed my window of opportunity. This year I vowed not to let that happen. I tried on three pairs of over the knee boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and ended up going with this pair from Vince Camuto. Yay!

Where did I wear this? I wore this to work for casual Friday and then also out to eat that evening for my birthday/anniversary.

Trench Coat - Black Skinny Jeans - Knee High Boots 6 Trench Coat - Black Skinny Jeans - Knee High Boots 5 Trench Coat - Black Skinny Jeans - Knee High Boots 1 Trench Coat - Black Skinny Jeans - Knee High Boots 4 Wearing: Top – Bellatrix (via Nordstrom Rack), Denim – Joie (75% off at Nordstrom Rack!), Trench Coat – H&M, Boots – Vince Camuto, Bag – Coach, Necklace – J. Crew, Bracelet – Vintage.

Thanks for much for stopping by and stay classy my friends!

 

Linking up with: What I Wore, Visible Monday

Friday Finds For My Friends #9

KindnessHappy Friday, friends! Not only is it Friday (a.k.a. FriYAY), it is my birthday AND my anniversary. I’m 43 today and have been married for 16 years. WOOT! Yes, I got married on my birthday. It works out well. My husband will never, ever, ever, ever forget our anniversary. EVER. He would be SO fired if he did.

I’ve rounded up some fancy stuff and pretty things that caught my eye this week. Did you see what I did there??? I know.  I’m so punny!!

I’m all about this crisp white shirt dress Rachel wore while attending NYFW. Ummmm… Gorgeous!

I adore this version of a sweater dress that Emily wore. The pleats kill me!

I love how Cara wore this white dress as a shirt. The red shoes make the outfit.

Mary wore a dress under a dress and it is SO good! Awesome layering. Can you tell that I have a thing for the white shirt/dress? I do. I really, really do.

I’d love to attend NYFW, but reading Hallie’s recaps really are the next best thing to actually being there.

I adore this black dress with pink jeweled details that Meghan wore. Pink and black always looks so good together. Love it!

I made this on Wednesday night and the family devoured it. Delish.

I love, love, love this coat Annette is sporting.

Did you see Olivia’s look where she wore a crisp white shirt under a floral strapless dress? (I know…. there I go AGAIN prattling on about white shirts. Sorry.) SHE LOOKS AMAZING.

Since it is my birthday, I can’t let today go by without showing you a couple of things on my wish list… Like this dress and this dress. I’m really liking what Madewell is doing lately.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend. I plan to.

 

Image source here.