Wednesday Chic: Sparkle

2015.1.25SparkleI feel that you can never go wrong with cropped jeans, a sparkly top and  coat worn like a cape. Kitten heels can add a bit of fun and class (or those 4″ stilettos if that’s more your style). Otherwise it’s a very cool and casual outfit – exactly the kind I am striving for in my own personal wardrobe makeover.


Outfit details:

coat – H&M / top – Karen Scott, 2nd hand / jeans – Banana Republic / shoes – Salvatore Ferragamo from Baggio Consignment / ring – Nest / earrings – old / watch – Citizen, my husband’s that he threatened to take back



Wednesday Chic: Mash Up

2014.12.17MashUp4Sometimes there is just a great mash up of colors and textures that just works. This outfit is a combination of all things I am loving lately. The scarf is a recent thrift find. I dashed into The Clothes Rack over the weekend because I thought they were having one of their 50% off storewide sales (they were not) but for $3 it makes a good wardrobe addition. My ring is one of three pieces I picked up at the Carrera’s estate sale this past weekend. It’s so dainty but still very striking. I was told it was designed after the Italian mosaic style and the ring base is metal. Don’t you just love pieces with history?


Outfit details:

sweater – thrifted / jeans – H&M / boots – Nine West / necklace – thrifted / scarf – Aris, thrifted / ring – estate sale from Carrerra’s Jewelers 


Wednesday Chic: Poncho

2014.12.9eShakti4Ponchos and capes are huge this season and can be seen everywhere. I hadn’t pulled the trigger on my own yet because as a petite woman it can be hard to find something that is proportionate to my frame or doesn’t overwhelm me. eShakti contacted me back in November to participate in their campaign to spread the word about their custom fit clothing. There were a lot of really fun options to choose from (this, this and this were all on my list) but I gravitated towards this poncho immediately – great colors, faux leather trim, and poncho! because I wanted to add something to my closet that I didn’t already have. The ordering process itself was easy – you choose an item and can either order it “off the rack” (standard size) or take your measurements for a custom fit. They recommend someone take measurements for you, but I managed to take my own and input them into the system. I wasn’t quite sure my arm length and the options were only short, average or long, so I guessed it to be average. You can also choose to have the length of your piece shorted (I wasn’t sure how this would work on a poncho, so I left my length alone). Less than two weeks after my order the item arrived. My initial thought when I first tried it on was worry that it did overwhelm my frame – there was a lot of fabric that bunched especially when tied. Since then, I have worn this piece several times and experimented with tying the belt, arranging the fabric for best fit or just draping it over and it’s evolved into such a comfortable piece to just throw on over jeans or leggings to give an outfit a little bit of interest while still being comfortable. I have noticed a few stray strings here and there (not pulling from seams or anything) and it’s dry clean only, but since I wear it as an outerwear piece, I don’t anticipate needing to dry clean it often. It does attract a lot of lint due to it being wool, but it’s nothing a lint roller can’t fix. There are belt loops in the garment itself, but so far I have just tied the belt around my waist and then adjusted the fabric around to get the look I want. I don’t think this would work for a business office setting (unless you can fill out the piece a little more), but it’s perfect for most of my daily life and I will definitely be taking this with me on our Christmas trip and will be wearing it through the winter.


Outfit details:

poncho – c/o eShakti / top – H&M / jeans – J. Brand from Finicky Fox / boots – Coclico from Baggio Consignment / ring – Nest / earrings – estate sale

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This post was created in collaboration with eShakti and the item mentioned was provided free of charge. All opinions are my own.

Monday Chic: Black and Gold

2014.11.22BlackandGoldIf there was an outfit category for “judging a fashion show and then going to get groceries on a Saturday night” then this is it. On Saturday, I spent most of the day with fellow judges for the VMFA Teen Stylin program. Having worn heels the week before, I knew I wanted something a little more comfortable, but still chic for the longer day and that would hold up for a late night grocery run afterwards (there is nothing worse than grocery shopping in heels). All black seems to be a default for a lot of things: it’s easy to wear, it looks chic, and is very simple to pull off. Here, I opted for flat boots as heels were not an option and built up the outfit from there focusing on all black and one major gold accessory.

2014.11.22BlackandGold22014.11.22BlackandGold5Outfit details:

top – H&M / skirt – vintage from B-Sides / tights – Target / boots – Atrex / coat – H&M / scarf – thrifted / ring – vintage / necklace – vintage from my grandmother



Friday Chic: The Art of Not Dressing

2014.11.19ArtofNotDressingI don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s just too much to add that pop of color or layer of bling for a simple day of work, errands, or whatever you have on your schedule. A client said this to me once and I know I looked back at her, incredulous, thinking, “But it’s so easy to just add a scarf, a big chunky necklace or something to funk up your outfit!” Since then, I have found myself reverting to super simple looks with almost no accessories and have found that a look can be chic without being overwrought. I have found though, that textures, layers and colors are key. For the simplest of ways to build a minimalist look start with a basic color of your choice (here it was grey). Determine your bottoms based on what you need to accomplish that day (for me it was needing to be warm and functional – so jeans and black boots). A coat was necessary (hello 30 degrees in Richmond), so this black moto came out, giving me added texture and visual interest. I have on zero jewelry except for my wedding rings and it’s a rather freeing feeling. The key is to not take your look to seriously – reach for your go-to pieces that you already have and build from there. 

2014.11.19ArtofNotDressing32014.11.19ArtofNotDressing22014.11.19ArtofNotDressing4Outfit details:

sweater – thrifted / jacket – H&M / jeans – H&M / boots – Atrex

Friday Chic: Vintage Plaid

2014.11.3VintagePlaidA good vintage plaid skirt is an ideal wardrobe addition. Being vintage, they are guaranteed to be made from quality fabrics (usually wool) with great construction, think: pleats, lined, pockets, etc. I find a lot while thrifting and tend to buy them immediately when I find ones that fit. I like to think of myself as a collector. Like the new(ish) trend I’ve noticed in fashion where people avoid the word hoarder by referring to themselves as “collectors” when they amass a lot of something (“I collect all the shoes from the Givenchy collection, season 6, because they are just amazing,” or “I collect handbags!”). Either way, you can’t deny the lure of good vintage plaid.

2014.11.3VintagePlaid22014.11.3VintagePlaid32014.11.3VintagePlaid4Outfit details:

top – H&M / skirt – vintage, thrifted / cuffs – estate sale / scarf – old / tights – Target / booties – Via Spiga, Clementine


Monday Chic: THE Jacket

2014.10.30ABAJacket3Very rarely do I see something and buy it the same day. Even when I love something, I typically wait a few days to make the purchase to see if I still want the item in question. This method has rarely failed me and quite often saves me from impulse purchases. But then I saw this jacket in H&M. I tried it on and immediately texted a picture to Andrew (I also put a lot of my purchases through husband or BFF approval) to which he immediately texted back “YES!” Even still, it took a good thirty minutes of trying on various sizes and weighing the cost to actually buy the jacket. I’ve only worn it a few times, but I look forward to styling it different ways as winter comes.  I also felt like a total bad ass wearing it and it put a swagger in my step for sure!


 Outfit details:

sweater – Talbots, thrifted / jeans – Banana Republic / flats – Lanvin from Baggio Consignment / scarf – thrifted / jacket – H&M (similar styles here. I purchased this particular jacket at an H &M in NYC and didn’t see it in the online H&M store)