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I'm Dreaming of a Vintage Christmas...

Jessica Wagner

Scottish Wool Pleated Skirt 

Make your holidays a little merrier this year with some timeless romance.

This winter I have been adding a little touch of vintage to our home – from classic glass ornaments to bottle-brush glitter Christmas trees. 

Always looking to add to my collection of inspiring vintage wear, I recently stopped into House of Dow planning to leave with an authentic ugly Christmas sweater, instead I happened upon the most magical Laird-Portch of Scotland wool skirt.

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Of course I was chatting it up with the sweet sales girl, and she told me it was new item to the shop, made in Scotland, probably from the 1970s. It’s beautiful in person you guys. The pleated kilt is made of pure wool with genuine leather straps and metal buckles at each side of the waist for adjusting the fit. I tried it on to be sure and loved how it hugged my waist. There is a moment that happens in the fitting room when you find a piece like this – it’s like discovering buried treasure. The wrap front with traditional fringed side is so classic. Plus that pine evergreen color! I basically wore this out of the store.

While I adore vintage clothing I am no trained expert. I will say I know a work of art when I see one. My best advice when shopping second hand is to converse with the seller. They know their stuff and will help point you in the right direction. If they are good they should have vast knowledge on what they are selling. Each piece usually has a story behind it. To me that’s the perpetual charm – getting to take home all those feelings of nostalgia.

Make sure to try everything on and know your budget. Some places might compromise on a price tag depending on the shop. Don’t be afraid to ask! And when you find something you love, get it! Nothing haunts you like the clothes you don’t buy, (or so I hear.) If you ever come across a Scottish wool skirt, say yes! It’s sure to draw admirers.

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As for the rest of my outfit, Rob picked out my velvety textured off the shoulder top and my shoes were another vintage find. My 1960-ish tapestry coat is an old Target purchase if you can believe that. It reminded me of Anthropologie. My love of granny fashion is nothing new. #oldladyswagger I wore this to a holiday gathering and felt all the holly jollies.

As we are only 12 (!) days away from Christmas, I hope you are finding time to enjoy the holiday magic and wish you many rich blessings as we head into this special time of year.

Peace and love friends! XO


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Outfit Details:
Coat: Old Top: Forever 21 (similar here & here & here) Skirt: House of Dow - Vintage (similar here & here & here) Shoes: Vintage (want these)

Arm Candy

Jessica Wagner

The Hair Tie Bracelet
 

Raise your wrist if you are part of the hair tie club!

Whenever I leave the house, the last thing I (used) put on was a black hair tie around my wrist. As a habit, my long hair usually ends up in a ballerina bun on top of my head to keep it out of the way and under control. No matter what the occasion, the option to change up my hairstyle at the flick of a wrist has always been a part of my outfit.

The issue with elastic hair ties is they don’t look nice on your wrist, especially when you are dressed up for a night out. I had taken to stuffing them in my purse and car council. The search for a spare rubber band can turn ugly (don’t touch that bound up newspaper unless you want to witness rubber eating a healthy chunk of hair.) I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have my car or bag with me (although they do make spacious hair tie containers.)

You can imagine my utter excitement when my new friend and Arm Candy designer Cay introduced me to her minimalist cuff bracelet that also doubles as a hair tie holder. The fusion of fashion and function in one little genius piece makes the organizer in me so happy. It’s a simple stylish solution to the convenience of always wanting a hair tie on hand. (A place for everything and everything in its place, as my mom likes to say!)

Since discovering this clever styling trick, I have put my Arm Candy cuff to use by matching complementing hair ties to my outfits. (See this post, this post and this post.)

You can layer them up, like I did in today’s post, with a playful myriad of colors, or wear with a single hair band. The real beauty of this piece is that it looks just as chic on it’s own or when sporting a hair tie.

Show off your team spirit, add some glitz, or blend cheery prints. You can use any hair tie you like, (not just the one it comes with) which is what makes this accessory so brilliant. 

For this look, I wanted to play off the preppy light pink tennis skirt, (hence the backdrop. No I have never played tennis before, so feel free to make fun of my poor form.) The little skirt pleats remind me of school days, so I paired it with a cashmere varsity style sweater. (A simple cashmere sweater is a closet must-have in my book.) These Zara shoes have become my most favorite this past season, but I will probably be swapping them out soon for these zipped ankle boots (also from Zara) that I’ve been saving my pennies up for.

Arm Candy bracelets are available here in silver or gold. They are adjustable to fit and can hold one or multiple bands. You can also request customized engraving. (Not to mention they make great gifts! Check that of the Christmas list for you OCD types like me already thinking ahead.)

Collegiate to classy, this accessory brings simple elegance to an otherwise ordinary accessory. Shop for yours here and never worry about needing to borrow a hair tie again.

Outfit Details:
Sweater: C&C California Bodysuit: Old (also like this one) Skirt: Forever 21 Pleated Mini (also comes in Olive) Shoes: Zara in black here (similar here) Bag: Olivia + Joy Bracelts: Arm Candy (Follow their Facebook page here and Insta page here) Watch: Michael Kors Sunglasses: Brand Unknown Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud

A special thank you to Arm Candy Hair Tie Bracelets for partnering on this post!

Back to Black

Jessica Wagner

How To Wear All Black

All black outfitting is fashion-y in any season, but the moment the temps start to cool down, I immediately turn to my black basics.  As follows: leather jacket, ankle boots, plain tee, faded skinny jeans.

The key to this look is interesting textures, structure, and lines. These elements will create contrast for a striking style. Use your knit sweaters, sheer airy tops and velvet anything (at least this season anyway.)

All black outfitting can be the ultimate rocker girl style, or effortlessly chic (Audrey Hepburn.) Black is sliming. Black looks good on all skin tones and with all hair colors. Try to avoid looking boring AKA head to toe cotton, by balancing fabrics and an intermixture of accessories. Add a swipe of bold lip color; loop a belt around your waist to keep a figure.

A cool weather winner, black is always the classiest. For this look I went for a slenderizing silhouette with lots of leather to contrast the full skirt and pleated sophistication. The high waist could also be styled with a flirty crop top and squared off heels or you could give this party profile an edge with shiny moto boots and a graphic tee, or keep it sweet with an oversized sweater.

This faux leather jacket is new and quickly becoming one of my go-to favorites. A leather jacket is an every-girl wardrobe basic. I love how this one has lots of texture in the shoulders and back with the ribbed details and zips.

As for the backpack, I’ve wanted one for while and chose this style for it’s medium size, simple structure, and top handle carrying option. The straps are adjustable, and it’s so nice to sling it over my shoulders and not think about it again. (Especially going anywhere with the kiddos.)

Whether you are a color-lover, minimalist, or a true too-cool-for-color-pro, it’s ok to go a little Goth once in while. Charming or dark and moody, Wednesday Adams or Coco Chanel, all black is anything but basic. So get out here and be a little ray of pitch black.

Outfit Details:
Top: Forever 21 Contemporary Off-The-Shoulder Sweater Skirt: Express Black Leather Midi Skirt Jacket Zara Jacket With Zips  Shoes: Zara (Old, similar here) Bag: Forever 21 Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Necklace: Stella & Dot On The Mark Bracelet: Arm Candy Watch: Michael Kors Lips: Anthropologie Albeit in Rosewood Nails: Formula X Atlantic-Pacific Taken By Storm