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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Fall

Boots & Bags

Jessica Wagner

Kitten Heels // Round Minaudière 

With the change of the seasons a quick way to update your wardrobe is with a few new statement pieces – a pair of shiny new kicks, a chic structured bag, or a new set of shades.  (Or in my case, all the above!) 


The Shoe

Little white ankle boots have been on my “list.” When I stumbled across these faux patent ankles boots at Zara, (and for a good price) I knew they were going to be my favorite newbies for fall. Bight white pops against the moody autumn skies and looks so cool with everything - dresses, jeans, and skirts. Be warned - they run a little small. I wish I would have sized up, but after breaking them in they have little give and are easy to walk in, with the low kitten heel.


The Bag

I shamelessly stalk Zara for outfit inspiration and fell in love with this minaudière - a small, decorative handbag often without handles or a strap.

This one features a handle, and an adjustable removable shoulder strap. It’s simple gold metal hardware is so 60s-mod. It reminds me of a bag one of my Barbie dolls had growing up! Maybe it was the nostalgia but I am so in love with this little purse. I know it will be the perfect companion for date nights and events around town. Just the right size for a phone, lipstick and card/money holder.


As for the rest of my outfit, the distinct golden/mustard yellow color dress is an oldie from Anthropologie that also has that retro drop-waist silhouette I love, and would be super-cute with  over-the-knee boots!

The denim jacket with distressed design, "J'adore Rock N' Roll" graphic on the back, was a sale item I happened upon for $10 folks! Playful and in that classic shade of blue, it will be a great laying item come cooler days.

You guys know black and white dominate my wardrobe, and these white boots and black bag will be sure to mix and match with ease, while elevating an everyday look!

When searching for new statement pieces for fall, make sure they are things that will easily transition into your own wardrobe. Stick to a color pallet, think about what makes sense for the season (boots, coats, hats, scarves) and avoid anything too “trendy” that you might only wear once or twice. These should be things that you know will get lots use.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week and make sure to share your new fall finds in the comments below! I love hearing/seeing what everyone is wearing as the temps start to cool!

Cheers babes! 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Anthropologie Maeve Amis Lace Jacket: Forever 21 Shoes: Zara Kitten Heel Ankle Bag: Zara Round Minaudière Sunglasses: Diff Charitable Eyewear Bella Tortoise Lips: Colourpop Bumble

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Less Is More

Jessica Wagner

Basics with a Twist
 

Because sometimes all it takes is a swipe of classic red lipstick (and a crushed pumpkin spice latte.)

Autumn brings so many styling opportunities. From drapey dresses and snuggly sweaters to structured jackets and statement boots.

While there are an endless number of ways to create an amazing outfit this fall, here is a simple one to inspire you.

Go fresh-faced, and accent with statement lip. (My current favorite is Chanel Rouge Coco in Arthur, but really any bright shade will do the trick.) Keep it easy and effortless. Slip into stripes and add your favorite weekend jeans.

I’m always on the hunt for minimal pieces with that extra something. Basic, yet elevated.

These high waist jeans are a perfect example, classic with a twist in the raw edge ankle and multi-button closure. (Plus my coffee-guzzling partner in crime here, keeping it simple in her black and white checks, and black boots.)

While I have a closet full of striped tops (don’t we all?) this particular one is unexpected in it's structure and crop (and it's less than $20!) The sheen makes the black against white pop – it’s about playing with contrasts. (The clean backdrop makes those red lips stand out in the best way!)

Add is some minimal flats (with that Zara edge) and a simple leather bag and your golden, girl! 

Sophisticated and relaxed, for a weekend of fun or on the run.

Outfit Details:
Top: Forever 21 Contemporary Boxy Sheen Stripe Jeans: VIP Shoes: Zara (also love these and these) Bag: Forever 21 Watch: Michael Kors Bracelets: Arm Candy Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur Drink: Rustbelt Coffee Crushed Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Coco's Outfit Details:
Dress: H&M (old) Socks: Target Toddler Fawn and Raccoon Knee Highs Boots: Toddler Chain-Link Sole Chore Rain Boot Bunny: Rustbelt Coffee

Apple Picking

Jessica Wagner

Fall Outerwear
 

One of the things I love about living in the Mid-West is that you get to experience the changing seasons. Would I live someplace that’s a balmy 70 degrees year round? Yes. Yes, I would (this is coming from a true summer girl who is perpetually cold) but then I wouldn’t get to wear some of my absolute favorite wardrobe pieces. Cuddly coats and knit hats.

Chilly weather is peaking its pretty little face here in the morning fog and dew. Last week we were in the low 50s and I had to turn the heat on to keep my fingers functioning. With the sun setting a little earlier every night, evenings and mornings are for cozy sweaters, warm hats, and even knee-high socks, but building a versatile fall wardrobe starts with the most important layer, your outer protective covering.

Layering up with a cute comfy coat is an excellent way to enjoy the fresh air. While leather and denim jackets, vests and ponchos are great options; they aren’t as heavy or weatherproof. A practical jacket for this time of year is going to be a bit more substantial, and offer more protection if you want it to transition through to winter.  

When searching for that perfect match make sure to choose something warm, comfortable, soft and stylish. A good fit is everything. You don’t want to feel frumpy. I fell in love with this classic toggle-style coat for it’s preppy plaid trim and cozy hood. It’s warm without being too heavy, looks great with a skirt or jeans and the silhouette is fitted and flattering. Plus I adore the camel color, which is a versatile neutral.

Funny enough, it was actually a really warm evening when we visited MacQueens Apple Orchid Thursday night. Like 80! Ha. If anything it just shows you have to be prepared this time of year for the unpredictable weather. It’s a great reason to keep a few summer dresses on hand. This Madewell rustic red gingham dress is designed to hang like your favorite tee. It even has a little chest pocket and rolled short sleeves. This would be so easy to layer with a grey turtleneck underneath as the cooler months keep approaching.

Besides keeping a few transitional dresses on hand, I’ve been pulling out my softest scarves, lightweight long sleeves and snug boots. Like any true Mid-West girl, I have learned a few tricks to beat the unpredictable weather. We all know layering up, is key to keeping comfortable when the air turns crisp (and then hot!)

Besides a great coat, a snuggly hat is good to keep on hand. I love thick cable knits in black or cream for easy coordinating. Plus, hats are a great way to retain body heat for you freeze babies like me. (It’s science.) Find a cute ribbed one with a little pom on top, or a slouchy beanie goes with everything.

Now grab your coat and hat dah-ling and you are set for an afternoon of perfectly picked apples and pumpkins galore.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Madewell Filmscore Short-Sleeve Gingham Check Hat: Forever 21 Cable Knit Beanie Jacket: Thread & Supply Hooded Toggle Coat Socks: Old, (similar here) Boots: Old Necklace: Stella & Dot On the Mark Bracelet: Arm Candy Watch Michael Kors:  Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lips: Stila Beso Blanket: Anthropologie