I know this post seems a little out of season but I promise there is an explanation. Matt and I have a January adventure planned to the gorgeous island of Maui! Neither of us have ever been before so we are beyond excited.
Now there is nothing that freaks me out more than the thought of slipping into a bikini right after holiday season. Thanks to Crohn's the days of carefree bikini wearing are long gone for me. Between fluctuating weight, bloating, and injection site bruising all over my stomach I've decided that I couldn't be more thankful for the return of the one piece. When I first told Matt I was perusing Amazon for some new one piece bathing suits, he looked at me with the strangest expression and asked if my next purchase was a mini van. Definitely effing not. I had to school him on the revolution that one pieces are no longer just for soccer moms or swim team practice anymore friends! They can be sexy, stylish, and 100% romantic vacation approved. Another plus... more skin coverage to protect from UV rays... aka you are protecting your precious skin from skin cancer and aging. Yay!
Shout out to these trendy monokinis for making my life so much easier. Not only can I be super trendy, but I can also adventure through Hawaii without feeling self conscious and uncomfortable. I've rounded up six of my favorite styles, three in my tried and true basic black and then three colorful patterns to mix things up a bit.
Depending on the day you may catch me feeling sassy in a bikini but for now I'm going to stick with these babies (;
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In college my old blog focused A LOT on fashion. Those were the days when I wasn't dressing for a corporate environment and could rock whatever I wanted without second thought. Now whether I am on the clock or not, my style has evolved into what I like to think is classy but still trendy. I know when I landed my first corporate role I called my mom in panic about what to wear. Of course my mom sent me in an extremely conservative direction which I realized on my first day was not as necessary as I had thought. I have now blended my love for fashion with my need to be appropriate and customer facing on a day to day basis. I backtracked through my Instagram and picked the top 15 looks that are easy to recreate and pack a punch for either work or sometimes play. My usual go to is a mix of mostly neutral hues with the occasional pattern and statement accessory. Enjoy x.
This look is a personal favorite. There is something about a crisp button down that I just love. This is a pretty conservative look and great for work. I paired it with a statement necklace from J. Crew so spice things up, and this shirt has leopard print under the collar for a sneaky little surprise. The purse is simple and big enough to store my laptop and my planner.
I was feeling like a corporate Cher when I wore this. A lighter plaid skirt mixed with a fall colored long sleeve tee is the perfect combination, especially paired with a neural scarf. I added in a textured bag and some simply jewelry pieces to complete the look.
3. So Witchy
I am obsessed with this unique dress from the Neiman Marcus for Target collection a few years ago. The great thing is, it is a statement outfit just by itself. I usually pair it with a simple necklace and studs and a simple pair of black pumps.
This outfit is great for hanging out on the weekends or going to a bonfire! I love plaid paired with a patterned scarf. Also, Hunter boots are one of my must have wardrobe items. I got them in a bright red because they are rain boots, why not have fun?!
5. Mix It Up
Another case of mixing patterns. Black and white and cheetah print are just a few of my favorite things. This sweater is from Target and has become a complete staple in my wardrobe!
6. Pretty Pastels
Last year I became obsessed with pastels for winter. This pale pink wool coat has become one of my cool weather wardrobe staples that adds a bit of trendy fun to corporate outfits. I love a good leopard print scarf to add some pattern to the look, I am also a fan of houndstooth with this.
This outfit is to epitome of my style. All black and white, comfortable, and chic. I love all of the simple gold detailing that is consistent throughout. This striped cardigan from Nordstrom is EVERYTHING. It is so soft and I bought it in so many variations. Another personal favorite about this is my white grandma shoes, otherwise known as driving shoes which are my absolute favorite thing to wear.
8. Fancy Pants
I love patterned pants with a basic shirt and a funky necklace. These pants I got on sale at Old Navy and paired them with a black Portifino shirt from Express and statement necklace from J.Crew... add some plain black pumps and the outfit is complete.
9. Is Coffee An Accessory?
When in doubt go for a classic silhouette in animal print and a statement necklace. Coffee never hurts either.
10. Black n' Brown
Two of my favorite colors to pair together. I absolutely love this blazer from Target. It is great to pair with just about everything and is a heavier alternative to a lot of other options I have. The leopard print scarf helps to bring together the brown and black while adding an interesting element and the purse also adds some texture.
11. Talking Tweed
This textured dress is a closet go to for me. It has cute pockets in the front and has a very flattering silhouette. This dress is an outfit in and of itself so requires little need for accessorizing which is great for rushed mornings.
12. Studs and Stripes
When things get cold I love a good sweater/scarf combo. This outfit is one of my favorites when it gets close to the holidays and the maroon pants add a fun little pop of color. This can also be good for family holiday parties or outings, no just for the office! For social events I would pair with a fun boot or booty instead of basic nude pumps which I usually wear to work with this.
13. Wedding Vibes
This is a look that I wore to my cousin's wedding. I love the texture that is in the dress and the funkiness that the rock necklace adds. My absolute favorite thing about this though is the semi glossy cranberry lip that I created to match my dress. One of the greatest thing about the cooler months is darker lip colors!
14. Blanket Effect
I LOVE blanket scarves. They are absolutely my favorite. I make sure to incorporate them into any outfit where I think I might be chilly because I do not hesitate to spread it out and use it in true respect of its name! This one has some great cranberry hues but isn't to colorful to turn of a usually neutral girl like myself.
15. Funky Fur
Last but not least. Fur vests are one of my all time favorite cold weather accessories. This black vest I usually rock for a night out with a plain black blouse and black leather leggings. Sometimes if I'm feeling sassy I'll add a red lip and call it a night!
My friends... It is my FAVORITE time of the year. The Nordstrom Sale is upon us and I have selected my Top 10 Must Haves that I am dying to purchase. This wish list also basically doubles as my birthday list because my birthday happens to fall a mere month after the beginning of the Nordstrom Sale. Coincidence? I think not. I've already perused my local store and picked up a few (additional) must haves but here are my curated favorites that I have put insanely way too much thought into.
Cue the neutral colors, multitude of textures, and shop my list away.
Trouvé open shoulder sweater
MICHAEL Michael Kors hooded anorak
Tory Burch white poncho
BCBGMAXAZRIA ankle boots
Longchamp white tote bag
Lana Jewelry 14k jewelry
MICHAEL Michael Kors leather strap watch
Rag bone hat
Levtex straw basket
Nordstrom pom pom throw
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