Poncho for winter

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel / Lipstick: Christian Louboutin / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Poncho: ASOS / Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott / Handbag: Givenchy / Nail Polish: Nars Black Fire / Ring: Kendra Scott / Jeans: Gap / Tee: Vince (old, also love this one) / Shoes: Rag & Bone

There is something about a poncho for winter which is both chic and cozy at the same time. I love how a poncho instantly elevates a casual look into an effortless, yet very put together, ensemble.

I am thrilled I bought this poncho for winter since it is comfortable, and very warm! Ponchos normally seem semi-warm when I view them on the hanger at the store, or in a photo online, but this poncho defies all logic. It has hidden sleeves! Love that!

The hidden sleeves allow this poncho to act like a sweater, yet look like a poncho. Most ponchos are wide open, allowing the cold air to circulate underneath, which results in a cover-up which is for looks only; no warmth. Not this poncho! This poncho is warm like a sweater, because it has hidden sleeves!

The colors on this poncho for winter are perfect too. I love the burgundy, purple, and green yarn mixed together. It creates a cool looking color which works well with blue accessories, burgundy accessories, or classic black, which I chose to pair it with in the above photos.

I would also like to give a shout-out to these booties by Rag & Bone. If you have been following along, you may have noticed I wear these booties a lot! I purchased them last year, and have found myself wearing them during the fall, and winter seasons quite often. They have a lot f cushioning inside, as well as ample arch support. This makes these booties extremely comfortable. I wear them from 7am until 9pm without any foot pain. I have even chased ( I mean RUN) after my kids while wearing them! How often can you say that about a heeled bootie??? If you are looking for a comfortable bootie, I highly recommend this pair. They can be found online here.

Thanks for stopping by, and stay warm this season!



Ombre dress

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Pictured: Dress: ASOS / Earrings: Margaret Elizabeth / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabanna “Petal” / Bracelets: Margaret Elizabeth / Nail Polish: Chanel “Atmosphere” / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel / Shoes: SixtySeven

The summer months always call for comfortable and cool clothing. One of my favorite articles of clothing to wear during the summertime is a dress. This casual, ombre tee-shirt dress, is a great choice for hot summer days. It is lightweight and soft, like a tee-shirt, yet offers an edgy touch with the ombre finish and unfinished hems. I can see myself wearing it all summer long; both dressed up, as in the above photos, or relaxed with flip-flops and a ponytail.

What are your favorite peices to wear on hot summer days?

Office appropriate

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Pictured: Earrings: Kathy Kamei (old, similar here)/ Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal” / Blouse: River Island / Skirt: Banana Republic / Handbag: Chanel / Bracelets: Love Heals (also love SAVE or SPLURGE), c/o Twisted Silver (use code INSIDERS for a 15% discount) / Nail Polish: Essie “Ruffles & Feathers” / Shoes: Valentino

If only we could wear avant-garde attire to the office! Alas, this is only reality if you work in an extremely creative environment where dressing creatively enhances your career. In the rest of the corporate world, there is casual, business casual and business attire. Ho-hum.

When dressing for a corporate environment, I try to stay conservative and express myself through color, or by downplaying a runway trend. Black and white together is a huge trend in 2014. It also happens to be considered classic, therefore, it is a great trend to wear to the office, since it has conservative, timeless appeal. I decided to bring white into this outfit through this blouse by River Island. The back of the blouse offers a wide, tired design which drapes down the back and has a slightly relaxed fit. Although the blouse is wide, and can easily be worn with jeans, heels and a clutch for an evening out, it is also understated enough to fit into an office environment with a business dress code. Love that!

Although this blouse is a new favorite of mine for both work and play, the real gem in this ensemble is what I am wearing on my feet! Imagine my surprise when I arrived home last week and found a box on my doorstep from Neiman Marcus. What could it be? I was confused when I saw it sitting in front of my door, after all, the only thing I had purchased from Neiman Marcus in the past month had been a pair of fall 2014 Rockstuds by Valentino; and they were not being sent to me until October 2014!

Excited, I opened up the box, and much to my surprise, they were the Rockstuds! How could this be?! I was not expecting these beautiful shoes until October, and here they were, in my hands during the month of June! Of course, I cannot wait until the fall season to start wearing them, so naturally I paired my new fall shoes with my office-appropriate black and white outfit! How could I not?

Have you ever pre-ordered an item for an upcoming season and to your surprise, received the item early? If so, please share your story!