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Holidays 2018 IT list

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holidays 2018 IT list from top left: brown teddy coat-faux fur / clear tote bag / holiday nail polish / fleece pull-over / faux fur trimmed bootie / turtleneck sweater /

If you have been following along for awhile, then you know I am all about IT items! If you are new here, welcome! Periodically I recap the current IT items of the moment. The whole reason I go to fashion week twice a year is to forecast the trends we will wear in real life. Then from there, the trends get narrowed down by what buyers stock on shelves, and what actually sells. If an item of the moment takes off, it is more than just a trend, it is an IT item.

What defines an IT item? This could be debated. In my opinion, an IT item is something that not only reflects a current trend, it starts a trend and sells out quickly. The items in this post are either IT items which are selling quickly, or they are affordable choices from hot IT trends. I hope you love these trends as much as I do!

  • The Teddy Coat in brown: OK, so teddy coats, or faux fur coats, have been in style for several winter seasons, but this season the ultimate IT teddy coat is in teddy bear brown. You can wear other colors, but the ultimate must-have hue of the moment is brown. The one pictured above is selling out quickly-so snap it up! I bought it in grey and wish I bought the brown one too while it was in stock. Silly me!
  • Clear Tote Bags: The hottest trend in handbags right now, that people actually wear, is the clear tote bag. (cough cough-no-one actually wears fanny packs in real life as cross body bags. Like “fetch,” it’s not going to happen.) The trend in handbags people are actually buying and wearing is the clear tote. The ultimate IT bag of the clear tote world is this cute little one by Staud. You can check out my review of the smaller version here. The larger size, pictured above, is the most popular size they make.
  • Chanel Insolence nail polish: This color is almost sold out, so if you want it, snap it up now! Chanel is usually the one with the IT nail polish hues of the season, so this is not a shocker. This is the only IT nail polish color right now, so if you want IT nails, this is your color!
  • Fleece Pull-Over: The fleece pull-over is a classic, everyday casual piece. This season, it is more popular than usual. Everyone is wearing one! Leave your ski jacket for the slopes, the ultimate cozy cover-up on casual days is the fleece pull-over. The one pictured above is a soft and affordable version which fits nicely into this trend.
  • Faux Fur Trim Booties: Faux fur trimmed booties are a classic cold weather staples. The flat version is hotter than hot this year. The one pictured above is an affordable way to rock this IT shoe trend. If you like the pair I wore on the blog last month, it’s on sale and can be found online here.
  • Turtleneck Sweaters: Turtleneck sweaters are another classic that has put itself front and center this season. The IT sweater of the moment is the turtleneck. You can find body conscious versions such as this one, or the relaxed one above.

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There you have it! The current IT list of the moment. Which item is your favorite from the list?

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Getting into the holiday spirit

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wearing: ivory, CZ, and silver earrings / sunglasses / Coolmax ® turtleneck sweater c/o Chico’s / scarf c/o Chico’s (note all the ways you can wear it in the photos above-there are more ways to wear it too!) / holiday nail polish / black handbag (sold out, also love this one) / blue and silver ring / velvet wide leg pants c/o Chico’s (avl in varying lengths, wearing short) / pewter suede boots (old, also love this pair) /

I’m so excited for the holiday season! 2018 has been a bumpy year. My step-father passed away, I had internal bleeding and had to be rushed to the hospital, the wildfires in our state have been out of control, and there have been little hiccups along the way. The holiday season is a happy time which always brings our family together; reminding us all of what is important. It’s exactly what I need to get passed everything that went on this year!

One of the most important things during the holiday season, is getting everything ready! Since I am running around, prepping to host Christmas, helping my Mom host Thanksgiving, and making sure my kids are prepared and having fun at all their holiday activities, I need to be dressed comfortably. Of course, by comfortable I don’t mean sweats and a tee! I need to look put together and chic; yet still be able to last all day to get everything done!

This fabulous new Coolmax® turtleneck by Chico’s is a game changer. Since it is finally sweater season, I need a comfortable knit top which not only keeps me warm, but keeps me going all day. This soft new Chico’s turtleneck is my new go-to top this season. I can wear it alone, layer it with a scarf, or wear it under a cardigan or coat on really cold days. It’s a must-have piece during the holiday season; as well as throughout winter!

The Coolmax® turtleneck by Chico’s has fourteen colors available, so we can all pick one up in a few colors. It also makes a fabulous gift this holiday season since it’s well under $100. To make it even better, it’s machine washable! Three cheers to that!

Remember how I said I need to look chic yet comfortable? These velvet pants feel like pajama pants, yet look dressy and put together. They can be worn with 5″ heels to a holiday party or the theater; or they can be dressed down for daytime looks with booties. These pants will be worn by me quite a bit over the season. I love them during the day when I want look festive, plus I will be wearing them to holiday house parties, and the Nutcracker later in the season. These are the perfect pants for the holidays! Love!

I’m so thankful for the these comfortable pieces from Chico’s to help me navigate the busy holiday season, while looking like I had time to put together a chic look. Of course with three kids, I never have that kind of time! I would look like a slob without this outfit! haha

I plan on picking up this new Coolmax® turtleneck by Chico’s in blue, purple, and ivory for the winter and holiday season. I need to pick up a few for presents too! Which color or colors are your favorite?

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*special thank you to Chico’s for sponsoring this post. all thoughts and opinions are my own

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Fashionable winter coat under $100

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fashionable winter coat under $100 / wearing: ivory CZ earrings / sunglasses / lipstick / plaid winter coat (under $100) / long sleeve black tee / blue scarf (under $100) / bold ring (under $50) / holiday nail polish / black handbag / black skinny jeans (use code CATHY30 to save 30% off) (see original review here) / faux fur boots (under $150) /

I was so excited when I bought this fashionable winter coat under $100. It’s a classic plaid pattern with a modern silhouette. I love how it drapes, plus it’s super cozy! So, when I picked up these fun winter boots, I thought I would wear them together. Ooops!

It is entirely possible I need to make sure I look in the mirror before I leave the house. When I looked at these photos on my laptop, I wasn’t thrilled with the pairing. I love these boots, but not with this coat. I also love this coat, but not with these boots. I should have worn my charcoal booties with the coat, and my black cardigan sweater with the boots! Ugh, hindsight is 20/20.

What I did learn from this pairing, is that although they don’t match, both of these items are comfortable. These boots will be fabulous next February in New York for fashion week since they have a lug sole and a fun faux fur trim. This coat will be cozy in New York too-just paired with different shoes. haha

I plan to wear both pieces quite often over the course of the next few months. They are fun pieces to add to my winter wardrobe, too bad I didn’t look in the mirror before leaving the house! haha

I wore this outfit the other day while strolling Santana Row with my friend Dawn from Fashion Should Be Fun. It was fun to see all the holiday decorations while dressed for winter. I love that the weather has cooled down, and that we can all wear our warm clothing now!

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Have you ever gotten dressed, left the house, and realized what you wore wasn’t working?

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