I’ve noticed that for the upcoming season everything and its mother is covered in ruffles. Now, I like a good flouncy ruffle as much as the next girly-girl, but some of the stuff I’ve been seeing is serious ruffle overkill. Like, trying to look really fancy for your fourth grade piano recital. So here are my suggestions for how to subtly embrace this popular look while still feeling like a grown ass woman. Because I lived through middle school dances once and I don’t really want to channel that time-period in my life again, thankyouverymuch. The key is to balance the fluffy, busy-ness of the ruffle with super streamlined and sleek pieces- like a ruffled sleeve top with super slim pants or jeans.
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I adore this one- sweet with a little bit of n edge in the distressed denim and embroidered loafers.
This one could potentially go to the office, or is great for when you want to be comfy and casual but still look totally pulled together.
I’m kinda obsessed with this look- the crazy fun metallic skirt paired with the cool beaded scarf necklace and a touch of denim to bring it down to earth.
A great work look with trim, tailored print trousers paired with a dramatic ruffled sleeve sweater (I also LOVE this one, which I’d do statement earrings with). The of-the-moment loafer tops it off. Also, that bag is under $75!
An evening look (this dress is bananas good)- loving red and navy together right now!
I am happy to let you know that THE shoe of the fall season happens to be one that is not only comfy but appropriate for all ages (and even the office!) No platform stripper heels this year! The loafer- be it tasseled, velvet, embroidered, suede or embellished is IT. You need some. Probably more than one pair (I am currently awaiting my fourth pair to be delivered-#1 see you soon!)
Paired with jeans or skinny black pants, leather leggings or a bold color- these shoes will take you far (literally- you can actually walk comfortably in them- rejoice!)
I know that most people are sad it’s already August, but I for one am not. BRING ON FALL. Like, I cannot wait to be buying sweaters and boots and yummy layers for fall temperatures. Humidity and I do not get along.
While it may feel too warm to go as far as buy sweaters and coats, bags are another thing. A good fall bag (or two) will get you far (and is something you can carry now for the most part, because instant gratification is where it’s at, right?)
Trends for fall bags seem to be in line with the thinking that simplicity is key, which I love. Specific things to look for:
suede and leather mixed textures
rich jewel tones like olive (the new neutral), navy and oxblood
Structured totes and lady-like silhouettes
Or the extreme opposite of slouchy, unstructured hobos
TASSELS EVERYWHERE (cue me doing spirit fingers!)
Unbranded bags- no giant logos or logos-as-pattern
Here is a round up of some bags that fit the bill! Click the images for links!
If there is a tassel earring within a 50 mile radius of me I will buy it. Its just a fact. Love that these ones from Ann Taylor are more refined, glam and modern than most.
I am a C of H devotee when it comes to jeans, and their new Arielle cut is awesome- mid rise (high rise doesn’t seem to favor me) and skinny but with a straight ankle, which is more flattering.
I don’t have this top yet but I fall in love with it every time I see it! The playful bow and bright color would be killer with jeans and cute heels for a night out (like maybe my birthday dinner next weekend?)
This Tammy Fender cleansing milk is a fave these days- it smells like the organic spa of your dreams and leaves skin feeling clean but not dry.
Also Talbots (!!??) this reversible horse bit belt is awesome for traveling (2-in-1!) and is a tad Gucci-esque (old school Gucci, not crazy looking new Gucci)
I love me the Factory Studio tee AND stripes–so to combine them is the definition of #DUH.
I picked this DKNY top up last weekend on sale and it’s really great (more impressive on than on the hanger or even in this photo). The ruffle on the sleeve is flattering on the arm and the silhouette is refined but comfortable.
The big Nordstrom sale is now live for everyone and I have been surprised by how many good items are available- many new arrivals for fall (which I personally can’t wait for- humid summer weather is not my jam). So I pulled together awesome picks for women, kids and home (ran out of time and steam for men- sorry dudes.)
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WOMEN- I know it’s hard, but consider snapping up a great coat for fall because there are a bunch of great ones. :) And they even included tons of designer denim, my favorite J. Crew REgent blazer (whaaaaaaat?) and those Hunter boots I’m dying for.
KIDS- A smaller sale, but some good stuff to stock up on like jeans and shoes! You knwo how fast they grow out of both of those things!
HOME- Nordstrom isn’t known for home goods, but they have some great stuff from rugs (Dash & Albert even!), bedding and tabletop