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Friendsgiving Fringe

Sunnies: Downtown Threads, Fringe Jacket: Forever 21, Gifted Necklace, Ring: Kohl’s, Tunic: Marshalls, Leggings: Target, Bronx Boots: Stella Mae

Caitlin and fringe in motion

Over the last three years Friendsgiving has become one of my favorite holiday traditions. We get all of our friends together, everyone brings a dish to share (D and I made mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie croissants respectively) and after giving thanks and enjoying an amazing meal, it turns into one of the biggest, rowdiest parties of the year. It’s tradition.

A new tradition this year was fringe. I’ve had this fringe blazer in my closet for over a year and Friendsgiving seemed like the perfect event to debut it. After wearing it for five minutes I was in love. Not only does it have amazing movement (hence why I had so much trouble standing still in the photos above) but it broke up my all black outfit perfectly and added just the right amount of boho.

What are your favorite thanksgiving/holiday traditions?

Moonlight Lady

Simple is usually faster, so when it comes to finding an outfit I’m always looking to simplify. One way to simplify is to stick with a monochromatic color scheme. I wear a lot of black and have found that layering and mixing textures is a great way to keep things from getting boring. My old linen top worked perfectly under the faux fur vest my mom gave me for Christmas, keeping me warm without adding any extra bulk. The booties strike the perfect half clashing half complimenting balance with my BB Dakota jacket and gave my outfit a needed pop.

What color(s) have you found yourself gravitating too recently? How do you keep recycled pieces/looks fresh?

Goodwill Glasses

Sunglasses: Goodwill, Scarf & Tank Dress (worn as skirt): Plato’s Closet, Moto Jacket: Forever 21, Mock Neck Turtleneck: Boutique in Georgia, Tights: Target, Boots: Old Navy, Lipstick: Iris Apfel for MAC, Party Parrot, Ring: Montreal St VendorFriday after work D and I made a quick trip to Goodwill to and as we were checking out I spotted these shades (and their $2.99 price tag) and decided that I couldn’t leave without them. I was drawn to the grey and gold color combination and the classic shape of the frames. They’re different from the sunglasses that I already have and since I’m rarely without my sunnies having a variety to choose from is key.

I thought that these glasses in particular were the perfect way to add a bit of softness to an otherwise dark outfit. This grey ribbed tank dress has proven to be one of the best layering pieces in my arsenal. Pulling double duty as a skirt or dress it looks great with layers over or under it and is curve hugging without being suffocating, basically it’s one of my favorites.

Speaking of favorites I’ve been wearing these Old Navy boots all winter and with each wear I only love them more. Paired with my new moto jacket from Forever 21 I was worried it looked like I was trying to hard to be tough so I tried to soften things up with a chunky knit scarf and bright pink lipstick. I bought the moto jacket for the winter to spring transition thinking it would be the perfect weight to wear over spring skirts and dresses but as usual I couldn’t wait to wear it. I’m not sure if this outfit struck the perfect balance but I think everything came together well in the end.

What spring pieces are you itching to wear? Do you have a variety of inexpensive sunglasses or do you prefer to invest in one nice pair?

Fidget and the Black Dog

Belt: The Possibility Shop, Blazer: Goodwill, Button Up: Ralph Lauren, Skirt (worn as dress): Forever 21, Tights: Target, Booties: Old Navy, Double Finger Ring: Downtown ThreadsWhen it comes to new outfits I’m a fidgeter. The first time I wear an outfit if I’m not 100% sure about it, I’ll tweak it until it feels right. I’ve swapped out pieces and completely changed outfits in the Downtown Threads dressing rooms on my lunch break more than once. In fact by the time I snapped these photos I’d already changed my outfit three times.

When I left the house I was wearing a midi length black skirt with my plaid button up tucked in, belted with a blazer. At lunch I converted the midi skirt into a tube dress, buttoned the shirt over it, belted it and finished with the blazer. Finally I ended up folding my plaid button-up over the lapels of the blazer and belting them both over my skirt/tube dress. Take it from me, this is the best iteration.

What’s your process for editing outfits? Have you ever changed your outfit in the middle of the day? Do you edit outfits while you’re wearing them? 

PS – did you spot the black dog?

Black and Brick

Hat: Downtown Threads, Earrings: Goodwill, Scarf: Cruise Ship Gift Shop, Blazer: Goodwill, Booties: Old Navy,V-neck & Jeans: Target, Ring: Gifted Have you ever met someone and instantly felt like you’ve known them forever? That is exactly what happened the first time I got together with the stunning Aimee of Thick & Thrifty. As my grandmother would say we “hum on the same frequency” and it doesn’t hurt that we both love fashion and thrifting.

Yesterday after a much too short coffee date Aimee and I took turns snapping outfit pictures for each other (see the photos I took of Aimee here).  Photographing a fellow fashion blogger gave me a totally different perspective on posing and framing shots.

Yesterday’s buffet of nasty winter weather conditions put me in a total outfit funk so obviously I wore black. A little too much black I think. Next to Aimee in her bright pink scarf my black, grey and off white ensemble seemed as chic as the slush covering my booties. Speaking of… I’m not really liking the black jeans on black bootie look, hindsight is always 20/20 right?

How do you cope with fashion funks?

A Black Out with Blue Jeans

Knit Hat: UO, Blazer: Goodwill (boy’s), Mockneck top: Shop in Georgia, Keys & Necklace: Florence, Italy, Bangles & Rings: Gifted & Thrifted, Jeans: H&M, Booties: Old NavyI’ve been wearing a lot of black lately (see here, here). Not because I want to look thinner (though after all the Christmas cookies it’s a definite plus) I’ve simply found darker monochromatic looks easier to put together when I’m feeling uninspired by the rest of my wardrobe. The simplicity and streamlined silhouette of an all black look offers the perfect “blank canvas” for accessorizing, allowing you to really play up your statement pieces.

Here are a few tips to playing around with monochromatic looks this winter:

  • You don’t have to wear black if you’re worried about looking washed out in all black opt for navy blue, forest green, deep reds, rich browns or charcoal gray instead.
  • Monochromatic looks don’t have to be boring play around with materials and textures as you would with colors. Try pairing black cigarette pants with a black silk blouse and black faux fur vest.
  • Play up the accessories a monochromatic look is essentially a blank canvas, set the tone of the outfit by selecting bold accessories. This is the perfect time to try out that studded collar, heelless shoe or bib necklace that you’ve been trying to style all year.
  • Make a statement with your outwear keeping the rest of your look simple is the perfect excuse to get a little wild with your outerwear. Brightly colored peacoats, fun faux fur jackets and patterned wraps are perfect when paired with sleek monochromatic looks this season.

Have you played around with monochromatic looks?