Fall Look: Plaid & Booties

#ootd:

J.Crew Factory secretary polka dot blouse, LOFT cotton cardigan, Sole Society whipstitch bag, Old Navy red ballet flats, LOFT denim

SHOP THIS LOOK:

polka dot top: J.Crew Factory

jeans: LOFT

bag: Sole Society

cardigan (old): option, option, option

flats (old): option, option, option

 

Deal of the Day:

On sale for $33, 4 colors, and and has almost 950 ~ 5 star reviews! I don’t own this top, but I think I need to! 😍

cozy twist front pullover

Gibson Cozy Twist Front Pullover

Fall Look: Plaid & Booties

I just can’t say no to creating fall looks! I know I can’t wear them for at least a month… but by golly I’ll be ready with a whole closet-full of outfits when it’s cooler! I’m constantly looking in every direction for outfit inspiration during each season, and when I passed by this lightweight plaid in store, it reminded me so much of a “look” I saw on Nordstrom’s website awhile back. I walked by the shirt thinking “no plaid Kecia” (lol), but I just couldn’t stop thinking about this top I went back and got it before I checked out. The blue/green colors are very classic and although I have about 15 plaid shirts in my closet, this one is unlike anything else I have.

The best part about this plaid shirt is although I don’t think the brand intended for it to be a ‘tie-front’ shirt, it’s kind of shaped like a tuck-front top would be (longer in the back), and made it really easy to tie in the front! So anyway, it can be styled as shown or normally un-tucked. It also comes in 2 other colors and is only $25. 🙂

Abound plaid shirt, Old Navy rockstar jeans, Sole Society crossbody tassel bag, Steve Madden booties, BP tiered necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

plaid top: Nordstrom Rack ($25)

booties: Steve Madden

jeans (old): option, option, option

bag (old): newest options here, here, and here

necklace (old): option, option

 

Fall Trend: Henleys

#ootd:

Ann Taylor leopard short sleeve sweater, Sole Society red Susan satchel, Halogen t-strap ankle flats, Joe's Vixen Jeans

SHOP THIS LOOK:

sweater: Ann Taylor

jeans: Joe’s

bag: Sole Society

flats (old): option, option

 

Deal of the Day:

cardigan from the NSale ~ back on sale for $30!

BP cardigan

Fall Trend: Henleys

The cute little button up shirts are everywhere right now. I worked for Abercrombie & Fitch for several years when I first started college classes (circa early 2000’s lol), and these henley shirts bring me right back to that time! #nostalgia Actually, A&F is making a comeback, did you know that? Along with AE? Crazy.

Fun Fact: I left A&F for awhile to finish up my bachelor’s degree, and later applied to become a manager for our local store. I forget what happened, but someone (clearly much smarter than I), recommended I start my Master’s Degree and look into teaching (bio/chem). I instead got a part-time job at CVS as a pharmacy technician while I finished my Master’s, and then later went on to get my Doctorate as a pharmacist. Can you imagine if I’d taken that job at A&F? I honestly can’t say I 100% feel I made the right decision on pharm school (but that’s a whole other non-blog related rant about our job security), but I would have never met my husband, I definitely would have never moved to Florida, and think of all the friendships I’ve made along the way from Indiana-Ohio-Florida. My entire life would have been different had I made that one decision. Crazy, crazy to think about!

Anywho – we don’t have an A&F locally, but we have several AE stores. I stopped in this weekend at our local mall, and I gotta say… I was impressed! I picked up several tops (see my camo waffle tee #ootd from this weekend’s post) and going to share my other finds this week sometime! These waffle tee are so, so soft!

That being said, if you feel a little old walking in to AE/A&F (no shame… I’m sure I looked like that old lady who thinks she’s still 21 trotting around 😂), these henleys are everywhere right now. Mine is from Target ($15!) and comes in this cream color and black. It’s incredibly soft. I do recommend sizing up one if you don’t like tight fitting shirts. I picked up a medium and it fits comfortably without that ‘cling around the middle’ feeling.

I love that this Target version is short sleeved, so still comfortable while summer lasts, but I’m on the hunt now for a good long sleeve version. I really want a stark white color. I’ll let you know when the search is over. 🙂 See below for my other top henley top picks!

A New Day Henley top, Express denim, Sole Society bag, Universal Thread flats, A New Day earrings

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: Target

bag: Sole Society

jeans: Express

earrings: Target

shoes: Target (designer version here)

 

TOP HENLEY PICKS:

Vinyard Vines | Old Navy | Nordstrom Rack

J.Crew | Anthropologie | American Eagle

 

Like 5000 Degrees

#ootd:

BP peplum tee, Old Navy gray rockstar jeans, Merona pumps, Sole Society winged satchel, LOFT love necklace, BP bracelet

SHOP THIS LOOK:

tee: BP (from Nordstrom) ~ super sale!! $10

jeans: Old Navy

necklace (old): option, option, option

bracelet (old): option, option, option

bag (old): option, option, option

pumps (old): option, option, option

 

Deal of the Day:

60% off!!! 7 colors!

Sam Edelman Rivera Flat

shoes

Express floral portofino blouse, Old Navy jeans, A New Day woven crossbody, Sam Edelman flats Halogen twist knot top, AG jeans, Sam Edelman flats

Like 5000 Degrees:

Guys. I don’t know what happened to Florida. So it’s always hot down here in the summer. And then the end of August started showing us a downward trend in overnight temps (I was actually chilly one morning and wanted a jacket!). I thought for sure all these flatlays I was creating could come to ‘real life’ and become maybe #ootd’s instead of flat lays…. and then September happened. I don’t know what is wrong with September. I don’t know what mother nature is thinking. But it’s literally 200% humidity and 99.99 degrees outside, pretty much All.The.Time now. Our low tonight is 79 degrees! The forecast looks better in a couple weeks, but it’s truly put a damper on my creative fall outfit train.

I know I have some readers in Florida, so I figured I’d throw together some ‘real life’ flatlays mixed in with a little fall, you know, in case it ever goes below 70 degrees again in the southern hemisphere. 😝

I really love this little tiered ruffle tee. I’ve now washed and worn it and still love it!  The raw hems do curl a little in the humidity and in the wash, but not enough to bother me. When I took this flatlay, I had just taken the shirt out of the laundry room so this is ‘as is’ after washing. I ordered my normal petite size, but if you take a regular size it’s recommended to size down one.

I’m obviously not wearing a jacket (lol), but I envision this cutie outfit going well with an olive or burgundy jacket/cardigan combo. My exact woven mules are pretty much sold out, but I’ll link the current color and similar in white below.

Caslon striped tiered ruffle tee, Sam Edelman Navya woven slides, Caslon peplum olive jacket, Old Navy denim

SHOP THIS LOOK:

tee: Caslon (from Nordstrom)

jeans: Old Navy

sunglasses: Express

earrings: Target

jacket (old): new version; great regular jacket; blazer option

mules: Sam Edelmanalmost identical; another almost identical

Work Look: Prim & Fun

#ootd:

Caslon striped tee, Express denim shorts

SHOP THIS LOOK:

tee: Caslon (from Nordstrom)

denim shorts (old): option, option, option

Work Look: Prim & Fun

One of the main reasons I started blogging a couple years ago was because going through pharmacy school, they wanted us to dress “professionally”; I would eventually start my career path with a company that only requested “business casual”, but either way – outfits were boring! At the time we couldn’t wear jeans to work (it’s a whole new world now), but even if I was to wear a pencil skirt or dress pants at work, I had to create fun outfits or I was doomed. If I don’t like my outfit, the whole world is going to feel it that day! 😝

Even if I was to switch the jeans out in this outfit for blue dress pants, the end result is the same – prim .. maybe a little proper.. and a lot of fun! The tie-neck blouse keeps things work appropriate, but the dots, leopard print, and bright marigold color keep it fun. My jeans are actually a high waist button fly if you can tell from the picture. I usually have to size up on high waisted jeans; I did on these also, which created more of a straight leg look versus skinny – I rolled them at the bottom when I created this outfit – kind of giving them a “boyfriend” look (but not too relaxed) – and I was really happy with it!  This is pretty much my 2018 work look. 😊

J.Crew Factory tie neck blouse, A New Day cardigan, J.Crew Factory high waist jeans, A New Day pumps

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: J.Crew Factory

cardigan: Target

jeans: J.Crew Factory

pumps: Target

 

A Cozy Favorite

#ootd:

A New Day utility shirt, J.Crew Factory venice wash jeans, Merona pumps, Sole Society red satchel, Kate Spade bracelet, J.Crew Factory bracelet, Express leopard belt

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: A New Day (Target)

jeans: J.Crew Factory

pumps (old): option, option

bag: Sole Society

belt (old): very similar

necklace: Kendra Scott

bracelet (old): similar

A Cozy Favorite:

One of the best single pieces (that can also be layered) that I keep in my closet are these stretchy soft knit tees. They are fleece-like, incredibly soft, and keep you warm with or without layering. My exact print is front last year, but Banana Republic just released a couple colors for this season as well! Also check out Target’s version here and here – these tops are also crazy soft and the stripes are really similar to my BR version. I saw the striped version in store and then saw it comes in the solid colors as well online – that fall orange is calling my name!  Another affordable version is this one from Old Navy – also comes in a ton of colors/stripes and super affordable! Just like a good plaid shirt, these are really easy to layer underneath a vest during cool mornings, and then just plain comfy during the warmer hours during the day.

Banana Republic twist hem long sleeve tee, Express jeans, Steve Madden lancaster booties, Jessica Simpson satchel,

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: Banana Republic

jeans (old): option, option, option

bag: Nordstrom Rack

booties: Steve Madden (these are really good!)

 

Holding Onto Summer

#ootd:

LOFT bell sleeve pink top, Joe's Jeans, Kate Spade Nicole flats, Sole Society bow bag, J.Crew Factory necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: LOFT (newer version), option, option

jeans: Joe’s

flats: Kate Spade; other option

bag: Sole Society

necklace (old): newest options here, here, here, here

 

Holding Onto Summer:

 If it’s possible that somehow Florida got hotter the last week then it was all summer, it definitely happened. We had cooler nights for awhile, and thought maybe ‘fall’ down here was just around the corner, and then just like that mother nature laughs and gives us 78 degree nights, humidity, and the most intense heat from the sun she can come up with! Thankfully I work in a freezing air conditioned environment so I laughed right back and am still wearing all my new fall goodies. 😜 That being said, I thought I would throw together a summer like outfit, but with a little fall transition.

Also – if anyone that reads my blog lives in SC/NC/Virginia area, you are all in my thoughts! Florence is approaching the same time Irma was hitting us this week last year. My Facebook memories popped up today and literally this day last year I was staying in a hotel in Athens, GA fearful I would not come home to a house. As scary as Irma was, the storm surge capability and potential landfill stalling that could occur with Florence is worse. The best advice I can give, is listen to your local emergency management team. They are the most knowledgable and trustworthy people in your area. The media can hype or falsify the situation. If your emergency team says “go” – that means GO. You can replace your belongings, but not you and yours. 💙

Old Navy sateen jean leggings, LOFT vintage white tee, Baublebar necklace, Express pom fedora, Vince Camuto booties

SHOP THIS LOOK:

jacket: Old Navy

jeans: Old Navy (also here)

necklace: Baublebar

booties: Vince Camuto

tee (my version is old): LOFT

fedora (old): option, option

 

Bralettes & Deep Vees

#ootd:

Caslon striped ruffle tee, Joe's Jeans, Tory Burch miller sandals, Kendra Scott necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

tee: Caslon (from Nordstrom)

jeans: Joe’s

sandals: Tory Burch

necklace (old): very similar

 

Bralettes & Deep Vees:

This sweater has been one of the most popular items I’ve shared on the blog recently, so I thought I’d share another way to style it – with this beautiful lace bralette! I know for me, this sweater dips a little low for complete comfort. It’s one of those that fits kinda slouchy in your regular size, but if you lean forward or turn a certain way might show more than what your neighbor wants to see! 😝 A couple easy fixes – size down – or wear a bralette/camisole. Camisoles are rather uncomfortable for me. Maybe it’s the environment I live in where you can get hot/cold/hot/cold easily, or maybe it’s that tight feeling around your middle, but I’d much rather wear a bralette. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Free People bralette styles, but the other one I have doesn’t adjust in the straps and I feel limited to wearing it inside the house with comfy clothes. This one on the other hand has adjustable straps! Oy! It definitely makes a huge difference in fitting more tightly and holding things up in the right direction (lol).

Free People bralette, Express double vee pullover, Purple Peridot leopard clutch, dark denim, Lucky Brand booties

SHOP THIS LOOK:

sweater: Express

bralette: Free People

jeans: Express

earrings: A New Day

boots: Lucky Brand (also here)

clutch (old): option, option, option

 

Work Look: Plaid & Blush

#ootd:

A New Day henley top, J.Crew Factory button fly denim, A New Day leopard pumps

SHOP THIS LOOK:

top: A New Day

jeans: J.Crew Factory

pumps: A New Day

necklace (old): option, option

 

Work Look: Plaid & Blush

It’s flat lays like this that really drive me to want to start photographing real blog photos again. I stopped for quite a while, with just a few here and there, the last couple of years. I tried taking photos on the inside of our new house, but the lighting just isn’t conducive in the spots I have to work with. However, pretty colors and textures like these really make me want to see this outfit come to life. You know how you can just envision things in your head – and hope they come out the way they are supposed to? Ha! Well that’s how I envision this outfit. This color of plaid is about everywhere right now. I’ll link similar options in pants & skirts below. My favorite pairing is with this blush pink color, but a black top & shoes would look streamlined and make a nice work outfit also.

Old Navy plaid pixie pants, A New Day belted cardigan, J. Crew Factory lace top, Baublebar jacket earrings, Kate Spade Nicole flats

SHOP THIS LOOK:

pants: Old Navy

cardigan: A New Day

lace top (mine is from last year): J.Crew Factory, option, option

flats: Kate Spade, option, option

earrings (old): option, option

Similar pant options from all my favorite brands!

GAP | Banana Republic | Ann Taylor

LOFT | A New Day | Free People

 

Similar skirt options from all my favorite brands!

Ann Taylor | Ann Taylor | LOFT

Nordstrom | Express | Banana Republic

 

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