Work Look: Cheetah Print

#ootd:

Bobeau ruffle sleeve top, Joe's Jeans, Tory Burch miller flats, Sole Society bag, J.Crew Factory tortoise necklace, The Limited belt

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top (old): almost identical

jeans: Joe’s

necklace: J.Crew Factory

flats: Tory Burch

bag (old): similar

belt (old): option, option

 

Work Look: Cheetah Print:

My love for leopard print sees no end, but lately I’ve seen cheetah print popping up in lots of stores ~ and it’s like I fell in love with a new ice cream flavor! 😍 I originally purchased this sweater with plans to pair it with a dark brown skirt for work, but haven’t found one I’m in love with yet (they claim it’s leopard print on their website… but I think they need to check their cat prints.. or maybe I do! 😂). If you zoom into the sweater, it has tiny brown specks of cognac brown!

LOFT carries a faux leather skirt which has fantastic reviews (here), but I wanted to try it on first in store and my 2 local stores do not carry it. So I’m still on the fence about ordering that one. Both LOFT and Factory also carry wool versions, so if you live  in a climate that isn’t still 5,983 degrees – try these skirts here and here. I might hold out on those… in about 3 months. 😂 I tried the sweater on originally with a pair of mossy green pants, so I figured a wine/burgundy color would work also – and it did! So not as exciting of a flatlay as originally intended, but this sweater really is very fun, pretty, and lightweight enough you won’t sweat in somewhat temperate climates (good only in Florida in air conditioning lol). Fits TTS.

J.Crew Factory animal print sweater, A New Day studded mules, Express legging denim

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sweater: J.Crew Factory

pants: Express

mules: Target

earrings: Target

 

Work Look: Rust in Color

#ootd:

Banana Republic floral curved hem tunic, LOFT burgundy cardigan, Banana Republic denim leggings, Merona pumps, Kendra Scott filigree necklace

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top: Banana Republic (my color is old) – other options below

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

 

leggings – Banana Republic

cardigan (old) – option, option

pumps (old): option, option

necklace: Kendra Scott

 

Work Look: Rust in Color

This blouse had me the first time I saw it. It’s got such a unique blend of colors from the light blue, dark gray, taupe, and rust. I knew it would work perfectly with these rust mules, and also my taupe booties. I threw the necklace in last second, but it might be a bit much for the outfit. The best part about this top is I sized down one so the v-neck wouldn’t be so low to require a camisole, and the arms fit perfectly on my petite frame! I usually always have to roll up my arms on blouses because of the length, but this blouse was perfect. I rolled them up anyway for the flatlay, but you get the idea! It comes in 5 other prints and colors – the stripe and polka dot versions are pretty also! I would say you can order your regular size if you aren’t busty like myself or don’t mind wearing a camisole and/or bralette.

All in Favor wrap blouse, J.Crew Factory denim venice wash, Steve Madden studded trace mule, Accessory Concierge tassel necklace

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top: All in Favor

necklace: Accessory Concierge

flats: Steve Madden

jeans: J.Crew Factory

 

Fall Look: Work Casual

#ootd:

Blue sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Banana Republic silver flats, Kendra Scott rayne necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

sweater (old): option, option

jeans: 7FAM

necklace: Kendra Scott

flats (old): options in flats, mules, loafers

 

Deal of the Day:

I think I own 10 of these vests in all colors and prints (don’t laugh – they are fantastic!). Right now they are on sale for $50, but if you buy 2 – $40 each, buy 3 – $35 each, and buy 4 – $30 each! Ok, kidding – I don’t recommend anyone buys 4 of these vests… unless you don’t own any, and then you need to catch up. 😂 But that deal applies to almost anything else online (the more you buy, the more you save), so if you love J.Crew – time to stock up!

J.Crew Vest

J.Crew puffer vest

Fall Look: Work Casual

I know a lot of business offices utilize Fridays as “casual work” day, and this is pretty much what I would put together if that was the case! I’m lucky enough to be able to wear jeans now everyday, but even before that was a ‘rule’, I would have definitely taken casual Friday also! I am also pretty sure almost all bloggers put various outfits together combining some form of olive, camel, and leopard and I get why ~ it’s just such a good combo! Olive is just a great color in general and works for almost all skin tones. And I gotta tell you guys – these loafers are really comfortable and only $40! I fell in love with the color instantly and was taken back by how soft they are. I haven’t worn them to work yet, so if you need the ‘how comfortable are they after standing for 8-12 hours on your feet test’ – that’s TBD – but I gotta say I have high hopes just the little I’ve worn them around! My bag is also on sale right now for $22! I’m all about these affordable accessory finds!

Lucky Brand waffle bell sleeve sweater, Express denim, Express loafers, Express crossbody bag, Express leopard belt

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sweater: Lucky Brand

jeans: Express (on sale for $31! I sized up one)

shoes: Express ($40 + 4 color options)

belt (old): very similar

bag: Express (on sale for $19!)

 

Fall Trend: Varsity Sweaters

#ootd:

Old Navy mauve jeans, LOFT sweater tank, Universal Thread peep toe booties, Sole Society bag

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sweater tank: LOFT

jeans: Old Navy

sandals: Target

necklace (old): love these options here and here

bag (old): similar here, love this option

 

Deal of the Day:

One of my favorite tanks available right now is finally 40% off!

lace tank

Gibson tank, Kendra Scott necklace, Joe's Jeans

Fall Trend: Varsity Sweaters

With the air conditioning going full blast down here still, this is actually an outfit I could wear today! Varsity tops have been pretty popular the last couple of years, but I usually you see the print show up on long sleeve tees and cardigans ~ I fell in love with this henley knit version!  It actually comes in eight different colors! And I know I say this about everything I buy (clearly addicted to soft knits), but it’s so soft. There is just something about knits you can throw on and feel like you’re wrapped in a blanket by the tv… even if you’re working. 😆

American Eagle varsity sweater, Free People shark bit denim, Sole Society Ferris booties, Sole Society leopard crossbody

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top: AEO

jeans: Free People

booties: Sole Society (other black option)

bag (old): new version, clutch version

 

Fall Trend: Chenille

#ootd:

O'Neill Striped demi shirt, AG legging ankle denim, Steve Madden sneakers, Baublebar druzy necklace

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top: O’Neill (also here)

jeans: AG

necklace: Baublebar

sneakers: Steve Madden (also here)

 

Deal of the Day:

One of my favorite sweaters to date, now on sale + an extra 40% off!

leopard sweater

Ann Taylor Leopard Sweater

Fall Trend: Chenille

Chenille is one of those fabrics I used to think “nope” every time I would see it on the shelf. I’m not quite sure why, other then I always dumped it into the same category as a velour jogging suit (joke’s on me ~ that will likely be the next big trend ha!). This year chenille has made a huge comeback in cardigan and sweaters. I was immediately drawn to this cardigan the second I saw it in store, and I’ve added another striped pullover sweater to my wish list when it goes on sale. Crazy how things can change! This cardigan is incredibly soft and is just completely different from anything else in my closet. I tried the striped ruffle top on below with the cardigan and really liked the way they fit together. So I made an outfit of it. 😚

See other chenille options I like below!

LOFT Outlet striped ruffle top, LOFT Outlet chenille cardigan sweater, Vince Camuto booties, Express denim

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ruffle top: LOFT Outlet

cardigan: LOFT Outlet

jeans: Express

booties: Vince Camuto

 

OTHER CHENILLE OPTIONS:

LOFT (very similar to mine above) | Nordstrom Rack | GAP

Express (wish list!) | Banana Republic | Aerie

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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!)