Fleece Bomber Jacket

It wouldn't be fall (but really winter) in Connecticut if I didn't add a new coat to my collection. And I suppose my sister wouldn't be my sister if she didn't then buy the same coat in a different color. Not that I didn't do my part to encourage it - you know I'm a shopping enabler.

This weekend my plans include checking out the new mall in South Norwalk, the SoNo Collection, and meeting Cee in New York City! I'm so excited, as I feel like I've known her for the last decade, but we've never met in person!

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Sweater Banana Republic
 Plush Fleece Bomber Jacket J.Crew
Black Jeans Gap
Open Heel Booties c/o Vionic
Willis Bag Vintage Coach via eBay similar
Gold Ball Earrings Kohl's
Scarab Necklace Vintage via Etsy similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx



Pearl Buttons

Earlier this year when I was smitten with a cardigan from Musier Paris, save for its plunging neckline, I thought I might get a similar cardigan and swap the standard brown buttons it came with for faux pearl buttons.

Even the simplest of DIY projects are known to take me ages to complete, but I was feeling motivated a few weekends ago and finally tackled my to-do pile, which included hemming two pairs of pants and of course changing the buttons on the cardigan.

While I was pleased with how it came out, when I started searching for similar items to link for this post I discovered that not only does Forever 21 have a perfect dupe of the original cardigan with a slightly higher neckline, but at only $25 it would ring in even less than my DIY. And don't even get me started on the cropped wide leg houndstooth pants I spotted at Zara, now that I finally took the time to hem the pair I got at H&M.

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White Cardigan Nordstrom Rack similar
Black Wide Leg Pants Ann Taylor
Mules Charles David via TJMaxx 
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
Gold Ball Earrings Kohl's
Gold Rectangle Chain Necklace Etsy
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx



What to Wear to Thanksgiving

Some years Thanksgiving is a casual affair, you can find me in my most comfortable pair of jeans and a sweater, other times I delight in the idea of having an occasion to get dressed for. The past few years I've been a big advocate for the long sleeve dress - sleeveless dresses in late fall tend to require additional layers, but with sleeves, a simple one piece outfit is back within grasp, and isn't that the best part of a dress after all?

The moment I saw this golden leopard faux wrap dress, I knew it would be perfect for Thanksgiving. The rich color epitomizes the fall season, with the jacquard leopard print being just my style. Plus it was on sale for $75, and I don't need much more convincing than that! Fortunately it can still be scooped up for 40% off plus an additional 10% as the Friends of Ann sale lasts through Tuesday.

The final reason I advocate for wearing a dress on a holiday such as Thanksgiving is for the comfort factor - I love my high waist skinny jeans, but they can stay in the closet until after the leftovers are gone.

Do you enjoy getting dressed up for Thanksgiving, or do you prefer to keep it casual?

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Cheetah Print Jacquard Wrap Dress Ann Taylor
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Leopard Clutch Clare V c/o Shopbop
Pearl Earrings Maris Pearl Co. 
Diamond Necklace Belonged to my Grandma
Fresh Water Pearl Necklace S.V. Decker 
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Nail Color "Mrs. Always Right" Essie

Last Year's Look

In a time when I am faced with endless sources of inspiration, it's often my own camera roll that serves me best. The pieces are already in my closet, and I'm not so distracted convincing myself that I need to be adding faux leather pants to my cart that I never manage to get dressed.

Even if you aren't a blogger, chances are you've got a phone full of half a decades worth of selfies and snapshots, and it's easy to see what you had on a year ago today. As I scrolled through my archives I found some slightly blurry and underexposed shots of this outfit (or at least a close approximation) and realized I'd never shot it for the blog.  How lovely it was to rediscover these velvet pants and appreciate how much I adore this blush leather jacket, which I've barely worn since I was in California earlier this year. (Lucky Californians and their perfect leather jacket weather, here I'm limited to the beginning of fall and the end of spring.)

Sadly to say that one week into the new month my November budget post is already shaping up to be as extensive as October's, and this outfit serves as a good reminder to spend more time getting inspired by my own archives and shopping my closet instead of Banana Republic.

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Lace Camisole Coco's on the Green similar
Blush Leather Jacket Athleta similar
Velvet Pants Old Navy similar
Leopard Heels Sam Edelman similar
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
Loop Earrings Mejuri
Necklace "Scottie" LuxbyUK
Ruby Crystal Talisman Ring c/o Uncommon Goods
Cat Eye Sunglasses H&M similar


Wild One

For as much as I wish I had a wardrobe full of streamlined and simple pieces, all able to work together to create effortless outfits, the pieces I'm most drawn to are wild with color and print. Even though I feel like I've tamed things down over the years, always with the desire of 'effortless' looks, sometimes I find a print I simply cannot ignore.

Such was this jungle print blouse from J.Crew. With the design inspired by a vintage scarf, this mixture of three prints in shades of green, pink, and gold, was not meant to blend in. At least I know I'm not alone in my wild ways, as this blouse has nearly sold out. There are a few sizes left, which can be snapped up for $60 with the promo code 'family' right now.

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Jungle Print Blouse J.Crew
Velvet Pants Banana Republic similar
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Leopard Clutch Clare V c/o Shopbop
Pearl Earrings Maris Pearl Co. 
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Ruby Crystal Talisman Ring c/o Uncommon Goods
Nail Color "Mrs. Always Right" Essie



Losing Daylight

Yesterday we turned the clocks back, and while I'm supposed to be grateful for that 'extra' hour, I never quite feel like I'm gaining anything. Earlier sunsets are a part of life during fall and winter here, I can't stop the turn of the earth, nor move to Australia six months of the year, yet each year on the first weekend of November, it feels like a cruel joke to watch the sun setting before five p.m.

I wore this outfit to a blogger dinner I attended a couple weeks ago. In stark contrast to the dinner I went to over the summer, when even after the event was over, it felt as if there was all the time in the world to take photos; these were snapped hastily, racing against the impending darkness, and of course rain.

The meal at First and Last Tavern in Plainville was quite good, a range of Italian offerings with the standout dish in my mind being the eggplant parmigiana. I may have had more than one helping, and taken some home too!

Even knowing the restaurant was a casual affair, as I tried on different combinations of jeans and tops, I decided I needed to take advantage of the fact that it was still reasonably warm out and give this rust knit dress another wear. The time for enjoying the fall outfits of magazines and pinterest is coming to an end; how many bare leg and leather jacket days could be left this year?

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Rust Knit Dress H&M
 Brown Moto Jacket c/o Wallis similar
Leopard Heels Sam Edelman similar
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
 Twisted Hoop Earrings Thrifted similar
Coin Pendant Necklace Julie Vos
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Signet Ring Sashi