Monday, October 5, 2015

sticking to the budget

Here&Now: 4 Fall styles for less
sweater: SheIn (from last year, very similar to this current peplum sweater style)

jeans: ASOS (under $50!)

boots: leopard Bearpaw boots ℅ Famous Footwear (also loving this cozy knit style)

Here&Now: Famous Footwear leopard Emma boots
We have had our first dose of chilly weather here in Nashville & I am finally getting to bust out my cozy pieces from head to toe. This year I have been very purposeful about only adding things I know will be rockstar pieces in my closet. So far I have discovered 4 budget friendly Fall pieces that I can't wait to share with you!

1. These jeans are the "Ridley" style from ASOS. This high waisted, skinny style comes in tons of washes & levels of distressing, all around $50 - 70, but they go on sale constantly!  I got these black, ripped knee Ridley jeans in the petite cut & they are finally the perfect length without any hemming! This exact style also comes in Regular, Curve & Tall.

2. Maybe it is just me, but whether I get my sweaters from J.Crew or Old Navy, but the end of a couple of seasons they start to pill and look worn. The past couple of years I have ordered a few sweaters from SheIn & Chicwish, & they have actually held up very well, and each one was under $20! I love this ruffle hem one, this gray one with oversized pockets is right on trend, & this cream one will go with everything!

3. October is festival season here in Nashville - there is at least 1 food, beer, wine, or music festival each weekend! The #1 festival accessory is a lightweight, compact, fits all of my stuff, cross body bag. This versatile bag from Humble Chic Boutique comes in 10 gorgeous colors & can be worn as a wristlet or crossbody. This would also be the perfect bag for football games & weekend shopping trips (free up your hands for holding fabulous new goodies!)

4. Boots! Cozy doesn't have to be boring or frumpy! And these fleece lined boots are equally fun, warm, and like walking on a cloud! I personally love the jazzy leopard print, but they come in 5 neutral colors as well, for way less than other styles out there!
Here&Now: Budget friendly Fall fashion tips
Here&Now: ASOS ripped Ridley jeans

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GNO: Belk

I was counting down to Fall for the past month, & now I've blinked & it is almost October! While we are still yo-yoing back & forth from crisp nights to balmy days here in Nashville (what a tease!), I am certainly excited by the next season of styles & am already trying to mix some cooler weather staples into my end of Summer pieces.

To celebrate the start of a new season, I am excited to be hosting a Fall Fashion event at the Belk in Cool Springs next week & I cannot wait to meet you & chat about all things Fall fashion! 

The Fall Fashion Girls Night Out event will be on October 8th from 5-8:30pm at the Cool Springs Belk. I will be hosting the event & on hand to help you pick out some new fall pieces + giving out prizes! There will be a DJ, handcrafted bites, yummy refreshments & the big one…20% off your purchases (with very limited exclusions)! 

Some of the Fall trends I am looking forward to embracing when the crisp air decides to stay:

1. Layers! When I think of Fall, I think of cute sweaters! I am dreaming of cozy open cardigans & fur vests (how chic is this one!) which have serious staying power from last year. This year I am also wanting to add a sleeveless cowl neck sweater to the mix - this looks like a very re-mixable style!

2. Fringe! I just picked up these fringe booties (as seen in this outfit) & am also crushing hard on this major fringe action skirt!

3. Flounce skirts! I just wore this skater skirt (outfit post) & this one is also topping my wish list! This is the perfect item for right now, that will easily transition to cooler temps with tights + boots!

Let me know in the comments if you will be able to attend the Girls Night Out event next week!
If you are not in Nashville area, there are events happening at Atlanta too!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Miriam Collection

tank: J.Crew Factory racerback tank (such a staple, worth stocking up on in multiple colors/patterns!)

jacket: H&M faux leather jacket (shop similar: 1 // 2 // 3)

purse: Rebecca Minkoff (currently 40% off!)

I previously wore this tweed skirt with a black & white striped button down, but was dying to also give this classic piece a little more edge.

My foundational Fall accessories are my felt hat, aviators, & leather jacket. My (faux) leather jacket was purchased at H&M for under $50 going on 3 years ago & it can't believe how great it has held up after many many uses! This year I added these fringe booties to the mix - kind of outside my usual style wheelhouse, but I'm happy that I initially gravitated towards them & made them mine. I am also loving the dainty jewelry from the Miriam Collection line at FashionABLE. This is the "rosary" necklace & it has been my go-to piece, adding the perfect detail to any outfit. 

So yet again, my outfit came together from various pieces in my closet, things that I absolutely love & cherish! It is a hard habit to cultivate, but I am certainly getting better at identifying items that are going to have staying power in my wardrobe, & eliminating any articles that aren't getting worn enough. So far this Fall I added the black & white striped button down, tweed skirt, pointed toe black flats, updated my felt hat & finally found the perfect pair of ripped knee black jeans.

As I have already added to many great pieces to my closet, that means that the things I'm not wearing enough have to go. I just added 15 new listings in my Poshmark Closet - from a tweed Zara blazer, to some wear everyday J.Crew tees! I have had great experiences buying and selling on Poshmark & if you haven't tried it for yourself yet, sign up using my code & get $5 off your first purchase (my items start at $10 - so it is like getting it 50% off!).

Sign up for Poshmark & use code "HNDCJ" for a $5 credit!
How do you keep what's in your closet at a manageable level? Extra storage? A strict one-in-one-out policy? Swapping clothes with friends?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Shopping: Fall Accessories

Fall is here! Fall is here! I love the changing of the seasons, because all of a sudden my closet looks fresh again! I am having so much fun putting together outfits with items in my closet that haven't gotten any use in a year. Below are 4 of the outfits I am dreaming to create soon!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

weekend reading: 09.26.15

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This weekend why don't you :: try a new sweater trend!
I'm still wanting to try out the duster length sweater style!

{what you might have missed on Here&Now}

{1.} Designer sunglasses giveaway - only 10 hours left to enter!

{2.} Teacher style files: gingham midi skirt 

{3.} Dishing Fall shoe trends, including the most perfect pair of leopard pumps! 

{4.} Mixing stripes + tweed

{5.} Shop some incredible pieces from Southern artisans

{posts I'm loving around the internets}

{1.} A little throwback - just stumbled on this What I Wore post from many years ago! Bloggers submitted their favorite outfits featuring stripes, you will see some vintage pictures of bloggers (including Pink Peonies & me at the very bottom!) 

{2.} I'm starting to seriously consider purchasing a pair of overalls - this cute overall for date night look just put me over the edge!

{3.} Blogger tip: how to code an image with HTML

{4.} Thinking about doing another capsule work wardrobe, loving this inspiration! 

{what I'm shopping now}

{1.} I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of ripped knee black skinny jeans & finally found them at ASOS! (fit tip - I am 5'3" & got the petite size, and the leg length is perfect, hitting right above my ankle).

{2.} Embracing the button front skirt trend. 

{3.} A Fall favorite? The L.L. Bean "bean boot" (get them while they are still in stock)! 
Also, I've have consistently had the BEST customer service experiences with L.L. Bean & just cannot gush enough about what a great company they are!

{4.} Restock alert: My favorite boatneck striped tee is baaaack! You definitely should get 2!

{5.} J.Crew Factory new arrivals: the most perfect blouse for Fall // I'm going to have to cheat on the pugs and get this dachshund sweater