THE TRAVEL DRESS

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My little sister described this dress perfectly when she called it, “a great travel dress.” It really is. The stretchy fabric makes for a nice and tight fold in a suitcase yet leaves absolutely no wrinkles when I go to pull it out of the bag. It’s also got a great print which is such a nice departure from the usual all black that I’m used to packing for trips. The touch of color makes it versatile without being boring. The key is just getting the rest of your packing essentials right. I took a look through The Dreslyn (which, by the way, I’m pretty sure has the best online selection of K. Jacques) and found some pieces that definitely fit the bill: things like a great blazer (this one would work, too) and a leather jacket - either of which would pair perfectly with this dress. I also think traveling with the right accessories – a cozy scarf, a pair of shoes that will pair with everything else you’ve packed, and a classic clutch – makes a world of difference.

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HOLIDAY DRESSING

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ASOS Faux Fur Jacket // LELA ROSE Top // OLD NAVY Pants // MANOLO BLAHNIK Heels // CHANEL Handbag (similar) // AERIN Lipstick in “Red Velvet”

One week! With just seven days to go, the countdown to Christmas is officially on. And I am so ready. The hustle and bustle of the holiday parties (I’ve attended eight parties in the last week and I have another one tomorrow) has me feeling a little worn out. Anyone else? Don’t get me wrong. I love all of the festivities, but weeknights are tough when you’ve still got a pile of work at the office to wrap up before the end of the year.

Of course, I do love dressing for the occasion. Festive touches like these green pants and a little added sparkle here and there are what make it fun. The key is to get organized with it. Since I’m usually running late from work, I don’t have a lot of time to spend devising a whole new look for a party. Instead, I rely on a few key pieces that, when mixed and matched with other things, take me straight through the holiday season with ease. A pair of cropped pants like these are a must-have for me. I can wear them to the office and simply change my top and add a pair of heels for a night-out. I’ve been alternating between my green pair and this sparkly pair. Both of them work as a neutral and pair well with just about anything.

Other key pieces included metallic extras. A clutch like this one or a pair of these will do the trick. A little shine – no matter what the color – always feels festive. Last but not least: red lipstick. I could wear all black and apply some red lipstick and I’m all set. My favorites include this one for an extra bright night or, for a more pink-red, this Aerin one.

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LAYERED ESSENTIALS

layers J.CREW Coat // ADRIENNE LANDAU Leopard Vest (on sale!) // J.CREW Cashmere V-Neck Sweater // GAP Gingham Shirt // BAUBLE BAR Necklace (c/0) // VINCE Leather Pants // RAG & BONE Ankle Boots

This time of year calls for layers – lots of them! (Especially when it’s 29 degrees and sleeting like it is today.) Since I never know what the Texas weather is going to give me, layering offers plenty of options.

My favorite gingham shirt is always a perfect place to start. Not only is it a classic pattern, but the blue-and-white color combo lends itself to just about any other pairing. I like starting with a printed collared shirt (I love this one, too) because it gives you just a peek of pattern underneath all of the other layers. My cozy cashmere sweater (I want one is every. single. color.) is a daily wear for me and keeps me nice and warm but is still ultra lightweight. Next up: my very favorite Adrienne Landau leopart-print vest - which, by the way, is on sale right now. The print is so good and makes bundling up all the more fun.

Can we talk about Adrienne Landau for a second? When it comes to fur, her collection is one of my favorites.  Her pieces are always super chic (how much fun are these?!) and the prices won’t break the bank. A lot of her pieces are even on Last Call. Check out this fur vest that rings in at under $150, and this one is kind of a steal, too,  if you ask me. I sure wouldn’t mind having a pair of her earmuffs today (gift from Santa, perhaps?!).

To finish it off, my J.Crew jacket is always an easy piece. I’ve had it for over five years and it remains one of my very favorites. It’s lightweight, but warm, and it’s got the boyfriend look to it.

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Photos by Molly Miller

 

BUNDLED UP IN ASOS (FAUX) FUR

asos fur jacket ASOS Faux Fur Jacket // VINCE Leather Pants // THEORY Sweater // HENRI BENDEL Earrings (similar here) // RAG & BONE Booties (on SALE!) // GIVENCHY Bag

When I was in Jackson Hole (see here), my sister-in-law wore this coat when we went out at night. I loved it so much, and when I asked her about it she told it was faux from ASOS. She said she really just needed a good looking (and warm!) fur coat that she could wear into bars and not worry too much about (i.e. spilling on it, etc.). I totally understood what she was saying. And then I sat down at the computer and bought one for myself.

I’m all for splurging on the right item – but this isn’t one of them. ASOS does such an amazing job of hitting the trend at a budget-friendly price. This coat gets the job done (keeps me nice and toasty) while adding a luxe touch to any look – especially when I opt for all black.

Speaking of budget buys, today is THE day to score on those. Most of these sales are still happening (my favorite boots are even marked way down!), and there are even a few more to add to the list including: West Elm and Net-a-Porter (these, please!), and, my personal favorite, Tibi! With the code, CYBER20, you can get 20% off on bright and shiny things like these.

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Photos by Molly Miller

WINTER’S BEST: RAG & BONE

rag & bone fedora RAG & BONE Wool Fedora // RAG & BONE Blazer (old) // ZARA Sweater // VINCE Leather Leggings // GIVENCHY Bag // RAG & BONE Boots

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the things I rarely do is wear one designer head-to-toe. It’s just never been my style, and I like to mix and match way too much. My looks are almost always a mash up of different designers which results in a mix of various textures and patterns. That’s just how I like it. It didn’t even occur to me until I was labeling these photos that I was basically breaking my own rule. With the exception of my sweater and my leather leggings (which I love and can’t stop wearing, by the way), this look is pretty much all Rag & Bone. I shouldn’t be surprised seeing as a good portion of my closet is the brand. They’ve just always made pieces that turn out to be my very favorites. I’m a devotee of their jeans (I have this pair in at least four colors), and I cannot get enough of their Newbury booties. I wear them day-in and day-out. There just isn’t a better boot out there. (Although their newest “Kendall” style could be a very close second.)

My latest purchase is a new one for me: a wool fedora. I have a great straw fedora that I wear all the time during the summer, but I’ve never had a great winter hat. Until now. This one is perfect. It’s not too small, not too big, and I love the leather detailing that wraps around. (Note: This J.Crew one looks equally fantastic and it’s half the price.) It looks like Rag & Bone has managed to add another favorite to my closet.

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THE PLAID COAT

zara plaid coat ZARA Plaid Coat (similar here and here) // THEORY Sweater // VINCE Leather Leggings // MANOLO BLAHNIK Heels // CELINÉ Bag

Remember this post? Well, I couldn’t get the plaid out of my head, so I decided to go for it. I scooped up this Zara (!) coat the minute it hit the stores. I had been admiring the plaid outerwear that Celiné and Stella McCartney sent down their fall runways, and I was thrilled to see that Zara was “inspired” as well. I’ve only had it for a week, and it’s already become a staple in my closet. It’s one of those coats that works that complements a dressier look (á la a little something like this) or dresses up something more casual. It easily added some much needed color to this all-black look, but it also pairs perfectly with jeans and a tee or a my new cozy gray sweater. Consider me an official fan of plaid.

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CARDIGAN STYLE

5N2A7125 RAY-BAN Sunglasses // OLD NAVY Cardigan // MADEWELL Striped Shirt // VINCE Leather Pants // M MISSONI Slippers // CELINÉ Bag

I’m not going to lie: cardigans are normally not my thing. I’m not talking about the casual, boyfriend style cardis (I love those). I’m referring to the button-up, crew-neck style ones. They remind me of twinsets (never) and have always felt just a touch too preppy. However, as of late, I’ve been changing my tune on the button-up knit. With Texas weather being so fickle (it was 32 degrees last Thursday, and today we’re looking at 70 and sunny), the button-up knit is actually a perfect piece. It keeps me warm in the mornings when it’s cool, but it’s lightweight enough to work when temperatures heat up. This cardigan has been an easy piece for me, and it worked underneath blazers and vests for light layering, too. Of course, with my smoking slippers and a striped oxford, it’s definitely got a preppy vibe. The fall season must bring it out in me.

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Photos by Molly Miller 



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DOUBLE UP

plaid shirt RAY-BAN Sunglasses // CLU Top // ZARA Skirt (similar here) // Vintage Necklace (similar here) // CELINÉ Bag 

I love the look of layering a printed button-down or a striped shirt underneath a simple tee. It gives the look some dimension and keeps that tee from looking boring. However, I hate when the layers get so bunched up and you can see all of the ripples and bumps underneath the t-shirt. I know that you all know exactly what I’m talking about. (How J.Crew manages to master the layered look sans bumps is a total mystery to me.)  When my friend Molly showed me this top, I knew it would solve those problems. The plaid shirt is simply sown along the bottom, so you get the layered look without actually having to layer (it’s sneaky like that). I can wear it underneath my black blazer or a fitted jacket without feeling like I’m wearing 12 shirts. (Not to mention, it’s one of the softest tees I own, and, at $86, it’s a budget-friendly.) Nearly all of Clu’s tops are two-in-ones like that. This striped one (I love that ruffle!) is next on my list, and I wouldn’t mind one of the sweatshirts either.

plaid top Photos by Molly Miller

 

BLACK AND BLUE

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J BRAND Leather Jacket // J.CREW Shirt (similar) // MADEWELL Jeans // CLARE VIVER Clutch // MANOLO BLAHNIK Shoes // MADEWELL Bracelets // ESSIE “Geranium” Nail Polish

I told you all (here) that of all the amazing color combinations, black and white is my all time favorite. There’s nothing more classic and no matter what, it always works. However, there’s a close runner up and that’s black and blue. Cobalt and navy blue have always been two of my favorite hues, and mixing it with black only makes me love them more. I really like the way that a bold cobalt (my leather jacket certainly qualifies) brightens up a heavy black look. Whether the two colors are mixed in one garment (à la this cozy sweater) or just paired together like so, it’s a combo that never seems to tire.

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WINTER WHITES

winter white CELINÉ Sunglasses // BARBOUR Jacket c/0 // MICHAEL KORS Sweater // OLD NAVY Jeans // GOLDEN GOOSE Boots

The temperatures have finally dropped in Dallas. It’s not exactly cold but it’s certainly chilly enough to call it sweater weather. I am able to pull out my cozy sweaters, tall boots, and, a new Barbour jacket. As much as I love winter greys (I pretty much live in this sweater and this sweater all season long), I’m also partial to the look of winter whites. (According to last weekend’s WSJ, I’m not the only with this sentiment.) There’s something so fresh about white in the winter, and I love mixing in creamier tones, too. Everything works as a neutral. These jeans are a great example. The color isn’t quite taupe, but it’s not bright white either. It’s a perfect in-between, and they go with everything. The same goes for pretty much everything in this look. Pieces like my Barbour jacket and a chunky turtleneck sweater are winter staples. I’ll wear them over and over again with a million different things. That’s the beauty of winter white.

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Photos by Molly Miller

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