We’re officially one week into January and resolutions are still in play, the new season of The Bachelor has started (and I already despise all the girls) and I’m back with a new look post to start the year off stylish.
The start of a very long winter typically makes sweatpants and bulky sweater even more appealing than usual. I’m trying my best to make sure I try to shy away from my tendencies and embrace dressy looks and try new options the season. This look is a great example of that. I’ve already welcomed turtlenecks with open arms, but now it’s about how to pull in other pieces like blazers to dress them up.
This navy velvet blazer is a such a show stopper in this winter look. Against my white turtleneck from Uniqlo is great for a day at work when you’re feeling a little fancy and even better for night out in the winter. Instead of going for the standard khakis or black pants, I went for a cobalt blue color, to add an extra pop. A pair of printed pants would be another way to add texture to the look!
I love this look because it’s just an easy way to elevate a rather easy winter ensemble. Anytime you add color, texture, or pattern, especially with basic pieces, it’s a win. Here’s to hoping our outfits and resolutions remain in tact as we get through the first month of the new year!
Last month I had the opportunity to work on a spring look for Express, and today I’m finally able to share a little bit more about the look. The timing of the partnership couldn’t have been better, as spring was finally making an appearance in Chicago and my closet was in desperate need of something new.
As mocked by Miranda Priestly, wearing florals for spring might not be “groundbreaking” but it certainly works for a reason. I loved this floral printed button down in the sage color since it felt more like a neutral and less bold print. The real pop of color was added with these dusty pink pants. The fit and material are great for summer, not too bulky but still put together enough for work. Other color choices are here.
Back in high school and the early days of college, I was known for wearing bright colored pants. Hot pink, mustard yellow (why?), orange (also why?) and turquoise to name a few. Finding this softer option made me feel like a more mature version of myself. That’s one of the many reasons I love personal style, there is always room to evolve.
The shoes are my new summer favorites from Topman. A slip on loafer in a soft grey color, that go with pretty much everything I’m wearing this summer. A similar pair is here.
I loved the chance to come up with this look for Express and have another opportunity to work with them later this summer so stayed tuned for more. As June is winding down, my agenda in July is heating up. I’ve got a really big trip coming up and I’ll be sharing more about that too!
For someone who isn’t into face masks, eye creams, or other grooming trends, the one consistent place I put my effort into is my hair. After looking at the insta-story I posted, recapping my favorite looks of 2017, I noticed that my hair looks completely different as I went through each month. Short, long, blonde, chestnut brown, and pretty much every shade in between, I’ve always loved the power of changing your hair. Whether cut or color, a new hairstyle can really change your overall look and instill new confidence when you need it most. It’s safe to say that I take my hair very seriously, and friends can attest that there’s a chance I’m texting them from the salon chair or mentioning that I’ve got an appointment coming up.
The guys over at American Reserve Clothing, a boutique in New York were gracious enough to send over some great hair products they carry from Jack Henry. When scrolling on Instagram, or watching Red Carpets like a hawk, I think we all want our hair to look that effortless, with the least amount of product as possible, both girls and guys can attest to this.
What I’m loving about these two pomades is that they add shine, hold and dimension to my hair without needing anything else. Serums, sprays and gels are great, but with a pomade like this, you just need a little and it’ll go a long way.
The OG has a more matte finish, the clay, a more shiny finish! I apply it to my hair, damp, let it air dry, it’s that simple. For a guy, that’s what we’re looking for, right?
Give American Reserve a look for other great products and let’s hope my resolutions hold up as well as this pomade does. 😉
10 days till Christmas people, count ’em! As I’m sure most of us are, I’ve been busy planning for the holiday season, so I haven’t been able to sit down and get to posting until now. More holiday updates to come next week!
Between the shopping, wrapping, tree-decorating and all things holiday, I’ve been trying my best to step up my daily style game. More layers are meaning more reasons to look good. Every year, I try to find that one holiday sweater that will perfectly tie me over from Thanksgiving to Christmas and then into New Years. Some years it’s more traditional, others it’s more of the “ugly sweater” variety, but this year it’s pretty simple.
Upon outlet shopping this baby blue sweater at J.Crew was begging to come home with me. I feel like this kind of powdery tone is usually better suited on blondes and never seemed to work for me. With my darker hair this time around, I felt like the color would pop.
I’m loving the combination with my camel coat and any pair of jeans. This icy blue seater would work perfectly with just about everything. I’m a huge fans of keeping it in the blue family with navy dress pants, or if you’re more adventuresome, trying it with white jeans.
Rotating your new favorite sweater into your winter wardrobe is a great way to get excited for the holidays. Here’s to my last weekend in Chicago before heading to the East Coast next week. I’m really looking forward to the holidays, aren’t we all?
Sweater: J Crew Factory Coat: Ralph Lauren Jeans: Levi’s Belt: La Matera Boots: Frye
See you next week,
Photography: Callie Craig
Can you believe how quickly this month, let alone, this year has flown by? I blinked my eyes and it’s practically November! It’s safe to say I’ve fallen on dark times. Don’t be alarmed though, I’m only referring to the fact that I’ve changed my hair.
Perhaps it’s my affinity for Riverdale or just the need to change things up but I’ve crossed over to the “dark side” as they say. I’ve always loved the power of a new look and this hair color is the perfect way to transition into fall. It’s making me more eager to break out the boots and sweaters.
To usher in this darker era, I’m wearing one of my favorite H&M sweaters from last year. The graphic camel colored stripes are a great pop and blended in perfectly with this Lincoln Park backdrop. I’m so excited to start working with photographer Callie Craig, who captured some amazing shots of my new look.
I’m still getting used to the darker locks but it’s a great change that I’m excited to style and work with! Check out more of Callie’s work on her website. You’ll be able to see more of her shots here shortly. Another post coming later on in the week!