Pop of Preppy

Pop of Preppy

It’s been a hot minute… or month, since I’ve posted about an outfit. Perhaps I’m distracted by all my bachelor posts or perhaps I’m just overwhelmed with how crazy busy the last couple of months have been. Either way, I  finally have a chance to sit down and break down a new look.

With years of prep school under my belt, I used to be extremely preppy. At the time, I  thought I  was EVERYTHING in my Vineyard Vines, seersucker pants and the latest Sperry’s. Just the thought of some of things I used to wear, yikes! When I moved to Chicago and realized I was a pastel fish out of water, I started adopted a more city-friendly look.

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At my core though, there is a still a little bit of a preppy left in me. With today’s look, I  feel like I’ve been able to merge together a more modern preppy aesthetic without looking too “school boy.” The look is really entered around this TopMan white sweater with striped neckline. White is not usually my first color choice, but the bold stripe reminded me of a collegiate style sweater that could be come an instant classic. Winter whites are always very fashion forward too.

If I  were to pair this with khakis and a white button up, I think it’d start to look like a school uniform. Instead, a navy turtleneck and blue plaid pants break this up and make the whole outfit more contemporary.

When it comes to style, we can never truly change our spots completely. That’s me when it comes to being preppy, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Once the weather starts to break, hopefully I’ll be able to share more outfit ideas.

Stayed tuned for developments with Bachelor, home design, travel and fashion soon!

-TW

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

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.

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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!

-TW

Wrapped in Red

Wrapped in Red

Four days till Christmas, how in the hell did that happen? As we know, presents have been purchased are wrapped, but when it comes to other holiday actives, I’m coming up a bit short.

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Everyone usually has at least one holiday party to go to, whether you’re hosting one, heading to a friend’s, or going to your work party, a good outfit is crucial. I  hosted a small get together earlier in the month, and then headed to my work Christmas party this week and made sure to have a holiday outfit lined up for each.

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Although it is fun to wear the ugly sweaters, the light up ears, etc, this look is a more classic and modern taken on the red and green color scheme that most Christmas looks call for. I  love both of these pieces on their own, and was happy to see they could work well together for the holidays.

The red cotton shirt was an amazing sale find while I  was in London this summer. The deep crimson color works nicely as a pop of color. A similar style is here. It works well with jeans or in my case, dress pants.

I  saw these trousers at Oak + Fort, and knew that I had to have them. The olive plaid print with the black pipping down the side is a nice detail. Pants like these are a nice twist on any basic pair of pants for the office. They’re cut a bit short, so long boots with coordinating socks make sure I don’t loose height.

With an oversized scarf and camel coat over the look, I’m ready for whatever holiday activities are ahead. I hope everyone goes into the final push towards holiday with high hopes for a Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays,

TW

Gifted: Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Gifted: Holiday Gift Guide 2018

A personal favorite post from last year was my holiday gift guide! I  loved sharing what I  was giving last year and the feedback, so I’ve decided to play Santa Claus once again and return with another gift guide for this year!

Although Christmas gift shopping might make my wallet bleed, the idea of finding the perfect gift is worth the financial damage. With that said, I like to mix highs and lows, as most of my gift suggestions are under $30. All of my suggestions are still available to ship well before the 25th. Here’s what will be under my tree this year:

To help them keep time

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Last year I  featured Chicago timepiece company, Wolfpoint, and they still made my list this year too! I  get numerous compliments on my watch from them, and with so many classic styles available, it’s a great gift to pass onto others. The Aberdeen style is shown!   (Under $160)

To help them stay warm 

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Let’s face it, it’s cold out there! I’ve been trying to stock up on all of my cold weather accessories as the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall. Gloves, scarves and hats like this one from King & Fifth is an easy and affordable option in lots of colors that work perfectly with any winter look. (Under $25)

To help them stay tidy

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As someone who wears glasses, I  typically throw them on the nearest surface and then forget about where I’ve placed them until I  wear them next. When doing some early holiday shopping, I  stumbled on this monogrammed catchall from Mark & Graham. It’s not only adorable but also so affordable for gift giving. I  swear by this website and even bought myself one, pictured, as it was 20% off with free shipping.  (Under $20)

To help them remember home

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This is a bit of cheat because I was gifted this from a close friend and their family, but it was too cute not to include! It seems like everyone has a little bit of hometown pride whether it be through sports, high school or even their zip code. These adorable glasses have 813, my area code for home in Tampa, and the make an excellent gift. Every time I’ll drink from it, I’ll think of home!  (Under $15 each)

To help them looking good

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Even thought I’ve never been someone who loves products for my face or hair, that may change thanks to Jack Henry. I  was introduced to them last year and LOVE their pomades for my hair! They work perfectly with my hair texture, and now they’ve launched a sea salt spray, face toner and deodorant that I’m excited to try. They just launched new packaging too, which I  love!  (Each under $30)

Gifting should be personalized and well thought out, don’t just buy something to buy something. If there’s one thing I love more than the reactions when people open gifts from me, it’s the wrapping paper they’re decorated with! I’ll be posting a holiday gifting post featuring my weird obsession with all things wrapping very soon! What are you gifting this year?

-TW

 

 

Turtle Time

Turtle Time

If you can’t tell by my face in this photo, I’m OVER it, and by it, I  mean the fact that it’s back to snow flurries and decimal temps in Chicago. At this point, 3 layers, daily uber rides and a winter coat are all necessary to survive.

Another necessity this season for me has been turtlenecks. There are a few pieces I used to shy away from and turtlenecks were one of them. I  always felt like they looked better on slimmer frames, and as someone who is…. not slim, the idea of having something more body hugging and high at the collar seemed like a bad idea. As the temperatures have dipped, I’ve gotten over that and embraced them as a great alternative to the sweater and button up combo.

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The loophole with turtlenecks is to find one that’s made of a comfortable material with a lower neckline! I refuse to wear an itchy wool turtleneck because all I’ll want to do is get home and rip it off. Mine is from H&M and has a shorter neck, making it a little more breathable.

Paired with a toggle coat of the same color (from TopMan), gives me a sleek and monochromatic look. Throw on a scarf in your favorite color or pattern to break it up if you’d like! Anyone loving turtlenecks this year, I feel like I’ve been seeing more of them this season than last winter.

Check back later this week for another post,

TW

Photos: Callie Craig 

 

 

Checked Out

Checked Out

With February just days away, I’ve officially checked out of January. January was our trial month of 2018, right? So far, so good, so I  guess I’ll renew my subscription for the rest of the year. Another thing I’m always renewing my subscription on is Netflix my vintage buffalo check shirt.

Although that lumberjack or “lumber sexual”  (not my words) look isn’t exactly trendy these days, it’s almost turned into a classic winter print. This wool shirt is from my favorite shop in Chicago, Unamae’s from their vintage department and its the perfect weight to layer between a jacket and another sweater. The large scale print also makes for a more graphic punch and only set me back $25.

Buffalo Check Outfit

Let the buffalo check be your standout piece, while your sweater underneath serves as a nice block of color. In my case, this turtleneck does the trick. In a city like Chicago, it’s going to be winter till at least April, so I can still get away with incorporating buffalo check into my wardrobe for a few more months.

The rest of the look includes an H&M turtleneck and cords from Club Monaco and you can see other buffalo check options from LL Bean, Gap, and Polo too, all on sale. What are some of your winter must-haves and prints?

Excited to share what I’ve been working on for February here on the blog.

Until then,

TW

Grey Days

Grey Days

Ever since the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise hit the world, I  seriously cannot think of anything else when I’m wearing more than one grey piece in an outfit. This look is more two shades of grey, but I’m loving them both. Grey has always been and perhaps always be, the perfect neutral int the winter. It works perfectly with black, navy and works well with pops of color too.

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I’m a creature of habit when it comes to shopping. A new piece either has the tags for months, until I’ve finally found the perfect time to wear it, or it’s being worn immediately and often. This Nordstrom sweater is the latter. It’s seriously coming in handy with Chicago’s ever changing weather patterns these days. The two textures break it up from being a classic cable knit sweater. The darker grey corduroy pants are another sale steal from Club Monaco. (Seriously, a place I cannot afford at full price EVER but when their larger sales hit, I’m the first in line)

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The blueish grey works well against the lighter heather grey of the sweater and have a great fit. Wearing grey shouldn’t be reserved for sweatpants and athletic wear, it can be just as chic as black or any other monochromatic look.

-TW