Favorite Investment Pieces

Picking out quality pieces for my closet has been a big change in how I am shopping this past year. I have started to not only shop for sustainable and ethical products, but also looking for more items made in the USA or high quality products. It’s been a task because high quality products are way more expensive than what I have spent on clothing before and fast fashion just seems a bit more interesting because it’s trendy and what most of you are wanting to see. But I just can’t spending between $20.00 and $40.00 on cheaply made clothing that is going to get holes or start to ravel and possibly be out of style next year. So I started buying things I actually like, that are fun, versatile and much better quality than fast fashion. So here are my favorite quality purchases I have made in the past year.

Lysse Denim– These jeans are amazing. They work perfectly for curvier ladies because of the actual denim used and the control top available in each pair. These are skinny jeans with a nice side pipping and a fun zipper detail at the ankle. Seriously if I could wear these every day I probably would. So comfy and so slimming. The best part about Lysse? They include sizes from XS to 3XL. So everyone can enjoy these jeans. Lysse jeans are a little over $100.00 a pair and tend to sell out quickly when updated on their website. Seriously worth the investment though.

Lack Of Color Hats– A new to me brand and I’m in love. Quality made hats with structure, so no floppyness with these. I haven’t had these hats for too long but they have held their shape very well so far. There are a ton of options on their website; different colors and styles. These hats are $80.00 and up but well worth it if you are a hat lover.

Yana K Dresses– Buttery soft, simple and versatile. I can’t say enough about this brand. From every day wear to dressing up. Each piece has the potential to be styled so many different ways. And so flattering on so many body types.

Custom Fox & Beaux Jewelry– Located in Asheville is a little jewelry boutique where all your jewelry dreams can come true. Carefully designed pieces are available for quick purchasing or you can work with the staff to create your own. This dangle choker was a custom design piece I created and they put together. Literally no one else will have anything exactly like it making it perfect for my daily go to choker.

These are just a few of my favorite investment pieces from the last year. And you will see them on repeat, styled different ways. Because sometimes having less is more.

Shop This Look: Jeans // Dress // Hat // Silver Necklace // Dangle Choker // Horseshoe Necklace

Holiday Style: Casual and Funky

Just because the holiday season is here, doesn’t mean you have to dress head to toe frilly, in lace or sequins or even in the holidays “it” colors, red and green. Let’s face it, I’m just not in to dressing frilly anymore. So for me, the old holiday outfit ideas I used to have, are out the window. Dressing for myself is the number one priority and this year I made it a goal to do that.

Christmas bells are ringing and I’m over here still dressing in black, denim and stripes. But hey, that’s me. So for this holiday look I pulled together my new favorite look to show you how easy it is to dress for a casual holiday function without looking like a Christmas tree and being true to yourself.

If you are new around here, I have an addiction with stripes. It’s probably because I was always told women of size shouldn’t wear them and I love to break social rules. Besides the point. So I have paired this silky-ish blouse with a plunging neckline, boxy shape and my favorite print with my new favorite pants. These denim leggings I snagged from Lysse on Black Friday are my newest obsession. The perfect fit, slimming affect, pipping along the leg and the fun zipper detail all make me squeal with excitement when I wear them. A dressed up casual look but all while being oh so comfy and stylish. To make the outfit feel more festive I paired it with these adorable pom pom shoes that bring just the right amount of festive cheer to this outfit without going over the top. I would wear this during the non-holiday season, which is a point I make when I am shopping for pieces for my wardrobe. Topped it off with an edgy black necklace and a furry clutch. And a red lip takes your outfit to another holiday level right now. I love a red lip on any day, but right now, you just can’t miss it!

Perfect for any holiday event thrown your way or even just meeting up with friends.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season so far! I did just want to remind you that I am doing #instamas on Instagram where I am documenting parts of my life every day! Feel free to join in on the fun.

 

Shop This Look:

Top // Denim // Similar Shoes // Similar Clutch // Necklace

Holiday Style: Christmas Dress

I wasn’t looking for a Christmas dress, I was going to re-style something that was already in my closet, but then I randomly saw this dress. Bright red, flowy, ruffles and flutter sleeves. Loved it! Tried it on, felt good in it, but didn’t buy it. I didn’t need the dress. I wasn’t sure if I would wear something so bright, because hello, I’m the girl who wears black on a regular basis. But then I was working on a few things, planning some more things for the blog and got an invite to a party. I will also have a wedding to attend in the fall of next year that this would be perfect for, so I went ahead and bought it. Because after long contemplation, I would get my wear out of it.

This dress is perfect for any festive event you have coming up this holiday season and it’s even more perfect because I know you are spending a ton of presents and the perfect decorations. This dress is under $35.00 and would be flattering on so many skin tones and shapes. This can be taken really festive, retro glam or even just kept simple and all three ways to style it would still be great for the holidays.

I just paired this with an oversized fur coat and block heels for a simple 70’s glam look. Not overly festive but also I can say Happy Holidays in this without feeling like a grinch. Seriously if you are in Target, check out this dress, it’s worth the double take.

SHOP THIS LOOK:

Dress // Similar Coat // Heels // Necklace

Thanksgiving Outfit #1: Dressing Up Athleisure Wear

I get it. On Thanksgiving you want to be as comfy as possible. Maybe even stretch pants need to be involved. No judgement from me! I understand. It’s a busy day of running around, traveling, cooking or even partaking in events around town before dinner time. And then there’s feasting and lounging. Even though the athleisure trend is very popular now, I still like to take the look to the next level so it doesn’t look like I just got done with a yoga class or that I don’t care about my #ootd.

To transform this outfit made for feasting and cooking, I’m taking three items from my closet to spice it up.

Keeping the same leggings and oversized long sleeve pullover, I transformed this in to a more chic and stylish outfit by adding a leather jacket, oversized printed scarf and over the knee boots. Looks like a totally different outfit. Much more chic. Still just as comfy though. Stretchy pants still included. You could easily cook sides, travel and then mix it up to show up for Thanksgiving dinner. Did you mention Black Friday shopping? This outfit is perfect for taking you in to that all night shopping frenzy.

If you want to be as comfortable as possible but still look stylish, check in your closet to see how you can play up the athleisure trend. Just mix and match pieces to go from gym look to dinner look!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a new Thanksgiving Outfit Idea!

 

Shop This Look:

Top // Leggings // Similar Scarf // Similar Jacket // Boots

Not Packing Away The Blanket Scarf Just Yet

The sun may be shining and daffodils and trees may have started to bloom, but Winter came back to the mountains this weekend. And it looks like it may be here for a little while. While other people were packing away their scarves, boots and sweaters; filling their closets with only Spring staples, I knew better. This has happened the past few years in WNC. So while I wish I was dressing in strappy sandals and fun dresses, I can’t because North Carolina weather can never make up her mind.

Sundays are normally a day for running errands and getting stuff done. Comfortable and chic is always what I go for on Sundays. This Sunday had a packed agenda with freelance work, errands, blogging, eating tacos and cooking dinner for Andrew’s mom so nothing fussy was going to work. All black is a great go to. I spiced it up with my burgundy leather jacket and a comfy and cozy blanket scarf. Because it doesn’t have to be over the top to go to the grocery store and still look chic. We were actually late since we thought the incorrect time for a freelance project so I pulled this outfit together in about 5 minutes and shades to block the sun and cover the fact that I actually didn’t have an extra 10 minutes to do my makeup. Sometimes the impulse decisions are the best ones when it comes to pulling together an outfit.

I hope all you lovelies have a great week whether you are enjoying Spring like weather or bundled up because Winter came back.

Black Hues

Top // Leggings // Sweater-old (similar, similar, similar) // Booties-old (similar) // Short Necklace // Long Necklace (CURRENTLY ON SALE)

So if you are new around here; Hi, my name is Stephanie and I love wearing black! It just works for me, it works for all my activities and is slimming. But sometimes, almost all my black clothes are in the wash together. The best alternative is mixing hues of blacks like greys.

Last weekend when it snowed, by Sunday I *had* to get out. I had to get some sushi and Andrew and I also had a joint freelance meeting. So my go to for meetings is black but I needed to be able to be comfy moving around. Since I shockingly don’t have a swingy black top I opted for this. Currently putting on my notes section to pick up one of these tops from Versona in black. It’s super casual so I opted for some texture and print with an aztec inspired cardigan and fringe booties. When wearing all black I like to add a pop of muted color somewhere. So I added this new Noonday Collection burgandy/rust fringe necklace paired with a choker length necklace.

Perfect for running around and went together easily when I didn’t have my go to black top.

Dressing For Frigid Temps

Whether you are heading to a wintry, snowed in Valentine’s Day getaway, planning a trip to the cold, live in the mountains or plan to live in the mountains; it’s going to be cold. Maybe not every day, but there are going to be times when it is down right frigid. So I’ve decided to share the greatest tips I’ve learned since living in the mountains to actually brave the cold instead of feeling like you have to be stuck inside when a snow storm comes through or the thermometer reads negative.

  1. A really good coat is essential. Now the coats that are going to be the best for extremely cold days aren’t going to be the cutest. I recommend a down/insulated jacket with a hood and a longer version to cover more of your leg area. I love mine which was an amazing post Christmas sale and the perfect investment for me to last winters to come and will be perfect for camping as well. I would recommend this coat, this coat or this coat.
  2. Layers are important. Comfortable layers that is. I’ve worn leggings under jeans this weekend and I’ve also doubled up on my LuLaRoe leggings. My legs are the first thing to get cold. I’ve double up on shirts as well and even wore a cami under the heavy sweater for a tight layer. Layers, layers y’all!
  3. Wool socks will forever be your friend in frigid temps. I’m not talking the J. Crew camping socks, I’m talking legit wool socks. I picked up some nice wool socks at a local outdoor store and they have been perfect for cold days and even helped my feet survive a chilly camping trip.
  4. Protect your outer extremities. You might not think about it at first, but when out in the colder temps, your hands and head are the first to get cold. Gloves and hats are a must.
  5. Snow boots, winter boots or even nice rain boots will save you in the cold, snow and ice. Anything with a rigid sole will help you trek through whatever is on the ground better than a slick sole of your standard boot. I love my bean boots, though not lined, keep my feet warm but better yet they are easy to clean and work well in the snow.
  6. Not pictured, but sunglasses are a must. Snow blindness is a thing. When the sun is shining on the snow or ice, it makes everything look really white, so grab a pair of sunnies before heading outside to avoid squinting!

Smells Like Teen Spirit

On most days, I do look like I could start my own band of fellow lady bad asses or that I would have sat in dive bars and listened to Nirvana or The Smashing Pumpkins. The 90’s were not kind to me; I had horrible hair cuts, horrible clothing options and wore too many plastic chokers and butterfly clips to count. So I’m so glad the grunge of the decade is back and I can truly relive and enjoy the rebel fashion, because I love a good plaid, flannel, strip and black skinny jean! But it’s updated now. Looking more chic and city like. And that’s what I love about fashion, it always comes full circle but with different twists than before.

I was reading an article that pink is going to be huge for 2017, sadly I just can’t get on that trend. Pink does not look good on ya girl. I can swing a few blush pieces here and there if picked properly, but I’ll still be the person dressing in black jeans and stripes. That’s fine too.

I love, love this outfit. It’s me but yet it’s perfect for errands, running to the coffee shop, meeting up with friends or heading out for dinner for date night. Even if I get asked if I listen to Nirvana by people whom have no idea who Kurt Cobain is. When you love the #ootd you pick, you feel like you can go anywhere in it and accomplish anything.

So this year, are you going to be choosing outfits YOU love or the trendy outfits?

Edgy Sparkles

I bought this skirt during a huge Black Friday sale, planning to wear it to a blogger function I was attending the week before Christmas. I got an idea of what I would be doing and sadly this was just to dressy for it. Instead of returning it, because it honestly was a really good deal, I decided I would keep it for every day wear. Because you can totally do that with sequins. It doesn’t have to be Christmas or New Years to wear a little sparkle, especially if done right.

So that’s how this #ootd was born. Something I would wear to a NYE party or would even wear for a date night in Asheville. Mixing plaid with this sequin shirt, gives it a more casual and approachable look to it. Making it more me! I already have a few ways I could style this with some more casual things in my closet but for now, I’m going with plaid.

Don’t be afraid to mix dressier items with more casual items. Generally when you do this you really do achieve that whole city chic, I could live in the city vibe. And who doesn’t want to achieve that. #GOALS. It’s also trial and error. I tried several other tops on with this and sadly they just weren’t hitting the mark. So play around, find something you like to pair with sparkles.

Whether mixing sequins in to your NYE #ootn or just wanting to add something a little more glam to your closet, I hope you all have a sparkly, stylish new year ahead of you!

Unconventional NYE Dress

It’s almost time to ring in the new year, which means reflections, resolutions, goals, dressing up and champagne toasts. Maybe even a kiss at midnight if you are one of those lucky ones.

But before you go and spend a fortune on a sparkly dress that you may only wear one night, let me just share my golden rule for #NYE dressing. YOU WEAR WHAT YOU WANT! You don’t have to wear a sparkly, fancy dress to celebrate the new year. You don’t have to go buy a new dress to celebrate the new year. I like wearing whatever I want, and to be honest I will probably be in my Old Navy plaid pjs by 10:00 anyways!

So pick something you like, even if the print is unconventional for NYE. I pulled this dress out of my closet, perfect for celebrating and perfect for the new year even though it’s a winter floral print. Paired with leggings and booties it looks fancy enough for going out, but adds comfort and my own personal style. I also love the idea of wearing a winter floral print for New Years, it’s symbolic. You want to bloom into a better version of yourself through goals in the new year.

If you are wearing a shiny, sparkly, sequin clad #ootn, you go for it, but don’t feel obligated too.