Review: Club Monaco Faux Fur Vest

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Club Monaco vest, Madewell shirtdress (old)(amazing style here), SPANX tights, Anthropologie necklace (old)(similar), DUO boots (review coming soon!)

My parents were gracious enough to buy me this faux fur vest for Hanukkah this year. After countless meetings seeing me in my DIY version, my mom decided it was time to upgrade. I’ve never owned anything quite like this before, always assuming that a boxy fur vest would add bulk. However, only having had it for a few weeks, I find myself wanting to layer it over everything, and it is fast becoming one of the most versatile items in my closet.

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As you can see from the picture above, I chose a charcoal, black/white mix faux fur and love that the longer length of the strands makes it unique, while the color palette makes it a neutral. It has no closure in the front but acts almost like a shrug, with a slight gape in the front on my size 8-10 frame.

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For reference, i’m wearing a size L and it fits beautifully. I envision styling this belted, over basic blouses and jeans and even with jean skirts as the weather warms just a tad. I am so in love with this piece! It just proves once again that sometimes breaking out of your comfort zone pays off.

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Photos by Kate Franco

Fitting Room Review: French Connection Sparkle Dress

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French Connection Sparkle Dress

Bad picture and terrible lighting, but I had to share with you guys that I popped into Nordstrom last weekend and tried on the French Connection dress from my Holiday Dress post. When I asked for everyone’s opinion on that roundup about which dress to order for my office Holiday party, overwhelmingly the response was this one, so I thought it deserved at least a fitting room review.

In short, I wasn’t pleased. The dress is very short (only barely covered my tush), fit very big off the rack (i’m wearing a 10 here and swimming in it), and had oddly shaped sleeves. The sleeves were capped but ended up coming very low on my armpits and having this weird bunching issue around the shoulders. Furthermore, the waist seam of this dress hung very low on me. I had high hopes for this one but it just didn’t make the cut. But, good news, I ordered this one in the mail and will be sure to review it when it arrives! Here is to hoping it’s a winner.

Holiday Outfit: Leather DVF

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DVF dress 50% off! (reviewed here), Club Monaco belt, SPANX tights, Sole Society booties, Borrowed clutch (similar), Kendra Scott necklace (similar), Revlon lipstick

A seriously hardcore outfit in DVF leather and Club Monaco studs. I must say I felt like the female version of a bad ass in this outfit. Hot, powerful, and sexy in leather.

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I ordered this Club Monaco belt during the ShopBop holiday sale and love it. I immediately knew it would be a winner with the slim center and back, effectively drawing the eye inward and presenting a narrowed affect. The studs don’t hurt either!

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The one change I think I would make to this outfit is patterned tights. I’m rectifying this issue as we speak, picking up this pair from SPANX (my obsession).

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This clutch was borrowed from Luci and it’s fantastic. The studs, while silver, are such a great pairing to this outfit.

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Stay tuned for another Holiday Outfit idea next week, and a fitting room review of the sequins dress featured in this post tomorrow!

Review: Hush Puppies Velvet Bow Flats for Under $40

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Vintage scarf (similar), Tibi blouse (reviewed here), BDG jeans (reviewed here), Hush Puppies flats via DSW

In my world this is what a holiday outfit for the month of December entails. If I could wear some formula of fun bow flats, basic black (with a twist!) and a chunky scarf i’d be a happy camper. I went a bit rogue and decided to pair skinny jeans with flats without pegging them. Admittedly it felt a bit uncomfortable, but i’m all about breaking out of my shell as the new year approaches.

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I also plaid around with a new curling iron borrowed from my blogging best, Luci, and love the loose definition it gives my hair.

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These bow flats were a steal at my local DSW for a mere $40! They are perhaps the most adorable shoes I own. I recommend you run to DSW to grab them.

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And a little snuggle for your Tuesday!

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