ASOS Grandpa Cardigan

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ASOS Grandpa Cardigan (more options below), J.Crew Pixie pants, Steve Madden boots, Kenneth Cole bag (amazing option)

I snagged this grandpa bow cardigan on ASOS during Black Friday, and it was a total departure for me. I like to use huge sale days to scoop things up I wouldn’t ordinarily purchase. Maybe I consider the discount an excuse to experiment with more items? Regardless of the reasoning, this sweater is basically what i’ve always preached against as a pearshaped woman. It covers my tush and is shapeless: two no-no’s in my book. However, and this is a big however, the smaller details of this cardigan that make it flattering and unique are what drew me in.

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I love that the cardigan is a unique color and print. I’ve been trying to incorporate more new printed pieces into my wardrobe and comfy sweaters are the easiest way to do that. The grandpa style is also a unique shape for me and i’ve found so many unique ways to wear it: layered over flippy skirts, over leggings as shown here or black jeans for work.

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The pattern has also allowed me to experiment with pattern mixing (a well documented obsession), and I love how the baby blue acts as a pseudo neutral when paired with an all-black ensemble. The leopard and black of this Kenneth Cole bag pair so beautifully with the subtle blue.

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Finally, the length of the cardigan is what truly sold me. It hits about 1-2 inches below my tush, not fully cutting me off at my widest point. It also allows for enough length to be belted with tights or leggings.

Here are a few other oversized cardigans i’m loving for this season if baby blue and bows don’t tickle your fancy:

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

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!

Spring Dress Made Winter Appropriate

DSC_1306-2Forever 21 dress (so old, similar and similar), Anthropologie pin (old, similar), Zara puffer, SPANX tights (obsessed), Seychelles boots (this year’s on sale!)

I think I said this same thing in the last post this dress was featured in, but, i’ve had this dress for absolutely ever. I’m talking, junior year in highschool, ever. Yet it remains one of my favorites for it’s easy swing shape and endless styling possibilities. Last time I styled this dress for Spring/Summer and I wanted to show you how I still use a Summer-y colored dress like this for Winter.

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After picking up this Zara puffer (review here), I have a new obsession with slim puffer jackets. And faux fur. It acts as a great catch-all jacket and doesn’t require layering underneath which eliminates that bulky look.

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I’ve been really getting into pins and brooches lately and this little guy from Anthropologie has made it’s way onto a lot of my dresses. A pin is a great way to jazz up an otherwise boring dress, especially in Winter when you might not want to deal with freezing cold necklaces laying on your neck!

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Basic black tights, always from SPANX, and comfy black boots complete the layering of this dress!

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