Joules Puffer Vest

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Joules vest c/o, J.Crew sweater (similar), James Jeans c/o, Jack Purcell sneakers, Prada sunglasses

This weekend was a pretty relaxed one for Cesar and I. We hung around the city, did a few errands and generally laid pretty low as the rest of our friends were off for the holiday. Not being ones to celebrate a ton this time of year, we are opting to escape to Tahoe together for a few days. Skiing, hot chocolate and good food are what’s on the menu for this week. Stay tuned for some gorgeous ski pictures coming your way soon!

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In other news, this gorgeous Joules puffer vest will surely be coming with me to Tahoe. It is incredibly warm and not too bulky, and I love the canary yellow color and pop of stripes within. Plus, it has a detachable hood! I’m such a sucker for great details. In fact, all of their vests rock.

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Regular posting schedule will be back Thursday. Until then, on behalf of Cesar and I, we wish you a healthy, happy, and joy-filled Christmas season!

This post was sponsored by Joules. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support my shopping addiction.

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

Helmut Lang Puffer Coat and SPANX Tight-End Tights

IMG_7202Helmut Lang jacket – 50% off in black (borrowed from Jennifer), vintage dress (last styled here), SPANX tights, Kelsi Dagger shoes (love these in black), vintage Yigal Azrouel belt

Last weekend a bunch of blogging bests and I got together for some food and picture taking at my apartment. Arguably one of the greatest days, what made the day also so much fun was seeing what these other stylish ladies were wearing. Jennifer busted out this gorgeous Helmut Lang puffer coat and I was immediately obsessed. Luckily we are almost the same size so I was able to borrow it for a few hours that day, and now have decided I need it in my life. P.S. i’m in luck, it’s on sale for over 50% off in black multi-color here.

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I love the contrast of the edgy puffer coat with this very vintage floral dress. I am always a fan of mixing textures and look/feel and added to the “winter wonderland” style by sporting these grey shearling booties.

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My SPANX tight-end tights are always on my legs these days, and helped to complete this outfit. Although, i’m now thinking I need a navy pair of tights for outfits just like this. I can’t recommend SPANX for tights/leggings enough. I have traditional semi-opaque pairs like the one shown here and quite a few pairs of their “leggings” which feel more like a thicker tight for colder days. Seriously a favorite.

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Look at that high-low cut at the back of that jacket! So flattering.

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For more styling of this gem, see it today on Jennifer as well! Also, thank you so much for your wide-calf boot recommendations on this post. I am checking out all of the companies mentioned and love the possibilities!

*photos by Kate Franco

Review: Vince Wool Car Coat

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Vince Wool Car Coat (on sale!) (wearing size L), Nordstrom white T-Shirt, JamesJeans jeans (linked in dark wash), Jack Purcell shoes

Last week during Nordstrom’s half-yearly sale I had one of the most major shopping scores of my young shopper career. This Vince car coat, which i’ve been eyeing for a while, was 40% off with the last one available in my size. I received the coat just a few days later and legitimately have not taken it off since. It is just so gorgeous (especially on a fuller figured girl, rather than the slim model) and I absolutely love it.

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Truthfully, I don’t own any other item like this. It is the most draped, softly structured garment in my closet but I love it for precisely that reason. The way that the contrasting colors drape in the front, the length hitting right at my knees and freeing feel make it so much fun to wear.

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The coat is wool and is a two-tone color with a light charcoal coating the outside, and a soft camel fully lining the interior. When the coat is turned up at the sleeves or blows in the wind, the gorgeous camel peeks through.

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The snaps you see above technically work to drape the coat over and close on the opposite end, but I do not plan to wear it in this way at all. I love the blanket-like ability to wrap it, and even envision myself wearing it belted.

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The bottom is a beautiful curved hem with slits on either side (much more flattering in my opinion than up the back). The coat also falls fully to my knees in the front and the back, eliminating any unflattering cut across my widest part.

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I absolutely could not ask for a more fun yet timeless addition to my closet.

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