Essentials for Layering

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Zara vest (similar), Banana Republic dress (old, but this will be my next buy!), SPANX tights, Seychelles boots (this year’s), Gucci belt, Prada sunnies

When the weather gets cold it’s pretty easy to fall into the “jeans, sweater, boots” rut and not experiment with unique layering. All of the pieces here have been worn in warmer weather but I wanted to pull them all together for a unique Fall look. A draped knit vest has proven to be an essential piece in my wardrobe, as has this stunning waist belt. With these two items I was able to create a whole new ensemble from an otherwise plain black dress, tights and boots.

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I’ve also been working pretty hard at letting my hair have a break from heat, so i’m experimenting with different styles. The side pony, braid, etc are all recent tries, but i’d love any further recommendations!

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Finally, i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: Seychelles was a new to me brand but these boots are phenomenal. Definitely still outside my comfort zone but SO comfortable for my trek to work.

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Tibi A-Line Blouse Review

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Tibi A Line blouse, BDG High Rise jeans, J.Crew extended calf boots (my original review)(this year’s), Andrew Marc leather jacket (this year’s)(here in Plus), Prada sunglasses

For probably a year, I saw a version of this blouse on Ahn, always admiring the unique drape and style for the office but questioning whether a curvier gal could pull it off without looking huge. Shopbop had a 25% off sale a few weeks ago (see the other things I bought) and I spotted the infamous blouse, in silk, in black, and in my size. I pounced. Having never owned a black silk shirt and really gravitating towards unique pieces nowadays (example here), I thought it would be a great addition to my closet.

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For safety the first time, I wore this blouse with all black. When I got it and tried it on I loved it, but wasn’t sure how the rest of the world would feel. I figured wearing it for the first time unbelted, with all black would help camouflage it and ease myself into really showcasing it.

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As expected, the blouse is very roomy and has little shape. It has an extreme a-line shape and pleating along the bottom. It also has a high-low hemline providing tush coverage in the back. The sleeves are a full length and don’t fit too tightly around the arms and the buttons around the bust are also roomy enough and do not pull on my 32DDD chest.

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This picture perfectly shows why I adore this blouse. Look at that shape! I love the uniqueness, the gorgeous silk, the interesting shape. I envision wearing it with my Gucci waist belt in the future for some additional definition, and big chunky bangles as the weather continues to get colder.

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From the back, this blouse comes all the way down to below my tush, allowing me to wear it with leggings if I really wanted too. I don’t find the elongated cut to be unflattering in the rear.

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I couldn’t love this blouse more and would be so interested to hear your thoughts.

Weekend Wear with James Jeans

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J.Crew cardigan, Old Navy Basic T, James Jeans Hunter High Rise Straight jean c/o (here in dark wash) (my original full review), Jack Purcell shoes, Tory Burch Sunglasses, LV Speedy 30 bag

Last week I did a full review of James Jeans’ Hunter High Rise Straight dark was jean. I was thrilled with the fit and form of the jeans, but made one note about how the dye rubbed off pretty severely on my skin. To my surprise and delight, I received an email from the James Jeans team just a few hours later explaining the situation with the dye, and offering to send me a “surprise” in the mail in consolation. Just a day or two later, a package with three different pairs of James Jeans showed up at my door. I’m so grateful to the team and love my new jeans! I’m set in the denim department for sure.

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The jeans i’m wearing in these photos are the exact same pair that I reviewed last week but in a lighter wash. I don’t own any light wash jeans and appreciate the difference. There are no dye issues and the coloring allows me to play around more with casual weekend outfits and create a slightly more relaxed vibe.

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As with last week’s pair, this short girl needs to get them hemmed!

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Thank you very much to the James Jeans team for my beautiful gifts. I’m so very grateful!

Recommendation: WildFox Sweatpants

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I genuinely feel like you all and I are buddies, besties, friends, for lack of a better way of saying it. So, as I recommend the most random of items to my closest girlfriends, I figured I would start doing that here. No in depth review, no crazy photos, just me saying that I own this item and am obsessed with it so you should be too. In this case, the item is the WildFox Sweatpant. Take it from me, they have a thick waistband, are the softest thing in the world, and as Cesar says it make you look “hot.” Winner in my book.

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