Happy Friday, friends! Today I’m sharing my best fashion and beauty buys of 2019.

I always enjoy this post because it allows me to identify the things that work for me longterm, and hopefully helps me make wiser purchasing decisions going forward.

I said in last year’s post that many of my favorite things are getting older — a few of the things I went to add, I realized I purchased one or two years ago.

This year, it’s the opposite. I’ve updated a lot of my old favorites — particularly denim and handbags — and while I still have a lot of sweaters from last year, I’ve added quite a few newbies to the mix.

What amazed me, as I finalized the post, is how many items are from the #NSale. Even though many of us were a bit disenchanted with the whole thing this year, this post is a good reminder that it really is a sale worth shopping.

If you’ve made any of these purchases this year, chime in and let me know how they worked for you!


When I do this post, I try to choose things that are still available, because otherwise it’s not very useful to you. However, I did make exceptions for a few, because I really love them and I think it’s helpful to see which items I’ve kept and continue to wear.

Ironically, by doing that, I found that a few of my favorite pieces have been restocked, and I was completely unaware!!! Read on to find out which ones…


I had a really hard time narrowing down my shoe selections because there were so many good ones this year!

Veja Esplar Sneakers // I purchased these after I bought and tried a bunch of white fashion sneakers. (You can see my full fashion sneaker review, if you’re interested. Many are still available.)

These shoes are made in Brazil using organic or recycled and fairly traded materials, which is cool. I love the clean, minimalist aesthetic, and the subtle logo. They fit my thin, narrow feet very well and don’t look heavy or clunky, as some sneakers do.

They did take some breaking in, but I’ve worn them way more than I thought I would. Even though I’ve since purchased these grey Everlane Trainers, the white Vejas continue to be the go-to fashion sneaker in my closet.

Vince Blair 5 Slip-On Sneakers // I went back and forth on these and hemmed and hawed for days before I decided to keep them, and I am SO glad I did.

For one thing, they are super luxe and so comfortable, with the softest leather lining, and they add a great punch of pattern and texture to so many of my casual outfits.

I also love how easy they are to slip on and go. (I hate dealing with laces.) Best of all, they just went on sale! They’re 20% off at Nordstrom.

Vince Camuto Kimora Cutout Shield Sandals // These were an #NSale purchase, and they sold out, but I included them because I wore them so much throughout the end of summer and fall, and I’ll definitely bring them out again this spring.

They’re the perfect heel to wear with jeans and a casual top when you want to be a little dressed up but not over-the-top, and they have just a slight edgy vibe, which works well with my style aesthetic.

Eileen Fisher Lee Espadrille Flats // I purchased these on a whim for a sponsored post, and I ended up wearing them a bunch. They’re still available in both black and white washed leather, and they are sooo comfortable, but cute too. I like how they stay on the foot (better than sandals and flip-flops) when I’m going to be doing a lot of walking.

If you’re not familiar with Eileen Fisher, this brand is known for comfort and quality and ethical business practices. You pay a little more than you do for fast fashion, but you’re getting a good value for the price point and supporting an ethical company to boot.

Tory Burch Minnie Flats // I love my TB Minnie flats, and while they’re a splurge, they do go on sale from time to time. I got this leather pair in the Goan Sand early last spring to replace my grey ones which were looking really beat. These are so, so comfortable, and very versatile.

Jeffrey Campbell Snakeskin Embossed Booties // I am SUPER EXCITED to tell you that these boots have FINALLY been restocked! They’re called the Rosalee, but from anything I can tell, it’s the exact same snake print.

These are probably the most comfortable boot I own. They’re super soft and padded inside, and I can wear them all day in complete comfort. Plus I love the snake print color palette, and the design of the booties with the split shaft. So, so good.

They also come in solid taupe suede (I the grey ones from last year) and black suede.

Vince Camuto Gigietta booties // These were another #NSale purchase, and I’m so glad I grabbed them at the very end of the sale. The quality is fantastic, and they’re very walkable and have a leather lining that feels nice against the foot. (I do not wear socks with these.)

The pointed toe and western vibe is very much on trend this fall, so these are a great way to update your shoe wardrobe.

I have the tortilla suede, but I also really like their snake prints. If I didn’t have the Jeffrey Campbell ones (above), I would definitely pick up one of those. I’m also happy to report that these booties are still available and on sale! (Size up half.)

UGG Quincy Boots // Okay, one more pair of boots… These were a spontaneous purchase in-store, and I absolutely love them. They are so, so cozy and comfortable, and I find myself wearing them a lot just here at home, as well as when I’m going out and about and I want to be sure I’m warm.

They play into the hiker boot trend, so they’re current as well as practical, and they’re not a bad price for UGGs. They also come in black, and I recommend sizing up half.


Okay, moving on to handbags… I’ve made a couple of luxury purchases this year, but for this post I’m going to stick with the contemporary brands. I use and love both, but these bags are more accessible and inline with the price points I typically post.

Tory Burch Kira Shoulder Bag // This bag is super luxe and gorgeous, and I love how it dresses up a casual look and also supports my dressier looks as well. Yes, it’s spendy, but I stalked it until it went 30% off, and it’s a classic bag that I plan to carry for years. I also sold a similar bag to help fund this purchase. #winning

This bag also comes in a really pretty shade of taupe, but I really like the contrast of the gold hardware on the black. I find myself carrying black bags a lot in the wintertime, but I still love my taupes and greys.

R Minkoff Jody Feedbag // Speaking of grey, this bag sold out, but I’m including it in this post because I really love it, and it’s a good reminder that there are so many things I got at the #NSale that have served me well throughout the entire season.

This is the perfect size for a crossbody, in my opinion. It’s large enough to hold all the essentials, and the large slip pocket on the back is perfect for holding my huge smartphone. The leather is soft and pretty, but it’s also durable and doesn’t scratch easily.

Tory Burch McGraw Leather Hobo// I almost forgot about this bag because I packed it away till next spring, but this is such a nice size, and the pebbled leather is beautiful.

I like the understated logo and the hand-sewn pick stitching. The ivory is sold out, but it’s available in 3 other great neutrals.


2019 has been the year for updating my denim collection with higher rise styles. I’m still a huge skinny jean fan; I just can’t quit them, so most are high rise skinnies.

AG Farrah Ankle Skinny Jeans // I’ve pretty much replaced all my AG legging ankle jeans with the Farrah ankle because the higher rise is more modern, and I also find it more comfortable, as I’ve put on a few pounds this year.

I have these in two denim washes as well as black. They have the same great fit and feel as the legging ankle jeans, just with a higher rise. The inseam length is similar, as well. For size reference, I wear a 29 in all of my Farrahs.

Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans in Pure White

Madewell 9″ Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pure White // While I still love and wear my white Paige Verdugo skinnies that I’ve had for years, I wanted to add a higher rise style to my closet.

It’s not easy finding white denim that fits well and is not see-through, so I was thrilled to discover these, and the price is great too.

They’re skinny without being a body-conscious legging fit, and they have a nice 28 1/2″ inseam that works well with sandals and pumps in the summertime.

AG Prima Ankle Cigarette Jeans // These were another #NSale purchase and one of the top sellers of 2019 across my blog and social media channels. I didn’t see any other blogger talking about them, but I love them. They read more as a straight cut, but without looking so bulky.

That said, I’m finding them harder to style for winter than my legging-style skinnies, so I’ve put them away till spring, but I’m sure they’ll be on constant repeat again this spring and summer.

FRAME Le High Skinny Jeans in Burton // It’s really hard to find a good dark grey jean right now, and I searched high and low for these. Most are off-black (very trendy at the moment, but not the look I was going for) or a lighter grey (which I don’t find as flattering on me).

I waited a while for these to go on sale, and it seemed like they never would, so I finally splurged… Let’s call it blog research, okay?

Well, I loved them, and I kept them, and I’ve worn them A TON. Considering that I paid full price, my cost per wear is pretty impressive.


Paige Mayslie Jogger Pants // These are a little different for me, and I’m so glad I snagged them when they were on sale because I wore them a ton. They’re as casual as jeans, but nice for something a little different.

Size down if ordering; I returned the 29 and got the 28 after wearing them for a while.

Vince Textured V-Neck Sweater // I usually invest in at least one high end sweater during the #NSale, and this year I ended up with several. I’ve worn them all a ton, but I chose this one for this post because it’s the one I’ve worn by far the most. It’s made of a soft, fuzzy stretch knit — a blend of cotton, polyamide (nylon), and elastane, so it doesn’t require dry-cleaning, which is a huge plus.

It’s funny to look back at that Try-On Haul and see that I was on the fence about this one, because now I wouldn’t part with it if you offered to pay me!

And here’s the best part: I came a this link from a July Try-On Haul, and discovered that it is back in stock! I had NO idea. Every time I wear it, I say it’s old and don’t link it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Unfortunately it’s also back to full-price, but I got it for 40% off. Maybe it will go on sale again at the end of the season…

Bobeau Side Tie Tee // I am shocked to find this still in stock! And it’s on sale too. Such a cute top, I wore it a ton last year. It is quite sheer, though, so you may like it with a cami. (I didn’t bother.)

Everlane The Soft Cotton V-Neck // I love this sweater so much, I bought it in both grey and navy. I got a stain on my grey one and had to toss it, and I’ve been sick about it ever since. I still wear the navy a lot in spring and fall, as it’s rather lightweight for winter.

I am tenaciously stalking their website, as it is supposed to be restocked later this month. I just love the neckline, and it’s the perfect length.  The quality is outstanding, and I love supporting Everlane. It’s TTS; I have the small.

Treasure & Bond U-Neck Tank

Treasure & Bond U-Neck Tank // This tank is perfect for wearing when I want something easy to throw on with shorts and flip flops for a day at home or running casual errands, and it also makes a nice layering piece. I like it so much, I have it in the stripe and the solid grey.

It’s such a nice weight and super soft, it has a flattering neckline, and it’s regular-bra friendly. AND IT FINALLY WENT ON SALE. I don’t think it ever went on sale before. It’s TTS; I like it best in the small. (I have the grey in medium, but prefer the fit of the small in stripe as shown above.)

1901 Ruched Stripe Sheath Dress // This dress is super flattering, and the material is nice and thick and stretchy. Plus, the way they designed the side ruching is such a unique touch. Unfortunately, it sold out.

I rarely find a dress I like this much, and I can’t wait to wear it again next summer.

Joe’s Frayed Denim Bermuda Shorts // These are sold out, but they were definitely my best shorts purchase of last summer. I hope they bring them back this year.

They’re a great length, with a 5″ inseam, and they have a modern frayed cuff and the perfect casual wash.

Chelsea28 Cowl Neck Sweater // This sweater probably needs no introduction — it’s the one I saw in the #NSale Preview Catalog and immediately scoped out the first day of the sale. It sold out almost immediately, so I was really glad when it got restocked, and now they’ve brought it out in a bunch of new colors.

I still love this beige oatmeal, but the teal and both shades of pink are calling my name… I don’t like to buy duplicates, so I keep holding off, but I may need to bite the bullet and get one of those for the rest of the winter. I love wearing bright, cool colors in January and February.


The North Face Miss Metro II Water Repellent Hooded Parka // My old long puffer was needing to be replaced, so when I saw this one at the #NSale, I snapped it up. Unfortunately this sold out, but this one is comparable.


Anna Beck Reversible Pendant // I’ve been trying to invest in some higher quality fashion jewelry, and I purchased this mixed metal necklace last spring to wear in my open-neck tops. (It’s actually reversible, and the other side is solid silver, which is nice sometimes as well.)

Anna Beck jewelry is handcrafted in Bali, and it has a really nice weight to it. I like how it works with both casual and dressy looks, plus the mixed metal makes it super versatile. I’m hoping to add another one of her pieces to my collection this year.

Lucky Brand Coin Collar Necklace // For a more budget-friendly price point, I’ve purchased some Lucky Brand jewelry that I like a lot — these double drop earrings and these hoops are both great for everyday wear, this necklace is a nice statement piece for casual looks, and this layer necklace (shown above) is another really fun piece to wear in open-neck tops.

Victoria Emerson Bracelets // I was also introduced to Victoria Emerson’s jewelry last year. I work with them monthly, so I get to sample a lot of her pieces.

I have so many favorites, but most have been retired. She has a ton of new styles, though, and I’m actually shooting a few looks with them this week!


Dyson Hair Dryer // I had to include my new Dyson Hair Dryer, of course! You can read my full review here, but suffice it to say, this hair dryer has been a game changer for me.

I have thin, frizzy hair, and when I style it with this hair dryer and my big round brush, it stays smooth and frizz-free all day. (I also use Monat Blow Out Cream.)

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I hope you found this fun and informative. And by way of disclaimer, I realize some see these products adding up and it seems excessive, but always keep in mind that this is my job — scouting out the best products, trying new styles, and sharing them with you. While I definitely have fun with it, my goal is to be a resource, not show off what all I have. I hope it never looks that way.

Also, this post contains compensated affiliate links, which help support this site and keep it running. It also allows me to do this as a full-time job. As always, I appreciate your support!


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Top 10 In 2019

Good morning! We are getting back to our usual routines today, how about you? Both girls have school, and my husband will be back in the office.

It feels good, but of course it’s Thursday, so another weekend will be here before we know it. This feels a bit like a practice round, but Monday will be game on!

I usually do a monthly Top 10 post at the beginning of each month, where I share the 10 most popular products and posts among JLS readers from the previous month.

Since it’s the beginning of a new year and not just a new month, I decided to post the Top 10 In 2019 in lieu of the Top 10 In December.

Top 10 in 2019: The 10 most popular products and post from my blog last year!


Based on my ShopStyle analytics, these were the 10 most popular products across my blog and social channels last year. Most of these are sold out, but I linked them anyway.

#10. J.Crew Vintage cotton V-neck T-shirt // This was a great closet basic that got a lot of wear last summer and into the fall under cardigans and my denim jacket.

I hope they bring it back this spring, but maybe with a little more of a modest V.

#9. Caslon Drawstring Jersey Maxi Dress // I was super psyched when Nordstrom brought this Caslon maxi dress back for a second season. It’s so versatile and easy to wear.

I had the striped one the previous year and loved it, so I wasted no time grabbing up this black one when it came back in stock.

#8. KUT from the Kloth High Waist Ankle Cigarette Jeans // These jeans were an #NSale purchase, and they were a nice alternative to the more pricey AG Prima cigarette jeans, which were super popular last summer.

#7. LOFT Fern Kimono // I styled this kimono twice for the blog, and a lot of you loved it. I didn’t end up wearing it as much as I thought I would, but it’s a fun piece to have in my summer wardrobe.

#6. MOLOCH Acrylic Tortoiseshell Hoop Earrings // The tortoiseshell trend was hot last summer, and these earrings were a great way to participate without breaking the bank.

#5. LOFT Floral Mixed Media Tie Neck Shell // Such a pretty top, and so versatile! I hope LOFT brings back something similar next summer.

#4. “NYC” T-shirt in slub cotton // I definitely got my money’s worth out of this graphic tee! It’s such a fun way to level up a casual outfit.

#3. LOFT Floral Mixed Media Split Neck Shell // Another cute LOFT top for dressing up or down… this is sort of the spring version of the fall one that made #5.

#2. AG Prima Ankle Skinny Jeans // These jeans sold like hotcakes during the #NSale and long after. They were a great price for AG.

I haven’t been styling them much for winter, so I put them away, but I can’t wait to pull them out again for spring.

#1. Daily Ritual Women’s Supersoft Terry Hooded Open Sweatshirt // This cardigan was by far and away the most popular item on my blog last year, and it’s still available! I wore mine a ton.

What is really interesting to me is that almost all of the popular items were spring/summer pieces. I like fall fashion so much more. Go figure!

TOP 10 POSTS IN 2019

I shared my Year In Review last week, and I called out the most popular post(s) from each month, but still thought it would be interesting to see the overall 10 most popular posts I published last year.

These are listed in typical Top Ten order, with the most popular post last, based on my Google Analytics.

I rounded up a list of 10 wardrobe basics that never go out of style and what makes them timeless. These are the closet classics worth investing in good quality for the long term.

#10. Closet Basics That Won’t Go Out Of Style // This post is one I keep meaning to update, because it will be a great resource as I start styling some of these pieces multiple ways for upcoming blog posts. I promise to get that finished soon!

#9. 18 Ways to Wear White Jeans for Spring & Summer // White jeans are my favorite summer staple, and this post has a ton of fun ways to wear them.

Jo-Lynne Shane shares 5 Ways to Wear a Quilted Puffer Vest

#8. 5 Ways to Wear a Puffer Vest // We all love a good 5 Ways to Wear post! I’ll be doing a lot more of these this year, starting with grey sweaters next week.

I’m going to try spreading them out into 5 individual posts and see how that goes. Let me know what you think!

Shop Your Closet: 25 Fall Outfit Ideas to copy right now

#7. 25 Fall Outfit Ideas // Fall is my favorite season for outfits, and this post has so many good ones. Most can be worn right through the winter too, so it’s definitely worth a re-read.

2019 Swimsuit Guide for Women Over 40

#6. 2019 Swimsuit Guide // My assistant, Amy, and I work hard on this post every spring, so I was glad to see it rank in the Top 10.

how to wear necklaces for 2019

#5. A Guide To Wearing Necklaces // This was a reader request… and it could probably use an update. Stay tuned!

2019 FASHION SNEAKER REVIEW & COMPARISON: Golden Goose Superstar, P448 John, Veja Esplar, Tretorn Nylite2Plus, Greats Royale, Superga Cotu, Taos Star, Josef Seibel Caspian | Jo-Lynne Shane

#4. 2019 Fashion Sneaker Review // This was a fun one to put together, although it was a ton of work. Would you like to see more of these? I’m open to topic ideas.

#3. Fall Wardrobe Essentials // Always popular, and definitely worth pinning for future reference.

How to Purge Your Closet and Love Your Wardrobe Again

#2. How to Purge Your Closet and Love Your Wardrobe Again // This post gets republished every year in January, and it brings in considerable traffic all year long, thanks to Pinterest and Google.

I do this process with each change of season, but I also keep a basket in my room and regularly discard things that I’m not wearing. It helps keep my closet under control, especially considering how many items I cycle in and out due to my occupation.

Fight the Frump: How to Wear Cardigans Without Looking Frumpy with real life examples and style tips geared for women over 40!

#1. How to Wear Cardigans Without Looking Frumpy // This is a repost from 2018, but it continues to rank highly, mostly thanks to its popularity on Pinterest, and it brings in some decent Google traffic as well. I’ve updated it several times, most recently in October of 2019, so it’s worth a re-read if this is something you struggle with.

And there you have it! Any surprises in here?

I really did expect to see more fall/winter products in the top 10, but the popular posts were pretty much what I was expecting.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my best fashion & beauty buys from 2019, and then next week I’m launching a series with 5 ways to wear a grey sweater! You won’t want to miss it.

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My Daily Looks {Holiday Edition}

Happy 2020, friends!!! I share my daily outfits every other week Wednesday, and today’s the day.

I decided to take a break from year-end recaps and waxing eloquent over a new decade, and I’m kicking off the new year with an old-school What I Wore Wednesday post.

This post recaps most of my holiday outfits from the season.

Links to outfit details are beneath each picture, and the pictures are also clickable.

My Daily Looks {Holiday Edition}

First up, an outfit I wore out with friends to a local distillery on a Friday night a couple weeks ago.

Wearing a cardigan buttoned up is very “of the moment”, and I like how it basically simulates a v-neck top, which is particularly flattering on those of us with wide shoulders and larger chests.

This one is from Everlane, one of my favorite companies to support because of their transparency and ethical fashion, and I really like the attention to detail in the knit. It also comes in 4 other colors, and I sized up to a medium.

Also, these grey jeans have been on constant repeat since I got them, but I also linked up a less expensive pair as an option. The mules are old, so I linked similar.


I wore this next look on a Saturday to run errands with the girls. This is my go-to casual outfit formula for when I don’t want to wear a coat.

This vest is from last year, and I love the faux layer look, but it sold out. This one is by the same designer, and it comes in burgundy or black. (I have it in black, and it’s TTS; I have a small.)

These boots are waterproof and very comfortable. I wore them last year on a day trip to NYC, and my feet were very happy. They also happen to be 50% off right now!


That night, we went out to dinner with friends. I shared all about this outfit evolution in a post last weekend, but to sum it up, it was a cold night, and I wanted to be warm but look festive.

The sweater has some shimmer to it, so it’s both festive and warm, and the OTK boots add some drama, plus they kept my legs warm. The earrings are the perfect way to take the casual look up a notch. Both the earrings and boots are old, so I linked similar.

Also, the Gucci crossbody was my end-of-year treat yo’ self gift, and I’ve been carrying it pretty much non-stop. I love it, but I’ve linked a similar Tory Burch bag in my ShopStyle looks because it’s more accessible and comparable to the bags I typically feature.


This next look is from the following Sunday. I had a funeral to attend in the afternoon, and I wore this black sweater dress to church so I wouldn’t have to change in between.

The dress is from last year, so I don’t have a link, but these boots are super comfortable and 50% off.


I wore this next outfit the Monday before Christmas to work from home and chauffeur my daughter and her friends around. Pardon the grainy picture; I took it at night, and my phone was in night mode.

This sweater was an #NSale purchase and is no longer available, so I linked a similar one as well as a more budget-friendly option. I said I was putting it away for spring, but we had some unseasonably warm days last week, so I took the opportunity to wear it again.

My Mother skinnies are still on sale, and my Veja sneakers are getting hard to find, but they do have some at Net-A-Porter.


I met some good friends for lunch on Christmas Eve, and it was another mild day so I was able to get away with a leather jacket.

The sweater is front-tucked, but it’s actually a nice length with a contrasting ribbed hem.


That night, we went out for sushi with the family for my daughter’s birthday, and I changed into something a little more festive.

This sweater just came from Naadam — a brand I’ve been wanting to try for a while. It is probably the softest, most luxurious cashmere I’ve ever touched. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and actually not a bad price for the quality.

I mentioned it in my evolution of an outfit post last weekend, and I finally decided to keep it and wear it when we went out to dinner. It does fit snugly, and I sort of wish I’d tried the medium, but I decided to keep the small and wear shapewear, haha!

The shoes are burgundy, but they’re hard to see in this light. I’ve had them for a few years, and I wish they still made them. They’re the perfect 3″ heel height.


And this was Christmas Day! Paul and I made peach bellinis for brunch.


I spent much of the next day working, and I think I had to run out for a few things… I can’t remember.

The sweater was a Christmas gift from my mom, and the earrings were one of my gifts from Paul. In fact, the necklace was a gift from Paul too, but last Christmas.

We’ve discussed the pros and cons of front-tucking sweaters, but this one is a little long for me, and kind of a boxy cut, so I felt like it needed it. The details and quality are really lovely, but I think I need to put myself on a ban from buying anymore grey sweaters for a while! 🙈


Another day, another grey sweater… at least I know what I like! Unfortunately, this one is from last year, and I don’t have an exact link. I found a bunch of other options, though.


And this next look is from last Saturday, when I hosted Paul’s extended family for Christmas dinner and a gift exchange.

Nothing new here, but I did try a few different jeans before deciding on this pair.

Since the sweater is on the shorter side, I need a higher rise, and I really like this dark blue wash with the burgundy sweater. I also tried the grey (as seen above) and black, but decided on these.


I wore this to church on Sunday. Again, nothing you haven’t seen before!


And this sad picture is from Monday. I didn’t do a thing to my hair. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I had to run out for a quick meeting, but otherwise, I was home all day. It was rainy and dreary, and I was glad for my Sorels.


I spent most of yesterday at home working, but I did run out in the afternoon to get my nails done.


Then we went out to dinner as a family, and then over to a friend’s house for a New Year’s Eve party. Once again, I tried on a few outfits.

I didn’t want to do another outfit evolution post for this, since it will kind of be irrelevant after the holidays, but I’ll share my options here.

Jeans and pumps was a given, but I was debating about my top. The choice of top would dictate which jeans and pumps I would wear.

I purchased this rib metallic sweater with NYE in mind, but I just wore it two weeks ago with the same group of people.

Of course, they don’t care, but I kind of wanted something different. I feel like every time I dress up lately, I go with the light neutrals.

The light grey Naadam sweater from Christmas Eve was another option, and I even considered the new one from my mom since it’s a casual gathering, but I also have a black shimmer pearl cuff sweater from last New Year’s Eve.

I actually went shopping with a friend that day, and bought it for the party I was hosting that night. It’s dressier than my other options, has a super flattering v-neck in front and back, and I haven’t done much black lately. I was thinking about wearing that with black jeans and black pumps for a chic all-black look.

But I was also debating this sequin cowl neck top. I love it and never had a chance to wear it, and it pretty much screams New Year’s Eve!

I tried it first with grey jeans, thinking the monochromatic look could be fun, and the casual jeans would tone down the dressy top, but I don’t like this combination. The jeans are too casual, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

So I swapped out the grey jeans for black coated jeans. This a great outfit, but I knew I’d feel overdressed — both at the restaurant, and at my friend’s house.

I could have gotten away with it if I really wanted to wear it. I mean, it’s New Year’s Eve, after all! But, I also was feeling self-conscious about how pale I am, and I wanted to try that shimmery black sweater before making up my mind.

So here’s the look with the black sweater…

It was exactly as I had envisioned it, and I was thrilled the sweater still fit. (I wasn’t sure how I’d feel in it since putting on a few pounds over the past year.)

Here’s a back view… the back of the neckline is really pretty too.

Plus I always make sure to check my rear view… sometimes you notice things that can be a deal breaker.

Also, you might have noticed these Marc Fisher pumps are new. I recently ordered them in the black suede because most of my pumps have a 3.75″ or 4″ heel, and my feet are starting to rebel. Ain’t aging fun?

These have a 3″ block heel, which is stable and good for walking, but the pointy toe is flattering and keeps them dressy.

So, this was my final look, with accessories and everything…

I wore the pave drop earrings from LOFT Outlet and a layered necklace from the Something Navy line at Nordstrom.

I debated toning it down with plain black jeans, but then I decided to own it and go with the coated denim, and I’m glad I did.

While I was still more dressed up than anyone else at the party, I felt comfortable and confident.

I wanted to wear something festive and fun and a little extra special, and I think this was the perfect compromise.


And that’s a wrap! Not only for this post, but for all of 2019.

I’ll still be doing a few more posts looking back on the year, but I’m also really excited to move forward with some new content. Stay tuned!!!

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