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Fall Fashion Try On Haul: Evereve, Talbots & More

Happy Monday, friends! Or I should probably say, Happy Halloween! And for some of us, it’s also Happy Reformation Day! (I think that should cover everyone… ha!) Anyway, today I have a fall fashion try-on haul for you! As usual, I have a lot to share, so let’s dive right in.

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″, and I usually wear a small in tops, a 28 or 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. I don’t know if it’s a result of my surgery or turning 50, since both happened around the same time, but these days I’m finding myself sizing up more and more. I mention that in case you use my sizes to help you choose what to order. You may want to rely more on my sizing advice than my actual sizes.

Evereve Try-Ons

I have a bunch of Evereve try-ons for you this week, and they ‘re doing a Surprise Sale for Halloween! Prices are as marked.

Some of these are items I ordered, and the others came in a Trendsend box. I don’t know why I signed up for that, and this try-on haul will illustrate why. It’s really hard to expect someone else to shop for you without intimate knowledge of your personal style, body type, lifestyle, etc.

Sometimes I get lucky and discover hidden gems that I didn’t notice or wouldn’t have ordered on my own, but more often than not, I send almost everything back.

Oh, and that’s the other thing. I always feel obligated to keep at least one thing, even if I don’t really love it, because they went to the work of curating a box for me. That’s no way to keep a highly edited closet of items I truly love and love to wear (which is my goal.)

All that to say, I’ll probably cancel my Trendsend subscription before next month rolls around, but I’ll show you what they sent!

Evereve Fair Isle Pullover

sweater (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // booties (8)

This is an item I ordered myself, and I love how this sweater combines the classic fair isle design with a ballon sleeve and shorter length.

At 22 1/2″ long, it isn’t cropped by any means, but it’s definitely designed with higher rise bottoms in mind.

The fabric is soft and comfortable, but it’s 100% acrylic, so I don’t expect it to hold up the way natural fibers do. I love the brown and beige color palette. It makes me think of Thanksgiving!

VERDICT: Keeping! I actually wore it to church on Sunday with my corduroy flares.


KUT from the Kloth Rosa High Rise Ankle Straight Jean

at Evereve or Zappos or Nordstrom (6) // sweater (S) // booties (8)

These jeans came in my Trendsend box. They’re an ankle length straight leg jean in a light to medium vintage-inspired wash, and they make a good budget-friendly alternative to the Mother Dazzler I wear so much.

The biggest difference is the rise; these have an 11 1/4″ rise, but I actually find it quite comfortable. I just probably wouldn’t want to front tuck a top, but with so many shorter sweater options these days, I wouldn’t need to. They’re true to size, or size down if in between.

VERDICT: I wore these around for a couple hours to test out the fabric, and it does stretch some, but not in a bad way. I don’t need them, but if I did, I would keep them.


Evereve Harlow Pullover

sweater (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // booties (8)

I also ordered this sweater because I love a donegal knit, and this is a nice variation on a basic black v-neck sweater. It also comes in oatmeal. It does have a drop shoulder, which isn’t my favorite, but I like the exposed seams, and the ribbed trim around the v-neck is a nice detail as well.

This sweater has a straight, relaxed fit with a split hem, and it’s about an inch longer in the back than it is in the front. The front is 24″ long, so I can leave it untucked and it doesn’t throw off my proportions too much… especially with a heel.

VERDICT: I’m tempted to keep this one. Not that I really need another black v-neck sweater in my life, but the donegal knit is different than anything I have, and I like a washable knit. Most of my sweaters are dry clean only,


Evereve Carlie Tunic

tunic (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // booties (8)

This tunic, on the other hand, is too long for me to wear untucked over jeans. Plus, it’s kind of boxy. That said, I do like the details in the knit — the seam up the back as well as the ribbing on the shoulder.

It’s a nice sweater, and it’s cozy; it’s just not me. It was… wait for it… another item that came my Trendsend box.

VERDICT: This one went back. I have way too many sweaters to keep one that I don’t love.


Good American Fleece Shacket

shacket (1/2) // tee (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // boots (8)

I laughed out loud when I opened my Trendsend box and found this shacket, since I had just listed the shacket as one of the 7 trends I’m not wearing this fall.

As far as shirt jackets go, I actually kind of like this one. It has a fleecy inside, so it’s super warm, and because it’s a solid color, it doesn’t scream LUMBERJACK! the way some shackets do. The murky putty color does nothing for me, but I do kind of like that olive.

Still, I know myself, and I’ve tried shackets before, even an elevated solid color suede version, and I never reach for them. I think they’re just too schlumpy for my personal style. I prefer more structure, and something that’s either shorter and more cropped, or long and lean.

VERDICT: Going back.


Evereve Soren Snap Cuff Tee

tee (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // boots (8)

This tee also came in my Trendsend box, and I like the extended cuff with side snap detail along with the raglan sleeves and sweatshirt stitching at the neck.

But it has an exaggerated shirttail hem, and it’s rather short and tight. If I sized up, I think it would be too big in the shoulders and too long in the sleeves, but the only way to know is to try. Overall, it just feels short and tight. If you’re the type to tuck, it would probably work out great, but it’s not for me.

VERDICT: I sent it back. If in doubt, do without… right?


Evereve Frankie Argyle Pullover

sweater (S) // jeans (28; sold out; similar) // mules (7.5)

I ordered this one because I love the print and the colors, but I’m not crazy about the thick fuzzy fabric. It also fits really snug. I might like it if I sized up, but I think it would still feel too bulky.

VERDICT: This one went back.


Evereve Reagan Pullover Sweater

sweater (S) // jeans (28) // boots (8)

I absolutely love the colors and the pattern in this cozy sweater, but it has a crewneck and a dropped shoulder, so I knew it was going to be iffy when I ordered it. I first tried it with washed black straight leg jeans and black suede booties, but I think they’re too dressy for this sweater.

So then I switched back to the Kut from the Kloth Rosa, and I tried it with the Dolce Vita Vikram Bootie with the subtle western details. I like how they’re more casual, and the high shaft fits easily under the straight ankle jeans… but I still feel like I look a little top heavy.

Then I wondered if something chunkier would work better, so I tried the Vince Henderson Chelsea Boots from last year’s #NSale. (Mine are black, if that’s not obvious, lol!)

I like the lug sole Chelsea Boot better with the sweater, but I still feel like the sweater makes me look really big on top.

When I’m not sure if my proportions are in balance or not, I stand in this totally unflattering pose and take a front-on picture with my iPhone to try to see an accurate silhouette of the outfit on my body…

VERDICT: I’m on the fence with this one. The white horizontal lines created by the design in the sweater seem to amplify the parts of my body that are already wider than I’d like, but overall the fit is good, and I really like the color combination. The length of the sweater is perfect, that’s for sure.

I’m way over-thinking it for the purposes of this post, but at the end of the day, something seems a little “off” to me, and I have a lot of sweaters… albeit, not many prints. But I decided to send this back and wait for something better to come along.

The words of Stacy and Clinton always come back to haunt me… or, rather, instruct me at times like this, “You can do better.” Nuff said.


Dolce Vita Vikram Bootie

at Evereve (8)

I ordered these boots from Evereve after borrowing Cyndi’s brown suede pair in Nashville. I wanted the brown pair, but they sold out in my size before I could snag them.

I just love how tall the shaft is! My cropped jeans never get hung up on it when I sit down and then stand up again.

Plus, they have a 2″ heel and that Western styling that is so trendy right now. It’s the heel height that really sold me on them, though. It’s hard to find, and seems so much more practical for everyday.

VERDICT: Keeping these, for sure.


Talbots

Talbots is having a Fall Sale with 40% off select styles. I don’t usually shop at Talbots, but I like their sweaters and sweater dresses this time of year, so I ordered a few to try.

Talbots Zip Collar Sweater

sweater (S) // jeans (29) // clogs (8)

This zip collar sweater is right on trend, and I like the 23 1/2″ length and the soft ribbed knit. The fabric is 55% Cotton, 25% Lenzing/Ecovero/Viscose, 15% Nylon, 5% Merino Wool.

Someone pointed out that it doesn’t get great reviews for quality, but I haven’t had mine long enough to tell how it will hold up. It feels like a nice quality sweater, and I’ve always had good experience with Talbots knitwear, so I guess we’ll see!

VERDICT: I kept this one. I like having another washable option, and the collar is different than anything I have.

Talbots Ruffle Blouse

blouse (S) // jeans (28; similar) // pumps (8)

I love the colors on this blouse, but I just can’t get behind the peacock feathers in the print. I knew it had those when I ordered, but I still wanted to try it and see how it fit. Sometimes things like that don’t look so obvious in person, but this one is a little outside my comfort zone.

Here’s how it looks untucked, in case you want to see the actual length. It definitely looks better tucked.

VERDICT: Returning for the reasons stated above, but if the peacock feathers aren’t a deal breaker for you, it’s a pretty blouse!

Talbots Mesh Paneled Jumpsuit

jumpsuit (6) // pumps (8)

Speaking of deal breakers… this jumpsuit is so flattering, and it’s actually comfortable, but I didn’t realize until I tried it on that it has hearts on the sleeves. Um, just no.

Such a shame because I love it otherwise. I would definitely say this is a size down if in between situation. I ordered the 6 and the 8, and I’m wearing the 6 here. It fits me perfectly.

VERDICT: Returning. I just cannot with the hearts.


A Few More Random Try-Ons

Vince Brannen Leather Block-Heel Booties

at Saks OFF 5TH or Nordstrom Rack (8)

These booties are GORGEOUS and so very comfortable. I guess they aren’t a cutting edge style at the moment; the rounded toe has given way to pointed toes and square toes.

But these have a timeless, classic look that appeals to me, and the price is so good (25% off the markdown price with COLD25!) Also, the slim, high shaft slips easily under slim straight ankle leg jeans.

VERDICT: I decided to keep these. I think they’re going to come in very handy this fall and winter, and the price for Vince boots is too good to pass up.


Nashville Graphic Tee

similar tee // Fidelity Cher jeans (28; similar) // boots (8)

I ordered this Nashville graphic tee from Social Threads on a whim when I saw it on another influencer because I love visiting Nashville, and I love a good graphic tee. Unfortunately, it sold out almost immediately.

Sometimes they restock, so I’ll keep an eye on it, but meanwhile, I found a similar tee in different colors at Altar’d State. In fact, I might order that black one and return this one.

VERDICT: Keeping, I guess. I thought the yellow was kind of fun and different, but it has an oversized fit and I might like the Altar’d State version better.


Gap Factory Ribbed Midi Henley Dress

dress (S) // sneakers (8)

I have more pictures of this dress for an upcoming post with Gap Factory, but I wanted to call your attention to it here because it’s a really cute dress for casual wear. I love how they incorporated the henley neckline. I would just say, size up if in between. I’m in the small, and I’d be more comfortable in a medium. It also comes in black.


Naadam Cashmere Boatneck

sweater (S) // jeans (28) // shoes (8) // rings

I have this sweater in the burgundy from two seasons ago, and last year I picked it up in the mink.

I wear both colors a ton because it’s a cozy sweater, but it has a little extra something going on with the extra long ribbed cuffs on the sleeves and the knit details across the shoulder in the back.

Also the rolled hem and neckline is a nice detail, and it’s a great length and fit for just leaving untucked. It feels a little more dressy to me than most of my other cashmere sweaters, so I tend to wear it more for church and date nights than casual everyday looks.

I ordered this peacock when I saw it on sale last week because I don’t have anything this color, and I think it would be a nice addition. Unfortunately, the sale has ended, but it’s still a decent price for the quality.

VERDICT: Keeping this one, for sure!


Jenni Kayne Cashmere Turtleneck

sweater (S) // jeans (28) // shoes (8) // rings

Jenni Kayne also had a sale last week, and I used the opportunity to add another cashmere fisherman sweater to my wardrobe. I wear my ivory one so much, and I was waiting for a sale to snag the grey. I also ordered the Quince cashmere fisherman sweater in the ivory and grey to compare, and I will share my thoughts on those in a dedicated cashmere comparison post after I try them on.

But today I just wanted to quickly share this turtleneck that I also ordered from Jenni Kayne. I was mostly just curious about it. It’s a hefty price tag, even on sale, so I knew I would have to love it like my own children in order to justify keeping it. It truly is a sublime knit, dense and soft and so warm, yet with the perfect slouch.

Plus, the subtle variation in the color is just gorgeous, but at the end of the day, I just don’t love it THAT much. I’m not sure I’d love any sweater that much, ha!

VERDICT: Sadly, this is going back. I’m still debating the grey fisherman sweater, though… waiting to try the Quince and compare.

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What I Wore Lately Vol. 90

Hi friends! It’s Wednesday, and that means time for What I Wore Lately! Our weather has been unseasonably cool this fall… more like what we always expect fall weather to feel like.

I’m actually loving it, but I feel like I went straight from wearing t-shirts and shorts to sweaters and jeans. I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to create cute layered looks.

All that to say, I feel like I’m already apologizing for how similar all my daily outfits are, but maybe I just need to accept the fact that this is how I roll and own it. I just like simple outfits, and since I spend so much time at home, it’s easy to resort to a seasonal uniform.

Seasonal Uniform Exhibit A: Cashmere sweater and jeans with loafer mules. This is pretty much all I want to wear from October through February… and March and April if the weather is as fickle as it usually is that time of year.

Vince sweater (S) // similar Mother Denim (29) // similar mules // Kendra Scott earrings & necklace

I picked up this Vince cashmere sweater at Saks OFF 5TH back in the summer. This is one of the thickest, plushest cashmere sweaters I’ve ever put on my person. Not all cashmere is created equal… Not even all Vince cashmere is created equal, as a matter of fact, but this piece is sublime. I did tell you all about it at the time, but unfortunately sizes are picked over now.

The next day was a photo shoot day, and I kept this outfit on and wore it the rest of the day, but I never thought to get a mirror selfie when I got home. I remember running some errands in the afternoon and taking the jacket off because it was quite warm. That’s the nice thing about a graphic tee/jacket combo, it’s a fun outfit even without the jacket.

Sundry graphic tee (S) // KUT from the Kloth Kara in Chestnut (M) // Fidelity Denim (28; similar) // Veja Esplar (39) // LV Neverfull MM (option/option) // AllSaints belt (M; similar) // YSL sunnies (similar for less)

This was a Saturday, and I had to drop off a meal for a high school marching band event, then I came back home and worked all day.

I really don’t know why I bothered putting on jewelry… at least the necklace and bracelets. I almost always wear earrings, even if I’m home alone all day in pajamas. And I didn’t even realize I was wearing my Airpods until I went to upload these pictures. #ooops

KUT from the Kloth Jacqueline (S) // Vuori Performance Joggers (M) // ATM tee (M) // P448 John (39) // Lagos earrings // Lagos bracelet one & two

We didn’t go to church that Sunday because we just found out Paul was sick and didn’t want to risk spreading anything, and I just wore workout clothes all day. I’m sure I took Savannah for a walk or two.

Then I got showered and dressed on Monday even though I wasn’t going anywhere, simply because it made me feel more productive. At least this time, I remembered to pull my Airpod out of my ear before I took this picture.

Equipment Madalene (S; budget option) // Frame Denim (29; similar) // Steve Madden flats in Black Plaid (8) // Lagos earrings // similar pendant

This was Tuesday, and I just took a few walks in the neighborhood and worked for the rest of the day. Thus, the activewear. I slept in my jewelry, which is the only reason I had it on.

Vuori Performance Jacket (S; updated version) // Zella tee (M) // Vuori Performance Joggers (M; also in Long) // Brooks Ghost (9) // Lagos earrings // similar pendant // glasses

I had a photo shoot on Wednesday, and I curled my hair for a video. (Stay tuned for more on that!) I wore this outfit for the rest of the day.

Talbots Zip Collar Sweater (S) // similar Mother Denim (29) // similar mules // Madewell hoops // Lagos bracelet one & two

Last Thursday was my biweekly nail appointment, and I wore this Vuori matching set. I took Savannah for a walk first; that’s why she is sitting at attention at my feet! She was waiting patiently for her walk.

Vuori Halo Crew c/o (M) // Vuori Halo Wide Leg Pants c/o (M) // On Cloud Running Sneakers (8.5)

Then I met a friend for lunch on Friday. I was so excited to have somewhere to go and get dressed for, and I wanted to use the opportunity to wear something fun and different, but I ended up back in that same Vince sweater. For some reason, nothing else was coming together, so I reverted back to what is easy and familiar.

At least, I wore it with flares this time, and I like how the light colored boots bookend the look. I also added a fun mixed stone necklace for interest. Unfortunately, it’s from last year, and it’s sold out.

Vince sweater (S) // Mother Raw Hem Flare Jeans (28; budget option) // Sam Edelman boots (8) // YSL belt (M; option/option)

I wore a plaid wool coat on top, but it’s also from last year. Since I was already downstairs and running late, I snapped a quick pic in front of my foyer mirror.

That brings us to last Saturday, and the Homecoming Dance. I was planning to hang out with friends after I sent Becca off, so I once again grabbed an easy, comfortable combo — this ivory fisherman sweater and crop straight leg jeans.

Jenni Kayne fisherman sweater (S; budget option) // Frame raw hem jeans // similar mules // old John Hardy hoops //

I wore my loafer mules while I was at home, but when it came time to leave for my friends’ house, I realized it was getting chilly, so I threw my J.Crew Excursion Vest and switched into sneakers. I didn’t get a picture of that, though. I also wore this EBY tank underneath for an extra layer of warmth.

When I went to get ready for church on Sunday, I first put on this tried and true outfit, but then I realized how cold and damp it was outside.

Kut from the Kloth Kara (M) // ATM Schoolboy tee (M) // Paige Claudine (28) // Darby clogs (8)

So I switched into a sweater and booties, and I grabbed the same necklace and earrings from Friday.

These jeans are black, by the way. I love camel and black together. And the brown boots are new. I like the lower heel, and they’re really comfortable. I wore these Sheec socks with them, but when I went to search for them to link for you, I discovered these fleece lined ones. I think I need to order those!

Equipment sweater S; similar for less) // Paige Claudine (28; similar style) // Dolce Vita Volli Boots (8) // old earrings & necklace

I grabbed my trench coat instead of a wool coat because it was threatening rain. This trench coat is from LOFT last year, and it doesn’t look like they brought it back, but I found a similar style at Mango. I love a single breasted coat; it’s much more slimming than double breasted styles.

similar trench // Equipment sweater S; similar for less) // Paige Claudine (28; similar style) // Dolce Vita Volli Boots (8)

And then this was Monday… and most of yesterday too. It was cold and rainy, and I didn’t do anything other than work out at the gym and then work from home the rest of the day. It sounds gross, but we lift heavy and rest between sets, and I really don’t sweat that much.

Vuori hoodie c/o (S) // Vuori joggers c/o (M) // similar Zella top (S) // Bombas socks (M) // On Cloud sneakers (8.5)

I just got the new Vuori Performance Hoodie 2.0. They made it with a slightly more relaxed fit, and it’s a smidge shorter. I like it so much better than the original! Of course, they raised the price too. Prices on everything are going up, I’ve noticed. Le sigh…

We had a marching band event last night at the high school, so I finally rallied and put myself together. It’s been a rainy few days, but it was dry last night and not terribly cold either, which was nice since we were outside.

I wore this faux leather puffer from last year over top the Treasure & Bond thermal from the #NSale. I’m not sure why I didn’t wear the Vejas with the black logo; I just grabbed the P448s because they’re comfy.

Treasure & Bond Thermal Top (M) // similar Mother Denim (29) // similar vests here and here // P448 sneakers (39) // Lagos earrings //

And that’s it for this week! I’ll try for more variety for the next one. I have so much stuff that I need to unpack and try on, so hopefully I’ll find some fun new pieces that are well stocked!

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Trends I’m NOT Wearing This Fall

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about fall 2022 fashion trends and the ones I’m wearing, but I thought it might be fun to talk about the trends I’m NOT wearing this fall. After all, just because something is trending doesn’t mean everyone should wear it.

blazer // leggings // dress

When deciding what trends to wear and which ones to pass on, the first factor I consider is my body type, which is an hourglass.

There’s a common misconception that women with this “coveted” shape can wear anything, and that’s simply not true. The goal is to maintain my well-balanced proportions and highlight my naturally defined waist, but so many clothing styles throw off my natural balance and make me look top heavy or boxy.

And while there may be a good balance between my hips and shoulders, I’m very short-waisted, so that has to be taken into consideration as well. Anything flowy or oversized tends to obscure my waistline and make me look boxy, so I prefer structured tops and jackets and knitwear that clings to my curves without being too body-conscious.

It’s a delicate balance, and it might sound picky, but proper fit and proportion is key to good style. The more you understand about your body shape and its natural proportions, the easier it is to find clothes that fit and flatter.

The other major factor I consider when choosing trends to incorporate into my wardrobe is my personal style. My goal is to look modern and polished, and I feel most comfortable in styles that are understated and almost minimalistic. I like an edgy touch here and there, but I usually offset those elements with some that are more luxe and sophisticated.

I also live a very casual lifestyle, so I gravitate toward trends that are practical and comfortable. That doesn’t mean that everything has to be wash-and-wear, but I like to be comfortable and look appropriate for school activities, running errands, working at the computer, etc.

So, given all that… Here are seven of the 2022 fashion trends I am NOT wearing this fall.

7 Trends I’m NOT Wearing This Fall

As an aside, after writing all of this, I googled this topic, and I found a lot of bloggers I know who have written similar posts with this exact title. I guess this idea wasn’t so original after all!

#1. Shirt Jackets

photo credit: Evereve

I tried with this one, I really did. I even styled a few shacket outfits for the blog, but I never ended up wearing them in real life. It’s not that I don’t like the shirt jacket, I just don’t like it for me. It certainly works for my casual lifestyle, but every time I went to wear one, I would put it back and go for something else.

I finally decided the shacket is too rugged for my personal style, even when it’s not plaid, and they don’t really flatter my body either. I prefer a more structured top layer, or at least something more streamlined like a slim cardigan.

So this fall, I haven’t fallen for this trend even once. I see them at some of my favorite retailers and think they look cute on the models, but I know they aren’t for me.

#2. Oversized Blazers

photo credit: Nordstrom

This one is a no brainer; I don’t even need to try it. You might think a blazer would align with my refined, polished style aesthetic, and that may be true. But the oversized styles that are trending do nothing for my hourglass body type, and traditional structured blazers have never felt comfortable to me.

Even when I try to dress them down with jeans and a t-shirt, they always feel too corporate and stuffy, so this one is a hard pass for me.

#3. Wide Leg Trousers

photo credit: Anthropologie

I’ve never been a fan of wide leg pants, and that’s mostly because they do nothing for my body type. I have wide hips in comparison to my legs, so pants that get wider from hip to hem make me look about two sizes bigger than I am.

Plus, the best way to balance out a voluminous bottom is to wear a body-con top, preferably tucked in, but I’m too short-waisted to tuck my tops in. So basically, I just can’t make this pant silhouette work for me. it also requires heels, which I rarely wear these days, so yeah. This one’s a no bueno!

#4. Utility Jumpsuit

photo credit: Evereve

This is another trend I’m always tempted to try, but I just can’t pull it off. I think it goes back to body type. Collars make my short neck look shorter, and always feel kind of fussy.

Plus, this type of jumpsuit always feels too short in the body or it has too much material in the back and not enough in the front, which I think is because I’m short-waisted. I occasionally find a jumpsuit that works for my proportions, but it’s usually stretchy knit.

#5. Faux Leather Leggings

photo credit: Evereve (more sizes at Bloomingdale’s)

When will this trend die? Seriously, I feel like this one has been around for.ev.er. Again, I tried with this one. I really did, but I always feel ridiculous. And it’s not that I have issue with faux leather. I love my coated denim pants and jackets, but leggings throw off my vertical balance and make me look top heavy, especially considering the type of tops that look best with them. (Namely, longer and oversized.) Plus, the faux leather just calls even more attention to my spindly legs, haha!

In addition to all that, I find faux leather leggings dreadfully uncomfortable. It’s a workout just to to get them up over my thighs and hips and belly, and once they’re on, they feel hot and claustrophobic. Even though I like how they look on others styled with sneakers and a casual hoodie, I can just never get them to look right on me. I’m definitely sitting this one out for yet another season.

6. Ruffle Dresses

photo credit: Evereve

I spent more time than I care to recount trying to figure out what to call this trend, but whatever it is, I cannot wear these dresses. They look adorable on so many women, but on me they just look ridiculous. They have way too much volume for my already curvy figure, and they don’t align with the minimalistic/understated part of my style aesthetic. In fact, they’re pretty much the opposite. Give me all the sheath dresses, please!

#7. Head-to-Toe Pink

photo credit: Anthropologie

Speaking understated… ha! I think it’s pretty obvious why I’m sitting this color trend out. I can appreciate a bold magenta or plum or burgundy, but hot pink is just not my vibe. It makes me feel equal parts juvenile and conspicuous. And head to toe pink? Just. No.

Again, if any of these trends appeal to you, awesome! You do you! There’s nothing in here that I don’t like or don’t think should be worn. I just don’t like them for me. 

I’m curious to hear, what trends are YOU sitting out this season?

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Fall Fashion Try-On Haul

Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Try-On Haul, so I’ve been saving up pictures for a few weeks. I tried to be selective so I don’t overwhelm you, but this is still quite lengthy, so grab a 2nd cup of coffee and get ready to scroll!

I’ll try to give as many details as I can, but let me know in the comments if you have any questions I don’t cover, and I’ll do my best to help.

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small in tops, a 28 or 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.

Fall Styles from LOFT

Let’s start with LOFT. They’re having a sale this weekend… not a shock, I realize, but it’s a good one! (PRO TIP: Never pay full price at LOFT, and stock up when they go 50% off!)

This is a spend more, save more kind of situation. Save 50% off 3+ styles, 40% off 2, or 30% off 1 with code MORE. Gotta love #shoppingmath!

LOFT Clip Button Flounce Dress

dress (S) // Marc Fisher booties (8.5)

This dress is not my style at all, but it’s pretty cute if you like polkadots and ruffles. You can adjust the tie to sit at your natural waist, and I should have unbuttoned another button or two to open up the neck a bit more.

I don’t love the way these black booties shorten the line of the leg, but I’m not sure what other color to wear with this, and pumps seem a little too sweet. I like how the boots keep it modern and add a touch of edge.

Maybe a different style boot would look better, like this pair that is cut straight across the top. They look really good with skirts, and they’re 50% off at Nordstrom Rack! I have them in the beige, and they’re very comfortable.


LOFT Floral Shirred Tie Neck Blouse

blouse (S) // pants (6) // mules (7.5)

Speaking of things that aren’t me… haha! I’m not really sure what I was thinking when I placed this LOFT order. I guess I was mostly looking for new fall styles to share with you, and so much that’s out there right now is not really my style.

I don’t hate the print on this top, but it’s too long for me, and the material is rather stiff so it doesn’t really drape the way you might expect. I do like the neckline and the cut of the sleeves, though.

Here’s how it looks with a front-tuck… See what I mean about the drape (or lack thereof)?

Despite all that, I think it would look good on the right person, and maybe I’d like it better with jeans. That would tone it down some.


LOFT Leafed Smocked Button Blouse

blouse (S) // pants (6) // mules (7.5)

This blouse is similar, but it’s cut differently. It has smocked cuffs and a sand collar with henley style placket. I prefer the cleaner cut of the one above, and the more open print as well.


LOFT Flare Corduroy Pants

pants (6) // blouse (S) // mules (7.5)

So about these pants… I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of corduroy flares this fall and winter. This is the 2nd pair I’ve bought and tried, and I liked the other pair, but this shade of blue is a little too bright for my taste.

That said, these are verrrrry soft and comfortable. I really like how they feel, and the fit is pretty good too. They have an 11 1/2″ rise and a 31 1/2″ inseam, so they work perfectly (on me) with a low heeled boot or mule.

These pants also come in chocolate brown, and they’re available in a wide range of sizes, from 24 — 34. They also come in petite and tall as well as a curvy fit for ladies with more pronounced hourglass or pear shaped body types. They’re true to size, or size down if in between.


LOFT Dog Show Everyday Crew Tee

tee (S) // Mother Denim (29) // Veja Esplar (39)

How cute is this graphic tee? I mean, who doesn’t love dogs in sweaters? I love graphic tees this time of year, and mine are all white or grey. The navy is a nice change of pace.

It’s also really soft and comfortable and has a nice, classic fit. Sometimes these tees can be too stiff or too thin, but this one is just right. It’s true to size.


LOFT Tie Neck Mixed Media Blouse

blouse (S) // similar jeans // similar mules

I’ve always worn a lot of LOFT’s mixed media shells and tanks, and they’ve updated this one with a slightly shorter length and a straight hem — big improvement! I hope they’ll do more styles like this. I don’t love the tie neck design, but otherwise, it’s a great little top for work wear or church.


Classic Fall Wardrobe Staples from Nordstrom

I’ve got a few random pieces I’ve ordered from Nordstrom lately. These are all classic fall wardrobe staples that are highly versatile.

Caslon Funnel Neck Cotton Blend Sweater (S)

sweater // similar jeans // similar mules

For a cozy sweater that doesn’t break the bank, this is a great choice. I’m so glad to see they brought it back this year! I love the ribbed funnel neck and long ribbed trim on the sleeves.

Even though it has a dropped shoulder, the seam isn’t highly visible, so it doesn’t seem to create extra bulk in that area. In fact, the way the neck is designed, I think it kind of downplays my broad shoulders.

I think this teal is so pretty, but this sweater comes in TONS of colors. Here it is in the rust and the grey from last season.

This sweater runs true to size, with a relaxed fit. I’m not a fan of buying multiples, but this is one you could definitely justifying purchasing in two colors.


Birdies Roadrunner Sneaker (8.5)

sneakers  // Jenni Kayne sweater (S; similar for less) // Mother Hustler (28)

I mentioned these shoes a while back and never got around to sharing them! They’re a nice alternative to the pricier rag & bone Retro Sneakers that I have and love. They don’t have quite the same luxe look and feel to them, but they’re cute and very comfortable.

They have a lot of cushion and support, and there is room for a wider foot than mine, although I can lace them up tight enough to work for me as well. Size up in these. I tried the 8 and 8.5, and I think I could use the 9.


Sam Edelman Elsy Knee High Boots (8)

at Nordstrom // at Zappos // at Bloomies // sweater (S) // AG Farrah Skinny Jeans (29)

Tall boots are starting to trend again after being on the back burner for a while, but I’m mostly seeing them with dresses, not over skinny jeans. I never stopped wearing mine, as I’ve always loved the look, but I don’t wear them as much as I used to.

I thought these might be a nice addition to my fall wardrobe, and they are very comfortable, and I like the styling, but the color is strange. It’s very orangey. I might like them in black, but these went back.

These boots have a 3″ heel and a 16″ leg opening, and they run true to size. They also come in a really pretty eggshell color at Zappos. They’re definitely worth a try, if you like them.

Also, as an aside, this sweater is 40% off and comes in 5 really pretty neutral colors. I also have the burgundy.


Dolce Vita Nathen Boots (8.5)

at Zappos // at Nordstrom // at DSW // sweater (S) // AG Farrah Skinny Jeans (29) // necklace

And this is another pair of knee-high boots I tried. In this case, I love the color, but they have an extremely pointed toe that is a little too dramatic for my liking. They have really good cushion in the footbed, and are quite soft and comfortable. Definitely worth a try, if they appeal to you.


Madewell Drapey Rib Henley T-Shirt (S)

at Nordstrom // at Madewell // J.Crew vest (S) // similar jeans // Vejas (39)

Henley style tops are trending right now, and I especially like them for layering under quilted vests and casual jackets, as an alternative to a plain t-shirt.

This one is nice and soft and thin but not see-through, but there is nothing drapey about it. It has quite a body-con fit, if you ask me. That said, I like it!

It comes in a few other colors, if you don’t like the ivory, and it’s true to size.


Wit & Wisdom Crosshatch High Waist Ankle Straight Leg Ponte Pants

pants (6) // blouse (S) // pumps (8) // earrings & necklace // VE x JLS bracelet

Okay, you guys are going to want to know about these pants! They’re a ponte knit, so very stretchy and comfortable. They have a versatile 10″ front rise, and the inseam is 27″, which is ankle length on the average woman.

These are black, but they also come in charcoal and a subtle grid print. They’re TTS or size down if in between. They’re great for work wear, dinner out, or even casual everyday looks when you don’t want to wear jeans. See them styled with sneakers below.


Evereve Fall Finds

These are all items I ordered from Evereve, but most are available at other retailers as well. I feel like Evereve does such a good job at curating current pieces that are good quality at a moderate price point.

KUT from the Kloth Amanda Boxy Jacket (size S)

at Evereve // at Zappos // at KUTfromtheKloth.com // ATM tee (M) // Wit & Wisdom pants (6) // Vejas (39)

WHY do all the cute jackets sell out so quickly? I don’t get it. Can’t they just make more? You may have to go right to the KUT from the Kloth website to find your size in this one.

Anyway, this is really cute, if you can find your size. The fabric is substantial but also soft and stretchy enough to be comfortable. Even though it’s called the Boxy Jacket, I feel like it has some subtle shaping through the waist.

I really don’t need another fall jacket, but I’m tempted to hold onto this one! I really like the length and the cut, and it fits perfectly in the arms and shoulders, which is hard to find.


KUT From The Kloth Coated Rachael High Rise Fab Ab (6)

at Evereve // at Nordstrom // blouse (S) // black boots (8) // beige boots (8)

Aren’t these leather look pants fun? I love a coated denim pant, but mine have always been black. This chocolate is a really pretty shade for fall, and it isn’t as harsh and edgy as black.

They have a raw hem, so I suppose you could cut them if you want them shorter. The inseam is 28″ inseam with a 12 1/2″ leg opening; and the front rise is 10 1/2″.

My biggest conundrum was what color shoes to wear. I started with black boots because I didn’t think I wanted a high contrast look, and there’s black in the top to help pull it all together.

But then I decided to try these beige suede booties, and I like the outfit SO much better. For one thing, the black leather boots and the coated denim jeans together is a lot of shine. The suede creates a nice contrast of textures, and the beige color is very pleasing against the brown.

While I like that blouse, it won’t be practical once our weather turns cold for good, so I decided to see if I had a sweater I might like with these pants. My eyes landed on this oatmeal-colored cashmere v-neck that I picked up at Saks OFF 5TH earlier in the season, and I think it works. It’s rather plain, but that’s kind of my vibe.

They might look good with camel too. What else would you pair with them?

These run true to size, or size down if in between. I think they’re such a nice alternative to black jeans for date nights and things like that.


Evereve Natalia Seamed Chiffon Blouse

blouse (S) // Paige Claudine (28) // Dolce Vita Palyce Sandals c/o (7.5) // Seychelles Wood Heels c/o (8)

If you read my last What I Wore Lately, I considered this blouse for a dinner out with friends last weekend. The print is pretty, and I like the design of the neck and sleeves, but it’s a little too short for my liking.

I also tried it with full length flares and a front tuck, but it’s so wide, it looks odd when it’s tucked.

I could have probably added a belt and worked with it some more, but I just wasn’t feeling it, so I wore something else and sent this back.


Spiritual Gangster Love More Organic Cotton Perfect Tee (S)

at Evereve // at Nordstrom // Frame Denim (29) // P448 John (39)

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but I always find myself wanting a few graphic tees. You can wear them alone on warmer days, but I especially like them layered under lightweight jackets.

Of course, you can wear them in the summertime too, and I sometimes do, but whenever fall rolls around, I actually go out of my way to find some. What is up with that, I wonder?

ANYWHO! This one is 100% cotton and very boxy and a little shorter than some, at 23″ long. It definitely plays into the current trends, but it’s not the best look on me. It’s true to size, if you’re wondering. The small fits perfectly.


Sundry Je T’aime Tee (size 1)

t-shirt // similar jeans // rag & bone Retro Sneakers (39)

This tee is also 100% cotton, but it’s a pima cotton slub jersey, and it’s thinner and softer and has much better drape than the one above from Spiritual Gangster. I also really like the colors in this one. It seems a little more feminine, somehow. I kept this one and sent the other one back.


Premium Denim from Bloomingdale’s

I ordered several pairs of black jeans during the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale last week, and they’ve been trickling in. Again, most of these can be found at a variety of retailers, so I’ll link up several options.

Frame Le High Rise Flare

jeans (29; need 28) // blouse (S) // Franco Sarto booties (8)

These jeans are AH-mazing. They are so stretchy and comfortable and super flattering. I also love the faded black wash.

I sent the 29 back, and I’m still waiting for the 28 to get here. I’ll need to cut them, obviously. If you’re tall and have trouble finding full length jeans, try these!


FRAME Le High High Rise Straight Leg Jeans in Film Noir

at Bloomingdale’s (29) // at Nordstrom (29) // Vejas (39)

I also ordered these jeans from the Bloomies Sale. I realized I don’t have a good pair of solid black straight ankle jeans. They’re all washed black or crop flares.

I already have this pair in white, washed black and medium wash blue, so I figured these would be a slam dunk, but for some reason, I don’t love them. Maybe I need to try with more outfits. Since Bloomies has a 90-day return policy, I’m holding on to them with tags on to see if I reach for them or not.


AGOLDE Lyle Low Rise Straight Leg Jeans in Phase

at Bloomingdale’s (29) // t-shirt (S) // Vejas (39)

This was a Bloomies sale purchase as well. Clearly, I was feeling the black jeans that day! These are a full length straight in more of a vintage-inspired washed black denim. They look like a rigid denim, but they actually have a good bit of stretch.

I didn’t like them in person, but in these pictures, I’m second guessing myself. I think I just like that outfit, but I’m not sure I’d find a lot of other things to wear with them. I went ahead and sent them back; I hope I don’t regret it!


Nordstrom Rack

I placed an order from Nordstrom Rack for a post I’m working on with them, and I thought I’d give you a sneak peek.

Vince Wool Blend Sweater Dress (40% off!)

dress (S) /Marc Fisher booties (8.5)

We actually didn’t photograph this dress because it’s low inventory, but I really like it. The quality is amazing, it’s 100% cashmere and so cozy and soft. I love the shape of the v-neck, and the length right above the knee.

I might prefer it with taupe booties to extend the line of the leg, but black works too. I still think I’d like the Marc Fisher Oshay booties better with dresses. I’m going to try the Cloud Suede that I have, and if I decide I prefer black, I’ll order them in the black leather.


Vince Interlocking Cable Knit Merino Wool Blend Sweater (50% off!)

sweater (S) // similar jeans (29) // similar loafer mules (7.5)

This is the way to buy Vince sweaters — at Nordstrom Rack or Saks OFF 5TH for 50% off!

You’re going to see this one in a future post, but since I have this picture, I’ll share it here too. I love the interlocking cable knit pattern, and I think this color is so gorgeous! It’s true to size.


One Random J.Crew Find

J.Crew Limited edition new cropped quilted Barn Jacket

jacket (S) // sweater (S) // similar jeans (29) // rag & bone Retro Sneakers (39)

I snagged this jacket on sale, and it’s back to full price now, but I thought I’d share it anyway in case it goes back on sale before it sells out. It’s a limited edition, so I guess when it’s gone, it’s gone.

This cropped length and the quilted style plays right into today’s trends. It’s more of an outerwear piece than an outfit component, which is nice for outdoor events and kid activities and things.

This is how I’d probably wear it, but with a more casual sweater or henley top underneath. Super cute!


Gap Factory

You all really seem to like my Gap Factory finds lately, so here are a few more! I feel like they do a really good job with quality wardrobe basics at great prices, and right now you can save 40% + free shippig with code GGRBONUS. (Cardholders get 50% off with GGRCARD.)

Gap Factory Waffle Henley

top (S) // similar jeans // Vejas (39)

I ordered this as an alternative to the not-so-aptly named Madewell Drapey Henley, and I actually like the waffle pattern better than the ribbed pattern in the Madewell version, but this one is a lot thinner. I would only wear the white under a jacket.


Gap Factory Sherpa

sherpa (S) // top (S) // similar jeans // Vejas (39)

This sherpa is a great little piece to throw on over a t-shirt for casual outdoor events, ball games, etc. It’s cozy and soft, and it has a nice easy fit. Here’s how it looks zipped up.

And here’s the burgundy version. Also, this crew neck t-shirt is a nice basic.

And that’s all I’ve got! I’m off to shoot some fall looks with Alison. Have a great Friday!

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photos: Alison Cornell

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My 2022 Fall Wardrobe

Now that it’s officially fall and our weather here in Philly is actually cooperating this year, I finally got my closet switched over for the season. I always get questions about it, so I took some pictures to share with you.

I try to keep my closet well-edited at all times by pruning out clothing I no longer wear throughout the season, so I didn’t have to do a major closet purge. This was more about taking the summer clothes out and moving in the rest of my fall stuff in.

Yes, I’m one of those women who keeps only clothing for the current season in my closet. I only want to see my viable options when I go to get dressed in the morning.

In fact, I would go a step further and say that I only keep clothes that I am currently wearing in my closet, because I don’t keep anything that doesn’t fit my current body or my current lifestyle in there.

That’s the difference between your closet and your wardrobe.

Your closet may house out of season clothes, or clothes that don’t fit, or clothes that belong to a lifestyle you wish you had or think you might return to, or clothes that look dated but might come back in style some day, and basically any clothes you don’t really love so you never reach for.

Your wardrobe is comprised of the clothing that you currently wear. This is an important distinction because it’s so much easier to put outfits together when you keep only what you are currently wearing in your closet.

To that end, I keep out of season clothes, clothes I love that don’t fit, and anything I think I might want in the future but not right now in plastic bins in the basement. I donate or sell everything else, and things I purchase for the blog that I don’t intend to keep (or I’m not sure about) are kept on a rolling rack in my bedroom.

How My Closet Looks Today

For this post, I’m sharing my personal wardrobe for the fall season. Because of my job as a fashion blogger/influencer or whatever we’re calling it this month, my wardrobe is never static. I’m always cycling things through, but this is currently what you see when you walk into my closet.

I don’t have a huge closet, but it’s all mine. (Paul has one on the other side.) We had Closets By Design do our closets right after we moved to this house a little over 4 years ago. Also, my walls are not yellow. I don’t know why they photographed that way. They’re Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, just like our master bedroom.

The drawers in the center house my undergarments, socks, pajamas, and workout tops and shorts; and the bottom one is a laundry hamper. The shelves above them are mostly sweaters, but I have some jean shorts (in case it gets warm again) and activewear tucked in there. I’ll remove those to make room for more sweaters when winter weather sets in. (Most of my sweaters from past years are still in the basement.)

That center section is flanked on either side by hanging space for tops and pants. I hang my jeans and pants on top and shirts and jackets on the bottom. This configuration makes it easy to see what I have because the pants don’t stick out as far as the tops do.

My blue jeans are on the top left. I used to arrange them from dark to light, but now I have them grouped by style. It makes it easier to find what I’m looking for and remember what I have.

My tops are on the bottom left, and I also have them arranged by style and formality rather than color. It doesn’t look as pinterest perfect, but it makes it easier to put outfits together.

The wall adjacent to the jeans and tops is where I keep my shoes and booties. I went back to organizing my shoes by style this season. You may remember, I tried doing them all by color for spring/summer, and it looked pretty, but it wasn’t very practical.

I plan to adjust my shelves so all the booties are together, but I didn’t have time to move them around before I took these pictures.

I hang my pants and non-blue jeans on the top right, and my jackets are on the bottom right. I could probably weed out some of the jackets, but I’m still waiting to see which ones I don’t reach for now that the weather has cooled off.

Over on the right wall, I have two shelves where I keep some of my handbags. The rest are downstairs in my office. These are the shelf dividers I’m using up there.

Then I have longer hanging space below that. That’s where my dresses and jumpsuits go. And because I don’t keep a lot of dresses, I’ve also hung some of my workout jackets and long sleeve workout shirts there for easy access.

My fuzzy leopard print Barefoot Dreams cardigan and Athleta Pranayama Wrap are also tucked in there. I wear one of those every morning over my pajamas before I get dressed for the gym or the day.

So yeah, that’s about it! I have a dresser in my bedroom where I keep some of my out of season clothes, as well as items I don’t wear much — like extra pajamas and workout gear, shapewear and strapless bras, bathing suits, etc. But everything I wear on a regular basis goes in my closet. It’s so much easier to figure out what to wear when it’s all together in one place.

And I always get asked about my hangers. They’re wood-look plastic coat hangers, and I love them, but they were discontinued and I can’t find anything else quite like them. I only have a set amount, and when they get full, I start removing things from my closet that I don’t love anymore.

I think I’m the only person who doesn’t care for the velvet hangers. I feel like my clothes stick to them and don’t slide easily on and off. And I don’t want to hang things that close together anyway. I like some space between my hangers. It’s easier to see what I have, and it makes the closet space look nicer.

Shop My Closet

This isn’t everything in my closet, but it’s a pretty good representation of what I have and the pieces I would replace if I had to start over right now. Unfortunately a lot of my favorites are no longer available, but this is my personal closet so that’s just how it goes.

Tops & Sweaters

This is quite a mix, with some short sleeves and tanks alongside cozy sweaters. It’s still transition season here in Philly, so this section will evolve quite a bit over the next few months.

Jackets

I like to have a good variety of lightweight jackets in the fall because the weather is so variable. I usually wear these over t-shirts and or floral tops.

Jeans & Pants

I pretty much live in jeans, so I have quite a few, but there’s quite a variety of style and colors in here. By the way, a lot of these are 25% off right now because both Saks and Neiman’s are doing a Friends & Family Sale. Note the Vince Crop Leggings are 25% off! I wear the medium, for reference.

Dresses

I don’t wear a lot of dresses, so I don’t keep many either. I do have a couple of sweater dresses in the basement that I should bring up, but most of these are my year ’round classic dresses that I keep in case an unexpected event crops up. Some I’ve had for years, so I try them on every so often to make sure they still fit.

Shoes & Boots

As you can see, I’m still in transition mode over here. There are some sandals in here that I’ll move out when the weather turns cold for good. I also have more wintry styles in the basement that I haven’t brought up yet.

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What I Wore Lately: Nashville Edition

Well, I’m back in my office this morning! I had a blast in Nashville, but there’s truly no place like home. Since I’ve been quite a few times, I thought I’d share what to wear in Nashville in the fall. I’ve rounded up everything I packed and what I wore for a 3-day girls’ trip.

What To Wear to Nashville in the Fall Cyndi // Lisa // Jen // Dawn // Sydney // me // Tania

For anyone just tuning in, I met up with some other fashion & lifestyle bloggers in Nashville for a retreat of sorts. Sydney of Seeside Creative organized the event as a way for us to connect and collaborate. We rented an Airbnb, and basically spent a few days talking and sharing and working and doing some quintessential Nashville activities.

This job can feel very isolating at times, and I learned a long time ago that it’s important to carve out some time to connect with other women in the industry. I’ve been blogging for 16 years, and I always made that a priority, but Covid prevented these kinds of events over the past few years. It’s so nice to be back in the saddle again… so to speak!

What To Wear to Nashville in the Fall for a Girls' TripLisa // Dawn // Cyndi // me // Tania

What I Packed for a Girls’ Trip to Nashville in the Fall

If you’re wondering what to wear in Nashville in the fall, it’s still pretty warm there in September, but it starts to get chilly in October and November. Right now, the afternoons are warm, but nights are cool. Short sleeves and sleeveless tops and dresses are fine, but it’s always good to have a layer to throw on top.

My goal was to pick an assortment of neutral wardrobe staples that I could mix and match and to look polished no matter what configuration I pulled together. Then I threw in a couple of printed tops to add some variety to my looks.

I usually start packing by picking my jeans. These black straight ankle jeans are easy to wear for day or night, and I chose these full length flares with evening events in mind. Then I grabbed a white tee, a black tee, and my old faithful ATM cheetah print tee. I also grabbed my black coated denim jacket. I know from experience that I can make about 15 outfits with those 6 pieces, and if I have the right shoes, I can make them work for almost any occasion.

To make sure I had something fun in the mix, I added two printed tops that work for day or night, and then I started putting items together and figuring out the shoes I would need for a variety of events and destinations. I made sure to bring some flats and some heels so my feet wouldn’t get too tired.

At the last minute, I added a pair of crop straight blue jeans to the pile, so I’d have more variety for daytime outfits with flats since I can only wear those flares with heels. I also added this rust ribbed tank because it’s so perfect for warm fall weather, and my trusty black woven tank so I could easily make an all black outfit and look super chic if I decide I don’t like my other options. Those types of tops don’t weigh very much or take up much space, so it was no big deal to throw in a few extra. A girl has to have options!

All of my shoes were black or taupe, so I packed a taupe crossbody (I stuffed it with underwear and pjs to keep the shape and to maximize packing space) and I tucked a black crossbody into my carry-on tote. And of course I took a bunch of jewelry from my Victoria Emerson collection! That’s about it for outfits. (The toiletries are a whole other post…ha!)

This is my travel capsule wardrobe, and I linked less expensive options for the spendy designer items with the outfits below.

My Nashville Outfits

This was my travel outfit on Sunday. It’s an easy 2-hour direct flight from Philly to Nashville.

I’ve worn this before (in fact, I believe I wore this the last time I flew to Nashville!) so I knew I’d feel comfortable and confident, and all of these pieces can be mixed and matched with items in my suitcase.

KUT from the Kloth Coated Kara (S) // ATM tee (M; similar for less) // Fidelity Denim (28; similar for less) // similar loafer mules (loafer option) // similar belt // VE x JLS bracelet // VE x JLS earrings // Goyard St. Louis GM (similar for less) // Away The Medium

I arrived in Nashville around lunchtime, but our Airbnb wasn’t available till 4PM, so Sydney picked me up and we went to a coffee shop and worked for a few hours. Cyndi joined us when she got in, so that was fun!

That night, we had dinner at Husk. Paul and I went there when we went to Nashville a few years ago, so I knew it was good, and it did not disappoint! Highly recommend.

It was a warm night, so I wore this sleeveless ribbed top in an autumnal shade of rust with flares and slingback sandals. I also brought my black coated denim jacket along with me in case I got cold. I was glad I had it in the restaurant because I was seated right by a vent. Every time the air came on, I pulled my jacket over my shoulders.

ribbed tank (S) // AG Jeans (28) // Michael Kors slingbacks (8) // YSL camera bag (similar for less) // Evereve earrings // VE x JLS bracelet

Here’s our group outside of Husk. This was after dinner, and it was dark. The iPhone camera can really work wonders at night!

Jen // Lisa // me // Cyndi // Dawn // Tania

We were all up bright and early on Monday morning. We drank coffee and did some work until it was time to get ready for lunch at Hampton Social. We had plans to make GooGoo Clusters after that, so I didn’t want to dress up too much.

I went for a simple but elevated white slub cotton v-neck tee and straight crop jeans with taupe loafer mules. I know this seems plain, but it’s very much my style. The key with a look like this is to wear quality pieces that are in good condition with impeccable fit.

Accessories are also important. I wore a belt that coordinated with my bag and shoes, and some fun jewelry to elevate the look.

ATM tee (M; similar for less) // Frame Denim (29; similar for less) // similar loafer mules (loafer option) // similar belt // YSL camera bag (similar for less) // VE necklace // VE x JLS bracelet

Hampton Social is full of southern charm… and walls created for this Instagram generation. By the way, if you want details on any of these gorgeous ladies’ outfits, feel free to reach out to them. I’m sure they’d be happy to share!

What To Wear to Nashville in the Fall with the GirlsDawn // Lisa // Cyndi // me // Jen // Tania

Jen and I are like long lost sisters. We first connected at the Blissdom conference back in 2019 and discovered that we’re very much alike, and we had so much fun together. We’ve kept in touch ever since, so it was great to see her again.

After lunch, we took a chocolate class at the home of Nashville’s official candy — the Goo Goo Cluster. That was fun (and actually quite informative!) We all got to make our own Goo Goo Cluster to bring home… I shared mine with Paul and Becca when I got home yesterday.

We came back to our Airbnb after that to work for a while before dinner. It was chilly inside, so I threw on my cozy Pranayama Wrap and changed into comfortable sandals. (I forgot to add the wrap to my travel capsule — I always bring that to wear over pajamas if it’s chilly in the mornings, but it can double as a casual cardigan if I find myself needing one.)

Athleta Pranayama Wrap (S) /ATM tee (M; similar for less) // Frame Denim (29; similar for less) // Dolce Vita slides (8) // VE necklace

I was just about to hunker down on the couch with my laptop when Lisa and Dawn asked if I wanted to go to Hillsboro Village to walk around and do some shopping.

Well, yes! Yes, I did! I threw off my wrap, grabbed my purse, and we all hopped in Lisa’s car. (The other ladies had work and/or meetings to tend to.)

Before this trip, I’ve only known these two ladies online, and I had so much fun getting to know them better. Definitely check out their blogs and Instagram when you get a chance! (I linked their Instagram accounts below. Both are very active over there.)

Dawn // Lisa

That night, we had dinner at City House and then went down to Broadway. A few of the ladies in our group had never been to Nashville before, so Broadway was a must. Since it was a Monday night, it was pretty chill. There were definitely plenty of people, but it wasn’t as crazy as it is on a Friday or Saturday night.

I wore my black jeans and the black floral top I’ve been wearing so much lately. I topped it off with the coated denim jacket from my travel day and added the black quilted slides. I love these shoes for dressier looks when I need to do a fair amount of walking. They’re so comfortable. I wore them all night, and my feet were perfectly happy.

KUT from the Kloth Coated Kara (S) // Roan + Ryan tank (S) // Fidelity Denim (28; similar for less) // Jeffrey Campbell slides (similar in stock) // Kendra Scott earrings // VE x JLS bracelet // Kendra Scott necklace // Gucci camera bag (similar for less)

Once we did the obligatory walk up and down Broadway, we settled at The Stage — one of my favorite honky tonks on Broadway. It’s more spacious than most, and the musicians are always good. Whiskey, Cash & Roses — the band playing that night — was amazing. I couldn’t get enough. I looked them up when I got home last night, and Paul and I are going to make a point to go back when we can hear them play.

Sydney grabbed this picture of Cyndi and me, and I’m so glad she did! I love this lady so much, and it’s been way too long since we got together. We won’t let three years go by again.

We were all dragging a bit the next day, but we rallied and got up early to do some work. I think everyone on the trip is a morning person; we were all always up by 7AM.

I put on this all black outfit for our morning meeting/strategy sesh with Sydney, and I was planning to wear it for lunch at Bartaco and line dancing.

AllSaints tee (M) / Fidelity Denim (28; similar for less) // B-Low the Belt belt (M) // Veja sneakers // VE x JLS necklace // VE x JLS bracelet

I didn’t bring boots because the ones I have that seemed appropriate have fairly high heels, and I was afraid I’d hurt myself, to be honest! But Cyndi had the perfect pair with her, and we’re the same size, so she offered to let me borrow them. Once I had them on, I went ahead and changed tops as well.

Evereve floral top // Fidelity Denim (28; similar for less) // Dolce Vita boots (8) // YSL sunglasses (similar for less) // Gucci camera bag (similar for less)

Dawn joined us for lunch at Bartaco. We also met at the Blissdom Conference back in 2019, and we’ve kept in touch. It was so much fun to see her again!

After lunch, we went in a few shops and then walked up to Five Daughters Bakery, where I discovered the 100 Layer Donut. Ohmyword, were they ever good! The Purist is the one I recommend.

And of course, we had to have a mural picture.

After that, we had our line dancing lesson at Urban Cowboy Line Dancing with “Cowboy Brennan.” He was really sweet to put up with these midlife mamas trying to learn some new moves! We learned three dances, and those pictures are under lock and key.

That was our last full day in Nashville, and we were bushed! We all agreed to forego another dinner out, so we went back to the house, changed into comfy clothes, and ordered takeout from Amerigo. It was definitely a good decision. We sat around the table and talked and laughed until we cried… at least some of us did. I always get a touch of hysteria when I’m overtired.

Ooops, these joggers are one more item I didn’t include in the shopping widget. I didn’t think about them and the Pranayama Wrap because I don’t really consider them part of my capsule wardrobe. I always bring both pieces when I travel so I have something comfy I can throw on when I’m hanging out and don’t want to wear jeans, but it’s not appropriate to wear pajamas.

ATM tee (M; similar for less) // Vuori joggers (M)

We were all up bright and early yesterday to head home. A few of us had morning flights, and checkout time was 10AM. I pulled on this classic travel look for my return flight to Philly.

ATM tee (M; similar for less) // Frame Denim (29; similar for less) // Goyard St. Louis GM (similar for less) // Away The Medium

And that, as they say, is a wrap! It was such a good time, and I have a feeling we’ll be doing another trip like this at some point.

The conference scene is fun and a great way to meet new people, but we always say we learn more from the casual conversations we have during the downtime that is most valuable. On a trip like this, there is plenty of time to talk and learn from each other and share our tips and tricks. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun. Huge shoutout to Sydney for pulling it all together and making it so easy!

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How to Style Wedge Sandals This Spring

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A few weeks ago, I published a post about sandal trends for spring, and I’m so glad the wedge sandal is making a comeback this season!

Wedge sandals are the perfect marriage of form and function because they can be comfortable without looking frumpy. Today I’m teaming up with Zappos to style two different pairs of wedge sandals for spring.

How to Style Wedge Sandals This Spring Dolce Vita sandals (8) // AG jeans (28) // KUT from the Kloth jacket (S) // Michael Stars tee (S) // Tory Burch hobo // similar sunglasses

The first pair is the Dolce Vita Nilton that I’ve already worn a few times this season. I love the combination of sandstone leather at the heel and ankle and the braided toe strap in a natural canvas fabric.

The stitching around the edges and jute-wrapped wedge heel keeps these sandals breezy and summery. While they have a 3 3/4″ heel, the platform is 3/4″ so they’re actually quite walkable, and the ankle strap adds stability.

Longer jeans are also making a comeback this season, which is perfect timing because they look amazing with wedge sandals.

These are the AG Mari High Rise Slim Straight in a faded mid-indigo wash with a finished hem.

AG Jeans are made in the USA, and these have the perfect fabric composition (98% cotton/2% elastane) for holding their shape without sacrificing comfort.

I like how they extend over the back of the sandal to create a long, lean leg line. They’re true to size; for reference, I’m wearing my usual 28.

I topped off the look with a white tee and tarragon green denim jacket.

This jacket has a cropped silhouette with a raw hem and lots of stretch, and I love this fresh shade of green for spring. It pairs beautifully with blue jeans.

I like this jacket so much, I also have it in coral, but that one is almost sold out. I ordered the green in small and the coral in a medium, and both fit fine. It’s just a matter of how snug you like your jackets to be. The medium is definitely a little more comfortable, but the small might be slightly more flattering.

I don’t worry about whether it buttons or not because I’ll never wear it that way. I prefer it to fit well through the back and shoulders, so if it’s too snug to button, I’m okay with that.

For my second look, I styled a pair of SoftWalk wedge sandals in the crossover style, which is very on trend this season.

I had some requests for comfort sandals with a lower heel, so I wanted to find a pair that fit those qualifications.

SoftWalk sandals (8) // KUT from the Kloth jeans (6) // Madewell blouse (S) // similar tote

These sandals are extremely well made and comfortable, with a memory foam midsole and a leather upper, lining, and insole. They have a 3″ heel with a 1/2″ platform, so the heel drop is only 2 1/2″.

I realize some ladies need a heel strap, so the slide style may not be the best, but these are worth a try. They come in medium, narrow, and wide sizes for the perfect fit.

These sandals run true to size; or you may want to size up if in between. I’m wearing my usual 8, but I often size down in slides due to my narrow feet.

I wore these sandals with cropped jeans, to show a different way to style a wedge sandal. I love how the combination of shorter pants and lower vamp on the sandal extend the line of the leg.

These jeans have a 26″ inseam, which is the perfect crop length for me. Yours may be different, but I encourage you to learn your ideal inseam measurements; it makes online shopping so much easier.

I get asked a lot about the correct length for cropped jeans and pants. The hem on a pair of cropped jeans should it below the widest part of your calf, but two or three inches above your ankle bone.

If they hit within an inch of the ankle bone, they’re ankle-length. If they hit in the middle of the calf, they’re capri-length, and I do not recommend those. Capris aren’t very flattering on most women.

I topped off this look with a drapey black button-up shirt. I like how the black of the shirt and shoes bookend the look, but I really wish I’d thought to add a belt. That would complete this outfit nicely.

This shirt has an oversized silhouette with a high-low shirttail hemline. The pleating at the back yoke and deep-cut short cuffed sleeves keep it breezy and casual, but it looks a little dressier than your average t-shirt. It runs true to size; I have the 2-4 (SM).

I know the sandals I featured are low inventory, and I’m sorry about that! They were well-stocked when I ordered them. I’ve rounded up some more wedge sandals from Zappos for your shopping inspiration.

As always, when you shop at Zappos, you get the benefit of their 24/7 customer service and generous return policy, and be sure to link your Amazon Prime membership or sign up to be a Zappos VIP member for free upgraded shipping. Also, military members, students, and teachers can get 10% off their Zappos orders — see their Student, Teacher & Military Promotion page for more details.

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What to Wear to Your Child’s Graduation

I’ve had some requests for what to wear to your child’s graduation, so I thought I’d tackle that topic today. You can pretty much find everything you need at Nordstrom. From dresses to blouses and pants, from shoes to accessories, they have it all!

I put together two outfits that I think would work well for most graduation ceremonies, but you can dress up a bit more if you want to. Here are two looks I styled for what to wear to a spring wedding that could also work for graduation ceremonies, if you need something more formal.

Paige dress (S) // Dolce Vita sandals (8) // earrings // silver link bracelet // YSL crossbody (similar for less) // similar sunglasses

In my experience, high school graduations are a little more casual than college, so I styled two looks that are similar to what I wore to my kids’ high school graduations.

The first look features a casual dress that I would typically wear with sneakers or flat sandals for errands or casual get-togethers with friends, but I think it works for a graduation too.

The drawstring waist gives it a bit of structure, and the flutter sleeves are a trendy touch. The fabric is a really nice slub jersey in a rayon/polyester blend, and there’s a subtle texture to it.

It’s cool and soft and comfortable, perfect for outdoor venues or warm climates. You could bring a white denim jacket along for an extra layer of warmth.

These wedge sandals are a great way to elevate a casual dress. I really like how this pair has the combination of sandstone leather in the back and a canvas braided strap in the front, but there are other color combinations available.

The jute-wrapped heel keeps them summery, and they should give you enough stability if you end up walking on grass or turf. These sandals they run true to size; I’m wearing the 8.

For jewelry, I kept it simple with brushed silver teardrop earrings and a silver link bracelet, and I carried a camera style crossbody bag. Tory Burch makes a similar style for less.

I like the crossbody for events such as this because you might be standing around for a while, and it’s lightweight and easy to manage.

My second look features white jeans and a navy top. If your school colors include navy, either of these outfits will be perfect for you! I didn’t try to wear school colors at either of my kids’ high school graduations, but it’s fun if it works out that way.

Wit & Wisdom blouse (S) // Good American jeans (6) // sandals (7.5) // earrings // necklace // similar bracelet // YSL crossbody (similar for less) // similar sunglasses

Peasant style tops are trending this year. This one is nice because it isn’t as long or voluminous as some, and the split neck style is flattering but not too low.

I especially like how the eyelet embroidery and blouson sleeves add texture and femininity to the outfit.

And these jeans are my Good American Good Straight with the raw hem that I can’t stop talking about.

They have good coverage and lots of stretch, and the 27 1/2″ inseam with 14 1/2″ leg opening is the perfect slim straight ankle style to go with all of your spring and summer tops.

These jeans have a high 11″ rise, so I don’t always want to tuck into them. Fortunately this shirt isn’t so long that it needs a front-tuck, so I left it out for a streamlined silhouette.

I’m wearing my regular size 6 in these jeans, but they do seem really tight when you first pull them on. I recommend giving them a little time to break in because they do give a little with wear, and I love how they shape the rear and smooth out the midsection.

These braided block heel slides are very easy to walk in, and they add interest to the outfit without stealing the show.

I wore these a ton last year, and they still look like new. I’m so glad they brought them back. They’re true to size, or size down if you typically do in slides. They also come in other colors.

I accessorized with chunky white hoops and a gold chain link necklace. I feel like these pieces look current without being so trendy that you’ll look dated when you look back at the pictures years down the road.

If you don’t have a graduation coming up this spring, these outfits will also work for church or going out to dinner, or maybe even some work environments.

All the pieces I’m wearing are classics that you can easily mix and match with other items in your closet to maximize the cost per wear potential!

As always, when you shop at Nordstrom, you get their free shipping and free returns. And don’t forget about their BOPUS (Buy Online Pick Up in Store) and contactless curbside pickup options.

And if you aren’t already a Nordy Club member, be sure to sign up so you can start earning points toward Nordstrom Notes when you shop. You also get to enjoy exclusive perks like members-only access to sales, offers, and events — like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which is just around the corner!

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March Favorites

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine // ten // eleven // twelve // thirteen

Greetings, friends! It’s time for my March Favorites. This is a roundup of new finds and old favorites that I’m loving right now.

March Favorites

one // I’ve been loving this little makeup kit lately. It’s called 30 Seconds to Stunning, and you can read more about it in this post. I already use and love the mascara, and lately I’ve been using the Maracuja Juicy Lip Creme in Mauve and the Shadow Liner in Eye Catching almost every day.


jacket (old) // t-shirt (old) // similar belt (M) // jeans (28; more at Shopbop) // clogs (8) // handbag

two // I wore these clogs all day on Sunday, and they were so comfortable. They make a nice transition shoe for spring and fall, when you don’t want to wear boots but it’s too soon for open-toe shoes. They have really good support, and I appreciate that they give me some added height as well. I also like this lighter color at Evereve. These clogs run true to size.

The jacket I’m wearing here is from last year, as are the t-shirt, earrings, and necklace. My belt is also sold out, but these jeans are on sale, and I’ve got more on the bag below!


jacket (S) // t-shirt (S) // jeans (28) // sneakers (39) // sunnies // earrings

three // This lightweight utility shirt jacket is a great completer piece for casual outfits this spring. It’s soft and comfortable and doesn’t weigh you down or feel constricting, but it adds a light layer of warmth without being fussy. It’s true to size, or size down if in between. I have the small.

four (also at Saks) // Best news! These Mother Insiders are currently 25% off! These were my favorite bluejeans last spring and summer, and I find myself reaching for them again this season. They’re lightweight and stretchy and so comfortable, plus the distressed elements keep them casual. They run true to size, or size down if in between.


five // I’ve been burning this candle a lot recently. It has a nice, light scent for spring. Plus the branding is so elegant, it makes a nice addition to my new powder room.


top (S) // jeans (28) // booties (8.5) // similar necklace

six // This lightweight, super soft pullover is a great little transition piece for spring, and it’s currently 25% off! It runs true to size with a relaxed fit, or you could size down if you don’t want the extra length in the arms.

As an aside, the Wit & Wisdom jeans I’m wearing here are a good option for a straight crop style under $100.


top (not available) // jeans (28) // sandals (8) // similar handbag

seven // I’m loving these slim straight white jeans for spring/summer. They denim is nice and thick, and they have contoured high waist for a gap-free fit.

Sorry, but the top I’m wearing there is not available, but the shoes are. I love these with dresses or for dressing up jeans.


jacket (S) // t-shirt (S) // sunnies // earrings

eight // These earrings make such a nice bright statement for summer, and they’re lightweight and comfortable. I should have probably added these sunglasses to my March Favorites as well.


sweater c/o // jeans c/o // similar shoes // earrings c/o // necklace c/o // bracelet c/o // similar bag

nine // The Alicante Boho Cuff was one of my favorites for the past two seasons, so I was thrilled when they came out with a mini version! This one is a little more subtle, perfect for everyday.

I believe the BOGO sale is still going on, but after it ends, you can use code 40JoLynne to get 40% off your Victoria Emerson orders as long as they aren’t in conjunction with another sale. This is an on-going promotion they’re offering my readers, as part of our 6-month partnership.


nail polish // bracelet c/o

ten // This is the nail polish I’ve been wearing lately. It’s one of my go-tos for spring and summer. I also love this bracelet, by the way!


jacket (S) // t-shirt (S) // jeans (28) // shoes (8) // handbag // mini boho c/o // wrap bracelet c/o

eleven // This is pretty much the perfect everyday bag for year-round use. The pebbled leather is buttery soft, and it has a nubuck lining with a large slip pocket for your phone. I also love the leather covered metallic clasp. Zulily has it on sale, but you can see more images of it at Nordstrom, where it’s full price.

Also, the AG Mari jeans and Caslon jacket I’m wearing there are 25% off right now, but sizes are going fast.


sweater c/o (S) // earrings // necklace c/o // bracelet c/o

twelve // I’ve been wearing this sweater a lot lately. It’s such a nice weight for this time of year, when I’m tired of my wool and cashmere, but I still need some warmth. It also pairs well with shorts for summer.


thirteen // I cannot believe I’ve never used a tote organizer before now. It makes it so much easier to find what I need and keep everything sorted. It’s perfect for both travel and everyday use. I like this tote organizer so much, I got the Large for my Neverfull MM and the X-Large for my Goyard GM. You can use them in any tote, not just the ones listed. There are measurements on the website, to help you determine the right size.


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What I Wore in Florida

Greetings, friends! It’s time for another What I Wore Lately, and today I put together a post with my Florida outfits from last week so you have all these looks in one post without having to scroll through a bunch of sweaters and boots.

Also, Evereve started a Spring Sale this morning, just in time for spring break planning! They have 10% off everything, with a few brand exceptions, and shipping is free over $50.

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually take a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, and size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.

What I Wore In Florida

I get a lot of questions about how to dress when flying from a cold location to a warm one, and this is one of my go-to travel uniforms. I always wear a t-shirt under a jacket or cardigan so I can remove the jacket or cardigan when I get to my warm weather destination, and I try to wear my biggest and heaviest shoes on the plane to save room in my suitcase.

Sometimes I wear joggers with a denim jacket over a t-shirt, but for this trip, I opted for my favorite crop flares and a utility jacket.

KUT from the Kloth jacket (S) // AllSaints tee (S) // Mother denim (28) // AllSaints belt (M) // P448 sneakers (39) // Evereve necklace // Lagos earringsring, and two bracelets // Away luggage

I didn’t end up needing the sneakers in Florida, but I thought I might want them for sightseeing, and I wasn’t too keen on wearing sandals to the airport when it was 25 degrees.

When it’s really cold here at home, I wear a big parka over my travel outfit on the way to the airport and leave it in the car. I usually park and take a shuttle rather than having Paul drop me off at the terminal, but I can usually handle the cold for that short period of time. Fortunately the shuttles are heated.

Also, that is the smaller of two suitcases I brought with me. The big one was already in the car when I took that picture, but I have a picture at the end of this post with everything I brought.

A friend from home came along to keep me company, and we flew into Jacksonville and stayed at The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra. It has a beautiful pool overlooking the ocean, spacious guest rooms with high ceilings, and several nice communal sitting areas for working or hanging out with friends.

Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, so we shed our jackets and stowed our luggage with the bellhop and walked around the property to get the lay of the land, so to speak. Then we grabbed lunch at The Oasis, the oceanfront bistro.

When our room was ready, we unpacked and then pretty much crashed on our respective beds. We had both been up since about 4AM and we were zonked! We left the door to our balcony open so we could enjoy the sounds and smells of the ocean.

After a nap, we were both ready to explore. We got dressed for dinner, and Sidney picked us up and took us to Neptune Beach where she had reservations at North Beach Fish Camp.

Jo-Lynne’s Outfit: Michael Stars jumpsuit c/o (S) // Vince Camuto wedges (8) // Loeffler Randall baguette bag (similar) // earrings // necklace // bracelet

Leslie’s Outfit: LOFT blouse // LOFT white jeans // similar espadrille wedges

Our table wasn’t quite ready when we arrived, so we walked around a bit and found a quiet side street to take a few pictures.

I wore this black jumpsuit from Evereve. Sidney told us the restaurant was pretty casual, so I tried to dress it down a bit with the cognac wedge sandals and large rattan earrings. Earrings tend to get lost in my hair, but I think those showed up pretty well in person.

The jumpsuit is really nice quality, and the fabric is soft and stretchy. You just pull it up and down, so you don’t have to futz with buttons or anything. It runs true to size; I have the small.

I wore these lightweight smoothing shorts underneath. They don’t have a lot of compression, but they do keep things smoothed out. I’ve also taken to wearing these under my white jeans.

Despite our long travel day and late night, I was still up bright and early the next morning. I went down to the Sea View Lounge to work so Leslie could sleep in. They provide coffee service starting at 7AM every day, and there are several tables scattered about as well as a cozy seating area in front of the fireplace.

Some of the ladies from the community (members of the club, I presume) like to gather in that seating area by the fireplace every morning, so I grabbed a table by the window where I could sip my coffee and work.

I wore the grey t-shirt and Vuori joggers in terracotta heather from this outfit to go down to the lounge to work each morning. Whether I wear them for traveling or pack them in my suitcase, I always bring along a pair of comfy pants for this purpose.

Sidney and I met up to shoot some pictures later that morning, and then I changed and got ready to visit St. Augustine for the afternoon. We had a 2PM lunch reservation, so we spent a couple hours wandering up and down St. George Street.

It was an absolutely perfect day, weather-wise, but it was quite crowded. We still managed to find a few quiet side streets to take pictures.

Evereve wrap c/o // Z Supply tank c/o (M) // 7FAM shorts c/o  (28) // Tory Burch sandals //YSL sunnies (option) // Evereve hoops  //Evereve bracelet // Evereve necklace

This is Sidney, our fabulous tour guide and personal photographer for this trip. She’s also the digital strategist and consultant I’ve been working with for the past year.

I brought these wedges along in my tote and switched into them to take pictures of this outfit. I think it’s so cute for lunch or getting together with friends for coffee, but I didn’t want to walk in the wedges all day.

Evereve wrap c/o // Z Supply tank c/o (M) // 7FAM shorts c/o  (28) // Vince Camuto wedges (8) //YSL sunnies // Evereve hoops  //Evereve bracelet // Evereve necklace

Unfortunately, this wrap sold out. I’m so bummed because it’s adorable.

We ate lunch at the Columbia Restaurant, and I had their famous 1905 Salad. I was trying to eat light, but that salad is anything but light! Still, it was delicious… as were the mojitos. Both the salad and the pitcher of mojito were prepared table side, which was really cool.

After lunch, we wandered down to the water and walked around Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest fort in the U.S. I would love to bring my boys back here some day. Both Paul and D love historical sites like this.

And of course, we took a few more pictures! Sidney’s pretty good with the iPhone.

Evereve wrap c/o // Z Supply tank c/o (M) // 7FAM shorts c/o  (28) // Tory Burch sandals //YSL sunnies (option) // Evereve hoops  //Evereve bracelet // Evereve necklace

Once we had our fill of St. Augustine, Sydney drove back and dropped us off at the resort. Leslie and I weren’t really hungry, but we felt like we should at least eat something before going to bed, so we went down to the Sea View Grille and split their Charcuterie and Cheese Board.

It was dark, so we didn’t get the benefit of the ocean view, but the ambiance was nice and the service was very good. I wore this casual top with white jeans and those wedge sandals again. They turned out to be quite the workhorse on this trip! FYI, I recommend sizing up half.

BR Factory dolman top (S) // Mother denim (29) // Vince Camuto wedges (8) // Evereve bracelet // Evereve necklace // Evereve hoops

I was up bright and early the next morning to finish up that day’s blog post, and then Sidney and I met to take some more pictures. I was only able to find a professional photographer for the last day of our trip, so Sidney offered to pinch hit so we could maximize my time away in a warmer climate. Next time, I’ll plan further in advance, but it worked out.

After we wrapped up, I changed into my swimsuit, and we met Leslie for lunch at The Oasis. By then it was well past noon, and I was ready for some R&R.

Robin Piccone coverup (S) // Tory Burch sandals (8) // Birdsong tankini top & bikini bottoms // DIFF sunnies // Amazon bracelets // Hat Attack tote // Madewell hat

After lunch, Leslie and I hung out by the pool for a few hours and chatted and soaked up the sun. I love how the pool overlooks the ocean. I wish I’d taken more pictures of the property, but I just didn’t think about it.

We were curious to see the Ponte Vedra Inn, the other resort that’s part of the community, so we made reservations at the Seahorse Grille for dinner that night. It was okay, but a little stuffy and very pricey. We agreed that we prefer the Sea View Grille, but that’s okay. Now we know for next time!

I wore this Halogen tank that you all have seen before with my Frame straight ankle jeans and gold ankle strap sandals. I brought along a denim jacket, but I didn’t need it. It’s all linked below.

Halogen tank (S) // Frame denim (28) // Sam Edelman heels (8) // YSL camera bag (similar for less) // Baublebar necklace // Baublebar necklace

I met with Sarah of Sarahdipity Photos on the last morning of our trip to shoot the remaining outfits I brought along. I saved the resort wear and beach/poolside looks because I knew she would be capturing the scenery as well as my outfits.

We met at 7:15 am, just in time to capture the sunrise, so they should be really cool. I can’t wait to see how they turned out. We spent a couple hours together, and that left me with about an hour to enjoy the pool before we needed to pack up.

R coverup (XS/S) // Prima Donna tankini top // matching swim bottoms // Tory Burch sandals (8) // DIFF sunnies

Leslie and I enjoyed one last lunch at The Oasis, and then we went up to our room to pack.

I wore pretty much the same outfit going home that I did on my way down. These jeans are almost as comfortable as joggers, and I feel more put-together wearing real pants in the airport. Plus, I have TSA Precheck so I don’t have to worry about taking off my belt and shoes.

ATM t-shirt (M) // Mother denim (29) // P448 sneakers (39) // similar AllSaints belt (M) // Madewell earrings // Evereve necklace // Goyard tote // Away luggage

And that, as they say, is a wrap! It was really fun having Leslie along with me, but next time I do this, I’ll definitely plan an extra day to relax and enjoy some downtime.

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20 Handbags for Fall from Nordstrom Rack

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I get a lot of requests for handbag recommendations at more of a budget-friendly price point, and Nordstrom Rack is a great place to find brand name bags for less. I was really impressed with the selection when I started looking through their handbag section, so I decided to focus this whole post on fall handbags!

Whether you’re looking for a lightweight crossbody, a practical shoulder bag, or generous tote to carry all the things, I’ve rounded up 20 handbags I recommend checking out. Most of these are under $200, and a lot of them are even under $100.

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20 Handbags for Fall from Nordstrom Rack

#1. Vince Camuto Kenzy Large Leather // This leather crossbody features a unique fold-down detail and a roomy interior. I love the caramel color for fall, but it also comes in black and orange.

#2. Hobo Kendall Leather Backpack // I’ve been a fan of the Hobo brand for years. I love the look and feel of their leather, and this adorable ivory leather bag is the perfect size for a backpack. It has a drawstring closure, and it’s just over $100.

#3. Hobo Bridge Convertible Leather Messenger Bag // Another Hobo brand bag, this one can be worn on your shoulder or as a backpack back. I think it has such a unique shape to it, and I love the tassel ring detail on the flap. It comes in taupe, ivory, and tan.

#4. Hobo Token Smartphone Leather Crossbody Bag // How perfect are these smartphone crossbody bags for running errands?! Just the right amount of space for your cellphone and money. This one is under $50 and comes in a ton of fun colors.

#5. Vince Camuto Corin Leather Phone Crossbody Bag // Here’s a similar smartphone crossbody, also under $50. I really like the pebbled leather and the zipper detail, and that grey-blue is gorgeous. It also comes in a sunny yellow.

#6. Bruno Magli Leather Shopper Tote Bag // If you need something with more storage space, this gorgeous Italian leather shopper tote is a great choice. This bag is a bit of a splurge, even on sale, but it’s an amazing deal for the quality, an it’s a classic style you can carry for years.

#7. Marc Jacobs Supple Leather Tote Bag // Another black tote, and this one’s under $200. I really like that interior pocket with a zipper for stowing a small laptop, and the leather on this one looks gorgeous as well. It comes in black, grey, and a yellowy-beige that would be really nice for fall.

#8. Marc Jacobs The Groove Leather Messenger Bag // This is the perfect medium size handbag for your everyday essentials, and it also comes in ivory and a really pretty tan for fall.

#9. Marc Jacobs Leather Hobo Bag // The shape of this bag is so fun and classic. It comes in several beautiful colors and is right at $150.

#10. Marc Jacobs Commuter Leather Tote Bag // This bag is timeless, and it comes in 3 classic colors.. It makes a great work bag, and it’s also nice for travel.

#11.Marc Jacobs Commuter Crossbody Bag// Simple and classic! I also appreciate the exterior slip pocket for stowing a smartphone.

#12. Dooney And Bourke Woven Leather Hobo Bag // I love how this bag adds texture to an outfit.

#13. Lucky Brand Mak Shoulder Bag // Lucky Brand makes gorgeous leather goods — so soft and supple, and it always smells like the real deal, lol! (I love the smell of genuine leather.) This bag has just the right amount of slouch, and a little bit of a boho vibe.

#14.  Matt And Nat Vignelli Dwell Vegan Leather Backpack // If you prefer an alternative to leather, this vegan leather backpack by Matt And Nat is a great option.

#15. Frye Lucy Leather Tote Bag // Speaking of brands that do beautiful leather goods, you simply can’t go wrong with Frye. This tote will hold everything you need. and it would also make a great work bag.

#16. Marc Jacobs Quilted Nylon Messenger Bag // I love the quilted texture of this bag, and it should be fairly lightweight. Plus, I’m seeing nylon coming back in handbags this fall.

#17. Frye Olivia Leather Crossbody Bag // Another option by Frye, this minimalist crossbody is really nice everyday size.

#18. Frye Lucy Leather Crossbody Bag // I love this burnished leather for more casual outfits, and the fold-over front flap with snap-flap closure.

#19. Ted Baker Heather Curved Leather Crossbody Bag // This tan leather crossbody is beautiful, and the gusseted design provides plenty of room for all your purse essentials.

#20. Marc Jacobs Playback Leather Crossbody Bag // This bag is simple, but elegant. Perfect for date night.

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