Fall Wardrobe Essentials

{Classic pearl earrings}

There are a few essential items that every girl should own. Well-chosen, classic staple items should form the foundation of your wardrobe, and then it can be built upon with individual items more tailored to your unique style. I’m always on the hunt for a good deal and often go for quantity over quality, but these are the items that are worth the investment:

  • Pearl Stud Earrings: A classic pair of pearl stud earrings is one of those things where you just can’t go wrong. These are a part of my daily wardrobe, worn to work, the post office, and romantic candlelit dinners alike.
  • Peacoat: Whether you’re dressed for a evening at the theater or rushing out of your house in a t-shirt and yoga pants to move your car before street sweeping, tossing on a tailored peacoat instantly creates a classy look. This coat is now at the top of my Christmas list this year (I love the sandstone color). It’s just…perfect.
  • Leather Boots: It’s cold and it’s wet outside. A pair of tall leather boots with a comfortable heel will keep your feet warm, your hem dry, and your style on point. These are a great option as they can easily be dressed up or down, worn with jeans or a skirt.
  • Infinity Scarf: Though technically an accessory, any girl can tell you a scarf makes the look, so I’m including it as an essential. I love this leopard print infinity scarf, because it adds just a dash of fun to any outfit.


Bedded Bliss

{West Elm Duvet Covers}

Every home should have that one room that offers complete comfort and relaxation, whether it’s a living room with overstuffed chairs and a fireplace, or a clean bathroom with a deep tub to soak in. My bedroom has always been my place of zen, and whether I was living with my parents, in a  college dorm, or in a tiny apartment, my bed was and is the most important and cared for piece of furniture that I own. High thread-count sheets, memory foam mattress everything, and a fluffy down comforter ensure that it serves its function and feels the part of a sanctuary-like retreat, while my ever-changing duvet cover makes sure it looks the part, too.

I’m currently going through a gray kick, so these West Elm duvet covers (here and here) are at the top of my wish list. Being the bargain hunter that I am, I was thrilled to find that Target offers nearly identical duvet covers (here and here), but at a fraction of the cost.

Lady in Leather

{The original inspiration piece: alice + olivia dress}

Very few people have that ideal body type that can be dressed in any style and pull it off without a hitch. We normal folk have to accept our bodies, embrace them, and dress accordingly. I have short legs. To create the illusion of longer legs, my wardrobe is composed primarily of high-waisted skirts, straight and wide leg pants, high heels, and maxi dresses.

This maxi dress by one of my favorite designers caught my eye a few weeks ago and different takes on the style have been popping up left and right. I love how the soft, flowing skirt is contrasted by the fitted leather bodice, giving the look a bit of edge. This strapless Forever 21 version doesn’t quite hit the nail on the head, but at just under $30, it’s difficult to pass up.

{Marna Ro dress}

Sew Much More

{Simple chevron baby quilt and an adorable herringbone baby quilt}

I don’t consider myself particularly crafty. I’ve tried to pick up knitting a few times, but my scarves always ended up as pot holders because I’ve never had the patience to see it through to the end. I prefer something that offers more instant gratification and requires slightly less dexterity: sewing. Though I’ve limited my sewing to infinity scarves, aprons, pillow cases, and a few somewhat janky Kindle covers, I’ve toyed with the idea of taking on a more tasking project and starting my very first quilt. I should probably start with something small like a baby quilt, though this patchwork chevron quilt is incredibly tempting.

Bright Whites

{Theysken’s Theory Jipsi Fologna Jacket}

I saw this blazer on Glee a few weeks ago and I was intrigued. (I love musicals. I’m just going to put that out there.) I wasn’t sure how I felt about the inverted bottom hem, but after a moment’s thought I was sold. This Theysken’s Theory blazer is way out of my budget at $675, so I’ve been on the hunt for a more affordable version. Though these blazers don’t replicate the inverted bottom hem, their crisp  lines and clean bright white color leave little else to be desired.

  1. Banana Republic Contrast-Trim One-Button Blazer – $130
  2. Lovers + Friends Desert Moon Blazer – $124
  3. Patterson J. Kincaid Ricci Blazer – $139
  4. H&M Natural White Blazer – $49.95
  5. Forever 21 Shawl Lapel Blazer – $32.80