Go for the GOLD!

Go for the GOLD! Wearing another $8 tee from Universal Thread! This time I added a cream blazer, raw hem jeans, strappy heeled sandals, and fun accessories! I’m currently obsessed with these sandals! The perfect shade of taupe, soft, and very comfortable. They also come in black…thinking I might need those, too! 

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Gold Tee (wearing XS): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygxG
Cream Blazer (similar): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygyp
Raw Hem Jeans (similar): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygyB (49% off)
Sandals (wearing 6.5): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygxU
Necklace (3 in 1): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygxX
Bracelet 1: http://shopstyle.it/l/ygx3
Bracelet 2: http://shopstyle.it/l/ygx8
Bracelet 3: http://shopstyle.it/l/ygv7

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White Tee + Red Lip

Never underestimate the power of the perfect white tee + a red lip! Add a fitted leather jacket and you’ve got the makings of a classic yet edgy look!

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White Tee (wearing XS): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygrm (only $8 and think enough you can’t see your bra)
Jeans (wearing 25): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygrj
Heels (wearing 6.5): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygq4
Leather Jacket (similar): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygtI
Lip Color: http://shopstyle.it/l/ygr4 (stays on all day)
Necklace (3 in 1): http://shopstyle.it/l/ygrT
Earrings: http://shopstyle.it/l/ygsd
Bracelet: http://shopstyle.it/l/ygsj

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Think Happy

I literally can not get enough of this t-shirt…and my adorable helper! 😍😍😍 #thinkhappy

I recently engraved my bracelet with the words “Think Happy” as a daily reminder to choose joy over worry,  love over fear, and less over more!  My little helper would agree that happy is the best place to be!  It’s funny how an $8 black and white striped tee can add just a little burst of happy to your day!

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Black and White Tee (wearing XS): http://shopstyle.it/l/x8cF
Black Jeans (similar): http://shopstyle.it/l/x8cK
Cardigan (similar): http://amzn.to/2BV97gL
Black Wrap Bracelet: http://shopstyle.it/l/x8es
Engravable Wishing Bracelet: http://shopstyle.it/l/x8cX
Leopard Print Watch: http://shopstyle.it/l/x8eN

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Florals for Spring

I found the perfect pair! A floral kimono and floral drop earrings. This just screams spring! (Oh and do you spy my all time favorite v-neck…again!)

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Floral Kimono (wearing S): http://amzn.to/2Hdbkns (only $16.99)
Floral Earrings: http://shopstyle.it/l/x7ZP
Grey Tee (wearing XS): http://shopstyle.it/l/x71r
Rose gold mules (wearing 7): http://shopstyle.it/l/x71r
Necklace: http://shopstyle.it/l/x71T (engravable)
Bracelet 1: http://shopstyle.it/l/x712
Bracelet 2: http://shopstyle.it/l/x719
Bracelet 3: http://shopstyle.it/l/x7Z7

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Give me all the Gingham!

How cute is this cropped gingham top??? I’m obsessed with this print…and this top has a cute bottom up detail in back. Looks great paired with a bold gold statement necklace and cuff. Would also look great with simple accessories, shorts, and flat sandals.

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Gingham Top (wearing XS): http://shopstyle.it/l/x66v (under $25)
Jeans (wearing 25): http://shopstyle.it/l/x69D (54% off)
Heels (wearing 6.5): http://shopstyle.it/l/x660 (50% off)
Necklace: http://shopstyle.it/l/x67G
Cuff: http://shopstyle.it/l/x67K

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Olive + Rose Gold

Wearing a Universal Thread v-neck (http://shopstyle.it/l/x6Zt) in XS olive. I have a feeling this tee is going to be on repeat! Add white denim, a jean jacket, and rose gold accessories for the perfect ‘Olive + Rose Gold’ look!

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Jean Jacket (wearing XS): http://shopstyle.it/l/x63b
White Denim (similar): http://shopstyle.it/l/x617
Short Necklace: http://shopstyle.it/l/x62d (engravable)
Long Necklace: http://shopstyle.it/l/x62k
Bracelet 1: http://shopstyle.it/l/x63L
Bracelet 2: http://shopstyle.it/l/x62y
Bracelet 3: http://shopstyle.it/l/x62E
Rose Gold Mules (wearing 7): http://shopstyle.it/l/x61J

Love & Happiness

Happy Valentine’s Day! Wishing you extra Love & Happiness today. Who else snagged this cute Love & Happiness top from the Loft when it was on major sale? Perfect for days like today. And, these earrings complete the look and will be a fun pop of color all spring and summer long!

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Olive Jacket: http://shopstyle.it/l/x0XK (less than $30)
Jeans (wearing 0 Short): http://shopstyle.it/l/x0YP
Boots (wearing 6.5): http://shopstyle.it/l/x0YD
Earrings: http://shopstyle.it/l/x0Y7
Bracelet 1: http://shopstyle.it/l/x0ZB
Bracelet 2: http://shopstyle.it/l/x0TM
Bracelet 3: http://shopstyle.it/l/x0ZW

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

First of all, what is a capsule wardrobe?  A capsule wardrobe can be created by limiting the contents of your closet–purchasing staple pieces and purging items that go unnoticed for months or even years.  It’s not always true that more clothing = more options.  In fact,  most of us reach for the same items again and again and the unused items fade away in our wardrobes taking up valuable closet space.  A major advantage to creating a capsule is saving time when deciding what to wear.  Often too many choices creates too many choices!  There are several ways to go about creating your own capsule wardrobe.  Here’s one way…

  1. Begin by sorting your clothes and accessories into two piles.  “1. Items I can’t live without” and “2. What the heck was I thinking”?
  2. From the first pile select your favorites.  Think 3-4 bottoms, 3-4 basic tops, 1-2 classic sweaters/sweatshirts, 1 jacket, 5 pairs of shoes, and some versatile accessories.  (The numbers and styles may differ depending on occupation, climate, season, etc.)
  3. Donate the items from pile #2
  4. Take the 10-20 key pieces and begin mixing and matching.  How many outfits can you create?  Can you layer?  What can be worn more than one way?  How could you transition from day to night?  If you do the math, these items can take you through an entire month without repeating the exact same look!
  5. If you’re missing a key piece, think about adding this essential staple to your wardrobe.  This would be the time to invest in an item that you’ll have for a long time.  (i.e. Hunter Boots, faux leather jacket, the perfect pair of skinny jeans, etc.)

I selected the following…3 pairs of jeans (black, basic, and distressed), 2 t-shirts (white and grey), 1 grey sweater, 2 bell sleeve tops (black and striped), 1 faux leather jacket, 1 sweatshirt, 5 pairs of shoes, and an assortment of versatile accessories.  In just about an hour I was able to create 20+ looks.  Here are my favorites! (Scroll all the way down to find the links to all my items.)

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Outfit #1: bell sleeve black top, basic denim, heels, cross-body/clutch, Natia versatile necklace, bracelet stack, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #2: bell sleeve black top, distressed denim, flat boots, reversible scarf, cross-body/clutch, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #3: grey sweater, black jeans, Natia versatile necklace, heels, sparkle studs
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Outfit #4: grey sweater, distressed denim, Sutton statement necklace, brown booties, sparkle studs
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Outfit #5: red cardigan, grey t-shirt, black denim, heels, bracelet stack, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #6: red cardigan, basic denim, white t-shirt, Hunter boots, delicate engravable necklace, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #7: denim shirt, black jeans, flat boots, reversible scarf, forward facing hoops, gold cuff
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Outfit #8: denim shirt, black jeans, white t-shirt, Sutton statement necklace (worn long), gold cuff, flat boots, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #9: sweatshirt, basic denim, tennis shoes, sparkle studs, pulley bracelet
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Outfit #10: sweatshirt, distressed denim, flat boots, forward facing hoops, bracelet stack, cross-body/clutch (worn as a belt bag)
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Outfit #11: leather jacket, grey t-shirt, black jeans, brown booties, Natia versatile necklace (only 1 strand), sparkle studs
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Outfit #13: leather jacket, white t-shirt, Natia versatile necklace, distressed denim, brown booties, forward facing hoops
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Outfit #13: striped bell sleeve top, black jeans, heels, Sutton statement necklace (worn long), forward facing hoops, gold cuff
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Outfit #13: leather jacket, striped bell sleeve top, Natia versatile necklace, forward facing hoops, basic denim, heels

12 Basic Staples

Black Jeans (similar)

Distressed Denim (similar)

Basic Denim (wearing 0 Short)

Denim Shirt (similar)

Red Cardigan (wearing S)

Grey Sweater (wearing XS P)

White T-Shirt (wearing XS)

Grey T-Shirt (wearing XS)

Striped Bell Sleeve Top (similar)

Sweatshirt (wearing XS)- size up

Bell Sleeve Black Top (wearing XS)

Similar Faux Leather Jackets: (for a steal)  (for an investment)

5 Pairs of Shoes

Black Heels (wearing 6.5)

Black Flat Boots (wearing 7):  -size up 1/2 size

Hunter Boots (wearing 7)

Brown Booties (wearing 6.5 in Earth)

Tennis Shoes (wearing 6.5)

The Extra Details

Sutton Statement Necklace

Natia Versatile Necklace

Forward Facing Hoops 

Sparkle Studs

Delicate Engravable Necklace 

Bracelet Stack: Anda Strength, Anda Courage, Nicholette

Cross-body/Clutch 

Reversible Scarf

Gold Cuff

Pulley Bracelet 

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Top Beauty Finds

Here are a few of my new and old favorite beauty finds that I use EVERYDAY!  I have tried A LOT of beauty products over the years.  They don’t often WOW me, but when they do, I use them daily and restock when I run out.

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  1. Benefits Hoola Bronzer (mini)- very natural, matte, blends easily, matches many skin tones, the mini size lasts forever
  2. Limelight Eye Liner  (Black)- easy to apply, lasts all day, thin or dark lines
  3. Naked Lip Gloss (Lovechild) – great smell and feel, enhances natural lip color, high shine, nourishing
  4. IT CC Cream (Medium & Medium Tan) – (best one I’ve ever found) easy to apply, SPF, multiple tone options,  great coverage
  5. Maybelline Lash Discovery (Very Black) – (used for YEARS on lower lashes) tiny brush, easy to apply, no clumps or smudging , under $10
  6. Tarte Eyebrow Gel (Taupe)- (NEW favorite) comes with appilcator, amazionan clay based, easy to apply and blend, waterproof
  7. EVER Daylight Treatment Concealer (Medium) – (BEST EVER) – treats and conceals, matches your skin tone, smooth enough to apply with fingers