5 affordable must-have looks for fall

Oh hi there!

As much as I love the changing seasons, I have to say, the different bugs that go around at this time kinda bite (pun intended).  Mallory visited me over the weekend, which was so fun.  We did a lot on Friday and early Saturday, but by late afternoon, the sick hit and I wasn’t much fun after that. We spent the rest of the weekend watching movies in bed, going to urgent care, and drinking lots of hot tea.  After she left, I spent all of Sunday and Monday sleeping, so I could go back to work by Tuesday.

Now that we’re in the peak of fall, my fall fashion inspiration is at its height.  After seeing the new fall product at my favorite stores, cool street style in Madison, and everyones’ obsessions on pinterest, I’ve put together the five fall must have looks.  The best part?  Each look can be attained for under $100.  Doesn’t really get much better than that, does it?  Well, let’s get started!

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1. Chambray + Quilted Vest

This look is so easy, yet so chic.  Layering fall’s favorite shirt under a cute vest is an effortless way to look put together instantly.  I’ve been eyeing the quilted vest the past several weeks.  I first tried on one at J. Crew and absolutely fell in love– but I’m weighing my options.  Old Navy has an adorable option for just $32!! Total steal, right?  Of course, it is more for fashion rather than function.  If you are looking for a warmer, more functional option, check out the variety at Lands’ End (I personally love the shimmer shawl collar!).

must have fall looks

2. Long Sweater + Boyfriend Jeans

This has been my go-to outfit for the past few weeks.  There are few things more comfortable than oversized sweaters– one of which would be wearing said sweater with a broken in pair of boyfriend jeans.  Gap has fantastic boyfriend jeans– I literally get compliments every time I wear them– and the price is hard to beat.  Gap and many other retailers have been extremely promotional heavy for the past few weeks.  If you don’t want to pay full price, you don’t have to.  Just sign up for their emails, wait a few days, and there will surely be a 30-40% off promo code coming your way.

fall must haves

3. Skinny Jeans + Slip On Sneakers

Every retailer has jumped on the growing sport/active trend bandwagon in some form or another.  Quite possibly the easiest way to slip this trend into your everyday style is through your footwear.  Whether you don your Converse or opt for a trendier, more feminine option, there is a whole lot out there in terms of “fashion sneakers” this season.  If wearing the slip on sneaker with the track pant its styled with is too much for your taste, just pair yours with your favorite skinny jeans.  Skinny jeans and slip ons are a no-brainer combination that makes your outfit a little edgier and completely changes the overall vibe.  So cuff up your skinnies and pick your favorite slip on below.

fall must haves

4. Blazer + Oversized Scarf

This combination is my favorite way to tone down a blazer.  Blazers have the reputation for being formal and very business professional– but they don’t always have to be.  I love wearing my blazers in a more casual manner back to denim, a tee, and a scarf.  Toss on some riding boots, and your look is complete.  To make your ensemble extra outdoors-friendly, pick an oversized scarf with more coverage.  I love the plaid scarves Target is offering this year!

fall must haves

5. Field Jacket + …

Ah, the field jacket.  Once I bought mine, I truly felt what love really is.  It is the perfect completer piece for 3 out of the 4 seasons.  I wear mine with everything– skirts, skinny jeans, cords, boyfriend jeans, dresses, track pants, tees, sweaters, oxfords… (and the list goes on).  The versatility is unmatched, and let’s be real– you’ll look pretty damn cool wearing it.  Now, if you don’t have $148 to drop on the original J.Crew version, don’t fret!  I’ve found four great options all under $100!

fall must haves

What has been your favorite combo this fall?

Until next time–



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the look for less: the new navy


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My fall fashion wish list is coming along nicely, and I was able to cross yet another item off the list: drapey soft pant.  I finally gave this lazy girl’s dream of a pant a spin over the weekend and fell in love.  Seriously just as comfortable as sweatpants, this soft track pant style is refined enough for work, but easy enough for your day off.

This Sunday, Kast and I got lunch downtown and hung out at the terrace.  I was in an incredibly lazy mood, as I was sick all weekend, so I threw on my soft pants with a basic tee and wedges.  The morning was a little chilly, so I used a oversized scarf as a wrap, which definitely upped the sophistication of my easy ensemble.  Not only does the simplicity of this style bring a higher level of sophistication, but the minimalism exudes a level of luxury– which is ironic, considering what a steal this entire look is.  Shop the look below.







Old Navy Graphic Tee {$12} | Old Navy Drapey Cropped Pants {$30} | T-Strap Sandals (similar via Lulus) {$25} | Target Shimmer Scarf | Lands’ End Canvas Tote {$28} | Vintage Sunglasses | Express Pearl Studs  {$14}

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currently craving: sport

Hello friends!

If you read my fashion fix last week, it should come as no surprise that I’m obsessing over the sport inspirations in the market right now.  From high to low fashion, it seems like everyone is dipping their toe in this ultra-cool trend– which is great for us, meaning there is a wide selection at varied price points.  I put together a collection of my picks for the sport trend, all of which fall under $45.  And for those of you looking (I’m looking at you, Ali), there is some J. Crew and Gap in there, all at stellar prices.

But first, some of you may be wondering what constitutes an item to be considered “sport” and how to go about wearing it.  Not that I’m an expert by any means, but I classify items as sport by their design details.  Some easy sport details including piping (on pants, hats, sleeves), stripes and color blocks, raglan sleeves, athletic silhouettes (track pants, baseball jackets), and color.  I will say that if you’re not into taking too many risks, some styles are easier to wear than others.  Piped chinos, like the adorable pair from Gap below, are a wearable style as your basic chino pant with that extra piped detailing.  Colorblocks or a striped raglan are also easy ways to incorporate the trend.  If all else fails, throw on some cool sneakers and a baseball cap and you’re good to go!

trend alert: sport inspiration



What’s your favorite sport piece?  Are you going to take this trend for a spin?

Until next time–



currently craving // camo

Happy Wednesday, friends!

I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday.  The past two weeks have just dragged and it hasn’t helped that I’ve been sick throughout.  Typically when I’m sick, I get over it after a day or two, but this go-around has been drawn out since I haven’t had the time to be sick.  I slept the entire afternoon and I feel quite a bit better.  It’s funny how much better you can feel after you just allow yourself to be sick.

This week I’ve been daydreaming about a slightly controversial fashion trend:  camo print.  In all honestly, I used to hate camo.  But in my defense, I did grow up in a small country town where the only camo worn was in the form of men’s baggy cargo pants.  No bueno.  Recently, I’ve been finding camo in small pieces to have that perfect amount of edge.  If styled with a girlier flare, say, with an ivory blouse or lace sheath dress, I think this military print can be highly versatile and extremely wearable.  I currently don’t own any camo, but I did do some digging on the basics to see what’s currently in the market.  Thankfully, there is quite a wide offering in a variety of price points.  I put together a little board on what I think the camo must-haves are for 2014 at both higher and lower price points, so you can easily get the look for less.

 Currently Craving: Camo

What do you think? Anyone think they might try their hand at this edgier trend?

Until next time–



day in des moines.


Hey there!

Did you all have as fabulous of a weekend as I did?  It was perfect.  Beautiful weather, good times, spent with good friends.  Yesterday, I grabbed lunch with my college roommate from freshman year, and then two of my favorite people ever drove down to Des Moines with me.  We spent the day shopping, drinking Starbucks (pumpkin spice latte with skim milk, whip, and an extra shot of pumpkin!), and enjoying the beautiful day.  Although it was only for a few hours, it was an excellent distraction from my hell-ish schedule as of late and my upcoming midterms.  It was a perfect day full of laughs, inappropriate jokes, and great fall fashion.  Although bold colors and patterns are fun in the fall, I’ll always feel most like myself clad in neutrals, ankle boots, and a leather jacket.  It’s my go-to for whenever it’s cooler than 70° out.  My favorite part of this outfit is how ridiculously affordable it is.  The most expensive item in the ensemble is the leather jacket, which is still a complete steal:  $35 from Target in back 2010.  The least expensive item? The classic plaid, Burberry-esque scarf – only $5 from Walmart (yes, Walmart), also from a few years back.  Any fashionista can afford to look fab in the fall.







Target Leather Jacket (similar) | Gap Premium Super Skinny Jeans | Gap Outlet Sweater | Gap Outlet Ankle Boots | Target Satchel| Madewell Rings | Walmart Scarf| Fossil Watch (similar)| New York & Co. Aviators

Back to studying for these midterms!

Until next time–