the perfect trench


Currently listening | Don’t, Ed Sheeran


Hi there!

I’m not sure what it is lately, but my creativity is seriously lacking.  I’ve been spending an obnoxious amount of time writing my posts, when I used to be able to spit them out so easily.  It might be because I’m writing less overall, since I’m out of school– but whatever it is, I hope it ends soon.  Yes, getting inspiration for a post has been tough, as you might expect.  But naming the posts?  I honestly should just hire out that task because I’m nearly incapable of coming up with something catchy nowadays.  Let’s just say this post sat at “Hi there!” for about 30 minutes.  And it was nearly named “Wench in a Trench.”  Well, at least I still have a sense of humor.

Anyway, I’ll get right down to it!  Coats are having a bit of a fashion moment.  Growing up, I remember I hated wearing a coat and I would reluctantly wear it only after my mom forced me to, because, well, it was likely snowing.  I always hated coats because they were ruining my outfit.  Lately, coats are not only super stylish, but also the outfit completer for any kind of weather.  Fall is arguably the best seasons for coats across the board.  The chilly weather is perfect for leather, military, field, and denim jackets, as well as the timeless and classic trench coat.  Trench coats are a staple for every professional’s wardrobe.  They’re classic, modest, and go with just about everything– working for both work and weekends.  I love my khaki trench since it can transform a casual outfit into something much more sophisticated.

I recently wore mine on a chilly fall day with my (new!) elbow-patched sweater, denim, and ankle boots.  And naturally, it wouldn’t be fall if I didn’t complete my look with a plaid scarf.







Target Trench Coat | J. Crew Factory Elbow Patch Sweater | Gap Always Skinny Jeans | Gap Plaid Scarf (similar) | Madewell Charley Ankle Boot

Well, until next time–



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lazy girl’s guide to fall fashion: part two


Currently listening | If I Lose Myself (acoustic), OneRepublic


Oh hello!

Happy Sunday.  Today is going to be a rather exceptional Sunday.  The Packers play and I’m having a few friends over to watch the game.  I’m going to play hostess and make some football-watching-friendly snacks (AKA- Buffalo Chicken Dip).   In honor of today’s Sunday Funday, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my lazy girl’s guide to fall fashion: part two!  With the weather starting to get colder by the day, the level of effort I want to put into my outfits has been dwindling.  I’m sure most of you can relate on some level.  It can be hard to maintain your always stylish persona on lazy days– but, I am here to tell you that it is possible to still look cool girl chic and downright fabulous when such days occur.  So put down the yoga pants, and listen up.

Oversized or long sweaters are a life saver in my book.  The length is flattering.  They’re totally on trend.  They easily hide my food baby from my Panchero’s burrito.  What’s not to love?  But the really great thing about long sweaters is that they look super refined, while beating the comfort of just about any other thing in your closet.  So take advantage of this sophisticated front sweaters have and use it as your base for your next lazy day out.  For a quick mall/Target run, I wore one of my favorite long sweaters with my new soft pants, suede bucks, and a shimmer scarf.








J. Crew Tunic Sweater | LOFT Piped Drawstring Pants | Target Suede Ankle Boots (similar) | Target Shimmer Scarf (similar) | LOFT Bracelet | Vintage Sunglasses

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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?

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gratitude challenge

Oh hello!

I was nominated by my cousin Lynn to do the gratitude challenge.  If you haven’t heard of the gratitude challenge, it’s been all over Facebook lately.  It essentially goes like this– everyday for one week, you post three things you’re grateful for.  You can also nominate three people to do the same.  Since life has gotten the best of me lately, I’m about a week late on this– so I figured I could post all 21 things here at once.  Here goes…(in no particular order)

1. I am grateful for my family.  I seriously don’t know what I would do without them.  My parents have been so generous and so helpful since I graduated.  Being a grown up is hard and they’ve tried to help as much as they can.  My sisters are the best.  Probably better than yours.  We’re best friends.

2. I am grateful for my kitties.  Chee has been my bestie since I was six.  That’s right, for sixteen years.  She’s a better friend to me than most humans.  Ginger and Nancy have been with us since I was in 7th grade…so also a really long time.  They have been through most major milestones with me.  They’ve always kept me company and given me a good laugh– or sat with me through a good cry.

3. I am grateful for my other kitty, Luna. I’ve had Luna now for just over two weeks.  It’s funny, because it feels like so much longer than that.  I rescued her from the animal shelter, after she’d been there about 8 months.  She is FIV+, so it was hard for her to find a home.  After a jam-packed two weeks of bringing her to Wisconsin, getting her declawed, giving her lots of medicine, but also giving her lots of snuggles, I think she is starting to like her new home.  She is definitely the perfect furry friend to come home to after a long day at work.  Also, she’s so FLUFFY.

4. I am grateful for my job.  Although it’s not always my favorite place to be, I am so grateful that I actually have one.  So many people struggle to find a job just to make ends meet.  I am lucky to have a job in the field that I chose that makes enough money for me to live a comfortable life.  That’s pretty awesome.

5. I am grateful for my roommate, Lauren.  I’m pretty lucky there was someone crazy enough out there who would want to live with me and my cat.  It’s nice to have someone to split the rent with– but it’s even nicer to have someone to chat with after work and on the weekends.

6. I am grateful for food. Because….yum?  And because I finally got my appetite back after being sick.  So I’m eating everything.  Speaking of being sick…

7. I am grateful for medicine.  Amoxicillin, in particular.  I am also grateful to the doctor at urgent care who gave me the amoxicillin so I’d no longer be confined to my bed.

8. I am grateful for my friends.  Because without them, I wouldn’t be me.  All friends, even the bad ones who aren’t really my friends anymore, have shaped who I am.  You teach each other, make each other laugh, and sometimes just sit together and do nothing.  But that’s the best part– really good friends don’t need to do a whole lot and are still great friends.  I don’t have a lot of friends, but I fortunately have some pretty bitchin’ ones.  I’m not going to call anyone out particularly, because I don’t want to make anyone feel left out.  But, I will say that I am especially grateful for the friends that help me with Luna while I’m at work.

9. I am grateful for FRIENDS.  You know, the other friends.  Ross, Mon, Chan, Rachel, Phoebs, and Joey.  But seriously, these guys got me through college and then some.  These friends taught me how to be funny, kind, a proper asshole, and an all-around good friend.  FRIENDS taught me some of life’s most important lessons and facts, for example: never bet your apartment, no matter how much you hate your neighbor’s rooster, and it’s probably not the best idea to “go on a break”.

10. I am grateful for coffee.  It keeps me awake and interesting enough to maintain a blog.

11. I am grateful for pleatsandpearls.  This little blog just started as a way for me to show my friends and immediate family what projects and designs I was working on at the time.  She’s evolved a lot over time, and I’m amazed as what this has become– a fashion and lifestyle blog that people actually follow; people I don’t even know.  That’s pretty cool to me.  The best part is that I enjoy it.  Blogging is a stress reliever for me and what I wish I could spend all of my time on.  It’s incredible to have someone– anyone– appreciate the thing you love doing.

12. I am grateful for clothes.  Now before you start calling me superficial or materialistic, hear me out.  My job is essentially clothes.  My blog?  Mainly clothes.  Without clothes, not only would we all be naked, but I’d be naked, unemployed, with no hobby.

13. I am grateful for Harry Potter.  Between the books and the movies, this series has spanned nearly half of my life.  Harry Potter isn’t awesome only because of the storyline, magical world, character transformation, and unexpected plot twists; Harry Potter made me like reading.  It was the first real book series that I read beginning to end.  Because I loved this series so much, it opened me up to reading other long book series, or really long books themselves that would have otherwise intimidated me. I am also grateful for series such as this which have strong female characters, like Hermione.  In a time where women are still paid less and the word feminism has a negative connotation, it’s important for strong female characters to exist as role models to young girls.

14. I am grateful for President Obama. People seem to have strong feelings about him on both sides of the spectrum.  I’ll just leave it at this:  it is refreshing to have a leader who cares about equality.

15. I am grateful for Netflix.  Again, very 21st century of me, but it provides me entertainment on my weeknights after work and on my sick days or lazy weekends.  Also, if you haven’t heard, Gilmore Girls is now on Netflix.  You can guess what I’ll be doing in my free time for the next few months.

16.  I am grateful for my personality.  I luckily was brought up by and around some fantastic folks. These folks made me strong, opinionated, hard-working, and an overall decent person.  They also formed my wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor.  Without these traits that are so very me, I would not be who I am today.  In high school, when your dad is the principal, people aren’t really rushing to be your friend.  Quite frankly, most people are complete assholes and go out of their way to make fun of you and tear you down.  If my family hadn’t taught me how to be tough and how to laugh through it, I wouldn’t be me.  I guess what I’m saying is, I like how I turned out– and I turned out that way because of how I was raised.

17.  I am grateful for cell phones.  Because how else am I going to talk to my sisters during all hours of the day?

18.  I am grateful for Skype. Well, yes, technically I could use Skype instead of a cell phone.  Skype is a fantastic way for me to stay in touch with those who live far away.  Mary and I Skype on a pretty regular basis, now that we’ve both graduated college.  Abby and I used to Skype almost daily to talk about our latest boy problems, so it was like we were never apart.  I mean, I even managed to maintain a long distance relationship across the world for a year using Skype alone.  Yehh, it didn’t work out– but I think the folks at Skype would like to point out that it wasn’t Skype’s fault.

19. I am grateful for Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. They’ve worked on both LOST and Once Upon a Time…I mean, do I need to say more? #Lifechanging

20.  I am grateful for Paul McCartney. He’s so talented and helped to shape music to what it is today.  His music can make people smile, cry, laugh, yell, and just sing along.  He inspires me.  He’s also nice to look at.

21.  I am grateful for humor.  Because where would we be without laughter?

Until next time–


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lazy girl’s guide to fall fashion: part one


Currently listening | I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers


Oh hey there!

I know what you’re thinking– lazy girl’s guide to fall? Sign me up!  I’m the same way.  I would be lying if I said that I didn’t love the details that go into polishing the perfect fall ensemble– but believe me when I say that at least 1-2 days a week, I am pretty useless in the mornings and require comfort.  Somedays, it’s just too much effort to even put on jeans, let alone layer up an oxford with a sweater.  Contrary to popular belief, comfort does not always mean sacrificing style.  Thanks to the recently popular drapey soft pants, lazy girls everywhere can rejoice; they’re a perfect option for not only looking like you’re on your style A-game, but also feeling like you’re in sweatpants all day.

For my laziest of days, I start with my navy soft pant.  Mine are from Old Navy (less than $30!!), but still ultra refined. Next, I put on a top that can elevate the pant a bit– I went with my favorite oxford popover from J. Crew (on sale right now!).  It’s super comfy, but looks a bit dressier.  Lastly, I throw on my huge plaid scarf – my go-to for fall/winter – and easy ankle boots.  And that’s it.  So easy, right?  Simple, mindless styling that any gal can manage in the mornings.  The key is to pair your casual item with something that looks a little more refined to look put together, no matter how little effort you give.








J. Crew Factory Collarless Popover | Old Navy Drapey Pants | Gap Cozy Plaid Scarf (similar) | Gap Factory Ankle Boots | Assorted Madewell Rings

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