Fashion Favorites: Oxblood and Leopard

Forever 21 Oxblood Faux Leather Jacket First of all, I hope all of you had a super fab Thanksgiving!!!  Mine was terrific!  The fam came in town on Wednesday and just left earlier today.  Believe it or not, this was the first time that everyone was together to celebrate Thanksgiving in a long time!  We ate loads of food, watched loads of football, laughed and cut up all week and did tons of shopping!!  I, of course, now feel like a complete slub (and am positive the only thing that currently fits are the yoga pants that I am wearing as I write this) but that’s ok…  it was well worth it!!

I also want to thank all of you that entered the $75 Paypal Giveaway last week!!  Entry #57 Stephanie was selected as the winner!  Stay tuned because there will be many more exciting giveaways and other great changes happening on the blog as we move into the new year!

Forever 21 Oxblood Faux Leather JacketNow on to today’s look…  I am absolutely obsessed with oxblood and leopard right now!  In fact, oxblood is my absolute favorite fall color and leopard, well… you know I how feel about leopard(the new neutral baby!!).  I have been buying up as much of both of these 2 fashion must-haves as I can, so it was only a matter of time before I put the two together!Oxblood and Leopard

This pairing is of course a little more subtle but the potential for these 2 favorites together is big!

Forever 21 Oxblood Faux Leather JacketWhat I’m Wearing: Forever 21 Faux Leather Jacket, Loft Pearlized Collar Blouse, Zara Skinny Ankle Jeans, Kelsi Dagger Leopard Heels, Louis Vuitton Speedy Damier

Where Am I: Fishbone Grill

What are your fall favorites?

Forever 21 Oxblood Faux Leather Jacket

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Hot Trend Alert: Falling for Plaid

Zara Plaid Skinny TrousersFirst of all, don’t forget about my amazing $75 Thanksgiving Giveaway!  Who wouldn’t love to have a little extra cash for the holidays, right? You still have time to enter.  Click here for details!

Zara Plaid Skinny TrousersDSC_0015Now, on to today’s post….  I am absolutely crushing on plaid right now!  Honestly, I guess I’ve been crushing on it for awhile but more so by admiring it on other people than trying it for myself!  The thing is… I’ve never really been a plaid person…  ever.  I think the last time I really wore plaid was probably in like 7th grade.  (Does anybody remember those plaid skirts with the giant safety pins??? – Yep, that was me!)

Zara Plaid Skinny TrousersAnyway , I definitely love how tartan has been reinvented.  And I am especially loving that it’s not just about the traditional reds or greens but a new mix of color combinations too.  That’s honestly what made me grab up these Zara skinny trousers!  The navy and burgundy is such a simple yet chic color combo and it’s extremely versatile.  While I chose to style this look more casually, I could easily dress up these pants for the office or for a night out!Zara Plaid Skinny Trousers

What I’m Wearing: Fire Los Angeles Denim Jacket, Victoria’s Secret Long Sleeve Tee, Zara Skinny Trousers, Enzo Angiolini Pumps, Stella McCartney Purse, Arden B. Accessories

Where Am I: Arsley Loft

Have you fallen for plaid?  What’s your favorite way to wear it?

Zara Plaid Skinny Trousers

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OOTD: The Color Blocked Sweater

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater You know…  I am completely surprised that color blocking is still going strong.  Not surprised in a bad way…I love color blocking…  but we all know that fashion can be quite fickle at times.  This trend seems to be an exception though.  And I mean in a big way…  it just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon and in fact, has been getting reinvented each season!  So at what point is it no longer a trend?  Hmmm….

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater I’ll let you ponder that for a moment.  In the meantime, a color blocked sweater, blouse or top is an easy way to work this trend into your wardrobe.  In particular right now as color blocked looks are no longer focusing only on the body of a piece…  many looks now are blocking the cuffs, the collars and even the sleeves!

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater I chose this sweater in fact because it was blocked on the back panel and the cuffs.  Add in the fabulous oxblood color and elbow patches…. and it was pretty much a done deal!

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater What I’m Wearing: J. Crew Factory Sweater, Victoria’s Secret Boyfriend Jeans, Zara Heels, Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy, Guess Leopard Print Watch, Arden B. Accessories

Where Am I: Lakepoint Plaza

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater Are you surprised that color blocking is still hot?  Love it or hate it?  And when do you think a trend becomes a classic?

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Style Remix x Style Feature x Media Collabo

Animal Print Top Shop Cropped Top So, you can probably tell from the title that today’s post is going to be a mixed medley of topics!  Thought I’d share with you an outfit style remix, my current style feature on Eve’s Addiction and my recent collaboration with the Charlotte Observer.  Enjoy!

Style Remix

Animal Print Top Shop Cropped Top If you all recall, my last post was a fabulous style challenge with some of my blogger friends featuring our interpretation of animal print . The style challenge was so much fun!  I honestly can’t wait to do the next one.  But as with everything I do…  I always overthink!  So, when I was considering the look I wanted to feature, I just couldn’t quite decide on what look would be the best.  So…. I took 2 sets of photos!  Yes 2!! Ultimately I decided on the more chic look for the challenge itself but I still wanted to share my remixed version too – which is more casual.

Animal Print Top Shop Cropped Top I think the moral of this story is that (again) animal print is so versatile and completely a new neutral!  You can rock it so many ways for so many occasions and still look great!

Zara Boyfriend Jeans and Boots

What I’m Wearing: Blanc Noir Faux Leather Jacket, Topshop Cropped Top, Zara Boyfriend Jeans, Zara Boots, Fendi Vintage Clutch

Where Am I: Southend Uptown

Style Feature

I was also super flattered to recently be asked to be featured on Eve’s Addiction blog and website as part of their series “Sparking Across America”.  I am representing NC.  Eve’s Addiction is a great online source for trendy, designer style, and personalized sterling silver jewelry.   Be sure to check out the shop and my feature!

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Media Collaboration

And finally, I also really excited to share a recent opportunity that I had to partner with the Charlotte Observer on a style article on how to incorporate the hottest fall trends into your wardrobe.  Please check out the full article here.

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Thanks loves!  Hope you enjoyed the potpourri of topics today!  Have a great rest of the week!!!

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The Embellished Sweatshirt: Part Deux

Topshop Embellished Sleeve SweatshirtOk, so you guys know that I have a tendency to become obsessed at times.  And generally, once the obsession hits, I just can not get enough of whatever it is!  If I find a shoe that I love, then you best believe I’ve purchased multiple colors of it!! (I just can’t help it….  I have an addictive personality… at least I know it).

Topshop Embellished Sleeve SweatshirtAnyway, I’m that way with trends too….  once I am ON a trend…  I am ON it!!  Once I start loving boyfriend jeans, I am on a mission for every color and type of boyfriend jean there is.  And well, right now, I am all over embellished sweatshirts!  I can’t stop buying them and I can’t stop wearing them either!

Topshop Embellished Sleeve SweatshirtI grabbed up this bad boy from Topshop while in Vegas last month.  It was the contrasting textures that really caught my eye!  I love the funky and edgy vibe, which, of course, makes it pretty easy to style!  Even better…  while the embellished sweatshirt is a great alternative to a knit sweater, it can actually become the statement piece in your look!

Topshop Embellished Sleeve SweatshirtWhat I’m Wearing: Topshop Sweatshirt, J. Brand Jeans, Zara Heels, Michael Kors Belt, Zara Clutch

Where Am I: Ballantyne Village

What fall trends are you obsessed with right now?

Topshop Embellished Sleeve Sweatshirt

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OOTD: Fall Trend – 50 Shades of Blue

Loft Dress - Blue Fall TrendWell, friends this is the first official week of fall and I am already finding myself “falling” right in line (I know…  that was really bad… sorry, I just couldn’t resist!).  Seriously though, I’ve definitely been mentally making the transition to cooler weather, even before this official start of the autumn season.  For weeks now, I’ve been heading over to the cooler weather section of my closet, as I have been getting more and more bored with my summer duds!

Loft Dress - Blue Fall TrendNow, if  you haven’t already noticed, blue is going to be a big on trend color for this fall.  If you think about it, this regal hue was all over the runways and is certainly showing up in many collections and looks in the stores.  In fact, many celebrity fashionistas rocked it for the recent Emmy Awards.  I’m telling you, blue may be the new black!  And the thing I love about this color is all of the variations available….  from navy to cobalt to baby blues.  It is such an elegant and sophisticated color and looks great on just about everyone.

I picked up this particular dress from Ann Taylor Loft purely because it said autumn to me.  I loved the saddle colored accents and decided to pair it with a navy print button down just to add a little more pizazz.

Are you falling for blues this autumn?

What I’m Wearing: Loft Dress, Gap Button Down, 9 Boutique Heels, Gucci Boston Purse

Where Am I: Lakepoint Center

Loft Dress - Blue Fall Trend

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Fashionably Late to the 3.1 Phillip Lim For Target Release

3.1 Phillip Lim for TargetI honestly had great plans for the Phillip Lim release this past Sunday. I had marked my calendar, set an iPhone reminder and already decided what items I wanted. My plan was to get up early on Sunday morning and make it out there. Yet, somehow, I did not actually make it out early. In fact, I walked in the store with 58 minutes exactly left to shop before it closed! Scandalous, right?

Well, maybe not…  Clearly I could have gone earlier than right before close but I just had a feeling the things I wanted would be there.  Fingers crossed right?

3.1 Phillip Lim for TargetSo, I walked right in and headed straight to the Philip Lim section.  I was a little nervous because there were several other shoppers browsing in the section.   I immediately noticed that ALL the purses and totes had sold out.  I mean all gone! But thank goodness, it wasn’t a huge deal for me because unlike everyone else, I didn’t really have to have one (yes, I know — I must be odd right?).

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target What I noticed next was that the one look that I absolutely wanted was there and in my size!!!  Woo-hoo!!  And no surprise, it is the look in today’s post!  I really fell in love with the color combo mostly but I also love the style of the skirt.  I have not had a lot of success with the skater style skirt in the past but this one was beyond adorable and fit perfectly!!  I decided to pair the look with metallic heels because yes my friends, it will be about metallics this fall!!!Zara Blush Metallic Heels

I scored quite a few more items too, including the Boom Sweatshirt, the Animal Print Dress, the Animal Print Sweater , the Sheer White Tank, and the French Terry Sweatpant!!  Whew…. that’s a lot!  Can’t wait to share those with you in future posts!!  I do think this is the BEST collaboration yet!!

Linking Up with Rekita @ Her&Nicole and Your Stylist Karen

What I’m Wearing: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Sweater and Skirt, Zara Blush Metallic Heels, Zara Pearl Statement Necklace, Prada Bag

Where Am I: Lakepoint Center

What have you grabbed up from the collection?  Any favorites yet?

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

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