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I learned many lessons while working in retail such including but not limited to:

  • Whatever you’re looking for is probably not in the back
  • Store closings are not just a free-for-all but can be very sad
  • You truly can’t please everyone
  • The customer does think they’re always right even if they are really, really not
  • There is really very little reason to buy anything full price

I honestly didn’t even realize it before I worked at Pier One but there is a) always some kind of sale or clearance and b) a good chance that the piece you love is going to hit it eventually. The only circumstance where this might not be the case is holiday specific items. We had people furious at us that we ran out of special edition ornaments by Christmas Eve but what are ya gonna do?

As far as clothes, I rarely, if ever, buy clothes full price. I stalk and I wait to catch my prey. If I miss it, I just means I don’t need it anyway! I haven’t been buying clothes much at all, to be honest but I might consider a little Nordstrom splurge for their fall sale. I’m definitely taking a peek for Christmas shopping, but I want to share the pieces I love for me.

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I have this thing with leopard. Pretty sure that mostly comes from not being allowed to wear it as a little kid. Mathy has come around and even rocks it herself occasionally, but to me its essentially a neutral for dressing up or down or sideways or whatever. My one rule is one leopard piece per outfit.

This rule is allowed to be broken if you’re a fabulous little old lady at church in which case pile it on and I cannot wait to be you one day. This is not something I’m making up. There’s a couple of women at St. John’s Lafayette who dress all the way up for church. I’m talking head to toe leopard with matching hat and gloves. And then they sneak out after communion and I like to imagine they go have a boozy brunch and flirt with cute waiters… but I digress.

Today I’m bringing you the ultimate extra skirt, styled two ways. I like to think of the first as “brunch” and the second as “New Year’s Eve” but to be honest you could call them “girls’ night” and “date night” or any title you want. Basically, one is more casual and the other more dressed up.

the carolove Leopard Sequin Pencil Skirt

Leopard Sequin Pencil Skirt

H&M Knit Sweater||BCBGeneration Sabrina Slip-On Leather Shoes||Shashi Mia Fan Tassel Earrings||Sam Edelman Carol Embroidered Velvet Clutch

H&M Stretch Shirt||Thalia Sodi Chain-Link Statement Necklace, Created for Macy’s||Inc International Concepts Carma Pointed Toe Studded Kitten Heel Pumps||Kitsch Eau De Betsey Perfume Crossbody

And I’m thinking about this skirt for my semi-Lisa Frank themed bachelorette part in February. Either that or a neon tutu- thoughts?

 

 

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Let me first say that there is literally nothing wrong with being basic at it’s most *ahem* basic level. I like what I like and if a trazillion other girls are also wearing riding boots and herringbone vests and sipping pumpkin spice lattes, so be it. My former roommate and I actually threw a Pumpkin Spice Friendship party. I kid you not. And everyone had a blast!

I found an old-ish Cosmo article that defends basic-ness and my favorite line is:

Liking something popular doesn’t make you lame. Discounting someone for having those same interests, however, does. Own your basic-ness, find your tribe…

(My tribe has a new uniform: my Sissy in law, Phi Sig Little, and I all just got this sweatshirt.)

But Fall has always been my favorite time of year- I hate being hot and love Halloween. I read once, I think in Cosmo too actually, that dressing in fall should actually be more fun because fall clothes have more substance than the dresses we throw on in the summer. I totally agree! I love sweaters and scarves and vests and textures and layers. I also look great in fall colors, tbh. Olive green, deep burgundies, amethyst purples. And with that, I bring you the basic essentials you should probably have for fall.

Monogrammed Herringbone Vest||Oversized Tartan Scarf||Pashmina Wrap Shawl

Women’s Tory Burch Adeline Boot||Style & Co Jamila Zip Booties, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes||Hunter Boots Original Tour Boots

Signature Cotton Fisherman Tunic Sweater||Boyfriend Long Sleeve Cardigan||Women’s Hinge Button Back V-Neck Sweater

Women’s Levi’S Patched Utility Jacket||Women’s Bp. Moto Leggings||Jones New York Plaid Cape

Piri Vegan Leather Saddlebag||Le Pliage PVC Coated Leather-Trim Tote||AGP Apparel Leopard Clutch

Jaya Tortoise Pendant||Jaya Tortoise Cuff||Mac glasses

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I didn’t even realize that we’d hit September until late Friday night, but isn’t it kind of cool how as soon as September hit, so did some fall weather? I’m not going to be fooled- I know we’ll probably have a few more summery days before fall actually hits later this month, but it’s o much fun to start thinkin’ boots and sweaters and all. pumpkin. everything.

September is going to be a super fun month. Kendall and I are road-tripping down to Charleston, NC for a wedding and stopping to see family in Myrtle Beach on the way down and back. Then the following week, I’m going on my annual girls trip to Chowderfest on Long Beach Island, NJ. I just want to buy Tiffany and I all matching outfits and wear our boots and tromp around eating seafood for a weekend. It’s going to be great!

What do you have planned for September?

I’m no stranger to animal print, and I think I want to add a leopard clutch + leopard booties to my arsenal of accessories. Actually, lets throw in a leopard puffer vest too! Not to wear together. I’m not that crazy.

Homegirl was literally just gluing her makeup brushes back together this weekend. Perhaps I need a new set that matches my cute pink, black, and white bathroom?

I keep saying I want another pair of loafers since I have just about worn through my gold Coach pair and I’m considering getting a pink pair just because pink isn’t a traditionally fall color BUT WHY CAN’T IT BE?

This is a purse shaped like a PSL. That is all.

Speaking of PSL- my future Sissy in law and I are getting matching basic fall extravaganza sweatshirts.

I’m also really, really wanting a monogram sherpa situation. How cozy, amiright?

I haven’t found a pair of nude heeled boots that fit my foot right, so I might try the Via Spiga Beckett Tall Boot.

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Small Cheetah Hair on Hide Clutch

When you’re dressing yourself up ready to go out, a lot of us often overlook the small things that make our appearance what it is. We concentrate on the big things like our clothes and our hair and forget about the other small things that can make or break a look! That being said, you need to know what you should be paying attention to that isn’t one of the focal points of your outfit.

Lips

Your lips are what people are going to be looking at half of the time when you’re talking, the other half will be your eyes, so you’re going to want to get this right! It’s something that people will notice but it’s a subliminal recognition, meaning that people aren’t going to be able to pinpoint what it is about you that makes you look good! But what lipstick are you going to buy? Well, it has to match what you’re wearing so you’re going to want to buy loads of different ones. Luckily websites like maccosmetics.com exist to fulfill all of your lipstick needs, so go and have a browse!

 

Nails

Your nails are important to finishing off the look for your hands. Your hands are not a focal point at all, but your nails are the most important part of it and so they have to match the rest of your outfit! If your nails are lacking then it’s going to look out of place and will therefore draw attention to it, ruining your look. But if they are inline with your look then you’re not going to have to worry

about it. You can buy nail art designs from websites like http://www.msmee.com/, all you have to do is decide which one is going to fit you the best!

Jewelry

Probably the biggest risk in getting yourself ready is choosing the wrong jewelry to wear. Jewelry has to go with your outfit because it’s a very big and bold statement as everyone can see it. Just like with your nails, if it doesn’t suit your look then everyone is going to see it and it’s going to ruin the look. However if you wear the right one for your outfit then you’re going to be radiant all night!

As long as you take all of these small things into account, you’re going to absolutely smash your outfit. Your lipstick is going to match the rest of your makeup and your outfit too so everything looks like it’s running in sync, your nails are going to be perfect too and won’t draw any attention to them that it doesn’t need to and your jewelry is going to fit what you’re wearing so you just can’t go wrong! The only thing you’ve got to make sure of is that you like the feel of the look you’re going for because there’s nothing worse than not liking the way you look. There is one look that everyone can rock though, and that’s the natural look, so read this to find out how to nail it and show off your true beauty!

 

 

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