White Button Down and a Gold Charm Necklace

24 Feb 2015 Permalink

white button down, ripped jeans, red heels

white button down, charm necklace

white button down, ripped jeans, red heels

charm necklace

I’ve started purging my closet.  I’m not waiting for spring to start the cleaning!  There’s just too much stuff…and I don’t even wear half of it!  It definitely feels good to get rid of the extra clutter.  I’m basically keeping only the items that I truly love (meaning that I love how they make me feel when I wear them).  Anything mediocre or ill-fitting is getting the boot.

I’m not sure how much I’ll actually be left with once I’m done tossing my castoffs, but at least I know I’ll be left with a bunch of great pieces.  Pieces that will become my closet workhorses.

Sometimes the best outfits are the ones put together from classic staples.  A white button down shirt, killer heels, and a great fitting pair of jeans can make any lady look chic within seconds…of course a red lip helps finish off the whole thing!

A little jewelry in gold or silver helps to elevate the look, too.  This charm necklace from Merci Maman is perfect!  Kate Middleton was spotted in the boy charm version of this The Duchess Necklace after Prince George was born.  My necklace is engraved with Julia’s name.

And just as I’ll be saving my favorite clothing pieces to pass on to Julia (she’s already asked me for some of my vintage DVF silk dresses!), when she’s old enough, I’ll give her this necklace as well.

Outfit of the Day | Vintage Cocoon Coat

17 Feb 2015 Permalink

vintage cocoon coat, black skinny jeans, black booties, winter outfit, street style

vintage cocoon coat, black skinny jeans, black booties, winter outfit, street style

vintage cocoon coat, black skinny jeans, black booties, winter outfit, street style

vintage cocoon coat, black skinny jeans, black booties, winter outfit, street style

I’ve been wearing this vintage cocoon coat a lot recently.  Which is actually pretty surprising!  For starters, I always felt that shorter people shouldn’t wear longer coats, but this one falls right above my calves and looks very proportional.  (It’s been keeping my legs nice and warm during this cold spell, too!)  And, I usually try to stay away from lighter colors since I can be a bit of a dirt magnet…but the cleaners must have put some sort of magical dirt repeller the last time they washed it.  Now if I could only get some of that special potion to use on my hardwood floors…

vintage coat – thrifted // booties – Steven // bag – Phillip Lim for Target

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Outfit of the Day | Military Inspired

09 Feb 2015 Permalink

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This winter has really been getting to me!  You know that whole mood change that hits during the dark days of winter…seasonal affective disorder?  I’m completely there.  And I’m so sick of it!  Thankfully Saturday brought sunshine and temps above 30 degrees!!  I honestly don’t know how I’ve lived in the Midwest this long…

I have been trying different things to put me in a better mood like working out more and shopping.  I picked up these Steven Pammie Open Buckle boots from Shopbop.  I love how they’re a little more edgier than my other booties.  Perhaps stepping a little outside my comfort zone will help me hold out until the spring!

coat – Loft // sweater – J. Crew // jeans – Banana Republic // booties – Steven // sunglasses – Sunglasses Warehouse

5 Fashion Bloggers Who Had KILLER Maternity Style

06 Feb 2015 Permalink

Pregnancy is filled with so many challenging things.  There’s the whole morning sickness bit and making sure you’re on the same page with your baby daddy about parenting styles aaannd…it’s a never ending list!

One of the things that drove me crazy was getting that bump of mine dressed each day!  As that baby grew bigger, my clothing options were shrinking.  During my second pregnancy, I started Knocked Up Fabulous to motivate me to stay away from my husband’s sweatpants and t-shirts, and to actually get dressed in real clothes and look presentable.

Back then there weren’t a lot of bloggers blogging about their maternity outfits.  Today, there’s a whole slew of hot mamas sharing their adorable, and obtainable, style!  If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to dress that bump, or if you know of a friend who needs some help in this department, take a peek at my top favorite fashionable moms!

5 Bloggers Who Had KILLER Maternity Style

WHO: Samantha from Could I Have That

WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS: Samantha loves neutral colors and does a great job mixing her monotones with textures to create drool-worthy outfits.  She knows the value to getting investment pieces to incorporate into her already fabulous wardrobe.  Plus, she’s a fellow redhead.  Her adorable daughter is already three months old, but you can check out her maternity outfits here.

5 Bloggers Who Had KILLER Maternity Style

WHO: Delmy from Fashion Bananas

WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS: I don’t remember how I came across Delmy’s blog, but I instantly fell in love with her easy, glamorous vibe.  She knows how to style her hair and rocks a bold lip like no other…both tricks make her look like a million bucks in any outfit that she wears!  Her little man was born during the summer of 2013, so you’ve have to browse her archives to search for ways how she dressed her bump.

5 Bloggers Who Had KILLER Maternity Style

WHO: Christine from Hello Fashion Blog

WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS:  Besides for having cool, classy style, Christine also showcases her husband’s outfits on her blog.  It’s a one-stop shop for new families looking for some serious outfit inspiration!  I loved the casual approach of her style that she had during pregnancy.  You can check it out by searching through her past blog posts here.

5 Bloggers Who Had KILLER Maternity StyleWHO: Anna Jane from See Anna Jane

WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS:  Anna has mastered that preppy, glamorous girl-next-door vibe.  She has great classic pieces and jazzes up her looks with amazing accessories.  (Hello, leopard print heels!)  She’s also a fellow Chicagoan and knows what it’s like to deal with these crazy weather extremes…and she still looks amazing regardless!  Get inspired by her past maternity looks here.

5 Bloggers Who Had KILLER Maternity StyleWHO: Cara Loren

WHY SHE’S SO FABULOUS:  I swear, Cara Loren must have been a model in a past life!  Girl knows how to work the camera!  She also did an amazing job dressing her bump during her second pregnancy.  Her style ranges from business to boho, but she looks great in it all!  Peek at her maternity outfits here.