This is a tough shopping time of year. There are still at least two cold weather months ahead of us (Yes, April, I am talking to you, too!). However, stores are busting out their resort-wear like we are in the middle of a heat wave! The result? You end up buying something that is not weather appropriate and freezing your cute little fanny off. It is the plight of many girls who think they need to wear something new for Valentine’s Day. Spoiler: You don’t. Valentine’s Day isn’t even a real holiday so just wear something you already have.
Here’s a fun Valentine’s Day hack. If you are going somewhere fancy, recycle your old holiday dress. Unless it is bright green, your holiday frock will make the perfect Valentine’s Day dress.
Because the dress you bought in December is probably heavier weight and has just enough special details to make it perfect for a V-Day date night.
So save the money you would have spent on a dress and buy more champagne. And also more chocolate. And send some flowers to yourself. And also get some ice cream.
Hmmm, maybe just change into sweatpants and eat ice cream and watch The Walking Dead?? Kidding… sort of.
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar) | Dress: Zara (old, but love this) | Jacket: J.Crew | Sunglasses: Amazon
It’s Valentine’s Day week! Valentine’s is not my favorite holiday, but I like wearing red — so I have an excuse to bombard all of you with tons of red this week.
Annnyyyyway, I put together this look to show that you don’t have to get super dressy to look great this Valentine’s Day. If your Valentine’s Day plans include something more low-key or drinks with your girlfriends, you might not want to pull out your best cocktail dress. You can take an everyday outfit, add some festive accessories and have a perfect, comfy Valentine’s Day outfit that looks great but doesn’t try too hard.
Shoes: Amazon | Pants: Gap | Shirt: H&M | Cardigan: Trunk Up | Sunglasses: Amazon | Clutch: Amazon
I wore this dress when I was pregnant because it was surprisingly comfortable and showed off my bump. I wanted to wear this dress again because I saw model Taylor Hill wearing a bandage dress at a Victoria’s Secret press event and she looked so good I was inspired to wear my bandage dress again.
I think it’s safe to say that I look exactly like Taylor when I wear this dress. I am sure Victoria’s Secret will be calling at any moment to sign me up for their next show. I can’t wait to wear the fancy wings! I’ll just sit here on the couch quietly eating chips while I wait for the call…
Dress: The Kewl Shop | Shoes: C. Wonder (love these) | Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Clutch: Michael Kors (similar)
Winter is a bummer, but it is also a great time to taken fashion risks in the name of staying warm. This look is a hodgepodge of some of my favorite black and white warm pieces. Also, the boots are a post-blizzard necessity. The city of Richmond is not the best with snow removal and the residual patches of ice are no joke. The last thing I need is to slip and fall and get run over my Hannah’s stroller.Shoes: L.L. Bean | Dress (worn as a skirt): eShakti, love this one | Sweater: J.Crew Factory (old, but this one is adorbs) | Coat: J.Crew Factory (very old, but this cape is a must) | necklace: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory
Add a blazer, a fun necklace, some cute shoes and BAM — that sweatshirt suddenly becomes chic.
Shoes: old (similar) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory (sold out, but these are similar) | Tumblr: I got this at my old job, but this one is super cute | Blazer: H&M | Sunglasses: old (similar)
Before I get to the meat of this post, let me just complain about the weather right quick:
You guys, it is getting cold. I always curse myself for choosing to live on the east coast and be a fashion blogger (which requires outdoor shooting) in the winter. I see all these west coast bloggers traipsing around with bare legs and a light jacket, and I am over here like — ‘I want that life, ma’am’. Ugh, the sads.
Moving along — I was talking on the phone with a stylist friend of mine and we were talking about the rut women often find themselves in when choosing appropriate work garb. It’s so easy to always go to Ann Taylor Loft and buy black trousers and a button down. Now, y’all — I love me some Loft and you know I love a good button down (ahem, I wear chambray weekly), but after a while that look gets boring. My friend’s advice was to simply stop going to the stores that are diluting your style when you feel bored with your wardrobe. By choosing to shop at a new place you are forced to freshen up your look! For me, when I feel like my go-to, J.Crew, is getting a little mundane, I always switch to either an edgier store like Express or Asos or I shop at small boutiques and Etsy shops. Switching up my shopping destination helps me to get unique, fresh pieces that freshen up my whole look.
Easy AND genius.
Shoes: Cole Haan | Pants: J.Crew | Shirt: J.Crew | Necklace: J.Crew Factory (all necklaces on sale) | Sunglasses: old (similar)
The wind is one of my biggest weather enemies. Nothing turns me into a tangled, disheveled mess more quickly than a strong wind.
You know how people get all excited to ride in the car with the top down? Everyone is like, “Oooh, let’s put the top down on the car and drive on the highway. So fun! I love the outdoors.”
And I am over in the corner like — no. No one wants to see my hair after a 65 mph wind and some car exhaust has torn through it.
So anyway, you have to forgive my poor hair in these photos, it was a victim of circumstance.
Shoes: J.Crew Factory | Skirt: H&M (similar) | Shirt: H&M | Jacket: Anthropologie (similar)
You guys, I went H.A.M on the Christmas cookies this holiday season. I honestly ate about six dozen. No judgement! This is a judgement-free blog, people!
Anyway, I am kicking off the New Year by eating healthily. I tried to do a no-carb, no sugar diet, but I quickly realized that reducing my calorie intake that much did NOT mesh with breastfeeding Hannah — so instead of elimination, I am doing moderation.
I am also making sure I increase my vegetable intake. More veggies, less cookies that’s my 2016 food motto!
Shoes: Anthropologie | Dress: J. Crew Factory | Sweater: J. Crew (similar) | Necklace: J. Crew (love this one)
Notice anything different? Oh yes, my hair magically grew two feet. It’s a Christmas miracle!
I teamed up with Irresistible Me to show off their amazing hair extensions. When the Irresistible Me rep first reached out to me, I was super nervous. I have never worn extensions and I wasn’t sure if I would like them or feel comfortable with them. Luckily, these are clip in extensions. So I can take them out or put them on whenever I want.
Well, it turns out I really like them. I feel like a real Kardashian with the extensions in! So expect to see more of them on the blog!
Shoes: J. Crew Factory (old, love these!) | Skirt: Asos | Shirt: H&M (similar) | Extensions: Irresistible Me in deep brown
Surprise! This ‘top’ is actually a dress. I don’t have the guts to wear it as a dress. I usually do short OR tight OR low cut, not all of those things at once. Instead, I wear this plunging dress as a top and it works perfectly.
This dress’s neckline is also perfect for showcasing a gorgeous necklace. I am a chunky necklace junky, so I had to get one for the holidays. This one is a sparkly rhinestone dream explosion. It’s necklace perfection. And get excited — Mirina Collections is offering 20% off sitewide using the code ‘clare20’.
Shoes: Necessary Clothing (similar) | Skirt: ChicWish (similar)| Dress (worn as a top: Lulu’s (similar) | Necklace: Mirina (get 20% using code ‘clare20’)
A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: Holy sparkles! Doesn’t every girl need a sequin dress? Yes. The answer to that question is yes.