Simple Staples

Hey there, readers! ๐Ÿท Happy Sunday! I hope you had a day full of rest & so much self-care. โœจ๐Ÿ’•

Since the chillier months require warm, cozy layers, I’m throwing it back to a couple simple staples for this post!

Sweaters are always a must, especially if they’re neutral. This lovely oversized, ruffle cowl neck sweater is the perfect piece for date night or out-&-about on a weekend! The high-low hem + ruffles add just the right amount of personality, too.

My second (& latest obsession) staple are Universal Thread’s high-rise straight jeans! The medium wash is flattering for any skin tone & works for day or night – like I always say, multi-purpose is the best! On a quick side note: you must check out Universal Thread next time you’re perusing Target. They have some gorgeous staples – ranging from shoes, purses, tees & of course, denim for days! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘–

So even though it’s chilly & possibly snowing this time of year, you can easily put together a fun + flattering staple-filled outfit!

Thanks for reading! Here’s to a beautiful week ahead! ๐Ÿ’–

Xx

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Twirling into 2018 (in the best dresses) โœจ

It’s a beautiful Saturday evening filled with snow (some ice) & lots of wine – life couldn’t get much sweeter. โ„๏ธ๐Ÿท how are you spending one of the first Saturdays of the new year!?

Although it’s winter & the temps are nearly unknown every day, I can’t get enough of dresses this time of year! I’ve put together a little collection of a few of my faves for the season, for all occasions!:

– A night out ft. all the tulle

I’m so in love with tulle. It constantly reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw & her dangerously unique fashion sense in the Big City! I found this flare midi dress Express – plus, it’s on supperrr sale right now! The plunging neckline in the front and back adds the perfect amount of sexy. I paired this with a pair of stills to velvet black booties from Old Navy; usually I wouldn’t pair navy + black together, but the two compliment each other here! These boots are incredible versatile, too. You can rock booties like this in the office with dress pants, with jeans for a more casual look or for a night out – the options are endless. Get you a pair!

– Casual black dress with a flare

Every gal should own a solid T-shirt dress that you can wear any time of the year! This baby is part of Who What Wear’s Target collection, and features puffy sleeves. This minimal detail adds lots of pep + attitude to a wardrobe staple!

For the office, I paired this classic with burgundy tights, cheetah print booties for a little pattern & a neutral statement necklace… voila!

– A skirt to remember (also reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw)

I’m a huge fan of high-waisted skirts! They’re so fun as you can usually pair solids or patterns with them depending on your vibes. ๐Ÿค— this grey pleated skirt came from a local boutique, Vernacular! It’s a heavier material but feels incredibly light while wearing – what more could you ask for?! I wanted to keep the look neutral as the booties top the look off!

Side note: I rarely mix patterns… I’m generally nervous to. However, here, the two work together as they’re not on top of one another, competing.

Reader: do you mix patterns often? Do you have any pro tips?!

Well, here’s to a magical 2018! ๐Ÿฅ‚ Thanks for reading!

Xx Maria

Fallinโ€™ for Suedeย 

Happy Friday-eve, readers! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‚ ย & to top it off, the fall weather weโ€™ve been having in Ohio has been perfect this past week; the vivid orange and brown hues, the crisp breeze & all the fall layers!

One huge trend this season is suede. And another style thatโ€™s slithered its way back into the fashion scene (which Iโ€™m so happy about!) is snap-front mini skirts. LIKE HELLO, yes, please give me all of them + every color of tights! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ but seriously, these take me back to my early grade school days… #tbt.


I snagged this fun suede skirt from Old Navy, & it pairs with so much! Again, staples are key. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย I paired this with a classic cream sweater from way back in the day, but itโ€™s adorable with a plain or patterned turtleneck or a black & White stripped tee. Throw on neutral tights + your favorite booties & youโ€™re set for the day! (Ps: I featured these show-stopper booties in my last blog post – check it out!)

Have you dived into the snap-front skirts again?! If so, what do you love to pair with it? Iโ€™d love to hear!

Xx maria

Navy / Weekend Wear

Happy Sunday, babes! โ˜•๏ธ Itโ€™s finally feeling like the cool, crisp autumn weโ€™ve been waiting for ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒž PRAISE!

With this change in weather comes a shift in wardrobe. On a brief side note: I feel as though my taste in clothing has altered so much since graduating from college. Now, I search for staple pieces that can be worn in the office and out with the girls or my boyfriend at night. With that, Iโ€™m all about the sweaters, long or fitted, blanket scarves, plaid or solids and all the warm, dark fall colors! ๐Ÿค—

I recently found this killer navy, double-peplum sweatshirt from Banana Republic. Iโ€™m obsessed! Itโ€™s pairs perfectly with these knee-ripped, high low hem jeans from Target, plus (throwback!) these gold mules by Franco Sarto (I found this pair at Mashallโ€™s). Hi, yes! Iโ€™m over-the-moon-in-love with mules this season! Theyโ€™re different, fun, casual & super easy for any outfit. You need to get a pair. Or five. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What is your go-to weekend wear? Are there any colors or patterns youโ€™re excited to rock this season?! Iโ€™d love to hear! ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for reading!

Xx

Fall-like Weekend-wear

Good evening, readers! 🌛 This weekend's weather has been perfect so far – not too steamy, just enough sun yesterday & just the right amount of clouds & cool breezes today. Talk about early autumn weather!! 🍂🌾

With the slow change in weather comes a transition of wardrobe. Now don't get me wrong, sometimes this shift is tough to gauge because summer temps can linger into the late fall. Denim is a great staple for these fluctuations, & grey is an easy neutral for nearly any outfit!

I paired this off the shoulder, striped, flowy top with dark denim jeans & Merona pearl sandals. Add a statement necklace & in all set. Plus, how can any girl turn down pearls, even costume pearls??

A few things that I'm obsessing over:
– the sleeves on this top are split all the way up & adds so much flare
– the jeans are a high-low hem – perfect for shorter females like me so they get right at the ankle 😉
– the pearl sandals are Steve Madden dupes!
– all these pieces (excluding the pearls) are from Target! Seriously, my holy grail. I found the pearl slide sandals on a blogger's Instagram, looked a bit more into them and found that Steve Madden sells them for nearly triple the price at Target. AND they're so comfy! I 12/10 recommend you check them out – also sold in black!

What is your favorite not-quite-but-almost-fall-weekend-look?! What pieces are staples as you start rolling out the new wardrobe? 🌻

Thanks for reading!

Xx

Summer Must Haves

Hello, hello, and happy Friday-eve, everyone! โœจ Ahh, I hope you all enjoyed the Summer Solstice this week, especially as the toasty temps are hitting hard already! Like HEY, what’s up, hello, summer! ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž

Along with welcoming the change in season, I did my typical wardrobe shopping binge (I say binge but I seriously only jump on the deals. I mean you have to)! A new season is the reason for new clothes ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป right, ladies?!

A couple of my faves so far have been this short sleeve cozy tee in oatmeal from A&F! 

It hits right at the waist, so not too long and not too short. This warm oatmeal shade is truly neutral so it can be paired with nearly every color and pattern! It’s also a prime staple piece. ๐ŸŒธ 

While it’s a super casual top that’s seriously so cozy, I jazzed it up for the office with a triple strand of pearls – seriously, if you’re ever on the hunt for costume jewelry, scavenge estate sales or garage sales in your area – super eclectic and fun! 

The next buy was a pair of dv Bailey Slide sandals from the one and only, Target! ๐Ÿ‘ก๐Ÿ‘ก

I love these because they’re dressy but not over the top crazy. They have a kitty cork wedge to add just a bit of height, too! These bad boys look stellar with skinny black dress pants and destroyed denim jeans – so basically perfect for the office and the weekend. It’s a win win. 

What are some of your top summer buys for your wardrobe? Is there an essential you feel every girl should have?! ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ‘›

Xx

Style Saturday: 5 Full-proof Ways to Always Look Put Together

We all have those mornings where we’re running behind and trying to look semi decent at the same time. Here are 5 tips to always look your best (even when you’re running a few late…)!

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend, ya’ll! *clinks mimosa glasses ๐Ÿฅ‚

So we’ve all had those mornings where we’re running – nonstop – to do the hair, sweep on some makeup & toss on an above-average outfit for the day. This is often a challenge, especially when you’re racing the clock, & oftentimes traffic, e.g. every Monday morning…

No matter your style, budget or profession, with the right set of wardrobe skills there’s no reason to not look your best & slay the day away!

Read a few quick & simple tips below:

A black everything. โฌ›๏ธ

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I feel like I say this in most of my posts, but black is a closet staple. It’s always a safe bet (no matter the dress code) & it’s tough to mess it up. Pair an all black outfit with a statement necklace & you’re golden!

Wardrobe staples are key.

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Keep your favorite tops, sweaters and jeans on rotation. Creating a “uniform” of sorts will save time & money. Seriously.

Offset makeup from outfit.

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Don’t pair dramatic makeup with an over-the-top outfit, as it screams “it took me hours to get ready.” If you wear bold makeup, pair it with a more classic and simple look. I recommend checking out Tarte’s products, especially the Tartiest Matte Lip Paint! ๐Ÿ’„

Fashion trend: half-tuck.

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Casual + effortless โœ”๏ธ (this looks fab with jeans & dress pants)

Killer heels.

fullsizerender-21A good pair of heels will always give you confidence, & they can be the statement of any outfit. ๐Ÿ‘ 

 

Do you have any tips on what you do to complete a look?! Please share!

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Until next time, Xx