Flirting With Fall

Outfit Details || Dress: c/o Meli Mei || Necklace: Meli Mei || Booties: Toms via Nordstrom || Bracelets: c/o Centered Jewelry || Sunglasses: Loft ||

I absolutely love everything about fall!  I love the cool mornings and warm afternoons, sitting around a fire and roasting marshmallows, and watching football on tv.  Not to mention all the apples and pumpkin desserts!!!!  I may or may not have a countdown for the release of Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  Most of all though I love fall fashion!  Once school begins, I start dreaming of boots, scarves, and cozy layers.  Unfortunately, in Indiana we have quite awhile before we are ready for all those layers I am dreaming of!

 

To satisfy my fall fashion cravings I have began to flirt around with fall styles!  With the temps still warm I am pulling in fall inspiration with rich tones.  I tend to gravitate towards mustard yellow, burgundy, navy, and olive green.  These colors are in abundance in my closet and what I gravitate towards when shopping.

A sweet friend of mine introduced me to the owner of a fabulous new boutique in town.  I was excited to be invited to the soft opening of Meli Mei, which is located in a trendy area in downtown Fort Wayne in the City Exchange.  Fall was in full effect at Meli Mei.  My fall fashion loving heart was happy!

This dress caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to try it on!  The rich fall colors along with the fun floral pattern drew me.  The fun and flirty ruffle along the neckline was a unique touch that made this dress stand out to me.  I knew I wanted to pair it with my new Tom’s Peep Toe Booties I had picked up at the Nordstrom Sale.  I love the fun and flirty vibe from the entire look!   It was one of those looks that had me feeling confident from the moment I stepped out the door!

 

I added a natural stone necklace that I couldn’t resist from Meli Mei.  It was just enough to add a touch of detail to the entire look.  As I have been drawn to my Centered Jewelry bracelets lately those were a definite must to finish off this entire look.  If you are local you need to stop and check out Meli Mei this weekend for their grand opening.  If you are from out of town check out their Instagram page.  You will not be disappointed.  I cannot wait to make a trip back to visit again soon!

 

Thanksgiving Looks Part 2: Comfy Casual

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Can you think of anything better than leggings to wear on Thanksgiving?  Leggings when paired with the right pieces can look put together and classic!  Plus it gives you a little more room to have dessert at Grandma’s house!  If you have a casual Thanksgiving this look is for you!

 

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This top from Amazon is less than $15.00 and is the perfect tunic length.  It has become a closet staple and has been in high rotation since last fall.   If you have Amazon Prime you can get it in time for Thanksgiving!  I love pairing it with my favorite pieces to come up with a comfy look that is perfect for any occasion.  For school, I would add a pair of black jeans to make it a little more work appropriate.

 

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I absolutely love comfy layers when the temps drop!  These pieces are great to transition you from fall into winter.  What are you wearing for your Thanksgiving gatherings?

 

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Cozy Sweater

In typical Indiana fashion we have switched weather in a matter of hours!  On Friday we had gorgeous 70 degree weather, then on Saturday the snow hit!  It was such a drastic change in temps that it called for a cozy sweater!  I love this one from Shein with the fun zipper details!  It is oversized and is perfect for layering with a pair of leggings!

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These leggings from Simple Addiction are my first pair of patterned leggings.  I’ve never been comfortable wearing leggings with print, but I figured I would give them a try!  Especially since they are on sale!   To help make them seem less busy, I paired it with a solid tunic sweater, and black boots.  Surprisingly, I really like how this look turned out.

 

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Today was our first snowfall of the season.  The boys were so excited to see the first flurries!  It made it seem like it was truly the holiday season.  These cozy pieces from Shein and Simple Addiction made the perfect outfit for watching my boys play basketball, hang up outdoor Christmas decor, and begin putting up our tree!  How would you wear a cozy sweater or patterned leggings?

 

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How to Wear 3 Ways: Slouchy Tunic

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Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with The Mint Julip Boutique and contains affiliate links.  All options are my own.

I love pieces that can play multiple roles in my wardrobe.  This slouchy dolman tunic is from The Mint Julip Boutique and is an award winner in that category!  Here are the three ways that I styled this ultra comfy tunic.

 

 

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Outfit Details || Tunic:  Exact and in rust|| Scarf:  Exact || Shoes:  Exact || Leggings:  Exact ||

My first look is super casual.  I would wear this taupe tunic out running errands or at the soccer fields watching my boys play.  I love the length of this tunic.  It is the perfect length and covers all the important parts!  That is an essential in any top that I pair with leggings.  I love that I can wear my favorite pair of athletic shoes for an even more comfy look!  Who says you can’t be comfortable and still look put together.

 

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Outfit Details || Tunic:  Exact and in rust || Vest:  Exact || Boots:  Exact || Necklace:  Pineapple Lace ||

For a casual look that was a little more dressed up I paired it with some of my favorite fall pieces.  Boots with a  flat or a little heel is perfect for when you need to stand for longer periods of time or have to run after little ones.  I am in love with these Over the Knee Boots from Nordstrom.  I am happy I splurged on them during the Nsale.

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Outfit Details || Tunic:  Exact and in rust || Booties:  Clarks (old) || Jeans:  Jessica Simpson (old) || Necklace:  Old ||

Last but not least is a much dressier look.  Although it can definitely be toned down with a different necklace and minus the hat.  I love the polished look, but love even more how comfortable it is.  These fabulous tops come in 17 different colors.  The Mint Julip Boutique normally has these tops for $24 on Sundays, but they are offering my readers access to this deal any day of the week.  Just use this link to access.   You can’t beat a comfy top that can be worn in so many ways.  Which is your favorite look?

Easy Pattern Mixing!

I absolutely love pattern mixing.   When I first started, I began with patterns that I felt the most comfortable with.  Stripes are the easiest base to start with when you are pattern mixing.  If you don’t have a great striped tee or tunic you need to add one to your closet!  Stripes look great with just about anything!  My simplest tip for pattern mixing is start with a  striped top, and layer scarves. Scarves are the easiest way to add some dimension to any outfit.   Here are some more simple ways to ease yourself into pattern mixing.

 

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  1.  Pick two different prints that share a single color or two. In this look both the stripes and the plaid in the scarf are black.  The scarf also has a touch of cobalt, but blends into the color palette.  My favorite color combo for mixing prints is black and white, and is the easiest to mix.

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2.  Find prints of different scales or sizes.  One print will then dominate and while the other will act as an accent.  If you are still a little uneasy about mixing a bolder pattern try breaking up the printed pieces by layering a solid on top.  This will help make the pattern mixing seem a bit more subtle.  I like to add a cardigan or jacket to help break up busy looks.

 

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3.  When all else fails add animal print!  I love animal print to the point that it is now a neutral in my closet!  I love pairing just about any print with animal print for an easy look.

 

What is your favorite way to mix patterns?  I would love to hear what your go to patterns are!

 

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