A Striped Duster

DSC_0467Charlotte Russe duster cardigan (similar here & here) // Silky tank from Dillard’s (similar here) // HUE black pants (exact here) // Black booties from E.Leigh’s (similar here & here–love the metallic heel on these) // Gold chain necklace from E.Leigh’s (similar here)

After a long, long wait, the perfect cool fall weather has finally made its way to Texas. This also means quite a bit of rain every now and then, but I’m willing to compromise… in order to wear more layers. This duster cardigan is a favorite; it pairs well with the majority of my dresses and has a great bold effect for an otherwise simple outfit. Oh, and this tank?! Got it on mega sale only to come home and find out it also reverses to white! Double win!



Craving for Fall


Too early for fall? Yea, probably, but we’re gonna look at fall stuff anyway. If Christmas can be in July, then I can look at comfy sweaters & plaid in August (even though I am currently attempting to maneuver the fans & the AC to work together to make my apartment an arctic bliss). On to business… A few of the things I’m looking forward to wearing this fall are: chunky knit sweaters, [small] doses of plaid, moto jackets, and booties.

I typically wear booties year round, but during the fall & winter seasons is when I actually get away with them. I’ll be pairing them with tights, and a skirt or dress, for a work-appropriate outfit or with slightly rolled-up skinny jeans for the weekend.

I’ve never been a huge plaid person (maybe the 8 years in Catholic elementary school did that?), but it’s inevitable that it’s everywhere, and I like the look of a plaid button-down tucked into jeans. I’ve also seen a plaid button-down basically become an accessory: simply tied around the waist with no other purpose [see collage above]. Feelings on this? I’m on the fence.

I feel like I’ve been on a chunky knit sweater hunt since the beginning of time. One time I found one. You know what happened? Cute girls everywhere look so dainty and adorable in a giant sweater and leggings. Me? A big chunky knit blob (perhaps I’ll find the sweater, share pics, and we’ll all get a good chuckle). Still on the search for one that doesn’t engulf me. THEY JUST LOOK SO COMFY.

And as for moto jackets, I finally found a faux-leather version last year and I really like it. It goes with everything, and seems, at least to me, to be easier to throw on with any outfit when it’s chilly outside. They’re typically form-fitting and have edgy details that are easy to pair with my girly wardrobe.

{ all images via Pinterest + collage made by me via PicCollage }