Friday, September 22, 2017

Bell Sleeve Blazer + Step Hem Jeans

Bell sleeve blazer

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Happy first day of autumn! I can't believe the official first day of the season is here.  I'm thinking that I should celebrate with a pumpkin spiced latte.  Although, if I'm being completely honest, they're not my first choice of drink (I know, blogger shame).  This time of year is my absolute favorite.  I love when its cool enough to wrap myself up in a cozy sweater, yet warm enough that I don't need a coat. One of my favorite items to wear in the fall, in addition to a cozy knits, is a blazer.  You may remember last Friday's post where I shared a my obsession for blazers.  Well, I wasn't lying when I said that I can't stop adding them to my wardrobe, and my newest addition is this bell sleeved beauty.  It's so simple, yet so stylish, and I love that it looks good with everything from jeans to dresses.  For this look, I decided to show you how a blazer can easy dress up a casual outfit.  I wore this exact outfit (minus the blazer) to the zoo this past Sunday, except I had on sneakers.  After the zoo, we wanted to grab dinner, so I switched out my sneakers for these block heels, and threw on my blazer.  It instantly took my look from basic to polished. To take it up an extra notch, I finished my look with a statement necklace.  There is just something about pairing a statement necklace with a graphic tee that I just love.

Now lets talk about these jeans.  I've been loving the step hem trend, but instead of buying another pair of jeans, I decided to make my own!  This is an old pair of JBrand that were just sitting in my closet.  They hadn't been worn in a while because I wasn't loving the straight let cut.  However, when I started shopping for step hem jeans, I realized that the pairs I loved the most were straight legged, and not skinny, and that's when I got the idea that I could make my own using the jeans I had just sitting in my closet.  The best part about this DIY, is the messier the better, so there is no need to worry about having an uneven hem.  I documented the process of turning these into step hem bottoms, so I'll be sharing the tutorial soon.  If you aren't a DIY person, I did find an identical pair, also by JBrand, that I linked below, along with some other great options.

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Jacket: c/o Shein| Jeans: JBrand (DIY, but identical pair here, and love the selection of step hem jeans here)| Tee: Sincerely Jules| Shoes: Ivanka Trump| Bag: Vintage Chanel| Sunnies: BP. (identical pair here)| Necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique (similar option here)

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The feature blogger is Adri of Adri Lately.  Is her denim skirt not the cutest?  I love it paired with the stripe shirt.  I also love her easy California style, so make sure to stop by her blog and say hello.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Trend: The Slouchy Boot

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The temperatures are starting to cool off here in New England, which means it's time to break out the sweater and boots!  Although I'm sad to see the warm weather disappear, I have to admit that cozy knits and boots are my favorite things to wear, so I'm excited to pull mine out.  One trend that I'm absolutely LOVING this fall, is the slouchy boot.  The slouch adds an instant cool girl vibe to both short and tall styles, and I can't wait to pair them everything from leggings to dresses.  Now, I just have to decide on which pair to get!  I'm loving the red color of this Steve Madden pair.  Red is also a big trend for shoes this season, and I love how the bold color adds a fun statement to an outfit.  If you're not into the red, they're also available in a pretty grey.  If you're looking for a good splurge, I highly suggest this Stuart Weitzman pair.  They have the perfect amount of slouch, plus the block heel makes them a comfortable option.  They're also available in a grey sparkle, which I am obsessed with!!  I'm thinking that I one hundred percent need to get this pair from Asos.  Not only are they are great price (and also come in black), but they have an Isabel Marant feel, which have been on my wish list for years.  What's your favorite pair?

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Polka Dot Blazer

polka dots

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I have an obsession with blazers.  They are the one item that I can't stop buying (in addition to off-the-shoulder tops), and I believe that every woman should have multiple in her wardrobe.  Not only are they timeless, but I love how they can instantly polish any look, and add a touch of sophistication.  When I first laid eyes on this polka dot blazer, I immediately fell in love.  Between the open cut, gathered sleeves, and polka dot print, I knew I found my ideal fall blazer.  Not only does it dress up jeans and a tee shirt, but it will look great thrown over a little black dress or jumpsuit, while providing just the right amount of warmth.  And can we talk about the polka dots?  The print is huge this fall, and I love it in the form of a blazer.  I can basically throw it on over anything, adding the trendy, yet very classic, print to all of my outfits.

I decided to go for an effortless, every day look by pairing my blazer with jeans and a camisole. By adding the blazer, along with a pair of heeled booties, my look was instantly polished, and I could of easily gone out for drinks with the girls.  Although a pair of heeled sandals, or even pumps, would of been more suitable for the 80 degree weather we've been having in Boston this week, I couldn't help but to finish my look with these Steve Madden booties.  I have been dying to wear them ever since I got them, and love the bit of edge they added to my look.  I purchased them during the Nordstrom sale, but you guys, they're currently on sale now for less than what I paid!  I highly recommend these boots.  Not only does the block heel make them comfortable (for a heeled boot), but they truly look great with everything from jeans to dresses.  They also come in black!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  We have a birthday party to attend on Sunday at the zoo, and I can't wait as the twins have ever been.  They're going to love it.

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Blazer: c/o Shein| Camisole: BP. (similar here)| Jeans: AG| Booties: Steve Madden (on sale!)| Clutch: GiGi New York| Sunnies: Quay| Earrings: Sugarfix (in plain black here)| Necklaces: Sarah Chloe| Bracelet: Vita Fede

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The feature blogger is Jessy of Current Bliss.  I'm loving how she styled her white jeans with a plaid top for a perfect fall look.  Make sure to stop by her blog to say hello, and read her tips on how to style white jeans after Labor Day!

Friday, September 8, 2017

How to Buy A Designer Dress For Less

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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a lake side wedding.  Knowing that the wedding would have a laid back feel, I wanted to wear a dress that was easy, yet fun.  Not having anything that I wanted to wear in my closet, I turned to my friends at Best Dressed.  If you have been following this blog for some time, you know that I'm a big fan of renting dresses for special occasions, and Best Dressed is my go-to place to do just so.  I love that I can go to the store, try on a bunch of dresses, and leave with a rental that fits perfectly.  However, did you know that Best Dressed also sells their dresses?  Although the store is known for rentals, each season they have a wide selection of dresses that you are able to purchase at deep discounts.  It's the perfect way to purchase a designer dress at a very affordable price.  Yes, the dresses are used, and probably from the previous season, but they're always in great condition  Plus, unlike shopping at Ebay or Poshmark (trust me, I love those sites too), you can actually try on the dress, making sure it fits well, and examine it for any damages.

When I stopped into Best Dressed looking for the wedding, I had every intention of renting, until I saw this Rebecca Taylor strapless dress hanging on the sale rack, and fell in love.  Normally, this dress would cost somewhere around $400, but I was able to buy it for $50!  Not only was it perfect for the wedding (and super comfortable to wear), but I love the detailing and the fact that it has pockets.  I'm thinking it will also be a perfect option for any upcoming holiday parties.

You can get more information about Best Dressed, and read my last review on the store here.  For all my Boston readers, Best Dressed still has a great selection of dresses on sale, so make sure to stop in. Also, save the date!  Best Dressed is hosting a summer sale party on Thursday September 14th from 7-9pm, where you an shop the sale while enjoying Champagne and treats! View the details here.

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Because it was a summer wedding, I wanted to keep my look light, so I paired my strapless dress with my nude block heels and beige Lauren Ralph Lauren bag.  Normally, I would use my small beige Chanel for a wedding, but since I was carrying my camera, a pashmina (since it gets chilly at the lake), and a pair of flats (just in case), I decided to use this satchel instead, and found it to be dressy enough, while fitting everything that I needed.  I then finished my look with a bold pink lip, which I thought added a fun touch.  By the way, I never ended up changing into my flats.  Not only did I have to walk a distance (and on a dirt path) from the ceremony to the reception, but I danced the entire night and my feet didn't bother me once!  These heels are so comfortable, and also come in black, which I think I need to get!

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Dress: Rebecca Taylor via Best Dressed| Heels: Sam Edelman| Bag: c/o Lauren Ralph Lauren| Sunnies: Chloé| Bracelets: David Yurman (here and here)| Earrings: Nadri

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The feature blogger is Stephanie of Glamorous and Geeky.  I'm loving how she styled her white shorts.  Such a cool, yet easy maternity look.  Make sure to check out her blog and say hello!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Entertaining with Winc

Winc wine

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What's better than having a fridge full of wine?  Well, what if that wine was delivered right to your doorstep?  Yes please!  I was recently introduced to Winc, a California based winery that offers an online subscription membership.   With the membership, you get to choose four bottles of wine, that are delivered right to your doorstep each month.  As someone who loves to entertain, this service couldn't be more perfect.  Not only do I always have wine on hand for my guests, but it's fun to test out new wines with friends and family.

Getting set up with your membership is simple.  You start by entering your zip code (to make sure that wine is deliverable to your area), then you take a quick, six question survey to determine your palate and taste in wines.  You then choose if you prefer reds, whites, or a mix of both, then from this survey, Winc selects four bottles of wine for you to try.  You can either continue with the wine selected, or look through the wine selection and choose your own.  Next, your bottles are delivered right to door.

As a busy stay at home mom, and someone who loves wine, this service has been very convenient.  Not only does it save me from running to the wine store with two toddlers in tow (seriously, not fun), but I love that I get to try new wines each month.  I tend to be a creature of habit, and stick to the same wine, so this has opened up my palate.  Although summer, and entertaining on the porch, is almost at it's end, I can't wait to have friends over for football Sundays, and I love knowing that I'm prepared (drink wise) in case I have any last minute guests!

The best part,  Winc is offering Threads for Thomas readers a discount.  You'll receive your first four bottles of wine for only $32, plus complimentary shipping.  Just use the code, THREADSFORTHOMAS, at check out.  This is a $20 savings!  

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You can sign up for Winc here

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