Monday, November 24, 2014

that dress

Wearing some of my favorite 4.collective frocks. 

We all have those dresses that are always there for us. Always looking good, and always making us feel good in them. Always at the ready whether we are looking our best or a little less than perfect. The dresses that can be worn with sneakers or our most glamorous heels. For me, my 4.collective dresses are just that. Leopard, textured, printed or herringbone, these little frocks are my absolute favorites and go-to-girls. They make the perfect statements on their own, and the best foundations for layered looks. I have worn them to work, on vacation, to my birthday party, to my sisters rehearsal dinner, and back again. They truly go everywhere! 

So today I could not be more excited to bring you a 20% off code for In honor of 4.collective launching the new shopable feature on their fantastic site, they have generously given you a discount now through the end of 2014. These hard-to-find and going-going-gone pieces are now at your fingertips and, not to mention, 20% off! 

Checkout my new favorite styles that 4.collective is currently offering. Casual, dressy, in-between they have everything we need this season. Stay tuned to see how I style my new 4.collective dresses in upcoming posts. Use code ADORN4C14 to take advantage of this fantastic offer. Trust me, your wardrobe will thank you! 

My favorites from the latest 4.collective collection...

Find all of these gorgeous 4.collective styles here. Use code ADORN4C14 for 20% off...yay! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

travel attire

sunglasses// Karen Walker, Harvest 
earrings// Cheeky Vintage {similar here}
sweater// J.CREW 
trenchcoat// J.CREW 
bag// Clare Vivier 
pants// J.CREW 
nails// Essie, Geranium 
flats// J.CREW 

For me, travel attire used to be such a challenge. When I looked in my closet I saw cocktail dresses, tailored work outfits, silk blouses, and not a lot of casual and comfortable pieces that I could wear on a plane or in a car. Well, after staying away from too much cocktail, and investing in versatile, casual basics I have gradually built myself a well rounded travel wardrobe...thank goodness! Now when I look in my closet while packing for a trip, I have so many choices and feel more than prepared for the trip ahead. 

Travel attire means feeling polished, yet comfortable in pieces that you can wear while in transit and when you reach your destination. These wool track pants, my trusty trench, comfy animal print flats and my favorite bright bag make an effortless outfit that I can mix back into my looks after I arrive. Not to mention this classic cream cable knit sweater that I loved last season, is perfect for holiday travel this year too. Take it from me, investing in casual basics will really take you places! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

cheetah topper

sunglasses// Karen Walker 
earrings// Kate Spade {similar here}
turtleneck// J.CREW {similar here}
dress// Bella Dahl {similar here & here}
coat// vintage from Cheeky Vintage {similar here}
nails// Essie, Geranium 
tights// Hue {similar here}
boots// Topshop 

It is no secret that I'm a fan of pretty much any print that comes from the feline family. Leopard, tiger and cheetah are all modern-day neutrals that I love wearing. So it probably comes as no surprise that I had to snag this vintage cheetah topper when I spotted it back in July during 100 degree temperatures and stored it away for months. After all, for years I have been looking for the purrrr-fect feline coat and had finally found one.

Now that this cheetah love is out of storage and being worn in these cool temperatures, I'm realizing how practical and versatile a cheetah coat can be. It may sound nuts saying that a patterned topper will go with a lot, but this neutral toned, faux fur coat has gone with so much. Throwing it over otherwise simple looks instantly adds texture and pattern, and adding it to other prints is all the more fun. So if you ask me, a feline topper is a solid and versatile outerwear investment for this season and beyond. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

give the hostess the mostess

It’s hard to believe, and so exciting, that the holidays are already upon us. It seems like yesterday we were celebrating that it was the official start to fall! With all of the holiday parties, get-togethers, trips and travel coming up it’s time to start thinking about gifts. And, who better to start with than the unsung hero of all our holiday fun, the hostess.

Whether I’m attending a holiday party, or staying an entire week, I like to show my appreciation for all of the work that the hostess put into making the holiday magic that we all enjoy. We know the standby hostess gifts…bottle of wine, holiday treats, but lately I’ve been loving to give something a little different.  Above are my favorite hostess gifts for the season that are sure to make your host feel appreciated and loved. Why not give the hostess the mostess?!

**Hostess gift giving hint…since we all have endless parties and things to attend, pick a couple of hostess gifts that you love and buy them in bulk so you’re ready to go for all of your holiday fun!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

pile it on

hat// Zara {similar here & here}
sunglasses// Karen Walker 
earrings// Kate Spade 
vest// Cheeky Vintage {similar here & here}
skirt// J.CREW {similar here}
bag// Balenciaga, City in black {also find it here}
boots// Topshop

This past weekend while getting ready for brunch in a hurry and not knowing exactly what I wanted to wear, I decided to simply pile on neutrals in cool tones. I started with this navy hat, added a blue skirt, navy stripes, a grey vest and black accessories, and I was out the door in no time feeling polished and put together. This little trick is easy and effortlessly chic. 

So, my theory on how to easily pile on neutrals is as follows. Stick to warm or cool tones. Black, blue, grey and white all work together. Just like gold, tan, brown, cream and black all work together to make a pleasing and easy-to-mix color palette. Piling on the neutrals is my new favorite get-dressed-in-a-hurry strategy. I highly suggest trying it the next time you're in a rush!