High-Low Sweater

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It’s here!  My first outfit post of 2014.  It feels good to have something to share with you.  But I have to admit, it feels better not to have the nagging stress of everyday posting hanging over my head.  In fact, I haven’t really done my hair or make-up in two weeks (thanks to the holidays, working from home and the weather).  I curled my hair for the first time today and it felt like I was getting ready for prom.  But I digress…

This outfit is my new favorite.  It’s especially perfect right now because the high-low style of the sweater hides the high-high number on the scale since I pretty much dieted on Christmas cookies for two weeks straight.  I love how it masks imperfections, has great slitted cuffs and is super comfy and warm  I paired it with some ankle booties and a red lip as my only accessory.

Pear Shaped Pointer: There’s an ongoing struggle with all women I know right now and that is with where to put your hem when you wear skinny jeans and ankle boots.  Cardinal rule? Always tuck them in.  If you are lucky with some skinny calves, go for cut cuff and some fun socks peeking out.  Or, even better, make sure you pants hit at the top of your booties.  Otherwise, opt for a tuck in.  It always looks better.

sweater: aritzia (In stores but not online anymore. Similar high-low style here.) // jeans: loft // booties: dolce vita // lipstick: revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in smitten

 Linking up with Mix it Monday, Monday Mingle

The Dealfinder

Maxxinista

 

I’m really lucky that I not only have the best in-laws, but that they also live near what I think this the most amazing T.J. Maxx around.  And trust me, I’ve scoured the racks of a lot of T.J. Maxx stores.  The one near their home in New Jersey is worth a pilgrimage with it’s wall (like really, an entire wall) of designer shoes, a case of purses (even still-in-stores Fendi totes!), and a huge Runway section.  I don’t know why I’m telling you all this since I don’t really want to share my mecca of designer deals.  I guess I’m feeling extra generous lately.  But for those of you who can’t dedicate a weekend or a small vacation to visiting my store, you’ll be absolutely thrilled to find out that T.J. Maxx is back in the online retail game!  I don’t know if this is the best or worst thing to happen to me (I’m thinking best for me, worst for my monthly shopping budget).  Here are a few of my favorites available now.

1: Diane Von Furstenburg / 2: Elizabeth & James / 3: Gryphon / 4: Joie / 5: Diane Von Furstenberg / 6: Isaac Mizrahi / 7: Diane Von Furstenberg / 8: Mark and James by Badgley Mischka / 9: Tahari by ASL / 10: Dolce Vita

 Please note: This post was not sponsored by T.J. Maxx.  But hey, T.J. Maxx PR people, I’m here.  Call me! :)

 

Inspiration / Realization: Chic Moto Boots

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One thing on my list to buy this fall are a pair of moto-inspired boots.  Since traditional moto boots aren’t the most flattering choice for my legs, I want to get a pair like this gorgeous Rag & Bone pair.  They are both sophisticated and edgy and the perfect complement to my wardrobe.  While I’m waiting for a gift card, discount code or some act of divinity to make the Rag & Bone pair fit into my monthly shopping budget, I found some very chic options for under $200.  So acts of god aside, a pair of boots with buckles is in my future, I just know it.

Inspiration: Rag & Bone

$99 – Lucky / $165 – Clarks / $109 – BCBG Generation / $168 – C. Wonder / $189 – Dolce Vita / $140 – Sam Edelman