Faux Leather Skirt + Utility Jacket

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Did I mention I have a new favorite skirt that I wear whenever I can?  Oh, I didn’t?  Well let me introduce you to her.  She’s faux leather and fabulous!  I’ve dressed her up and am showing here how you can dress her down.  This is the perfect look for a brunch date and what I’m probably wearing to brunch this weekend so say hi if you see a girl wearing this exact outfit.  There are so many possibilities that I apologize in advance for the number of times you’ll see this beauty on the blog.

Skirt: Babaton / Shirt: Loft / Jacket: J.Crew Factory (Old.  Similar here.) / Tights: Spanx / Booties: Steve Madden / Bag: See by Chloe / Static: Brought to you by the cold winter weather

Linking up with Friday’s Fab Favorites, Casual Friday, Favorite Fashion FridayFashion Friday and Monday Bloom

Happy 100th Post (Let’s Celebrate with Boyfriend Jeans!)

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This is my 100th post!  I can’t believe that I have shared this many outfit ideas, style crushes and trends I love with you.  It seems like just yesterday I was on vacation in Cape Cod plotting out my first 10 posts not even thinking about what it would take to get to 100.  Thank you to all of you who have been reading from the beginning, and to those of you who may have just joined the party.

Okay, now to the outfit…It’s starting to look a lot like winter here.  The leaves are quickly going from a beautiful rainbow of colors to cluttering the ground.  But recently, the weather hasn’t been that cold.  It’s perfect sweater weather which is my favorite.  I love being able to layer a sweater and jeans and throw on some booties with no need for a bulky jacket.  I’ve always wondered how to put my boyfriend jeans into the mix when the weather is like this.  Turns out, all you need is the perfect cuff and a great pair of booties.  And the biggest trick to the look – no socks!  At least not for this pear shape.  I am sure if you have twiggy legs, an adorable pair of patterned socks would suit this outfit perfectly.  It’s just not for me (hidden Pear Shaped Pointer here).

Sweater: Talula / Shirt: Splendid / Jeans: Gap (Old.  Similar here.) / Booties: Steve Madden / Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Necklace: Gorjana / Belt: Gap

Linking up with Monday Mingle and Monday Bloom

Style Crush: Ankle Strap Heels

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If you read fashion magazines and blogs (and you’re reading this, so you must, right?) then you have undoubtedly seen pictures of stunning, slender ladies posing in stilettos with a sexy ankle strap and thought “how do they wear those all day?!”  The answer, they probably don’t!  At least not the sky-high sandals you see them “strutting” around in those pictures.  And if you are like me, you gawk with envy at every beautiful image.

I didn’t think it was possible to wear this trend and swore it off until I happened upon a perfectly – gasp – flattering pair of Coach sandals at T.J. Maxx.  I never thought with my “athletic” calves I could ever pull off the trend and look sexy, but with the right style, positioning of the strap, and a walkable heel height, I realized it is completely possible!  Since the pair I bought are from last season (sorry!), I decided to scour the web for some great options for you.  I chose a variety of heel heights and color combos and went with looks that would go further into fall.  Good news, kitten heels and lower heel heights are in!  There are so many here I want, I don’t know which ones to pick for myself.  Which ones would you buy?  Tell me in the comments!

Pear Shaped Pointer: If you have generous calves like me, or just short legs, wearing a dark ankle strap will likely cut off the line of your leg and make you calf look bigger or make your legs look shorter.  Opt for a nude or lighter shade for the ankle strap.  I love the Classique Entier, Michael Michael Kors and Steve Madden versions below.  If you are opting for a very pointy toe, try going up a half size to accommodate for your toes.  I always do and then add in a Foot Petal to get the fit right.

Basic:  Steve Madden / Nine West / Michael Michael Kors

Animal: Classiques Entier @ Nordstrom / Sam Edelman / Loft

Bold: Sole Society / J.Crew / Calvin Klein

Sandals: Joie / Coach / Louise et Cie @ Nordstrom