September 27, 2012

Guest Post: heart of a blonde

Hello Sipping Style darlings! Today I'm happy to be taking over Samantha's blog, while she's taking over mine. I suppose you could call it a blog swap of sorts. I blog over at heart of a blonde and am a daily reader of Sipping Style {which I also helped design!}. I currently live in Milwaukee, but spent the last four years living in Minneapolis.

Today I'd love to share with you some simple lifestyle inspiration I'm loving for autumn. This time of year I am incredibly drawn to neutral colors, comfort foods, and cozy days. When the weather gets cooler, I suddenly have a never-ending desire to spend quality time in the kitchen, write and read while cozied up in a cafe, or carefully curate the next piece to build my wardrobe. Here are a few current fall favorites.

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Have a cozy, lovely autumn day!


September 24, 2012

The Kind of Bat I Can Get on Board With

I'm going to begin today with a little gloating. I, Samantha, was able to WAIT until the first day of fall had past to wear my sequined bat shirt. That takes some serious patience and restraint.  Not only does this top remind me of fall, but it leaves me feeling nostalgic for my time abroad in London. 
It taunted  me from the store window-front for weeks, but after spotting it on a wickedly stylish Parisian, I knew it had to be mine.

blazer- Gap, shirt- FCUK, pants- H&M, boots- Nordstrom, rings- Tiffanys

P.S. I worked my very first live TV segment last Friday and if you follow me on Twitter (as you should!) you know that I met the stylist for Pretty Little Liars. AWESOME? I think so.

September 21, 2012

Patent Boots

I truly wish I was a heels girl, but I'm not. For the most part, I've accepted this about myself.

However,  I admittedly attempted to wear a pair last week and had to remove them 3 hours into the day. Thank goodness I packed my trusty Gap City Flats! Instead, I scour the racks for flats and boots with interesting and endearing details. My patent Michael Kors boots below fit the bill flawlessly.

coat- thrifted, dress- Nordstrom Rack, boots- Michael Kors, bag- Longchamp

Have a wonderful weekend!

September 11, 2012

A Slight Update

I've been terrible at posting the past couple weeks, but I've come prepared with some really great excuses for you...

It was my first day at a new job
(celebratory cupcake from big sis)

Instead of blogging outfits, I instagramed them

It was my amazing boyfriend's birthday
(pictured with his gift!)

...and there may have been some of this.

What was everyone else up to?

September 4, 2012

How I Style

There are certain items that have a strange way of igniting the stylist spark within me. When I see that item, I obsess and am instantly able to envision wearing it fifty different ways. This very thing happened to me yesterday when I spotted a pair of perfect, paisley ballet flats. Here is how I would wear them to run errands, grab coffee, shop, on a day date...the list goes on and on.

paisley flats

September 3, 2012

Tote-ally Unexpected

Sunday morning went a little something like this...
Boyfriend: "Is that new?"
Me: "Yes."
Boyfriend: "I like it."
Me: "Thanks, I needed a new tote bag."
Boyfriend: (with huge smile on face) "NEEDED? I think they sell reusable totes at the grocery store, you know."

If only women functioned solely on utility. But, what fun would that be?
I truly had been in the market for a new tote bag for some time and am quite pleased with my find.  Remember when I talked about leopard pants here? Well, I didn't exactly go into the dirty details of my leopard print obsession... I've got shoes, purses, clutches, headbands, scarves (am I embarrassing myself yet?). It's such a timeless print and I have a hard time resisting it. No matter what, leopard print will always circle back into the trend cycle.

You will never believe where I bought it, so click here to find out for yourself.