If you all know anything about me after reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I am absolutely shoe obsessed. This obsession goes as far back as I can remember. In fact, on my wedding day, though I wore a large poofy Cinderella-sequel dress that covered my shoes, I was still completely excited and spent many hours selecting the perfect heels. Would you believe that I actually had 3 separate pairs that I wanted to wear with my dress. Ultimately, I selected these sparkly beauties (which are on sale). Since that day, I’ve been itching to wear them again. I have to admit that I adore wearing them casually best. There’s something about donning your fanciest shoes and adding a good pair of jeans and a structured shirt to the mix. I can imagine them with a crisp silk white button up and chic dark denim as well. Ultimately, when wearing your wedding shoes in a casual setting, keep the rest of your outfit pretty basic. Your shoes should demand the attention. I can’t wait to wear mine on date night again soon with boyfriend jeans and a button up. 

Do you ever wear yours? Share your favorite ways to wear them below. 

Xoxo, 

Abbie

Heels:  Kate Spade |  Denim:  Joes (DIYed them…coming soon to the blog)  |  Top:  Nordstrom  |  Handbag:  Saint Laurent  |  Sunnies:  Tom Ford  |

Hello Again!  Sorry for the silence.  In between graduate school and my career, life has gotten a little hectic the past few weeks.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t even really had the chance to scroll Instagram (I know! The horror!)  It’s my hope that I will be a bit more consistent soon but for now, please check back often as I promise that I will be continuing to post.  Since I wasn’t able to post last week, here are two weeks worth of my weekly series:  What I Wore in Real Life.

You can view past week’s posts that are part of the series here:    .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10.11.12.13, .14

MONDAY (Shopping with Mom):

Cardigan:  Vince (on sale here) | Flats:  Alberta Ferretti  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Shirt:  J.Crew (old; similar here)   |  Sunnies:  Tom Ford  |  Handbag: Goyard  |

TUESDAY:  Spent in Lululemon at home for a day of running, cleaning and homework for graduate school

WEDNESDAY:  Errands and Shopping

|  Blazer:  White House Black Market  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Loafers:  Nicholas Kirkwood  |

THURSDAY:  Spent in Lululemon for a day of graduate school homework

FRIDAY:  Dinner with the Hubby

|Flats:  Christian Louboutin  |  Denim:  Joes (DIYed them…coming soon to the blog)  |  Top:  Nordstrom  |  Handbag:  Louis Vuitton  |  Sunnies:  Tom Ford  |

SATURDAY:  Housewarming Party with Friends

|  Wedges:  Loefller Randall  |  Top:  Endless Rose  |  Denim:  Joes:  DIYed them… Coming Soon to the Blog  |  Handbag:  Valentino  |

MONDAY:  Interview Attire

|  See Original Blogpost Here  |

TUESDAY:  Work

Heels:  old; identical here  |  Pants:  Old Navy  |  Top:  Target (old; similar here)  |  Blazer:  Zara (old; similar here)  |  Sunnies:  Tom Ford  |

WEDNESDAY:  Work

|  Flats:  Charlotte Olympia (this season’s version)  |  Pants:  Paige  |  Sweater:  similar here  |  Blazer:  J.Crew  |  Sunnies:  Tom Ford  |

FRIDAY:  Work

|  Flats:  Kaitlyn Pan (amazing Valentino dupe!)  |  Pants:  Paige  |  Cardigan:  Vince  |  Shirt:  Loft  (old; similar here)  |

SATURDAY:  Day Date with the Hubby

| Coming Soon to the Blog  |

Hope your week is going well!

You can view past week’s posts that are part of the series here:    .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10.11.12.13.14

xoxo,

Abbie

The funniest thing happened a few weeks ago.  It was an especially rare warm day here in early spring.  I walked into my *ahem* incredibly messy *ahem* closet and searched for my straw hat because I just knew that it was time to bring it out since the sun had shown it’s glorious face.  Well, upon finding it, I smiled in delight because it was crushed and not really wearable anymore.

*WAIT*

I smiled…Why would I ever do that?!?

Well, in case you all have forgotten, I’m on this horrendous, possibly going to end it before the end of the year and not follow through because it’s not really bringing me joy, shopping ban for a year where I only have 4 hall passes (2 of which have been used—They were the Alberta Ferretti flats & the Tom Ford sunnies in this post).  Well, that being said, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for shopping for other items unless something gets ruined or someone else purchases it for me (and as an adult I’m not going to ask anyone to buy me anything).  You can read all about it here.

When I found my crushed hat in the depths of my closet, it met the criteria to be repurchased and not counted because it was essentially a replacement of the old one that I had.  I knew that this time I needed to find the perfect one.  I wandered into my favorite boutique that weekend to find this baby.  I know I’m going to wear it all spring/summer/ (and quite possibly) early fall long.  The best part of it is that it’s packable and can be folded (I know, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing either!) which means that it most likely won’t be ruined like my last one.  It looks fabulous with light colored sweaters and boyfriend jeans (like here!) and is absolutely perfect to be paired with dresses, skirts and shorts alike!  I’m so smitten!  I know that I’ll be wearing it all weekend long!

Hope your Friday has gone exceptionally well!

xoxo,

Abbie

|  Flats:  Christian Louboutin |  Denim:  Joes  (size up 3-4 sizes for a boyfriend look)  |  Sweater:  J.Crew (old; similar here)  |  Tee:  Nordstrom  |  Handbag:  Vintage Chanel  |  Hat:  Rag & Bone  |

We all deserve to have in item in our wardrobe that makes us smile the moment that we put it on.  It’s the item that goes with everything.  The one that you feel most yourself in.  The one piece that you wish people wouldn’t notice you repeat so you had the ability to wear it every single day.  That item for me is this cardigan.  I have it in this wine color and a camel color as well.  I can safely say it is the softest cardigan I’ve ever felt in my life.  It’s so cozy that my co-workers have said “I should just leave it on the chair in the office and walk away for a bit…(because they would love to have it)”  It’s as perfect with a springtime dress and wedges as it is work trousers and a button up.  However, I love it best paired with a simple tee, skinny jeans and flats.  This is me in an outfit:  understated, pulled together, cozy, and a hint of luxury all rolled into one.  Simply said, you won’t regret this one.  If it ever comes in more colors, you can rest assured I will be purchasing them.

xoxo,

Abbie

|  Handbag:  Celine (on MEGA SALE!)  |  Flats:  Alberta Ferretti  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Tee:  Madewell  |  Cardigan:  Vince(color is cordovan-the picture is incorrect on the site but it’s this cardigan) (look for less here) | | Sunnies:  Tom Ford |

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for the silence around here the past few days….Life took over and blogging took at backseat for a few days.  That being said, here’s my what I wore in real life for the past week.

Be sure to check out past week’s What I Wore in Real Life:  Weekly Chic posts here:   .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10.11.12, .13.

Monday:  Work Outfit #1

|  Blazer:  J.Crew (old; love this one)  |  Tee:  J.Crew (old; love this)  |  Pants:  Old Navy  |  Heels:  Banana Republic (old; identical here)  |  Handbag:  Goyard  |

Tuesday:  Work Outfit #2

|Heels:  Ann Taylor (old; love these)  |  Pants:  Old Navy  |  Top:  Target (old; love this one)  |  Jacket:  J.Crew (old; love this)  | Handbag:  Chanel  |

Wednesday:  Work Outfit #3

|Sunnies:  Celine  |  Pants:  Paige  |  Sweater:  Vince (look for less here) |  Top:  Nordstrom (old; love this similar one)  |  Flats:  DSW (old; love these similar ones)  |  Handbag:  Chanel  |

Thursday:  Work Outfit #4

|  Slingbacks:  Ivanka Trump  |  Pants:  Old Navy  |  Top:  Anthropologie  (old; similar here)  |  Blazer:  J.Crew  (old; nearly identical here)  | Handbag:  Chanel  |

Friday:  Shopping with a Friend

| Sunnies:  Tom Ford  |  Flats:  Christian Louboutin  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Tee:  Madewell  |  Cardigan:  Vince  (look for less here)|  Handbag:  Chanel  |

Saturday:  Lunch and Exploring My Old College Town  

Handbag:  Celine (on MEGA SALE!)  |  Flats:  Alberta Ferretti  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Tee:  Madewell  |  Cardigan:  Vince (look for less here) |

Be sure to check out past week’s What I Wore in Real Life:  Weekly Chic posts here:   .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10.11.12.13.

Hope you’re all having a great week!

xoxo,

Abbie

Spring is officially here.  It’s still crisp and cool in the mornings, the days are longer (who doesn’t like coming home from work to daylight…I’m obsessed!), and the mid-day sunshine is perfect for lunch outdoors.  The beginning of Spring is also a time when I create a mental bucket list of all the things I want to accomplish for the season.  Here are the things that are on my Spring bucket list.  I would love to hear what is on yours!

Spring Clean Your Closet.

I must say, spring cleaning my closet is always the first thing that I think of that needs to be done each year when this season begins.  There’s something about this time of the year that just makes me want to go through all of my clothes and purge.  I love going through a series of questions with myself and deciding if something needs to be kept, donated or thrown away.  I might be odd, but I do find that I’m calmer and more collected when my closet is in order.

Plant Your Garden.

There are certain things that this weather and sunshine just do to me.  One of them is assessing my flower beds and figuring out what plants I want to fill them with.  Last year, we planted azaleas and bougainvillea.  Sadly, the bougainvillea didn’t survive the winter but the azaleas are starting to come back to life.  I don’t have the best green thumb, but it is so beautiful watching your flowerbeds bloom with color in the spring and summer.  This year, I’m thinking of planting hydrangeas.

Stock up on fresh flowers, veggies, and fruits at farmer’s market.

Springtime means that farmer’s market is back in action.  I miss farmer’s market so much during the winter months.  As a farmer’s daughter, I’ve always appreciated how much better fresh fruits and veggies are.  Store bought just never seems to taste nearly as good!  At least every other week, we try to make it to one farmer’s market or another.  I must admit, one of my favorite parts of the whole ordeal is getting dinner at the market (stuffed baked potatoes & churros are heavenly at ours!)

Have a backyard barbecue.

At the beginning of this Spring, we started redoing our backyard.  We cut down our ten foot fence so that it is now a lot shorter and we have a vineyard view.  We strung lights around the backyard.  We are currently looking at patio furniture and making a cozier space for outdoor space.  I cannot wait to have some friends over and have a backyard barbecue.

Fine tune your hair and makeup routine.

When the start of any new season rolls around, I tend to look at the products I’m using and adjust for the season at hand.  In Spring, the dark nail polish shades fade away to be replaced with light pinks and whites.  My black eyeliner just got traded for a plum/purple hued gel liner.  My blush is getting traded for more bronzy tones.  I have a hair appointment soon, and I know we will probably add a little more sunkissed glean to my mane as well.  Spring is the time to add some “lightness” to my routine.

Get Crafty.

Spring always brings out the inner artist in me.  This year, I collected grapevines after they finished cutting them by our house and twisted them into wreaths.  Then after a trip to Michael’s for some faux flowers, ribbon, wooden letters, and wire, I got to work mixing and creating floral wreath’s with my families last name initial on them.  In previous years, I’ve found an old dresser at Goodwill, sanded it down and painted it.  I’ve also taken a large canvas and some gold paint to create a one of a kind piece that now hangs above our dining table.  Paint nights are also incredibly fun to attend.  There’s something about being able to craft in the fresh air that really gets my creativity going.

Do something outside that you’ve never/rarely done.

Head to the beach and have a picnic, go zip lining, attend an outdoor movie or concert, go for a hike on a new trail.  Just get outside in the gorgeous weather!Add something fun to your wardrobe.

Evaluate your wardrobe and find something that you are missing that would create tons of new outfits for your wardrobe.  Maybe it’s a pair of sandals, a belt, or a pair of sunnies that would make all of your Spring outfits worthwhile.  Make a plan to get that item and start saving up!

Learn something new.

Spring is a time for growth with flowers, and it should be for you too!  Look at something that you’ve always wanted to learn and find a way to do it!  This year, I’ve decided that Spring is the perfect time to start graduate school.  In past years, I learned how to refinish a dresser, how to create a new site for my blog, and have learned so many new computer programs.  The point is, if you want to learn something, now is the best time!

|  Blazer:  White House Black Market (on sale!)  |  Top:  Loft (old; love this similar one)  |  Pants:  Paige  |  Heels:  Christian Louboutin  |  Handbag:  Valentino  |

Spring is the time for change & newness.  It’s one of the best seasons because of this.  What’s on your Spring bucket list?  Give me some ideas for things I need to try this season!

xoxo,

Abbie

In natural Monday fashion here on Devastatingly Chic, I’m bringing you the regular posting of what I wore in real life last week.  These are all the outfits that got me through the work week in style.  I also included one of my weekend outfits (the other was running clothes & I didn’t think you wanted to see that!:)).  Hope your week is off to a great start!

Be sure to check out past week’s What I Wore in Real Life:  Weekly Chic posts here:   .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10.11, .12.

Monday:

|  Pants:  Paige  |  Sweater:  J.Crew  |  Blazer:  J.Crew (old; similar here)  |  Brooch:  Chanel  |  Flats:  Cole Haan (old; identical here)

Tuesday:

|Dress:  Target (this year’s version here)  |  Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell |  Cardigan:  Vince  |  Handbag:  Goyard  |

Wednesday:

See this blog post for all outfit info |  Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell |

Thursday:

|  Cardigan:  Vince  |  Top:  Loft (old; love this similar one)  |  Pants:  Paige  |  Flats:  Chanel  |  Handbag:  Goyard  |

Friday:

|  Pants:  Old Navy  |  Top:  Nordstrom  |  Cardigan:  Ann Taylor  (similar here)  |  Shoes:  Steve Madden (old; similar here)  |

Saturday:

|  Flats:  Christian Louboutin |  Denim:  Joes  (size up 3-4 sizes for a boyfriend look)  |  Sweater:  J.Crew (old; similar here)  |  Tee:  Nordstrom  |  Handbag:  Vintage Chanel  |  Hat:  Rag & Bone  |

Be sure to check out past week’s What I Wore in Real Life:  Weekly Chic posts here:   .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10.11, .12.

Have a fabulous week!

xoxo,

Abbie

All of us have those who have influenced our style and made us into the fashionistas that we are today.  They are those that we look to when we need inspiration.  They are those that we idolized perhaps growing up because their stylish choices were always impeccable.  I have 5 main influences that are all components as to how my style was created.  Keep reading for more about those who inspire my style. 1.  Audrey Hepburn:

If there is one person who has single handedly influenced my style, it is Ms. Hepburn.  Her timeless elegance is something that I strive for in most looks that I wear.  I absolutely adore her personality inside and out.  I think I’ve watched Breakfast at Tiffany’sSabrina, and Roman Holiday over 100 times.  It’s safe to say, I’m utterly captivated by her.  Whether Audrey Hepburn is donning a party dress or just a striped tee and black skinny ankle length trousers, she is always dressed perfectly.
2.  Kate Middleton:

The Duchess is similar to Audrey Hepburn in that she is a beauty inside and out.  In addition, she too embodies timeless style.  No matter the occasion, her outfits are always the classiest and seem to transcend time.  She is the perfect person to look towards for a chic, timeless, work appropriate style.
3.  Victoria Beckham:

Mrs. Beckham is everything I wish I was in terms of style.  She’s chic but never in the boring sense.  She always has a slight edge and interest to her outfits.  Her outfit combinations are rare and unique.  In addition, to top it all off, she’s an amazing designer whose pieces stop my heart each time I see them.  Her daring, yet chic style is what I aspire to someday!

4.  Iris Apfel:

Iris is the most unapologetically unique fashionista that I have ever seen.  I adore her for it.  Iris’ creativity and loud in your face outfits are actually what I picture myself dressing like when I’m in my retirement years.  She reminds me that it is okay (actually encouraged) to be different and to be you no matter what.  Her style is a reflection of what makes her happy.  Honestly, that is all we should be dressing for in life…making ourselves happy.  She completely inspires me to wear what I love regardless of who likes it.
5.  Blaire Eadie:

BEE is the blogger that (in my mind) started it all and continues to blow everyone out of the water with her stylistic choices.  Her pairings are completely unexpected yet flow so very beautifully that one wonders why they didn’t think of that themselves.  She is the pioneer of blogging that I still find myself clicking on weekly.  

Bonus:

I am also in love with the stylistic choices of Olivia Palermo, Miranda Kerr, Jackie O, Jenna Lyons, and various bloggers that inspire me daily.  Looking up outfits that these lovely ladies have worn on Pinterest can sometimes help to get me out of an outfit slump that I might be in and help me to try a combination that I may not have thought of on my own.

Who are your style icons?  Please share!

xoxo,

Abbie

|  Trench:  Topshop (old; love this similar one)  |  Pants:  AG  |  Heels:  Valentino (dupe for around $100 here)  |  Bag:  Valentino  |  Sweater:  Vince (old; similar here)  |  Sunnies:  Karen Walker  |

Like clockwork, I open my iPhone to the same app repetitively after work each day for seemingly hours on end in a feeble attempt to catch up on the day:  Instagram.  It’s my favorite app and, if I’m being completely honest, a time sucker to say the least.  To catch up on my feed from the day takes about an hour of just scrolling through the photos.  That doesn’t including commenting and liking in an effort to socialize and drive traffic to my page as well.  I wish I had time throughout the day to view it and take in the posts in small chunks, but with as busy as my full time actual career is, that just can’t happen.  During my workday, that app doesn’t have the time or the priority to be open.  I’m okay with that.  However, I am confident that that’s the reason my account has dramatically slowed in growth since last Summer.  I just don’t have the time to devote to it when actual matters of life and work are more pressing in nature.  Remember how I said in a past post that I would much rather be busy than bored?  I’m confident that I’ll never truly know what boredom feels like.  As odd as it sounds, I’m happy about that.  I always always have an ever growing to do list:  whether personal, graduate school related, or career related.  There is always something I should/could be doing.

It’s kind of funny, my husband and I were grabbing groceries at Target and we passed the book section.  I’ve been OBSESSED with the show Big Little Lies (watching shows with my husband is part of how we equate to some time together-usually with me scrolling through Instagram or writing a blog post at the same time) in part because the story is amazing and in part because it was filmed near where we live.  Anyway, I was dying to pick up the book that the show was based off of.  My husband looked at me and stated, “When are you going to read that?!  You don’t have time for anything.”  I rolled my eyes and put the book in the cart anyway thinking, “I’ll read it…I’ll make time.”  I pushed the cart around the store thinking about when I was going to get the chance to read it.  By the end of our half an hour trip, I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t see a time in my foreseeable future where it would happen and I placed the book back on the shelf.  A new graduate school course starts next week.  All the days (and a few nights) on my work calendar are full of commitments.  My blog takes me away from the world for about two hours a night.  Then, as stupid as it sounds, to keep up with Instagram (including socializing and promoting blog posts) takes up another hour or two.  Then, of course, I need to ensure that I’m spending some time with my husband and maintaining some contact with my family and friends.  Let’s break it down into numbers:  getting ready for work:  2 hours + work: 9 hours + graduate school:  2 hours per night + blog (post writing):  2 hours per night + Instagram/driving traffic to IG & the blog:  2 hours per night + family time/dinner:  2 hours per night + sleep:  <5 hours per night = 24 hours.  Sometimes, I feel as though the answer is simple.  There may not be enough hours in the day.  However, I refuse to accept that. One quote that always resinates with me is “People make time for what is important.  If it is important, you will find a way.”  I’m not sure that that’s true.  Truth be told, I sometimes feel as though I’ve made too many things important in my mind.  I have four main areas of priority in my life currently:  family/friends, career, graduate school, and my blog.  If I’m completely honest, I’m always making someone or other in my personal life upset because “I don’t have time” to sit around and visit.  Truthfully, if I’m not working on something, I feel as though I’m not doing what I need to.  Don’t get me wrong, there are days where I just crash on the weekend & get absolutely nothing productive done.  However, they are getting rarer in nature. Forgive me for this long, drawn out, slightly depressing post.  I’ve gone back and forth as to whether I should hit publish on it or place it in a virtual trashcan.  However, I always want to be real.  I’m an over thinker by nature.  Every move I make is overly calculated, over-planned and over-analyzed.   I want to make it clear that I am happy with how life is going.  I love that I am busy and always have something going on.  I just wonder….how much more can I add before something falls apart?!  Sometimes, my zest for blogging has faded by bedtime and a post just can’t seem to make it’s way out of my finger tips.  I absolutely adore this little creative outlet and hope that maintaining it will naturally fall into place.  However, if posts, get sporadic during the week, know that it’s not because I don’t want to post….It’s most likely that I’ve fallen asleep on my keyboard again.  🙂This week, I hope to spend some time on Pinterest exploring time management tips/calendar ideas.  If I find anything groundbreakingly helpful, I’ll be sure to bring it back and share with you all!

In the meantime, in an effort to speed up the post writing component of blogging and give me a little added inspiration, what posts would you like to see??????  Comment below to help guide me to create some content that you all would love to read.

xoxo,

Abbie

|  Jacket:  J.Crew (new version here) |  Top:  Ann Taylor (old; similar here)  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Shoes:  Kaitlyn Pan (amazing Valentino Dupe!  Size up a half size)  |  Handbag:  Valentino  |

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for the smaller amount of posts last week.  I was away at a work conference and spent two days out of the week traveling and my days got away from me while we were there.  Thankfully, we are back to regular schedule this week and posts should be going up like normal.

Here’s what I wore in real life last week.  All of these outfits had a little extra planning because I was living out of a suitcase.  I strived to find outfits that worked a variety of ways in case I didn’t feel like wearing the pairing when the day came.  I was pleasantly surprised that the Christian Louboutin flats that I wore were comfy enough to walk over a mile in each day of the conference and I got no blisters from them even though it was the first time that I had worn them.  They were compliment getters everywhere I went and I am so very happy that I purchased them during my birthday spending spree!

Be sure to check out past week’s What I Wore in Real Life:  Weekly Chic posts here:   .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10.11.

Monday:  Regular Work Day

|  Pants:  Paige  |  Sweater:  J.Crew  |  Blazer:  J.Crew (old; similar here)  |  Brooch:  Chanel  | Loafers:  Nicholas Kirkwood  |

Tuesday:  Travel Day

|  Cardigan:  Vince  |  Tee:  Nordstrom (this year’s version here)  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Hat:  Banana Republic  |  Flats:  Christian Louboutin  |

Wednesday:  Work Conference 

|  Dress:  old; love this one  |  Flats:  Louboutin  |

Thursday:  Work Conference (I wore this outfit but with dark skinny jeans instead)

|  See this post here  |

Friday:  Travel Day

| Top:  ChicWish (old; love this one)  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Flats:  Christian Louboutin  |

Saturday:  Errands and Shopping

|Sunnies:  Celine  |  Denim:  Joes  (sized up 3-4 sizes for a boyfriend fit…see this post for more about boyfriend jeans)  |  Sweater: J.Crew (old; wish I owned this version here) |  Vintage Chanel Handbag  |  Flats:  Louboutin  |

Be sure to check out past week’s What I Wore in Real Life:  Weekly Chic posts here:   .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10 , .11

Have a fantastic week!

xoxo,

Abbie

It’s no secret that weekend style is my favorite. I definitely have a uniform of sorts that I gravitate towards on the weekend. There’s typically one key component of that weekend look that might surprise you: a blazer. While blazers are typically looked at as office wear, they style beautifully for the weekend and are often seen as an unexpected look that really gives you some great pulled together vibes.  When pairing a blazer for weekend wear, there are a few things that I consider in order to get my “weekend uniform” just right.  1. Pair it with Denim. 

 Denim is the key to getting this weekend style just right. Grab your favorite ankle length skinnies or ankle length boyfriend jeans (distressed or dark denim is great) and pair them up with your blazer. This combo exudes a classic appeal that is a no fail pairing for me time after time. 2.  Grab your favorite tee. 

I adore slightly oversized plain white v-neck tees to pair with my blazers. They are clean looking and add a casual element to your look. Graphic tees are also another great option for this. 3.  Shoes. 

I adore pointed toe flats with my weekend uniform. However, heels, sandals and wedges also all look equally adorable. Choosing shoes that have a bit of fun to them are always my faves for the weekend. 
4. Fun Accessories. 

Pick a fun bag or some interesting accessories (be it a belt or jewelry) to accessorize your look. These are the items that really add to your blazer by taking it from business to play.  Here my belt and bag help to make your blazer look a bit more relaxed. Blazers aren’t just for the office anymore. In fact, blazers can serve as a weekend staple if styled with a relaxed vibe in mind as noted above.  They are the perfect way for you to look pulled together and chic on any weekend activity. What is your favorite way to style a blazer? Do share!

Xoxo,

Abbie | Blazer:  White House Black Market  |  Tee (plain):  Madewell; Tee (Mascara & Coffee):  Old Navy  |  Denim:  Joes  |  Handbag:  Valentino  |  Flats:  Louboutin (look for less here)  |

Hope your week is off to a fantastic start! Our Monday tradition is here.  I’m sharing all the outfits that I wore in real life last week.  These are all the looks that were created as a speed out to the door in the mornings with minimal style planning involved.

Be sure to check out past week’s What I Wore in Real Life:  Weekly Chic posts here:   .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10.

MONDAY:

|  Pants:  Paige  |  Sweater:  J.Crew  |  Blazer:  J.Crew (old; similar here)  |  Brooch:  Chanel  |  Flats:  Cole Haan (old; identical here)

TUESDAY:

||  Dress:  Nordstrom  |  Trench:  Burberry (love this less expensive one)  |  Wellies:  Hunter  |  Fur Stole:  Zappos |  Sunnies:  Karen Walker  |

WEDNESDAY:|  Heels:  Ann Taylor  |  Pants:  Old Navy  |  Sweater:  Banana Republic (sold out; look could be created with this plus this)  |

THURSDAY:

|  Sweater:  J.Crew  |  Necklace:  J.Crew  (old; love this for under $30)  |  Pants:  Old Navy (they’re actually a blush pink!)  |  Heels:  Banana Republic (old; identical here)  |

FRIDAY:

|  Flats:  Elorie (old; love these)  |  Cardigan:  Vince (on sale!)  |  Trousers:  Old Navy  |  Shirt:  Banana Republic (old; love this)  |

SATURDAY:  Saturday was spent at home in workout clothes…I changed into dark skinny jeans, a white tee, classic Chanel flats, and the same cardigan from Friday for dinner with our family.

SUNDAY:

|  Hat:  Banana Republic (under $25!)  |  Sweater: J.Crew (old; wish I owned this version here)  |  Skinny Jeans:  Joes  |  Flats:  Cole Haan  (old; similar here)  |

Be sure to check out past week’s What I Wore in Real Life:  Weekly Chic posts here:   .01.02.03.04, .05.06.07.08.09, .10.

Have a fantastic week!

xoxo,

Abbie

January brings with it many resolutions that will have long since dissipated.  The struggle to keep these resolutions, that we’ve made with the best of intentions, is very real.  Typically, by March, these said goals are a fleeting memory.

You may remember back in January that I explained how I would be having a no shopping year.  See this post here for full details.  You might be wondering, “How is that going?”  The answer is…actually very successfully.  I know, I’m shocked too.

Here are all the details.

Hall Pass 1/4:

Part of the stipulations include that I’m allowed four hall passes throughout the year.  In January, I used one of my hall passes on these mules.  I have wanted them for so long and was desperate to find them.  When I saw them on eBay for a significantly less price tag, I knew that I couldn’t pass them up.  They are exactly what a hall pass should be used for.  I think I would have been moved to tears if I was unable to purchase them after attempting to hunt them down for so long.

 I must admit that this is (by far) the easy section of the year to emerge from.  You see, these past few months contained a very special little section of the no shopping rules (view them here):  my birthday.  You see, in the rules, I stipulated that my birthday would be a free day where I would be able to purchase what I wanted.  I definitely made that birthday stipulation worth it.

Birthday Gifts:

My sweet husband surprised me with these for my birthday.  I’m completely smitten.  Go a half size up from your normal Italian sizing in them.  I’m always an 8 and a 39 fits perfectly.

What I Purchased on My Birthday Shopping Day:

These Gucci-inspired mules from the outfit post earlier this week were a no brainer for me.

These blush pink loafers screamed my name the second that I saw them in Saks.  I’m always an 8 and purchased a 38.5 in them.  I wish I had them in more colors.  They’re perfect.

My husband may have created an addiction with the pair of flats that he purchased me.  I wore them to the city and fell in love with them so much so that when I found this gold version in store, I had to make them mine.

Using birthday money, I also purchased the blazer & graphic tee from this outfit.  In addition, with birthday money, I purchased this pair of pink trousers.

I guess you might say my birthday was a huge slice of freedom for me from the shopping ban.  However, I must admit, shopping again for my birthday did ignite something within me that has made returning to not shopping incredibly difficult.  I’ve felt very tempted to throw the whole idea out the window lately.  I’ve really struggled with identifying when something should be one of my four (now only three) hall passes for the year.  It’s rather difficult for me to watch all of the spring clothing lines come out in their adorable blush shades and not purchase anything.  I must admit, I’ve had a bit of fear of missing out on amazing spring pieces.  However, at this moment, I am trying my best to maintain motivation.  Granted, this all may sound preposterous to you after I have showcased the plethora of items that were given to me (or purchased by me) for my birthday.  I completely acknowledge that.  However, know that this little lifestyle change has been huge for the girl that came home to nearly a package a day for the past few years.  Thus, coming home to no new sparkly things on the doorstep has been a shift indeed.

A few notions that I have taken from the shopping ban so far are the following:

  1.  I’ve been surprised that I haven’t gotten bored with the clothing in my closet yet.  In fact, there are still a few outfits that I am dying to wear that I haven’t had to the chance to do so yet.  I was convinced that by this point in the year I would be completely tired of the clothing I had.  I guess this just goes to show how much I might need this challenge.
  2. I have now fully identified that I tend to shop emotionally.  Days where I’ve had a tough day are the days where I tend to really want to purchase something new.  So far, distracting myself with a walk around the vineyard, a book, a bubble bath, or various other tasks have kept me from doing so.
  3. Instagram really makes me want to purchase new items.  It’s not the easiest to see everyone rocking the cutest top and not be able to purchase it.
  4. I have a shoe obsession.  I’m sure you noticed a pattern above as to what I used my hall pass on and what I spent my birthday money on.  Shoes, shoes, and more shoes.  It’s kind of hilarious that I would rather purchase a pair of shoes than another component of an outfit.  I think I just view them as more versatile than pieces of clothing.  I’m going to try to remind myself of how much I’m emphasizing shoes with hall passes 2, 3, and 4.
  5. I’m can’t imagine doing this until January.  I will persist for now.  I am hoping that I’m able to work through this, but I also feel as though I’m slightly missing out on not being able to shop.  Perhaps changing it to purchasing one item per month might be more realistic as the year goes on?!  Time will tell.  For now, I am not shopping for the year and 3 more hall passes exist.
  6. I wonder if the mailman thinks I’ve moved now that deliveries have minimized.  haha!
  7. It pains me to write this but, this lack of shopping is harder than I had imagined. There have been days where I really wanted to use all of my hall passes and then some at once.

Thanks for sharing this over exposed, personal, somewhat ridiculous journey with me.  Stay tuned to find out more of where this journey leads.  I know I’m curious to see how this year pans out (and I’m the one living it! haha).

xoxo,

Abbie