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)  |

Wearing white before Memorial Day can be seen as oh so taboo! In actuality, white is seasonless. You see, its best not to follow the rules (well at least fashion rules) at times. White is so chic and wearing it in thoughtful ways during the late winter/early spring season can feel so fresh.Weaaring white during this time of year can be done well if these simple tips are followed: 
1. Choose some amazing white denim. 

White jeans can go so wrong if the Wong ones are chosen. Ideally, your white denim should have a thicker denim fabric to them. Thinner versions may need the pockets removed in order to eliminate and lumps and bumps that they may create. In addition, finding a pair with around 2% spandex is key. I swear it’s the number that turns them into flawlessly fitting pairs. Furthermore, finding a pair that grazes your ankle bone is best as they look as stunning with heels and flats as they do with ankle booties. These types are truest seasonless. 

2. Pair white denim with cold weather pieces or fabrics. 

It’s all in what you pair your denim with. Perfection is pairing it with at least one winter piece. I mean think wool sweaters, fur pieces, ankle booties. These items really help to transition the white to this time of year. 

3. Think monochromatic but vary your textures. 

Ensambles where you pair in a monochromatic fashion, look best when there are different textures to your look. Here I’ve included denim, linen, fur, lace and leather in a similar color way.  Texture truely is key to a fashion forward look. 

4. Layer. 

During this time of the year layers are your best friend. They allow you to easily transition from the cold mornings to the moderate afternoons with ease. They also really make your white denim looks like it’s appropriate. Here, I’ve layered a long sleeve tee, blazer & fur scarf. Layers make everything look a little more planned and cohesive. 

What are your favorite ways to wear white denim at this time of the year?

Xoxo, 

Abbie

|  Blazer:  J.Crew (this year’s version here)  |  Skinnies:  Paige  |  Heels:  Banana Republic (sold out; these are nearly identical)  |  Stole:  Zappos  |  Handbag:  Vintage Chanel  |

Every year we make some purchases that are absolutely amazing.  They are driving forces in our wardrobe.  They are items that we wish we could wear every day.  Items that we feel amazing in.  These are the items that I consider my best purchases of 2016.

1. & 2. Best Handbags:  Chanel Jumbo & Louis Vuitton Pouchette Metis (Tie)

The Chanel Jumbo entered my wardrobe in February and never really left my side since.  It’s incredibly versatile and looks as stunning with jeans as it does with a dress.  It adds glamour to every single outfit that it is paired with. It makes my heart sing just picking it up & I honestly have to tell myself to put it down and give another handbag a chance to see the light of day.  It’s the best purchase I’ve made this year!

The Louis Vuitton Pouchette Metis entered my wardrobe in January of 2016.  I really liked it when I called Louis Vuitton’s customer service and was able to have them track down the last one in country at the time for me (they were backordered & incredibly rare for a while this year).  However, I never imagined my love for it would grow to what it is now.  I’m not big on monogram prints but this one just works.  It’s in a small dosage of monogram & the crossbody option really adds versatility to it.  I’m still shocked every time I pack it for the day as it fits so very much.  It’s a bag I reach for time and time again.  It’s suited my lifestyle well!

3.  Best Sandals:  Loeffler Randall Luz

I knew from the minute I ordered these sandals we would be smitten with one another.  The lace up detailing and tassels were just about all my heart could take.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sandal I love nearly as much as these.  I wore them with pants, skirts, and dresses all Spring & Summer long.  I loved them so much in fact that I actually purchased them in black as well (though those didn’t see the wear that these nude ones did).  While they do take a few extra minutes to put on in the morning, they are worth every extra second.  You can rest assured I will be wearing them again this next Spring with a smile on my face!

4.  Best Flats:  Chanel Ballerinas

These flats are an investment, don’t get me wrong.  However, they have essentially been the only flats I reach for over and over again throughout the year.   I adore the light pink version that came out during Spring 2016 & the gold version that was part of the Fall 2016.  They are comfortable and timeless.  Honestly, I just don’t feel as special in nearly any other flats.  I will be wearing these for decades to come.

5.  Best Boots:  Christian Louboutin Chelsea Boots

I purchased these boots on a whim in November.  I initially thought I was being irrational because who purchases Louboutins where the heel is so low that you can barely even see the red sole?!  I mean, it’s not what you would typically purchase from the brand.  However, I had been hunting for chelsea boots that I liked for months.  These were the only ones that made me take a second look.  Now that I own them (and have worn them more than twice a week since I purchased them), I have no idea what took me so long.  The thing about lower heeled Louboutins is that YOU know you have something special on so it elevates your mood.  These kind of lower heels aren’t really for anyone but you.  However, when you know that you are wearing them (because you love them so very much), you walk a little taller and smile a little brighter.

6.  Best Shorts:  One Teaspoon Bandits:

I haven’t been much of a shorts person since college when I was convinced that everything had to be super short or incredibly tight.  In fact, most short shorts made me feel as though I looked like a borderline street walker (LOL).  These didn’t.  The varying length on them helps to elongate your legs while still making you feel covered.  I sized up a size in order to make sure that they weren’t tight whatsoever.  I never thought I would love shorts like I love these.

7.  The Perfect Blazer:  J.Crew

If it’s one thing J.Crew does really well, it’s blazers.  I immediately had heart eyes the second I saw it.  I purchased faster than I could finish a sentence regarding how much I loved it.  I then wore it to everything from weekend looks (shown above) to work.  It was a wardrobe staple for me that saw endless styling opportunities.

8.  The Perfect Cardigan:  360 Cashmere (this year’s version here)

For my birthday, my husband and I went to Santa Barbara.  I found an adorable boutique that stocked up on the most adorable pieces of cashmere.  After attempting to tell myself no to many pieces, I came across this cardigan in a blush pink and I was unable to walk away.  I wore it for months on end and finally purchased it in gray as well!  Cashmere cardigans are a weakness of mine but, let’s be honest, what’s better than wrapping up in a cardigan that feels like a blanket?!

9.  The Best Top:  Rebecca Taylor (adore this version)

This lace top is one of the prettiest little pieces in my closet.  The attention to detail is superb.  The lace is intricate and the silk is heavenly.  While I purchased this back in January, I maintain that this is one of the best tops in my closet.  In fact, while it is no longer available, Rebecca Taylor always pays exceptional attention to details and is a go to for amazing intricate pieces.

10.  The Best Sunnies:  Karen Walker Super Duper

These sunnies are seen on so many people.  In fact, when I purchased them, I worried that since everyone had them, they were played out.  I tried them on and they covered a multitude of sins on my no makeup face.  These sunnies make you feel like a movie star.  Their shape is so flattering and the tortoise shell is timeless.  As much as I try to love other pairs, these have become my go to pair this year.

 

While 2016 brought a lot of new items to my wardrobe, those were by far my 10 favorite purchases of 2016.  What were some of your favorite purchases that you’ve made this past year?

xoxo,

Abbie