Archives for December 2015

Stop: Flannel Time

Dad’s of the world, rejoice!

It’s official: flannels are cool. Which means you’re cool, you trendsetters, you.

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Some of my very favorite styles have been “borrowed” from my parents’ closets that, much to their dismay, I now identify as vintage. From my mom’s navy blazer from college, to my dad’s old Lacoste cardigans, these timeless pieces are bound to make another go round as history repeats itself. (On that note…would y’all be interested in a post featuring some vintage finds? Leave me a comment below and let me know!)

A comfy flannel that feels perfectly worn in, simply feels like home to me. Update it just a smidge with a few classic accessories, and it’s back to the good ole’ days.

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My English Springer Spaniel, Bentley, decided to jump in for a few shots!

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This Edie Tunic from one of my favorite online boutiques, Bungalow 123 (that you’ve definitely seen all over Pinterest!) is such a great pick. It’s definitely long enough to function as a dress if you’re of average height (like me, about 5’5″), but can be worn over jeans, leggings, or tights just as easily. I tucked one front side of it into the pocket of my jeans to make it appear just a little bit shorter for the look I was going for.

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I’m a lover of chunky knit infinity scarves to bundle up with in the winter. I haven’t been doing much bundling lately (Thanks, Alabama weather…), but it’s awfully nice to have a cute, neutral scarf on hand, like this one, also from Bungalow 123. It’s only $20, to top it off!

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I’ve been on the hunt for an investment pair of jeans for the past few weeks. After starting my job in retail this semester, I’ve learned so much about the true value of a pair of designer jeans. As long as you treat them right, they’ll be around for years! I received these Citizens of Humanity dark denim skinny jeans for Christmas this year, and really could not be happier with them! They’re a very stretchy material, which is extremely comfortable, and I was able to size down one size (which made me feel extra great, ha!)

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If you want your denim to stay looking new for years, here are some tips on how to care for them:

  1. Wash them as little as possible! It might sound gross, but over-washing can ruin the sizing and wash.
  2. If you do have to wash them (i.e. you spilled something on them) always wash on cold, and turn them inside out to protect the dye.
  3. Never, ever, ever put them in the dryer. The heat from the dryer literally breaks fibers in the denim (scary!), causing them to stretch even more. Even if they feel tighter right when they come out, they will go back!
  4. If you truly are needing your jeans to fit a little more snug, put them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. This will bind the fibers together extra tight without risk of harming and breaking them.

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If you asked me how many pairs of booties I’ve purchased this season, my family would probably disown me. Here’s to hoping they’re not reading this and just skimming over the pictures;) I just can’t get enough, though! These Baxter Fringe Booties from Bungalow 123 are so cute and comfortable. They’re extremely well-made for such a reasonable price, and something I plan to keep in my closet for quite a while!

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There’s no place like home.

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Xo,

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Holiday Party Style 101

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

My favorite thing about the holidays (besides endless naps and tasty treats, of course!) is that you’re finally ‘allowed’ to break out all things sparkly that have been hiding in your closet! Seriously: the more glam, the better. You already know that’s right up my alley. That’s why I love combining one of my favorite trends of this year (thanks, Taylor Swift) the two-piece set, with all the glitz of the holiday season.

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This gorgeous embroidered two-piece set is a show stopper for sure. Because the shine is woven into the fabric, it’s not too over-the-top shiny, but is so eye-catching when the light hits it the right way. I ordered a size small, and each piece fits like a charm! Bonus: It’s got pockets.IMG_3225-8-cb

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Remember one of my favorite two-piece sets from this summer in NYC?! Add some sleek black pumps, some trusty black tights, and a glamorous fur coat to transition this trend into the chilliest of temps.

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I cannot wait to rock this set (together, or apart, for more outfit options!) at all kinds of holiday celebrations this year. Think: out to dinner with the fam, a dressy Christmas party, and I’m already thinking about New Year’s Eve!

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Let’s talk details.

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Y’all know I love me some Rocksbox. This stunning Loren Hope cuff (that I’ll surely be adding to my budding LH collection!) came in my box this month, along with this Perry Street Crystal ‘X’ Ring and a gorgeous Kendra Scott necklace (shown a little below!) Don’t forget to use my code ‘wesleydayshawxoxo’ to get one month of Rocksbox on me!

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PSA: Pantone just released the 2016 ‘colors of the year,’ including Rose Quartz and Serenity. Kick off your 2016 in the most stylish of ways with Kendra Scott, who is already on the ball with everything Rose Quartz! I love this Rayne Necklace (in rose quartz) that was in my Rocksbox this time around!

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Here I am…pulling a total Taylor Swift (is that the second time I’ve mentioned her already?) wearing something the wrong way. Can we pause and laugh at me? *Anyways* although these earrings from Lydell NYC are supposed to be worn up your ear (like the new ear crawler trend, see here!), I opted to wear them dangling down. Why? Because fashion is confusing sometimes.

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Have a happy ho-ho-holiday, from one goof to another (see below)

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Have A Wesley Day!

Xo

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Her & For Him

It’s the holiday season… {the holiday season}

Being {halfway} in the real-world, I get how stressful shopping for gifts around the holidays can be. Not enough time, not enough money…the list goes on. Shopping for those you love should be an enjoyable task, but oftentimes we find ourselves scrambling at the last minute, not feeling satisfied with finding the “perfect” gift.

Now, don’t get me wrong: the holidays are about so much more than gift-giving. But, I can totally relate with loving seeing people’s faces light up when they unwrap something special that says, “I get you.” Below, I’ve taken the time to round up all of my picks for all of the girls and guys in your life. So don’t stress! We’ve got this in the bag…pun intended.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Have a Wesley Day,

Xo

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Blush + Leather, A Love Affair

As the weather gets chillier (and then goes back up to 70 degrees, and then back down to 30…) it can be difficult to keep your wardrobe in check. But, just because the weather is going through a major identity crisis, doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to! You can keep your favorite wardrobe staples out all year long–you just have to mix and match them the right way.

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In my case, I can’t go a season without graphic tees and my signature black leather skirt. This Wildfox “Bella” Graphic Tee is from (my fave) Riffraff, and although this exact version is currently unavailable, a long-sleeved grey version of it is available here! Graphic tees are so easy to throw on and go–whether you’re out doing a little Christmas shopping or going on a movie date, you’re sure to look super chic every time.

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My leather skirt and leather booties were actually gifts from a while back, but I found a few similar items at reasonable prices (find them below!) so you can snag some for yourself. I’m such a fan of leather anything, from jackets, to booties, to this pair of leather leggings I ordered just the other day. Leather accessories add just the right amount of rock ‘n roll punch to your look to take your look straight to a 10.

Some Favorite Leather Picks


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Investing in several pairs of plain black tights can get you a long way through seasons of cold weather. I love layering them with my favorite skirts and dresses to see them through the winter, and even layering them under jeans when the temps are crazy-cold! Grab this perfect pair of opaque tights for only $10! (Grab a few, at that price!)

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You can transition all of these favorite pieces by adding a super chic long-line coat like this “Simply Sweet Coat” from Riffraff. I just adore the contrast of the hard black leather with the ballerina pink of this coat–I think the unexpected combination is what works most for my taste, without going too overboard! Keep in mind when ordering that you may want to size up, as the shoulder area can be a little snug!

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Escape from the norm by combining more classic pieces (like my signature Kate Spade bag) and these sunnies from Riffraff, with edgier pieces, and the new Mirror Rock Crystal collection from Kendra Scott. I’m wearing some of my favorite picks from the (gorgeous) collection here, like the Elaine Stud Earrings, Rayne Necklace, and Jamie Gunmetal Bracelet. This edgy collection is truly unlike anything I’ve seen from Kendra Scott so far, and it really proves to me that they can do no wrong! Simply stunning.

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In love with the Kendra Scott jewelry from this post? (I know I am…) Stick around for a major announcement on my Instagram to find out how you can make it all yours soon (wink!).

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Xo,

 

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Photo Credit: Katrina Phillips