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Ralph Lauren

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Cheers!  Today marks both my mom and my birthdays, yay!  With both our styles in mine, I loved the idea of finding inspiration in one collection that could work for both our ages and still be on trend.  Ralph Lauren‘s Fall 2016 collection is sophisticated and mature, yet still has an edge about it that’s refreshing for a younger audience.  The western styling nods toward my country music-loving style, while the Aztec prints compliment my mom’s love for geometrical patterns.  I really love the idea of the oversized layering and cinched waistlines.  The key to wearing a collection that could really work at any age, is to pick pieces that work with your body and compliment your features.  As your body changes over the years and styles continue to evolve, be open to the shift in silhouettes and wardrobes.  HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

Pending my jet lag dies off this weekend, we’ll be back in full force with more style shots! Have a great weekend. 

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(Images via Vogue)

Alexandre Vauthier

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Well hello, December.  I’m kicking off the first of the month with a punch of attitude.  I love Alexandre Vauthier‘s Fall 2016 couture collection.  The pieces are dramatic, controlled.  The a number of the silhouettes give a nod toward an over-sized shape while tailoring back in at the natural waistline with the use of a variety of belts.  Vauthier’s color palettes has a heavy militaristic influence, primarily focusing on a mix of army greens, rich black, and warm brown tones.  The fur vest and jacket have me intrigued for the cold weather to come.  Although this collection has a very strong feminine feel to it, there’s a slight touch of androgynous details that balance out each look—cue the define shoulders, blazer-styling, and abundance of pants.  I’m all for a cozy-dramatic look for the winter months to come.

Which Alexandre Vauthier look is your favorite?

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(Images via Vogue)

Traveling home

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Up, up, and away!  We’re headed back to DC from California this morning and nothing is better for an early morning flight that a comfortable outfit.  For men, a stylish yet comfortable look for traveling is an oxford or chukka boot.  I love the sophisticated, polished feel to these shoes, yet they’re both still casual enough to last you all day.  Toss aside those tennis shoes and go for a more polished travel look.

What’s your go-to travel shoe?

Oxford: Cole Haan 
Chukka Boot: Sperry 

Adorned footwear

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Decorate your feet!  I love the idea of adorned footwear for winter.  As we all tend to layer up for the fall and our daily look consists of a coat and some sort of pant leg peeking out the bottom, I love the thought of making a statement through your shoes.  Whether you’re layering up your slinky sandals with a pair of glistening tights or your going for a closed toed look, choose a shoe with added details.  Bows are my go to, but why not venture out into something playful and unexpected.

What style of adorned shoe would you wear?

Ankle Tie Heel: Loeffler Randall 
Puff Ball Loafers: Kate Spade 
Suede Bow Booties: Zara 

Apiece Apart

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Let’s get comfortable.  Apiece Apart‘s Fall 2016 collection is beyond wearable.   l love how the designers took silhouettes, extended them into oversized and perfectly cinched shapes, creating a look that any woman would want to try on.  The hemlines are forgiving and playful.  The fabrics have textured with depth.  A few nods to romanticism runs throughout the collection with the use of ruffles.  Sign me up for a soft, forgiving yet flirty look this winter.

Which Apiece Apart look is your favorite?

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(Image via Vogue)

Thanksgiving prep

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Turkey day is t-minus 2 days.  As America preps for feast mode, I’m over here in DC getting ready to pack my bags and head to California for the week.  At Thanksgiving dinner, I usually think I want to be dressed up but when it comes down to it, cooking and lounging around the house all day is better suited in a more casual look.  I love these comical tanks that help set the mood for the day.  For pants, I’m all about a jean or legging that leaves room for an extra piece of pie.  Lastly, to style up your casual look, go for a playful pair of shoes.  Ready, set, feast.

What’s your Thanksgiving Day style?

Tank: Tipsy Elves 
Jeans: Cotton On 
Laceless Oxfords: Loeffler Randall