classic bags.

Must Have Black Bags

I can never turn down a great new bag, especially a leather one. I feel that everyone should invest and carry at least one bag that can be a strong staple in their wardrobe. Although I love playing with bright colors, I prefer them in different parts of an outfit instead of a purse. Personally, I always tend to stray in the direction of classic colors such as black and cognac. These splurge and steal worthy bag options are some of my favorite silhouettes this fall. The backpack is back in action this season, and it is a wildly comfortable idea at that! I also can't get enough of the classic tote and the variety of finishes. From perforated to embossed leathers, this is a great piece to add to your collection.

I did a photo shoot a while back with some of my purses and favorite shoes to pair with them. I don't think you need to always match shoes to bags, but it can really pull a look together.


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maxi sweater.

Whoa, hey there! Sorry about my little absence this last week. August was a pretty wild month, and after moving in and not spending one weekend at home... I'm ready for a break. It should start to slow down here shortly, and fall is just around the corner! Although I complain a lot about the winters here, there is nothing better than fall in the Midwest. The leaves... the sweaters... the trips to the apple orchards (see embarrassing buzzfeed here).  While this weather is upon us, I want to try and ease into a new wardrobe. A good way to start layering in warmer pieces is with sweaters, especially open ones like this maxi from Urban Outfitters. I love the weight of this sweater along with the length. I'm going to try and keep wearing open toe shoes for as long as I can!

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labor day sales.

Lucky you! You get an extra long weekend AND lots of sales at your favorite retailers. Sounds like a nice weekend to me!

After perusing the sales for the weekend, here are some places you might just want to hit up to get your save on:

40% OFF

50% OFF

SHOPBOP: savings up to 70% off
NORDSTROM: up to 40% off
CLUB MONACO: 50% off clearance items
ANTHROPOLOGIE: extra 20% off clearance
BLOOMINGDALES: extra 20% off sale
J.CREW: extra 40% off sale
MADEWELL: extra 30% off sale

image via GAP

Happy Shopping!

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This last weekend I was lucky enough to be called a bridesmaid in my (future) sister-in-law's wedding. She's a real gem and let us pick out our own bridesmaid dresses, which is seriously ideal. As soon as I saw this Lace collection for bridesmaid dress options at J.Crew, I was sold. The Pamela dress was my perfect fit- just the right length and a beautiful material. I truly couldn't wait to wear it to this wedding just so I could wear it again. J.Crew is somewhere I'm thinking for my own bridesmaids... but I love how all our dresses coordinated for my sister's as well. It's such an updated look to allow your bridesmaids to chose, and it adds a bit more flair and personality to it as well. She had us all wear the same shoes and earrings, which really tied it all together. I picked some of my favorite lace options below. Also, I've said it once and I'll say it again.. WAIT for the sales if possible.

J.Crew Lace Bridesmaids


painted lace.

Francesca's Shirt // Zara Shoes // BDG Jeans

I don't always expect the times that people will approve of an outfit I'm wearing. It really comes when I least expect it... like with this number. I haven't gotten so many compliments on a piece of clothing in awhile... today, that was this shirt! I picked up this little gem at Francesca's a year or so back, loving the details of this upgraded version of one of my favorite fabrics. Everyone has to have those days where you are just on point with your peers, am I right?! Do you have a go-to piece?
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