Monday, November 16, 2015

The Coatigan

The coatigan, What is it? It's a cross between a coat and a cardigan. This is the first coatigan that I have ever purchased so I thought I would share my feedback on the style. 

First off, this one from Loft is amazingly soft. The material is heavy but not too heavy-perfect for when you want to wear a sweater or maybe something just a little warmer- hence the coatigan was born. 

The one button design of this one is simple yet structured. I don't think that I would ever wear this buttoned but it's nice that you have that option. I purchased this one in a Petite size since I am 5'4'' and I think the length of it is perfect for me. 

I do not mind the longer length; however, anyone who knows me knows that I like to show off my waist and this coatigan really goes out of its way to cover up my shape. That might be the only negative thing about this style that I have found. 

Overall, I think it's a nice alternative to wearing a coat and I think I will be able to get lots of good use out of this one. I picked this one up on major sale which is always a great way to try a trend or an article of clothing or accessory. 

Here are some pictures out and about at the Wilson Farm:







Coatigan- Loft (online)
Chambray bow blouse- Loft (online recent)
Jeans- Royalty for Me (online recent)
Boots- DSW (old)
Tassel earrings- Purple Peridot (online recent)

Thanks for reading and following along with me!

Sandae

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Style: Polka Dots in the City

I could wear this dress all day every day. You know that feeling that you get when you just feel good? You've got a pretty dress on and you might feel a little like a princess? Yeah. That was me wearing this around town.

Dainty Jewells has done it again! The perfect dress for parties or church or just wearing it on a Thursday. I love the design of this dress- a beautiful fitted bodice and a full skirt. The tie is detachable and adds extra to your oomph to the design and draws attention to your waistline. 

Dainty Jewells is one of my favorite online shops that provides fashionable modest clothing. I love the modern and vintage designs of the clothing and the fabrics are beautiful! I also love that this company was the vision of a 16 year old girl who wanted to dress modestly and fashionable and wanted to share her designs with the world! 

This dress design is called the Central Park and it also comes in girl sizes! Perfect for the holiday parties or pictures that you might want to start taking! 

My son and I took advantage of the sunrise in downtown Grand Rapids as we shot these pictures in the early morning. The GRAM is one of my favorite places to visit and the city was so quiet before the early morning hustle and bustle. We finished shooting snd then headed to have a coffee and hot chocolate at our favorite Bigby Coffee. It's not always about fashion- it's about family and friends and these are the things that warm my heart. 

Enjoy these pictures of this gorgeous dress and some of the sites around the GRAM:










Dress- Dainty Jewell's (online recent)
Heels- Just Fab (online last year)
Bracelets- Lia Sophia (old)
Necklace- J Crew (old) 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 

Sandae 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Talbots Trunk Show

What else is more fun on a cloudy Friday afternoon than a visit with some of my favorite people at Talbots and seeing some new fashions?

The atmosphere was alive and buzzing with excitement when I got to the store. It's always fun to see people that I enjoy working with and meeting new ones too! One of the things I love most about Talbots is that they treat all of their customers with care and respect. You can tell they all truly love what they do. 

The brand is classic with their styles and fabrics yet on trend with updated patterns and accessories. I loved taking a look around the store before and after the show to see and feel all of the items in the new line.

Three of the stores in the area combined forces along with a Regional Sales Manager to make this fashion show happen. I loved that they used their customers to model the fashions too!

I walked away with a few things including this look from today:





Sweater and skirt- Talbots (recent)
Boots- Avenue (recent online)


And now here's the recap on some of my favorite looks from the show:

Fair Isle sweaters are super popular right now, especially as it's getting colder and closer to the holiday. Pair one of these with a fun plaid shirt and some five pocket cords. Remember pattern mixing is fun- just stay within the same color family.


Vanilla is a great color and it's Talbots take on white for winter. I saw a couple of looks featuring vanilla with pastels like a puffer vest with a cable sweater and circle skirt  as well as a fun holiday sweater with wool pants with a fur snood.



I love the look of a classic pencil skirt! A pencil skirt can be dressed up or down and is so functional for work or a casual look. This one was dressed down with a denim shirt and a cardigan but added a statement necklace for some additional interest. This is actually a look I love and wear often!



One of my favorite looks for fall and winter this year is buffalo check. I saw this skirt and immediately knew it needed to make its way into my closet! I loved this outfit on the mannequin in the store and was pleased that my Talbots personal shopper and friend, Janet, also picked this look out for me!

I had such a great time at the show! It was awesome getting to see people from my favorite store and to see all of the new looks!

Thanks for reading and following along with me!

Sandae


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday Style: Faux Leather

I recently became familiar with a company called Dia&co. I decided to give ordering a box a try. I'll tell you about my experience first before I share pictures. I talked to a stylist on the phone after I filled out a questionnaire on the website. I made sure to put things on my profile like styles and colors I like as well as amounts I would spend on particular pieces of clothing or accessories.

I received my first box and loved items in it but a couple of the items weren't the best fit for me. I sent them back in the postage paid envelope and then went online to rate the items. In my second box I received a few items that I loved including this awesome olive faux leather skirt. 

I kept the outfit to a minimum to show off the skirt and then added pattern with both the clutch and my shoes. I'm loving this secretary bow blouse with it too- the color is perfect with the olive for fall! This outfit is great to wear to work and then even out afterwards to dinner or a date or drinks with the girls. I think my favorite part is the gold exposed zipper in the back! 

Here are some pictures of the outfit with the faux leather skirt: 






I also wanted to show you all the other items that I kept in my boxes and how I styled them:


This blue tiered sleeveless chiffon top was perfect for layering under a cardigan and wearing with a skirt and booties. 


This pendant came in my second box and looked great with this patterned top and jeans. 


I paired this black coat with black underneath and houndstooth pants. More pattern mixing with a leopard clutch and cobalt heels for that pop of color. 


Last but not least is this great navy and white striped knit top that I paired with olive riding pants and boots. I love the lace detail on it! 

Details from today's outfit: 

Blouse- Talbots via Poshmark (older blouse but recent Poshmark purchase)
Skirt- Dia&co (recent online)
Clutch- DSW (recent in store)
Shoes- Target (old)

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! The weather has been beautiful here! 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 

Sandae 


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pretty Paisley

Paisley is such a classic print. It's used in everything from clothing items to accessories. I happen to love a pretty paisley and the print on this karinadresses dress is no exception.

I think this print is perfect for fall but let's also take a minute and love on the style of this dress! It's so perfect with the vneck front and the perfect waist with a fabric belt that I tied into a bow. The skirt is a fuller style with a great length hitting around the knee. 

The fabric is a washable jersey fabric so it's not only super stylish but also super comfortable! This style is called the Maggie. Such a great dress! 

Here's some pictures of this beautiful paisley dress:







Dress- Karina Dresses (online- click on upper box on blog)
Heels- Loft (old)
Bracelet- Banana Republic (earlier this year)


Hope you all are off to a great start of the week! 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 

Sandae