Gold, gold, gold!

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Leggings: Old Navy; Cardi: J. Crew; Top and Ring: H&M; Shoes: Sam Edelman; Watch: Target; Blue Gemstone Necklace: Bauble Bar; Multi Colored Necklace (doubled): SO old

If you haven’t noticed by now, my daily uniform (of sorts) is pretty much leggings, a cardi, and flats. Then I pile some accessories on top. The day I wore this was sad and grey out, so I really needed to bring my own warmth and sparkle to the day. Enter a giant flowy golden top (which I would never normally wear with a cardi, but I loved it once I tried it!) and layers of gold everywhere. On my shoes, my wrists, my neck, EVERYWHERE!

(Note the perfect braided bun. I finally figured out the trick to this not looking like a mess and I’ll be sharing it with you next week!)

Hope you’re all having a great week (and staying warm if you live where I do)!

xo,
Elle

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Jeggings, All Dressed Up In The Cold

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Jeggings: Old Navy; Top: Forever 21; Cardi: Narciso Rodriguez for Kohls; Bracelet and Monogram Necklace: Bauble Bar; Statement Necklace: J Crew; Wedges: BCBG; Clutch: Vintage Colombetti (aka this belonged to my super stylish Grandma)

What happens when you’re going to a celebration dinner and the windchill is 4 degrees and you may have to walk 6 blocks to the restaurant? You pull together a ladylike jeans outfit because a dress is just completely out of the question.

I decided to go as demure as possible with the details of this outfit to dress it up a bit. Notice the flat simple clutch, sweater buttoned at the collar, and necklace over said collar.

I went with low wedges instead of boots to keep with the ladylike vibe I had going. Aesthetically, I think this was a good choice. Practically speaking though, my feet were freezing. (Note to self: invest in some peds.)

How are you all dealing with trying to look cute in this cold? It’s so hard! I just want to wear sweater dresses with leggings and Uggs all the time.

Stay warm!

xo,
Elle

Dress or Pants? Um…BOTH!

I know that dresses over pants are kind of a thing but I can’t get 100% behind it just yet (maybe because I get flashbacks of hippies I went to art school with who took this look to a whole other level). I modified the look here by layering my dress over leggings, and tying everything together with my favorite striped cardi.

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Cardi: J. Crew; Dress: Cynthia Rowley; Loafers: Rampage; Bracelet: Bauble Bar; Ring: H&M; Necklace: Grandma’s.

I feel like this didn’t photograph very well. The skirt looks stiffer than it actually was and the the stripes aren’t quite lining up right in the photo. But trust me, it was super cute. Silver loafers provided a pop of bright metallic, so I kept the rest of my jewelry very simple and gold.

Are you guys into the dresses over pants trend?

xo,
Elle

Inaugural First Lady Fashion Recap!

Oh, America. The thing I love most about you is the ability to put politics aside and agree on this one thing: that Michelle Obama is certainly the most stylish and pulled together First Lady to grace the White House since 1963.

In case US history isn’t your thing, I’m referring to the previous century’s trend setting FLOTUS, Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Let’s recap our FLOTUS’ (or Michelle, as I call her because we’re cool like that) Inaugural outfits, one by one, shall we?

At the official swearing-in at the Oval Office on Sunday, Michelle wore a custom made royal blue dress and cardi by Reed Krakoff and debuted some cute new fringe (which has become the talk of the nation). Malia and Sasha both also look adorable and age appropriate.

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Later that day, Michelle rocked this super cute Alexander McQueen. I love this so much that words cannot even express the depth of emotion I feel for this outfit. The top, the perfect pants, the belt. Lord, I have no words. I covet all of it.

(Side note: the FLOTUS wore this same top with a different belt at Oxford University in 2011. I would like to publicly thank both Mrs. Obama and Duchess Kate for rewearing your favorite clothes!)

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And Malia and Sasha again look fabulous. Stylish moms breed stylish daughters. Fact. (I would know.)

At Sunday’s Inaugural Reception, Michelle kept things simple and chic with a Michael Kors sequined dress that she originally wore back in 2009. And it appears as if our fair FLOTUS loves an arm party just as much as we do!

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Now fast forward to Monday. MO is in a custom made Thom Browne coat which was inspired by one of Mr. Browne’s men’s neckties. She paired the coat with a Cathy Waterman necklace and J. Crew pumps as seen below with her daughters in gorgeous coats as well. (Sasha’s coat is by Kate Spade and Malia’s is J. Crew).

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Come outdoor ceremony and parade time Michelle swapped out her heels for some fab Reed Krakoff boots, slipped on a pair of brightly colored J. Crew gloves (which offset the navy coat perfectly), and belted her coat (belt by J. Crew). If belts over coats weren’t so impractical I would wear something similar to this every day of winter.

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I sat on the edge of my seat waiting to see who the First Lady would choose to wear to the Inaugural Balls. Flashback to 2009 for Jason Wu! I love that Michelle chose to do a bright red chiffon gown with velvet details. It fell beautifully on her. Her shoes (which I couldn’t get a good look at) were Jimmy Choo. The FLOTUS accessorized with a custom made ring by Kimberly McDonald and another arm party! (I’m giving you two images of this so you can see the details on the dress.)

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That was an exhilarating fashion inauguration, wasn’t it guys? I have no gripes, other than that a teeny part of me wishes the First Lady choose a new designer for her ball gown. But that’s just a teeny tiny part. The rest of me is jumping up and down screaming in excitement about the pretty red gown.

xo,
Elle

Hawaiian … Pastels???

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Hello my lovelies!

I found out one day last week that we were having a Hawaiian themed day at work for casual Friday. There are not many trends or looks that I rule out, but I draw the line at Hawaiian shirts or coconut bras. No and no. Instead of the company suggested Don Ho-like button downs (who comes up with these things?), I opted for a more subtle sheer pastel floral top that had been hanging out in my closet with tags on it for months. I accessories with some simple flat sandals and green and blue J. Crew necklaces. And sunglasses on my head, since it was Hawaiian day, obvi.

My awesome coworker happened upon that gorgeous little vintage broach and gave it to me that day. (An “L” for Elle, get it?) It went perfectly on my necklaces! I think I have a new favorite piece that I’m going to wear a million different ways.

What would your Hawaiian interpretation have been?

xo,
Elle