Styling with Leather

“It takes nothing to join the crowd.  It takes everything to stand alone” – Hans F Hansen

Spice up your business attire by wearing a leather jacket.  In this post I wanted to dress up this relatively plain sweater dress  by adding a cropped leather jacket.  The dress is professional but the jacket screams cool!

There are so many different way to wear leather:

Leather can add to any outfit.  If you are thinking more casual, then pair your leather jacket with either colored jeans or or boyfriend cut jeans and finish off with a nice pair of heels.  The jacket and shoes will really finish off the look!

For a really amazing dressier look, pair your leather jacket with a pleated maxi skirt.

For Fall a great combo is a cool green, mustard or maroon colored dress with tights, your leather and then add a patterned scarf to finish it off.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more ideas of how to style with leather!

Wearing a Cuff

“Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle”

When you are looking to accessorize, cuff bracelets are a great thing to wear if you want to make a statement.  To make the cuff stand out, wear a shorter sleeved top or tight long sleeved top that is just one color.  Patterns would overwhelm the look.  Make sure that if you are wearing a cuff, only wear one…you don’t want to overstate the look.

Bangles are a great way to add accents as well.  These are great because you can mix and match different styles and colors.  Try to stick to a maximum of 6 bangles again to not overwhelm the look you are going for.

I always like to mix and match gold, silver and then add in a color that compliments the outfit that I am wearing.

Styling with Patterns

“Never fear standing out, being bold, being Phenomenal or being Just You!”

I have talked before about not being afraid of patterns. I love this great pair of pants that I just wore with a plain black sweater finished off with a metallic belt.  One good rule of thumb for wearing patterns is to not try to overdo it.  For example, I didn’t want my outfit to look too busy so I only wore the pants and then added a plain top.  You can always dress up the top with a cool accessory or belt.

I love wearing a bold pair of pants because it gives me a great sense of confidence! You can always tone down your pattern with a plain top so you don’t feel too overwhelmed.

If you don’t feel really like you could pull off wearing patterned pants, a skirt or dress, a great place to start is by wearing a patterned top.  

Go ahead – be BOLD!


Keeping Warm

I love how hats look on other people, but they have never been something I have really experimented with.  I think I have always been worried about what my hair looks like when wearing a hat (especially when I have had hairstyles that are shorter)…When I found these cute beanies with fur pom poms I thought it would be a great time for me to try one out!

I love the colors – they are so great for the season, and I think the fur really accents them well.

I love both colors – let me know which one you like best…

For everyone that comments on this post, you will be entered to win one – I will be drawing two winners on Friday at 12am MST.

Good luck and let me know what you think!!

What I’m craving…

“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy shoes, and that’s kind of the same thing”

Let me tell you a little about myself.  Before I ever go shopping for myself I usually have a pretty good idea of what I want.

Recently I have been thinking that I want some new booties, but I have a specific type in mind.  It sometimes takes me a while to find the exact ones that I want because I always have something really clear in my mind.  That doesn’t mean that if I go shopping I won’t find other things that I like, but I definitely have the thing I am really “craving” in the back of my mind all the time.

I like to find a deal so I very often shop around online first.  My favorite sites to look at are:  Nordstrom, DSW, Zappos and Steve Madden.  Aldo has some great shoes as well.

I have highlighted 2 pairs of boots above – let me know what you think!

If you are looking for a pair of shoes or boots for a specific event or to wear with something in particular, I have always found that it is best to find a contrast rather than try to match too much.  I love to wear red or maroon shoes with black, and Gold and Silver are always a great way to accentuate anything you are wearing.

Boot 1 – Vince Camuto from Nordstrom

Boot 2 – Aldo Shoes

Not So Ordinary!

“Life’s too short to wear boring clothes!” – Cushnie et Ochs

I love taking an outfit that is just ordinary and creating something that is much more memorable.

For this outfit I added a unique pair of blue boots (I just fell in love with the color), and layered the ordinary black pants and long sleeved T-shirt with a sleeveless sweater.

As I have mentioned before, layering is one of my favorite things to do in the Fall and Winter.  It gives us the opportunity to be much more adventurous and add more colors than we would normally do.

I like to stretch myself to try new things and create outfits that are not what everyone would wear.  You could recreate your own outfit using bold shoes or boots and adding another layer or dimension with a shawl, vest, or sweater.  I always like to test my outfits using what I have in my closet. Then if I have decided that I like that style, I will take myself on a little shopping trip to add more pieces.

Boots:  Lola Shoetique     Sweater:  Nordstrom

Leather in Style

“Fashion is art and you are the canvas” – Velvet Paper

I have always loved wearing leather jackets.  I think they can transform any outfit from being just ordinary to classy or even to a little edgy.  A great black leather jacket is wonderful because you can wear it with just about anything.  I especially love wearing black on black – and then adding a contrast scarf.

This wonderful leather jacket is a Michael Kors jacket from Nordstrom – I am obsessed with it!

Boxy leather jackets work with just about any body type – especially because they look cool even with longer shirts or sweaters that can cover problem areas.  It is worth paying a little more for a leather jacket because you will get better quality and you can wear it year after year.  The great thing about that is that leather never goes out of style!

The outfit in this picture is just one example of how you can do it – I chose to wear tighter pants with over the knee boots to make it a little more sexy.

Confidence both Inside and Out…

Style is the sum of so many things – beginning with a sense of who you are and having self confidenceKate Spade

One of the biggest reasons for not having a healthy self esteem is because you don’t live up to the standards you think you should.  We have expectations that are programmed into us by what we see on TV, in magazines, and the environment in which we live.  If you spend too much time watching TV and seeing celebrities and models on there you may create an unconscious expectation on yourself, which will only make you disappointed.  

It is hard to not compare ourselves to other people, especially when we are not feeling confident in ourselves.  The best remedy for this is to take control of yourself.  You decide how you feel and that very often can stem from how you look.  Make the decision to LIKE how you look,  then the confidence will follow…

Put together a great outfit and walk like you mean business –  your confidence will become contagious and others feel that!

Add a little Fur

“She doesn’t wear fur because she is cold, she wears fur because she is Glamorous” – Ken Downing

The leaves are falling and the weather is changing…now is the time to add a little fur to your life.

This jacket is wonderfully warm and yet it is definitely a statement piece.  I also love wearing a great fur vest for those days that are not quite as cold.

Many stores carry fur at this time of year, so pick one out that is the perfect style and fir for your body type…

This faux fur jacket was from H&M and I can honestly say that when I wear it I feel more dressed up – almost “fancy”!


Accessorize in Style

“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point to a woman’s outfit” – Michael Kors

I had a friend tell me that I should do a post on Accessorizing.

I love to pick out unusual accessories – like the earrings I have featured in this post.  Anything that is unique and causes people to notice is something that I like.

It is great to add cool bangles to an outfit or a necklace that does not distract from what you are wearing.  You can also use accessories to MAKE your outfit.  For example, you can wear a plain shirt along with a chunky necklace to add depth and dress up what you are wearing.
I also love watches and have one in just about every color.  I especially love this Michael Kors watch that was an anniversary present!

I am also in love with this bracelet and it compliments the earrings really well.