5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

My Houndstooth Obsession

5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

It’s A Classic

My houndstooth obsession has definitely multiplied over the past couple of months, & the proof is in this outfit! This classic print is one of the easiest prints to transform from day to night. I find I can easily talk myself into purchasing an item in this print because it truly never goes out of style.

The only new item in this outfit is my new tan croc belt. All of the other pieces I have added to my wardrobe here & there over the years. I thought this outfit would be perfect to share with you guys. 5 ways to elevate your look using items you already own in your wardrobe. Using these tips will help you to instantly look chic & effortlessly put together.


5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

1. Pop Your Collar

I am all about popping my coat collars. This simple trick gives you that instant cool factor & adds a bit of dimension to your look. It also shields your neck & face from the cold as an added bonus. Look cool, but feel warm. 

(Popped collar inspo here & here)

2. Add A Belt

Belts are a big trend right now. They are that added accessory item that can really bring a whole look together. This autumn/winter, I’m loving adding belts to my oversized coats & sweaters to create a more flattering shape. 

(Belt inspo here & here)


5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

3. Match Your Bag

Whether you want to match your bag to your outfit by print or color, this tip is sure to elevate your entire look. Taking that extra 30 seconds to choose a bag that truly matches your look rather than one that just “goes”, totally ups your whole outfit. Also, changing out your purses on a daily basis helps you carry around less clutter & more essentials.

(Bag matching inspo here & here)

4. Roll Those Sleeves

Rolling the sleeves of your coat, cardigan, or sweater adds a bit more texture to your outfit. For some reason, doing this makes you not only look more put together, but relaxed & chic at the same time. This tip is so easy to try out on the daily, so why not start now?

(Sleeve rolling inspo here & here)

5. Pile On The Prints

Curated outfits, like the one I’m wearing, are popping up everywhere right now. The biggest tip I can give on this is to stick to 2-3 colors at a time. Own a lot of polka dots? Try mixing them together to create a look. Are you a fellow stripes lover? Why not try a stripes on stripes look? (see mine here) This tip works beautifully with gingham as well. Give it a try! You may be surprised by how good it looks.

(Curated prints inspo here & here)


5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

Bonus Tip

Don’t forget to leave your house with a smile & a boost of confidence. Wear your clothes with pride. Be you, & be proud of who you are. The world is better with you in it. 


Outfit Details

Houndstooth Coat, Check Wrap Dress, Crossbody, Belt, Kitten Heels (with bows!), Lipstick


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What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving

What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving

What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving
What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving

It’s The Holiday Season

November is here & holiday season is in full swing. This time of year brings holiday parties & events as well as lots time with family & friends. Being the planner at heart that I am, I’ve already started putting together outfits for occasions I’ll be attending over the next couple of months. Doing this really eases any stress about what to wear or wondering if I even have anything to wear. Also, if anything should come up out of the blue, I’ll already have cute & festive outfits at the ready.

Thanksgiving is a big event coming this month. I know sometimes it can be hard to know what to wear or what to bring to these gatherings. On the one hand, you want to look cute & put together, especially if you are seeing people you don’t get to see everyday, & on the other hand, you don’t want to look over-dressed or uncomfortable. Here’s what I’m going to wear & bring to Thanksgiving this year.


What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving
What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving
What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving

“But What Would I Wear?”

It seems as though everyone experiences similar sentiments about finding the right outfit as the Grinch sometimes. (see here) If you know me, I always tend to lean on the slightly over-dressed side, but this year I think I have found the perfect look that combines function & fashion.

At the end of summer, when I started to plan ahead for fall content, I knew my wardrobe was in desperate need of one item: a camel turtleneck. I searched everywhere to find the perfect quality piece at the right price. Finally, I found this gorgeous top at J. Crew. Unfortunately it was backordered for a while, but it’s finally here & is indeed just the thing my wardrobe needed.

My Look

This camel turtleneck is perfectly paired with this Chicwish floral skirt for a flattering & feminine silhouette. You guys know I love a good silhouette! The classic cut of this skirt as well as the metallic thread that runs throughout the fall toned florals, elevates the look of the whole outfit. Not only does this outfit look good, it is also cozy enough to curl up on the couch under a blanket to watch the parade or a football game, take a post-Thanksgiving meal nap, or to toss an apron overtop & bake a pie in the kitchen in.

You can really go so many different ways with accessories & layers with an outfit like this. For me, I always love wearing my trench coat on Thanksgiving. I don’t know why, but it’s a thing for me. Then I added some faux fur for warmth & extra style. To keep with the classic & comfortable vibes, I felt that sticking to a neutral pair of ballet flats was the way to go, but this look could also be worn with a pair of boots for added warmth.


What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving
What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving
What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving

Outfit Details

Camel Turtleneck, Fall Floral Skirt, Ballet Flats, Trench Coat, Faux Fur


What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving
What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving
What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving

Get Creative With Your Dish

I’ve been completely inspired by floral cakes as of late, so I thought why not use some creativity & bring something beautiful & tasty to Thanksgiving this year. Now you definitely don’t have to make a cake, but let me challenge you to get a bit creative this year. Put your own spin on a classic dish, or just go the extra mile to add a lovely visual to the thing you want to bring to your Thanksgiving feast. Put a little bit of you into your creation. Not only will others love it, but I guarantee you’ll enjoy preparing it.


What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving
What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving
What To Wear & Bring To Thanksgiving

What are you making for Thanksgiving this year? Do you have your outfit planned yet?


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My Thoughts On Change

My Thoughts On Change

My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change

Change Is All Around Us

The idea of change has been on my mind lately. We experience change on a daily basis. It’s constantly happening all around us like the change of seasons, changing our clothes, a change in our schedule, or even the change in others that affects us in one way or another. Why then, if we experience change around us all the time,  do we sometimes find change so difficult to cope with? Let me share with you my thoughts on the matter.


My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change

Get Your Head In The Game

I’ve been contemplating the different reactions I tend to have to change. On the one hand, when change occurs that tends to lean in my favor, I get excited & think of all of the reasons why this change was so good. The flip side to that is that when the change seems to have the slightest negative effect on me or my surroundings, a feeling of dread comes over me. This seemingly negative change that happens makes me feel out of control & sometimes even angry. But why does it have to be that way? Why does some change excite me while other times change makes me want to cry? I believe it’s all in the mindset.

I think it’s finding the excitement in change no matter if it’s good change or bad change. Granted, it’s much easier to find the excitement in the good change, but I think there can be reasons for excitement to be found in the midst of “bad” change. Let me give you an example of how I’ve been dealing with in this in my personal life recently:

Real Talk

Ben is now in his third week of being a police recruit, & starts police academy next month. He used to work with me as a dancer & then as a teacher at the ballet, which meant our schedules aligned well, we worked in the same building, & we could relate to each other on that level so well. Now that he is starting this new job, I’m beginning to see that that means lots of change is ahead for me. It all hit me at once, because prior to this moment I was just so full of excitement for Ben & his new dream job. I was suddenly aware of all of the ways our lives could change. To be honest, I panicked. I started thinking of all the negative things I could think of which took me down a long spiral of fear & feeling out of control. Then I went to sleep & chose not to think about it for the next few days.

My Theory

Then a few days later, I was driving to work when I had this thought,

“What if I could change my approach to negative change & find creative ways to get excited about any & every change that comes my way?”

I honestly think putting this theory into action could change my life. This is a game changer! Thinking like this is empowering & really makes me put things into perspective. Instead of seeing all of the changes that are bound to happen in my life & in our marriage as bad, I’m doing some soul searching & trying to approach the situation from a different angle.

So..maybe we won’t get to go on an international trip this next year, that means we will maybe get to see some amazing places on the east coast that we have never seen before. Maybe our schedule that I’ve grown to love so much is going to change, that just means we get to start from scratch & make a whole new schedule & fill it with whatever we want. We get to sit down & talk about what is most valuable to use & brainstorm ways to spend time together & be there for each other like never before.


My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change

What About You?

Do you see what I mean? I really think, as abstract as it may seem in the moment, that positives can be found hidden in every change that happens, we just have to be willing & creative enough to see them & then choose to become excited about them.

How do you deal with change? I would love to start a conversation in the comments below about change. Everyone experiences change, & it’s not always easy, so if you have any thoughts or insights on this topic that you would be willing to share with the F&F community, I know we could all benefit from them. Thank you in advance!


My Thoughts On Change
My Thoughts On Change

Outfit Details

New Fav Cream Sweater, Color Block Skirt, The Best Fall Boots, Bag, Camel Coat


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We Went On A Fall Adventure

We Went On A Fall Adventure

We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

It’s Simple, I Love Fall

I always get so excited when I start to see the first signs of fall. The leaves are finally starting to change & the air is crisp & my outfits are beginning to add layer after layer of color & warmth. I can also tell that it’s officially fall when all I want to listen to is Taylor Swift’s Red album. That album is so nostalgic to me & always brings me back to fall in the City. I personally think that her song, All Too Well, is the best song she has ever written. Goosebumps every time. But back to fall, Ben & I were so excited to finally dive into full fall mode, that we decided to make a day out of it & road trip to the Ashland Berry Farm.


We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

On our drive out to the farm, we talked about our favorite things we each love about fall. For me, I love the warm & spicy scents & flavors, but it’s mostly about the fashion. I love layering & mixing in my fall accessories like boots, berets, & scarves. This makes an outfit so much more rich & put together in my opinion. Of course, I totally jump on the pumpkin band wagon as well! I’m always down for a good ole pumpkin latte or pumpkin bread & if you follow my Instagram stories, you’ll know that Ben & I have been doing at home Sunday brunch which has recently included things like pumpkin pancakes & Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls. They are amazing! 

Ben talked about how he loves the cool air of fall. He is just warm by nature & was born & raised in Maine, so cold days are his jam. Another big part of fall for him is football season seeing as though he is a big Patriot’s fan. I’ve grown to enjoy watching the games too, although I must admit that it’s usually half watching & half online shopping…:) Ben also loves a good pumpkin latte but he likes them iced. In fact, on our first date, Ben brought pumpkin lattes for the both of us to have before seeing an exhibit at a local museum. Pumpkin lattes have a special place in our hearts because they in a way take us back to that very first date. 


We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

“That’s Actually A Gourd”

When we arrived to the farm, we took a hay ride out to the pumpkin fields. We made it our mission to find the best pumpkins. Ben, of course, spotted them immediately & then also found the cutest & tiniest pumpkin I have ever seen. On our ride back to the entrance of the farm, we showed one of the workers our tiny pumpkin, to which he quickly corrected us saying, “That’s not a pumpkin, it’s actually a gourd.” Well, ok then. So we decided to name it Gordon & it sits on our coffee table & makes us smile daily. Oh, Gordon…

Once we got back, we knew we couldn’t leave without getting some apple cider & homemade donuts. It was my first cider of the season & I have been hooked on Trader Joe’s amazing cider every since. We got 6 small donuts thinking that we would take some home for later, but found ourselves loving them so much that we ate them all right then & there. They were so delicious! We already can’t wait to go back next year.


We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

Outfit Details

Quintessential Tall Brown Boots (under $45!), Madewell Jeans, White Top from H&M, Olive Green Bag, Houndstooth Blazer (Goodwill find! Similar here & more affordable here), Lipstick in shade Cruella, Gal Meets Glam Logo Scarf as Belt

What are some of your favorite things about this lovely fall season? What do you look forward to each year? xx


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A Timeless Tweed Dress

A Timeless Tweed Dress

A Timeless Tweed Dress
A Timeless Tweed Dress

T h a t   T i m e l e s s

F e e l i n g

What do Audrey Hepburn, red lipstick, The Beatles, & a tweed dress all have in common? They are all considered, timeless. These things are not affected by time or changes in fashion. They will always remain classic & universally adored. As each year passes, I find myself gravitating towards things in life that have that timeless feeling to them. I even ended up choosing a wedding dress with this same feeling in mind. So when I saw this gorgeous tweed dress from Chicwish, I knew my wardrobe would thank me for adding this piece time & time again.


A Timeless Tweed Dress
A Timeless Tweed Dress

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Timeless Tweed Dress, Chanel Crossbody, Leopard Heels, Lipstick


A Timeless Tweed Dress
A Timeless Tweed Dress
A Timeless Tweed Dress
A Timeless Tweed Dress
A Timeless Tweed Dress
A Timeless Tweed Dress

W h e r e   T o   W e a r

T h i s   D r e s s

Once I received this dress, I realized just how special it was. It feels quite expensive & the pearl buttons are utter perfection. This piece has a very comfortable fit making it cozy & easy to wear. A dress like this can be paired with so many different shoe options. Heels of almost any color are a no-brainer, but a gorgeous pair of ballet flats would look just a stunning. I’m also currently swooning over these bow kitten heels that I think would look so lovely with this dress. 

Now, I bet some of you may be thinking, “I love the dress, but when would I ever wear that?” Well let me tell you some of my favorite occasions to wear a piece like this. This dress was just meant for a dreamy Sunday brunch at a Parisian cafe. It would look oh-so chic on a fancy dinner date with your man on a chilly night seeing as though this dress is quite warm. I can also see myself wearing this dress for rooftop cocktails or the see a show, maybe even a ballet. 

Anyone else like to go to museums by themselves? I actually prefer it so that you can take as much time as you’d like for each piece. This dress would be absolutely perfect for a solo day at the museum or botanical garden. I see this dress as the most feminine of power suits. The ideal dress code for a reflective day full of art, beauty, & a few cappuccinos.


A Timeless Tweed Dress
A Timeless Tweed Dress

O t h e r   T i m e l e s s

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The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

M i n e   A t   L a s t

I fell in love with this skirt last year. Hard. I mean head over heels in love with this pretty little skirt. At the time, it seemed as though everyone had it. I even went into J.Crew & tried it on, which made me love it even more, but I couldn’t justify the price tag in that moment. Last month, while perusing the J.Crew Factory website, I found it online for a fraction of the cost! I knew it was finally time to make this skirt mine. Mine at last. 


The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Ruffled Mini Skirt, Sweater (similar here & affordable option here), Scarf, Boots (under $45!)


The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

W h y   T h i s

P i e c e   W a s   A

M u s t – H a v e

The shape of this skirt is one I knew I would wear year after year. It  looks amazing with boots, & the many colors of the classic houndstooth print will go with infinite outfits for years to come. I love the feminine ruffle at the bottom as well as the comfortable feel of the elasticated waist. A timeless, classic piece in my wardrobe.


The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait
The Skirt That Was Worth The Wait

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