Fall Date Night Outfit: Splurge vs. Save

splurge vs save fall date night

Splurge: cold shoulder top | statement earrings | bag | aviator sunglasses | lipstick | jeans | ankle booties

Save: cold shoulder top | statement earrings | bag | aviator sunglasses | lipstick | jeans | ankle booties

Happy Wednesday, friends! One of my favorite types of Wednesday Wishes to share on this little space of mine are splurge vs. save outfits. Although the most challenging, I love finding designer lookalikes for less. The inspiration behind today’s theme is this crazy warm weather. Dressing for work is becoming more and more difficult — I now understand why people in warmer climates wear summer clothes in fall colors! In that spirit, I wanted to share a date night look that is perfect for this transitioning to cooler temperatures weather. A little wear now outfit inspiration: no fall layers here! Without further ado, here is a fall date night outfit: splurge vs. save edition.

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Black and Leopard Outfit Inspiration

black and leopard outfit inspiration

midi dress | leopard vest | ankle lace up jeans | leopard crossbody | ruffle turtleneck | leopard scarf | drop earrings | leopard ottoman | leopard fur mules | pearl embellished booties

I know, more leopard! After receiving a few comments on Monday’s black and leopard combination, I wanted to share more inspiration. I have been a fan of leopard for years, but this fall, the print is bigger than ever. The black and leopard outfit inspiration is a chic way to style fall pieces in your closet and your home.

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Fall Finds Under $100

fall finds under $100

yellow dress | emerald tassel earrings | wool beret | tassel crossbody bag | printed flats | flare sleeve sweater | shoulder bag | layered necklace | fringe crop jeans | pink ruffle skirt | leopard sweatshirt | plum lipstick | grey ankle boots

The weather is really playing games with us here in Northern Virginia. After the cooler temperatures two weekends ago, I was convinced we would be welcoming an early fall. Alas, it was nearly 90 degrees yesterday so it seems that we may have to wait a few more weeks for fall to stick around. Since I can’t experience fall quite yet, I have been dreaming of all the fall layers, fabrics and cute accessories non-stop. Today, I am rounding up a few of my favorite fall finds under $100.

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Splurge vs. Save: Fall Trends

splurge vs save fall trends

Splurge: velvet tee | tassel earrings | high-waisted jeans | handbag | bow mules | sunglasses

Save: velvet tee | tassel earrings | high-waisted jeans | handbag | bow mules | sunglasses

As we welcome a new season, it’s time for a new splurge vs. save! And with the spirit of a new season, I wanted to highlight a few trends at both price points. Without further ado, here is a brand new splurge vs. save: fall trends!

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Falling for Blues: Blue Outfit Inspiration for Fall

blue outfit inspiration for fall

ruffle dress | neck scarf | stud earrings | link necklace | velvet booties | tassel pouch | stone cocktail ring | eyelet top | drop earrings | tie sleeve sweatshirt | saddle bag | ruffle skirt

One of my favorite things about welcoming a new season is adding new colors to my wardrobe. And although these shades of blue aren’t typically associated with fall, I have been falling for blues of all shades in anticipation of the new season.

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Labor Day Weekend Sales & Back to School Q&A

labor day sales 2017

khaki dress | pearl drop earrings | bucket bag | scarf | open toe ankle booties | ruffle jacket | crossover ring | gold cuff bracelet | v-neck dress | polka dot pants

Happy Labor Day, friends! I hope you all are enjoying the long holiday weekend. Just a quick post today to share a few of the Labor Day sales with you and a fun Back to School Q&A at the end. Have a great and safe rest of the holiday!

Ann Taylor: 50% off full-priced items & an additional 50% off sale styles now through 9/5 at 3am EST

Banana Republic: 40% off everything now through 9/5

BaubleBar: Additional 20% off sale through 9/4

H&M: Up to 30% off & free shipping now through 9/4

J.Crew: 30% off select items with code YESPLEASE now through 9/4

J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything plus an additional 50% off clearance with code DELISH now through 9/5

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off now through 9/10

Sole Society: Up to 60% off select styles now through 9/4

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In honor of Labor Day weekend and back to school season, I am teaming up with my fellow bloggers over at The Blended Blog for their September Asks!

  1. Love school or hate school? I loved school!
  2. Start school before or after Labor Day? We always started the day after Labor Day thanks to the Canfield Fair.
  3. Wake up: eager beaver or slow poke? Eager beaver! I’ve always been an early riser.
  4. Favorite breakfast? Oh wow, that’s a tough one. Probably scrambled eggs.
  5. Favorite cereal? Reese’s Puff was by far my favorite. However, I was rarely ever allowed to eat it!
  6. School uniform or no uniform? No uniform. 
  7. New outfit for first day? Of course!
  8. Walk to school or ride the bus? I lived pretty close to my schools so my mom or dad would drop me off. However, depending on the year, I did ride the bus too!
  9. Backpack, tote or messenger bag? I started with the traditional backpack, but by high school I migrated to the messenger bag.
  10. Eat school lunch or pack lunch? Packed lunch, unless it was Baked Potato Bar day in the cafeteria. I loved that!
  11. Remember the little milk cartons? White or chocolate? I wasn’t allowed to drink chocolate milk at home, so if I would get milk at school, it would definitely be chocolate! 
  12. Paper bag or lunch box? Lunch box, that was almost always pink.
  13. Favorite thing to do at recess? Four Square! Anyone else remember this?
  14. Favorite back to school supply item? Pens and pencils. I still have a pen addiction today!
  15. Chalkboard or dry erase board? Dry erase board most of the time. Some classrooms had chalkboards. I was never a fan of the chalkboards, especially the sound they make!!
  16. Regular pencil or mechanical? Mechanical. With spare lead in my pencil case!
  17. Homework as soon as you got home or after dinner? It depended on when I had tennis practice, but usually in the car on my way to and from tennis.
  18. Favorite after school snack? Anything with peanut butter. (see last Tuesday’s post!) I did love Bagel Bites but rarely had them.
  19. Favorite after school show? When I didn’t have tennis right after school, I loved to watch Clarissa Explains it All!
  20. Favorite school subject? Anything with history or social studies.
  21. Least favorite school subject? MATH. It was the only thing I didn’t like about school. I dreaded that class!
  22. Name of your best friend in high school? That’s a tough one. I had a few!
  23. High school mascot? Canfield Cardinals!
  24. SAT or ACT? I took both, but much preferred the ACT (for as much as you can prefer taking a standardized test!).
  25. Favorite year in school? That’s a tough one. Probably my senior year. I was very much looking forward to moving on from small town Ohio to head to college in Pittsburgh!
  26. Class ring or no class ring? No class ring.
  27. Attend or not attend class reunions? Not attend.

Thanks for stopping by, friends! See you back here tomorrow for an all new easy weeknight dinner recipe!

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Styling One Jacket, Two Ways

how to style a khaki jacket for fall

For Work: ruffle chino jacket | pocket blouse | wide leg pants | color block pumps | lipstick | necklace | tote

For Play: ruffle chino jacket | green tee | camo pants | beige flats | crossbody tassel bag | earrings | lipgloss

With the start of September only two days away, I am totally in a fall state of mind. Bring on the layers, jackets and autumn colors! Whether it’s dressing casually or dressed up for work, there are certain versatile pieces in my closet that I love wearing for both, especially in the fall. Today’s post is dedicated to styling one jacket, two ways.

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White Eyelet Top Styled for Summer and Fall

summer outfit idea with white eyelet top fall outfit idea with white eyelet top

Summer Outfit: eyelet top | floral drop earrings | wrap around lace sandals, also here | mirrored aviator sunglasses | embroidered bag | nail polish (mums the word) | lipstick (velvet teddy) | denim shorts

Fall Outfit: eyelet top | gold drop earrings | nail polish (broody) | animal print loafer mule | lipstick (red carpet red) | sunglasses | crossbody tote | high-waisted jeans

Styling a white blouse is one of the easiest ways to take a piece from season to season. As I mentioned last week, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has a tendency to give you unrealistic ideas about what month it actually is! I found myself telling my hair stylist yesterday that my hair was getting too blonde and we needed to darken it for fall. He looked at me like I was crazy and said, “Rachel, it’s the first day of August!” Needless to say, I have fall on my mind! In an effort to stay season appropriate, I wanted to share two looks today that incorporate the same white eyelet top styled for summer and fall.

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