Thursday, October 20, 2016

my everyday style: a major announcement!

Did I click bait you with that awesome post title!!?? I had to. Just had to.

You guys - major announcement: it's plaid season!!!! I hope you didn't think I was going to say I was pregnant or that I was actually announcing something super exciting in my personal life (news flash: my personal life is NOT that exciting) or anything.  Today's post serves as a major fall fashion announcement.  Get your plaid out friends.  It's time.

We have had the most amazing Indian Summer around here, warm days (almost 80 a few times this week) and cool nights... but fall is putting it's foot down starting this weekend and I'm pretty sure the warm days like that are over.  We are back to more 50's and 60's which officially makes it plaid and flannel season (don't even get me started on boot season, I've already snuck my Uggs out of the house a few times!).

What's better than a cozy plaid shirt and a pair of ankle boots.  Nothing.  That's what.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Plaid Top, Madewell - currently on sale!
Jeans, J.Crew (old but similar or love this pair too!)
Boots, Dolce Vita (probably the most comfy pair of ankle boots ever!)
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses, Tory Burch
Earrings, Kendra Scott (similar)

Shop the look head to toe below...

Or shop other fun plaid picks here...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

on my radar: October 2016!

Today I am pulling together a few things from around the web that are on my radar these days.  I always love pulling together these random lists of what I've got my eye on and they always seem to really resonate with you gals, my readers, also!

Remember how I recently mentioned I was digging a distressed sweatshirt? I found a t-shirt version (for way less too...) - am I crazy, or is this kind of cool under a leather jacket or military vest? You can be honest. ;)

Four words: Kendra Scott new arrivals.
THESE earrings... so gorgeous, plus I love this necklace too!

I need another winter coat in my closet like I need a hole in my head, but how cute is this black faux fur collar coat?  Budget friendly too!

I read that there was recently a world wide drop in cashmere prices, uh, just in time for winter!  This sweater is surprisingly affordable for cashmere.  And Everlane just dropped their cashmere prices too. Cha-Ching! Talk about good news! (I recently snagged this one and wore it for a whole day thinking it was black - it's actually navy! Welp! Good news... it's available in black too...)

I'm not usually big into sneakers - but this pair caught my eye recently.  Wouldn't these be amazing with jeans and sweaters this fall? I'm really into them.  They come in two colors.

Last month I snagged these penny loafers and I am IN LOVE.  They are a modern take on loafers - I love that they aren't too bulky - and they seem to instantly dress up any outfit.  Plus, this brand of shoes is magic on my feet... they never seem to give blisters or need breaking in.

Last fall my husband gave this coat to me as a gift and I am still head over heels for it. You can order it from Nordstrom with FREE SHIPPING, or from J.Crew with more color options or a less expensive version is available here (and looks almost exactly the same!).  Stay tuned next week on the blog where I will be wearing it in a fun outdoors-y post that I think you will love!

If you follow me on Instagram, I posted the whole "carry on bag" saga to my stories there.  Long story short, I ordered THIS bag for a carry on for some upcoming travel I have and it was too small.  So I am looking at this bag instead... black or navy!? Thoughts?

A reader/friend recently asked if I had run across any cute camo pants recently.  And I thought "how cute, camo pants!??! I'll look for some!" - it didn't take long to find and fall in love with these babies. Seriously, how cute with an oversized sweater and ankle boots would these be? Or there is a more budget friendly option here.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

my everyday style: cozy layers!

There is NOTHING better than a cool and gloomy fall weekend where you can bundle up in some cozy layers for a super relaxing day.  My ideal day is laying around reading and watching tv all day and then heading out to get dinner as a family.  That's what this outfit is perfect for.  It's a pass-the-chips, more HGTV-please, sure-I'll-have-a-glass-of-wine-at-2pm, getting-lost-in-a-book, inch-a-little-closer-to-the-fireplace outfit.  Then if you insist, we can walk to dinner because we are too lazy to make it ourselves.  That is basically what I wish every fall weekend could be like.  And since our weekends here at home are usually much more hectic than that, we headed up to Northern Michigan for a weekend recently to do just that.  A whole lot of nothing.

It's so relaxing and laid back in Northern Michigan, plus, this time of year with the leaves changing and the tourists (mostly) cleared out after the summer it's the perfect place to majorly chill out and enjoy nature as a couple or family.  Our days in Glen Arbor included walks to the beach, laying around on the sofa by the fireplace and then walks to dinner.  Every family (or couple, my husband and I want to go it alone next time!) deserves downtime like that.

I love pairing oversized sweaters and distressed jeans together for a laid back look.  Add a cozy scarf and these crazy-comfortable ankle boots and it was the perfect outfit for lounging and exploring as a family.

Shop the look:
Sweater, H&M (similar or similar)
Scarf, Target (similar, similar or similar)
Jeans, Vigoss (similar or similar)
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes, Dansko - courtesy of Dansko
Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Monday, October 17, 2016

my everyday style: pink + grey!

I'm definitely having a moment with pink this fall.  I love pink any time of year, but this fall I am really loving pink mixed with the typical fall colors like grey, navy and burgundy.  This pink top is so dang cute and comfy.  I've been wearing it as much as I can.  I love the fitted sleeve with the flowy body and it even has a little peek-a-boo back (which I totally FORGOT to photograph - duh! - but you can see it on the model here).  The back shows the perfect amount of skin, which for me is not much.  I found that when wearing it with just my bra, the bra doesn't show.  You could also add a cami if you felt more comfortable with that.  I'm thinking about snagging it in black too, I just love it so much.

And can we talk about the bow on these flats!?!? Out of this world.  Quite possibly the cutest bow flat ever. They also come in a high heel version as well.  This look is the perfect casual look for running errands or bopping around with the kids for the day.  Simple and comfortable.  Just the way I love it!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Top, Free People
Jeans, Rag & Bone (similar or similar less expensive)
Earrings, Kendra Scott via Rocksbox - get your first month FREE with code: JILLBFF4
Sunglasses, Ray Ban
Shoes, Banana Republic (or high heel version)

Shop the look below...

Friday, October 14, 2016

loving + wanting at the Shopbop sale!

The Shopbop sale is going on now and friends, it's pretty epic!  The entire site (minus, just a few pieces - honestly, it's 99.9% of the site) is 25% off when you spend under $500 and 30% off when you spend OVER $500.  Brands that are never marked down are included like Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, Karen Walker, Citizens of Humanity, Hunter, Sorel, 7 for all Mankind and MORE!  Today I rounded up the items that are included in the sale that I already own and LOVE and then a few items that I are on my WANT list.  Read on to see why I love each of these pieces and then hurry over to shop because items are already selling out! The only sad news!?!? The sale ends TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT.  So seriously, get shopping!

More great news!?!? You can link your Shopbop account with your Amazon Prime account and get the same FREE 2-day shipping that you know and love (or in my case, abuse) with Amazon.  Yay!

LOVING (items I already own and LOVE!)
7 for all Mankind leather-like jeans - soft and so, so stretchy (see them on me here)
Free People Bell Sleeve Top - I get so many compliments on this (see it on me here)
Tory Burch Riding Boots - these are so GORGEOUS and just a little different than the pair I own (see them on me here)
Rebecca Minkoff 'Feed' Bag - this bag is SO butter soft (I have it pink, see it here)
Tory Burch 'Minnie' Flats - the best running around flat (see them on me here)
Hunter Tall Gloss Boots - everyone loves Hunter boots, the are perfect for rainy days!
Rebecca Minkoff 'Bryn' Bag - I love this bag! It's so soft and holds so much (mine is missing the stitching detail, you can see it here)
'Rocket' Jeans - I seriously LOVE these jeans and tell anyone I can to buy them (you can see them on me here)
Sam Edelman 'Felicia' Flats - these are super comfortable and soft, I have them in pink! (you can see them on me here)
Sperry 'Saltwater' Boots - the perfect water-proof boot for fall and winter (you can see them on me here)

WANTING (these are the items on my wishlist for the sale!)
'Life is a Party' iPhone 7 case - to remind myself to lighten up!
Tory Burch Nylon Tote - perfect for travel and carrying my laptop around.
Citizens of Humanity distressed ankle hem - I can't handle how much I love these. (hearts in eyes!)
Free People Asymmetrical Sweater - how cute is this!?!?
Sorel 'Joan of Arctic' Boots - the fur on these boots is the best, plus they are hands down the warmest boots for cold Michigan winters.
Button Back Sweater - so cute, right!?!?
Earrings - love these!
Karen Walker Super Duper Sunglasses - I have long, long loved these! To pull the trigger or not!?!?
Distressed Sweatshirt - I am oddly attracted to this hole-y sweatshirt.
Striped Cardigan - how cozy does this look? Perfect for fall days!

Shop all the pieces below:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

my everyday style: all laced up for fall!

Lace up tops, sweaters, shoes... you name it! This fall season is all about the lace ups.  I was a little hesitant (as I sometimes can be) about jumping on this trend... but now that I have, I kinda really love it.

This outfit is just a black sweater with jeans and flats... but the lace up flats and lace up sweater takes this laid back look up a notch.  And for anyone that loves outfit cheats like I do - it's a winner.  This lace up sweater comes in a few different color options (and runs big! Size down!) and it's a great tunic length with a blended knit that drapes really beautifully.  Paired with an easy distressed denim and lace up flats it's just what this (sometimes lazy) lady needs to get out the door looking good in no time at all.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Sweater (available in 3 colors)
Jeans (on sale for under $50!)
Flats (on sale!)
Similar Necklace (available in 3 colors)

Shop the look head to toe below...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

crazy for camel!

Creamy, gorgeous camel is a go-to fall color for my wardrobe.  Every time I am shopping it always seems to catch my eye.  I love styling a cashmere poncho with black leggings or a camel ankle boots with distressed denim.  I also really like the idea of this faux leather wrap skirt with a creamy white crewneck cashmere sweater.  If you would like to add some of this color to your wardrobe on a budget this tassel satchel is under $100 and this plaid scarf is under $30! Here I rounded a few pieces I've found around the web lately in this dreamy hue.  I hope you enjoy them!

middle row: crewneck cashmere sweater (under $100 with lots of color options!), leather toteblazerpumps

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

my everyday fall style: a blazer for fall!

Nothing says fall style to me more than a blazer.  It's the first layering piece that always comes out of my closet after summer.  To me there is no more comfortable or pulled together look than a blazer with jeans for fall.  You can layer tees, tanks, sweaters or blouses under a blazer for an instant fall look.

A few weekends ago my family headed to Northern Michigan to enjoy a fall weekend away from the usual hustle and bustle this time of year brings.  We had the perfect fall weather including some moody fall clouds and some fantastic sunsets.  We also shot a handful of looks for the blog.  So enjoy this little slice of Northern Michigan heaven on the blog in the coming weeks.  If you've visited Sleeping Bear Dunes (which is a National Park!) you have likely seen the three gorgeous full restored  1880's era white barns that sit just down the way from the climbing dune.  They are one of my favorite landmarks in Northern Michigan and a perfect backdrop for a fall outfit like this one.

I am really loving the bandana trend for fall.  This pale pink version is a girly take on a tom-boy style - and I love it!  This classic grey blazer is super warm and cozy and has a pink (!!!!) lining.  It pairs perfectly with the flare sleeved cable knit sweater and riding boots   This is by far one of my favorite looks this fall - I will definitely be putting this on repeat soon.

Outfit Details:
Blazer, J.Crew
Sweater, J.Crew
Scarf, J.Crew
Jeans, Gap
Boots, Tory Burch (or less expensive option)
Bag, Chloe (or in grey, or smaller)
Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Shop the entire look below...

Monday, October 10, 2016

my everyday style: beautiful sweaters for fall with Nordstrom!

One of the highlights of my fall wardrobe is breaking out the sweaters for chilly fall days.  Fall temps have definitely hit the Midwest and I just love cozying up in a sweater in the morning.  I recently snagged this dark hunter green sweater and after wearing it just a few times I already know it's going to be a fall and winter favorite.

I love the longer length, it's perfect with leggings or skinny jeans. I'm so glad I snagged the dark hunter green, since this is our local high school's colors I can definitely see wearing it to a lot of chilly football games. But high school football aside, this color is gorgeous with black jeans or with blue jeans.  It's roomy fit is perfect for layering with plaid shirts later this winter. And you guys want to hear the best part?  It's under $50!  Yep!  The price and style is definitely right on this sweet little sweater!  I'm almost tempted to snag it in a few other colors too!  Here I paired this sweater with leather-look skinny jeans and wedges for an easy and comfy fall look.   This is one of those outfit combos that looks perfectly pulled together but is secretly ultra comfortable too.

Are you looking to add a few new fall sweaters to your wardrobe? Nordstrom totally has you covered for your fall and winter sweater shopping this season.  With an amazing selection, great prices and fun brands you are bound to find a sweater or two (or three!) to love this season.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:

This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom
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