Cheap or Chanel?

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Shop my jacket HERE.

Coming from a family of casual gamblers and odds makers, we are a big fan of the over/ under bet. No occasion is too mundane to propose a little wager… What time will we arrive at our destination? How many watermelons will we buy this summer? How late will my brother be for Thanksgiving Dinner? How many pieces of pumpkin pie will my husband eat?  You get the idea … So, welcoming you into our little club, here’s my question:  I’m setting the over/under on the cost of this jacket at $50. What side are you going to take?

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Falling for fair isle

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Shop my sweater here.

What are your thoughts on fair isle? Yay or nay? I used to think it was best left for apres skiing in St. Moritz or for the pages of an L.L. Bean catalog, but lately I’ve been swayed by the cool colors and retro vibe of the fair isle options out there. Pair it with jeans or up the cool factor and wear with a leather skirt, tweed pants or leopard loafers to give your preppy sweater an updated, edgier look.

My turtleneck version is on sale and fits true to size. Although it is really warm — best not worn indoors … it’s better suited for galavanting thru a prairie while exploring an old white-washed barn … or, well … to apres ski in St. Moritz.

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Hat  //  Sweater  //  Shirt  // Similar Jeans //  Boots

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Let’s Get Right Down to Business

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Sorry, but no time to think of something creative to say because a late night of Halloween revelry has me processing a little slow.  So I’m getting right down to business this morning and sharing these great sale finds before they’re sold out. This striped ruffle top is almost half off, as are my jeans. Size down on the denim though – and a warning that they are extra high rise … which I love, but realize that isn’t everyones cup of tea.  Shop my ruffled top HERE , jeans HERE and HERE similar coat HERE and HERE. Shoes similar HERE and exact style last seen HERE.

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Costume or Couture?

With Halloween upon us, it’s harder than ever to distinguish between what is intended as costume and what is really just haute couture. For example, if you see me wearing that pale blue, floor-length coat at pre-school pickup? Nope, not Cookie Monster, just my newest Shopbop purchase, thankyouverymuch.  Below are some more v. haute items that if you happen to own, could easily double as your costume tonight. (Or, perhaps more importantly,  if you see someone wearing any of these items tomorrow, don’t just assume they’re doing the Halloween walk of shame. They are not, my friends. They are just way more stylish than you or I. )

 

 

Rainbow    //   Pale Blue   //   Floral

That colorful fur coat at left bears a striking resemblance to the Rainbow Unicorn costume available at Target and popular among the under 5 set this year. This one doesn’t come with a headpiece, but you can make that at home, and probably will need to anyway, since the coat alone will set you back $700.

 

Witch Dress //  Tulle Sweatshirt  //  Jail Break PJ’s

What about that wrapped tulle sweatshirt in the middle? Add some household nick knacks and it would make the perfect “cyclone” or leave as is and you are cotton candy noir or Angelina Jolie’s top knot.

 

 

Desert Sandal  //   Koala Hat   //   Fur Shoes

For you geography buffs, buy that shoe on the left, simply pair with all beige and you are the Sahara Desert. Voila!

Come on ladies, it’s not too late to get creative!

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Viewer Beware

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My friends have been known to (affectionately?) refer to my style as “Dropped on her head when she was a baby.” Aaaaaand I’m pretty sure this is what they’re referring to. It’s admittedly not for everyone. Exhibit A: Seeking approval from my photog the day I shot this look, I asked what she thought of my outfit. Her only response: “I like it, just maybe not all together.”

However, one of my philosophies with this blog has been to be less boring. Why take a picture of basic outfit? Yes, I could photograph a black sweater and jeans. Yes, that’s what I wear most days. BUT, that sort of outfit doesn’t really elicit exciting conversation, nor does it make for a fun photograph. So take this outfit as you will, wear all at once or wear separately. Or, I guess don’t wear it at all,  but keep reading because you think of this blog as the fashion equivalent of road kill … even though it’s bad, you just can’t look away.

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Shirt is Milly and v. old but similar HERE // Skirt similar  HERE and HERE and HERE // Bag comes in a few colors, it’s HERE and HERE and HERE (all on sale!) // Shoes last seen here

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Have $22 to Spare?

There is so much guilt hanging in my closet, in the form of expensive tops I’ve bought but only worn once.  Why I buy them in the first place, I really don’t know… but that’s a topic for another, much longer, soul-searching sorta blog. In the mean time, I’m here with this guilt-free $21 (!!!) , striped, peplum top for your wearing pleasure. Try it with jeans or a pencil skirt and you’ve got an outfit casual to fancy.  As with all of these fast fashion sites, I sized up and am wearing a medium. Shop my top HERE.

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One of my favorite ways to transition summer dresses to fall is to add a leather jacket. Here, I topped my cap sleeve Free People dress (on sale here!) with a lightweight Zara leather jacket. Mine is old but I found you some similar and similarly priced ones below.  Also of note, my block heel ankle- wrap shoes are on sale and come in three colors! Shop all the loot below.

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Dress  //  Shoes here and here // Jacket similar here and here  // Sunnies 

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A Fashionable Keyword Search

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Whenever I’m on a website that’s a bit daunting, just due to the sheer volume of clothes to choose from, I resort to a keyword search. “Midi Dress” is a common one, but others might be “Ruffled,” “Distressed,” “High Waist” … all words that help narrow down the clothes that best fit my personal style and in turn save me a lot of scrolling.

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Sale Shopping 101

There is nothing more annoying than shopping a tiered sale and landing right below the cut off for the next level of savings. Let me explain: That sale in which if you spend $200, you save 25%, only to find the total in your bill amounts to $195. The struggle is real, my friends.  And this is exactly the reason why all of my kids’ socks come from the Gap. Because when I need to spend $75 to use my Gap Cash (and save a whopping $20), my bill inevitably comes to $72. Grrrr. Socks or undies or one of those annoying little charms they keep near the register usually will do the trick and set me over the savings threshold.

So, not only am I a blogger, but I’m also apparently your mathematician. Because I’m here to do a little fashion addition to help you save as much dough as possible at the biggest Shopbop Sale of the year. The sale goes a little something like this:  Save 20% on orders up to $500 and save 25% on orders $500 and over. So guess what the magic number is, Caradise readers?!? $501.

Here are some ways to get there, so you’re not buying those socks you don’t need. Now, of course, you could make your life easy and just buy this or these  or this and call it a day. You’re call.

Booties + Earrings

 

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Dress + Sandals + Bracelet

 

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Puffer  + Hat + Sweater

 

Dress + Clutch + Jeans

 

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“When Love and Hate Collide”

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Here’s a confession. Despite what my t-shirt is telling you, I don’t like Def Leppard. Not a bit. In fact, most of their songs make me want to pop an Advil and (with the exception of Pour Some Sugar on Me) I would probably change the station if I stumbled upon their tunes on the radio. But, you see, in the case of this shirt, along with the Def Leopard comes that faded British flag logo, that cool yellow font … all plastered on a soft, buttery cotton slim-fit muscle tee.  So. I guess I’m in a bit of a band bind.

Because none of the bands that make up my Spotify playlists (Old Crow Medicine Show, Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats,  The Avett Brothers to name a few) are replete with fashionable logos and those logos are definitely not found on comfy Chaser tees.  It’s a pickle. Or maybe I’m just a poser.  Either way I don’t mind. I will just keep playing the part …  walking down my suburban sidewalk, with my coifed hair, wearing my professionally tattered jeans, store-bought distressed sneakers and maybe fool a person or two into thinking that’s Hysteria playing on my iPod.

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Top here // Jeans last seen here // Shoes here (but sizes spotty) and similar here and here.

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