Making Spirits Bright

Holiday parties on the horizon? Make a statement with any style.

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(Necklack: J.Crew, Jeans: 7 for all Mankind, Sweater: J.Crew, Boots: Dolce Vita , Earrings: Icing, Jacket: J.Crew)

The preppy look with a little spice. This look mixes neutrals, oxblood and powder pink to create a palette worth wishing for. Pop holiday colors in your accessories, don’t try to go overboard on being ‘festive’ this season. Stay true to holiday cheer but keep it simple.

Chic Chevron-

xmas 2(Chambray: Madewell, Boots: Madewell, Sweater: Madewell, Purse: Madewell, Earrings: J.Crew, Jeans: Gap)

Mountain lady meets city slicker in this chic holiday look. Layer chambray shirts with chunky sweaters and touches of leather. For extra texture work in some animal print, metal and jewels. I’ve been making the best chic sweater finds at Madewell, they have great colors, textures and prints.

Lumber Jack Leather-

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(Ring: H&M, Leggings: TopShop, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Vest: Madewell, Sweater: Madewell, Heels: Madewell)

If rustic is a little bit more your style always go for buffalo plaid. It comes in all colors and sizes perfect for anyone on your list. Pleather leggings, studded heels and cowl necks get you into the spirit with a little sass.

Blackout-

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(Dress: Top Shop , Booties: Aldo, Bracelet: Alex and Ani, Jacket: Rene Derhy Elliset)

For a holiday show stopper stick with black and accent with metallics. Touches of fur are always an elegant accent to top off your look.

What style is calling out to you this season?

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Basic Black

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Anyone can throw on a black tee and a black cardigan. Mix with printed printed flats (I choose camo) and a statement necklace to create an easy and stylish outfit.

I always said that I would never be one to sport camo. Coming from a family of hunters it’s not exactly seen as a chic print. I came across these Target flats and figured I should give it a try. I went with pointed toes instead of rounded so that they were a little bit more feminine. They also have a line of studs up the back for some edge. I’m coming around to the idea of camo in small doses, but don’t expect a full on camo post anytime soon!

What prints are you daring to try?

I Love Leopard

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Today’s shoot was done at the cabin and it happened to get taken over by the dogs! Dakota and Luci were let out of the house in the middle of my photo session and demanded some face time. Dakota is my baby. She is a nine and a half year old yorkie and is the queen of the castle. Luci is our new puppy, and at one and a half years old, she is all play and loves to give Dakota a hard time. I love having two dogs that are so different, I get the best of both worlds!

I’ve had leopard sideless flats in my mind for while now and have been searching for the right pair that wouldn’t break the bank. Although I thought I wanted them to be full leopard, I happened to find this Steve Madden pair while the store was having a Labor Day sale! The sideless flat is a twist of the unexpected and is great for work or play. They are a fall must have!

What are your favorite fall flats?

Fall Forward

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I know summer is not over yet but fall clothes are in stores now and finding a great fall jacket is a must. I got this prison stripe jacket for a steal at the Loft at the end of spring. It is structured, boxy and cropped; perfect for the start of chilly weather. I paired it with super skinny jeggings and black ballet flats for an easy look that lets the jacket steal the show.

When looking for fall jackets you want something light that you can wear layers with. If the jacket is too fitted you’ll have a hard time putting a cardigan or sweater under it when the temperature drops. I think everyone should have a bomber jacket, a cargo jacket, a bold jacket (like my prison stripes) and a fleece North Face jacket. Having these four types will get you through fall and onto winter. My go to place for finding cargo jackets is H&M. I have at least two from there and they are cute, feminine, cheap and come in many colors.

Where do you find the best fall jackets?

Lace Loving

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Foreign Exchange  has brought Cali to the Midwest. This new store at Mall of America has everything from going out cutouts to casual cropped tanks. I found this lace overlay tank there last week and I love the intricate design and sheer fabrication. It’s great for an outdoor concert or an evening out on the town. I feed into its rocker feel with silver wing, feather and peace sign accents.

For a really edgy look you can pair with black leather shorts, spiked heels and a black blazer. Dress it down with white shorts, a black cardigan and ballet flats.

What’s your current favorite store?