5 Favorite Things

I was supposed to get this posted last week, but decided I wanted to add more photos to the post which I ended up procrastinated on.I’m currently in the process of getting used to working a later schedule instead of early mornings.

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  1. Mieroglyphs-I was contacted by the company via Instagram on being an affiliate for them.After checking out their Instagram and their website to see if the brand was something I would want to work with , I decided to agree. The bracelets are made from sustainable materials and are vegan friendly.I went with the S bracelet in a neutral color since I wanted something that would work with all my other accessories and wardrobe.I love that it’s super lightweight and comfortable which is great since I spend most of my day at a computer typing.  Check out their website and If you love what they have to offer, check out their e use the discount code COUTURE20 for 20% off of your order.fullsizeoutput_6e
  2. Old Navy Shoes-You would think after buying 3 pairs of boots from here(I have been living in my chelsea boots since buying them earlier this year) I would no longer be surprised by the quality of their shoes. I ended up picking up the perfect nude heel for under $11 and some navy blue driving loafers(I love the mint color) which are the comfiest flats in my closet right now. fullsizeoutput_6f
  3. Faux Fur Throw- I talked about this in my last blog post, but honestly, I am still so super obsessed with it and the one I have laying on my closet floor. The next room to get one is probably going to be the livingroom either for the sofa or a shag like rug .2017-01-27 04_Fotor.jpg
  4. Highwaisted relaxed jean- A bit of a mouthful to say. I have been on the hunt for the perfect white/light colored jeans for a while. I knew I wanted a more relaxed  fit and something distressed. While browsing the Nordstrom Rack site I ended up finding Mother Denim jeans. I have heard of this brand, but never tried them before which made me a little leery.After trying them on, I can safely say these are exactly what I had in mind. I got lucky and found a pair of The Perfect Vintage jean by Madewell for about $30! While the pair I have are sold out, I have linked some similar ones.
    1. BDG Mom Jean 
    2. Madewell Perfect Vintage Jean
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  6. Urban Outfitters Sweater- It’s no surprise I love Urban Outfitters since I almost always have something linked in a post from them and I briefly worked at one. This BDG Waffle knit sweater is my favorite thing I have ever gotten from UO. I have to stop myself from putting this sweater on everyday. It’s a blush color that works well with all shades of denim and all styles from skinny jeans to flares. Just oversized enough without looking like a tent and a long enough to keep you covered if you pair with leggings.I also love the neck on it. High enough to keep you warm without being constricting likes some turtlenecks. I also picked this up in green multi which is more of a blue with some green mixed in._dsc1317_fotor

What are some of your 5 favorite things you are loving? Hope everyone has a good weekend

Fall Fashion-1 Year later

I can’t believe it’s been a year (and a few days)since starting my blog! It has certainly been a new learning experience for me.  While I knew in my mind blogging would be time consuming, it’s a lot more work than I anticipated at times. While I’m still not where I want to be with my blog or career wise ,I’ve learned the important thing is to continue to work hard, even if it is at a slower pace than what you initially intended. Right now my goals are to continue to work on posting more frequently, work on posting even better content, and continue to grow.Thanks to everyone that reads my posts and follows me both on the blog and on social media.I’m excited to how the blog and myself will be in another year.
Since my first blog post on CoutureGourmand was my Fall Fashion Picks I figured it’s only fitting to have my one year post be my picks for Fall 2016.
Sweater Weather

Sweaters

  1. Madewell Cableknit Sweater– To me, this is the quintessential fall sweater. For extra warmth add a turtleneck or button up underneath.
  2. Anthropologie Miaou Turtleneck– If there was ever a perfect sweater for me, this would be it. It’s cream colored, a boxy fit turtleneck, and  most importantly, has a cat on it.
  3. Kimchi Blue Lace Trim Sweater– I have a sweater that is similar to this I bought a few years ago from Urban Outfitters. It is probably my favorite sweater in my closet. I love the hunter color with the contrasting cream lace detail.
  4. Silence + Noise Hooded Cardigan– I love the brown color block version of this. If theres was a perfect sweater to throw on a tee with leggings and have binge watch shows on Netflix, this is it.
  5. Vince Cashmere Funnel Neck Sweater– If I had to pick one sweater to buy, this would be it. I love the neckline of the sweater and no one does cashmere sweaters quite like Vince.

Tops & Bottoms

Tops

  1. Target Tie-Neck Blouse– Since chokers and bandanas were a big trend this summer,it makes sense that the tie-neck blouse would be on trend for fall. I love this in pink.
  2. Urban Outfitters Bodysuit– The bodysuit is another trend that is still going strong. Perfect for wearing with a high waisted jean or skirt and not having to worry about constantly making sure your shirt is tucked in just right.
  3. Loft Striped Lantern Sleeve Blouse– The striped shirt in a grown up and work friendy form. If you find bell sleeves to be a little overwhelming , lantern sleeves give you the same dramatic look while being tapered at the wrist.
  4. H&M Crinkled Flounce Blouse– It seems like the trends for tops are about a dramatic sleeve and this is no exception. The sheer and flouncy sleeves and the neckline of this blouce gives this a fluttery and romantic look.

Bottoms

  1. Joe’s Jeans Ex-Lover Crop Straight Leg Boyfriend Jeans– One of the biggest trends for denim is two-toned denim. The loose fit of these jeans make these perfect for the weekends with a cozy sweater and loafers.
  2. J Brand High-rise Skinny– Another huge denim trend is the raw or uneven hem. While J-Brand makes some of the best skinny jeans, you can get the look for less by cutting up some skinny jeans you have in your closet. This jean is the pefect partner for a great ankle bootie.
  3. Free People Maxi Skirt– While the print may not be for everyone, this skirt screams fall/winter. The rich jewel tones, it’s velvet, and has a button front. I love the look of cropped sweaters paired with maxi skirts and boots.
  4. Madewell Shirttail Skirt– A plaid skirt that is more street style than school girl. This skirt would look great with a tucked in oxford or a cropped sweater. If you want something versitle, this is a great pick.
Outerwear

Outerwear

  • J.Crew Excursion Vest-This vest is a classic staple and offered in a variety of colors. Go for the Han Solo look and pair this with a long sleeve shirt, leggings, and tall boots.
  • Chambray Puffer Vest– I am obsessed with Chambray and this vest from Anthropologie is no exception. This is a great alternative to a denim jacket and is just as versitile.This would look great over a cableknit sweater and some black jeans.
  • Levi’s Sherpa Trucker Jacket-While I do own a red buffalo plaid jacket already, I’m currently trying to figure out how to make more room in my closet to add this jacket (and wondering if Garrett will notice the difference between the two jackets). While I This is an oversized fit of Levi’s trucker jacket and has a sherpa collar
  • Zara Coat-The oversized style is still going strong. The fit makes it easy to slip over bulky sweaters. Go for the tomboy chic look and wear with plaid shirt or sweatshirt, some rolled vintage levis and sneakers.

Dress

Dresses

  • Forever 21 Slip Dress– One of the big trends for fall is the slip dress. Wear with a simple tee layered underneath or a cozy sweater on top for extra warmth. Add some combat boots for a grungier look.
  • Free People Last Minute Pullover Dress– A sweatshirt in dress form! I love the ruffled hem of the skirt that gives it just the right feminine touch and it has pockets! I love the fig version.
  • Banana Republic Ruffle Cuff Dress-This is a great every occasion dress. Perfect for work, date night, or drinks at the local bar. I love the overall minimal look with the small ruffle detail on the cuffs.
  • Target Sleeveless Turtleneck-Sleeveless turtlnecks seemed to be a big trend this summer and it’s still going strong into fall when you pair it over a long sleeve shirt. The midi length dress and the side slits makes it perfect for wearing a tall boots or an ankle strap flat.
  • American Eagle Maxi Dress– While the dress is sleeveless, one of my favorite things about colder weather is being able to layer. This dress can easily be layered over a  long sleeve shirt or turtleneck underneath to stay on trend or with a cropped pullover or long cardigan.
Accessories
Accessories
  1. Loefeller Randall bucket bag– The minimal look of the bag makes this great for dressing up or down and I love it has a clasp closure  instead of a drawstring that most bucket bags tend to have.
  1. Baublebar Axelia Choker– Chokers are still trending pretty strong. I love this one from Baublebar. Though it has multi-layers, the chain is thin so it gives it a delicate look instead of bold or edgy and the tassle detail keeps it fun.
  2. Argento Vivo Needle Ring-The perfect balance between delicate and edgy. This would be great on it’s own or stacked with other rings. It also has a similar look to Cartier’s Juste un Clou ring at a wallet friendly price.
  3. Loefeller Randall bucket bag– The minimal look of the bag makes this great for dressing up or down and I love it has a clasp closure  instead of a drawstring that most bucket bags tend to have.
  4. Free People Bloom Scarf– I love the look of mixing stripes and florals so naturally I am in love with this scarf! I love the blurred floral print and this looks super fuzzy and warm.
  5. Beanie with pompom-Having a drawer full of winter hats that I can barely close hasn’t stopped me from searching for a new one to buy this season. Right now I am loving knit hats with (faux) fur pom pom on top to keep your head warm and stylish.

 

Shoes

Shoes

  • Old Navy Chelsea Boot– I’ve been wanting a pair of Chelsea boots and finally caved since there was a coupon code. I love that while the boots are simple, they definitely add a bit of edge to even the most basic outfit. I’m thinking of picking up this version
  • Steve Madden Shariniv– Velvet seems to be the fabric of choice especially when it comes to footwear. I love the peerk-a-boo slits on the side and the navy version is a great alternative to black.
  • Sam Edelman Loafer-I’ve been looking for some new mocassins or loafers to replace my worn out ones and these caught my eye.I love the red color and these are a great dupe to Gucci loafers .
  • Steve Madden Laaura Loafer-Speaking of Gucci shoes, one of the hottest footwear trends I keep seeing on my Instagram feed are these Gucci mules and Steven Madden offers a more affordable option. I  can certainly see the appeal of these shoes. Like the loafes above, it gives a casual polished look and the fact that it’s backless makes it easy to slip on and head out the door.
  • Michael Kors Sabrina Flat– I’m a ballet flat shoe kind of girl. I love these ones by Michael Kors. The chain detail around the heel adds a touch of edge to an otherwise feminine shoe.I love the contrast of the nude/black version with the gold chain or the sleek monochromatic look of the all black flat.

What are some of your favorite fall fashion items you have picked up?

OOTD-11/3/15

Despite the temperatures dropping for the past few weeks, this week is supposed to warm up around the 60s and certainly doesn’t feel like fall. The warm sunny weather earlier in the day is a little deceiving since it gets dark so soon.

Since it was very Spring-like,  I decided to pull out my favorite floral pants with a sheer blouse and my favorite blazer. I added a pop of color with the bag and the shoes.

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Blazer:Lush  Blouse:Forever21  Pants:Rewash  Shoes:Lanvin  Bag:Rebecca Minkoff
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A close up of the floral print of the pants and wearing one of my favorite belts I bought from H&M forever ago.
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While the bag and shoes aren’t the exact same color, I like the slight contrast between the shades of blue and the contrast against the colors in the pants.