How to Wear Fall’s Biggest Trends for Under $50

fall trends under $50

Here are six ways to incorporate some of my favorite fall trends into your existing wardrobe. Best of all, everything here is under $50!

Corset dress: ASOS ($45)
Wear this dress with crip white sneakers or dress it up with OTK boots.

Plaid Blazer: Target ($34.99)
Perfect with skinny jeans (or mom jeans – see below) and you’re favorite white t-shirt.

Mom Jeans: American Eagle ($49.95)
Mom jeans have gotten a bad rap in the past, but this flattering pair will give your look an effortless vibe whilst making your legs look miles long. Wear them with sneakers, flats, heels, or sock booties.

Red Statement Earrings: Baublebar ($48)
Red is this season’s color, and there are about a million ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe. One of the easiest is with some on-trend statement earrings (that would happen to look great with all the outfits described above.)

Hoop Earrings: Jules Smith ($35)
Hoops are back, and in a big way. Replace your last-season’s studs with either a classic hoop, or something a little less traditional like these from Jules Smith.

Velvet: H&M ($14.99)
Velvet is EVERYWHERE this season. Wear this sexy little cami with jeans, heels and a leather jacket. Also, if you’re willing to spend a few bucks more than $50, check out both this dress and this jumpsuit – which would be perfect for fall weddings.


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15 Summer Wedding Guest Dresses Under $200

Wedding guest dresses under $200

It’s that time of year again: Wedding Season! And the search for the perfect, affordable, and stylish dress is ON. These are some of my favorite dresses under $200 (many of which are even under $100). I’m loving all the romantic off-the-shoulder and one-strap styles this year. It’s the perfect way to show just a hint of skin but keep most things to the imagination.

1. ASOS dress ($135)
2. Bardot dress ($119)
3. ASOS jumpsuit ($76)
4. Keepsake dress ($195)
5. ASOS skirt ($79)
6. Adlyn Rae dress ($101)
7. Pretty by Rory Floral ($78)
8. Keepsake Dress ($195)
9. ASOS dress ($119)
10. Shopbop dress ($163)
11. ASOS dress ($119)
12. Bardot dress ($109)
13. ASOS dress ($190)
14. WAYF dress ($65)
15. Need Supply Co jumpsuit ($88)

Which is your favorite? It’s so hard for me to choose! I tried this one on in-store (they didn’t have my size) and it’s so gorgeous in person! The photo online doesn’t do it justice – the color is so rich and beautiful! And this one just came online today and I’m obsessed with it. All the summer weddings I have coming up call for semi-formal or cocktail attire, but if I had a black-tie wedding to go to, I would absolutely buy this one. So sassy and on-trend this season.

These dress roundups are always some of my favorite posts to put together. What can I say? I just looove love, and I looove wedding season! Let me know what you think and if you end up wearing any of these to any of your upcoming events.


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4 Ways to Style a Suede Jacket

Suede burgundy moto jacket + Gucci belt

My suede moto jacket is hands down one the best purchases I’ve made in the last 12 months. For the under $200 price point, BlankNYC’s suede jacket is definitely the best option on the market right now. The fit is absolute perfection (for sizing reference: I’m generally an xs or small in most jackets and I’m wearing the xs here.) And the genuine suede feels soft and luxurious – while still maintaining its structure.

Since I purchased my jacket, BlankNYC has restocked it in about 10 different colors (including a super wearable tan). Nordstrom sells eight colors, and you can find additional colors that are exclusive to Bloomingdales and Revolve.

I thought it would be fun to show you four ways to style this jacket, in case you’re considering purchasing one or something similar for yourself.

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OUTFIT DETAILS
Blank NYC jacket in ‘Burgundy’ (comes in eight colors!) | Gucci belt (similar for much less here and here) | Levis jeans (also here) | OAAT/MYERS Collection bag | Forever 21 henley bodysuit (size up! Also love this striped version) | Manolo Blahanik pumps (identical for way less here) | Etsy necklace in 14″ | David Yurman ring and bracelets | Stila liquid lipstick in ‘Aria’

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Burgundy moto jacket

Burgundy suede moto jacket + Gucci belt

henley bodysuit outfit

burgundy moto

Burgundy suede moto jacket and burgundy lips

Here are three additional ways to style a suede moto jacket. In all of these outfits, I styled my burgundy jacket – but they would look just as beautiful with the tan version or even green or powder blue if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous.

3 More Ways to Style a Suede Moto Jacket
Burgundy moto jacket spring outfit
 

Outfit above: BlankNYC jacket + Sincerely Jules tee (also sold at Nordstrom) + Rebecca Minkoff belt bag + Free People skirt (more sizes here) + Superga sneakers
Burgundy moto jacket winter outfit copy
Outfit above: BlankNYC jacket + French Connection sweater + Madewell bag (more colors at Nordstrom) + J Brand jeans + Marc Fisher LTD boots
Burgundy moto jacket summer outfit
Outfit above: BlankNYC jacket + Madewell dress + Halogen shoes + Madewell bag + Nordstrom choker


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Holiday Gifts for Him

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It’s always tough putting together gift guides for Him that don’t give away what I’m buying for Carter this year. But I think I’m up for the challenge ;)

I’m only doing one holiday gift guide for men this year, so this is a beast of a guide, so bare with me. There are LOTS of ideas here!

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Holiday Gifts for Him

 

From left to right:

Polo 3-Pack of boxer briefs – on sale for $28.14 at Nordstrom.
While probably the least exciting thing on this list (and certainly undeserving of the top spot they ended up in), these boxer briefs are high quality and make excellent stocking stuffers for your significant other.

Magnanni Chelsea boots – an embellished style for $350 at Nordstrom or a more classic style, also $350 at Nordstrom.
A sexy chelsea boot that is a stylish alternative to his typical work shoe.

AG ‘Matchbox’ pants – $178 at Nordstrom.
Once upon a time, Carter was a devoted a Levi’s enthusiast, with the only real exceptions being dress and suit pants. But like trying a fine wine for the first time, after you have a taste of luxury – it’s hard to go back. That’s what happened with Carter and designer jeans. First, it was a pair of Sevens. They were beautiful, soft, but unfortunately didn’t hold their shape. But since then he has discovered AG’s ‘Matchbox’ pants, and has never looked back. They are truly the most flattering cut (and gorgeous in denim too), but what really sets these apart from the competition is how soft and comfortable they are, while still hugging all the right places. Magically, unlike the other designer pant competitors, these manage to keep their shape through multiple wears before hitting the washer.

Shun Premier Santoku Knives – $119.95 and up at William Sonoma.
For the home cook, these knives are perfection. After extensive research, Carter put these on our wedding registry. At first I thought fancy knives were a waste of money, but I quickly changed my tune after I started using them. And Carter of course is absolutely obsessed with them.

Cast iron skillets – $16.95-$24.95 at Crate & Barrel.
I talked about these in my last gift guide. These are great multi-purpose skillets, and you really can’t beat that price point for the quality.

Alpha Industries ‘Slim Fit’ bBomber jacket – $140 at Nordstrom.
Bomber jackets are undoubtably the jacket of the year for both men and women (I looove mine!) I’m a big fan of this one for men because of the reasonable price point and classic style. It pairs so nicely with tee shirts, button ups, jeans or even slacks – adding just the right amount of warmth and lots of style. Choosing between the green, grey and black will be a tough decision, but you can’t go wrong with any of them!

TV floor plan print  – $20-$85 on Etsy.
I talked about this in my last gift guide.

Star Wars Collectors Socks – $20 and up at Nordstrom.
I think these speak for themselves.

Louis Vuitton wallet – $440 at Louis Vuitton.
Like anything Louis Vuitton, this wallet is a luxury item and thus a splurge. But it’s a piece he’ll use every single day and have for years to come. (Isn’t that the definition of what you should splurge on?) Louis’ coated canvas is one of the most durable materials there is. It’s practically indestructible, which is exactly what a man needs in a wallet that he sits his butt on all day, everyday. I got one for Carter last year and it still looks like new.

The Tie Bar large style box – $99 at Nordstrom.
Tie Bar pieces end up on my men’s gift guides ever year, and for good reason. They’re super stylish and great quality for the price. This style box – that comes with three ties, three coordinating pocket squares, and two pairs of coordinating socks – is no exception. Not crazy about the blue and green color combo? No problem – Nordstrom has plenty of others to choose from.

Magnanni ‘Miro’ Double Monk Strap shoes – $325 at Nordstrom.
These are Carter’s all-time favorite shoes. You can find the matching belt here.

Addidas Stan Smith ‘Mid’ Sneakers – $100 from ASOS (and selling out fast!)
Not a low top, but not-quite a high-top, these rare mid-top sneakers are, without a doubt, some of my favorite sneakers of all time. Like all Stan Smiths, they’re unisex. I bought a pair for myself last year and wore them practically daily. Their mid-height makes them not-your-typical Stan Smith shoes and I’ve never seen anybody else wear them, making them perfectly unique. Mine are getting worn down and I am beyond devastated that it’s impossible to find them in my size anymore. But the good news for your better half is that these shoes are still available in quite a few men’s sizes.

Tumi carryon spinner suitcase – $495 at Macy’s.
Men love Tumi. That’s a scientific fact. And it doesn’t get much sleeker than this go-everywhere carryon bag. Lightweight and compact – this is pretty much the perfect suitcase for him.

Anonymous socks – $26 each at Club Monaco.
These cozy knit socks are sophisticated, but not too serious.

J Crew trench coat – $298 at J Crew.
It doesn’t get much more classic than a trench coat – the perfect layering piece this season for the man on the go.

Phew! Have I talked your ear off yet? I apologize, brevity is not my strong suit. Regardless, I hope this guide was helpful. And if it wasn’t, be sure to check out last year’s gift guide for men!

I’m always looking for good gift ideas, so if I missed something – and I’m sure I did – sound off in the comments and let me know what you’re getting for the men in your life!


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