Fall Trends: Mauve Coats, White Boots

Mauve on over boring winter coats, fun new colors and textures are here to stay! My very favorite cold-weather piece in my wardrobe (and the one that gets the most complements)? Definitely my Feeling of Warmth Faux Fur Longline Coat in mauve. It's incredibly cozy, accommodates chunky sweaters super well, and has been surprisingly versatile! Plus, it comes in five different colors (black, brown, mauve, sand, and gray) AND is 40% off right now making it only $59.90. I can't recommend this coat highly enough, it is so wonderful! I snagged it in a large to have more wiggle room in the sleeves and feel it runs pretty true to size.

FYI Chicwish sent me this coat and JustFab sent me these boots to share with you! I only collaborate with brands I love and, if you shop through my links, I will receive a small commission if you decide to buy the items.

White boots are another trend I've fully embraced and I love the western flair of my newest pair from JustFab! The Talah Western Booties have held up incredibly well so far (I've worn them nearly every day for the past 2+ weeks) and run true to size/fit perfectly with socks! These boots are a fantastic dupe for the sold-out-everywhere Sam Edelman Winona boots and have been a solid go-to option this fall. The Talah Western Booties also come in black and snakeskin too! You can snag your first pair of shoes from @JustFabOnline for as low as $10 when you become a VIP member! Regularly they're only $59.95 so either way you're getting a great deal. JustFab has so many styles, sizes, and widths available too - there’s truly something for everyone!

Even though these pieces are pretty trendy, I feel like they've paired well with a lot of items in my wardrobe! I recently snagged this sweater from H&M (under $20 reg. price) and absolutely loved it with the Chicwish coat and JustFab boots! If you're just getting into statement pieces like these, I always recommend purchasing them in a neutral color or pairing them with other neutral pieces. As you feel more confident wearing statement pieces you can become even more bold with your color choices, color combos, and layering!

What cold-weather trends are you trying right now? Do you think colorful coats or white boots will make their way into your wardrobe anytime soon?

One Pattered Maxi Skirt 3+ Ways!

Things that can be scary:

Things that shouldn't be scary:

FYI Chicwish sent me these items to share with you! I only collaborate with brands I love and, if you shop through my links, I will receive a small commission if you decide to buy the items.

I'll admit, when I first saw this skirt I had two main thoughts: "I love you!" and "Do I know how to style you?" I really wasn't sure I'd know what to pair with such a bold skirt BUT since receiving it I've worn it so many ways. I'm going to break down three super chic and easily put together options in this post. Keep an eye on my feed and stories to see the skirt styled other ways too!

1. Layer it up

This is the perfect way to wear this skirt year round and the recipe is simple:
- A basic top or bodysuit
- A jacket or coat
- Boots or heels

For this look I threw on my favorite black bodysuit from Array in Kansas City (similar here), a moto denim jacket from Nasty Gal, and some mule boots from Target last year (similar here)! This look is laid back, chic, comfortable, and easily dressed up or down. It's also great on days where it feels like winter in the morning and summer by midday (something that is essential when you're trying to survive in the Midwest)! The bodysuit is perfect year round but there are lots of other top options too for this exact same outfit:
- a crop top instead of a bodysuit in the summer
- a band tee or graphic tee in the fall worn tucked-in, tied, or tucked into your bra (seriously, that's my new fave way to wear tees right now)
- with a black turtleneck tucked in in the winter

Your outfit can stay the exact same (jacket, skirt, and shoes), just swap out the top and you have a totally different look!

2. Sweater/sweatshirt

This is a look I never thought I'd be able to pull off:
- sweatshirt/chunky sweater
- dad shoes

But, look at me, I'm pulling it off and maybe totally in love? These dad shoes (from Walmart believe it or not) are COMFY and really pop underneath the maxi skirt. You could swap these out for Converse if you're not loving the trend or get even crazier and find some neon dad sneaks for an even bolder pop! Walmart had this exact same pair of shoes too in black which would be a tad more subtle while still being 1) comfy 2) very on trend. Also, life hack for white shoes: use Oxyclean to clean them up! It seriously works - Corey has been using it on his Converse for years and it always works like a charm.

Something that has steered me away from trying this look is the fear that it would detract from my waist. I always worry silhouettes like this will just make me look really big and blobby. But, by using my new favorite tuck-your-top-into-your-bra-trick, it looks pretty dang flattering and put together! The trick really is just that you tuck the bottom edge of your sweater/sweatshirt up into your bra in the front. It's that easy! This sweatshirt is from H&M (out of stock online, another fun option here) and I just love how simultaneously cozy and chic it is. The glittery detail on the letters definitely helps make it more feminine but, overall, I think it'd be a cute look with or without the sparkle!

Some other ideas on tops you could wear and achieve the same look:
- a basic sweatshirt tucked or tied
- a cropped sweatshirt that's basic or has a cute graphic/logo
- a collegiate sweatshirt with a school seal or your favorite team logo/name

3. Back to basics

When it doubt, go with a classic look!
- tailored/form fitting sweater
- felt Panama hat
- ankle boots (bonus points if they're white or add a pop of color)

This is a very safe outfit for me - I love wearing fitted sweaters, heels, and hats! When I got this skirt, this was one of the first ways I envisioned wearing it (which is why I picked the Chicwish Glam V-neck Ribbed Top in white during my Chicwish collab too). It's simple but feminine and oh-so perfectly suited for fall or winter. I also had to bust out my favorite white JustFab Katherine Slingback Booties too. They're such a perfect, bright pop with the skirt and really make the outfit feel chic! Basically any fitted sweater would look lovely with this skirt - I have some Target options I'm dying to pair it with as well! I snagged my hat in the Target Dollar Spot earlier this fall but this hat is super similar and has amazing reviews! You could also really punch up the look by picking a colorful hat or some pumps too!

See? That wasn't so painful! And now you have like 15 more ways you can wear that patterned skirt you're not so sure about!

Happy styling!

Perfect Fall Pastels

Whoever said pastels weren't for fall must have hated rainbows and unicorns too. The fall and winter pastel trend is here to stay and I couldn't be more thrilled! There's just something about a sweet, light blue wool coat or ultra feminine plaid skirt that I can't resist. And, people, I believe we've found the skirt of the Fall/Winter 2019 season - Chicwish's Greatest Embrace Check Wool-Blend Midi Skirt in Pink!

FYI Chicwish sent me these items to share with you! I only collaborate with brands I love and, if you shop through my links, I will receive a small commission if you decide to buy the items.

I can think of so many ways I want to style this piece (with an oversized sweater, paired with a bodysuit, layered with a long and cozy wool coat, the ideas go on and on) but, to get started, I thought I'd pair it with another one of my favorite Chicwish pieces - the True Colors Knit Wrap Top in Ivory. I threw on my fave champagne metallic heels to glam it up a little bit more but this exact look with ankle boots would be darling too.

I loved how feminine this look turned out! The super sweet skirt paired with the somewhat edgy top ended up being well balanced and fun. I received so many complements and questions on where I got the pieces! This skirt is going to be the perfect piece to wear through the winter and will even transition well into the spring.

What are your thoughts on pastels for fall and winter? Is it your thing or do you prefer darker colors when the weather gets colder?

Happy Haulidays with Beauty Brands!

Happy Haulidays everyone! I'm excited to be partnering with Beauty Brands to share some of my favorite beauty finds for this, the Hauliday season! Whether you're having a treat-yo-self moment or getting a jump-start on your holiday shopping, Beauty Brands has something for everyone!

Visit Beauty Brands or beautybrands.com during the Hauliday Open House through November 10 and receive a FREE holiday gift of your choice including a trinket tray, wine glass, tumbler set, or ornament (valued up to $15.98). Also, if you spend $30 on makeup, skincare, bath & body, or nails you'll receive a pair of Jules Smith Pave Huggie Earrings (a $45 value)! Last, but certainly not least, you can get $5 off any purchase by clicking here (redeemable in-store or online)!

Thanks so much to Beauty Brands for treating me to a bit of a shopping spree! Oh, also, if you decide to buy any of these products through the links in my post, I'll receive a small commission. I truly appreciate your support - it helps me keep finding great deals for you!

I went into my Hauliday shopping trip with one must-buy product on my list: Philosophy's Amazing Grace perfume! It's my mom's absolute fave and is something I buy her every Christmas. I recommend buying the largest bottle because it's hands-down the best deal. You get twice as much as the regular sized bottle for only $20 more! Philosophy also had quite a few gift sets which are great given together or parceled out as stocking stuffers!

Next on my list? Some products to help me prepare for the holiday party season! I love checking out all of the special collections that come out this time of year and the Laura Geller Party in a Palette Full Face Palette Collection was exactly what I was looking for. This set features three eye and cheek palettes in the most gorgeous colors (mostly warm nudes). The set's retail value is $96 but is available in the box set for $25! I can't find it on the Beauty Brands website right now but this palette is worth a trip to the store - the products are silky smooth and highly pigmented. I also love the cheek colors and plan on using them as eye shadows too!

There are so many amazing makeup brands at Beauty Brands right now but I couldn't resist indulging in an old fave - Nyx Professional Makeup! I have a pretty extensive lipstick collection but have noticed that my options in the nude category are somewhat lacking. To remedy this situation I grabbed the Nyx Matte Lipstick in Euro Trash, Whipped Caviar, Pure Red, and Alabama; the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Rome; and the Nyx Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Exotic and Ruffle Trim! Now I am all set and ready to go for any holiday party. So far I've been wearing the Nyx Matte Lipstick in Euro Trash on repeat! Beauty Brands also has the Nyx Love Lust Holiday Lip Gloss Trio right now too - it's darling!

Last but certainly not least, I experienced a tragedy earlier this year when my FAVORITE curling iron bit the dust. I'm pretty sure the failure was feline related (cats like cords for some annoying reason) and I've been getting by for months with another old curling iron I had laying around. Lucky me, Beauty Brands came to the rescue - not only did they have my favorite Hot Tools Gold Professional High Heat Extended Barrel 1 1/4" Curling Iron, but it was on sale too for $10 off! I truly love this curling iron and actually use it as a curling wand too. The extended barrel is a must for anyone with long hair and the diameter is exactly right. Plus, during the sale it comes in just under $50! Trust me, it's worth every penny.

Looking for gift ideas? Keep reading!

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Have you gotten a start on your holiday shopping yet? Share with me in the comments or over on Instagram!