3 Holiday Outfits Using 7 Must Have Pieces

3 Holiday Outfits

It’s hard to believe that it’s the holiday season already.  One of the biggest stressors of the holidays is trying to figure out what to wear to all of the parties and family get togethers.  I have found some great pieces that you can mix and match to get at least 3 holiday outfits.  Having these pieces in your wardrobe will take some of the stress out of the holidays.

Family Gathering

This is a perfect outfit for a family gathering or a get together with friends.

Nordstrom sweater

Nordstrom Sweater ($75)


velvet pants

Old Navy Velvet Pants ($35)


embellished pumps

Nordstrom Pumps ($60)


tassel earrings

BaubleBar Earrings ($48)


Office Party

I think this outfit is so cool and chic.  Bow tie shirts are very on trend and I think when mixed with velvet it looks festive.  You can trade out the velvet parts for jeans and you have another great outfit.

velvet blazer

Old Navy Velvet Blazer ($44)


bow tie shirt

Banana Republic Shirt ($88)


velvet pants

Old Navy Velvet Pants ($35)


embellished pumps

Nordstrom Pumps ($60)


tassel earrings

BaubleBar Earrings ($48)


New Years Eve

This is such a great New Years outfit.  It could also be worn to a fancier house party or an office party

velvet blazer

Old Navy Velvet Blazer ($44)


silver one shoulder top

Nordstrom Shirt ($128)


velvet pants

Old Navy Velvet Pants ($35)

embellished pumps

Nordstrom Pumps ($60)


tassel earrings

BaubleBar Earrings ($48)

With these 7 pieces you can make at least 3 holiday outfits.  If you have these pieces in your wardrobe you are ready for any occasion that may come your way.

ps. All of these outfits would look great with a red lip and red nails.

Next up is my holiday gift guide.  I’ve found some great gifts so be sure to check it out.  XOXO Michelle

Fall Accessory Trends to Update Your Fall Wardrobe

Fall Accessory Trends

Hey friends – I am back now that my new website theme is installed.  Hope you like the new look as much as I do.  Today I am going to be showing you how adding some fall accessories trends into your wardrobe is a great way to refresh the existing clothes in your wardrobe to make them feel new.  Here are some of my favorites:

Statement Earrings

Statement earrings are a simple and surefire way to instantly transform a look without breaking the bank.  The biggest trends are thick gold hoops, tassels, ball drops, and crystal drops.  Links to some of the ones I like the most are below.

thick gold hoop earrings

Target ($10)


tassel earrings

Loft ($30)


ball drop earrings

Loft ($25)


crystal drop earrings

Loft ($30)



There are many trendy necklaces out there right now but you want to make sure that the necklace style is right for your body.  If you have a short neck you should avoid short chunky necklaces as they may make your neck look shorter.  Women with large chests sometimes look bustier in long bulky pendant necklaces.  To get the most out of the hot necklaces for fall, try a few from the trends listed below and see how having these items will change up what you already own.

Layered Necklaces – the layers can fill in a more open neckline and add plenty of dimension to an outfit.


layered necklace

Nordstrom ($38)


layered necklace

Nordstrom ($19)


Chokers – these were big in the 90’s and with the resurgence of this decade in fashion, they are back.  If you have a shorter neck, choose finer ones that don’t take up too much space.

choker necklace

Nordstrom ($55)


Pendants – great for casual wear and also look great when worn with a basic black dress.

Kendra Scott pendant

Nordstrom ($75) – every woman needs this necklace in their wardrobe


Ann Taylor pendantAnn Taylor ($30) – I love this necklace – it’s so cool


Statement Necklace – add striking style to any outfit and call attention to the face.

statement necklace

Target ($30) – this would look great with blush pink or gray


pearl statement necklace

Loft ($55) – pearls are very big this season and I love that these are in shades of black and gray


Patterned Tights

Black tights are perennially chic and practical.  But when you add a pattern to them they modernize and update your outfit.

dotted tights

Old Navy ($13)


herringbone tights

Target ($10)


diamond tights

Old Navy ($13)


Berets and Baker Boy Caps

If you don’t already own a beret or a baker boy cap, you are going to want to get your hands on one ASAP.  A lot of celebrities have been spotted wearing these stylish headpieces taking their outfits to the next level.

baker boy cap

Macy’s ($20)


oui beret

Macy’s ($19)


baker boy cap

Macy’s ($19)



Macy’s ($15)


Try some of these fall accessory trends and see how these items will change up what you already own and make you look totally on trend.  I hope you like my new blog format.  I have a lot of fun ideas coming your way for the upcoming holidays so if you haven’t done it yet, please subscribe to my blog so you do not miss any of my posts.  XOXO Michelle

Five Fashion Items Worth the Splurge

My blog focuses a lot on affordable fashion and beauty but I believe that there are items that are worth the splurge.  I’ve read before that a women’s wardrobe should be made up of 80% affordable fast-fashion and 20% investment pieces that you will have for years.  So what are the pieces that I think are worth the splurge?


#1 – A Classic Designer Handbag

I buy trendy bags at Zara, Mango, and Sole Society, but I do love my Louis Vuitton.  I’ve had it for about five years now and love it as much as I did on the day I bought it.  They will never go out of style so although they are expensive they are an investment.  You can get great deals on gently used ones at consignment stores, Poshmark, and Ebay.

Louis Vuitton purse

Louis Vuitton ($1,780)


#2 – Cashmere Sweater

A classic cashmere sweater is timeless and classy.  The Halogen brand at Nordstrom makes great ones for a decent price.

items worth the splurge - Halogen cashmere sweater

Nordstrom ($89)


#3 – Leather Riding Boots

Leather riding boots will always be in style.  It’s best to invest in a real leather pair with a slight heel and in a cognac brown color.  It looks better if there is no gaping between the boot and your leg.  Vince Camuto, Frye, and Aquatalia all make great boots.  Here is a very classic pair of Sam Edelman Penny boots that is a great seller and also comes in wide calf.

Sam Edelman riding boots

Zappos ($150)


#4 – Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket

These never go out of style and are a must have in every women’s wardrobe.  Being that this is something you can always have, you should invest in a quality piece.  All Saints make beautiful leather jackets and you can find some great ones at their outlets.  Outlets and Nordstrom Rack are great places to find quality leather jackets at good prices.  Here is a beautiful classic leather moto jacket that can be worn with everything from dresses to jeans.

Halogen leather jacket

Nordstrom (on sale for $230)


#5 – Aviator Sunglasses

I have a drawer full of fun trendy sunglasses but everyone needs a quality pair of aviator sunglasses.  Ray Ban and Quay make great ones but I think the Kate Spade ones fit great, look expensive, and will last you years to come as they are very classic.

Kate Spade sunglasses

Nordstrom ($160)


A rule to use when deciding if something is worth the splurge is to calculate your cost per wear.  The more you will wear something the more you can invest in it.  The trendy pieces that might only last a season are the things to save on.

I hope this post helped you think about how you spend your clothing budget.  I’ve really changed how I look at what I spend.  I want to have a great wardrobe but I also want to be more thoughtful about how I spend my money so I can have the money to go out to fun places and wear my fabulous clothes.  XOXO Michelle

Stylish and Affordable Fall Coats

Old Navy has a ton of stylish and affordable fall coats.  They have all of the biggest trends in coats covered so you can be on trend without breaking the bank.  These coats are not only stylish and affordable, they are also good quality.  The only problem you will have is choosing which ones to buy.  These are my favorites:

affordable fall coats

Leopard Print Cardi-Coat (On sale for $49) – this is a great fall coat in a very on trend leopard print.  It comes in tall and petite and up to XXL.  It also comes in four other prints.


old navy boucle coat

Textured Boucle’ Everyday Coat ($65) – I bought a similar one at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and can’t wait to wear it.  This is a great everyday coat at a great price point.


old navy trench coat

Trench Coat ($54 Sale Price) – every women needs a good fitting trench coat in their wardrobe.  It is easy to find your perfect size because once again this comes in tall and petite and up to XXL.


sherpa bomber jacket

Sherpa Bomber Jacket (On sale for $44) – Sherpa and Bomber Jackets are two huge trends in outerwear.  This is a very affordable and cute way to wear this trend.


I love Old Navy denim as well and I wanted to share some of their most on trend pairs.

old navy raw hem rockstar jeans

Mid-Rise Raw-Hem Rockstar Ankle Jeans ($35)


raw hem rockstar jeans

Mid-Rise Raw-Hem Rockstar Ankle Jeans ($35) – I own both of these jeans and I love them.  If you are between sizes – size down.


old navy flare ankle cords

Mid-Rise Flare Ankle Cords ($40) – I think these are so current and cool.  I’m buying these and can’t wait to wear these with a gray sweater and some leopard booties.

You can have a great on trend wardrobe without busting your budget.  The key is knowing what to splurge on and what to save on.  Next week I’m going to discuss the few things that I think are worth splurging on.  XOXO Michelle


It’s “A New Day” at Target

A New Day    


Target or Targe’ as I like to call it has really been upping it’s fashion game.  It’s newest fashion line is called “A New Day.”  This is a collection of chic basics and statement pieces that are meant to be mixed and matched.  I think it is especially good for women who need to dress up for work.  Here are some of my favorite pieces:

A New Day skirt

Skirt ($25) – you can wear this with black tights when it gets cooler


a new day tee shirt

T-shirt ($10) – this is a great staple to have in your fall wardrobe.  It looks great with the skirt above and the below pants.


a new day track pants

Pants ($25) – these pants can be dressed up or down depending upon what top and shoes you pair them with


a new day shirt

Top ($20) – this top looks great with the above pants, a red heel, and the shirt buttoned up with this bow choker


Sugar Fix choker

Choker ($15)


A New Day pants

Pants ($28) – these are great pants to have in your closet.  They look great with everything depending on the occasion.


A New Day blazer

Blazer ($35) – as I mentioned in a previous post, “Prince of Wales Plaid” is a huge trend for fall


a new day camisole

Cami ($18) – this looks great under the blazer and could also be worn under a cardigan


A New Day dress

Dress ($28) – this dress is so cute and like everything in the “A New Day” collection can be dressed up or down and worn in different ways.  I would wear this with sneakers, booties or tall boots.  I would also wear this with skinny jeans.

I really like the “A New Day” collection at Target.  I appreciate how everything can be mixed and matched.  It’s a great way to have an on-trend wardrobe at an affordable price.  It really is a new day at Target.  XOXO Michelle


Zaful Wish List: White Crop Tops

I recently discovered the website Zaful and was blown away by their large selection of apparel and accessories for women at such a reasonable price point!  Style and affordability?!  They speak my language!

White crop tops are a big trend this fall.  When I say crop top, I don’t mean the belly baring kind but the ones that hit at the top of your high rise jeans.

white crop top  white lace crop top  white crop top

ID #: 337 ($22)                               ID#: 1207 ($18)                               ID#: 347 ($14)


Even though it’s almost fall, we still have time to wear rompers.  Here are some great ones to try:

floral romper  floral romper

ID #: 4075 ($18)                              ID#: 468 ($19)

Use code ZFEN01 to get 10% off your purchase.  This is a sponsored post but all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.  Come back to read my Zaful review.  They have some great sweaters, tops, and accessories that I can’t wait to receive and review for you.  XOXO Michelle

How To Wear The 2017 Fall Trends Without Them Wearing You

2017 Fall Trends    

Every season new trends emerge.  I really love some of the 2017 fall trends and I think they can be easily integrated into your wardrobe.  You want to pick pieces that are on trend but also are true to your style.  You want to wear the new fall trends without them wearing you.


This is the biggest 2017 fall trend.  They showed head to toe red outfits on the runway.  I think it’s more wearable, less trendy, and more unexpected to wear a red shoe instead.  Wearing a red shoe (especially boots) will give your outfit a pop of color and make you on-trend.

red booties

Journey Bootie – DSW ($50) – these boots are a beautiful bright shade of red and at a great price.



Velvet was shown on all the runways and in all of the magazines for the fall.  Once again I recommend wearing the trend in small unexpected ways like a velvet cami under a long cardigan.  A velvet scarf is a great third piece option.

velvet scarf

American Eagle ($6)


velvet cross body bag

Glamorous Velvet Cross Body Bag – ASOS ($42) – a velvet bag is also a great way to wear the trend.  This one comes in the color of the season and looks more expensive than what it is.  It is a perfect going out bag.



Shearling is a huge trend for fall.  I love this shearling coat and the great price.

shearling coat

Nordstrom Rack ($70)


Vintage Inspired Faux Fur

A faux fur coat is so fun to wear for a night out.  A vintage inspired style is the one to try this fall.

faux fur coat

Kristin Blake Faux Fur Jacket – Nordstrom ($240)


faux fur coat

Tularosa Faux Fur Coat – Nordstrom Rack ($90)



Plaid is always big for the fall.  This season they are showing what’s called “Prince of Wales Plaid.”  I think it’s a really fresh look for the new season.

plaid blazer

Oversized Plaid Blazer – Express ($168) – this is a great piece for your fall wardrobe because it can be dressed up for work or worn with a t-shirt and jeans.



Sheer tops are all over the stores this fall.  You’ll see tops that are completely sheer or that have sheer arms.  The completely sheer ones can be worn with a cami, bandeau, or pretty bralette underneath.

sheer blouse

Shein ($19)


2017 Fall Trends

Nordstrom ($75)

Bell sleeves, blush pink, off shoulder / cold shoulder tops, leather, slogan tees, athleisure, and white boots continue to be in style for the fall.  Wearing your t-shirt or sweater off the shoulder is an easy way of updating your existing clothes and look.  Never wear something just because it’s trendy.  Pick and choose the trends that you like and that compliment your style.  XOXO Michelle


The Power of the Third Piece Rule

  third piece rule  

The third piece rule transforms your outfit and elevates your style.  Your pants and top are the first and second piece.  The third piece is an extra outfit element such as a blazer or a statement accessory.

Blazer / Vest / Cardigan / Jacket

These pieces elevate a basic t-shirt or blouse.


knit blazer

Old Navy ($40) – this burgundy knit blazer totally pulls this outfit together.  It could also be worn over a blouse for work.  I bought a similar version at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and love it.


faux suede vest

Nordstrom ($170) – this vest is pricey but I think it will instantly make an outfit look cooler and more put together.  It can be worn over a sweater, blouse, or tee.  I might have to put this one in the cart.


open front cardigan

Gap (on sale now for $49) – I love this cardigan.  The color is beautiful and it upgrades your outfit from a basic t-shirt and jeans.  Also going in the cart!


duster coat

Misguided ($60) – Duster coats can upgrade any outfit.  They can be worn with anything from jeans to dresses and make your look pulled together and fashionable.


Scarf / Wrap

Scarves add a pop of pizzaz to your outfit.


paisley scarf

Nordstrom ($29) – this scarf adds so much color to your face and interest to a plain white tee or blouse.


fringe wrap

Nordstrom ($39) – this can be worn as a wrap or a scarf.  The neutral color will go with so much and will look especially great with a cream sweater or long sleeve t-shirt and tall boots.


Bold Accessory

A bold accessory is something that draws your eye to it like a statement necklace or a bold cuff.


tassel pendant necklace

BaubleBar ($42) – I love this necklace.  It adds a lot of interest to your outfit and can be worn with a lot.

Vera cuff

Nordstrom ($78) – this cuff is so cool and different.  It will definitely draw the eye and add impact to your look.



A hat is another item that can add a ton of interest to your outfit.  Pairing a floppy hot with tall boots, especially OTK ones, is a great look.


floppy hat

Target ($25)


I hope this helped explain the third piece rule and inspires you to make amazing outfits.

XOXO Michelle

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The Best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public now until August 6th.  I wanted to give you guys an easy shopping list of my favorites that are not sold out yet.  This is the best of the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Tops and Sweaters:

Lush roll tab shirt

Lush Roll Tab Shirt ($28) – I have 3 of these tops.  They would be great to wear to work.  I wear mine with skinny jeans and tall boots and I add a cardigan in the winter.  They also look cute with scarves or long necklaces.


Lush tee

Lush Raw Edge Side Slit Tee ($16) – hands down the best t-shirts that are flattering fit and soft


Halogen cardigan

Halogen Open Front Cardigan ($50) – this comes in a lot of colors.  It’s very soft and flattering.  If you are between sizes – size down.  I like how it’s styled in this photo.


Off the shoulder sweater

Trouve Off The Shoulder Poplin Sweater ($59) – very cute and flattering.  Looks great with leggings or skinny jeans.  Comes in 3 great colors.


choker tee

Socialite Cutout Choker Tee ($18) – the top is soft and flattering.  It can be worn now and as a layering piece when it’s colder.


bell sleeve pullover

Gibson Bell Sleeve Cozy Fleece Pullover ($40) – this is so soft and cozy


Halogen scallop sweater

Halogen Scallop Edge Sweater ($40) – this sweater is great quality and looks great on


bell sleeve sweater

Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Sweater ($59) – this is wonderful quality and very flattering.  It comes in 3 great colors.


bateau neck sweater

Trouve Bateau Neck Sweater ($46) – it’s long enough for leggings and the neckline is very flattering.  It comes in 5 different colors.


asymmetrical cold shoulder sweater

Treasure and Bond Asymmetrical Cold Shoulder Sweater ($59) – so cute in person and is great quality.  It’s long enough to wear with leggings.


Denim and Leggings:

Moto leggings

BP. Seamed Moto Leggings ($26) – these fit great and are soft/comfortable.  They have a worn in look and the seaming is more prominent in person.


Moto leggings

Vince Camuto Moto Leggings ($46) – the  moto detailing on these leggings is very cool.  They are comfortable and thick.


Madewell high rise ripped skinny jeans

Madewell High Rise Ripped Skinny Jeans ($90) – black jeans are a must have in your wardrobe.  This pair fits great.


Skirts and Dresses:

cold shoulder sweater dress

Leith Cold Shoulder Sweater Dress ($53) – I love everything about this dress.  Wear it with a long cardigan or moto jacket and booties.


flounce shift dress

Halogen Flounce Back Shift Dress ($66) – this is one of the best items in the sale.  It’s great quality and looks so cute on.  It’s true to size.  You can wear a white button down or long cardigan over it in the winter.


tweed ruffle shift dress

Chelsea28 Tweed Ruffle Shift Dress ($99) – cute dress.  The plaid pattern and unfinished hem is very on trend.  Would look great with a black moto jacket or burgundy suede jacket.


Coats and Jackets:

Bernardo down coat

Bernardo Down Jacket ($120) – great lightweight down coat with rose gold hardware and a flattering fit.


Marc New York wool coat

Marc New York Wool Coat ($120) – beautiful coat in a beautiful on trend color for winter.


Kate Spade faux fur hooded peacoat

Kate Spade Faux Fur Hooded Peacoat ($280) – this coat also comes in black but I love the red.



thigh high boot

Steve Madden Thigh High Boot ($87) – great over the knee boot.  They don’t fall down and are comfortable.




RevitaLash ($98) – this stuff really does make your lashes grow.  This is an amazing deal as you get 2 products for the price of 1.



Nordstrom throw

Kennebunk Home Throw ($26) – these are the softest most luxurious throws and the price is great.


I hope this list helps.  There’s so much to pick from and it can be overwhelming.  These are the items that I think are the best.  I either own or tried on most of these.  You can also check out my last 2 posts where I tried on some outfits from the sale.

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XOXO Michelle

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


I came, I saw, I shopped the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I made a big order as soon as the sale opened Thursday morning.  Luckily it was right before the site crashed.  I might have been the reason for the crash – my bad.  Here is what I found on the front porch a couple days later:

I went to Nordstrom the next day with my friend to see some things in person and just have a fun girls day.  Seeing the items in person made me wish I would have ordered a few more things.  I did pick up some more things and am obsessed with a few more.  I already gave you my picks for the sale (see prior post).  This is my review of what I ordered, tried on, and saw at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Welcome to my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale haul.


Trina Turk Dawn Coat

Trina Turk Dawn Coat ($280) – this coat was awesome in person.  It was very soft and comfortable.  I loved it.


BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket


BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket ($126) – this is real suede and the quality is outstanding.  It’s a beautiful coat that runs small so size up.


Kensie Tweed Coat

Kensie Tweed Coat ($110) – a great fall/winter coat.  I love the color and the fit and had to take it home after I tried it on.  The sleeves are flared to accommodate bell sleeves.



BP cardigan

BP. Rib Stitch Cardigan ($32) – there are a lot of long cardigans in this sale but this is the least expensive.  It’s good quality for the price.  I got it in two colors and would size down.

BP. T-Strap Short Sleeve Tee ($15)

Blondo Waterproof Bootie ($100)


Halogen off the shoulder top

Halogen Off The Shoulder Top ($30) – this off the shoulder top is perfect for between seasons.  It looks great with this red bag from Mango and tucked into high-waisted jeans.

Mango Bag ($60)


Halogen ruffle sleeve sweater

Halogen Ruffle Sleeve Sweater ($50) – red is going to be huge this fall/winter so I definitely wanted to pick something up in that color

Argento Vivo Two-Tone Multistrand Necklace ($50) – this necklace and matching earrings are great finishing pieces

Argento Vivo Two-Tone Linear Fringe Earrings ($43)


Topshop cardigan

Topshop Colorblock Cardigan ($57) – I was so excited that they had this cardigan left in my store.  Size down on this one.  I will wear this with a white t-shirt, the below camel boots, and the below Kendall Scott Rae Pendant

Hinge bootie

Hinge Bootie ($80)


Kendra Scott Rae Necklace

Kendra Scott Rae Necklace ($50)



Halogen off the shoulder sweater

Halogen Off The Shoulder Sweater ($50)

Lysse’ Leggings ($59)

These are some of my favorite pieces from the Anniversary Sale.  This outfit is very figure flattering and runs TTS.



Gibson bell sleeve pullover

Gibson Bell Sleeve Cozy Fleece Pullover ($40) – I saw this at the store and I loved it.  It’s very soft and the sleeves are flared but not overly so.  It’s a great piece to have in your closet for fall/winter.


Leith shawl collar cardigan

Leith Shawl Collar Cardigan ($53) – I love the color of this cardigan.  It looks great with this nude/blush bag from Sole Society.  The Argento Vivo jewelry in the sale is great and really makes an outfit.

Korah Sole Society Bag ($60)

Argento Vivo Stick Ball Earrings ($30)


Frame jeans

Frame Split Hem Jeans ($180) – I love the slit down the center of these jeans.  The loose fit is very on trend.


Wit and Wisdom split hem jeans

Wit & Wisdom Split Hem Jeans ($45) – I included these in my last post but I wanted to give you a review of them after I tried them on at the store.  I loved them.  They have mesh panels inside of them to hold in your stomach and lift your booty.  They run big so size down.


I think the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is awesome this year and hope you all find some great pieces – I sure did.  A lot of things are sold out in certain sizes and colors.  Nordstrom constantly re-stocks everything.  My advice if the color or size you want is out of stock is to save it to your wishlist in another color or size available.  Then check daily to see if your size and color is back in stock.  Don’t forget the sale is open to everyone starting this Friday.  XOXO Michelle