The Art of Mixing Textures for Winter

The Art of Mixing Textures for Winter

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Do you ever have an idea for an outfit in your head and then lay it out and think it might be too risky? Well that’s how I felt with this outfit, but once I tried it on I died. I haven’t loved an outfit so much in a looooong time. I actually put this outfit together just for an Instagram post but with how much I loved it, it had to be made into a full blog post.

Ok, backstory over, back to the outfit. I may have said this before, but winter is actually my favorite time of year for fashion. The reason? Textures. I LOVE winter textures. From satin and silk, to velvet and leather, to fur and sequins—I’ll take one of each please! And while some people are afraid to mix these textures, I’m a firm believer in doing so. Of course, if you’re still intimidated keep reading for my tips to pull off mixing them.

The first is to stick with two main textures (obviously, fashion is all about expressing yourself so if you want to go with more, you do you!). Two textures keeps the outfit looking chic, without looking overwhelming. For my outfit, I chose to mix velvet and leather, which I think are two of the more accessible winter fabrics (as opposed to fur or sequins).

My second tip is to keep the colors within the same family. That doesn’t mean don’t play around with colors though! I actually have quite a few colors going on in this outfit, but they all have a warm tone to them, which I think helps tie the look together.

My last tip when it comes to mixing textures is to just have fun with it! I find the dark days and cold temps semi depressing, and the one thing that makes it bearable—aside from the holidays!—is having fun creating more glamorous outfits!

What are your thoughts on mixing winter fabrics? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Top: Modcloth c/o // Shorts: similar here and here // Boots: Modcloth c/o, also here // Hat: Modcloth // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Earrings: Mejuri c/o // Watch: Michael Kors // Lipstick: Sephora #LipStories in Somewhere in Spain

The Splurge Gift Guide

Hello and happy Friday! With Christmas fast approaching I thought it was time to share another gift guide with you all. This week’s theme is splurge-worthy gifts! While my gift guide is obviously geared towards women, I think the Nespresso machine or Airpods would make a great gift for anyone! The suitcases are also a great universal gift, just maybe not in rose gold (ha!). To shop, just click on the + icons over the images.

xo,

Carey

Holiday Glam Looks for Less

Holiday Glam Looks for Less

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Normally I would say happy Monday, but it’s not just any Monday; It’s Cyber Monday! And with that being said, I wanted to jump start your holiday look books with two glamorous holiday looks that won’t break the bank!

If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you know that SheIn is my one-stop shop for trendy, yet affordable pieces. So, of course this is the first place I looked for holiday outfits. When it comes to holiday dressing, I say, the more sequins the better! What other time of year can you break out a full sequin dress? This is your time to shine!

Of course, if sequins aren’t your thing that doesn’t mean that you need to look boring at your holiday parties. The top fabrics, aside from sequins, to keep in mind are velvet, satin, and metallics! You really can’t go wrong with any of those!

Anyway, I wanted to keep today’s post short and sweet. So, you can easily shop these looks below, and don’t forget, you can get these two looks, plus so many more, for 15% off with code BF19639 for  Cyber Monday!

xo,

Carey

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Dress: Shein c/o // Blazer: Shein: c/o // Skirt: Shein c/o // Shoes: similar // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here

Gift Guide for Her Under $100

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. You all voted for the under $100 gift guide, so I rounded up a few gift ideas for the girl/woman in your life that won’t break the bank. From trendy items like the Spanx faux leather leggings and gold chain necklace, to home items like the Amazon Echo, to items like the Revlon Dryer brush and a Kylie Jenner lip set for the beauty lover, I think I covered the bases!

Let me know what you think of this gift guide, and comment below what you’d like to see next!

xo,

Carey

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The Ultimate Guide to Winter Coats

The Ultimate Guide to Winter Coats

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Hello and happy Tuesday friends! You probably have seen this look already when I shared it on Instagram (give me a follow if you haven’t already!) a little while back. But, since the temperature seems to keep dropping (at least where I am), I figured it was time to talk about all things winter coats. I have to say, while I hate the cold weather, I thrive in winter fashion. What can I tell ya? I’m a big coat kinda girl. And with that being said, here are the six winter coat trends to keep in mind this season!

Puffer Coats

Puffer coats are 100% the “it-coat” this season. With the extremely cold temps, I’m not complaining! If you want to look ultra-chic in this trend, opt for a cropped puffer jacket style in an eye-catching color/style. I’m ready to rock a white puffer jacket, but I’m also loving the leather look versions and even the metallic ones!

 

Parkas

When you are dealing with freezing cold weather, nothing beats a nice, quilted parka that goes down to your knees! Here are some fun options I’m loving. Just like with the puffer coats, I’m dying over white parkas—so chic!

 

Pea/Wool Coats

There is absolutely no coat more classic than a pea coat. This style has been in my wardrobe for years. If you haven’t invested in a camel pea coat yet, get yourself one ASAP. I promise, this will never go out of style.

 

Faux Fur Coats

Faux fur coats took the world by storm a few seasons ago and they’re definitely not going anywhere! Whether you want to rock a basic black or white coat, or you’re feeling more adventurous and want to opt for a bright color or animal print, you really can’t go wrong.

 

Sherpas/Shearling Coats

While I still agree that puffer coats are the trendiest coat this winter, sherpas/shearlings are definitely a close second! Here are some that I’m loving:

 

Trench Coats

Ahh the trench coat. A closet staple that you’ll go back to year after year. I recently raved about trench coats in my “How to Dress Like a Parisian” post. While this isn’t always the warmest of winter coats, it’s the perfect option to throw over a chunky sweater on a warmer winter day!

 

That’s all for today. Which coat style is your favorite?

xo,

Carey

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Coat: Old Navy // Sweater: Old Navy // Jeans: Madewell // Sneakers: Fila // Bag: Graphic Image

Holiday Gift Guide: For the the Homebody

I’m back today with my second gift guide of the season! Last year, my cozy gift guide was a big hit and this year a few of you said you wanted to see it again. So, I’ve rounded up some holiday gift ideas that are perfect for that friend/relative/co-worker etc. who is a total homebody and is all about staying cozy!

Obviously, pajamas, robes, and slippers are a definite must when it comes to a cozy gift guide. The slippers are actually on my Christmas list this year because I’ve heard great reviews and I think they’re sooo cute. This UGG robe is also such a great idea—a luxurious gift for the person who likes to relax at home.

Two items that I’ve mentioned before and will probably continue to tout as great gift ideas are the Barefoot Dreams blanket and the Diptyque candle. If you don’t own a Barefoot Dreams blanket, do yourself a favor and buy one ASAP. If you’re not too picky about the pattern, this striped one is on major sale. Unfortunately, the most popular patterns don’t usually go on sale. But anyway, I fight both of my cats for this blanket every day—it’s so so so soft. On to the candle. Diptyque makes luxurious (expensive) candles that are something a person might not splurge on for themself. Which makes it the perfect gift! There are so many different scents but I’m partial to vanilla.

Two other great gift ideas are journals/notebooks and coffee table books. A personalized notebook is such a cute idea and pairs really well with another gift like a scarf or a mug. And coffee table books are so thoughtful if you really know the person’s interests/aesthetic (obviously I would want to read the Little Dictionary of Fashion!).

So that’s it for this week. What gift guide would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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