What to Wear on a Warm Winter Day

What to Wear on a Warm Winter Day

I’m not sure what was going on on the east coast this past weekend but it was WARM. I’m talking early spring warm that had everyone baffled. So of course, I took that chance to break out my wardrobe favorite: a denim skirt.

All of my OG followers know I worship at the altar of denim skirts. They’re a staple from spring through fall in my closet. With that being said, we can’t forget that it’s, you know, winter… With that in mind, even when the weather is starting to get warmer, I still like to tip my hat at the actual season we’re in.

I think the best way to dress for a warmer winter day is to stick with neutrals—they work for every season. So, with my denim skirt firmly planted on my body I kept the rest of the outfit simple. A white turtleneck is always a good option. I love this one because the material isn’t too heavy, but it was perfect to wear without a jacket. High-knee boots were another necessity. It was warm, but nowhere near shorts weather so keeping my legs somewhat covered was perfect. And just to give the outfit a little pizzazz I threw on my new favorite hat (seriously it’s so good—looks like a Lack of Color hat but under $50?? Can’t beat it!).

So there you have it, a super simple outfit for days that are warmer than average in the middle of winter. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Sweater: Shein c/o // Skirt: Topshop, similar // Boots: Sam Edelman (this year’s version) // Hat: Urban Outfitters // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Watch: Michael Kors

Amazon Finds for Winter into Spring

Amazon Finds for Winter into Spring

Happy Monday everyone! Thanks for bearing with me as I transferred my site—hopefully this transfer will make your experience more seamless! Anyway, I thought I would start off the week with another Amazon finds post. I asked on stories if this was something you wanted more of and the results were pretty clear: you all love Amazon!

A lot of these finds will transition nicely from winter into spring. I’m especially loving all of the dress finds. You could get them now to wear with boots and tights and easily wear them again in early spring!

But, enough chit chat. Here are my recent finds:

Let me know in the comments which items you’re loving!

xo,

Carey

Carey’s 9 Favorite Things

Carey’s 9 Favorite Things

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Today I turned 23 and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. It’s my first birthday out of college and the only thing I can think is “no one likes you when you’re 23” (look up the blink-182 song if you’re confused). But, in honor of another year passed I thought I would share 9 things about me and 9 of my favorite things—the items I reach for weekly if not daily!

But first, quick chat about my outfit. I absolutely adore sweater dresses, but for some reason I find it so hard to find good ones. This is a great one. If you’re petite I think this hits at the perfect length (I’m wearing an xs), the turtleneck is cute but not stifling, and the quality is amazing! Paired with my new knee-high black boots and it’s an easy, but put together outfit. I definitely think a cute headband would be a great way to accessorize and dress it up some more! But now, on to my 9 things.

9 Things About Me

  1. I graduated in May from Elon University.
  2. I was in a sorority there (Alpha Omicron Pi!).
  3. I’m obsessed with all things French, especially Parisian.
  4. I studied abroad in London for four months and now it’s one of my absolute favorite places.
  5. I love to dance (I danced from kindergarten through senior year of high school).
  6. My favorite hobby (aside from blogging) is reading (one of my majors in college was English literature).
  7. My favorite color is pink, although I hardly wear it.
  8. I’m a complete jetsetter—I’ve been to Europe 5 times and visited more cities and I hardly ever get home sick. Even when studying abroad, I cried on the plane home.
  9. My two biggest passions are writing and fashion—which is what made The Dainty Details a reality!

9 Favorite Things

These are the items that have either been given to me or I’ve bought for myself that I fall back on year after year. Caveat: the Gucci bag and Madewell jeans are new to me this year, but they are classics that I know I’ll love for years to come.

  1. Spanx leggings
  2. Gucci bag
  3. MAC Creme D’Nude lipstick
  4. Michael Kors smart watch
  5. Barefoot Dreams blanket
  6. Madewell jeans
  7. Tory Burch sandals
  8. Josie Maran argan oil
  9. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet perfume

So there you have it! Nine of my favorite things and nine tidbits about me. Tell me something about you in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Sweater Dress: Topshop // Boots: Sam Edelman // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Earrings: similar // Watch: Michael Kors // Lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Exposed

A No-Fail, Easy Winter Weekend Outfit

A No-Fail, Easy Winter Weekend Outfit

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2019 has come and gone and brought a new decade in its place. I don’t know about you, but it’s so weird for me to say the year is 2020. But anyway, who cares what year it is when we could be talking cute sweaters? Because that’s exactly what I want to talk about this week.

If you know me then you know you probably won’t see me in anything but a sweater from November to March. I’ve actually run out of space in my closet for more sweaters, so obviously I have a problem. So of course, any winter outfit formula I come up with has to include one.

And what is this formula I speak of? It’s simple, but still interesting. Throw on a sweater, jeans, and whatever shoe is comfy to wear (you know I love my FILAs). But, any old sweater won’t do. The sweater needs to be the star of the show—whether that means funky or slightly eye-catching is up to you. When I saw this sage green sweater online, I knew I had to have it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sweater in this shade of green and the little pom-pom detail was an added bonus. What’s perfect about this sweater is that it isn’t a huge statement maker, but it does stand out from the crowd. So, when I style it down with jeans and tennis shoes I still manage to look put together.

So there you have it, my no-fail, easy winter weekend outfit. Follow my formula and you’ll be looking chic, never frumpy. And as a little side note, accessories are everything!

xo,

Carey

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Sweater: Chicwish c/o // Jeans: Madewell, similar // Shoes: FILA // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Watch: Michael Kors

An Easy Winter Outfit (With Items You Already Own)

An Easy Winter Outfit (With Items You Already Own)

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Two posts in a row with a hat?? Who am I? But actually, hats are such a fun accessory in the winter because 1.) they look cute and 2.) they keep your head warm. So basically a win-win kind of situation. But, I digress. Today I want to share an easy (chic) winter outfit with pieces you probably already own—the hat is optional.

I think winter dressing really comes down to the outerwear. I tend to focus my outfits around either a coat or scarf that I’m loving. Of course, with this outfit, a black coat goes with pretty much everything. But, as soon as I saw this coat I wanted to create an ultra chic and sleek look.

So, with that in mind, I paired my classic but well made pieces together for a simple outfit. The key is to mix in high and low pieces for a polished finish. Simple, structured jeans paired with leather booties and a long sleeve, white tee are an easy combination, but not always an obvious one. A clean look lets your accessories really stand out! Plus, it helps keep the focus on the sleek black coat—a wardrobe staple!

That’s all for today folks! Let me know your favorite, easy winter outfit in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Coat: Chicwish c/o // Top: Nordstrom // Jeans: Madewell // Booties: Steve Madden // Hat: old, similar here // Bag: Gucci, more affordable option // Earrings: Target // Watch: Michael Kors

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