Best. Leggings. Ever. #ipromise

Grey Leggings, Grey Gingham Shirt, Beige Sweater Vest, Brown Over The Knee Boots, Cabernet Crossbody Bag, Banana Republic, Target, Anthropologie, Frye Boots, Tory Burch 6

At some point last year, I wrote a post sharing one of my most favorite pairs of leggings I ever got my little hands on…and they were awesome.  The problem is that they were, of course, never in stock and as of now, pretty much fallen off the face of the earth.  Even worse, I’ve literally worn them into despair.  On the days that I physically can’t find them, I swear, they’re hiding from me.  And because I couldn’t replace them with a fresh new pair or have multiples waiting as back-up’s, the search for a new favorite pair commenced.

Friends – I have found them.  And they’re under 30 bucks.  #yesplease

Just a few things about these leggings before I share a few more photos.  I’m HUGE into a wide waistband.  Why?  Well, because I’m a mom and my mid section isn’t quite as, um, toned as it used to be…  We’ll ignore the fact that my daughter is SIX, but just know that I’ve carried a baby for 9 months and my tiny tummy is long since gone.  That being said, a wide waistband is meant to smooth and eliminate any unsightly lines that might show up where the waistband stops and possible creates the enemy. #muffintop  These leggings are extra snug, they don’t move, loose shape, or fall down when you’re moving around because of the amazing waistband that holds them in place.

These leggings are also made from a super stretchy, spanx-like material that conforms to your body. (They were MADE by the creators of Spanx!)  HOWEVER, because of the nature of this material, they actually help smooth out your skin and make your legs appear more toned.  When I was trying them on, the fitting room had those lovely angled mirrors that show your front and backside as you’re getting undressed (ugh!) and I kid you not, my backside was looking preeeeetty awesome once I put these beauties on.  I think that was my, YAYYYYY!!!!!!, moment.  Because really, once you make my problem areas not only become hidden but actually look better, I’m taking them all.  (…and I did.)

Another great feature is that these leggings are seamless along the outer part of your leg so you don’t have weird lines moving around as you walk and there’s a flat panel, if you will, where you might be afraid of any unsightly wardrobe malfunctions.  Please understand what I mean as I refuse to use a more accurate term for the area I’m referring.

Moving on…

Ladies, these leggings also won’t fade like regular black cotton fabric does over time and if you wash and care for them correctly, it will be the best $30 you’ve spent this year. They’re also not sheer, even when you pull, stretch, bend, move…they keep everything appropriately covered.

How much do I love them?  Well, I’ve been wearing them for 3 days straight.  I’ll also wear these with a tunic and boots, a pair of tennis shoes and my favorite North Face fleece, or even around my house with some Uggs.  So, basically, all day…everyday.

Get them.  Get them now.  #yourewelcome

Oh – and I know I just shared this adorable sweater jacket last week and clearly I’m loving it so when I was getting dressed, I wondered what it would look like if I cuffed the shoulders under to make it more like a vest and while I think it’s cute, I meant to take some photos with them uncuffed to show the true style.  I may have forgotten to do that…  But you can catch the original post here!

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Anthropologie : Sweater Jacket, last seen here  |  Banana Republic : Gingham Flannel  |  Frye : Boots, try these, these  |  Tory Burch : Bag

Target : Leggings  (I bought a size SMALL.  I’m also wearing the “Smoky Charcoal” and I have no idea WHY they look so light in color online.  The stock number I have on the box is #2045, just like the pair online, so you can be sure they’ll be this dark and not as light as the image online. I obviously also bought the black.)

Here they are in black from Instagram, but I’ll be sharing them in a full post this week!

Zara Belted Blanket Sweater

Zara : Blanket Scarf, get it here, here, here, here  |  Banana Republic : Tunic Sweater  |  Target : Leggings  |  Loeffler Randall : Boots, try these, these  |  Gap : Belt, try this

Layers

Loft : Sweater Vest, try this, this  |  Anthropologie : Tunic, current version here  |  Target : Leggings  |  Loeffler Randal : Boots

Beige Chunky Knit Sweater Vest, Black Striped Tee, Denim Leggings, Cognac Boots, Cognac Bag, Anthropologie, H&M, Gap, Madewell, Loeffler Randall 13 Beige Chunky Knit Sweater Vest, Black Striped Tee, Denim Leggings, Cognac Boots, Cognac Bag, Anthropologie, H&M, Gap, Madewell, Loeffler Randall 10

Original Sweater Jacket Post

Casual Plaid + Instagram Round Up

Blue and Red Buffalo Plaid Shirt, Navy Quilted Vest, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Red Crossbody, Slouchy Boots, J.Crew, Gap, Chloe, Joie 4

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Today I’m sharing with a (very slight) remix on an outfit I shared earlier this week.  I couldn’t decide if I liked the slightly “dressier” plaid look or this pretty laid back one.  So, here was part 2 of the original.  Which one is more your style?!

Blue and Red Buffalo Plaid Shirt, Navy Quilted Vest, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Red Crossbody, Slouchy Boots, J.Crew, Gap, Chloe, Joie 10 Blue and Red Buffalo Plaid Shirt, Navy Quilted Vest, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Red Crossbody, Slouchy Boots, J.Crew, Gap, Chloe, Joie 9 Blue and Red Buffalo Plaid Shirt, Navy Quilted Vest, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Red Crossbody, Slouchy Boots, J.Crew, Gap, Chloe, Joie 14 Blue and Red Buffalo Plaid Shirt, Navy Quilted Vest, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Red Crossbody, Slouchy Boots, J.Crew, Gap, Chloe, Joie 5 Blue and Red Buffalo Plaid Shirt, Navy Quilted Vest, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Red Crossbody, Slouchy Boots, J.Crew, Gap, Chloe, Joie 15 Blue and Red Buffalo Plaid Shirt, Navy Quilted Vest, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Red Crossbody, Slouchy Boots, J.Crew, Gap, Chloe, Joie 6 Blue and Red Buffalo Plaid Shirt, Navy Quilted Vest, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Red Crossbody, Slouchy Boots, J.Crew, Gap, Chloe, Joie Blue and Red Buffalo Plaid Shirt, Navy Quilted Vest, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Red Crossbody, Slouchy Boots, J.Crew, Gap, Chloe, Joie 7

J.Crew : Vest, try this, this  |  J.Crew : Plaid Shirt, try this  |  Gap : Jeans  |  Joie : Boots, here, try these, these  |  Chloe : Bag, here, try this

Down below are just a few pictures I shared this week on Instagram, too!  I’m going to start using ShopStyle.It next week, too, so if you’re not all signed up, it takes 2 seconds and when you like a photo, my details will come straight to your email.  So easy!

BR Sweater

Banana Republic : Sweater, try this (sale!)  |  Seven for All Mankind : Jeans, try these, these  |  Toggery : Tee (c/0)  |  Rag and Bone : Booties, try these  |  J.Crew : Earrings, try these

Flare Leg Jeans

J.Crew : Sweater, try this  |  Banana Republic : Striped Tee, try this  |  Gap : Jeans, try these  | Joie : Booties (sale!)  |  Tory Burch : Bag  |  Stella and Dot : Necklace

Factory Vest

J.Crew Factory : Vest  |  Target : Tee (sale!)  |  Gap : Jeans  |  Loeffler Randall : Boots, try these, these  |  Tory Burch : Bag

BR Plaid Shirt

Banana Republic : Plaid Shirt  |  Nordstrom : Leggings  |  Boots : Joie (sale!), here, try these (sale!), these  |  Gap : Scarf, try this  |  Madewell : Tote

Christmas Coffee

Madewell : Skirt, try this, this  |  Gap : Tee  |  Target : Tights  |  Loeffler Randall : Boots, try these, these  |  Chanel : Bag, try this, this

TB Bag

Don’t forget to hop over to The Shopping Mama, too, and get the details for this Winter White look!  This bag is on sale, too!

Sequins : Day to Night

Piperlime Sequin Dress

Sequins Dress  |  Clutch  |  Earrings  |  Heels

(Don’t forget to use the code “BESTEVER” for the items in today’s post for 25% off your order at Piperlime between NOW and 11/21)

There she is, girls!  The cutest navy sequin dress that you can’t wait to wear this holiday season!  It sparkles, it’s cute and flirty, and I love the unexpected navy coming up everywhere this season.  I’m so used to gold, silver, red and green that it’s nice to see a wild card out in the mix.  You’ll wear this dress…and then off to the closet it goes only to be seen again on your girlfriend that decides to borrow it.  Am I right?!

Well, let’s stop banishing these “one hit wonders” to the closet after merely one wear and then being depressed that you dropped a little bit of money on a dress that only comes out once a year.  Instead, let’s get a little creative with our wardrobe and transform the dresses that we used to assume only had one job.

Truth is, I love the idea of bringing sequins out into the daylight, especially during the fall and winter.  With all that cold and grey we could really use a little shine here and this season!  Today, I’m sharing two different ways I would put a spin on this holiday dress right here so it doesn’t get lost in the depths of your closet after you wear it one night for a few short hours.  I promise it has much more potential!

Piperlime Sequin Dress

 Turtleneck Sweater  |  Sequins Dress  |  Clutch  |  Earrings  |  Tall Boots

First. think about how you can layer the dress.  I love bringing together navy, cognac, and grey so here, I picked a warm and cozy turtleneck sweater to cover your arms and also give the illusion that you’re wearing a skirt, not a dress.  And, instead of wearing shimmery heels or stilettos, grab your favorite pair of tall boots which obviously keep your legs warm but also, add to the overall casual look.  Playing with your accessories would be a personal preference but when I was putting this look together, I envisioned myself on a day date with my husband so I went with some pretty earrings and an easy clutch.  It feels so great to ditch the big totes when my daughter is off with a sitter.

The dress here is quickly transformed into a skirt and with a  few added casual pieces, you’re more than ready to take this former “night time only” dress and give a whole new meaning.

Piperlime Dequin Dress

Denim Jacket  |  Sequins Dress  |  Infinity Scarf  |  Booties  |  Clutch

And because I can’t seem to stop thinking about these tall booties, I really wanted to try and create a casual look around them, too!  I also know that some girls out there aren’t as big of a fan of tall boots, so you can also have a little fun with this dress by pairing it with the ultimate relaxed piece : a denim jacket.  I swear, I will wear denim jackets all.year.long.  Of course, living in the desert where the winters are mild usually helps make that happen, but as far as I’m concerned denim jackets don’t recognize seasonal changes.

So, taking that sequined dress and making it ready for daylight is pretty easy!  Again, toss aside your dressy shoes and grab your favorite booties.  I even thought about wearing a beige sweater hoodie under this denim jacket so you can, again, give the illusion that this dress is really a skirt.  Sneaky, right?  That sweater also helps keep you a little bit warmer so not only is it cute, it’s also pretty functional.  Keeping the accessories in tone with the shoes, I went this this cable knit infinity scarf and a cute and easy clutch to hold for the day.

This is a great little outfit for a day shopping with girlfriends or even to a daytime holiday party that’s more on the casual side…but your inner holiday shine just wants to come out and play.

I love the idea of giving pieces in my closet new life but transforming them and giving them a whole new look.  Please don’t wear and hang that sequins dress up after one night!  Be adventurous and know that your otherwise “fancy” pieces can be worn during the day and night.

What do you think?  Worth a shot?!

This post was sponsored by Piperliime and ShopStyle.

Mixing Prints + Current Favorites

Red Buffalo Plaid Quilted Vest, White and Navy Striped Tee, Dark Rinse Skinny Jeans, Cognac Boots, Cognac Tote, J.Crew, H&M, Gap, Loeffler Randall, Madewell 12

Did anyone else get a little bit giddy when this quilted vest first popped up?  I can’t be alone.  It’s the perfect mix of red and navy in a fall and winter favorite, buffalo check print.  Yes, yes, and a big ol’ yes.

I will admit, I’m a little on the fence when it comes to mixing prints only because I’m such a fan of the classics.  That being said, stripes and leopard or stripes and plaid is becoming what I like to consider my “safe zone”.  It’s different, it’s modern, but it’s nothing too crazy.  Baby steps, I guess.

What is it about a quilted vest that is so addicting this season?  I think, honestly, they keep you warm without forcing you to layer, layer, layer your arms.  I mean, that little bit of freedom is kind of nice when you’re finding yourself bundled up day after day.  I love wearing them inside, too, so I’m not forced to be kind of cold when I shed me coat.  Keep your core warm makes all the difference!

Have a great Thursday, everyone!

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J.Crew : Quilted Vest  |  H&M : Striped Tee  |  Gap : Jeans  |  Loeffler Randall : Boots, try these, these, these  |  Madewell : Tote  |  J.Crew : Necklace, try this, this

Holiday Favorites

Grey Coat  |  Bow Bag  |  Sequin Top  |  Sequin Skirt

Leopard Tote  |  Red Coat  |  Black Heels

A Ruched Skirt (2.0)

Grey Rouched Skirt, Black Tunic Sweater, Grey Sweater Tights, Brown Over the Knee Boots, Large Tote, Banana Republic, Target, Frye Boots, Louis Vuitton 13

I love you it enough, get all the colors, yes?  Yes.  Last week, I shared with you this ruched skirt in black and true to myself, I grabbed it in both colors when it was 40% off.  It’s just so comfortable, soft, and ladies – that ruching in the front is super flattering even though this is a fairly fitted skirt.  I’m wearing a small, by the way, and while it’s a smidge bigger in the waist, I like how it fits around my legs and that was worth the shift in sizes.

Did anyone else pick up this skirt last week?  So comfortable, right?!  I love the grey, black and rick brown coming together, too.  This tunic, by the way, is so perfect for that half tuck action, too.  I just tucked the front in – slightly blousy – and then left the back out.  It’s all just neutrals and overall comfort all while wearing a skirt.  My kind of casual, friends, my kind of casual.

Have a great day!

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Banana Republic : Skirt (use “BRSMILE40″ at checkout for 40%off!)  |  Banana Republic : Tunic Sweater (use “BRSMILE40″ at checkout for 40%off!)  |  Target : Sweater Tights  |  Frye : Boots, try this, this  |  Louis Vuitton : Neverfull GM, try this, this