Chunky Turtleneck + OTK Boots + Oversized Coat

One of the toughest things about moving to a new city is finding services you normally already have a personal relationship with. For example, it took me MONTHS to find a dry cleaners I loved. I am currently on the toughest search yet, finding a new general practitioner AND a trusted shoe cleaner. My husband pointed out to me that these boots might need a cleaning. I rolled my eyes when he said it because he’s right but I don’t want start the task of finding a trusted shoe cleaner and I don’t want to be away from these boots for too long because they are on my winter rotation!

Outfit Details

This has been one of my go-to sweaters this season and for good reason. It has the perfect amount of fabric, warmth, versatility and the neck has so much fabric I don’t have to use a scarf. I love how I have been able to dress it up and down without it looking like just another sweater. This time, I wore it with a pair of brand new leggings I purchased at Ann Taylor and these are going be a favorite. They have the right amount of elasticity which makes them perfect for the buffet, LOL.  One of my favorite tricks to make me appear taller is by wearing leggings and black OTK boots. This combination instantly elongates my frame making my appear 5’10 – not really but it definitely gives the illusion of longer legs. I kept warm by wearing my MaxMara 101801 Icon black wool cashmere coat, my vintage quilted purse, velvet houndstooth gloves and crochet beanie.

Sweater: H&M Chunky Sweater, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Leggings: Ann Taylor $25.00 / OTK Boots: Steve Madden / Coat: MaxMara 101801 Icon Wool Cashmere Coat, purchased at Goodwill: $8.00 / Clutch: Vintage No Brand, purchased at GW: $2.00 / Gloves: Cejon / Outfit total: $38.00


 

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Cejon Houndstooth Velvet Gloves, available here

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H&M Chunky Turtleneck Sweater, similar here

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Vintage Quilted Clutch, similar here  and Ann Taylor Scuba Leggings, available here

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Crochet Beanie NO brand, similar here

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MaxMara 101801 Icon Wool Cashmere Coat, similar here

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Velvet Leggings + Sequin Tops

In continuance of my “Holiday Mini-Series”, this is look number four. For this look, I am featuring velvet and sequins.

Outfit Details

Velvet is like the champagne of the holiday season; it’s luxurious, elegant, timeless and always expected during the season. I’ve purchased a few velvet pieces here and there and I am currently in search for the perfect pair of velvet trousers. The ones that I’m wearing on this blog post are actually leggings and that is why they look great with this sequins top. I purchased the top at Goodwill and I absolutely love the detailing of the top. I was drawn to this top because it’s very chic and very well made. I like that I can wear this top with pretty much anything; trousers, jeans, skirts etc. I wanted an all-black look so I wore my Steve Madden Stilettos, a black glitter clutch and my faux-fur coat to finish this look.

Top: Vintage, Leo Narducci Ambiance, purchased at Goodwill: $5.00 / Pants: Hue $5.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden: $35.00 / Faux-Fur Coat: Alfani, purchased at Goodwill: $15.00 / Clutch: Vintage Glitter Clutch, purchased at Goodwill: $2.00 /  Outfit total: $62.00


 

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Leo Narducci Ambiance, similar here

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Alfani Faux-Fur Coat, similar here

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Vintage Glitter Clutch, similar here

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Hue Velvet Leggings, similar here

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T H R E E M I X: The Wool Trousers

A good pair of black trousers should be a staple in everyone’s closet, both men and women. This is one of the most versatile pieces in your closet because you can wear them pretty much anywhere and they can be dressed up or down. If you happen to live in an area where you have seasonal changes, then you might have to have them in different fabrics, like I do. I have about three different black trousers in different cuts and fabrics you don’t need several. The key is finding the perfect pair that fits well.

I’ve worn these trousers more than three times but here is the three different ways that I’ve worn them on the blog.

Trousers: J. Crew “Minnie” Bi-Stretch Wool Pant (sadly discontinued) but I’ve linked three similar ones on the photo captions below.


 

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J. Crew “Minnie” Bi-Stretch Wool Pants, similar here

 

 

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J. Crew “Minnie” Bi-Stretch Wool Pants, similar here

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J. Crew “Minnie” Bi-Wool Pants, similar here

 

 

 

Glittery Knit Sweater

It’s officially the holiday season and while everyone has their Christmas decorations out, I am pulling out all things sequin, sparkle and glitter! I love the holiday season because this is the best time of the year when I can wear all things sparkle without being judged, LOL. I own waaaaay too much sequin, embellished, glitter and sparkly clothes but that ain’t stopping me from purchasing more. So, here is this wonderful vintage (of course) glittery knit sweater I purchased at Goodwill, that I fell in love with and it was only $4.00!

Outfit Details

As mentioned above, I purchased this vintage glittery sweater at Goodwill and only knew this would be one of my favorite pieces this season. Although it is vintage, this sweater is definitely one of those pieces that never goes out of style and I am very thankful for that because I saved myself a few bucks since H&M has several versions of this sweater for 10x the cost of what I paid. The sweater is cuffed at the sleeves and it features four beautiful buttons and trimmed with black fabric. The detailing on the sweater is what absolutely sold me. I wanted to wear this sweater to work, so I threw on my J.Crew Wool trousers, my black Steve Madden Lace-up heels and my black handbag. I added a red lip to finish this look, just to add a little bit of oomph to this whole look.

Sweater: Vintage Liz Claiborne, purchased at Goodwill $4.00 / J.Crew Wool Mini Pants, $5.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden Lace-up heels / Bag: Bally, Purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Outfit total: $13.00


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J.Crew Minnie Wool Pants, Similar here

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Earrings, purchased on Ebay

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Steve Madden Lace-up Heels, similar here

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Liz Claiborne Vintage Glitter Sweater, similar here and here

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Belted Oversized Duster Coat

Is it really fall without houndstooth? I feel like during this season you must wear houndstooth at least once. Once fall arrives we all pull the flannel shirts, plaid plants and wool. However, houndstooth along with tweed are those classic pieces that we old off for those holiday parties and holiday portraits. Personally, I love tweed and houndstooth alike but I love to reserve those prints for more formal or special occasions.

Outfit Details

I sometimes walk into my closet and I know exactly what I am going to wear. But then there are times when I just stand in the middle of my closet with a blank stare. Those are my “stylist block” moments because I know that I have more than enough clothes it’s just that I don’t know WHAT I want to wear. I noticed this pretty little top glimmering in my dark closet at a time when I had “stylist block.” As soon as I pulled it out of the hanger, I knew exactly what I was going to wear it with. Despite the fact that this is a vintage shirt, I love that it is still wearable and the pointed collar pays homage to its age. I wore my faux-leather trim pencil skirt, black stilettos and my current favorite, black oversized duster coat. I am in absolute love with this YEOHLEE duster coat that I purchased at a local thrift store for $5.00 (half off sale!) I sometimes amaze myself at my luck! I finished off my duster coat with an oversized bow belt from H&M that I also purchased at a thrift store. I kept accessories at a minimum by wearing bold red lips, my go to Furla handbag and a pair of pearl earrings.

Top: Vintage Notations Silk Houndstooth Blouse, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Skirt: Jones New York, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Coat: Yeohlee Duster Coat, Purchased at Goodwill: $5.00 / Belt: H&M Bow Belt, purchased at Goodwill: $1.00 / Outfit total: $14.00


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Furla Handbag and Steve Madden Shoes

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H&M Oversized Bow Belt, similar here

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Yeohlee New York Oversized Duster Coat, similar here

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Jones New York Black Faux-trim Pencil Skirt, similar here

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Vintage Notations Silk Blouse, similar here

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Frill Hem Pants + Bubble Sleeve Top

I’m super excited it’s Friday because that means I’ll be home next week and I’m hosting Friendsgiving at my place this Saturday night!

Outfit Details

It’s obvious that I have a major crush on all things frill hem pants (see previous post). I love the movement and flare of these pants! I decided to wear my thrifted Malene Birger blouse, that I purchased for $3.50 at my local thrift store. Yes, I am very proud of this purchase, lol. Since the pants can shrink my small frame, I wore them with my Steve Madden stilettos and my vintage lambskin gold link bag. I added a bold red lip and cat eye sunnies to finish my look.

Pants: BLANKNYC, $20.00 / Top: Malene Birger, Purchased at Value Village: $3.50 / Shoes: Steve Madden, Clearance Sale:$35.00 / Bag: Vintage Lambskin Gold Link, purchased at Value Village: $4.00 / Outfit total: $62.50


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Vintage Black Lambskin Purse, similar here

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Steve Madden Black Stilettos, available here

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Malene Birger Blouse, similar here and here

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BLANKNYC Frill Hem Pants, similar here

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Baroque Midi Skirt

There was a time when girls my height ( 5’4 & under) were afraid to were midi skirts. The obvious reason to this is that, it eats up at our height. However, I am so glad that more and more petit girls are waving goodbye to fashion no-no’s and trying out fashion trends “prohibited” to smaller girls. The key to midi skirts ( you’ve probably read this before) is to wear them high. I bought this skirt at Romwe back in early spring and had been dying to wear it. I paired it with a blush top, gold embellished heels & a gold clutch. I love that the fabric material of the skirt is very thick making it ideal for spring & fall.

Till next time !

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

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Top: Ann Taylor

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Skirt: Romwe

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Shoes & Clutch: Steve Madden

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LACE SKATER DRESS

When I purchase clothes, I make it my goal to wear it more than once. I bought this red dress back in February for valentines day but I have not worn it since. It’s a beautiful dress but its just not the piece I can wear to say, the grocery store, shopping or the movies.The dress is very “romantic” so I wanted to give it edgyness by wearing it with black accessories. The lace-up heels add the perfect amount of “attitude” that I wanted to give this dress. I side swept my hair to finish up the look.

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

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Shoes: Steve Madden // Purse: Michael Kors

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Dress: H&M

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SCALLOPED SKIRT

There is something about this outfit that reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw. I think it might be the coat or perhaps its because I have been watching reruns of Sex And The City. I bought this pretty little skirt at Ann Taylor back in spring and I never got around to it. It’s  a pretty little skirt with the cutest little scallops on the bottom. It reminds me of the Christian Dior 2016 Ready-to-wear collection (here) white scalloped shorts. Of course, my version is much more affordable. Since the skirt fits me right on my waist, I decided to pair with a crop top and this cute spring coat. The shoes were my little pop of (preppy) color.

Thrifted Details:

  • Coat: $5.00
  • Clutch: $2.50

Total: $7.50

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

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Coat: Thrifted

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Shirt: Forever 21

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Clutch: Thrifted

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Shoes: Steve Madden

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Skirt: Ann Taylor

FRINGE VEST + BELL BOTTOMS = THAT’S SO 70’S

Today I am bringing back the 70’s. The seventies have been all the rave this season and I must say I am happy it is because I L-O-V-E bellbottoms. I am bell swinging, fringe rocking and curl waving myself around town with this fabulous look. This entire look was purchased at my local Goodwill for $28 and I must say, there is nothing cheap-looking about my outfit.

Thrifted Details:

  • Top: $3.00
  • Jeans: $2.50
  • Shoes: $20.00
  • Vest: $2.00
  • Total: $27.50

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

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Top: JCrew

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Jeans: Gap

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Purse: Coach // Shoes: Steve Madden

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Fringe Vest: J&A Leathers