Friday Favorites

Only a few weeks left until Christmas!  This week, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite looks for Christmas and New Years Eve parties.

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This dress from Nordstrom is perfect for a dressier holiday party.  The embellished neckline saves you from having to purchase a statement necklace, too.  I would pair it with strappy heels in silver or black.  I would add a cocktail ring and keep the rest of my jewelry simple.

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I love winter whites and this dress falls directly into that category.  This Banana Republic dress is such a transitional piece.  It can be easily dressed up or down and I would wear it year round.  For a fancier event, I would pair it with a pair of patent heels and add a bold statement necklace.  For a casual event, I would wear it with a pair of casual ankle boots and add my favorite scarf to finish the look.

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For a classic look, I would pair this velvet J.Crew skirt with a clean white Oxford shirt.  Add a pair of metallic silver pumps and you’re all set for a festive holiday party.  I could also see this skirt paired with a fitted bright plaid button up shirt.  Think reds or whites with navy or dark green accents.

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These Sam Edelman stilettos are the perfect shoe to dress up any holiday outfit.  They can easily be paired with a skirt or jeans, making them versatile.  They are studded, but don’t let that deter you.  They would add a subtle pop, but wouldn’t become the main focus of your outfit.

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This Topshop ring at Nordstrom is a great statement piece.  When wearing a statement piece, I would keep the rest of my jewelry simple.  This ring could be worn with jeans to dress up the outfit or with a fancy party dress.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!  Has anyone found any great pieces that they’ve worn to a holiday party, yet?

Taylor xo

How To: Styling Graphic Tees

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I am not a T-shirt girl.  I own probably three and they rarely get worn.  I have several plain tees for layering and they usually sit in my closet until an extremely cold day when I need to pile on the layers.  That being said, I recently discovered my love for graphic tees.  I search for tees with cute illustrations or clever, witty sayings on them.  It’s a great way to add a little fun to your outfit.

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I’ve recently found a line of graphic tees that I love from Sincerely Jules.  I like to style mine under layers.  I first started out wearing graphic tees by styling them under cargo jackets.  Blazers, leather jackets and boyfriend cardigans are also really great!

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In warmer weather, I’ve recently started wearing graphic tees without a layering piece over it, which is a big deal for me!  I pair them with skirts, light wash jeans and a bold statement necklace.

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What do you think of a graphic tee?  Do you like to wear them under layers and accessorize?  Or do you let the tee be the focal point of your outfit?

Jacket: J.Crew {old}, similar here // Tee: Sincerely Jules {old}, similar here // Jeans: J.Crew {old}, similar here // Boots: Dune London // Bag: Longchamp // Belt: Target {old}, similar here // Necklace: Piperlime {old}, similar here // Watch: Michael Kors // Rings: Catbird // Earrings: Crislu // Glasses: Warby Parker

Friday Favorites

Hi friends, it’s time for this week’s Friday Favorites post!  Here are this week’s top picks.

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Clare V. makes great bags.  I think her fold over clutches are her most popular products and it’s easy to see why.  I have her leopard fold over clutch and I originally bought it as a cute going-out bag, but I’ve used it so much more than I thought I would.  It can surprisingly hold a lot, and depending on which print you get, it goes with a lot, too.  I also have her Half Zip Wallet and it fits perfectly in the clutch and it’s great for travel, too.

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Umm…yes!  This travel mug is so cute!  Ban.do has really cute accessories, bobby pins and just little bits and baubles that add a little something fun to your day.  I first found this company last year when I was looking for pretty bobby pins and I have to say, that I keep going back for new odds and ends.

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So, we’ve already established that I’m a sucker for good pajamas.  My roommate showed me these pants from Gap and I love them!  They look so cozy; perfect for lounging by the Christmas tree with hot cocoa and a good book, right?  I like pajama sets, but these are a great alternative if sets aren’t really for you.

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I bought this Korres lip butter at Sephora awhile ago and recently rediscovered it.  It goes on really smoothly and you can build the color as you apply.  For a more natural look, I just do a quick swipe of color.  When I want more color, I usually build up the color and then swipe a bright pink lipgloss over top.

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Oversized scarves are perfect for the winter weather.  I especially love chunky knit ones or ones that can double as a wrap or a “blanket.”  Nordstrom has a great selection of scarves.  I highly recommend their Wool & Cashmere Scarf for travel.  It’s definitely a luxury item, but I promise it’s one that you’ll be so glad you invested in.

I hope everyone is getting their last minute shopping done before Christmas is here.  What are some great things you’ve found while shopping this season?  Have any items you think I should know about?  Share it with me, I’d love to hear about it.

Taylor xo

Winter Weather Layers

A few weeks ago, Nordstrom was having a major sale.  Naturally, I couldn’t let such a great sale pass me by, without at least getting a little something.  When I found this beautiful reversible biker jacket by Trouve at 40% off, it could not be passed up.  It was basically two jackets for the price of one, what a steal!

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For a more casual look, think coffee dates with friends or weekend shopping, I paired it with a bright scarf and light wash jeans.  I let the bright colored scarf and purse be the pops of color and kept the rest of the outfit muted.

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I think you could really kick up the outfit by wearing bold earrings and stacking a few bracelets and rings on.  The earrings I’m wearing are a take off the Dior “Mise en Dior” pearl earrings.  Statement jewelry is always a conversation starter.

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This outfit could easily be taken from day to night.  I love the idea of fitted black pants, like the Pixie Pant from J.Crew.  Add a great pair of black high heeled boots and swipe on a bright shade of lipstick and you’ll be sure to turn heads all night.

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This jacket is such a versatile piece for the winter season.  It can be worn as a layering piece or as a separate, plus the faux fur lined side is super warm!

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season!  I know I am, especially because I get to wear warmer outfits like this one.  What are some of your favorite winter weather pieces to wear?

Jacket: Trouve at Nordstrom // Jeans: J. Crew (on sale!) // Scarf: NYC find {old}, similar here // Purse: Rebecca Minkoff {old}, similar here // Glasses: Warby Parker // Earrings: {old}, similar here // Bracelets: J.Crew / {old}, similar here / {old}, similar here // Watch: Michael Kors // Rings: Catbird

Friday Favorites

So, I know today is actually Wednesday, not Friday, but I pushed my normal Friday Favorites post up a few days in preparation of Black Friday.  I’ve found a few sites and stores with great Black Friday deals and am sharing a few things I have my eye on.

Loren Hope

Jewelry company, Loren Hope is offering 20% off everything on their website with the code THANKFULLY.  This is the biggest sale Loren Hope has ever offered.  If you’ve been eyeing some of their pieces like I have, this is the perfect time to snatch them up.

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Small Sarra Cuff in Crystal

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Sarra Earrings in Crystal

Kate Spade

Crowd favorite, Kate Spade is having a Surprise Sale that extends to Saturday, November 29!!  They’re offering up to 75% off of items.  From past experience Kate Spade items tend to sell out quickly, so my advice is to purchase that item you’ve had your eye on.  You do have to enter your email and zip code to enter the sale, but for up to 75% off on Kate Spade, it’s well worth it.

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Southport Avenue Linda

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Lola Avenue Lia *This bag comes in a lot of great colors!

Sincerely Jules

I found Sincerely Jules on Instagram about a year or so ago and I instantly fell in love with her personal style and her cute graphic tees.  Sincerely Jules is offering up to 60% off tees and sweatshirts starting at 12 a.m. on Friday.

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Best Dressed Tee

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Yes To Love Tee

Cole Haan

Some of my favorite shoes are from Cole Haan.  They’re so comfortable and fashion forward, I find myself wearing them with so many outfits.  Cole Haan is offering up to 30% off almost everything with their 12 Days of Thanks & Giving sale!

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Bradshaw Captoe Pump in Black-Gold Metallic Snake Print

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Chesney Booties in Black

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoys time well spent with family and friends!  Also happy shopping.  I’d love to see some of your Black Friday scores!  Do you have anything specific you’re shopping for this year?

*Posts will be limited this week due to the holidays.  A Taylored Style will be back on schedule beginning the first week in December. *

Friday Favorites

Hi friends, I hope everyone has had a wonderful week!  It’s time for this week’s Friday Favorites post.

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I absolutely love eye palettes and I definitely love Bobbi Brown.  On a normal day, I don’t really wear eye shadow.  However, on special occasions, I’m all about swiping on a shimmery shade or rocking a smokey eye.  The Warm Eye Palette from Bobbi Brown is perfect for doing just that.  I love that the colors in the palette lend themselves to being played up for a night out or subdued for a pretty day time look.

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Lately, I’ve noticed that I keep wearing my same few statement necklaces.  I’ve decided it’s time to add a few new ones to the rotation.  I love The Houston Necklace from BTB Jewelry.  I actually stumbled across this site on Instagram and have been in love with their pieces since.  They have a lot of affordable items and they’re all pieces that you can style in multiple ways.  I dare you to not find something you love on this site.

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So, I’ve started thinking about what to wear to Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties and I think I’ve found my outfit.  I’m a dress girl.  I love wearing dresses, no matter how cold it is outside.  Give me a pair of tights and a heavy coat, and I’m set.  I thought I’d switch it up this year.  I love the idea of wearing a fancy top with sleek black pants and a standout pair of heels or a bold clutch.  I’m loving this top from Tibi, but it’s a little pricey.  Don’t worry though, I’ll be checking their website for sales.  I also found this similar top from Wyatt on Blue Fly in a price range that will make bank accounts much happier.

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Lately, I’ve been so over carrying a backpack to and from campus.  It’s bulky and not a great fashion statement, but it’s redeeming quality is its functionality.  I often find myself wishing I had a tote to throw all of my school stuff in.  Unfortunately, I don’t travel light, so I’ve yet to find a tote that has as many pockets as my backpack, but I’ve also been thinking ahead.  As a senior in college with plans to move to New York City after graduation in May, I’m thinking about a functional tote to take to work.  This one from Madewell has been on my radar for quite some time.  I love the neutral color (it’s also available in black with tan straps) and it’s easily paired with any outfit.  There’s also an option to get a gold foil or blind imprint personalization stamp on the bag, just to add an extra touch.

Have any items you think I should know about?  Share them with me!

Happy weekend and happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Also, I wanted to give a special birthday shout out and wish my cousin Gemma a happy 13th birthday!!  I hope you have a wonderful day.  Enjoy 13, love you!!

Taylor xo

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s finally the weekend and time for this week’s Friday Favorites!  I’ve rounded up a few different things for you that have caught my eye.  Enjoy!

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I absolutely love this hat from Anthropologie.  I’m not one to normally wear hats, but I think I really fell in love with them after spending a semester in London.  Floppy hats are staple piece as far as London’s street style is concerned.  Anthro has several really cute ones like this one and this one.  Floppy hats are a great accessory to throw on when perfecting your street style.

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My friend Emily recently started her own business called EB Bracelets and I love her pieces!  The Bliss, featured above is my absolute favorite, it’s elegant and eye catching.  I would layer it with several different bracelets to create an arm party.     EB Bracelets hopes to provide a personal touch to your everyday accessories and I think they really do.  They offer engraving on all of their pieces with no additional charge (how great is that?).  I also love how she styles her pieces on the EB Bracelets Instagram, too!

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I’m “old school” and still have the iPhone 4s.  Phone cases for any iPhone older than the 5s are hard to come by.  That’s why I fell in love when I found this one on The Everygirl!  Plus it’s got this knockout quote on it, what’s not to love, right?  Keep not settling, ladies.

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If you know me even a little, you know that I’m in love with New York City.  When I stumbled across Annawithlove Photography, I loved her photos.  She just recently launched her New York Collection and I’m obsessed!  Her prints would be perfect for a gallery wall or in a cute frame at your desk.  I can’t wait to add a few of her prints to a gallery wall.

What have you seen and loved this week?  Share it with me!  Have a great weekend!

Taylor xo

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