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The Perfect Winter White Cardigan

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This oversized, winter white cardigan is the perfect addition for any wardrobe. It has a casual, bulky feel but the color, yarn-like texture and cool pockets make it look way more fashion-forward.

This has been my go to for so many occasions! It can be paired with absolutely everything from boyfriend jeans and a colorful scarf to a sexy dress.

Living in the Midwest, it is harder to sport dresses or skin-baring apparel during winter months.  I just want to wear a parka and not take it off for four months. The hubby would NOT appreciate that.

So… for a night on the town, I think it okay to show some skin. I actually wore the above outfit to a New Year’s Eve cocktail party.

My advice!? Keep it seasonally appropriate with winter-inspired layering pieces that add warmth and the textures that remind you of the season – fur, leather, suede, wool, etc. Booties (extra points for OTK styles) or close-toed options are the best way to go!

Without the sweater, this dress would leave me feeling way too exposed. As spring approaches, I’ll wear the dress like a top over leather leggings and pair with fun cage heels. A denim jacket thrown over the top will keep it fun and laid back.

Dress: Spotlight Dress from STYLESTALKER (Purchased at Aimee Boutique)
Cardigan: J.O.A.  On Sale Now! (Purchased at Aimee Boutique)
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (Purchased at Aimee Boutique)

Note: Aimee Boutique will ship any items if you don’t live local.  Just follow their Instagram account for new styles arriving weekly. ; )

All photos by Andrea Altman Photograhy

Holiday Ready: Go Casual

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Christmas is just under a week away and the related events seem like a daily occurrence. From a get together with family and friends, to the annual work function or even the hottest cocktail party of the year, I have an outfit for every occasion – including holiday attire. This  week, I’ll share some of my favorite styles as well as a few options to consider for New Year’s Eve.

Look one is my go-to for all things casual. 

Major retail brands showcase sequins, furs and cashmere as if everywhere I go will be a fancy black tie gala. Umm, wrong.

In reality, I’m two doors down hanging with neighbor friends, our kids are running wild in the basement and I’ve inhaled half a cheese ball with my glass of wine. If not there, you’ll find me watching State belt out Jingle Bells at his preschool program or opening presents and enjoying brunch with family.

For all of these times, I want to look cute but not overdressed.

This top by Wildfox Couture worn with a pair of on-trend flare jeans and simple black pumps works for all occasions!

This brand has the CUTEST casual gear and festive options for major holidays like Valentine’s Day and Halloween. I adore cozy and quirky apparel that is fashionable AND machine washable. As a mom of two young kiddos with sticky fingers, I very much appreciate that.

Style tips: To mix it up, I also pair this top with black skinnies and suede ankle booties or lighter denim skinnies and Converse sneakers. Going for the snowman over a Christmas tree or reindeer option, I can wear this top all winter!

Shirt: Wildfox Couture (purchased mine at Aimee boutique)
Jeans: Velvet (purchased at Aimee boutique). Similar here.
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff Mini Julian Backpack (Here in Red)