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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

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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I’ve absolutely loved this time of year for as long as I can remember.  As a little girl, we’d go to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house and eat too much, play card games at the kitchen table and dance to Jambalaya in the living room. I’d stay up late to wait for Santa and then wake up so early on Christmas morning to discover what toys he left.

Last night and today, my husband and I enjoyed so many of these same traditions but through the eyes of our children. Nothing is more special.

I feel so at peace after tucking the babies in after a fun but hectic day. With all of the bad in this World, there is still so much good. A magical day of joy, family and laughter was much needed… and a day we’ll never forget.

Sending my love and God’s blessings to each and everyone of you.

– Erica

Tomorrow will be a day full of shopping, exchanges and returns.

If you happen to live in the Des Moines metro, consider shopping local. This beautiful Milly top was purchased at Sahar’s Salon and Day Spa. In addition to top notch hair stylists and the best spa experience you can find, the clothing options are to-die-for. I’ve scored some great pieces on sale at affordable prices and have found other stunning one-of-a-kind pieces  for special occasions. Stop in this weekend and check it out… even if you just need a well-deserved massage.

Shirt: Milly (from Sahar’s Salon and Day Spa)
Pants: Rag & Bone (No longer available). Similar here!
Boots: Rag & Bone (No longer available). Similar here!
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (from Aimee boutique)

 

 

 

Mustard Sweater Multiple Ways

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Another fall staple every woman should own: a versatile, lightweight crewneck sweater in a pretty color. This top can be layered, dressed up or down and paired with many items already in your closet.

To work or for brunch with girlfriends, try it with gauchos, black pumps a wool hat and satchel. Or opt for a flouncy, feminine skirt.

If you’re going for an off-duty look, you could easily wear the gauchos with sneakers and a baseball cap. You could also throw on a camo jacket or blanket scarf and pair with skinnies and suede booties to run errands or hit up a fall festival.

Thanks to Banana Republic for choosing my recent Instragram photo to feature on their website. See it and shop the look here! The gauchos, sweater, skirt and pumps are in store now.