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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)

 

 

 

Get Out of that Wardrobe Rut

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Ever get stuck in a wardrobe rut and feel like you’re wearing the same exact pieces the very same ways? I have been guilty of this but wanted to challenge myself – and my readers – to find a piece of clothing and make it work at least three different ways in the coming month.

This ruffle dress (which I’ve featured before) is very versatile. In this post, I’ve tried to showcase a few different styles and offered additional thoughts on how you can pull different pieces together from your wardrobe to create some super fun looks. Here I played off some of the same accessories  – my shoes and bag – but you don’t have to.

Look at the list below for some outfit inspiration and then try it out at home. Please share your pics and ideas on the Facebook page. I look forward to seeing what you put together.

  • A Day at the Office: Pair with feminine heels, oversized shades, a boyfriend blazer and ladylike crossbody.
  • Quirky and Fun: Mix prints and go unexpected with a camo jacket and pumps. Suede booties would look great, too! Style points for pairing blush and shades of green together.
  • Make it a Skirt: By pairing with feminine heels and topping with a black cashmere sweater, you create another look that is fantastic for the office. Consider a leather oversized clutch vs the crossbody.
  • Warm Weather Day:  Wear the dress alone and throw on strappy nude sandals. I love the idea of pairing it with an oversized tote for an afternoon of shopping or running errands with the kids.  Cooler nights? Layer a fitted denim jacket on top and reach for a casual tote (style not shown).
  • Make it a Tunic: Layer a trench dress (like the green one I’ve featured in a previous post) over the pink. Put on skinny jeans, booties and fun accessories like an arm full of leather wrap bracelets or gold bangles (style not shown).

 

Burgundy and Blush

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Burgundy and Blush. You’re seeing these two colors everywhere this fall… but have you thought about pairing them together?

This fluted print skirt is gorgeous. Simple to throw on and beautiful paired with a blush blouse, this little get up would be great to put into your work wardrobe rotation this fall.

Dress up the skirt with a blouse and pumps or try a black or blush crewneck sweater and ballet flats.

Off-duty? Wear with a black sleeveless sweater hoodie and sneakers.

Consider dressing down the blouse with denim flares and block heels or burgundy skinnies and brown booties. Reach for some gold-rimmed aviators and you’re set!

Skirt: Banana Republic (On Sale)
Blouse: Banana Republic (On Sale in the Store)
Shoes: Banana Republic
Sunglasses: Quay Australia Find this pair and other styles at Aimee boutique
Bag: See by Chloe Satchel (No longer available). Similar option here.

Photos by Andrea Altman Photography

Who Says You Can’t Wear White after Labor Day

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At one time or another, you’ve probably heard you’re not to wear white after Labor Day.  Well, ladies…. you can throw that little rule right out the window.

Just pair your true whites with softer shades like ivory, add in cozy textures like cable sweaters and sherpa vests and throw on suede booties. Here I went with a fun leopard print baseball cap but it would be so chic with a floppy wool hat.

Shirt: Banana Republic.
Jeans: J Brand. Similar pair here.
Boots: Rag & Bone (No longer available). Other options here.
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (from Aimee boutique).

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