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mixedmixed-2mixed-3mixed-1mixed-5mixed-6Top: Vintage (Similar cheaper, steeper) | Skirt: Express (old, Similar here and here) | Pumps: Target (splurge-worthy) | Clutch: T.J. Maxx

This week I teamed up with Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels and Erin from The Fashion Canvas to each style an outfit with mixed prints! I have to admit that when I heard this week’s theme I was a little intimidated…sure, I’ve worn mixed prints before (floral and stripes, polka dots and plaid) but that’s just it…I thought I had already paired together everything in my closet.  I didn’t want to go out and buy something new so I forced myself to rummage through my closet and put together an outfit using only the items I already own.  Normally I wouldn’t have thought to pair leopard with nautical ropes (?) but since they have similar colors in their print, I decided to go for it.  Is it a home-run? In my opinion, no. But it broke me out of my rut and forced me to look at my clothing differently.  Too often I’m tempted to go out and buy something new because I’m convinced it’s the missing puzzle piece to several great outfits. But I challenge you to “shop your own closet” and pair things together that you normally wouldn’t…you might just be surprised with what you come up with!

Link up your own outfit by adding your photo to the link below!

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Getting the Boot

aa-2a-3a-4a-5Sweater: LOFT (Similar cheaper, steeper) | Shorts: Target (on sale) | Booties: Dillards (Similar cheapersteeper)  | Bag: Target (Similar cheaper, steeper) | Sunnies: Cole Haan (via T.J. Maxx) | Watch: Kate Spade

Although Fall hasn’t quite made an appearance in the south yet, I figure if I start to dress like it has, Mother Nature will take the hint. Fellow Floridians, join me in this movement and let’s bring [seasonal] change to our stubborn state!

Anyways, this season I have a few things on my wish list.  The first thing I’ll probably buy is this Free People hat followed by a brown leather jacket. I’ve been looking all over the place for one in my price range and I finally found it! It’s so gorgeous and I can’t wait to wear it this weekend on my quick trip to Chicago (house hunting!).  Here’s a few others that I love: 1/2/3.  Enjoy your weekend!

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How to Wear White After Labor Day

First, let me start this post by saying that I don’t agree with this out dated rule.  White is a neutral that I wear year round but I do follow a few simple steps to keep it looking seasonally appropriate. Watch the segment that I did with First Coast News and read the tips I’ve outlined below (p.s excuse the stuttering…not sure what my problem was).

1.  The most important thing when wearing white in the winter is to stick to tones that are more on the muted, creamy side. Avoid optic or bright-white which are more suitable in the summer time.  Most brands have items available in what we call “winter white” to make shopping easy.

2.  In my opinion, a classic white tee or camisole are appropriate all year long.  Throw on a black leather jacket over top of it and no one will accuse you of dressing out of season.  rocker-4

3.  White leather is also a great option! Again, try to choose a white that is more on the “cream” side.  Wear a white leather jacket like you would any other color.

4. For those of you who aren’t sold on wearing white after Labor Day, ease into the trend by wearing white accessories like a knit scarf or a cream, wool hat. I love this option from Free People!

5. A white blazer is a Classic and can be worn over pretty much any item.  In the fall I like to layer mine over an all-black outfit or a gray tee and boyfriend jeans.  Below is a look a put together last year which added some color into my fall wardrobe!

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6.  Wearing white pants in the winter is possible! Transition your white jeans over to the colder seasons by pairing them with fall staples, such as a beige, suede bootie and an army-green sweater. By mixing them with cold-weather essentials, you help them look the part!

7.  Probably the hardest way to wear white this fall/winter is in the form of a shoe.  Designers are coming out with tons of cream and white bootie options this season to make it easier to pull off. Pair them with a light-wash denim to keep from looking too severe, as seen here on Pinterest.

I hope these tips have been helpful and have inspired some winter-white looks of your own!  Go ahead and wear white all year long.  Because after all, fashion rules were meant to be broken!

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