October 25, 2014

fall accessories: jewelry

 These are the pieces that are on rotation for fall:

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Confession: I’ve always had trouble with jewelry.

In the past, I would either fall under the spell of “But it’s a good deal!” and buy super cheap jewelry that I didn’t love + never wore.

Or …

I would buy nicer costume jewelry that was way too sparkly for me — pieces that were in style, but not my style. It was the same syndrome I used to have with my clothes. I’d think, “If I’m going to spend money on this, it better be a wow piece!” But … then I’d end up with a bunch of wow pieces that didn’t work together + didn’t feel like me.

Finally though, I feel like I’m coming into my own when it comes to jewelry. I’ve figured out that I like delicate, minimal jewelry — jewelry that doesn’t demand attention but adds the tiniest bit of glimmer.

And I’ve figured out that it’s worth investing in pieces I’ll wear every day, no matter how simple or small they may be.

Not that that lesson came easy.

It was a tough mental hurdle for me, especially because I was all: Shouldn’t the price correspond with the size of the jewelry? So like all delicate jewelry should be a dollar, right?

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Anyway, but then I met my friend Jen Moulton, who makes miracles out of metal, and I quickly changed my tune + decided quality jewelry is worth it.

And honestly … I just love Jen and want to support her work. It’s always easier to part with money when you know it’s going towards someone or something great.

Speaking of money, about half of these pieces are old + half are new for fall. Even though these pieces aren’t included in my budget for my capsule wardrobe, Aaron and I still did what we always do: budget carefully + save up over time until we can afford them.

Here’s a bit more about each piece:

Statement Cuff / My statement cuff is really old from Francesca’s, and doesn’t really look anything like the one up there in the picture, but if I was shopping for a new one today, it’s the one I’d pick.

Geode Necklace / This handmade necklace was a gift from my dear sister-in-law, McKenna. I throw it on when I want to add some cool-girl factor.

Delicate Cuff / This is one of Jen Moulton’s creations — and I’m obsessed. I have two — one in gold and one in rose gold. If you want the pair for yourself, Jen and I have teamed up to offer a special price for Unfancy readers! :)

Delicate Hex Necklace / Another one of Jen Moulton’s creations. Obsessed! And … special pricing on this piece too.

Statement Necklace / Mine is from a couple of years ago, so the color is different than the one shown, but it’s still one of my favorite necklaces. And now Madewell makes their necklaces adjustable — which is awesome.

Stacking Rings / Another one of Jen Moulton’s creations that (surprise!) I’m obsessed with. And, in case you didn’t guess by now, there’s also a special price on this bundle of 4 rings too. :)

Bangles (Solid + Cutout) / I used to wear these a lot more, but now I’m more prone to reach for my delicate cuffs. Still love them though.

Tiny Bar Earrings / These were inexpensive + awesome. I wear them every day.

Which one is your favorite?

xo

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October 24, 2014

4.17 dress down your blazer

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First, make sure you’ve got a nice, unstructured blazer.

Then add:

  • distressed jeans
  • a plain white tee, front tucked
  • a tote, for some color + texture
  • ankle booties, for some cool factor
  • minimal accessories, for some glimmer

And you’ve got yourself a cool look.

With a blazer! That doesn’t look stuffy!

Who would have thought? :)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to wear blazers — and failed. I loved them on other people, but then when I’d put them on they just didn’t feel like me, you know?

I think my problems with them in the past stemmed from the fact that I’d bought the wrong blazers.

They were either the wrong color for my taste (hello bright orange blazer  — what was I thinking?) or the wrong style for my daily life (hello shoulder pads + stiff fabric) or the wrong fit for my body type (oh hey, cropped forever 21 blazer — yeesh).

But now I get it: all blazers aren’t created equal + it takes a bit of experimenting and patience to find the right one.

What’s your favorite way to style a blazer? Share it on Instagram today and hashtag it #unfancyfriday so we can all get inspired by your style.

Blazer: Aritzia

Top: J.Crew

Bottoms: Madewell

Bag: Nordstrom

Shoes: Aldo

Necklace: Moulton

Bracelets: Moulton

Stacking Rings: Moulton

xo

October 23, 2014

4.16 a print mixing recipe for fall

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But when you’re ready to try something different with your print mixing skills?

Try plaid + cheetah. I’m especially loving red plaid, for fall.

The combo is a little busier, a little more energetic. Even here, where I’m only using the prints in small quantities + wearing neutrals in between — it feels lively + happy.

I’m loving red this fall. I never ever would have thought of myself as a girl who loves red — it’s the strongest color! And I like neutrals! But, turns out I’m so happy with it. Color + pattern. I’m learning to embrace these things slowly but surely, friends.

I feel like we’re all on a friend level here.

Especially after yesterday.

I was totally in awe of how you celebrated our anniversary with us. You sent us blessings. You wished us well. You happy danced. And it made my heart do a happy dance.

Know why?

Because it takes a pretty great human being to spend their precious time encouraging others — thank you for being that person. Thank you for putting more good into the world.

Top: Aritzia

Bottoms: Gap (similar)

Shoes: Sole Society

Scarf: Madewell

Bag: Marc Jacobs

Glasses: Warby Parker

And! Don’t forget I’m still accepting applications for guest bloggers. Have hesitations about applying? Apply anyway. Because the very things you’re hesitating about are probably the very things that people will love + relate to.

And also! Did you see the new blog header? My oober talented friend Becky designed it. Looking for a designer? She’s your girl.

xo

October 22, 2014

3 years ago today

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Three years ago today, Aaron and I got married in his parent’s backyard, surrounded by a handful of our dearest family members + friends.

Insert one thousand smiley face emojis here!!

We met in high school — he was the cool senior, I was the super nerdy + shy sophomore, so we never really talked until a few years after college when we reconnected. Over Facebook — oh modern romance. :) Then we fell in love on our first date and were married eight months later.

We’re a couple of crazy kids.

And we LOVE it!

We’re in full on celebration mode today, so no outfit post today — but they’ll be back tomorrow.

If you want, you can see more of our wedding photos by Ryan Ray right here.

xo!

October 21, 2014

4.15 an errand running outfit + a new blog header

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This hat, right?! I told you it was awesome.

Anyway … that’s my one sentence about this outfit today. Because there are more exciting things to talk about …

Notice anything different around here?

Unfancy got a new blog header! What do ya think?!

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My rockstar friend Becky designed it.

Becky’s got it going on. She’s super talented at lettering + illustrating (see aforementioned blog header). She wrote and illustrated a really heartfelt + hilarious book. She stands up and inspires people at conferences. And she creates things that make people smile.

My favorite thing about Becky? She took something that used to make her feel insecure (her height — she says, “On my tallest day I’m five feet tall.”) + she turned it into something positive. And then wrote a book about it, highlighting 100 reasons why it’s great to be short. She turned a curse into a gift. And in the process, gave everyone else permission to do the same.

Pretty cool stuff if you ask me. Let’s give Becky some serious love today.

You can keep up with Becky on Instagram, Twitter, or her blog Chipper Things.

Hat: Target

Top: Madewell

Jeans: Madewell

Shoes: Madewel (similar in a different color)

Bag: Nordstrom

Bracelets: Moulton

xo