October 31, 2014

4.21 if you’re not dressing up tonight…

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… here’s a regular outfit for you.

I’m not really a dress-up-for-Halloween kinda girl, but this year Aaron and I made big plans to don costumes + get our party on tonight.

Yeah! Oh wait. On second thought … why don’t we just stay in + put on PJs + have some wine + make out?


Life is good.

Anyway … it’s layering weather in Austin again! Layering weather is my ultimate all-time favorite — the air is all brisk + cool, but the sun is bright + warm. I want to soak in every second of it while it lasts.

How do you make the most of beautiful weather? And what are you up to this Halloween night?

Sweater Cardigan: Aritzia

Top: Madewell

Skirt: Aritzia

Shoes: Dolce Vita via DSW

Glasses: Warby Parker

Bag: Marc Jacobs

Stacking Rings: Moulton

Hey, and don’t forget! Tomorrow is the last day to apply to be a guest blogger on Unfancy. (I think somewhere I accidentally misspoke and said the last day was today — it’s actually tomorrow, yay.)



October 30, 2014

3 ways to wear a blanket scarf + aritzia takeover!

Aaron and I visited Seattle this past summer, and my awesome sister-in-law, McKenna, wanted to take me to her favorite store, Aritzia. I’d never really heard of it, but ohmygoodness. The moment I walked in, I was hooked. It was pure, unadulterated Unfancy style.

When Aritzia reached out to me about a possible collaboration a few months later, I just about passed out from excitement.

Then promptly white-girl-danced to Beyonce for a solid 15.

Anyway …

Today, I’m beside myself with excitement because I get to share it with you! I’ll be taking over Aritzia’s Instagram today, too, so I’d love it if you’d follow along.

Since accessories can add so much life to a capsule wardrobe, Aritzia asked me to come up with some simple + modern ways to wear a scarf. A blanket scarf to be exact.


Blanket scarves have my name all over them.

Put the word “blanket” in front of any piece of clothing, and I am so there, ready to get cozy.

So, how is a blanket scarf different than a regular scarf, you ask?

Well, first of all, a blanket scarf is square — none of that long skinny rectangle-ness that makes up most scarves. Second, a blanket scarf is usually oversized. Like taller than your dad, oversized. Finally, a blanket scarf is usually made of comfort-tastic fabric.

Here are three totally different + totally modern + totally easy ways to wear a blanket scarf. Hint: it’s all in the folding.

No. 1: Poncho Style (AKA The Rectangle Fold)


Step one: Fold your blanket scarf in half, creating a rectangle. Throw it around your shoulders + bunch it up at the top edge.

Step two: Bring one side around and tuck it snugly.

Step three: Bring the other side around and tuck it snugly. Then shape + tuck as necessary, until you have a nice triangle shape in front.

Style your blanket scarf with a charcoal sweatshirt, leather leggings, and slip-ons. This look is perfect for the airport + travel. It’s cozy + stylish + totally fuss free.

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Bonus! Finish the look with a large tote bag + glasses.


Scarf: c/o Aritzia / Top: Aritzia / Leggings: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: DSW / Bag: Nordstrom / Glasses: Warby Parker


No. 2: Cardigan Style (AKA the triangle fold)


Step one:  Start with your blanket scarf completely open + unfolded.

Step two: Fold your blanket scarf in half diagonally, creating a triangle. Don’t worry about making it perfect — it should be a sloppy triangle.

Step three: Wrap the long edge around your shoulders. Adjust as necessary + leave open.

Style it with jeans + a cozy knit sweater + ankle booties. Finish the look with a felt hat. Boho-tastic!

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Scarf: c/o Aritzia / Top: Anthropologie (similar) / Jeans: Madewell / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Hat: Urban Outfitters


No. 3: Regular Scarf Style (AKA the Bunch-Up)


Step one:  Start with your blanket scarf completely open + unfolded. Then simply bunch it up.

Step two: Bring the scarf around your neck, keeping it super short on one end and long on the other.

Step three: Loop the long end around your neck once + tuck the end under the loop. Adjust as necessary.

Style it with jeans + a blazer + ankle booties. The look is classic, but the extra large size of the scarf keeps it modern. Perfect for everyday wear.

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Scarf: c/o Aritzia / Blazer: Aritzia / Top: J.Crew (similar) / Jeans: Madewell / Shoes: Aldo / Bangles: Madewell

Which look is your favorite?


October 29, 2014

4.20 my fall uniform 2.0

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a stellar day.

My regular more-in-depth Wednesday post will be happening tomorrow … and I’ve teamed up with Aritzia for something awesome! I’m still geeking out about it like a fangirl. Can’t wait to share it with you.

Anyway … today’s outfit. Black jeans + black leather moto jacket. It’s my fall uniform 2.0. (Here’s my fall uniform 1.0 in case you missed it.)

Anushka — the brilliant blogger behind Into-Mind — first introduced me to the concept of a uniform. At first, I thought, “A uniform? Like wearing the same thing over and over again? Won’t I get tired of that?” But it turns out, I didn’t.

Because a uniform isn’t as uniform-y as it sounds.

It’s just an outfit recipe that you can always fall back on. It can be a starting point if you’re feeling lost — a place to play a little and test out possibilities.

I still have days where I just can’t figure out what I want to wear. On those days, it sure is nice to have a uniform.

What’s your uniform?

Jacket: Zara (similar)

Top: Madewell

Jeans: Gap (similar)

Shoes: Aldo

Bag: Madewell (similar)

Glasses: Warby Parker

Bangles: Madewell

And! Friday is the last day to submit an application to be a guest blogger on Unfancy. Have hesitations about applying? Apply anyway. Because the very things you’re hesitating about are probably the very things that will help people.

And one more thing! Anushka created a really amazing closet detox cheat sheet. If you’re having a hard time making final decisions when cleaning out your closet — you’ll LOVE it!


October 28, 2014

4.19 the most comfortable heels



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Just a quick tip today:

I got these shoes a few years ago and they’ve become my go to when I want a comfy heel. The wedge heel is made of rubber — it makes them feel like tennis shoes.

I can walk in ‘em for days. And still have a smile on my face.

If you’re on the hunt for some heels that are seriously comfortable:

1. Go with a wedge heel.

2. If possible, go with an all-rubber wedge heel.

Do you have any tips for finding comfortable heels + making heels more comfortable?

Top: Anthropologie (similar)

Bottoms: Gap (similar)

Shoes: J.Crew (similar for less)

Bag: Marc Jacobs (similar for way less)

Necklace: Handmade (similar)


October 27, 2014

4.18 two ways to wear denim on denim

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Not feelin’ the heels or the hat? Take it down a notch with flats instead.


With flats? This is a put-together-yet-comfortable errand running outfit.

But with heels + a hat? It’s a cool dinner outfit.

The denim on denim look has been around for a while. It’s been my fall-back outfit for a few years now. In fact, that shirt you’re looking at is 4 years old. I’ve worn it so much that when fall came around this year I thought I might be done with it. I *almost* left my chambray shirt out of my fall capsule wardrobe.

But I threw it back in at the last possible second. And I’m glad I did — when I added the booties and the floppy felt hat, the denim on denim look felt updated and a little edgy.

So tell me …

How do you wear denim on denim?

Hat: H&M (similar)

Top: J.Crew

Bottoms: Madewell

Flats: Madewell (in a different color)

Booties: Aldo

Bag: Nordstrom

Bracelets: Moulton

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! I just have to keep giving love to my oober talented friend Becky for the insane job she did on my new blog header. Send some kindness her way if you get a chance.