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My Five Favorite things in January

It’s finally January and I’m trying to control my shopping addiction by making a New Years resolution to only buy amazing and unique clothing pieces (cross your fingers!). Here are my must have pieces and favorite looks that I’m diggin’ on this January—

1. Leather sleeved coats


I love leather sleeved anything and therefore, must have a leather sleeved coat. It’s fresh and gives off an edgy vibe. I am dying for this Club Monaco jacket—unfortunately it is sold out everywhere I look!

2. Layers on Layers…on layers


I love this look! Layering a sweater over a button down with a necklace just looks so J. Crew chic and put together!

3. Statement jewelry


I love this J. Crew Pave Link bracelet! So gorgeous and would look great stacked on top of my Marc by Marc Jacobs watch with other small gold bracelets. :)

4. Letterman jacket


I just bought this letterman sweater jacket at Madewell and am obsessed with it! I want to wear it everywhere and every day. The color is stunning and the sweater sleeves are so comfortable! It’s so different than anything in my wardrobe and is quickly becoming my new go to piece! 

5. Chunky knits


It’s finally starting to get pretty cold in the good ol’ Colorado, meaning I need to start layering sweaters to stay warm! This is one of my favorite scarves—the Donni Snug from Donni Charm (to get a special discount use the promo code nsewell30). It’s so chic and SO warm! I might even have it in two colors…ooopps.

Layers of Lace

Lately, I have really been liking the trend of pairing an outfit with some lace.  There is something so feminine and ladylike about lace.  It is so pretty and really can add a boost to your outfit ensemble.  Lace is generally a cream or white color, but don’t be afraid to branch out and wear some colored lace!


One thing I have been dying to get (thanks to Pinterest) is a lace-layered skirt or a pair of well-fitting lace shorts.  I’ve found a few lace bottoms out there, but I have yet to find perfection.  As far as shorts go, make sure they aren’t too tight and if they are layered, find a pair where the layers fall in a good place.  When pairing lace bottoms, keep the top simpler, either a solid color or a minimal print (like polka dots).


Another lace piece I’ve been loving is a full lace dress.  As far as a lace dress goes, you can go as formal or as casual as you want with it.  Pair it with sandals and a hat for a casual and chic summer look or throw on some heels for a night on the town.


For more lace looks I’m loving, check out my pinterest


Lately I’ve noticed cut-outs trending.  I love a good cut out in a top or dress.  A correctly placed cut out can add interest or detail to an outfit or enhance your figure.  Cut-outs can be super sexy or cute and fun.  Just remember there is a line to how much is too much.  Keep cut-outs subtle, showing only a touch of skin, and try to leave a little to the imagination :)

I love a dress or top with a cut-out design on the side.  Again, keep it classy—don’t go overboard with skin showing!


Another cut-out trend I’m digging on is a cut-out and open back.  I LOVE an interesting back in an outfit.  I feel like it adds so much to an outfit when you have a cute dress from the front and BAM! an amazing dress from the back!


For more ideas and cut-out looks check out my Pinterest

Happy Feet

Since it has finally started to feel a little more like spring, I decided to focus on the some of the hottest shoe trends for this spring and summer.  There are a lot of new shoe trends for the warm weather, but here are my favorite three!


1. Desert Sand Boots

If I see a well-dressed man wearing Clarks boots, I’m seriously like “Date me now.”  Obviously, I’ve always loved a pair of Clarks desert boots on men, but lately these suede boots have been making a huge statement on women’s feet.  I absolutely love these desert-sand, Clarks-esque shoes! Pair them with a pair of jeans and a button down and you are good to go!

2. Color blocked shoes

Color Block is a huge trend in clothing, but it is also trending in shoes this season.  These are so fun, and really give your outfit an extra pop.

3. Wedges

Wedges are also a huge trend this season and you can find them everywhere!  They come in all different heel heights and in patterns or solids!

For more shoe trends, check out my Pinterest!

Dress Like an Egyptian

Tribal Prints are trending this spring!  You can literally find a tribal print anywhere and in any style you desire!!  I’m seriously loving this trend—it is so colorful and fun!


Like I said, you can find anything your heart desires in a tribal print, but for the sake of not having this blog be ridiculously long I’m going to focus on two of my favorite tribal items—jewelry and bottoms.  As far as jewelry goes, I love how intricate it is and that a lot of the jewelry items are beaded.  If you want just a little bit of Cleopatra flair, try adding a great pair of tribal earrings or a great necklace.


Another tribal trend I’m really digging on is having a great tribal bottom like a skirt or a pair of pants.  Since tribal is a pretty busy and colorful print, make sure to keep the rest of your outfit simple and neutral.  A slouchy sweater or plain white V-neck looks great and effortless.  If you do want to mix prints, try a very subtle printed top so it doesn’t take away from your great tribal bottom.

For more ideas about how to get the Cleopatra look, visit my Pinterest!