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Pinspiration: Chambray and Camo Inspired by Shop Dandy

Mix chambray and camo print for a fun fall look.
Over the weekend I went to Kohl's to pick out pieces for my back-to-school post series (here and here), and one of the looks I put together in the dressing room - but didn't actually end up shooting for the blog - was this chambray shirt and camo jogger combination. I posted it to Instagram and you guys loved it! #woohoo

I was inspired by the lovely Danielle from Shop Dandy - her style is always on point! She mixes colors, prints and textures in a way that's what I would call everyday glam...fun and chic, yet totally wearable. Head over to her blog Shop Dandy for details on her exact look (above left) - her top and pants are LOFT, making this a very affordable ensemble. The accessories - like her swoon-worthy Tory Burch bag - definitely elevate the look and take it to the next level. My outfit is entirely from Kohl's, and you can shop the look for less picks below.


Shop the Look for Less:


SO Perfectly Soft Button-Front Shirt (I'm wearing size Medium for reference) // SO Camo Joggers (not seeing these online, check Kohl's stores. Similar SO Leggings at kohls.com) Also saw these camo skinnies at Forever21 // SO Ankle Boots in cognac, runs TTS (I'm only seeing Pewter on the website but check Kohl's stores for these)



Thank you Danielle for permission to use your photo and for all the fashion inspiration! xx

Cute & Trendy Spring Outfit Idea: Utility Vest and Striped Top (And It's All On Sale!)

Spring Outfit Idea: Utility Vest and Striped Top
While browsing Pinterest I stumbled upon this utility vest and striped top look and fell instantly in love. This is the perfect cute yet comfortable outfit idea for spring that you can put together with items you probably already have in your closet. If you don't yet own a must-have utility/cargo vest, I spotted this Merona utility vest at my Target store just last week and it's on point. According to readers on Instagram the vest fits true to size. The striped top featured here by Merona has been in stores for a while now, and with good reason - it's got a flattering cut and it's made from a thicker fabric with zipper detailing in back for a luxe J.Crew-inspired vibe. Assuming you already have dark blue or black skinnies (or leggings), just add ankle boots and a little sparkle to complete this outfit. Hurry and shop today and you can score the essential vest, top and necklace on sale during President's Day, too!


Shop the Look:
Merona Utility Vest, $29.99* // Merona Striped Top, $22.99* // Reneeze Ankle Boots, $30 // J.Crew Factory Necklace, $32.50**


* Use code PRES to get 25% off. Offer expires 02/15/2016 at 11:59pm PT.
** Just for today, 40% off online only (prices as marked) plus extra 30% off clearance and free shipping with code SHOPTODAY

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Fall Outfit Idea: Preppy Duck Boot Inspiration from Pinterest

Duckboots outfit inspiration
Thanks to Pinterest I discovered this preppy-chic way to wear your duck boots this winter, and thanks to Instagram I learned that the "model" behind this outfit is @mh_bennett, as seen on Back Down South (yay social media!). I pinned the look and immediately set to work looking for items I'd need to recreate this ensemble for myself...and judging by the number of "likes" I'd say many of you are feeling inspired by this look, too. It's sporty and practical but oozes classic New England style. Meredith is wearing a J.Crew jacket, Levi's shirt and jeans and L.L.Bean duck boots (you can get all the details on her exact outfit at Back Down South). Read on for my "look for less" picks...


Shop the Look for Less:
Duck Boots at T.J.Maxx or Target // Utility Jacket // Chambray Shirt // Pants // Boot Socks // Scarf


Photo Credit: Cody Bennett, via @mh_bennett


Fall Outfit Pinspiration: Check Shirt, Fur Vest, Hunter Wellies

Fall outfit inspiration featuring check shirt, fur vest and Hunter wellies
As soon as I discovered fashion blogger Lauren McBride (who also happens to be a Connecticut-based blogger and second-time new mom like myself), I was hooked on her relatable yet enviable style. This outfit - which is all over Pinterest - is a perfect example of her style: A mix of classic and cool, from the check shirt, to the on-trend faux fur vest, to the classic never-goes-out-of-style rain boots. To recreate her look for less, I found all the pieces I needed at Target. Finish the casual fall ensemble with some cozy leg warmers like this pair at Payless (just $6.49) and beanie ($7.49).



See how fashion blogger Brighton Keller wears a faux fur vest.

Psst! Take an extra 50% off all sale styles at loft.com.

Photo Credit: Lauren McBride

Fall Outfit Pinspiration: Mustard Scarf, Stripes and Print Flats + The Latest Sales at Target.com

Fall outfit idea featuring yellow scarf, striped top, black cardigan, boyfriend jeans and leopard flats
Pop of Style is a fashion blogger I love to follow who promises "classic style with a pop of color and print" - and she definitely delivers with this casual cute fall outfit. Stripes, cheery yellow and print flats...pinning! (Note: Missy's flats are actually camo, but I thought they were leopard so that's what I put in my collage). I recently posted my "look for less" on Instagram and many of you agreed; this is an easy yet stylish look that you can probably put together with items you already have in your closet. If not, read on for my budget-friendly picks that you can shop right now in stores for under $25!