Look: Hate Caramel the Candy, but Love Caramel the Color…

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Striped cotton swing dress: Urban Outfitters | Tan suede jacket: Forever 21 |Rose -gold tipped white sneaks: Aldo |Gold Choker: J. Crew (similar here) | Tortoise Aviators: Wildfox Couture

I told you guys that this Forever 21 suede jacket would be on serious rotation! Proof!

My black leather moto jacket obvi will always have a special place in my heart and closet, but this tan suede number just opens up so many more possibilities! I don’t normally do shades of brown or tan, or “caramel”, as I’m theming this outfit post.  But this jacket inspired me to play with three different caramel shades– the darker dress with the black stripes, which is a loose swing shape, and therefore begs for a more fitted, shape-giving topper like this jacket; the tan suede moto jacket itself (such an awesome vintagey vibe, right?!); and the rose gold and brown tortoise shades (ok that’s four shades of brown, fine).  The look felt super autumnal, and both comfy and stylish for a city brunch and movie date.  One of my favorite things about mixing pieces like dresses and sneaks with a fitted jacket, is that to me, this look can we worn in really, almost any setting– I’ve worn this exact look, and versions of it to work (which for me is a middle school), to dinner, to brunch, shopping, to family events (like Thanksgiving, upcoming) or even a night out.

Links to all the items I’m wearing above!

Have a great week guys!

xo, ❤

Christine

The LITTLE Little Gold Mix <3

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So this past week, we announced our big news– Tim and I are expecting Baby Comer this May of 2016!

I’m super excited, but also nervous, as I’m sure most first time moms are (omg can’t believe my name will be “Mom” soon!!!).  Nervous about the unexpected;  the physical discomfort and pain of giving birth (or C-section if that’s where things head), as I’ve never been a “good” patient (still make a face at the doctor when going for my basic physical); fear of losing all the precious sleep, alone time, adventure time, independence and couple-time that Tim and I have enjoyed and relished in up until this point. I’m afraid that I haven’t quite grown all the way up yet, or that I don’t really want to.  I’m afraid of my body changing– I’ve gotten pretty used to being a small person, and it totally weirds me out to know that before long, I’ll be taking up more space, unable to sit cross legged or curled up in a ball like I’ve grown accustomed to.  And as shallow as it sounds, I’m afraid that crossing the threshold into momland will mean my style has to change– heartbreaking! Now I know what all “already moms” would say to these things– some are legitimate fears, others are silly– and that “ultimately, it will all be worth it”.  I’m sure they’re right.

The most comforting thing is, (actually two things), ARE, then:

  1. Watching all the amazing moms I know, including my own<3, who have maintained their amazing funny, childish, hilarious personalities through it all.  Some give great advice, others try to let me come to my own conclusions– either way, they are great sounding boards and role models at the outset of this journey.  They do the job with style, grace and a sense of humor.
  2. Tim– I’m unbelievably lucky to have experienced every single important milestone of life with this man, my soul mate and true best friend.  We went to high school together, where we learned which classes we could ditch, how to write an AP level paper, and how to pass the drivers Ed test.  We graduated together, chose colleges together, WENT to college together– where we learned how and how much to (and not to) drink, how to survive on $10 a week, how to live with strangers and finally each other.  We even were counselors at the same camp for our summer jobs.  We graduated college together, got out Masters Degrees together, got our first apartment together (followed by a 2nd and 3rd apartment), learned how to file taxes together, traveled together and finally, seven years ago, got married<3.  We saved money together, bought our first house together, RENOVATED the entire house together, and went through different jobs together.  Now, having this baby is just another scary, unnerving, exciting new life adventure that we will get to do together– this, this is my most comforting feeling.  I know that he will be the greatest dad, worthy of a million future #1 Dad mugs, as he has been an unbelievable best friend, partner, and soul mate to me.

Hmmm, ok… rereading this, I actually sound way more terrified of this whole having a baby thing than I think I really am.  As Tim would say, I’m “super pumped”, I swear ❤

Thanks for reading, and allowing me to share these non-fashion (for once!) related musings…stay tuned to find out it Baby Comer is a boy or girl (if its a boy, Tim says there is no “f***ing way he is wearing those gold booties in the pic above! lol), and how I style my “ever evolving maternity bod” (as one of my nearest, dearest, oldest BFFS who is also pregs, calls it!

xo, ❤

Christine

Mix Must: Tan Suede Jacket

So by now, we all have the two fall/spring jacket staples that we layer over everything and are the completer pieces to all our fave looks: the denim jacket and the black leather moto.  I literally wear these two pieces over all my fave dresses, sweaters, Ts– to the point where outfits sometimes don’t feel “right” without them! Naturally then, when I came across this tan REAL SUEDE moto jacket with, wait for it….GOLD HARDWARE…from cheap and cheerful (one of my husband’s fave terms lol) Forever 21…I knew right away it would have a secured spot in the rotation:

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Real suede moto jacket in tan: Forever 21

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It’s fitted and feminine, but tough and boyish, with just the right mix of modern and 70s vibes (if anything screams 70s, its tan suede!). Below, for it’s first time out, I paired it casually over my fave soft grey “kale” tee, black ripped knee skinnies, white sneaks, and oversized aviators to keep with the 70s-retro-ish feel.  Seriously, go out and get one– this one’s only $69-– or follow the links below to a few other ones I like– If you’re someone who finds herself wearing a black moto jacket or denim one on repeat, trust me, you’ll easily find use for this new mix must!

Topshop: $$$

ASOS: $$

Lulu’s: $

xo, ❤

Christine