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Everyday Layers


Let me be quite upfront and let you know that various forms of this outfit are my go-to at least two, maybe three days per week! Most mornings I have very little time to think about what I’m grabbing from my closet, so denim and a long-sleeved tee are what are close at hand, topped off with this jacket (that you’ve seem more than once), a pair of booties and a scarf and you’re set! Trust me, when you mix and match the shirt/shoe/scarf action your outfits multiply instantly ;) I’m sort of a scarf hoarder, but it can come in handy when you’re looking to change up your look a bit, and it doesn’t hurt to add another layer for warmth! I share some of my favorites for you to check out below, fyi.







Details: ZARA scarf (love this striped scarf for $13 as well) / Jacket / Shirt (similar) / DL1961 denim (similar options here/here/here) / Sperry’s (updated version here) / Stella & Dot necklace and bracelet / Rayban sunglasses

Must-have Cardi


Happy Friday, gang! We enjoyed quite the Indian summer here this week but I have a feeling that’s quickly coming to an end. Come next week I’m quite sure I’ll be layering up like this once again. This isn’t the first time I’ve shared this cardigan on here and who knows, it may not be the last (see how I styled my fleece cardigan here). I love the versatility of this cardigan as it could be worn with a tunic and leggings, jeans and a button up or simply thrown over a t-shirt and denim on any given day as I often do. I occasionally see these available at TJMaxx, so keep your eyes open when you’re browsing, but I also link to a few different places you can find them online below.







Details: Bobeau cardigan (shop here/here/here) / Gap shirt (similar) / JCrew denim / Booties (shop here/here) / Necklace (similar) / Hat (similar)

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Sweater Weather

As I began working on this post, I quickly remembered that it was actually 80 degrees yesterday! In all likelihood, those warm temps will be short lived and sweater weather will return once again in all it’s chilly glory. And when it does, you can be prepared ;) I noticed that many of my online shopping carts were filling up with with pretty, cozy sweaters (you guys fill your carts too, right??) so I figured I would share what I’ve been checking out. I have to say, I’ve been doing well with my October clothing shopping freeze, that is, until I saw this beauty. You know how you run into those pieces every once in a while that have your name written all over them? Well, this is screaming, Marisa!!! Don’t worry, I’m staying strong, but I’ll be a little disappointed should this one be gone come November! Not that that’s the only tempting piece…I love this fun striped number and this swiss dot sweater with puffed sleeves is super sweet. I’m also looking for an open cardigan, and this, this and this are all great options. Have you added any new sweaters to your wardrobe yet this season? I sure can’t wait to ;)

*Be sure to scroll down for the coupon codes!

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Shopping codes:
Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale items (no code needed)
Banana Republic: 40% purchase of $200+ with code BRFLASH
GAP: 40% off purchase with code TODAY (some exclusions)
JCREW: 25% some styles and extra 30% off sale with code STARTSHOPPING
LOFT: 50% of everything with code THEBEST

Boho Chic


I wouldn’t refer to my overall style as boho, however I love pulling from that influence every now and then. Especially when the overall look comes off looking chic when paired with some skinny jeans and heels. I did, however, switch to my laced ballet flats later in the day and loved the look just as much. I found this top last month at a sweet new boutique in a neighboring town, Helen Foxx & Co. My local readers need to make their way out to visit them, you won’t regret it! And for everyone else, I gathered a bunch of boho inspired tops for you to browse below that would all enable you to pull off a very similar look should you like ;)







Details: Top via Helen Foxx & Co. (see options below) / LOFT denim (similar) / Scarf (similar here, here and here) / Heels (similar)




I can’t seem to get enough of plaid lately. I haven’t slipped into many sweaters yet, but I think plaid shirts are my sort of stepping stones on the inevitable pathway to wool. I love how well they look the part for fall and the variety available is more than abundant. This one in particular is nice and lightweight and will be great for layering under the aforementioned wool in the coming months ;)







Details: JCrew shirt / Pants, old (similar, see other options below) / Corso Como mules / Stella & Dot necklace

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Wishlist Wednesday: Shades of Fall

I don’t know about where you are, but here in central Pennsylvania fall is in full swing! The air is crisp, pumpkins are abundant and the leaves are rapidly changing to a hundred shades of beautiful! Today’s wishlist (which will remain a wishlist for this girl due to my Oct. shopping freeze!) is a reflection of the outdoors. Burgundy, wheat, marigold and some hunter green make for one pretty palette, don’t you agree?!

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I am so fond of the lace-up trend going on right now. Shoes and tops alike, I love it all. I got this top this past spring and I’m excited that I am able to start wearing it again. This is the first time I was able to pull out these over the knee boots that I grabbed during the Nordstrom sale back in July and I love how they pair with this outfit (and about half of the other outfits I’m thinking of for fall!). With my go-to fall jacket to finish this look I plan on keeping the whole outfit at the front of my closet for weeks to come!







Details: Top (see options below) / LOFT denim / Vince Camuto boots / BP. Jacket / Madewell Tote / Stella & Dot necklace and bracelet / Rayban sunglasses

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Striped Turtleneck


Well, I’m a week into my ‘no clothes/shoes shopping October’ and I’m doing alright. Had I not been on this freeze I just may have ordered this or this, but I’m doing just as well without them…really ;) This is also a good test for me to see what pieces I may or may not still be thinking about come the end of the month…my guess is very few! Speaking of things to think about, you should check out this turtleneck. I love the Audrey Hepburn vibe (especially in black which is just about sold out online) and it’s sleek look. I’ve only had it for a few weeks and have worn it 3 or 4 times. It’s also a great base layer to pair with sweaters, vests and jackets (I’ve worn it under this).






Details: LOFT turtleneck* (and here) / LOFT denim (similar)* / Belt (similar)* / Boots (similar here and here) / Madewell Tote / Wrap bracelet / Earrings (similar)

  • *Use LOFT code FALLFEST for 40% off

Grey + Pink


I have a problem when it comes to peplum…I can’t say no!! Yes, I love the feminine ruffle detail, but I also love how that detail can turn an ordinary shirt into a statement. This top in particular is great for fall because it’s made of a slightly warmer knit. It almost feels like you’re wearing a light sweater. It’s adorable with denim and sneakers or dressed up a bit with these adorable pink block heels (be still my heart)! They are an online exclusive (that’s almost sold out so I have a number of similar options listed below) that were returned to my local store. They weren’t my size so the store ordered them for me and now I’m looking for all the excuses to take them out for walks ;)







Details: LOFT top / Gap pants / LOFT shoes (see other options below) / Stella & Dot necklace (similar) / Kate Spade bag (similar) / Michael Kors watch


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My husband and I had a fantastic time as we celebrated the marriage of two of our friends. After being in heels for nearly an entire day, it only seems appropriate to focus on comfortable style to start off my week. I love the athleisure trend and hope it stays around as more of a style and not necessarily a trend. Although this is not something I’d recommend one turn to everyday, it’s certainly a relaxed way to pull yourself together and at least a step or two above pj status ;) I admittedly have mornings where I don’t have time for a shower and this is the outfit direction I immediately head towards. There are other mornings where I’ll squeeze in an early morning run and in turn don’t have the time to shower until nap time (for the kids, that is), so I guess that gives me a more legitimate reason to remain in my athletic wear for at least half the day! Whatever your reason, you have my approval step forward with this trend looking relaxed yet stylish.

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