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Gift Guide 2014 For the Stationery Lover I’m finding it hard to contain my excitement over here! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I absolutely love this time of year. I also love putting together gift guides and today I’m kicking off my gift guide series. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing at least one gift guide per week, most likely on Wednesdays. I have so many ideas that I might end up doing more than one a week! This year I’ll be switching it up a bit and grouping them by category, but all of my picks will be budget friendly. Nothing will be over $75 and most things will be much less than that amount.

Today we’re starting with ideas for the stationery lover. I love all things paper and it’s a well-known fact that I can’t say no to a pretty notebook. If you have a friend who enjoys handwriting notes and stocking her office with pretty supplies, then I think you’ll find a few good ideas here.

I hope you enjoyed this first gift guide and let me know if there are any specific categories you want to see!

Tell me: Have you started your holiday shopping or is it too early for you to even think about it?

01. Gold Stripe File Folders 02. Lucent Brass Ruler 03. Washi Tape 04. Monogram Card Set 05. Wooden Greeting Stamp Set 06. Gold Luxe Planner 07. Idiom Pencils 08. Gold Polka Dot Notebook 09. Daily Jotter 10. On the Go Notepad 11. Silver Mini Binder 12. Passport Pocket Notebooks

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10 Coats Under 150

We’ve reached that point in the year where it’s time to start bundling (remind me again how we got to November so quickly?). I’m thinking about finally replacing my winter coat this season, so I’ve been keeping my eye out for some stylish and affordable options. Here are 10 coats that I’m loving, from top to bottom:

01. Vero Moda Smart Wool Mix Coat- I’ve been really into this marled pattern this season. It’s very similar to the texture of my sweatshirt, but in coat form.

02. ‘Emma’ Menswear Coat- I’m totally digging this borrowed-from-the-boys option.

03. Long Bouclé Coat- I’ve always secretly wanted a white coat, even though they’re not very practical. Plus Olivia Pope made white coats so popular, and who doesn’t want to be Olivia Pope?

04. New Look Funnel Coat- I like the idea of having a pastel colored coat and I think this icy blue is perfect for the colder months.

05. ‘Long and Lean’ Overcoat- Every fall, all I want is burgundy everything.

06. New Look Check Collarless Coat- This coat is just adorable. Actually, I’d like that entire outfit the model is wearing, please and thank you.

07. New Look Checked Coat- I also like this darker checked coat. You know what, I think I’d like a scarf version of this coat!

08. Faux Leather-Trimmed Marled Coat- Love the leather accents, love the marled texture, love the price.

09. Skirted Wool Blend Coat- I think skirted coats are so ladylike and pretty.

10. Tinley Road Shades of Gray- So chic. I love that it incorporates two different shades of gray. It’s a fun detail, but the overall coat is still neutral and easy to wear.

Tell me: Which one is your favorite?

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve been talking about it for over a month and now it’s finally here, my fall capsule wardrobe! Technically I meant to have this finalized by the first of the month, but it was taking me a bit longer than expected to find some of the items on my list (*I’m actually still missing one item, the grey skirt, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to share this!). Let’s break it down, shall we?

PLANNING + BUDGET

I spent a lot of time on the planning process. I wanted to be really intentional about my purchases and I used Caroline’s free wardrobe planner. I thought about colors, silhouettes, fabrics, and how I wanted to be able to mix and match all of the pieces that I picked. I was documenting my process along the way and you can check out my previous fall capsule wardrobe posts. I wanted mostly classic pieces with a few trendier items mixed in. I tried to get the best quality at the price point I was working with and I was extra picky about the fit and style.

All together I have 40 pieces: 18 tops, 9 bottoms (5 skirts and 4 pants), 2 dresses, 5 jackets/coats, and 6 shoes. I’m surprised I don’t have more dresses, because I love dresses. I do have quite a few skirts though because I thought separates are easier to mix and match. My outerwear section also includes a winter coat, which I’m hoping to replace sometime soon (probably not until the new year). You’ll see that there are no heels in my capsule because I don’t really wear them that often. If I need to dress up and wear heels for a fancier occasion, I’ll just pull out a pair from my closet that’s not on the list.

Originally I’d planned to buy 17 new items and I’d estimated that I would spend $700. However, I really wanted to cut that number down and save money, so I decided to adjust a few things and not buy a few of the things that I’d planned to replace. In total I spent about $430 and bought 12 items. I’m pretty happy with that number and the pieces I got. Plus, I have a feeling that if I decide to do a winter capsule wardrobe, I’ll carry over the majority of these clothes into the next season.

THE CLOTHES

Some of the items pictured above are not the exact item in my wardrobe, most likely because I bought it years ago and it’s sold out. I tried to choose pictures that were representative of the item in color and in style. The items that are still available are linked below, otherwise I’ll link to a similar item and the site where I found the image.

fall capsule wardrobe white tops

white lacy top (similar | image via) // white sweater (similar | image via) // white tee // white button-down

fall capsule wardrobe gray tops

gray tee // gray sweater (similar | image via) // plaid shirt // gray cardigan

fall capsule wardrobe shirts

polka-dot button-down (similar | image via) // chambray shirt (similar | image via)
blue striped tee (similar | image via) // black striped tee

fall capsule wardrobe black tops

burgundy sweater (similar | image via) // black tee // short-sleeve sweatshirt (similar | image via) // black cardigan

fall capsule wardrobe black sweaters

graphic sweatshirt // black sweater (similar | image via) // black blazer // leather jacket (similar | image via)

fall capsule wardrobe pants

burgundy pants (similar | image via) // skinny jeans (similar | image via) // indigo jeggings // black jeggings

fall capsule wardrobe skirts

gray skirt // navy skirt // polka-dot skirt (similar | image via) // black skirt

fall capsule wardrobe dresses

leather skirt (similar | image via) // gray dress
black dress (similar | image via) // cold weather coat (similar | image via)

fall capsule wardrobe coats and shoes

pink cargo jacket (similar | image via) // trench coat (similar | image via)
black flats // oxfords (similar | image via)

fall capsule wardrobe shoes

black sneakers // leopard sneakers (similar | image via) // black ankle boots // chelsea boots

FINAL THOUGHTS

To recap, I’m planning to only wear these 40 pieces through the end of December. I’m trying not to buy any new clothes during this time (except for the grey skirt that I’m still hunting for). Also, this capsule wardrobe doesn’t include accessories, underwear or loungewear. I may end up purchasing a few more accessories, like jewelry and scarves, to help with switching up my outfits.

There are two items on my list that I’m still questioning a bit. One is the faux leather skirt I bought- I like it a lot and the faux leather is really nice, but I’m not 100% sure it’s the most flattering on me. I’m going to try it on a few more times and if I decide to return it, I will swap it out for a different faux leather skirt. I also have two leather jackets (one is collarless and the other is a moto jacket style) and I still haven’t decided which one I’m keeping in my capsule yet.

I’m setting these rules for myself, but I’m not going to be totally inflexible to the point where I’m unhappy. It is a challenge, but I also want it to be a good experience. I think the hardest part will be not buying any clothes. I’m also curious to see whether I’ll be entirely sick of all of these items by the third month.

Let’s mark today as the official start date! I’m thinking of possibly doing monthly check-ins on the blog and I also think it would be fun to snap an #ootd every day on Instagram so I can really see how I changed my outfits from day to day.

Thanks for making it all the way through this long post today! I’d love to hear your thoughts on my capsule below or let me know if you have any questions about my process.

 

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Sneak Peek

It’s been a little while since my last capsule wardrobe update so I thought I’d show you guys a few of the things I’ve bought so far. There were certain items on my list that I’d seen online and wanted to check out in stores, many of which I did not end up purchasing. In most of those cases, the fit wasn’t what I wanted it to be or I didn’t like it as much in person. I did get the four items above though and I’m pretty excited about them.

Madewell maison des a.r.t.s. sweatshirt // Old Navy Plaid Flannel Boyfriend Shirt
Joe Fresh Striped Ribbed Knit Tee // Topshop Advent Chelsea Boots

Here’s what’s left on my list:

– burgundy sweater (I think I’ve settled on a pullover style that’s cropped.)

– black v-neck cardigan (Just a basic cardigan with long sleeves that hits me at the waist. The options I’ve checked out so far have been too long or too scratchy.)

– gray v-neck cardigan (same as above)

– black pleated skirt (Still not entirely sure what shape I’m going for yet, but I was thinking possibly a wrap skirt.)

– gray skirt (Again, not set on the shape yet, but I want it to be different from whichever black skirt I get.)

– solid gray dress (Something basic that I can style several ways. I’m considering this dress from LOFT.)

I’ve seen some options for the items above, but they weren’t exactly what I was looking for, so I’m still on the hunt. I am being pretty picky, but I think that makes sense because I will be wearing these same clothes for three months.

Tell me: Have you bought any fall clothes or accessories recently?