Thursday, December 10, 2015

Belle On Trend's Recent Looks

I wanted to share with you a few looks I have worn lately :) Our Illinois weather has been unseasonably warm for December (today's high is 58! What!?!), so I find myself re-purposing spring and fall skirts with winter (lightweight) sweaters and tops. Here are some ideas if you find yourself in my spot: a strange (but certainly welcome) warmth between seasons!

I am in love with the lightweight 3/4 length J. Crew Factory sweaters. They come in various patterns and colors, and they pair so well with pants and skirts (my newest approach is tucking the sweater into the skirt-- try it!). They can be layered (think: gingham button up underneath) or stand alone. I paired this floral green one with an eyelet Loft skirt I had from the spring. It was in the 40s and rainy, so I went with my Hunters, as well.

Sweater (old J. Crew Factory): similar floral style here
Skirt (old Loft): similar midi, bright pink, fit and flare here.
Boots: Hunters
Earrings (old Stella and Dot): similar chandeliers here
Teal FitBit Flex: found here

The temperature of my school (and almost every other school I've ever been in!) varies by location in the building. I like to layer to be ready for both a hotter room and a colder part of the building.  This J. Crew Factory gingham button up gets so much wear from me!  Below, I paired it with an old Lilly Pulitzer cardigan and embraced the chains.
J. Crew Factory navy gingham: found here
Lilly Pulitzer chain-detail cardigan (old): similar here
Michael Kors watch (old): similar here
Kiel James Patrick bow bracelet: here
Pave link chain bracelet: found here
Link chain necklace (old Banana Republic):  similar here

Since it has been so much warmer than the typical December Illinois days, I have been waiting to wear tights until it's absolutely necessary. Instead, I go with boot socks and my high boots. This wool J. Crew Factory pencil skirt is polished and dressy, but I made it slightly more casual with this ruffle hem sweatshirt. My black boots are comfortable and easy-- these are old Nine West, but some other classic options are linked below the picture!

J. Crew Ruffle Hem Sweatshirt: here
Cobalt blue J. Crew Factory skirt: here
Nine West black boots: for $85! Alternative: Sam EdelmanFranco Sarto or Born
I popped the cobalt blue again with these J. Crew Factory earrings. They're a few years old, but here is a fantastic alternative by Kate Spade! 
Finally, I will always support fellow SMC Belles! I am currently reading my second Adriana Trigiani book, Big Stone Gap, and I am LOVING IT! I get so excited every time there is an SMC reference! This is a must-have stocking stuffer (even if you aren't an alum!). 

My French cross necklace is from the bookstore at SMC, but a similar one can be found here (without the diamond): A Design and Sons. Side note: A Designs and Sons is a company formed by a 1982 alum of Saint Mary's. The jewelry is just stunning; there is nothing more special than my French Cross pendant. 

I am wearing a script pave "Belle" necklace, given to me by one of my former students (turned friend!) who is now a junior at SMC. It is no longer available on the Nordstrom's website, but this is a fun alternative on Etsy-- make your own, here. 

For our first holiday party of the year with my neighbors next door, the temperature did not require the typical layers that the Geneva Christmas Walk usually calls for. Instead, I went with a lightweight scalloped oxford from Kiel James Patrick and my Julie Loft cropped pants. I wore booties with this look, but I didn't even need a coat! The KJP scalloped oxford is an investment piece, but I have worn it several different ways over the past two years! I have received innumerable compliments on it, and it looks fabulous with a statement necklace.
The Julie pant in red is sold out at Loft, but my coworker Jackie has these from J. Crew Factory, and they are adorable! A perfect alternative!

Any statement necklace will suffice with the scalloped collar. Here are some ideas: this necklace is GORGEOUS! And 50%the white is so versatile, and you can never go wrong with this bling.

My final recent look incorporated my Winnie J. Crew Factory crops ($36! And they fit so well!) with a jeweled-neck sleeveless shirt from J. Crew Factory and an Ann Taylor cardi. This way, I was ready for any temperature at work!

Ann Taylor Cardigan (old): similar option for $25!
J. Crew Factory crystal-neck sleeveless shirt (old): A pricier alternative, but currently 30% off! And adorable!
J. Crew Factory Winnie Crops: in navy.
Sofft brown booties: in leather.

And this mug is my favorite new accessory! Thanks to my bestie, Megan, I can rock my "Bloggers gonna blog" travel coffee mug! Find it here.

How are you transitioning your looks through the seasons?


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