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Since temperatures have started to head into preferable ranges I have had a blast dressing for the new fall season.  I have always been addicted to button down shirts and mad for plaid.  My new loafer obsession has kicked into high gear and I’ll be on the lookout for a nice pair at a reasonable price (or on sale).  New booties have been found (at Marshalls for $20!!  High five!).  Boots pulled from the closet and dusted off, made for walking, have been making a debut as well.  Scarves, oh scarves…  I can’t explain how excited I get to dress for milder temperatures.  Recent wears:

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My new loves.  Extremely soft on the inside with a fur lining, just enough Western flair stitching mixed with a more modern shape, and a color that I can make go with anything.  For twenty bucks, that’s a steal.

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plaid shirt / Ross, sweater / Loft, necklace / Ebay find

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shirt / Gap, jeans / Miss Me, loafers / TJ Maxx, scarf / TJ Maxx

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shirt / Target, scarf / gifted

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shirt / H&M, jeans / Gap – thrifted, sandals / Forever 21, bag / Coach

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shirt / Loft, plaid shirt / H&M – thrifted, jeans / Gap, sandals / Forever 21, bag / Steve Madden

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shirt / Ross, skirt / gifted, sandals / TJ Maxx

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dress / TJ Maxx, scarf / gifted

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dress / Target, boots TJ Maxx, bag / Steve Madden

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shirt / Loft, plaid shirt / Target, jeans / Gap – thrifted, loafers / TJ Maxx, phone case / Kate Spade, watch / Michael Kors

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shirt / WalMart, skirt / Loft, boots / Urban Outfitters

Enjoy! xo♥ Kathryn

My Old Navy Fall Picks

A chunky knit cardigan that I could LIVE in all season long, a flannel button down that is oversized for a boyfriend fit, merlot colored pants with zippered pockets for more of an edge, a tweed vest for layered perfection, all of these plus more caught my eye.  Old Navy has so many basic tops in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures – they are one of my go-to places for basics at great prices.  Think about getting some tops that fit well for your body type and make you feel cozy and comfy to layer under scarves, cardigans, chunky knits, button downs, and vests for the upcoming chill.  Fall is all about the layers, ladies and gents.

(Links listed below)

 

Old Navy Fall Picks

Enjoy your day! ♥xo Kathryn

My J Crew Factory Fall Picks

Still looking forward to fall shopping.  Here are my J Crew Factory fall picks:

(links below)

 

J Crew Factory Fall Picks

 

I am the type of girl that gravitates towards black, white, navy, and oatmeal colors.  I love grey t-shirts.  I could buy one from every store and want more.  They are always the softest, most versatile pieces of clothing in my opinion.  If I had to live on a deserted island I would bring an old grey t-shirt with me.  It would be one of my 3 items I’m allowed to take, as the joke goes.  Naturally, fall is my favorite season to dress for because most of my favorite colors to dress with are on spotlight.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love neon and bright pink, however, most items of clothing I own are neutral (I get it from my mother).  The items I’ve chosen are a perfect blend of comfort and style.  I think mixing a merlot pencil skirt with a casual camo tee and being able to throw a crewneck sweater over it when the night air gets a chill in it is an amazing combination.  Elastic band skirts and pants that are in style?!  An old soul’s dream.  I hope you love these pieces as much as I do.  Enjoy!  ♥xo Kathryn

J Crew sweater
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J Crew j crew sweater
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Sweatshirts hoody
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T shirt
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J Crew top
factory.jcrew.com

J Crew blue sweater
factory.jcrew.com

J Crew green jacket
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J Crew clothing
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J.Crew pull on pants
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J.Crew denim jeans
factory.jcrew.com

Long skirt
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J Crew mini skirt
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Factory skinny cord
factory.jcrew.com

Suede shoes
factory.jcrew.com

Loafer shoes
factory.jcrew.com

J Crew flat
factory.jcrew.com

Pink shawl
factory.jcrew.com

Baseball cap
factory.jcrew.com

Behind The Stall Door

I wrote this back in 2011 after having an aha moment in a dressing room stall.  After reading over it again, it still rings true, so I wanted to share it with you.  I still look for that holy grail pair of jeans in boyfriend cuts, straight leg, and skinny.  I still have to drag myself kicking and screaming to the gym and remind myself moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle when I want to have pie for dinner and cake for dessert.  Every person, male or female, age notwithstanding, has had an issue with some part of their body or lifestyle, whether it be fitness or nutrition.  We are all human.  God made me with a sweet tooth and a short, curvy body and I know he didn’t make me to love chocolate if he didn’t mean for me to have it every once in a while.  The point being, we ALL deal with the same issues in different capacities.  Know that you aren’t alone and enjoy!

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Since men don’t realize what goes on in the dressing room, and other women don’t realize they aren’t the only ones that go through this same process, I have decided to make it public.  Welcome to what happens behind the stall door.

I’d rather go for my yearly physical exam than go shopping for jeans.  I’d rather go bathing suit shopping than go shopping for jeans.  I’d rather go to walmart and be chained to a bench inside for 10 hours than to go shopping for jeans.  On the totem pole of life, jeans shopping is amongst the slime and disgust of the ground floor.  They all fit differently!  All of them!  Size doesn’t mean anything when you walk across the hall from Gap to Nordstrom.  28 or 6 or 12 or 5 or 31 or 22?  Short, regular, long.  Indigo, distressed, jegging, stretch, don’t wash for a year?…what?  It’s like ordering a coffee from Starbucks.

..however..

I cannot resist to try on every pair that I come across hoping to find my holy grail pair, and then buy them in every wash, no matter the price.  When I was in high school, I was a stick with no bumps or curves.  Let’s just say the opposite is now.  For years I wished I could fill out a pair of jeans, now I wish my filling was more proportionate to the actual jean pattern.. I digress.

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Ann Taylor LOFT made me tickled pink when I found their petite tailored jeans on sale.  I always roll my eyes as I grab a pair of jeans and head to the dressing room, but as I mentioned earlier, I cannot resist.  With oodles of hope swelling inside of me, I unhooked the jeans from the hanger and purposefully avoided the mirror as I slid the denim over my feet and up my gams.  Reaching thigh level I didn’t have to tug, and with a tilt of my head and the raising of my right eyebrow I continued on.  Slight jolt and jump up as the tag reaches my crack.  Darn, I wore a thong today.  How is it that the manufacturer of all companies likes to put the tag conveniently in a place that will slide right up no sunshine territory?  Each time i get “tagged” I make a mental note to remember to never let that happen again.  Pulling the tag away from my hindparts and getting the jeans over the lady lump and then on to the biggest question of them all, are they going to button without pain, procedure, or horizontal posture???  YES!!

As I let out a breath I realize I had been holding since thigh level, I slowly turned to face the mirror.  Well, I be damned.  Then I rotate the bottom half of me so I can see my rumpus and make sure it looks good, not too snug as to get those stress lines on the back of my thighs, check, squatting down ever so slightly to make sure no evidence of crack would appear, check, noting the point the hem hits the floor so I can wear flats without tearing them up, check.

As I squeal with delight, my friend hears me and deduces which stall I am in, because apparently my voice is notable and distinguishable amongst other women.  “They fit!!” I proclaim.

As I’m on a roll, I might as well try on the top I brought in here as well.  Now let me tell you, I am a sucker for button down shirts.  For some reason, I adore them.  I own more than enough of them.  Most of them I can’t even wear.  Why?  Well, as of recent I learned that if my chest grows any larger Victoria’s Secret will no longer be able to retain my business as they do not make any sizes bigger than the one I am at now.  I’ve hit the glass ceiling girls.  And to think, I prayed for these things all through middle and high school.  It’s either sports-bras-R-us, or diet diet diet to kill the curves, or (gasp) wear the bland nude colored ones that you used to make fun of and put on your head as a child while walking through the department store with your mother.  While I express this endowment as tragic, it most certainly is not, I am thankful for my wonderful assets, but I do curse up and down and all over as I’m trying to button each one of my button down shirts.

Thank you Ann Taylor LOFT, I realized as I put on a size SMALL PETITE button down shirt with room to spare that I am still quite tiny as a woman, I’m just gynormous as a girl.  This knowledge could have prevented some mental breakdowns and tears shed while trying on larges in Forever XXI and American Eagle.  More happy squeals emerge from my stall and my friend giggles again as she is also having success and celebrating in her stall on her end of the dressing room.

Here’s the thing to remember, size is only a number, it’s how it fits that determines how people look at you and how you look at yourself most importantly.  Know your body, know your age, shop appropriately.  I’m 5’2″ therefore I need petite or I will butcher a hemline, for I do not need 34″ of length.  Yes, I’m happy that I fit in a size S because I had been torturing myself for being a L to XL in a store that sells to girls who aren’t old enough to receive their curves.  I’m not large, and there is no reason for me to torture myself over a tag.  The only reason to torture myself is getting winded after climbing three flights of stairs.  That’s legitimate, know the difference.

It took a 40% off sale for me to get a good kick in the butt, but that red bag gave me much more than 2 pairs of jeans and a button up shirt that closes without screaming for help.  It gave me PERSPECTIVE.

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–Now go to the gym and make sure you have dessert after dinner tomorrow.  Enjoy yourself.

♥xo Kathryn

My H&M Fall Picks

If you want to know what Kathryn would wear, you’re in luck.  College football season has kicked off and I’m sitting front row on my couch with a nice fall brew, homemade buffalo chicken dip & chips, and my laptop on my lap with my fall picks in mind.  I love browsing and online shopping while watching television.  I have been searching websites for my top fall picks and making mental notes for some future outfits.  Here are my picks from H&M:

Casual, dress up/down, layering, mixing textures, & dark jewel tones are catching my attention.

 

H&M Fall Picks

 


H M black lace dress
$8.29 – hm.com

H M long sleeve dress
$21 – hm.com

H M black top
$33 – hm.com

H M sweatshirt
$33 – hm.com

H M top
$25 – hm.com

H M black blouse
$9.95 – hm.com

H M jacket
$58 – hm.com

H&M dark denim jeans
$50 – hm.com

H&M jeans
$13 – hm.com

H&M high heel booties
$99 – hm.com

H&M black suede pumps
$50 – hm.com

H M pointed toe flat
$50 – hm.com

H M flat
$13 – hm.com

H M handbag
$115 – hm.com

H M red crocodile handbag
$50 – hm.com

H M sparkly necklace
$30 – hm.com

H M necklace
$22 – hm.com

H M wool hat
$22 – hm.com

H M woolen scarve
$22 – hm.com

H M scarve
$12 – hm.com

H M print scarve
$6.62 – hm.com

What do you think?  Makes you want to get up and go shopping, right?!  Enjoy your long weekend!  ♥xo Kathryn

Current Kate Sale ♠

Ready for Friday?  That’s usually a silly question.  I am definitely ready for the long weekend!  I am going to enjoy a nice relaxing weekend with some major downtime (and college football), however I know there are so many sales gearing up right now!  I am sure that most of America will be online searching for a great deal or outside cluttering the malls and boosting the economy this weekend!  I was “window browsing” tonight just dreaming of all the dollars discounted in the next few days to come.  Let me share some of my favorite current sale items from Kate Spade:

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Wouldn’t these be beautiful and useful?  The perfect red cocktail dress, the phone case that can break the ice, the makeup bag that makes cleanup easy and lugging around beauty products more enjoyable, and a two-toned beau clutch that I have been in love with since I laid eyes on it months ago.  Oh, smitten.

I hope you enjoy your Friday & get your long weekend off to a lovely start!  ♥xo Kathryn

Fall Pairings

We’re into August, which means fall styling is upon us [cue fist pump and large smile].  Fall trends and fashions are hitting stores and online boutiques full force.  Easily being my favorite season, I’m very excited to see it all happen.  The first time I see pumpkins lined up outside of the grocery store I squeal with delight each year.  The crisp air, chilly mornings, seasonal beer, and college football always have me smiling.

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I played around on Polyvore to put together a few of my favorite looks that I want to recreate this season.  I’m also working on a wish list of items that I’d like to see grace my closet and help me achieve the looks I’m going for.  I adore denim on denim (aka, the Canadian tuxedo, as it is also lovingly referred to), buffalo plaid makes me giddy, soft knit sweaters, loafers, boyfriend jeans, and colored denim make my heart sing.  Each item is easily mixed and matched with others making it extremely versatile, which is my favorite thing of all!  Isn’t the casual fall season the best?!

 

Fall Pairings

 


ONLY brown sweater
$37 – zalando.co.uk

Old Navy pullover top
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7 For All Mankind super skinny jeans
$320 – jades24.com

J Brand jeans
matchesfashion.com

 

I hope your weekend has been delightful and you dream of cool breezes, pretty leaves, and apple picking in your cute fall attire tonight!

Enjoy, ♥xo Kathryn