PINTEREST LOOK FOR LESS

Fashion month is officially upon us. It's so exciting to see what designers have dreamed up for us to look forward to in the upcoming season, but that's not the only reason I love following along with the action. One of my favorite things about fashion week is the hoards of street style shots that come along with it. From the industry insiders practically sprinting from show to show, to the stylish on-lookers who get caught candidly on camera, style and personal expression is at it's height. There's a certain essence and movement to these shots that simply can't be premeditated. 

You're sure to see lots of these street style shots flowing through my Pinterest feed over the next month. Below is one that I've pinned recently. I love this monochrome look with just a pop of red. The outfit is so simple, but the ribbed sweater and accordion pleated skirt give the look great texture. Grab the whole ensemble below for $145 and make the streets your runway. 

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HOW TO WEAR TURTLENECKS

I used to hate wearing turtlenecks as a kid. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and wearing turtlenecks was all I seemed to do because it's so cold there from September to April. I hated how they felt constricting - always pulling or scratching at the collar. 

As an adult, however, I have come to love turtleneck sweaters. Rather than feeling constricting I find them really comfortable, especially cotton cable-knit sweaters like this one from Lands' End. You can wear them with jeans or you can even wear them over your favorite dress.

Right now knits and skirts are a trendy combination, but with just having had a baby three months ago I'm not really in the market to buy a lot of skirts and pants. My waistline is slowly receding, and I would rather wait to spend the money on clothes that I will wear a long time. So, instead, I just pulled on this turtleneck over my pink, pleated maxi dress to create the illusion of a top and skirt.

This is a smart way to avoid looking and feeling frumpy in a turtleneck. When winter comes and many of us are stuck indoors all of the time it's easy to feel sluggish and lackluster, so try this combination out the next time you get dressed. And, if you're looking for a great outfit to wear for family photos I think this would be a wonderful option. You can even add a pretty wreath and you have a gorgeous Christmas card! PS - My dear friend Katie Sterbenz is selling these custom signs in her etsy shop for $20. Go get yours now, click here!

Photos by Ten 22 Studio; product was sponsored by Lands' End for this post.

PINTEREST LOOK FOR LESS

Well, December is upon us and winter is in full effect. My Pinterest feed is full of holiday musings, hearty recipes, and of course some killer winter fashion. Oh how I love this season.

I pinned the image below to my Winter Style board and it got an overwhelming response from all of you. I love this look because it's simple with only 4 pieces, but all of them are great on-trend winter staples. First, the boots. Thigh high boots are one of the sexiest winter shoe options around and they're great because they enable you to still wear your little dresses without your legs freezing. And to pair perfectly with your thigh highs, we have chunky sweater dresses. Perfect for running errands with leggings underneath but also easily dressed up for a holiday party. You'll also be noticing a lot of blanket coats out there. Some are poncho style, but the ones pictured below give you the same look with a little more functionality. Lastly, winter is the time for quilted leather. Thanks to Chanel, there are a ton of these cute quilted cross body bags for sale in just about every fast fashion store.

We all know there's a ton of extra expenses that pop up during the holiday season. Save some money on your winter style by shopping smart, and get through your holiday gift giving all the merrier. We know you can find your look for less!

Look for Less #5

Pinterest Look for Less

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Pinterest is a treasure trove of inspiration. But, have you ever come across an outfit you loved, only to realize you have no idea where to buy it? Or, maybe the items are linked, but they're way out of your budget? Well, that's exactly why I'm introducing a new monthly feature: Pinterest Look for Less. I'll be taking some top performing style pins, and showing you how to recreate the same outfit for under $150.

First up, is this cozy fall ensemble, which has been pinned almost 400 times.

Look for Less

Forever 21 Felt Hat

 - $17.90

Mango Cardigan

- $59.99

Uniqlo Striped Tee

- $19.90

She In Distressed Denim

- $18.20

Boohoo Block Heel Sandals

- $35.00

All for under $150. Happy Shoppping!

Fall Transition & Pineapples

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Last week I went from 110 degrees to 50 degrees. Ryan and I traveled to San Francisco to see Beyonce and have some quality time together. It was one of the best trips we have ever been on...and COLD! 50 degrees with wind...This Phoenician was freezing in her boots. On the bright side, I got to break out my sweaters and boots and pretend it was fall (my favorite season).

On our trip I made sure to meet up with two new friends I met through Alt Summit. They are genius business women! Sarah Deragon (left), photographer of Portraits to the People and Lisa Shaffer (right), designer and owner of Zelma Rose Dry Goods. They are Instagram wizards and spoke at Alt Summit about their Instagram workflow, as well as how to take great photos with an iPhone. We talked a bit of business, broke bread and had a mini photo shoot. Sarah is SUCH a talented photographer! She knows how to capture people so well.

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I wore my summer pineapple dress from Lulu*s, and used the mini photo session to show y'all how you can style your sweater over your favorite summer tank dress to transition your style for fall.

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#1 Sweater wrap - Wrap your cardigan completely around your dress or top, and then belt it. This creates the ideas of separates.

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#2 Slightly open - Put the sweater on, fasten your belt and then move an excess fabric to the back. Make sure you can see your dress peeking through showing that you are in fact wearing a dress and not separates. This approach creates more of a shape for those with larger chests.

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#3 Throw it on over - If you don't have time to think about styling your sweater, just throw it on over and you still have a cute fall transitional outfit. Just be careful that you don't lose your shape. Sometimes people can look a bit frumpy with clothes just hanging on them.

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I'm also wearing some AMAZING jewelry by 31 Bits. It's from their fall collection which just released today. Go check it out!

Get the look: Dress, sweater, boots, jewelry

Photos by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People