A winter storm dumped piles of snow on St. Louis over the weekend. It was such a serious winter storm that I got home on Friday, and I was snowed in until Sunday. By Sunday, the snowfall had slowed, the city was able to get streets cleaned, and I was ready to get back outside. The look for the occasion? A Quagga Green hooded vest in 2019’s favorite plaid trend. The vest kept my style in “check.”
What I’m Wearing:
Quagga Green vest c/o | Turtleneck | Belt | Ponte knit leggings | Rain boots (similar)
Sunglasses | Lip: Fenty Stunna lip paint (uncensored) | Nails: Essie Minimalistic
Plaid is going to be hugely popular all this year. So, when I saw this Quagga Green vest, I had to have it. Quagga Green is a sustainable line based in St. Louis. Everything in the line is made using recycled and/or renewable resources. The website officially launches in Spring 2019, but you can shop the collection at Whole Foods stores right now.
I love this vest because it’s such a cool, fashion-forward way to rock the plaid trend. And, the hood is both fashionable and functional. It was just what I needed to keep my head protected from the flurries on Sunday.
This vest has an open front with a toggle closure at the neckline. I belted mine to cinch the look together. I was only wearing a tissue turtleneck and ponte knit leggings underneath, so the vest pulled the entire look together.
Location: South Grand, St. Louis
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Scarf prints were a huge trend in 2018. If you were a fan, you’ll be excited to know that the trend is holding strong this year. The updates? Silky scarf prints are getting more colorful. As you can imagine, I’m so here for that.
Zara was a go-to source for scarf print styles last fall. If there’s an item you had your eye on, you might get lucky and get it for about 60% off right now. Remember my favorite style? It’s now on major sale with limited sizes left. I will certainly be rocking that dress into spring because of its perfect-for-spring colors.
What I’m Wearing:
Dress | Belt | Booties (similar, option) | Lip: Mac “Media”
Today’s dress is another discounted Zara find. When the price dropped below $20, I couldn’t resist ordering one. It comes in a few difference designs. I gravitated toward this one because it looked like a perfect complement to my Gucci web belt. I was right. I’ve been so pleased with how versatile this standout belt has been (see it styled here, here, here, here, and here).
Would you believe it’s been warm enough for me to be outside with no tights nor coat in St. Louis? The temperature has been in the 60s for a minute. But, we’re currently preparing for some serious snowfall today. I fully enjoyed the warm weather while I could.
Location: Lumiere Place Casino, St. Louis
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The power suit trend for women has gone from fad of the moment to a movement. And, in 2019, the movement is getting louder, bolder, and brighter. If you buy one new thing this year, let it be a standout blazer. Bright blazers are must-haves you can wear right now and also use to transition your style through the seasons. Want to know how to choose the right color? Spin a color wheel.
What I’m wearing:
Hot pink blazer | Tank | High-rise skinny jeans | Skinny belt
Pumps (old J.Crew style, option) | Lip: Mac “Media”
No doubt, one of my favorite trends from 2019 runways is the bold power suit trend. A power suit, especially in a bright color offers so many fun styling possibilities. You can go matchy matchy by rocking a blazer and trousers in the same bright hue. You can get creative and block different colors together. Or, you can dress your suit separates down by pairing them with more casual pieces.
In today’s look, I dressed down my hot pink blazer (see this option as well) by pairing it with jeans. Even this casual combination offers serious versatility. I could dress the look down even further by wearing flats or sneakers. I could make the look more polished by choosing dark rinse jeans. Serious style versatility, right!?!
What’s your favorite bright for a blazer? I’m on the lookout for a deep orange and a rich yellow style.
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I’ve been cherry-picking end-of-year sales for items that are perfect for the upcoming seasons but are also wearable right now. Things with fun spring colors have been topping my list. This look includes a few of those items I snagged for myself as well as some that are on my wish list.
I saw the Topshop boyfriend blazer in Miami recently. The color and silhouette had my immediate attention. Unfortunately, my size was sold out. Since that encounter, I’ve been searching everywhere for a blazer in a similar color because it can be worn year round. I found an A.L.C. option in my size that I’ll be sharing soon. I’ve also shopped the J.Crew sale (now an additional 50% off sale prices) for sandals and other spring essentials. I bought the lilac sneakers featured in this look. They’re now $25 with the sale-on-sale discount! Talking about sales, today is the last day of the HUGE Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on spring getaway styles.
Blazer | T-shirt | Jeans | Sneakers | Bag | Scarf
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Happy New Year, my friends! I wish you a happy, prosperous, and stylish 2019. I took some time off to rest, relax, and reflect. I’m back now, and I’m excited to kick things off by sharing my 2019 style goals. Be sure to let me know what yours are as well.
Sweater (in XS | under $30) | Jeans c/o (on sale) | Gucci skinny belt | Booties (option)
2019 Style Goals
1. Wear Even More Color
I can’t deny it. Wearing bright colors makes me so happy. And, our clothes should always make us feel that way, right? This year, I plan to make any new purchases be super colorful pieces that’ll help me assemble cheerful looks. By the way, have you seen the IT colors for Spring/Summer this year? They’re gorgeous!
Sweater (in XS | under $30) | Jeans c/o (on sale) | Gucci belt | Booties (option)
2. Have More Fun With My Style
I love that style is an important element of self-expression. This year, I want my style to evoke more of my fun side. I want to take more risks and be more creative. I’m really excited about that too.
Lipstick: Mac “Media”
3. Save For Things I Really Want
Every year, my taste grows more discerning. I gravitate toward quality, timeless pieces that I’m open to spending more to get. To do so responsibly, I hope to make all of my purchases more intentional.
4. Dress Up More
I’ve honed a casual style that I love, but I enjoy getting a tad more dressed up on occasion. This year, I plan to create the occasion to do so more. I want to wear more dresses and craft an overall more sophisticated style.
What about you? What are your 2019 style goals?