Velvet Dreams: Free People Ginger Meadow Fit And Flare Dress

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I’ve been anti-velvet for some time. Velvet reminded me of the 90’s (which I normally love) and horrible crop tops and overalls that I owned. Yes, I owned crushed (cringe!) velvet crop tops and overalls. So last year when I saw velvet creeping it’s way back, I had a minor anxiety attack. Cut to this fall…velvet everywhere! A crazy thing happened. It started to grow on me. Well not literally…(ha!). I suddenly didn’t mind a little velvet in small doses. But I couldn’t take the plunge. Until I saw this dress from Free People.

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This dress is beyond beautiful. I’m in love with the detail on the bodice. It reminds me of one of my favorite designers, Yoana Baraschi. I’m also obsessed with the long sleeves. Perfection. But then I realized the material on the bottom was…velvet. I decided to finally take a chance. And I am glad I did!

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I think this dress shall be my Christmas dress. It is kind of perfect for the occasion, don’t you think?

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Dress: Ginger Meadow Fit And Flare Free People, $250
Tights: J. Crew, $20
Booties: Sam Edelman, Nordstrom last year

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What do you guys think of the velvet comeback?

Happy Tuesday!

Kelli

Holiday Cheer: Christmas Cookies and Ugly Sweaters

‘Tis the season to eat cookies all day, everyday. Every year, my mom has an entire day dedicated to baking cookies. She bakes for about twelve hours straight. And she loves it! She then creates platters of cookies for friends and family. And they love her!

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My mom makes just about every cookie you can think of. But my favorite are her Neiman Marcus cookies. Here is the recipe:

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 tsp baking powder
4 oz grated chocolate
12 oz chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans

Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar (chopped in food processor), and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Yum! Seriously my favorite cookies. For the adorable decor for the cookies, I went to Anthropologie. Obviously.

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Parisian Holiday Dessert Plate by Nathalie Lete Anthropologie, $14

I couldn’t find the bowls on Anthropologie’s website. But they retailed for $10, I believe.

And what is Christmas season without an ugly sweater??

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I got this gem from a store called Value Village about 8 years ago, which was the beginning of the Ugly Sweater Party phenomenon. And I think I paid $4 for it. Talk about a steal. This year, I decided to add a big bow on top of ,y head

Sweater: Vintage
Leggings: Pink Fashion Leggings Victoria’s Secret, $19.50
Socks: Crochet Button High Knee High Sock Urban Outfitters, $14
Boots: Vintage

I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season so far!

Kelli

Party Frock Friday: Anthropologie Addie Sequin Dress by Paper Crown

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Sequins and full skirts are the perfect components in a party dress. I can’t get enough of this dress by Paper Crown. It has everything I love in a dress.

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This dress is so pretty on its own, so I decided to keep my accessories simple. Anytime a dress has a sequin bodice, I never wear a necklace. I wore simple stud earrings and a dainty ring with this dress. Most people would probably put heels with this dress, but I like to keep it a little funky with some booties.

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Dress: Addie Sequin Dress Anthropologie, $288
Booties: Kate Spade Lanise Booties Nordstrom, $350

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Holiday Party Dress Season is officially here! Do you guys have your favorite dresses picked out?

Happy Friday!

Kelli

OOTD: Casual Tuesday with Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters

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Believe it or not, I actually do wear jeans and pants once in a while. You probably thought I only wore dresses and skirts. But I do like to keep it casual some days. And this outfit from Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters is casual chic!

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I love, love, love printed pants. The colors and pattern in these pants from Anthropologie are perfection. And what I really love about these pants is that they are corduroy leggings! Bonus! I am also loving this top from Urban Outfitters. It is quickly becoming my go-to casual top. In fact, I snatched it up in another color.

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No outfit is complete without accessories. I added my favorite new necklace from Anthropologie and Kate Spade bow booties. My final touch was a floppy hat from Anthropologie. Ok, maybe this isn’t the average person’s casual outfit. But it is mine!

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Top: Mouchette Scooped-Out Dolman Top Urban Outfitters, $49
Pants: Pilcro Serif Printed Cords Anthropologie, $98
Hat: Vuelta Rancher Anthropologie, 68
Necklace: Druzy Dreamworld Pendant Necklace Anthropologie, $78
Booties: Kate Spade Lanise Bootie Nordstrom, $350

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OOTD: Anthropologie Icepleat Maxi Dress

If I could frolic around in a white dress everyday, I would. Oh wait. I already do. There is nothing I love more than a white (or cream, ivory, off-white) dress. There is something just so whimsical about a white dress flowing in the wind.

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I immediately fell in love with this dress from Anthropologie. It has everything I love in a dress. White? Check. Maxi? Check. Cinched waist? Check.

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I added the Druzy Dreamworld Pendant Necklace from Anthropologie for an extra pop to the dress. I am in love with this necklace. It goes with everything in my wardrobe. Everything. A brown belt and booties were the final touch to this outfit. The accessories make the dress more casual for everyday wear.

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Dress: Icepleat Maxi Dress Anthropologie, $178
Necklace: Druzy Dreamworld Pendant Necklace Anthropologie, $78
Belt: Anthropologie (last summer). See this similar style from Anthropologie, $64
Booties: Sam Edelman Louie Boot Nordstrom, $129.90

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Can we just talk about the fact that today is the last day of November? Time flies when you’re constantly buying new clothes. Ha!

Kelli

Kelli’s Anthropologie Holiday Gift Guide for Her

It’s no secret that I love Anthropologie. And I think that Anthropologie is the perfect one-stop shop for all the gals in your life! Whether you’re shopping for your bestie, mom, co-worker, even grandma, Anthro has you covered. I put together some of my favorite gifts to give.

For the girl who loves jewels:

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1. Druzy Dreamworld Pendant Necklace Anthropologie, $78

2. Arca Jewelry Box Anthropologie, $22-$34

3. Jeweled Satellite Posts Anthropologie, $44

Keep the jewelry rather simple. It’s best to steer away from crazy statement pieces that may not be her style. Does she have a lot of pretty jewelry? Get her one of the gorgeous Arca Jewelry Boxes to display her jewels.

For the coffee/tea addict with a sweet tooth:

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1. Holiday S’mores Kit Anthropologie, $24

2. Homegrown Monogram Mug Anthropologie, $8

3. Orkney Mug Anthropologie, $14

4. Milk Chocolate a Covered Pretzels Godiva, $25

Mugs are the perfect gift for friends, family and co-workers. I love giving the monogram mugs because it makes it personal. But I love the winter print on the Orkney Mug as well. In fact, I bought one for myself. It’s fun to put yummy treats in the mug for a great gift presentation. Anthro has a lot of tasty treats in their stores. But Godiva is always a great place for amazing chocolates as well.

For the jet-setter:

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1. Papillon Weekender Anthropologie, $158

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2. Travel The World 2015 Calendar Anthropologie, $26

Have a little extra money to spend? Splurge on the weekender. She will love it! The sequin detail adds that something extra. The travel calendar by Rifle Paper Co. is adorable. Calendars are also great gifts in general to give around the holidays.

For the girl who likes to stay warm and cozy:

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1. Thermal Leggings and Sleep Shirt Anthropologie, $58-$68

2. Cable Knit Beanie Anthropologie, 49.50

3. Broglie Faux-Fur Cowl Anthropologie, 58

4. Lilka Beaded Moccasin Slides Anthropologie, $78

Every girl loves PJ’s! These thermal pajamas are darling. Hats and fury scarves are always a great gift that all girls enjoy. And who doesn’t love slippers with a little bling??

For the girl who loves to bake:

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1. Polar-Gaze Bakeware Anthropologie, $14-$36

I’m in love with these adorable bakeware pieces. They are festive for the holidays and perfect for the girl who is always whipping up sweet treats.

Perfect gifts for every girl:

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1. Boulangerie Jar Anthropologie, $16

2. Geo Soaprock Anthropologie, $12

3. Celestial Coaster Set Anthropologie, $32

4. Mini Capri Blue Jar Candle Anthropologie, $12

I love giving these gifts. The two candles are my absolute favorite. And let’s face it, everyone loves them. I am also obsessed with the Geo Soaprocks. They smell so fresh and they also glow under water! Yes please! The coasters are also great to give. They come in several different colors and are classic.

There you have it. You are now set to begin shopping for gifts for the best girls in your life! What are your favorite gifts to give?

Happy Monday!

Kelli

Party Skirt Friday: Anthropologie Midstripe Peasant Skirt

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It was one of those head-to-toe Anthropologie kind of days. And this skirt from Anthropologie is just pure perfection. It is perfect for the winter months, but can easily be transitioned into the spring/summer months because it is light weight.

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I normally do “Party Frock Friday” here on the blog, but I wanted to show off a fabulous skirt that you can easily rock at a party. This skirt has some lovely beading detail to it. The beading makes is perfect for a party!

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I kept this skirt cozy with a cropped sweater, metallic scarf, tights and booties. Just perfect for the cool weather.

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Skirt: Midstripe Peasant Skirt Anthropologie, $228
Sweater: Pointelle Midi Pullover Anthropologie, $49.95
Scarf: Radiant Weave Scarf Anthropologie, $49.50
Necklace: House of Harlow (Nordstrom last year)
Tights: Pure + Good Opaque Tights Anthropologie, $19.50
Booties: Dolce Vita Fabian Wedges Anthropologie, $130

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It was another magical background for this lovely outfit. I feel so lucky to capture these amazing days!

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I hope everyone has a fabulously fantastic weekend!

Kelli

Winter Wardrobe Essentials

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I don’t know about you all, but winter seemed to arrive early. At least, it did in St. Louis this week. It snowed here over the weekend and has been bitterly cold outside today! I’m never happy about the chilly weather, but I am excited for chunky sweaters, beanies, boots…and hot chocolate. Yum!

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Beanies are some of my favorite winter staples. I bought this one at Anthropologie a few years ago and I refer to it as my “Kevin McCallister hat”. In case you’re not familiar…it’s from Home Alone, which is the greatest Christmas movie. Ever.

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Layering is also a must during winter. I live for a chunky sweater and plaid shirt combo. It’s classic. And a white sweater looks so crisp.

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I’ll admit it. I still bust out my Uggs every winter. They are life savers. But last year, I invested in a pair of Hunter boots. And so far, I’m obsessed! In a perfect world, I would have them in every color.

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Sweater: Barnegat Pullover Anthropologie, $98
Plaid Shirt: Pretty in Plaid Top Altar’d State, $39.95
Jeans: Pilcro Serif Legging Jeans Anthropologie, $118
Hat: Anthropologie a few years ago. Here is a similar one: Cable Knit Beanie Anthropologie, $49.50
Boots: Hunter Nordstrom, $148
Bracelet: Kate Spade Nordstrom, $78

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And there you have it. The go-to winter outfit!

Happy Tuesday, you filthy animals!

Kelli

OOTD: Anthropologie Snowblossom Blouse and Fallen Star Maxi Skirt

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Oh, how I love the glitz and glamour of this skirt. Talk about a statement piece. I literally had people stop me on the street to compliment this skirt. A little girl also thought I was Elsa from Frozen. Perhaps the biggest compliment ever! So sweet.

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As usual, I love taking these fancy pieces and making them everyday wearable. I paired the skirt with a lace top and suede booties. A lot of people told me how much they loved the skirt, but how afraid they were to wear it. My advice is to always have fun with clothes! And to have confidence. In a world full of sweat pants and leggings, you will stand out (for the better). I believe that people appreciate seeing other people dressed nicely.

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Since there is s lot going on with both the skirt and top, I kept my jewelry very simple. I only wore a dainty Kate Spade necklace.

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Top: Snowblossom Blouse Anthropologie, $88
Skirt: Fallen Star Maxi Skirt Anthropologie, $168
Shoes: Sam Edelman Louie Bootie Nordstrom, $129.90
Necklace: Kate Spade ‘one in a million’ initial pendant necklace Nordstrom, $43.50

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Don’t be afraid to take style risks. Be you, and own it!

Happy Sunday!

Kelli

OOTD: Leopard and Leather

Peanut butter and jelly. Salt and pepper. Leopard and leather. Some things were just made for each other.

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Leopard and leather are just in perfect harmony together. Now, add a pop of orange and we are in major harmony!

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These key items are perfect for the crisp fall weather. And they look rather magical together. I am obsessed with this animal print top by Topshop (available at Nordstrom). Can we just talk about how amazing it is that Nordstrom now carries Topshop?? It’s like Nordstrom understands me.

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And how could I forget to mention this amazing statement necklace from Nordstrom? It seriously goes perfect with just about everything I own.

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Now back to the top. I personally like it tucked into a high waisted skirt. But I can also make it casual with a pair of distressed denim and a leather bomber.

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Tres chic!

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Top: Topshop Animal Print Crepe Tee Nordstrom, $68
Necklace: Braided Floral Crystal Necklace Nordstrom, $42
Skirt: Vintage Urban Outfitters
Coat: Michael Kors (last year)
Tights: J. Crew, $20
Shoes: Vintage Sam Edelman

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So obsessed with this fall outfit!

Kelli