new year – consistency & perspective

Welcome to 2018! This year I want to slow down, enjoy the small things and focus on continued growth.  I plan to continue building on the same; creating obtainable goals and writing them down – networking, traveling, patience, career and volunteering more, just to name a few! For me, 2018 is going to be about consistency and perspective! What about you? What is something that you are focusing on this year? Comments and emails are always welcome!

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the black sweater

1: 3.1 Phillip Lim // 2: Madewell // 3: Everlane // 4: J.Crew // 5: Gucci // 6: COS // 7: Zara

You can never go wrong with a black sweater, or have too many of them. Because they all look so different! Seriously, every above sweater is unique from the next. Whether it be the knit, cut, fabric, etc. I also love the option of wearing a sweater with jeans and sneakers, and then easily dressing up the same with a pair of heels and leather pants. Boom, completely versatile and an entirely different look. I’ve selected a few sweaters that I have my eye on and would love to add into my fall/winter wardrobe!

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fall favorites

1: cocoon coat //2: sweater // 3: lipstick // 4: sneakers // 5: staggered hem jeans // 6: croc embossed fanny pack // 7: bomber jacket // 8: velvet earrings // 9: gold booties // 10: sunglasses

A few items to make that transition into fall weather a little less painful! I’m loving all the rich hues, staggered hems and velvet I’m seeing everywhere this season. Layers and texture are key to staying warm and looking polished in crisp temperatures. I selected a variety of go-to and versatile pieces that carry from season to season. You know, quality over quantity! What are some of your favorite fall pieces and trends this year?

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postcards from Greece

AcropolisErechtheonHydra – no cars on the island, just donkeys!HydraMykonosMykonos – windmillsSantorini – OiaOia – blue domes

Enjoy a few postcards from Greece! My husband and I have been busy exploring Athens, Hydra, Mykonos, and Santorini. We’re having a great time – the weather, food, people, history, antiquity, and overall experience has been so wonderful! We’re also traveling light, only carry-on luggage. More on that later, but it’s completely doable and my newly preferred way to travel internationally. Follow along for more highlights @taffetaandcedar 

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casual summer

hat: J.Crew // dress: J.Crew // shades: Prada // bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim similar // sandals: Stuart Weitzman similar  // lip: Rimmel 

I love the relaxed vibes of summer – soaking up the sun and taking it easy! Dresses, shorts, and sandals have been my go-to this season. While keeping it pretty simple, I like to add a red lip to bring it all together. I was excited to add Rimmel London’s ‘Call the Shots’ lipstick into my summer makeup routine. It’s a matte finish and provides long-lasting color, both important to survive the summer heat. A win-win for any look!

This post was a collaboration with Rimmel London. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting collaborations with Taffeta + Cedar!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Early Access

 

1: leather jacket // 2: lip set // 3: denim // 4: velvet mules // 5: cashmere cardigan // 6: sweater // 7: booties // 8: skincare // 9: watch // 10: bag // 11: wool coat

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (early access) officially begins today! Here are a few of my top picks, including elevated basics, closet staples, and versatile pieces. To really make the most of your wardrobe, I suggest investing in quality pieces that can be interchanged and worn frequently. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the time to stock up and strategically build your wardrobe. A reminder that this week is early access for Nordstrom card holders only, but you can apply online or in-store!

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lace-mix minidress

scarf: Gucci similar // dress: Who What Wear // sandals: Gucci // shades: Prada

And just like that, it’s summertime in Chicago! It’s been in the mid to upper 80s for the past week. Summer is my season – sandals, dresses, beaches, patios, etc. This breezy dress is perfect for this type of weather. It’s lightweight cotton and has just the right amount of lace for a flirty detail. I’m still growing out my hair, though it’s not long enough to pull back yet. So silk wraps and bobby pins are my go-to.

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