Ruffled Neutrals

“No Mommy, you have to wait until Christmas.” said my seven year old.   He had picked out several things for me on a trip to J. Crew when we were shopping for some other gifts.  He had so much fun selecting each item and kept saying, “You have to pretend you did not see this.”  So, as much as I wanted to style this plaid sweatshirt before the holidays, I was glad I did not.  It is more fun to style it with neutrals and the other present I had to wait to open, my Lilleth bag.

Today’s look combines one of my favorite pairs of denim (on sale!), the sweatshirt (on sale!) and my Lilleth bag.  The sweatshirt will be perfect next year for the holidays and I picture wearing it with more plaid like this shirt (on sale!) or these shoes.  For now, a touch of plaid is just right.


Plaid Ruffle Sweatshirt (on sale!)

Lilleth Bag in Tortoise

Denim (on sale!)

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Leopard Print Flats (older style these and these would also look great)

Happy Styling!




Festive Casual

One part lace, one part embellished plaid, a pinch of camo and one pair of plaid embellished shoes equals festive casual and comfortable. I continue to love mixing prints and patterns and my camo clutch has been one of my most reached for clutches this holiday season (and it holds everything!).


Top (also here)

Flats (also here)


Lace Pants (also here)

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Golden Plaid Edition

It all started with one plaid nail two years ago.  I used to hate getting manicures.  I endured them every two weeks or so.  I always wore a very light pink so that I could get away with chips.  I decided to try to Olive & June a little over two years ago and have started to enjoy the actual process.  Then right before Christmas, I decided to get red nails (gasp!).  I was wearing a plaid shirt and shoes (duh) and was inspired to see how one plaid nail would look.  From then on, I have had some kind of nail art every week.    The design is often inspired by something I am wearing ( a few favorites here, here and here), an event (like my dog’s birthday or my son’s birthday or my wedding anniversary here and here), or my travels (here, here and here).

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Emeraude” and “Canotier” by Chanel.

Plaid Bow Shoes

Tweed Jacket

Plaid Fringed Sweater

Black and Gold Studded Mule

Navy Velvet Bow Flat (on sale!)

Plaid Flannel Shirt

Plaid Leggings

Black Dress

Plaid Scarf

Houndstooth Bomber Jacket

Camo Men’s Shirt Jacket

Navy Sparkle Clutch (on sale!)

Plaid Bow Shoes

Vintage Denim

Happy Monday!



Gone to the Dogs

This is not the first time Cupcake, my puggle, has crashed a flatlay shoot.  She once moved a cashmere sweater up on to the bed for a luxurious nap.  She was very intrigued with this particular shoot and perhaps a bit jealous of the sequined terrier.  This t-shirt is a great way to add a little casual holiday sparkle.  She also may have wanted to add a touch of leopard to the look.  Cupcake (CC) has been switching between her leopard bandana and a plaid one.

I styled the t-shirt with black denim, a navy pouch and plaid shoes (it may be time to admit I have a plaid shoe addiction).  These shoes had been sold out and I recently found them in my size.  I will link a couple of similar options below as inventory seems to change daily.




Plaid Flats (also here) Similar here and  here

Black Denim

Cupcake’s Bandana

Striped Canvas Bag (hanging in background)

Happy Shopping!



Holiday Pattern Mix

My plaid shoes get a workout from November through January and even make appearances year round.  This year I have loved mixing them with camo.  This clutch has been my most reached for bag as I head out the door and I have paired it with everything.  I am even considering a second one with this sparkly stripe. My camo jacket that I featured here has been a fun way to mix with plaid along with my faux fur leopard coat (a bargain from Gap).


Saint James Tee

Camo Clutch


Plaid Shoes (similar here, here, here and here)

Happy Shopping!



Mad for Plaid

I am all in when it comes to plaid.  I love the the tuxedo details on this blazer and could not resist matching my heels.  I kept it high/low with my new favorite vintage straight denim.  If you have been frustrated with distressed holes that continue to grow, these are for you.  They are patched underneath.

I updated my makeup with a few products by Chanel.  Including: a neutral eye shadow palette (Les Beiges) that I am already using more colors than the beige (they made the lightest color twice as large as the other colors – brilliant!).  I am also wearing the mimosa light creating base, blush (elegance)brow pencil (blond dore), eyeliner (feuilles) , volume mascara (black), lip liner (nude) and a new color (light rose) of my favorite long-wearing lip color.


Tartan Blazer (also here)

Tartan Heels (also here)


Metallic Pouch

Black Drapey Tee (similar here and here)

When I get home from a night out you will find me in any combination of these slippers, pajamas and scarves after removing all my makeup with my Eve Lom Cleanser.


Leopard Fuzzy Slippers / Black Watch Pajamas / Leopard Stole

Red Moccasins / Tartan Plaid Pajamas / Tartan Scarf

Happy Shopping!



A Few of My Favorite Things…

Plaid, leopard, stripes and camo are a few of my favorite things.  I usually have at least two of them represented.  These plaid shoes have potential to wear well after the holidays.  I styled them with this adorable leopard tee (with a navy collar), denim, cashmere cardigan and custom pouch.

These plaid, leopard and tortoise home accents are perfect for the holidays and beyond.


Plaid Tray / Leopard Box / Leopard Tray / Leopard Vases / Tartan Candles / Tortoise Trays


Cashmere Cardigan

Leopard Tee

Plaid Flats


Custom Canvas Pouch (so many customize-able options)

Happy Shopping!



The Countdown

December is here!  Did you know the number of advent Sundays until Christmas seems shorter this year?  The fourth one is on Christmas Eve.  So the countdown of shopping days is on.  Hanukkah is only 11 days away!  I am excited to break out our advent calendars tonight (Hot Wheels and Lego).  I may treat myself this one or this one.

Plaid is part of just about every one of my outfits these days.  For this look I styled my plaid shoes from last year (these and these would also look great) with this pink tee, denim and the coziest sweater.  I think this striped bag would complete the casual look perfectly .  I hope Santa follows my blog.




Denim similar here

Shoes (older style) these and these would work great

Happy Shopping!



A Touch of Plaid

It is no secret that I am mad for plaid.  My collection of plaid shoes is growing and I had to have these heels.  I styled them with my lace pants from last year that are available this year (I may add the red version to the mix) and my velvet blazer, white t-shirt and a tartan pouch (also available in this smaller size).  This scarf is a great way to add a pop of plaid and if you are not into heels these flats are so easy to wear with everything!

I am adding this adorable eye mask to my gifts for a touch of tartan and this umbrella makes a great gift. On my list are these PJs.  My family has been fighting over this cozy plaid throw, so I ordered two more.

Eye Mask / PJs / Throw / Umbrella


Flats / Sneakers / Heels


Velvet Blazer



Tartan Pouch

Lace Pants

Happy Shopping!



Plaid Between the Lines

Plaid shoes really do go with everything.  I wore plaid shoes from a few years ago with a striped shirt and jeans to go see Santa in 80 degrees last weekend.  My current dilemma is how many is too many? I have been collecting at least one pair a year for the last few years and I get a lot of wear out of them for several months a year.  This year there are several pairs I am considering including this pair with a blue velvet ankle strap (below and 40% off!), this fun pair and this pair of heels (also 40% off).


Top also in plaid


Shoes – older style.  Similar J. Crew Factory version here for less than $50!  Also this brand new style that is 40% off (along with almost everything else at J. Crew with code THANKU through November 26, 2017).

These booties are fun too.

Happy Shopping!



PS – Madewell denim is normally excluded from any discounts, but you can use DONTSTRESS for 25% off everything – including this high-rise boy jean (that I have featured here and here) and this slim straight jean (that I featured here).  The code DONTSTRESS is valid through November 26, 2017.