Stitch Fix #3

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I gave myself a little early Christmas present with some Stitch Fix referral credits and had my next fix shipped right before the holidays. I’ve had good and not-so-good experiences with Stitch Fix in the past, but I love how committed they are to getting a fix right for you! And I did have credits, so I gave it another shot!

I’m so glad I did! I only kept one item, but I could tell they were trying to give me what I requested with the other items as well.

If you don’t know about Stitch Fix, it’s a styling service that comes right to your house! You fill out an extensive online survey that includes your sizes, style preferences, budget and more. You are also able to leave notes for your stylist to further explain what you’re hoping to get in your fix – or you can let them completely surprise you! Stitch Fix also asks for a link to a Pinterest board that you’ve compiled with styles you love. They DO actually look at the board for inspiration!

Then you schedule your fix and a box shows up at your house with five items selected by a stylist, along with cards featuring styling ideas for each piece! You are charged a $20 styling fee when the box ships, but that $20 is also applied to your bill should you choose to keep any items. If you decide to buy all five items in your box, you get 25% off the entire purchase! If you don’t keep anything, they keep the $20 styling fee. It’s a gamble, but it is kind of fun AND from the experience of many others, each fix usually gets better as your stylist learns what you like and don’t like.

This time around I was looking for two things: fun, bright colored tops and a great pair of skinny jeans. And this is what I got…

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Yeah, the lighting isn’t great, but all I can say is TOO COLD for outside and I had a young photographer ;)

Let’s start with the tops: fun patterns, bright colors for the most part, but just not quite right for me. I liked the cut of the first shirt, the pattern on the second, and the colors of the third. If I could have combined what I liked about all three shirts into one shirt, it would have been a winner, but alas, I didn’t keep any of them. The price was actually not too bad either {less than $40}, but I’m learning to only buy things I REALLY love so I don’t end up with a closet full of rarely-worn clothes. Verdict on the shirts: all sent back.

About the skinny jeans: How in the world is it that I can go to a store and try on a billion pairs of jeans, never finding the ones that fit “just right,” but Stitch Fix can send me a pair in a box that fits magically and is exactly what I want?! Yep, I love the jeans. I’ve been wearing them for a month and I still love them. They are skinny, but not restricting. I love the dark wash. I love where the waistline hits me. Yes, they were $78. I’ve never paid that much for a pair of pants before, but the referral credits softened the blow a little and they are totally worth the money. Verdict on the jeans: BIG FAT KEEP.

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I also received a gold + silver bauble necklace in my fix, but I was not in need of any jewelry, so I sent that back with the shirts. Verdict on the necklace: sent back.

I only kept one item, but I consider this box a huge success for two reasons:

  1. THE JEANS
  2. My stylist tried to stretch me a bit with the shirts, and while I didn’t keep any, it was fun to try them!

Stitch Fix is great for those who hate shopping, those who can’t shop because of kids/work schedule/etc., and those who enjoy having someone else pick out clothes for them! I still love to shop, so I consider Stitch Fix to a be a once or twice a year treat for me and I will definitely be back!

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet? Have any questions before you give it a try?

 

 

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These Boots Were Made to Fight Human Trafficking

I was loaned these boots by Colette Sol to style for this post. I was not compensated in any way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own. I have included affiliate links below. When you purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting this site and our sponsorship of our Compassion child, Samson!

You know when you find something you think is probably too good to be true? That’s what I thought when I heard there were boots – handmade leather boots – being sold to fight human trafficking.

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect ankle boot and I’ve found a few I like, but none I was in love with…until now.

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Colette Sol is women’s shoe brand that came from the heart of one woman who wanted to better the lives of young women impacted by human trafficking. Colette Sol shoes have become very popular in Europe over the past few years, well-known for their elegant look, durable construction, and comfort.

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What sets Colette Sol apart, however, is that they currently donate 100% of their net proceeds to anti-trafficking partners. They also use the sales of their shoes to raise awareness about human trafficking. Their mission is stated strongly on their website:

Colette Sol operates as a for-profit business with a strong social mission – namely, to fight human trafficking using proceeds and awareness generated by the sale of our shoes. This mission has, and will always be, more important to Colette than returning profits to shareholders. As a small but growing company, we strive to be both: (1) generous with our partner organizations, and (2) prudent in investing to build a sustainable business.

I think this is amazing. And to make it all better, Colette Sol has now expanded to the United States! That means we now have the chance to purchase some gorgeous boots AND fight human trafficking at the same time!

Colette Sol sent me their James Biker Boot in both brown and black to try out. Remember how I was looking for that great ankle boot? These are the real deal – very comfortable, versatile, and classy. Here’s just a few ways I’ve been wearing them…

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Casual look with the black James Biker Boot: buffalo check flannel shirt {Target}, black puffy vest {Old Navy}, cuffed skinny jeans {old from Target}

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Dressy look with the black James Biker Boot: black sweater dress {Target}, maroon fleece-lined textured leggings {Target}, gold feather necklace {The Root Collective}

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Casual look with the brown James Biker Boot: Agatha beanie {Krochet Kids International}, ABLE scarf {fashionABLE}, Sophie hoodie {Evy’s Tree}, dark jeggings {WalMart}

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Dressy look with the brown James Biker Boot: Kissing Elephants tunic {Symbology Clothing}, black jeggings {WalMart}, Selam cuff {Johari Creations}

I’m head over heels for these boots and Colette Sol as a company. Real leather boots do not come at a small price, but buying these boots is not just about buying boots. It’s also about joining the fight and spreading the word about the horrors of human trafficking. Your purchase DOES make a difference.

I’m not offering a discount on these boots today because Colette Sol USA is just getting started and wants to continue making the biggest impact possible, but if you use the code HWTB now through December 31st, you will get free shipping on your order!

Tell your friends, put these boots on your Christmas list, use your Christmas money to treat yourself – these boots were made to fight human trafficking!

There are four Colette Sol USA styles right now! Which is your favorite?

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Tieks Review: My Thoughts on the Popular Ballet Flats

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When I received my first pair of Tieks as a gift, I was VERY skeptical.

Would these flats really be worth the price tag of $175 and up?

Would they actually be comfortable?

Would I wear them enough to make it worth it?

I was pleasantly surprised in all categories and more when it comes to my Tieks, so let me tell you more…

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I have the Wild Copper Tieks, a mixed metal flat with a bit of a wild side! They are made of 100% premium, soft, full-grain leather. The back is cushioned and has never given me blisters as most flats have done, at least initially. I absolutely love the non-skid soles, and while there is no significant arch support, the cushioned instep is very comfortable.

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I’ve worn my Tieks everywhere and with everything from jeans + a graphic tee to dresses + tights. They are fun, but also classy. They fit my busy mom lifestyle, but also look great for a date night! They really are the ultimate versatile flat.

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Oh, and I didn’t even mention how they fold up super small and come with a carrying bag! I wore boots on plane to a conference this fall, but kept my Tieks in my purse in case my feet were hot. Tieks are great to take along for travel because they take up so little space!

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The shoes are fabulous and I’ve been keep tracking of how often I wear them with my StyleBook app so I can break down the price per wear – even in just a few months, it’s already around $10 per wear and I know they will last for a long, long time!

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Tieks is also excellent in customer care and social media connection! The box my Tieks came in was the cutest thing ever, with a perfect green flower wrapped around it! They have great fun with their Twitter and Instagram accounts, responding to customers and doing giveaways all the time!

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Last, but not least, is the Gavrieli Foundation. The foundation works through Kiva to contribute to women entrepreneurs around the world with the mission of helping fight global poverty. To date, over $1 million has been committed to creating opportunities for these women, their families, and their communities!

I know Tieks aren’t in everyone’s price range, but between these and good cowboy boots, I’ve found that really great shoes are worth investing in. Tieks are those really great, classy, timeless shoes and I will be wearing mine for years to come.

I’m dying to know: which color Tieks are on your wish list?

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Boots + Leggings Bundle for $29.95! {Today Only}

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Let’s just cut to the chase: it’s cold outside. Today’s Fashion Friday deal is perfect for warming up! And the price is sure to cheer you up as well!

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Today only, Cents of Style is offering these amazing black moto boots and a pair of fleece-lined leggings for just $29.95 with free shipping when you use the code COMBO at checkout!

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The boots are a black distressed ankle boot with a zipper up the back. They fit a half size big, so if you wear an 8, buy a 7.5! The leggings are a textured cable knit, in a solid color with fleece lining! They come in 10 colors and are one size fits most {size 0-12}

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To get this dealadd a pair of the leggings of your choice and the boot size of your choice to the cart. Enter the coupon code COMBO at checkout and the price will drop to $29.95! Grab it before your size sells out – the deal ends tonight! This deal cannot be combined with any other offer and is while supplies last. 

A few other fashion sales of note this weekend: 

  • J. Crew Factory – 40%-60% off everything, no code necessary {ends 11/18/14}
  • Madewell – extra 25% off all sale styles with code FALLBACK {ends 11/17/14}
  • Old Navy – 25% off with code SAVEMORE, 30% off when you spend $75+, 35% off when you spend $100+ {ends 11/15/14}
  • GAP – 30% off with code HAPPY, free shipping on orders of $50 or more {ends 11/14/14}

 

Which leggings colors are grabbing your attention? I’m a big fan of the dark green and red!

 

 

 

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3 Tips for Shopping Online Boutiques

Some of my favorite clothing items are from online shops + boutiques. I love the variety, the prices are usually great, and I end up with some wonderfully unique items I wouldn’t have found anywhere else!

Online boutiques are fun, but they can also be a little tricky. Items sell out fast and by the time I’ve shared a shirt I love with you, it’s already gone! Like this shirt from Layla’s Shop

Such a super fun shirt, mixing stripes and leopard print, but it’s already sold out! And that’s what can happen with these popular online boutiques.

Never fear! I have some tips today for successful shopping online and ways to score some great deals in the process!

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Follow the boutiques on social media

Shops like Layla’s Shop and Evy’s Tree have struck social media gold by establishing a big following on Instagram. This is where they preview items, offer pre-sales, post flash sales, and more. If you want to be the first to know about a new item or a great sale, follow your favorite boutiques where they are active. If they post discount codes on Facebook occasionally, make sure you’re seeing their posts on Facebook! If they announce pre-order items on Instagram, follow them on Instagram! Social media has allowed me to snag some of my favorite items and the best sales – do your research and connect with your favorite shops online!

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Take advantage of pre-orders

When Evy’s Tree announces a new hoodie for sale, it is usually a pre-order and available at a big discount during the pre-order period. That’s how I grabbed that Diana wrap I’m wearing in the picture above…and now it’s pretty much sold out. If you like the item when it is offered for pre-order, BUY IT. This almost always guarantees a lower price AND it guarantees you will actually get the item you want!

Grab it quick if you like it

I know I kind of mentioned this in the last point, but with online shops, if you like that shirt or necklace and it fits in your wardrobe, then grab it before it is gone! With online boutiques, most items are very limited and won’t be offered again once they sell out. Yes, you’re running the risk of something not fitting right and having to send it back because you are ordering online, but in my experience, these boutiques want to create loyal customers, so they will often do whatever they can to make sure you are happy with your experience.

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I’m not sure if all of these technically call themselves “boutiques,” but they are definitely unique clothing shops that function in the manner I’ve outlined above – limited quantities of unique pieces, pre-orders, great sales, wonderful people. I’ve worked with the owners of many of these companies and own several items from them, so I feel confident in recommending them to you!

Your turn! Tell me about your favorite online boutiques and how you grab their best deals!

 

*I’m also linking this up to What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy since I wore both of these outfits this week!

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Show Some State Love: 50% Off All Weekend!

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I love wearing clothing and jewelry that represent who I am and what I love, so today’s Cents of Style Fashion Friday deal is SUPER fun and it will last all weekend!

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You’ve seen their custom state necklaces before, but this weekend, all of their exclusive state items are on sale for 50% off! Use the code NATIVE at checkout to get 50% off and free shipping on all these fun pieces!

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That means those wonderful state necklaces are just $12.47 all weekend long! I absolutely love my Nebraska one and will always treasure it because it has been my home for 15 years!

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Now included in their exclusive state items are these ADORABLE “Native” shirts, available in all fifty states!

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I think I’m going to have to snag one of my home state because we’re moving back there next summer! The shirts are just $19.97 this weekend only!

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And the pillow covers! How cute are they?! No matter where your home is now, you can show your native state some love with these fabulous state pillow covers for just $12.47!

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You can also carry your state love with you with the state tote bags! At $12.47 this weekend, these would make a fun gift for Christmas this year!

Remember to use the code NATIVE all weekend to get 50% off all of these awesome state items! Stock up on gifts now that will mean so much to those who love their native states! Now I have some shopping to do…

What is your native state? Which one these would be your favorite way to show that state some love?

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What I Wore

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I’m back for another installment of What I Wore {linking up with The Pleated Poppy}, sharing a few of my outfits from the past week and having some girly fashion fun with all of you! I have mostly stuck to my capsule wardrobe, but a couple new things have been added to the mix, as I anticipated would happen. I also removed a thing or two from my original capsule because I just wasn’t wearing them!

Here’s a sampling from the week…

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This is my new favorite outfit because I’m obsessed with the striped shirt and the cargo vest {use code SFB102314 to get extra 30% off + free shipping} was something I had been searching for a long time! The Genet scarf from fashionABLE is one of my absolute faves, and the boots – oh how I adore these boots. I wrote about them on the Lane Boots blog yesterday – go check it out!

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Evy’s Tree Josie hoodie, Elegantees Evelyn tee in Plum, Wild Obedience necklace from Declare Conference

My game day uniform: Huskers tee, Evy’s Tree Black Emma Ruffle hoodie, slightly wide-leg jeans, Converse All-Stars, messy bun

Voting on Election Day in my denim shirt, maxi skirt, new fair trade chevron necklace from Mata Traders, and my Brynnda bag from Better Life Bags!

And while we’re on the topic of fashion, I have a one-day only sale to share with you! {If you’re reading this in your email on Thursday, I’m sorry – Wednesday only!}

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Cents of Style has cute, cozy cocoon cardigans as their Style Steal of the day for just $18.95 + free shipping! There are NINE colors available for you to stay warm and look stylish in this fall!

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Once this sale is gone, the cardigans are gone as well, so grab yours today! No special code necessary – just head over to the Style Steals page to get yours!

Any fun new fashion finds for you this fall?

 

 

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Janji Projects: Runners Crowdfunding Clean Water!

I just love when two of my passions collide!

Today, we’re talking about running and clothing companies who use your purchases to make a difference. Let me introduce you to Janji

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The co-founders of Janji are runners with a desire to help bring safe drinking water to people all over the world. Runners and water are a natural combination, so Janji exists to do something with that connection. That “something” is running gear that makes a difference…

Through Janji’s high performance apparel, runners fund solutions and raise awareness for the global water crisis in a lasting and meaningful way. Rather than racing for a cause on just one day, Janji lets runners give back through their everyday training.

The Hubby and I each have a Janji shirt and we love them! We wear them all the time, even when not running!

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Besides being awesome because it is green {my FAVORITE color}, this women’s Kenya Acacia running shirt provides one year of clean water for a person in Kenya through Water.org! The Hubby wears the men’s Janji logo short-sleeve running shirt, which provides one week of clean water for a family in the United States!

Janji has short and long-sleeve running tees, tanks, shorts, capris, and tights, all which benefit a clean water project somewhere in the world! And today, they are launching something new!

Janji Projects is a new crowdfunded giving platform which allows runners to preorder a design from a country and, if the design is 100% backed, supporters fully fund the construction of a water point that gives 350 people access to clean water for life.

The first Janji Project launches TODAY! It will be the Uganda Run for Another shirt. Made of a silky performance blend of polyester and rayon, the shirt takes inspiration from Ugandan basket weaving.

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The Project functions much like a KickStarter campaign and lasts a maximum of seven days. If the shirt is 100% funded, production for the design project begins immediately while parallel construction of the water point launches. The waterpoint will give 350 rural Ugandans access to clean water.

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I just love everything about Janji Projects and I hope you will jump on board to pre-order your Uganda shirt today to get this first water point funded!

Which piece of Janji running gear is your favorite?

 

 

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What I Wore: Symbology

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Fair trade accessories have been a staple for me for a while and they are not too hard to find these days. But fair trade clothing was elusive to me until recently. And it was worth the wait because I am discovering some great pieces for my capsule wardrobe that also support the artists who made them in a fair way!

Before I show you my new favorite tunic, I need you to know something: I love elephants. Ok, now you are prepared for this awesome…

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This Kissing Elephants Tunic is from Symbology Clothing, a company who employs marginalized artisans, with a special focus on women, and preserves traditional artforms threatened by globalization.

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I love this top for so many reasons. First of all, the elephants. Of course. The length of the tunic is perfect to cover my rear end and the length of the sleeves can be adjusted with the button cuffs! The fabric is lightweight and super comfortable. And I love the cut of the neckline. This tunic could be dressed up for a date night or bundled up for fall frolicking with your kids!

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paired with comfy skinnies, burgundy combat boots,  fashionABLE scarf – and wind!

Symbology has SO many cute tops, dress, kimonos, skirts, and more! Through Sunday, October 19th, you can get 10% off your Symbology order with the code HOMEWITHSYMBOLOGY {all caps} at checkout!

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In case you were wondering, YES, I did wear the same top twice in the last week. That’s how much I love it. And I know you’ll love Symbology – the mission, the design, the prints – just as much as I do!

What are you loving from Symbology? A top? Dress? Skirt?

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What I Wore: Fall Capsule Wardrobe {Vol. 1}

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This fall capsule wardrobe thing has me back in the swing of What I Wore Wednesday! It’s been a few weeks since I committed to my capsule wardrobe and I am still loving it! I have not felt limited for outfit choices at all. I am dying for fall weather to kick in full throttle so I can start layering more!

Here’s what I wore in the past few weeks from my capsule wardrobe…

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striped tunic – H&M, white jeans – Target, flats – The Root Collective, necklace – Charming Charlie’s

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grey tee – Old Navy, skinny jeans – Target, grey ankle boots – Steve Madden, Genet scarf – fashionABLE {available for a limited time through Kickstarter right now!}, Mamuye tote – fashionABLE

black drape tank – Everlane, Josie hoodie – Evy’s Tree, red jeans – Target, Tierdrop necklace – Noonday Collection, Willow boots – Lane Boots

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navy u-neck tee – Everlane, vest – made from fashionABLE scarf, jeans – Ann Taylor {thrifted}, flats – The Root Collective, sunglasses – H&M

Packers tee – Target, Packers hat – Scheels…and the PACKERS WIN!

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Brooke tunic + infinity scarf – Evy’s Tree, black leggings – Target, moccasin boots – Minnetonka

white tee + black maxi – GAP, scarf – fashionABLE, wild copper ballet flats – Tieks

be kind to you tee – Revelation Wellness, white jeans – Target, necklace – The Root Collective, denim stripe TOMS

That last tee is a new addition to the capsule and I have just a couple more to introduce to you next week! One of the advantages of this capsule wardrobe thing is how it has curbed my impulse shopping. While I was in Nashville, we spent an afternoon at a mall and I didn’t even feel tempted to buy any clothes! I did snag some new sunglasses, but that’s it! I love that I have a well-thought-out plan for the season to save me money, time, and space!

So what have you been wearing lately? Any new fall favorites? Have you taken the capsule wardrobe plunge?!

 

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