Faux Fur Fabulous

Ok, this coat is kinda ridiculous for San Diego’s temperate climate. But so what? Fashion should be fun and this coat is definitely fun! I feel like a starlet when I wear it!

The best deal right now on this faux fur from Rachel by Rachel Roy is at Macy’s, but it’s also on sale at Nordstrom Rack. The pictures I found on the web just don’t do it justice IMO; I probably wouldn’t have even considered buying it if  I hadn’t seen it in person. It’s SO SOFT! The only one I saw at the store was an XL so I grabbed it, but a L would have worked just fine too. FYI it has pockets!

I still find myself getting a little nervous when wearing something out of the box for me, but I am getting better. Case in point: I brought this coat to the mall when I met a friend for some drinks and shopping the other day and I intentionally did not bring another option so I’d be forced to wear it and I still chickened out!

I kept thinking, “people will think I’m a weirdo for wearing this at the mall in 60 degree weather.” So I just kinda dealt with the slight chill in the air. I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, but my themes for this year will most likely be trust (in myself and that all will work out in the end, no matter what things currently look like) and caring less what others think. I’ve already come a long way with the latter, but I obviously still have some work to do.

Ok, lets talk about this dress. I loooove it so much! If you’ve visited my blog before you might notice that this dress is the same as the white Free People “Long Beach” tank I’ve worn in previous posts (here and here). It is just as flattering as the tank version, if not more! I saw in the reviews that the white is see through, but thankfully the black is not.

It’s available in a ton of colors on Free People’s site, but I only saw the black and white versions in the store. I feel it’s totally worth the full price of $40, but I’ve added some other colors to my Shoptagr list so if they do go on sale I’ll snap one or two more up. It’s so versatile!

I’ve already worn it twice and I just got it a week ago! I had noticed it online, but I wanted to see it in person and try it on so when I was at Macy’s the other day trying to use a $10 coupon before it expired I did just that and I didn’t even need to think (very long) about whether to buy it or not. It had to be mine!

I just happened to grab this coat off the clearance rack (Macy’s calls it their Last Act section and it’s a goldmine for deals!) for over $150 off at the same time and I noticed the two really went well together. I love when that happens. It can be really frustrating to get a new piece and then have nothing to wear it with.

I’ve blogged about these shoes before, but I noticed they’re still available at DSW and they are awesome so I thought I’d provide a link for y’all again. I had the hardest time debating between the grey and the black and they also offer them in red and taupe!

To keep this look as glam as possible I paired it with my gold clutch from Amazon. It’s a steal at $18 and goes with just about everything!

I couln’t help myself, I had to do the “coat draped over the shoulders” look that all bloggers do. It might not be as functional as putting both arms in, but is it pretty fabulous 😉

If you’re wondering about the very pretty location for this shoot, it’s the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, which is just down the way from my place. It’s gorgeous! I need to bring some of my girls there one of these days. It has so many great features and amenities – it would make a great spa day.

What do you think about faux fur? Does it have a place in your wardrobe?

Thanks so much for stopping by!! XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Summertime Sparkle

Leith is an awesome brand; if you haven’t checked them out you should! Not only it is a very affordable line, but they are always coming out with new, classic and chic pieces. I have this dress in black and pink and I love them both.

A bodycon – aka body conscious – dress is great for showing off one’s curves! This is also the brand that I showcased in this post from earlier this year. That dress is still available in some sizes (I’m wearing a L in this dress and a M in the other post FYI, it just depends on how form fitting you want it to look) and the white version is on sale! I highly recommend it! It’s perfect for fall as the fabric is on the thicker side.

While this V-Neck Bodycon is not currently available, I found some dupes here and here (both under $20!). And how cute is this tank version and this pink one?! I’ve noticed that certain Leith pieces will sell out, but then they bring them back shortly thereafter, often in more colors. I bet this dress will come back in stock and when it does I want to get another color.

This might sound a little funny, but since I’m always looking to maximize the wearability of my closet I sometimes buy an item that I’ll wear now, but I suspect will also make a good maternity dress. This is one of those pieces that I know would work well for that stage of life. Other reviewers and bloggers have mentioned how well it works on those with a baby bump and I agree – it’s important to accentuate your curves when pregnant to avoid looking bigger than you are.

A bodycon may not be as forgiving as some other cuts, but I’ve come to realize that trying to look like the stick thin model wearing it online is not just unrealistic, but I now don’t even want to. I like that I have curves. We’re the only ones who scrutinize ourselves so terribly – others are just admiring the view (and thinking about their own insecurities).

My clutch is under $20 and it’s available in 10 colors! It looks a lot more luxe than you’d expect for the price. I know I’ll get a lot of use from it for upcoming formal events. Here’s a rectangular one I also really like.

I actually got these shoes (on sale for under $35!) for free. Say what?! Yep! DSW surprised me by sending me a gift card after seeing an Instagram pic featuring a pair of their shoes. I bought these with it and I’m so glad I did!

They are PERFECT for any formal event. The height and wide toe strap combine to make them uber comfy. And who doesn’t love a glittery gold ankle strap heel? You cannot go wrong with a pair of gold or silver heels – they go with everything!

My bracelet is also from DSW. I love it! It’s already sold out, but this one and this one (under $10!) also caught my eye.

What’s your stance on bodycon dresses? Yea or nay?

Have a lovely day! Xoxo, Kate

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan (thanks for for all you do, you’re the best!)