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Graphic Tees, Sneakers, and Jeans: My Fall Uniform

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Last week I declared my love for sneakers this time of year, and today, well, I guess I’m further proving it.  I picked up these sneakers on major sale before a recent wine-tasting trip and have been wearing the heck out of them since.  They are so lightweight and breathable, super comfy, and the perfect match for my recent jeans and tee uniform.  (I know, I know – I said I would never be down the the camo trend, but I think after all these years, I’ve finally changed my mind.  And these, I couldn’t resist.)

I’m a sucker for a good graphic tee, but I’m especially loving the oversized, slightly longer fit of this Bowie one.  (It also comes in two other prints and colors.)  It’s perfect for a front-tuck with jeans and is also long enough for me to wear over my favorite faux leather leggings.  I’d say that’s a serious win for this creature of comfort.  Just add distressed denim and a teddy jacket – you can find some of my favorites here.

And now to tackle this extra Monday-ish Monday.  Eric and I got home last last night from a dreamy weekend trip to Tennessee, and I’m guessing it’s time to rejoin the real world.  Today will be a day of unpacking, laundry, and so many errands, but stay tuned for lots more Tennessee snaps and the reason we headed out to Knoxville in the first place.  Hope everyone has a great week ahead!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

Boyfriend Jeans: Relaxed vs. Polished

Let’s be real: who doesn’t love to bypass their closet’s stacks of tight-ass skinny jeans in favor of perfectly worn-in boyfriend jeans from time to time?  Sometimes, this girl just can’t resist.  For a relaxed (not sloppy) weekend look, pair the comfortable denim with a colorblocked silk tee, bright flats and an oversized suede handbag.  Or, for a more dressed up feel, a fitted peplum jacket and leopard heels add polish and create an unexpected silhouette.  For both looks, aviators and sleek gold jewelry are the perfect finishing touches.  So, which would you prefer: relaxed or polished?  Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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My Favorite Fall Sneakers (All Under $100)

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Blame it on the up and down daily temps or the fact that these days I’m not looking to be anything but comfy, but if you’ve seen me out and about over the last few weeks, there’s a good chance I was wearing sneakers.  Sneakers all day, every single day.  And can I help it that my new obsession just happens to be every damn where this fall, calling my name from every website and storefront I shop?  No, no, I cannot.

And I am not mad at it.  I’ve been hooked on the sneaker trend for a few seasons now – with jeans, dresses, skirts, leggings, all of the outfits.  And this fall, I feel like there are SO many great, affordable sneakers to be snagged.  (Because yes, I do splurge on handbags, but I just cannot pull the trigger on those very popular $500+ sneakers.)  So today I’m rounding up some of my favorite fall sneaks for under $100 – just click through below.  Which ones are you currently eyeing?

xoxo

Shopbop’s Fall Sale Is On

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Shopbop Buy More Save More Fall Sale | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Madewell knotted tee (on sale);  similar Madewell cardigan (on sale)

It’s one of my favorite (FAVORITE) sites to shop, and it’s one of my favorite sales of the year.  Shopbop is having one of their Buy More, Save More sales with 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500, and it’s the perfect time to stock up on so much fall goodness.  (If you think about it, that’s a similar percentage that lots of sites give on Black Friday, but this sale is just in time to kick off the new fall season.)  Use code STOCKUP19 site-wide on full-price and sale items.

So what am I grabbing from the sale?  For starters, I’ve got a real thing for anything Z Supply (especially this turtleneck dress), can never resist Madewell denim on sale, am currently on the hunt for a cute pair of Western style booties, and am totally grabbing this leopard calfhair crossbody.  If you’ve already got cold weather plans on the horizon, I seriously can’t recommend these faux fur Apparis coats more (LOVED mine for last year’s winter travels), and it’s the perfect time to grab everyone’s favorite Spanx leggings.  Scroll below for a few more of my favorite pieces to grab right now.  Happy shopping, friends.

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Taking a Peek at Fall

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Well, folks, we’ve reached that time of year.  Chances are every blogger you follow is currently talking “fall transition pieces” or “sweater weather” or “the booties you need” right now, and truthfully, it’s for good reason.  Fall is the season that most people will be shopping next.  Sweaters and jeans and booties and such are the pieces that lots of gals will be looking to add to their closets.

That said, we’re also in the season that I consider to be SoCal’s true summer.  August, September, and even October are when things tend to seriously HEAT up around here, making me think a little more about beating the heat than fall fashion.  So while I’ll no doubt still be wearing (and posting) breezy, airy dresses and denim shorts for a while, I’ll also be sprinkling in some lightweight fall pieces that I can’t wait to wear like my favorite black skinnies.

I snagged these Madewell skinnies last year (seen here and here) and am still loving the sleek, all black look.  It’ll be a while before I’m pairing them with any sweaters, but a pretty little lace-trimmed blouse like this one from Wayf is not so far off.  (I also love this blouse now paired with a faux leather skirt like this one or this one and simple booties.)

Which pieces are you guys looking forward to once the temps cool down?

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

My Favorite Finds in the Shopbop Sale

Madewell skinny jeans, cabi turtleneck, Ferragamo handbag | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastMadewell skinny jeans, cabi turtleneck, Ferragamo handbag | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Madewell jeanssimilar turtlenecksimilar loafersFerragamo handbag (c/o) – all on sale with code GOBIG19headband

It’s here again, friends – the spring sale from Shopbop.  And while I’m a couple of days late sharing the sale, I couldn’t let today go by without doing a little roundup of some of my favorite snag-worthy pieces.  It can be a little overwhelming combing through the entire site, but I always like to start by thinking of the pieces that I KNOW I’ll wear a bunch during the spring and summer months ahead – denim shorts, an easy sandal, a neutral sun hat, a versatile sundress, and a classic handbag.  (Eek, so excited for that handbag to arrive!)

It’s also the perfect time to stock up on those season-less basics or to pull the trigger on the designer investment piece you’ve had your eye on.  I wear the HECK out of the classic skinnies, slip-on loafer style and black turtleneck above, and while the Ferragamo handbag is a total splurge, you can currently snag it for 25% off if a designer bag is something you’ve been saving for.

It’s a Buy More, Save More sale, so the more you spend, the more you save.  Check out a few more of my favorite finds in the sale below, and remember to enter code GOBIG19 at checkout.  Happy shopping, friends!

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Valentine’s Day + Touch of Grey

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Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!  How will you guys be spending this made-up holiday?  I kicked off the day by surprising Eric with donuts because an apple fritter is the way to his heart.  When he ran out the door and forgot them on the counter, I obviously had no choice but to eat one.  Happy Valentine’s Day to me.  Self love, ya know?  Now I’m working from the couch, layered up in ALL the sweats, coffee in hand, with my two furry Valentines sleeping next to me.  My poor Weeze girl is on the mend from a lump removal yesterday, so her sad little stitched face will be snoozing most of the day.  And Wilma?  Here’s hoping she doesn’t drive us all insane during these cooped-up rainy days.

Today’s look is probably one of my favorite kinds – jeans, soft layers, and pretty much no color.  I used to dress in all black all the time, and while I do throw in more color these days, neutrals are still my main jam.  You guys already know my love for these jeans, and this sweater / scarf combo has also been in heavy rotation lately.  The booties instantly elevate pretty much any look, and if you’re a Marc Fisher fan like me, then take advantage of code LTD924 at checkout for 20% off sitewide or code PREZ19 for an additional 25% off sale styles.  No better day to treat yourself, right?

So whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other, your girlfriends, your work friends, or not celebrating it at all, here’s hoping we all spread a little love today.  Happy almost Friday, friends!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

More Cold Weather and More Faux Fur

 Madewell jeanssimilar turtleneckcabi faux fur vest (old, similar here);  Zac Zac Posen handbagJ.Crew flats (also love the blush and red versions);  Quay sunglassesKendra Scott ring

You guys, it really is true what they say: people in Southern California are complete babies when it comes to cold weather.  (I actually have no idea if “they” say that, but they should.)  This year we’ve had more winter-ish weather than I can remember in years past, and it looks like we’ve got a bunch of chilly (and even, gasp, rainy) days ahead.  Eric cannot stop talking about spring, and me?  I just keep finding more faux fur to love.

I snagged this little vest on major sale during cabi Scoop back in January, and I just love the colors.  It was only available about 2 to 3 sizes bigger than I’d normally buy from cabi, but the sides of the vest are woven fabric so I knew it would be an easy fix for a tailor.  This vest is sadly no longer available, but I did find a couple of brand new options on ebay and am linking a few similar styles below.

Annnnd surprise, surprise – that pair of black skinnies again.  I know I’m pretty much a broken record about this, but if you like high rise denim and have not tried Madewell’s high rise skinnies yet, you are seriously missing out.  They come in 9 and 10 inch rises in a million washes and are available in regular, petite, long, curvy, and maternity versions because sometimes it’s nice to have ALL of the options, right?

Hope everyone has a great week ahead!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Felicia Lasala

Cute Leopard Coat Under $30

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Well, well, well – look who made it out of sneakers on the blog today.  Not that I have a single problem with sneakers and stretch pants everyday because athleisure is currently my lifestyle, but sometimes it’s nice to throw it back to my old uniform: all black with a pop of color or two.

After wearing these jeans 475 times, I decided I needed another pair and decided on a clean, super soft black pair that I have seriously been loving.  The dolman sweater is a favorite Christmas gift from Eric that’s sadly only still available in a couple of sizes – if your size is there, I totally recommend grabbing this one.  It’s SO soft, and has the perfect long and loose fit that I love.  (It’s also long enough to wear with my favorite leggings and – you guessed it – sneakers.)

When it comes to a cute (and affordable) leopard faux fur coat, I’ve been searching for quite a while now.  I actually ordered three of them on Black Friday this past year, and none of them fit me quite right.  0 out of 3 – needless to say I was pretty bummed out during that try-on session.  There are a ton of pretty options out there like this one (size down), this one (size down two sizes), and this one for a cute cropped look, but when I found the one in today’s post for under $30, I figured it was worth a try.  It runs a little on the large size, so if you’re between sizes, I’d probably recommend sizing down, and while it’s definitely not meant for super cold climates, it’s pretty ideal for our Southern California winter.

And now, to tackle one last rainy day this week with our two wild pups.  I’m normally a huge fan of the rain, but anyone else ready for a little sunshine this week?

xoxo

Photos thanks to Felicia Lasala

Everyday Basics and Two Favorite Faux Fur Jackets

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I’m not trying to kill my cold weather based readers or anything, but this weekend in SoCal we basically got a little taste of spring.  Saturday was 82 degrees in Huntington Beach, and I had to double-check my phone to make sure it was still January.  I legit thought I had time traveled or something, but nope.  Still January.  While I have no complaints about a little sunshine and warm weather, I was thinking for a minute that MAYBE I overdid it on the faux fur purchases for this year.  But then I saw a low of 52 for later this week and thought, nahh, I’m good.  (SoCal reasoning, you know?)

Also, I really can’t regret these two faux fur jackets because they are just so cozy and lovely and warm.  The two-toned purple and black bomber (that comes in two additional colors and a plus-sized version) was just too fun to pass up.  It’s plush and luxe and has the best hood for those ultra chilly days.  And the grey and taupe one is a bit sleeker (slimmer) with a super soft knit lining.  I scored it as a little souvenir from Jackson Hole, but you can skip the trip and Amazon Prime one right to your door.  You really can’t go wrong with either, and they’re both under $100.

And then there’s the rest of the look – the jeans, easy black tee, and comfy metallic sneakers – that I just so happen to be wearing as I type this.  It’s come to my attention lately that I definitely have a “uniform” these days, and for good reason.  These jeans have become my ultimate go-to pair.  They’re high-waisted, comfortable, and hold me in perfectly, and by now, I’ve worn them on the blog about 100 times.  If you are looking for a good pair, I can’t recommend these more.

I’ve got an arsenal of black tees these days – short sleeves, long sleeves, and everything in between.  Doing laundry lately looks like lots and lots of the same thing, and I’m not mad about it.  I like super soft, slightly thicker fabric and a longer length and recently found these for under $15 that are SO good.  (I bought 3 of them – no regrets.)  And these sneakers are seriously the best.  I bought them in camo a few months ago and wore them so much I decided I needed a second color.  (I blame Amazon Prime for that one.) . It’s legit the everyday uniform that keeps on giving, and it just works for me.

I get so many questions from readers and friends about the pieces that every closet needs, and I think I’ve decided on this: find what really works for you, something you feel comfortable and confident in (without looking like a slob kabob), and embrace it.  Currently, I’m loving that jeans, black tee, and sneakers life (with a fun faux fur every now and then) and invest in pieces like a handbag or piece of jewelry that I’ll have for years and years.  (And then I keep said investment pieces away from the wild puppies around here because my mama didn’t raise a fool.)

What are the pieces that you’d consider part of your “uniform” right now?

xoxo

Photos thanks to Felicia Lasala

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