Fall Hues in Santa Fe

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Levi’s denim jacket, H&M skirt, Target hat & shoes, pendant from Lively in Durango

A few weekends ago, Jason, Addison, and I finally got to explore Santa Fe for a couple of days and we were blessed with mostly gorgeous weather! We took advantage of one of our nice days and meandered down Canyon Road, popping into different art galleries and shops, and just enjoyed all of the inspiration everywhere.

I was so excited that the weather was nice enough to be able to wear a new skirt I found at Clothes Mentor for a steal recently. I have an affinity for velvety textures and this gorgeous fall hue was too stunning to pass up. I paired it with a white tee and threw on my favorite jean jacket. (Is anything better than a Levi’s jean jacket for pairing with literally everything?) The hat is one I am living in this season and have been wearing it as often as possible; I found it and the slides at Target recently and could not be happier.

What are your favorite pieces this fall? Do you have any mainstays or go-tos? Any new buys you’re really happy with?

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Skirting Around Albuquerque

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American Eagle tank, skirt and gold beaded bracelet from Africa, Dolce Vita wedges, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Target turquoise necklace, Tiffany & Co. lock necklace, James Avery compass ring, vintage turquoise butterfly ring 

I fell in love with longer skirts while we lived in Europe; they are perfect for touring cities comfortably and are so easy to style and mix up by just adding or changing a few key pieces. I usually traveled with at least one black maxi skirt that I would wear more than once; I would just add a scarf, change my accessories or shoes each time. Also worth noting: many churches and buildings in Europe require that women cover much of their legs prior to entering, so that was one other reason long skirts became a staple of mine. We’ve been back in the US for over 4 years now, but my love for the long skirt remains.

Recently, Jason took my measurements with him while in Africa and had this gorgeous skirt made for me. I wore it in Albuquerque this weekend for the first time and I had so much fun styling it. I paired it with a solid black tank and wedges and then added lots of fun accessories. How do you style your longer skirts?

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Vintage turquoise butterfly ring, thicker detailed bracelet and two-toned bracelet, James Avery hammered bangle

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Train Travel in a Denim Dress

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Gap dress, H&M sweater (old), Sam Edelman booties, Goorin Bros. hat

While in Durango, I wore this denim Gap A-line dress on repeat. I bought it on sale sometime last year and never wore it – now I have no idea why! This dress is so versatile and able to be styled so many ways. It was still a little chilly in Durango in March, so I wore fleece lined tights and a sweater underneath the dress, but I cannot wait to style it for summer! I think it will look great with sneakers or even sandals and a light sweater. Be on the lookout for this dress, again – I am confident it will reappear. 😉

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A Story About A Cloche

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Goorin Bros. cloche, Wallis dress from Nordstrom Rack dress, Miz Mooz shoes, James Avery charms, Ted Baker watch, Dana Buchanan bag.

Back when we lived in California, we took a trip down to San Diego, where we discovered Goorin Bros. hats. On that trip, I picked up a classic black cloche and have been enamored by the style ever since.

Prior to stepping foot into Goorin Bros. for the first time, I am not sure I had ever seen a cloche. To be honest, the only hats I owned prior to discovering Goorin Bros. were one-size-fits-all hats I found at discount stores. There is nothing wrong with that, but wow, what a difference it made when a hat was actually fitted!

I love hats, but honestly, I wasn’t particularly interested in or even shopping for a hat the day that I discovered the cloche. Jason and I were in the Gaslamp Quarter shopping around, when he decided he would pass some time in the “hat shop,” while I was looking around in other shops. When I was done looking around, I met him in Goorin Bros., where he was trying on hats. I figured I would pass the time by trying some on myself, so I tried a few and wasn’t really finding anything that suited me. Then, I decided to put on this black, bell shaped hat. I fell in love, never mind that I had no idea what I would pair it with at the time, or that I wasn’t even sure I owned anything that I could pair it with. Regardless of all that, I still wore the hat out of the shop and down the street to dinner.

That was almost 3 years ago and 4 cloches ago. What can I say? When I find a good thing, I like it in a variety of colors. 😉 The latest is one that brings to mind a robin’s eggs and springtime. I recently wore it to a birthday breakfast shared with my family – fashion and family, two of my very favorite things.

What is your favorite style hat? Tell me in the comments below!

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Cheyenne Style

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Old Navy cardigan (thrifted), H&M sweater, Target tank, Silver jeans (from high school), Tony Lama boots, Liebeskind bag, Target hat & turquoise beaded necklace, James Avery butterfly necklace, Ted Baker watch. 

A couple of weekends ago, we visited Wyoming for the first time. We’ve been living in Colorado for over two years now and this was the first time we have been up north. We really, really enjoyed Wyoming.

Cheyenne is a city with a small town feel and a lot of gorgeous open space. We spent some time taking in the sights, visited Downtown Cheyenne and enjoyed the charming and unique shops, found a few delicious spots for food, took in the college rodeo, and just really enjoyed time together making memories and experiencing new things together.

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Snow Style

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Coat and sweater from H&M, J Brand jeans, hat from boutique in Barcelona, scarf from The Gap, Khombu boots. 

Normally, I prefer to enjoy the snow from the comfort of my home, fireside with a warm mug of tea or coffee, snuggled up with my people. The other weekend, however, presented us with a slight predicament; the only way we were going to have a King Cake this year was if we ventured out into the snow to pick it up. We had waited too long to order one and it was the last weekend before all the bakeries stopped baking King Cakes for this Mardi Gras season, so venture out we did.

I never actually wear enough layers, because I can’t stand feeling too constricted and I don’t love the bulk that too many layers add. I learned a little bit about how to stay warm enough, without too much bulk, while living in Europe and enduring quite a lot of cold a good portion of the year. Hats and scarves help so much – which I don’t mind, I love a good accessory or two.

I am actually really happy we got out, because the snow was absolutely gorgeous and by the time we got out, the roads were fine (which is one thing I always stress about). It was wonderful to see the city all white and covered in snow.

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Clochin’ About Town

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I think my favorite thing about fashion and about style is that you don’t have to put yourself in a box. A couple of years ago, I would have said my overall style was more classic and modern with a little edge. Now? I wouldn’t even know how to describe all of the pieces I love and styles I am inspired by. I credit part of that to being a fashion major and having the fun task of researching and learning more about the most inspiring and popular styles in history.

Lately, I have been been inspired by styles from the late 1960s and early 1970s and just bought a killer pair of bell bottoms that I cannot wait to wear. I also really love Disney, hence this Tiana bag that I finally purchased after admiring for months. I say all this to say, be you. Wear what you like. Be who you are. It’ll all come together when you are being true to who you are and doing what you love.

“You don’t have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring.” -Lumière, Beauty & the Beast

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Dress & Coat from H&M, Shoes from Rebecca Minkoff, Cloche from Goorin Bros., Bag from Dooney and Bourke, Necklace from Jason’s Dad and Michelle for Christmas.

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