Have you heard of Pixi by Petra? It’s a super affordable, all natural makeup and skincare brand that can be found at your local Target or online. Surprisingly, I didn’t know about this brand until I became an ambassador for them a little over a year ago. I’ve obviously been living under a rock, but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, I originally intended to do a monthly review but got a bit behind, so in honor of the holidays and getting back on track, I am doing a roundup of my favorite Pixi beauty products for her and adding in a giveaway with 2 chances to win!
I’m all for buying new clothes, but as I become smarter in my fashion choices, I realize that I don’t really need a lot of clothing in my closet. In fact, having too many options just makes it harder to get dressed. For this reason, versatile pieces are the way to go.
Last week I wore my black pants 3 out of 5 days (Monday – Friday). At first I was worried that people would notice but then I thought who cares! As long as you look good it doesn’t really matter if you wear a piece multiple times.
With that said, J.Jill has a large assortment of versatile pieces. If you missed my previous collaborations you can find them here and here. My latest box was full of cozy fall pieces in dark tones that are easy to mix and match. Do great minds think alike or what?!
If you to want to master a cohesive wardrobe, you’ll want to keep most of the pieces in your closet neutral with pops of color. Think “capsule wardrobe”.
Versatile Closet Staples
- Accessories: You want your accessories to easily mix and match with the other items in your closet. For this reason, I always have a brown, black, and nude bag in my wardrobe. Vibrant purses are great, but make sure functional options are your priority. Other great accessories to have are scarfs, hats, and jewelry. These are simple closet staples that won’t break the bank.
- Outerwear: I am really into outerwear this season especially ones like the sweater jacket I am wearing. I’m also a huge fan of the open sweater vest and lightweight jackets like this olive green one. Outerwear is essential to changing up your look especially in the colder months.
- Shoes: For shoes, I would recommend a classic riding boot, a bootie, and a dress shoe. Then grab a couple fun options to throw into the mix. If your wardrobe is pretty neutral you can always wear a statement shoe to elevate your look.
- Makeup and Hair: Changing your side part or swapping out your lip color can take your look to the next level. If you’re feeling extra bold, go a step further and watch a YouTube video on contouring or mastering the classic cat eye.
Have some tips of your own on how to be versatile? Please leave a comment.
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*c/o: courtesy of or gifted.
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Last month I did a roundup of business casual looks with J.Jill, so this month I’m doing a roundup of transitional fall looks. If you missed the first post, be sure to check it out before your prep for fall!
Please note that J.Jill did gift me some of the clothes in today’s post but all opinions are my own.
Transition to Fall with J.Jill
My latest box is all about fall; think camel and black hues, cozy knits, and classic shirts. My favorite piece that I received was the controversial embroidered denim. When I pulled them out of the box my husband said, “is that trend back?”. Oh brother! How do you guys feel about the reprise of embroidered denim? This might be a loaded question but I’d love to hear your thoughts. I kinda like the trend and think it’s sweet. At the same time, I’m surprised by how much they’re popping up in stores. They’re cute but are they really for everyone?! I must admit though, this pair is nicer than the flares I had in my teens. The layered-hem pullover is also very cute and super versatile. Totally my style!
Another fun piece that I got was this super easy gingham knit top. It’s definitely a nicer material than the traditional tee and super soft. Since I’m not much of a t-shirt girl, I added this cashmere cardigan and cute pineapple brooch. I love brooches and have so many, I really should start wearing them more often. The distressed black denim was another way for me to keep things on-trend and stylish.
Sweater: Banana Republic | Top: J.JIll c/o | Brooch: Banana Republic (similar) | Denim: Treasure & Bond (similar) | Heels: Paul Green| Purse: Ted Baker (old) | Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew (color Diva Red #500) ℅
These ponte knit pleated crop pants are not a cut I would usually wear, but I did receive a similar style last month and opted to get this winter version. The stretchy material and elastic waist is something that dreams are made of! Whoever thought of this trend was onto something. They are so comfortable and also work for the office when worn with a dressy shoe.
The white a-line tunic was my least favorite. It’s a cute top but because I am petite and have broad shoulders and a large chest it was a bit much. The blouse is also super billowy, so much so that I tucked it in the back to make it more flattering for the photo. If you’re someone who enjoys wearing tunics then you’ll like the nice fabric and fun wide cuff. To balance things out I paired the tunic with my black skinny jeans and some snakeskin heels I borrowed from Ana Luzia. The necklace is also Ana’s. Thanks for letting me borrow mid-shoot!
Which trend will you be wearing this fall? Let me know your favorite look in the comments.
*c/o: courtesy of or gifted.
Photos by Ana Luzia of Northwest Blonde
Styling a bomber jacket is hard y’all! It took my mom and I an entire shop day to find something somewhat workable to realize it didn’t. Maybe it’s just me, but I really wanted to wear something other than a plain white tee.
Bomber jackets are somewhat sporty for my personal style taste. But I fell in love with this one because of the floral print. It also doesn’t hurt that my good friend Crystal designed it. She’s amazingly talented and you should check out her site and Instagram if you haven’t already. If you find something you can’t live without, use code LACEANDPEARLS to receive 15% off your order, discount is valid until 12/31/17.
If you also struggle to style the ever popular bomber jacket follow these steps.
Style a Bomber Jacket in 4 Easy Steps
- Get the jacket in a fabric you love! There are so many bomber options. You can most likely find one that suits your style preference. Get creative, go for one with a great texture or print and of course a solid will work with most of the stuff you already own.
- Find a shirt. The key to nailing this trend is finding the perfect neckline. Go for something that shows a little skin. Avoid tops that come all the way up to the neck; it will look all kinds of wrong! I did try a v-neck and didn’t like it so I would recommend a scope neck or something similar to the blouse I’m wearing.
- Choose your bottom. Take a tip from Crystal and pair your bomber with your favorite skirt. She is always rocking this combo and looks oh so cute! Or go the traditional route and wear your most loved jean. I decided that an added pop of color would look best and went with this pink pair similar here and here.
- Accessorize! Pull it together with your favorite accessories and a bright lip! A great shoe is also important.
Now rock that bomber with your bad self! 😉
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Jacket: ARD (thanks Crystal for the discount) | Blouse: Nordstrom (similar) | Jean: Loft (similar) | Necklace: Horse Shoe (similar) | Earrings: J.Crew (similar) | Ring: Madewell | Shoes: Sam Edelman (gold version) | Clutch: DSW (now on sale!!!) | Lipstick: Maybelline c/o
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I work in a business casual environment. The only rule is that you can’t wear blue jeans, but colored denim is allowed. Thank goodness! I am such a denim wearer. When I’m not wearing denim, my other go-to is printed pants or a dress. A good brand that easily goes from business casual to date night is J.Jill.
J.Jill recently gifted me my choice of items from their latest collection. I ended up choosing two pairs of printed pants, a necklace, and a simple shift dress. All of the items are great for the office and after work, just change out the shoes and your handbag if you need to!
I thought it would be fun to style and feature all of the pieces in head-to-toe looks to help you with your own office wardrobe. Let’s get started!
From Business Casual to Date Night with J.Jill
First up is the premium bi-stretch pant in Black Aviero Border print. I seriously love this pant! It’s also my favorite item that I received and similar to the J.Crew Factory Winnie pant (my go-to work pant). What makes this one unique is the cute all-over print and thick-banded print at the hem. This pant is slim through the hips and thigh and has a nice cropped leg.
Top: Nordstrom | Pant: J.Jill c/o| Shoes: Josef Seibel (on major sale now!!!)| Necklace: Charming Charlie c/o | Ring: Stella & Dot (style no longer available) |Purse: Old Navy(similar style) | Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew (color Diva Red #500) c/o
Next is the Wearever Pleated Cropped pant in Black Indonesian Woodcut print. This pant literally feels like I’m wearing yoga or lounge pants. As much as I love these pants, I had the hardest time finding a top to go with. My advice is to stick with a slim-fitted top since the pants are billowy. The second time I wore these pants, I opted for a shorter, more fitted blouse and it worked much better. Also note, these pants don’t really photograph well and give a larger appearance. For size reference, I am wearing a small.
Top: Banana Republic (old) | Pant: J.Jill c/o | Shoes: Josef Seibel (on major sale now!!!) | Necklace: J.Jill c/o | Watch: Klasse14 c/o| Bracelets: Charming Charlie c/o | Clutch: DSW (now on sale!!!) | Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew (color Diva Red #500) c/o
I also wanted to highlight the Compassion Fund Reversible pendant (one side is etched with “love” and the other side has “hope”. For every piece that is purchased, 100% of the net proceeds will provide support to organizations that help disadvantaged and homeless women become more self-sufficient. What a great cause!
Last was the Easy A-Line Dress. This was my least favorite piece. This shift dress is shapeless and needs a belt to cinch in the waist. Due to my broad shoulders and large chest, I would not recommend this item. I feel like the top would better suit someone who is smaller on top and would recommend sizing down as much as you possible. For size reference, I’m wearing a size 12P.
Dress: J.Jill c/o | Shoes: Josef Seibel (on major sale now!!!) | Necklace: Michael Kors (old) | | Watch: Klasse14 c/o | Purse: Foley + Corinna (almost identical) | Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew (color Diva Red #500) c/o
I hope these looks inspire you to get creative with your work wear and try something new! Be sure to check out J. Jill for more stylish options.
Thanks J.Jill for gifting me these items, all opinions are my own.
Photos by Ana Luzia of Northwest Blonde