Let Me Count The Ways

Today’s blog post utilizes a classic staple wardrobe piece like this ever popular houndstooth blazer in three different looks to boast its versatility. I have had a similarly printed blazer in a shorter, more dressy version for years. When I saw this one on sale recently I had to have it too. My original is one of my most worn pieces, I gravitate toward it constantly. This version is longer and has an open front and ruched sleeves giving off a slightly more casual vibe.

If I had to sum up my favorite go-to style in a few words, it would be classic, timeless pieces with preppy and casual twist. I think having this blog over the years has helped me to step out of my fashion box a little more than I normally would. While trends are not my thing, I sometimes like to push the envelope of my own personal style.

If you told me several years ago that I would be wearing wide legged pants and non-skinny jeans, I would have laughed and said you were out of your mind! But in the past few months wide legged trousers and my “mom jeans” have become fast favorites. I know some may think this transition in tailoring is not a big deal, but it is for me!

A lot of times, I can look overdressed or my very classic outfits can age me, so I think adding in a little bit of a trend can tone things down and also keep me in my age range. The outfits you see above are pretty much a day to day uniform for me. I wear these outfits for work, or out and about.

This blazer is so great because it’s comfortable, seasonless, and mostly classic! I put a lot of thought into my outfits, all while attempting to make it seem as if it comes together effortlessly. Classic pieces help me achieve just that.

The other items in these outfits are all made up of staples, so you should be able to recreate them at home no problem! It’s always wise to have a favorite blazer, a solid turtleneck, good denim, black leggings, and practical shoes in your arsenal! With those items, you can mix and match and create many different looks!

This exact blazer and other similar styles are linked in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app for you to shop!

Kiss Kiss

I am not usually one to shop around in regards to make-up. My regimen is very basic and I usually stick with what I like and when I run out, I go out and re-purchase the same product to replace it. However, I had seen the Kiss Cushion lip stains by Revlon at the drug store and grocery store on a few occasions and have always been curious about using a lip stain, so I took the plunge and I am very happy I did!

( I am not payed or compensated in any way for this recommendation post, this is just because I think this product is worth reviewing!)


Here are the pros:
– I love the cushion applicator, it is so easy to use and evenly distributes the color.
– The shade I’m wearing is “Naughty Mauve” and I think it is perfect and appropriate for many occasions. You could easily layer a gloss over top for more of a glam look.
– the very affordable price tag and accessibility of the product

And for the cons:
– The color is very pigmented when you first apply it to your lips (I guess for some this could be a pro) so I find dabbing it on my lips and then rubbing it in with my finger makes the color look more subtle for a more everyday look.
-There are not many colors to choose from, and of course since it is drug store make-up, there are no “testers” to see what the colors will look like on you, so you may need to experiment for your skin tone.

All in all I really do love this product and will definitely be purchasing another lip stain in the future.

Have a great week! 💄💋


Thankful, Grapeful, Blessed

I can’t think of a more perfect blend, than spending a fall afternoon in the vineyard. Unless of course we are talking about fashion, then it’s a classic cable knit sweater and jeans for me!
Each piece of my outfit is something I’ve had in my closet from many seasons ago, but they are so timeless I’ll never part with them and can continue to style them year after year.
Since everything is older and not currently available online, I linked similar items for you to shop in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. Click here: http://liketk.it/3pkmA

Have a grape 🍇🍷 day!


Aztec Shacket

Mom, Ange and I ventured off to a little sunday gem city picnic last weekend and it was the perfect treat for us all.

If you’re local and looking for the perfect gift or occasion to celebrate check out Gem City Picnics HERE

I’ve been saving this outfit for the perfect occasion and couldn’t wait to share the details with y’all.

So many compliments with the color pattern and the perfect shacket to start off the fall season

click HERE to shop my aztec outfit!


Seasons

Sometimes I stare at you and already see the outline of the man you’re going to be.

Each beautiful and challenging version of you filling those spaces.

The photo above was taken last year at this time, before the rest of the world knew you. When you made those phantom flutters on my fingertips when I touched my belly… now a distant memory.

It’s all getting a bit quick now, seasons have changed again, and all of a sudden I don’t know if that dark hair will return or be replaced with golden curls.

Your legs even hang over my lap a bit now.

I want to remember all of you, because I’m so worried I’ll forget. I’m so quick to wipe away those hand prints on the window or the mess you leave after a meal together. So quick.

I’ve wished away the few hard days and I hate that I’ve wished away anything with you in it.

Is this how motherhood works?

Be still my heart, but get me through?

I want to tell you everything I know, carry you and guide you.

Yet somehow as your tiny finger points to things in wonder and your eyes meet mine, a paradigm shifts.

I once thought I was to show you the world, when all along you came to show me.

I am completely ordinary, yet I have been gifted this extraordinarily beautiful life with you.

It was late the other night and I was carving out your face in my mind, even though it was dark and the light creeping under the door was calling.

As I reached it I heard a soft cry again, because you wanted me to come back.

Oh the irony that one day all I’ll wish for is for you to come back to me.

“Don’t worry, it won’t always be this way”, is on repeat in my head.

Maybe a never truer, more heartbreaking word has been spoken.

………………………………………..

words adapted and inspired by Jess Urlich’s “All I See Is You.”

Thank you for continuing to follow me on this journey. All my love.


LBD

Lately, I don’t often have the preference or an occasion to wear a little black dress. But I did this weekend and I will try to find another excuse soon to wear this outfit again.

The Sutton Peplum Dress from Tuckernuck puts a feminine twist on the staple shift. I adore the ruffled peplum hem. This dress goes from day to night and season to season with ease. Whether you are going to the office, dinner with friends or the ballet, this architectural piece will be a go-to. It looks great with classic high heels or even flats.

The fabric quality is superb and the fit is flattering and roomy without losing its flirty shape. It was created in several colors and even a color-block combo. I’ve linked them in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, but right now they are unfortunately all out of stock. You can sign up for communications through the website for a restock!

No shame in my mirror selfie game!

Have a great week! 🖤 xo


Mono-creme-atic

This outfit may be very “vanilla” in hue, but it had me feeling simply sophisticated.

I’ve always been a rule-breaker when it comes it white after Labor Day. These creamy ivory wear-to- work pants are less rebellious than a bright true white pant. I love how tailored they fit and feel, and they’ve allowed me to comfortably stray away from my typical tapered hem.

I can’t wait to pair these pants with a classic cream cable sweater as the weather continues to cool off.

My pumps and short sleeve sweater are old, but I’ve linked them as well as other similar pieces in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app if you’d like to recreate this outfit.

Have a fabulous week! xo

Cooksburg

Another Cooksburg Camping Trip ✔️

After a week vacation, Andy and I ventured off to Cooksburg, Pennsylvania with his family

There’s something about unwanding and separating myself from my day to day routine. Work takes up about 80% of my life, and having the opportunity to step back and enjoy what’s right in front of me is something I soak in when I can.

I wrapped up a few of my favorite memories down at camp. If you have the chance to take a day trip or weekend getaway to Cooksburg I highly encourage it.

We always have so many memories and the view is truly breathtaking.

Some things we did at camp:

– kayaked – hiked – played games – ate incredible food- shared some laughs – had a fire – hammock snoozes – relaxed in the river – saw some friends – relaxed

XO


28

Birthdays always put me into a super reflective mood. I love to think about the future and reminisce about the past, to show how far I’ve grown in just one year.

Over this last year, I have changed the way I talk to myself, the way I view myself, and have changed where I invested my energy.

My twenties have been so enriching and I always get excited on birthdays reflecting and knowing that so much is to come that I can’t even imagine or anticipate. I treat each birthday like a “new year” and I do some goal setting.

As an Enneagram type 2, I struggle at times to do what’s best for me if I think that it’ll have a negative effect on others. I have started to learn how to have a healthy balance. I can’t pour from any empty cup. I have also vowed NOT to change who I are to satisfy other people.

Sharing some of my favorite memories this past birthday week


With love and excitement

Allie, 28


Back to Basics

A basic black and white outfit, having a moment on In Our Style Blog!

Classic, Effortless, and Seasonless. This combination is so easy.

Which do you think took less time: throwing together these items for this outfit or writing this blog post?! 😂

You can shop outfit details on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. I’m off to have myself a super simple Sunday! xo