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Transitional Fall Fashion – Part I

IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL!

A new season means looking at your wardrobe in a new way. This is particularly important during the fall and spring because they’re transitional seasons. No matter where you live, fall weather can be unpredictable. One day it feels like summer, and the next day it feels like winter. Sometimes, the change in temperature can even vary within the span of a day.  You head out in the morning, and there’s a crisp chill in the air. Then, by the afternoon, the sun has warmed things up.

So, today I’m launching a four-part series showcasing transitional fall fashion. A couple weeks ago, I partnered with Encore boutique to style transitional fall outfits. If you live in the Athens, GA area, you can visit Encore to purchase every piece featured in this series. Don’t live near Athens? Don’t worry! You can call Encore directly to order a particular item or you can simply use these looks as inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

Remember: a new season does not mean you have to buy a completely new wardrobe to be on trend. Many of the pieces that will be featured in this series are staples you already have in your closet that can be enhanced by a few key purchases. 


PART I – BRING A JACKET

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Layers are key during transitional seasons. The easiest way to stay cute and comfortable from day to night during unpredictable fall weather is to bring a jacket! 

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The first transitional fall outfit showcasing pieces from Encore features two wardrobe staples: a basic neutral dress and a structured moto jacket.

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I paired these pieces with one of my must-have items for fall 2014: the chic sneaker.

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Footwear can be a challenge when transitioning from summer to fall. You’re ready to trade in your summer sandals but aren’t quite ready for boots. The chic sneaker is the solution!

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FULL OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress: Tart Collections

Jacket: Michael Stars

Sneakers: Bronx

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

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3 Tips for NYE

The holiday parties are winding down, but there’s still one BIG celebration left this season: New Years Eve! By now, you *hopefully* have the dress and accessories, but it’s time to plan for the big day, just three days away. I’ve got 3 tips for NYE, PLUS a *bonus tip* for those of you who are a little behind on finding your NYE look:

1. Get a PINCH KIT

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Image courtesy of Sephora

If you haven’t heard of Pinch Kits, get ready to be blown away. You need one of these in your NYE bag! This tiny miracle kit contains 17 essentials and fits in the palm of your hand (or your chicest little clutch!). With a Pinch Kit, you’ll have everything you need in a pinch from dinner to drinks to the stroke of midnight. Buy one from Sephora for the big night!

Kit contains:

– Adhesive bandage
– Safety pin
– Earring backs
– Deodorant towelette
– Nail polish remover pad
– Stain remover pad
– Clear elastics
– Lip balm
– Emery board
– Tampon
– Hair spray
– Clear nail polish
– Dental floss
– Mending kit
– Breath freshener
– Double-sided tape
– Pain reliever

2. Have the PERFECT COCKTAIL

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Image courtesy of Anthropologie

Take your champagne up a notch with this crowd pleaser, courtesy of Anthropologie’s blog:

You’ll need…

Champage
Bitters
Lemon Peels
Sugar Cubes

3. Bring a fun and FESTIVE SNACK

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Image courtesy of P.S. I Made This

P.S. I Made This does it again with this NYE snack that will really pop! They took a page from Rice Krispie stylist (yes, there is such a thing!), Jessica Siskin of Mister Krisp, who turns Rice Krispies into everything from pizzas to champagne bottles.

You’ll need…

Rice Krispies Cereal
Marshmellows
Butter
Green Food Coloring
Fruit Roll Ups
Black Frosting
Edible Gold Powder
Chocolate Chips
Scissors
Paint Brush

Find the rest of the instructions here!

Deals for Holiday Party Dresses

It’s time to snag that perfect party dress for this holiday season. This is the time of year where your calendar is packed with gift swaps, holiday get-togethers, football gatherings, and work parties. You need to look fabulous for every event, and heaven forbid you wear the same thing twice! What better time to stock up on some fancy frocks for every occasion? But wait, your budget is already tapped out with all the gift giving and extra outings. What’s a girl to do? Well, one of my favorite online boutiques knows that a girl needs to look hot for a steal. Now through Sunday, November 24, Hot Mama is offering 15% off ALL dresses! I’ve got my picks to fit any budget. Shop online or, if you’re in the midwest, find a store near you!

MY PICKS

Under $55

Hot Mama Dresses Under $55

Hot Mama Dresses Under $55

These cowls under $55 are perfect for a casual gift swap with your girls or a football gathering with your man. Dress them up or down with accessories like a belt or bold jewels. These comfy and cute dresses would pair with a flat boot or a wedge bootie for a fun, seasonal look!

Bobi Cowl Neck Tunic Dress, $30.59

Veronica M Diamond Chevron Cowl Neck Dress, $50.14

Under $100

Hot Mama Dresses Under $100

Hot Mama Dresses Under $100

These two picks under $100 are the ideal dresses to take from day to night. Wear these frocks to work with your favorite black pump, then jazz them up with some sparkly statement jewels for your office party. Whether you prefer the festive red jacquard pattern or the classic sheath with a little holiday glitz, you can’t go wrong with either option!

BB Dakota Jacquard Knit Dress, $74.80

Kensie Tank Dress, $67.15

Under $150

Hot Mama Dresses Under $150

Hot Mama Dresses Under $150

On the hunt for the ultimate dress to make you the talk of the party? The search is over! Both of these looks from Weston Wear are sure to make you the most fashionable gal at every soiree this season. You know metallics are hot this season and animal print is on trend too! Add your favorite jacket or blazer and your best accessories to complete this flawless ensemble. 

Weston Wear Judith Dress, $142.80

Weston Wear Karina Dress, $142.80