DIY: Cut Out Skull Shirt

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Happy Halloween! I'm over at Divine Caroline sharing my latest DIY! 
Make sure to check out, it's great for a last minute Halloween costume!


Inspired Style No. 2

Inspired Style No. 2
Sunglasses | Loose T-Shirt {Long Sleeve} | Checkered Sweater | Leather Skirt | Letterman Jacket | Plaid Scarf | Black Cross Body

Something about this look just screams fall. An grown-up ode to Friday nights spent under the lights at the football stadium, sipping on a hot chocolate {abet, now you are of age, so it may be a spiked hot chocolate} and cheering on your alma mater!

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Fall with Maurices

Maurices sent me this amazing fall care package last week, I can't thank them enough! It was like Mary Poppin's purse, the goodies were never ending. The thigh-high sock trend is in full force and I can't wait to try it out with these burgundy socks, very 90s/Cher inspired. I plan to wear this necklace & skull print scarf on Thursday in honor of one of my favorite holidays, Halloween! And those festive BITE lip pencils are the perfect size for your going out clutch! 

My Style: Infinity Scarf

Coach Coat {similar version/steal version} | gifted Stansberry  Scarf and Clutch 

Summer quickly faded to fall and with a blink of an eye winter is now knocking at our doors. With the near freezing temperatures that have arrived seemingly overnight, I had to pull out my favorite wool coat out of storage. My scarf collection has been needing an update and the lovely Natalie of Stansberry sent over this chevron infinity scarf that I've worn every day since. It’s a thick scarf but lays just right so you don’t feel like you are being over taken by the fabric. And this clutch, talk about swoon-worthy. It is just the right size for all the necessities lipstick, keys, card holder, and your cell phone. I can’t believe that Halloween is this week and I am just starting to see the holiday decorations pop up at our local stores and the commercials on TV. While I love this time of year, I feel like time is slipping by too fast! Anyone else feel this way?!


Event: Isabel Marant for H&M

Just as the excitement for Phillip Lim for Target has died, another high profile collaboration was in the works. In a few short weeks, H&M will release Isabel Marant for H&M

"I am flattered by this collaboration. H&M works with the best designers, and this invitation is an exciting honor. I aim at creating something real - something women want to wear in their everyday lives - with a certain carefree style. I think this is very Parisian: You dress up, but don’t pay too much attention to it, and you still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be combined following one’s own instincts, and my take on fashion is all about personality,” says Isabel Marant.

Her edgy yet feminine silhouettes of tailored jackets, cropped pants, and over-sized knit sweaters are right on the mark with many fall wish lists, mine included. One of the most coveted pieces from her collection, in my opinion, are her fringe ankle boots. Fingers crossed those pretty heeled booties make it into my shopping cart, lets call it an early Christmas gift?! 

So, when does the line become available you may ask? Isabel Marant for H&M will be available November 14th, 2013 in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection features clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. Isabel Marant will also, for the first time, created a collection for men. 

Check out the announcement video here.

The Lovely Isabel Marant


On Trend: Plaid Jackets

Mackage Jacket | Topshop Skirt | NastyGal Shoe Cult HeelSole Society Tote | J.Crew Earrings {Similar}| Bobbi Brown Make Up Palette

The 90s grunge look is hugely popular this fall. While most looks from the grunge era wouldn't stand up against your work's dress code, here is how you can wear this trend both day and night. Try pairing a plaid jacket {I'm loving this buffalo plaid jacket} with a pencil skirt and pointy-toe pumps. A classic black tote will house all of your day-time essentials and add a pair of earrings to glam up your look.

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My Style: Mixing Cognac and Black

Anthropologie Dress // Fossil Sweater {Similar} // Gap Tights // Steve Madden Boots {Similar} // 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Purse // Bauble Bar Necklace

For years I've been on the hunt for the perfect leather mini skirt. About a month ago I came across this dress at Anthropolgie and instantly fell in love {and thanks to this pin, I knew exactly how I would first style it}. While this dress was an investment for my closet {I'm trying to shop less at places like Forever 21 and pick out more investment pieces that I'll have for years to come. It's all about the cost per wear, right?}, I already know this will get a lot of wear this upcoming fall and winter. I love dressing it up as a skirt, but can't wait to pair it with a blazer or layer it over a button up. 

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Inspired Style No. 1

Off Duty: Shearling Jacket

Unreal Fur Jacket // T by Alexander Wang T-Shirt // Paige Denim 
Clare Vivier Clutch // Cole Haan Boots // Nars Lipstick

Lately, I've come to find most of my inspiration from Pinterest. I house all of my favorite looks under this Pinterest board. I have a penchant for navy and I love incorporating it into all of my outfits when possible.  Add the perfect fall boot and a bright lip, and you've captured one of my favorite looks for fall. 

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My Style: Yellow Corduroys

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it?" Anne of Green Gables

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My Style: Remixed Excursion Quilted Vest

J.Crew Top, Vest, Necklace | Paige Denim | Gap Belt |  gifted Wallis Bag

I'm over at Divine Caroline today talking about these quilted puffer vests {a favorite piece of mine as seen herehere, and here}!

EVENT: LOFT Grand Opening

A few weekends ago I was asked to attend the grand opening of the new LOFT store in Cedar Rapids, IA. There were hor d'oeuvres, mini cupcakes, wine, mini makeovers, and a DJ! The DJ was kind enough to play a little old school N*SYNC, B. Spears, and LFO. Chelsea and I couldn't help but sing along as we wandered the clothing racks. 

Enjoy a few snap shots from the events below!


The Blogger Buzz, vol. 4

Today we are sharing our favorite drinks and reading material...

Samantha of The Brunette One
Iced tea with Lemon and InStyle

Glass of Wine and Coastal Living

Spiked Apple Cider and Domino

Earl Grey Tea and Real Simple

Glass of Vinho Verde and Martha Stewart Living


3 Days // 3 Ways with MyStylust | Part 3

gifted Mystylust Plastic Island Cielo Button Down Dress | Forever 21 Leather Jacket {Splurge/Steal} | Steve Madden Heels {Splurge}| House of Harlow Ring |  gifted LOFT Earrings {Similar} | 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Bag {Splurge}

Since pinning this outfit weeks and weeks ago, I've had a serious case of outfit envy. I haven't tied a sweatshirt or jacket around my waist since I was five, but I was willing to give a go. All trends come back around, right? While I have a few white dresses in my closet, prepping for my upcoming bridal events, none have fit the bill for this look until this Plastic Island number. Just grab a pair of animal print heels and your trusty leather jacket {mine is from my senior year of college, talk about a diamond in the rough at F21!} and out the door you go!

Kali from MyStylust is such a gem, she's giving all The Brunette One readers 20% your entire purchase! Use the code Brunetteone at checkout! 

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3 Days // 3 Ways with MyStylust | Part 2

This outfit just screams weekend. Farmer's Market for fresh flowers, a leisurely walk admiring the changing leaves, and of course, afternoon naps.  Retire those boots and flats and bust out the comfy tennis shoes. This perfect fall weather won't be around in a few weeks, so try and soak up the last bit of bare leg weather while we still have it in the Midwest! 

Kali from MyStylust is such a gem, she's giving all The Brunette One readers 20% your entire purchase! Use the code Brunetteone at checkout! 

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3 Days // 3 Ways with MyStylust | Part 1

gifted MyStylust Plastic Island Cielo Button Down Dress | American Apparel Sweater {Splurge}| Gap Tights | Steve Madden Booties {Splurge}| 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Bag {Splurge}

The dress/tights/sweater combo is a crutch for me once the temperatures start to drop. If you ran into me on the streets during the months of October through February, I will be wearing some variation of this. I love this new take on a white dress however, with the black and white trend still holding strong, this is a great way to take it to the office. 

Kali from MyStylust is such a gem, she's giving all The Brunette One readers 20% your entire purchase! Use the code Brunetteone at checkout! 

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