fall additions

9.17 fall additions

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ah, fall. my favorite season. it’s also my favorite season to dress for – I love a good knit. I always spend the most on clothing in the fall, and this year is no exception, although it was a bit more tempered by the fact that I’m still on the job hunt. all in all, I’m really pleased with the handful of things I’ve purchased so far. I’m particularly digging that blazer cardigan from j.crew factory (it’s 100% cotton, thick, and well-made) and the michael kors loafers (like butter on my feet…I might need them in black, too). have you picked up anything for the new season?

I’ll be sharing pics of our apartment soon, now that we’ve settled in a bit. have a good week!

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five things for fall


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can you feel a hint of fall in the air? we’re still getting oppressively hot days in chicago but today and a day earlier this week, there’s been a bit of a snap in the air. I’m pretty good to go for this season clothes-wise, so the items I’m eyeing to add are accessories or the super luxe versions of the basic items I love in my closet.

these shoes are just so, so good. the color blocking is so chic, and I would instantly feel put together if I had those puppies on my feet. I love that they’re responsibly made to boot.

this might be the year that I spring for a cashmere cardigan. I love the color on this one, but I’m keeping my options open.

one of the best things about fall is how rich & cozy the season is. as the air gets chillier, everything intensifies with it. I’m looking forward to returning to heavier scents and layering it with this lotion. it’s apparently the brand’s best-selling scent, and I can see why. it’s warm and sexy and sophisticated and a little bit mysterious.

lastly, I’m excited to add this to my rotation of fall lip options and to finally snag this little guy.

what’s on your fall wish list?

the capsule wardrobe | fall 2016: clinicals


it certainly doesn’t feel like fall at all, but my academic year starts a week from today so I had to get started on a portion of my capsule wardrobe earlier than seasonally-appropriate. for this rotation, I’ll be required to wear business casual clothing at my clinical sessions. for my program, ‘business casual’ means no jeans, closed-toe shoes (with hosiery), and a semi-dressy top with a conservative neckline. keeping these requirements in mind, I took a good look at what I had in my closet and then pinpointed some pieces I needed to buy: some dressy shells, top layer options, more professional-looking flats, and a good pair of black trousers. some of the pieces above may look familiar because I highlighted them as things I was eyeing during the nordstrom anniversary sale. obviously, some things worked out!

one | the only item I purchased that wasn’t on sale were these pants. they were more expensive than I wanted, but they fit perfectly, are machine-washable, have good stretch but still structured, and highly recommended by my boss and several friends. I had planned on buying two pairs of trousers but ended up just buying just this pair because of the price and because no other pair came close in comparison.

two | I finally found a blazer that works for my body, so I bought it in three colors! they wouldn’t work for a completely business-attire environment, but for business casual, these are perfect. the knit is comfortable, and the open front is really flattering on me.

three | these flats are fierce, and I’m so glad that I guessed the right size before they sold out. this pair was a 2-for-1: I was looking to replace my pair of smoking slippers and for a pair of dressy flats.

four | these tanks are long enough on the bottom and high enough on the neckline to be appropriate, and I plan on wearing them underneath a cardigan or a blazer. they are a bit sheer open in the lower back, but I’ll have a layer on top to cover that detail during clinical. plus, that lets them be a great going-out option, too.

five | I was so pleased to find a long-sleeved blouse in a mixed-media design – the knit back is great for comfort & ease of movement. the neckline doesn’t come down too low (no hint of cleavage), and the tunic length & long sleeves make it a great piece that doesn’t require a top layer.

six | as for this cardigan, I wasn’t sure about the ruffles (I tend to like pieces that are a little more streamlined), but I was surprised to find that it looked really good on and added just the right amount of unexpected detail. the sweater part is the perfect light grey and is ridiculously soft.


these are the pieces that I already had, rounding out my 16-piece clinical capsule wardrobe.

seven | I couldn’t find this exact turtleneck online in the black but it comes in a bunch of other colors, and this is a thicker option. I like the tissue weight because it lies flat and makes it really easy to wear under other pieces of clothing.

eight | this cashmere sweater is actually from the men’s section. I prefer the way their version drapes on me as opposed to the women’s version.

nine | this cardigan is a great basic and is a workhorse staple in my wardrobe in general. the wool is warm but thin enough to not be too bulky.

ten | this is an old pair from via spiga that I scored at a great price at nordstrom rack a couple of years ago, but this is a similar pair in classic leather with a work-friendly kitten heel.

eleven | this coach bag was a christmas present a couple of years back. it’s such a great classic shape in a not-too-big but not-too-small size. sadly, coach no longer makes this exact style, but this, this, and this are similar.

twelve | aside from a watch and my wedding band, the only jewelry I’m allowed to wear is a pair of stud earrings. these are one of my favorites. I love that the raw cut of the herkimer diamond gives a little edgy twist to an otherwise classic earring.

thirteen | every nurse needs a watch with a second hand. I prefer to wear a watch with a metal or silicone band because it’s easier to disinfect and I don’t need to worry about getting it wet every time I wash my hands. this watch has a really versatile shape, and the pink second hand is a nice touch.

are you ready for fall?

the capsule wardrobe | fall 2015


tops || j.crew red/grey/blue/beige/black oversized merino pocket sweater (similar; similar) | old navy red & blue flannel shirts (similar; similar) | athleta white l/s tee | loft white & grey vintage wash tees | banana republic black pocket tee (similar; similar)

bottoms || loft black skinnies | loft dark blue jeggings | gap grey skinnies (similar) | loft black ponte pants | loft grey knit pencil skirt (similar) | banana republic knit honeycomb skirt (similar) | ann taylor black a-line knit skirt (similar) | ann taylor navy flared knit skirt (similar) | j.crew factory plaid mini skirt (similar)

dresses || j.crew striped sweater dress | j.crew side-zip tee dress (similar) | j.crew rugby stripe tee dress (similar)

layers || banana republic leather trimmed cardigan | gap navy fair isle cardigan (similar) | lou & grey open cardigan (similar) | j.crew factory quilted vest | old navy utility jacket (similar) | j.crew factory topcoat (similar; similar) | gap hooded parka (similar; similar)

shoes || unisa black & brown riding boots | impo suede knee-high boots | sam edelman ankle boots | j.crew suede ankle boots (similar) | j.crew suede loafers (similar) | j.crew suede d’orsay flats

apologies for this post going up a day late. I was recovering from an awful cold and then ran across some technical trouble. but, here it is, ready to go on the first official day of fall ;). 37 items distributed across tops, bottoms, dresses, layers, & shoes. if you’ve finished compiling your capsule wardrobe, leave a comment & a link below…I’d love to check them out!

just a quick note: I returned this scarf, this sweater, & this dress from this post. after taking a final inventory of what I had, I decided they didn’t fill a void in my closet, so I returned them. also, after breaking these flats in, I’ve put them away until the spring.

fall wardrobe additions

fall wardrobe additionsI’ve found while putting my fall wardrobe together that this time around, the process is much, much easier. I think a part of that comes down to experience, but I think it’s also because I have a much better sense of how I want to dress in the cooler weather. again, that comes with practice because it’s really fall/winter/cool spring here almost 9 months of the year, so the bulk of my wardrobe in general is for cool weather. over the years & before I ever did this capsule wardrobe experiment, I’ve learned by trial & error what works & what doesn’t.

I’ve picked up 11 things over the past few weeks, and save for a special thing or two, I think I’m all set for the season ahead.

one | these jeans are the perfect shade of deep, dark blue in a boot-friendly legging style that’s super flattering & comfortable.

two | these flats were my splurge for the season. the merlot color is so beautiful. I love that it’s in a statement color but in a practical silhouette. thanks to boston’s no sales tax policy on clothing & shoes and a timely promo code, I was able to lessen the sting on my wallet just a little. every little bit counts, right?

three | these black skinnies are replacing a much-loved pair that have faded beyond redemption.

four | while I have plenty of big, oversized, cozy sweaters, I have very few slim ones that would work well with a skirt. this one has cute buttons down part of the back, is lightweight, & is the most lovely burnt orange color. note: this ran a whole size small on me, and other reviews said something similar, so if you’re interested, you might want to size up!

five | this scarf has my entire fall color palette on it. I have a sizeable scarf collection but nothing that’s similar to this one.

six | I’d been eyeing some blanket scarves from asos, but once I saw this one in-store at loft, I was sold. the colors are right where my mood is for fall. this scarf is really big, which I love.

seven | this striped sweater dress is going to be worn to death. I have a similar one from j.crew that I bought 3 years ago that is still in constant rotation. this one is perfect for fall as it’s thick enough for cooler temps but not so thick that you’d overheat.

eight | I wasn’t sure how this dress would look on me in person, but I really loved the color palette and how it reminded me of the 90s (aka, my childhood) but in a sophisticated, muted way. plus, I’m all about easy dressing, and a good dress is about as easy as it gets.

nine | this may be my new favorite flat – it’s insanely comfortable, fits my wide-ish feet well, relatively affordable, & comes in a million colors. now I know why they’ve gotten rave reviews. these were a lucky find  in boston at  t.j. maxx for half the retail price.

ten | I have plenty of black boots, but aside from this new pair, I only had another brown pair that was more cognac in color & in a riding boot style. I had been eyeing these for awhile and was saving up to buy them from nordstrom in another color, but while we were in boston, I ran across this pair at t.j. maxx and found that I liked the rich, dark chocolate a lot. bonus: they were $50 cheaper than retail + no sales tax.

eleven | a pair of ponté pants is a must in my closet. it has a lot of give, which is great for comfort, but also has enough structure to look more dressy than a pair of leggings. these have really nice detailing on the seams and felt really substantial on (no see-through issues!).

what have you added for fall?

p.s. I’ll be posting my complete fall capsule wardrobe on tuesday next week. :)