Layered Necklaces Are Actually In

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I just saw an article that said, among other things, layered necklaces are now out of fashion. Meeeerp, nope, wrong. Layered necklaces are so in and so around my neck. And, I get compliments on it every time I wear this combo, so I would venture to say the public is on my side.

Trends and their supposed rules are always funny to me in retrospect, and often even in the moment. My personal style was virtually nonexistent until I graduated from college, when I went through my fashion renaissance. In 2011, I was so into glitter nail polish, until I wasn’t. I wore exclusively silver jewelry until that one year I wore exclusively gold, and now I mix it up. I tried neons, then for a long time I liked black-and-white outfits with a passion, and now I also like gray. I have even started adding other colors to my saved online shopping carts – I know.

Wear what you like, wear what works for you and acknowledge but filter the noise from other people. So layer away with those necklaces!

Outfit details while shopping to make a difference:

What I Wore Where I Bought It Eco-Chic Qualities
Gray sweater H&M, last year; cute Ann Taylor sweater with zips Wear Another Year, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
Sheer white button-up H&M, last year; love this fair trade organic voile shirt from Kowtow Wear Another Year, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
Dark gray skinny jeans H&M Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
Black faux leather jacket Zara, old sale score; fab ASOS option here Vegan Leather, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
Gray pumps Stuart Weitzman via Nordstrom Rack Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
Silver fleur-de-lis necklace H&M; pretty Nordstrom option here Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
Silver coin and chain necklace H&M; great Nordstrom option here Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
Wide sterling silver ring Independent artisan at the Minnesota State Fair Independent Retailer, Handmade, Made in the USA
Black faux leather handbag Zara, last season; pretty ASOS option here Vegan Leather, Wear Another Year, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
CZ stud earrings Nordstrom Rack; identical here via Nordstrom Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
Round sunglasses Target, very old; gorgeous Jason Wu here Wear Another Year
Warm lip color Mineral Fusion, sheer moisture lip tint in “Blush” via Whole Foods Cruelty-Free Beauty, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path
Dark burgundy nail polish Mineral Fusion nail lacquer in “Garnet” via Whole Foods Cruelty-Free Beauty, Large Brand on a Sustainable Path

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I also pretty much had to justify wearing more gray when these Stuart Weitzman pumps I’d been eyeing on every trip to Nordstrom Rack were reduced to $44. That’s right folks, I bought my first pair of Stuart Weitzmans for less than a fifty-dollar bill. Think of that brilliantly low cost per wear over the lifetime of love they’ll get. Zomg! Oh wait, I forgot that expression is totes passé now… too bad, I like it. Zomg!

Xo, Sarah

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Layered Deco Necklaces

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This outfit of everyday essentials is exactly what the start to my autumn needed. Last week, we had a bit of a cold snap, which was a shock to my California’d system. I was not ready for highs in the low 50s – and don’t know if I really will be (#endlesssummer) – but temperatures quickly rose again for this muggy photo shoot near one of my favorite lakes in the Twin Cities. I am excited for fall colors to explode into their annual symphony of the season and can’t wait to take a weekend trip “up north” to Duluth, where my husband and I spent our honeymoon. The deciduous’ color palette along the northern lakes is a thing to behold.

We’re building a closet room in our new house, something I never would have dreamed of before, and I can’t wait to expand my wardrobe just a bit more. This is partly in preparation for the cold weather to come, and partly because I actually think many of you would be surprised to see how few clothes I have in my closet. Pretty much what you see on my blog is the extent of what I wear, since I don’t buy things on a lark without a clear idea of how it will pair with just about everything else I own. Not only does that keep my consumerism in check with a more eco-friendly approach, it makes dressing easier. Post-college, I just shopped by what looked good at the store, which trends had inspired me, the mood I was in that day – which led to a wardrobe full of one-off outfits purchased at retailers I now avoid. I cringe to think of the waste I created. Now that I have a clearer vision of my style and understand more about ethical retailers, I am looking forward to having more than five shirts/four jeans/two jackets I rotate regularly, et cetera.

Outfit details while shopping to make a difference:

WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
White organic cotton tank top Zara, last season, eyeing this short-sleeved tee and this 3/4-sleeved tee for fall C
High-waist, wide-leg jersey pants ASOS, so comfy-chic you won’t believe C
Oversized sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom B+
Deco necklace with brown tones H&M, in-store C
Bib gemstone necklace with brown tones H&M, in-store C
Burgundy handbag Michael Kors, old, love this smaller Zara bag and this fab work tote option C (for alt)
Black and gold sandals Mix No. 6, old, adore this beautiful, handmade option by Ancient Greek Sandals B (for alt)
Berry lip gloss e.l.f Essential EX-tra Lip Gloss in “Michael” B

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I think I’ve mastered shopping big box stores in the most ethical way possible, with plenty of “B” and “C” grades from Better World Shopper. My staples, Zara, Nordstrom, ASOS and especially H&M have made an admirable effort to provide a better option to the masses. Now I’m looking to venture more into smaller retailers and independent shops. There are some beautiful options (many found thanks to Instagram hashtags!) that I am very excited to try.

Let’s get pumped for some self-justified shopping and the subsequent new outfits! ;)

Xo, Sarah

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Mini A-Go-Go

Feathered mini skirt: H&M. Black v-neck tee: Target. Faux leather moto: Target. Tan handbag: Michael Kors Hamilton Tote. Black pointed flats with a bow: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom. Black-and-white bauble necklace in gold: White House Black Market. Pavé pendant necklace: Target. Perfume pendant necklace: H&M. Men’s watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs. Jewel bracelet: Forever21. Gold strand bracelet: Forever21. Round sunglasses: Target.

Despite the à gogo length of leg happening over here, this is one of my favorite ensembles to run around and get things done. The fluffy mini is extremely comfortable (even when we did this shoot on the chilly, chilly beach) and stacks of jewelry make everything better. Write that truth down.

Le hubs and I have come to a crossroads in our life, and as usual, we are taking the road less traveled by. It is making all the difference, and I am loving it. We are so a-go-go every day and I wouldn’t have it any other way, except on the days that I just need a nap. But there’s no time for a nap right now, I’m à gogo on my go-go.

Xo, Sarah

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Maxed Out Chic

White fisherman sweater: Gilly Hicks // Black pleated maxi skirt: Laundry by Shelli Segal via TJMaxx (similar here by THEORY) // Faux leather moto: Target (last year, similar from this season here)// Pointed black pumps: Nine West via Nordstrom // Burgundy handbag: Michael Kors Astrid Satchel // Black and gold necklace: Forever21 // Gold dog tags: Express // Tiered gold necklace: Target

This maxi skirt was a staple for me over the summer, and now that cooler weather has hit, I wanted to find ways to wear it year-round. I bought this Gilly Hicks sweater while back home in Minnesota last month (Mall of America, I miss you so) and I am kind of obsessed with layering it over all my staple pieces now. Maxing out all of my chic options is a good thing in my book!

As I mentioned yesterday, I love using fashion to bolster my inner #getitgirl and stay motivated, no matter how maxed out I may be in the rest of my life. The inspiration is never-ending when you remix your favorite pieces. Chin up, heels on, layered necklaces, done. Bazinga!

Xo, Sarah