Shopping in the Desert!

Last Saturday I got the opportunity to head out to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets for a little shopping trip with my bffff and it was so fun! I know a lot of people know these outlets as Cabazon, but I have since learned their real name. I was advised that my parking would be covered by the shopping center but I did not know that I was getting a reserved parking spot! It was my most celebrity-ish moment. My bfffff and I just stared at each other when the parking attendant said “wait right here while I go move your cone.” Hold on, what?! He then directed me to the SECOND SPOT IN THE PLACE. If that isn’t luxury then I don’t know what is! Once we got over the high of having a reserved parking spot, you know it is the little things in life, we got out to shop.

Where do you even start in a shopping mall that has 180 stores? You start at Marc Jacobs duh! Well that is where we started because it’s the first store we saw that we knew. We made our way through the mall, or more the east side, and went into all the stores we know and love like Guess, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Steve Madden. There are such good deals here you won’t believe what I got. I’ve been wanting a Kate Spade bag for forever so of course we went in to look, but I didn’t expect to a actually buy one. They had a sale of 70% off with an extra 20% off on select styles. I ended up finding the style I’ve been dying to have ON THE BEST SALE EVER. It was originally $428-ish and was on sale for $87! WHAT?! I told the sales lady I would be back.

Next we hit Guess and my bffff bought a couple things, and then we went to our all time fave, Steve Madden (insert heart eyes). We both have a serious problem with shoes. Well we both agreed that the problem wasn’t having too many shoes but that we don’t have enough space for them. Of course the actual shoes are not the problem. Over at Steve (yes we are on a first name basis) they were having a BOGO half off sale. My bffff got two pairs of booties, FINALLY! I have been trying to get her to get booties for three years. I only ended up getting one pair of booties because I had a coupon and oh my goodness let me tell you, they are beyond fabulous! I finally gave into the snake skin trend and I am obsessed. Just look at how cute these are!

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Booties linked here!

After Steve we made our way through the rest of the east side and off to the west side. The west side is a little smaller but here we looked in Express, Forever 21, and Vans. Actually Forever 21 may have been right at the end of the east side… I cannot remember. Finally after 2.5 hours we had made it through the entire mall. Since we had seen everything we went back for my purse. I almost had a heart attack when we went in because I didn’t see my purse anymore! Finally I found two more and got in the extremely long line to buy it. Success! I had my shoes and my purse, I was a happy camper. We ended the day with celebratory churros (tbh they sucked. Maybe it was just a bad stand but I couldn’t even finish it because it was so hard and they hurt my braces. So disappointing).

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It was a really fun day, I really hope I get the chance to work with the Desert Hills Premium Outlets again, it is just such a nice mall! I am excited to go back when they have Christmas decorations up.

PS- this post was supposed to be a lot better and funnier but half of it deleted when I finished it last week. I didn’t want to waste half a good post sooo here you go, sorry. Check out our video of the day here.

Shop the look: Dress (comes in like 10 colors!) | Booties | Purse

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New Flannel!

My oh my it is so easy to fall off the wagon. I got behind in blog planning and then wasn’t feeling well and then next thing I knew I was behind! I refuse to fall back into bad habits of being inconsistent. Ever since I got my calendar dedicated for blog content planning my world has changed! I try to plan for two weeks at a time. I think I will do a separate post on planning later. Anyways, I am back!

Now that is it FINALLY starting to feel like fall, despite it getting warmer again this week, I am finally breaking out the flannels! Even though I do not need anymore, every year I manage to buy at least one new flannel, I can’t help it! When I cleaned out my closet this past spring I ended up getting rid of like 5 flannels and still had 3 left over. Serious issues.

I usually get my flannels from Target, but so far this year I bought a new one from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale from BP. It is so soft! I love that it is thin, it makes it much easier to wear and layer in SoCal. I went for this one because I really wanted a black and white pattern. I always end up with colors which is fine, but I think this combo is much more versatile, plus I love being able to pair with olive and mustard sweaters or pants, or really any color sweater like the pink I added below.

Flannels are great in the fall and winter because they are so easy to look put together. You can wear it by itself, with a sweater/blazer/cardigan/leather jacket over it, or even as an add on and tie it around your waist. What is your favorite way to style a flannel?

Show the look here! Flannel | Similar Flannel | Cardigan | Jeans | Heels | Belt

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Stripes on Stripes

I love experimenting with pattern mixing, but sometimes when people think of pattern mixing they do not think of mixing two of the same kinds. In this outfit I chose to mix two different vertical stripes. This cannot work with just ANY or ALL striped pieces so be cautious with your choice. My pants are navy with thin, spaced out double white pinstripes. Although they have plenty of stripes, they are subtle enough to not be over powering. From afar they can almost pass as solid navy. My top is white and gray stripes with no extra spacing. This worked well because the colors weren’t standing out or fighting for attention. The gray and white almost blur together where a white and black stripe or other bright or dark color would pop too much and not mesh with the stripes on the pants. I was sure to keep the whole outfit on the gray/dark tone side.

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Now I am not usually one to wear dark colors or outfits. I wear them and I do like them, I just mostly end up leaning towards colors. When I do wear a darker outfit I like to add some kind of pop of color or in this case flare. To not be completely dark with this ensemble, I added my very shiny, rose gold Steve Madden DAISIE pumps and a statement necklace that was gold with pinkish stones. This way my metals (mostly) matched and added some kind of shine. Something had to stand out! It is fun to add bright shoes to a dark outfit, that way they are your statement piece. I actually think I built this outfit around the shoes. Statement pieces do not just have to be around your neck in a necklace form, they can be any piece of your outfit, shoes, accessories, handbag, blazer, etc. This was a fun way to spice up a work outfit, I got a lot of compliments in the office.

Do you have any pattern mixing success stories? I always feel like a winner when I pull one off! Do you get the same vibes?

Happy Friday Jr! Outfit is linked below:

  • Pants – Mine are Leith from Nordstrom but they are sold out, similar linked here
  • Top – A New Day from Target, linked here
  • Heels – Steve Madden DAISIE (currently on “pre-order”) linked here
  • Necklace – Perry Street from Rocksbox linked here (PS- if you use my code THEBLAWXOXO you get your first month of Rocksbox for free!)

OTK Boots!

I was asked about my taupe over the knee boots I was wearing in this post. Mine are actually two years ago from Steve Madden called the GORGEOUS. Those are sold out but here are a couple similar ones:

Steve Madden Elektric (on sale!)                       Target Journee Collection Maya Faux Suede

                         

 

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Hope you are having a good Friday! 🙂

Little Black Dress

I love dresses but I don’t wear them all that often, especially not to work. I have long legs so it can be hard to find one that is an appropriate length for the office. I think it was back around the time of the Nordstrom sale that I saw a TON of bloggers all wearing the same dress. I checked it out and found it was by Leith, a ruched body-con. I looked at it A LOT before I finally bought it. It comes in a handful of colors but all of the ones I wanted were sold out in my size, so I settled with black (if you know me you know I don’t usually go for black). In this case though I am so happy I did! I can totally see why all of those bloggers I saw were obsessed with this dress because now I am. It is just perfect, there is no better description. The length is perfect for work, despite that fact that it is a body-con it isn’t your usual super tight dress so check the box again for work appropriate. The ruching in the front lets you not worry about any body issues like sucking it in all day or muffin tops, and the little V in the front adds just a little bit of sexy to it. I have paired it with flats/mules, heels, and over the knee boots like I did below. I have also topped it off with a blazer, and I have tried a knit sweater, again below. It is just perfect like I said and I cant wait to get it in another color. I also saw they have the same dress but with long sleeves, that is obviously on my wish list now.

Check it out below! (PS- I haven’t worn this necklace since my sister’s wedding in June and I do not know why because it is AMAZING! She got it for me from Baublebar for my Maid of Honor gift. Be prepared to see it more often!)

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Shop the look here: Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress from Nordstrom | Necklace (sold out =/) | Sweater (similar linked here from Target) | Steve Madden ELEKTRIC Over the Knee Boots (similar, mine are from two years ago)

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Plaid Ruffles!

Topshop High Waist Cigarette TrousersAre you seeing the reoccurring theme yet with these ruffles? Basically I am obsessed and I really hope they do not got out of style soon because I am far too invested at this point. I saw this cute plaid and ruffle top when I was walking around BP at Nordstrom and I was instantly in love. Sometimes I reflect on the styles I am drawn to today and think of how I would have never thought twice about it back in high school or the beginning of college. This is one of those moments. The ruffles on this top are so prominent and I love them. Back then I would have laughed and agreed with my boyfriend when he called me a linebacker… like I said on Instagram, boys know nothing. *Insert Bride Wars quote “What do they teach boys in school?!”

Anyways, this top is different and I love it. The colors are very in with the holiday spirit so I am happy that we are past Halloween and I can finally wear it. Plus it has actually, for the most part, been cool enough to wear it. I saw it at Nordstrom, thought about it nonstop for like three days and bought it before I regretted it. It was my “congratulations you have been at your new job a year” gift. It was a splurge and I bought it full price. Of course NOW it is on sale for 40% off, but you know what? I wanted it to much I’m not even that mad about it.


I love that it can be worn casually or dressed up. This past Saturday I paired it with my high waist Topshop Jamies and my over the knee tan boots from Target (dv for Target last year) and I loved it. This may sound weird but you know when you are rocking an outfit that most people would say they couldn’t pull off, it just makes you feel cooler? That was me and I relished in it.


On the dressed up end for work, I paired it with my, again, high waist Topshop cigarette trousers, my red bow heels from Steve Madden (older), and a red lip. I thought it was fun to bring out the red in the top. The perfect pairing yet again! I am just so obsessed. I will link all pieces below but if you like it go check it out because I do not know how long the sale lasts. Embrace the ruffle movement with me! 😉

Shop the looks here:

BP. Plaid Ruffle Blouse | Topshop Jamie High Waist Ankle Grazer Skinny Jeans |  Topshop High Waist Cigarette Trousers | the red heels I am wearing are no longer available so I linked the always reliable and cute Steve Madden Carrson | As I said the boots were from last year so I have linked two other options from Target here & here! | Lime Crime Matte Velvetines in Rustic (looks more red on than in picture online)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Ruffles

It has FINALLY been cool enough to wear long sleeves! I have been waiting for this for so long, ESPECIALLY since I have like four new long sleeves that haven’t been worn yet. I love the details on this purple one I got by Lush at Nordstrom (on sale!). Actually the color is called “peppercorn”. I am such a sucker for ruffles right now and this one has double the ruffles, shoulders and the bottom of the sleeves. The elastic around the wrists is so cute and dainty. I paired it with my high waist cigarette trousers by Topshop at Nordstrom and my black Landen heels by Steve Madden. I am indecisive though on what looks best: untucked, easy tucked, or fully tucked? Check it out below and let me know what you think! All of the pieces are linked below too!

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Untucked…

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LOL me trying to take a cute walking pic!

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…easy tucked…

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…fully tucked?
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Look linked here: Top (also comes in black and lavender blue) | Pants | Heels