Currently Craving: Fall Accessories

The air is finally a bit cooler in Texas, and I've been able to pull out my sweaters and start layering a little. While I don't need many new fall or winter pieces (notice I used the word "need"), a fun way to give my wardrobe a fresh & versatile look for less is by adding a few new accessories for fall! And of course, my favorite store's online inventory offers up SO many adorable options. Here are a few of the fall accessories I'm currently craving from TJ Maxx:

cc_fall accessoriesblack bootie | brown bootie | necklace | men's brown watch men's black watch | tan satchel | teal satchel

 

Currently Craving: Handbags

CC_HandbagsOne of my favorite parts about spring is cleaning out my closet to make way for last year's warm-weather clothing that's been stored away, and to see where I can add some fun new pieces. I also took some time last weekend to completely rearrange my closet into a sort of mini dressing room (I might post some photos later—it's still semi in-progress), and in doing so I noticed that my bag game has been slipping. The majority of my collection consists of blacks and browns, with one fun emerald bag thrown in. Now that spring is upon us, it's the perfect time to add some color to my wardrobe with a few light & bright handbags! Join me? Here are a few of my favorites:

1. "Mia" Satchel- T Tahari 2. "Juliana" Tote- Carlos by Carlos Santana 3. Weekender Bag- Kate Spade Saturday 4. "Stacey" Geometric Shoulder Tote- Handbag Heaven 5. Envelope Clutch- Pull&Bear 6. Floral Print Wing Tote- Handbag Republic

NOTE: Since starting my job here at Neimans, I've learned that you never use the word "purse." Never. 

 

Currently Craving: Cold-Weather Gear

It's been feeling a lot like winter lately here (for now at least), and I've been using the couple of coats I have like crazy—my leather jacket's a current favorite. But as the season progresses I know I'm going to be needing more coverage (and more options), so here are a few winter-resistant pieces I'm craving. And btw—they're all budget-friendly!

CC_Winter 1. Herringbone coat, The Limited 2. Skirted dress coat, J. Crew Factory 3. Biker cape coat, ASOS 4. Tweed coat, ASOS 5. Field jacket, JC Penney 6. Faux fur infinity scarf, Nordstrom 7. Funnel-collar coat, H&M 8. Knit hat, Anthropologie

 

Currently Craving: Travel

The longer I spend away from J and the closer it gets to his visit, the more I find myself daydreaming about our travel plans. We both grew up travelling, both around the country and abroad, and we plan to continue that together. While we do have to be apart for the next few years, we're planning on weekend visits and getaways to help bridge the distance. Here are just a few of the things I'm craving for travelling, along with a couple must-haves!

Travel1. Corkboard map Such a cute way to document your travels

2. Snake print flats A neutral print like this adds some interest, and can be worn with anything

3. Pink sweater A pop of a bright solid color is easy to wear without being boring, and sweaters are great for chilly flights and unexpected weather

4. Chain strap watch Simple (and cheap!), and perfect for catching flights, showtimes, and dinner reservations

5. Camera bag Looks and works like a handbag, but with a secured section for your camera! Much better than lugging around a traditional camera bag, or tossing your camera into your purse to get scratched and tossed around

6. Hidden arch supports You never know how long those airport lines will be, or when impromptu sightseeing could strike; be prepared!

7. Facial wipes These are a favorite of mine on a regular basis, and are a definite must when travelling

8. Passport holder Your passport is the most important thing when travelling abroad, why not make it stylish while keeping it protected?

Catch up on my other Currently Craving posts here! Where are you dying to go? xo

Currently Craving: Fall

Welcome to the first of a new recurring post: Currently Craving! I thought this would be a good place for me to keep track of the gorgeous things I find around the internet, as well as a way for me to slip in some of the tips/tricks I've learned along the way.

Today's focus: fall. This time of year always makes me think of two things—new clothes and school supplies. Since this is the first fall that I'm not in school, I was going into a little bit of a withdrawal, until I found the grown-up version: office accessories! Here are a few chic statements to spruce up your wardrobe and your desk.

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One of the perks of living in Texas has been the wonderfully warm climate; however, this also means that it is mid October and very few of my autumn clothes have been out to play! So how do you get the look and feel of a fall outfit without suffering a heat stroke? Here are a few tips:

  • Breezy Fabrics! So many of the fall looks and trends involve longer hemlines and lots of layers. An easy way to get this look without all the bulk is to wear pieces that are light and airy! Opt for lightweight cottons, linens, or sheer fabrics over heavier materials like wool and leather. When it comes to sweaters, choose larger, more open weaves that allow for some breathing.
  • Long & Short If it's the long-sleeved look you're after, balance it out with a shorter hem. Keeping it cool on the bottom helps to balance out a more covered-up top.
  • Color & Pattern This is the simplest trick for getting a fall  look without taking the heat! Choose pieces in darker, autumn-inspired hues, like deep orange, burgundy, and emerald. Also mix in some conventional fall prints, such as plaid, to give your look a cold-weather feel. A short-sleeved top in a deep pumpkin color or dark plaid looks a lot more "fall" than one in light pink, yet it's just as lightweight!

1. Plaid dress - Mango | 2. Emerald dress - Mango | 3. Landscape dress - Mango | 4. Scalloped bag - ASOS | 5. Gold flat - ShopSosie | 6. Burgundy wedge - Steve Madden | 7. Pair of lamps - LuLu & Georgia | 8. Phone dock - Jonathan Adler | 9. Stapler - Design Darling