Today's Everyday Fashion: Faux or Real

Cobalt leather jacket, striped shirt, black jeans
Cobalt leather jacket, striped shirt, black jeans
Cobalt leather jacket, striped shirt, black jeans

I was dying over this cobalt jacket in a previous post, so I bit the bullet and ordered it! In person, I've got mixed feelings. I am a huge genuine leather fan so I'm not sure about the faux leather. I don't think I would invest a couple hundred bucks on a blue genuine leather jacket though... so basically I'm stuck. When I find myself in these situations I ask questions like these: Will I wear this jacket more (or ever) instead of my current favorite leather jackets (black and cognac)? Out of all my jacket options to buy this fall, is this where I want to spend my budget? For my upcoming cold-weather trips, do I love this jacket enough for it to be the one thing I pack in a carry on? The jury is still out...

Jacket: New York & Company, $45
Top: Francesca's c/o, $34 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap, $35 (similar)
Shoes: Vince Camuto c/o HSN (similar below)
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (similar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Jeans are 5 years ago. Top is 3 years ago. Purse is 2 years ago. Shoes are 1 year ago. Jacket is new.

Peep toe booties under $150

Today's Everyday Fashion: Tweed Skirt

Inspiration: SOle Society

Inspiration: SOle Society

Gray sweater, tweed skirt, plaid scarf, wool hat

This tweed skirt is still going strong in my closet; it's the third fall/winter in a row that it's been one of my favorites! Neutrals that have a little extra something - like the marled color and the tweed texture of this skirt - really add some pizazz to an outfit. It's a great staple that's neutral enough to repeat often, while also being detailed enough to make it a star on it's own. It's the best of both worlds.

ps. If you're in the Wichita area, come check out the beauty/hair/style event I'm speaking at this Saturday at the Wichita Art Museum - it's open to the public!

Sweater: Banana Republic, $28 (similar)
Skirt: LOFT, $36 (similar below)
Scarf: H&M, $13
Hat: H&M, $30
Boots: Michael Kors/Macy's, $225 (samesimilar)
Purse: Vince Camuto/Macy's, $112 (samesimilarsimilar)
Approx. dates: Skirt is 2 years ago. Purse, boots, sweater are 1 year ago. Hat, scarf are recent.

Tweed skirts under $100

Eva Mendes Fall Collection for New York & Company


Have you tried the Eva Mendes Collection at New York and Company yet? I’ve really been wanting to try it, so when ShopStyle got in touch about doing a post on her new Fall Collection – I was all for it! Everything is under $100 and there are a wide range items to choose from: shoes, jewelry, a suede coat, and tons of ladylike dresses, skirts and blouses. I had a hard time narrowing it down to a few favorites because Eva Mendes makes everything in this collection look (literally) like a million bucks. Check out some images of her wearing the collection below – I love the train theme they did and she looks gorgeous!

The first item I put in my online shopping cart was the green polka dot top that she’s wearing. I styled mine with a navy pencil skirt I’ve had for eight years, cognac pumps and a structured bag. I love tie-neck blouses and this top has that same proper, ladylike vibe. You can wear this top closed like I’m showing, or unhook the neck so that it’s more of a v-neck top with a ruffle trim.

My other two selections were the green floral skirt and orange purse. I really liked the green floral print, and I chose this skirt because of the length and the pockets. (There is also a shirt, and a maxi skirt with this same print, I love them all!) The orange purse is a great look for less to this season’s "it" bag, the $1,700 Chloe “Drew.” The Eva Mendes version is only $59.95 and also comes in cobalt blue.

Which outfit is your favorite? Have you tried the Eva Mendes collection yet?

1. Dress / 2. Top, Skirt / 3. Dress / 4. Turtleneck, Skirt, Necklace, Shoes

1. Dress / 2. Top, Skirt / 3. Dress / 4. Turtleneck, Skirt, Necklace, Shoes

Eva Mendes Fall Collection for New York & Company

Dress  /  Top  /  Dress  /  Dress  /  Dress
Boots  /  Skirt  /  Purse  /  Necklace  /  Skirt

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