AJ Wears :: An olive blazer

I'll warn you now - I'm already on an olive kick for fall. I don't even care if it's not the "it" color for this season, it's fantastic and fall-ish and I keep incorporating it into all of my Polyvore boards. I chose to wear this particular piece of olive to the J.Crew Style Sessions last week.

The actual event was a lot of fun. J.Crew was throwing a little fall party (complete with adorable refreshments) and I got to go in and put together some outfits with their fall line.

Can't stop making outfits in my head for these sparkly loafers. They might be going on my fall wishlist.

I also played paper dolls with BB and picked out an outfit for him. He's grumpy about wearing sweaters before it's cold (or even shopping for them) so he was a great sport. I've been trying to get him into a gingham shirt FOREVER.

LOVE this embellished collar tee and puffer vest together. I had a hard time leaving that vest. Another fall list maybe. It was light and thin and would make a great layering piece for fall and winter. PS - their toothpick jeans run super small. I almost fell over trying to squeeze into them.

And of course, I couldn't resist the opportunity to snap a dressing room selfie. This little tweed skirt was another favorite.

Thanks to J.Crew at The Promenade for inviting me out! The cupcakes were delicious.

Wear Now, Wear Later :: Suede Booties

The second August hit, I started seeing people Tweet about OMGBOOTS all over the place. Don't get me wrong, I love my boots and can't wait to start layering up, but as long as it's hot y'all need to slow your roll. However, I do think booties are a great way to start "falling up" your ensembles while it's still warm. So I created two looks using these adorable Palmer booties from JustFab to help you wait out the cold weather.

WEAR IT NOW 

 

Booties are cute with skirts and shorts while the weather is still a little warm. I love adding them sans socks to a casual outfit for shopping or patio time.

WEAR IT LATER

 

When the weather cools down, layer socks over leggings with your booties for a fun fall look. I love chunky vests and felt hats and can't wait to pull these out when the time is right. Yes, I almost overheated while taking these photos...notice how I only stepped two feet outside the front door? I ran back to the air conditioner after I decided I had enough snaps! Don't try this at home, kids.

As far as the booties, I LOVE these! JustFab just introduced their new Luxe line today, which features real suede and leather shoes and boots. Their prices are only a little above the normal JF pricing, making them really affordable (these are only $60!). I found Palmer to be true to size and super comfortable for a day of errand running. I love these little booties and can't wait to wear them all fall and winter! Shop the rest of the collection here.


Booties, c/o JustFab.

How to Wear :: Printed Leggings Three Ways for Fall

Printed leggings started creeping into stores and styling earlier this year - everything from floral to tribal to animal print. Since leggings are the comfiest of cozy wear, I wanted to show you guys how to rock the sassy printed sister to black leggings this fall.

No matter what print or pattern you pick, I think there's a pretty basic formula for wearing leggings in general. Choose something that fits a little looser to counter the tightness on bottom, don't be afraid to play with layers to make your look more put together, and make sure whatever you're wearing on top and your feet doesn't completely cancel out the comfort factor of wearing leggings. Let's face it - that's what we're interested in the first place, right?

For my first look, I wanted it to be a little more daring. Layer a long sleeve tee or turtle neck with a wrap sweater vest for a chic start - finish it with a great statement necklace and some girly boots for a night out on the town. I loved the bright colors of these floral leggings, so I thought a chunkier knit and dark base would make it more appropes for fall.

For a more subtle approach to the printed legging trend, try a pair that's monochromatic. I found these houndstooth leggings at XXI - the print is just a texture difference of a faux leather with a normal legging material. At first glance, they look like normal leggings, but the little details like the leather print and zippers at the ankles make them far more interesting. I chose a flowy sheer top and leather jacket to make a look perfect for date night - adding a bright bag and bootie brings in a little fun flair.

Now here's where we get reeeeeally comfortable. Rather than pull on the boring old sweater and jeans on a chilly day, grab some fun fair isle print leggings to go with that oversized knit! This is truly as comfortable as wearing pajamas all day (but far cuter). I love these casual boots to complete the look. If you're worried about showing too much on the front or back end, add a tunic length button up or camisole to cover your assets. Oh! Bonus tip - if you feel like the print of the legging is overwhelming you, choose a taller boot to break it up.

So there you have it - three leggings, three ways. Mix and match as you please. I actually had quite a lot of fun styling these outfits - I'm definitely wearing #2 out for dinner some time! And once I put on #3, I didn't take it back off, it's that cozy. The rule of thumb is have fun, and don't be afraid to change a few times to get it right. I like to keep my tops a bit more basic and neutral if I have a crazy pattern on my legs, but pulling some colors from the leggings for accessories is a great way to keep things from getting boring. 

This segment, How to wear :: three ways is a new thing I just decided to start doing - one of many special styling features I'll be rolling out over the next few weeks. I want to keep things fun and spontaneous, so I won't be holding down a blogger calendar, but do plan to feature one special styling post each week. Feel free to leave feed back as to whether or not this is even something you're into. Because let's face it...we're in this together, right?

Look 1: Leggings, XXI. Vest, The Limited. Boots, ShoeDazzle. Necklace, BaubleBar.
Look 2: Leggings, jacket, blouse, XXI.  Boots, ShoeDazzle. Bag, The Limited.
Look 3: Leggings, XXI. Sweater, Chico's. Boots, JustFab. Necklace, BaubleBar.