How to Tie an Oversized Blanket Scarf

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Blanket scarfs are super-hot for fall and if you saw my trip to the apple orchard then you know I’m totally obsessed with this trend, especially when it’s a plaid version.

In order to keep this oversized accessory looking polished, it is important to know how to tie a blanket scarf. It is super easy and once you see it, you will totally get it!

Make sure to keep reading after the demo to see the best blanket scarfs under $50!

How to Tie an Oversized Blanket Scarf

Cliff Notes version (and one to Pin!)

How to Tie an Oversized Blanket Scarf

Extended version

Step 1: Match up two opposite ends of the scarf to fold into a triangle.

Step 2: With the point of the triangle facing the ground, grab the two ends of the scarf.

Step 3: Bring the two ends of the scarf around your neck wrapping towards the opposite shoulder.

Step 4: Pull down on the ends to tighten the scarf and bring the middle portion toward your neck.

Step 5: Tuck the ends of the scarf underneath the middle portion and fluff to your desired look.

You’re almoooosssst there…the last step is to buy the perfect scarf to start wearing this super-cute and cozy trend. Start shopping my favorite blanket scarfs all under $50 below!

Want more “bang-for-your-buck”? You can also wrap the oversized scarf over your shoulders then cinch the waist with a belt for an additional look!

Outfit details: Oversized Blanket Plaid Scarf, Military Skirt, Cat Eye Sunglasses, White Long Sleeve Tee, Fringe Booties, Red Lipstick, Earrings c/o Stitch Fix, Gold Watch

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I am super thankful to be spending the holiday with my husband in sunny California and thankful to our cousins for hosting their annual Thanksgiving week in such a gorgeous location!Happy Thanksgiving

For the past three days, we’ve wined and dined our way through Wine Country so we’re having a low key day in preparation for our black tie Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night. The guys do all the cooking while the ladies get gussied up for a night of celebration which is quite alright with me!

Plus, I may be doing a little online shopping because the deals are just too good! Here are the BEST ones you can already shop!

J. Crew

30% off EVERYTHING – Use code HOLIDAY

Banana Republic

 Half off sweaters and 40% off the rest of your purchase restrictions apply – Use code BRFRIDAY

Shopbop

15% off orders of $250 or more, 20% off orders of $500 or more – Use code GOBIG15

GAP

50% off EVERYTHING! Use code BLKFRIDAY

I used to work at Gap Body in high school and it is still my favorite place to buy PJ’s from. My nephews would look so cute and cozy in this fleece set and my nieces would be perfect in this pair.

And make sure to come back tomorrow to see ALL of the amazing Black Friday deals!

Buffalo Plaid Jacket

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This black and white Buffalo Plaid Jacket has been a staple in my wardrobe since last year so I was super excited to see it still available this season.

I’ve dressed it up with black pants and dressed it down with leggings, but my favorite way to wear it is with jeans and a floppy hat  for a cute, casual look for cruising around Chicago.

The heavyweight material, leather trim around the edges and black leather belt make this coat look way more expensive that its $30 price tag. Trust me, you won’t regret the investment!

Buffalo Plaid Jacket, Camel Floppy Hat, Boyfriend Jeans (similar), Black Booties, Black Cat Eye Sunglasses, Green Stone Necklace

Nashville –

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Michael and I hit the road this past weekend and headed down south to Nashville to see one of my best friends from college, Rachel, and her beautiful family! Even though the drive lasted seven hours we passed the time by listening to Girl on The Train and enjoying the lush spring scenery through Kentucky. We had an action-packed weekend and really fell in love with the city – thanks to our fabulous hosts! 

The highlights… 

The Company – Even though we talk frequently, I hadn’t seen Rachel or her husband, Bryan, since our wedding almost a year and had never met her youngest son, Jude. In addition to Jude, Rachel and Bryan have a rambunctious three year old, George, who kept Michael and I entertained all weekend and expertly added a third syllable to my name – Court-tay-nee. They welcomed us into their gorgeous home located in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville – a short drive from downtown – and made our stay more than enjoyable with a coffee bar, fresh flowers, magazines and snacks all laid out in our room. We laughed, caught up and just enjoyed “being together.”

The City – This was only my second-time to the music city and Michael’s first so we made sure to see as much as possible minus any honky-tonks. We attended a wine-tasting hosted by Bryan’s company at a rooftop downtown overlooking the city skyline,  ran in Percy Warner Park and along Belle Meade Boulevard where I basically drooled at all the stately Southern mansions, shopped and walked around 12 South (my favorite neighborhood by far with the cutest general store, White’s Mercantile, and denim-boutique Imogene + Willie) and Marathon Village, checked out Hatch Show Print and had fabulous meals – all while basking in the warm sun.

The Food  We ate so.much.good.food including a pre-birthday dinner for Michael at Husk, a “sugar board” at Sinema (check out our #sinemaselfie below and make sure to get the Basil Instinct cocktail), brunch at Pinewood Social (can you please come to Chicago?), hot chicken at Hattie B’s, BBQ for Edley’s and more desserts than I have had in months – sno-cones from Retro Sno, popsicles from Las Paletas, marshmallows from The Bang Candy Company and ice cream cones from Bobbie’s Dairy Dip. 

We will definitely be planning another trip back soon – there is still so much to see!

           

Summer Whites at the Missouri Botanical Garden

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Summer nights in summer whites at the Missouri Botanical Garden is the dreamiest way to spend an evening in my opinion. I may be a little biased considering we had our wedding reception at the Spink Pavilion in the garden, but I love visiting this floral oasis in St. Louis.

Summer Whites at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Sensational Summer Nights is a garden-style happy hour that takes place each Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 5 PM – 8 PM. The event features cocktails, live music, seasonal bites and nitrogen ice cream so you can sip and see the gardens in a relatively uncrowded way which is right up my alley. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, free for kids and free for Garden Members.

With temps in the 90’s well into the evening, I chose an all-white outfit to stay cool and comfortable while strolling through the rose bushes. I paired my linen top which comes in four colors and is on-super sale with my distressed white jeans and gold birks.

For a pop of color, I wore my new leather tassel necklace in dusty blue from Wild Juniper. Also available in gold, pale pink, army green, coral and lavender – there is a shade for everyone and every occasion including a night in the garden.

Sensational Summer Nights run through Labor Day so you still have two more weeks to attend the event. I highly recommend it for a date night or girls night out!

White Linen Top, White Distressed Jeans, Tassel Necklace, Gold Birkenstocks, Gold Aviators, Gold Watch, White Bracelet

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Black Friday Sales

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Black Friday is here and I’ve got your guide to the BEST sales! Not only have I compiled a full list of the deals, I am sharing my picks from my favorite deals like Nordstrom and Kate Spade!

The Best Black Friday Sales

Plus, so many of my items are on sale right now – 25% off my Kate Spade wine-colored handbag, 30% off my go-to Field Jacket, 50% off my burgundy sweater and layering oxford and 62% off my suede booties!

MY FAVORITE BLACK FRIDAY SALES

J. Crew

30% off everything, 40% off select styles with code HOLIDAY

Nordstrom
Black Friday up to 50% off select styles for all

Kate Spade
25% off your purchase with code MERCI

Banana Republic

 Half off sweaters and 40% off with code BRFRIDAY

Shopbop

15% off orders of $250 or more, 20% off orders of $500 or more with code GOBIG15

GAP

50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY

THE REST OF THE BLACK FRIDAY SALES

Amazon.com
30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches with code 30BLACKFRI

Ann Taylor
50% off everything with code CELEBRATE

Anthropologie
Black Friday 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT

Art.com
45% off all orders of everything with code NHGZ9399

ASOS
30% off everything with code BLESSED

Athleta
20% off entire purchase online with code WORKIT

Boden
30% off

boohoo
up 70% off everything, 50 % off everything

Camilyn Beth
The more you spend the more you save, up to 35% off

Chicwish
15% – 60% off with code BLK20

Club Monaco
25% off $150+, 30% off $250+, 35% off $400+

Design Darling
20% off with code THANKFUL

J. Crew Factory
50% off everything with code SHIPGIFTS

LOFT
Black Friday 40% OFF almost EVERYTHING with code BF40

Lulu & Georgia
20% off $250+ (CODE GIVEME20), 25% off $500+ (GIVEME25), 30% off $1,000+ (GIVEME30)

Macy’s
Black Friday Extra 25% off clearance Designer Handbags, 50% off select Juniors clothing, 60% off select Women’s Coats, 50% off Women’s Sweaters, 70% off Memory Foam Pillow & Toppers (11.25 – 11.28)

Madewell
25% off your entire purchase with code CALMDOWN

Nars
Receive an exclusive 20% off purchase + free shipping on purchases of $50+ (11.27 – 12.2)

Neiman Marcus
take 20% off sale items for up to 50% off online

Nike
extra 25% off clearance at nike.com with code GETOUTHERE

Rag & Bone
Black Friday 25% off sitewide with code BF25

Revolve
up to 50% off women’s dresses and men’s shirts CODE: BLACKFRIDAY20

Sam Edelman
30 % off siteweide with code SAMSGIVING

Scoop NYC
25% off site wide + free shipping

Serena & Lily
Between 15% – 25% off with code THANKS

The Frye Company
Receive $100 giftcard for every $400 spent + free shipping

Tory Burch
30% off with code THANKS

Vince
extra 25% off  with code BFEXTRA25

West Elm
Save between 10% – 25%  with code MOREISMORE

Happy Shopping!

Lace Dress

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Summer usually means wedding season is in full swing! From garden party soireés to downtown ballroom fêtes, it is most important to dress appropriately for the affair.

This can sometimes cause major dressing-room anxiety but don’t fret my dear, I have found THE perfect lace dress that can work for many dress codes.

This sheath dress (which also comes in cobalt blue and navy) can be dressed up with fancy jewels and gold heels or dressed down with wedges and minimal jewelry.

It is super comfortable, figure-flattering and elegant – all important factors to keep you looking sophisticated from start to finish!

J. Crew Poppy Lace Dress, Manolo Blahnik Sandals, J. Crew Circle Bib Necklace, J. Crew Pave Bracelet, Kendra Scott Bracelet, Gorjana Bracelet, Kate Spade Pave Stud Earrings, Gold Ray-Bans

Striped Tweed Skirt

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mine was filled with a little bit of work, a little bit of fun and a whole lot of shopping in preparation for summer vacation to Watercolor, Florida, with my family.

Even though I had my eye on summer whites and sundresses,  I found this adorable striped tweed skirt in the interim. I love the color scheme, material (no wrinkles) and the fact that it paired perfectly with my new Kate Spade Bag.

Striped Skirt, Kate Spade Bag, White V-Neck Tee, Nude Sandals, Kendra Scott Earrings, Michael Kors Watch, Pink Sunglasses (similar here)

Geometric Separates

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I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Michael and I took a road trip up north to Madison, Wisconsin, and had a relaxing weekend stay at The Graduate Madison. It was the perfect getaway from Chicago with a ton of great restaurants and activities. 

The city is oriented around the Capitol Building with its stately grounds and stone stairs for days – the perfect backdrop for this geometric shirt and skirt combo that I just had to have. Not only is the duo cute together, but each piece looks great alone.

I have already worn the top with jeans and black pants for two different nights out. The top is so, so flattering – fitted and cut in at the top to accentuate the shoulders and boxy at the bottom with a back pleat to flatter the waistline. 

Geometric Tank, Geometric Skirt, Ivory Wedge Sandal, Gold Ray-Ban Sunglasses, Black Foldover Clutch (old but similar here), MAC Red Lipstick

Navy Color Inspiration

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Navy and I are having a moment – in fashion and home decor. It is crisp, classic and timeless.

Plus, it looks so chic with stripes – one of my favorite patterns. Here are a few items that I’ve got my eye on for spring and beyond.

Navy and White Stripe Dress, Navy Scallop Top, Navy Tunic, Navy Sunglasses, Navy Pumps, Navy Stripe Heart Tote, Navy and White Stripe Pillow, Navy Greek Key Pillow, Navy and White White Stripe Rug