the sweater dress & leather jacket

sweater dress = wearable blanket.

at least those are my thoughts. growing up i was always skeptical about sweater dresses but i've learned that the the key is to go loose and layer. this one was sent to me from @lillap! it has the cutest front pockets and a the v-neck hits at the perfect length. i actually wanted to style this sweater dress with a pair of over the knee boots #OTKs since i haven't done one this season yet, but it was a little too long for some OTKs #shortgirlprobs. next best thing was some pointed toe stiletto booties. the last thing this outfit needed was a layer -- scarves, sleeveless trenches/duster, a jacket, etc.. so enter the opportunity to finally wear this black leather jacket under $100. this jacket feels like it costs much more AND THE BEST PART is the gold hardware to match all my gold jewelry. i think that's why i barely wore my other one! 

side ramblings: over the new year holiday, i literally did NOTHING. i watched a few movies -- Wonder Woman (so good), The Big Sick (chick flick) and Pitch Perfect 3 (gotta love them pitches!) and lotsss of YouTube -- here's a clip of the one that had me rolling at 2AM Ellen in Steve Harvey's Ear #hysterical. yea, i probably should have worked on my YouTube channel.. but some lazy days are really needed. last week, i received an unexpected package from one of my favorite skincare brands, @TATCHA -- they sent me their newest The Deep Cleanse: it's a gel cleanser (my preferred type) and contains "natural fruit exfoliant that deeply but gently lifts impurities and unclogs pores, while leaving skin soft and hydrated." can't wait to give it a try. also, very random, but i can't stop wearing @AmandaDeer jewelry lately! gimme all the #daintyjewelry. i recently purchased the satellite choker which i can't stop wearing, everyday i look for an outfit just so i can wear this thing lol. pictures coming soon! ok, i'm OUT. xx

currently on my playlist: all the stars by Kendrick Lamar, SZA

the sweater dress & leather jacket --
the sweater dress & leather jacket --
the sweater dress & leather jacket --
the sweater dress & leather jacket --

dress c/o | LILLA P cotton modal sweater dress in black (wearing size small) -- similar // similar with tie sleeves and $49 // similar in a mock neck // similar with a v-back
jacket | BlankNYC life changer faux leather moto jacket in black (TTS wearing size small, also avail in cognac) -- similar // similar in suede // similar by H&M and $60
shoes | Banana Republic magda pointed toe bootes in black suede (old) -- similar with a kitten heel // similar // similar by Topshop
bag c/oHenri Bendel noho satchel in black pebbled leather -- same but more structured // similar and love this style because the handles fold down 
sunglassesKaren Walker number one sunglasses in black
earringsKendra Scott tessa studs in clear
necklace c/o | BaubleBar aimee layered choker necklace (old) -- newer design
ringsGorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
watch c/o | Daniel Wellington classic petite melrose 32mm in rose gold and white

rock the sweater dress (and possibly sleep in them too),

photo credit: Brandon Hill

the sweater dress & sleeveless coat

where. did. the. weekend. go?!

sweater dresses are not one of my favorite items to wear. mainly because most of them happen to be a little tight. #nothankyou. when i stumbled across this one it was perfect, a tunic and lightweight cashmere mix (because it never gets too cold here in Texas). it fits perfectly #nofatrolls, and the mock neck and longer length are so my style. however, tunic dresses need some dressin' up if you know what i mean -- usually a belt or jacket so it doesn't look like you're wearing a bag. this sleeveless coat has been a statement piece i wear over so many dresses. perfect to dress any outfit up or for when a dress is smidge too short. instant style game with this number, so good i even bought it in navy! see it styled with skinny jeans from a blog post earlier this year.

side happenings: this past week was a whirlwind of events! Kelly Wynne launched her spring line and the mingle mingle mini in vintage pearl is all heart eyes! the texture and colors go so well. Saturday was the Adelante galentine pop up shop, if you haven't been to this boutique in Austin you are missing out! they have such great affordable pieces without the huge boutique price tag. i also tried on some engagement rings (might have skipped a few life steps.. lol) at the Diamonds Direct event where i met SimonG (so humble and jolly) the designer of one of their lines. my foodie friend Anita // @wanderlustanita hosted a wine tasting at Infinite Monkey Theorem // @infinite_chimp, the rose was pretty dang good (and it comes in a can!). Sunday was The Swoon Event at the Archer hotel valentine's pop up. and lastly, i purchased VIP tickets to the Children's Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children's 3rd Annual Fashion Show. seeing all these teens who deal with illnesses on a daily basis happily walk the runway struttin' their stuff made me want to cry tears of joy. i cheered them on and left the night on such a happy note. #simplethings

currently on my playlist: scars to your beautiful by Alessia Cara

have a good valentine's day!! remember, no matter what your status is, it's all about that #selflove. xoxo


dress | ASOS knit tunic dress in cashmere mix in black (sold out) -- same style in taupe // similar with ruffles in hot pink // similar
coat |  ASOS New Look belted sleeveless coat in gray (old) -- similar 1 // similar 2 // similar 3
shoes | Banana Republic magda pointed toe bootes in black suede -- similar
bagHenri Bendel uptown satchel in black -- similar but mini version
scarf | Henri Bendel twilly in navy (old) 
sunglasses | Celine new audrey sunglasses in black with brown gradient -- similar
watchDaniel Wellington classic black cornwall 40mm watch (this is the newest DW watch with a black face with ROSE GOLD details, a great statement piece for fall. use code "DOAN" for 15% off your purchase, good until 02/28/17)
earringsForever21 faux pearl ear jackets (old) -- similar
ringsGorjana c/o shimmer stacking ring set // Gorjana amara ring set // Gorjana mini stackable ring set // Etsy stacking & midi rings // Gorjana candice CZ ring // BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring (sold out) -- similar
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the sweater dress,

photo credit: Katie J Photography.