Patterned Professional + What I Wore Wednesday Launch

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Elizabeth of Book of Leisure and Grace of Gracefullee Made and I have been planning a blogger link-up series for quite some time now. I’m so excited to be launching our own link-up series called What I Wore Wednesday. Scroll down to the bottom of his post to link-up with us!
if you’ve never linked up before, all you have to do is click the ‘add a link’ button and copy and paste the URL of your favorite outfit post you want to share and click ‘Done.’ It’s very simple and a great way of getting exposed to more lovely ladies with great style.

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Très Bien

_MG_2859The biggest challenge most of us 9-to-5er’s are up against is work wear monogamy. The repetition of dull, inspiring silhouettes in the name of fitting into corporate America – ugh. Many gravitate towards tired black and white combination to fit into the status quo, but I personally dress to stand out.

While the shapes in this outfit are the denotation of classic business attire, it’s the unexpected elements that up the ante. A pink pout, stripes, snakeskin with a cheeky graphic infuse some youth into a been there, done that shape. (more…)

Sweater Weather (Under $50)

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1. Halogen ‘Oui’ Sweater // 2. Project Social T ‘Sweater Weather’ Sweater // 3. Halogen ‘Foiled Sweatshirt’ // 4. Express ‘Sequin Shoulder’ Sweater // 5. Old Navy ‘Boxy V-Neck’ Sweater // 6. Old Navy ‘Funnel-Neck Poncho’ // 7. Banana Republic ‘Cropped Tweed Pullover’ Sweater // 8. Gap ‘Eversoft V-Neck’ Sweater // 9. Old Navy ‘Striped Crew-Neck’ Sweater // 10. Forever 21 ‘Knit Cape’

Old Navy: use code ‘HAPPY’ for 30% off – Gap: use code ‘SHOP’ for 40% off – Banana Republic: use code ‘BRTAKE30′ for 30% off – Express: text FALL14 to 397-737

It is well a well known fact that I love fall. The leaves, cooler temperatures and layers. The general serendipitous alignment of autumn elements has been coined as “sweater weather.” So naturally, I must break down my favorite (budget-friendly) sweaters for this season. (more…)

Slouchy

_MG_1605When I think retro, I think of undeniable femininity. But not every day is a day for voluminous skirts and bustiers – especially in Seattle, the king of casual cities.

Where a slouchy silhouette is borderline expected, why not take on the challenge of fusing the two. Vintage touches like fiery lips and gingham print tell the take on a modern-day maven boyfriend jeans and pumps combo. (more…)

Teal + Tweed

_MG_1706Jumpsuits have become a wardrobe staple for me, there is no disputing this. They are so effortless in a ‘right now’ way, balanced with a nod to the past.

The challenge with this particular piece is making the styling modern while keeping the integrity of the retro nature in tact. The high pony gives the sophisticated take a bit of youthfulness. Touches such as tweed and a nude lip bring the vintage style up to speed. Oh yes, Jimmy Choo’s always help that equation. (more…)

Bold Animal Print – 2 Ways (With Crazy Style Love)

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Today I’m so excited to be teaming up with an old “blogging friend,” Jenny, from Crazy Style Love. I continue to be in awe of Jenny, especially her visually stunning Instagram (hello photography perfection). As I shift from college student into the working world, I frequently look at Jenny’s office outfits for inspiration. I actually met her when I reached out to interview her nearly two years ago when we were both newbies to the blogosphere. How time flies.

The midi-skirt loving maven and I are showing you how to go bold with animal print and keep it classy. We both had the same style thoughts of keeping things simple – black pumps and streamlined blouses are the perfect compliment.

I personally am starting to genuinely think I have a problem with leopard. I use it in a form of a bag there, a pant here and a full on jacket. This qualifies as an obsession. But do you really blame me? A dynamic pattern consisting of all the neutrals I tend to live in creates a natural inclination towards the print.

In my fashion-forward work environment, just about anything (not-revealing) goes. I love how the silky and slouchy silhouette counteracts the very definite patterns of leopard and piping here. Even a cheeky cheetah can be work appropriate with black Jimmy Choo’s – right?! (more…)

10 Items to “Brenna-tize” Your Wardrobe

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As the leaves begin to change, typically so does my color choices in my outfits. Mint swaps to a rich teal. Fuschia changes to a lusty red. White naturally turns into a sea of black. I’m an extremist by nature, all or nothing seems to suit not just my personality, but my style as well.

But lately I’ve been beginning to find a middle ground, fuzing festive brights with my beloved black. The result? A transitional look that eludes to the joy of summer one day longer.

On a different note, last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of meeting with DeSean from OOTN Magazine. His concept store, which is in downtown Minneapolis is stunning (when can I make it my apartment?!). Anyways, an exciting collaboration is in the works. You can get a behind the scenes look at the end of this post.  (more…)

Autumn Textures + $50 HM Gift Card Contest

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When I think of fall fashion, a couple of things immediately come to my mind. Elements like faux fur, heathered sweaters and leather seem like a second skin. With the dropping temperatures, it’s time to up the layers and for me, that means more creative freedom. I personally think it’s very hard to be fashionable in 100 degrees, but 55 on the other hand is dressing jackpot.

Luckily for me, H&M has a crave-worthy selection of textures and elements to choose from.

If you like my autumn mix of a look, the first person to repost this look through all of their social media channels (i.e. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) tagging at both #HMFallFashion, Chic Street Style and H&M will win a $50 H&M gift card! Good luck to all you re-posters.

Open to US residents only. (more…)

Accessory Swap (2 Looks, 1 Outfit)

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Today, I’m showing all of you the impact of just accessories. They are the ultimate transitional touches, taking you from casual, cubicle life and even cocktails. Everyone always asks me how I can live out of a single suitcase for study abroad or my internship. Well, here is my greatest and best secret: it isn’t about the clothes so much as the finishing touches.

I’m turning this must-have trench dress into a fashion-forward duster vest simply by leaving it unbuttoned. It can switch from J.Crew catalog to street style effortlessly.

For me, a fedora and flats are my clutch elements for making a look casually chic. If I’m trying to elevate an ensemble; heels, lipstick and sleek jewelry are a natural choice. (more…)

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