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Basic Essentials: Ultimate Guide for Fall 2017

July 21, 2017

Outfits are like cocktails. To create the perfect recipe, you must start with a basic flavor then add other unique elements to enhance the taste. The result? Voila, a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. In the same sense, I believe that every fabulous outfit should begin with one basic piece as the foundation. Without it, the overall look wouldn’t be able to stand on its own.

With that being said, I can’t wait to share my top picks (mostly basics) from the Nordstrom pre-fall sale with you! Now is the perfect time to shop for all your fall and winter staples. Why? These brilliant pieces are PERFECT to create a gorgeous outfit, and they won’t go on sale again until after Christmas – and honestly, that’s IF they even go on sale. I truly believe that a woman can look and feel fabulous no matter what her budget is. So today I’ve pieced together looks that range from affordable to splurge status – all with the intent to inspire a beautiful fall wardrobe without sacrificing the fabulous factor. So, please sit back and relax and join me as I share a little sneak peek of my favorite looks from the Nordstrom Fall Presale. Enjoy!

Basics ~ Why Every Girl Needs Them

I love creating looks with layers, and it’s important to note that amidst every gorgeous outfit, there must exist one basic item to pull it all together. It’s best to invest in plain basics so that you can transform them into any kind of look. You can always use accessories to paint any kind of picture you want with your outfit.

“When it comes to basics, I always look for something with a little bit of a twist – something unique, with unusual detail.”

The Little Black Dress

Lizzie Bell Sleeve Dress

I love black dresses! A little black dress lasts forever. It’s timeless, flawless and makes a girl feel good about her curves.

A flower dress will last for quite some time, it’s different and makes a statement on its own. Also, plaid asymmetrical dresses are going to be really big this year. It’s classic, but will also be very relevant this winter.

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Let Me Borrow that Top

Cozy, cozy, cozy! I can’t say it enough ~ cozy sweaters and cold shoulders continue for the fall/winter look. I always love a splash of color – like yellow.

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Basic Bottoms for Fall

high waist pants

Pleated skirts and wide-leg pants are big this year. Also, it’s always important to have a nice, sexy pencil skirt, especially for the working woman. It makes a bold statement and always gives me a little extra va va voom for the day.

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Hello Moto 🙂

Moto Vest Love Token

Vests – you can wear these, always! They’re cozy, and perfect for when you’re running errands, or mix it up on the bottom with a skirt to add a feminine feel.

The Moto Vest (above) is perfect this season and will last throughout the seasons. It’s a basic everyone should have in their wardrobe.

Dawn Genuine Shearling Coat

This gorgeous, camel-colored Dawn Genuine Shearling Collar Double Face Coat is really cozy and one of those classics that always looks chic, fabulous, and expensive.

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Basic Boots and More

Hello Platform Topshop

I bought myself a pair of these Hello platform boots from Top Shop a year ago and fell in love with them instantly. Good news for you ~ Nordstrom thankfully brought them back this year! They’re available at full price, but totally worth it. In fact, Christian Louboutin makes a similar boot, nearly identical, for over $1,000. So opting for this pretty pair will save you some pennies! Also, as if their gorgeous look isn’t enough, they’re also SUPER comfy and whenever I wear them out, I always get tons of compliments. For the price, they’re such a steal! Check out how they look paired with my pink dress, here!

More Bootyful Ideas

These red velvet with floral print boots are a little funky, but if you’re feeling bold enough to wear them with a knee-length dress or jeans, you’ve got yourself a truly unique look. I tried these on at Nordstrom, and no exaggeration, within moments I had swarms of people commenting on how much they loved them and wanted to try them on!

Another idea: Rockin’ a patent leather, thin pointed toe (scroll below) is perfect for elongating your legs and go perfect with jeans.

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Let’s Get Athletic

Gazelle Adidas

I’m making a promise to myself! I’m committed to start exercising before the holidays this year. Yes, BEFORE. Getting a start during holidays feels nearly impossible and post-holiday workouts just feel like an afterthought. So, I want to get back into fitness now ~ not just for looks, but because I feel better too. I love going on runs in the morning, especially when I’m dressed comfy and cute. I always opt for black outfits because it’s classy (and as a bonus, it makes me feel thin!)

If you want to get your cardio in, but opt for less impact, taking a brisk walk is a great idea too! And why not rock your red Adidas while you’re at it? I love to add a pop of color, especially since I wear black a lot, it’s nice to add a wildcard to my typical outfit. Looking for more shoe inspiration? Check out my Instagram to see how I wore these Ugg sneakers.

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Thank you so much for joining me today on the blog! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more tips, ideas, and everyday inspiration to live your best life.


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1 Comment

  • Reply psn September 24, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Amazing post, This is lovely and very classy, Thanks

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