How to Wear a Cobalt Blouse



I recently fell in love with and subsequently purchased a loose fitting cobalt blue, button-up blouse at the Nordstrom Rack. Cobalt blue is definitely trending right now and it's not hard to pull off. To keep the blouse the main focus and show off the bright blue color, I like to wear it with a neutral toned outfit and a cool necklace.

1. Silk Button Down Blouse by Greylin, from Piperlime
The one I bought is not available online but this one is a really close match – loose fitting but still professional and a little sexy (hello! open neckline).

2. Sam Edelman Maddox booties from Zappos
Neutral with a little bit of heel makes for a sophisticated and chic silhouette.

3. Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Always Naked 200
I bought this exact nail polish last week and it's totally my new favorite. It's very neutral and almost blends in so you can hardly see it's there except for a little shiny gleam. And bonus! it really lasts. I applied two coats (no topcoat) on Saturday and it's still holding strong 4 days later. My next plan for this polish is to use it with a pale lavender in a messy french manicure style like this.

4. Phard Casual Pants from Yoox
A slim pair of beige or gray pants perfectly balance the loose fit of the top and set off the bright color.

5. Necklace No. 12 by Iacoli & MCallister from Of A Kind
The solid, bright color blouse calls for a neutral colored necklace in a contemporary, geometric design. Whereas silver would blend in, gold looks especially bold with cobalt. 

6. Helmut Lang Rolled Sleeve Blazer from ShopBop
A delicately detailed beige jacket or sweater completes the outfit with polish.

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How To Wear Brown Leather Accessories


My favorite accessories are made of brown leather. I love how they look paired together. They have a way of pulling an outfit together with sophisticated no-fuss style. The best way to highlight your accessories is with a simple dark colored blouse/pant combo.

Here are my picks clockwise from top left:

1. Tubular Skinny Braid Belt from Lands' End Canvas
2. Silk Henley Blouse from L'Agence
3. Moto Vintage Skinny Jeans from TopShop
4. Transport Tote from Madewell
5. Enzo Angiolini 'Saylem' Riding Boot from Nordstrom
6. Wishbone Necklace from etsy seller lilabelledesign


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How to Make a Plaid Shirt Chic

The 90's gave plaid shirts a bad rap. But this photo proves that plaid can be utterly chic. (Just a little side note, I found the photo on pinterest and sadly can't find the original source. UPDATE: I found the source of the photo here on Happily Grey.) The photo is so gorgeous; it just slays me. If we could see the rest of her outfit, I think it would be dark, close fitting jeans and a leather handbag.

How to do it:

1. Get thee a plaid shirt. This men's shirt (by Gant Rugger at Barney's New York) matches our photo quite nicely. You should probably wash it about 50 times and get it nice and faded.

2. Put a chunky gold watch on that wrist.

3. Then add some femininity with a sweet little gold bracelet like this one by etsy shop fildee.

4. Finally, shade those eyes with dramatic, tortoise shell sunglasses like these by Steve Madden.

For more fall inspiration check out my Falling Into Autumn pinterest board.