Fitting room frenzy at J Crew Outlet.

This past weekend I made a whirlwind trip to the Premium Outmall Mall  and had to share some of the cute coat finds from JCrew Factory Outlet.  Everything is on sale.

I love winter coats because I work in and out of my car all day long.  There are some days I don’t take my coat off so I’m always on the lookout for cute coats each season.

Here are five of my favorite coats from JCrew factory outlet.

The Classic Trench Wool Coat

For more expensive pieces in my wardrobe I tend to have a classic style.  That is why I ADORE this wool topcoat.  I cannot decide what color to buy.  I tried on a size 6 in the navy and it was too roomy even with the sweater on.  The camel/sand color I tried on the size 4 it fit great but if you tend to wear heavy bulky items in the fall and winter it may be too snug.

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Navy trench coat
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The Vail Parka coat with fur hood

I’ll admit  I love all things fur so I had to try this coat on.  This was a size 4 and needed a 2.  This coat tends to run really big so I’d size down one.

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Vail Parka with fur
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The quilted vest and coat

In the fall I love layering with quilted vests while I’m out running errands, hiking with my boys, or even for a more casual look for work.  They have 6 fun colors.  This layer adds so much polish to an outfit.  Then when you need more warmth they have the casual quilted coats.  They are so comfortable and come in several colors.  I wore a small and that size was perfect.

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Quilted puffer vest
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These tops are fall and winter staples.  The navy and white gingham button down can take you from work to weekend.

I am obsessed with the navy and white striped waffle funnel neck sweatshirt.  Its longer so it covers your rear.  Perfect for jeans or with leggings and runs true to size.  You will be weekend ready in a flash.

XOXO  Sarah

 

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Target Style Update:   Hearth & Hand with Magnolia launched Sunday.

Here are 5 Hearth & Hand pieces to update your dining table for Fall.

  1. Linen X Table Runner
  2. Wood decorative bowl
  3. 4 Leg Large Tray
  4. Striped Napkins
  5. Pine Garland
  6. Potholders

These pieces are so versatile.  I was excited to have some updates for Fall and Thanksgiving but they will easily transition for holiday.

Starting with the cream X linen table runner as a base I added the garland on top.  The color works perfect for my house and dining room.  I used my existing chargers and plates and added the black and cream striped napkin.  I am obsessed with all the beautiful fall colors so I wanted to stick to a natural fall look.  I grabbed my pumpkin from Halloween and took my boys out on a nature scavenger hunt to see who could find the biggest leaf.  I also cut some branches of pretty fall leaves and evergreen to fill in the faux garland.  This is a fun way to decorate for Fall without spending a lot of money.

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On my mantle I used the decorative bowl and some textural balls I already had.  I love decorating with texture while keeping colors neutral.  It creates so many fun places to draw your eye.

Decorative Bowl

In the kitchen I had to have the beautiful 4 leg tray and it was time to trash my old potholders.  This tray will make anything look amazing.  The boys and I experimented with a 3 ingredient no bake cookie bark so we plated it up on the new tray.  I’m a big believer for everything if you buy it, use it.  It doesn’t need to be a “special” occasion to use fancy pieces in the kitchen. How amazing would a cheese plate look and taste on this board?

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Wooden Tray and pot holders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is what I bought:

Here my other favorites:

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The O’Fallon Brewery pumpkin pack is one of my favorite treats when it hits the shelf at Dierbergs during the fall season.  These tasty brews will have you looking forward to autumn every year.  The popularity of the O’Fallon Pumpkin Pack is so high though, they fly off the shelves shortly after being stocked.  Last year I could not find it anywhere.  This year I decided to plan ahead reserve a Pumpkin pack and and host a pumpkin beer tasting party because there’s nothing like enjoying the Fall season with your girlfriends.      

How to host a pumpkin beer tasting party  

  • Set a date
  • Find a venue
  • Contact the venue
  • Think about food and drinks
  • Have an activity 
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O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Pack

1. Set A Date:

Talk to your friends and see who is interested in attending and what dates and times work best.  I wanted to keep this group to between 6-10 people since I wasn’t having it at my house.  This makes it easier to talk to everyone too.   I decided 8:00 p.m. was a good time, I wanted to squeeze in a little quality time with my boys after work and have time to freshen up, before heading out.

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Pumpkin Beer Tasting

2.  Find a venue:

Many times hosting at your house is the natural option.  If you’re like me, hosting a party at my house can be stressful after working all week.  Picking a neutral location can make it a lot more enjoyable because you won’t have to worry about getting your house picked up prior to your guests arriving, and cleanup is a snap.  The Dierbergs in Des Peres on Manchester Rd. was an ideal location for this party because it features a balcony area by the main entrance, they provide glassware, and every Friday night there’s a live band.  Plus, unlike at a restaurant, you won’t have to worry about how long your party runs and if you’re occupying much-needed tables during busy times.  Think outside the box when deciding on a venue.  It’s more important to get together than to have the perfect setting.   Some other options are  Park pavilions, Recreation facility, church hall, private rooms or alcoves at restaurants, your neighborhood clubhouse and coffee shops.

3.  Contact the venue and find out all the details.

It’s important to note any policies they might have, so you don’t have any snags once you arrive.

4.  Think about the food and drinks:

If you love cooking, making your own food items for the party is a great cost-saving approach.  However, I literally did one-stop-shopping at Dierbergs for my food and drinks.  The beer was not the only item that was pumpkin themed  here is what I got:

  • O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Beer 12-pack, which included flavors like “Jack O’ Latte”, and “Pumpkin Bread”
  • Sweet bakery items: pumpkin gooey butter cake bites,  pumpkin cupcakes, and scones.  I asked Dierberg’s to put this together for me since I was sticking to a pumpkin theme.  They were easy to work with and charged me for the food and a few extra dollars for the platter so just ask them if you want something you don’t see.  

 

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5. Have an activity:  

I like to have some sort of activity or simple icebreaker, especially if your friends don’t all know each other already.  I thought  it would be fun to get my friends’ engaged in tasting each beer, so my husband created a pumpkin beer tasting sheet.  Then they can make comments and grade each flavor.  The results from my tasting had the classic O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer claiming the blue ribbon, and O’Fallon Jack O’ Latte was runner-up. 

The food winner was far-and-away pumpkin gooey butter cake bites, followed by pumpkin cupcakes.

So, what’s your favorite pumpkin-themed recipe?  Is it a scrumptious sweet item, savory entree, or are you a novice brewer who makes your own pumpkin beer?

Happy Fall everyone!

XOXO Sarah

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Nordstrom-Tunic

This tunic is such a versatile piece.  Since Fall weather will be here any day now we’ll be looking for longer sleeves.  These tops come in several colors and are a little longer if you are like me and don’t want short tops when I’m sporting my leggings.

You can wear these tops with jeans, leggings, and even faux leather pants.

Since I am all about the layers for a more polished look I love this with the faux fur vest I got last year.  It would also be adorable with a moto vest or cardigan.

This jewelry is icing on the cake.  Collections by Joya a locally based St Louis company designed this amazing tassel necklace, bracelet, and drusey ring.  It completes the entire look to perfection.

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A New Day Floppy Hat (similar) | Paper Dolls faux fur vest (similar) | Lush Tunic (33% off and comes in 4 colors) | Dolce Vita Black Booties (no longer available, but similar Dolce Vita heels) | Fashionable Black Denim | Sole Society Faux Leather Tote (comes in 3 colors) | Collections By Joya – Gobi Desert Tassel Necklace, Oval Bracelet, and Nora Druzy Ring

 

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Here is the same great tunic with white denim, and gray accents with the same amazing tassel necklace for a more casual look for running errands.

 

 

 

 

 

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This week of Target Style is all about fun graphic T’s and my favorite “Boo your neighbor” tradition.  

It doesn’t have to be the holiday season to remind your kids to always have a giving spirit.  I like to find fun traditions throughout the year that reminds my two kiddos that you should always think of others.  As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to “Boo” your neighbor.  While it’s about catching them off guard, it has everything to do with making them laugh instead of scream in fear.

Here are the steps on how to “boo”:  First, you’ll need a container.  A bucket works best because it provides for a better presentation of its contents.  Target or Dollar Tree will have a large selection of these.  

Next, it’s time to fill your bucket with goodies.  While kids try to get as much candy on Halloween, the items that go into your “Boo Bucket” don’t necessarily have to tame the sweet tooth.  I like to include stickers, games and other non-food items that will entertain them.  A good cost-saving strategy is to purchase your Boo supplies right after Halloween the year before because everything will be on sale.

 

Lastly, include a flyer that describes what it means to get “booed”, and what your neighbors need to do next.  They’re instructed to first put the “I’ve been booed” sign in on their door.  Next, they’ll need to boo two other neighbors.

Now it’s time to head out.  To get your kids excited, explain that this is a “top secret mission” and they must be super quiet as to make sure the neighbor doesn’t hear them.  Make sure to wear dark clothing so you’re not spotted, but take a good flashlight.

 

Get in a good viewing spot where you’re close to your target house, but also where you can’t be seen.  When the coast is clear, run to the door, ring the doorbell drop the bucket of treats and then take off as fast as you can back to your hiding spot.  Watch the door to see if someone opens it, and finds the Boo Bucket.  It’s fun to watch your neighbor’s reaction to such a fun surprise.  Repeat the process for your next neighbor.  

In the following days, your kids will be checking the door every hour to see if you were booed.  The best is when you’re home and get booed, and try to guess who was the sneaky neighbor.  

This is a sure-fire activity to get your kids even more excited about Halloween, and you’re also teaching them an important lesson about giving.

What are your favorite Halloween traditions?

 

 

Here is my Target Style outfit for the night and some similar options.  If you missed last week of Target style-Dark Denim Shirt or Target Style-Embroidered Military Jacket

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Fall-Nordstrom-DressThis Lush dress has been on major repeat for me this Fall.  There are so many great things about this dress.

1. The price.  It’s $49.

2. Super flattering on all body type

3. It comes in several colors

4. Perfect for casual, work, dressing up, nights out.

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Lush Crepe Dress (comes in 3 other colors) | Philosophy Republic Clothing Moto Vest | BaubleBar Empress Necklace | Sole Society ‘Marlena’ Leopard Clutch | Nine West Pumps (no longer available, but similar Vince Camuto Pumps) | Collections By Joya- Sirmione Tassel Earrings, Bracelet Set

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Here are a few different ways I have styled the Lush dress.
-Pairing it with an embroidered denim jacket. This is what I wore when I went to the Living with Landyn Live Show and is a more casual way of styling the Lush dress.
-You can pair it with a faux fur vest and booties and mixed metal accessories.
-Even this faux suede jacket and booties with this amazing tassel necklace.
Which is your favorite look with this dress?
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Hello.  Its Target Style Tuesday.  I am loving the Fall weather here in St Louis and Target is packed with amazing Fall essentials.

If you have not seen the A New Day collection at Target in person you have to check it out the next time you are in.      I love having versatile pieces in my wardrobe I can wear so many different ways without breaking the bank.

Fall weather is all about layers.  It’s cool in the morning and gets warm in the afternoon.  This A New Day oatmeal sweater kept me warm while hitting the outdoor shops in St. Charles.

It is the perfect layering sweater to go with jeans, leggings, dresses, even joggers.  Throw it on and go.  It comes in 3 colors.

Fit tip:  I am 5″4 wearing a small and it hangs to my knees.

A New Day Sweater (Oatmeal) | A New Day Button Down Shirt | White Jeans (no longer available, but similar Vince Camuto white jeans) | TOMS Peep Toe Booties (36% off) | DV Tote Handbag | Fur Pom Pom Keychain (found in Target dollar spot, but similar Free People Pompom charm) | Target Floppy Hat (similar) | Collections by Joya – Bracelet, Initial Necklace, and Allegra Necklace

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When it warms up the sweater comes off and I found this dark denim button down.  I love the classic cut and style of this shirt.  There are literally thousands of possibilities with dark denim tops.  I am dying to wear this with my new leopard coat but until it gets cold this would be great with a cream pleated skirt, olive jeans, light wash denim, or the white denim like I’m wearing.  I’m wearing the top in a small.

Let’s talk accessories! (My FAVORITE)  When you have great versatile basics like the Oatmeal sweater, dark denim button down, and white jeans the sky is the limit with accessories.  Today I was keeping it neutral.

Hats!  I love wearing hats for many reasons, one it shields my face from the sun and two I don’t have to worry about wind-blown hair.  Yeah!

Hat advice:  If you don’t think you’re a hat person I say just try some on.  Target is the perfect place to try because their hats are not expensive.  Wearing hats immediately makes your look more fashionable and no one has to know you just didn’t have time to fix your hair.  Lol.

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This DV tote is amazing it looks so expensive.  It feels like suede and has these sweet little metal details.  It’s perfect for weekend shopping and stashing all your kid’s snacks and toys but during the week its big enough for my laptop and work essentials.  This fur pom keychain I got in the dollar spot area for $3 (I bought every color) and I can’t tell you how many people have commented on it.  I love adding little details to mix it up.

My bracelet is by a local St Louis designer Collections by Joya.  This Jasper bracelet is one you could wear almost daily.  The quality and simplistic design are amazing.  Additional bonus:  Collections by Joya is a give back company that helps women all around the world so with every purchase you are helping women in need.  Win-Win!!

That is all my Target Style Tips for this Tuesday.  Are you in the mood for a #targethaul?

If you missed last week’s Target Style- Embroidered Military Jacket post check it out here:

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The perfect weekend-ready outfit.  The top reasons you should add a denim shirt to your Fall wardrobe:

  1. It’s so versatile.  You can wear it casual with jeans or leggings or dress it up with a cute skirt.
  2. Perfect layer in the Fall.  If you get warm tie it around your waist.
  3. They are classic.  If you buy a good one you’ll have it for years.
  4. Denim looks good with any color bottom.  Try:  Olive, White, Black, Burgandy, Tan, Gray, Denim

Fashionable ‘The Western’ Shirt | Fashionable ‘Karina’ V-Neck Tee (Comes in 3 other colors) | Michael Kors White Jeans | Fashionable Tonal Necklace | Gap Hat | Fashionable ‘Alem’ Utility Bag (Comes in 4 other colors) | TOMS Peep Toe Booties (36% off)

Check out these other Flay-lay Friday posts:

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I spoke with Target headquarters in MN to get the inside scoop on all these new brands Target has.  A New Day is one of my new FAVS.  So many fun current pieces and good quality.  Here is what they told me:

“A New Day (a.n.d.) is our new women’s apparel and accessories brand.  It launched in early September, debuting a modern classic aesthetic with modernized prints and patterns.  Additionally, the brand is focused on building confidence through versatility.  This is a storytelling brand and reflects the idea that there’s “always something more.” This brand is meant to convey a feminine aesthetic, with confidence and a little wink.”

I have been loving all the embroidery this fall and found this adorable jacket and tank.  I wore this last week to a business casual meeting I was at in Kansas City and got so many compliments.

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Embroidered Military Jacket | Polka Dot Top | Kut from the Kloth Jeans (Dark Wash) | Halogen Belt | TOMS Majorca Peep Toe Booties (36% off) | Treasure & Bond Set of 11 Bangles | Nadri Hoop Earrings (Gold)

 

 

 

 

 

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Embroidered Military Jacket | Who What Wear Tank | Nadri Hoop Earrings (Gold) | Kendra Scott Cuff (Gold) | Cece A-Line Skirt  | Sole Society ‘Susan’ Faux Leather Tote (Comes in 3 colors) | Leapord Vince Camuto Pumps (very similar)

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Embroidered-Military-JacketEmbroidered Military Jacket | Who What Wear Tank | Fashionable ‘The Skinny’ Jeans | Nadri Hoop Earrings (Gold) | BP. Clutch (No longer available but similar here) | Kendra Scott Cuff (Gold) | Leapord Vince Camuto Pumps (very similar) | Vince Camuto Lace-Up Bootie (50% off and comes in 3 other colors)

 

 

 

 

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Nashville girls trip Day 2

We started off with breakfast at Proper Bagel.  We ordered a trio of tasty toast and the must-have lavender honey iced latte.  You have to try it.

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Avacado Toast, Pruchetto and Fig, and Peaches and Cream with a honey lavender latte.  Bring it on.

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After fueling up we couldn’t wait to check out the 12 South neighborhood.  This place is a little piece of heaven.  Shops, Restaurants, Murals for photo ops and the cutest flower truck to take home a bouquet.

Amelia’s Flower Truck cruises around town but lucky for us the truck was at White’s Mercantile.  You can pick flower stems to create your own bouquet.

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Shop til we drop time.

Draper James is Reese Witherspoon’s boutique.  They have the sweetest southern style clothing and accessories.  The shop is pricey but it worth a trip into browse.  They even greet you with a sweet tea to enjoy while you shop.

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There are so many fun murals and painted walls to get your photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next door to Draper James is Sprinkles Cupcake ATM.  OMG, WHAT!!  This concept is genius.  I had to get a couple cupcakes for my boys.  I opted for the pumpkin and sprinkle cupcakes. They loved!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After shopping, photos and cupcakes we needed some pampering.  We had set appointments for blowouts at Parlor 3.  This salon is where Nashville celebs get their hair done.  The owner works with Carrie Underwood.  One of my favorite bloggers, Living with Landon always talks about Parlor 3.

My stylist was Derick.  He just moved to Nashville from LA and was so sweet.  He said it was his first job in a salon.  He had been working with celebs in LA and NYC doing celebrity events.  He was modest about the celebs he had worked with but on his IG account @derekpeterw, he has pics with Khloe Kardashian, Gweneth Paltrow, Whitney Everport,  Rebecca Romijin and tons of others.  I loved feeling like the celebs do for an afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

Tip:  If you are in Nashville, go to Parlour 3 on Saturday.  They said Saturday is there slowest day but book in advance.  We had the best service and time.

After getting our hair done we were ready for a night out in Nashville.  The first stop was The Thompson Hotel.  They have a swanky rooftop bar called LA Jackson that overlooks the Gulch.  It was the perfect night.  We order some cocktails and an app and enjoyed the fresh air and Nashville glow.

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Since we had our dancing shoes on, we headed to Broadway we went to Acme Feed and Seed.  This was a four-floor honkey tonk on Broadway.  Each floor had a totally different vibe.  We spent most of the night on the first floor listening to the live band, watching the bachelorette parties, and dancing.

Thankfully The Mariott Renaissance Nashville was a quick uber ride back.

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Another amazing day in Nashville.  If you missed Girls Nashville Weekend Day 1 check it out.  Stay tuned for more Nashville excitement.  Are you ready to grab your girls and go?