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My Style: The Importance of White Basics

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Nothing is quite as simple as a white button-up blouse. It’s such an effortless piece that always classes up an outfit. Take this look for example. I’m wearing casual-looking ankle boots and jeans, but the white blouse somehow makes the whole look feel a little more professional. What a powerful article of clothing!

Fortunately for me, I scored this loose-fitting blouse from H&M a few months ago at a remarkably reasonable price (this one is no longer for sale, but you can find similar-looking blouses from H&M here and here). If you are looking for classic pieces to last you a long time, this is a good place to splurge. Decide what looks best on you—structured or loose-fitting—and find a blouse that works best with your style.

Amp the class factor with bold accessories. I adorned this look with my new and fabulous Michael Kors watch, which was a Christmas present from the husband, (Thanks husband!) and my favorite chunky necklace from a Banana Republic outlet store.

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White blouse: H&M; Jeans: Joe’s from Saks Off Fifth; Boots: Kohl’s; Belt: Target; Earrings: Kate Spade; Necklace: Banana Republic Outlet; Watch: Michael Kors; Purse: Coach Outlet

What are some of your favorite pieces of clothing to create a more professional-looking ensemble?

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Holiday Gift Guide | For Her | 2014

All of these gifts are under $60. Enjoy!

2014 Gift Guide

1. Tartan Heavy Blanket Scarf from Tara Lynn’s Boutique

Scarves are a very popular gift for Christmas, but what about over-sized blanket scarves? These accessories are available in 11 different color combinations and are certain to keep their wearer cozy. ($39)

2. Tarte’s Kiss & Belle Lipsurgence Lip Set

Perfect for fun and festive holiday parties, this eight-piece set of lip tints and glosses is great for girls who adore color. Best of all, they’re formulated without parabens or phthalates. ($34)

3. Kate Spade’s Secret Garden Stud Earrings

Every girl needs a go-to pair of stud earring in their jewelry collection; Kate Spade has just the set. These navy stones are encircled with rhinestones that add an elegant sparkle to outfits. ($58)

4. Crowned Leaf Bakeware Rolling Pin from Anthropologie

Forget tired-looking wooden pins. Give this bright and cheerful handpainted rolling pin, which is made from handbone china, to the Martha Stewart prodigy in your life. ($18)

5. Personal Library Kit from Knock Knock

For the bookworm who is constantly running out of bookshelf space, this library kit provides a lot of nerdy, organizational fun. With this kit you’re able to sort who has borrowed what book. Plus, it comes with a date stamp that’s just plain fun to use. ($16)

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My Style: Chunky Stocking Hat

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The weather has officially taken a turn for the worst. Not only does it get dark before I leave work, but I am cold ALL THE TIME. My staple wardrobe has basically become cozy sweaters, skinny jeans and boots. And every once in awhile, I’ll pair it with my adorable chunky stocking hat. (Especially on days where I don’t have time to completely style my hair.)

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I took this outfit out to 715 Restaurant to enjoy happy hour. Because apparently enjoying TWO Thanksgiving dinners on the same day wasn’t enough food, I also had to stuff my face this weekend with pizza. I’m just keeping it real, guys.

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Sweater: Swap party; Jeans: Old Navy; Boots: Chinese Laundry; Stocking hat: Target; Necklace: LC Lauren Conrad

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My Style: Proof I’m an Amazon

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This cold weather is really ruining my blogging mojo. By the time I come home from work it’s pitch black outside. Same thing on the weekends: By the time I’m ready for a night on the town, it’s too dark for good photos. But lighting problems aside, I was able to snap a picture of my outfit this weekend at The Westside Local in Kansas City, along with Laura from Laura Put Together.

So this photo is basically proof that I’m an Amazon. But despite my towering over Laura, I’m never giving up my weekend heels! This weekend, Laura and I were out to dinner celebrating our friend Kim’s birthday and we both found ourselves wearing leather leggings. Twinsies! I am clothed in black from head to toe, plus a little snakeskin. (Thanks for the shirt, Kim!) Because if you can’t dress head to toe in black in winter, when can you?

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Shirt: Swap party (The Limited); Leather leggings: Topshop; Shoes: Gianni Bini; Necklace: Icing; Bracelet: Charming Charlie; Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics’ Diva

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How to Throw a Clothes Swap Party

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Every two months or so, my girlfriends from college (Rock Chalk!) like to get together and catch up. This month, we decided to do something a little different and throw a clothes swap party.

Because we are constantly asking each other things like “Where did you get that cute blouse?” we decided it would be great to go through our closets, find clothes we no longer wear, bring them to our next get-together and swap. We rifled through blouses, skirts, pants, jewelry, belts, shoes and purses, and we each walked away with a tote bag filled with free clothes. We are so smart.

If you, too, want to throw a clothes swap party, follow these simple rules.

Rules for a Clothes Swap Party

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1. Invite a group of friends over to your house who have similar tastes. (Especially the friends in your life who love to shop.)

2. Set a few ground rules: no torn or tattered clothing; bring anything you no longer like, even if you think the item is out-of-date; and bring a minimum set number of items. We didn’t actually include that last rule at our party, but I think we would next time…I’m looking at you Laura. 😉

3. Also ask everyone to bring a couple of tote bags to use to lug home their scored goods.

4. Provide light, non-messy snacks. Our hostess, miss Kimberlyloc, shelled out quite the spread, including popcorn, nuts, chocolate and a chili feast. Serve lighter snacks such as popcorn and nuts before and during the swapping, and save the heavier foods, i.e. chili, for after (as reward for a job well-swapped).

5. Designate a room for wardrobe changes. You will want to try everything on before committing.

6. Also designate a space for showcasing clothes. We spread all of our clothes on a bed (see picture above).

7. Make a clear shopping plan. Here was ours:

Each person showcases what they brought. If you’re interested in it, you say so. A lot of the times, only one person will be interested in an item (granted, there were only four of us), but for cases that more than one person is interested in an item, put it in the communal pile.

Once everyone has showcased what they brought, takes turns trying on what interests you. Sometimes you won’t end up liking what you were initially interested in. Other times you will LOVE what you scored.

If more than one person still ends up loving what they tried on, then you have to “fight” over it. And by fight, I mean rock-paper-scissors. We’re so tough.

8. Finally, have fun! Then donate whatever clothes no one wanted to charity.

What I Scored

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From left to right: a cheetah-print top; a basic brown T-shirt; a green and blue striped button-up blouse

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From left to right: A blue and white striped blouse with buttons up the back; an orange, white and black striped sweater with pleather elbow patches

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From left to right: A black cardigan with sequined pockets; a black and snakeskin peplum top; a pair of studded hoop earrings

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From left to right: black and grey tuxedo pants from Banana Republic; a blue and white printed peasant top

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