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I think one of the easiest ways to make any outfit look a little more pulled together is to add another layer.

Y’all know how much I love my basic white T and jeans, but I could just as easily wear that outfit to a job interview or a nice dinner out if I threw on a blazer or even a killer scarf and hat. The point is: layers mean business. And they’re just the ticket to make an outfit look a little more intentional.

The problem is, it’s still hot out there, you guys. Like, blazing. So even though my favorite style season is upon us, I can’t just throw on a sweater and boots and pretend that I won’t sweat to death.

Enter the vest.

I know, I know; you just hear that word and think of this. I know I do. But irregardless (if you don’t get that joke, we can’t be friends), I actually like vests in real life. And when you’re staring a steamy autumn in the face, they are the perfect solution to layers that won’t give you heat exhaustion.

Here are the three vests I’ll be rocking this fall (no matter what Regina George thinks).

The Puffer Vest

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Does the puffer vest ever really go out of style? I hope not. The best thing about these fluffy little suckers is that you can wear them through winter, and they look just as good with a sweater and pencil skirt as they do with a button down, statement necklace, and jeans.

The Denim Vest

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I’ll be real: No one was more surprised than me when the denim vest made a comeback. The last time I wore one, I’m pretty sure my biggest concern was where I had left my social studies homework and what time is Even Stevens on? But the only secret to pulling off a denim vest is to wear it in the same context you would a jean jacket. The only difference? Easy-breezy arms. It’s also a great way to transition spaghetti-strapped maxi dresses into cooler temps during those last few weeks of summer.

The Drape-y Olive Vest

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Olives are actually one of the only two foods I hate, but when it comes to the color, I dig it. I would literally wear this color every day if I didn’t want to confuse people into thinking I think I’m an actual member of the armed forces. Olive is essentially fall’s answer to the khaki of summer, and I for one am totally into it — especially considering how perfectly it pairs with my 90-percent-black-and-white wardrobe. This drape-y cotton vest adds a bit of coziness to everything from summer dresses leggings and long-sleeved T’s.

So come on now…you don’t think ALL vests are disgusting, right?

Plus, did you catch my other favorite fall accessory?

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Lately, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this wood watch from JORD. Mine is the Fieldcrest Series watch in zebrawood and maple, and it fits into my life the way a hand-hewn farm table fits into every gorgeous dining room you see on Pinterest right now. The color is neutral enough to match everything, but I love the actual woodgrain in the band and face — and how it makes my watch subtly unique from every other one in the series.

Here are a few more close-ups of that little beauty:

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Interested in getting your own? Shop their entire women’s line here.*

Plus, for a limited time JORD is giving away a $75 credit for their products! Enter here — you get a $20 credit just for entering. Giveaway ends September 25th.

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Luxury Wood Watch

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Hands down, one of the best parts of having a baby girl is the clothes. I probably would have enjoyed dressing a boy, too, but as a lover of girl clothes myself, it’s so much fun to style her in dresses, headbands, and bows.

That being said, I never want to be the type of person who forces my kid to wear uncomfortable clothes. Most days, she and I are lounging at home or running errands, so our “style” is pretty laid-back. I also prefer baby clothes that look like an outfit I might wear, as opposed to super matchy-matchy sets.

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That’s why I was so excited when I learned about the Sweet Peanut Clothing Company. This adorable company creates mix-and-match baby separates out of soft, organic cotton. Each piece is a streamlined design for easy, comfortable wear, and I love how most of the patterns are gender neutral. Sweet Peanut releases two new themed lines per year, and they’re all playful and bright.

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Also, this semi-crunchy mom can’t help but love that the fabric is never chemically treated and non-hazardous dyes are used to create the vivid colors.

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Plus, can we talk about how cute the clothes are?

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Of course, a cute model doesn’t hurt either! What are your favorite children’s brands?

*Clothing was provided for a review.

***Giveaway is closed. The winner is Danielle! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Is it just me, or is there something about the weather changing that makes you want to throw out every piece of clothing you own and replace it with something new?

Given the success of a little thing called “the fashion industry” and it’s seasonal calendar of releases, I’m going to guess that no, it’s not just me.

But as much as I would like to start from scratch every spring and fall, it’s not exactly what you would call fiscally responsible. Unless you are a Kardashian, in which case, you’re reading my blog? What?

Anyway.

But I have good news! The good people of Shabby Apple (who specialize in vintage-style clothing) recently reached out to me and offered a free Hackney dress to one of my readers!

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All you have to do is click here to see Shabby Apple’s collection of vintage clothing, then come back and leave a comment with your favorite style. On Monday, June 20th, I’ll randomly select a winner. You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on June 9th to enter. (Note: Must be a United States resident.)

Good luck!

 

It’s hard to get too excited about doing the dishes.

While it’s certainly not my least favorite chore (lookin’ at you, taking out the garbage), I won’t be sad if we one day own a dishwasher. (As in the appliance…I do not support indentured servitude.)

But something I do Get excited about? Free samples.

So when I received a an email from Influenster asking if I’d like to try out a bonus sample of Palmolive’s new Fresh Infusions dish soap, I figured it couldn’t hurt my dish-washing experience.

When the samples arrived, I was first shocked to see that they sent me not a tiny sample bottle, but three full-sized bottles in three different scents. (Yeah, we won’t need to buy this stuff for a year.)

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Not only do they come in pretty bottles, try actually smell rather pretty, too. So far, I had no complaints.

And I’m pleased to report that I wasn’t disappointed with the quality of soap either. I hadn’t purchased Palmolive in years (I always kind of thought of it as an out-dated brand. I mean, doesn’t Ralphie mention in it A Christmas Story?) But now that they’re obviously stepping up their game, I could definitely see used reaching for it in the supermarket in the future. (You know, after I get through these three bottles.)

Have you tried the new Palmolive? What did you think? Do you actually spend any time thinking about your dish soap?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I’ve always been a fan of tights and (ok, I’ll admit it) jeggings.

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