Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fashion Week: 7 Wardrobe Essentials (A Thoughtful Place)

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Hey everyone!  I'm back today with my sweet friend Courtney from A Thoughtful Place.  
I just adore Courtney's classic, effortless style in both interior design.........
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and fashion. 
She's a true beauty inside and out, and I feel honored to call her a friend!  As you have gathered from the above photos, she most definitely knows what's up in the world of all things stylish-  so I'll let her take it from here! 
I'm so excited to be hanging out here at Our Fifth House. Carmel never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful home, impeccable taste, and sweet manner. We all know Carmel has it going on fashion wise but I am thrilled to be sharing some of my favorite pieces with you. I am the first one to shop a great sale and keep a few trendy pieces in rotation at all times. But there are some investments that stand the test of time. Maybe it's the preppy vibe that runs through my wardrobe, but I certainly find that the following items could be considered classic and timeless. 

7 wardrobe essentials

I love the simplicity of a simple striped dress. It works well dressed up or dressed down and lends itself to a great statement necklace. If you spend a little more on a classic dress, it's easy to add a trendy inexpensive piece of jewelry to the look. Likewise, the red blazer never goes out of style. You can toss it over a black dress or pair it with an old well loved pair of jeans. A huge staple in my wardrobe is the scarf. A plaid is timeless and looks great with anything. I am also a huge fan of the black rain boot. With all of the darling trendy boot liners, you can instantly update the look without spending a fortune. While the skinny jean may come and go, a well fitting jean looks great under a boot or worn with a sexy heel. That brings me to the nude heel. I have always loved this shoe. It let's our outfit shine and makes the leg look even longer. And lastly, a classic handbag is key. I literally carry the same one almost all year long. If you keep it neutral with pretty detail it will go with anything you own. 

I tried to find a save and splurge option for each of these classic looks. While I think any of these are worth splurging a bit, it's not always possible and there are plenty of darling options out there. 

1. skinny jean {save}  // {splurge}

2. red blazer {save} // {splurge}

3.  striped dress  {save} // {splurge}

4.  rain boots  {save} // {splurge}

5.  handbag  {save} // {splurge}

6.  scarf   {save} // {splurge}

7.  nude pumps  {save} // {splurge}

Thanks so much for having me, Carmel! Enjoy your day, everyone. 

Okay is it just me, or do you all feel like you need to buy all 7 of those items - like right now?!  How is it even possible that I don't already own a red blazer?!  And, how fabulous is that striped dress?  Such a fun look in place of the basic little black dress.  Thanks so much Courtney!  
Check out Cassie's (Hi Sugarplum!) -  7 wardrobe essentials.  
And be sure you come back tomorrow for another super stylish blogger's fantabulous fashion advice!   
I'm over at Living Savvy sharing a few simple organizing tips today - head on over to check it out! 


  1. Love this! I am all about key pieces to mix and match...then throw in just a few trendy pieces! Thanks Carmel and Courtney!
    ann e

  2. Courtney is beyond adorbs!!! love her and love all her pics. And now I want a red jacket!!

  3. fun series! my wardrobe could use a little revamp.

  4. How sweet are you? Thanks for the very kind words, Carmel. So flattered to be hanging out here. Loved Cassie's post yesterday and excited to read the other features. Always looking for fashion tips and tricks. Enjoy your day, everyone.

  5. I really like this series! Some great tips that I really need to follow. My poor old wardrobe has been neglected for far too long. I tried to click on some of the links but they didn't work, just to let you know. The save dress one and the splurge blazer worked but none of the others. Anybody else having that problem?

  6. I have been wanting to find a blazer in a bright color... Love this post, great advice. And your house is gorgeous!

  7. LOVE that sassy pic of court! And love all her choices...a full skirt + stripes...I need that dress!!!

  8. These are great choices for closet staples! Love the varied price range. Thanks Carmel and Courtney!


  9. Skinny jeans, nude pumps and a scarf, you absolutely cannot go wrong with those essentials. Love them!

  10. Couldn't agree more with Courtney's wardrobe staples. Love blazers and scarves- can never have too many! (P.S. I've really enjoyed reading your blog, Carmel, and I added it to my blogroll.)

  11. Those are for sure staples! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Another great and unexpected place to look for rain boots is Academy (yes, the sporting goods store). I found a pair of Sperry Topsiders in the tan Burberry check pattern for $20. The patterns change, but you still get the name and the quality without the price.

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  14. Love this post! I fell in love with the "Save" dress, put it in my online shopping cart to buy and they only ship to UK and Ireland. Bummer!

  15. Such a fun series, Carmel! I agree, Courtney is a beauty, inside and out, and I love her picks and also the save or splurge options!! I NEED that bag!

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  17. I agree Carmel....Courtney has fabulous taste and style in interior design and fashion! A beautiful woman, too. Inside and out. I keep telling Courtney I need to hire her to be my personal shopper! Love love love her taste.

  18. Court- I seriously LOVE that pic of you with the wine!! So fun! And you are one stylish mama!

  19. Ooh I love all of Courtney's picks! {Not that I'm surprised--her style is flawless!} Thanks for the fun feature, Carmel!

    ~Abby =)

  20. Carmel, I want to move into your blog! Your readers could not be sweeter. Thanks, everyone.

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