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Day to Night Denim

The Perfect jeans to carry me throughout my day
Filed Under > #OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

I’m an absolute lover of denim.  Recently though, I noticed I tend to only wear two types of denim. Denim that is comfortable, and functional enough to get me through my day…read boyfriend jeans.  And denim that is more on the formal, and on the tighter side, for a night out on the town.  The problem is my hectic schedule doesn’t always allow me to run home and change. So this past week I set out to add a few new jeans to my wardrobe that would carry me easily from day to night.

I of course gravitated towards a brand I’ve been wearing for over a decade now; 7 for all mankind.  I find their jeans always fit me just right, and last forever.  Plus they have the largest variety of styles, and for this particular shopping trip finding a new style outside my comfort zone was key.

I tried on numerous shapes, sizes and styles, but ultimately went with the Ali cropped jeans with a frayed raw edge. I knew if I wanted this jean to truly take me from am to pm I’d have to go with a crop that way I wouldn’t need to worry about the height of heel I would have to wear.

I also chose a lighter shade of denim thinking how this light color would look great with my favorite sneakers, as well as dressed up with my favorite heels.  Plus with spring right around the corner I liked the lighter, not so serious feeling it gave me.  

And the raw edge.  Well that’s just a little bit of flare and my favorite part.  When initially seeing such a dramatic frayed edge as this you might not think it wouldn’t pair well with a more formal look, but it’s that unexpected touch that I feel makes it perfect for a more dressed up look. I mean how fun is all the fraying paired with my favorite ruffled pink mules?!

Lastly, the Ali is super comfortable.  The denim is worn in and soft to the touch, plus they’re a high rise fit which is all I’m wearing right now.  So over the low rise, all about the high rise.

All in all, I’m thrilled with the outcome and haven’t taken these babies off in at least a week!  Truly, MKR




Photography, Kathryn McCrary | This post is sponsored by 7 for all mankind.  A brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Winter Layers

My Favorite Layering Pieces You'll Wear Season After Season
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When it comes to my wardrobe, the one thing I’m really great at is layering. I love layering because it’s one of the easiest ways to add interest, and depth to any outfit.  And when done right, and with a few key layering staples, you’re able to make the same pieces feel brand new each time they’re worn. 

This is especially great for me since I find I’m constantly drawn to the same types of clothing: button down shirts, leggings, oversized sweaters, sneakers…basically everything you see in todays outfit.

While every piece of today’s entire outfit can be considered a key layering piece; the gold stars really go to my Spanx Faux Leather Leggings and Striped Shirtdress

The leggings are a win because the faux leather finish is an upgrade from your standard leggings, but can still be dressed up or down, worn alone as pants or layered underneath a skirt or long shirt.  Plus they’re Spanx so they hold me in in all the right places.

The Shirtdress, meant to be worn alone during warmer temps, doubles as a skirt or extra long shirt in this particular look.  Would this outfit have worked with the leggings and sweater; of course.  But how more fun is it with the blue and white striped dress?!  Pro tip…when layering match up tops with different sleeve lengths and neck shapes.  For example, my black sweater has a large cowl neck and shorter arms while the dress can be buttoned up and has the classic long sleeve.  This allows the tops to complement one another rather than fight to be seen. Win win.  Truly, MKR



When In The Windy City

An easy dress for traversing the streets of Chicago
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Recently, I made a trip home to Chicago for my bestie’s wedding.  I couldn’t wait to be back walking those windy streets, especially since the temps had begun to drop and snow was on the verge of falling.  I love that in-between; you can almost smell the first snow before it hits.

The problem though, for me is always what to pack? I mean I’m a terrible packer in the best circumstance. But add in bridesmaid dresses, hot to cold temps, and outfits that would have to be comfortable, and warm enough, to walk around plus fabulous enough for wherever the wind may blow me. Enter my go-to combo: long dress, high boots, and a hat.  Warm, comfortable, and almost always a “no fail.”

I love this W by Worth dress for a few different reasons.  First, it’s extremely comfortable.  Second, it’s extremely light which makes it the perfect outfit to take when traveling.  It doesn’t take up too much room, or weight, in my suitcase plus it’s easy to steam if it wrinkles during the journey.

And third, it’s extremely versatile.  Technically it’s an “off the shoulder” dress, and looks completely the part accessorized with heels and something shiny.  But here because I was going for a bit more relaxed look I wore the dress on the shoulders rather than off and paired it with my over the knee boots and favorite Rag & Bone hat. This allowed me to walk around Chicago comfortably during the day, but felt ready for drinks with friends later that evening.

All in all, it was the perfect outfit for what turned out to be the perfect week in Chicago.  Tell me, do you have a go-to outfit when traveling?  Truly, MKR



Location, The Waldorf Astoria Chicago | Photography, Luke Schneider

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