resolutions vs. goals: notebook

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Is it really 2019 already? You’ve likely already been inundated with messages demanding that we make a list of lofty goals for a “new and better you.” Cue the cliche New Year’s resolutions that will be stored in the mental files of things to feel guilty about by January 15th. Nah, I think I’ll pass. While intentions for setting New Year’s Resolutions are undoubtedly positive, I feel like they’ve evolved into an obligatory practice that isn’t always very inspiring. I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions – not because I don’t believe in self-betterment and goal setting. Rather, I have embraced a concept of continuous self-improvement that flows throughout the whole year, not just January 1st.

resolutions vs. goals: desk


My mantra encompasses splitting up long-term goals into multiple short-term goals, going with the flow, and constant self-reflection. Here are a couple of ways I like to keep myself on track! (Hint: they don’t involve dumping a load of forgettable New Year’s resolutions on the first day of the year.)


Resolutions vs. Goals

  • trying to attack multiple big goals all at once vs. inching towards milestones over time
  • setting overwhelming resolutions once a year vs. setting more realistic goals weekly or monthly
  • waiting until next year to evaluate what I have/haven’t accomplished vs. celebrating little victories at a time
  • starting 2018 with a ton of pressure and anxiety vs. embracing “go with the flow”
  • feeling stuck with the resolutions set at the beginning of the year vs. adapting expectations and priorities according to life changes
  • holding yourself accountable to resolutions that may no longer be important to you vs. leaving room for new opportunities that may pop up unexpectedly


resolutions vs. goals: book


Why wait for one day to make major decisions when you have 364 equally valuable goal-setting days? (Besides, you were probably too hungover on January 1st to think straight.) A lot can change in a year, and that means our goals and expectations will likely change too. Setting big New Year’s resolutions for ourselves early on may be setting ourselves up for failure – even though we’re really just adapting and changing our priorities. Perhaps setting New Year’s Resolutions works for you. If so, that’s fantastic! Keep doing what you’re doing. But today I wanted to share an alternative perspective just to keep you on your toes.


resolutions vs. goals: reading


Cheers to coasting into 2019 unburdened, expecting the unexpected and tossing New Year’s resolutions out the window!


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? I’ll be home for Christmas…you can count on me… ? That is, you can count on me to be prepared with the best holiday outfits for my trip back home during the most wonderful time of the year. Wherever you may be traveling for the holidays, you’ll likely need to pack for a plethora of occasions – from holiday dinners and lounging with the family, to catching up with old friends over cocktails. The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about what to wear, so I’m coming to the rescue with a few packing tips to make sure you bring the perfect winter outfits for your trip back home.

packing tips: cozy knits

Cozy, But Put Together

For some last minute holiday shopping or a casual outing with old friends, you’ll want to be sure to pack pieces that will keep you cozy and still look put together. Try a classic striped sweater with relaxed denim and some fun patterned flats. Bring a beanie (I personally LOVE the ones with the oversized pom-poms) to keep you warm when you’re getting in and out of the car. For some added glam, finish your look with some statement jewelry to kick your casual outfit up a notch.


packing tips: athleisure

Relaxed and Comfy

Sitting by the fire, playing board games, or going for a stroll to walk-off the post-holiday dinner food coma calls for comfortable athleisure pieces. Sneak little details into your ensemble with tie front pieces or strappy back bras. Don’t forget to pack sneakers made for lots of steps. Whether your layover is at the other side of the airport, or you’re getting out to stretch your legs at a rest stop, traveling can keep you on your toes!


packing tips: dressed to impress

Dress to Impress

Despite the overwhelming cozy and comfy connotations with the holidays, there’s a time and place for dressier outfits, too. When you’re planning to participate in some dressier occasions like a night out to dinner or cocktail hour with friends, you’ll want to dress to impress (without compromising comfort, of course). Black skinny jeans, a blouse in a holiday hue, and fancy flats are the perfect combination to ‘wow’ without the risk of overdressing.


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Despite the joys of reconnecting with family and over-eating to your heart’s content, an inevitable dilemma exists:  what am I going to wear?! Between making sure you don’t burn your potluck contribution and avoiding relentlessly nosey relatives, the holidays are stressful enough. The last thing you want to worry about is what you’re going to wear. I’m taking the stress out of getting dressed so that you can focus on what’s really important on Thanksgiving: pigging out on mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. I’ve got a few cute and totally comfortable Thanksgiving outfits cookin’ (pun intended), and I’m excited to share them with you!

thanksgiving outfits : colored bottoms

1. Colored Bottoms

Wearing colored denim is one of my favorite ways to incorporate a statement piece into an outfit. Pair with a drapey neutral top (great for hiding that food baby) and incorporate some pattern play with your footwear to round out your ensemble.


thanksgiving outfits : upscale t-shirt

2. A Snazzy T-shirt

Depending on where your Thanksgiving dinner is, you may need to crank up the fancy notch (does that exist? well, now it does). An upscale t-shirt with a gorgeous texture like velvet or suede is the perfect solution. It looks and feels elevated without compromising the comfort of your favorite cotton tee. Accessorize with classic pieces and pair with clean wash denim to avoid overdressing for the occasion.


thanksgiving outfits : classic plaid

3. Classic Plaid with a Cozy Cardigan

A classic fall outfit calls for pairing a plaid shirt with a cozy cardigan. You simply can’t go wrong! This is the best outfit for a Thanksgiving day spent curled up on the couch, catching up with family members, and watching football (or, at least, pretending to).


thanksgiving outfits : jumpsuit

4. A Versatile Jumpsuit

Wear a jumpsuit and you’ve got an instant outfit that will be drawing all sorts of compliments from the family. And, it’s a one-and-done piece that takes away the stress of trying to coordinate a head-to-toe ensemble. Simply layer with a jacket, some fun accessories, and voilà – instant Thanksgiving outfit.


thanksgiving outfits : elevated denim

5. Elevated Denim

Trade in your classic jeans for a pair of elevated denim. Whether its embroidery, a playful hem, or bold distressing, focus on what stands out and draw attention to the detailing (not the cranberry sauce stain that may or may not be on your thigh) and finish your look with simple pieces like a cozy striped sweater and ankle booties.


Brrrr… I’m definitely starting to feel the chill here in Wisconsin! We are deep into fall (which never seems to last long enough) and winter is slowly encroaching. (Eek!) Whatever climate you live in, this is the perfect time of year to sort through your closet and check to see if you’re fully stocked up on your fall and winter essentials. To make sure you’re 100% prepared for the dropping temps, I’m sharing 13 layering essentials that can help transition you from the chilly fall days into the dead of winter.


fall and winter essentials: sherpa denim jacket

1. Sherpa Denim Jacket

Your denim jacket may have been a great spring/summer staple, but add some sherpa detailing and it becomes a great fall and winter layering essential! The sherpa detailing adds extra warmth and cozy winter vibes to your outfit.


fall and winter essentials: mustard sweater

2. Bright Sweater

Just because the winter brings shorter, darker days doesn’t mean that your wardrobe has to get darker too! While you generally see lots of muted colors in the colder seasons, you can add some sunshine to your winter days with brightly colored sweaters!


fall and winter essentials: colored skinny jeans

3. Colored Skinny Jeans

Just like bright sweaters, colored skinny jeans can add a pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic winter wardrobe. Plus, they look fantastic with neutral booties!


fall and winter essentials: lightweight puffer jacket

4. Lightweight Puffer Jacket

Every woman needs a lightweight puffer jacket to withstand the fluctuating temperatures of fall and winter. Take it on hikes, walks with the pup, or errand runs for extra warmth that won’t weigh you down.


fall and winter essentials: long cashmere cardigan

5. Long Cashmere Cardigan

A long cashmere cardigan is a cold-weather staple. Slightly oversized and oh-so-cozy, it’ll feel like you’re stepping out wrapped up in your favorite blanket (without looking like it, of course). Layer over a v-neck and wear with some cute boots for an instant Pinterest-worthy outfit.


fall and winter essentials: plaid flannel shirt

6. Plaid Flannel Shirt

Plaid flannel is an off-duty favorite, and it’s super easy to style. Whether you’re tying it around your waist, front-tucking it into jeans, or wearing over leggings, the plaid flannel shirt has been and will always be a wardrobe staple.


fall and winter essentials: chunky knit scarf

7. Chunky Knit Scarf

A chunky knit scarf is the ultimate essential for cold weather clothing. It not only adds functionality to your outfit, but also serves as a great layering accessory to your winter wardrobe. I can’t help but hide my entire face in a chunky scarf on a windy day!


fall and winter essentials: open-front blazer

8. Open-Front Blazer

An open-front blazer can be easily layered over any blouse or t-shirt to create a pulled-together, polished look. Blazers are perfect for the days where you need to transition from work to happy hour or date night!


fall and winter essentials: printed button-down shirt

9. Printed Button-Down Shirt

A printed button-down shirt is the perfect underlayer for any solid colored jacket, sweater, or cardigan. It’s cute on its own and works under layers?! Sounds like a win-win to me!


fall and winter essentials: modern leather jacket

10. Modern Leather Jacket

Despite being thin, leather jackets are surprisingly warm, and they add a bit of edge to your ensemble. Layer a modern moto over a basic top for an instant cool factor.


fall and winter essentials: oversized turtleneck sweater

11. Oversized Turtleneck Sweater

Don’t you just love the thought of cozying up by a fireplace in a warm, oversized turtleneck sweater? Oversized sweaters are the perfect example of fashion meeting comfort. You can’t survive winter without one!


fall & winter essentials: fleece sweatshirt

12. Fleece Sweatshirt

For those days where pulling together a fully dressed-up outfit seems like too much work, a simple fleece sweatshirt will come to rescue over-and-over again. Pair this cozy piece with your favorite pair of jeans, and you’re ready to go out the door!


fall and winter essentials: leggings

 13. Comfy Leggings

You simply cannot survive winter (or any season for that matter) without a solid pair of comfy black leggings. Their versatility makes them perfect to pair with oversized sweatshirts, tailored sweaters, cardigans, dresses…you name it!


As the days become cooler, so can your style! There’s no better way to add a little bit of edge to your outfit than layering on a black moto jacket. It’s the ultimate street-chic piece for fall. You might already have one in your cool weather rotation, but today I’m sharing four fresh ways to style a moto jacket, inspired by some of the most fashionable Instagram influencers. (No motorcycle required!)


moto jacket: romper

1. Jess @jessicaoakes

What’s the best way to transition summer pieces into fall? Wear a moto jacket over them! Jumpsuits may give off summery vibes, but wear one under a leather moto jacket like Jess and you’ve got yourself the perfect fall outfit.


 moto jacket: monochromatic

2. Candice @candicenikeia

Monochrome is in! You can’t go wrong wearing black—it’s slimming, it hides stains (spill all the coffee you want!), and it works with every skin tone and hair color. Candice has the right idea here, wearing all-black pieces that mix fabrics and textures. With black denim and a black cotton tee, her faux leather moto jacket pulls the look together perfectly with an added layer of texture.


moto jacket: sweater & boots

3. Brighton @brightonkeller

Brighton’s outfit is proof that a moto jacket can be easily dressed up or down. For laid-back vibes, pair your leather jacket with a loose tee, destroyed denim, and comfortable booties. A moto jacket is the perfect add-on for a quick, casual coffee run!


moto jacket: dress

4. Olivia @oliviapw

I love how Olivia paired leather with a floral dress for an unexpected yet elevated ensemble. Wearing subtle fall florals will offset the ruggedness of your moto jacket for a perfect flirty-chic combo.


You know when you’re mindlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed, but then suddenly stop to admire an Instagram influencer’s outfit? Yep, I’ve been there plenty of times. I love heading to my Instagram feed for fashion inspiration, especially when I’m struggling to think of ways to restyle a certain clothing item. Now that it’s officially fall, fashion influencers everywhere are sporting a fall favorite: plaid shirts. Today, I’m featuring three of Wantable’s favorite Instagrammers who are showing us how to style this fall classic in three different ways!


Plaid Shirts: Plaid Outfit Ideas

1. Gerry @wearebebot

Bell sleeves, draped vests, wool hats, oh my! I absolutely love how Silvia combined all the best fall trends into this chic utility street style look. Incorporating statement sleeves and extra layers add a fun twist to classic plaid.


Plaid Shirts: Plaid Outfit Ideas

2. Charlotte @charlottebridgeman

Autumn calls for cozy layers! Charlotte created a cozy yet effortless look with an unexpected draped silhouette. Layering your plaid over a graphic tee or even a plain tee adds a little bit of grunge and warmth for chilly autumn days.


Plaid Shirts: Plaid Outfit Ideas

3. Nicole @nicolecarlsonxo

Still feeling the heat? Just because it’s still warm out doesn’t mean you can’t embrace a plaid shirt style. Tie your plaid around your waist instead! Pair with denim and a crop top for a casual, warm-weather-friendly outfit.


When it comes to fall color trends, red is the ultimate power color. I mean, why else would two shades of red be included on the Fall 2018 Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report? Whether you’re more of a neutral palette type of gal or a lover of bold colors, I’ve got some great ideas for how to incorporate a scarlet shade or two into your wardrobe. Check out these red hot outfit ideas for fall!

Red Color Trend: Pops of Red

Beginner: Try Subtle Details

So maybe wearing bold colors isn’t how you roll. If you normally wear neutrals, try incorporating pieces with subtle touches of color. Adding little pops of red to your outfit is a great way to wear this fall color trend in a non-dramatic way.


Fall Color Trends: Red Accessories

Intermediate: Add Red Accessories

Whether you’re wearing red shoes, carrying a red purse, or sporting red earrings, accessorizing with one vibrant color will tie your ensemble into a cohesive look and make your accessories pop. Bonus points for wearing a bright red lipstick or nail polish!


Fall Color Trends: Red Statement Piece

Professional: Choose A Red Statement Piece

Take breezier red tops from summer to fall by layering under jackets and sweaters. Wearing a red statement piece is sure to keep you lookin’ red hot in the cool fall weather. Your statement piece doesn’t have to be a top – it could be red pants, wine-colored over-the-knee boots, you name it!


Fall Color Trends: Tonal Red Outfit

Expert: Go Tonal

Who says you can’t mix different shades of red in your fall color palette? Not me! For all you color-wearing experts out there, don’t hold back! Go all in and show off multiple shades of red or mix red prints into the same look. You can avoid looking too monochrome or too matchy-matchy by making sure your red pieces are completely different shades or textures.


Going on a date can be exciting and a bit nerve-wracking all at the same time. On top of all the date jitters is the inevitable panic of, “what the heck am I going to wear?!” Don’t worry, girl. I’ve got you covered with my top casual-cute date night outfit ideas so you can focus on having fun no matter where date night takes you.

date night outfit ideas: after-work drinks or dinner

Let’s Go Dutch

Weeknight happy hour and dinner dates are great for making the work week go faster. But who has time for a wardrobe change after work? Not you, you busy goal-crusher and champion multi-tasker. I know you’re already planning ahead in the morning for an outfit that can take you from work to your post-work date, so wear a fun, yet professional outfit by pairing a blazer and skirt with fun prints (like polka dots!) It’s appropriate for the office without being too drab for date night.


date night outfit ideas: sports event

Kiss Cam Ready

What’s a good sports event date outfit? Err on the casual side—nothing’s more awkward than trying to climb bleachers in heels and a dress. Try ripped denim and a plaid shirt for the ultimate casual-cool ensemble that’ll knock your date’s socks off. Choose a compact bag so you can keep your belongings handy without worrying about other spectators stepping on your purse as they climb over you to get more popcorn.


date night outfit ideas: movie

Movie Magic

You may be sitting in the dark for the majority of your movie date, but wearing a cute outfit will help give you a boost of confidence, whether it’s your first date or your 40th. Go for a sweater with a flirty tie or slouchy off-the-shoulder silhouette that will keep you comfy in the cool movie theater. Plus, a cozy outfit is always great for some theater seat snuggling! Wear it with jeans that stretch so you can sit for 2+ hours comfortably.


date night outfit ideas: concert

Rock the Night Away

If you have a concert date, you’ll want to ensure you’re wearing something breathable (gotta be comfortable while dancing and singing at the top of your lungs!), but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Wear fun, detailed jeans with a casual flowy top and pair with a trendy crossbody so you can hold on to your essentials without worrying about your purse falling off your shoulder while fist pumping.

business casual dress code

Navigating a business casual dress code can be confusing—you don’t have to wear a full-on suit, but that strapless dress with cutouts probably isn’t appropriate. Getting dressed in the morning can be stressful when you’re trying to figure out how to create an ensemble that’s professional without being boring. So what’s a girl to do? Don’t let the office dampen your style! Today I’m decoding the office dress code with four fashionable yet professional outfit ideas for the workplace.

 Business Casual Dress Code: Blazer

1. Trail Blazer

You can pretty much assume that all blazers are safe for a business casual dress code, so arm your closet with plenty of fun colored and textured blazers! A heather gray texture in n oversized fit is both classic and cool at the same time. Pair it with black skinny jeans and a detailed blouse for a polished, layered look.


Business Casual Dress Code: Flowy Top

2. Go With the Flow

Psst! No one has to know you’re wearing leggings to work! Choose leggings with faux pockets and stitching that make them look like trousers, add a flowy chiffon top with plenty of room to breathe (another excuse to load up on free donut day), and you’ve got the best professional, comfy combo for the office.


Business Casual Dress Code: Dress & Moto Jacket 

3. Dress to Impress

Make your office-friendly dress edgier by adding a moto jacket to the mix. Leather jackets are very versatile, and you can rest assured knowing that it’s appropriate to wear them both in the office and for a night out on the town.


Business Casual Dress Code: Printed Top

4. Fine Print

You simply can’t wear business casual every day without owning a pair of straight black or navy trousers. They go with everything and make any outfit instantly professional. Wear your classic pants with a fun printed top to show your style personality!

how to style a basic tee

We all love our go-to pieces, but sometimes it can be hard to think of new ways to incorporate the basics into an updated ensemble—especially when it’s so easy to default to the same outfits week after week. Today I’m taking on the basic tee and sharing five fresh ways to make a simple t-shirt more interesting this summer!


 Style a Basic Tee: Detailed Bottoms

1. Wear with Detailed Bottoms

And the winner for the best supporting role goes to….the basic tee! Whether you own a pair of awesomely-patterned pants, a scalloped skirt, or (in my case) fun buttoned denim, wearing a simple tee on top lets the interesting details of your bottoms shine. Draw attention to the true star of the show!


 Style a Basic Tee: Kimono

2. Elongate with Shorts and a Kimono

As a vertically challenged individual (though I prefer “fun-sized”), I take every opportunity to wear an outfit that visually elongates my body. Wearing a long kimono and high waisted shorts is a great way to highlight your legs, and a basic tee is the perfect under-layer. Knot your tee in the middle to take advantage of your leg-lengthening high waisted shorts.


 Style a Basic Tee: Athleisure

 3. Spice Up Your Athleisure Game

The beauty of athleisure is that it allows you to transition easily from the gym—to brunch—to the store. I like taking the opportunity to add a pop of color and unique details to an otherwise plain outfit, as I did here with this knotted purple tee. Pair with black leggings, comfy sneakers and you’re ready to take on the day’s errands.


 Style a basic Tee: Dress

 4. Layer Under Dresses

Layering a basic t-shirt under a sleeveless dress makes the outfit more playful and casual. Add a belt, scarf, or tie a shirt around your waist to accessorize an otherwise minimalist outfit.


 Style a Basic Tee: Jewelry

 5. Create a Canvas for Layered Jewelry

Plain tees are the perfect canvas for layering your favorite necklaces. Mix different colors, lengths, and styles to dress up your tee, and complete the rest of the outfit with simple pieces (like solid joggers and sandals) to avoid overwhelming the look.

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