Cashmere wrap sweater + coated skinny jeans

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Nick has been on the west coast for work, so I decided to join for the weekend and get my fill of all the good food here! The weather is beautiful but still brisk at night, so I always have layers with me. This outfit features two versatile pieces from Neiman Marcus that are both on major sale right now! J.brand makes some of my favorite and best-fitting jeans, and this coated style is no exception. The material is a slightly elevated variation on regular denim and can easily be dressed up or down. They fit comfortably like a second skin on me, and depending on the lighting or angle, can either look like regular jeans or a little more luxe like matte leather leggings. All sizes are currently still in stock, which I have a feeling won't be for long!
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Retro Style: Mustard turtleneck + sweater pencil skirt

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Chicwish jacket xs (sleeves hemmed), Talbots tights S, Zara pumps (very similar)

One of my biggest style inspirations is undoubtedly fashion from the past. If I had to choose, my favorite period might be the 50s-60s, when popular silhouettes balanced conservatism with glamour and femininity. That balance is something I always look for, so it's no surprise I'm often drawn to a good full skirt with nipped-in waist, tailored coat, or fitted pencil dress!
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This sweater pencil skirt feels Mad Men-esque with its below-the-knee length and curve-grazing silhouette (and yes, finally an AT skirt that fits at the waist!). With items this length, a high waistline is usually key for me to not feel truncated. I wore this skirt higher up, and tucked in a turtleneck sweater to continue drawing the visual line upwards. This little ribbed sweater is so good, you'll want it in all colors! The fit runs small like reviewers said, and is especially narrow in the arms. There's good weight to the knit, and I personally love the un-tucked length on me (hits by my lower hips) for wearing with pants.
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Boston, MA // Snow Day Style in Cream, Gray + Navy

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BP sweater xs, Ann Taylor hat c/o, H&M scarf (similar or here), Talbots navy tights
J.Crew coat 00 petite + wool skirt (altered), Sperry boots sz 5 c/o DSW

Last weekend's storm turned Boston into a real-life snow globe. Fresh powder always inspires me to pull out my winter whites, which I piled on here along with doubled-up tights and hidden thermal layers! I have a few cold-weather layering shirts from Uniqlo's "heattech" line, and would recommend the affordable basic crew tee and turtleneck fleece tee.
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I also wanted to mention my pom pom beanie is on sale with extra 60% off, and is still available in navy, burgundy, and gray! Mine has been on heavy rotation this winter - see how I styled it here and here, just to name a few. I've been especially loving the navy paired with my go-to navy tights, as anchoring neutral accessories for winter outfits.
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Black & White at Palais Royal // When to Find Sales in France

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Maje full skirt sz 1 (50% off), old tee (similar here or here) , Talbots tights sz S, 
old faux fur (similar here or here), Zara heels, Celine nano bag (shop pre-owned)

The Palais Royal is one of our favorite spots in Paris. It has history, art, and architecture, a beautiful garden to stroll through (best Spring through Fall), plus is just steps away from other attractions like the Louvre and Rue Saint Honoré - aka designer handbag avenue. While visiting this time, we also had the pleasure of encountering a sweet reader and her fiancé, who were there from Australia having their engagement photos taken! Congrats again, Vian & Sylvain : )
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A friend first introduced me to Maje years ago while in Europe. The brand's classic, tailored styles remind me a lot of Theory but with more romantic detailing and feminine flair. I saw this skirt on sale in London, but thought for sure it would be priced better in the brand's home country of France! To my surprise, all the stores in Paris had everything still at full price. I asked an SA and learned that the French government regulates sales, so retailers can only mark down items twice a year: during the designated Winter (starting Jan 11th this year) and Summer (starting late June) sales periods, or "les soldes." Perhaps this is common knowledge, but it was interesting news to me!
 
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