One Sweater, Five Ways

Happy Monday, friends! Anybody else going need about ten iced coffee's to get through today or just me? The closer to fall weather we get the more excited I am to bring out all of my cozy sweaters. Recently when I was in Nicole Taylor Boutique I snagged the cutest sweater to add to my fall wardrobe and I'm sharing five ways to style it this season. These style tips aren't just made for this specific sweater either, you can try them out with any sweater in your closet! 

This look is great for when you need something quick and cozy to throw on. I could forever run all of my errands wearing this! You can also throw on a leather jacket for a more chic look.

I love layering my dresses with sweaters come fall. It's a great way to transition your dresses into the fall season and allows you an easy fix to turning a dress into something more casual. 

This is another quick and cozy look for fall. I love wearing my oversized sweaters with leggings and OTK boots! It makes for the perfect casual fall look. You can also dress it up with a pair of leather leggings and booties as well or dress it down even more by swapping the OTK boots out for sneakers. This is a great look because there are so many ways you can go about it!

My absolute favorite look! If you tuned into my Express try-on last week I raved about these flare jeans and styling them has been nothing short of perfect. If flare jeans aren't your thing then of course they can be swapped out for another pair of denim, I just personally love a good flare jean and sweater combo. Layering it with the leather jacket was the perfect touch!

Lastly, I couldn't picture this look because I have yet to fit back into my leather skirt but I still wanted to mention it because pairing leather skirts with sweaters is such a good combo. I love finishing the look off with booties and a wool hat. I highly suggest adding a leather skirt to your wardrobe or at least trying it out!

Shop today's post by clicking the pictures below. Which look is your favorite??

Tips For Transitioning Your Summer Pieces To Fall

Happy Wednesday, everyone! We're at that weird crossroads where some days you experience the cool fall weather and other days it's 90 degrees by noon. Dressing for those in between season spurts are always annoying because you never really know what to wear but it's a great transitional period for getting your fall wardrobe ready.

Most people think that when the season changes their wardrobe has to also, which is not true! There are ways you can transform your favorite summer pieces into the fall season allowing you to not only get more use out of certain items but also save you money in the long run. Below I'm going to share my tips on transitioning your summer pieces into fall and a couple must-have items.

My tips:

1. If you have a summer wardrobe that consists of bright colors don't think that you can't bring any of those pieces into fall. Bright colors are fine, wear them all year round, but during fall be prepared to tone them down. I have this bright yellow dress that I wanted to transition from summer to fall last year so I toned it down with colors like grey and black. Same goes for the sweater tank I styled above. This summer I styled it with white denim, sandals and a straw tote to give it a summer beach vibe and by simply adding darker denim, nude flats and a burnt orange wool hat it's now a fall look! It's all about incorporating neutral and deeper tones.

2. Shoes make all the difference. My summer wardrobe is pretty much based around sandals so of course come fall I ditch the sandals and put my favorite pair of booties and flats on display. I'm sure half of my readers are like 'well duh, why would I even think of wearing sandals during cold fall days?' but I have to cater to my readers whose fall weather is still basically summer! My advice, invest in a pair of black and/or brown booties that will last you forever and you'll love to wear. I've had my black booties since 2015 and they are my FAVORITE shoe. If you scroll through my Instagram from last fall you'll see that I styled 99% of my looks with them. For fall I recommend a nice black or brown bootie, nude flats, and white sneakers.

3. If you don't have one of the following in your wardrobe already then I highly recommend purchasing one - Denim and leather jacket. I've had my denim jacket for a few years now and it's by far one of the most worn items in my wardrobe. Personally I think it's a staple piece for every wardrobe, no matter the season. It's the easiest way to transform an outfit from summer to fall. I also think leather jackets are a great staple piece to have, if they're your thing! I recently purchased this one over Labor Day and I'm excited to start styling it.

4. Layers, layers, layers! I love layering and I've found that it's a great way to bring your favorite dresses into the fall season. That yellow dress I talked about above, I layered it with a grey sweater and right away it toned the whole look down. Invest in a couple sweaters (black, white or grey) and go up one in size, that way if you want to wear them alone they won't look too big but you still have room to layer with dresses or flannel tops if you wanted! Play around with a few pieces in your wardrobe to see what works together and what doesn't work. If you think layering your dress with a sweater looks weird, try adding a belt to the mix.

Xo, Alyssa

1 Month Update: Life With A Newborn

I can't believe Izzy is already one month old! It feels like just yesterday I was pregnant with her - time really does fly 😭 Since we've only hit the one month mark there isn't anything major going on, but I wanted to give a quick update on life with a newborn!

Taking care of a newborn is, of course, a full-time job but I'd say Tyler and I are handling it pretty well. Right away I started following Mom's On Call for a daily schedule. Tyler thought I was nuts and was like "she's a baby, she has no sense of a schedule".. WRONG. Izzy feeds every 3 hours and the only time she cries is when that eating hour hits - She's been like this from the moment she was born though and even before getting a sense for the whole schedule. Following MOC has also helped Tyler and I with being able to sleep (the best we can). Granted, there have been a few nights where after feeding her she just wasn't having any of it and didn't want to sleep, but those nights are expected of course. 

I'm also quite upset because right now Izzy only fits into preemie sizes so I can't dress her in all of the cute outfits she has yet! When she was born she was 6 lbs 2 oz and when we left the hospital she was 5 lbs 10 oz. At her 2 week check up she moved up to 7 lbs 11 oz so I'm hoping she fits into newborn soon! Right now she has about 10 onesies we've been rotating because I know the moment I start buying more preemie clothes is when she'll grow out of them. One last update: these past few weeks Izzy has started to become more alert which we're all happy about! For the first couple of weeks we'd be lucky if we saw her open her eyes 😂 But she is doing great and her pediatrician has no concerns so we're thankful for that!

As far as my body / recovery - things are going great! I honestly was expecting the worst from recovery because that's all I heard from people. I stopped bleeding about a week ago, maybe a little earlier and am pain free.. thank goodness! I really want to get back into the gym and start doing some light workouts but I won't do so until my doctor clears me at my 6 week checkup just to be safe. But Tyler and I have been getting out to take Stella on walks / to the park to play so I've been able to get some form of exercise in.

I wasn't sure how easy / difficult transitioning into motherhood would be but I feel like after I gave birth to Izzy all of the stress just went away and everything came naturally. I didn't think I was ready to be a mom but I am SO happy I am and that I get to call this little girl mine. 

Well, that's all for the one month update! Thanks for reading! 

The Perfect Everyday Top For Fall

I'm excited to be partnering with PinkBlush again to share another staple piece for your everyday wardrobe! If you've been following me for awhile you know I love a good staple piece. After years of spending ridiculous amounts of money on clothes I'm only going to wear less than a handful of times I eventually became smarter and saved money by creating a versatile wardrobe.

This thermal knit top is the perfect piece for any capsule wardrobe. It's not too heavy so it can be paired with a pair of denim shorts during the summer but it's also great to transition into fall with a leather skirt and booties or your favorite pair of distressed denim. As it gets colder you can also layer it with a flannel or puffer vest. The options are literally endless with this top!

Today I styled it with black distressed denim and slip-on sneakers for an easy on the go look. I've also worn it numerous times around the house with my biker shorts because it's so soft making it a great lounge top! I can't wait for my new leather jacket to come in so I can layer it with this thermal and dress it up with some booties. 

This thermal top is true to size. I'm wearing a medium because I wanted a little more of an oversized fit, if you don't care for the oversized fit get your normal size. It's also available in a pretty olive color and comes in both normal and maternity sizing. 

Thanks to PinkBlush for sponsoring this post! As always all opinions are my own.

Labor Day Sales

Happy Monday & Labor Day, friends! There are so many good sales still going on for the long holiday weekend so I rounded up a few of my favorites below. I stopped in Express this weekend to shop the sale but none of the items I saw online were in store, besides the leather jacket, so I pulled together a few looks with some fall staple pieces to share with you all! Personally Express is the only sale I'm shopping because I'm only looking for a few staple pieces. I also found the cutest onesies from Little One Shop for Izzy that were only $10 each!! 

Clothing/Shoes Sales

Express: 40% off entire site / 50% off jeans
Forever 21: 30% off entire site // code: LABORSLAY
DSW: Get $10 DSW cash for every $50 spent
Gap: 40% off entire site // code: DAYOFF
Old Navy: 50% off all dresses, jeans, & tee's
H&M: Up to 30% off + free shipping // code: 3418
Target: Up to 30% off women's clothing & sandals for the family
PinkBlush Maternity: 30% off + 50% off clearance // code: LABORDAY

Home Decor Sales 

Desenio: Buy 3, pay for 2
Kirklands: 30% off entire site // code: CELEBRATE
Target: Up to 30% off home decor

Kids'/Baby Sales

Carter's: 50-70% off entire site / extra 25% off $40+ // code: TOUCHDOWN
Design Dua: Entire site on sale
Freshly Picked: Up to 50% off entire site
Modern Tot Co.: Buy 2, get 1 free // code: LABORB2G1
Target: Up to 30% off kids' & baby clothing
Little One Shop Co.: Everything $15 & under

My Express sale picks: