Winter White

 SWEATER:  H&M  / JEANS:  J. BRAND [SIMILAR]  / SUNGLASSES: LOFT  [SIMILAR]  / BAG: VINTAGE SAKS FIFTH AVENUE  [SIMILAR  ]  / BOOTIES:  AVA & AIDEN VIA GILT  [ SIMILAR  & SEE MORE OPTIONS BELOW] 

SWEATER: H&M / JEANS: J. BRAND [SIMILAR] / SUNGLASSES: LOFT [SIMILAR] / BAG: VINTAGE SAKS FIFTH AVENUE [SIMILAR] / BOOTIES: AVA & AIDEN VIA GILT [SIMILAR & SEE MORE OPTIONS BELOW] 

"No white" after Labor Day was a Fashion Rule for a very long time, for reasons I will never understand. Whether it's all white, all black, all navy, or all burgundy I am a big, big fan of monochromatic looks from head to toe, no matter the time of year. Mixing textures, rather than colors or prints, is my favorite form of expression, and this outfit showcases just that: a chunky knit sweater, slim zipped jeans, and leopard print pony hair booties to top it all off. 

Since the jeans are slim fit, I chose a boxy knit sweater to balance them out-- there is nothing worse than feeling like 10 pounds of sausage in a 5 pound bag, if you know what I mean. It's always a good idea to coordinate the fit of a piece, and juxtapose form-fitting with flowy as much as possible to suit your figure. 

A simple chain strap bag so versatile for everything from a cocktail dress, to casual jeans, just like everything you see here. I found mine for $20 in a little consignment store in West Texas, and it's what thrifting dreams are made of, and precisely what fuels my love for thrift shopping. For me, personal style is about combining old and new, luxury and bargain pieces, grandma's costume jewelry and diamonds. When we shop right off a mannequin, or buy every matching piece in a set collection, it's hard to see our humanity, our story, through the look. Every outfit has a story, and if this one had to have a headline, it would be, " simple with a wild side." 

What story are you telling with what you wear? Does it match what you want people to know about you? Do you have a current favorite item in rotation that represents your style? Tell me all about it in the comments section below!  

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Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.