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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stripes + Leopard

It's no secret that I love to mix prints. I even dedicated a whole post to it. You've seen me mix stripes + leopard specifically here and here, and I think it's one of the chicest forms of pattern play. This coat is from C/MEO and I am obsessed. I got it for a steal and I had previously mixed it with floral, but I wanted to put together a classic combination as we enter into the fall season. This look has all my favorite elements, from a cute and functional bag to a sassy pair of heels. This look feels timeless to me and I will definitely be sporting it again in the future.

jacket: C/MEO (similar here + here) // tee: J.Crew // jeans: Madewell (worth the investment) //
heels: Nordstrom // necklace: Baublebar // rings: here + here // watch: Michael Kors //
bracelets: nordstrom // sunnies: Amazon // bag: Forever 21 (amazing quality and only $23!)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Plaid + Full Skirt

To say my husband did not like this outfit is an understatement. I came downstairs and he said "are you Mary Poppins?!". It was hysterical. I didn't care one bit, though, because I truly felt like the belle of the fall ball in this look. It was definitely more whimsical than my normal looks, but I loved the color palette as well as the way this look fit my frame. I wore it to a party to celebrate our friends' wedding anniversary, and it was super comfortable for a long night out plus provided just the right amount of warmth on that rather cool evening. I think the moral of this story is that when you wear what YOU feel great in, you can't go wrong.

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Top: Madewell // Skirt: Express // Heels: Forever 21 // Bag: Forever 21 // Ring: baublebar // Watch: Michael Kors // Sunnies: Tory Burch

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Summer to Fall Transition with WLWT

Last week, I had the huge honor of taping a segment on transitioning your summer wardrobe with WLWT, Channel 5 news! When reporter Kyla Woods reached out to me about filming a segment after coming across my blog, I couldn't believe what I was reading. Before I knew it, we were in my home shooting the segment and I got to showcase my favorite items to transition and how I incorporate layers of different prints and textures to get me through the colder months. I'll provide the link to the actual interview below, but I also wanted to share some photos of the looks I pulled and outline how exactly I'd transition each. We filmed almost 25 minutes of content but the actual aired segment is pretty short. Given that the Pope was here and the new iPhone released, I can understand why ;). Regardless, I was so grateful for this opportunity and had a blast going out of my comfort zone and filming a TV segment. It's amazing where this blogging journey has brought me and I can't wait to see where it takes me next!

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Fall Essentials

LBD - Little Black Dresses are perfect for any season. They go from desk to drinks better than any piece and can be used for any occasion. In the summer, opt for a sleeveless version and then in fall/winter you can throw on a leather jacket or tights for added warmth. Long sleeve versions are great for colder months because there is little to no thought required. Throw on and go!

Leather Jacket - A leather jacket is probably my favorite layering piece for the fall. They come in a ton of shapes, colors, textures, and sizes. They look great over white shirts, plaid shirts, or even thin sweatshirts/sweaters.

White Shirt - A white shirt, whether it be a short sleeve tee or a long sleeve button down, is super classic and can be worn with jeans, leather pants, or skirts. Throw a vest or scarf over it, and you have the perfect transitional piece.

Distressed Denim - You guys know how much I love my ripped jeans. They're perfect for transitioning because the distressing keeps it casual but they're still full-length pants.

Faux Fur Vest - I love fur vests. It's not a piece I always was comfortable with, but over the years I've eased into them and now they are truly a staple in my closet. They come in many styles; whether you want something more sleek or more furry, you'll definitely be able to find what you're comfortable with.

Excursion Vest - Excursion vests are perfect for the more preppy or classic closets. They're super warm and perfect for everything from running errands to tailgating. I have a solid ivory one, a plaid one, and a herringbone one, which all are really versatile.

Booties - Booties are great for transitioning because they aren't as warm as knee-high boots, but they provide more coverage than a heel or a sneaker.

Fun Heel - I'm sure like most women, I have a closet full of heels in different colors, prints, textures, and sizes. A fun heel can be a great pop of something different against a basic look, say distressed denim, a white shirt, and a blanket scarf. I mix and match shoes against the same outfit to give it a different feel.

Sneakers - Sneakers are great for the girl on the go. If you have a long walk to work, a stylish but sporty pair can be your best friend before you swap out for your work heels. I have a few different pairs, and I typically go for Nikes or New Balances. Those, to me, are the cutest styles but also the most functional. Nordstrom has a great selection.

Plaid Shirt - I love plaid shirts as a layering piece. They look great buttoned, unbuttoned, and tied around the waist. It's the easiest piece to take on or off depending on the temperature. I'll wear plaid shirts in the summer with cutoffs, then with jeans and skirts in the fall/winter.

Blanket Scarf - Blanket scarves are my savior in the colder months. They are so warm and come in so many shapes and sizes. I also love stashing one in my carry-on when I'm traveling. It makes a great pillow/blanket on the plane!

I hope this post was helpful in figuring out how to transition your wardrobe! You probably already have many of these pieces in your closet, but I linked some of my favorites if you're still searching! The beauty of these basics is they can all be mixed and matched. You could wear plaid and jeans, LBD and a leather jacket, a white top with a blanket scarf or vest. The options are endless. Thanks for reading and for supporting Nines to 5! xo

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Finds

Love this "Bring on the Weekend" printable inspired by Rifle Paper Co.:
image via Pinterest

It's Friday!! Raise your hand if you're ready for the weekend, because I sure am! Mike's birthday is on Monday, so we're going to spend the weekend having some fun! I'm also getting my hair done tomorrow and can't wait to share with you guys! Hint: it's a pretty big change ;). Leave me a comment on what you're up to this weekend!


I'm super into these types of pieces lately.

Has anyone tried this palette? I'm intrigued.

This coat is everything.

This look is what Nines to 5 dreams are made of!

Yup, still plotting how to get these in my life.

This sale is incredible.


Especially since I work from home, my girl Cassie's tips to change it up are on point.

I can't get enough of her.

This is hilarious, and so is this.

Love how Hallie put the cognac in corals + cognacs.

Inspired by Kendie's 30x30 to shop in my close more often.

This is so sad but such a real thing in our society. Kudos to them for bringing this issue to light.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Must-Have: Longline Vest/Trench

I wanted to start a new series on here called Must-Have. If you've been following for a while, you know I did a series a while back called One Piece, Three Ways, and this is kind of similar. Instead of sticking to 3 ways to wear one piece, I'm going to showcase a piece I've worn any number of different ways that I think every woman should have in her closet. First up, I am so excited because I'm going to be talking all things longline. These are some of my all-time favorite pieces to transition. They are sleek, chic, and elevate an otherwise basic look. I have a lot of these types of pieces and love to throw them on over dresses or skinny pants. I prefer neutral, solid colors, but they also come in lots of fun prints and textures!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thread Cincinnati Happy Hour - Fall Edition

Today's post is a long one, so grab your coffee (or wine, who am I to judge?!) and get comfortable. Last week, Thread Cincinnati had its second happy hour at Sundry & Vice! We had both bloggers and local business owners gather to share a cocktail, indulge in some fall-inspired treats, and talk shop. I am so incredibly excited about all the amazing things we have coming and we cannot wait to share. That being said, I need to say a big thank you to everyone who came out! As for my outfit, I just cannot stop with this color combo (previously seen hereherehere, AND here). This outfit finally got me in the fall mood and I cannot wait to put together more looks like this. You know I'm dying for the first day I can sport a fur vest!

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top: Nordstrom (only $42) // skirt: J.Crew // bag: Forever 21(lust version here) // earrings: Baublebar // lion bangle: Baublebar // stone bracelets: Nordstrom // watch: Michael Kors // shoes: Sam Edelman

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