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IMG_2234 IMG_2236 IMG_2238 IMG_2241 IMG_2245 IMG_2251 IMG_2255Comfy, flattering & simple are ways to describe all of my most valued dresses in my wardrobe and this one by Halogen isn’t an exception! I love its simplicity with the asymmetrical ruching, the soft, double-layered fabric and its length that’s appropriate for both a night out downtown and a nice dinner date. Once it gets a little cooler, I’ll pair it with a leather moto jacket for an edgier look.

I took advantage of my employee discount during my last week working at Nordstrom and got an irresistible deal on this dress and super cute and colorful clutch by Topshop x Nordstrom!

If you haven’t heard already, I start working at J.Crew next week and I’m super excited! Most of my closet is either J.Crew or Madewell, so it’s safe to say their a brand I closely identify with. Learning & growing with the company I most adore is a dream for me as I plan to make moves towards a corporate position in NY. In the meantime, come shop with me and get styled for fall!

As I approach my five year anniversary of blogging, I’m working on a total revamp for COJ to celebrate and to commemorate me entering a new phase in my fashion career.

Stay tuned, guys!

Dress– Halogen (Nordstrom)

Woven Clutch– Topshop x Nordstrom

Heels– Zara

Necklace & Rings– Madewell

Watch– Diesel

Bracelete– J.Crew

xxJoelle

 

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Ask Joelle (Men’s): What Casual Fall Shoes Should I Invest in?

Fall Shoes for Men
“Hey Joelle. I saw your last post while I was mulling over shoes to buy for this upcoming year. I wanted something casual and I’d like your opinion on it since you’re a stylist.”

-Deon

The world of men’s shoes can be hard to navigate once you begin to transition into the workforce!  Your sneaker collection might be cool and appropriate for school, but when you start your 9-5 life, realistically you’re not going to have many places to wear them.

So what kinds of shoes should you invest in as a grown man? What casual shoes are cool to wear on your off days but aren’t super expensive or juvenile? Below, I’ve listed 4 of the basics:Converse-Men-s-Chuck-Taylor-Canvas-Sneakers-35-1

1. Canvas Sneakers: Chucks, and most styles similar to them will always be classic. Distressing and a bit of wear adds character to this type of sneaker that’s wearable with jeans.

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2. Desert Boots: These boots are the most versatile yet neutral shoe any man can own. They’re typically leather or suede, they come up right above the ankle and they have a flat sole which makes them the perfect mergence of casual and dressy. Did I mention you can wear them with any type of pants? You need these!

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3. Chukka Boots: These are definitely more casual and complete your fall “effortlessly cool” look. These go well with dark wash jeans or chinos with a crew neck sweater. My favorites are the Red Wing Chukkas!

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4. Slip-ons: Sometimes viewed as “skater shoes”, these laid-back minimalist sneaks are back in this Fall. Pictured above are J.Crew’s Sperry Top-Sider Wool Slip-ons. Check them out here.

Hope this helps!

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Sources: http://www.jcrew.com, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

What I Wore: 012414

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Started my first week at work and I love it so far! If I ever had any doubt about whether or not the fashion industry was for me,  it has long flown out the window!

Now that I’m working full time, I’ve had to add a few more staple pieces to my wardrobe that I’m able to pair with a lot. Now I have a variety of light, chic cardigans, blazers, and various styles of black pants/jeggings that I can wear with almost everything. My favorites are the super stretchy Skinny Skinny Ponte Pants by Madewell I’m wearing below, mainly because of their comfortable material.

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“Merci” Sheer Tee – J.Crew

Black Skinny Skinny Ponte Pants – Madewell

Brown Riding Boots – Audrey Brooke

Brown Leather Handbag – Rebecca Minkoff

Geometric Necklace, Rings & Stud Earrings – Madewell

Watch – Timex

Have a great weekend!

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9 Men’s Staples for this Fall

Looking to mix up your wardrobe a bit, guys? Fall fashion fun isn’t only for girls! Here are some examples of cool fall essentials every man should own:

SHIRTS

1.plaid

Both from J.Crew.com

Classic, comfortable, and they look great with almost everything. If you don’t own at least two, I suggest you invest!

2.chambray

Both from J.Crew.com

Chambray is still in and here to stay. Chambray on denim combos, chambray on khaki, chambray under a blazer or motorcycle jacket…endless opportunities for effortless cool. And the elbow patches are a plus this season, too.

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3.jackets

Both from Topman.com

Baseball jackets seem to make shoulders appear broader. These are good for day and night wear as an alternative for a regular hoodie. Get one of these to add a little something to a simple v-neck & jeans look.

4.coatsBoth from Topman.com

A man in a nice peacoat commands respect. It says sophisticated and classy without you saying a word. Go with a longer belted wool peacoat for colder days, or a simple black one to go over a dressier outfit. Gentlemen, these [with the right fit, of course] are flattering on most body types because it gives you added structure. Get one!

FOOTWORK

5.boots

A slip-on Chelsea boot like the one on the left is good for pairing with denim or a suit. The Red Wing boots on the right can add a bit of a rugged flair to that plaid or chambray shirt aforementioned!

6.sneakersI love monochromatic kicks. Both of these stand out to me and both pairs would look dope with skinny jeans and a graphic tee. Or a button up. Or a almost anything else.

ACCESSORIES

7.caps

Both from J.Crew.com

Baseball caps over fitteds, any day. I just hate the way fitteds look to be honest, and I think baseball caps are SO much cooler. Don’t believe me, ask Frankie Beverly. Haha, but really. You don’t have to follow baseball to pull one of these off.

8.watchesChronographic – because the more numbers, the better. All black is sleek and edgy, and bold color is great for casual daytime outfits.

9.socks

Both from J.Crew.com

A wise man once told me that socks can make or break your look. If you’re conservative everywhere else, give us a pop of color in your socks paired with a mid-rise boot or loafer.

Happy Fall:)

xxJoelle

What I Wore: 10182013

 

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Peter Pan Collared Blouse – Topshop

Skinny Jeans – J.Crew

Leather Riding Boots – Audrey Brooke

Necklaces – F21 & UC

Watch – Timex

Rings – LightYears & Madewell

Love this blouse I picked up the other day! If you know me, you know that I adore most garments that are 70s inspired. I also love the fall when I can pull out my boots and pair them with a whole bunch of different outfits! They always add a more polished touch. Now if I could only find some black ones…

Hope everyone’s week is going well!

xxJoelle

Inauguration Weekend Style: The Obamas

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Let us all bask in the greatness of the Obamas!

Michelle looked absolutely stunning in a ruby red, softly pleated chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown.

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Sasha in Kate Spade, Malia in J.Crew, and Mrs. Obama in a beautifully structured Thom Browne coat and dress accessorized with a J.Crew jeweled belt and pink gloves along with boots by Reed Krakoff. I love this new haircut on Mrs. Obama, and I love her and the girls’ harmonious color palette! It’s a nice color story that flows well and each outfit seems to play off another.

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I was particularly fond of Sasha’s dress, because it’s the same one I have [click here to see]! It’s a pink lace Plenty by Tracy Reese dress that’s just sooo feminine and pretty. Very excited to see how the girls’ style develops over the coming years!