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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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Get Styled by Joelle at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale!

Nordstrom-Anniversary-Sale-It’s time for the BIGGEST sale of the year, guys! Many high-end retailers have major end-of-season sales, but how many have PRE-season sales? If you’ve never experienced Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale, THIS is the year to do it!

Me and the rest of the team at Nordstrom – Streets at Southpoint are ecstatic to assist all customers in the RDU and surrounding areas shop for the best deals on next season’s top trends and styles. We recently got the opportunity to preview and try on the Anniversary Sale merchandise from every department in the store, and I must say, the next few weeks will be filled with “ooo-ing & awe-ing” over fabulous fall leather items, cashmere, handbags, men’s and women’s shoes and more!

You know about the sale, so now what? Why not take it up a notch and book your FREE appointment so that I can help you shop? Just let me know your sizes and what you’re looking for, and I can style you and help you build the perfect fall wardrobe that’s fit for you! This sale will be extremely busy and somewhat chaotic, so booking an appointment will help you navigate and find what you need in a fun and timely way.

Early Access to the sale for Nordstrom cardholders starts this Thursday, the 10th and goes through the 17th. This is typically when a lot of the best merchandise gets purchased! The sale opens to the public on the 18th and goes on through early August, but if you don’t want to wait that long to get your hands on these fall fashion steals, you can come in and open up a Nordstrom Credit or Debit card with me so that you too can gain early access before everyone else.

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You can flip through the catalog by clicking here Email me at joelle.m.purifoy@nordstrom.com with your availability, sizes, and wish list so we can book your appointment today!

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Camo Crush

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IMG_3259IMG_3322IMG_3324Once we got this linen camo tank in at my job I knew I had to get it! Lightweight and trendy, it’s perfect for any summer wardrobe. I paired it with a couple of other currently “in” items: my kimono cardigan, boyfriend jeans and some leather strappy wedges.

My kimono cardigan is super comfy and versatile- I can throw on over a bodycon dress or a t-shirt with distressed shorts, too, for other cute looks. It’s a great layering piece to have especially in the summer when it’s too hot to wear a heavier jacket, but too cold indoors at work to not have on anything covering my arms!

Camo tank – Halogen (Nordstrom)

Kimono cardigan – BP (Nordstrom)

Boyfriend jeans – Madewell

Strappy Wedges – Vince Camuto

Leather Crossbody Bag – Vintage D&B

Necklace – Urban Outfitters

Happy Humpy Day!

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Men’s Style Mondays: Dress Shoes

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1. Black Cap-Toe Oxfords: This shoe has a discreet toecap and it’s a basic staple for every man’s wardrobe. Wear them in the boardroom, to weddings, funerals, etc. with most suits.

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2. Brown Wing-Tip Brogues: These are my favorites, mainly because of the perforated details. I’ve seen so many intricate designs for Brogue shoes and they’re so classy in a charming way. They silently say “I’m style-conscious, and I know what I’m doing”, if worn with the right outfit. They typically feature a peaked toecap, curving side seams, thin soles and a narrow, elongated toe. Wear these in brown with any type of suit except black, with heavier fabrics like tweed and corduroy. To the office, a nice lunch or just to add interest a good outfit!

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3. Brown Monk-Straps: These have a buckle-and-strap closure that replaces traditional eyelets and laces. Wear these with a serious worsted suit and almost any other style of suit or tailored trouser for work and play, but not at very formal occasions.

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4. Brown Plain-Toe Dress Loafers: Easy slip-ons with a high vamp and a substantial sole often made of exotic leather or skin. Wear them with a casual suit, or tailored trousers with a blazer or sport jacket. Tip: wear these to the airport to get through security faster and still look great when you arrive at your meeting.

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Just like for women, shoes can make or break your look, guys! Make sure you’re wearing the right style for the occasion and your outfit, and always, always, match your belt to your shoes.

Shoes in brown (or a shade of brown) are appropriate for most suits and sport coats, including navy and lighter shades of grey. Black shoes are preferred for black, darker greys, and navy suits, when you want a more conservative look.

Avoid heavy, dark shoes during the summer. In warm weather, you always want to look as comfortable as you feel.

Hope this helped!

xxJoelle

Sources: Esquire’s The Handbook of Style, http://www.jcrew.com, Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style