Sequin Leggings

Some nights are too fun and amazing to stop and take a ton of outfit photos and last week I had one of those nights! I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer for an event my incredible friend Mandi put together! The event benefitted the non-profit Fields and Futures

The swanky soiree was a festive night that required equally fun attire! Since I don't ever need an excuse for sparkle, it was an easy decision to pull out my sequin leggings. To keep myself from going over the top, I paired the leggings with a black peplum top and suede heels. A black blazer or plaid button down would also look amazing. These would be especially fun for your New Years Eve celebration!  These leggings are from last year but this pair, this pair and this pair are perfect too!

Sequin Pants, old (similar herePeplum Top - Black Heels 
On Mandi:

Kara Krittenbrink

Christmas in Crimson

I had to share a few photos with Christmas Decor! I love this crimson poncho! With the mild weather we have been having, it has been the best alternative to a coat. This one is currently sold out but I love this one and this one! I went casual for a family Christmas last week and just paired it with my favorite jeans and wedge booties. Sometimes casual and comfy is just the way to go! 

Distressed Jeans - Crimson Poncho, sold out (similar here) - Tory Burch Purse (similar here)
Wedge Booties, old (similar here)

Kara Krittenbrink

Casual Sequins

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Despite the abnormally warm weather we have been having, it really does feel like the Christmas Season! I love driving thru neighborhoods looking at lights. This weekend I also did my first round of Christmas baking.

I think sequins can be fun, even for a more casual party. Turtlenecks are very popular this season and this classic cable knit is a great piece for your wardrobe. Pairing the soft sweater with the sequin skirt is a fun way to mix up your look! Mixing classic pieces with more trendy items is a great way to extend your wardrobe. It's also a way to feel more confident with something outside your comfort zone. To keep up the casual look of the casual sweater and sequin skirt keep the shoes flat. My personal favorite is a pair of knee high boots. If ballet flats are more your style, these would look great to! Either shoe option would work well with tights, A couple simple accessories and a bag is all you need to complete your look!

Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide: Fashion Forward

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My last gift guide is for your fashion forward friend! The friend or family member whose closet you always raid! A cape is a necessity this fall & winter and this is my favorite one (last seen here)! It is easily my favorite purchase this fall! 

I love these turban headbands (seen here)! They work for short or long hair and are a savior on a bad hair day! This brocade one is a great winter version. 

The fashion forward girl likes a twist on her classic items and a hint of sequins is a great update. This sequin collar button down and sequin pocket scarf are anything but boring!

100 Unforgettable Dresses is the perfect coffee table book for the fashion obsessed!

You also can't go wrong with gifting a purse! This Kate Spade option can be monogrammed in some colors and this saddle bag is in the must have color of the season!

What are you favorite gifts to give to the fashionista in your life?
Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide: Under $50

Whether you just need some stocking stuffers or are on a budget, this gift guide is for you! Everything is under $50 but most are a lot less than that. I have gifts for both the guys and girls in your life.

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The perfect lounge wear for your man would be this sweatshirt, pajama pants and these comfy socks!

For the man that likes to cook, these rubs and seasonings would be a fun gift! 

This mason jar shaker might be my favorite gift! It's a fun addition to any bar set.

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Jewelry is always a fun gift to give and receive! I love these snowflake studs and these branch studs. This mercury glass jewelry box is so pretty and comes in several sizes.

Everyone loves to pamper themselves. This lotion is my absolute favorite, I use it every night in the winter! A relaxing bath is always a welcome break from the craziness of the holidays and to make it more special you can mix and match a few different bath bombs!

Kara Krittenbrink

Updating a classic

A few weeks ago I had my Birthday dinner with my family! For my Birthday I wanted to wear my current favorite shoes, my knee high boots. I wear these at least twice a week, both to work and after work. This is my second season with them and I can truly say that as an investment piece they are worth every penny! This pair can be slouched down or I can pull them up and wear over the knee. 

 Sometime a subtle change can really mix up a look and that's why I love these grey jeans! They are a fun alternative to the typical blue denim we all have and love. Nothing goes better with black and grey than navy. This navy top is a really easy piece for your wardrobe! It is sheer but with an undershirt can be work appropriate (pink version here) Trading the undershirt for a lace bralette would make it a great date outfit!

Over the Knee Boots (similar here and here)
Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide: For the Hostess

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Everyone has a friend that loves to host gatherings and get togethers at their house! Those people take an extra pride in their home and thus love getting gifts that are home centered!

This oil diffuser is my favorite way to make my home smell good. There are lots of oils in a variety of scents but my go to is always ocean breeze

I recently got these measuring cups from an aunt of mine. They are a great mix of style and function. If they don't inspire you to bake something delicious, nothing will! I also got this Kate Spade three piece set as a birthday gift and it makes all cooking projects a little more fun!

I love coffee table books and think they make great gifts as well. This one is by one of my favorite bloggers and I have it on my coffee table at home! Going along with the coffee table theme, a mirror tray is on every home decorator's list.

After hosting a party at your house, all you will want to do is relax! These mocassins and night shirt are a comfy way to wind down after a night with friends. And nothing says comfy more than a faux fur throw!

Kara Krittenbrink

Casual Christmas

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Just because a Christmas party is casual doesn't mean you can't have a special outfit for it! These corduroys are a fun alternative to jeans. They come in several colors and are great for both Fall and Winter. Layering a classic sweater and puffer vest keeps you warm but still festive! I always think you need a bit of sparkle and these statement studs have it!
Kara Krittenbrink

Currently Craving: Christmas Sweaters

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Although I love fashion, I am never one to take it too seriously! Ugly Christmas Sweater parties have become a trend the past few years and I think it is a fun theme for the Holiday Season! People tend to go all out to find the cheesiest Christmas sweater: some are cute, some are ugly and some are so ugly they are cute! I picked out some of my favorites for guys and girls.

So many retailers now have fun Christmas sweaters!! I love the more vintage looking ones like this and this. This one even lights up! You can pair Christmas sweaters with about anything. Keep it casual with jeans and booties or glam it up with some sequin pants and heels. These fun sweaters are a time you can definitely go over the top with your outfit!!

Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide: Beauty Junkie

This gift guide is for the beauty lover! The friend or family member that loves to have the latest products. Urban Decay's Naked Palette's are always a best seller and the Naked 2 palette is my favorite! 

Lipstick lovers like myself are always looking for a new color. For those that love neutral colors this Mac lip set is a winner! For a more vibrant look, the Nars Lip Pencils have great reds and pinks!

Currently my favorite skin care item is Rodan & Field's microdermabrasion paste! I use it twice a week and it makes my skin so soft! Any time I love something this much, I know it will be a great gift. (Use the link to order or email

Lush has so many great bath products and you can't go wrong with any of them! I especially love this hair moisturizer and this Gift set.

Perfume is very personal so sometimes I find it hard to give as a gift. Jo Malone has some of the best perfumes and this gift set has 5 of their most popular fragrances. They can be worn alone or layered so the recipient can make their own unique scent. 

Men need pampering too! This Kiehl's gift set has great skincare items for the man in your life!

Kara Krittenbrink

Winter White

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A lot of Holiday Parties require cocktail attire. This white cap sleeve dress is perfect for those events! I think white is a fresh spin on holiday attire and this simple dress is flattering for many body types. I love how the lace sleeves mimic the lace cut outs in these red heels. If you are feeling a bit bare in this dress or any winter dress, adding black tights can make you more comfortable (and warm)!

As always, I love to add a little sparkle. This pave link bracelet is a favorite of mine! The chunky links look great on their own or as a part of your favorite bracelet stack. This bracelet would make a great Christmas gift!! 
Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide: For the Men in your life

Whether it is a boyfriend, husband, brother or father most of us have at least one man on our Christmas shopping list! Many years I find that it is hardest to buy for my dad and brother. As with most gifts, I try to find something they will use a lot or something that they would love but won't buy for themselves!

I picked out a variety of items for all types of guys! I love this holiday plaid shirt from JCrew Factory and it would look great with this blue half zip! A flannel jacket will keep him warm and stylish!

The golfer in your life would always love some new golf balls and these can be personalized! 

Yeti products are pretty amazing! It's a bit of a splurge but the cooler keeps your drinks cold for days! I have the rambler and it is my go to for both coffee & cold drinks. 

For the tech enthusiast the new Amazon Echo or Mophie phone case are musts! 

Whether your man is a gym rat or traveler, he needs a new bag. I love this duffle and this gym bag

Pick up his favorite whiskey and wrap them with these whiskey stones and some new glasses!

If you are looking for something extra special, these shearling gloves are pretty incredible! They are the perfect "he'll never buy it for himself gift"!

Kara Krittenbrink

Black Friday Sales and Beyond

I've never been a big Black Friday shopper. Occasionally my mom and I would venture out later in the afternoon, once all the hardcore shoppers had gone home. Now with so many of the sales being offered online too, I can do any shopping in my sweats from my computer. I rounded up a bunch of Black Friday sales so you can see the savings that is offered!

Kate Spade - 25% off everything with code MERCI.
JCrew - 30% off everything and 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY.
JCrew Factory - 50% off everything plus free shipping on all orders over $50 with code SHIPGIFTS.
Old Navy - 60%, 50% or 40% off. 
ASOS - 30% off with code BLESSED.
Ann Taylor - 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE.
Bauble Bar - 30% off everything with code THX.
Anthropologie - 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT.
Gap - 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY.
Kendra Scott - 15% off everything with code SALE15.
Domino - 20% off with code BIGSALE.
Nordstroms - extra 25% off select sale items.
Revolve - 20% off all sale with code BLACKFRIDAYNOW and up to 50% off select dresses. 
Loren Hope - 20% off sitewide with code THANKFULLY.
Madewell - 25% off with code CALMDOWN.
Victoria's Secret - Bras buy one get one 50% off with code DOUBLEUP. 
Tory Burch - 30% off a purchase of $250 or more with code THANKS.

If I find any more great sales, I'll update this throughout the weekend!! 
Kara Krittenbrink

Red Dress

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Like it or not, the Christmas season is here and with it comes lots of parties! In the next few weeks I'll be sharing several holiday outfit ideas. First off is the work Christmas party. For a work event I thinks it is important to balance sophistication and festiveness.You can't go wrong with a little red dress! The midi length adds polish to the bright red color. An update to classic pumps in a plaid print adds a special festive touch. When you keep the shape simple, a print won't overwhelm the look. Christmas parties are the perfect reason to add sparkle to your look. These earrings are bold enough that they are the only jewelry you need! Top off your look with a red lip, camel coat and gold clutch and you are ready to go!

30% off at JCrew online and in store
40% off at Old Navy
25% off at Madewell with code CALMDOWN.

Kara Krittenbrink

Birthday Wish List

I had the best weekend filled with family and friends. Today is my birthday (28! woo hoo!) so Friday a few of my friends and I went to dinner at Eischen's. For those not from Oklahoma, Eischen's is a bar in my hometown that is famous for it's fried chicken! (YUM!) The rest of the weekend was spent watching football and then I hosted Friendsgiving on Sunday! I really couldn't ask for a better Birthday weekend.  
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What better way to celebrate my Birthday than sharing some things I have been eyeing lately! Fur, fur, fur... I can't get enough. This faux fur jacket is the absolute chicest way to stay warm! I want to just cuddle up with it. It would look great with everything but my favorite way to style it is with ripped denim and heels! If you know me, you know I'll never say no to a glass of bubbly so this phone case is perfect for me! Ever since this post I've been searching for grey suede over the knee boots and I think this is the perfect pair! I love how the drawstring in the back will keep them from falling down, genius! On the other end of the shoe spectrum are tennis shoes. I don't normally get to excited about buying a new pair until I found these metallic nikes!

Kate Spade now has purses with built in iphone charges!! How incredible is that? This striped wristlet is perfect for a night out or toss it in your tote bag and your phone will never die! If I were a shoe, I definitely think I would be this JCrew pair. Velvet, ankle straps and bow... perfection!! They would be great alternative to heels for any upcoming Holiday parties you have! I've been wanting to make a few updates to some of the decor in my house and pillows are such an easy way to do it. Two of these leopard pillows would look perfect on my couch!
Kara Krittenbrink

Stay Warm

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On Saturday, I will be bundling up to watch the last home football game for my alma mater. I'll need lots of layers to survive the game, the low is 35 degrees! A final piece on your head is key to keeping warm. I'm a firm believer that you can stay stylish while you are trying to stay warm. I love beanies and think this grey striped one might be my favorite! I also love this Kate Spade one with the bow. 

A friend recently told me she didn't like how she looked in beanies, so I found some other great options. These fur earmuffs add a bit of luxury to your look and these shearling ones are classic and will pair with every coat you have. For extra warmth, this headband is fur lined for extra warmth. These earmuffs plug into your phone and will play audio!

How will you be staying warm as the temperatures keep dropping?  
Kara Krittenbrink

Sweater Dresses

I don't need another reason to love Fall, but if I did sweater dresses would be a great one! Sweater dresses are another great piece for anyone's wardrobe because of their versatility. They are especially great for transition from work to fun. The leopard sweater dress above is from last year but I have picked some great ones below.  You can sweater dresses in all types of silhouettes but my favorite is fitted. With types and booties, this dress is perfect for work. If I switched it out for my knee high boots (seen here) this dress would be great for a date. 

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As you can see from these picks I really love striped sweater dresses!  This sweater dress with the a-line skirt would be perfect for Thanksgiving/ I love the flutter sleeves on this one. It may be a splurge but the pattern on this sweater dress is totally worth it. Anthropologie is currently offering 25% off dresses with code HURRAH. It's a great time to pick up this tunic or this cowl neck dress.
Kara Krittenbrink