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All of our dreams have come true. Animal prints have reached peak saturation, and we need to take advantage before the trend passes. Why dress like a normal person when you could dress like Fran Drescher?

I’m a traditionalist in the sense that I love a leopard print the most, but there is something to be said for a snakeskin too. I have a pair of snakeskin pumps and they are my solution to every outfit. Below are some of the items I’ve been eyeing.

I think this sheath dress from J.Crew is such a no brainer for work. All you need is a black blazer or cardigan and some black shoes and you’re all set. A print like this just makes you look put together.

The only thing better than a leopard print dress is a leopard print maxi dress. Leopard takes on weekend brunch.

When I feel like wearing all black, these shoes are my solution. They instantly make the outfit look intentional rather than lazy.

Again, and outfit is made by one piece. Just throw on these pull on pants with a black tee, sweater, blouse, bodysuit, what have you, and you’re all set. It’s statement and neutral all at the same time. The best!

I love this for a weekend look. It’s so easy with some jeans or leggings whether you’re out and about running errands or hanging on the couch. So cute and comfy!

I’ve learned very quickly that a snakeskin pump is a classic and a staple. If you want compliments all day long, these are your shoes.

If you’re not from New Jersey and you can’t quite handle the all over print, this is your answer. It’s leopard lite to add a little interest to your basic black sweater.

When in doubt- accessorize.

What animal has caught your eye this season?

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Academy Awards 2019 Best and Worst Dressed

I’ve been the worst lately and am just ignoring the blog, but let’s get back into it. What better night than Oscar night? There are some clear trends this year for the ladies: pants suits, tulle, ruffles, and metallic silver. Some ladies pulled them off a little better than others. I also love that men are getting a little more bold with all the brocade blazers out there. As always, the images are from People.

Here are my best and worst from the evening:

Best:

I can’t tell if this is white or silver, but Amy Adams really knows her look. I saw her do an interview about her style recently and she said she’s really honed in on the silhouettes and colors that work for her, and doesn’t experiment too much anymore. I agree, she knows what works.

Regina King makes this simple dress look modern and classic at the same time. White dresses were popular this year, and I think she did it really well.

I love love love that Helen Mirren wore a great color. Everyone else her age is in black and white, and here she is riding the trends, but keeping it comfortable. She could not have picked anything better.

The prize for best personification of an emoji goes to Jennifer Hudson for salsa girl. She looks like a million bucks, and I love a statement architectural ruffle like this. Again, classic but so modern.

Worst:

Emma Stone looks like she’s wearing a dinosaur mascot costume. Maybe this is too high fashion for me but I don’t like the color, the pattern, or the shoulder. Ugh.

What are we doing Sarah Paulson? This does not look flattering, comfortable, or interesting. A little too much.

I love the shoulder detail on Angela Bassett, but I think the dress is just too tight. I don’t like how there are so many creases and the leg slit look like it’s about to bust. Good effort, needs better execution.

So many women wore pants suits this year. I don’t understand the disappearing feet look here with Awkwafina. Many women wore their pant hems to the floor, and it looks weird to me. I also just don’t think this was a great look for Awkwafina- too much and weird proportions.

Henry Golding just looks too much like Mr. Peanut. A little too classic…

Best Couples:

No words.

Matching for prom night- I’m dead.

Who were your faves?

Back in Action- Fall Trends

I haven’t been very chatty lately, but it’s time to change that because fall is the best! Since August is my birthday month, I take a month or two to recover from my YOLO spending in August. I have not been shopping much lately. I am, however, keeping my eyes open to see what’s new, and figure out what I’m missing in my closet.

Let’s start at the top with blouses. Ever since the explosion of crazy sleeves and ruffles a couple years ago, I think the options have increased and some how have become a little more manageable. There are so many options these days, that unique is the new normal when it comes to blouses.

Wrap Tops

AT Wrap Top

This is a hold over trend from previous seasons that has really blown up. Several retailers such as JCrew and Ann Taylor have a wrap top silhouette that they sell in multiple fabrics and colors. Depending on where the tie hits on my torso, it’s not always a great option for my body type, but I think it’s a great no-tuck look when you have pants that require that. It would also be great to pair with a pencil skirt at work.

Mock Neck with a Front Yoke

Gap Pintuck Mock Neck

I love a turtleneck, but mock necks are all the rage right now. I’ve seen this style consistently where there’s a front yoke or placard that has some pin-tucking or lace designs. It’s a little bit- Little House on the Prairie, but I like the feminine detail. It brings the eyes up to the collar bone rather than the waist with the wrap top.

Tie Necks

JCrew Tie Neck

This is one of my favorite trends. I think it’s a really sophisticated look for work, that looks great with anything. It works with blazers, cardigans, pants, skirts, and even dresses. I love layering a tie neck top under a sleeveless dress. It’s automatic sleeves so I don’t have to wear a cardigan or blazer. It just adds more options to the whole wardrobe.

Boat Neck with Cuffs

BR Boat Neck Top

Ok, this seems vague, but if you go to any retailer, they have this exact silhouette in many colors and patterns. It’s an easy, polished look for work that you can tuck into trousers or a skirt. It’s basically the opposite of all the other frillier trends going on right now, but it’s a great balance when you want to wear your fancy pants!

Tie Cuffs

JCrew Tie Cuffs

I’ve started seeing both sweaters and blouses with ties at the cuffs.  Disclaimer- if you’re at all clumsy at the dinner table, I would avoid this look on first dates. The ties might end up getting dragged into your soup. Proceed at your own risk. Other than that, go for it.

What blouses are you trying out this fall?