pleats and pearls

wrapped in warmth: best winter scarves

Styled byKaylee DeLacyComment

Oh hi there!

Christmas Eve is officially in one week.  Can you believe it?  Although I'm completely in denial, winter is in full swing with the cold temperatures creeping up on us everyday.  What better way to spin it than to start daydreaming of winter fashion?  I would never be the first in line to say anything nice about this season, but it does happen to be the season of scarves, so it can't be that bad, right?

If you're needing some winter scarfspiration (yes, it's a word) for yourself or for a last minute gift, check out my picks!

1. Houndstooth Infinity | Modcloth  2. Chunky Texture Scarf | LOFT  3. Plaid Scarf | Lands' End  4. Fair Isle Scarf | J.Crew  5. Chunky Snood | ASOS  6. Check Scarf | Gap  7. Fur Infinity | Target 8. Wool Stripe Scarf | Target

Have a favorite?  I'm personally hoping to get #6 for Christmas!

Until next time–

a j.crew christmas miracle

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey there!  Happy Monday!  With the holidays around the corner, there is nothing like a little tale to restore your faith in humanity– or customer service in this case.  

Last month, I placed an order with J. Crew Factory.  I ordered a few Christmas presents, as well as my long-lusted-after herringbone down vest.  About two weeks went by, when I realized I hadn't received it and I looked up the tracking number to verify the delivery.  The tracking number said it had been delivered the week before and left "at porch."  As I live in an apartment building and don't have an actual porch, I immediately reached out to the office manager of our apartment complex, hoping it had been delivered to the main office.  After looking in the office and at the mailboxes of every building in the complex, it was nowhere to be found.  In short, it was totally swiped.  It's just sad and pathetic that that happens in the first place, but luckily that is not where the story ends.

I hopped online and did a chat with J. Crew.  I asked about the off-chance of my package being sent back to their warehouse if it was accidentally delivered to the wrong address.  Of course, it hadn't been– but their customer service specialist not only offered me a full refund, but also reordered the items that were still left in stock at the price I had originally ordered them.  Luckily, all of the gifts I had ordered were still left in stock, but my long sought after vest was completely sold out.  I was happy to still get the gifts, and they were graciously overnighted to me free of charge.  I was pretty amazed with their customer service, but still a little disappointed about the vest.  A few days later, I hopped online and saw the vest was back in stock in my size– but at full price.  I quickly got back on chat to see if they would be able to honor the price that I originally paid, knowing the chances were unlikely.  By some act of God, I was put online with the exact same customer care specialist as before and she remembered me!  She was able to again honor my original price and overnighted the vest to me.  I gave her a glowing review post-chat and still tell the story to just about everyone I know.  J. Crew's sensational customer service turned around a pretty crappy situation and helped save many Christmas gifts.  

So here it is– my new beloved vest that I will be sporting for the next few frigid months.  It's warm, not bulky, and jazzes up any winter outfit.  And thanks to Brandie G. of J. Crew customer service, I got it for half the price.

J. Crew Factory Herringbone Vest | J. Crew Chambray Popover (similar) | J. Crew Toothpick Jean | Target Faux-Fur Scarf | Lauren Conrad Ankle Boots (similar) | LOFT bracelet

Who's customer service has left you pleasantly surprised?

Until next time–

cherry lips, crystal skies

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Why yes, I did just quote TSwift.  I am not ashamed.  Have you ever found a lip color so perfect that you honestly can't remember what you looked like before it?  I have–– had I should say.  Once upon a time, I owned the most fabulous red lipstick.  The best part?  It was Revlon, could be found at your local Target, and was completely affordable.  After an unfortunate incident on Halloween, I had to throw away the most perfect lipstick in the world.  I was so upset about buying a new one, I didn't think twice when doing so, that I forgot to look at the color name.  Duh, Kaylee.  Seriously.  I have never thought about something less.

So now I'm on the hunt.  My first try was with Revlon's Cherry Blossom.  Not quite the same as my perfect shade– this one was a little too pink.  At least I could keep the glass half full by singing "Blank Space" over and over again.  On to the next.

I kept my cherry blossom lips from going too sweet with a boyfriend-chic, nautically inspired ensemble.

Lands' End Boatneck Tee | Gap Sexy Boyfriend Jeans | Gap Plaid Scarf (similar) | Gap Ankle Boots (similar) | BCBGeneration Cuff | Warby Parker Sinclair Frames 

marsala: how to wear pantone's color of 2015 now

Styled byKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey there! By now you've likely heard that Pantone announced 2015's color of the year: marsala.  If you've got alabaster skin like I do, you're likely jumping for joy, as I did when I saw the announcement.  As a pale lady myself, I look particularly nice in jewel tones– particularly burgundy.  This is much better news than the tangerine tangos and radiant orchids that have unfortunately plagued the last few years.  Don't get me wrong, tangerine can be a fantastic color– on someone else.  So I'm pretty excited that one of the colors that I look best in is officially the color of the year.  Bring on the burgundy!

If you're antsy to start wearing marsala now like I am, don't worry– there are plenty of retailers already offering items in the gorgeous hue.  Check out my picks for rocking Pantone's color of 2015 right now!

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Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Good morning!  In the winter, I find the creativity in my style is often lacking.  Since the weather is limiting on my outfit options, I often don't put in as much effort into my ensembles.  With this, I often forget about half the items in my closet and go with a sweater and skinny jeans nearly everyday.  So, on the off-day that I do feel more motivated to get dressed, I often opt for a dressier option– AKA a dress/skirt, heeled booties, tights, etc. So on my most recent off-day, I decided to go for an ultra flattering sheath dress (you can't beat chevron stripes or the pockets!), a denim jacket, and broken-in leather boots.  So easy and so flattering.