Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat

Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com

January gave us a taste of warm weather with springlike temps that had me reaching for lighterweight staples. February, on the other hand, has seemingly made up for it with an endless amount of rain—and even the tiniest bit of snow! But while it’s almost an instinct to want to bundle back up when it’s cold and raining, I actually still prefer to stick to lightweight staples that are easy to layer. Enter my favorite rainy day style: the trench coat. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of anorak and cargo style rain jackets in my collection, which do the job, at least in California, but there’s something so classic, timeless and effortless about a tan trench coat. You can be wearing the most basic outfit and popping on a trench coat will instantly elevate the look and even how you feel. If you don’t have one in your collection yet, I promise it’s a style worth investing in and certainly a style that belongs in any capsule collection. 

FYI, this particular trench is a few years old by Andrew Marc and wasn’t a huge splurge in any way but it’s taken me FAR and through many, many seasons, rainy or otherwise. 

The day I wore this outfit, we actually had a break in the rain so I was able to slip into flats for work and paired these black Madewell skinny jeans with a leopard bodysuit from & Other Stories. I don’t typically go for leopard print but I love the almost-subtle pop when paired with black. The trench coat really helps tone it down for day but you could just as easily add a black moto jacket and black booties for an edgy look for night or slip into white sneakers for something casual-cool. 

One last tip when looking for a trench: if you’ll truly be wearing it in the rain, try looking for a hooded style—they don’t all have them!

Do you have a trench coat in your collection? As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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January Recap - Life, Style and Home

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With the first month of 2019 coming to an end, I wanted to do a quick wrap-up of January, sharing things happening, styles I’ve been living in and even something a bit new to my blog content: our home!

I kicked off January vowing to continue to shop less. How did that go? Surprisingly well, actually. The Marie Kondo phenomenon was certainly a helpful catapult but I’m proud to say it was something already on my mind even before the documentary. Shopping less, wearing more. Aka donating things I no longer wear and giving love and life to things I already have rather than always having or needing something new. I noticed it was easy to shop less when I asked myself “Does this fill a void?” If it didn’t serve a new purpose or serve as an investment, capsule collection piece to replace 3, 4, 5 other very similar styles I preferred to donate, I wouldn’t buy it and I’m really happy to say I only purchased a few new style things in the month of January!

In terms of outfits, January was filled with a lot of basics and classic looks—which I’m all about and is how I want to envision and build my closet. I pulled out pieces from year’s past—like classic coats, sweaters and knits. I have to say, I think this might bee easier in the winter because I find myself gravitating towards staples and classic, neutral investment pieces so much more. We will see how spring goes when I want all the pretty, lacey, feminine things! BUT, my goal with each season will be to focus on building up my wardrobe staples.

My top 3 favorite looks from January…

striped top and jeans flat lay
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A January home update…

While I may have avoided buying clothes this month, I certainly made up for it in the home decor department. You guys, we did a LOT of home shopping. Or should I say, home window shopping. I really want every piece to “spark joy” which is something I haven’t always done in the past…often buying things just to fill a space, only to not truly love it later. My personal favorite find of the month I truly love has to be these faux leather counter chairs/bar stools from Home Goods, which you guys went crazy over! They helped complete our kitchen and dining area, less a few finishing touches, and we are really loving having this new sitting space which makes kitchen conversations easy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find these online but if it’s helpful, the brand is Avenue Six and I added a few dupes below.

kitchen bar stools | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com
kitchen bar stools | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com

We also finished (I think) our mantel! We were planning on mounting our tv here but we really love the vibe it gives the space, so we’re trying to find a workaround.

mantel styling | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com
mantel styling | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com

This month, we also got to work on our master bedroom which was severely lacking furniture. Like—we had a mattress on a basic frame, two old nightstands and a cheap, random table for our tv. We upgraded to a king mattress (more on that next month), got a real, big kid (er, adult) bed and I found some personalized finishing touches I can’t wait to share more of next month! For now, here’s a peek at our bedding…most of which I also found at Home Goods! It’s honestly amazing what a little refresh can do to your sleep space and we are finding it so amusing how we can barely reach each other in a King bed—it’s amazing. 😂

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And a few life updates from January…

January was our first full month in our new place! We’re actually in a new town (only 10min away from where we were previously) and I was nervous about the change but we are loving it so much. It’s charming and seems to have everything we need. We are loving trying out new restaurants and there are so many quaint ones.

Tariq is working a new schedule where he has a later wake up call (no more 5am work days 🙌🏼) but that means his 12-hour shift now ends at 8pm, so we (meaning the dogs and I 😂) are adjusting to these later nights home alone. So far, it’s just meant more dog snuggles and probably far too much bad reality tv. 😏We are enjoying having our Sundays together! 

I bought a Furbo! It rained A LOT here this month and the dogs took some time to adjust to, um, peeing in the rain in our new yard. I had to relegate them to the bathroom and the Furbo Dog Camera was a MUST for separation anxiety, mostly mine. 🙈So far, I highly recommend it for peace of mind at the very least but you can also talk to them and give them treats, which is awesome.

We just booked our first trip of 2019 together! See you in April, Puerto Vallarta! 💃🌴

I hope you all had an amazing first month of the year—cheers to 2019!—and, as always, thank you so much for reading.

xx Tyler

Casual Style with Creamy White Shearling Jacket

cream sherpa jacket
casual style faux shearling jacket
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casual style with creamy white shearling jacket | www.girlmeetsgold.com
casual style with creamy white shearling jacket | www.girlmeetsgold.com
casual style with creamy white shearling jacket | www.girlmeetsgold.com

Fact: One of the quickest ways to comfort is shearling. From shearling and sherpa socks to sherpa sweats, pullovers and sweaters…having this ultra-soft texture in your closet this season can help make you feel cozy in an instant. It’s one of those looks that oozes casual comfort and, in my opinion, is a great staple style to have in your collection. 

With the start of fall and all through winter, out come the teddy coats in shades of brown like tan, camel and cognac. These are great for adding warmth to your wardrobe but there’s something about creamy winter white that gives a fresh and lighter feel this time of year—something that’s so often welcome and needed as we’re wishing for and dreaming of spring.

Like I mentioned, I love the way these cozy styles like sherpa, fleece and faux shearling add an almost instant casual appeal to any outfit. When a silky or satiny top feels a bit too dressy or a fitted knit seems too “slick,” adding this texture in a layer can have a really great casual-cool effect. It’s also just an easy layer to throw on with almost everything for day-to-day wear, especially in a creamy tone like this—it goes with everything!

I layered mine from Nordstrom (similar here) over a really great long-sleeved knit knot-front top I picked up recently from Madewell and also available here. I love the fit and feel of this one and it’s one of those staple styles you can wear every season. 

Of course, I pulled out a trusted pair of high rise Levi’s 721 jeans (tts) and slipped into my M.Gemi Corsa ankle boots for all day comfort. I can totally see this cozy white sherpa style taking me into spring with white or cropped denim and sneakers or even being great beach days and summer nights with cutoff shorts. 

As always, thank you so much for reading! 

xx Tyler

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5 Classic Buys from the Shopbop Sale on Sale

This post is done in collaboration with Social Root.

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Happy 2019! Yesterday, you may have seen my post on how I’m shopping less and a big part of that post talked about how I’m focusing on building a closet full of staples. Items that are classic and timeless and will hopefully stay in my closet for years to come. I have said this over and over but one of my favorite times to shop for these pieces is during the biggest sales of the year, i.e. anniversary sales, Black Friday, etc.

shopbop sale 2019

The end of 2018 saw a multitude of incredible sales and Shopbop is keeping that momentum going. For 3 days, they are having a sale on their sale merchandise where you can snag an additional 25% off select sale items with the code HELLO2019. If you missed something on your Christmas list or want to add something fresh and timeless to your collection for 2019, this is a great opportunity.

Below are my top 5 classic buys of this amazing Shopbop sale. Items that are timeless, can pair perfectly with each other or with things already in your closet and that leave you feeling good about the investment in your wardrobe.

Happy 2019 and happy shopping!

No. 1 / The Plaid Blazer:

I’m newly into blazers and am already fully on board with the value of this timeless wardrobe staple. I love how they can dress up a basic outfit in an instant and a plaid style elevates your everyday jeans and tee look. This is one of those layers that just makes you feel instantly chic.

No 2. / The Ankle Jean:

Ankle jeans aren’t just a spring and summer staple. They’re the perfect style to pair with ankle boots this season to let just the right hint of skin show. I love the added interested a frayed hem gives these classic skinny jeans.

No. 3 / The Striped Tee:

Perhaps one of the most important pieces in a well-curated closet is the striped tee. I love the twist on this everyday style for the colder seasons thanks to the long sleeves and mock neck, but you can really wear this style year-round. I also adore the Splendid brand. All of their pieces are high quality in terms of both fabric and fit.

No 4. / The Belt Bag:

A belt bag has actually been on my list for a while and I really love how this one is convertible—you can also use it as a clutch! This is one of those classic, cool-girl pieces to take your look somewhere new—and hands-free. 🙌🏼

No 5 / The Block Heel Ankle Boot:

I’ve actually had these boots in my cart for a while—since before they went on sale. Their current price point is such a steal and the oat color is timeless and versatile. I love the very subtle scaled texture for just the right amount of interest with a unique vibe. I can see these easily going from day to dressy and even paired with dresses in the spring time.

You can see more from the sale HERE and, as always, thank you for reading!

x Tyler

Camel Coat, White Sweater + Talking About Shopping Less

camel coat

Happy, happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re all enjoying time off or time spent with friends and family. We’ve had a busy holiday season but have also been able to enjoy some relaxation and I hope the same for you!

I’ve been meaning to share this look on the blog and thought it would be the perfect classic, timeless look to kick off the New Year and also share something that’s been on my mind. One thing I’ve been working on is shopping with intention (meaning adding more wardrobe staples vs. trends), while also re-working items in my closet. I think in this world of Instagram and blogging, there’s so much “stuff” with pressure to buy, buy, buy, keeping up with the latest this or that. And while I don’t think there’s anything wrong with indulging or treating yourself, sometimes you just need a reset.

Honestly, I think one thing that’s helped has been our move. I have an outrageous amount of clothes. And packing them into countless boxes helped me visualize this excess. So many don’t even see the light of day. And that’s horrible. Stressful even! Why am I buying so much, why do I feel like I’m wasting so much, why do I feel like I have nothing to wear? I spent some time purging and donating, while giving life to items in my closet I truly love, and also focusing on building up my wardrobe staples. My plan is to continue this pattern. And honestly, you guys…it’s refreshing.

This season, I’ve shopped less, investing in pieces I truly love and have noticed I actually have less desire to shop—yet somehow I have more to wear.

I finished 2018 with this mindset (shopping with intention) and it’s something I plan to continue into (and hopefully through) 2019. Building a wardrobe of items that fill a void, pieces I feel confident in, things I can wear again and again, season after season, and pieces that are worn, loved and see the light of day.

camel coat white sweater
camel coat outfit

For me, this outfit is the epitome of what I want to continue to build on. I bought this camel coat last year (I think during Black Friday or a holiday sale) and hesitated because we don’t have that many opportunities to wear coats in day-to-day life in California. But I’m so glad I ended up with it because a camel coat is one of those timeless wardrobe staples I’m talking about. Something you can reach for with everything and that you can throw on to feel put-together and chic in an instant. THAT is the feeling I want to focus on in 2019.

Classic Camel Coats

camel coat outfit
camel coat outfit
camel coat outfit
camel coat outfit

Pairing camel with winter white is one of my favorite combinations and white sweaters are a soft spot for me. You guys, I have too many. BUT, my intention is to focus on more classic silhouettes this season. For me, that means fewer oversized styles and slouchy silhouettes I don’t always feel work for any and every occasion. Don’t get me wrong, slouchy sweaters have their place (hello, #weekendstyle with leggings and sneakers) but I know I feel better in something with a little more structure and it’s what I end up reaching for when I want to look and feel presentable. Sweater styles I’ve been looking for are crew necks, mock necks and generally styles that have a bit more structure. Also, I don’t need 5-7 similar lower-quality sweaters when I can have 2-3 high-quality staples.

Classic Staple Sweaters

camel coat outfit
camel coat outfit

Another area I’ve focused on is boots. I have too many shoes, not enough shoes to wear. Anyone else? I talked about these M.Gemi Corsa boots already and if you have the opportunity to spend a little more, I highly recommend them and the M.Gemi brand in general. This pair is timeless and chic and can be worn casually and dressed up—which was something I know I was lacking. I love how they come up a little higher on the leg, which is great for letting skinny jeans fall into or straighter styles fall over. In this outfit, you can see how I tucked my jeans into them. I also love the 2.15 inch heel on these. They’re incredibly comfortable and easy to wear. You can get $60 off with code TYLER60. I’m between an 8 and 8.5 and wear the 39 in these.

You also may have seen I asked my Trunk Club Stylist (see this post) for some everyday boots and I ended up buying two more pairs that also fill a void in my collection. These Steve Madden ankle boots were the perfect-shade-of-brown booties (I have the cognac suede) I couldn’t put my finger on I was missing. I’ve had a hard time with Chelsea boots in the past but these are a great everyday-casual style I’ll be slipping into. The price point is great at just under $100 and they come in several colors. FYI, I always wear an 8.5 in Steve Madden but I almost think I could have even done an 8. I read reviews from people mentioning they sized up but I would probably stick to your normal size first.

The last pair of ankle boots I bought myself this season will be another wardrobe staple for me and also came in my Trunk Club. These Marc Fisher ‘Yale’ Chelsea boots in black are my new “cool girl” boots. Sleek, stylish and a little slick. These can easily do casual to dressy and will be what I reach for on a night out and will be my go-to with black denim and a moto jacket. In my experience, these run a little big. I had to exchange the 8.5 for an 8.

Classic Ankle Boots

To be honest, the main thing that has changed in terms of my shopping is this: I ask myself if something fills a void in my wardrobe. If the answer is no, I don’t buy it. And I am going to try to continue shopping with this mindset. For me, I know my void includes timeless sweaters I can wear for both work and play, outerwear that can do double duty and I always seem to notice a lack when I need something a little dressy or special for a night out.

What’s an area of your own closet you’d like to build? I plan to continue to share great deals, sales, finds and my favorite outfits with you all but I am honestly so excited to focus on building up a closet full of wardrobe staples (and pieces I feel good in) and I can’t wait to shop less in 2019.

As always, thank you SO much for reading and Happy HAPPY New Year to all of you!

xx Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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