Floral Midi Dress with Sleeves

Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Floral Midi Dress | www.girlmeetsgold.com

Spring is almost here and while we’ve been lucky to have a taste of spring weather (hello, 70 degrees!), there’s still a little layering to be done this season. Having styles for these transitional months is essential and I absolutely adore pairing flirty, feminine dresses with edgy layers and details. You may remember this floral midi dress I snagged in my first Trunk Club and it’s such a sweet staple. I personally love having midi dresses in my collection because they’re versatile and flattering and can easily bridge the gap between seasons.

This particular style is definitely one you can wear in the spring and summer months with strappy sandals and wedges, as well as into fall and winter with cozy cardigans and outerwear. I added an edgy vibe with a moto jacket here but a denim jacket would work well for spring, as well!

I love how this midi dress has subtle puff sleeves for interest plus the perfect slit placement, so it doesn’t become too dowdy which a floral, long-sleeve midi dress can definitely do. It also nips in at the waist just enough.

I can’t wait to keep this dress in rotation for spring and summer. It’s a great little staple to have on-hand for casual days, date night and special events. Think Easter, Mother’s Day, weekend brunches, weddings, bridal showers, etc! For reference, I’m 5’6” and have the xs.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

THE DETAILS

Striped Button Down with Moto Jacket

Striped Button Down with Moto Jacket

Tariq and I went out for dinner and drinks on Friday and it was SO damn windy (and just a little bit freezing), so I’d like to apologize in advance for these…um, very winded, slightly blurry, kind of funny-faced photos. I swear I was happy. 💁‍♀️

This was an incredibly easy look for an impromptu date night, made up of items most of us probably already have in our closet: the classic striped button-down (button-up?), dark wash denim, black booties and a moto/biker jacket. This look truly takes you from desk to dinner with ease. Keep a moto jacket on-hand or in your car and you can easily swap out your blazer or office cardigan.

These are one of the Topshop jeans I got in my Trunk Club (blog post coming soon) and I can’t get over the super skinny, flattering fit. Fyi, they do run a bit small/very skinny, so you may want to consider sizing UP! Here I’m wearing my normal size but easily could have gone one size up.

I know we’re heading into spring but I also highly recommend these Marc Fisher ankle boots (from my first Trunk Club) if you’re in need of a really good pair. Sometimes I’ve disliked black booties in the past for making an outfit feel…clunky? Not as sleek?…but these are a winner. They’re just cool-as-can-be and give a really sleek, chic vibe with any outfit. You guys know I’ve been all about adding higher quality wardrobe staples to my collection and these are definitely one of them.

Heading into spring, I love this exact same outfit with light wash boyfriend fit jeans (like these Levi’s), nude flats and swap out the striped shirt for crisp white! So maybe it’s not the exact same outfit but it’s an easy variation.

My exact J.Crew shirt is old (gotta love a closet staple you get years out of 🙌🏼), so I’m linking dupes!

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striped button down with moto jacket
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striped button down with moto jacket
striped button down with moto jacket
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As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful week!

xx Tyler

THE DETAILS

Camel Coat, White Sweater + Talking About Shopping Less

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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.

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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

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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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Trunk Club Women - My First Winter Trunk

Trunk Club Review | white mockneck sweater

Happy holiday weekend, friends! I had my first Trunk Club Trunk delivered this week and so many of you expressed an interest in seeing a roundup of what I received, so I wanted to get a post up here for you to reference and thought I’d start with a few FAQ’s before diving into the pieces.

What is Trunk Club?

Trunk Club is a Nordstrom-owned styling service for men and women. You are paired up with a Stylist and are able to request a Trunk when you need one or setup automatic deliveries—monthly, quarterly, etc.

How does Trunk Club work?

When you sign up, you fill out a Style Profile so your Stylist is able to get an idea of your style and what you’re looking for. You’re able to chat with your Stylist throughout the process and review your Trunk before it ships. You then have 5 days after you receive your Trunk to try everything on, keep what you want and send back what you don’t. You can schedule a pickup for your Trunk or drop your Trunk off at a UPS or Nordstrom location.

Is there a fee?

There is a $25 styling fee which is credited towards any purchase but this fee is waived if you’re a Nordstrom cardholder.

Do you have a referral code?

Unfortunately, I do not have a referral code but you can use my referral link.

Who is your Stylist?

My Trunk Club Stylist is Lauren Wenstrup. and if you use my referral link, you will be paired up with her.

Many of you may know I used to work for Stitch Fix, which is a similar service. I wanted to try Trunk Club because I already shop heavily at Nordstrom and know and love the brands they carry—the same brands I’ll see in my Trunks, while discovering new ones. I’m in the process of really curating a classic wardrobe I can rely on. I’m truly trying to shop LESS. So, I’m requesting wardrobe staples in each Trunk—every two months— while letting a Stylist help get me out of my box just enough.

My First Trunk Club Trunk

Madewell Sweater | Levi’s Jeans | March Fisher Booties

My first favorite piece is this Madewell sweater. I asked my Stylist for mock neck styles and she delivered. This one is a great weight and works well both tucked and untucked. It comes in a few colors and I’m wearing an XS. Fit is TTS.

I have it tucked into these Levi’s 501 jeans which you guys know I love. These seem to be a bit stretchier than the light wash, true-denim pair I always wear. I size up to a 26 in those but these fit great in the 25. I also love the raw hem detailing. I thought these were black at first but think they may actually be a really dark, inky blue—FYI.

I also asked my Stylist for everyday booties and these Marc Fisher booties were one of the two pairs she included—I LOVE them! They’re a great low heel for everyday wear but have a pointy toe and just enough edge to dress them up for night, as well. These might run a bit big. I’m normally between an 8 and 8.5. My Stylist sent the 8.5 but I will probably exchange to try the size 8.

My First Trunk Club Trunk | www.girlmeetsgold.com

Madewell Sweater | Levi’s Jeans | March Fisher Booties

I swapped out the white sweater for this Madewell cashmere mockneck next, which is a thinner material that feels lightweight, yet warm, and is really effortless. It’s slightly cropped but still easy to tuck. I think this golden tone may be sold out but it comes in a few colors and is definitely a cool and classic staple. I’m in an XS.

My First Trunk Club Trunk | www.girlmeetsgold.com

Twill Blazer | Levi’s Jeans | March Fisher Booties

I’ve been really into blazers lately, which I told my Stylist. She added this twill double breasted blazer and I absolutely adore the fit. It’s a slightly higher price point but the quality is there and I can see this working well for both work and play. I’d probably wear it more casually with light wash jeans and sneakers. I am wearing the size 0.

My First Trunk Club Trunk | www.girlmeetsgold.com

Madewell Wrap Top | Levi’s Jeans —also available HERE

I’m always looking for tops that I can dress up for dinner or an evening out—especially in these cooler months. I don’t know about you but my long-sleeve, dressy blouse collection is definitely lacking. I love the fall/winter twist on floral this Madewell Wrap Top has. I’m wearing the XXS and I’m normally an XS so I’m this runs slightly big.

My First Trunk Club Trunk | www.girlmeetsgold.com

I would probably wear this with a faux leather moto jacket for night time or even a cardigan for something more casual for daytime.

My First Trunk Club Trunk | www.girlmeetsgold.com

Leith Cardigan | Marc Fisher Booties

This Leith cardigan is also a Trunk Club piece and it is beyond soft! This is for sure a keeper and I may have to grab it in a few other colors it comes in—I know it’s currently on sale! It’s so soft and not at all itchy. I’m in the XXS and am 5’6” for reference.

My First Trunk Club Trunk | www.girlmeetsgold.com

Steve Madden Ankle Boots

The second pair of booties I received were these Steve Madden Chelsea boots. I honestly thought I might return them—I have so many brown ankle boots that somehow go unworn. But these are SO good and are somehow just what I was missing. I love the height, color, comfort factor—everything. I am always consistently an 8.5 in Steve Madden and these are tts. They’re also an AMAZING price at $99. 95 and come in several colors.

My First Trunk Club Trunk | www.girlmeetsgold.com
My First Trunk Club Trunk | girlmeetsgold.com

Madison & Berkely Midi Dress

This sweet floral midi dress was included in my Trunk and it’s such a fun, unique and feminine piece. I can see this working in fall and winter with booties and a wool coat, trench coat or moto jacket—or even for a winter wedding! I’m in an XS and I needed a bit of help zipping it, so if you’re in between sizes—size up!

In an effort to get this post up, I didn’t have a chance to share all 12 pieces in my Trunk but figured I’d start with my favorites. So far, I’m so happy with the process and what I received and I definitely plan to continue in the hopes to add some great new pieces to my collection. You can find out more and get your own trunk HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions at all and, as always, thank you for reading!

x Tyler

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The Perfect Holiday Bag You Need

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neutral suede ankle boots
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suede ankle boots
holiday sweater style
winter style
green sweater
neutral ankle boots

I’ve cracked the code to making any outfit look holiday-ready and it’s this little velvet and sequin clutch. Paired with sweaters in any color or as a way to take your work look from desk to holiday dinner, it’s the quickest way to festive attire and just adds the perfect finishing touch and sparkle for the season. I promise.

In this look, I added it to this & Other Stories bell sleeve sweater that can go from casual to dressy with ease. I love the deep green for the season and it instantly feels holiday-ready. Mock neck style sweaters are also a great staple that’s right on-trend. I know turtlenecks aren’t for everyone but a mock neck can bridge the gap to give off that chic and bundled look without sacrificing comfort—or feeling stuffy. Personally, I love having sweaters with just a little something extra and details like mock necks or bell sleeves give basic styles the perfect twist to elevate your holiday look. 

Of course, I tucked this sweater into my Levi’s Wedgie jeans that have been getting plenty of wear this season. I love how well they pair with booties and how chic they look with my M.Gemi Corsa boots underneath. These booties are sheer perfection, I swear. I have a hard time finding ankle boots that aren’t too high yet still have a bit of a heel, so they don’t feel frumpy. These are 2.15 inches and are really manageable. I love how they come up higher on the leg and look great with dresses, too. So far, they haven’t needed any breaking in period and are really comfortable for all-day wear. 

They’re definitely a splurge but you can get $60 off with code TYLER60 and I promise the quality is incredible. I’m in between sizes (8 and 8.5) and went with the size 39 which fits perfectly.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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Patent Leather Booties

Sponsored by 6pm

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patent leather boots
black teddy coat
black patent leather boots
patent leather boots
patent leather boots
black patent booties
patent leather booties
black teddy coat outfit

I think it's so fun having a unique pair of fashion boots in your collection and these Tahari patent leather boots from 6pm are just that. They're sleek and sophisticated with just the right amount of sass. Definitely a must-have in your footwear repertoire and I love how they can take you from casual to work to play. 

They have a cool and edgy vibe to give your everyday distressed denim a bit of interest which is how I paired them here but would look just as great with a mini skirt and blouse for evening wear. I also can't wait to try them with an all-black ensemble like a black denim, black sweater combo. My workplace is incredibly casual but I think they'd look great paired with black trousers for the workplace, as well. 

I think patent leather can be intimidating to style but their shine really just adds a sleek and sophisticated note to any look and you can easily swap them in for any of your everyday black bootie styles. I love how affordable Tahari shoes are for the quality and these are such a steal at $54.99 from 6pm and I did find they run true to size to slightly big. I tend to be in between sizes and I sized UP, however, I would have been fine not doing so. 

I love the luxurious feel of these Tahari booties so I added a cozy yet glam teddy bear coat topper and minimal accessories to complete the ensemble. 

This was my first pair of patent leather boots in my collection and I can't wait to wear them again and again. Do you have a pair? 

Thanks for reading!

x, Tyler

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with 6pm. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog! All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Fleece Moto and Lace-Up Boots

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brown fleece moto jacket
winter style
fleece moto jacket
lace-up boots

There's nothing like a fleece jacket to cozy up in this winter and I've been loving all the styles Nordstrom has to offer. From comfy-casual to sleek and more-structured, there's a style to suit you. This one by EVIDNT I snagged from Nordstrom might be the most unique one I've seen yet— I love the moto silhouette!

If you’re anything like me, boot season can be a struggle. I’m not sure why but I have the hardest time finding boots that are comfortable for daily wear yet still make your outfit look on point. I love a flat or low-heeled style for casual days (and I’m 5’6” so I’m not into too much added height) but sometimes find I feel frumpy in flatter styles. Someone please tell me I’m not the only one. I don’t necessarily want to be in “heels” but they really do finish off a look much more nicely. I guess because of the whole longer legs, sleeker silhouette thing.

Because of this, I’m constantly on the hunt for styles that have a bit of height for added style while still maintaining comfort. I also look for boots that come up a little bit higher on the calf so my favorite jeans can easily slip right in without having to mess with tucking, cuffing, etc. because honestly, who has time for that? 

I thought a lace-up, combat boot style would be the perfect thing to fill a void in my collection. I love the casual-cool but still slightly dressed-up vibe they can add depending on heel height. I honestly think they look great with both a flat heel or a few inches for added height.  

I snagged this pair of Rowly Boots by Dolce Vita from Nordstrom but I’m loving the plethora of lace-up styles I found at Nordstrom this season. From casual with leggings and jeans to dressy with your favorite dresses —even snow styles!— there’s a style to suit you. 

Thanks for reading! 

xx, Tyler

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More Lace-Up Styles to Love

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