Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Home for the Holidays

Initial bracelet: Waiting on Martha and Gold Bangles: J.Crew | Pendant Necklace: Julie Vos | Denim: Paige | Boots: Tory Burch | Sweater: Vince | Striped Shirt: Gap 

Currently, I am on my way into New York City to spend the next week finishing up a project for work. Although I am sad to be missing out on New Year's festivities with my friends and loved ones, I am so thankful that I could spend a full week at home with my family for Christmas. Follow along on my Instagram (@lexrest) to get a little extra peak on my week in the Big Apple. Have a safe and very Happy New Year with your friends and family! xx

P.S. Thank you for letting me borrow your sweater, mom - love you!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Year's Sparkle

If you celebrated Christmas yesterday, I hope that you all had a wonderful time with your loved ones. Can you believe that New Year's Eve is already next week? Here are some fun accessories that I thought would be the perfect addition to any outfit to help you ring in 2014 with extra sparkle. xx

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fisherman Sweater

Photo Credits: Brett Doonan from Brett Doonan Photography

Sweater: Banana Republic (similar here and here) | Denim: Paige | Boots: Frye | Earrings: Sole Society

There is something special about a fisherman's sweater and the effortless style it brings to any outfit. Maybe it is because I remember it being a staple piece in my mother's wardrobe when I was growing up. Or, it could be that I associate it with being back East with my family at home where these pictures were taken. What are some of your favorite pieces and what makes them special to you? Happy Christmas eve to you and yours! xx

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Cozy

Holiday Cozy

During the holidays, one of the things I look most forward to is having an excuse to wear comfortable clothes and pajamas a little more often than usual. This weekend, I am flying home to Connecticut to spend the week with my family for Christmas (I am so excited!) It may sound silly, but I feel spoiled that I get to see them again already due to Thanksgiving and Christmas being so close together this year. Cozy socks, pajamas and warm slippers are certainly on my packing list, as they will be perfect for Christmas morning and relaxing all together. In fact, the above would also make great gift ideas if you still have a few left to purchase! xx

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Parka

Coat: Anthropologie (similar here) | Turtleneck Sweater: J.Crew | Denim: J Brand | Bag: Forever 21 (no longer available) | Booties: Steven by Steve Madden 

When picking out an outfit, I believe that you do not always need to pile on a ton of accessories or color to make it work. This outfit is simple but I think that the details in the parka wool coat and corresponding gray turtleneck adds just enough. Even better, it kept me warm during a particularly cold weekend here in Chicago. Sometimes, less is more. xx

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Little Black Skirt


Photo Credits: Brett Doonan from Brett Doonan Photography

 Necklace: ILY COUTURE | Blouse: Juicy Couture (no longer available) | Skirt: Xhilaration | Heels: Steve Madden (similar here and here| Clutch: Tory Burch 

I am always on the hunt for the perfect little black dress. However, I love the idea of a little black skirt this year. What I like even more is that you can mix and match it with different blouse's and accessories in order to create an entirely different look (perfect for the holiday season!) Here I paired my little black skirt with a classic white button down and favorite ILY COUTURE necklace for an added holiday sparkle. Only one more day until the weekend! xx


Monday, December 9, 2013

Gift Guide: Monogrammed

There is something special about personalizing a gift with one's monogram. Each of the items above offer the option to be personalized. I received the J.Crew scarf last year as a gift and I love how warm and cozy it is for the winter. The fact that my monogram has been added it to it, makes it that much more unique. Which one is your favorite? xx

Friday, December 6, 2013

Gift Guide: For Her

1. Tory Burch | 2. Loren Hope | 3. Kate Spade (So Swoozies) | 4. Kate Spade | 5. Bobbi Brown | 6. Blair Ritchey | 7. J.Crew Factory | 8. J.Crew

Perfect for our mothers, sisters and friends. Who is on your list this year? I have more holiday posts planned for next week that I am so excited to share with you. Have a wonderful weekend! xx

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gift Guide: For Him

1. J.Crew | 2. i-Phone Camera | 3. Gap | 4. J.Crew | 5. Barnes and Noble | 6. Beats Headphones | 7. Under Armour | 8. Ugg

For the guys in our lives! xx

Monday, December 2, 2013

No Place Like Home

Vest: J.Crew | Red Flats: Tory Burch | Blouse: LOFT | Denim: AG (Similar here and here) | Hat: LOFT | Bracelets: J.Crew and Madewell

This cozy outfit truly signifies my personal style and how I spent my time over the past few days. My family and I did a lot of eating and drinking by the fire, movie nights and walks down to the beach.  I believe that home is wherever my family is at that moment. Being with them is so special, because we do not get to see each other as much as we all would like. I wish I could tap my heels together three times whenever I missed them, because there really is no place like home.

How did you spend your holiday weekend? xx

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gift Guide: Gifts that Give Back

1. Sseko Designs | 2. Sseko Designs | 3. Tom's | 4. Sole Society (partnership with Design Africa) | 5. fashionABLE

During this time of year, I tend to get wrapped up (pun intended) with finding the 'perfect' present for my loved ones. With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I have been thinking about the things I am truly thankful for. This led me to look for items that not only would make a special gift, but also give back to others. Here is a list of options whose proceeds are used to help others.

I will be working up until the last possible hour today, so my plan tonight is to finish packing and prep for my flight home tomorrow morning. I can't wait to give my family a big hug and spend the long weekend with them. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels! xx

Monday, November 25, 2013

Fur Vest

Vest: Zara (kids) | Pants: J.Crew | Turtleneck: Splendid | Boots: Tory Burch (budget friendly version here) | Bracelet: J.Crew Factory | Bag: Forever 21

This Fall, I have not been able to get enough of this faux fur vest. Can you keep a secret? I purchased it a couple of months ago in the largest size from the kids section of Zara. The vest is definitely a standout piece, so I decided to pair it with my brown Splendid turtleneck and favorite J.Crew pixie pants for a more classic look. What do you think? xx

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gift Guide: Hostess with the Mostess

1. C.Wonder | 2. Jonathan Adler | 3. Restoration Hardware | 4. C.Wonder | 5. Kate Spade | 6. Amazon | 7. Tocca Candle

With Thanksgiving around the corner and invites flowing in, the holiday party season is officially here! Above are gift ideas for your hostess with the mostess this year. My suggestion: think about your hostess' personal style. Look for items that you think they would want, but that they do not always spend the extra money on. For instance, a fresh smelling candle or personalized stationary are both thoughtful items that they may not treat themselves to on a regular basis. xx

Monday, November 18, 2013

Jeweled Collar

Jacket: TJMaxx | Jeweled Tee: J.Crew | Denim: AG (similar here and here) | Booties: Steven by Steve Madden  | Wallet: Tory Burch

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by! xx

Friday, November 15, 2013

Winter Accessorizing

1. Kate Spade | 2. H&M | 3. J.Crew | 4. Piperlime | 5. Banana Republic 6. C.Wonder | 7. Banana Republic | 8. Banana Republic | 9. J.Crew

With the cold weather quickly approaching, it is officially time to start bringing out our winter accessories. Here is a list of items that I hope will help keep you warm, while still looking and feeling chic. After all, we shouldn't have to compromise our personal style, just because it is cold outside. Number one on my list, is the faux fur snood. Stay warm this weekend! xx

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Few Things

Here are a few of the little things I have had my eye on over the past week. It has gotten chilly here in Chicago, so I am sure you can tell that I am beginning to lean towards warmer and warmer items. Cheers to being half way through the work week! xx


Monday, November 11, 2013

Saturday Morning

Flats: Aldo (similar here) | Sweater: J.Crew | Denim: Paige | Bangles: J.Crew and Madewell | Sunnies: Anthropologie

The weather was beautiful on Saturday, so I decided to leave my coat behind. I wore my new favorite turtleneck sweater (originally mentioned here), leopard flats, skinnies, and a few gold bangles. It ended up being the perfect outfit choice for running errands and enjoying a casual morning in the windy city. How did you spend your Saturday? xx

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

So Clutch

1. Topshop | 2. Blair Ritchey | 3. Gigi New York | 4. Claire Vivier | 5. Asos 

After carrying a big tote bag to work all week, I love to minimize the weight during the evening and weekends. Here are a few of the clutch's that I currently have my eye on. I have chosen them from various retailers and designers, in my favorite colors and prints for this season. Blair Ritchey's Belt Bag is my particular favorite at the moment. I am also adoring the Gigi New York clutch, because you have the option to personalize it with your monogram. Which one is your favorite? xx

Monday, November 4, 2013


Forever 21 Sweater (similar here) | Leather Leggings (similar here and here) | J.Crew Factory Bracelet | Madewell Bracelet | Tory Burch Flats | Forever 21 Bag

I am absolutely, positively in love with this fuzzy sweater I found recently at Forever 21. Because I wanted it to fit a bit looser, I purchased it in one size larger than normal. It is so comfortable and I think the cream color is perfect for this coming winter. I decided to pair it with my leather leggings, some gold accessories, a red lip and nails. I hope you had a fun weekend! xx

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Chic

Since Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, here is a little inspiration to take you from day to night, work to play. Switch out your top, add a few accessories, and you are good to go. Have a fun, safe, and happy Halloween! xx

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Few Things

Here are some of the things I am currently adoring. With turtleneck season in full swing, I can not resist the new sweaters coming out this month from J.Crew. I am always looking for a skirt that has a little bit of flare to it, and these accessories were simply too cute to pass up. Enjoy! xx

Friday, October 25, 2013

Road Trip

This weekend I am celebrating my friend's 25th birthday by heading to a cabin just outside of St. Louis. A group of us have plans to sit in our comfy sweaters, relax by the fire and visit a winery nearby. I am excited for some girl time and to escape from the busy city for a couple of days. Here are a few of the little things I don't want to forget, as we have six hours of driving ahead of us. Have a safe and fun weekend! xx

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Sweater Coat

Sweater: Rachel Roy (similar here) | Denim: JBrand | Belt: Forever 21 (similar here) | Sunnies: Tory Burch  | Boots: Steven by Steve Madden

I must admit, I am not ready for winter coat weather yet. However, there is just something about a big chunky sweater that I can't get enough of. I love anything that is warm and soft, so feeling like I have a blanket on me at all times is pretty much a dream. It will be difficult for you to find orange anywhere else in my closet, but when I saw this bright print I knew I would be making an exception. Hope you all had a fun weekend! xx

Friday, October 18, 2013

Little Luxuries

1. Aveda Lotion | 2. Tory Burch Slippers | 3. Kate Spade Mug | 4. Pottery Barn Blanket | 5. Jo Malone Candle

If you know me, you will know that I love to keep myself busy and would much rather be running around than sitting down. However, works has been particularly busy recently and sometimes I need to remind myself that it is important to take a deep breathe and relax. Here are a few of my favorite little luxuries that help to make winding down that much easier. It truly is the little things that can make a difference in your day. Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! xx

Thursday, October 3, 2013

On Repeat

Vest: J.Crew (sold out, similar here) | Jeans: 7 For All Mankind | Long Tee: J.Crew | Necklace: Ily Couture | Boots: Frye

There always seem to be certain items in my closet that I tend to gravitate towards. This Fall, I can already tell what some of them will be. Don't be fooled if you see one, two, or all of these on me more than once this season. What items do you think will be on repeat for you this Fall?

Hope you are all having a wonderful week! xx
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