Back to Basics

Honey I’m hoommmmeeee! After 30 hours of painstakingly long travel, I am finally back home in Milwaukee. Phew! As nice as vacations are, there is truly nothing more comforting than taking a dump in your own home (yeah, you heard me) and sprawling out in your own bed after a long stint away.

I’m currently working on compiling all my pictures and writing about all my experiences in Vietnam and Thailand. Can’t wait to share with you all! In the meantime, enjoy this post about how classic, basic outfits can be your best friend.

Just like a steaming pumpkin spice latte and watching Nick Vial falling in love for the fourth time on TV, some things in life are just better basic. Today’s outfit is nothing spectacular or unique, but it’s classy and versatile. All you need is a camel cardigan, jeans, and some comfy booties for a classic look that will seamlessly take you from work to happy hour.


The shoes have to match the belt right? Not really. I actually rarely do this, but I loved how this camel belt brings out the color of the shoes and blends effortlessly with the cream chiffon top and camel cardigan. Another quality of this belt is that it’s a pull through! I got the belt a couple years ago from Anne Taylor, but they currently carry a similar one here with a round buckle.

When I’m wearing a basic outfit, I like to add a pop of color to my makeup. Today I chose a bold lip to spice it up. The lipstick I’m wearing is a mix between two colors from Lorac’s Pro Matte Lip Color in merlot and aubergine. I love this lip pencil so much that I have it in four colors. The merlot color was a bit too red and aubergine was a bit too dark for the outfit (though aubergine is great for a night out when I’m wearing darker colors). I layered the two for the perfect shade!

I love how the retractable pencil on the Pro Matte Lip Color has a smaller surface area and is easier to apply than a classic lipstick.  Be careful if you have dry, flakey lips though! You can’t hide the dryness under this matte lipstick. Just be sure to use a good lip scrub (I use this and this) and moisturize with a good lip balm before applying.

Be shamelessly basic today, ladies. Drink your Starbucks. Take your selfies. Wear a good ol’ classic outfit. Dueces.

Text pic

cardigan: Abercrombie
top: Forever 21 – old (similar, similar)
necklace: Target (similar)
jeans: Gap
belt: Ann Taylor – old (similar)
booties: Sam Edelman (other colors)
lips: Lorac

 

 

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27 Comment

  1. You are such a beauty! I love this chic look on you babe! I’ve always wanted to visit Vietnam and Thailand and can’t wait to see your post on it soon!! Enjoy being back HOME! :)))

    xx Adelina
    http://www.thecharmingolive.com

    1. Ahhh thanks, Adelina! Definitely feels good to be home.

  2. Simple yet gorgeous! I need this cardigan in my life, I adore the color of it! Can’t wait to hear about your trip 🙂

    1. Yes! Sometimes we just need a little simplicity in our lives, ya know? 🙂

  3. This is such a great look. That cardigan is the perfect piece to transition your winter wardrobe into spring. Love it!

    1. Thanks for reading! <3

  4. Howled at your opener! Ahaha definitely wasn’t expecting that and received a few stares from around the office.
    Loveee this outfit, I’m more of a basic girl with layering. Looking so chic and cosy!
    Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

    Charlotte
    http://www.monnolife.com

    1. So glad I could bring a laugh to your day, even if you got some funny looks from it. 😉

  5. HAHAHA I am dying with your writing hahaha. That is so funny. (: LOVE this look so much. That lipstick is amazing. And the boot and belt combo…yessss. I can’t wait to see more photos from your trip!

    1. Yay! Glad I could add some humor to your day. Can’t wait to share more pics!

  6. “Drink your Starbucks. Take your selfies. Wear a good ol’ classic outfit. Dueces.” THIS IS GREAT! I love your outfit. I want that sweater! Your lipstick is BOMB! I have a color very similar and I LOVE IT! So glad you had an awesome trip! Can not wait to hear more about it! YAY!

  7. LOVE! This is basically my every day out fit every fall and winter 🙂

  8. Can’t wait to see more from your trip!! What a bucket list experience. Love this outfit – happy first day of spring!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

    1. Thanks, Amy! Happy spring to you too! <3

  9. This outfit is so cute! To us being shamelessly basic today *cheers*!

  10. So cute!! I love a good cardigan and your lipstick is bomb! I am always afraid to wear lipstick too dark because I’m so fair but I’m gonna have to give it a try!

    1. Whoo hoo! I love bold lipstick – I definitely think you could pull it off, Carlie! <3

  11. I love that cardigan

  12. Great look! I’ll give it a try and I love that lipstick color on you!

    1. Yay! So glad I could provide some everyday fashion inspo. Thanks for reading. <3

  13. You are super cute! I will admit I am Founder and President of Team Basic sometimes and there aint no shame in that! Classic is classic for a reason. Love the lip color! Great post babe.

    1. Go team basic! Haha. No shame. Thanks for reading!

  14. This outfit is super cute! Cozy and casual <3

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

  15. This is the ultimate cute and cozy look! I love that sweater! What a great closet staple!

  16. I love love love this entire look! You are a babe!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

    1. Aww thanks, Debbie! You are too sweet.

  17. 30 hours of travel!?! Yikes, sounds like a journey. Well, at least you’re back! I’m all about that awesome necklace. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

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