how to accessorize for a good cause

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Necklace: Refu Horn Tassel Necklace by Jimani

There seem to be three types of girls in the world. The first type has only a few necklaces and rings and wears the same ones daily. The second type of girl has some, but forgets to wear it or doesn’t like it enough to let it be a part of her outfit. The third type has tons of jewelry, enough to match any outfit!

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I’ve always been the first type of girl. I never had a lot of jewelry growing up, except for a few necklaces and rings (or occasionally a bracelet I would make out of embroidery floss) that I kept in my tiny jewelry box in the closet I shared with my three sisters.jimani-back-4

Part of why I don’t have a lot of jewelry is that I am allergic to nickel, a main metal in most inexpensive jewelry pieces.

More recently I’ve been working on growing my jewelry collection with quality and interesting items because a general key to a killer outfit is a great statement necklace or show-stopping earrings!jimani-spinning-3

dress: old from Zara, similarly flattering dresses here | boots: similar by Marc Fisher (under $100)

my current favorite zara dresses: polkadot sleeve dressembroidered dressfloral dress with chest frills — and this not so simple LBD with bell sleeves

The brand Jimani is a great way to shop in style and give back to a worthy cause. Whether you’re looking for a great necklace, earrings, or a gorgeous clutch with a story, I encourage you to check out the options Jimani offers. Their story is one of lifting women up and helping to educate women in Africa so that those women can thrive.

I love that! How about you?!

Xo,

Kellie

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my husband’s menswear picks to snag now

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Meet Beckett if you don’t know him already. He’s charming, well mannered, and a sharp dresser. That was one of the things I noticed about him when we first started dating. Even if he was sitting in his apartment playing video games all day he would still put on jeans, a button down, and (usually) a sweater. He literally never looked like a slob. His apartment though, that was a different story… haha

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Why I love these shoes: I love that they are modern and sleek, yet they’re made of real leather, which is a durable and traditional looking material.

Although Beckett dressed well before we met, I still can get credit for getting him these shoes for Christmas. I will link a bunch of similar and inexpensive pairs below because these sold out.hands-on-hips

About the Shoes: finding dupes for these was really difficult! First, all I could find were these John Lobb Levah sneakers from MR PORTER, but they are expensive… gorgeous but expensive… so I revised my search words and found the following gems: a pair of darker leather Sperry sneakers, a pair of Clarks that are the right color, but have more seams than Beckett’s shoes do, and another pair of Clarks sneakers with a design that looks dressier.

Keep reading for more details —>one-hand-on-hip

Coat: Hugo Boss (older), similar by GUESS (under $75) and another by Ralph Lauren

Sweater: old, similar from a brand at Macy’s and another good option from Nordstrom Rack here

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Button Down: Burberry, similar option on Gilt (the deals on designer items are worth signing up for this website. I’ve ordered from it multiple times and have not been disappointed).

Pants: True Religion (Under $70!!!!) A word of advice…. ONLY get these from Nordstrom Rack like I linked above. Don’t pay full price at the True Religion store. Nordstrom Rack almost always has huge racks of these for about $70/pair and at True Religion you wont find a pair under $170!

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Isn’t he cute?!

Almost everything I linked above is on major sale now and if you’re thinking your hubby’s jeans or shoes are getting a little ratty, now’s a great time to update them!

Those classic sweaters are always winners in my book too because they are cozy enough that your husband or bf can be comfy while still looking good!

Buying a lot of classic pieces like this can be initially expensive, but it ultimately pays off because they are high quality and will last lots longer than that inexpensive brand that still looks good.  We bought Beckett these jeans (I think) 3 years ago now and they are all still in great shape.

Also, when shopping men’s clothes, consider the colors. Make sure he has 5+ nice button downs that will work for each season. Get some lighter colors and fabrics for spring and summer, browns and jewel tones for fall, and a few more dark grey and black shirts to add to the fall rotation for the winter months.

If your husband deals with customers at work, get him lots of navy blue, grey, and black sweaters. Those colors will help people trust him more.

If he teaches or works with patients, feel free to add in a few more fun colors this spring like orange or a slightly muted yellow. Mainly stick to classics though.

And even if your husband wears a uniform or doesn’t want to ruin nice clothes at work, build him a classic wardrobe so that he feels as fresh, comfortable, and sophisticated as you do when you two go out!

Xo,

Kellie

delicate details

blue-annie-necklace-10Details have always drawn me in. Whether it’s the fine lines in a work of art, information in a good book, or the way a pendant necklace sparkles in the light, I’m a detail person.

blue-annie-necklace-5So this Blue AnnieSwish Petite Necklace caught my eye and I think you can see why!

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This necklace’s only $16 too and like I said in my last post about Blue Annie, when you buy something from the shop, a portion of the $$ goes to good causes concerning women. The first cause is The Freedom Challenge, which raises money through fitness events and gives it to efforts to help women get out of the sex slavery industry. The second cause is The Endometriosis Foundation, which advocates, trains, and funds further research.

blue-annie-necklace-9Check out all of the other fun jewelry here!

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A little more about the brand:

Blue Annie started when Tracy, its founder, wanted to provide women with beautiful, quality jewelry for less. She had been in the jewelry industry for awhile when she started to be baffled by how expensive a lot of the options were! She eventually started Blue Annie as her response and wants to use it as a platform for social issues regarding women as well as a business.

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Outfit details:

necklace: blue annie swish petite necklace | shirt: old navy | scarf: burberry | pants: jag pull on jeans | shoes: old navy, similar here ($11) | lip color: 765 ultradior | earrings: similar from ralph lauren | bag: coach, similar bag here in a color I like for spring!

We’re loving the (MN) warm weather these days! How long do you think it’ll last?

Xo,

Kellie

 

sweet spring statements

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For today’s look I teamed up with Blue Annie (blueannie.com), a small online jewelry store that focuses on bringing you beautiful, unique, well-made jewelry for a fraction of the price of other similar brands.

I got to personally talk with the owner on the phone and she is the sweetest! She has a huge heart too, as a portion of the proceeds goes to both The Freedom Challenge and The Endometriosis Foundation.

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My earrings are linked here. They are only $14 and come in turquoise (pictured) and ivory.

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There are lots of other adorable necklaces and bracelets to choose from so don’t worry if these earrings aren’t your style!blue-annie-3

I’ll be showing you how I wear one other Blue Annie piece later in the week and I know you’ll LOVE it!blue-annie-5

Outfit details:

earrings: bewitching squash blossom drops | top: banana republic, older, similar here | vest: old navy, similar priced one here–only $11— don’t be scared by the pic, it just looks weird because she’s not wearing a long sleeve shirt under the vest! | jeans: jag jeans pull ons | boots: similar | bag: dooney and bourke, similar here from Target!
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xoxo,

Kellie

This look has been brought to you in partnership with BlueAnnie.com. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

a ladylike laceup

Hello beautiful reader, today I’m teaming up with My Sister’s Closet Boutique to bring you this stylish, yet ladylike top

Use code: KELLIEWITZKE to get 10% off your purchase of anything at mscb!

I knew the minute I saw it that I had to share it with y’all because the fit is PERFECT since it’s a little oversized and the laces don’t go down too far so it’s a great everyday sweater. Oh, and did i mention it’s like $26!?!

The shirt runs true to size. I’m wearing a size Medium and I love how comfy it is and that the fabric is forgiving. It doesn’t cling and it has a little bit more structure than most ribbed shirts have.

For errands yesterday morning I wore it with heels and my Michael Kors bag.

Then, I ended up putting on a pair of Uggs before heading over to see family last night and between the shirt and the boots I felt so so cozy!

It’s been really nice in MN lately (and by nice I mean low forties or high thirties….:\) so I don’t feel like I need to bundle up as much lately. I did throw a jacket on before running errands though.

Pants: similar | shirt: my sister’s closet boutique, Mocha Lace Up Sweater | heels: sam edelman, similar | bag: Michael Kors | earrings: maurice’s, older… similar here | extensions: irresistible me hair

If you need me you will find me curled up on the couch by the fire napping with my son, wearing this outfit – the heels + fuzzy socks. Ok?

Xo,

Kellie

This post has been brought to you in partnership with My Sister’s Closet Boutique. As always, I selected the item based on what I love and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 🙂

boho + bomber 

Every once in awhile it’s fun to dress a little bohemian so, for me, today’s that day! 

This August Silk jacket goes really well with some casual accessories and boots. 

It would also layer nicely over a casual dress.

Pants: similar | jacket: august silk | headband: similar | bag: dooney and bourke, similar under $50! | boots: Vince Camuto, similar here by Asos that are real suede, cute and about $72! | tee: BP from Nordstrom 

This was supposed to be a peace ✌🏻 jumping picture that didn’t turn out and I hurt my ankle when I landed! I better stick to jumping in heels 😛 haha

 

Xoxo,

Kellie