Dressing for Fall

BUTTON SHOULDER SWEATER AND PLAID MINI SKIRT – PLUS A $1,000 NORDSTROM GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

The Steele Maiden: Slouchy Button Shoulder Sweater and Plaid Mini Skirt

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If I could only wear one type of outfit all Fall (in I don’t know – some bizarre Handmaid’s Tale-esque alternate reality) it would be an oversized sweater and plaid mini skirt like this one. It strikes a balance between cute and comfortable and has that slightly 60s vibe I’m always shooting for. Which felt especially right for a day exploring Notting Hill a couple of weeks ago in London.

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Lately I’ve been adding tights to this look and a teddy coat (because brrr) but regardless I’m planning on wearing some variation of this outfit straight into winter.  For days at the office, weekend movie dates and everything in between. Including daydreaming about being back in Notting Hill.

Topshop Button Shoulder Sweater | Urban Outfitters Plaid Mini Skirt | Talbots Knee High Leather Boots c/o | Raen Sunglasses c/o | BaubleBar Earrings

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FALL SPECIAL OCCASION – VELVET FLORAL DRESS

The Steele Maiden: Fall Special Occasion - Velvet Floral Dress

Earlier this week I shared 3 easy holiday hairstyles and I have to admit – this one was my favorite. My hair stylist Sarah Rappolt and I pictured it being something perfect for a special occasion this Fall or holiday season, from a fancy Thanksgiving dinner to a date to see The Nutcracker to a December wedding invite. And this velvet floral dress seemed like the perfect pairing.

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In a super flattering fit and heavy enough fabric to allow you a little bit of warmth this one is kind of a dream. Plus, I like that it feels like a romantic and subtle version of typical ‘red and green’ in soft rose and evergreen hues. Truth be told, I’ll likely be in this outfit on Thanksgiving day but if I can convince Adam to go see The Nutcracker with me this year – I’ll definitely be slipping back into this little number. And maybe even recreating this hairstyle that’s so deceptively simple I swear even an amateur like myself can do it.

Nordstrom Velvet Floral Dress | Burgundy Suede Heels | GigiNY Gold Clutch c/o

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VISITING THE COSTWOLDS: ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE INSPIRED STYLE

The Steele Maiden: Cotswolds, England - English Countryside Inspired Style for Fall

Yesterday I styled these velvet jeggings in a way that was simple yet chic for the office or casual holiday parties – but because honestly I just can’t get enough of them and wore them multiple times on our recent travels, I’m back with a more weekend ready alternative.

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LUXE TEXTURES FOR FALL: CASHMERE, VELVET AND FAUX FUR

The Steele Maiden: Luxe Textures for Fall - Velvet Jeggings, Cashmere Sweater and Faux Fur Plaid Vest

One of my favorite things about Fall fashion are all the luxe textures. And this outfit from Talbots I wore on our first day in Edinburgh checks off all my favorites. A classic cashmere sweater, velvet jeggings and faux fur vest. Not to mention plaid on plaid (when in Scotland.. do as the Scots do, right?).

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I like that all together it feels simple but because of the mix of rich textures it also feels super chic. It’s exactly the sort of thing I would wear to the office and then straight out afterwards for an event or holiday drinks this season. Plus, the fact that they’re separates means that you could also add any of them to a more casual look to elevate the whole thing. And can we talk about these velvet jeggings?? I know, I felt skeptical at first too but then I tried them on and proceeded to wear them on 3 separate occasions during our 10 day trip. They come in a bunch of colors but I’m loving the ivory color. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing an entirely different way to wear them.

P.S. This area in Edinburgh was called Dean Village and was truly like stepping back in time. Can’t wait to tell you more about our short but sweet time in Scotland.

Talbots Faux Fur Vest, Velveteen Jeggings, Cashmere Sweater and Plaid Bow Heels c/o

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Thank you to Talbots for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are my own.

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NIGHT OUT IN LONDON: LEOPARD RUFFLE DRESS

The Steele Maiden: London Night Out Style - Leopard Ruffle Dress, Fisherman's Cap and Patent Booties

London calling! As we speak, I’ve made it back to New York and am fighting off a cold and jet lag (no easy feat) – but also am so excited to share with you all the places we went and naturally, all the things I wore. This look is from our first night out in London and one of my favorites from the whole trip.

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We headed to Camden Town (kind of the East Village of London if you will, and where I lived when I studied abroad there for a semester) for a night out and ended up grabbing last minute tickets to London’s Jazz Cafe where they were playing a tribute to Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks album. I’ve been a huge Van Morrison fan since high school so I was hoping they’d do the album justice… and was literally blown away. So good that Adam and I still haven’t stopped talking about it. Then it was a few more drinks, a little dancing and back to our first AirBnB of the trip to collapse into jet lag. For the record I don’t recommend this big of a night for your first day adjusting to a new time zone, but I also don’t regret it one bit.

This leopard ruffle dress (under $40!) and patent booties held up through it all and hopefully helped fit in with the British girls who just always look so effortlessly cool. Also, carried my vintage YSL clutch that is one of my most prized purchases from the vintage markets in Camden Town – bought almost exactly 10 years ago. How’s that for full circle?

Who What Wear Leopard Ruffle Dress | Brixton Fisherman’s Cap | Marc Fisher Patent Booties | Vintage YSL Clutch | Express Belt | Burberry Liquid Velvet Lipstick in Bright Plum | Sheer Dotted Tights

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