November 6, 2013 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

I Feel Pretty | Simplified

October was quite possibly the busiest month of my life.  There really is such a thing as having too much good going on.  Don’t get me wrong, I feel incredibly blessed during this season of my life.  But wow, do I ever need to find some balance before the holidays hit!

Simplification has been the name of the game lately.  The only way to do a lot WELL is to keep it simple sweetie.  Especially when it comes to getting dressed.

This outfit is the perfect example.  Start with two neutrals – black and beige – and repeat.

Simple, right?

My new polka dot infinity scarf from Leslia NYC was the inspiration for this outfit.  I picked it out first, then repeated the colors to build around it.

Black and Beige Outfit Full

Black and Beige Outfit Half

Black and Beige Outfit Close

Black and Beige Purse

Black and Beige Outfit Full 2 [Ruffle Wrap:  c/o Wallis/Jeans:  Mossimo/Top: Similar/Scarf:  c/o Leslia NYC/Purse:  c/o Wallis/Bracelet:  c/o Your Bijoux Box/Watch:  Michael Kors/Earrings:  c/o C. Wonder/Boots:  Similar/Sunglasses:  Ray-Ban c/o SmartBuyGlasses]

It’s Your Turn:  What are your best tips and tricks for simple dressing?  Tell me in the comments!


Black and Beige Scarf Today’s star of the show outfit piece is my new black and cream polka dot infinity scarf courtesy of Leslia NYC.  I love the generous size and microfiber feel of this outfit maker.

Founder and head designer Leslia Rodriguez is an NYC mom that grew up in Puerto Rico.  She spent many years working in the fashion industry before branching out and starting a line of her own.  While vacationing in St. Barth’s in 2011, Leslia was inspired to create a multifunctional collection of scarves, kaftans, headscarves and more that can be worn year-round.  She will soon be debuting her new line of plus-sized kaftans.

Check out Leslia’s collection at  Her beautiful multifunctional pieces make getting dressed even easier.


I’m so excited to introduce you to this week’s I Feel Pretty co-host Rachelle!  She’s the hip and fashionable 20-something behind the blog Pink Sole.  Rachelle shows us her Southern Florida/Miami style by mixing high and low to create work appropriate and weekend looks, while maintaining her love for bold prints, colors and fun silhouettes.   Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Follow Pink Sole on Bloglovin’ HERE.

Interested in co-hosting the I Feel Pretty Link up?  E-mail me HERE for more information!

Rachelle Pink Sole [Rachelle of Pink Sole]

It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

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There are just a few simple rules:

1. Follow GYPO. (Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin‘)

2.  Follow my co-host Rachelle (Bloglovin’)

3. Link up your pretty post.

4. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

5. Visit other pretty peeps.

Getting my pretty on with What I Wore to Work, Tres ChicThe Pleated Poppy, Shanna, Totally Posted Tuesday and Style Sessions.

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  • I am still learning the art of simplistic dressing. I love pairing black with tan and I am enjoying mixing sweaters with plaid tops this fall. I have been searching for a good pair of denim lately. Do you recommend the Mossimo ones you are wearing. They look great! And I love the scarf and bag! Wallis has so many fabulous, classic items! Blessings! I linked up today with some fun patterned leggings! Susan

    • Alison

      Hi Susan – I’ve had these Mossimo jeans for three years and they’re still my favorite pair of black jeans. They’re fading a bit now due to their age but holding up well otherwise! I would definitely recommend them. 🙂

  • I love, love, love your scarf!! I especially love it with your stripes!!

  • This week I am feeling pretty because of all the attention given to me by bloggers from around the world. Want to know why? read my latest post… Sara

  • Neutrals are my go to every.single.time. Then I throw on a color with some sort of accessory. I love that Ruffle Wrap so much!

  • Beautiful outfit! xx

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  • We are soul-blog-mates…my title today is Plain and Simple. Must be all this rainy weather we are getting that is making us simplify our lives! Have a great Wednesday!

  • Hope you’re having a great week. I love the neutral colors with the fun printed scarf and bag. You look beautiful as always. ; )

  • Your outfit is classic, polished, and looks comfy. A scarf adds that bit of sophistication. I wish I could wear them here in South Florida.


  • I love the mix of stripes and polka dots and that cape is fantastic!!!!

  • So simple and pretty! When I need to get dressed in a hurry…it’s all about black. Add a few fun accessories and voila. xo

  • My simple way of dressing is jeans, cute top, blazer. Done! And I look put together 🙂

    <3 Vicki

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  • Girl, I hear you. My life, too, is crowded and exhausting. Cute outfit.

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  • Simple but you look so terrific in it… the mix of prints & patterns in a chic nude palette!! Enjoy the rest of the week Alison!


  • always a fan of starting with a great scarf or statement necklace and keeping the rest simple and i do love me some polka dots! you look chic and polished alison, just gorgeous as always.

  • This is a wonderful combo! Lately I have been craving neutrals and then throw in some pattern mixing for interest. Neutrals are always classy!

  • I love the combination of prints and neutrals going on in this outfit! You look effortless!

  • BeautyStyleGrowth

    Dressing simple for me is a sweater, jeans, boots and scarf
    k at

  • Great look! I love the neutral colors of this outfit and how you added the pattern mixing to make it so chic! I am wearing the same skirt as Rachelle the co-host today 😉


  • Loving the wrap! Simplified outfits are the best so effortless yet chic! 🙂

  • You look wonderfully put together. I love this look on you 🙂

  • I love the colour combo. It is true that sometimes simple is best but it is also true that often it is hard to convince my brain of that : )


  • My go to for keeping it simple is leggings, an oversize sweater, a great scarf, and boots. simple and chic!

  • Love the pattern mixing here- it’s subtle but still fashionable!

  • This outfit is the essence of Fall dressing!! Love it from head to toe!! I need a polka dot scarf now!:-)
    Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style-Delights Blog

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  • Sometimes simple outfits are the best ones! I love this, the touch of polka dots against the stripes is perfect!

  • Love this outfit, I’m with you on busy. It’s good and bad at the same time.

  • I love this neutral palette. You accessorized it well. As things really start to get busy, it’s nice to have an easy, go-to outfits like this!

  • I love this colour combo on you Alison! I would love a polka dot scarf! Thank you for your lovely comments my 40th blog post! You’re such a Darl! <3 Ax

  • Love the cardigan, Alison, beats the plain boring ones!


  • You are a layering queen! Head over to my blog to read my latest post.


  • Perfect outfit for so many things! I’m usually rushing and the last one in the family to get dressed so I do a lot of neutral clothes and boots. Patterned scarves in small prints are an easy way for me to “do something” with my look. I like this cardigan, too.

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  • I’ve been SUPER busy and into easy outfits lately too! I love the stripes and polka dots together and that they’re both black and white! Plus, that coat is gorge!!


  • Gorgeous look, Alison, I am a fan of black and beige, it always has this classy touch.
    I would call it “effortless chic” and love your look – already pinned it onto my “Favourite Blogger Looks” 🙂

    Annette | Lady of Style

  • Love the stripes and dots styled together

  • October was super busy for me, too! And it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any this month! I absolutely love your neutrals and the polka dot scarf!! Perfection for simplifying things! 🙂

  • print mixing, ruffles, layers – this look definitely does not look simple!

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  • I love those boots!

  • I love that scarf and and wrap! You look sooo cozy and adorable!!!

  • Saxon

    I often start dressing with “I want to wear………today, what will go with it?” A scarf is a perfect piece to start with because it sets your color pallet and makes decisions easier. LOVE your neutral look today! So chic. 🙂

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  • Love the neutral color palette + the print mix. So interesting, but still simple and chic. 🙂

    Cheers to simplifying things!


  • Mo

    Loving the polka dots with the stripes! Neutral colors in great prints. 🙂

  • When I want a quick, polished look I pair a crisp collar blouse with a cardigan or jacket. Then I add slacks, jeans, or pencil skirt as the occasion calls for. Love your scarf! ~Ann

  • Sometimes keeping it neutral and simple ends up being some of the best looks….just like this one. I love every inch! And I hope November slows down for you and that you get some R&R! 🙂 I know how you feel!

  • I adore this outfit! You are so perfect at mixing the right colors and patterns together. 🙂 Love your cardigan btw. 🙂

  • I definitely need that scarf in my life!

  • Love how you styled and mixed the patterns. Your purse is amazing. What a great purchase.

    Happy Friday! 🙂


  • Ann

    Hi, Alison! This is my first time visiting here and linking up. I LOVE polka dots and stripes together! That infinity scarf is adorable! This outfit is one I would definitely wear….love everything about it! Thanks for hosting your link-up party. I’m a new follower!
    Ann @ Cairn Cottage

  • I love Rachelle! Her style is great.

  • Gorgeous as always!!

  • Alison, I LOVE your wrap and gorgeous bag. I also love to see your pretty face. I think the sidewalk should thank you!
    XX, Elle

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  • I’m the worst at simplifying. It usually comes off as looking lazy, i.e. jeans and a t-shirt. We don’t go out a lot and I don’t like getting “dressed” to run errands so I need to find a simple, easy look that doesn’t make me feel overdressed. It’s ridiculous, I know.

  • Love this ensemble Alison! Perfect combination of stripes & polka dots, and black & beige. I think I am in love with that wrap!

    – Sukhi

  • Totally digging all your wraps! You look fabulous!

    Rachel Ashley

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