Black Quilted Vest / Black Thermal Top c/o / Black Skinny Jeans / Black Stuart Weitzman Boots / Barrington Camo Bag with Black Leather Trim c/o / Lagos Square Hoops c/o / Lagos Sugarloaf Trio Bangle Set c/o

If you’re like me you have many days that you only have minutes to transition from one thing to another. I find it most difficult on days that I have work or volunteer meetings,  drive carpool and then have just a few minutes to change for a date night or business dinner with my husband. Today I’m going to show you how I solve that problem!

This question was actually posed to me by a reader! I love to be able to help you solve your wardrobe problems.  Making sure you have great wardrobe staples that you can rely on makes this transition easy.

The key to this quick change is a great base.  I wore a versatile black top, my favorite skinny jeans and great belt for a simple column of color.  This would work with any neutral as well.

One of my favorite sources for versatile tops is Southcott Threads. This Dallas-based company is owned by one of my good friends and you can learn more about her company here. I’ve paired her new long sleeve thermal top with my favorite black skinny jeans and belt.

For casual meetings, I’ve added a simple black quilted vest with fitted details and my Stuart Weitzman 50-50 boots. The boots have been a staple in my wardrobe for several years and continue to be a classic.  They were so comfortable walking the city during our trip to NYC last year!

As for jewelry, I love versatile pieces like these Lagos Square Hoops.  The caviar design is classic and great from day to night.  The Lagos Sugarloaf Bangle Trio is also a favorite.

Talbots Winter White Tweed Jacket c/o / Black Thermal Top c/o / Black Skinny Jeans / Lagos Square Hoops c/o / Lagos Sugarloaf Trio Bangle Set c/o

To make the change for a dressier dinner I’ve added Chanel inspired tweed jacket with black trim and favorite classic black high heel sandals.  This classic winter white tweed jacket is a part of the Talbots friends and family sale! This is my favorite time to pick up wardrobe staples from this classic brand.

A quick refresh of hair and make up and I’m ready to go out the door!  I hope this gives you an idea of how to quickly go from casual to cocktail.  I truly love the feedback that I get from you!

If you have any other wardrobe questions please leave them in the comments below or drop me an email in the contact box on the menu above. I look forward to hearing from you!

Get more inspiration on these category pages: Personal StyleInteriorsMy HomeFoodEntertainingTablescapesBeauty and Travel.

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PS – Did you know two new giveaways that will be on going to thank you for your loyalty and support.  Randomly, each month I’ll select winners from the comments those who leave on blog posts and from those subscribed to my newsletter.  These winners will receive gift boxes filled with some of my favorite items…some gifted by brands and others I add to the mix.


Colleen Rothschild – 25% off Friends and Family Sale with code FALL25.  See my favorites in this post.

OVenture – 20% off Friends and Family Sale with code FAMILY20

J.Crew – 35% off with code WEARNOW

Banana Republic – 40% off current styles. No code needed.

Williams – Sonoma – 25% Customer Appreciation Sale using code THANKS.  So many of my Fall Tabletop Favorites are included.

Horchow – 25-30% off home decor sale

Serena and Lily – 30% Off Beds and Bedding including our Guest Room style which comes in several colors!

T3– 20% off sitewide with FALLFRIENDS  This is the time to get that curling wand you want, my favorite travel hair dryer and gifts!

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Food & Entertaining

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Food & Recipes

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