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3 Ways to Wear: Leather Leggings

On the whole wearing leggings as pants debate I'm very "anti-yoga pants…" as Blair Waldorf said "Tight's are not pants!" However, leather leggings totally don't count and here's why: they're way thicker than normal legging fabric and they don't show everything and they're basically just super tight pants. At least that's what I'm telling myself because I love how they look!

I found a pair at Express during the holiday time and I've been having so much fun trying to style them, they add such a great understated pop to any outfit. Of course they can be dressed up, but it's always a challenge to dress them down…slouchy sweater anyone? Check out some of the ways I've been playing with styling them:


One: Shirt || Heels || Bag (Similar) || Earrings || Necklace || Nail Polish
Two: Sweater || Shirt || Boots || Bag || Earrings || Necklace
Three: Oxford (Similar) || Heels || Bag || Coat || Earrings || Necklace

Are you on board with the leather leggings trend? How do you style them?

Strictly Business







9 Closet Essentials Worth The Investment

I'm a big believer in "investment pieces," in fact that's what I've been working on since I moved (and got a big girl job) and one of my new years resolutions is to round out my closet's timeless pieces collection. While there's definitely a place for "fast fashion" and trends, every wardrobe needs a solid foundation of neutral pieces that will go with everything. Read on for my 9 pieces that should be the foundation for your closet.  

ONE || TWO || THREE || FOUR || FIVE || SIX || SEVEN || EIGHT || NINE

1. Classic Trench Coat - A great trench coat is definitely number one on my list. They're so versatile and SO WORTH the investment. They literally can be worn year round and with anything: layered in the winter, on crisp autumn and spring mornings, and on cool summer nights. I love this polished and preppy one from J.Crew that will look great for years to come. 

2. Black Pumps - A great pair of black heels are definitely worth the splurge. I probably wear my black pumps at least 3X a week to work and to events when I've wanted to dress up my outfit. They go with (almost) everything and are a simple and chic way to dress up an outfit. 

3. Polished Blazer - Ah the power of a good blazer. I'm pretty sure that no matter what I'm wearing, if I add my black or navy blazer to it I will look instantly professional and like I'm about to walk into an important business meeting. Which is great for someone who regularly gets mistaken for a high schooler. I love how polished and put together blazers make an outfit look, which is why they're #3 on my closet essentials list. 

4. Comfy Pair of Jeans - Everyone has that ONE pair of jeans that instantly makes them feel better. Mine are J.Crew's dark wash skinny ankle jeans in size 25 (ankle jeans fit me like normal ones should). If I'm at a loss for what to wear, I know they've always got my back. I also love these distressed ankle jeans…they look super comfy. :)

5. Riding Boots - These Tory Burch riding boots are definitely an investment, and one I'm still saving for, but I love how timeless they look. I have another pair of brown riding boots that are the perfect thing to throw on in the winter because they literally go with everything. My eventual goal is to have three: black, light brown, and dark brown. A girl can dream right? 

6. LBD - I couldn't make a closet essentials post without mentioning the infamous LBD. But seriously, they work for every occasion. Like Every. Single. One. I have a theory that, like shoes, a girl can never have enough little black dresses. 

7. Classic Peacoat - A nice wool peacoat is the perfect chic layer to your winter wardrobe (and oh so warm). I love the classic colors like navy and black, but brighter versions are a great way to add a pop of color during those dull winter days.

8. Crisp Oxfords - Once again: versatile. I'm always adding more oxfords to my collection. They're the perfect effortless yet professional work shirt and when I'm rushing out the door in the morning I need a tried and true formula: Oxford, neutral slacks, black pumps, and maybe a blazer. 

9. Casual Loafers - Comfortable shoes that will take me anywhere, that how I describe my loafers. I absolutely love how my Weejuns will go with everything and make any casual outfit look polished and preppy. They're super comfortable too, which is why they definitely made the wardrobe staples list…plus they're super in style right now and you can find them in tons of patterns and colors! 

Did I miss anything? What are your wardrobe essentials?

Cozy Coat







Instagram Lately

I haven't done one of these posts in a while, and one of my focus' for the new year is to work on my Instagram feed and make it better. I think the photo sharing app is my favorite of the social media simply because it's mostly visual. I really enjoy attempting to craft the perfect square Instagram photo versus a tweet or Facebook post. 

Anyways, read to for some of my favorite Instagrams lately! :)



It has been so cold here in Dallas and I'm and definitely getting spring fever in a big way. Don't my new sunglasses and adorable anchor bracelet from The Collegiate Standard look so perfect for spring/summer?


You guys, I've been working out almost every day in January at this awesome little studio that offers 30 minute classes that seriously kicks your butt. If you live in the DFW area be sure to check out Burn Cardio Studio. (They were my favorite studio I found using ClassPass.)


Once again, I'm ready for spring/summer. A beach vacation would work just fine too though. This is from my spring break vacation in West Palm Beach, Florida. Take me back please?


I love my little Champagne for Breakfast I found at T.J. Maxx for my bar cart. P.S. this is the Ikea kitchen cart painted gold. I definitely couldn't afford a $600 bar cart when I first moved in so I improvised. 


It's been super cold lately, but I guess the only saving grace it has is I get to play with layering. This is my favorite 'gram from one of my past outfit posts.



I love my pink chair my mom MADE for me for Christmas. It totally brightens up my little apartment and adds a great pop of color! Also that pink vase is Kate Spade and I found it at T.J. Maxx for $12…Score! 

If you haven't already be sure to follow me on Instagram (@champagneandcitylights) to keep up with more of my shenanigans. :)






Resort 2015 Favorites

I realize that it is only the middle of January but I am having some major spring fever ya'll. It has been absolutely miserable down here in Dallas literally the whole year (past two weeks). I'm so excited that this weekend the temperature will crawl above 50 degrees and I might actually get to see some sun. 

That being said I've looked up way too many beach vacations that I can't afford and I am just dreaming about being able to wear all the new resort and spring collections filling up my inbox and shopping bag.  Just two more months, ya'll…we can do this!


One || Two || Three || Four || Five || Six || Seven || Eight

I've definitely been lusting over the new Kate Spade swimwear line, as if Kate Spade wasn't perfect enough (if only it was warm enough now…or if I was in Florida). I simply can't wait for the days of bright colors and light breezy clothes. Let the countdown begin!

Black & Blue






Shirt (Similar) || Flats (Similar) -- Shoes were a Christmas gift and I can't find the exact pair. Sorry! || Pants || Sweater (Similar) || Bag || Necklace (Similar)

Get in Shape in 2015 with ClassPass

Ever since I moved to Dallas after graduation, I have been slacking super hard on fitness. I was pretty good about going for a nightly run but then it started getting dark early and cold and staying in and watching Community on Hulu was way more fun (and warm) than going on a run. Also, I've never had to pay for a gym before since in high school I was a swimmer and in college it was included in my tuition...which made it hard to commit to going somewhere for $100 a month plus contract when before I got it for essentially zilch.

Enter ClassPass -- Jessica reached out to me asking if I would try out a unique fitness program that just started in Dallas (and is already in a ton of other big cities). Basically for $99 a month you get unlimited fitness classes at a TON of different studios (I did the math -- if you do 5 per week its essentially $5 per class -- although as hard as I tried there was NO WAY I was going to be able to do 5 Boot Camps a week). A non-committal unlimited workout program?...Hallelujah!



ClassPass literally has everything (at least in the DFW area), from yoga and Pilates to boot camp and spin...plus there was some really cool ones like rock climbing and a surfing fitness class. My favorites are the high intensity ones -- especially spinning. I didn't try any of the yoga or pilates classes, because I KNOW how good it's supposed to be for you but I just get way too impatient holding poses.

I only found 2 downsides:

1. You can only go to a given studio 3 times per month, which did keep me getting a good variety and it wasn't that big of an issue because there are multiple studios offering the kind of workouts I was looking for (Spin, HITT, Boot Camp, TRX, etc.) However, at the end of the month the studios I was interested in that offered classes in my time slots did start to get a little skimpy, and it would've been nice to go to the studios in my area more than 3 times (Dallas traffic SUCKS)...but one of my favorite studios I tried out was about a 20 minute drive.

2. If you cancel after 24 hours before your class you are charged a $20 cancellation fee (and lose 1 of your 3 classes at that studio for the month)...and I had to miss two classes unexpectedly. One because of a work meeting that ran super late and another because I found out the day after my office Christmas party that I apparently cannot drink red wine (I had one glass and Red Wine Headache is a thing...I'm not an alcoholic I swear). It definitely takes some planning and coordination when signing up for classes but on the other hand it definitely made me think twice about skipping on the days when I "just didn't feel like working out."

All in all I LOVED ClassPass and the idea of basically a Netflix for working out. If you're one of the people (like me!) with the New Years Resolution to get in shape, ClassPass is a great option instead of a traditional gym, especially if you're still figuring out what you like and what works for you.

How are you staying in shape during the new year?

Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

I realize Pantone released their 2015 color report last year (heh heh, yeah I made that joke), but now that's it's officially the new year I can't get enough of the deep dusty red! This always seemed like such a fall/winter color but I can't wait to try it this spring. It will take some creativity but isn't that the fun of putting together a killer outfit? 

Speaking of spring (and totally off topic), but I definitely already have spring fever…and I have already made my Lilly Pulitzer for Target wish list! 

Anyways, check out some of my favorite marsala hued pieces for 2015!


Earrings || Necklace || Bag || Dress || Sweater || Sunglasses || Lipstick || Shoes

How do you plan on incorporating the color of the year into your wardrobe?

Frost Bite








As if it wasn't hard enough to go back to the daily grind after two weeks of vacation and presents (and my birthday!), it's FREEZING here! I realize it's much colder in places north of Texas…however I am a southern girl at heart which means anything below 50 is uncomfortable. Ya'll I literally cannot deal, getting out of my warm bed with a ball of fur snuggled up by me is probably the worst part of my day (#firstworldproblems).

However it does mean I get to have fun with layers, and I have an excuse to grow my sweater collection! My Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater is probably the warmest one I have, and I will definitely be getting one in every color.

Ya'll now that the holidays are over are you just itching for it to be spring? I sure am!

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