Sweater (J.Crew) | Shirt (J.Crew) | Leggings (SPANX) | Boots (L.L. Bean) | Necklace (Marley Lilly) | Watch (Michael Kors)

Happy Monday! Is it just me or did this weekend go way, way, way too fast?! After a long week of work full of long nights, I was so happy to escape to Connecticut for some relaxation and nature. Not to mention, the silence and peacefulness that comes from sleeping in Connecticut.

You guys know that I’m not too outdoorsy but Saturday’s weather was so beautiful we just needed to get out, so we took a walk into the woods behind Tom’s house. Keeping comfortable, I wore my favorite SPANX leggings (seriously can’t get enough, can you tell?) and layered up with a chambray shirt and sweater. While I’d usually wear my riding boots or a pair of booties with this outfit, I traded in the heels for some Bean Boots…perfect for a good hike! The leaves were a bit slick and some of the stream was frozen so the Bean Boots were the perfect choice to battle the elements.

It’s so funny how layering can pull an entire outfit together and really make you look put together. I packed in about five minutes on Friday evening so I definitely didn’t plan out any outfits but I was happy I grabbed these stables. When packing for a week away, I always pack a pair of jeans, a pair of leggings, a chambray shirt, a decorative sweatshirt, and if you are in Connecticut– a flannel. This outfit was just what I needed for a sleepy but adventurous Saturday, and definitely kept up for a dinner out once swapping out the boots for booties.

People tell me all the time that I “look so put together” and usually I laugh in their face and tell them that they should see the mess that is my apartment, but I’ve finally realize that layering is my secret. The crisp chambray shirt peaking out from underneath a decorative or plain sweatshirt, signifies that some level of effort went into putting together your outfit. Whether that effort be color coordinating or making sure your sleeves don’t ride up…effort is evident. To bring this look one step further, swap out my monogram for a statement necklace.

Weekends are for coziness and this ensemble definitely held up. What are your staples items for a weekend adventure?


32 Comments on Layering, The Key To Looking Put Together!

  1. Gina
    January 11, 2016 at 9:37 am (2 years ago)

    Great outfit! I love layering, and I agree that it does make your outfit look more put together. Beautiful pictures, too.

  2. Kam Kay
    January 11, 2016 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

    Cute outfit, looks great on you! Totally agree with layers. Not only do they make the outfit look great, but they are perfect for winters as well!

  3. rozbeads
    January 11, 2016 at 10:06 am (2 years ago)

    I enjoyed the combination of your great photos and your story. I felt like I was right there with you. True be told.most of us don’t have boots with denim on them to match a chambray shirt, but if we know we wear a lot of denim, great choice.
    You do look put together in a natural way & I think that is what people notice.

  4. bianca
    January 11, 2016 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

    Such a cute outfit! But I have to add, those boots are KILLER!!!!!!!

  5. Cyndi
    January 11, 2016 at 10:54 am (2 years ago)

    Very cute outfit! Love the boots! We are getting into layering weather now. It was 16 degrees when I woke up this morning! Brrr….

  6. Jessica
    January 11, 2016 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

    Love it. I prefer to layer, especially in the winter

  7. Jessica
    January 11, 2016 at 11:06 am (2 years ago)

    Love it. I always layer in the winter.

  8. Jessy
    January 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Personally, I hardly ever later, except for modesty’s sake. Though I do love the T-shirt-Under-A-Buttonup look.

    My weekend adventure staple item? Hmm. I’d have to say my favorite pair of jeans and a comfy (T-)shirt.

    • Jessy
      January 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm (2 years ago)


  9. craftivitydesigns
    January 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Layering is why I love winter so much more than summer :)

  10. Karin Rambo
    January 11, 2016 at 1:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this look! I have the same boots and I absolutely LOVE them!

  11. caendicott
    January 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Your pictures are really nice. Being from Florida, I’ve never understood layering and fail at it every time I go somewhere cold.

  12. trulyyoursa
    January 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this outfit! Layering is so essential this time of year and you can’t go wrong with a chambray shirt.


  13. Becki S
    January 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I love these bean boots!! My mom has also been looking for a pair so I’m definitely going to have to share.

  14. jennyblaisdell
    January 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this outfit paired with the bean boots!

    xoxo, Jenny

  15. Claudia Willison| ImagesByCW
    January 11, 2016 at 11:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I a agree with your friends. The layered outfit really suits you well. I wish I had the touch for it (or the body? hahaha)

  16. mandabutler
    January 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Great outfit! That day was definitely a nice day to be out. It was warm in Pennsylvania as well, and now it’s super cold and snowy. Thanks for sharing!

  17. diadarling3
    January 11, 2016 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Cute outfit. I’m in the south so layering is essential because you will start the day at 43 degrees and it will be at 71 by lunch (no kidding).
    I really like the print on the sweater.

  18. Maya
    January 12, 2016 at 12:06 am (2 years ago)

    Love your outfit! I’ve never really layered, but perhaps I’ll give it a try after reading this! Thanks!!!

  19. Clare Speer
    January 12, 2016 at 5:47 am (2 years ago)

    So cute and you wear it well… I just love those boots! And great picture in the perfect location for your shoot!

  20. Angie Scheie
    January 12, 2016 at 11:09 am (2 years ago)

    Cute outfit, and beautiful backdrop! I didn’t know that Spanx made legging like that, I’ll have to try them out!

  21. My Unsettling Life (@MyUnsetlingLife)
    January 12, 2016 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Cool outfit. Great pictures. I work so hard during the week, all I want is to relax on the weekends, like go for a movie, or for lunch somewhere but not having to do much. hehehe

  22. Sarah Ross-Koves
    January 12, 2016 at 9:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Certainly a great look. I wish button-ups worked for me, but I always feel so uncomfortable in them. My new leggings are great though and look like pants!

  23. gratefulheartyoga
    January 13, 2016 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

    What?? Spanx makes leggings?? Game changer!

  24. Mimi Rose
    January 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s funny, growing up in California, I never understood how to layer properly because it was never needed much. Now that I’m living up in the Pacific Northwest, layering is my best friend and a great way to stay warm & stylish. You look gorgeous, btw! Love your outfit.

  25. Taylor Davis
    January 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Im obsessed with the chambray and sweater combo, so cute!


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