Change is my best friend

Billabong vest via Urban Outfitters blazer & skirt. American Apparel tee. Varga necklace. Steve Madden shoes

Inspired by this post from the fabulous Alixrose regarding how to spruce up your everyday blazer look, I decided to throw on my gray suede-like fringe Billabong vest over a cropped UO blazer.  I’m a fan of layering vests under blazers, but I’ve never tried wearing one over them.

Conclusion: I like the look.  It’s a simple fix to transform your typical blazer ensemble.

BTW, when most people are dying their hair darker for the winter, I decide I want to go lighter.  Always a constant in my life that makes things exciting, Change is definitely one of my best friends.

Have a fabulous weekend!  xo, Becs

Rejects: The Best of the Best

Faux fur vest (DIY cutoff sleeves). Urban Outfitters t-shirt and jeans. Jeffrey Campbell Biz Belted Booties. Stacey Lapidus headband

Nordstrom jacket. Forever 21 dress. Vintage boots. Bebe belt

Urban Outfitters men’s shirt. American Apparel dress. Steve Madden booties

H&M faux fur jacket. Silence & Noise corset and jeans via Urban Outfitters. Topshop boots. Varga necklace

Zara vest. Urban Outfitters top and boots. American Apparel leggings

These old photos are from the cutting room floor.  I thought it would be fun to show you some of the “rejects” among my outfit photos.  I don’t claim to know what the hell I’m doing when it comes to posing, and thus, many go unpublished due to fug/bad/unbearably cheesy facial expressions.  This is the reason I try to smile in most of my pictures.

And apparently, I’m a fan of the ‘cross your legs’ pose.

Hope you’re all having a fabulous week.  Please don’t forget to join in on my virtual ugly Christmas/Holiday sweater party!  Details are HERE.

xoxo, Becs

Point me in the right direction

Funktional velvet blazer via Nasty Gal. Urban Outfitters men’s Stapleford Buffalo Work shirt. Jeffrey Campbell Carry boots. Topshop bag. Vintage watches

Oh dear Monday, how I loathe thee.  When I was younger and asked the random question about which super power I’d like to have, it was always the same — to fly.  If asked today, I’d want to have the power to freeze time.  Is it me or does it feel as if time is just whizzing by?  In the famous words of Jessie Spano from “Saved by the Bell”:

“There’s no time! There’s never any time!”

OK, end of daily rant.  I’m still feeling blazers/tops/sweaters with structured shoulders.  Since I’m petite, anything that gives me a proportional boost, including in the shoulders, is a plus.  Scored huge with this Funktional velvet blazer from Nasty Gal and can’t wait to next pair it with a bodycon dress/skirt.

The Jeffrey Campbell Carry boots are still available via Click HERE to see how I first wore these OTK boots with a casual dress.

If you’re on Chictopia, friend me!  I’m trying to post more often on there.  Thanks to everyone who’s entered my giveaway! The winner will be selected tonight with a post to follow shortly!

You’re invited: Ugly Holiday Sweater Bash

H&M sweater. Urban Outfitters shorts. Bloomingdales scarf. Topshop bag. Vintage shoes

We went to ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ this past weekend which got me into the holiday spirit.

Inspired by the fabulous Deanne of Dream Sequins who recently threw a virtual tea party to celebrate her birthday, I’ll be throwing a virtual holiday party on Christmas Eve and would love for you to attend.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters are required!

The tackier the better!

Please send me a photo of you in your tackiest Christmas or holiday sweater and include what you hope Santa will give you this year.  Feel free to send me old photos, or pick out an ugly Christmas sweater pic on the Web (a quick Google Image search will turn up dozens) that you can Photoshop your head onto and send it my way.  I plan to go to a local thrift store to find my sweater since the old tacky ones I wore as a youngin are back home in NJ.

Please RSVP by Dec. 22 and send me your photo and top wishlist item to:

stylewithbenefits (at)

I’ll post everyone’s pictures, your top wishlist item and a link to your blog (if applicable).  Feel free to pass this invite on to your friends… the more the merrier! Looking forward to seeing everyone dressed in their holiday tackiest!

Me and Mel (Can you guess who’s who?)

P.S. There are still 6 days left to enter my giveaway.  Click here to enter!

Thanks for letting me be… me

Millau top and Jeffrey Campbell Alexa Wedge Bootie via LF Stores. American Apparel zipper leggings. Vintage necklace and watches. Varga bracelet

I’m thankful for snatching up the Jeffrey Campbell Alexa Wedges before they sold out again.  They are amazing, and more importantly, I feel amazing when I wear them.  Comfort + height = Shoe bliss.

Thanks so much

to everyone who stops by here and leaves me the sweetest notes; for inspiring me with your perspectives on personal style and putting yourselves out there for the whole world to critique; for embracing me and making me fortunate enough to be part of this creative fashion blogging community which I would have never imagined I’d belong.

xoxo, Becs