Friday, October 30, 2015

Comfy Cozy




Old Navy Patterned Swing Dress (same - September 2015) - Leggings:  Target (old) - Boots:  LifeStride (last winter)

I wasn't feeling well the other day so I wanted something to wear to work that was as close to lounge wear/pajamas as possible.  This swing dress from Old Navy was perfect.  It is very loose and the material is quite soft.  I am wearing a petite size so it hits me a few inches above my knees (I'm 5'3).  I added some leggings and comfy flat boots and was cozy all day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Liking Lately

 
I love this mixed print look I saw at Macy's recently.  All of the items are G.H. Bass & Co.  I couldn't find the sweater online but the shirt dress is here on Macy's site.
 
 
I attended TedX Indianapolis this week.  So inspiring.
 
 
Fall running is the best...
 


10 Banned Foods to Avoid

I am always spouting off about the ridiculousness that other countries ban foods with certain additives yet the US allows these potentially hazardous chemicals in our food.  This article and graphic above from The Food Revolution Network breaks it down nicely. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Random Outfit Pictures

I have a few outfit pictures that don't make it to the blog.  Either I don't particularly like the picture, the outfit or I just don't have a lot to say about the image so it doesn't make it it's own post.  Here are some of the latest random pictures of myself that otherwise haven't been posted before.



Selfie while shopping at TJMaxx (I didn't buy anything).

Can you believe I went to Nordstrom dressed like this?  Me either.  (I did buy something - my new greige boots.)

A casual Friday look with my new greige boots.  The color is actually called mushroom but I like to say greige.
 

 
Another casual Friday look with colored jeans and a chambray top from LOFT.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Everything's Coming Up Greige


 
 
Jacket:  INC - Macy's (old) - Shirt:  Halogen - Nordstrom (February 2015) - Pants:  Vince Camuto -  Nordstrom (July 2015) - Shoes:  ECCO - Nordstrom (old)
 
 
I really liked this outfit while wearing it.  I felt stylish, comfortable and confident.  (The pictures leave a little to be desired though.) 
 
I was super excited to find a different top to wear with this faux suede jacket that I've had for two years now.  The jacket is sort of a greige color (beige with some gray) and is hard for me to match so I normally just wear it with black or white.  I really liked it with this purple/pink top.  I just purchased a pair of waterproof suede ankle boots in a similar greige color.  Now I'm just realizing the new chairs we purchased for our living room are sort of a greige too...  I must be drawn to this strange color that looks tan by some things and gray by others.  It is a neutral so you wouldn't think it should be difficult to pair with any color but for some reason I have a hard time mixing it up.  
 


Monday, October 19, 2015

TopShop Lace Up Flats



Sweater:  Mossimo via Target (old) - Dress:  LOFT (last year) - Shoes:  Topshop via Nordstrom (Sept. 2015 - samesame but in red)
 

 
I gave my bare legs what is most likely their last trip outside to and from work here in Indiana for 2015.  I think I'm going to have to wear tights from here on out as it is starting to get colder and colder.  So my legs had their last harrah in a short dress that is probably actually too short for work but I didn't lift my arms or bend over so I think I was ok. 
 
I bought these Topshop Ghillie Flats last month after agonizing over it for a long time.  I opted for the less expensive version which in person seem even more cheaply made than their $45 price tag.  But they are comfortable so far.  The laces are different over the foot, one is looped and the other isn't, and I cannot get the laces out of the holder thingies around the ankle to make them match.   Other than that, and the seemingly cheap construction, I like them!  

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Outfit Inspiration: Suede A-Line Mini Skirt

The suede a-line mini trend seems to be still going strong and I have to say I love the look.  I finally caved and bought one at H&M (faux suede of course) and I'm excited to put together some outfits with it.  Here are some ways I can see myself wearing it.

I love how Express styles it here.
 
 


You can find all of these looks and link back to the original sources on my Pinterest Board here!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sanctuary


Top:  Sanctuary via Marshall's (last month - similar) - Pants:  NY & Co (old) - Shoes:  Steve Madden Lexi (old)
 
 
In the beginning of September I was obsessing over the idea of an A-line tan suede skirt.  You know, like this:
 
 
 
Macy's website had a version from Sanctuary and in the outfit there was a cute printed top that I liked.  But it was $79.00! So I didn't get it.  Even with a coupon and discount, I still didn't make the purchase.  A bit later in September I was killing time at Marshall's before an appointment and came across the exact same shirt for $29.99 so I bought it.  I guess it was meant to be. 
 
 
 
 



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Layering Old Basics & A New Tank

Tank:  Frenchi Scallop Hem Tank Nordstrom (last month - same) - Pants:  LOFT via Thred Up (old) - Shoes:  Kohl's (old)

Added J.Crew Cardigan (old) and Switched to ECCO Shoes from Nordstrom (old)
 
 
The weather right now in the Midwest is gorgeous!  It is cool in the mornings and warm in the afternoons.  It is the absolute perfect weather for running which makes me happy since I love to run. It's also perfect weather for layering (layering is necessary when the temps go from 50 degrees in the morning to 75 degrees in the afternoon!). 
 
I started out with a black and white tank, black pants and black peep toe wedges.  I decided the wedges weren't tall enough for the pants and my toes might be cold in the office so I switched to closed toe wedges that are a little taller.  I also added a cardigan for the morning commute and the cold office.  As it gets chillier, my layering will become a bit more complex (like the tee, button down and vest combo in my last post) and include my beloved scarves! 
 
 


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Black Ankle Boots (Too Many Black Ankle Boots)

Over the weekend, I prepared to wear boots for the first time this fall.  I thought about wearing black ankle boots with gray jeans, a black plaid flannel and my new maroon vest. (Yes, I think about what I'm going to wear the day before (or more) before I wear it)  This led to several observations.

First Observation:  Outfits always sound better than they look since I tend to buy things that don't fit me perfectly or suit my body type.

Gray Tee:  Sonoma from Kohl's (last year) - Plaid Top:  Gap (old) - Vest:  Athleta Upside Vest (last month - same) - Jeans:  Loft (old) - Shoes:  Bella Vita Raine Boot  (earlier this year - same)

without the vest

without the plaid shirt
 
 
I don't think I like the vest over the plaid top.  Plus I think the vest is too long on me.  I don't know.  It just seems like the proportions are off somehow.  My torso is much longer than my legs so it could just be that.  I liked the last version the best with just the vest zipped up over the gray tee.  The proportion issue might be better if the plaid top was tucked in...but that wouldn't look right either.  Ugh.
 
I took these pics when I went to Kohl's to try on what they had of the Thakoon collection.  I tried on this gray cardigan but even the XS was HUGE.  Not just oversized, HUGE.  So I didn't get anything. 
 
The night before this excursion, I thought I would take inventory of the black ankle boots in my closet. 
 
 
 
Second Observation:  What??!  How did I accumulate EIGHT pairs of black ankle boots?  I took stock and eliminated 50% of them.  (Two pairs I could still return and I donated two other pairs)
 
 

 
 

I decided to keep 4 pairs. 

1. A new black faux suede boots that go a little higher on the ankle and have a 2 1/2 inch heel.  These will be great with dresses and tights or tunics and leggings.   I bought them at DSW but don't see them online.
2.  My Old Suede Steve Maddens
3. The Bella Vita Raine Boot that I wore above to keep a flat pair (these are a bit dresser than the flat pair I got rid of).
4.  The open toed LifeStride that I have worn a lot in the past few months since getting them.   I returned another open toed black pair that didn't seem to be as comfortable and the heel was even higher than these.  Plus I had never worn them!  Back they go!

Third Observation:  I still have a lot of work to do on my wardrobe and shopping habits.  I have been really focused on clothing but not shoes.  I'm going to keep working on cleaning out my shoe collection. Next up - Brown and Tan Boots!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mary Kay Sale!

My mom has been using Mary Kay as long as I can remember and her skin in amazing.  That is my biggest reason for using Mary Kay products.  Beyond that, I also see great results and love both their skin care and make up. 

Mary Kay® Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover


My very favorite product is the Oil-Free Make Up Remover.  Just a little dab on a cotton ball removes my eye shadow and mascara with no eye irritation or residue.  Seriously, this stuff lasts for months.

If you watch Project Runway like I do, you have seen Mary Kay's amazing make up looks on the models. 



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