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Casually Classy

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Top: Old Navy (similar); Skirt: Charlotte RusseShoes: Payless (similar); Clutch: Tory Burch (similar); Necklace: Old Navy (similar)

Last year Adam and I were traveling on Valentine’s Day, so we had to celebrate a few days later. We quickly realized that’s the way to celebrate Valentine’s Day because you get great deals on all the flowers, candy, cards, and gifts! Plus, restaurants aren’t nearly as crowded since all the happy couples tend to go out the day of. So, this past weekend we had our Valentine’s date night. I was so excited because I’ve been saving this outfit for our dinner date. Naturally as soon as I bought this skirt I thought of Valentine’s day because of its beautiful berry color. I wore it for Christmas Eve too with a black top and it looked just as beautiful! I’ve been wanting a fluffy tulle skirt for soooo long now. They’re so girly and fun! I’ve seen quite a few girls dress them down with a graphic tee and some sneakers, but I’m not quite sure I could pull that off. When I wear it I feel so fancy, though, so I tend to gravitate toward a pair of heels anyway. Funny enough, I felt pretty “extra” because I ended up wearing it to a sports bar at one point. I was joking with Mandi that if wearing a glorified tutu to a sports bar didn’t describe me perfectly, I don’t know what would. I like to keep it casually classy and chic. 😉

How was your Valentine’s day? Or did you celebrate Galentine’s with your girlfriends? Either way, I hope it was great!

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Winter White

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Top: Old Navy (similar); Vest: Old Navy (similar); Pants: Forever 21 (similar); Boots: Macy’s (similar); Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar)

So far 2017 is kicking my butt. As I mentioned in my last post, Adam and I kicked off the year pretty sick. Then last week we both got our wisdom teeth out…yes, on the same day. That was pretty interesting to say the least. And by interesting I mean I never want to do something like that again. Needless to say, it’s been quite a process trying to recover, and we’re still not fully there yet. But we’re pushing through, thus a new outfit post.

Ladies, the idea of packing away our white clothing after labor day has been tossed out the window! I love the idea of white, cream, and ivory hues in the winter. It looks so fresh and clean, especially when there is snow on the ground. I think the trick is to find pieces that aren’t BRIGHT white, otherwise they will look too summery in the cold months. I tend to reach for dark clothes in the wintertime, as I’m sure most of us do, but I’ve been trying to make it a point to reach for my light colored clothing as well to brighten up the dull and dreary days of winter.

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Little Red Sweater

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Sweater: TargetJeans: LC Lauren ConradBoots: Macy’s (similar); Purse: Lauren Ralph LaurenScarf: Target (similar); Watch: Anne Klein

Hi guys! You know when you have your whole day, week, or even month planned out, and then life hits you in the face and you’re like “Oh, yeah. Who was I kidding?” Well, yeah, that’s pretty much what happened to me at the beginning of this month. I had all these great plans and posts for the blog and then Adam and I got really sick and were basically out of commission for two weeks. That combined with a couple other little things, and, well, all my plans went down the drain. But you know, that’s the way life is sometimes, and it’s ok. I’m really trying to schedule my days out so that I can maximize my time, but I’m also trying to take life as it comes and adjust to the unpredictability that it brings sometimes. I think you have to find a good balance between the two in order to stay sane.

But anyway, on to the outfit! Because that’s all we really care about, right? I’ve been wanting a basic, red cable knit sweater for sooo long! I could never find one that was quite right though…until one day I went to Target (of course) and found this one! I (not-so-subtley) took a picture of it and sent it to my dear husband as a “hint, hint” for a Christmas gift. Needless to say I was totally surprised to open it Christmas morning. It’s like he read my mind! I instantly had so many outfits planned in my head for wearing it, and this was one of the first ones. I think you guys know by now how much I adore this read lipstick, which I might have said in a previous post (or two..or three). Those two, paired with a blanket scarf and messy half top knot, made for a great look and feel. Of course, I had to include my favorite girl in this post because…well…look at her. That face kills me! Hope you guys are having a great 2017 so far!

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Suede Dress

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Top: Old Navy (similar); Dress: Target (similar); Boots: Macy’s (similar); Purse: Lauren Ralph LaurenNecklace: Target (similar)

This outfit. You guys. Oh my gooosshhh. I absolutely love outfits that incorporate different shades of the same color. That is one of the many reason why I am so in love with this outfit. Brown and tan and gold, oh my! You would not believe the awesome steal I got on this dress! I’m talking less than $9 people! And no, it was not thrifted. I had been eyeing it for quite some time (I’m talking over six months), and it finally went on super sale during the summer. I snatched it up quickly and patiently waited for the first chilly day I could don it with my cream turtleneck. This is one of those outfits that just puts a little pep in my step and makes me feel really good about myself. I think it’s the combination of feeling a little more dressed up than normal and also wearing some of my favorite shades for my coloring. As soon as I saw this dress way back when I knew there would be a multitude of outfits I could style with it and I can’t wait to wear them all! Hope you guys are having an awesome Friday!

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Preppy Cheetah

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Sweater: Target (similar); Chambray Top: TargetJeans: LC Lauren ConradFlats: PaylessWatch: Anne KleinNecklace: TargetSunglasses: Charming CharlieLipstick: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in “Standout”

Hi there! It’s been a little while, I know. We’ve had some reasonably big changes going on, and I’ll talk about that in tomorrow’s post. Anyway, it feels good to be back with an outfit for you all. Now that the weather’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter, it’s been harder and harder to capture my outfits before the daylight is gone. Luckily, I was able to get a couple shots of this one. It’s one of my new favorites because it combines a little bit of prep with a little bit of casual and makes for a super versatile outfit. I wore it to church, but it’d be great for a casual day at the office, a shopping date with a friend, or you can even swap out the flats for some heeled booties and take it out for date night. I’m a sucker for collared shirts and sweaters, so pairing them together for a casual preppy look was a no brainer. Hope you guys have a great Monday!

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Favorite Vest

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Shirt: Old Navy (similar); Vest: Kmart (similar); Jeans: LC Lauren ConradBoots: Macy’s (similar); Watch: Anne Klein

Turtlenecks are definitely a classic and have become one of my favorite pieces to wear in the cooler weather. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, especially when they fit tightly around your neck. I’ve found the key is to get one with a slightly slouchy neck so you don’t feel like you’re choking. I think they look chic and put together. I’m also a huge fan of quilted vests in the fall time (just like every other girl). My mother-in-law bought me this one for Christmas last year, and I absolutely love the color of it! I’ve worn it so many times already this fall. I was surprised when she said it was from Kmart. I guess I don’t give them enough credit in the clothing department. This outfit is such a nice, simple one to throw on for any casual occasion. Hope you guys are having a good week so far!

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Brown and Black

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Top: Forever 21 (similar and similar); Jeans: LC Lauren ConradBoots: Macy’s (similar); Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar); Purse: Lauren Ralph Lauren

I’ve heard before that brown and black are not to be paired together. Just call me a rule breaker! I love the look of this flowy top with these structured riding boots. I added the cheetah print necklace to tie in the brown and black colors. As you guys know, I like to link everything so that you can purchase any pieces you see that you might like. It’s no secret I try to stick to a budget, which means I can’t always buy the most current items in stores. If I can’t find the exact item anymore, I try to link items that are identical or at least very similar. I wish they could all be the exact same pieces as what I’m wearing, but alas, I just don’t have the money to constantly be shopping. I hope you guys understand. Just trying to be real here! Ok, just needed to put that out there so you guys know. Happy Monday! Start the week off great.

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