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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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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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Vest Lover

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Sweater: Gordman’s (similar); Vest: Kohl’sPants: LC Lauren ConradBoots: Target (similar); LipstickRevlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in “Standout”

Red lips and leopard print are a must for fall and winter in my opinion. Let’s be honest, leopard print is always a must for me. My mother-in-law bought this sweater for me last year and it is so cozy! I paired it with one of my quilted vests for some added warmth on one of the chillier days we’ve had so far. You can’t go wrong with an all black outfit, but I wanted to add just a touch of color for some interest (even if that “color” is gray). Whenever I wear black, I love to pop on some red lipstick and this one is my favorite. Oh and of course I had to get a picture with my favorite girl!

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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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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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Fall Favorites Under $50

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Sweater / Scarf / Hat / Cardigan /Pants / TunicSkirt

“Fall favorites under fifty.” Say that five times. Fall always resurfaces my shopping itch. I just love the colors, patterns, and styles so much! However, I don’t have all the money in the world to splurge on the beautiful fall pieces I see. So I found some pieces under $50 that I love just as much. I’m hoping to add a couple of them to my wardrobe soon. I also want to go thrifting for some cozy sweaters before the cold weather really hits us. Hope you guys have a great day!

Leaves in the Fall

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Top: Forever 21 (similar); Pants: Old Navy (similar); Shoes: BONGOWatch: Anne Klein

I’ve had this top for quite some time, but I love it so much I just keep wearing it and can’t get rid of it. You can’t really tell from the pictures, but it has beautiful cutouts along the neckline. The pattern and colors are perfect for fall because they look like orange and tan leaves falling. I love the look of such a flowy top with these skinny, olive colored jeans. This outfit is great for a casual day out. Hope you all are having a great week so far.

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