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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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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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Layered Dress

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Dress: H&M (similar); Denim Jacket: Banana Republic (similar); Booties: Old Navy (similar); Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar); Purse: Lauren Ralph LaurenBracelets: Wet Seal (similar) and Alex + Ani; Sunglasses: Target

Even though I love the look of booties with dresses, this was actually the first time I tried my hand at this trend. I received quite a few compliments on it, so you can bet I’ll be pairing them with dresses more often. You probably recognize this dress from this post. I told you I’d be transitioning it into the fall! This outfit would be great for a day out with the girls or brunch with your man. Heck, I even ran a couple errands in this outfit when I wore it. These booties are comfortable enough for some walking, and who doesn’t love a comfy dress to just throw on and go? The dress I linked above is the same exact dress, but it’s not available in the olive color anymore. I’d recommend it anyway because it is so, so, so comfortable! Anyway, hope you have a great weekend. Happy Friday!

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The Purse of My Dreams

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Top: TargetJeans: LC Lauren ConradBooties: Old Navy (similar and similar); Necklace: Old Navy (similar); Watch: Anne KleinSunglasses: Charming CharliePurse: Lauren Ralph Lauren

A while back I told Mandi that I wanted a simple brown purse I could pair with virtually any outfit. We were out shopping one day (what’s new?), and she picked up the most beautiful purse I’d ever seen! It was exactly what I was looking for. I’m not going to lie, I was quite jealous of her find and kept staring at it while she carried it around the store. She was talking about how excited she was to wear it, and I was picturing all the outfits she could pair with it. Fast forward a couple months to my birthday. I could tell she was super excited to give me my gift. As I peered in the bag, I saw the beautiful brown leather straps and was both very confused and very excited. I pulled it out of the bag, and she explained how she’d bought the purse right in front of me and made it a point to act like it was for herself so as not to give it away. What a clever and sneaky trick! And what an awesome and thoughtful friend I have! I’ve been wearing this purse basically nonstop since then. You can expect to see it in lots of future posts!

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Thrifted Find

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Dress: Thrifted (similar and similar); Shoes: Marshalls (similar); Watch: Anne KleinNecklace: Old Navy (similar); Belt: Target (similar)

I haven’t been thrifting since about four years ago when I wrote this post. It’s not that I don’t like thrifting, I just never seem to have much luck when I go. About a month ago, Mandi and I went to one of the local thrift stores and I found this dress and was immediately in love. I ended up not buying it at the time, but a couple weeks later we went back on a whim and it was still there! I was so excited and grabbed it as soon as we walked in. I love the colors and pattern on it, but most of all I absolutely adore the cut out in the back and the slight flare in the sleeves. When I first tried the dress on, I knew it would look great in the summer with some wedges or even flip flops. I also think it will look great in the colder months with a pair of tights and knee-high boots. Honestly, I think you could even dress it up a bit with some suede booties and a top knot. Finding this dress gave me some encouragement to try thrifting more often. I actually have some ideas in mind for upcoming blog posts with thrifting so stay tuned!

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Style Rut

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Top: Forever 21 (similar and similar); Skirt: Forever 21 (similar); Shoes: Marshalls (similar); Necklace: Old Navy (similar)

You probably recognize these shoes. They are the exact same as the brown ones I’ve been wearing but in black (obviously). I’ve been rotating them with the brown ones as much as possible. I actually haven’t worn this skirt in forever because I was stuck in one of those styling ruts where it seemed like the skirt didn’t go with anything in my closet. Funny enough, I was trying to style an outfit and told Adam I wanted to wear a skirt and he picked this one and said it would look good with some kind of black shirt. Obviously I was in a MAJOR styling rut since I couldn’t even come up with that myself – cue the eye roll. I’m so in love with this outfit, though, and I want to wear it basically any time I leave my house. I can’t wait to swap out the wedges for some booties when the weather gets cooler, which it’s starting to already! Hope you all had a great week! I’d love to hear any exciting plans you might have for the weekend! I’m super, super, super, super, super (and so many more super’s) excited because I get to see my best friend for the first time in TWO years tomorrow!! AHHHH! Ok, I’m done now.

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Say Hello to My Little Friend

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Top: Forever 21 (similar and similar); Vest: Old Navy (similar and similar); Leggings: VS Pink (similar); Boots: Forever 21 (similar); Bag: Kate Spade New YorkWatch: Michael Kors (similar); Bracelet: Forever 21 (similar)

The title is corny, but I just had to! You guys know I mention Mandi quite a bit on here. Well, it’s because she’s my best friend, duh! We are so similar it’s crazy. One of our most obvious similarities is that we are both pretty darn short. (Thus the title.) I absolutely love her style, and I always turn to her with fashion questions. I so badly want her to start her own blog! Don’t worry, I’m still trying to talk her into it. She has some great fashion tips, tricks, and ideas.

Mandi came to visit over the weekend, and as usual, we shopped till we dropped. Also, I don’t think we stopped talking from the time she arrived until after she left. There’s always just so much to talk about and catch up on, especially now that we’re in a little bit of a long distance relationship (sad face). As soon as I opened the door and saw her outfit I was dying. I love the pink vest with the flannel! It’s a great way to add a pop of bright color in a season that is usually filled with dark hues. I was also admiring her cute little top knot. Sadly, I have yet to master this hairstyle, but she pulled it off perfectly!

I always love when Mandi comes to visit. Words can’t express how much I appreciate her friendship! You all should comment and tell Mandi to start her own blog!

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