Friday, November 21, 2014

Shopping Help: Cardigans (That Aren't Super Thin)

Tis the season for cozy cardigans!  Don't you just love being wrapped up in a cozy sweater cardigan?  I've had this one for maybe 3 years(?) and it continues to be my go-to layering piece each season.  That trend won't stop either since cardigans are a nursing mom's best layering friend.  (As opposed to a pullover...)  

I've rounded up a few cozy cardigans.  They're not all super thick, but range from medium to thicker, with a couple being wool.  

Almost all come in several different colors. 

Boyfriend Cardi: Option 1   |  Option 2  |  Option 3
These are standard long cardigans, and I personally love the boyfriend cardi especially for fall because they layer really nicely over plaid and chambray button ups.  I love the color in Option 1, and it comes in a bunch of other colors.  Option 2--one reviewer said it was surprisingly warmer and thicker than they thought it'd be.  And Option 3 seems fuzzy!  Both 2 & 3 come in black too.

Cozy Open Cardi: Option 4  |  Option 5  |  Option 6  |
The open front ones are usually even a little more oversized than standard button up cardigans, which again is great for layering.  They all come in multiple colors.  I have #6 in maroon and it's while it's not terribly thick, it's soft and cozy without being too heavy.  

Waterfall Cardi: Option 7  |  Option 8  |  Option 9
These asymmetrical or waterfall cardigans or whatever you call them add a great dimension to your looks.  Option 8 comes in a lot of great neutrals like navy, maroon, black, and medium grey.  Option 9 is made of a mohair and wool blend.

Textured Cardi: Option 10  |  Option 11  |  Option 12
Textured cardigans are also a great way to add detail and dimension to your outfit without needing a crazy pattern.  I reallyyyyy love Option 10, and it comes in 4 different colors.  Option 11 also comes in several colors, the rest of which aren't patterned but are solid.  And the cable knit detail on Option 12 is perfect for fall/winter.

I just added Option 6 in maroon to my cardigan collection because the beige one I linked to is the only one I have and after 3 fall/winters it deserves some relief!

What's your favorite, go-to cardigan?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jewelry Options with That's Mine Boutique + Discount Codes and Gift Ideas

I don't know what it is, but in the last month or so several of yall have asked about jewelry options for those who don't like chunky statement necklaces.

I was going to do a shop intro for one of my favorite jewelry shops today, That's Mine! Boutique, and since it has a variety of pieces I thought I'd take the opportunity to address the jewelry question too!

That's Mine! is an Etsy shop run by Amy L. that features colorful handmade jewelry, along with some more simple and delicate pieces.  There is something for everyone in this shop, and one of my most worn necklaces is from here.  And, That's Mine! has a special promo to offer us, which will not only be great for your own jewelry collection but will be great for giving gifts this season.

Onto the jewelry!

Statement Pieces
Even though we're here to talk about pieces other than statement necklaces, I still wanted to show an option that's a statement but not enormous.  Above is one of my most-worn statement necklaces, and it's from That's Mine.  (Find it HERE.)  Some statement necklaces can be pretty huge or get in the way, but this one, and many others from That's Mine, very easily pull together an outfit without being too chunky and all over the place.

Pendants are a great alternative to a chunky statement necklace.  This is another one from That's Mine that I love!  (Find it HERE.)  Pendants can be colorful like the one above or simpler and more neutral like this one, but regardless, they are a great alternative to statement necklaces and can pull together and focus a look with ease.

Statement Earrings
If you really don't want anything substantial hanging from your neck, you can always do earrings!  First up, a statement earring.  Before blogging, I used to wear bold earrings all the time and seldom necklaces.  I had an enormous collection of earrings.  When I discovered blogs I got a little necklace obsessed, plus my hair often covers earrings, so boo to that.

In the outfit above I more or less recreated the outfit from the first picture with the statement necklace, except I used a simpler necklace and focused on earrings instead.

There are some really crazy statement earrings out there, but I like these green drop earrings from That's Mine because they add a little color and some focus without being remotely crazy.  They come in a ton of different colors, and you can find them along with a few other styles HERE.

Simple Earrings
Lastly, if you don't want bold earrings or a statement necklace you can go with a small, simple necklace and top it off with delicate earrings.  Don't underestimate the impact of a tiny bit of color or shine next to your ear.  Even though small, I've seen outfits look way more polished with them than without.  

That's Mine has quite a few earrings that are on the simpler end, which can be found HERE.  The ones I'm wearing came in a holiday mystery grab bag (which I'll talk about below), and while I don't know that I would have chosen them myself, I was really drawn to them when I opened the bag!  

I've actually been low key on the statement necklaces lately, mostly wearing the simple one in the pic above.  (And I actually can't find 7 of my biggest and most colorful statement necklaces--the bib and bubble necklaces--because I have no idea which box I packed them in and we are still lightyears away from being settled into our new house.  Ha!  #movingsucks)  Anyway, these earrings are a wonderful complement to my latest necklace obsession and help bring more cohesion to the look.  Small details, man.

Even though my jewelry collection has a ton of statement necklaces, there are other alternatives.  ;)  And, That's Mine is a great place to get both statement necklaces and earrings as well as and simpler pieces!  

Discount Codes & Gift Ideas
Okay, remember those mystery grab bags I told you about?  Well, here's the scoop.  These bags have a pair of those statement drop earrings I showed above (colors vary), as well as at least 3 more surprise pieces that total $100--all for only $25!  The drop earrings alone are $15, but with the grab bag you get at least 3 additional pieces for just $10 more!

That's Mine's shop owner, Amy, sent me a couple of grab bags to show you the kinds of pieces you'd get.  Here's what were in mine:

Not only is it a pretty cost-effective way to add to your jewelry collection, but they also come in decorative bags that are ready to give as gifts!  It makes holiday shopping really easy.  And pretty.

ANNNNND don't forget, I said Amy's offering us discount codes!  That's right.  Plural.  Here they are:

MYSTERY3 ($3 off grab bag)
THANKS10 ($10 off $50 purchase)

But, be warned: There's a limited number of grab bags, so delay at your own risk.  Head over to That's Mine to get yours!

I'm curious...which types of jewelry are you more inclined to wear?

Thanks to That's Mine! for sponsoring this post.  And for making great jewelry.  :)  All opinions are mine.  For more info on PMT's sponsorship philosophies see disclosure.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Red Blazer for Fall

Whenever I'm stumped with what to wear I go to my Pinterest boards and look for outfits I can copy or glean inspiration from.  You mean you can actually USE stuff you pin?  Insane, I know.  

I came across a couple of red blazer outfits and was inspired to bring mine out of the woodworks.  The looks I saw were on the "spring" end, with sleek nude pumps or a skirt.  I suppose with bright blazers my initial impression is that they should be reserved for spring or summer, but we all know that's not true!  It was easy to throw on some boots for a fall appropriate outfit.  And besides, isn't every outfit better with boots anyway?  Can I get an amen?

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Top: H&M (exact, similar)
Blazer: Old Navy (similar, similarsimilar)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar)
Boots: Macy's (similar, similar, similar)
Bag: Target (exact, similar)

Monday, November 17, 2014

12 Pieces, 14 Outfits - Fall Packing 2014

Recovering over-packers in the house, raise your hands!  Whenever I pack I face a dilemma: I hate over-packing, but I also hate feeling limited in my options. 

SO, for the last two Thanksgivings I've worked on packing my suitcase in such a way that gave me lots of options without having to pack my entire wardrobe.  It started because three years ago I packed a suitcase that I hated.  I was trying not to overpack, so I packed in outfits.  People say that helps, and I suppose it does...until you're on the trip and decide you don't like any of the outfits you packed, AND you packed so horribly that the items don't mix and match with anything else.  That was me three Thanksgivings ago, and I was stuck with outfits that I didn't want to wear.  (And some that didn't even serve all the occasions I needed to be at.  Yikes.)  Maybe it's just me, but I need options!

Last year I finally broke my packing down to a generalized list for a good mix and match suitcase using 10 articles of clothing and 2 pairs of shoes.  I used that formula to help me pack this year, and honestly I just wanted to pack my exact suitcase from last year.  I loved it!  Even though I didn't need my outfits to be nursing-friendly last year, they were!  But, for the sake of exercising my remixing muscles I put together a new list for this year.  (Though, almost half of the items are pretty much the same as last year.  Some pieces just work, you know?)

(Even though I say it's 12 pieces this year as opposed to 10 pieces last year, it's the same number.  Last year I didn't count shoes in the 10 pieces whereas this year I included them in the total count.  Accessories were not counted though the scarf count is the same.)

Here's the general list which can be used whether your style is the same as mine or not:

  • 3 bottoms - At least one neutral and one colored.  Third can be either.  These can be pants or skirts, but I happened to choose all pants.
  • 3 completer pieces - At least one neutral and one colored.  Each of your bottoms should go with at least two completer pieces.  I also chose one blazer instead of a third cardigan.  This helps differentiate some of the looks from each other a bit more as well as provide more options for different potential occasions.
  • 4 tops - 1-2 solids and simultaneously 2-3 in neutral-ish colors.  Your tops should each also go with at least 2 out of your 3 bottoms.  If each top goes with all 3 bottoms you'll have even more options.  This year I exchanged a dress for one of the tops because it's really easy to nurse in that dress and that's going to be helpful for certain parts of our trip this year.  It worked out that I could wear it at least 3 different ways, which would have been the equivalent to a top that worked with all 3 bottoms.  
  • 2 pairs of shoes - Neutrals are easiest, but I was able to squeeze in a pair of red flats this year!
  • 2 scarves - 1 solid, 1 patterned.  This is where it makes it easier if you have two solid colored tops--your patterned scarf will work with both of them and allow you to change up your looks more.  Unless of course, you can pattern mix the scarf you chose, which I did this year. 
  • Necklaces

And below are 14 outfits I made!

I was actually able to make a lot more outfits than these (at least 11 more that I edited out--11!!!), which is awesomeeeee!  Options are a girl's best friend.  ;)

See the last two Thanksgiving packing lists here:

Happy packing!

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