Friday, December 19, 2014

This Color Combo Makes Me Giddy...and New Cognac Boots!

Don't you love those outfits that just fall together by what feels like an accident?  That's how this color combo came about, and I've gotta say...I LOVE IT!  Even though I've had access to my entire closet for 4 months now, it still feels strange and I'm still rediscovering it.  Enter: grey pants.  It's been a long, long time since I've worn these, so I planned an outfit with them.  I intended to go with the maroon top and black boots, but when I saw my new cognac boots next to the black ones I liked how cognac tempered the outfit a bit more.  Then I saw my mustard scarf lying around (much to Benson's disapproval--that clean freak) and knew it'd tie the whole thing together really well.  Plus, the navy coat.  Mustard, plum/maroon, grey, navy, cognac--it's a lot of colors, but somehow I think it works.  (I hope?  If it doesn't work, break it to me in 1 month when the color combo high has worn off.  haha :) )  

Annnnnd NEW COGNAC BOOTS.  FINALLY!  After trying on over 10 pairs of riding boots, we have a winner!  I was ready to drop $100-$200 on a pair of boots since they're the biggest ticket and most worn item in my closet.  But what do you know, these Fergalicious Tiara boots, which were the cheapest of the bunch, won over all the expensive ones.  $46 after tax, a sale, and a small discount code!

I'll write a review of them soon, along with 6-7 other boots I tried.  (But if you can't wait, the short version is that I'm 8.5 to 9, usually 9 in flats, and got these in 8.5.  Also come in wide calf.  For height reference, I'm 5'6".  Back of shaft is shorter than the front, plus the material is soft, so the height surprisingly didn't bother me.)

Lastly, a few people asked about this mustard scarf last time I wore it because this exact one is sold out.  I found quite a few similar ones.  Option 1 looks like a particularly close match since my scarf is on the darker side.

Links to Shop:
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four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Top: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Coat: c/o SheInside (similar)
Jeans: Target (similar--40% off, similar)
Boots: Famous Footwear (exact)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact)
Scarf: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar, similar, similar)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Polka Dots and Herringbone Vest

You know what's cool?  Looking back at the ways I've worn this top and realizing I was 4-8 weeks pregnant at the time and hadn't told you guys yet.  (See them HERE.)  I was wondering why I'd had this top for a year and have hardly worn it.  Cuz I was pregnant for most of that time!  

This is another one of those tops that has a subtle pattern (or at least one that's not in-your-face loud) and neutral base that I talk about to death as really versatile.  I think most of my closet is made up of those kinds of tops these days.  Now that it's back on my radar I'm looking forward to pairing it with skirts and getting it into a regular rotation.  If you've got a navy polka dot top, what are some ways you've worn yours?  And if you don't, here are some great options:

Links to Shop:
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four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Top: Target (similar, similar)
Vest: Groopdealz (similar--wait for sale, similar)
Jeans: Target (similar)
Boots: Target (similar, similar)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Grey Blazer and Red Plaid

Tried and true combos for the win.  I posted an outfit very similar to this almost two years ago but took a cue from Kacie this weekend and went with a blazer instead of the cardigan for church and errands yesterday.  Even though the cardigan and blazer are the same color, I like that the blazer makes the outfit a little sharper.

And, though I'm not a huge fan of red (unless it's maroon) I am *really* down with red plaid.  It's really versatile and can be dressed up or down.  Wear it with cardigans, a thick boyfriend cardigan, blazers of all colors (grey and navy <3), puffer or quilted vests, or cargo or denim jackets.  So awesome!  See the ways I've worn mine HERE and HERE.

Links to Shop:
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four  |  five  |  six

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o The Walk-In Closet (similar, similar)
Blazer: H&M (similar--30% off, similar)
Jeans: LOFT (exact, similar)
Boots: Target (similar, similar)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas Under $20

I don't know about you, but Benson and I are hoping to knock out all of our Christmas gifts this weekend.  Wish us luck!

If you're still searching for gift ideas, I found some fun ones under $20.  About 5 of them work (or are) for men, indicated by an asterisk*.  

1.  Rifle Paper Company Notebooks - Who doesn't love these?

2.  Magnetic Container Set - Great for office supplies or spices in the kitchen.

3.  Striped Jersey Hoodie - Nice way to dress up a hoodie.

4.  Grass Pencil Holder* - Benson has this.  You can find it on Amazon, but it's way cheaper at ModCloth right now.  

7.  Whatever You Are, Be a Good One Book - Found this at Nordstrom, but I linked to Amazon where it's way cheaper.  Has great reviews!  Fun coffee table book.

8.  Cedar Shoe Tree* - Benson and my brother use these to keep their dress shoes looking sharp.

9.  Cut Lace Vanity Tray - Super cute tray!  Use it to display makeup and jewelry, or put it in the living room with candles and plants.

10.  Happiness Is Book - Saw this at ModCloth, but again I linked to Amazon since it's cheaper.  You can see more of the inside on Amazon too.

11.  Gold Watch - Totally on my wish list this year.

12.  Polka Dot Slippers - Also come in pink.

13.  Golden Monogram Mug - So cute!  Too bad my initial is sold out.  :(

14.  Initial Mug - Another cute initial mug option.  

15.  Silk Plaid Tie* - Comes in 4 color/patterns.

16.  Salt & Pepper Shakers - Cute addition to your table setting!

17.  Waffle Knit Pajamas - Lots of colors and patterns at Old Navy right now.  

18.  Plaid Scarf* - Comes in 4 colors and on super sale.  

19. Jewelry Tray - DAH! So cute!  And only $8 plus an extra 10% off!  

20.  Sparrow Trinket Box - Chic way to store rings and other tiny trinkets.

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