Monday, January 23, 2017

my everyday style: when in doubt, pink!

My subconscious motto for this winter has been: When in doubt, wear pink.   I've always loved pink, but I don't think I've acted upon it as much as I have this winter. Proof: my Instagram feed lately. I can't stay away from pink it seems.  It never hurts to have a go-to color.  Because my friends, the days are short... but the winter is long.  Whatever gets you through.  Whatever gets you through.

This sweater is going to be near thread-bare come April because to say it's been on heavy rotation is no exaggeration.  And I am drawing a blank friends, but have we talked about black jeans lately?  Black jeans are my secret weapon.  You know, those 5 extra winter pounds you gain during holiday festivities and fight to lose by spring break? Those 5 pounds literally DON'T exist in black jeans.  They cover a multitude of sins and make you feel pretty damn good about yourself without even trying.  And if that isn't a win at the end of January... I don't know what is.

Outfit Details:
Loafers (no longer available, but similar or similar)
Sunglasses (no longer available, but similar or similar less expensive)

Friday, January 20, 2017

season-less basics!

This is the time of year when most of us stop buying winter clothes (except for maybe some awesome deals - hello, sale season!) and start thinking about spring clothes.  But it's still a touch early to actually start buying for spring and really most retailers haven't even put out their spring lines yet.  It's this weird in-between season for fashion (and maybe for life!?!?).  The classic "in-between".

I am definitely starting to think about my spring wardrobe and am working on planning some fun spring themed posts here on the blog. But we aren't quite THERE yet. No?

This is a great time to think about season-less basics instead.  Those wardrobe builders that yes, you can wear this spring, but - maybe even wear now and this summer and even next fall.  The pieces that work for most weather (maybe except for the extremes; like super hot or the super cold).  The thing I love about these pieces is that they are so classic and easy while still be fresh.  Because as we say goodbye to winter I think there is a certain fresh-ness we all crave.

These are the skinny jeans that I am obsessed with.  Or they are available stretch version - which I also love.  They aren't cheap but these two pairs are the ones I wear about 95% of the time.  They are so so worth it in my book. 

Perfect for spring rain or blustery cold days with a sweater underneath, this trench coat is a classic piece you will own and were for YEARS to come. 

I wore these sneakers in jr high and now apparently they are all the rage with the gals in Paris (or so I've heard).  We all know Parisians know a thing or two about style.  Either I was 25 years ahead of the curve or these babies are back in style!  These are on my current wishlist!

You really can't go wrong with a classic camel handbag.  And these tassels are just the icing on top.  I LOVE this bag right now!

I love throwing a simple graphic tee under cardigans, blazers, jean jackets or army coats.  So easy, so chic. 

striped sweater will never go out of style.  If yours needs updating, this classic version is a winner!

Beautiful and simple jewelry like this pretty bracelet is always on point.  This is another piece that's on my wishlist!

I'm a sunglass hoarder... I love this oversized pair of sunglasses.  And the price is right on these babies!  Go ahead and "add to cart" on these!

My black distressed jeans get TONS of wear!  They are so easy to throw on with pretty much anything and I find black jeans to be extremely slimming too.  Which never hurts!

When I purchased a red blazer a while ago I thought it was kind of a crazy purchase.  Turns out it so classic!  I can see it never going out of style!

These pink earrings are the perfect spring and summer staple.  Wear them now with a sweater for a little slice of sunshine!

I picked up a similar long cardigan last fall and plan on wearing it this spring too.  It's the perfect extra layer without being too bulky.

I'm pretty much drooling over these tortoise print flats - I have the same pair in 'light oak' and they are so comfortable and easy to slip on.  The tortoise version is totally next level though!

This white blouse is the perfect example of a great transitional piece.  Wear it now with a cardigan and flats and then on it's own with sandals and skinny jeans this spring.  And then again with blazers in the fall...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

my everyday style: is it spring yet?

It's wishful thinking that these are my last photos in snow for the season... very wishful.  But a girl can dream.  All this snow has actually melted with all the insane freezing rain we have been having.  But I'm no fool... I'm sure it will be back again in no time.  So I'll just be over here wrapped up in all my layers and wishing for spring.

The good news is that I've got some trusty warm layers that are getting me through like this cashmere hat (on sale!) and matching gloves, a camel coat and I'm always amazed how warm these SOREL boots keep my feet.

Until spring does arrive, I'll just be over here dreaming about carrying this darling tote on a white sand beach or lounging by the pool in this or this.  And I am already working on my spring break sandal wish list, these are at the top with these tassel guys in second place.  I'll be pulling together spring and spring break inspiration here on the blog before we know it. Fingers crossed.

Outfit Details

Monday, January 16, 2017

my everyday style: winter survival guide!

This is the part of winter where I basically dive bomb my bed and never want to get out.  It's cold, it's dark and the sun so very rarely shines here in Michigan.  It's just depressing.  And did I mention COLD? I just want it to be spring in the worst way. 

So instead of actually staying in bed until spring (although I wish I could) I'm doing what I can to keep my spirits up and take it easy on myself at the same time.  A little self care seems to go a long way this time of year.  Flowers are first on the list.  I try to grab a bunch or three every time I'm at the store.  They are the perfect little slice of sunshine when the sun won't actually shine. Other things in my survival kit? Hot baths with bath oils to moisturize my skin, lots and lots of reading (I've finish like 3 books already this month!), lots of layers like this faux fur vest to stay warm when it seems impossible, and I just bought the ugliest electric blanket that I am pretty much in love with.  Oh, and I'm working on planning our families spring break and some other warm trips this spring to keep my spirits up.  What is in your winter survival guide? 

Outfit Details:
Faux Fur Vest (old but similar, similar, or similar)
Dot Top (I am SO in love with this top!!!)
Ankle Boots (old but similar or similar)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

instagram style lately...

You all love a good Instagram round-up... and truth be told, so do I!  I was terrible about posting over there through the holidays. So now that January is in full swing it feels good to be back on track posting daily outfits and inspirations on the regular.  So far, January style for me can be summed up in one word: simple.  I'm craving simple pieces and combinations and lots and lots of comfort.

This ruffle sleeve top was super fun to have on hand for the holidays. I'll be wearing it all spring though - love it! 
(top - buy here or here, jeans - on sale!, similar flats, leopard clutch, lip gloss)

I could wear these shoes EVERY day. They are seriously so comfy... I've never had a pair of sneakers feel like this.  Little clouds for my feet. 
(jeans, sneakers - available in a few colors!, similar scarf, similar sweater)

All nuetrals all the time for this gal! It's the perfect way to welcome in a fresh New Year.

There have been A LOT of days in cozy clothes lately. With all the snow and cold, most days are better in sweats.

This was my NYE outfit! I will be featuring this top on the blog soon - but in the meantime, snag it!  It's super cute and easy to wear! I loved the ruffle sleeve for a night out! 

More with the neutrals. This cashmere sweater is a great deal and I wear it a ton.  There is nothing like cashmere on a cold day!

You already know stripes are a major part of my wardrobe.  No matter the season, I always feel good in a simple striped top.

I know you've seen this look before... but this top is on SALE and that is worth mentioning again.  It's a fun one!

Some new favorites in my closet: velvet sneakers and pretty eyelashes!

I've been in a major pink mood lately.  This pink rug in my office has me feeling all the feels. It makes me smile every time I walk in. 

Leather leggings are another cold day go-to.  They are comfy and quite warm.
(bag, similar leggings, similar sweater, similar ankle boots)

See what I mean with pink? This sweater is SO warm though.  It instantly brightens any winter day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

my everyday style: winter layers!

It never fails... every winter I get to that point that I just need a BREAK from all the heavy winter coats.  That's when I pull out aaaalllllllll the layers.  It's surprising how warm layers can be against the elements in lieu of a coat - especially when topped with an oversized sweater and a big scarf.  I was super cozy (without feeling like I was suffocating) in this outfit.

This season I've really embraced hats.  Not only to keep me warm but to add a little something to my outfits.  Pom pom beanies have admittedly been my favorite (and the warmest!) but this little felt hat held it's own too... I am officially a hat convert.  This scarf is real gem at under $10 and so soft and cozy.   And I've said it before but these boots are SO warm.  My husband doesn't believe me because they aren't super insulated.  But when you leg is covered with an extra layer all the way to the knee it keeps you really warm!

Sweater (old but I LOVE this similar option)
Boots - limited sizes, so another similar option
Hat (old but similar
Scarf - under $10!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

my everyday style: tackling 2017 with Gordmans!

Who else is ready to show 2017 who is boss?!!?  I, like many, just love the fresh start that the New Year brings.  When it comes to setting goals or resolutions for the year I tend to be wary of setting them and then forgetting them.  I can't be alone when I say it doesn't take long for those lofty goals to come crashing down.  So this year I am working on setting super ATTAINABLE goals that will still have an impact on my health and well being for the year.  But that won't make me feel like a complete failure because I can't live up to them.  Of course the first goal is fitness oriented.  This year I am setting the goal to work out 3 times a week.  Three is an ultra attainable goal and won't leave me in a huge guilt trip for not finding the time to get moving every day of the week - hey, this mama is a busy lady!  It's the perfect middle ground. 

The key piece to any fitness goal is fresh workout apparel.  I'm serious, there is something about some new fitness duds that make waking up and working out on these cold winter days so much more bearable. A big thanks to Gordmans who has already gotten me off the right foot with this head to toe look today.  You can shop Gordmans for all your fitness needs and get top name brands like Nike and New Balance that I am wearing here - for major discounts.  My sports bra by Nike was only $9.99, the capris were $14.99 and these awesome New Balance sneakers were under $50!  Those are some really great prices! Head to your local store to check out the full selection and be sure to stop by on January 14 for an in-store only event where they will be offering deep discounts, like $6.99 fleece jackets and a chance to win an iTouch Watch. 

Other goals for 2016?? I have a few other small ones like regular date nights, read more books instead of endless Instagram scrolling sessions, and limit wine to the weekends.  They seem simple enough... right!?!?  What are some of your simple but impactful New Years resolutions? I would love to know!

Top, Sports Bra, Capris and Sneakers all courtesy of Gordmans.

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