Friday, December 6, 2019

6 ways to style a plaid scarf!

Today I have a NEW holiday inspired 6 ways to style for you... 6 ways to style a plaid scarf! A simple plaid scarf is a fun and easy way to add a pop of holiday feel to any outfit. Here I styled up some everyday mom-friendly looks for wearing a plaid scarf this time of year. It's an inexpensive way to add a pop of holiday style to any look.

If you like this style of post, you can see the entire 6 ways to style archive HERE!


Outfit 1 (left)
You can easily dress up a simple black dress with a plaid scarf for an easy and festive holiday look!
shop the pieces: dress (go down one size), plaid scarf, leopard heels, clutch

Outfit 2 (right)
For everyday running errands throw on a plaid scarf to keep warm and in the holiday spirit!
shop the pieces: sweater (go down one size), leggings (true to size), sneakers (similar less expensive), Pom Pom hatplaid scarf

Outfit 3 (left)
Keep it classy and pulled together with a moto jacket and loafers!

Outfit 4 (right)
Bundle up for holiday shopping!
shop the pieces: coat (true to size), jeans, leopard loafers, Pom Pom hatplaid scarf

Outfit 5 (left)
Athleisure can still be festive! Throw on a plaid scarf and your favorite sneakers to tackle that holiday to do list!
shop the pieces: leggings, sweatshirt, teddy coat, sneakers (go down one size), plaid scarf

Outfit 6 (right)
Shine bright in plaid and winter whites! 
shop the pieces: coat (go down one size or less expensive option), plaid scarf, white cords, ankle boots

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

my everyday style: 3 ways to style a sequin skirt for the holidays!

Who can resist a little sparkle and shine this time of year!?!? Certainly NOT ME. I saw this sequin skirt and it was LOVE at first sight! I was so excited to style it up three ways for you today and I absolutely can not wait to wear it for some holiday happenings this year.

Read on to see how to style this sequin skirt three ways for the holiday...

For classic holiday bash...

A simple black bodysuit (that is unbelievably comfortable) and black heels look effortless but super chic with the sequin skirt. I added a knotted headband to give it a very modern feel. 
Shop the pieces: black bodysuit (true to size, I am in a small), sequin skirt (true to size, I am in a small), heels, bag, similar headband

For a cozy but chic New Years Eve...

I love the unexpected feel of an oversized sweater with the sequin skirt. It's hip and cool while being insanely comfortable and cozy. I absolutely love it with leopard accents.
Shop the pieces: cream sweater (oversized, go down one or two sizes, I am in an XS), sequin skirt (true to size, I am in a small), leopard shoes, leopard clutch

For the invite that says casual but festive...

You only live once... and why not break out the sequins for a festive but casual party. No reason! I love this graphic sweatshirt and sneakers with the sequin skirt. It's such a fun holiday look!
Shop the pieces: Merry sweatshirt (runs small go up a size, I am in in a medium - or similar or similar), sequin skirt (true to size, I am in in a small), sneakers

Monday, December 2, 2019

ALL the Black Friday & Cyber deals in one place!

If you plan on shopping all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this week I have made it super easy for you with all the deals in one place! These are some of my favorite stores to shop... if a store you love is missing, let me know and I will add it! I will update this post EVERYDAY since sales are starting today but will likely change daily over the coming week. So stay tuned to this post for all the best deals!

Beautycounter is 15% off sitewide with FREE SHIPPING over $50! 

30% off and FREE SHIPPING! 

30% off site wide, plus 50% off sale and FREE SHIPPING over $150!

Tons of deals up to 50% off plus bonus Notes for cardholders!

50% off EVERYTHING! (no code needed!) Plus, 50% off jeans & sweaters!

50% off your purchase with code: MONDAY, sale is included! Plus, select CYBER DEALS!

50% off your order and FREE SHIPPING with code: CYBER

30% off your order (DENIM IS INCLUDED!) with an EXTRA 10% off! Use code: YAYTHEINTERNET

Buy MORE, save MORE sale! 15% off orders over $200, 25% off orders over $500 and 25% off orders over $800 with code: MORE19

25% off site wide and FREE SHIPPING with code: HOLIDAY25. I love this designed by women, made by women brand!

20% off your order with code: BEMOVED

25% off select shoes and boots and FREE SHIPPING!

60% off site wide PLUS an EXTRA 10% off and FREE SHIPPING! Use code: SOAMAZING

my everyday style: my favorite winter parka!

I often get asked about what is the WARMEST coat I own. It's hands down this one! I snagged it last year and wore it A LOT. It is seriously the warmest coat I own. I love the huge oversized hood - which comes in handy when snow is blowing sideways - and the fabric is a coated canvas so it's also waterproof - for when the rain is blowing sideways. Living in Michigan isn't easy this time of year... so outerwear is key.

What I love most is that this coat (54% off right now!) works over leggings, sweatshirts and big winter boots just as well as it does with jeans, a sweater and cute boots. So it can be very stylish while still being very practical.  I found this coat to be quite oversized so I went down one size.

Outfit Details:
Coat - I went down one size, I'm in an XS - 54% off right now!
Sweater - true to size - 50% off right now!
Jeans - true to size - 30% off right now!
Boots (or shop more sizes here) - true to size
Hat - 56% off right now!

Sunday, December 1, 2019


Here is a quick and dirty round up of the bestsellers for November... these are all pieces I own and love and I can see why they were popular with you gals too!

(above) turtleneck sweater - true to size, I'm in a small - 30% off right now!
This SUPER COZY sweater was the top seller and no surprise why. It's so snuggly and cute and it's available in quite a few colors.

(above) wedge ankle boots - true to size - on sale here!
Perfect for all weather and with extra large treads for snow and slush these waterproof boots are stylish and functional. Totally necessary in the midwest!

(above) skinny jeans - I went down one size - 30% off right now!
I love these basic jeans. They are stretchy and flattering and go with everything. I wear them almost exclusively for skinny jeans lately. I cut the hem on mine (I'm 5'4) because they were a little long.

(above) oversize black sweater - true to size, I'm in a small - under $60
This sweater is AMAZING. I'm definitely ordering it in another color or two because it's such a great price and is just the kind of oversized sweater I love this time of year. 

(above) Pom Pom hat - 40% off right now!
This hat is so good I have it three colors - grey, cream and black. And I wear them a lot this time of year. Plus, they make great gifts!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Old Navy holiday try on session!

I have a few fun OLD NAVY try ons for you today that I hope you enjoy... Their Black Friday sales are still going strong with 50% off sweaters & jeans and 40% off site wide. I found some really cute pieces this go round and I'm excited to show them to you.

Keep in mind try on sessions are just like an at home fitting room session... I order a few things, try them on and see what works and what doesn't. I don't keep everything and I will round up what I'm keeping and what goes back at the end of the post. I will also include size notes for reference too! Let's take a look at the pieces!

I love this fleece sweatshirt as an alternative to a fleece pullover. It's a little lighter weight, but just as cozy. It's fun to pair with leggings and sneakers for an athleisure look or with jeans and sneakers too. It's the perfect weight for lounging around the house in too and would be great over pjs. I am in my usual size small, it fits true to size.
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I am a sucker for a fair isle sweater this time of year. They are just so beautiful and festive. This one is gorgeous in monochromatic black and white and makes a great dressed up or dressed down festive holiday look. This sweater is true to size, I am in my usual size small.
Shop the pieces:
right: sweater, coat (size down), jeans, ankle wedge boots (true to size or go up a half size if between sizes)

This black sweatshirt is perfectly oversized and soft and just the type of items I reach for in the winter. It may not look like much special but I actually LOVE it. SO SO cozy. It's perfect with leggings or jeans and great for lounging around in, which there is a lot of in the winter. It's true to size, I am in a small. Next up let's talk about this corduroy puffer. I actually REALLY love it except the color just doesn't do it for me. It's super warm and cozy and I love the fabric and fit but the burgundy isn't my favorite. I suggest going down a size, it's quite oversized.

Who can resist a plaid top this time of year!?!? It's so cozy and festive and can really be dressed up or dressed down. Here I paired it with jeans and flats for a casual but festive look perfect for holiday gatherings or dressed it up a bit with heels and a sweater blazer. Add some bold earrings or a fun necklace and these are both great holiday looks!
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If you have been looking for a pullover fleece but want something a little lighter weight, this one is adorable! Most pullover fleeces are made as outerwear, but this one is lighter making it perfect for layering. I love it over leggings for an athleisure look or with pj pants (my most favorite pj pants EVER!) for a cozy and cute look around the house (or it would be perfect for gift opening on Christmas morning!). The pullover pants fit true to size, I am in a size small. The pj pants fit true to size I am in a size small.
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Final thoughts:
- Fleece Sweatshirt, definitely a keeper! It's so cute and cozy! I snagged one for my daughter for a Christmas gift too!
- Fair Isle Sweater, after trying this on I realized the stitching is wonky on the shoulder/neck. I'm going to have to return this, sad face! I'll probably snag it again!
- Black Tie Waist Sweatshirt, definitely keeping. I don't know why but I am obsessed with this.
- Flannel Plaid Top, definitely a keeper for holiday festivities!
- Corduroy Puffer Coat, the color is wrong for me here. But I'm bummed, because in general I love this coat.
Lightweight Pullover Fleece, I definitely don't need this but something about it makes me want it - ha! You know the feeling. Probably keeping because I am going to need all the coziness I can this winter.

Friday, November 29, 2019

my everyday style: Black Friday!

Happy Black Friday! I thought I would wear all black to celebrate... kidding, kind of. But all black is a perfect look for Black Friday after all the turkey you just consumed and all the shopping you have ahead of you. You've got to find an effortless but down to business look, ya know?

The best part about my Black Friday look is that most of it is on sale! Bonus! You can snag this coat and cashmere scarf for 30% off right now. And I highly recommend BOTH. This coat is a oversized - I went down a size to an XS and it's still perfectly roomy. And my leather look leggings are on sale! I've owned these for years and still love them just as much as the first time I wore them - or more. They are so flattering and comfortable and you definitely want to snag them now while they are on sale. And on top of all that my bag, sunglasses and similar sneakerss are all on sale for up to 25% off too! I mean the sales are LEGIT this weekend!

Don't forget to check out my 2019 gift guides here and my post where I round up all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in one place!  Happy shopping!

Outfit Details:
Coat (oversized, go down one size) - 30% off!
Scarf - 30% off!
Sweatshirt (oversized, I went down one size)
Leggings (true to size) - on sale!
Sneakers - or less expensive option or similar for up to 25% off!
Sunglasses - up to 25% off!
Handbag - up to 25% off!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

holiday gift guide 2019: Santa baby!

So what's on my wishlist for Santa this year? I thought you would never ask... kidding - I'm sure you would never ask! Haha! But I couldn't resist pulling together just a few things on my wishlist combined with some items I truly love - maybe these are items you can send to your spouse or snag for yourself this year if you are doing Santa's work!

top row, from left:
leopard puffer, I've been obsessed with this since I first saw it! I can't decide if I would wear it all the time to justify it, but either way it's adorable AND it's on sale right now!
"okay cool" graphic tee, I love a graphic tee these days and this one is unique and fun. Wouldn't it be cute with joggers and a cardigan?
v-neck cashmere, this sweater is gorgeous in person and so classic. It runs true to size and it's on sale right now!

middle row, from left; 
ugg boots, I love Uggs - especially when they are on sale like this pair!
Baies candle, this is my all time favorite scent. These candles are a little pricey (which is why Santa might need to bring them) but I just burn mine for 30 minutes or so at a time and they still make a whole room smell amazing.
tassel scarf, I just got one of these and I can't recommend it enough. It's so soft and warm and it's available in lots of colors!

bottom row, from left:
fleece pullover, I can stop with these! I want everyone I see. This one looks particularly warm and fluffy!
lounge set, this is like street-pajamas. Technically it's pajamas but if you wore a cute puffer coat or a denim jacket over top it would totally look like an outfit too. So it's a big win for moms like me (that might be a little lazy sometimes but always want to look cute!). This set runs true to size.
quilted cross body bag, I have this bag in black and it's gorgeous and this taupe color is new! Isn't she pretty!?!?

holiday gift guide 2019: for the home!

If you need a house warming gift, a gift for newlyweds, something for that difficult to buy for or a little something for the hostess... a gift for the home is the way to go! From candles to blankets to a fluffy pillow or a little live succulent these are my top picks for home gifts!

top row, from left: 
fleece tasseled blanket, these are super affordable and so soft and cozy! I have one and love it - in fact I don't let the kids use it I love it so much ;) It's available in lots of colors and it's under $40.
flat bottom wine glasses, I own these and LOVE them! They look way more expensive than they are and everyone always asks where I got them!
holiday candle, this is hands down my favorite holiday candle! It's great for gift giving but be sure to snag one for yourself too!

middle row, from left: 
vitruvi essential oil diffuser, this diffuser is gorgeous! I keep this one next to my bed and love to diffuse oils before I go to sleep at night. I highly recommend this one!
live succulents, yes you read that right! They are live and super inexpensive. You could clip on a little gift card or put them in a fun pot and they would make great hostess or housewarming gifts.
fuzzy pillow, everyone loves a fuzzy pillow. This is a great gift for college gals or teens!

bottom row, from left:
chunky knit blanket, I have this blanket from a few years ago and it's still so beautiful! (note: it washes well, but hang to dry) This would make a very beautiful gift for a newlywed couple on their first Christmas.
agate cheese board, how gorgeous are these? This is the perfect gift for the difficult to shop for!
bonjour tea towel, these tea towels make great gifts - you could tie one on to a bottle of wine for a hostess gift.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Nordstrom Black Friday sales are LIVE!

Nordstrom is one of my FAVORITE Black Friday sales to shop! They have all the best deals in one place and their always FREE shipping and returns makes it so easy to shop stress free. Their deals today are AMAZING! I own and love a lot of these pieces - which is why I wanted to feature them here - I already know you will love them too. Like these black skinny jeans, this cream funnel neck sweater and these suede ankle boots  They are three of my favorite wardrobe pieces and they are a great price right now! And I few in a few extras that have unbelievable sale prices!  Um, hello Chloe ON SALE (what!?!?), this adorable striped pj set and I've had these packing cubes on my wishlist for a while. So many good deals! Happy Black Friday shopping ladies!
Sweaters, from left:

Outerwear, from left: 

Shoes & Boots, from left:

PJs & Accessories, from left:
striped pj setgrey thermal sleep shirt (true to size), grey 2 piece lounge/pj set (lots of colors available), Kendra Scott necklace (60% off!), tory burch cuff bracelet (50% off!)

Bottoms, from left:
black skinny jeans (true to size), grey leggings (true to size), leather look leggings (true to size- everyday), seamless black leggings (true to size - everyday), black leggings (true to size - workout)

Handbags, from left:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

SALE ALERT: Shopbop Buy More Save More SALE!

Shopbop launched their BUY MORE, SAVE MORE SALE today and it runs all weekend long. Sizes and selections WILL sell out since so many items are on sale that rarely go on sale. I am rounding up some of my tried and true favorites that are included in this sale. If you have been wanting to invest in some wardrobe basics, this is the time to do it! These sales don't come around often for these types of pieces. Here are some pieces I own and LOVE!

The sale details are as follows:

15% off orders over $200
20% off orders over $500
25% off orders over $800

top row, from left:
black cropped jeans, you saw these in my fall capsule here and I can't even say how much wear they have gotten this fall. SO MUCH. I love that they are stretchy and very comfortable while still giving off those mom-jeans vibes in a really easy to wear way. I found them to be true to size.
marc jacobs camera bag, this crossbody bag is so adorable. My kids gifted it to me for my birthday this year and I've gotten a lot of use out of it. It's perfect for hands free mom duties.
golden goose sneakers, there aren't a lot of GG styles included in this sale, but this is one pair that is! These sneakers rarely go on sale - so if you've been thinking of it, this is the time to shop.

middle row, from left:
black loafers, I've owned these for a few years and they are super comfortable and pulled together looking. Most loafers aren't so comfy, but these break the mold for sure. I highly recommend them. They are true to size.
agolde jeans, this pair has gotten a lot of wear since I've owned them. These are your classic mom jeans and are right on trend right now. I went up a size since they have no stretch at all. I've found they mold to my body as I've worn them.
veja sneakers, veja sneakers are also included in the sale and sizes will likely go quickly. This pair is similar to the pair I own and I love them. I find them to be true to size and take a couple of weeks to break in.

bottom row:
There are lots of SOREL boots on sale here too! These don't go on sale much and it looks like sizes are already limited but these are three pair that I love for winter. All are true to size. You can see my full review of them here.

my everyday style: a touch of sparkle!

My sweatshirt addiction grows by the day, find me a good sweatshirt and I will want to make it mine. I almost audibly gasped when I found this embellished sweatshirt (40% off right now!*)... see it's a little dressed up because it has JEWELS. But it's a sweatshirt so it's still nice and casual - which is just my style. Comfort disguised as style.

Here I paired it with a long coat (40% off right now!*) which is another style hack for winter. Throw a long coat over anything - including sweatshirts - and you instantly look dressed up! I love this style hack with leggings especially this time of year. But here I paired the long coat and sweatshirt with skinny jeans and leopard flats (40% off right now!*) for a simple everyday look that is super pulled together but also easy to wear. This would be a great look for Thanksgiving celebrations this weekend too!

*Or 50% off as a Rewards Member (it's FREE to join) and code: SHOPFIRST

Outfit Details:
Sweatshirt (similar or similar, runs fitted, I went up to a medium) 40% off right now!*
Coat (true to size, I am in a 2) 40% off right now!*
Jeans (true to size - I cut the hems on mine)
Leopard Mules 40% off right now!*

*Or 50% off as a Rewards Member (it's FREE to join) and code: SHOPFIRST


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