Welcome to the Weekend

Hooray! I made it to the weekend. Do you ever just have those weeks that make you feel like you won’t make it until Friday at quitting time? That was this week for me, which is the reason for this comfy combination of “the warmest cardigan I own” and jeans and a tee. I blame all the holiday time off (which I wouldn’t trade for the world, by the way). Here’s to next week and getting back on my normal schedule at work (and therefore life).

The trick to this necklace, which is actually shorter in real life? I fold a cheap chain necklace in half, looped it through the connectors, and presto, extra long necklace! Maybe I’ll do a tutorial on that this weekend?

This weekend’s plans besides potential necklace tutorial: chicken pitas, tons of NFL football playoff games (go Colts), Sunday brunch with The Fiance (a new tradition that I love), coffee, puppy snuggles, and seeing my dad.

What are you up to this weekend?

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  • On Target item: Merona Cardigan (exact no longer online; similar and here and here)
  • Tee: Mossimo Supply, Target (old; similar)
  • Necklace: Forever 21 + random chain to make it longer (old; similar)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Shoes: Mossimo, Target (exact)

Five for Friday, Vol. 11 – Stylish Wallets

*A feature that I am going to run on Fridays (along with a daily outfit post) is called “Five for Friday.” I’ll be featuring five items from Target’s website that I am lusting after and feel could work wonders, if I had them in my daily wardrobe.

This week’s Five for Friday is going to feature wallets. All this talk about budgets and money makes me want to cling to my own wallet. I feel like no one ever really cares much about their wallets…the purse that holds the wallet gets all the love. So today, I am showing the wallets some love. Here are five wallets that could really put the spotlight on your look!

  1. Xhilaration Envelope Wallet (this is $13 and looks way high end!)
  2. Merona Stripe Wallet (all stripes, all the time)
  3. Zip Wallet with Strap (classy with a nautical vibe)
  4. Yellow Bow Wallet (I mean, c’mon, so cute)
  5. Merona Printed Wallet (almost dalmatian-like…love it)

Winter Blues

Ummm, so surprise snowstorm last night? Not cool, winter, not cool. I do a terrible job of following the weather (it just isn’t high on my priority list – sleep and shopping is?), so I was completely caught off guard by the four inches of snow that we got last night. Nothing says welcome to 2014 like a snowstorm, right?

At least I was prepared to layer it up today. This cardigan paired perfectly with my little boy’s gingham shirt for some winter blue layering. Ankle boots and jeans finished off the look for another casual look for work. It’s back to business casual next week, so expect some non-jeans. Sad face.

Our backyard (where I normally take my photos) is deep with snow, so our front porch served as a decent substitute. Our dead plants are to left and our cool outlet plug to the right. Just what you wanted to see, right? Come spring/summer, I’m on a mission to find some good background locations, so stick around for another three months, will you?

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  • On Target item: Merona Cardigan (exact – on sale in stores)
  • Shirt: Target (old – boys department; similar)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Shoes: Mossimo ankle boots (old, similar)

New Year, New Closet: Closet Organization


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New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep, but so worthwhile when looking back at them if you do! Maybe yours is related to finding a style and wardrobe items that work with your job/lifestyle/needs. If so, stick around, because I’m going to try out a series during the month of January called “New Year, New Closet.” Every Thursday in January, I will feature a post that relates to cleaning out your closet and building it back up again. This won’t be a huge commitment of time and/or money, but will help start the new year off on the right foot with a clean closet and a fresh outlook on style (and who doesn’t want that).

Today is the first step towards that. We’re talking about cleaning out your closet (not the Eminem song) to build the foundation that is your wardrobe. Set aside an hour or two (maybe even this weekend!) to fully clean out your closet, dressers, shoe piles, jean stacks, etc. I also forget to look at my shorts and tank tops when doing this, so be sure to do a complete review.

Here are the steps that I take when organizing and cleaning out my closet:

  1. Go through everything. This means trying all items on (especially if you haven’t worn them in a year or more) and making sure it still fits, doesn’t have holes or stains that can’t be fixed, and still fits with your current/future self.
  2. Once you try it on, put the item in four piles: keep, sell (eBay, consignment shop, local thrift store, etc.), donate (Goodwill, Salvation Army, a friend’s closet, etc.), and trash. Be ruthless about your choices. If it doesn’t fit, it goes. If you haven’t worn it in a year but really want to keep it, make a goal to wear it in the next 30 days. If you don’t, it goes.
  3. Be on the lookout for classic staples that can be foundation pieces. Good-fitting black pants, the perfect little black dress, the classic white dress shirt, jeans that are just right, etc. Keep these, but only if you are going to wear them and they fit.
  4. Bag up the items for the last three piles (keep, sell, and trash) and set aside for a later time when you have time to take care of these.
  5. With the keep items, hang them on hangers; fold them up to put in shelves or drawers; line up shoes on shelves or racks; store scarves and belts in bins or racks; put away seasonal items into your seasonal storage (if you do this); and give your closet floor a good vacuum. I like to hang everything by color, but other methods work too (sleeve length; types of tops, season, etc.). It is all about what works for you!

Those are pretty simple ways to get the job done, and once they are complete, you’ll have a clean closet and a sense of accomplishment (and it is only the first week!). I’ll be back next week with a post on closet staples, and then the real fun starts in Weeks 3-5.

Putting On The Ritz for New Year’s

I ended up rocking this outfit last night for the two New Year’s Eve parties that The Fiance and I attended. I probably ended up overdressing for both parties, but I like to get dressed up for events like this. Plus, better to be overdressed, than underdressed, right?

Apparently, it took me all of a week to figure out how to rock the red tights that I had previously been so nervous about trying. New Year’s Eve felt like the perfect opportunity to rock a more “out there” look. These tights ended up being a great way to work in some color to an otherwise all black outfit. I had wanted some sequins, but this sparkly necklace did the trick.

What did you end up wearing for the New Year’s Eve celebration?!

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  • On Target item: Merona Premium Tights (exact)
  • Necklace: Target (old; similar)
  • Belt: The Limited (old)
  • Dress: Old Navy (old; similar; similar)
  • Shoes: Target (exact)