More Snow, Less Fun

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Don’t worry folks, just when The Fiancé and I had finished shoveling off the driveway for the weekend, we got more snow last night! Lame. Winter is the worst. Luckily, I had a nice weekend eating brunch and wings and brownies (ahh the life), snuggling with the puppy, and going to Lucas Oil Stadium to watch my Colts win! No outfit post yesterday, since I wore my Colts jersey and Saturday’s long black cardigan all day.

Today marks the beginning of a great two weeks. It is jeans for the rest of the year at my work, and I have a 2.5 day work week this week, followed by a 1.5 day work week next week. Lucky ducky, indeed. So get ready to see more casual looks (while still appearing business casual + jeans). I love this blazer (along with the rest of my “collection” of Merona’s oxford blazers), and thought it might work well with a yellow shirt, since it has a faint yellow/gold stripe in the plaid. I think it did work out extremely well, even though it is a lot of color/texture in one look. The jeans and the neutral ankle boots balance this out well.

ps. I broke my no-shopping ban. 14 days strong, only to be broken by a ridiculous sale at Old Navy. Gasp! However, I justified it with a friend, and I’m feeling okay about it. I ended up buying the long Old Navy cardigan (previously seen here in black) in gray and white and then the Honeycomb Knit sweater (seen here) in mint (to make the minimal amount for free shipping). I knew I would have bought them after Christmas as good staples, and I didn’t want to miss the ridiculous savings that were going on this weekend. Please forgive me in this difficult time. I am planning on joining a shopping budget group in January. Stay tuned!

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  • On Target item: Merona Oxford Blazer (plaid – recent)
  • Lace top: Merona, Target (early 2013 summer)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Shoes: Old Navy (here)

How to Layer During the Snow

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  1. Pick a thicker knit top that still is fitted. Put it on.
  2. Take an oversized sweater (one in a bigger size than you normally wear, so it will fit over your first top). Put it on.
  3. Accessorize with a thick scarf.
  4. Throw on your warmest jacket (not pictured).

ps. After these photos occurred, The Fiance pelted me with snowballs. I got a few in too (I promise we are not five year olds), but stayed plenty warm in this look.

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  • On Target item: Denizen Jeans, Target (exact)
  • Black Cardigan (I found a long one that I love!): Old Navy (exact)
  • Scarf: Old Navy (old)
  • Striped Sweater: thrifted
  • Duck boots: L.L. Bean (got mine thrifting for $25, but exact)

Save or Splurge?, Vol. 1

You know the premise of this new feature. I’ll show you an item from Target and its higher end version that probably inspired it.

First up is the pave bracelet. On the right is the J.Crew version, which retails for $125 (though 30% off it appears right now). On the left is the Target version, which is currently selling for $20 (Target also currently has a BOGO 50% off special on jewelry). Which one would you prefer to own? They are both beautiful!

I think the Target price would win out for me on an accessory item. I have admired this bracelet many times at Target, but am not sure I would be able to rock it in real life. I spend most of my day typing on the computer, and I am pretty sure that this would get in the way of my typing skills. Does anyone have this bracelet and can confirm this?

Ladybug Lounging

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This is my “yay, it is Friday” face. Don’t you agree?

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I am so glad it is Friday, as you can tell by my excited face above. Today is my normally scheduled day off of work, and I am excited to lay around the house all weekend (and eat some pizza). We have no plans (though we were suppose to be going skiing, silly weather), which is nice, because the next few weeks and weekends are going to be jam-packed with holiday parties, family gatherings, and vacation days. I’m excited. The Fiance is excited. Even Cooper is excited, since he gets to go visit his “grandma and grandpa” (aka my parents).

Today called for a lazy day look that was still polished enough to venture out into the real world (the brooch adds some pizazzazz, I think). I’m not too much of a sweatpants lounge girl, so these jeggings from Old Navy do the trick. And as much as I love my old tees from college, I don’t know if the general public appreciates them, so this polka dot tee is a nice compromise.

Happy Friday readers! What are you up to this weekend?

ps. I might have to get my bangs back. I’m not sure I can muster up the courage to go bang-free. What do you think?

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  • On Target item: Merona Tee (old, but same style here and similar print here)
  • Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft (old)
  • Brooch: Old Navy (bought in October, in stores; similar)
  • Jeggings: Old Navy (similar)
  • Shoes: Old Navy (here)

Five for Friday, Vol. 8

*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.

It has been so COLD here all week, and I am declaring it time for warm and comfy snuggles all winter long. To achieve that, grab your warmest lounge clothes, pop some popcorn, pick a movie, and slip on some slippers. Boom. Winter problems solved. If you’re feeling fancy, add in a touch of hot chocolate.

To fill your slipper needs, check out these warm finds from Target!

1. Gilligan & O’Malley Cable Fur Boot
2. Chaia Sparkle Moccasin Slipper
3. Gilligan & O’Malley Lounge Slipper
4. Xhilaration Slipper Socks
5. Nick & Nora Lounge Slipper