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)

Stripes, Dots, and Good Karma for the New Year


The cutest, most awkward thing to ever happened to me occurred today, while wearing this outfit. I took a half day at work to finish up the rest of my vacation days and met my friend, B, for some shopping. We did some damage at Target and headed to our local thrift shop since we hadn’t been in forever. We walked in the door and hadn’t even been there for more than 45 seconds before a sweet middle-aged woman walked over to us. This is what went down:

Woman: “You! Can you do my a huge favor? This might be weird, but are you about six foot tall?”
Me: “Ummm. Sure? Maybe in these heels, I am about that?”
Woman: (holds out this cute black dress with gold sequins on top) “Can you try this on? My daughter is about your height and body type, though her shoulders might be broader. I want to get her a present and wanted to see if this would work.”
Me: “How sweet! Sure?!”

I hand my Starbucks to B, go to the dressing room with the dress, and put it on. However, I can’t reach the zipper in the back to zip it up all the way. The lady asks permission to zip up the dress the rest of the way, and I say yes. So she zips me up. The dress fit so well (so much so that for four seconds, I contemplated stealing it from her), and she was so excited and happy that it worked.

Woman: “It works! It fits perfectly, though my daughter isn’t as busty as you.”

And that is how my last afternoon of 2013 went. What a way to go out! I’d like to think the playful combination of stripes and polka dots drew this lady to me, but in all likelihood, it was the fact that these ankle boots make me a giant. Here’s to this sweet and courageous lady (seriously, how much guts did it take to ask me to do this…I love that she did!),her daughter, and all the good karma coming to me in 2014 for this tiny good deed!

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  • On Target item: Merona Oxford Blazer (exact)
  • Tee: J.Crew (thrifted; similar)
  • Necklace: Target (old; similar)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Shoes: Target (exact)

Work Pajamas?


Today was back to work day, which I had been dreading. Five days off was not enough. I’m going to have to rethink this next year about using my vacation days.

However, I also got to get back to daily outfit posts – which I prefer and actually like to do quite a lot. I’m the only one on my team working today, so I decided that it was going to be comfy clothes all the way (since we have two more days left of the year and two more jeans days). How close to pajamas could I get today? I decided jeggings, thin sweater, and thin cardigan sweater (all beyond soft) would do the trick. It worked (even though I appear to be wearing a lab jacket – I am not)! Comfy and cozy at work and busting through some tasks!

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Put A Bird On It

This shirt is too darn cute. My grandma asked today if it was a cardinal (probably because it was red), but I am pretty sure it is a sparrow of some sort. Either way, it is one of the cutest and softest sweaters I own, and I am so glad that Target made it just for me. Want me to buy something? Put a cute, but cool graphic animal on it. Exhibit 1. Exhibit 2.

This outfit is what I wore for my last full day of work this week (woot woot for 1/2 day tomorrow) and for Christmas on my dad’s side of the family. We ate way too much delicious food, played Settlers of Catan (I promise we’re cool), and told inappropriate jokes. Ahh, the good life. This outfit was the right amount of casual and comfy, while still looking pulled together.

Ps. My baby brother (meaning of course that he is 24 and 6’5″) is in town, and he was kind enough to give The Fiance a break from behind the camera. He took these photos, and I love him for it. Thanks, R!

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  • On Target item: Merona Sweater (few sizes online – check your stores)
  • Belt: Target (old, similar)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Shoes: Old Navy (here)

And Now It Is Spring?

So I thought Christmas was next week, but when I woke up this morning, all the snow had melted (leaving our backyard to be a muddy mess) and balmy 55 degree weather outside. I didn’t even have to wear a coat to work. What is this? April or December? Indiana has the weirdest weather sometimes.

Here is today’s look. I am finally getting around to styling this city scene scarf, and I love it. It is the perfect all season scarf – you know how you have some for winter and some for spring. It definitely added a bit of interest to my otherwise simple outfit. I was so thankful this morning not to have to wear boots of any kind. These new ballet flats are from Old Navy and some cute and comfortable to walk in. I think lately, Target and Old Navy have been stepping up their game, and I cannot wait to check out the nautical lines that both of them are coming out with in Spring 2014!

Off to get ready for my company’s “winter party” tonight, and then off to Illinois tomorrow!

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  • On Target item: Oversized City Lights scarf (here)
  • Sweater: Mossimo, Target (old, similar style here)
  • Belt: Target (old, similar)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact)
  • Flats: Old Navy (exact – so comfy and classic, check out the gold tiny heel online)