Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sequined Sweatshirt and Plaid Vest

sequined grey sweatshirt, red plaid vest, Express jeans, black booties, black quilted tote,
Sequined sweatshirt-Hobby Lobby (similarsplurge) | Vest-c/o Sammydress (save, splurge) | Jeans-Express (savesplurge) | Booties-c/o Sammydress (savesplurge) | Tote-c/o Greg Michaels (save, splurge) | Earrings-c/o Happiness Boutique 
Another day, another red plaid vest outfit. This vest just begs to be paired with metallics, sparkles, or sequins! Initially I wasn't sure what I could pair it with when I got it last winter, but it has proved to be quite versatile and a fun layer to throw on. This time I added it over top of my new sequined sweatshirt. I wore it to work last week and all the students loved my sparkles. The other teachers still couldn't believe where I'd gotten it! I added my other pair of earrings from Happiness Boutique as well. The geometric shape gives them a little edge and they definitely draw your eye more than my usual diamond studs! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cape Coat Stylewe Giveaway & Confident Twosday

black scalloped edge cape, black leggings, taupe OTK boots, red Dooney & Bourke bag, statement necklace
Cape-c/o SheIn | Sweater-J.Crew, thrifted (savesplurge) | Leggings-amazon (save, splurge) | Boots-DSW (save, splurge) | Bag-Dooney & Bourke c/o thredup (savesplurge) | Necklace-c/o Zaful 

There are times in life where you become so busy you put your marriage on the back burner. Oops. Sorry honey. But let's be honest. When you've been married for 10 years it happens! So we've been trying to be more conscious about planning date nights once every month or so. When you are stressing about infertility and everything else, it's so incredibly refreshing to have a nice night (or day) out with your husband. Although we traditionally make dinner at home for Valentine's Day, we were talking about going out this year. This scallop edged cape from SheIn would be perfect to pair with any Valentine's Day date night dress or outfit. Even though it doesn't have sleeves, I still found it to be quite warm! I really like the military style details, too although I couldn't resist adding my new Zaful necklace! The exact one is sold out, but there is one very similar for around $5 still available. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happiness Boutique Earrings & Blue Blanket Scarf

blue plaid blanket scarf, cobalt sweater, black jeans, red flats, red Dooney & Bourke bag,
Sweater-Tommy Hilfiger (savesplurge) | Jeans-Old Navy (savesplurge) | Scarf-c/o Zaful | Bag-Dooney & Bourke (savesplurge) | Flats-c/o JaVie (savesplurge) | Earrings-c/o Happiness Boutique

I've been fortunate to collaborate with Happiness Boutique before (herehere, here, here, here, and here) and received a gorgeous statement necklace. This time I chose 2 pairs of earrings. The first pair are these vintage style statement stud earrings. Although it's fun to wear longer, statement earrings, they aren't practical for everyday. That's why I love having a few pairs of stud earrings that are more interesting than the classic pearl or diamond stud to help switch it up. These earrings are a neutral color and go with everything! They can easily be dressed up or down. Today I dressed it down for a casual work look. These black jeans from Old Navy are so soft and stretchy I've been wearing them all throughout the week! They are great for work or weekend. But because the material is a little thinner, I paired them with a sweater and my new scarf from Zaful. I have been wanting a new blanket scarf in a different color and there were so many options at Zaful for just the right price! 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Keeping Your Skin Smooth During Winter

Keeping Your Skin Smooth During Winter

Winter here is harsh. There is really no way around it. The bitter cold does a number on your skin. I've learned some tricks things that help, but Influenster and Vogue sent me a few products free for review that have helped even more! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fringed Turtleneck Sweater & Confident Twosday

mauve fringed batwing sweater, black jeans, black heels, greg michaels tote, statement necklace,
Sweater-c/o Zaful | Pants-Old Navy (savesplurge) | Heels-DSW (savesplurge) | Necklace-c/o Zaful | Tote-c/o Greg Michaels (savesplurge) | Watch-c/o Aibi (savesplurge

You might not notice it, but we had the opportunity to take these photos quickly after my daughter's birthday party on Saturday. It was 0 degrees and I was literally shaking. Luckily we were able to get photos without taking too much time. I just got this sweater from Zaful and it arrived late last week. Paired with my new statement necklace which looks much pricier than its $5 price tag, it was perfect for running around during my daughter's birthday party. Warm, but not too warm and definitely cozy. I just wish it was a few inches longer! Then it would be a great top to wear with leggings, too. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Cute Outfits with Leggings


Let's be real here. There are some days you aren't feeling good, but have to leave the house. Or maybe you are tired, or just don't want to be bothered even wearing jeans. While you don't want to look sloppy, it doesn't really matter if you are totally pulled together. Bottom line: sometimes a perfect outfit just isn't in the cards. Prime example. A couple months ago I had a medical procedure and went to work the next day. It was a professional development day at school so casual was completely acceptable. I wasn't totally better but I felt well enough to go back to work. So I ended up wearing the outfit with the puffer vest. We all have those days, when we want to wear pajamas. These outfits are much cuter and more socially acceptable!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Plaid Vest and Graphic Tee

striped graphic tee, red plaid vest, Express dark skinny jeans, green Hunter boots, Tory Burch tote, layered necklace
Top-c/o Newchic | Vest-c/o Sammydress (savesplurge) | Jeans-Express (savesplurge) | Tote-Tory Burch (savesplurge) | Necklace-c/o Newchic | Boots-Hunters (save, splurge) | Liners-(similar)

It's a little past due, but I couldn't resist sharing this casual holiday outfit. I love the festivity of the holidays, but try to avoid the in-your-face Christmas attire. This striped graphic tee from Newchic was perfect and at a great price. The super soft material certainly didn't hurt either! If you are looking for something cute for next year you should snatch it up because I am not sure it will be around! I have paired this vest with stripes in the past and the tee needed a little extra color so adding it as a layer was a no-brainer. With all the ice, snow, and slush around currently my Hunters and Sperry duckboots have been on frequent rotation. I love how warm the fleece liners are! And the fact that my Hunters are green are an added bonus for the holidays. A little festive? Of course. But if that tee didn't say 'Christmas' you had better believe I would be rocking this outfit well into February! I also threw on a gold layered necklace I recently received from Newchic too. Some bloggers make layering jewelry look effortless, but I haven't gotten the knack of it quite yet. If I can get an inexpensive necklace to do all the work for me I am all for it!