How to Layer During the Snow

DSC02544 DSC02538 DSC02542 DSC02545 Indiana got covered with a blanket of snow last night, and it is still snowing strong this morning. It is the perfect day to stay in and cozy up to a loved one and a cup of coffee. I already have had plenty of Cooper snuggles this morning. I’m off to venture out into the cold and snow to model bridesmaid dresses for my friend B and her upcoming wedding. She’s having a hard time deciding what look she wants, so fingers crossed that I can help her narrow it down. Choosing bridesmaid dresses for my wedding was hard too, so I know what she is going through! This outfit is practical and not fancy at all, so hopefully, there is no one to impress at the bridal boutique! I love mixing stripes with almost every other print imaginable, and this scarf/shirt combo is one of my favs. How to Layer During the Snow:

  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)

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)

Double Dot Day

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Today is ridiculously windy here in Indy (rhyming poet right here), so much that they are calling it Windinanapolis now. Clever, right?! Please check out my hair for further proof.

So a windy day called for all the dots in the world. This scarf was a gift to me from my friend C. She knows how much I love scarves and polka dots and brought it to me randomly one day when she was up to visit. What an awesome surprise (and friend gesture), right?! This is its first appearance on the blog (which she read regularly, hello C!), so please enjoy it in its splendor!

She also is a super big fan of Cooper and has requested more photos of him on the blog. This is hilariously fitting for today’s post, since he managed to sneak into ALL the blog pictures that I took myself during lunch. He would not cooperate, so I had to wait until after work for The Fiance to take the photos. So here you go, C…I enjoy your scarf. Please enjoy the puppy!

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  • On Target item: Merona Sweater (exact, last seen in this post)
  • Scarf: a gift from my friend C
  • Pants: thrifted
  • Shoes: Mossimo ankle boots (old, similar)

It’s Cold In Here

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It is so cold outside, guys. All I could think about this morning was warmth, layers, and more warmth. So that’s how I ended up with 16 layers on today. Socks, boots, jeans (which again passed for black dress pants, hooray!), plaid button down, and a sweatershirt (that looks fancier than it is). I liked the idea of these pieces together, but I am not sure it all jelled right (mainly because I think it looked a little bit frumpy. However, I might not be rocking the slimmest outfit that I own, but at least I stayed warm!

I think that is one of the reasons I like having this blog: to document what works and what does NOT work. It is nice to see things that work well, and I’ll just have to keep trying for those good combinations! Like popcorn and blackberries…which is 100% what I had for lunch. Real life choices, right here!

Ps. Yes, this shirt is super popular all over instagram and that may what inspired my purchase of it, but it is hard to style with your hair down and no necklaces. Short haired ladies, you can rock this shirt!

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  • On Target item: Merona Plaid Favorite Shirt (exact)
  • Sweatshirt: Old Navy (exact)
  • Black jeans: Denizen, Target (recent, tall and short styles online too!)
  • Boots: Tahari, Macys (old)

Copycat!: A Pony for Christmas

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Outfit Inspiration from: Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project

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DSC02448*Copycat! is a feature where I try to recreate outfits I find on Pinterest (or various other sources of inspiration), utilizing at least one item from Target.

Third time for a Copycat! This inspiration comes from Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project, which is actually one of the few shows that I regularly watch (though on Hulu). This sweater is so cute, but so little kid-ish (mainly because I plucked it from the girls department of Old Navy), so I was having a hard time figuring out how to wear it to work. Who else, but the hilarious Mindy, could pair together a horse graphic shirt and still look business appropriate, which is exactly what I wanted to do with this sweater this morning! I took the cutesy-ness of this sweater up a notch with the polka dot tights (which might have seen their last day, since I think they have a run in them…sad face), and have already gotten tons of compliments from people at work. Boom…real life compliments are day makers!

How would you rock this sweater in real life? Old Navy’s Instagram also featured this sweater on their feed today. I’m such a trendsetter, hah!

ps. I’m already sick of winter. And snow. And wearing tights. Get ready for a long winter season of me complaining about the cold and trying to make blankets fashionable. Just what you wanted to hear right?

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  • On Target item: Mossimo Skirt (purchased in October 2013, but appears to be sold out; similar style in a cool print)
  • Sweater: Old Navy (exact)
  • Statement Necklace (H&M, old)
  • Tights: Merona, Target (here)
  • Shoes: Old Navy (here)

Black and Brown and Glitz

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Happy Birthday Z! Here is the outfit that I wore out last night with some friends to celebrate my friend Z’s birthday. I ended up ditching the necklace, as it was a bit fancy for the pub that we were going to eat dinner at, and I replaced it with a scarf, per my friend B’s brilliant suggestion. Dot tights are one of my top 10 favorite clothing items right now, but even with them and a coat it was brr brr brr outside!

It up being a good night out with friends enjoying some deep dish pizza, some pool, and some crazy giant Jenga stacking (or giant Jenga collapsing as the case may be). We had whole groups of people marveling at our Jenga stacking skills and trying to coach us from the sidelines. It was so great!

I got to enjoy sleeping in this morning, and right now, I am curled up in a warm cardigan and ready to catch up on some blogs that I read and watch my Colts beat up on some little Bengals!

Enjoy your Sunday, friends!

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  • On Target item: Merona Dress (recent)
  • Statement Necklace (old, but similar)
  • Tights: Merona, Target (here)
  • Shoes: Old Navy (here)

Saturday Plaid

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Saturday, Saturday, Saturday. On today’s agenda is registry planning with the Fiancé (which always involves arguments over shower curtains and bedspreads, two different print/pattern lovers over here), lunch with my parents who are coming down to Indy to shop (and see their eldest child!), and a birthday celebration for one of my college friends! Fun, fun fun. So I needed an outfit to get me through the day (at least until my “going-out outfit”…being a 20-something is so rough!)  and  comfy plaid + sweatshirt + black jeans will do the trick.

Plus, who doesn’t love a thrifted safari necklace?

What are your Saturday plans!? Let me know in the comments!

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  • On Target item: Merona Sweatshirt (from Spring 2013, similar)
  • Plaid shirt: Old Navy (bought in October 2013, similar)
  • Black jeans: Denizen, Target (recent, tall and short styles online too!)
  • Necklace: thrifted
  • Shoes: Old Navy (here)