November 26, 2014

4.36 a thanksgiving outfit

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Happy day before Thanksgiving!

This outfit. Cute enough for grown-ups table + casual enough to play on the floor with your little nieces and nephews. Warm enough hover over the fire pit outside and roast mallows, but then shed a few layers, and it’s cool enough for a house crowded with relatives and body heat.

Perfect Thanksgiving outfit, if you ask me.

Although, I have this fantasy of having a formal Thanksgiving dinner where we play classical music and all wear really fancy clothes.

That would be fun.

But going casual is fun too.

My family doesn’t really dress up for Thanksgiving — or I guess I should say, this type of outfit is our version of dressing up.

What about you? Does your family dress up? If so, will you invite me over?

Hat: Forever 21

Sweater: Aritzia

Shirt: old from J.Crew (similar)

Jeans: Madewell

Shoes: J.Crew

Bag: Nordstrom

Bracelets: Moulton

I’m taking the next two days off to enjoy Thanksgiving with my dear family, but I’ll see you again on Monday, December 1st! :)

xo

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November 25, 2014

4.35 one awesome outfit hack

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You want to know something great?

I’m wearing a sweatshirt + jeans.

A sweatshirt + jeans!

But they’re sandwiched between some cool shoes and a colorful scarf, so it looks like a real outfit. #outfithack

I must be really into hacks these days. My husband and I both took on IKEA hacks this month. He made an awesome desk + I made this chair.

Okay, fine. WE made that chair. There’s no way I could have made that thing by myself. :)

We had fun.

Do you have a favorite outfit hack? Or a favorite IKEA hack? :)

Glasses: Warby Parker

Scarf: Madewell

Bag: Nordstrom

Top: Aritzia

Bottoms: Gap (similar)

Shoes: Aldo

November 24, 2014

4.34 one piece that will definitely be in my winter capsule

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Well, we did it! We moved this weekend!

And Thanksgiving is this week!

On top of that — I’ve officially started planning for my winter capsule wardrobe.

I probably need a nap.

But yes. Winter capsule planning is in full swing. It’s definitely earlier than I usually start, but with the holidays, I knew I wanted to have things done early. Because:

(A) There’s no way I’m missing out on family time to go shopping.

(B) I don’t want to leave you hanging on New Years Day with a, “Hey, I haven’t finished my capsule wardrobe, so no posts for the next week or two, mkay?”

Besides that, inspiration is just flowing right now. Don’t you love it when inspiration flows? You never know when it’s going to show up, but it’s always a good day when it does — even if it shows up when you’re trying to fall asleep at night. Why does that always happen?

So, winter capsule, it’s on.

And this sweater cardigan is definitely making it in. Honestly, most of my fall capsule wardrobe will probably make an appearance in my winter wardrobe.

Since I’m diving into this process, most posts coming up will include a little winter capsule update. You know, stuff like how it’s going and what I’m thinking and all that.

If you have any specific Q’s in regards to how I’m approaching this winter capsule, leave ‘em in the comments, and I’ll try to address them as best I can in upcoming posts.

Happy Monday!

Hat: Urban Outfitters

Top: J.Crew (similar)

Sweater: old from Zara (similar)

Jeans: Madewell

Shoes: Aldo

Bracelets: Moulton

Necklace: Madewell

November 21, 2014

4.33 greyscale friday

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Three things:

1. Hubby and I are moving this weekend. Yes, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Yes, we’re crazy. 

2. Because of said move, my brain is filled with Pinterest packing tips + the phone number of the pizza delivery place + strategies on how to best coerce my friends into helping us move. :)

3. So instead of making you sit through some less than interesting text here, I’m going to point you in the direction of some other really great stuff on the interwebs. Okay? Okay!

The Lies Your Mind Tells You To Prevent Life Changes via Zen Habits

Rebuilding Your Wardrobe On A Budget: What To Buy First via Into Mind

How To Fully Appreciate The Awesome Things In Your Life via The Lively Show Podcast

Scarf: Nordstrom

Top: Aritzia

Bottoms: Gap (similar)

Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar)

Bag: Marc Jacobs

Hope you have the BEST weekend ever! :)

xo

November 20, 2014

three tips for black friday

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Ah, Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving. The biggest shopping day of the year.

Last year on Black Friday, my sister-in-law and I went out, braved the crowds, and had a BLAST. It was sister bonding time at it’s finest. It was particularly memorable because it was the first time I’d ever gone out shopping on Black Friday. I was totally fascinated + amused by this phenomenon that I’d always heard about but never witnessed. So I was into it.

I loved the annoying stuff — like how long it took to find a parking spot + the insanely long lines at the checkout + the fact that I couldn’t go 10 steps without bumping into someone. I was having the time of my life with my sis, just observing the madness.

One problem: I didn’t have a plan.

I thought, “Meh, if I find something I like I might get it.”

Here’s what I forgot: Retailers spend millions of dollars researching people — people like you and me — figuring out our buying habits, figuring out how to keep us in the store for a few more minutes, figuring out how to get us to part with our money.

It’s scary brilliant.

And it worked.

I found a little something here. A little something there. And before I knew it, I had turned from amused observer into ransacking consumer. Before I even unloaded my shopping bags at home, I knew I’d made impulse buys that were totally unnecessary and uncharacteristic.

But … it wasn’t all bad. That shopping trip ended up being the reason I started a capsule wardrobe, a few weeks later. And, honestly? Those memories of shopping with my sis are some of my favorite ever.

Do I think Black Friday is evil? No. Do I think marketing ploys are horrible? No.

There will always be schemes out there designed to distract us.

It’s up to us to be savvy.

So, if you’re hitting the stores next week, here are three of my best tips to make sure Black Friday doesn’t get the best of you:

1. Preload a Visa gift card so you stick to your budget. You can pick one up at Best Buy or Target and you can use them just about anywhere. Use only your gift card to buy stuff — you’ll remove the temptation to overspend.  And if you want to take it one step further, consider leaving your other debit + credit cards at home. You might miss out on some stuff — but you’ll score a major personal win by sticking to your budget.

2. Make a list and stick to it to avoid impulse buys. And a real list (on paper or on your phone) is even more powerful than a list in your head.

3. Heighten your awareness. Read a few articles — like this, this, or this — to refresh yourself on marketing tactics before you go. Simply knowing these tactics exist can loosen their grip on you. And! (Nerd alert) You could even make it into a game — see how many marketing ploys you can spot while you’re shopping. Maybe I should make up a marketing ploy bingo board we can all … nope, never mind, okay.

Got any more tips? Share away!