Christmas at EPCOT

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Happy last day of 2013, everyone! So I’ve been sharing my Florida vacation outfits with you the past few days, and I saved this, my favorite one, to end the year with a bang! This was what I wore for Christmas day at EPCOT with Kristin’s family. It was quite a challenge to find a look that felt festive, was appropriate for the weather (high in the 70s but chillier when the sun went down), and comfortable enough for a long day. I don’t mean to brag, but is this not the perfect Christmas at EPCOT outfit? I do believe it is. I mean I saw a lot of other Christmas at EPCOT outfits last week because there about a jillion other people there, and mine was the best. I saw some people in princess gowns – I mean seriously, can we say “overdressed”?

So what did everyone else do for Christmas? Anything special or out of the ordinary? EPCOT was fun, but I’m definitely looking forward to a more chill holiday next year. If you’re interested, you can see more of my vacation photos on Instagram!

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Out-of-Towner

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Don’t you love a good vest? It’s great for keeping you cozy all day without being too bulky under a coat. Or in Florida, it’s good for making you look like someone who is clearly from out of town. I wore this for the first day of vacation last week. Driving to the Indianapolis airport in the morning, it was in the low 20s, so the extra layer was quite helpful. When we got to the Orlando airport a few hours later, it was about 2 million degrees. Or maybe 80…I don’t remember exactly. Obviously my coat came off, and this vest spent a good part of the day on my arm and on the back of a chair. But gosh darnit, it’s winter and I’m going to wear some faux fur, even if that means getting a few weird looks from the locals. I’M WEARING A T-SHIRT, OK? WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT FROM ME?

Shirt // similar Vest // similar Jeans (I had mine altered) // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Bracelet (on sale) // similar Necklace (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips

Florida in December

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Florida in December is a strange experience. There are Christmas lights everywhere and yet you can get away with bare legs and a light jacket. You can sit on a patio watching people play golf while “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” plays from the speakers. Keep dreaming, people. Keep dreaming.

I’ll share a few other outfits from my Florida trip over the next few days – so those of you in cold climates (including me) can look at them and be jealous. You’re welcome!

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*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

Houndstooth Cap

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I just finished up a very busy Christmas in Epcot (and so did A LOT of other people)! I have one more day in sunny Florida before I head home. I can’t wait to show you some bare legged outfits soon, but in the meantime, here’s the last outfit I wore back at home before I left for vacation. I guess REAL winter makes for some good outfits too – I’ll try not to complain too much when I’m back in freezing temps.

Hat // similar Sweater // similar Jacket // similar Jeans // similar Shoes* // similar Bag // Bracelet* // Necklace // Lips

*Shoes provided courtesy of H&M; bracelet provided courtesy of Asos.

Catching Fire (and a Plane)

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Today I’m en route to Florida for the holiday, and I’ll take a couple days off from blogging to enjoy Christmas in EPCOT. It’ll be my first time so I’m pretty excited. You can follow me on Instagram here to see all my adventures along the way!

For now, I’ll leave you with this outfit from a recent movie date. Pretty sexy date look, right? Showing ankles and everything. A hundred years ago I would have been quite the hussy. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, we saw Catching Fire. I’m one of the dozen people in the country who hasn’t read the books, but the movie was still good! Except there was one thing that bugged me. With all the crazy shit going on in her life, she could not POSSIBLY have time to put her hair in that fancy braid every day. Seriously.

Have a very merry Christmas, everyone! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then just have a fantastic Wednesday.

similar Turtleneck (on sale) // Necklace // similar Jacket (on sale) // Jeans* // similar Shoes (on sale) // Lips 

*Jeans provided courtesy of Poetic Justice.

Melting

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You see that little strip of snow struggling to stay frozen?! It’s definitely gone by now. Good riddance. We have to melt away the old snow to make room for the new snow that will inevitably come. Sort of like how I have to donate and consign old clothes to make room for the new ones that will inevitably show up in my closet. (I wonder how they get there? It’s a mystery.) Funny enough, taking clothes to the consignment store was one of the errands I ran while wearing this outfit.

And speaking of this outfit, it was inspired by a photo I pinned from Pink Peonies! I already had all the basic elements, so I just needed this unseasonably warm day so I could get away with wearing lighter layers. You can see more of my “Pin to Real Life” outfits here.

Chambray (on sale in petite) // similar Jacket (on sale) // Belt (30% off w/ code TOYOU) // Bracelet (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Boots* // Lips “Punch Drunk”

*Boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Free At Last

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You know what I love? A versatile outfit like this one. This outfit is perfect for taking your last exam of the year (comfortable and unfussy). It’s perfect for having celebratory margaritas (just a little wild and fun). It’s perfect for Christmas shopping (warm and (again) comfortable). And it’s perfect for going out for a pizza and wine date (cute but not too dressy). I know this outfit is perfect for these things because I actually did all these things in this outfit. That’s right – I am DONE with exams, and man does it feel good to be back in the real world!

But back to versatility. Here are a few other ways I’ve worn some of these pieces before…

It’s the Real Life Remix…

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similar Dress(on sale) // Cardigan // similar Boots // Earrings // Sunglasses* // Lips “Romantic”

*Dress purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; sunglasses provided courtesy of Solo Eyewear.

Won’t You Take Me To…SPARKLE TOWN

What is it about New Year’s that makes people want to dress like disco balls? I don’t know but I fall victim to the sequins, too. I feel like there’s a very stereotypical “NYE dress.” It’s very small and very sparkly. And probably very itchy. And you’ll probably never wear it again.

Recently I’ve been keeping an eye out for sparkly things that are NYE appropriate but are also re-wearable (as the queen of remixing, I always have this kind of thing on my mind). I gathered up a few of my favorites (all under $70) to give you some ideas. All of this stuff would also be right at home at a wedding, your birthday party, or a fancy date night. A few of them might even be OK – dare I say it – for everyday wear. I happen to have my eye on the sequin pants just because they’re a little ridiculous and I love them.

NYE & Beyond

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What’s your favorite?

Blogger Problems

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I really wanted to do some photos of this outfit without my coat because my little lace bomber is really cute, but I literally could not compel myself to take any layers off because it was SO. COLD. I’m talking wind chill of 6 degrees. It’s a good thing I’m wearing sunglasses, otherwise you would see the pure misery in my eyes.

This whole outfit blogging thing can get pretty shitty in the winter. Sometimes I want to just skip it and recreate the outfit when it’s warmer, but since I’m trying to do this whole “real life” thing, I try my best to take photos of what I’m wearing when I actually wore it. Maybe the rest of you wouldn’t know the difference, but to me it just feels more authentic, and that’s my raison d’etre!

And while I’m complaining about how HARD it is to be a style blogger (oh no! I get free clothes and people compliment me every day!), I just HAVE to tell you the story of why we ended up taking these photos on top of a parking garage:

Kristin and I had a lunch date, and then we went across the street to this office park where we’ve taken photos several times before. On the weekend, the parking lot is totally empty, and there’s a cool building that makes a good background. So we got out of the car and Kristin started taking pictures, and then we noticed this car was crawling toward me. Let me remind you: we are in a totally empty parking lot. There are about a million paths a car could take, but this one chose to drive directly in my path. So I moved out of the way, waiting for it to pass. It drove behind me, stopped, and the driver rolled down the window and asked “Is everything OK?” (Because what do normal people do in an emergency? They go to a remote area and take pictures of themselves for posterity.) The car had something written on it, so I guess it was security or something. I said “yep” and then it kept moving 10 ft or so and stopped again. Didn’t say anything, didn’t tell us to leave, didn’t ask what we were doing. Just stalked us in the most conspicuous way possible. I tried staring into the back window in the hopes that I could telepathically say “I’m OBVIOUSLY  taking outfit photos and you’re harshing my vibe.” But it didn’t work. So we left. And I looked in my rear view mirror and sure enough, the creeper car was back on the move. It was like we were in a police chase. Except they were turtle police. Anyway, the point is: #bloggerproblems.

Coat (30% off w/ code GIFTNOW) // similar Shirt (on sale) // another similar Shirt // similar Jacket (on sale) // similar Shoes // Bag (on sale) // Sunglasses* // Lips “Corail in Touch”

*Sunglasses provided courtesy of Solo Eyewear. Check this post for more info and discount code.

Exam Wear

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If you’re reading this between 9 am and noon eastern time, I’m taking an exam, so send your smartest vibes my way. This is actually an outfit I wore to take an exam last week, hence the messy hair and lack of makeup. I’m actually kind of impressed with this outfit considering my main goal was warmth and comfort. Just goes to show what a difference a fabulous bag, coat, and sunglasses can make. Take note, ladies: outerwear and accessories are your friend.

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