Make Lemonade

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Well it’s still freezing. The best I can do is wear all of the bright, springy colors I can find. It’s like that old saying…When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or wear a lemon sweater. You gotta stay positive.

Just kidding. It’s cold and everything is the worst. If anyone hands me lemons, I’ll be making them into something much stronger than lemonade.

similar Sweater // similar Shoes // similar Bracelet (under $5) // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Scarf (under $20) // Lips

Snotty-Nosed Chic

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I’m pretty impressed with myself for putting together a look that doesn’t involve 2-3 patterns or unexpected color combos. Not that those things are bad, but I have to admit I tend to ignore the whole “minimalism” thing most of the time. It’s refreshing – in moderation, of course. The rest of the time I will probably be drawn to whatever the prettiest and most colorful prints are. And yes, that includes when I’m shopping for things other than clothes. I had to stock up on tissues recently because I’ve gone through our whole stash over the last month. First I had a cold, then I got over the cold, but it’s still winter, so my nose runs every time I go outside, then I come inside and eat some soup to warm up, and that makes my nose run all over again. It’s a vicious cycle.

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Anyway, being the responsible consumer that I am, I always pick out tissues based on whatever the cutest box is with absolutely no regard for quality or value. Kleenex has definitely upped its game recently in the cute packaging department (and luckily their tissues don’t feel like sandpaper and are mostly pretty reasonably priced), so I snagged these adorable little travel packs. Wait, does this mean my outfit isn’t minimalist anymore? Whatever. I’m calling it “snotty-nosed chic.”

I should probably pick up some boxes of tissue for around the house too…I’m still on the lookout for more of these adorable prints, which I didn’t spot at my Super Target. If anyone else sees them, let me know! The next step will be making a dress out of all the leftover boxes. And speaking of dresses, this “Catwalk or Kleenex” video is pretty entertaining. And if you want to waste even more time at work today, you can play the Catwalk or Kleenex quiz game (click on the purple square at the top) and be entered in the sweepstakes. Once you’re done with that, if you’re still bored, you’ll just have to look up cat videos on YouTube. In fact, go ahead and send me links to cat videos along with where to find more cute tissues. Thanks.

similar Hat // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Boots (on sale) // Jeans // similar Bag (on sale) // Watch* (on sale) // Bracelet // Lips “Crush” // Tissues*

*Watch provided courtesy of Timex; tissues and other compensation for this post provided by Kleenex.

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

Mad for Plaid

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I have had mad plaid on the brain lately, you guys. One night I literally dreamt about it. Granted, it was the night after I had a muscle spasm and I was hopped up on pain killers, but still…I swear I was thinking about plaid before then.

I got it in my head at the beginning of the season that I wanted to find the perfect Christmassy green plaid flannel shirt. Ideally, I wanted the something similar to the green plaid skirt I wore earlier this week. I thought it would be easy to find, but it wasn’t. Unlike my usual shopping strategy of “THIS IS PRETTY I WILL BUY THIS NOW,” I actually did a lot of research and comparison of all my options. I’m glad I finally settled on this one, because I LOVE it. It’s thick and sturdy-feeling, but not stiff. And it’s definitely the most unique plaid I saw – I like how the vertical sections are faded and the horizontal ones aren’t.

Plus, I feel like a Christmas present in it. So don’t be surprised if you see it a couple more times this month.

Shirt (on sale) // similar Vest // similar Necklace (25% off w/ code STYLE25) // Bracelet* (30% off w/ code MOREMOREMORE) // similar Shoes // similar Bag (rich people version) // Lips “Orange de Chine”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of Asos.

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You could say these photos are dark and grainy, but I like to think they’re lit gently by the twinkling Christmas tree and covered in an aura of holiday cheer. I went to a Christmas party on Saturday and I’ve been dying to share my festive look. You might have noticed a few skipped days recently, and a lot of very casual outfits. Needless to say, this clotheshorse jumped on the chance to dress up.

You’ve seen this dress before in a more casual look, but I think it’s pulling off this whole fancy thing pretty well. Personally, I don’t think a dress has to be tight or showy to be a little bit sexy. The bold tights and great heels draw attention to my legs (which are like 2 feet long but I work with what I got), and with some great waves and a little sassy makeup…not gonna lie, I felt pretty fabulous. Shout out to my friend Lauren and her roommate for throwing a fun party!

Has anyone else been to a holiday party yet? If you blog, leave me a link in the comments – I’d love to see what you wore!

Dress: LOFT
Tights: Kate Spade
Heels: Tahari, old (similar)
Faux fur: old (similar)
Necklace: old (similar)

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