January 2015 archive

Cold Weather Ideas 6

The last of the cold weather installments just in time for a snow storm!

Today’s looks features my plaid cape which I love but I don’t wear very often because in the midwest it has to be the perfect situation outside.  Unfortunately I don’t have any long gloves that’ll make the look easier to wear when it’s REALLY cold out.

So this look is best when it isn’t frigid out.  I wear it mostly in the fall.  But it is wool and with a sweater underneath it keeps me pretty warm.

Cold Weather 6

Cold Weather 6

And I love this floppy hat. I tried to tip it back on my head so you could see my face but it doesn’t normally look quite this floppy.  🙂

Cape

Cape

And there you have it!  (Almost) all my winter coats!

Sweater- Ann Taylor

Hat & Jeans- Gap

Scarf- Burlington Coat Factory

Cape- Target

Earrings- ?

Booties- Younkers

 

Cold Weather Ideas 5

Counting down til spring and tomorrow is my last cold weather outfit idea.  I can’t wait to report on spring fashion mainly because these last few days of thawing really hit everyone with spring fever.  Hey, it’s almost February.  That means something doesn’t it?!

Today’s look ended up being all covered up.  It must have been really cold!  I was wearing a cute little fair isle long-sleeved t-shirt underneath my coat.

Cold Weather 5

Cold Weather 5

Let’s talk about this coat.  It’s from Kmart.  Yes, I said Kmart.  I love the color.  It’s a bit of a blue/grey/green and I think I bought it in a seasonal sale a few years ago.  It’s just proof to me that you can find great style at any price point.  And I’m wearing my new obsession for winter, a blanket scarf.  My favorite ways to wear it is just draped over one shoulder!

p.s. My hair is looking very drab this day.  Let’s blame it on the man cold!

Coat- Kmart

Jeans- American Eagle

Scarf- Old Navy

And here’s another selfie.  Just because…

Not Another Selfie

Not Another Selfie

 

 

 

Cold Weather Ideas 4

I came down with another man cold.  So if you wonder if I’m toting raccoons under my eyes, no, it’s just my undereye circles.  I’m on the mend and with that, I’ll finish out the last of the cold weather ideas.

Raccoon Eyes

Raccoon Eyes

Cold Weather 4

Cold Weather 4

This outfit is based on bright colors!  My t-shirt is a very pale pink and on top of that I’ve added a silk plaid collared blouse.  It picks up the orchid color of my cords.  I wore my bright white Michael Kors coat (where I had just lost a button) and a lavender hat and scarf.  My earrings also pick up the coral color in my shirt.

I think it’s important to wear bright colors when you are feeling well!

T-shirt- Old Navy

Blouse- Banana Republic

Corduroys- Loft

Booties- Younkers

Coat- Von Maur

Hat & scarf- Wal-Mart

Earrings- Lillian’s

Cold Weather Ideas 3

Day three of cold weather ideas…here I am in my least favorite color again, boring old black. I couldn’t resist this cardigan!  It was on sale for $20 at Von Maur and I had to own it.

Cold Weather 3

Cold Weather 3

I was having a JLo moment, so I took a little selfie for ya.

JLo Moment

JLo Moment

Shirt- Old Navy

Cardigan- Von Maur

Leggings- Loft

Boots & Earrings- JCPenneys

Hat- homemade

Belt- ?

Sunglasses- JLo for Kohls

Cold Weather Ideas 2

A little dusting of snow and another cold weather outfit idea!

Who doesn’t love fair isle?  It takes me back to reindeer sweaters that were NOT cool in middle school.  And maybe also to Bridget Jones….  Either way, a funny, awkward place that makes it so much fun to wear now.

I’ve also been searching for a jeweled sweater like this forever and finally found one at Target, of all places.  The bonus?  It was on sale.

I admit this color of grey is my favorite color of grey.  Let’s call it heathered grey.  And please spell it with an “e.”  It’s just so much cooler that way…

Cold Weather Idea 2

Cold Weather Idea 2

Easy Updo Braids

Easy Updo Braids

Hey, my hair looks better from the back!  I was having a braid updo moment.  It really was quick and easy!

Close Up

Close Up

T-shirt, Sweater & Earrings- Target

Coat & Booties- Younkers

Jeans- American Eagle

Scarf- Old Navy

Cold Weather Ideas

It’s still winter here even if the temps the past few days make you feel that perhaps spring is coming soon.  I can’t say that I have faith our cold weather is behind us.

What to wear when the temperatures are beyond frigid?  This week I’ll give you some ideas, outerwear included!

Today’s outfit, please be kind.  I just had a baby!

Green with Polka Dots

Green with Polka Dots

I started with this cotton 3/4 sleeve black and white polka dot shirt paired with some ivory corduroys.  For added warmth I threw on some color- you don’t have to stick to all neutrals!  I love the pop of this pea green wool cardigan.  For some cold weather accessories, I wore my puffer jacket and a fun hat.  Being cold doesn’t mean being boring!  I l love hats and in this outfit, it’s my only accessory.  (I forgot to wear my black Old Navy gloves that say CH IC on them- whoops!) Add a pair of black booties- all set!

Shirt- Loft

Corduroys- Banana Republic

Sweater- Banana Republic

Hat- Wal-Mart

Coat- Sears

Boots- Younkers

Jewelry Organization

I confess I have a jewelry problem.  Maybe you’re like me and have something in just about every color.  Or perhaps you have just a few pieces and wear the same thing every day.

I go through both stages.  Sometimes I like to wear the same thing, especially if I know I’m going to be busy (say having a baby).  Other times I just don’t wear anything because I’m making a mess.  Read painting.

But…I am a sucker for something shiny.  Does it have to be expensive?  No.  But I do enjoy more quality pieces.  I have a few things that are Dollar Store worthy but I don’t want to spend my money on things that tarnish after one wear.  Ya get me?

My collection includes lots of pieces that are truly costume jewelry.  Pieces that my grandmothers had.  I realize that the times I’m going to wear these pieces is few and far between.  I love them none-the-less.  And sometimes they can make your outfit so special with a one of a kind piece.

Meanwhile I have a problem.  Storage for all that jewelry really takes up space.  I received a jewelry organizer about ten years ago for Christmas and it was wonderful.  But I’ve grown out of it.  Now it houses my daughter’s hair accessories.

Here’s a pict-

Old Jewelry Cabinet

Old Jewelry Cabinet

I took an antique wardrobe I inherited and converted it into my jewelry storage.  The wardrobe was really too small for actual clothes (unless you have five socks).  But it was perfect for my growing jewelry collection.

Wardrobe

Wardrobe

(I have a better picture of that somewhere but for the life of me, I can’t find it.)

I bought some jewelry organizers and display pieces from JoAnn’s and made them work to house all my jewelry.  Sometimes (cough) the pieces become a mess and jumbled up. Or kids play in them.  Real life stuff.  And it needed to be reorganized.

Another problem I encounter is what colors I’m missing out of my collection.  There are times you need a really great pair of red earrings and I’m always looking through my collection missing them.  And then when I’m in a place like Charming Charlie’s I can’t ever remember what color section I should be in.  And it’s easy to get overwhelmed in that store anyway.

So a quick project I did this morning…organizing earrings by color.  Earrings are something that I wear almost every day, regardless if I’m in my p.j.s or if I’m out and about.  My guess beyond an engagement or wedding ring, that’s what you wear the most as well.

Here is a shot of my jumbled up mess-

Jewelry Drawer Mess

Jewelry Drawer Mess

And here’s the progress being made.  It really helps to know what you have (or love) and what you need.  Clearly I don’t need anymore jade colored earrings.

In Process

In Process

And here’s the final product.  Not bad for a few minutes to spare this morning.  Now a notepad and pen in my jewelry armoire will help to keep track of what I’d like to have for when I get to make a shopping trip.

All Sorted Out

All Sorted Out

How do you organize your jewelry?

 

I’m Back….

Hi there!  It’s been a nice break for me.  I’ve been busy cuddling with baby and trying to find my house again after the holidays.  But I’m feeling pretty good about managing four littles. Thank heaven they don’t start off crawling!  This summer, however, could be challenging for me!

Meanwhile I’m getting back into the blog again.  This year I’m going to do my best to post several times a week but I won’t be here every day.  I hope you’ll still come read my words of ramble and what I’m up to each week.

I’m really missing all of you too!  And I want to know what you enjoy reading most on this blog.  Do you like hearing about what the latest thing I painted white was?  Are you a busy mom that needs a spit-up friendly outfit quick in the morning?  Are you a fashionista who secretly was hoping I’d be live tweeting about the Golden Globes dresses last night?  (Don’t worry, I was watching. After Downton Abbey, of course.)  Or maybe you just like to hear me spout off about parenting and having four children?

Let me know!  I’d love to share those parts of my life that you’re more curious about!