Happy weekend! We’ve been having a blast in the Rocky Mountains this week, it’s been filled with fresh air, snow, and lots of relaxation! I’ve had a light week blogging, which actually feels really nice after putting out 4-6 blog posts a week during the Christmas rush. I’ve needed this down time to recharge my batteries and it’s worked! I didn’t pack all that many wardrobe items for our trip, but I stayed warm and had lots of cute outfits to wear thanks to these amazing puffer vests I found.
There are lots of colors available but you just can’t ever go wrong with black or red right? Bringing these 2 vests gave me lots of great looks to switch up while still looking cute and warm.
I wouldn’t say puffer vests are all that slimming, but some definitely flatter more than others and mine is definitely one of those. Some puffer vests are so thick that I look huge. I managed to find these affordable vests that are more slimming than your typical ones, they fees thin and lightweight, but yet they’re still extremely warm. It was so cold up in Estes Park but most of the time I was fine in a sweater and my puffer vest – and these are all under $40.
My puffer vest is so easy to pack too, plus it comes with a matching storage bag so you can just throw it into a bag and pull it out if you suddenly need it. I have a quilted Burberry vest too, and I can honestly say I like this one better, it’s warmer and a fraction of the price!
The boots were an amazing last minute find from Nordstrom. They kept my feet toasty warm and dry in the snow! I think I’ll get lots of wear out of these boots, even back home where we hardly ever get snow! I’ll need to hide them from Haley though… she’s known to borrow my boots and never give them back. Be sure to check my Instagram to see more Estes Park behind the scenes photos. Have a great weekend!
Hello 2019! We rang in the New Year at the Stanley Hotel’s Crystal Ball and it was absolutely amazing! It’s always cold this time of year in Estes Park, Colorado, but this year was exceptionally cold. New Years Eve it was -1 outside! I wanted to dress up pretty for the event but one thing I refused was to be cold. I recently blogged about wearing a caplet and I wish I could have worn my pink one, but I needed something much thicker and larger to keep me warm.
I ended up going with this faux fur cape from Amazon, and it was only $40! However, when it arrived it was an absolute wrinkled mess. I had to spend about 30 minutes steaming the lining and fluffing the fur, so if you order it just keep that in mind. There is a hook at the top so you can wear it open or closed. It kept me so warm and made me feel pretty. It comes in other colors too.
As for the dress, I scored it 40% off at the Nordstrom sale, I looked for the warmest dress I could find last minute and luckily this beauty arrived in the nick of time. It comes in burgundy and a pretty purple color too. Reviews say the dress runs large, but then again so am I right now so I just ordered my regular size… haha.
I think this would be a gorgeous dress for Valentines Day, a wedding, or any event in cold weather. It’s really comfortable too! If you like it and need a cold weather black dress act quickly before it sells out.
My Mama bears gave me these earrings at Thanksgiving. She is always giving me earrings, I can’t complain… I love earrings. I have no idea where they came from but I found a pair almost identical for an incredible price. They were the prefect statement earrings for New Years Eve and really gave my dress a fun party vibe. Thanks Mom!
The Stanley was absolutely gorgeous with the snow, we had to come early before the sun set and take in the beauty. I’m a huge Champagne and prosecco drinker but sadly I had to stick with white wine. It’s an altitude thing, and eliminating carbonation helps. If I’m not careful I can get really sick at high altitudes and over the years I’ve learned some tricks to help. I’ll put a blog post together soon with some helpful tips if you suffer too.
If you’ve never experienced the Stanley Hotel you should definitely plan a visit. We aren’t into snow sports so Estes Park is the perfect quiet place for us in the winter. Summers are beautiful too but it definitely gets crowded! Be sure to check out some of my other Estes Park in the winter blog posts HERE and HERE. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year. Let’s make it the best year possible!
It’s that special time of year again y’all. The one where I just feel frumpy and exhausted from the holidays. You know I’m totally pro-scarf from previous fashion blog posts, but this is the time of year I really count on them to keep me going, ya know? I feel puffy and bloated up from all my bad eating choices, and once again a scarf comes to the rescue. But not just any scarf, a bold colorful scarf.
Buffalo plaid was literally everywhere this season, from everything wardrobe related to wrapping paper and home decor items. With the pretty vibrant red color everywhere it gave the impression of being a Christmas trend, but plaid is just the perfect wintertime staple. So even though Christmas is over keep rocking that plaid!
There is still no better way to pull a bland outfit together than with a great scarf! There’s no easier way you can add texture, color, or pattern. I love how a scarf gives the impression of being a well planned outfit without it necessarily being one. I also love how it helps camouflage holiday weight gain! A double win this time of year!
Do you remember way back when the scarf first started getting popular again? So many people had anxiety about the proper ways to wear and tie them. Those days are gone! Yeah I’m totally on board with fancy tied scarves, and sometimes I do that, but at the same time I love that thrown on asymmetrical whatever scarf look! That’s totally the look I’m going for here.
Most of you know the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is going on, you can save up to 50%, so now is your chance to look for a great scarf… hmm?? I managed to snag my New Years Eve dress 40% off that I’ll be showing you soon!
We’re on our way to Colorado and so excited to get away and de-stress. I’ll be blogging a bit up there and I’ll be posting my favorite low calorie detox soup in a few days. Also if you didn’t get to read my New Years Eve “Make The New Year The Year Of You” post from last year give it a read, we all need motivation and have had ups and downs. So I think it still applies!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! We’re in the planning stages of taking down our decorations, but I’m thinking I just might have a special plan for my Christmas tree this year. Hmm.. stay tuned for that but for now let’s talk fashion.
Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a fashion cycle? I do all the time, and maybe you’ve never really thought about it, but you probably get stuck in them too. As women, it’s easy to just keep buying what we know works for us, hey… it’s a great system, but doesn’t it also limit us? This has really got me thinking lately. I have a closet full of black, leopard, and pink.
Clearly I have a pattern, I buy basically new articles of clothing that are the same over and over. Take a scan of your closet, are you stuck in fashion cycle like me? What is your weakness and what are you lacking? Colors, patterns, styles, or basics?
Years ago I broke my habit of buying dresses. Don’t get me wrong, I still buy them but when I had a closet full of mostly dresses it really limited my ability to create new outfits. So once again I’m stuck in a cycle of buying certain colors and I thought it was time to break the rut! I think this yellow sweater quite does the trick, doesn’t it? Would you believe I have nothing in my closet this color?
I had somebody tell me this was a great color for me, and if I hadn’t branched out I never would have known. This is why stepping outside of your fashion comfort zone is so important. We feel new things when wearing different colors and styles, I actually felt very happy and confident wearing this sweater. I still needed to add in a splash of leopard though!
This vibrant sweater is from Target by the way, and so is the necklace! I’ve had several compliments on this necklace just the few times I’ve worn it. Someone even asked me if it was Kendra Scott. If you are interested in the necklace wear it on the lowest closure otherwise the 2 end stones tend to flip up.
So I have a challenge for you and your wardrobe. Some time in the next few weeks I want you to wear something different than you normally would. You probably have some Christmas money or gift cards to spend, so go get yourself something different. Break up the pattern, it’s just fine to step out of your comfort zone! I recently talked about wearing patterned tights, and that’s another fun way to try something new with your style. I certainly need some fresh colors introduced into my wardrobe and I’ll be keeping my eye out for more fresh colors. Maybe you are just the opposite and need more blacks and neutrals. So go scan your closet and see what you have too much of and what you need more of! Go be fabulous!
Cheers to the weekend friends! I know I’ve been overloading you with Christmas crafts and food lately, so let’s talk some fashion, okay? I want to talk about ways to wear patterned tights like a pro. Absolutely anyone and everyone can find a pair of patterned tights to elevate their look! Whether you go bold or with a simple pair of tights, it’s a great way to transform and make an outfit fun, and don’t we all need that? It’s so easy to get bored with our outfits, this is one of my favorite tricks to add some pizazz!
My daughter Ashley is just as obsessed with wearing patterned tights as I am. In fact, she put several colors and styles on her Christmas wishlist to Santa. I picked up these tights from Target for just $10! It helped me add a new look to the existing clothes in my closet, plus it hid my pasty white wintry legs. So, okay, I have you convinced to add some patterned tights to your wardrobe, but now you’re wondering how to wear them like a pro? I’ve got a few tips for you!
MIX UP PATTERNS
A good rule of thumb when mixing patterns is to have a size difference. Wearing a large floral print would look great with a small dainty print or long stripes. The floral texture in my leggings goes great with the lines in my top, think opposites attract here. Have fun finding complimenting contrasting patterns that add some pizazz to your outfit.
DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO SPEND A LOT
There are a lot of different price levels of tights, from the slimming Spanx version to inexpensive ones. Personally, I love the luxury and the sculpting feel of high end ones, especially Spanx. At the same time I’m always terrified of a snag and have a bottle of clear nail polish on me at all times if I get a run. Decide what price range works for you. There are pros and cons to both.
Nothing makes a plain Jane outfit pop more than a gorgeous pair of patterned tights. Have confidence and rock the look, have fun with your outfits and inspire those around you. Don’t be afraid to add colored tights too!
PAIR THEM WITH A SIMPLE SOLID OUTFIT
Playing with outfit patterns is fun for the fashionista in all of of us, but there is something to be said about a simple solid dress paired with patterned tights. Any solid dress will look amazing with the texture and pattern of tights, and let’s not forget the gorgeous look of a monochromatic black outfit with tights, it’s a classic whether you go big or small.
KEEP ACCESSORIES IN MIND
I love adding accessories. I’m from Texas where the girls are really known to layer it up. Keep your jewelry and other accessories in mind when adding in patterned tights, especially bold. Wearing a strong pattern on the legs may not be the best time to wear that statement necklace or huge feather earrings.
THINK ABOUT YOUR FOOTWEAR CHOICES
Keep in mind what shoes you’re wearing. I personally think boots look good with all tights, whether a big or small print and yeah, solid ones too! There are always exceptions but generally larger patterns look better, at least in my opinion with boots, whether ankle, knee, or over the knee. I tend to go with a smaller print when wearing pumps, as it’s a cleaner look.
TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN WASHING & STORING
Not to be gross, but if you wear undies under your tights, you really don’t need to wash them often if at all. They’ll probably wear out before they get really dirty anyway. Should the need to wash then arise, be sure to hand wash and hang dry. Be careful storing tights in between wears, as I’ve had the wood lining of my drawer snag them before. I now store each pair in small ziplock bags, and sometimes I’ll write the pattern style on the bag.
I love wearing tights this time of year because it keeps my legs warm and gives me a lot more wardrobe choices! I say they’re a lady’s best friend. What is a better way to make an outfit feel more interesting? There are so many different styles out there, so find your style and be gorgeous! Looks like I’ll be buying another of these tights, when Ashley saw me wearing them she said she wanted them. Yeah, I’m a softie, so I gave them to her.
My next post will be on Christmas Eve, where I show you all of our family Christmas photos, and wouldn’t you know it, Ashley is rocking a pair of patterned tights!
There’s nothing I love more than a good blazer, seriously if you check my closet I have a blazer addiction! For good reason though, they’re timeless and create endless looks, this velvet one in particular is a favorite. With lots of parties and holiday events this time of year I’m always looking for ways to dress up my jeans, and adding a velvet blazer is definitely one winning combination.
I’ve actually had this velvet blazer in my closet for years so this exact one is no longer available, but that just goes to show you what a classic wardrobe investment a velvet blazer can be. Velvet never goes out of style but it does certainly spike in popularity certain years, and from home decor to wardrobe this is definitely one of those years.
These leopard pumps have been a favorite for years as well, I wear them all the time on the blog. They’re so awesome and affordable that Macy’s continues to keep them in stock year after year, and they’re actually comfortable! I’m always down for a good statement necklace too, and this gorgeous one was love at first sight, and it’s under $30!
The clutch was a 40th birthday present, what can I say it was a rough transition and Brian kept showering me with gifts to get me through it. Did it help? Absolutely! I’m not even sure this particular clutch style is still sold, but this Michael Kors Clutch is absolutely stunning and the Tory Burch one would be an amazing classic too.
Although I do love trends, if you follow my outfits and style you know I love sticking to classics too. I think if you invest in a velvet blazer, whether black like mine of another color, you’ll be wearing it for years! Like I said mine is no longer available but I’ve linked some gorgeous other blazers below.