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A comfortable weekend look worn to hang out at my Grandma's on Sunday. Sadly the baby was sick so my main source of entertainment - kids - was gone. Luckily, Layla came with my cousin so I was able to bug her for a few hours. It's almost her 11th birthday...CRAZY! (My cousin rescued her when she was 4 and I lived with them for 5 years, time flies!) I haven't been going to his new house to steal her as often as I would like because I'm lazy, but I'll have to grab her soon!

For some reason whenever I wear this grey faux fur vest I find myself wanting to pair it with my Marc Jacobs mouse flats. If it's not broke, don't fix it, I guess.

Vest: Ella Moss 'Nico Faux Fur Vest' (Marshalls - in black), Sweater: FRAME Ribbed wool & cashmere-blend (Net-a-Porter), Jeans: Genetic Denim 'Shya' in Aztec (mine are blue on blue), Mouse Flats: Marc by Marc Jacobs Metallic Mouse Flats (Shopbop)




The day after the wedding there was a gathering at a local winery for some chatting (and sampling for those that wanted to.) I decided to wear my Autumn Cashmere landscape sweater...AGAIN...because I thought it would be perfect for the location! I matched the burgundy in the print with my new rag & bone jeans from Santa. It was a lot colder this day and windy so we took these photos very quickly! My eyes were watering under my sunglasses and poor Christian was tearing up too. 

This was the perfect, laid-back end to the weekend. We got to chat with the bride and groom a bit more and relax. Sadly we had an 7.5 hour drive home after this, haha. Why can't we teleport?! Would make having a best friend so far away much easier! For now I guess we'll settle for meeting up a Disney or going on International trips together. ;)

Sweater: Autumn Cashmere Landscape Sweater, Jeans: rag & bone high rise ankle skinny jean in burgundy (shop more rag & bone),  Boots: Vintage Snowland Moccasin Ankle Boots (from Grandma, shop more Winter boots), Sunglasses: Gucci, Italian Leather Bag: shop mini bags

Sale season is far from over and many stores continue offering deep discounts on their inventory! Today Shopbop is having a one day sale where you can save up to 75% on sale items with code WINWIN. I've got a gift card burning a hole in my pocket (thanks to Shopbop) and am trying to decide if I'll spring for one of the following items or wait and purchase something big.

I'm personally on the hunt for a pair of mid-wash skinny jeans as my favorite pair are on their way out. I also wouldn't say no to another bag, cute sweater or pair of shoes! If you're on a budget (like I usually am,) shop pieces under $100!

Shop the sale before it ends at 11:59 tonight. Use code WINWIN to take an extra 25% off select sale styles for up to 75% off!



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My best friend got married a couple weekends ago so Christian and I drove the 8 hours down to Virginia to celebrate! The wedding was held at a cidery in Charlottesville. The building looked like a Winter wonderland with string lights on the ceiling and snow covered trees around the hall. There was even a hot chocolate booth so you could make your own drink and one of the favors was ingredients for s'mores (fire pits were lit in the evening!)

Luckily for her, the weather was BEAUTIFUL! It had been rainy/foggy the evening before but on the day it was unseasonably warm and partly cloudy (perfect for outdoor photos.) It only rained a teeny bit during the reception, but everyone was safely inside.

I bought this black Joie dress back in August for a steal ($40) at Marshalls and was waiting for the perfect occasion to wear it. My mom talked me out of wearing it to my cousin's wedding in October because no one wears black to weddings (but they do, haha.) A couple weeks before the wedding I sent my friend a couple dress options and she liked them all so I decided to finally wear this! In anticipation of it being cold I topped it with a teal velvet blazer to add some color and make it dressier.

Dress: Joie 'Johnesha' black polka dot tiered dress (Marshalls, shop more Joie dresses), Velvet Blazer: Darjoni (Good Will, shop more blazers), Heels: Dolce & Gabbana suede Mary Jane Pump (Uptown Consignment, similar pair), Simple Pearl Necklace c/o AURate (shop delicate necklaces), Earrings: Mejuri 'Loop' (designed by my friend Jamie-Lee!),




Wearing a couple of my Christmas gifts to make a colorful winter outfit.  To offset the crazy color combo underneath I topped my look off with a white/cream cardigan to make it more neutral. My brother's dog decided he wanted to join in on the outfit photo fun too. What a cutie.

Cashmere Sweater: Ellen Tracy cashmere v-neck sweater (shop cashmere sweaters), Jeans: rag & bone high rise ankle skinny jean in burgundy (shop more rag & bone),  Cardigan: Calvin Klein 'Eyelash Striped Cardigan', Ballet Flats: Chanel 'Cap Toe Ballet Flat' via eBay (shop ballet flats)





Sadly I only have photos of my Christmas Eve outfit this year because Christian and I forgot to take photos on Christmas in all the craziness, whoops!  We had a bit of a wild end to 2019 so there aren't as many outfit photos to share as I would like. Might be a little slow on here while we get back into the swing of things! (Darn regular jobs getting in the way of hobbies!)

Striped Top: Splendid 'Duke' striped pullover c/o Shopbop (shop more Splendid), Leather Skirt: Sienna Style (Coco's on the Green, shop more leather skirts), Leopard Pumps: Cole Haan 'Chelsea' Ocelot Print Pump (Roundabout), Tights c/o Wolford Merino Tights



Well, we made it. My final wardrobe update for 2019! I did a pretty good job this year at not spending too much on clothes. I still bought a few things I haven't worn much (the blazers) but I love them all the same.  I still have to wear the black polka dot dress from Joie but I think I have an appropriate occasion coming up so stay tuned!

The champion of my 2019 spending is my Autumn Cashmere sweater. It's only been on the blog 4 times but I've worn it much more than that since buying it in January. The mark of a good wardrobe item is if it brings you joy and this sweater does that. Every time I wear it my mood is instantly lifted!

 I got a few clothing items as gifts for Christmas this year and that's all I added to my closet!



THE (modified) RULES
  1. Be mindful of purchases 
  2. Quality over quantity
  3. Basics are best
MY PROGRESS 

Clothes:
  1. Autumn Cashmere Landscape Cashmere Crew ($240, retail $440, Christmas + ad money)
  2. Sandro burgundy double breasted blazer ($36 via Roundabout Resale, retail ~$500)
  3. Massimo Dutti white wool blazer ($19 via Roundabout Resale, retail $130-$250)
  4. Rag & Bone 'Jackie' purple leather trimmed wool jacket ($32 via Roundabout, retail $495)
  5. eight sixty floral camisole dress ($7 via eBay, used ad money)
  6. Joie 'Johnesha' black polka dot tiered dress ($39.99 via Marshalls, $398 retail)
  7. Edun red printed silk dress ($25 via eBay, $500+ retail) 
  8. Splendid Duke Striped Pullover ($0 c/o Shopbop, on sale for $47, retail $148)
  9. *NEW!* rag&bone high rise ankle skinny jean in burgundy  (Christmas Gift) 
  10. *NEW!* Ellen Tracy cashmere v-neck sweater in orange (Christmas Gift)
Basics:
  1. J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck ($5, retail $30, used gift card)
  2. J.Crew Ribbed flare-sleeve turtleneck ($8, retail $45, used gift card)
  3. J.Crew Midrise skinny jean in velvet ($10, retail $80, used gift card)
  4. AG Jeans 'The Evan' pleated linen pant, Sulfur Harvest Olive ($39 @ Marshalls, $178 retail) 
  5. Splendid Arabesque Cargo Short in Antique Military Olive ($29.99 via Marshalls, $108 retail)
  6. Everlane Cotton V in Heather Gray ($0, after $20 credit)
Shoes:
  1. Lanvin Studded Suede 'City' Sandals ($60 via The RealReal, $790 retail, used ad money) 
  2. Lanvin Studded Leather 'City' Sandals ($60 via The RealReal, $790 retail, used ad money)  
  3. Ancient Greek Sandals 'Apteros' in Crosta Wine ($158 in Athens, used ad money)
  4. Ancient Greek Sandals X Gas Bijoux 'Stephanie Charms' in Natural/Red Charms ($254 in Santorini, used ad money)
  5. Sam Edelman 'Gigi' ($12.49 via DSW)
  6. Restricted Memo Flat ($12.49 via DSW)
  7. *NEW!* Everlane Double-Strap Block Heel Sandal in Strawberry (Christmas Gift)
Accessories:
  1. Mini Leather Bag (25€ in Italy, used ad money)
  2. Olive Leaf + Branch + Pearl Necklace ($50 in Santorini, used ad money)
  3. DSW Backpack (free with purchase)
Gifted from Brands:
  1. Simple Pearl Necklace c/o AUrate
Total spent in December: $0

Total spent in 2019: $245.46
Another day, another comfy oversized sweater. I wish I had counted every time I wore this sweater because I'm pretty sure its one of the most worn items in my closet. When I first bought it I wore it at least once a week and every time I went on a plane it was my outerwear of choice because I could wear it like a blanket.  The past couple years I haven't worn it as much, because I've been trying to wear less-worn pieces in my closet, but it's still way up there in wears.

Cardigan: DKNY Oversized striped knitted cardigan (Net-a-Porter Sale), Sweater: Everlane The Fall Seed Stitch Raglan, Jeans: rag & bone (Shopbop), Boots: Audrey Brooke 'Mirie' (DSW), Sunglasses: Chanel, Bag: Dark Purple Chloé Faye (eBay), Necklace: Marrin Costello, Hat: Kensington Palace gift shop



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