Friday Favorites-Random outfits

Happy Friday!  I never understand how the holiday season gets so busy.  I don’t have children or any family in the area, so shopping and commitments are minimal, but it still feels like I hardly have time to sit during the month of December.  I admire those of you that have kids and family activities on top of everything else, I don’t know how you manage all of it!

I had a few random outfits this week that I put together, and really ended up liking, so they are my Friday Favorites this week!  I tend to get stuck in a rut and pair the same items together all the time, or think I have to wear a certain item in a certain way.  I’m trying to be a bit more creative, which not only looks more stylish and interesting, but also makes you feel like you have a bigger wardrobe, when you learn how to mix and match things more effectively.

 

 

I wore this outfit to an event last weekend, it was casual but I still wanted to look stylish.  My first instinct would have been to wear a simple long sleeve t-shirt under this poncho, but I didn’t really have one that matched because the white is really an off-white.  So I had to get creative!  It’s pretty impossible to tell in the picture, but I wore an off-white cardigan underneath.  I ended up really liking how it looked, the cardigan has shiny buttons which gave it a much more interesting look than a t-shirt would have.  I like this poncho from Loft a lot, because it has actual sleeves rather than just a giant piece of fabric that goes over your head.  This one is from last year, I bought it on clearance over the summer.  But everything is on sale right now at Loft, and they have many ponchos to choose from.  The cardigan is a simple one from New York & Co.  They usually have every color of the rainbow and they are on sale a lot, I have a few in different colors, they are good to wear over dresses in the summer too if going somewhere that might be cool inside.

 

I love long cardigans, they are so comfortable and cozy in the winter.  This one from Eddie Bauer last year is actually a lighter weight, so I wore it on a day when it wasn’t too cold here.  I just threw it on over a simple tank top, put on a necklace, and was ready to go.  I wore these mules from DSW, they are comfortable and a versatile taupe color.  The shoes are actually the part of this outfit outside my comfort zone – normally I wear this sweater with the same pair of boots every time, but since it wasn’t cold, I decided to try the mules and really liked the look.  The jeans are one of my favorites, also from Loft.  Loft denim runs large, so take that into account when shopping.  (My helper is at it again!)

 

I’ve had this faux fur vest from Old Navy for years and years.  It seems like every couple years they become popular again.  I’ve always struggled with how to wear it, but found that I really liked it with this off-white-but-slightly-tan sweater dress from Abercrombie & Fitch.  I actually wore the vest as my coat that day, because it wasn’t too cold and this was enough for the short walk I have into work.  My office tends to be chilly, so it was also nice to have something I could put on without the bulk of a sweater or jacket.  I found a similar vest at Target, for a very reasonable price!

I purposely cut off my legs in this picture because I wasn’t crazy about the tights and boots I wore with this dress.  I’ll have to get creative with my lower half next time I wear this dress!

I would love to hear from you in the comments about outfits or looks you have discovered and how you are creative with styling items you already own!

Have a good weekend, thanks for visiting!

-Beth

 

Flowing Dress

Happy Wednesday! Hope y’all are having a good week. We are gearing up for several holiday events this weekend, plus the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship game. It will be a busy, but fun, weekend.

I wanted to share this loose, flowing dress. I bought it last year from Loft, so the exact one isn’t available, but here and here are a couple of similar styles. I love the bell sleeves and because this dress is loose, it will hide anything you might not want to show.

The dress is a dark (but not navy) blue, and has almost an eyelet-type detailing around the neckline. It is so comfortable, but so stylish at the same time.

I laughed at this picture, because I was trying to showcase how loose the dress is, but instead it ended up looking like I am wearing a tent! I’ve just got to get better at this photography thing. It’s harder at this time of year because it is dark all the time, so I can’t do photos outside and the lighting inside is so awful.

I paired it with these over-the-knee boots by Marc Fisher, in a taupe color. It took me awhile to warm up to this style, but once I finally bought them, I really liked them. It is hard to wear them with jeans because they just pull on with a small zipper on the side, so the hem wants to ride up inside the boots while pulling them on. But with dresses they are perfect.

I also had a helper with this picture! He didn’t understand why I wasn’t taking him for a walk, not that he is spoiled or anything!

This outfit is simple, but still fashionable, and appropriate for a variety of situations. I love dresses, even in the winter (with tights), because they are so simple to style and look put together. I used to hate them, and would only wear a dress to occasions that absolutely called for one. Now I can’t get enough of them and wear them every chance I get. So if you are anti-dress as I was, give them another chance and look around for a style that suits you. I’ll be showing some more of my favorites as the season goes on.

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

-Beth

Friday Favorites – Turkey Day Fashion!

Happy Friday!  Or should I say, Happy Six Days Until Thanksgiving!  This week’s Friday Favorites is a little hastily written, as somehow the week got away from me and I didn’t have a lot of time to plan it out.  I want to show a few of my favorite styles for Thanksgiving.  Every family or group of friends does Thanksgiving a little differently – some are formal, some are sweatpants-casual, and some are in between.  I have a few ideas below for some great Turkey Day outfits in a range of styles.

This outfit leans more towards the casual side, but is still very stylish AND comfortable, which for a lot of us, is very important on a day with lots of food!  The camo leggings are a few years old, but still very popular and easy to find.  The field jacket is from Old Navy, I featured it in this earlier post.  Throw on a plain t-shirt in a neutral color, or even a cute graphic tee, and you are fashionable, comfortable, and prepared for cooler weather or potentially being too warm and losing the jacket.  I would either wear this with some neutral booties, or for even more comfort, some stylish sneakers, like Converse or Adidas.

I love this cozy vest from Bearpaw.  It looks great with jeans, a skirt, or even over a dress.  The color is so neutral it can go with almost anything.  Some cute booties or even over the knee boots will give this vest a lot of style.  If your weather will be chillier for the holiday, this would be a great choice.

This flannel plaid dress is so stylish and on trend.  Plaid is so big this fall, and I love wearing this with some thick tights or leggings, and riding boots.  You could also do a bootie or even a cute winter boot if it is cold and/or snowy where you live.  The belt also keeps it from looking too oversized and gives it shape.  This is from Eddie Bauer, and the flannel is extra thick and therefore very warm.  I got this last year but they have some similar ones here.  This would “dress” up your look a bit for the holiday. (See what I did there)

This picture didn’t come out great, because I couldn’t find a good dark background.  This is a cream colored sweater I bought last spring on clearance from Loft.  It is a crossover or wrap style, and is so soft and luxurious feeling.  This looks great with some black dress or ponte pants, and black booties, if your Thanksgiving gathering is more dressy.

And just for fun, if your gathering is super casual, here is where you can find some great comfy cozy lounge clothes!

Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving, wherever it may take you!

Friday Favorites

Hey y’all, I want to start a Friday series, called Friday Favorites, where I highlight a few things that are currently on my “favorites” list.  I don’t want to limit this to apparel or fashion items, I want to talk about whatever strikes me at the moment!  This week I want to talk about local businesses I have discovered and enjoy browsing.

I have posted about these bracelets before, but I’m still loving my handmade bracelets from Average Day Designs.  They are a company local to where I live, and the bracelets come in so many colors and designs, anyone could find something they like.  They are getting ready to roll out a line of necklaces, and I am so excited! I also noticed recently they had a couple of men’s options – I almost ordered one for my husband but wasn’t sure he would be into wearing jewelry, lol!  Maybe I will see if I can win him over.  See my previous post on these bracelets here for more information.

One local boutique I really like is Threads.  They don’t have a website but are on Facebook.  They do a weekly series called Trending Tuesday, the videos highlight items in the store and are entertaining as well!  I’ve only recently discovered them, but have already purchased a few items.  They have affordable prices, and a good selection of casual and trendy items, in both missy and curvy sizes. I purchased the blue top below a few weeks ago, and I love the ever-popular off the shoulder style. The angled hem and tassels make this piece very eye catching.

Also from Threads is this ombré purple/mauve top, again with the trendy tassels and uneven hemline. I purchased the matching leggings as well, to give me another option besides jeans with this shirt. The photo lighting distorts the colors a bit, but the leggings really do match! The top was actually on a 50% off rack, so it pays to browse the sale items even at a boutique.

I love this casual top, also from Threads, with the fun saying on the front. I wore this with some joggers last weekend and was 100% comfortable and cozy. The top is a super soft t-shirt weight and has the cold-shoulder cutouts, so I probably won’t wear it once it gets really cold, but it’s perfect for a lazy, casual fall weekend. I do not subscribe to the thinking that over 40 means no more graphic tees!

The other local boutique I have begun to frequent is BohoBlu. They also offer unique, boutique shopping at affordable prices. They have a website so if you aren’t in the Triad, you can still check out their items online, and they also carry missy and curvy sizes.

I bought this dress at BohoBlu; I absolutely love these colors for fall. I bought the leggings at Threads, so this dress can carry me into the winter as well. It is super comfortable while still looking stylish enough for work or to go out.

You can probably tell I like comfortable clothing! I do not like to spend my day tugging and pulling at my clothes because they are uncomfortable. Being stylish is important to me (most days anyway😂) but not at the expense of being miserable. I bought this last top at BohoBlu; once I tried it on I was in love. It is so soft, and has an oversized, slouchy fit, and will be perfect for a chilly weekend day. It is actually a very pale green, which didn’t translate well in the photo. I’ll likely wear this with some plain black leggings, or maybe even skinny jeans if I’m going somewhere more exciting than the grocery store! I’m almost, but not quite, looking forward to a chilly day so I can wear this top!

I always thought boutique and local shopping meant expensive, but that does not have to be the case! All 3 of these businesses offer style at an affordable price, and support my local community as well. It’s a win-win!

Next week I’ll be rambling about something different in the Friday Favorites series, so please come back and check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

Blue Embroidery

Happy Friday! It is raining so hard here today, it would have been a good day to stay home and read a book.

There is nothing particularly special or exciting about this outfit, but it makes a nice, casual, conservative outfit for work, if your workplace allows jeans. The top is a simple peasant top in off-white, with a lot of dark blue embroidered details, from Belk. This is from last year but they have a similar one that would look great. You know I am always talking about looking for pieces with interesting details! I thought it looked good with these dark indigo skinny jeans from American Eagle. Here is this year’s version. Be sure to balance your look-slimmer bottoms need looser tops, and loose bottoms (like palazzo pants or boyfriend jeans) need a more streamlined and fitted top.

The booties are one of my favorites, although I don’t wear them as much once the weather turns really cold. Because of the grommet holes, you can’t really wear socks with these, and my feet just get too cold in the winter! I wear them a lot in the fall, and on milder winter days. They are by Sam Edelman, and so comfortable. The neutral color also means they will go with almost anything. I bought these last year and couldn’t find any similar in this brand, but here is a similar, and very affordable, pair by Rebecca Minkoff.

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend with some fun fall activities!

-Beth