Monday, January 16, 2017

my everyday style: winter survival guide!

This is the part of winter where I basically dive bomb my bed and never want to get out.  It's cold, it's dark and the sun so very rarely shines here in Michigan.  It's just depressing.  And did I mention COLD? I just want it to be spring in the worst way. 

So instead of actually staying in bed until spring (although I wish I could) I'm doing what I can to keep my spirits up and take it easy on myself at the same time.  A little self care seems to go a long way this time of year.  Flowers are first on the list.  I try to grab a bunch or three every time I'm at the store.  They are the perfect little slice of sunshine when the sun won't actually shine. Other things in my survival kit? Hot baths with bath oils to moisturize my skin, lots and lots of reading (I've finish like 3 books already this month!), lots of layers like this faux fur vest to stay warm when it seems impossible, and I just bought the ugliest electric blanket that I am pretty much in love with.  Oh, and I'm working on planning our families spring break and some other warm trips this spring to keep my spirits up.  What is in your winter survival guide? 

Outfit Details:
Faux Fur Vest (old but similar, similar, or similar)
Dot Top (I am SO in love with this top!!!)
Ankle Boots (old but similar or similar)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

instagram style lately...

You all love a good Instagram round-up... and truth be told, so do I!  I was terrible about posting over there through the holidays. So now that January is in full swing it feels good to be back on track posting daily outfits and inspirations on the regular.  So far, January style for me can be summed up in one word: simple.  I'm craving simple pieces and combinations and lots and lots of comfort.

This ruffle sleeve top was super fun to have on hand for the holidays. I'll be wearing it all spring though - love it! 
(top - buy here or here, jeans - on sale!, similar flats, leopard clutch, lip gloss)

I could wear these shoes EVERY day. They are seriously so comfy... I've never had a pair of sneakers feel like this.  Little clouds for my feet. 
(jeans, sneakers - available in a few colors!, similar scarf, similar sweater)

All nuetrals all the time for this gal! It's the perfect way to welcome in a fresh New Year.

There have been A LOT of days in cozy clothes lately. With all the snow and cold, most days are better in sweats.

This was my NYE outfit! I will be featuring this top on the blog soon - but in the meantime, snag it!  It's super cute and easy to wear! I loved the ruffle sleeve for a night out! 

More with the neutrals. This cashmere sweater is a great deal and I wear it a ton.  There is nothing like cashmere on a cold day!

You already know stripes are a major part of my wardrobe.  No matter the season, I always feel good in a simple striped top.

I know you've seen this look before... but this top is on SALE and that is worth mentioning again.  It's a fun one!

Some new favorites in my closet: velvet sneakers and pretty eyelashes!

I've been in a major pink mood lately.  This pink rug in my office has me feeling all the feels. It makes me smile every time I walk in. 

Leather leggings are another cold day go-to.  They are comfy and quite warm.
(bag, similar leggings, similar sweater, similar ankle boots)

See what I mean with pink? This sweater is SO warm though.  It instantly brightens any winter day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

my everyday style: winter layers!

It never fails... every winter I get to that point that I just need a BREAK from all the heavy winter coats.  That's when I pull out aaaalllllllll the layers.  It's surprising how warm layers can be against the elements in lieu of a coat - especially when topped with an oversized sweater and a big scarf.  I was super cozy (without feeling like I was suffocating) in this outfit.

This season I've really embraced hats.  Not only to keep me warm but to add a little something to my outfits.  Pom pom beanies have admittedly been my favorite (and the warmest!) but this little felt hat held it's own too... I am officially a hat convert.  This scarf is real gem at under $10 and so soft and cozy.   And I've said it before but these boots are SO warm.  My husband doesn't believe me because they aren't super insulated.  But when you leg is covered with an extra layer all the way to the knee it keeps you really warm!

Sweater (old but I LOVE this similar option)
Boots - limited sizes, so another similar option
Hat (old but similar
Scarf - under $10!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

my everyday style: tackling 2017 with Gordmans!

Who else is ready to show 2017 who is boss?!!?  I, like many, just love the fresh start that the New Year brings.  When it comes to setting goals or resolutions for the year I tend to be wary of setting them and then forgetting them.  I can't be alone when I say it doesn't take long for those lofty goals to come crashing down.  So this year I am working on setting super ATTAINABLE goals that will still have an impact on my health and well being for the year.  But that won't make me feel like a complete failure because I can't live up to them.  Of course the first goal is fitness oriented.  This year I am setting the goal to work out 3 times a week.  Three is an ultra attainable goal and won't leave me in a huge guilt trip for not finding the time to get moving every day of the week - hey, this mama is a busy lady!  It's the perfect middle ground. 

The key piece to any fitness goal is fresh workout apparel.  I'm serious, there is something about some new fitness duds that make waking up and working out on these cold winter days so much more bearable. A big thanks to Gordmans who has already gotten me off the right foot with this head to toe look today.  You can shop Gordmans for all your fitness needs and get top name brands like Nike and New Balance that I am wearing here - for major discounts.  My sports bra by Nike was only $9.99, the capris were $14.99 and these awesome New Balance sneakers were under $50!  Those are some really great prices! Head to your local store to check out the full selection and be sure to stop by on January 14 for an in-store only event where they will be offering deep discounts, like $6.99 fleece jackets and a chance to win an iTouch Watch. 

Other goals for 2016?? I have a few other small ones like regular date nights, read more books instead of endless Instagram scrolling sessions, and limit wine to the weekends.  They seem simple enough... right!?!?  What are some of your simple but impactful New Years resolutions? I would love to know!

Top, Sports Bra, Capris and Sneakers all courtesy of Gordmans.

This post is sponsored by Gordmans. All opinions are my own.
Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

on my radar - January 2017

Each month I like to pull together the random items that are inspiring me - and my wardrobe - in no particular order.  These are such fun posts to put together and to be honest, a look into what's in my shopping cart ;) or at least on my wishlist.  Read on to see why I am loving each piece so much this month!

My New Years style in one word is: simple.  This black twist front top totally fits that bill. I can see wearing this again and again with jeans and boots or flats.

Can a Michigan gal ever have too many pairs of Uggs? I wear my taller Bailey boots constantly... but seriously how cute are these ankle ugg boots? In grey? Need. 

I've got my sights set on spring. Le sigh. And when it arrives... I hope these new sunglasses will 
welcome it!

I continually have a new pair of jeans on my wishlist.  Meet my current favorite distressed jeans

Doesn't this tassel necklace look amazing? I feel like it would be good with sweaters in the winter or tees in the summer.  

This calf hair messenger bag is killing me right now.  So, so chic.  

With jeans or leggings or, heck, even sweatpants... this grey tunic top is making all my cozy winter outfit dreams come true. 

The hottest shoe this winter and spring has been loafer slides - no need to break the bank on the Gucci pair. Or these are a fraction of the price and just as cute. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

pretty (obsessed) in pink!

2016 was the year of pink for me... and heck, it's going for a repeat in 2017!  I've always been drawn to pink, but lately there are so many pink goodies that keep snagging my eye... it's going to be a very pink spring for me, I predict!  Are you on the pink bandwagon too?

How can you not love these adorable pink sunglasses or this perfect slouchy hat  I could definitely see wearing this pink sweatshirt dress this spring.  Jeans and a tee are the perfect backdrop for a pink cardigan and slip on sneakers (much like I wore here).  And I wouldn't say no to these pink jeans or this biker jacket to brighten up winter. This oversized sweater and these pink boots  are making me weak in the knees, ladies!!!  What are your favorites?

top row: tote bagjeanspink bootsoversized sweaterrunning sneakers (I have these in grey!), feather top (so fun for a winter date night!)

middle row: scarfearringssunglasses (only $12!), bell sleeve topslip on sneakers (I just bought these and LOVE them!)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

my everyday style: a wintry mix!

With Christmas over, winter has lost some, or let's be real, MOST of it's charm.  It's all fun and games getting bundled up in coats, mittens, hats and boots with Christmas on the horizon. But when it's over, winter quickly becomes the guest that has overstayed it's welcome.

But we must carry on! Or at least those of us here in the Midwest, because this snowy and cold party isn't over for another few months and we have to stay warm and (hopefully) stylish until the bitter (cold) end. Thank goodness for cute Hunter boots, bright red coats and cozy socks.  I got these socks for Christmas and BOY are they warm... the same exact pair is still available in black - so I linked to some similars below.  Hunter boots aren't warm enough on their own this time of year - it was raining and they are so cute - so they were perfect with socks.  These socks are wool and incredibly warm and somehow not itchy at all. Which I feel like is super rare.

Outfit Details:
Coat (no longer available in red, so similar on crazy sale!)
Cashmere Sweater - on sale!
Hat (old but similar)
Mittens (old, but similar or similar)
Jeans (old, but love these!)

Monday, January 2, 2017

fun & fresh wardrobe basics for 2017!

Happy New Year friends!  2017 is going to be a really great year... I can feel it already! We've spent the past week sleeping in, overloading on family time, continuing to pull the house together after renovations and in general doing a whole lot of nothing.  It was everything a Christmas break should be.  But now with the New Year upon us I, like everyone else, am ready to snap to attention and start this year off on the right foot.

A big part of organizing myself for 2017 is organizing my closet and my wardrobe goals for 2017.  I'm revisiting this blog post to get my closet refresh going (and boy does it need it!) and I'll be posting a few blog posts this month about what direction I hope to take my closet this year.  Lately I am craving casual pieces with a refined edge to them.  Pieces that can easily be dressed up or dressed down is just what I am looking for in 2017.  Blouses that stand on their own or layer well.  Great fitting and flattering denim.  Sneakers that are comfortable AND cute. Oversized sweaters and sweatshirts. And easy to wear accessories like simple earrings and a classic bucket bag   These are just the types of pieces I am looking to add to my closet this year.

What about you? What are your style goals for 2017? Any new trends you are looking to try? Are you looking to decrease the number of items you own, but go for better quality? Do you need to fill gaps in your wardrobe after a pregnancy or weight loss? I would love to hear! We can go through the process together!

top row: loafers - loafers are having a moment for 2017!striped peplum topbucket bagdistressed black jeansfloral blouse - perfect under a cozy cardigan!

middle row: earrings - I have these and love them!ankle ugg bootsgrey sweatshirtsunglasses - love these wild sunnies for combating snow glare!

bottom row: puffball sneakers - obsessed with these!, skinny jeansoversized cardigancream sweatersmall cross-body bag - perfect for wearing under bulky coats!


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