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Friday, November 21, 2014

Black and White Advice

Black Faux leather sleeveless dress

With all the money that vanishes from our bank account during the holiday season, I have put my selfish shopping habits on somewhat of a hold and have been focusing on reworking items I already own. This topic seems to be the current focus of discussion over the last week or so on my blog.

I am 100% guilty of getting caught up with wanting new pieces that "such and such blogger" has or running out to grab the new pair of boots my girlfriend just purchased, but let's be honest, this time of year is serious budget crunching time. Can I get an Amen?

I think as women, or the majority of women, feel the need to buy, buy and buy some more. Is it just me? I don't know. Maybe it's a part of wanting to be accepted. Feeling worthy. Being on trend. Desiring what other women have and wear. Keeping up with the Joneses. Building confidence. Hopping on board with what magazines, celebrities and "it" bloggers are telling us we "need". Get it before it's gone! It's on sale! Everyone is wearing it! This is the trend of the year! Don't miss out! Don't be left behind! And the story goes on and on.

Now, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with any of these mentalities or statements. I have fallen victim to them all and still do. Again, we are women.

All I am trying to convey today is that you do not have to rack up credit card debit, spend your entire paycheck or dig into your savings account for clothing. Yes, purchasing clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry gives me pleasure...lots of pleasure...in moderation. Ironically, I have learned that taking pieces I already have hanging in my closet seem to bring more pleasure. Ross sure does appreciate it.

Everything I am wearing in today's post is far from new. Again, I went back to the basics of classic pieces, incorporated some print and texture and added a bold lip for a sophisticated and timeless holiday style. 

This look is easy to recreate with items you have in your closet. If you don't own a leather dress, try a basic black skirt with a white button down. Don't have animal print pumps? Slip on a bold, solid color pair of heels like red, blue or magenta. Also, accessories are key for completing a style. Dress up your black and white pairings with a statement necklace or eye-catching clutch.

If you take more time focusing on what you already own instead of what you think you need to buy, I have a feeling you will surprise yourself by how many new outfits you can come up with. I know it's been eye-opening for me. 

Happy holiday shopping in your closet.

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Clare V Leopard Clutch
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Vince Camuto Leather Dress (option here and here) // Joe Fresh Top // Nine West Spotted Animal Print Pump (option here and here) // Clare V Clutch c/o // Forever 21 Necklace (option here, here and here) // Lilac Bijoux Bow Bracelet (option here

SHOP A SIMILAR STYLES


Have a great weekend and thanks for reading! xoxo

Shanna

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Instagram #OOTD Recreate - Zara Blanket Scarf

mustard cardigan and plaid zara blanket scarf because shanna said so

I posted this outfit on Instagram Saturday for a football and friends party hosted by one of my good friends. You ladies seemed to have liked it, so I wanted to recreate a similar, if not identical look. 

The mustard Forever 21 cardigan I am wearing in the Instagram photo is from last year, but I found a super similar one that I actually like a little better than mine. I know I have posted this Forever 21 tote at least five times, if not more, but I really have been getting that much use out of it. Sorry if you're tired of seeing it, and maybe these Vince Camuto boots too. You guys, they are both just that good.

I know the whole blanket scarf bandwagon is "crazy town" and everyone and their moms have one, but they are sooooooo warm and cozy. I wore this one from Zara a few months ago and several other times since that post. It was sold out at one time, but was so excited to see it's back in stock. I am not sure how long it will be available. I love the colors and fun change from the one that you see all over the internet...and yes, I admit, I own this one too....plus three others. Let's just hope that this warm and fuzzy trend makes it's way back next year. 

P.S. If the one from Zara ends up selling out, here is a very similar one from ASOS

how to style the zara plaid blanket scarf because shanna said so

Shanna

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Layers & Leopard

Apt 9 leopard beanie hat

Layering clothes...oh it's that time of year. As much as I dream of summer days on the lake, the cool (freezing) temperatures and piling on layers makes me warm and fuzzy. I told you guys on Monday about how I have been trying to get the most wear out of pieces I already own and using them to their fullest extent. Well, here I am again today with items that have been hanging for quite sometime (chambray shirt & black dress). They have both been great friends over the last year or so and continue to triumph when all other things fail within the mess called my closet.

I grabbed this Joe Fresh sweater (in black too), leopard beanie and my new trusty tan tassel scarf over the last few weeks. All three are staple winter items that I plan on getting plenty of wear out of. The scarf was last seen on Friday

Because I live in Texas and the colder months only last a hot second, I consciously focus on key pieces that can be remixed and styled several ways. And in case you missed my last infomercial, these Vince Camuto riding boots are the BEST. They are less than $200, super comfy and much less than so many of the other styles floating around the internet and Pinterest.

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Joe Fresh Sweater via JcPenney // Target Chambray (old: option here and here) // Old Navy Dress (option here) // Vince Camuto Riding Boots // Forever 21 Tassel Scarf // Sole Society Crossbody c/o // Apt. 9 Leopard Beanie // Wrenn Jewelry Rings c/o // Michael Kors Watch c/o The Jewelers Wife (similar ON SALE!!)  // T+J Leopard Bangle c/o (option here)

SHOP THE LOOK



Okay, in random topics...which I haven't brought to the blog in awhile...

1. Taylor Swift? Where are you? Where did you go? I miss you, your guitar and sad, broken heart voice. Am I the only one that isn't a fan of her new album? Okay, maybe three songs are stuck in my head, one being Blank Space. And the video? Oscar nomination? Ha!

2. Santa Claus. Luckily my girls do not read my blog. Hoping other kids who still believe don't either. Anyway, if your children no longer believe in his magic spirit, please talk to them about not spoiling it for others. I know that he is not the reason for the season, but he sure plays an important role. So sad, but this is probably the last year for our oldest to believe and we plan on going out with a BANG!

3. BANG? Yes, I said bang in my last full sentence. We are surprising the kids with a trip to Tahoe this year. Santa is bringing us airfare, clothing and snow!!! With that said, I need help. Do any of you live in Tahoe or traveled there during the winter months? Where should we go? What ski resorts are best? Fun New Year's Eve events? Any info or details you can send my way are greatly appreciated. We cannot wait to see the faces on the kids. They have never seen "real" snow or mountains, or skis, or anything remotely related to a winter wonderland. Ross and I went during the summer three years ago, but there is a HUGE difference between summer and winter activities in Tahoe. :)

If you haven't read it before, thanks a MILLION for reading, commenting and stopping by. I appreciate it more than you guys know. Happy hump day!


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