Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Back in Action

can i mix plaid and leopard for fall

I am back in plaid action. You know I couldn't go another post without wearing it. This time I added another favorite, leopard. There is just something about these two prints that make me smile.

Something else that makes me smile...cooler weather. My kids were in shorts and flip flops last weekend. It was gross and sad. Thankfully the weather cooled off more than twenty degrees yesterday. With all the last minute grocery getting, Christmas shopping, mail dropping and holiday tunes bopping, I needed to be comfortable and cozy. 

Wait for it...yes, this gray cable knit oversized cardigan came from Forever 21. Shocker. Believe it or not, before this one, I didn't own a sweater cardigan, at least not one as warm as this. It is a laid back, throw it on and go and perfectly paired with anything piece. It is definitely coming with me on our trip to Tahoe. 

Which reminds me, I have been meaning to ask you guys....what in the world should we pack for snow skiing? I mean, yes, I know we need warm clothes, scarves, hats, gloves, boots, etc, but is there any specific items that I might miss when packing? This is the first ski trip for all of us. I have NO CLUE what little extras need to be considered to make things run smoother. We plan on renting skis and such, but if you can think of any extras that a first timer might need, I would GREATLY appreciate it. I am not gonna lie, I am sort of scared of the thought of skis being secured (or not) to me feet. I have yet to win an award for most graceful or coordinated.

plaid and leopard pattern print mixing
forever 21 gray cable knit sweater
cognac woven over sized satchel bag
plaid and leopard layering
layering ideas for the fall and winter
Forever 21 Gray Cable Knit Cardigan // Old Navy Plaid Top (old: option here and here) // Express Leopard Infinity Scarf (old: option here and here) // Dittos Denim c/o (option here and  here) // Go Jane Ankle Boots (option here and here) // Sole Society Satchel (sold out: option here and here) // Wrenn Jewelry Rings c/o // Daniel Wellington Watch c/o


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Metallic Floral

classic and modern christmas party outfit idea

Well, what do you know? I am actually wearing something other than denim and riding boots...and no plaid in sight. It's an early Christmas miracle. I was thrilled to actually have a place to go that called for getting little dressed up. We celebrated one of my best friend's birthday on Saturday at Fork & Vine (I highly recommend if you live in Austin). The weather this weekend warmed up and I was able to wear this metallic floral skirt without tights. If it's colder where you live, add tights and ankle boots and you're set for a holiday celebration. 

Speaking of dressing for the holidays, I tend gravitate toward metallic and black pairings. They are classic and add the perfect amount of glam to any holiday occasion. Unfortunately, the photos didn't capture the hints of glisten that are threaded in this a-line brocade skirt. Hopefully, you can see more detail on Forever 21's website. If you are looking for a last minute outfit for a holiday party or New Year's Eve, I recommend adding this floral skirt to your cart. For the price, you can't go wrong and can twirl around no matter where you're headed. I must admit, I did a few circle turns in mine on Saturday. :) 

I also wanted to mention that finding great pieces at Forever 21 isn't a trick, talent or craft. If you read regularly, you know that I post at least one thing from their store in almost every post. Many of you have commented that you get overwhelmed when you walk in. I agree. So do I. That is why I shop online more than I do in person. Their website is user friendly and sizing is more accurate than not. They provide detailed descriptions with measurements and model sizing/height. I rarely have to return any items that I have gotten in the mail because of inadequate fit. I also have to remind everyone reading that just because you are no longer twenty-something doesn't mean you can't shop there. If age-factor hinders you, they offer a contemporary line called Love 21. The sizes run bigger and styles are more of a classic, modern fit.

metallic a line midi skirt with a biw belt
Christmas party outfit for thirty something
Black bow belt
metallic floral brocade midi skirt

holiday party or new years eve outfit idea
Black Turtleneck (old: similar here and here) // Forever 21 Metallic A-Line Skirt (I am wearing a medium & am 5'7) // Forever 21 Heels (similar here and here) // Forever 21 Quilted Bag (similar here and here) // Rhinestone Necklace (old: similar here and here) // Wrenn Jewelry Rings c/o // Daniel Wellington Watch c/o // Target Bow Belt (similar here and here)


P.S. Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Ross surprising us with Gus, our German Shorthaired Pointer. He is somewhat of a rescue, so we don't know his birthday or exact age. We celebrated in style with birthday hats, singing, a puppy pie, frosted milk bone and lots of hugs and kisses. I think Gus had a marvelous time and felt a little spoiled. I wanted to KILL Ross the day he brought him home, but now I cannot imagine our family without him. You can read more about how he became our newest family member here. We love you, Gus Wilbur.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Two Ways to Toggle

two ways to wear a plaid buffalo check plaid toggle coat 
If you are looking for the perfect fall/winter coat, look no further. Jenn and I found it and we are sharing two ways to wear it with you today. Plus, it's now 30% off!!

Jenn from The Stylish Housewife and I are not only blogging buds, we are in real life friends. Actually, she has become one of my very best friends even though we live miles apart. We were texting the other day and realized that we both ended up purchasing the same plaid toggle coat from Forever 21. It didn't surprise me and wasn't the first time this happened between the two of us. Great minds!! #twins

We thought it would be fun to share two ways to style it and show you ladies just how amazing this coat really is. If you are on the fence about Forever 21, hop off right now (btw, all sale items are BOGO FREE right now with code F21BOGO). This coat is hands down one of the best pieces I have purchased this season. The quality is stellar and you CANNOT pass up plaid with toggles. 

I chose to dress it down a bit, you know, because that's how I've been rolling lately. I decided to double up on buffalo plaid and add my red and black check scarf with gray skinny denim, a red knit beanie and black riding boots. Jenn took it to a classier level and wore a black dress with OTK boots. You can see more of her style here.

No matter how you wear it, you can't go wrong. Mark my words, you will end up reaching for it every chance you get during the colder months.

layering buffalo check plaid
is buffalo check plaid a trend
black and white plaid toggle coat forever 21
red and black buffalo check plaid scarf
plaid on plaid pattern mixing
buffalo check toggle coat winter outfit ideas
red cable knit beanie, buffalo check scarf, black and white plaid coat
winter outfit idea with gray jeans and plaid
Forever 21 Plaid Toggle Coat (ON SALE and wearing a small) // Forever 21 Chambray Tunic (option here and here) // Buffalo Plaid Check Scarf (option here, here and here) // Liz Claiborne Riding Boots // Forever 21 Carryall (old: option here and here) // Gray Skinny Denim (old: option here and here) // Merona Red Knit Beanie // Gorjana Teagan Ring c/o // Wrenn Jewelry Black Druzy Ring c/o


Have a great weekend!! I plan on taking a crash course in last minute Christmas shopping and finally wrapping up gifts. Nothing like last minute. It's crunch time, people!! 

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