Winter Fashion Wonderland

I’m back after a much too long absence to bring you my first week and a half of looks from the Winter Style Me Pretty Challenge! I LOVE cold weather fashion, so this is so much fun for me! So…here we go!

Day 1

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We started off with a pretty simple outfit. I actually JUST got this sweater at JCP the weekend before the challenge started because I didn’t have a cable knit sweater and even though this one isn’t cable knit either I thought it would work (and I ended up getting it for about $8!).

The fur scarf from Maurice’s is something I got during or just after the fall challenge because I kept seeing fur for winter and wanted to add an easy piece to my wardrobe. I LOVE it! I’m so glad I went for it!

My skinny knit pants (another favorite!) are from Maurice’s and the boots are Naturalizer.

Day 2

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This is a cute outfit that was great for work! I was wearing a tunic from Maurice’s, black pixie pants (beware- these pants collect lint like CRAZY!) from Old Navy, my J. Crew knockoff vest purchased through Groopdealz and my Naturalizer boots.

I was SO excited to get this vest and it’s better quality than I had expected it to be but does run small. But that’s not a huge issue since I didn’t plan to wear it zipped anyway and it looks fine.

Day 3

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I LOVE this outfit. Perfectly cozy for chilly days!

I can’t believe I’m wearing a poncho! And I LOVE it! This was one of those things that I thought was crazy the last time it came around, but this time I love it. And I’m even wearing a turtleneck underneath! That’s crazy too! But I love the stripes underneath. Both are from Old Navy, but the poncho is now sold out.

This is also my first adventure with Ugg-type boots. I’ve always kind of liked them, but not in an I must have them kind of way. I happened upon these Skechers boots at a local shoe store’s going out of business sale. I can’t find the exact ones online, but I love these from Target. These boots are SO comfy and warm. I’m wearing them way more than I expected and wondering why I didn’t try them a long time ago!

Day 5

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I skipped around a little bit and wore Day 4’s outfit during the weekend and took 0 pictures 😦

Anyway, another cozy outfit! My top and cardigan are from Maurice’s. I wanted it but was holding out till I saw that one of the challenge pieces was a fair isle cardigan! Perfect opportunity! Then I saw this top that was so cute with the cardigan…what’s a girl to do??

My jeans AND scarf are also Maurice’s! Booties are Toms.

Day 6

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Not my best composed picture, but hey, it’s real life! I wore this to a work Christmas lunch and changed a few things around. It was supposed to be gray jeans with an embellished sweater, but my sweater is gray, so I wore my favorite Old Navy pixie pants in burgundy. I also switched the suggested black pumps to black boots because I’m just not a pumps kind of girl.

I thought this was perfect for the occasion!

Day 7

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Beware the photo bombing cat!

This was actually supposed to be a dressy outfit, but I modified it to be a comfy, cozy outfit that I wore to church and to run errands.

Several of these pieces are all oldies but goodies! My sweater is LOFT last year, Plaid top is Old Navy last year, pants are Maurice’s skinny knit pants, and shoes are leopard flats from Target this summer.

Day 8

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Cozy and cute! This outfit was perfect for running errands and hanging out at home (though I did loose the vest and scarf at that point!). Top and vest are Old Navy, jeans and scarf are Maurice’s and boots are Skechers.

Day 9

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I switched out an embellished sweater for this Maurice’s embellished baseball top (only available in plus sizes online now). I also wore my Old Navy Pixie jeans and Naturalizer boots.

That’s all for this week! Looking at all this pictures, the word I keep thinking of is COZY and that’s perfect for this time of year! Make sure to check out the other style challengers I am linking up with!

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Winter Hats

Well, it’s my second post on this link-up, and it’s once again something I don’t really do- winter hats! I have one winter hat and it’s all about warmth, though it is kind of cute too. I got it last winter when I lived in Colorado, which is a place you NEED a warm hat! Mine is Columbia brand and has omni-heat reflective material inside which keeps you extra warm! Here’s a similar hat to mine on Amazon right now. It comes in several cute colors and patterns.

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Now for things that are still warm but perhaps a little more stylish!

These next two hats are from Maurices

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The black hat with a pompom is here (I love a pompom hat!) and the black and white hat is here. I love the look of these hats, but it’s kind of a dressed down look that doesn’t really work well with my life. I live is a small town and drive everywhere I go. I don’t spend tons of time outside in the winter and if I’m outside for a long time, I’m usually playing with my kids in my comfy, warm hat above. However, if I were to add a winter hat, it would probably be the black and white one.

Now for something more classy from ASOS

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How adorable is this floppy felt hat? I love this look so much but it REALLY doesn’t work in my life! Maybe if I lived in a city and walked to work in the cold everyday? Anyway, it’s cute, well priced, and should be purchased by anyone who has a place to wear it!

Be sure to check out the hats these lovely ladies are featuring today!

Love Lauren

What’s black and white and cobalt all over?

ME! In this cute, work appropriate Pinterest re-creation! I love when I see something on Pinterest and know immediately that I already have all the pieces to put together a similar outfit already. I actually pinned this months ago but hadn’t gotten around to actually wearing it until last week. Here’s the original photo:

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Here’s how I interpreted it:

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My top (color no longer available in this exact print, but here’s an option with smaller dots) and pants are from Old Navy, sweater is from Loft last year, boots are from Maurices, and necklace is from Charming Charlie.

I loved how this outfit came together! I did a pullover sweater instead of a cardigan and boots instead of heels. I bought the pants this past spring. They were my first pair of Pixie Pants and I haven’t looked back since! They’re so cute and comfortable! I also loved the gold and blingy jewelry. I think it dressed up the outfit just enough.

I can definitely see myself wearing this outfit again!

Closet Organization

Ya’ll I’m just letting you know that today’s topic is ROUGH for me because I’m not an organized person…ESPECIALLY at this point in my life! I’m a creative, messy, big picture kind of person. I am also way more likely to keep my kids’ room clean instead of my own. In addition to my normal crazy, I am in a transitional phase in my personal life and my kiddos and I are staying with my parents for a while. Thus, I have no pictures to show you of my organized closet because my closet is a mess and kind of the dumping ground for stuff I don’t know what to do with! My clothes are fairly organized by type and color, but the rest is a mess. SO, instead of showing what I have done, I’ll show you what I hope to do once I’m in my own place again. All links found via Pinterest (of course!).

One of the first things I want to do is organize my jewelry. Currently all of my necklaces and bracelets are clustered up on a WAY too full jewelry stand and my earrings are in an old jewelry box. SO not working! Things are always getting tangled up and I can never find two matching earrings without dumping everything out and who has time for that?!

Here’s some ideas I’ve been eyeing:

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Cute, right?! I love the rustic-ness of the pallet with the colorful jewelry. It may be too big and heavy for my space, but I love the look and the idea.

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This looks so nice and clean. I actually have a picture frame that I’m saving to do just this with. To get my earrings looking good again. I also like the little shelf space to put things that don’t hang.

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This is probably the direction I will go with my necklace board. I already have an old cork board and all that this takes is some paint and pushpins. That’s definitely do-able! I also like that I could move things around to accommodate different necklaces and sizes. Just take out your pushpin and stick it somewhere else! So easy! Plus, I’m a sucker for chevron! 🙂

One thing that I actually AM doing already is this little scarf trick with a hanger and shower curtain rings:

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It’s so easy but gets your scarves out where you can see them and find what you want easily.

Unfortunately, that’s all I’ve got! But be sure to check out what the other ladies have posted! I will be taking notes too!

Love Lauren

Fall Style Challenge Week 4!

What a fun challenge this has been! The outfits have been a lot of fun and I’ve found some new favorite pieces as a result. The Facebook group has been HUGE but so much fun with so many ladies posting. And the blog link-up has been great too! So, here are my last several looks.

Day 17

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I got to break out my faux leather striped leggings! I thought this outfit was so cute and fun! The pieces are actually all pretty new too.

The cardigan and top are both from Maurice’s. I love burgundy this fall. If I see something burgundy I basically want it…now. My leggings are from JCP. I can’t find the exact ones online, but these are pretty similar. Shoes are from Target.

I like all the fun details going on. I think it’s a lot of fun without being too much. It would be a great going out outfit too- especially with some heels!

Day 18

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So…more burgundy! I LOVED this outfit. I made a few alterations to the prescribed outfit- like changing out jeans for colored skinny pants and adding the cardigan but I think it came together so well. This may be my favorite look of the challenge and I have the Facebook group to thank! I was inspired by this picture from Groopdealz that one challenger shared. I HAD to have this vest that I have wanted for over a year (so glad it got popular enough to have knockoffs made! lol!).

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I didn’t recreate it exactly, but I LOVED my Old Navy leopard cardigan (sadly, they are almost sold out now, but there’s also this pullover version available in a few more sizes) with the black puffer I got at Old Navy last year. I also added my burgundy pixie pants (color is wine purple) ALSO from Old Navy and my Naturalizer boots that I love more every time I wear them!

Day 19

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I think this day was supposed to include the neutral sweater over the plaid, but I decided to go with a tribal print cardigan instead. I liked the subtle print that I think mixed well with the plaid. I was kind of unsure about it when I put it on, but I ended up really liking this outfit. The sweater is the only thing still available (but just in a few sizes) and it’s from Maurice’s.

Day 20

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One lone picture of this outfit…and I’m not even wearing shoes! I actually did denim on denim…sort of! I put my dressy sweatshirt on top of my denim shirt to ease me into this. Imagine my cognac boots completing this ensemble! 🙂

Unfortunately I missed day 21! The last day! But it was also an INSANE day when I taught children’s church, threw a birthday party and participated in my church’s Trunk or Treat. I DO have a picture of me and my kids and my sister looking adorable in our Halloween costumes though!

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We were literally FROZEN this weekend when it got really chilly for our Trick or Treating and Trunk or Treating! But we had a lot of fun too!

Thank you so much for joining me as I’ve blogged through this challenge! I’ve had a lot of fun and I’ve stretched myself some. I think I’m really getting comfortable enough to change things up when I wanted or needed to and added my own flair to the outfits. I think that shows some growth!

I’ll be participating in a new link up starting Friday with some bloggers I have met through this challenge. So stay tuned! Till then, be sure to check out what some other ladies did in this last week.

Deena | Christy | Jordan | Carrie C. | Shaunacey | Danielle | Beth | Joy | Sarah |
Leslie | Katie | Jennifer | Carrie M. | Lisa | Mary | Sheila | Lana | Lauren | Anna | Alison
Love Lauren

New Challenges

Literally!

Alison of Get Your Pretty On is starting a new style challenge called Build Your Wardrobe Basics for Women Over 40. Registration just opened today. I think I am personally going to sit this one out because I feel like I’m in a pretty good place with my wardrobe right now (somewhat because of doing several of these challenges this year). Also- I just turned 30! 🙂 I don’t think age is really an issue though. These are basically just classic pieces that will work for anyone.

Check out these cute sample outfits she shared:

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I am really digging the denim on denim look on the right. I might need to try that myself since I already have all the pieces to make it work. That’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but my younger self is screaming at me that denim on denim is NOT ok!

Another reason I’m taking a break is that I REALLY need to NOT shop for a while! I could be a professional shopper, but my budget just won’t let me. So, I’ll be focusing in the next few months on using what I’ve got to mix and match and make some things work without adding extra pieces (even though that will be really hard for me!). Expect lots of Pinterest inspired looks in the next few months (I’m getting pretty excited about that!).

I will definitely be following this challenge through Alison’s blog and other ladies who are part of this challenge sharing their outfits. I will also jump back into the Style Challenge scene with the Winter challenge that will be coming up in November and December. Alison has said that it will be lots of building on the fall challenge, so hopefully that means I won’t need much to make the outfits work. I’ll let you know more about that when the time comes!

Love Lauren

Fall Style Challenge Week 3

We are already at week 3 of the Fall Style Challenge! This week was a little crazy (what week isn’t crazy, though??) but I only missed getting a picture of one outfit when I was busy pumpkin-patching with my kiddos (and sweating in my flannel shirt and jeans in 80 plus degree weather!).

Here’s what I put together this week:

Day 11

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I loved this pattern mixing day! I also loved my boots with this outfit. CUTE! My shirt is old, from LOFT Outlet, scarf is old and I don’t remember where it’s from exactly but it was a cheapy junior’s store. I don’t usually but clothes from those places, but I love their cheap accessories! My vest is Old Navy (color no longer available), pants are Maurice’s and boots are Naturalizers. 

Day 12

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This is a very simple outfit, but I felt good in it all day. I’ve never been a big neutral person. I’m a big fan of color, but I think adding in some more neutrals has served me well and creates a nicer canvas for my more colorful pieces. This day I stuck with the neutrals, but I think it made my denim jacket look especially cute 🙂 Also, it’s hard to tell in the pictures, but I put a navy tank under the sweater and I liked mixing so many neutral in one outfit.

This sweater is Old Navy and it’s cute, soft and currently majorly on sale!

Day 14

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Not my most attractive picture, eh? However, the outfit is cute! Stripes, military jacket, skinny jeans, and leopard flats is such an easy, classic outfit for transitional weather months.

Day 15

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I pulled out this dressy sweatshirt that’s about 2 years old and I was glad that it’s still fashionable (and still fits!). It’s very comfy, but still dressy enough for the office. I added a little pop of pink with my tank and another pattern with my leopard flats.

Day 16

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Wearing my neutral sweater again and another striped shirt. If you hang out with Alison doing these challenges for a while, you will get quite the striped shirt collection (I have 6…I think)! 🙂 But, there’s a good reason! Stripes are such a classic pattern and mix really easily with other patterns. I’ve become a big fan! I pulled out an older striped scarf to add some color and I thought it made a big difference. I’m also wearing my leopard flats AGAIN (four outfits in a row- but actually five because guess what’s on my feet today)!

One thing I was not so sure about pre-challenge were boyfriend jeans. If fact, I had decided to say no to them and just wear skinnies instead. I didn’t think they would look great on a short girl with bigger legs and ankles. Well, after seeing LOTS of ladies in cute outfits with their boyfriend jeans, I decided I needed to try them after all. I went with GAP sexy boyfriend jeans and I am so happy with them! I had a coupon code from GAP and got a good deal. I also sized down so they wouldn’t be too slouchy.

That wraps up week 3! Just 4 outfits to go, but I’ll also add my missed outfits at the end.

Make sure to check out what other ladies did this week!

 

Deena | Christy | Jordan | Carrie C. | Shaunacey | Danielle | Beth | Joy | Sarah |
Leslie | Katie | Jennifer | Carrie M. | Lisa | Mary | Sheila | Lauren | Anna | Alison
Also linking up with Alison at Get Your Pretty On
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