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!

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

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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By OldReflections on Etsy via Pinterest

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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By Twinkle and Twine

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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By The Frugal Homemaker

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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By Peeking Pines

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