Monday, November 30, 2015

Just Enough

This outfit is striped and red.  And flared and leopard.  And there's a fox face in there.  Basically, there's a whole lot going on in this outfit:

But, I can't help it.  I love all off these pieces and I love them all together.

I mean, how great is my fox brooch with my striped shirt?

Pretty great, I'd say.

Also pretty great is the combination of the everything else with the rest of the everything else:

I guess what I'm saying is that I know this seems like too much, but for my personal aesthetic, it's just enough:

Jacket: thrifted vintage  Blouse: thrifted vintage (similar)
Brooch: vintage  Belt: v. old (similar)  Jeans: Gap  Boots: Franco Sarto "Eminent"

Yep, just enough.

Happy Monday, All!


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sweater Refresh with Dryel

I've been using Dryel regularly for about a year now.  And it's both saved me money and made life easier, especially when transitioning between the seasons.

I use Dryel to get my ponchos fall-ready and my Lurex sweaters holiday-ready.  But, I also use it to get myself work-ready by refreshing my  work sweaters with it.

Because, especially now that we've moved to western PA, I wear A LOT of sweaters:

And, sadly, I have no place to store them; our new closets are teeny tiny.  So, my sweaters are in bins and tubs and hanging organizers and, in some cases hung in my closet using two tricks I learned on Pinterest (sweater hanging and hanger stacking).  Unfortunately being stacked like they are in the small spaces they are, they get creased.  Not wrinkled, but creased, right across the middle.

It's not an issue with those sweaters I have in heavy rotation, but some of these were in bins in storage and now they're in bins in my closet and so haven't been worn for over six months.  For those sweaters, I use Dryel to both get the creases out and to refresh them.

I like to do this with a week's worth of sweaters so I don't have to worry about a big ol' crease across my tummy when I'm running late for work (I'm always running late for work).  I use the Dryel on a Sunday night so I can just grab them and go throughout the week.  In fact, I'll be doing that tonight!

What about you, Reader Friends?  Have you tried Dryel yet?

Happy Sunday, All!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Fifteen for (Black) Friday

As I'm sure most (probably all) of you know, today is Black Friday and that means deals all over the interwebs.  Below are fifteen of my favorite deals.

The Accessories

1. Banana Republic Long Leather Gloves:  I purchased some long leather gloves years ago at Target, and they're one of the best purchases I've ever made.  They're perfect for wearing with bracelet-length coats as well as those coats that are bracelet-length on you just because you have long arms.  Use code BRFRIDAY to get 40% off of these gloves and everything else at Banana Republic except for sweaters, which are 50% off.

2. Kate Spade Glitter Studs - Nordstrom:  Kate Spade is offering more colors in her glitter studs, including black and opal shown above.  I already have some in the multi-colored glitter (because, of course) from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but I'm honestly considering getting the black now that they're back on sale.  And you should get some too.  We can be glitter twins!

3. Darjeeling Infinity Scarf - Anthropologie:  Anthro is offering 25% off of everything on their site with the code SHOPTOIT and that includes this gorgeous scarf.  I absolutely love the brightly colored thread woven throughout the black and white print.

The Blues

4. Heather Permitting Cardigan - Modcloth:  I love the bits of red on this heathered navy cardigan.  And the length is perfect for wearing with skinny jeans and boots on the weekend.  It's 20% off at Modcloth and other items are up to 40% off today.

5. Old Navy Plaid Pea Coat:  I love pea coats and I've outgrown mine so I'm seriously considering this one in beautiful blue plaid.  Especially as it's on sale for $24!!!  I know!!!  Everything at Old Navy is on sale for at least 40% off, with some items up to 60% off.

6. Gap Resolution Skinny Flare Jeans: I have these flares (I blogged them here) and I love them more every time I wear them.  If you're in the market for a flared jean, I highly recommend them.  And, today, you can get them for 50% off, along with everything else on Gap's site, with the code BLKFRIDAY.

7. David & Young Floppy Wool Panama Hat - Nordstrom:  As I mentioned before, I need a brimmed hat to keep the snow off of my glasses this winter.  This one is such a beautiful blue and such a great price that I don't think I'll be able to resist.  And, like other select sale items at Nordstrom, it is an additional 25% off the sale price this weekend!

8. Almora Scarf - Anthropologie: It should surprise absolutely no one that I'm madly in love with this scarf.  I love the pattern and the blues are so pretty I can't hardly stand it.  Once again, use the code SHOPTOIT to get 25% off today.


9. LOFT Cropped Linen Pants: Although my love for blue remains strong, I've been wearing the heck out of shades of burgundy this fall, including these exact pants (blogged here).  They do come in black as well, but I've found the burgundy to be surprisingly versatile and oh-so-pretty.  You can get them for 40% off today with the code BF40.

10. Gap Merino Wool Sweater: I don't often buy things in multiples because when I do, only one gets worn and the others get ignored.  But, this sweater is so perfect for work that I have it, and wear it, in three colors, including this gorgeous plummy burgundy.  I recommend sizing up and it runs a bit short so order a tall if you want more length.  Once again, use the code BLKFRIDAY to get 50% off of this sweater and everything else at Gap.

11. Impressed for Time Bootie - Modcloth: I love burgundy booties and everything about this one appeals to me, from the shape to the heel height to the buckles.  It's a great vegan option and it's on sale for under $40 today.

Prints and Patterns

12. Svetla Lace Pencil Skirt - Anthropologie: I'd probably be obsessed with this skirt if it were just printed, but it's actually a colored lace overlay and I think it's beyond perfection.  And it's 25% off with the code SHOPTOIT. 

13. Eliza J Ponte Dress - Nordstrom:  Okay, yes, this dress is a little busy.  But, I like busy.  And I love the colors.  It's not available in Tall, but I'm betting the length will be manageable even at my height.  With an extra 25% off the sale price, it might be worth a try, especially with Nordstrom's everyday free shipping and returns.

14. Ann Taylor Tall Spotted Boiled Wool Skirt: If I hadn't just purchased this similar skirt in gray, I'd be all over this one.  The print is, of course, great, but so is the texture of the boiled wool.  You can get it for 50% off with the code CELEBRATE at Ann Taylor; in fact you can use that code for anything on the site.

The Sweater

15. LOFT Cable Sweater: Although I love my thin merino Gap sweaters from above, I also love a good textured sweater.  And this one looks like a good one.  It comes in the colors shown as well as a few more, including black and cream.  I can't say for sure how it fits because I just ordered it, but I did get 40% off with code BF40 so it was definitely worth taking the shot.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Are you doing any shopping today?

Happy (Black) Friday, All!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

No Nonsense, Well, Maybe Just a Little

But, not with the tights.  No, these tights were given to me by No Nonsense, and they are living up to their name:

The skirt, on the other hand, is straight up full of nonsense.  The darn thing insists on spinning around on my waist like it's being paid to do so.  Seriously, that front pocket seems to think it's a side pocket and is trying it's darnedest to get back home.

But, enough of the silly skirt.  Let's talk about these tights:

I'm not kidding folks, they are fantastic.

Now, this particular pair, while fabulously patterned, isn't especially thick, but for Fall, or mild winters, these are perfect.  Also perfect?  The fit.  I'd never tried No Nonsense tights because I tend to shy away from tights that have combined sizes, like L/XL, because I've found they're more on the "L" side than on the "XL" side and I am the opposite.  But, these tights fit beautifully.  They're long enough for my legs and didn't sag at all during the day.  They also didn't pinch my thighs, which is good because my thighs hate being pinched.

If your thighs also hate being pinched, I highly recommend No Nonsense tights.  Because, having No Nonsense on your legs gives you more time to deal with the nonsense of your skirt:

Nonsense Skirt: LOFT  Sweater: Woolovers (get 10% off with that link)
Tights: No Nonsense  Boots: Franco Sarto "Eminent"

And that takes a lot of energy.

Happy Wednesday, All!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Shocking Pink

This dress is one my favorites to wear during the winter:

The color is just the best for gray days.  And when paired with gray accessories:

Also, even though it only has three-quarter sleeves, it's very warm and made even warmer with the addition of a wool scarf:

But, mostly, I just love the shocking pink color:

Dress: thrifted vintage (similar)  Scarf: thrifted or gifted
Belt: J.Crew  Tights: HUE (similar)  Boots: Circa Joan & David  (similar)

And, of course, by shocking, I mean shockingly good.

Happy Friday, All!