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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  On this day, I’m grateful for fashion.  That’s obvious, of course, and maybe seems trite.  But, I really am grateful for the joy that the only art expression I have brings me.  Creativity is a gift, and I like the way mine manifests.  However, I am also grateful for the creativity of those of you who are photographers, painters, musicians, actors, writers, graphic designers, make-up artists, and so many many more wonderful things.  I believe every person is creative in one way or another, and that’s what makes life beautiful and fun.

Having said that, I am growing a little discontent with my sweater collection.  I’ve had this one for probably 7 years, and while I once loved it, I do think it has seen its better days.  Sadly, so have most of my sweaters.  I guess I know what I’m asking for for Christmas.

I love the warmth of Thanksgiving – from the coziness of the weather, to the abundance of hot food, to the fuzzies that come from being with those you love and gearing up for the Christmas season.  I tried to reflect that in my clothes.

I hope you all have a truly blessed time with your family and friends, and remember to be kind to yourself and grateful for who you are as a creative person.

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft
Jeans: Off Saks
Boots: Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Francesca’s Boutique

The Art of Distraction

Every girl needs at least one good black blazer.  It’s a perfect go-to piece, whether you throw it over a blouse for insta-professional, or pair it with skinny jeans and a sparkly top for a classy night-out look.

I went the more professional route for work the other day, combining the blazer with a ruffly skirt so I didn’t look too stuffy. 

The thing about this blazer is it makes me look a little boxy.  I almost didn’t buy it for that reason.  But then I realized it was $7.50 at H&M, and I’d get at least $7.50’s use out of it.  To distract from the boxy-ness, I put a scarf behind the lapels and tied a knot at both ends so it wasn’t too long.  The scarf was a Christmas present from my mom, and it was the perfect color to add to this otherwise neutral outfit of black, off-white, olive, and gray. 

All at once, one day, it’s Spring!

It’s the first day of Spring! If that doesn’t make you very happy, we might need to reevaluate our friendship.

I know it doesn’t feel or look like spring in many parts of the country. But, the calendar says it is, so I’m going to celebrate with bright colors! 

I told you last week about how I struggle with season changes, particularly when it comes to my leg wear.  Eventually, I just give up the battle and embrace my white legs, which is what happened here.  Fortunately, the weather was a little warmer, so at least I didn’t freeze, even if other people were blinded. 

The skirt was a hand-me-down from a friend, and I love it.  It’s very professionally cut, but the unconventional color keeps me from feeling bored.  I paired it with a black t-shirt that I tucked in, but thanks to the detailing on the skirt, didn’t need a belt.  The jacket was a Christmas gift, and it’s from Rue 21 – I know, who still shops there? (Actually, I do for cheap accessories, but that’s another post.)  But, from a juniors store or not, this jacket is very cute and has withstood several years of wear, so I’d say I got a good deal.  

My shoes are an unusual color to wear with blue and green, but their blue detailing tied everything together nicely, and my jewelry also completed the look with a gold base and reflections of the green and turquoise in my clothing.

Let It Snow!

First of all, I’ve discovered that my blogger app eats posts.  Not sure how, but it happens.  Hopefully now that I’ve identified this problem, I can prevent it in the future.  Because I’m not posting about my birthday outfit one more time!

This weekend, Virginia Beach experienced a Snowmageddon of 3 inch proportions!  You wouldn’t think that such a small amount of snow could shut down a city, but when you see how people drive here, you might begin to understand.

So, holed up in my apartment, I broke out my favorite granny sweater (literally, it’s from my grandma – as is most of my wardrobe now) and tried to stay warm. 

This is not the outfit I wore on Saturday – I can’t show you that one because I broke one of my own rules and wore leggings as pants.  Do what I say, not what I do. 

However, this is the sweater I wore, and this outfit deserved to be shown.  I wore this to work (sometimes, I push the boundaries of professionalism) and stayed warm and toasty all day.  I would really like the skirt to be a bit shorter, but there are limits to how many boundaries I can push in one day. 

A chunky sweater may  not be the most fashionable piece of clothing in your closet, but if it’s paired with cute accessories, you can still look stylish while staying warm – which is almost as important.

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