Truthfully, my favorite weekend is when I don’t have to get ready and put make-up on or do my hair. All weekend. Like none of it. And showering at 3 in the afternoon. Relaxation (even though I workout hard on the weekends)…I love you so.
But yesterday, I wanted to head over and hit a few shops at the Avalon. It’s such a great place over there – and there is such a good mix of shops. (And I’m looking forward to Exhale to open so I can try out the classes!) So what does that mean? I actually had to shower and put on real clothes. :)
So I went for total comfort. I love that the lululemon Wunder Under leggings are easy to dress up. The only caveat is I want to make sure I wear a cardigan/sweater/shirt that is long enough to cover the booty. These cotton leggings are so comfortable; I love the way they feel.
I paired the leggings with this ridiculously comfy cardigan that I got about five years ago at The Loft. I hadn’t worn this retired Stella & Dot necklace in a while, which is gold, cream, and green, so I put a hunter green J. Crew Perfect Tee underneath. Again, I’ve had this t-shirt foreva! It washes so well.
So my comfy look was complete! Are you like me? Do you like to be comfy on the weekends?
Cardigan – The Loft (old but similar here); T-shirt – J. Crew (old but new colors here); Leggings – lululemon; Belt – Calvin Klein (old); Booties – Dolce Vita (old); Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired); Sunglasses – Louis Vuitton (similar here)
Once I typed in that title, immediately in my head I cheered “Blue and gold, hey, beat those Dawgs.” Quick high school cheerleading moment there.
I recently had a Kendra Scott store open close to me, and I see so many bloggers that love her jewelry. So I had to stop in and check it out. It was wonderful! What beautiful designs and so many fantastic colors!
I picked up this Jackie Tie Necklace in gold and started playing with all of the different ways to wear it…with the help of the associate.
So it just had to come home with me. I have to say it a nice weight and I love the beautiful gold shine. The silver one was beautiful too, but I was looking for gold.
Let’s stop and talk a second about this blue cashmere sweater. I’ve never owned cashmere before because, well, the price points always turned me away. But…in walks a 75% off sale at C. Wonder, and I picked this beauty up at a whopping $35. Nope. That’s not a typo. $35. This cobalt blue is my favorite color, and I can see myself wearing this sweater for many years.
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.
In the South, there are a days of the winter where tights are not needed. Yay! So on a mild day, I decided to wear a dress and ditch the tights and just go with boot socks. And I wasn’t even chilly – don’t hate friends back in the Midwest!
This dress caught my eye a few months ago, but I didn’t want to pay full price. So I waited patiently. It was hard because I saw one of my favorite bloggers wear it, and I wanted to run to my nearest Anthro to pick it up. But, I resisted. Patience is a virtue…and pays off. Not only was it on sale, it was also another 25% off (click here).
Y’all know I have a slight obsession with Frye. I got these Carmen Inside Zip boots on sale, and they are quickly becoming my favorites. I love that they have a slight heel. For those of you with normal sized calves like me, they fit great, even with skinny jeans. I don’t buy boots with less than a 15″ shaft circumference.
I also love having little arm parties. My parents gave me this gorgeous Hermes bracelet for Christmas. Before you even say a word, yes, I know my parents have spoiled me and I’m blessed I get to call them MY parents! I used to have my friends ask me “Don’t your parents need one more daughter?!” Nope. They are all mine. Oh wait, is that the only child spoiled brat coming out? :)
Dress – Anthropologie Isabella Sinclair Colorstack Sweater Dress; Socks – Free People; Boots – Frye Carmen Inside Zip; Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired); Bracelets – Hermes and Henri Bendel; Watch – Michael Kors (similar)
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.
When I moved to the South almost five years, for some reason I didn’t think I would really need my winter coats anymore. Uh yeah. Wrong answer. I’ve had maybe two mild winters where I only had to wear my heavy winter coat a handful of times. My coats I have had for seven plus years were just getting worn. So when I saw the Black Friday sale at Ted Baker, I immediately told the hubs that I would pretty please love the Ted Baker Nevia Wool Coat under the tree :) I’m glad he had his listening ears on, since it showed up under the tree.
This coat is so versatile. Personally, I love how the funnel collar can stand tall and protect my face from the cold winter wind. I also love how you can fold the collar down as well.
If I had a complaint, it would have to be how the coat buttons. There is an inner button, but also the main button around the waist is buttoned internally. So, you really have to finagle the button. But I end up just wrapping the coat over and tying the belt and all is good :)
One thing I love about Ted Baker clothing is the attention to detail…hence the gorgeous lining! Just look at that print!
I hate cold hands. I always have gloves in every single coat I own. So I may or may not have purchased these gloves in the anticipation of unwrapping this coat. They are the softest leather! Oh, and they were on sale. And you can use them with your smartphone. Yay! No cold hands while answering a text!
Now, even though I LOVE my new coat and gloves…I’d love a mild Southern winter, Mother Nature :)
Now, I’ve been a lucy activewear girl for a while. I wanted to be the anti-lululemon. Why? Because it was the thing to buy. But recently I had one open up close to my house, and I’ve fallen in love with lululemon. Now, I know it’s pricey, but the pieces I’ve bought are such high quality and made with fantastic fabric that washes like a charm, it’s hard not to love that store!
These Skinny Groove Pant leggings are my absolute favorite workout pant I’ve ever bought. I feel like I’m wearing pajama pants. And I find myself just wearing them around the house constantly, too. I’ve found they do a great job of wicking away moisture. When I wore them to a Zumba class recently, this particular fabric did show a little booty sweat in the back creases, so if you are self conscious about that, you may want to stick with a dark or black color.
I also like that they have somewhat of a high rise. I can do deep squats and deadlifts and I don’t have to worry about these pants sliding down. And during Zumba, they stay put…which when I’m getting my dance on, the last thing I want to worry about is pulling my pants up!
And here’s another new favorite (which I got on sale in the store but it’s not on sale online) – the Race Your Pace 1/2 Zip. I constantly have cold hands, so the cuffins make me so happy. It’s the little things :) I wouldn’t recommend wearing this particular 1/2 zip in freezing temps, but it will do a good job with a shirt underneath in 40+ degree weather. This shirt does a great job of wicking sweat away under the arms.
The lulu Flow Into Crow headband is also my favorite – keeps my hair in place with NO slippage my entire workout!
Oh, and meet the Em with zero makeup on. Yep, this is the way I look when I go to the gym! I am NOT one of those girls who gets all dolled up to go to the gym. I could really care less what my hair and non-makeup face look like!
So…do you ever pick out your Christmas presents? While you are at the store? And watch it get put in a box? I rarely do that, but I definitely did with this adorable Wells jacket from J. McLaughlin. I had been on the hunt for a leather jacket, and when I saw it on sale in the store the middle of November, I had to tell the hubs to put it under the tree for me. I didn’t want it to be gone! Which is a good thing because now it’s gone on the website!
It is such a great quality jacket. I heart it so much. Nothing better than super soft buttery leather (wow that’s a lot of adjectives!). For this outfit, I paired it with yet another Christmas present – the Frye Patty Riding Bootie. Ok, ok. I have a slight obsession with Frye. But you can’t blame me for loving good quality shoes! And I take really good care of them so I know they will last forevaaaa!
Jacket – J. McLaughlin (sold out online); Shirt – Banana Republic; Jeans – AG Absolute Legging; Booties – Frye Patty Riding Bootie; Watch – Michael Kors; Necklace – fab’rik; Sunglasses – D&G (similar)
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.
Now, I know leather pants have been in style for a bit, but I hadn’t jumped on the trend. One reason why? Fear. Fear of how my body/legs would look in them. So, while I was at Von Maur, I said “What the heck do you have to lose by trying on a pair?” (I should also add they were on the sale rack, so I was much more tempted to try them on.) These 7 For All Mankind faux leather pants seemed harmless…and had LOTS of stretch.
So much stretch that I actually had to size down! That’s not common when I try on jeans, so I was a little shocked…but I’ll take it!
And I loved them! They are actually really comfortable! The only negative I have is that the dye REALLY rubs off. Like on everything. It says to wash them before you wear them, and they are hand wash only. Ugh. Well, I wanted to wear them to the Timberlake concert that same night, so I was just hoping I didn’t rub dye off on anything too important :)
So with my new faux leather pants, I wanted to add a softer, lighter fabric shirt. I received this in my last Stitch Fix. I’m all about details, and this shirt fits the bill. Great print. Buttons down the back. Sheer (but came with the cami). Cutouts around the next and arms. It worked perfectly with my pants.
Since the weekend after Thanksgiving, our house has been a little busier. Why you may ask? We have the pitter patter of four new paws.
Yes, some people thought we were crazy adding another dog to the house, especially since our Frenchie Daisy Mae is such a diva. But our hearts felt we needed to rescue another St. Bernard.
Our journey with Saints began in June 2003 back in Illinois. We rescued a 3-year old smooth coat Saint from the Illinois chapter of the St. Bernard Rescue Group. Gabby became our first baby. Well, a big baby. She came with a sad story of neglect, so we couldn’t wait to shower her with lots of love. When we lost her to old age in April 2011, it was rough. She was such a huge part of our family – and our kids loved her so much.
So we added Daisy to our family shortly after Gabby passed. And don’t get me wrong, we love Daisy to death, but…our hearts missed our gentle giant. We had gone from 110 lbs. of a lovable giant to 23 lbs. of a diva made of pure muscle. Occasionally over the years we would check the St. Bernard Rescue Group’s adoptions, just wondering what dogs needed forever homes.
At the end of November, the hubs was checking the site, without my knowing. And of course what showed up in Tennessee? Three smooth coat puppies. He said it was meant to be. Puppies don’t last long in the adoption world, so he contacted the TN group.
Rosie and her sister and brother had been relinquished by a backyard breeder. He couldn’t sell them and make money, so he just dumped them at the Rescue Group to handle. I guess at least he didn’t just turn them into a shelter. But still…why are you a breeder? Just to make money? Makes me sick. Most breeders I’ve ever encountered are pure dog lovers – and they have a huge brood of their own. (And they don’t care their houses have been destroyed by puppies chewing everything!) I guess at least we got her before she was abused or neglected. When we had Gabby it was hard because at age three, she had so many years of neglect and a back story we didn’t know.
So we got to adopt and rescue this beautiful 7-month old girl. It made our hearts happy giving her a great home. Now, the first few days were a little rough with Daisy, but now they constantly are together. And we pay close attention on how much love we give Daisy – making sure it is equal amongst the “siblings.”
Rosie is such a sweetheart. You just want to lie on the floor and snuggle with her (which I find myself doing a lot of). She wasn’t consistently potty trained, so we are still having a few accidents – and boy had I forgotten how big bladders Saints have! She is great with all of the kid’s friends, and she’s starting to open up meeting Oliver the Newfie and Ozzie the Great Pyrenees down the street. It’s important to me that she is socialized with other dogs besides Daisy. Her favorite thing to do daily is to take every single toy out of the basket and throw them all over the first floor of the house. :)
If you haven’t rescued and/or adopted a dog before, it’s such a wonderful feeling. There are thousands of dogs out there that need loving homes! If I could, I’d have ten more dogs! If you can’t adopt a dog, always remember that rescue groups and shelters are always in need of donations. Before Saints are adopted, for instance, they are spayed or neutered and brought up their shots. And let’s not forget how much food can cost! While it’s almost the end of 2014, you still have time to get your tax deductible donations in!
One thing I love about living in the South is the winters are milder (for the most part) than the Midwest. In the almost five years I’ve lived here, most of the time I can get away with wearing a sweatercoat. I needed to retire one I had had for years, as it was getting so stretched out and starting to pill. Just so happened I saw this gorgeous Wendi Reed Striped Chevron Sweatercoat in Anthro’s catalog in November.
I wanted to wear it for a while before I reviewed it on the blog. Sometimes I see people review something they have worn once, which I don’t think that’s quite enough time to give a garment a good review.
So after many wears, I can tell you that I LOVE THIS COAT! And here’s why:
- Just the right thickness – not too thick that you can’t move and not too thin that it actually doesn’t keep you warm.
- Length – I love coats that hit below the booty. When I get in car on a cold morning, I don’t want my body to go into cold shock from the cold leather seats :)
- Color – it has a wonderful pattern of neutrals. It has browns, grays, blacks so you can wear it with so much. I get so many compliments I can’t even tell you!
- Belt – it’s long enough to be able to tie it into a cute bow.
- Hood – if you are really cold or it’s drizzly out, you can pull up the hood.
Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I’ve been traveling a bit and have kind of neglected the blog (sorry, blog), but I get a week and a half off of work so maybe I’ll actually get caught up on some posts I’ve been wanting to do…just maybe :)
I love a great red dress. I love it even more when I can wear it to work too! This cute Betsey Johnson dress jumped off the rack at me at Nordstrom. Not only did I love the color, but fit and flare is by far my favorite dress shape.
The texture of this dress is perfect for winter. Makes me think of a cable knit ski sweater. I wanted to pair it with black tights and pops of animal print. If you’ve ever read my blog, you know I love animal print.
This gold necklace I got from Stella & Dot years ago, and it has become a great staple piece. It goes with everything – so simple, yet elegant and makes a subtle statement at the same time. They have a similar style now that you can find here.
I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas! Hopefully Santa brings you everything you wished for!
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.
One thing I love about Georgia’s winters are you can (most of the time) get away with layering to stay warm without having to wear a jacket. To me, this is fantastic after growing up in Illinois. I find layering a button up and sweater is one of the easiest outfits for me in the late fall and winter.
I’ve been loving C. Wonder lately…as I posted about my great find last week, too. The colors of this sweater just screamed at me at the store. I knew I had a few different ways I could wear it. One being, over a striped button up I have. Pair it with some jeans and booties. And there you have it! Easy peasy!
I’ve always been told that it is good to give your hair a break and not wash it everyday. But as a blonde, sometimes I find it hard to do. Why? Because I feel my hair looks like a big ball o’ grease the next day! I get so jealous of my brunette coworkers who can go three or four days between washes (but they also have long hair where they can do braids, pony tails, etc.).
bumble and bumble made a hair powder back in the day that I loved. They discontinued it, I cried, and stocked up on a few bottles. When those ran out, I cried again. bumble and bumble tried to replace it with a spray powder which did NOT work as well AT ALL. But they came out with yet another replacement that is freakin’ fantastic. The Prêt-à-Powder!
At first, I didn’t know if I wanted to spend $26 on hair powder. I know the brand is great. But seriously? It’s powder. I’m so glad I did though because it works great for my blonde hair. And I’ve had my bottle for almost a year and it’s only 1/2 gone! How the top is designed, it doesn’t put a ton of product out at once, so you end up not wasting it. See (please don’t get grossed out by my grease!)…
Now, I’m a visual person, so I wanted to show you how well this product works. These are before and after pictures of using the Prêt-à-Powder. This was after not washing my hair for one day.
As you can see, it takes away the grease and oil. What it also does a great job of is giving the hair some volume. I shake it all over, but focus on my part and the hair around my face.
While I have done the Johnson & Johnson baby powder trick in the past, this powder 1. doesn’t make you smell like a baby’s bottom or 2. leave a white cast in your hair. Although it’s pricier, it does a much better job. And the scent is wonderful and not overpowering. After you put it on, you don’t even notice it.
You’ve got to try this powder!
I had a new C. Wonder store open about 7 minutes from my house. AWE – SOME. Maybe not for my budget. But yeah for my wardrobe and being able to scope out sales on a regular basis!
When I was perusing the racks, I spied a reversible skirt! How awesome is that? I don’t think I own any clothes that are reversible, and if I do, it’s definitely not a skirt.
It has a great plaid on one side – and black on the other. It has a large zipper on the side that is super easy to just unzip…and flip! Voila! A new look!
I love color, so I paired it with this great greenish/yellowish sweater I’ve had forever from Banana Republic. It’s just one of those sweaters that goes with so much! I can’t even count how many times I have worn it.
Skirt – C. Wonder Reversible Wool Wrap Skirt; Shirt – Banana Republic (old); Booties – Vince Camuto (similar here or here); Watch – Michael Kors (similar here); Necklace – The Limited (old); Bracelet – David Yurman
I love Henri Bendel. Thanks to my mom. She first bought me the Make A Scene Laundry Set for Christmas a few years ago, and I was hooked. Their items are unique yet classic and come in a huge variety of price ranges. Now I own quite a few pieces of jewelry, travel accessories, a purse…and my favorite – the huge coffee mugs! The mugs are my absolute favorite. They hold about three cups of tea. Now that’s my kind of mug!
Since the holidays are right around the corner, I wanted to introduce you to some great HB products under $50. Whether they become ideas for you, your girlfriend, your wife, your BFF, your mom…I know these products won’t disappoint!
A lot of times, you might tend to build your outfit off of your shirt or pants. But then. You find these awesome shoes. And you want to build your outfit around them.
In walk (no pun intended) Sam Edelman’s Anastasia Cutout Sandals. Or should I say “in walks Ems to the Von Maur shoe sale room about four times before these were at the right price to finally buy?!?!?”
Aren’t they gorgeous? I just couldn’t resist. I love a great statement shoe. And this is definitely a statement shoe. So I built my outfit for work around them. A simple black top and pencil skirt – and I’m ready for work!
Oh hey, FitBit Flex, let me take you off since you aren’t the most fashion-forward “bracelet.” But if you are a FitBit wearer, you understand how your wrist feels naked when it’s not on!
Shoes – Sam Edelman Anastasia Cutout Suede Bootie (not on Von Maur’s site, but found here); Shirt – White House Black Market (old); Skirt – J. Crew Factory; Bracelets – Stella & Dot and Henri Bendel; Earrings – Vintage Chanel; Watch – Rolex
I LOVE THEM!
Now, I say that because they fit my feet very well. The sizing of these Studio Wraps is a little off. I am a true 8.5 and ordered these in a Medium. They say the Medium fits sizes 7.5-9. To me, if you are closer to 7.5, they would feel way too big. And if you were closer to 9, they would pull too much between your toes and not be comfortable at all. I guess I’m a lucky one, because they fit my feet very well.
When I first wore these to class, I have to admit it took me a while to get used to them in between my toes. But once I got over that, I won’t go to class without these. They do a great job of protecting the bottoms of my feet as well. It still allows my toes to grip the mat or floor, but protects and gives a little bit of cushion to the balls and heel of my foot.
Another excellent feature – they are machine washable! They come in their own little wash sack. I’ve washed mine multiple times, and they still have the same vibrant color and stretch as when I first got them out of the box.
It seems that Nike likes to put these on sale when they come out with new prints and colors…so the opportunity to get these on sale is pretty ideal. I got mine through Zappos.
I’ve tried the socks with the grips on the bottom, and I definitely prefer these shoes over the socks. The socks tend to slip and slide a little more, when these feel more stable on your foot.
Overall, I give these Nike Studio Wrap shoes a huge thumbs up!!
To me, this was an easy outfit. Do you ever have one of those mornings when you are feeling rushed and just need to hurry up and get the heck out the door? In the ATL, I have about a 10-minute window that if I don’t hit it, I’m stuck in traffic. As in taking me an hour to get to work :(
So…this outfit came together super easy on my rushed morning. Love a good silk button up. Love a good statement necklace. Love a good pair of skinnies. Love leopard print. Add them all up and voila! Here’s what you got!
My team member at work came to work one day and said “Emily, you have go to get these!” She understands my love for fashion. So for $20 (on sale!) at Old Navy, I couldn’t resist. I love trying new skinnies. And these are pull-on…circa my maternity pant wearing days! I am prone to buying dark wash too because they just make jeans seem a little dressier – at least in my mind. I’ve worn them a few times now, and I highly recommend them. They keep their shape all day and do not stretch out or appear baggy after a few hours. And for under $30, you can’t beat it!
Now, I love wearing high heels, but I’ve been on the hunt for some leopard print flats. Or kitten heels would do, too. And I finally found a pair! Where you ask? In my favorite store’s shoe sale room – Von Maur!! I’ve never own a pair of Isaac Mizrahi New York shoes before, and I am now a big fan. Super comfortable! And they are made so well.
So here you go…my easy go-to outfit. Do you have similar outfit for work that are your go-to?
On Monday, I told you about my fascination with button ups. Well, my friends, it continues. I love being comfortable at work, yet look pulled together and not too casual. The Limited’s Ashton Blouse is perfect for this look.
The fabric is a drapey crepe, and it lays so well. It’s also the perfect V. It doesn’t plunge too much and gives just the right coverage for work. And if you are like me and want a shirt to go past your hip line, this is for you! It looks great with skinny jeans, but also looks great tucked in. It covers a good majority of the booty :)
I won’t lie – I just ordered another one in a beautiful purple color. Addiction kicking in!!!
Let me also talk for just a second about these AG Absolute Legging Extreme Skinnies. They are like wearing sweat pants. They have so much stretch…and the fabric is ridiculously soft. And don’t hate, but I got these amazing leggings for a whopping $59. I know; I have a knack for finding amazing deals sometimes. These have become my favorites!
When I first put this outfit together, I thought “Is this me?” “Is this too trendy?” But, one of the things I always try to do…step outside of my comfort zone.
With maxi skirts in the summer, I never paired them with a flowy shirt. Why? I have no idea. But I have a couple of coworkers I gathered inspiration from, and the result was this outfit.
Another plus – it was so comfortable! :)
The last two years, I’ve been obsessed with button ups. I remember a time where I think I owned one white button up shirt and that was it. I’m ashamed to admit how many button ups I have now! There are such versatile shirts – dress them up or down, layer them, wear them untucked, tucked in. Endless possibilities. And how can you not love a cute heart print? (And it’s on clearance at J. Crew Factory!)
And these booties I got at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this summer have been worn a ton already! They were a great investment and being Coach, I know they are going to last forevaaaaaaa!