Thursday, October 30, 2014

Copycat


If you're basically copying outfits that you've already worn, is it time to hang it up? Sure, this time there's no accommodating a baby belly but is that really enough? I wonder sometimes if my style has evolved or my closet in replenished enough to stay relevant. I can see how OOTD bloggers feel the need to spend, spend, spend and only wear things once in order to feel fresh.

And so I'm going to talk about my choice to use affiliate links. The number one complaint that I've received over the blogging years is that my closet is so full of past season and thrifted items that it was disappointing to see something and not have it available for purchase. I totally get it because I've felt the same thing about other bloggers! I choose to use Shopstyle (for now) because I can type in whatever description (one-sleeve dolman top, for example) and it gives me a list of things that are available in stores or online now. I'd be very surprised if I actually ever make money from it (at this rate I'd have to blog another 5 years to get a check) but I did want you to know that I "earn" a few cents every time you click through. I really try to get as close to the listed piece as possible, and try to feature similar price points if I can. The drawback of finding clothing this way is that I don't actually own the item so I can't vouch for the quality or value. I wanted to be open and upfront about this so that you don't think it's a money grab on my part. I'm so grateful that you come here and share in my love of style and fashion and didn't want anyone to think that I wasn't.

So that's it. Have a Happy Halloween tomorrow! I can't eat chocolate anymore so my girls aren't going to have to wonder why their candy caches are disappearing so fast this year. I still get half the Smarties, though. I call it trick-or-treating tax. :)

Sweatshirt: seriously, a hand-me-down from junior high (check here for other Antarctica sweatshirts)
T-shirt: Madewell (here)
Pants: H&M (here)
Shoes: Converse One Star (similar)
Hat: eBay (similar)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

70's Plaid




I hate how the coloring is so uneven on phone pictures. The bottom picture is closer to reality. Just an easy fall and 70's inspired outfit for a freeeezing day. I ran back inside as soon as I could!

Shirt: Madewell (in different color here)
Belt: thrifted (similar here, here, or here)
Pants: Joie (if it wasn't so cold I'd do a culotte like here, or more similar here)
Boots: Sam Edelman (of course) (cognac bootie alternative here)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Victorian Legwarmers



This is a little. . . weird? It was one of those days where I just kept putting on things until I gave myself a shrug in the mirror and went with it. Victorian-ish legwarmers, sure.

Top: vintage and thrifted (similar here or here)
Jeans: H&M (here)
Legwarmers: eBay (similar)
Boots: Sam Edelman (similar here, here, or here)
Hat: Target (recent purchase)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I Got the Blues


I feel like I've hit my style groove finally. There was the adjustment of working out of the home to not, mild climate to four definite seasons, and two kids to three. My sweet spot is clothing that is comfortable to run errands and chase kids in, with the ability to slap on a few accessories and a pair of shoes and feel stylish.

I had to build a base of everyday items, mostly from Madewell (for the slouchy tomboy stuff), H&M (for trendy pieces and I love their organic line for both me and the girls), and Free People (for the cozy stuff). I rely on thrifted and designer things mostly for adding interest to my outfits. At least for right now everything is in good proportion and it's fairly easy to get dressed in the morning. Yay!

Sweater: Madewell (here - the color I'm wearing is on sale)
Hat: thrifted (similar here)
Jeans: Mother (here or here)
Clogs: Tory Burch (check here)

Off topic, but sometimes when I'm taking pictures of my outfits I see things that I'm more interested in photographing than myself. A fog bank rolled in this afternoon and I thought it'd be fun to share what I was looking at:


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Faux Bird


This hat is something that Gap should re-issue again. Same with these Sam Edelman booties. I've owned both for 4 years and every time I wear either I get asked where I found them. Good thing other companies are stepping up with some great faux fur hats and lace-up booties.

Wow, third post in a row where Andrew took the photos and it's just so much better! Too bad I can't hire him full-time.

Hat: Gap (similar here, here, here, or here. How many dramatic faux fur hats does one need? Because I am seriously tempted by this white one.)
Sweater: H&M (similar here, here, or here)
Lace tank: H&M (here)
Pants: H&M (here) [whoa - did not realize I was wearing so much H&M!]
Boots: Sam Edelman (cute alternatives here, here, or here)