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Borrowed

I give myself permission to feel good right now.

I told Shea I was going to borrow her look as soon as enough of the snow melted so I could wear my suede boots again (one of these days I'll actually get around to applying the suede protectant I bought months ago).

This dark moody floral, especially paired with black and red has more fall vibes than spring, but since it feels more winter than spring right now, I think it works. Hopefully winter will release us from its grasp soon!

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The Rundown
Floral Blouse Old Navy similar
Black Textured Long Cardigan Gap
Rockstar Jeans Old Navy similar
Over the Knee Boots Marc Fisher
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via eBay similar
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Green Cabochon Ring Taken for Granite similar
Sunglasses "Emma" Ray-Ban similar
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie




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Dryel 101

This post is written in partnership with Dryel, I was selected to be a brand ambassador for them, but as always, all my views and opinions are my own.

When it comes to staying warm and cozy during the winter months, there is nothing I love more than a cashmere sweater, or perhaps merino wool, or basically any fiber where I know I'm going to find "Dry Clean" on the label.

Trips to the dry cleaners are costly and trying to find places using environmentally friendly cleaning methods is a challenge. My previous approach had always been hand-washing with gentle detergent and air drying, which while inexpensive, was tremendously time consuming. One of my super thick cardigans took three days to dry completely!

Dryel was a product I'd always been aware of, but never thought to try - would it really get my clothes clean? Would it really be okay to put something in the dryer I would never dare put in the dryer?

The Dryel starter kit includes environmentally responsible cleaning cloths which have no phosphate, perchloroethylene, or trichloroethylene, along with a spot cleaning spray, and a special bag to protect fabric by creating a temperature controlled environment. The starter kit can clean up to 20 garments when doing five at a time, but since I was cleaning bulky sweaters, I only did three as the clothes need some room to move around.

I started by checking my sweaters for any bad stains, food stains were given a good spritz with the booster spray and blotted with paper towels. Those came out pretty readily. Makeup was a bit tougher, while sweat stains on my white sweater were not going to budge.

Once I was finished spot cleaning, I put the sweaters into the bag with one of the cleaning cloths and popped them in my dryer for 30 minutes. Dryel instructs medium heat, but my dryer only has two settings, low and high, so I put them on low.

Call me a little crazy, but I decided to take measurements of a couple of my sweaters just so that I could be certain there was no shrinkage, and they all came out perfectly!

Using Dryel was so fast and easy - my sweaters smell clean and fresh, are wrinkle free, and ready to wear.

The starter kit which sells for $9.99 cleans up to 20 pieces, which means it only costs 50¢ per garment - a tiny fraction of dry cleaning costs - plus you can get a coupon for $1 off a starter kit.


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Houndstooth

I am full of infinite, creative energy.

While I've been on my shopping ban this winter I kept myself from doing something I've been guilty of every winter for the past eight years - buying a new coat.

Coats always felt like an indulgence I deserved. I have to suffer through winters that linger on far too long, so having a bountiful coat wardrobe seemed necessary. Plus there was the blog to think of - I'm too much of a whimp to constantly go without a coat, but I wouldn't want a month of posts cycling through the same couple of coats.

Sometimes they were thrifted, sometimes gifted, but they have always persisted.

I feel like I'm digging into the archives when I pull out my houndstooth coat, which I purchased from Kohl's eight years ago. Though the style is classic, and it feels just as appropriate today as it did when I bought it. I've linked a few similar styles below, though this Kate Spade coat is definitely my favorite!

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White Sweater Loft c/o Swap.com similar
Houndstooth Coat Kohl's similar
Yoga Jeans Second Denim via Coco & Vera's Giveaway
Grey Over the Knee Boots Ivanka Trump similar
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Crystal Chevron Earrings Express similar
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade
Sunglasses c/o Sicky
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie





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