Chiffon in the Winter

Sheer, light, breezy, not usually adjectives to describe a piece I might reach for in the winter months. Yet, when this leopard maxi skirt arrived at my door (for the second time, I ordered the regular first but then had to exchange for the petite), I was excited to wear it. While I'm not a huge fan of the half slip, I can see how it might be nice in the warmer months - though not a plus in February. I originally added black tights so I wouldn't be freezing, but was daring and removed them for the sake of the photographs.

Being chiffon, the skirt moves beautifully, and the dark leopard easily lends itself to a winter look, and I'm versioning it with even more rich chocolate browns and creamy colored knits until the earth thaws. Then it will be all sleeveless tops and sandals for the summer.

 leopard maxi skirt, black mockneck sweater, brown croc bag-13.jpg leopard maxi skirt, black mockneck sweater, brown croc bag-1.jpg leopard maxi skirt, black mockneck sweater, brown croc bag-10.jpg leopard maxi skirt, black mockneck sweater, brown croc bag-9.jpg leopard maxi skirt, black mockneck sweater, brown croc bag-12.jpg leopard maxi skirt, black mockneck sweater, brown croc bag-7.jpg
The Rundown
Rib Knit Sweater H&M
Leopard Maxi Skirt Banana Republic
Booties "Calixta" Cole Haan similar
Croc Embossed Leather Bag Loeffler Randall
Signet Ring Sashi
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry


Indestructible Denim

I've mentioned that it's been a while since my last office job, and my current gig has been dog walking. It tends not to require blazers, but jeans are on heavy rotation. I of course have the problem of not having any 'bad' jeans to wear, so mostly I've just been wearing whatever pair needs to be washed.

Last week, while wearing this pair of Yoga Jeans (that I won in Cee's giveaway five years ago) I was leaving the home of a dog, who in his efforts to get me to stay (he has bad separation anxiety) bit me. It was my first real dog bite on the job, and while, ever. I didn't even realize how bad it was until I saw the blood soaking through the denim. I went home to get cleaned up, tended to my wounds first, but the jeans were an immediate second. I rinsed out the blood and much to my surprise, found no evidence of holes or tears. They look far better than my leg at the moment. (It's not that bad though, I swear).

So all I can say is, invest in a pair of Yoga Jeans, they were built to last.

 grey plaid blazer, black sweater, jeans, rothys points, round bag-12.jpg grey plaid blazer, black sweater, jeans, rothys points, round bag-7.jpg grey plaid blazer, black sweater, jeans, rothys points, round bag-9.jpg grey plaid blazer, black sweater, jeans, rothys points, round bag-5.jpg grey plaid blazer, black sweater, jeans, rothys points, round bag-10.jpg grey plaid blazer, black sweater, jeans, rothys points, round bag-3.jpg
The Rundown
Rib Knit Sweater H&M
Jeans Second Denim
Plaid Blazer H&M similar
Pointed Flats Rothy's
Round Crossbody Bag French Connection
  Silk Scarf Ann Taylor
Simple Pearl Necklace c/o AUrate
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie


Hibernating Until Spring

Each week I start off with the optimism that I'm going to dedicate time to the blog; I'll edit photos, I'll write thoughtful posts, and I will finally catch up with all my favorite blogs I'm so behind on. Then it's Friday and the days seem to have simply evaporated. Seemingly simple tasks like responding to an email or scheduling an oil change consume large swaths of time, and are only rewarded with the response that requires the next reply or the news that my car has an oil leak, a coolant leak, a mouse nest, and when can I bring it back to address these things?

So often I find myself stuck in the mental clutter, convinced I can't do anything else until it's been cleared, but the problem with clutter is that it takes hours to address and mere seconds to accumulate. By telling myself I can't focus on anything else until the clutter is gone is a way of making sure I stay suck, when the reality is, sometimes the mess needs to be neatly stacked into a pile which can be dealt with later to make a little room for the things that will enrich my life now.

 white pearl button cardigan, wide leg cropped jeans, leopard silk scarf, grey slingbacks-4.jpg white pearl button cardigan, wide leg cropped jeans, leopard silk scarf, grey slingbacks-14.jpg white pearl button cardigan, wide leg cropped jeans, leopard silk scarf, grey slingbacks-15.jpg white pearl button cardigan, wide leg cropped jeans, leopard silk scarf, grey slingbacks-3.jpg white pearl button cardigan, wide leg cropped jeans, leopard silk scarf, grey slingbacks-11.jpg white pearl button cardigan, wide leg cropped jeans, leopard silk scarf, grey slingbacks-1.jpg
The Rundown
White Pearl Button Cardigan Nordstrom Rack similar
Wide Leg Jeans Gap
Nareen Block Heels c/o Vionic
Croc Embossed Leather Bag Loeffler Randall
 Silk Spotted Scarf Ann Taylor
Layered Charm Necklace c/o Grand Avenue Jewelry
Cat Eye Sunglasses H&M similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Nail Color "Bubbles Only" Essie

What to Wear for Valentine's Day

I haven't done much in the way of celebrating Valentine's day the past few years, however this year my mom, sister, and I are hosting a Galentine's Day, and when I reviewed my closet for potential outfits, this maxi dress stood out. It has only been worn once, Christmas Eve of 2018, and never properly photographed, so it seemed like a perfect choice.

Another small nod to the occasion with my double heart earrings, and topped off with this vintage inspired faux fur coat; I will be the most glamorous single girl drinking wine and eating chocolate at home with her girlfriends this February 14th.

If you have actual cause for celebration or an outing, I found a few similar maxi dresses and bold heart shaped earrings which I've linked below.

What are your Valentine's plans?

 color block maxi dress, brown faux fur coat, rhinestone strap flats, scalloped clutch-15.jpg color block maxi dress, brown faux fur coat, rhinestone strap flats, scalloped clutch-7.jpg color block maxi dress, brown faux fur coat, rhinestone strap flats, scalloped clutch-11.jpg color block maxi dress, brown faux fur coat, rhinestone strap flats, scalloped clutch-10.jpg color block maxi dress, brown faux fur coat, rhinestone strap flats, scalloped clutch-4.jpg color block maxi dress, brown faux fur coat, rhinestone strap flats, scalloped clutch-1.jpg
The Rundown
Color Block Maxi Dress Banana Republic similar
Brown Faux Fur Coat Banana Republic
 Jeweled Strap Mule Banana Republic
 Scalloped Clutch Matine similar
Versailles Earrings  Julie Vos similar
Bracelet Vintage
Pearl and Pave Ring Forever 21 similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Nail Color "Bubbles Only" Essie