Everyone is always telling me that I am the spitting image of my Mom and that we have the same mannerisms and personality. Well, seeing that she is not only a beautiful and stylish woman, she is also one of the most kind, generous and funny people I know, so I take that as a major compliment! I feel so lucky to call her my Mother and best friend.
Isn’t she the cutest?! I wanted to treat her to an early Christmas present and had recently been sent a gift card from T.J. Maxx that was sent to me with the intent to treat a loved one who I felt deserve a special gift. I immediately thought of my Mom, so we drove over to a nearby T.J. Maxx and ended up find the most perfect gray cashmere sweater for her. Seattle tends to be pretty damp and chilly throughout the winter, so this cozy little number was just the piece to add to her wardrobe.
She has been wearing it nonstop since we got it and has been layering a cute striped top underneath it for fun. I took a cue from her and decided to dress up in a similar outfit. I told her to put on a pair of my sunglasses so we could match and we headed out to the front stoop to take a few photos for fun.(Thanks Dad!)
If you get a second, check out T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods’ new holiday campaign, Bringing Back the Holidays, which focuses on shopping for people, not for gifts. I love that it’s more about about finding that thoughtful present that will make for an incredibly meaningful moment this holiday, which was exactly what it was for my Mom and me. :) xo
I first wore this dress back in 2013 and remember thinking that I wished I had some type of shapewear to slip on underneath, but unfortunately everything I owned at the time either didn’t lay well or felt awkward and uncomfortable.
The thing is, I don’t always love a tight body con dress. I am usually in boyfriend jeans and a button down, but when it comes time for me to pull out the fitted LBD, I want to know that I have the perfect shapewear to support me just where I need it. So, flash forward three years later (last week to be exact) and it’s smack dab in the middle of holiday party season. You know how it goes, we all want to look and feel our best when we get dolled up for these types of festive gatherings, so when I went to slip on my trusty LBD for a party last week, I finally had the shapewear to match.
The Comfort Devotion Hi-Waist Half Slip by Maidenform not only fit perfectly underneath my super tight dress but it also allowed for me to wear my own bra (which is super helpful seeing that I am a 32DD). The slip comes up super high, right below your underwire in fact, and has adjustable straps to help it stay up without interfering with said bra.
I’m pretty obsessed with buffalo plaid and I found this great scarf at J.Crew Factory a couple weekends ago when I was shopping at Woodbury Commons. Here are a few others that are super cute and affordable!
Outfit 1: Versace Sunglasses (c/o – Sunglass Hut) / Juicy Couture Top (old) / H&M Skirt (old) / Bebe Shoes (c/o – old) / F21 Earrings. Outfit 2: Versace Sunglasses (c/o – Sunglass Hut) / Top Shop Vest (old) / Charming Charlie Necklace (c/o – old) / Zara Dress and Shoes / Grandmother’s Vintage Bag
Happy New Year! Any fun plans for tonight? I am heading to dinner, then off to a little get together at a friend’s house. Even though the evening will be fairly low key, I always love to dress up and will use any excuse to do so. But, to be perfectly honest, I always kind of dread having to look for dresses for these occasions because most of the options are either sleeveless or strapless. Both of which I cringe at, especially during the winter when I am pale and my arms always feel out of shape. I feel like everyone has something about themselves that they are critical of, whether it’s rational or not, and mine are my arms, but with that said, this year I am working hard at accepting how I look when baring my arms and shoulders in strapless and sleeveless pieces. And now after teaming up with Dove (read my previous post here) and using their go sleeveless Soothing Chamomile Deodorant, I am slowly but surely changing my attitude and embracing revealing my arms in sleeveless styles.
Zara Vest, Sweater and Leggings / APART Jacket (gifted) / H&M Necklace / Pour La Victoire Boots (gifted) / Assorted Gifted and Vintage Rings (Grandmother’s pearl ring, Hearts On Fire diamond band, David Yurman cocktail ring) / Clutch (unknown)
Happy Holidays! Hope you all had a safe and merry weekend. After an extremely busy, yet very festive Christmas, I’m looking forward to a relaxing week at home before gearing up for New Year’s Eve. Merry, merry everyone! xo
RayBan Sunglasses / Zara Scarf / Charlotte Russe Necklace and Ring / F21 Cardigan / H&M Dress (worn as a dress, thrifted from Buffalo Exchange) / APART “Imagine Parka” (c/o) / Jessica Simpson “Tuxedo Jeans” (c/o) / Gilt Groupe Seychelles Boots
I hope you all had a relaxing and happy holiday. I spent mine surrounded by friends and family, eating lots of yummy food, playing games and catching up with loved ones. It’s always hard once Christmas is over, but I still have a bit of time left in Seattle to relax, enjoy my time here, and soak up the beautiful scenery. I’m also really looking forward to my New Year’s Eve plans…but more to come on that soon! Hope your Monday is a happy one! xoxo
Urban Outfitters Earrings / Banana Republic Blazer / Gifted Natori Top / Gap Boyfriend Jeans / Steve Madden Warrick Wedges
I hope you all had a lovely Fourth of July! My plans changed at the last minute and I ended up staying in town, but still had a great time. It was low key with no traffic, drama or stress, and consisted of eating and lounging on the couch with my best friend and her husband. We ate tasty polish sausages, corn on the cob and munched on homemade oatmeal cookies. When it came time to watch the fireworks, we grabbed blankets and foldable chairs and headed across the street to Greenlake where we had a prime view of the fireworks show going on downtown. It was an excellent time.
As far as this outfit goes, it was something that I just slipped on over the weekend to go grab happy hour drinks down in Ballard with a good friend. I’ve realized that I need to get these wedges in black, because as much as I love the cognac color, I think having them in two colors would be a good wardrobe investment.
Do you guys have a favorite pair of shoes that you wish you had in more than one color? xoxo
P.S. Don’t forget to use the special code MSP15 on your next online purchase at Steve Madden!
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