the time I fell in love

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I know it is so trendy to hate Valentines Day. All the cool kids are doing it. They all ignore it and call it a Hallmark Holiday. But you know what, I am NOT on board with that train. I, Mallory Kirsten Lutz Kammeyer am a Holidayaholic. I love them all. But Valentines Day, well any holiday that encourages eating copious amounts of sweets (cupcakes, cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, OMGOMGOMG) and large glasses of champagne and wine in public, without judgment. Oh I am so in.

The thing I am not in for, the crowds. I am not a very patient person. In fact I am downright impatient. And the thing that makes my skin crawl the most (other than stand still traffic) is waiting for tables. In crowds. Of over-perfumed people. No thank you.

So this year, instead of getting in line at an over stuffed restaurant, my parents and Joel and I are celebrating Valentine’s Eve. Here is how you do it: You just go out on the evening before Valentine’s Day and then do everything the same as you would if it were Valentines Day. It’s amazing. And genius.

This is what I am wearing today and into the evening. I love it because it is wonderfully red but also such fun. The top and skirt are both from Target, both sale rack finds and both so stinkin cheap.

Don’t you worry though, we will still have our own little celebration tomorrow. Just in our own house. Where we rarely have to wait for a table. Unless Harvey is entertaining. But he isn’t seeing anyone this year. So we should be good.

Total cost of outfit: Top-$8.99//Skirt$5.99/

Happy Thursday love birds.

Mal

the time it was hump day

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I need to confess something. There was time in my life when I wore tops as dresses. And this time came after college. I remember one dress top very well as it only got donated to the Goodwill last year. It was a purple empire waist tunic at best, though even that might be a stretch. I wore it to a cowboy bar here in Kansas City with black tights and literally the tallest heels known to man. It is amazing I made it out of that evening without an offer being made-if you know what I’m saying. I was obviously trying to impress a guy. He was a cage fighter. He ended up getting married to someone else later that year (in case you were wondering if Joel had a strange and mystical cage fighting past-he did not). He also ended up having a torrid love affair with his second cousin or something, the cage fighter, not Joel. Really dodged a bullet I suppose. Anywho, i digress.

The point of this story is that I have always been a sucker for a short skirt. ALWAYS. Short shorts, nah, but a short skirt (or apparently a long top) and I am in. This skirt here is SHORT. But I am a short person, so we go together. Most girls tell fiblets about their weight or age, I stretch the truth about my height. I am 5’4″ 5’2″. But I am tall for my height, so I can get away with it.

This is a great little casual outfit, and once the air is not cold enough to actually freeze my skin off I can see this exactly as it is right now minus the tights, but with Toms, or Converse All Stars, or flip flops, or no shoes at all. Can you tell I am ready for spring (but really summer)? In the mean time I will enjoy getting to wear some Valentines day socks on this Wednesday. Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, I totally tied this top up 80’s style and I worked it and I loved it and I will do it again. At least i didn’t wear a top as a dress…this time.

Stay warm and be happy today!

Mal

the time I wore jeans as sweatpants

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I work from home. Which means getting dressed for work in the morning sometimes means brushing my teeth and throwing on a sweatshirt over my jammies. This is not good. Actually this is down right bad. Also, when your husband calls you out for wearing the same Mount Gay Rum promotional t-shirt for 2.5 days straight its time to make some changes. Also, it’s time to do some laundry.

So for the last few days I have been really making an effort to get up and actually put on real clothes. Like the kind of clothes I could run out of my house if it were, say, on fire without contemplating a quick outfit change.

This jeans-oversized t-shirt-cardigan combo has become my go to uniform if you will. And when I really want to feel fancy I thrown on sparkly Toms-they are like the tuxedo of slip ons or holiday themed socks. Because who doesn’t love a holiday themed sock. And you want to know a secret, I feel like I get just a little bit more done. You know, being dressed for success and all.

Todays outfit was pretty cheap. And pretty cute. If I may say so myself. Plus, I have never slept in any of these articles of clothing.

Total cost of outfit: Cardigan-$4.99//V Neck-$14.99 (Boo for Full Price)//Jeans-$20

See you later alligators.

Mal

The time I wore zippers upon zippers…

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Sweater-Target seen here //Skirt-TJ Maxx-similar //Tights-old similar //Boots-Shoemint SOLD OUT similar //Coat-old similar// Hat-AWESOME here

Well, it’s Monday again. It seems no matter how many insults you throw its way, not matter how much you avoid it and ignore it’s very existence it just keeps showing up. Every week. However, one of my New Years Resolutions (read more about my thoughts on them here) was to embrace  Mondays or at least not be such a flipping slave to them.

So this Monday I am wearing a skirt ($12.99), some fun textured tights, and a great pair of boots. Because if there has to be a monday you might as well dress for it. The sweater has already made its debut in the 30 day $300 challenge (more here) and I am loving how versatile it has proven to be.

This Monday I am going to come out victorious. I am getting a lot of work done, I am hanging with Harvey who happens to be following my lead wearing a very fancy bow tie this Monday, I am headed to a new found favorite yoga class this evening with a good friend. The Bachelor is on this evening and I plan on wearing this hot pink stocking cap throughout all of my daily activities.

Total cost: Sweater:$11.00 //Skirt: $12.99//Hat:$3.99 Total:$27.98

Make your Monday absolutely amazing.

Mal

the time I fell for plaid pants

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Cardigan-Target-similar and still very cheap!//T-shirt-Target-sold out but here and here are some cute options//Pants-Macys-sold out but LOVE these//Shoes-OLD similar here//Necklace-Haute Look Sale- sign up here

Ok, it’s time for Fun Facts Fridays (because who doesn’t love a great F alliteration?)

A. Sex and the City debuted on HBO 16 years ago (OMGOMGOMG I think that makes me old).

B. Sex and the City inspired my love affair with fashion as I tuned in every week to check out the new and wacky ensembles that Carrie and the gals ‘threw’ together.

C. I purchased my first ‘Mallory’ necklace at the age of 18 in Chicago. Just like Carrie’s. (For those you keeping track that was in 2002)

D. I still watch the entire series at least once a year.

E. I am a total fashion cliche.

F. I am wearing plaid pants today.

Ok, so the point of this SATC flashback all hinges on these plaid pants along with this graphic t. When I first laid eyes on these pants it was love. My mind immediately sorted through my internal fashion files and pulled together a look from SATC Season 2. The episode was called The Awful Truth and for the most miniscule of scenes Carrie talks on the phone in her apartment wearing  plaid pants and a vintage t. And for whatever reason this look resonated with me. At age 15, when this episode first aired, i thought this was what fashionistas wore in their downtime. Like this is what Carrie Bradshaw would wear to the grocery store or to Hobby Lobby if she lived in Central Iowa.

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So, today I ran errands in a similar look. Still sticking with our agreement-all outfits from the $300 collection for the month of February. These plaid pants I have on are from Macy’s. They were $12. I feel like I stole them they were so cheap.  Both the graphic t and the cardigan are from Target’s sale rack. The t-shirt was $3.99 and the cardigan was $4.99. I have to say, wearing something other than jeans and a north face fleece to run errands in does change your outlook. It also makes people think you are a tiny bit bonkers…Oh well.

Total cost of the outfit: $20.98

Total cost of Carries similar outfit from 1998: $2,948*

Oh and for any of you out there that also LOVED SATC here is a little funny to start your weekend off right.

Mal

*I have no flipping clue. These are just random numbers I hit on the keyboard.

the time I had to go outside

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Flannel-Target//Sweater-Target//Jeans-American Eagle//Boots-Born old//Parka-Lands End because that what this has come to…

So for those of you not residing in KC, we got some snow. Like a lot of snow. Like 10+ inches of snow. And no one had to go to work, or run errands or even leave their house. It was amazing. Like 2 straight Christmas Days. And then it ended. Apparently the streets are clear and the time has come for us to all re-enter the world. But the snow is not gone. And the temperatures are not warmer and I don’t wanna.

But I must. I think I am forgetting how to interact with the human race (outside of Joel and Harvey). And we are out of milk. And Chocolate Ale was delivered to my local grocer this morning. And Macy’s is having a sale. That I can’t even participate in. Because I am not shopping for 30 days. So I will focus on the Chocolate Ale. Yum.

In any means dressing for this kind of cold is challenging. Especially when you are taking pictures of yourself and showing them to the world  interwebs. And even more so when you have limited your very vast wardrobe to a much smaller and less expensive set of clothes. But I faced the windchill and fashion won and I didn’t even have to use any animal prints.

The sweater and flannel were both Target sale rack finds and the skinnies were purchased on an American Eagle super sale just for this project. However, these jeans are so stinkin comfortable and fit so nicely that I may have to revisit their jean department. (You know, in 26 days) Watch out tweens: 30 year olds everywhere are going to storm American Eagles in search of these super soft, stretchy and oh-so-affordable jeans.

Total Cost: Flannel-$13//Sweater-$11//Denim-$20

Stay warm and fabulous. Until tomorrow darlings.

Mal