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Mallory, wine, yoga, dogs, baby Oliver's mom, clothes, owner of @jolly's, comedian, dreamer.

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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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

the time I hugged a zebra

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Zebra Sweater-Macy’s similar here and here//Green Cargo Pants-Macy’s see here//Boots-Shoemint seen here//

Sorry for being a bit out of focus today. I blame everything on the weather. Like Everything.

In case you are just joining us let me briefly sum up what you have missed:

I (the gal in the pics above) am Mallory.

I love clothes and i shop a lot. Like basically everyday.

My husband and my mom don’t think i can take 30 days off and make 30 days worth of outfits from just $300 worth of clothes.

I am flailing around here trying.

You are here reading about it.

We both probably need a snack at this point in our reading/writing.

Ok, so yesterday was day 1. Today is day 29, right? Ok, ok, i still have a ways to go. But the way  i see it is this little ‘project’ will be over JUST IN TIME for all the amazing Spring fashion to debut. Into my closet. Immediately. Watch out.

So today’s outfit joins us for the juniors department. Which is my next tip in thrift shopping. The juniors section is CHEAP. Like way cheaper than the adult section. Now truth be told, i can’t wear the bottoms from the junior section unless i am going to visit the salon for a quick wax (too much? too soon?) but the tops are cute and fun and don’t cause me to get a divorce. The only problem is everything runs a bit tinier. This little sweater is a Large. Its such a fun piece and i love the Zebra goes all the way around to the back. Its like he is hugging me all day.

The pants were found on a 75% off rack at Macy’s and even before this little adventure they were a go to of mine. Plus they are going to be amazing this spring with heels and a fun tank. I. Can’t. Wait.

Well i am off to lunch with a good friend who i know will enjoy my zebra sweater thoroughly. I hope you are all somewhere warm.

Enjoy your HUMP DAY!

Mal

the time I shopped forever

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Long sleeve top-Target-similar//Sweatshirt-Target-exact//Jeans-Target-exact//Umbrella-Target-exact//Booties-Shoemint seen here 

Ok, so its time to get real. Not “Real World” real but real life real. I, Mallory Kirsten Lutz Kammeyer am a perpetual shopper. You might be thinking at this point-What in the heck is a perpetual shopper? Well it’s me. I have always had a ‘see-want-buy’ mentality. Ok, to be fair I have had a ‘see-want-buy-oh and throw in the ankle boots and that fabulous tank top oh and I didn’t even see that pair of boot socks, I have to have them-mentatlity. And usually I throw in a blazer for good measure (read more about my compulsive blazer purchasing here-is there a support group for that?)

So,  after a long talk with my mom (and loads of encouragement from Joel) we decided i should not only go on a spending diet but work to make a $300 wardrobe last me 30 days with no repeat outfits. Easy right-holy smokes so not easy. For the last 2 months I have scoured the sale racks or Target, Macy’s, TJ Maxx and beyond in search of really amazing (and cheap!) pieces to add to my ‘$300 dollar 30 day’ collection. I went, I shopped smart (and didn’t impulse buy) and for the next 30 days here I will be showing you what I have come up with. Oh and I won’t shop. Promise. 😉

This first outfit is entirely from Target-because I love Target, its a magical place. The sweatshirt was a left over from fall that I got for 11 dollars. HELLO! The shirt underneath is amazing and at $14.99 full price you just can’t hardly beat it (but right now it is on sale for 11 too so I guess you can beat it). I love the way they look layered up and if it weren’t for the snow today here in KC I would have thrown them on with a fabulous little skater skirt that you will be seeing more of this month. The jeans are Mossimo-boyfriend jeans.  I once had a pair of Mossimo overall shorts. I wore them incessantly for years and years, well beyond both the age and time of overalls had passed me by… Anyway, Boyfriend jeans are my best friend. They are cozy, they look stylish and they kinda feel like sweats.

Total cost of this outfit: $56. Only because I bought full price denim…

Ok, darlings, let’s see what tomorrow brings-on a budget.

Mal

the list…

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Top-Madewell-similar//Skirt-TJ Maxx-similar//Tights-seen here and here//Boots-Shoemint//Necklace-vintage gold chain tied in knot

In the September issue of Glamour in 2005 they ran an article called 30 things you should have and know by the time your 30. 21 year old Mallory poured over this one sheet list again and again. I tore it out and I kept it. I made copies as people in my life turned 30. I thought I was spreading some sort of magical wisdom for them to take into their next decade.

I am now turning 30 in t-3 months. And as I look back reflectively over the last 10 years I think the list has lost a bit of its luster. I have crossed off everything on it-except for a nice umbrella. I never could commit to paying more than $10 for an umbrella that I would inevitably lose. Or break. Or break and then leave in my car for months only to remember it was broken when it rained and I needed it.

So the big question is this-am I ready to turn 30? Have I mastered the 20s? Am I where I thought I would be?
My answers-WHO CARES? I have lived and I have loved, I have made mistakes and I have learned. I have taken adventures and discovered new places. I have married (when this was totally not in 21 year old Mallorys vision), I have grown. I have fought for what I wanted and learned the art of compromise. I have failed on both small and large scales. I have gotten dream jobs and I have been unafraid to quit a good thing. I have taken chances. I have suffered great loss as well as losses that I thought were great at the time. I have had disappointments. I have worn amazing clothes and I have bought the shoes. It was a great 10 years and I wouldn’t change a thing.

So my advice to you-no matter what milestone you are coming upon is this:
Do things you love-the things that make you happy- everyday.

Fall totally in love-with a man (or women), with a dog, with a smell, with a magical city, with a day in time, with a pair of shoes, with the most fabulous of leather jackets, with an old pair of sweatpants, with whatever makes your little heart sing-remind yourself everyday why you love it. Relive the love.

Don’t worry so much about your hair. Some days you are going to win and some days it is going to win. That is just the way life goes. And that is why god (or whoever you’re into) made tops knots and sock buns.

Get outside. Notice just how incredibly awesome the world around you is.

Take pictures and write things down. You will want to remember this.

Don’t worry so much if the scale goes up or the pants are a bit tighter. Just breathe and be healthier today than you were yesterday. Unless you need a cookie. Then eat it. Cause cookies can solve 94% of the world’s problems.

Take adventures. Lots of them. Take land adventures and air adventures and aquatic adventures. Participate in life. Whatever that means to you.

Do new and scary things. And live in that fear for a moment of two. Just marinate in it.

Enjoy every day, every cupcake, every walk, every phone call, every moment of every day.

Most importantly, don’t follow someone else’s list. Make your own, or don’t. Just live amazingly. Oh and wear the striped shirt with the floral skirt. Why the heck not.

Tomorrow I will be a bit briefer. Thanks for hanging with me.

Mal

the time I wore a sweater

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Sweater-Anthropologie// T-shirt-Haute Look sale-sign up here// Jeans-Gap//Sneaker-Converse

I think it is high time I was honest with you all. I love any article of clothing that looks like it would be worn by someone over the age of 86. I love it even more if it is roughly 2 sizes too big. You know what I am talking about here. That perfect oversized chunky knit cardigan that hangs down to your mid thighs. The one you wear over dresses and t-shirts but also, secretly, as a robe on Saturday mornings and at night to take the dog out.

This sweater is like that. Except it was from Anthropologie. I would have been better off hitting up the local thrift store and grabbing one for 3.99 but this one absolutely assaulted me when I walked in to the store. The color is AMAZING. Vibrant and loud. It hung there on the sale rack winking and shimmying at me until I had to come have it. It can pass for a cheery, wintery red or a bright, spring poppy. And it is SO. Stinkin. Snuggly. It feels like I am wrapped in Harvey and that, well that is pretty much is the best day ever.

When I wore this outfit yesterday it was VERY COLD. When I left the house it was 1 degree. Which is just about the rudest temperature there is. This sweater (and the cup of coffee I snagged) soothed my frozen little body all the way to work. And the fact that I wore matching red Converse All stars-well how can anyone have a bad day when that happens.

Happy Wednesday pumpkins!

Mal

the time I wore a crop top…

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Leather Jacket-old-similar// Skirt-BB Dakota-similar this years version here which now I don’t think I can live without// Crop top-KC Boutique-similar on etsy// Boots-seen here and here//Totally amazing necklace-Hautelook sale- Sign up here

We need to talk. I mean seriously. I am turning 30 in a few (like less than two) short months. I am not stressed out about this. My life has been amazing and I assume it will go on being amazing regardless of what number my age starts with. The only thing I worry about is my wardrobe. Does it have to change after the big birthday? Can I still wear jean shorts in the summer? Can I still pull off a mini skirt? Can I still get by with a bikini? Most importantly do I have to forgo the 2014 crop top trend?

I haven’t figured out the answers to any of these yet. So I decided to go ahead and jump on the crop top train before the birthday, you know, just in case. This crop is actually a yoga shirt. I love a multi purpose item. I have worn super casually for yoga but I also love it just as much with a silk maxi. Now that is one heck of a two-for (read toofur).

It’s true you can’t actually see any skin in this crop, but it is still winter, and 30 is still breathing down my neck. But the only thing I like about rules is breaking them. So don’t be too surprised when I show up on here and in your real life in a true crop top with skin and all well after said birthday. Cause why the heck not.

Have a beautiful day. Break some rules!

Mal

Cozy is the new black…

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Flannel-Ralph Lauren-similar//Jeans-Lauren Conrad-similar//Belt-Target//Boots-Aldo-similar

Sometimes getting dressed really gets the best of me. I love clothes so much, I love putting outfits together so much, I love trying new combinations so much that once in a while (like most days) I get a bit carried away. I want to layer, I want a tall sock, I want amazing jewelry, maybe even a scarf, I want textured tights and I want to mix prints and sometimes it all becomes too much.

I forget sometimes the beauty of a simple flannel and jeans. I forget that you can look amazing in something so simple. I forget the joy of an undisturbed pair of red boots. I forget how nice my neck feels when it doesn’t have to hold up a scarf or a pendant necklace for the most of the day. I forget that some days you just feel like being a little less showy and a little more cozy.

Last week I had some errands to run. I didn’t have to be anywhere spectacular, just running around town, doing a bit of shopping, enjoying my afternoon. And when I went to get dressed I threw on this flannel with a leopard print cashmere over top and an amazing black pendant necklace, a fabulous pleated green skirt, black tights and over the knee boots. I looked cute. I looked stylish. I looked fabulous even. But I also looked uncomfortable. Yes, fashion sometimes does mean suffering for fabulousness and I am all for a pair of 5 inch ‘dinner only’ heels that make my legs look like Giselle rather then a korgi. But for errands on a Thursday-did I really need it all?
So I changed. And I was happy. And warm. And cozy. And I still looked cute. And I still mixed prints. And I still felt pretty darn fabulous. Sometimes too much is just, well, too much. Even when a toned down version of ourselves includes red boots, floral jeans, a flannel and a leopard print belt.

What is your favorite cozy-yet stylish look?

Mal

the time I didn’t want to get dressed…

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You know the days when you wake up and you have to be somewhere and you wonder if you could get away with a pajama pant and a thermal top and an Ugg slipper as long as your hair and make up are done? I tried it once. Apparently people notice. Which was kind of rude.

This outfit was my answer to the “I am absolutely not getting dressed today” temper tantrum. Flannel Tunic (that looks suspiciously like a pajama top, hmmm)-check, fleece lined puffer vest-check, motorcycle boots that I have worn literally every single day for the last two weeks because OMG it needs to be spring so my feet can breath-check.

Some days I wish I were Harvey (the handsome devil running around the in the pics above), he just rolls off his Tempurpedic doggie bed each morning, gets his belly scrubbed by his humans, throws on his favorite, fanciest bowtie and goes about his day. Oh, and EVERYONE is impressed.

Until then, I suppose my oversized flannel shirt will have to do…

What is your go to-I don’t want to wear anything but I have to-outfit?

Until the next outfit,

Mal