the time I was content…

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Living in a place with such harsh and unpredictable seasons is funny. In the Winter we can’t wait to wear summer clothes, in the summer all we want for is a 65 degree day when we can slip on jeans. It really messes with my wardrobe. Additionally on more than one occasion I have come down midsummer to find Harvey trying to slip on his Holiday bow-tie. Glad I am not alone in my wardrobe dysmorphia.

So today, even though all I want is to crank up the heat, slip on a pair of oversized jean shorts and a tank top and watch Blue Crush on repeat,  no judgement. Instead I am going to channel that time thcomes every summer. The day that I don’t want to shave my legs or be in a swim suit. The day I am tired of being hot and sweating through a tank top trying to walk from the Target parking lot into the reprieve of their air conditioning. The day when all you want is a hint of cool fall air. A need to throw tights on under your favorite dress. The day you buy new boots but know you won’t be able to wear then for 3 months. I am going to wear boots and tights. I am going to not shave my legs. I am going to enjoy picking out all of my cold weather accessories.

By gosh I am going to have a good attitude. Even though all I want to do is have a small temper tantrum and impulse book a trip to the Caribbean. I am going to enjoy wearing these tights and these boots knowing a day will come where I will want for this outfit. I am going to love layering a sweater over a flannel because someday soon layering a shirt over my bra is going to be too much. I am going to think positively.

However, I might impulse book a trip to the Caribbean.  I am not perfect.

What item of clothing are you dreaming of right now?

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

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