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

all day dressing

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Day Look: Tank-Nordstrom// Sweater-H+M, old-similar// Jeans-Paige old-similar// Shoes-Toms//Evening Look: Tank-same//Sweater-H+M, sold out-similar//Jeans-same//Boots-Shoemint seen here//

 

So the majority of my days consist of 1-718 outfit changes depending on my plans. I hate wearing the same thing all day. Usually by lunch I am out of the mood of the original outfit and ready for something different/more comfortable/cuter/not what I am currently wearing. It just happens. I am ok with it. I have come to pack for it pretty well on trips. It drives my husband a bit nutty. On days where an outfit change is not an option I have a lot of anxiety. I can not predict what I will want to wear to dinner when I usually can’t commit to a sweater/skirt combination past lunch.

Anywho, last week I was meeting a friend for lunch/gossip, taking back all the things I had been meaning to since Christmas came and went and ending this all day event meeting Joel for dinner(HUSBAND). Needless to say, I tried on roughly 94 different outfits and couldn’t find a good fit that would flow all day. I did, however, find a solution that didn’t take too much packing, just an additional sweater and pair of shoes. And guess what-by the time dinner rolled around I was still pretty pleased with the way things turned out. The long gray tank/oversized cardigan was so comfy that I didn’t feel the need to get away from it and Toms are always a good choice when running around town. Truth be told I wear a version of this outfit most afternoons and when bumming around town. Then for dinner throwing the sweater over the long tank was a perfect casual night out when paired with the boots. Maybe I will go throw that on for the rest of today…

I wish I could say this was me turning over a new leaf. Not putting so much pressure on the perfect outfit. Not needing to change so many times each day. Perhaps being able to pack a carry on for a weekend trip instead of checked luggage. Sadly not. My name is Mallory and I am addicted to an outfit change.

Until next time.

Mal

First World Problems

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SunniesRayban, SweaterJoe Freshand its on sale for practically FREE, Vest-Macy’s sold out-similar here, Jeans-Lauren Conrad Collection-old, Boots-Shoemint (would you judge me if I told you have it in green also?)

Ok, so immediately following the over indulgence of the holiday season it seemed everything in my closet was fitting a bit more snug that I had remembered previously. And since I spent the season in yoga pants and oversized sweatshirts, spending time at home with Husband and Harvey, I really had been blissfully unaware of what effect sugar cookies for breakfast had on my waistline (and my thighs and my bum).

Stepping back into clothes with less than 100% stretch was eye opening and until I had a few days to cleanse my holiday sins I had to exist in outfits that didn’t send me into a two year old temper tantrum that would include crying uncontrollably, locking myself in the bathroom in a robe and calling the only person who could talk me off this ledge-my mama. This outfit became a go to. It hid my holiday muffin top, kept me warm and lifted my spirits because it included my two favorite colors-lime and leopard.

Things are back to normal here at the Mallory Manual and I am able to exist in my full wardrobe once again. But I will remember fondly this wonderful outfit that got me out of the house during those juicier days and all the cookies I ate to get me there.

Well hello there-First World Problems.

Mal