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 wore a blazer

LOVE mad about plaid red and plaid plaid rear view Blazer Blazer Blazer Plaid Plaid Blazer Plaid Blazer

Blazer-H&M oldsimilar// Dress-Forever 21 old-similar// Tights-Spanx// Boots-Steve Madden seen here// Red Scarf-street vendor NYC-similar// Red bangles-Charming Charlies old-similar

Sometimes I walk into a store and buy a blazer. I have no idea why. I am SO NOT a girl who wears a blazer. I think they make me look like a child playing dress up. They don’t allow for many activities what with them being so restrictive in the arms. They make me look so businessy. Yet, somehow I see them and want them in my closet.

This little plaid number called to me on one of my first trips to H&M years ago. With its adorable elbow patches and great neutral palette I thought FOR SURE I would find a home for it in my repertoire. FALSE. I have literally never worn it. Not once. I have tried it on. I have worked outfits around it. And yet every time I decide it’s just too serious for my liking.

That is until I put it over my little $8 leopard print dress. I mean if leopard print can’t save a plaid blazer with elbow patches nothing will. I promise you.

But I think it may have worked. I might even wear it again. Maybe. But really probably not. I mean unless I have to go to a job interview or court or something.

The time I wore a monogrammed sweater

M is for Mallory M is for Mallory M is for Mallory M is for Mallory M is for Mallory M is for Mallory M is for Mallory M is for Mallory M is for Mallory M is for Mallory

Sweater-Old Navy// Skirt-JC Penny// Tights-Spanx// Shoes-Shoemint

There comes a time in every little persons life when they learn to write the first letter of their name. It’s a magical day. It is also usually the day they end up writing it on the kitchen wall and their mom nearly kills them. I assume. Not that I ever did that. Ever. Promise…

As soon as I was able to write an M I fell in love. It was my M. I wanted it on everything, I wanted to practice writing it. I got M stickers and I stuck them on everything. Most kids grow out of this. Unfortunately- I never did. Call it Laverne and Shirley syndrome, call it narcissism, call it whatever you want. I own it. I have M’s around my house, I have an M on my Christmas stocking, I have a diamond M necklace and when I saw this M sweater at Old Navy for next to nothing I knew I had to have it as well.

The first time out of the closet I had to dress up a bit so I paired it with this fabulous (FABULOUS) gray leopard print skirt. However, I think it was meant to be layered over a plaid shirt and boyfriend jeans or even a cute pair of cut off shorts. We will see where the sweater takes me.

See you later alligators.

Mal

In the Jungle

Leopard

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Sweater-Forever 21 Similar here, Dress-Forever 21 Similar here, Belt-Jcrew (old) Similar here, Tights-Spanx, Necklace-Stella and Dot, Boots-Chinese Laundry (old) Similar here

I want to say something and I want you to really let it sink in.

My name is Mallory, and I love animal print.

Specifically leopard. Is there anything better-if so please introduce me immediately.

When it comes to clothes, I like to treat animal print as a neutral because they basically are. My theory is you can wear leopard print with ANYTHING. SO far I have not been proven wrong. Or at least no one has said anything.
Let’s just put it this way. If I can work a leopard print into an outfit-it’s going to be an awesome day.

This is actually a dress from Forever 21 (hello $8). If I told you I had two of it would you judge me? Cause I totally do…err… I mean don’t.

Xxx
Mal