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 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 blazer

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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.

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