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

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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Flannel Tunic- old boutique find-similar// Puffer-Old Navy//Tights-Spanx// Boots-seen here and here// Sunnies-Raybans

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

 

All mixed up

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I love prints. I love mixing a print or 3. I love the surprise of a plaid cuff of a button up shirt and a polka dot sweater. I love a leopard print with a camo (I love a leopard print or a camo with ANYTHING truth be told). There is something about looking down and seeing a polka dot tight and a striped sweater that brings a bit of jolly to my otherwise dead of winter, can’t feel my toes, why didn’t I stay at home in yoga pants and Husbands KU sweatshirt day. And let’s be honest. It’s the little things in life.

plaids and polka dots

This plaid shirt has become my go to this winter. Every summer my brain and my body reset and I forget just how chilly it can get here in KC. The flannel came out in October worn with its sleeves rolled and has slowly morphed into the most fashionable undershirt I own. Sure, layered under an oversized cream cable knit its great. The picture of ski lodge perfection. But layered under this black and white playful sweater it is just (so not) plain fun and maybe a little dizzying. I paired it with Jeggings which I was totally against until I put them on realized that we were infact meant for each other. They are so comfy and they actually tuck nicely into boots. And when you have calves like mine, you need all the help you getting into boots that you can get.

This outfit is made for casual Mondays. Is that a thing yet? Mr. and Mrs. Corporate American-if you are out there-please let casual Monday become a thing. It would be magical. We could all mix prints and be warm and cozy and happy and wear jeggings together. Please.

What prints are your favorite to mix?

Have a Happy Weekend!

Mal