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

I dress for Girls

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The clothes:                                                                                                             Sweater-JCrew old-similar here                                                                                Pants-Macys old-similar here                                                                                    Heels-Nine West from a Haute Look Sale (If you aren’t signed up WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, it’s amazing) check it out here                                                                  Necklace-Stella and Dot

There are three kinds of women in this world-those that dress for men, those who dress for women and those who could not possibly care less (I have heard these people exist although I would be completely intolerable to them so naturally I don’t know any). I, obviously dress for women. I love fashion, I love taking chances and for the most party my husband doesn’t like/care/notice what I wear. Unless its new. He ALWAYS can sniff out a new item. Its rude. And amazing.

The day I wore this outfit I had a happy hour planned with one of my favorite people. Her name is Laura, she is engaged, she is a blogger-check her out here, and, well, she is just plain awesome. She also gave me one of the best compliments I have ever received. In our first year together she told me I make her want to dress better. It still brings a tear to my eye. And a whole lot of pressure to deliver an amazing outfit that looks effortless and original every single time I see her (which is a LOT). Some would crumble under the pressure. This is where I thrive. This is where amazing outfits are born.
I love the unexpected mix of this cozy knit and the army pant all brought together with the studded heel. Maybe others hate it, but I had a feeling she might be impressed. And if not she at least has the good manners to not tell me to my face. That’s not true, she would totally tell me. And probably blog about it.

Unfortunately she came down with a bad cold and wasn’t able to meet up so she is seeing the outfit right now with you all for the very first time. So Laura-if your reading this let me know your thoughts.

What do you all think?

Mal

73 and sunny

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Lace Maxi-KC Boutique similar here, Leather jacket-old similar here, Leather boots-Shoemint old similar here, necklace- amazing find last time I was in Jamaica similar here

 

It’s about this time of year-the weather shifts just slightly. All of a sudden 43 degrees feels like 75 and we are all reaching into the back of our closet for the things we shoved there last September. And before we even have a chance to slip into our favorite cropped boyfriend jeans and toms or in my case maxi dresses, the weather has gone back to its typically moody January self of cold and cloudy and endless.
I got this black lace maxi dress right at the end of maxi dress season and it never even got to have its day in the sun. So I have been trying to work it into my winter wardrobe. Though it is meant to be worn with a fabulous pair of sandals, a messy bun, huge sunnies and tons of bangles for right now it will have to exist with a pair of riding boots and a leather jacket. And really I think it works pretty well. You know-for those days that we feel like spring will never come.
How do you wear you summer clothes in the winter? Cause this whole jeans and sweaters and leggings and long pants and cold noses is for the birds. Spring-are you out there?