Life Lately and Loving

I’m sure you are all just dying to hear what happened with that striped dress that I fell off the wagon for. Right? It was a fail. It was ginormous and shapeless and just a big, fat fail. Which was fine, because I returned it. No harm, no foul. I’m glad I tried it because of my #FOMO, but I’m glad it didn’t work because I really am trying to do this whole 100 day no spend challenge.

It’s not easy. I see stuff that I want. So far, I’ve been able to talk myself down because the weather here in Michigan is terrible, and the stuff I want is for warm weather. There is no way I am wearing anything like that until the end of March at the very earliest, and that is a generous statement. The temps were in the negatives with crazy wind and snow this past weekend, hence no outfit photos. Sorry.

I haven’t stopped window shopping. I’ve actually been pinning all sorts of things that interest me. I’m really drawn to black, white, nude, gold and pink lately. Here are some of my favorite items. There is a very high probability that numbers 1, 4, 8, and 12 will end up in my closet. I love, love, love both of those pairs of sandals from Loeffler Randall. No, they aren’t cheap, but I am done spending money on cheap shoes that fall apart. I’d rather have less pairs of shoes that I know are high quality, than a lot of cheap ones that just get thrown out at the end of a season. I’m done with throwaway shoes.

 

Black - White - Pink - Gold

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13

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Five Ways to Style Over the Knee Boots

I think that as we get older we feel that we can’t wear certain styles without looking foolish. I think there is some truth to that, but I also think that many trends/looks can work at any age. Sometimes though, a slight modification may be necessary in order to avoid looking like a common strumpet or hussy. I know my limits and I know where to draw the line. I’m looking at you crop tops. Not going to do it. NOPE. I don’t care if I had abs of steel, which I don’t, I still wouldn’t do it.

I knew that over the knee boots were a style that I couldn’t pass up. I puffy heart boots. Boots are a really important part of my wardrobe because I live in a very cold area; I wear them almost daily during the winter. I think the key to effectively pulling off over the knee boots over the age of 40 is to ensure the boot isn’t much taller than the top of the knee cap. Also, watch your heel height. The higher the heel, the more you risk looking like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman pre-shopping excursion on Rodeo Drive. I know that isn’t the look most of us are going for. Of course, there are always exceptions… Like the Stuart Weitzman Highland or Hijack boot. Those are both uber classy styles (and uber expensive).

Here are five different ways I have styled my black over the knee boots.

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Full outfit details are available on the original posts. Click below to be linked up.

Look 1, Look 2, Look 3, Look 4, Look 5

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay classy my friends.

2015 – Intentions, Proclamations and Inspirations

Intentions

I’ve been off from work since Christmas Eve. I fully intended on taking all sorts of outfit photos after the Christmas hullabaloo to share with all of you via many posts. However, the universe had other plans… I’ve been sick since Sunday. I haven’t worn make-up or gotten out of my stretchy pants in days. This is what always happens to me. I run, run, run and then when I have a moment of down time my body forces me to rest by throwing an illness at me. It’s clearly done with all the shenanigans. And I don’t even drink!!!

 

Proclamations

Do you follow Rachel the Hat? She’s one of my favorite bloggers. Check her out. Last year she challenged herself to not spend any money on clothing for 100 days. She’s doing the challenge again this year and I am actually joining in. I’ll start my 100 days on Monday, January 5th. I’m sure my husband is going to be jumping up and down when he reads this. (He reads every post and is one of my biggest supporters. He also reads all of your comments.) One caveat…  I have $100 from Christmas that I may spend. That doesn’t count.

I’m big on mixing and matching as it is, so you will just see more of that going on here. A lot more. Hey look…  It’s me in a denim jacket for the 32nd time. Ohhhhhh… Ahhhhh… I’ve always said I’m big on classic pieces, which is what the majority of my purchases have been lately, so now it’s time to put my money (or lack there of) where my mouth is. So, if you will excuse me I have to go unsubscribe from emails and remove a million bookmarks to avoid being tempted.

If you want to join in let me know. We can commiserate together.

Hold me. I’m scared.

 

Inspirations

I’m continually inspired by so many awesome bloggers. Here are some peeps that inspire me on the reg. Go check them out…

Suzanne inspires me to wear more color and mix and match more pattern. She’s a pro at both. She also a lover of vintage clothing. Plus, she is super sassy.

Suzanne Carillo

 

Cynthia from My Rose Colored Shades does classic so well, while not being boring AT ALL. She throws a bit of interest or edginess into every outfit. She’s also from my hood. Respect.

My Rose Colored Shades

 

Hallie from Corals + Cognacs always inspires me to let my freak flag fly and to be authentic. I love her blog for her off the cuff writing style which is always a bit raunchy. I love raunchy. I’m dark and twisted.

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Annette from Lady of Style always inspires me to step out of my comfort zone. She is great at incorporating today’s trends in a classy way, so it doesn’t look like she is trying too hard. Leather pants… Am I right? She just does it right. All the time.

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Merritt of the Style Scribe pretty much dresses how I would if I was to win the lottery. Classy and chic all the time.

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Thank you so much for stopping by. Here’s to a great 2015! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

PS – Please ignore any typos. I’m medicated.