Flare Up


I had a flare up of the Monday blues this week. No particular reason just tired and anxious for this last full week of school to be over! Thanks to Irma we have school next Monday but then we begin our Thanksgiving break! And my college boy comes home! In any case, now that I can shop my whole closet for what to wear each day I find that somedays I am overwhelmed by the choices. I just felt like being comfortable and that called for jeans. I decided to rebel a little (wink, wink Mary) because Mondays are not in fact jeans days. Little did I know my principal sent an email over the weekend granting us jeans days through December! So much for taking a walk on the wild side and rebelling!

What started out as just a comfortable, kind of meh outfit actually garnered quite a few compliments! Who knew? Apparently everyone enjoys a good flare jean from time to time! As you can see the weather was kind of dreary and the wind was picking up but that didn’t stop the picture taking! It’s gotten a little difficult with the time change, this getting dark so early business is not a blogger’s friend. I think you can tell I’m tired too – thank goodness for sunglasses, lol!

So my jeans are old from American Eagle. Like years old. But so good. Skinny jeans are fabulous but there’s just something about a flare jean that skinnies just can’t deliver. Maybe it’s that they’re fitted through the butt and thigh and then flare below the knee. Maybe it’s because they lend themselves so beautifully to the boho trend. If comfort weren’t an issue I’d probably love wearing a pair of leather flip flops with these jeans but my middle aged feet won’t have that so my comfy wedges won the footwear battle.

So here’s the skinny on the flares #witty, they’re fun, they’re comfortable, and they do nice things for your legs. Now who doesn’t want that?! You can wear any top you like with your flares. I chose an old top from Target, the Knox Rose brand is one of my favorites! I just love the boho vibe. This one is similar. But I love this all over lace top , this velvet bell sleeve blouse, and this one. If you’re looking for a pair of flares take a look at this pair, this pair, and this pair. They are all under $30!

So, the nest time the Monday blues flare up for you fight back with something fabulous! I find the best way to feel good is to look good! Now tell me, do you own any flares? How do you wear your flares? Do you wish I would stop typing the word ‘flares’ okay, I will. Bye for now and thank you for stopping by, it means so much to me. Drop me a line in the comment section below!

xo,
Kellyann

The Long and Short of It

Today I have two new dresses to share with you. The best part? They are both adorable and super affordable. That’s because I bought them both online from Shein. I’ve shared some pieces I’ve purchased from them before here on the blog. It’s worth noting that I love buying trendy pieces that don’t break the bank while I don’t mind spending a little more on pieces I’ll wear for more than one season. Are you like that? Then check out Shein! So one dress is kinda long and the other is super short, at least by my standards. Without further adieu I give you the long and short of it!

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If you haven’t noticed I have an affinity for all things gingham and wine lately. I really need to quit because it’s almost full on addiction requiring a 12 step program. My name is Kellyann and I am addicted to wine and gingham. Ok, the first part of that sentence actually could qualify me for a 12 step program but I digress.

This dress is only $15 and comes in 4 colors! Of course I chose wine. Take a look at the sleeves though! Seriously, so pretty! I ordered a medium, should have gotten a small but I think I like it a little bigger and a little longer. With a dress that’s loose like this one I like boots that hug my legs. Loose boots look schlumpy with something so loose fitting.

Dress number 2 is only $14 and comes in blue or black gingham. I ordered a medium in it and you can see how short it is. Even though it’s short on me I decided to keep it as well. I am obsessed with the sleeves and of course the gingham print. It’s lightweight so I can wear it all year, it will be perfect with sandals!

This leopard clutch is divine and under $40! If you buy one accessory this year make it this one, you’ll wear it with everything. The quality is magnificent and the price can’t be beat.  It holds a lot too – it’s a fold over clutch so there’s plenty of room for everything your heart desires!

Thinking of ordering from Shein? Here are a few tips. Read the reviews on the items you are considering. Also check out the measurements and whip out the tape measure if needed. This has saved me from making mistakes a few times. All that said and yet I have two dresses in the same size that fit me differently. Sometimes that happens and in this case I am okay with it. Are you ready to give Shein a try?

Make this Friday a good one friends!

xo,

Kellyann

Shop accessories:
Chain-Link Statement Necklace • BaubleBar • $48
Women’s Baublebar Cosma Tassel Pendant Necklace • BaubleBar • $34.80
Women’s Baublebar Panthera Fringe Pendant Necklace • BaubleBar • $34.80
Women’s Kendra Scott Rayne Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace • Kendra Scott • $80–90

Shop boots:
Women’s Nine West Carrara Knee High Pointy Toe Boot • Nine West • $83.96
Aerosoles Tax Record Tall Boots Women’s Shoes • Aerosoles • $159
Women’s Bp. Fab Nara Over The Knee Boot • BP • $89.95
Women’s Sam Edelman Camellia Tall Boot • Sam Edelman • $134.96
Women’s Steve Madden Gabbie Thigh High Boot • Steve Madden • $99.90

Thanksgiving Day Style

Perhaps it’s just me (influenced by the 86 degree weather) but it most certainly is hard to believe Thanksgiving Day is just 15 days from today.  Are your plans set?  How about your menu?  More importantly, what are you gonna wear?   Not sure yet?  No worries.  I have you covered.  Actually not just me but a whole team of fabulous bloggers!

I am planning to wear this beautiful new dress from Old Navy. Remember when I bought it a few weeks ago? It’s casual enough to be comfortable and not fussy but pretty enough for the occasion. I definitely won’t shy away from picture taking in this beauty.

For size reference I am wearing a medium. I chose to wear my peep toe booties because they are super comfortable and look great with the dress.

Way back in 1999 we hosted Thanksgiving and while I paid attention to the food and the table decor I completely ignored myself.  In fact, and I shudder when I think about it, I wore a light cream colored tee shirt and heather gray athletic shorts with sneakers!  Talk about blase!  When the pictures came back (because back then they had to be developed) I couldn’t believe how bad I looked! Ha!  Seriously, it was Nolan’s first Thanksgiving and I looked like I showed up to clean the house.  I made a vow to dress better.

Our plans always include eating with our family and extended family.  We’ve hosted up to 30 people at my house!  My sister sometimes hosts and I am hoping this year that we’ll be headed to her house – approximately 4 miles from mine!

The weather is usually pretty comfortable.  In the sun it’s super hot but as it sets it gets cooler.  The weather should definitely play a role in outfit selection.  There are few things worse than showing up dressed for the wrong temperature.  Thanksgiving should be about spending time with family and eating delicious food – not worrying about what you wear.  But take it from me, when you look back at those pictures you’ll want to love how you look!

I am thrilled to be participating in this multi-blogger holiday collaboration created by the energetic Ada .  In fact I was ecstatic when I received her email invitation! I am hoping you’ll enjoy the series and will take a minute to check out some of the other bloggers. We’ll be bringing you all kinds of holiday style inspiration over the next several weeks so please follow along!

 

Read on to see everyone’s Thanksgiving plans and stop by these fabulous ladies’ blogs, today, also.
Michelle: “On Thanksgiving, it’s all about food, family & comfort! Adding a vest to jeans & a blouse is the perfect way to make a casual outfit appropriate for Thanksgiving dinner!”
 
Chrissy: “Every year our family of six hops in our minivan and travels to central Illinois to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family. I chose this outfit because I love the colors, as well as the reminder to be thankful.”
 
Kristin: “Living overseas makes it hard to be home for Thanksgiving, so this year my husband and I will attend a casual Friendsgiving. This red flannel has been in my closet FOREVER and I love it for Thanksgiving because it’s as traditionally ‘fall’ as you can get!”
 
Shelbee: “This year for Thanksgiving, we are joining our best friends at their house and decided we might want to dress up just for the fun of dressing up.  I chose a black knit long sleeve dress with lots of stretch to accommodate for food intake.  My favorite red paisley blazer to add some color and tall black boots with a modest heel.  A statement necklace completes the outfit.  Comfortable, chic, and fun!”
 
Monica: “Hey y’all!  The Thanksgiving holiday will be here sooner than we think!  I wanted to show one of the many outfits that I’ll be choosing from on Thanksgiving.  Over the past few years I’ve loved the whole casual vibes for Thanksgiving.  I also make sure to find outfit that will hide the food baby I’ll have after eating on Thanksgiving!  Since the fiance and I go to two different places on Thanksgiving we eat double.  With that being said, I love this top because the sleeves are such a statement that no one will be looking at your stomach.  Plus, it’s a super cute top.  The pants are really comfy and have stretch to them, so you won’t have to worry about your pants not being able to expand, these will expand with you lol.  Check out more looks like this one on my blog Jersey Girl, Texan Heart.  As always, thank you to Ada for hosting this awesome collab!​”
 
Linda: “ I love dressing up but I always need to be comfortable enough to serve and get everything ready for our guests. This Old Navy Tunic is a fav that can be dressed up or down at will.  With fun leggings and OTK boots I am fall appropriate.  Adding the pearls seemed to dress it up slightly.”
 
Lee: “Hi, I’m Lee and my blog is Wine & Couture.  This year I am hosting, for the first time, Thanksgiving Dinner at my home.  I am excited to decorate and have family over to share good food with.”
 
Kellyann: “Our Thanksgiving plans include dinner with our family.  We usually eat outside and don’t expect cold weather so this dress and booties are perfect!”
 
Ada: “My Thanksgiving plans are laid-back. Some of my family members work till the afternoon. But we will get together, have a bigger meal than usual, talk, drink coffee and love on each-other. I chose a semi-dressy outfit this year consisting of a thick, brick-red skirt (it has the cutest pockets) with a forest green+navy plaid shirt and some fun sparkly white booties to glam it up. Also, I chose a long coatigan (cardigan sweater) as a topper.”
 
Whitney: “This year I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family and boyfriend at my sister’s new home in Colorado Springs.  I usually want to be comfortable (obviously) but a little bit dressed-up and festive, so this year I’m wearing an on trend velvet top in fall colors.”
Jennie: “We are looking forward to having our four sons, daughter-in-law, and dogs together under one roof again for Thanksgiving! My autumnal colored shift dress is not only stylish with its bell sleeves, but also works well with leggings for a comfortable look that will disquise my holiday food baby!”

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XO,

Kellyann

CTC Week 4

Wrapping up the Common Threads Challenge with a lot of selfies today!  Although I wish we had actually had time to snap real pictures with the kitchen renovation in full swing it just wasn’t in the cards.  I’ve also had a couple of rough days at work which equated to very little sleep so there’s that.  Enough whining let me share what I have, because for the most part, I have been on my A Game with the challenge.

I could have very easily called this post all the ways with olive because I sure wore the heck out of my skinny cargo pants. On Wednesday I wore them with my college tee since it’s Destination College Day (I know for a FACT that our elementary school students are certain to pick a college because I wore the shirt) #snark #whycantweletthembelittle. We had another VEX Robotics competition on Saturday and once again my olive cargo pants made an appearance but this time with my cute graphic tee. The bathroom mirror was FILTHY so excuse that, it looks like my pants are spotted, they are not but the mirror is, ha! Then on Sunday I wore them AGAIN this time to the grocery store and Target. I actually had Collin snap that picture outside along with the pictures from Monday’s post. About this time I start wondering what the neighbor’s are thinking of Collin snapping pictures of his mom – like a weird Psycho-Norman Bates thing? Hmmmmmm…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve learned that creativity is key when a wardrobe is limited and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I’ve also learned that I am a mood dresser – so planning outfits in advance and staying the course is difficult for me.

On Thursday I wore my gingham bell sleeve top from Loft (p.s. it’s on super sale) with a pair of chambray trousers. I didn’t snap a picture of that ensemble unfortunately. Probably because I felt just sort of meh about it, do you feel like that sometimes? The outfit looks great in theory but once on it just doesn’t live up to your expectations. Normally when that happens I’m all about changing but not that day.

Monday brought another selfie, this time with my striped, embroidered top and magenta flame pants (similar).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final outfit I am sharing this week was not what I had originally planned to wear but with the promise of rain and somewhat cooler temperatures I decided to change things up. Please note that said promised rain never materialized but it was a little cloudy. I only worked a half day because I had a dental appointment (random fact I LOVE getting my teeth cleaned every 6 months, I know weird).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today (Wednesday) is supposed to be much cooler and Thursday even cooler! I am super excited and have no idea if I’ll stick with the challenge or not. After all I need to take advantage of the cool weather while it lasts (approximately 48 hours, we move fast in Florida – ha).

Nolan is coming home for a long weekend on Thursday and I took Friday off from work. We’ve only just started our 2nd marking period and I am growing very weary. Sometimes life is just like that and when I recognize it I have no problem stepping back and taking a breather. Believe me, I need it. What do you do when you reach your limit? I often find it a little confusing and difficult to truly decipher what’s going on – is it hormones? Lack of sleep? Crazy job? My gut tells me it’s a combination of all three mixed in with a kitchen renovation. Yup, definitely.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I look forward to seeing you back here on Friday! Until then I hope you make it a great one and take care of yourself!

xo,
Kellyann

Shop here:
A New Day Women’s Military Vest • $29.99
Women’s Otbt ‘Bushnell’ Wedge Sandal • OTBT • $124.95

Orange Crush

I bet if you went into your closet right now you’d probably find very few orange pieces of clothing, am I right?  That was certainly the case for me until our son chose a university, the University of Florida to be exact.  Now I’ve developed an orange crush.

On Sunday I wore this outfit to a family gathering to celebrate my nephew’s birthday.  These orange shorts were one of the first purchases I made after my son decided to attend UF.  I remember shopping with my friend at Loft and we saw the shorts on clearance.  Of course they were, no one wears orange unless it’s to show school spirit.  I grabbed them up and figured they’d be good to wear to a football game.  But I was wrong.


This OTS embroidered top I purchased earlier in the Spring.  I wore it here the last time. But I knew when I bought it that I’d be wearing it with my orange shorts this Summer. I love the way the outfit came together. Since I chose my long tassel white earrings I decided against a necklace. It felt like it might be too much and the embroidery on the top is so pretty and so trendy too! I am also wearing a new pair of shades that I am enjoying but for my family the jury is still out. Spending a lot on sunglasses is not something I normally do, these are $12. Maybe someday I’ll invest in a pricier pair but for now these fit my budget just fine!

 

 

 

I read once that orange is a universally flattering color, do you believe that? I suppose depending on the tone I do. In the Fall it seems there are lots of shades of orange but how about for Summer, do you own anything orange? So, orange, it’s not just for football games and team spirit, it’s a legit color. Orange you glad I said that? Hahahahaha, you know I had to slip an orange joke in here somewhere!

Thanks for stopping by, I so appreciate you!  Check back on Friday for a review of some recent NSale purchases I made, all are warm weather approved!  See you then!

xo,

Kellyann

Shop here:
Denim espadrille wedges • Gap • $59.99
Coral • J.Crew Factory • $29.99
Multi Check • J.Crew Factory • $29.50
British Khaki • J.Crew Factory • $34.99
Plus Size Apt. 9® Ruffled Chambray Off-the-Shoulder Dress • Apt. 9 • $24
Plus Size Apt. 9® Cold-Shoulder Top • Apt. 9 • $16
Women’s Apt. 9® Off-the-Shoulder Top • Apt. 9 • $14.40
Women’s Apt. 9® Embroidered Chiffon Top • Apt. 9 • $16
Women’s Apt. 9® Embroidered Flutter Tee • Apt. 9 • $19.99
Women’s Apt. 9® Ruffle One-Shoulder Top • Apt. 9 • $19.99

 

 

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