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Here we are, the day before Thanksgiving and I’m in a bit of a conundrum. You see, a few weeks ago I posted (here) what I planned to wear for Thanksgiving. Remember that pretty floral dress? Yeah, me too. It would be perfect to wear to my sister’s home to enjoy a delicious dinner surrounded by all the people I love. Well, just like our weight changes after the holidays so do the best laid plans! We are now headed to my brother in law’s family’s farm for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a nice piece of property with a pavilion, a lake for fishing, cows, and a small house. There will be a crowd of us so we’ll be using the pavilion. Did I mention it’s supposed to rain? And the hits keep coming…

Clearly I need to make some modifications to the outfit. This week was a one day work week, which I am highly in favor of btw, and I was thinking what I wore to work might end up being what I wear for Thanksgiving. It’s a pretty simple and casual outfit. My grey jeans, a white tee , waterfall cardigan (here or here), infinity scarf, and slip on sneakers (similar) are sure to keep me comfortable. If it gets too warm I can take off the waterfall cardigan. Most likely what I end up wearing with be something very similar to this outfit. See? I have no problem rolling with the changes, I mean honestly I’m about as flexible as peanut brittle, am I right?

All kidding aside, I am thrilled to be with my family and extended family at Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful for and I am counting my blessings. Just for fun I thought I’d share the picture taken back in 1998 (I thought it was 1999 but that was wrong, I was pregnant with Collin in 1999) so you all could see my poor fashion choices.

I am super thankful to be home from work this week to enjoy my family. As I sit here typing I am listening to Nolan playing Wii bowling with my 12 year old niece Carly in the other room. I picked her up early this morning so we could make bath bombs, do a little baking, and a little shopping for Christmas decorations. Nolan and Collin joined us for lunch at Chipotle and I am just over the moon happy to be able to have lunch with them. Our kitchen reno is almost done, the last few items are being addressed and I cannot wait to share it with you! The best part? In this moment I want for nothing, my heart is full and happy, I hope yours is too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

xo,
Kellyann
Women’s Bp. Plaid Infinity Scarf • BP • $9.49
Junior Women’s Bp. ‘Heritage’ Plaid Infinity Scarf • BP • $24
Knox Rose Women’s Lurex Stripe Waterfall Cardigan • $25
Bar Iii Open-Front Waterfall Cardigan, Created for Macy’s • Bar III • $41.99
Vintage Soft Pocket Tee • LOFT • $24.50

Black Friday Outfit

Today’s an exciting day as it is the second in a series of link ups for the holidays. Our theme today is Black Friday, specifically what we’ll each be wearing. It will take a sale of massive proportions to pry me away from my home Friday and get me into a store. Most likely I’ll spend as much time in my pj’s as possible shopping online since that’s my jam.

I chose to share an outfit that will work for a variety of events I might engage in on Black Friday. Maybe we’ll head out to lunch, or the movies. I can’t be sure but I can count on this outfit to keep me comfortable and stylish doing whatever it is I decide.

This outfit is literally head to toe Old Navy! My booties (similar) are from a few years ago but are still pretty comfortable on these finicky feet of mine. My plaid top was purchased in October. I am in love with the colors in this top. It’s primarily green (’tis the season) but has a hot pink stripe in it. I bought this v-neck sweater to wear with it and my mid-rise Rockstar skinny jeans in this dark wash were purchased last Spring. It looks like they are on sale!!!! My absolute favorite Kendra Scott necklace goes with everything so it’s a no brainer to grab and throw on. When I’m shopping I like to use a crossbody bag so my hands are free to shop.

Black Friday shopping used to be so much fun. When my boys were little it was all about grabbing the toys they wanted at the best deals or getting them before they were gone. As they’ve gotten older shopping for them is much easier. What ended up happening was I’d find tons of perfect gifts for me! I’d come home with bags and bags of fabulous buys. It was crazy. A few years ago my husband and I put together a budget and I find it much easier to stick with if I avoid temptation. We don’t buy gifts for the adults in our respective families just the kids so there’s no reason for me to go out searching for a gift. My husband and I do exchange gifts – my list is usually a mile long while his is super short, lol.!
Now…are you ready for to check out the link up? I hope so!

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Whitney: “As much as I love shopping, I am not a Black Friday shopper.  I prefer to sleep-in, eat Thanksgiving leftovers and avoid the major crowds.  I still love holiday shopping expeditions, though!  It’s fun to look festive but comfort is really key for a day of walking around and carrying shopping bags!”

Linda: “In Canada we are still going full out on Black Friday but I do like dressing a little festive knowing that you are enjoying a special Holiday. Wearing my new embroidered blazer from Target with a pair of plaid pants I have owned for a few years.I will not be hitting the sales on Black Friday but I will be thinking of all my American Friends enjoying this time with their families.”

Shelbee: “For Black Friday shopping at the mall, I must be warm and comfortable for waiting in outside lines.  But I also must wear enough layers to shed if I get too hot.  I chose a lightweight hoodie, stretchy jeggings, and flat boots for lots of walking.  I layered up with a leather jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. Minimal jewelry to prevent snagging…just earrings and my wedding ring.  Let’s go shopping! “

Kellyann: “This is an outfit I’d wear if I was actually going shopping on Black Friday.  A crossbody bag is a necessity for me so my hands are free to shop! I want to be comfortable so I chose skinny jeans, a lightweight plaid shirt, and a v-neck sweater to keep me warm.  Knowing my Florida climate as I do, the sweater will come off by noon!  Right now I’m only planning on shopping online.  I want to spend as much time as possible with my boys and soak up all that I have to be thankful for.”

Jennie: “I rarely actually go to any stores on Black Friday and stick to shopping on my laptop, but this year I may actually visit our local outlet mall and catch some sales. A lightweight jacket, hat, and boots will keep me warm and comfortable throughout the day without extra bulk.”

Chrissy: “Black Friday has always been a fun shopping adventure to me. I can recall standing in crazy lines for Bath & Body Works candles and Air Freshner plug-ins. However, for the last 3 years my Black Friday shopping is now on “Black Tuesday or Wednesday” with my mother in law and sister in law in central Illinois. On official Black Friday you’ll find me traveling on the road back to GA with hubby and boys.”

Lee: “This year on Black Friday instead of running around spending money and buying things we don’t need I am going to volunteer.  I am apart of a local service league which holds an event called Christmas House which gives underprivileged children a new coat, 2 toys, and 2 new books for Christmas (or whatever holiday they celebrate).  In order to have the items to offer we work with other companies to raise money or get donations.  This year to get books we have partnered with Barnes and Noble (New Hope Commons Durham NC).  As part of our partnership we will ‘man’ the gift wrapping table.  So my black Friday will be spent wrapping gifts for shoppers at Barnes and Noble while spreading the word about Christmas House.  Head to my blog to learn more.”

Kristin: “Since I live in Germany, Black Friday isn’t as big of an occasion as it is in the States. This year I’m going to be shopping online so I can still get in on all of the sales! I’m always looking for great deals on expensive winter items like boots, coats, and cashmere.”

Kimberly: “I would wear something comfortable and dress in layers so I can take things off if its crowded or the stores are hot.  A lightweight/loose top, vest and scarf would complete my look.”

Ada: “This year on Black Friday I will be working and give or take I am going to be out and about for 12 hours straight so a comfy and warm outfit with black skinny jeans – still work-appropriate – a black long-sleeve wool tee and one of my long and cozy chenille cardigans will be what I will wear. I chose burgundy desert booties for comfort and a wool-blend blanket scarf to keep warm. My workplace is doing the “Simply Give” event this year on Black Friday. I will be doing a food-drive for families in need and after that a mittens+socks drive+deliver. Between all the driving and being in an out of my car, I wanted a layered look. I think my ‘Fall Uniform’ is also perfect for shopping on Black Friday since layers are a must.

Lizzie: “On Black Friday, I like to wake up super early to take my siblings on a shopping spree in our PJ’s. We have a lot of fun picking out presents for our family and making memories along the way.”

Monica: “Oh Black Friday, so many people get up so early to go shopping and I think it’s become its own holiday as well.  I like to be lazy Thanksgiving weekend and I’m not one of those people who wakes up early.  I worked in retail for about 10 years, so I like to sleep in and take my time shopping.  I usually can’t find anything on Black Friday besides certain electronics.  So my plans are to sleep in, and relax until I’m ready to shop.”

Michelle: “This outfit is totally ready for some Black Friday shopping. If you plan to shop online, then you will be cozy in this pullover and comfy leggings & if you plan to head out to stores, sneakers & a cross body bag are a must for a full day of shopping! Either way, go get those deals!”

Hope you enjoyed reading today!
xo,
Kellyann
Shop the look:
Velvet Cheetah-Print Low Ankle Booties for Women • Old Navy • $22.50
Velvet Boots for Women • Old Navy • $22.50
Sueded Ankle Boots for Women • Old Navy • $22.50
Sueded Side-Zip Ankle Boots for Women • Old Navy • $22.50
Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans for Women • Old Navy • $17.50
Classic V-Neck Sweater for Women • Old Navy • $24.99
MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Large East/West Crossbody • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $143
Michael Michael Kors Leather Crossbody Bag • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $59.50

Inspired by Mary

Today’s look is totally and unabashedly inspired by my sweet friend who lives “across the pond” Mary of The Pouting Pensioner .  I’ve given her the nickname of Lady Leoprint and sometimes I boss her around a bit by telling her what to wear.  It’s all in good fun and she handles it so well, we both enjoy the back and forth banter of two witty women.  No matter that we’re on different continents, we seem to enjoy quite a few of the same things.  Connecting this way makes the world seem a little smaller and a lot friendlier too.

Mary published a post titled Channelling Coco and I was so inspired by the outfits she created it got me thinking. Side note: usually when I say this my husband gets nervous because it usually means work for him but not this time! Anyhow, I recalled one of my favorite jackets that I hadn’t worn in awhile and the beginnings of a recreation were born. My darling friend piled on the strands of pearls she’s acquired over the years, so in true copy cat fashion I did too. All two of mine! Ha!

I wore another pair of flare jeans. These are darker and have a low rise. I wore my favorite double strap cami and wedge sandals to work.

Another interesting story that can be woven into this outfit is the fact that it can be worn for more than just work. Case in point on the day that I wore this I had an unexpected golf banquet to attend. Who attends unexpected golf banquets? Apparently I do along with my better half. Let me explain. Thursday morning I’m putting the ingredients for our dinner into the crockpot and chatting with my younger son, Collin. He sees me doing this and says, “oh yeah, I won’t be home for dinner.” I casually asked where he’d be and he says, “oh the golf banquet is tonight.” Say what? I’ll spare you the details but this is what happens when your children are in charge of conveying information to parents. The golf coach texted the information to the team. On October 21. Thanks Collin for sharing the information with your parents! #blesshisheart

Back to the outfit. Everything I’m wearing is old (what else is new), haha pun totally intended. The jacket is INC from Macy’s (back when practically all my clothes came from there) and my jeans are the brand 7 for All Mankind (similar)from TJ Maxx.

I wore my open toe booties (on sale!) to the golf banquet that almost wasn’t since it cooled off at night.  Speaking of the banquet, seems I’m in good company with the golf moms.  When we got to the country club the mom who greeted us had a glass of wine #speakingmylanguage and two other moms had no idea about the banquet until that night! We had a marvelous time and I am grateful my son has an awesome group of young men in his life! Here’s one last picture we snapped at the end of the banquet with our favorite golfer.
That’s a wrap for today, thanks to my friend Mary for the inspiration! I’ll see you all back here tomorrow for a Black Friday Linkup!
Make it a marvelous Monday friends!

xo,
Kellyann

Shop similar pieces here:
Maje Tweed Short Blazer • Maje • $34
Tory Burch Tweed Accented Blazer • Tory Burch • $59.50
Magaschoni Tweed Cropped Blazer • Magaschoni • $39
7 For All Mankind 7 For All Mankind The Ali Flare In Dark Paradise • 7 For All Mankind • $99
Rock and Roll Cowgirl – Trousers in Dark Vintage W8-3405 Women’s Jeans • Rock and Roll Cowgirl • $79
NYDJ Farrah Flare Jeans in Sure Stretch Denim in Mabel Wash • NYDJ • $46.90

All My Faves

Happy last Friday before all the craziness begins! Although while my husband and I were out last weekend I felt like it had already begun. Honestly the stores were packed and parking spaces were few and far between. Thank you retailers for totally spoiling Black Friday, we now have Black November. That’s a total buzzkill for me! Anyway, I have a nice little round up of faves to share today so enjoy!

Favorite #1: As cliche as it may sound, I am grateful for the many blessings in my life. Although this little space of mine on the internet may not garnish tons of attention and brands aren’t reaching out to me I have been rewarded in far greater ways. Honestly I have made some great friendships with other bloggers to the point that when things are happening in my life I find myself reaching out to them. Crazy, huh? Maybe not, I’m not the only one feeling that way.
I received the sweetest little package from my sweet friend Andrea over at Living on Cloud Nine. You may be tired of hearing about it but she really is the sweetest person and a good friend. She helped me out a lot when I needed it most and I am delighted to have her as well my other gal pals in my life!

Favorite #2: This super easy, delicious recipe for Saucy Cranberry Meatballs. So easy and so delicious. Three ingredients and they cook in the crock pot! My son Collin took one bite and said, “Yes! Make these again!”

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Favorite #3: Cooler weather in Florida means wearing most of our typical wardrobe just a little differently. I wore this wrap dress first back in September and then again this week to an important appointment.  By wearing a cami underneath as well as my black boots it transitioned well.  Don’t have a wrap dress yet?  I got you covered, this one is under $40,here’s a great petite version, and this one comes in plus sizes.

Favorite #4: The laughter and joy of children. My 20 month old niece came to visit and I took her to the park in our neighborhood. Seeing the joy on her face as she went down the slide and climbed on the equipment along with her deep, belly laughs was probably my absolute favorite for the entire week. She also enjoys chasing my sweet dog Sophie around with the same excitement. While Sophie may not be nearly as excited she tolerates all the love so well. Indulge me and enjoy these pictures!


Favorite #5: Gifts of kindness. I mentioned in Wednesday’s post that my principal “gifted” our staff with jeans days through Winter break. This gift was better than if she had wrapped a present for each of us individually. Little things like that make a difference. This reminds me that simple gifts are often the best. Here’s what I wore on Tuesday compliments of a school bathroom selfie. Backstory – I hope you appreciate my smile in the picture, I had just finished a social skills group with 9 kindergarten and first grade student and they ran me ragged, lol! I think the radio on my hip makes a nice addition, don’t you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there ya have it, five of my favorites from this week.  What do your weekend plans include?  Travel?  Movies?  I am hoping to see Wonder, it looks so good!

Make today great my friends and remember, people don’t care what you know they want to know that you care!

xo,

Kellyann

Shop wrap dresses, including petite and plus sized options!
Fashion Union Plus Wrap Dress In Velvet Leopard Burnout • $64
24/7 COMFORT APPAREL 24/7 Comfort Apparel Peacock Pretty And Brilliant Faux Wrap Dress • 24/7 Comfort Apparel • $37.89
Petite Women’s Karen Kane Cascade Faux Wrap Dress • Karen Kane • $64.80
Women’s Anne Klein Animal Print Faux Wrap Dress • Anne Klein • $71.40
Women’s Soprano Ruffle Wrap Dress • Soprano • $45
Charter Club Faux-Wrap Dress, Created for Macy’s • Charter Club • $39.99

Stop, Drop, Shop

What in the world am I doing posting on a Sunday?  This does not normally occur so you know it must be important, ha! But really I want you to stop what you’re doing, drop whatever you’ve got going on, and shop this . No, I mean it. You will not find a better gift for yourself or another woman at this price point.

I own this infinity scarf and it is the perfect accessory. For starters it has fringe! It is an infinity scarf so it styles itself – no fussing, no mussing, no playing with it all day to get it just right. It comes in 3 colors and is under $10!!!! Oh yeah, and shipping is free because it’s from Nordstrom!

Honestly this scarf is a fabulous buy. It would make a great hostess gift, teacher gift (because teachers have enough #1 Teacher mugs – trust me), gift for your hair dresser, babysitter, etc., etc.. Oh an YOU! It would make a great gift for YOU!

So what are you waiting for? Stop, drop, shop now! Go get it! You can thank me later.

See ya back here tomorrow friends!
xo,
Kellyann

P.S. Thought you might also like to check out some booties that are all on sale!
Women’s Toms Deia Zip Bootie • Toms • $73.46
Women’s Dolce Vita ‘Sutton’ Bootie • Dolce Vita • $79.90
Women’s Sole Society Vixen Bootie • Sole Society • $59.90
Lucky Brand Basel Zip Up Booties • Lucky Brand • $45.15
A New Day Women’s Bridget Mod Booties • $34.99

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

Faux Leather Leggings

Nordstrom is having their Fall sale and it ends on the 12th. While there are lots of goodies to shop today I want to be extremely bossy and tell you to stop what you’re doing and get these faux leather leggings that are now only $18.90! I bought them last year and love them! The funny thing is I was super excited that I got them for the regular price of $29. I wore them all last Winter – to cocktail parties, dinner out, shopping, etc.. They run a little big, I bought them in an XS.

I wore them yesterday to the movies with slip on sneakers, a tee, and a gingham shirt over top.  Casual and comfortable!
By changing my top and adding my open toe booties and my favorite clutch I am ready for anything!

For fun here’s a little throwback to how I wore them to work last January when it was actually cold:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what I love about them. They are so comfortable and the fabric is breathable. I have tried faux leather leggings in the past and they were so hot – seriously sweltering. I felt like I was wrapped in a Ziploc bag and thrown in the microwave! But my friends these are the complete opposite.

Another reason to get these now is because they are so versatile. You can dress them up with heels or down with slip on sneakers and all things in between.  You’ll be seeing these again from me for sure!

You can’t afford to miss out on these faux leather leggings. They’ll be great for the holidays!

I kept this short and sweet so you can shop, now get to it!

xo,
Kellyann

Wondering what to wear on top? Check these out:
Women’s Caslon Long Sleeve Side Tie Tee • Caslon • $23.40
Women’s Bobeau Double Ruffle Sleeve Top • Bobeau • $29.40
Women’s Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top • Gibson • $49
Women’s Leith Bell Sleeve Top • Leith • $26.98
Women’s Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top • Gibson • $32.83
Women’s Free People Londontown Thermal Tee • Free People • $40.80
Women’s Bobeau Butter High/low Top • Bobeau • $42

Cutting the Mustard

To reach the required standards; come up to expectations. Why that’s what the old saying “cutting the mustard” means. Have you heard it before? It’s what popped into my head when I started planning this post. Mustard is one of those colors that not everyone can wear, or can they? I’ll be the first to admit it is not a color I reach for any other time of the year but Fall. My coloring doesn’t lend well to having it up near my face but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it layered as a cardigan or as pants.

Last week we were fortunate to have a few days of cool temperatures so I busted out my old mustard cardigan. I have had this cardigan for several years now. In the past I’ve worn it with my blue and white gingham blouse and I loved the way it looked. When I wore it last week (a day I was obviously going rogue as far as the common thread challenge goes) I decided to keep the blouse simple and add color with my pants and scarf. The colors in the scarf work better close to my face than the color of the cardigan. You might wonder why I’d even want a cardigan in a color that isn’t flattering on me. There probably isn’t a really good answer except it looks good with so many other colors and just kind of screams Fall to me.If you are wondering what to pair mustard with just think of how it appears in nature; the color of the leaves and other greenery for starters. Mustard also pairs nicely with leopard, but then again doesn’t everything pair nicely with leopard? Why yes, yes it does! Did you notice my favorite leopard cuff? I think an infinity scarf is always a good idea- no fuss, no muss, they style themselves!
Well friends, that about does it for me today. We are nearing the finish line of our kitchen renovation and these last few steps have been the hardest. We had the interior of our home painted and replaced the tile around our fireplace. Every room in the house has been disturbed by this process so there is literally no clean, neat organized space and it is driving me CRAZY! Thank goodness we shot these photos last week! I am hoping to share photos of all of this madness soon, it really is coming together beautifully and I am extremely grateful that we’re doing this!

Make it a great weekend friends!

xo,
Kellyann

Shop similar pieces:
Tall Leggings in Sateen Five Pocket in Marisa Fit • LOFT • $59.99–69.50
Skinny Brushed Corduroy Pants in Curvy • LOFT • $59.50
Skinny Sanded Sateen Cargo Pants • LOFT • $79.50
Classic Boyfriend Cardigan • LOFT • $49.50
Pointelle Open Cardigan • LOFT • $59.50
Plaid Infinity Scarf • LOFT • $39.50
Junior Women’s Bp. ‘Heritage’ Plaid Infinity Scarf • BP • $24
Women’s Bp. Plaid Infinity Scarf • BP • $19
Women’s Bp. Plaid Infinity Scarf • BP • $19

Common Threads Wrap Up

Well, I did it.  Like Sinatra, my way, but I did it.  I have never participated in a style challenge before so this was a big deal for me.  Incorporating the same 5 pieces into each outfit worn for a month seemed pretty reasonable unlike other challenges that are more restrictive.  I know I am not cut out to ever do a capsule wardrobe, I am way too much of a mood dresser for that business!  Here’s a little recap of the last few days of the challenge!

I wore this on Friday shopping during the day and then out for happy hour with friends. The temperature was actually cool enough all day to keep the scarf on. A cargo vest is the perfect piece to add a little extra style to an otherwise plain outfit. Personally I love wearing mine because it hides back fat! Yup, I said it. If I’m wearing a tee or other knit top it’s pretty much a guarantee that there will be some type of bulge near my bra straps, the vest takes care of that! I have been chomping at the bit to wear my new camo scarf (similar). My skinny jeans and open toe booties kept me comfortable all day and night!
On Saturday night we went to dinner with Nolan and his girlfriend and then to our nephew’s annual haunt. The haunt did not disappoint and as always I am impressed by the creativity of these young people. I tried a selfie in our kitchen and then had to take a bathroom selfie of my ensemble du jour!  Hopefully you get the idea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I chose my skinny cargo pants. It was warmer Saturday night and rainy so I chose an OTS top and this stacked stone necklace.

Sunday we said goodbye to Nolan – boo! Another cool front blew in so I was able to bundle up (Florida style – ha!) for an afternoon of grocery shopping and lunch out at the gas station! Yes, you read that right we picked up subs from Wawa. I had never had their subs before but they were good and we’re fancy like that! While the venue for our lunch date wasn’t a winner (necessarily) I thought my outfit was!  Sticking with the challenge I wore my gingham bell sleeve top from Loft but this time I wore it with a black duster and jeans. I loved the result and wearing the top layered like this kept me warm.

Monday meant back to work and another chance to wear my new camo scarf (similar). This time with my cargo pants, a blush colored button up shirt, booties, and a shearling vest. By most standards it wouldn’t be necessary to whip out a shearling vest but once it dips below 75 it’s fare game for all outerwear. We’re all like, “Hey, it’s freezing, let’s light a fire! Turn on the seat warmers, crank up the electric blanket!” Not even kidding! I’ve come to the conclusion our homes are not insulated properly. I should also add I am not complaining because I LOVE it cold!!!!!

So that’s it friends. How I ended October with the Common Threads Challenge. While it was fun mixing and matching my 5 pieces I am ready to move on and retire them for a bit. How about you? Would you ever commit to a clothing challenge?

Thanks for stopping by, I am looking forward to seeing you back here on Friday! Until then, make it a great one!
xo,
Kellyann

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Welcome to the last Monday of October and with it the promise of a fresh start for a new week.  For me, after a long weekend, I am hoping to return to work refreshed.  My weekend was a wonderful one with our oldest home from school, a little shopping, happy hour with our best friends, and family time.  Our kitchen reno is nearing the finish line too.  Today the painter comes to begin painting the interior of our home, tomorrow appliances arrive, and possibly granite at the end of the week.  We still have cabinetry to be delivered but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your kindness, I appreciate the supportive comments from this community.  What started as a fashion/style blog has become a place to share and connect and the experience has been cathartic.  Thank you, for real!

On Friday I made my way to Old Navy.  I had placed an online order a few weeks ago and unfortunately everything I ordered was TOO SMALL.  In fact, the three dresses I ordered were so short and tight I felt like the Hulk in them.  While vanity sizing is alive and well at some retailers, I’m lookin’ at you Loft, at Old Navy the reality hit me like a smack in the face.  This right here?  Is the reason one should NEVER let the number on a clothing tag dictate self worth.

Seems I was mostly dress obsessed at Old Navy, take a look at what I tried on. Although I wasn’t really looking for a jacket I could hardly pass up this one. I wanted the cognac color but they didn’t have it in my size so I tried the wine color in a medium. It was too big. It is perfect for my climate so later that day I stopped in another Old Navy and found it! Score! It’s a bit pricey by my Old Navy standards but I did have $20 of Super Cash which made it more affordable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dress was such a disappointment. I tried it on in both a small and a medium and they were equally horrible. Bottom line this cut is not for my body type. However, the dress is lined and seems well made, and it should be because the price tag said $54! Whaaaaat? Hello, Old Navy, yeah, $54 is unacceptable for a polyester dress even if it is lined. Please adjust the price accordingly, if I’m paying $54 for a dress I better not be standing on a cement floor in the fitting room. For $54 I better be at Gap or Banana with carpeting and higher quality hangers, just sayin’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like the cut of this dress. I’m wearing a medium. Wear it now with sandals or booties and when it gets cooler with boots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apparently I not only enjoy drinking wine I like wearing it as well. This dress is versatile and flattering. I look forward to wearing it for Fall and Winter with boots and scarves. I think a long cardigan or duster would be great too – stay tuned! I am wearing a medium.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next dress was one I had originally ordered in solid black in a small. It was way too short! In my store I couldn’t find a solid black so I ended up getting the black floral in a medium. I love the bright colors and the cut!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My love for plaid shirts in pretty colors runs deep and I love this style from Old Navy. The shirts are soft, relaxed fit, and wash well. I was drawn to the colors in this one, it’s green and has a hot pink stripe running through it. Again, I am wearing a medium. LOVE this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally I tried on a pair of french terry joggers in heather grey, size medium. Although I didn’t buy them that day I’ll be back to get them. See? I show some restraint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw lots of other goodies at Old Navy but for some reason I was on the hunt for Fall dresses. If you’re in the market for dresses I highly suggest you take a look. Thanks for coming along with me and I hope you found my experience helpful. I always find it more helpful to see clothes on real women rather than the models online.
On Wednesday I’ll be back with a wrap up post on the Common Threads Challenge. Can you believe it will be November 1? Oh my word, the year is coming quickly to a close. The good news? So is this post! See ya Wednesday friends and as always thank you for stopping by. I am participating in some link ups – check the top right corner on this page to see where and with who!
xo,
Kellyann