Hello 2017!

Good morning friends!
Wrapping up our Christmas break is so bittersweet. Our son heads back to UF tomorrow and we head back to work. Boo! I thoroughly enjoyed the break, especially this last week. Having my husband home with me is terrific. Seriously just going to bed at the same time and getting to sleep in have been such a treat! Tomorrow I’ll be back at it with my 4:30 am wake up time which means I’ll be in bed by 10. Today will be spent getting things ready for the work week and making sure my college freshman is well stocked with all the goodness of home.

In 2016 I read The One Year Bible. I loved setting and reaching that important goal; it’s so important to start the day with a devotional and quiet time for me. That discipline really shaped my days and blessed me. This year I have decided to focus on happiness and getting out of my own head. Starting this blog last April was such a leap of faith and one that continues to challenge me. Each day I play a mind game with myself about whether or not to continue but ultimately I have decided to continue because I need the creative outlet. I asked Diane to join me in this endeavor because we had talked about it alot together but that’s all we were doing was talking so I took the first step and was happy she wanted to join me. I envisioned us working side by side taking great photos and creating good content – and hopefully encouraging women to take their style to the next level without spending a fortune. Diane and I both love fashion but we have different body types as well styles so I thought we would really have something special – something for every woman. I still believe that but unfortunately that’s not how things have turned out. Moving forward in 2017 things will be changing and I have some exciting plans to put into place!

This year I am going to make a concerted effort to resist impulse buys and hold out for things I really love and need. It is challenging for me to walk away from great sales especially at this time of the year. Making it a tad easier is the fact that our weather has been off the charts hot this fall and winter. I refuse to buy any sweaters because I haven’t even had much of a chance to wear the ones I bought last year (which were hardly worn). While shopping with my friend last Friday I was thisclose to buying a gorgeous sweater at Anthropologie. It was on clearance with an additional 40% off but I walked away from it – even after trying it on and liking it. I feel like I am making progress!

Today’s post isn’t all about what’s on my mind though. Here are some pictures from my new camera of some purchases I made that absolutely thrill me!


That’s what I wore on Christmas Eve. I bought both the top and the pants from Loft during one of their 50% off sales. In fact, I ordered both pieces while driving our son back to Gainesville after Thanksgiving break (relax, I was a passenger). Oh the convenience of a smartphone!
I found both pieces to run TTS (true to size). I am wearing a small in the top and a size 4 in the pants.

I could not find a link for my exact top so I linked two similar tops. Also, a word about my Kendra Scott necklace. You NEED one. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Her stuff is FABULOUS. This is the one necklace I can always count on, I take it on vacation because it goes with everything and can easily be worn casually or for an evening out. Trust me, get yourself one of her pieces.

Next up are those faux leather leggings I’ve been loving and wearing the heck out of! They are so comfortable and lightweight enough to be worn in this crazy 80 degree weather we’re having. I’ve dressed them up and down and love them both ways. I am wearing an XS in these.

I am wearing one of my favorite tops, so comfy and looks good too!

I included a few great pieces from Lush!

Well, that was quite a post! I will be back later this week but for now I hope you enjoy taking a look at what I wore for Christmas Eve and my new faux leather leggings. That’s what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, tell me, what’s in your shopping bag?

Fashionably yours,

Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday here



  1. January 3, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Your Christmas outfit looks so cute on you! I know you loved having your family all together. I am really going to work on the whole less is more and quality over quantity for my closet this year!

    • Kellyann
      January 3, 2017 / 11:30 pm

      Thanks Shelly! Yes, I loved having everyone together, ugh, my heart is heavy today. I appreciate your kind words.

  2. Andrea Nine
    January 3, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Holy cow gorgeous!! I LOVE those outfits…so festive, fun and HOT!! LOVE THEM, saying it again..LOVE THEM!! And how gorgeous is your family photo!! Such handsome men in your life. I know it’ll be tough sending your boy back, we do it on Sunday….dreading it. Back to the grind for me too and I’m in bed by 10 every night too. Happy New Year my love!!

    • Kellyann
      January 3, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      Andrea, you are too sweet! Thank you for your kind, sweet words! As far as saying goodbye to our college guys goes I don’t think that is ever going to get easier, man! My heart has been in my throat all day. Glad I’m not alone!
      There are some good things about resuming our regular schedule (although I’m having a tough time coming up with any at the moment – lol). Have a good week back at work and I’ll be thinking about you on Sunday!

  3. Laura
    January 3, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    I love your top. I have one like that very similiar that I got at Loft.
    I have really enjoyed Diane ‘s posts also. She has turned me onto the great It Cosmetics. I have also really added to my jewelry collection with great pieces you all have shown us.

    • Kellyann
      January 3, 2017 / 11:37 pm

      Thanks Laura! Diane does an excellent job with the It Cosmetics, I think she should model for them or at least be a spokesperson because she wears them so well. I am hoping that she and I can do some posts together, I miss my sweet friend but I know she’s been so busy. We appreciate your support and we’re so glad you stopped by!

  4. January 4, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    I am with you on the end of the winter break. I am not ready for it to end! You look absolutely beautiful in those red pants for Christmas and you look fabulous in those leather leggings. so glad you went for it and ordered them.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Kellyann
      January 4, 2017 / 9:37 pm

      Thanks for the sweet words! Yes, I am soooo happy with those leggings, I am still surprised at how comfortable they are!

  5. January 5, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    You look beautiful babe…love your outfit. Happy New Year!

    • Kellyann
      January 5, 2017 / 10:46 pm

      Thanks so much Johanna! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

  6. Lisa Johnson
    January 8, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Thank you for a Fabulous year of fashion!! I just had to use the word fabulous since my grandmother used that word often. You have to stretch out the “faaaabulous” though. ? She was a buyer for women’s fashions for Maas Brothers years ago. I wish I had her fashion sense. Looking forward to a great year!! Stay warm everyone.

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      Thank you for your support Lisa! Sounds like your grandmother had a dream job! I remember my mother talking about Maas Brothers! Being a fashion buyer was something I always wanted to do, it would be faaaaaaabulous! Happy New Year friend!

    • Kellyann
      January 9, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      Thanks Patti! These leggings are great and the perfect weight for Florida!

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