OOTD: Still Feelin’ Like Fall

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(Dress: Z Supply // Boots: Dan Post)

We’ve had a bit of a warm snap the last few days. It takes away from the Christmas spirit, but I’m not complaining because I hate the cold so much. When it comes to Christmas I still have a lot of shopping to do. I’ve done a few friends, but I still have basically all my family to do. How far along are you on holiday shopping?

The past few days my grandmother has been here while my granddad is in Canada visiting my aunt. Right now her and my mom are making cheese straws. I don’t know if you’ve ever had good cheese straws, but they are the best things. I practically forget how good they are until Christmas comes around and we start making them for neighbors. That’s a tradition I’m going to start when I move out. I’ve mentioned moving out, but I haven’t gotten there yet. The whole dying of Lyme has slowed that down, and I think my mom needs me here right now anyways. I’m perfectly fine with waiting, but I’m still daydreaming of decorating my own place.

OOTD: Uh Huh Honey

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(Hat: Etsy ValDesignsOnline)

I keep calling this hat my condescending southern ball cap. I’m kind of in love with it, of course it’s something you can only wear to certain places, but grocery shopping is more fun in it. I’ve started to wear hats more in general, or at least I’m trying to, I keep buying them then wearing them every now and then. I’m working on it.

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( Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: Banana Republic // Booties: Steve Madden )

OOTD: Otters and the Color Purple

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(Top: H&M // Jeans: American Eagle // Sandals: Target)

(Earrings: Target // Bracelets: Alex & Ani)

Hey y’all, I lied in that last post when I said I was almost better, because here we are two weeks later and I’m finally trying to say it again. Let’s hope it’s true this time- I’ve been fighting Lyme Disease for four months now. It’s a really really terrible illness, full of painful body and joint aches, high fevers, exhaust, dizzy spells, nausea, oh, yeah and those sinus infections I had. So, I’m really praying that we’re done with that now.

I figured I must feel better, because I took time to put makeup on today, which hasn’t happened all summer. And my mom has stopped asking me what I need every five minutes, which means she thinks I’m well enough to get it myself.

But anyways, more outfit details below, because you can’t see much of it from the overall shot!

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How to have a Minimalist Wardrobe without having to Commit to a Capsule Wardrobe:

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Remember this outfit of the day? It was a staple all last fall and I’m excited to wear it again. I’m trying to buy less this fall, and winter, and next spring. Why? Because I want a more minimal wardrobe.

I know capsule wardrobes are all the rage over the blogging world right now, but to be honest, I’m not that committed.  And when I see something I really really want, I don’t think I should have to throw out another shirt I also really want. I don’t think we can set limits on how many articles of clothing we should have, especially these extreme ones that say 10 items per season. They wouldn’t like my sweater drawer at all.

I understand the drive though, to live a simpler life, less materialistic drives, and have a more defined style. It makes sense, but there are ways you can do this without going to capsule wardrobe. Here are my tips to do just that: Continue reading

OOTD: The Dress of my Dreams

IMG_4802( Dress: Anthropologie // Sandals: Target // Earrings: Gift)

Do you ever find a item of clothing that you love with everything in you… but then you look at the price and are reminded why you never go into that store to begin with. It happens about every time I walk into Anthropologie. I love, love, love the store, but I can’t really afford it. But I go in anyways, and this time I was in luck, because I was armed with small gift card and graced with a sweet sales lady who let me use my birthday month discount even though it was the month after my birthday month.

It was still more than I should spent, and as I swiped my card I had second thoughts. Yet I brought it home and when I put it on for the first time I realized that I had a great piece that I probably would always be in love with. I wore it to a business meeting and I’ll wear it to go get dinner with the girls. So maybe I didn’t make such a bad choice after all. After all everyone’s all about the slow fashion movement now and making bigger purchases that will last. Maybe it’s time for me to completely get on board with that.

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OOTD: Blue Jeans in 100 Degrees

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(Top: Z Supply // Jeans: Target // Shoes: Michael Antonio // Bracelets: My grandmothers)

I was going to name this outfit of the day “Girls night out” or something along those lines. But when I stepped outside to take the picture and then go to my girls night, I realized that I had just put on dark blue jeans in the 100 degree heat. Maybe not my best move, but hey, I didn’t want to wear a skirt and I can’t get into the heels with shorts trend.

OOTD: T-Shirt Dresses and Magnolia Trees

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( Dress: Z Supply // Shoes: Target // Necklace: Silpada // Watch: Daniel Wellington)

I’ve been on the look out for a good t-shirt dress for what feels like forever. All the ones I seem to find are too tight and form fitting. Then I stumbled across this one while shopping with a friend. I actually bought it with Christmas money I had been hoarding in the back pocket of my wallet. I guess I was just waiting on the right thing!

After I purchased it I went to the brands website and bought a tank dress along with a swing tank for the brand as well. It just all fit that well!