Outfit Post: Bundled Up in Blue

Is this coat blue or mint? I’m not quite sure. I’m not colorblind but I’ll pretend for the sake of this post’s title.

I love this coat but you have to work the angles with it. It’s definitely oversized but when paired with a simple, sleek combo of skinny jeans and a tee, it works. I’ve been wearing it with dark basics (like when I wore it here) to let the coat do all the talking. Even when it makes me look a little large (see picture #2), I can’t be mad because it is so crazy warm.

You guys, it is my favorite day of work all year. Our company Secret Santa + Christmas party. A while back I would have been among those that absolutely dread a company function but one thing I am thankful for every day is the awesome crew of people I work with. I know that sounds sappy and cheesy but it’s true. Sometimes the minutiae of the job may stink but if you work with good people, it makes going to work fun. I scored a pretty sweet calendar from my secret santa and now it’s time to get jazzed up for dinner. Last year I had to pass on the holiday libations (and after-dinner fun) so I am looking forward to making up for lost time. I’m sure I’ll be paying for it tomorrow but oh well. Basically what I’m saying is, if I don’t post tomorrow – you’ll know why.

Oversized Coat: Old Navy; Giraffe Print Scarf: Colonial Designs (Louisville gals – pop in and check out all their great gifts, clothes and accessories); Tee: Nordstrom Rack; Jeans: Urban Outfitters; Heels: BCBG Max Azria (so old – seen here, here and about a million other times but I’ll spare you the links)

Photos by Whitney Neal

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Favorite Things: One Less Errand to Run Thanks to Dryel

I hate running errands. Like hate it with a passion.

I didn’t used to but I quickly learned that with kids, anything that should only take a couple minutes will inevitably take 5x longer. I think it’s Newton’s lost fourth law of motion.

Anything that can save me from having to spend Saturday mornings getting to tasks I obviously never made it to during the week is a huge win in my book. So when Dryel asked me to become a brand ambassador and try out their at-home dry cleaning system, I was all about it. Especially because when it comes to the hell that is running errands, the dry cleaner is the absolute worst. Carrying all that stuff in, trying to make sure your kid isn’t playing in traffic while avoiding judgement from passerby’s (with NOTHING in their hands) while also managing to lug in a giant car seat – no thank you.

For my latest dry cleaning runs, all I have to do it trek down to my basement (which is safe from judgmental passerby’s). The kits include everything you need to keep your ‘dry clean only’ and delicates safe. You just break out the booster spray to treat any spots or stains and then throw everything in the dryer bag alongside an Ultra-Cleaning Cloth. Then you throw it all in the dryer for 15 minutes (quick refresh) or 30 minutes (deep clean). I’ve already used it on the sequin jacket below (it got an unfortunate wine stain on it at dinner) and these dresses that I needed to get back in the rotation fast for the holidays.  The starter kit is only $7 so I suggest you throw it in your cart on your next “what am I here for?” Target run. Definitely better than anything you’re going to find in that dollar aisle.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dryel but all rambling opinions and thoughts are my own. As always, I would never talk about a brand or product I didn’t actually use and totally dig. 


Outfit Post: Casual Holiday

These pants. I love ‘em so much.

I’ve worn them to parties, to work, with fur and now I’m wearing them super casual with sneakers. And if you see me in the next week, the chance I’ll be wearing them is high. This is their season so I’ve gotta get my money’s worth. You know, cost per wear (so low with these). You all know I love sneakers too and I may or may not have snagged another pair today (they were on such good sale and the only size left was, you guessed it, mine).

All these holiday sales purchases have made me decide to do another #NoNewThings challenge for January. Going to gather that Pinterest inspiration and put it to work in my closet.  The good news, you probably won’t see these pants again until next year … well, maybe one more time.

p.s. – you have one more day to enter the pretty paper giveaway with The Paper Exchange, What the Print and Johanna Ehnle.

Plaid Pants: Old Navy (seen before here); Black Oversized Sweater: c/o H&M (seen before here); Sneakers: New Balance from J.Crew (seen before here); Necklaces: c/o Julie Vos and Peggy Li


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