It’s Simply Tuesday

Hello and happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a good start. We’re currently experiencing lots of sunshine and mild temperatures here so I’m loving it. This morning I stumbled across the hashtag #itssimplytuesday and felt inspired by it. Simply Tuesday is actually a book written by Emily Freeman, which encourages readers to focus on today’s work, embrace contentment in the now, and slow down from today’s frantic hustle to enjoy what you already have. Simple living is something that I crave and strive for in my everyday life. This may sound like a contradiction coming from a fashion blogger, but I don’t believe that loving fashion and fighting against excess have to be mutually exclusive. I believe that I actually enjoy the clothing that I do purchase more because I’m not constantly shopping. The pieces I select actually mean more to me because I’ve carefully thought through purchasing.

 

Just a few thoughts in light of just having passed the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Enjoy the below items that I found expressed simple living in unique ways!

 

 

 

 

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Is Black Friday Shopping Worth It?

Getting this week’s post up early for obvious reasons!

So, is it worth it to go shopping on Black Friday? The answer to that is, well, maybe. Are you looking to score some absolutely incredible, jaw-dropping deals that you can only find on that one day of the year? Then you’ll probably be disappointed. Or, are you looking to score some great deals that or as good as or better than any other day of the year? Then you’ll probably be satisfied.

Growing up, we never went shopping on Black Friday. I remember the first time I heard someone refer to the day after Thanksgiving as “Black Friday” and I thought it was a negative term because I literally had no idea what they were talking about. (Suffice to say, now I definitely do know what it means!) As someone who always has and always will love to shop, I was finally able to convince my mom to take me when I was in high school, and I’ve gone pretty much every year since then. Now, I don’t head out at the crack of dawn (I think the earliest I’ve ever gotten to the mall was 8 am), but I do typically spend all or part of the morning out at the stores browsing for Christmas gifts. Over the past decade I’ve found some great deals on presents as well as a few things for myself, let’s be honest! I’ve never been hunting for a big ticket item such as a TV and I’ve never found a deal that saved me an incredible amount of money. But I have had fun navigating through the crowds, people watching and seeing people who have clearly been out all night, enjoying the new Christmas decorations, and finding some really, really good sale prices. I plan on doing it again this year as well. So while in my opinion Black Friday shopping isn’t a must in order to find a good deal, it is a fun experience, and definitely more fun than just surfing the web from your couch!

Something to note that, more so in recent years, stores are expanding their Black Friday discounts past Black Friday. Several start on Thanksgiving, or even earlier, and continue until Saturday or Cyber Monday. I’ve included a few Black Friday sales that I’ve found below. Merry shopping!

ASOS: 60% off women’s clothing, 60% off select men’s categories.

 

Nordstrom: 20% off select sale items, will also be marking down select prestigious brands, including Free People, TopShop, Adidas, Nike, & Vineyard Vines.

 

Target: Women’s sweaters will start at $10, and Mossimo booties will be $15.

 

Banana Republic: 50% all full-priced items November 22-26.

 

H&M: Currently has up to 60% off select items and an additional 20% off purchases over $60, will also have 30% everything on Black Friday.

 

Kohl’s: Rumored to have the steepest Black Friday discounts of any retailer this year, with a markdown average of 66.3%.

 

Macy’s: Will offer the best deals on doorbuster on Friday until 1 pm, and then again on Saturday also until 1 pm.

 

Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% everything in stores and online from Thanksgiving – November 26.

 

Ann Taylor: 50% off your entire purchase from Black Friday – November 26.

 

LOFT: 50% off everything.

 

Fossil: 30% off everything November 22-26.

 

Old Navy: 50% off everything.

 

White House Black Market: 40% off everything.

 

 

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Crazy About Camel

Hello and happy Friday! Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite coats for this season, and you’ll notice that they all have something in common: they’re all camel colored. That’s right, camel is the color for women’s outerwear this fall and winter. It’s a versatile color that can be worn with the most casual of and the most formal of outfits, and it’s not too light that it will show dirt all that easily. One of my favorite things about the color camel is that it’s such a classic color – yes, it’s definitely trending more this year than it has in previous years, but it’s always been around to some extent. Basically, if you invest in a camel coat in some form of the classic trench style, rest assured that you will be able to wear it proudly for years to come. There are a lot of options out there and I shared a few of my favorites below – click on the photo to shop the look! (Also, the top one is my absolute favorite. Such a flattering silhouette!).

 

Leggings Etiquette, Revisited

Today’s topic is one I’m sure you’ve already read about, whether on this blog or elsewhere, and I’m also sure that you have your own opinions about it too. I certainly have mine, and I believe that they in the best interest of those who wear leggings as well as those who see others wearing leggings. This past week I was asked what was my favorite fashion trend. Now that’s a big question! I thought about it for a second and selected leggings – truth be told, there are a lot of trends that I really, really love and can’t say that leggings stand alone at the top. But they are certainly up there. Leggings are both extremely comfortable and extremely versatile in a way that no other type of bottoms can be. When worn correctly, leggings can be really flattering, too (on the flip side, they can be equally unflattering if worn incorrectly). Here are my top tips for pulling off a pair of leggings and looking fabulous while doing it:

 

1. Don’t treat them the same as pants.

…because well, they’re not. This seems to be the main problem with our culture’s relationship with leggings. Women throw on a cute (short) top with leggings and call it an acceptable outfit. It’s not. It’s like wearing tights (albeit with less opacity)  and nothing over them, which you wouldn’t do. So don’t treat leggings the same as your jeans.

 

2. Pass the fingertip test.

Choose a top to wear with your leggings and see if it passes the fingertip test: stand tall on a flat surface with your arms at your sides. Is the top you’re wearing the same length or longer than your fingertips? Then it’s fine to wear with leggings. Is it shorter than your fingertips? Then you should save it to wear with a pair of jeans and pick a longer tunic instead. A simpler yet less refined way to remember this test: if it (the top) covers the rear, you’re in the clear.

 

3. Don’t spend more than $20.

Recently a blogger that I follow was raving about a pair of velvet control top leggings she was wearing. The control top I can take or leave, but velvet leggings sound like luxurious comfort to me so I followed the link to the site where they were for sale…and they were $98. What. In my opinion, that’s crazy. You should never spend more than $20 on a pair of leggings because, well, they’re just that – leggings, a thinner more fitted version of sweatpants. They’re so basic and so easily replaceable you can buy a cheaper pair and still find that you’ve saved money as opposed to buying a more expensive pair because you still won’t need to replace them that frequently. Save your clothing budget for something more substantial, like a nice pair of jeans or a leather jacket. FYI – Nordstrom Rack currently has nice-looking back leggings for only $10.

 

4. Say no to see through.

I don’t even feel like I need to explain this tip. On to the last one…

5. Wear patterns sparingly.

Patterned leggings are cute and fun to wear, but they also have downsides: they’re not usually flattering and it can be hard to find a top that matches them. Unless you’re under the age of 15 (which I doubt), I would advise only owning a couple pairs of patterned leggings at most in more muted prints, and always being sure to pair them with a solid top. If you’re looking for another way to add interesting to your legging options, try faux leather or another fun material!

 

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The Coziest Trend of the Season

Welcome to the beginning of my new six-month-long series: How To Stay Warm And Look Good While Doing It. 

Just kidding! Although it may not be a good sign of how I’m going to hold up this winter if I’m already writing about this topic and it’s only the very beginning of November. For those of you who know me, you know that I a) get cold very easily and b) don’t like being cold. Yet having grown up in the Midwest the cold is part of life about half of the year, and I’ve found that how warmly I dress can make all the difference, especially on the coldest of days.

 

Now, moving on to one of the hottest trends in sweaters this year: chenille. Personally, I have mixed feelings about this trend. On the negative side, it’s definitely very reminiscent of the early 2000’s, which is not all that long ago. I have a very clear memory of a maroon colored chenille sweater I would wear with a choker, bell bottom jeans, and glitter Sketchers. Yikes. Chenille has a way of looking a little dated meaning that it’s a come-and-go trend, so it’s not always going to be in style. What I’m trying to say here is that if you currently own a chenille sweater, you might find yourself years down the road pulling it out of your dresser and donating it, because you wouldn’t want to be seen in it in public again. However, there is also a positive side to chenille and it’s basically this: IT IS SO INCREDIBLY SOFT. There really isn’t another synthetic fabric out there that feels quite as luxurious and will keep you as warm as chenille. And, in my opinion, being incredibly cozy and comfortable in what you’re wearing is worth whatever future style risks may or may not arise.

 

So, if you’re looking to try out the chenille trend, I would recommend getting a sweater in a more sophisticated color (i.e. not maroon) or getting an accessory instead, such as an oversized scarf or a pair of gloves. Whatever you choose in chenille, it’s sure to keep you warm!