Plaid and Pearls

I hereby declare this plaid week! I didn’t even try to wear this much plaid, but when you have a lot, you end up wearing it a lot. As soon as I bought this skirt (last seen here), I knew I wanted to pair it with navy. After that, I struggled a little bit on how to accessorize it. Many of my necklaces seemed to overwhelm the outfit, rather than letting the plaid skirt shine. Then I remembered a little tip. Pearls make everything better. So that is what I did. Plaid and pearls for the win!

Lets talk about this sweater – the Lands’ End drifter sweater is seriously perfect. If you are in the market for a high quality sweater, check this one out. There are tons of colors and styles to choose from as well. You can see a bunch of them in the widget at the bottom of this post.

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Wearing:
Drifter sweater via Lands’ End
Green plaid skirt via Old Navy
Clarks boots (similar)
GiGi New York cross body (similar – under $40!)
Pearl necklace

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November Reads

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Uhh, how is it already December? It feels like I just wrote my October reads post like a week ago. Plus I know the rest of December will fly by too. I can tell I was busy in November, as I only completed 4 books. I had one other book that I was reading and then my license to read it expired when I had like 20 pages left. That is one con of e-books, that is for sure!

The Martian by Andy Weir: I finally got a chance to read this and it did not disappoint. I loved Mark’s dry humored his innovative fixes. The interludes to what people back on Earth are trying to do to save him were fascinating too. I have read other reviews saying that the technical stuff was a little much, but I’m a geek, and loved it.
   Rating 5 out of 5  
   c/o Bloggin for Books

The Palace Job by Patrick Weeks: This is a fun book. You have a pretty bad-ass lead woman in Loch. And her “sidekick” has some pretty hilarious lines. There is magic, intrigue and all sorts of twists and turns. Plus a shape shifting unicorn who has a thing for virgins. How can you not like a book with that?
   Rating 3 out of 5  
   c/o Netgalley

Horizon by Tabitha Lord: This wasn’t a bad book. But it wasn’t a good one either. An empath, Caeli, saves a Derek when his spaceship crashes on her planet. She is running from a nasty past. They quickly (too quickly) fall in love and she leaves with with him when he is picked up by some of his crew. Then they go to another work that is almost in revolt due to a mean non-human race. They help save the planet using Caeli’s empathic ability. I will say that the world building was quite good. I just really disliked the insta-love.
   Rating 2.5 out of 5  
   c/o Netgalley

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey: Another one that I finally got to cross off my to-read list. And I’m happy to say it lived up to the hype. This is one of those books that kind of creeps you out, but in a good way. The world as we know it has changed due to worldwide pandemic of a fungus that changes people into zombies. This book follows Melanie, a girl who is more than what it initially seems. There is fantastic world building in this one. Plus the characters characters are darn good. I definitely recommend, but be ready for some heebie-jeebies.
   Rating 4 out of 5  

 

What have you been reading lately?

 

Life According to Steph

Plaid and Fur

It is no secret that I love plaid. I actually had a lady at work that I only see in the hallways say that she loves all the plaid I wear. But this outfit just might be my favorite so far. The faux fur scarf adds a fancy touch to the plaid shirt and a twirly skirt dresses it up. Paired with tights and knee high boots, I’ve got a perfect winter outfit. You can bet I’ll be recreating this plaid and fur combo over and over all season long!

Have you tried pairing plaid and fur?

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Wearing:
Plaid shirt (similar)
Fur scarf via Gap Factory
Black skirt via Kohl’s (similar)
Clarks Malia Poplar boots
Fossil Preston purse

 

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Weekly Pretties: Christmas Sweaters

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Little Santas // Jingle My Bells // Light up dog // Fleece Navidad
Scottie in a sweater // Fair Isle Pink // North Pole // Ho Ho Ho

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Do you have a Christmas sweater yet? I’ve always wanted to have/attend a “ugly” sweater party, but haven’t gotten the chance yet. I pulled together some fun looking sweaters that are so ridiculous, they are kind of awesome. Is it really a big surprise that several include animals like this post? I just might have to get the sheep one though, because that is punny at it’s best.

Are you going to an ugly sweater party this holiday season?

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Sweater Dress

Hey sweater dress. I’m a big fan. You are warm, you are polished, and you are pretty. Ok, I’m done talking to my sweater dress. I featured this dress here, and I finally got around to wearing it. As soon as I bought it, I knew I wanted to pair it with a big blanket scarf. What could be better? To top it all off, I added a few more green accessories. I don’t know about you, but I’m loving that sweater dresses are coming in different styles like fit and flare. While shifts and body cons are great, there is just something about a fit and flare that speaks to me.

Funny story – I was taking these pictures during my lunch hour on the top of the parking ramp at work. The security guard drove over and was like “What are you doing?” I told him I was taking pictures of myself for my blog. He looked slightly confused and then went on to ask if I was an employee and my name. I told him and he said goodbye and drove away. It was seriously awkward. The things we do to blog!

Do you like sweater dresses?

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Wearing:
Sweater dress via Dress Barn (similar)
Plaid blanket scarf via Groopdealz
Merrell boots
GiGi New York crossbody (similar)
Kiel James Patrick bow bracelet

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Gift Guide

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Hi friends! I’m joining a few other Blended Blog members for a blog hop gift guide today. Once you are done here, be sure to hop over to Sarah’s blog! I’ve pulled together some great gifts for the favorite lady in your life. These are gifts that I would love to get under the tree this year and they are easy to give. No worries about sizing or fit. Be sure to check out the widget at the bottom as well for more ideas!

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1. Lilly Pulitzer fabric key fob // 2. Grace & Lace boot socks // 3. Barrington Gifts St. Anne Tote
4. FASHIONABLE scarf // 5. FASHIONABLE crossbody tote // 6. Dagne Dover mini tote
7. World Market hedgehog measuring cups // 8. Plaid bow bracelet

  1. A key fob is the perfect gift for the teenager in your life. What better than colorful Lilly Pulitzer fabric?
  2. Who doesn’t like warm and cute boot socks? Grace & Lace has tons of options, like the ones pictured above, to over the knee cozy socks that are perfect for curling up on the couch with.
  3. Barrington Gifts has bags that will keep you on the good list all year long. From plaid, herringbone, and spots, there is one for everyone.
  4. FASHIONABLE has great scarves, bags, leather items and jewelry. What is cool about this company is they work with women to give them jobs from locally in Nashville to worldwide in Africa. If you have a slow-fashion lover on your list, check out FASHIONABLE.
  5. How gorgeous is the crossbody tote from FASHIONABLE?
  6. Dagne Dover is a brand I recently discovered. Their bags are for women on the go. There are multiple sizes; for laptops and tablets and smaller. Plus the bags are compartmentalized so there is no more digging for your keys at the bottom of your bag. AND there is a water bottle holder. I need one in my life!
  7. OK, World Market has some ridiculously cute things. How perfect would these measuring cups be for a hostess gift or for anyone that has recently moved?
  8. For the jewelry lover, try a bow bracelet. I recently wore my bow bracelet from this store and I love it.

One last option. Have a dog lover on your list? Get them a “I just want to hang with my dog” shirt. Anyone that wants to get me one will by on my good list for the next year 🙂

Now, be sure to go visit Sarah at Foxy’s Domestic Side to see her gift ideas! Keep going around to all of The Blended Blog members participating. There is a total of 6 gift guides, so there will be plenty of ideas for everyone!

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Blue Plaid Vest

Surprise, surprise. I’m in another vest. This Old Navy blue plaid vest is divine. It is warm, soft, and oh so comfy. Do you live somewhere slightly warmer? Then this is the perfect top layer for being outside. Since it is cold already in MN, I’m wearing it under coats and in my freezing office. Seriously, I’m not one to be cold all that often, buy my cube is just darn chilly. If you have looked at Old Navy puffer vests in the past and were not a fan of their frosted versions, your in luck. This one isn’t frosty! For today’s outfit, I layered if over a trusty piko tunic and leggings. But it will also look great with jeans and maybe even a red plaid shirt.

Are you loving all the plaid vests that are available this year?

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I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about my bow bracelet. How cute is that little gingham darling? It is from Kaitlin Kendall Design. While this specific one isn’t available right now (it was a summer style) there are so many cute ones for the holiday season like this plaid one. How perfect would one of these be for a Christmas gift?

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Wearing:
Blue plaid vest via Old Navy
Grey Piko tunic
Zella leggings
Clarks boots (similar)
Lia Sophia long necklace
Monogram necklace via Jane
Bow bracelet via Kaitlin Kendall Design

 

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Maroon and Navy

Navy and maroon/wine/marsala (whatever you want to call it) is quickly becoming my favorite color combination. I’ve been wearing it constantly lately. As in, I wore it last week (this outfit), Tuesday, and probably on Wednesday too! But I figure, once you find something that works, keep it coming! For this outfit, I went with my trusty bird skirt (last seen here) and a maroon sweater from Old Navy. I love the slouchiness of this sweater. It is actually tunic length, but it is easy to tuck into a skirt. Now, if only the sleeves were actually long sleeves on me #tallgirlprobs

Do you have a color combination that you gravitate towards?

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Wearing:
Maroon sweater via Old Navy – see more Old Navy sweaters below in the widget
Navy bird skirt via Old Navy (similar)
Black OTK boots via DSW
Kendra Scott Rayne necklace
Loren Hope mini Clara and Sarra cuff
Laudi Vidni purse

 

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Maple Holistics Review

When I find a product that works; from shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion; I stick with it. I blame it on my crazy sensitive skin that feels the need to break out and get itchy at a drop of a hat. Whenever I decide to get adventurous and change one of those items, I make sure to pick items that are all natural and limits added fragrance. When I got the chance to try Maple Holistics, I knew it would fit my requirements. Maple Holistics has several different formulas. I decided to try the Winter Blend since the cold and dry season is upon us. Continue reading to see my full review!

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Pros

  • Smells darn good: This formula smells of minty goodness. There are 5 different mint essential oils in it; peppermint, eucalyptus, wild mint, spearmint, and bergamot mint.
  • Tingly sensation: With all the minty goodness in it, you get a nice tingle when using it.
  • Smoothness: This shampoo and conditioner made my hair nice and smooth. And static? See ya. If you have ever experienced cold weather static, you know how difficult it can be to contain.

Cons

  • Process: Now, this is a bit nitpicky, but it was still weird for me. For all of the “therapeutic benefits” to set in, you need to keep the shampoo in your hair for 2-3 minutes. Since my hair is pretty long, there is only so much I can do besides stand around and wait for those 2 minutes to be up.
  • Washing more: So, I only wash my hair every 3 days or so. However, by the third day with this shampoo I was pretty greasy and the only real option was a slicked back ponytail. While I continued to only wash my hair every 3 days (mainly due to laziness), if I continued to use this shampoo exclusively, I’d need to wash my hair more often.
  • Almost too smooth: While I love the fact that this shampoo limited crazy fly-aways and static, my hair also ended up kind of flat. Now, for some, this might be perfect but for me, I like a bit more roughness in my hair. It gives it some more volume.

Overall, I do like this shampoo and conditioner. I plan on keeping it in a rotation with my other shampoo so I can continue to getting the benefits of getting rid of static, especially until springtime.

Do you switch out your shampoo and conditioner as the weather changes? I had never really thought about it until I used Winter Blend, but it certainly makes sense!

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This post is sponsored by Maple Holistics and edumuch.com. All opinions are my own.