Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Date Night

Coat- Forever 21 (30% off!), Sweater- Forever 21 (similar), Skirt- Forever 21, Heels- Express
Photos by Laura Ross

I've been pretty obsessed with plaid this fall and winter, so this Forever 21 skirt (at under $20!) made its way into my closet as a part of my last online order. Last Saturday, my boyfriend and I had a Christmas themed date night where we tried out a new restaurant I'd been dying to go to, and then drove around looking at Christmas lights in a nearby neighborhood. I wanted to wear something festive, but something that wasn't as obvious as red and green. I always love the look of a chunky sweater with a slim skirt, so my favorite gray sweater was the perfect choice. I actually ended up switching my shoe choice last minute to my black over the knee boots for a bit more warmth, but I love these black mules as an option for an understated holiday shoe to pair with dresses, skirt or pant looks.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pink and Fuzzy

Sweater- c/o Aeropostale, Shirt- Forever 21 (similar), Jeans- Forever 21 (similar), Heels- Asos (similar)
Photos by Laura Ross

Every time I wear my boyfriend jeans I think to myself that I need to wear them a lot more. I just always gravitate to my skinnies! I do love dressed up looks with boyfriend jeans though, so I decided to give it another try. I've heard a lot of people talk about getting your proportions right when wearing baggier jeans on bottom, but I kind of like the look of them with a looser top rather than something more fitted. 

I ordered this sweater in a medium from Aeropostale since I was afraid it would be a bit cropped, and I like the slighly oversized fit. (P.S. It's on sale for $15 and comes in four really nice pastel colors! I kinda want them all!) This sweater is incredibly soft. It pairs well with a semi-dressed up look, but its also something you can lay around the house in while wearing your pj pants. A touch of embellishment on my collar and silver heels finished off the look.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Print Mix

Jacket- Forever 21, Shirt- c/o Aeropostale, Jeans- Gap, Boots- Sole Society (similar), Scarf- c/o Aeropostale (love this option), Earrings- Forever 21, Sunglasses- Target, Bag- Michael Kors

I love a good print mix, and this combination of plaid and fair isle feels perfect for winter. I love wearing olive as a neutral, so this coat went perfectly on top. I am so glad the leaves finally turned different colors here in Dallas! If the average high temperature is still sitting around 60-65, at least the scenery outside looks seasonally appropriate. I actually wore this outfit/took these pics on Thanksgiving day in between the bf's Thanksgiving lunch and hanging with my family afterwards. I'm so glad we stumbled upon this part of the street near where he lives. I have a feeling I'm going to be shooting a lot more outfits here! It looked so pretty with the trees and all the different older buildings.

Hope your December is going well and you aren't too stressed with the upcoming holidays! This is the best time of the year and I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can while it lasts!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Style Diary is Two!

Jacket- Forever 21, Dress- JCPenney (old), Heels- JustFab (similar), Purse- Francesca's

It has been two years since I first hit the publish button on this blog of mine! Last year, I put on a special outfit to commemorate the occasion. That gold Juicy Couture blazer I had on is a rarely worn but greatly loved piece in my closet. This year, my fur jacket felt like just the piece to round out my second year of blogging. I'm still waiting for a real life occasion to wear it, but this will do for now!

I have scaled my blog down a lot in my second year, totaling 77 posts in 2014 as opposed to 236 in 2013. At the beginning of this year, I made the decision that blogging needed to take a backseat to the more important things in life. I found that when I tried to post four or five times a week, my posts and outfits were lacking originality and creativity. Creating content purely for the sake of consistency is hard. It wore on me. I wanted to post things I was proud of- things that I loved. I can honestly say that every look I have posted this year is one that I wore in real life (with the exception of the one above) and 90% of them were shot the day I wore the outfit. Doing my outfit shoots this way makes life so much easier for me. I typically only spend about 30 minutes a week shooting as opposed to a few hours!

This year, my boyfriend shot almost all of my outfits, so I owe him a big THANK YOU. Sometimes, because I want to make sure we get the right shots the first time, I make the situation a little more stressful than it needs to be (#honestmoment). He was a great sport, and I think that maybe, just maybe, he has grown to enjoy taking pictures for me. I love that he is a part of this little hobby of mine.

To those of you who have stuck around over the past two years, I owe you a big thank you as well! I truly appreciate those of you who take the time to read and comment. It's so cool to have a hobby that can connect you with girls all over the world!

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Plaid Look and $650 Express Gift Card Giveaway

Sweater- Forever 21, Skirt- Banana Republic, Tights- Target, Boots- Forever 21, Bag- Old Navy, Necklace- Express, Hat- Target

If there is one print that screams holiday, it's plaid. I have several plaid shirts, a plaid scarf, and a plaid coat in my wardrobe, but this skirt was just screaming to come home with me. It's long enough to wear to work, and cute enough for holiday parties. I wore it pretty casual here, but it could easily be dressed up with heels and a nice top. I see myself getting a lot of use out of this skirt over the next month!

Now, on to the fun part! I'm so excited to partner with Carylee of More Pieces of Me and Gina of On The Daily Express for an AMAZING giveaway. In celebration of their first link up collaboration, they teamed up with a great group of bloggers to give away a $650 Express gift card!Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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The giveaway will run from December 1 through December 9th at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be announced Wednesday, December 10. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents for a value of $650 USD.