Coffee Talk 01.15.17

Good morning! Who got snow last night?

We didn’t. I guess it missed us because someone commented from over in Jersey and said they were watching snow fall.

It wasn’t supposed to be that much anyway, but I was hoping for some pretty. It’s so drab outside right now, and it’s cold again. I always say, if it’s cold, it might as well snow! As far as I’m concerned, snow is the only redeeming thing about cold weather. Well, that and cozy sweaters and cute boots! Ha!

Speaking of cozy sweaters and cute boots, I loved all the feedback on my Trunk Club unboxing! Wow, that was fun. Remind me to ask your opinions more often. Y’all aren’t shy! (And I love that.) I decided to keep the pink sweater and grey booties.

I actually wore the sweater around the house yesterday. It is soooo cozy and soft. There is definitely a difference in qualities of cashmere. I have no problem wearing the Halogen brand and other more “budget-friendly cashmeres” (lol, is that a thing?) but when I’ve spent a little more (usually at Ann Taylor, although they have AMAZING sales, so they don’t end up being THAT much more if you shop smart) they have definitely held up better over time — less pilling, less wrinkling, keeping their shape, etc. ANYWAY, I expect this one will be in my closet for many years. I’ve never had anything by the Equipment brand before, so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it — especially in the sale section!

And I think the booties speak for themselves. I plan to wear them to church today!

I thought the feedback on the red dress was interesting. SO many differing opinions! I think those who pointed out that the length isn’t quite right, and the jewel neckline along with sleeves that end right at the bustline can look matronly (especially on those of us who are more well-endowed) were very insightful. Because it did fit so well otherwise, and it’s such a gorgeous color (I’ve been wanting to style a red dress), it’s hard to send it back, but I am really trying hard not to settle anymore. I’ve done that too much, and then I end up with a closet full of clothes I don’t want to wear.

I fear I would buy the dress, style it once for the blog, and never wear it again. I do that with some things that I think y’all will want to see and will sell well, but in this case, you’ve seen it, and I don’t think a lot of people have an occasion for it. If you do, I think it would look great on a woman slightly taller than my 5’5″ and with less going on in the chest area. For me, it missed the mark just by a bit.

So we finally got around to taking our second tree down yesterday! I cannot believe we had it up this long. We have NEVER kept a tree up this long before. It is usually Paul who decides it is time for Christmas to come down (and that is often before we ring in the new year) but for some reason, he hasn’t wanted to bother with it this year. We did take the live tree down on New Year’s Day, but the second tree and most of our decorations were still standing.

Last night, I decided it was time. I took all the ornaments off the tree and carefully packed them away, and then I went around the house and gathered up all of our remaining Christmas decorations to box up while Paul disassembled the tree. It seems so bare now, especially since we never replaced the chair that went in the spot where the tree was. I need to get on that!

Nevertheless, it feels good to have my house back, and now I’m in full-on clean-out mode. I cleared out a bunch of stuff last night that was cluttering up the place, and I have more to do. Maybe I’ll tackle it this afternoon after church.

I also boxed up all of my returns from the past few weeks, including the Trunk, and I have a stack of boxes by the door ready to go to the Staples. I love Staples because they take both USPS and UPS boxes, so it’s just one stop. Now that my son is driving, it has become one of his chores to take my returns to Staples. What a glorious thing! (I always hate that task.)

Let’s see, what else?? We shot a few outfits yesterday, I think I did at least 4 loads of laundry, and I also changed the sheets on the beds. I was in bed by 8:30, ha!

All in all, it was a productive day, wouldn’t you say?? I love days like that.

Despite the fact that it’s 25 degrees outside this morning, I really need to get a run in, so I think I’m going to bundle up and git ‘er done. The sun is shining, and it’s pretty out there; but it’s cold. This is when I wish I’d invested in some good running pants to go over my leggings. For some reason, I’ve never made that a priority — I guess because it isn’t ever this cold for very long, but I always wish I had some when the temperature dips below 30.

Have a blessed Sunday!