Good morning! Well, I’ve had quite the interesting weekend. Actually, Friday was pretty ho-hum, except I had to drive down to the car dealership where I purchased my new car a couple months ago and sign a whole new slew of paperwork because evidently they had the VIN number wrong. Ooops! Otherwise, I just worked most of the day.
We found ourselves without plans that night, so Paul and I went over to a local bar and grille for drinks and a bite to eat. I was feeling wiped out, so I turned in early.
I spent most of yesterday shopping with R, and here’s the kicker. SHE drove ME around town. Paul always starts the kids out with their driving lessons, and she’s only logged about five hours, so I hadn’t been out with her yet.
When we left the house, she asked if she could drive, so I figured it’s about time to give her the chance. I never know what to expect when I get in the car with a kid for the first time, but she did really well. Her biggest challenge at this point is learning how to navigate intersections because they’re all different. Oh, and parking lots! I always say parking lots are one of the most challenging places to teach a new driver.
But overall, it went really well. She drove me to Target, Chick-Fil-A, Kohl’s, and back home! Then she actually went back out and ran a few errands with Paul, so she made a lot of progress yesterday.
And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, Paul and I went to a Tommy Conwell concert last night. That was fun, but ohmyword… The band didn’t even start playing until close to 9PM. Our tickets were for 8:00, and the opening band did start on time, but they played for almost an hour. Once the actual show started, it was already past my bedtime. I am definitely getting too old for this… although as I said to Paul last night, I think I was born too old for this. Haha!
Also, I think I like outdoor summer concerts better. Overall, they’re just more laidback. Plus, summer… I love summer, and it’s not as hard to be out late because it doesn’t even get dark until 9PM. All that to say, I’m moving rather slowly this morning.
I mentioned having some try-ons to share with you, so I’m going to see how far I can get with those before it’s time for me to get ready for church. In the interest of time, I’m not going to bother with my usual formatting. This one will be more conversational.
A Few Random Try-Ons
By the way, these boots went on sale, and I highly recommend them. They’re a little more refined than some of the lug sole boots that are out there, but still allow you to participate in the trend. Plus, they’re very comfortable and also waterproof, so you can wear them in all types of inclement weather. Definitely size up. I went with the 8.5.
Okay, so back to the sweaters! This LOFT Relaxed Cardigan is really fun for everyday, and I think the color lends itself to casual holiday looks as well. Add a pair of pumps and some blingy earrings, and you have a great look for a casual holiday get together with friends, or something like that. It’s very soft and cozy, and it runs true to size.
It also comes in a white/grey called Cool Oat Heather and a pretty plum/burgundy they call Delicate Plum. Oh, and it’s currently 40% off plus an extra 20% off if you spend $100 or more.
For something a little more festive, this Shimmer Puff Sleeve Sweater is just the ticket. It’s not as soft as some, but that didn’t bother me too much, and I like that it’s kind of form fitting. I just wish it had a bit more of an open neckline.
A few days later, I was doing more try-ons, and I threw this sweater on with the Vince Crop Leggings, to see if it would work for a more elevated look.
The other sweater I picked up at LOFT is this Cowl Tunic Sweater in the Tuscan Olive Melange. I thought this might work with those faux leather leggings I keep trying to convince myself to like, haha!
These are actually not the Commando Faux Leather Leggings, though. They’re the Spanx Leather Like Skinny that came c/o Evereve. I thought they might be more like faux leather jeans than leggings, but they read much the same way.
Anyway, as for the tunic, I like it in theory, but it runs really small. In fact, it isn’t very tunic-y at all. I would definitely recommend sizing up, if ordering this top. Otherwise, it’s soft and comfortable, and I really like the styling.
Also, the Aquatalia boots I’m wearing here are 40% off again — the same as they were when I grabbed mine during the #NSale. I love that they’re chic and also weather resistant, and they are verrrry comfortable. I wore them last night to the concert, and stood in them for hours.
Okay, moving on… Evereve sent me a few things this month to share with you. The first item I selected was this matte sequin top, which I thought would be really fun for the holidays. This top screams NYE to me. I love the v-neck, and the matte sequins are really fun. I first tried it with the Spanx Leather Like Skinnies.
It’s a lot with the leather-look pants and the sequin top, but I think it works for the holidays. I tried it with the metallic pumps that also came from Evereve this month, but they look too gold for this top, I think
So then I switched to my black suede pumps, and I think I like this better. They tone down the whole look just enough. The top has a bit of swing to it, so it’s not too form fitting to wear with the body-con pants, yet it still has a flattering silhouette. All this look needs is some jewelry and a clutch!
I also tried the top with the Vince Crop Leggings, to see if I could tone it down a bit for more conservative gatherings. I do like this, but I feel like the top is almost too swingy for these pants?
Or maybe it’s just that it’s a tad too long, and I don’t care for the proportions of the outfit. I’d like to see it with a color other than black, something softer. Maybe even blue jeans.
I also ordered this sequin top by Halogen, which I like a lot. I think I prefer the black sequins to the silver, actually. I also like that the top is a little bit shorter, which creates a better proportion.
Also, look how cute it is from the back! This look is perfect. Sophisticated, festive, a little bit fun, still very modest — great for office parties, or other conservative venues. This top also comes in gold, grey, and pink.
You can’t see them very well, but I’m also wearing some big crystal drop earrings (mine are darker stones, but a similar style) from J.Crew a few years ago. They have such great holiday earrings, if you’re in need of any.
For the heck of it, I also tried this top with the Spanx Leather Like Skinny, but this whole look is a bit much for me. I guess it could work for the right venue, though.
This v-neck pullover also came from Evereve, and I really like it for more casual holiday looks, and for wearing all winter long. It’s soft and thick and cozy, and it has a really pretty neckline and I like the exposed seams. I threw it on with the Spanx pants, to see how it looks dressed up for a holiday look.
Yeah, I dunno. I think I’m just a denim girl when it comes down to it. I would like this sweater a lot better with jeans. You could still add some festive jewelry for a casual holiday gathering but it’s more of an everyday sweater to me.
Finally, I LOVE this silky floral top, also from Evereve. I sized up because I had a similar style from this brand a couple months ago, and it was snug. This one fits perfectly, so definitely size up — especially if you have a larger chest.
I love the print on this top, I think it’s so pretty. You can button it for more of a keyhole neckline, but I like it open.
And that’s all I’ve got for today!
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