Greetings and salutations on this snowy Sunday morning! It is really coming down out there. It’s those big, wet, heavy flakes that accumulate quickly and are so pretty to watch. I just hope it doesn’t turn to sleet at the end and pack it all down, which is how our other storms have gone this year.
I love it when a snowstorm starts in the wee hours of the morning, and you wake up to freshly falling snow, and there is no doubt about your day’s plans… Not that I’m thrilled today’s plans got canceled. I was looking forward to church, and we often go out to eat afterwards, which is always a nice time.
But I’m just glad we don’t have to wonder if we should cancel or not, or worry that the roads will be slippery when we get out and start to drive home. And thanks to Covid lockdowns last spring, Zoom worship services are now a thing, so we can still have church today. We will just all be watching from home.
In other news, I guess we’ll be watching the Super Bowl tonight, along with the rest of America. I’m not a big football fan, and the half-time show is usually an abomination (I sound like my grandmother more and more every day, haha!) but I’m all about an occasion to make dinner off of appetizers and dessert.
So to that end, we braved the grocery store yesterday, along with everyone else that lives in a 10-mile radius. I picked up deli meats and hoagie rolls for an easy lunch this afternoon, as well as ingredients for a buffalo chicken dip to enjoy while we’re watching the game.
If you don’t have a go-to buffalo chicken dip recipe, I highly recommend this one.
I also have this buffalo hummus recipe, if you’re looking for a slightly healthier option.
And since it’s the perfect snowy day to stay inside and bake, I also picked up ingredients for Rice Krispie Treats and those peanut butter Hershey Kiss cookies. I guess I’ll be busy this afternoon!
So, shifting gears here. I didn’t do a Try-On Haul yesterday because I didn’t really have enough pieces photographed to dedicate a post to it, but I do now, so I thought I’d pull out a few favorites to show you, and a couple of things that are on sale. I hate to keep them until Friday, when they may be sold out.
Of course, once I got started editing my pictures, I wanted to share ALL OF THEM.
I’m like a little kid waiting for Christmas Day when I have new pictures. Whether they’re from Alison, or try-on hauls, or whatever, I can’t wait to share them. But there are LOTS, so here are a few of my top picks.
Marc Fisher Summa High Top Sneakers
This is the Marc Fisher Summa in Cloud. (See the black below.) I don’t need these, but I ordered them to show you guys because the price is amazeballs, and I just think they’re so cute.
Marc Fisher can really do no wrong, in my opinion. His styles are always on trend without being too far out there, and the comfort and quality often belies the price point… especially when you can nab them on sale.
Case in point, these sneaker boots were originally $149, and they’re marked down to $59! I honestly can’t believe they’re still so well stocked.
They have that cool-sporty vibe that is so popular right now, and they are also warm and easy to style with skinny jeans.
The black version is just as cute as the Cloud. In fact, might like these better.
The contrasting laces add another nice detail. Oh, and the inside of the shoe feels kind of like leather, although it’s not, but it’s still comfortable and feels rather luxe.
The insole is removable, too, if you like to wear inserts.
Here you can see how cool these look with my all black outfit! (I would prefer the Cloud color styled with some lighter pieces, but I didn’t take the time to change.)
All that to say, if I needed these, I’d keep them in a heartbeat. Not only are they adorable, but they’re incredibly comfortable and the quality is fantastic.
They do run big, though. I ordered my usual size 8, and I really need the 7.5, so I recommend sizing down half if ordering.
Bernardo Leather Moto Jacket
If you’re a regular around these parts, you know I have an old Bernardo leather jacket that I wear a ton in fall and winter. Since mine is long gone, I often link to this Bernardo leather moto as a similar option.
I decided that I really ought to try it so I know what I’m recommending, so I ordered it to show you. I’m wearing the size small, for reference.
My first impression was that it’s very nice quality leather, very soft and supple.
I wasn’t sure I liked the seaming detail on the sleeve or the trapunto stitching on the shoulders and collar, but it doesn’t add any visual bulk, and is actually a rather nice touch.
Pardon the Q-tips in the background. Someone needs to put her things away before taking pictures!
Here’s a better look at the sleeve…
And because I always get asked, here is how it looks zipped up, although I would never wear it this way.
And this is the back, while zipped. It is a tad snug, as you can see.
I think the medium would be a better fit through the torso, but I worry that would make the shoulders too big. That’s always the trade-off I make when sizing up in coats. I don’t like to add bulk in the shoulder area, as I’m already rather broad in that area.
As you can see, unzipped, it fits pretty well.
So yeah, I would say size up if in between and if you plan to wear anything bulky underneath. With t-shirts and thin sweaters, I’d be fine with the small, as I never zip it up anyway.
I like this one so much, I’m tempted to keep it! My other Bernardo is going on four years old, but it still looks great, so I can’t really justify another one right now. I don’t like this one enough more to sell the other one.
All that to say, I highly recommend this if you’re in the market for a quality leather moto. It also comes in four other colors, if black isn’t your thing.
Also, FYI, I checked, and my old one is a size medium. Makes sense, as I wear it comfortably over thicker sweaters, and it feels a bit roomy over t-shirts.
Reformation Cashmere Sweater
This picture is actually from last fall, but this is the same Reformation cashmere sweater as the grey one I’m wearing under the moto jacket above, and I noticed that it’s now on sale!
The grey is low inventory, but this stripe one is really nice for this late winter/early spring transition time. The colors give a nod to spring, but it’s still cozy and warm.
I’m wearing the medium here, but I’m thinking of ordering the small. I know the model is wearing this oversized fit, and I have the grey in the medium, but I’m afraid the stripes add visual weight, and I think I might prefer the fit of the small in this one. I’ll report back!
Madewell Stovepipe Jeans
They have some tencel content to them, which makes them feel more like pants than jeans. The exact fabric makeup is 44% cotton/42% TENCEL™ lyocell/13% poly/1% elastane Orta denim. Phew!
I played around with them a bit yesterday… this is the Gap button front cardigan, and it’s marked down to $55, but I paid $41 earlier in the week, so I’d hold off on ordering this if you like it.
Here, you can see this cardigan unbuttoned over a t-shirt. I think this length of sweater works really well with these jeans, and this is definitely the direction trends are going for spring.
Now, don’t go getting all upset with me. I’m not telling you to ditch all of your long cardigans, but you may want to consider adding a few shorter ones to your closet this season.
I also like these jeans with this Gap striped v-neck. It’s a lightweight sweater, perfect for transition season.
I’m actually really liking these jeans! I don’t know if my eye is starting to adjust to this style, or these are just really good, but I don’t mind these at all. I can see maybe wearing them this spring, with sneakers and loafers.
Definitely size down, if ordering. The 27 regular fits me perfectly. Unfortunately, they’re not on sale at the moment, but I’ll keep an eye on them.
Gap Lightweight V-Neck Sweater
Here are a few more shots of this sweater. I like it a lot, but I wish it weren’t quite so low-cut.
The front tuck helps keep my vertical proportion in check with these cropped jeans, but I would wear it untucked with a full-length pant.
It’s marked down to $50 from $59, but I paid $42. So again, if you like it, I’d hold off for a better discount.
As for me, I think I’m keeping it. I might just need to wear a white cami underneath, so I can bend over without giving a free show!
Daily Ritual Fleece Oversized-Fit Lapel Coat
I also want to make sure to show you this teddy coat. It’s not on sale, but it’s really cute if you’re looking for something trendy and fun to get you through the last few weeks of winter.
This coat is cozy and very much on trend right now. It comes in a bunch of colors and ships free with Amazon Prime.
Here’s how it looks buttoned up. For $59, I’d say it’s a pretty good value. I’m wearing the small, for reference.
I’m not keeping this one, although I’m tempted. I just think I’ll get more use out of the GapFit sherpa jacket (I kept the black) and I don’t really need two trendy coats/jackets at this point in the year.
Sam Edelman Aubrie Sneakers
Still thinking I wouldn’t mind having a pair of black sneakers in my closet, so I ordered these Sam Edelmans in the black, although it was the white pair that really caught my eye.
In fact, the white/greige combo is a nice alternative to the pricier P448 and Golden Goose sneakers, so I wanted to vet them for you.
These are very comfortable, and they have a lot of padding in the footbed. They fit true to size in my usual size 8. Notice the prescuffed sole — that is intentional, but I know it would bother some people, so I wanted to point it out.
My biggest complaint with these is they look my feet look reeeeally long and narrow. I also don’t love the combo of the black leather and black suede, for some reason. I like the white/greige pair a lot better.
All that to say, for a very comfortable fashion sneaker under $100, these are a solid choice. Just keep in mind the scuffed sole and the face that they’re quite elongating — for some, that may be a plus!
Okay, I better stop here and get my email out! I do have more, plus there are some more packages coming in the mail this week, so I’ll do the rest on Friday.
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