Good morning! Happy Wednesday! I decided it’s time to tackle an Instagram Roundup. I usually try to do these once a week, but it has been a month since my last one so I have a ton of looks to share with you.
I’m going to assume you hang on my every word and never miss a post (what!?! you don’t???) and I’m only going to share my selfies and daily outfits because the rest of my Instagram posts are already on the blog. Plus I did a recap of our 25 Days of Winter Fashion on Saturday, so if you missed any, you can check that out.
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Alrighty, then. Let’s get this party started! These outfits are presented in no particular order. I usually try to make them chronological, but ain’t nobody got time for that this close to Christmas!
Also, speaking of Christmas, I’m going through and making on the items that would make nice gift ideas that can still get here in time for Christmas, so if you’re still looking for ideas, make sure to read all the details under each picture.
Instagram Roundup 12.21.16
I’m glad I kept this keyhole sweater. I wore it to church last week and it stretched out some as I wore it. I opted for scuba skinny pants rather than coated denim for church, and I felt très chic! It’s still a TAD short for pants, but it should be the perfect with a pencil skirt, so I’m on the lookout for one to pair with it.
keyhole sweater (size small) // LOFT scuba skinnies (so flattering! 40% off with code FESTIVE40) // lace-up d’orsay pumps // teal crossbody (33% off! I love having this color handbag; it pairs so well with pinks and burgundies) // tribal earrings // watch // bracelets c/o Phillip Gavriel
I wear some variation of this outfit probably 5 days a week — sweater, skinnies, ballet flats, done! Add a few classic accessories and I’m good to go. So easy, but classy and put-together.
v-neck cashmere sweater in grey multi donegal (I’m wearing the small; 49% off!) // AG legging jeans (similar for less) // similar pink suede flats (mine sold out but these are same color and brand AND 30% off!) // Stella & Dot Celestial Choker and The Wishing Necklace
Here’s another view. You can see the detail in the sweater a bit better on this one. It has flecks of pink and green throughout — thus the bright pink shoes! I love this sweater. I picked it up over Black Friday weekend at Bloomingdales. It’s cashmere and feels so luxe, it’s 49% off, and if you order by noon today, you can still get it delivered by Christmas Eve. <– great gift idea!
This next outfit is what I ended up wearing to the ladies’ Christmas Tea with my church. My white jeans were in the wash so I couldn’t wear the pale pink cardigan outfit I had in mind for this event. I wanted to wear something other than the predictable red and green, so I thought this embellished ivory cowl neck sweater, dark jeans, and pink suede pumps was festive but different. The sweater is a few years old; it’s from White House Black Market. They always have a great selection of festive sweaters this time of year.
And this is what I wore to the tree farm. Again, not the outfit I was planning to wear, but it turned out to be super cold and windy the day we got our tree, and I needed something I could put a coat over.
A simple outfit for working from home… my uniform again! I do take the time to accessorize and put on shoes mostly every day. It makes me feel better, I think I’m more productive, and when/if I do need to run an errand or shuttle a child somewhere, I’m ready to go.
I’m definitely getting my money’s worth out of this grey sweater. Ha! I dressed it up with black jeans and pumps for my daughter’s Christmas Extravaganza at a local playhouse. The pink bag is a nice pop of color and works well with the pink flecks in the sweater.
Every time I wear this sweater, my husband just rolls his eyes. I know it’s kind of silly, but I love it. I definitely like it better paired with distressed jeans than with the skirt I styled it with the first time. It is also back in stock in 3 sizes!
I posted this when my favorite eye shadow palette went 50% off. These make great gifts, and when you can find them on sale, even better!
Did I mention this is my daily uniform??? *insert monkey emoticon with hands over her eyes*
I’m realizing that without my blog post looks interspersed, these looks are getting super repetitive. Sorry about that! I really should get out of this rut.
Yep, another variation on the uniform. I don’t love this choker wrap necklace so much with this outfit. I thought it looked good and helped anchor the outfit but I think I need color near my face or something. I am also irritated with how this sweater wrinkles. What is up with that? Did sweaters always wrinkle, or are they just making them cheaper these days?
Okay, finally, a slightly different take on the uniform. Ha! I think I need more cardigans in my life. They’re just as practical as a pullover, but they change up my look a bit. I’m wearing the perfect black tee, designed and gifted by my friend Carly Walko at Thirty Something Fashion, with my all-time favorite cardigan, dark jeans, burgundy suede flats, and a choker charm necklace. It’s all very dark, but somehow it works.
thermal hooded cardigan (30% off with code GIFT30! if you don’t have this, treat yourself; you won’t regret it, I promise!) // perfect black tee // DL1961 Emma in Token // similar burgundy flats // similar choker
I wore this to church one Sunday. This cowl neck pullover is at least 10 years old, but I still love it, and somehow it has survived all of my closet purges to date.
And this is what I wore to Thanksgiving dinner, which seems like years ago, although it was only a month. I definitely need to wear cardigans more often. I like this look, and it would be just as cute with flats for an everyday look.
I wore this outfit to a dinner party with friends. I typically don’t love the slouchy, oversized look on me, but this sweater is more flattering than some because of the wide neckline. Plus I just love the color.
I was on my way out to Paul’s company holiday party when I snapped this. I did a full post on this outfit back in October. This is a great dress for winter parties, and it’s still available in all sizes.
I was freezing the day I wore this, and I just wanted to bundle up in my warmest boots and sweater.
I wore this outfit again a few days ago and took a shot of it from a different angle.
I wore this on a chilly working from home. Someone asked if I get cold in ballet flats. I only went out for a quick visit to CVS pharmacy, but if I was going to be out more, I probably would have put on boots. That said, I’ve always worn ballet flats and pumps in cold weather, and I don’t think too much about it. I guess my feet are cold, but as my husband always says, It’s better to look good than to feel good! Haha.
I wore this on Saturday when we got snow in the Poconos. There are more details in yesterday’s blog post.
navy turtleneck // DL1961 Emma skinnies // Sorel boots // camel reefer coat // cozy modal scarf (45% off!) // leather gloves in taupe (25% off – nice Christmas gift idea! order by noon today for free shipping by 12/24) // similar crossbody
This cozy pastel pink sweater is perfect for working from home on chilly days. I dressed it down this time with jeans and a tee, rather than the cami and white jeans I wore with it for a blog post a few weeks ago.
And I wore this last weekend on our way to the Poconos and out to dinner once we got there. I know I’m showing some of the same outfits, but this is real life, and here’s proof that I do wear my clothes more than once!
similar v-neck sweater // AG legging jeans (similar for less) // UGG Ava suede boots (these are weather resistant so you can be chic in the snow!) // old Silpada circle necklace // D Yurman link bracelet
And I’ll leave you with this. My happy place… although I don’t know why we didn’t have the fireplace on that night. Usually I sit here in the evenings with the fireplace on and read or watch TV with the kids. This is our family tree, and it is decorated with an assortment of ornaments from my childhood, my husband’s dad’s homemade ornaments (he made one every year for each family member), and the ones the kids have made or brought home from school and church over the years. It turned out really pretty this year. It’s a bigger tree than we usually get, and it definitely fills that corner of the room, but we all love it.
My stockings and tree skirt are from Pottery Barn, but they’re a few years old. I just picked up the mantle garland this year, and I love that it’s lighted. Our mantle isn’t level, so I can’t put much up there until we can get it fixed, so I just settled for a simple garland and a few candles this year.
So this is about it for me this year! I may have a New Year’s Eve outfit to share with you before the holiday weekend, or I may hold that till next week. Other than that, I have nothing in the works. I feel crazy even saying that. Usually this time of year I’m posting 2 and 3 posts a day to fit in all of my commitments.
Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see from me over the next week or so. I could work up another gift guide or two, or maybe roundup some retailers that are still offering shipping in time for Christmas, more last minute gift ideas… tell me how I can help!
While my work life might be wrapping up for the season, my personal life is going strong! I have a few more presents to buy (I thought I was done, but I have to even things out with the kids… do you do that? Try to keep it even??) and lots of wrapping to do, grocery shopping and meal planning for my daughter’s 14th birthday on Christmas Eve as well as our Christmas Day festivities and then for our big Shane Family Christmas Party I’m hosting on Monday. Oh, and then I have to have the family packed and ready to leave for Maine next week. So yeah, there’s plenty to do here!
How about you? Are you in good shape, or are you stressing over getting it all done?
I definitely want to make time to enjoy the season, so I’m trying to pace myself and prioritize. For example, I decided not to cook our main meal for our family Christmas party, and I ordered a big spiral honey baked ham to serve instead. I’m also going to pick up a large prepared salmon filet at Costco and pop that in the oven for those who don’t eat pork. Done! Everyone is bringing sides and apps, and the desserts are covered too, so I should be in good shape. I’ll just pick up drinks and some munchies and make sure we have all the paper products we need, and I think I’m good go to.
I still have to figure out what to serve on Christmas Day. It will be a small gathering with only 2 guests, and my family is begging for lasagna. It’s not exactly your traditional Christmas meal, but I could prepare it ahead, and the only sides we need are salad and garlic bread, so it’s sounding like a good idea to me.
What does your family eat for your Christmas meal?
Alrighty! Time to go get the kids up and ready for school. Remember to let me know if you have any post ideas for me as I wrap up the year!
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