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What I Wore Lately Vol. 38

Happy hump day, friends, and happy Christmas Eve eve! As is the custom around here on Wednesdays, I’ve rounded up my outfits from the past week.

There are definitely some hits and misses in this one, and one outfit evolution… although I went about it kind of backwards.

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with an hourglass shape. Unless I say otherwise, I’m wearing a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe.

What I Wore Lately

Last Wednesday, I spent most of the day at home, and I wore my Merry Christmas graphic tee with a cardigan and jeans. I feel like I went somewhere that morning, but I can’t remember where. Probably the grocery store.

This tee is from Kelly Snyder’s Adore Your Wardrobe Boutique, and it’s already sold out. Sorry about that!

And I believe the cardigan is gone as well; it was an #NSale purchase back in August that I’m finally getting around to wearing.

These boots may seem silly for indoor wear, but they’re lightweight and cozy and warm, and the soft microfiber lining feels good against the feet.

graphic tee (sold out) // Nordstrom Signature cardigan (sold out) // Paige Hoxton crop skinnies // Sorel Explorer Joan boots (also at Zappo’s & Back Country)

The snow started mid-afternoon on Wednesday, and Thursday we woke up to a crisp, cold morning with clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine. We had over a foot of snow at one point, but the sleet came in afterwards and packed it all down, and we were left with about 6-8 inches.

I threw on this camo hoodie and grey jeans to work at home all day. I love this hoodie. It’s verrrrry soft inside, but it’s kind of thin — probably better for fall or for those of you with milder winters.

Well, boo. I guess it’s sold out as well. It’s that time of year, friends! Everything is picked over.

I wore the same booties… they’re so cozy and warm, I couldn’t resist! But overall, this outfit is very grey. I’m not a fan of this combo, and I won’t put it together again.

Z Supply camo hoodie // Express jeans // Sorel Explorer Joan boots (also at Zappo’s & Back Country)

I did step outside long enough to get a picture in the snow to post on Instagram. Yes, the shovel is just a prop! Paul and Becca did all the work.

The North Face parka // similar scarf // Zella beanie // Express jeans // Sorel Explorer Joan boots (also at Zappo’s & Back Country)

I had a photo shoot on Friday, and then I went straight over to the spa to get a manicure. I took this picture when I got back.

We went with a bright Christmassy red, and after we chose it, we realized it’s called Devil Red. Kind of ironic… but anyway!

These are those Liverpool Abby ankle skinny jeans. They wear well all day and don’t bag out.

And my boots are still on sale; sizes are picked over, but you can find them at Nordstrom and Bloomies. (I have to l ink to the product page at Bloomies; the direct link to the boots redirects to the black ones, for some reason.)

Naadam sweater // Liverpool jeans // Sorel Lennox boots (30% off; more sizes at Nordstrom)

Saturday was kind of a slow day… we hung out at home, and I ended up working most of the day. We were going to make cookies, but the girls weren’t in the mood. We did hang out together and watch Elf that evening, though.

leopard Sherpa // gray tee // similar rag & bone Cate skinnies // UGG boots (also at Zappo’s)

This is me, all sweaty and gross after a 4-mile run on Sunday, but I wanted to show you this hoodie because I get a lot of requests for cold weather running/walking gear.

I’ve been wanting a base layer with a hood for cold weather running, and this one is really lightweight and comfortable, but I wasn’t sure how warm it would be.

Turns out, it was perfect for our 27 degree morning, layered under my favorite running jacket (also Zella, but old and no longer avail.) I did wear the hood up for most of my run, and it definitely keep my neck and head warm.

Also, the sleeves are nice and long and stretchy, so the thumbholes don’t pull at all and get uncomfortable.

I’m wearing my usual small. I tried sizing up to the medium b/c it’s so body-con, but it was weird around the shoulders, so I could tell the small is the right size.

I started out trying to cover my face with my iPhone, and then I realized my hair looked worse than my face, so I might as well just own it, in all my sweaty glory.

Zella tipped seamless hoodie // Lululemon thermal tights (old as the hills) // Balega crew socks (option)

Okay, so after that, I got showered and dressed for church.

I was running late, but this outfit had been in the back of my head as a possible church outfit this winter, so I threw it on and headed out the door without any debate.

I snagged this Vince ribbed turtleneck back in September when it was close to 75% off. I don’t remember how I came across it, but the price seemed too good to pass up — $106 for a $445 sweater!!

I figured it was long gone, but after some sleuthing, I found it on Gilt as well as Amazon, of all places. They have it priced at $179, so not as good a deal as I got, but still a hefty discount from full retail.

There’s also this one at Nordstrom Rack in the same color — Aria. And get this, it’s also listed here in more sizes, but for a different price. I can’t explain it — just sharing, in case you love this turquoise color.

I wore it with my Paige Hoxton skinnies, which I also picked up on a big discount — $59. They’re still on sale, but only a couple teensy-tiny sizes are left.

And these UGG Ava boots are a few years old. I believe they were another #NSale purchase.

I threw my grey wool cocoon coat on top, and the only jewelry I wore besides a ring was my oversized pearl studs. It seemed like enough.

Vince sweater (also at Amazon; option/option) // white Paige skinnies // UGG Ava boots (old) // J.Crew cocoon coat // similar earrings

I was in a hurry when I left the house, but when I got home, I played around with a few other footwear options. The knee-high boots seemed to fit the cold, snowy day, but I wanted to see what ankle boot options I had that could work in the future.

These Vince suede booties are a couple years old, and I confess, I haven’t gotten a whole lot of wear out of them, but they’re gorgeous and I want to wear them more. They have a bit of an awkward shaft — higher than most, and also rather wide.

My skinny jeans don’t tuck inside them very nicely, but they also won’t fit over top. Straighter styles don’t really work either — they get caught on the wide shaft.

You can see here, these white jeans are just a tad too long, and I don’t really want to cut them to work with one pair of boots.

I tried a cuff, but that looks rather sloppy… I think it’s b/c of the raw hem maybe?

Next, I tried them with the Sorel Lennox boots, but I think these are too rugged for the rest of the look. (I would wear socks if wearing these boots and jeans together.)

I knew I wasn’t going to care for this, but I tried it because I wanted to see if I was right… and I was.

The western styling of these rag & bone boots doesn’t really jibe with the rest of the look, and the jeans look a tad short.

I don’t think it’s that they’re necessarily too short for the boots, but that much skin showing in the ankle area doesn’t make sense with the chunky wool sweater on top.

Anyway, I found my winner winner chicken dinner with these Marc Fisher Oshay booties in the Cloud Suede.

The shaft height is perfect with these jeans. They just meet without touching or buckling, and also without showing much skin.

I would probably wear a light colored sock with this outfit, but either way looks fine to me.

I love this outfit, for those times when I don’t want a knee-high boot. I feel like it looks a little more modern with these booties, and the low color contrast between the boots and the jeans elongates the line of the leg and looks more cohesive..

It’s nice to have an outfit all put together and ready to go when you need it because there’s not always time to do a big try-on sesh before going somewhere. I’m going to remember this one!

Vince sweater (also at Amazon; option/option) // white Paige skinnies // Marc Fisher booties (Cloud Suede, TTS) // similar earrings

After church, I changed into this matching sweatshirt and sweatpants to make cookies and watch movies with the family.

By the way, both are 25% off at LOFT right now, and they come in TONS of colors. I have a size small in both pieces. They wash and wear well, and they don’t shrink much at all.

Lou & Grey sweatshirt // Lou & Grey sweatpants // similar P448 sneakers

I worked out Monday afternoon, so I just wore my workout clothes all day.

This Athleta Momentum camo tee is great for gym workouts. I love the colors and the seamless design.

It also has grippers at the hem so it doesn’t ride up. For size reference, I have the small.

My Lululemon Align joggers continue to be a favorite for workouts and leisure wear. I like how there’s no tie at the waist to show through when I’m wearing a more fitted top.

I did go with a size 6 in these, but I sometimes think I might prefer the 8 for a little looser fit. That said, this is how they fit on the models, so I guess I went with the right size.

By the way, I noticed they now have these engineered warmth joggers with a similar style for winter running and training. They’re pricey, but might be worth a try for those of us needing more outdoor activewear.

And I threw this Zella funnel neck pullover on top to get to and from the gym, and also to wear around the house for the rest of the day. It’s also a small, and this is the Brown Terrain.

Athleta Momentum camo tee // Zella funnel neck pullover // Lululemon Align joggers // Nike sneakers // similar earrings

And that brings us to yesterday. I had a chiro appt and some errands to run.

I usually wear a longer sweater and high rise jeans to the chiropractor because he’s always lifting my arm up over my head and moving it around, and I don’t want my muffin top hanging out, lol!

And I think I’ve finally made peace with these booties. I like how they pair with these jeans, in particular.

They’re such nice quality and so comfortable, but the heel gives me some extra height and also helps elongate the leg — especially when paired with dark pants or jeans.

This outfit is so simple, but I love it. It’s casual and unfussy but elevated — definitely going to be on constant repeat this winter.

I would typically wear a larger earring, like one of my chunky hoops, but I stuck with the pearl studs b/c of the chiropractor appointment. (Hoops get in the way when he’s manipulating my neck.)

Nordstrom Signature cashmere v-neck // Good American Good Legs skinnies (similar maybe?) // Vince Henderson boots // similar earrings

And that’s a wrap! Isn’t it crazy to think the next time I write one of these, it will be the Christmas edition!?!

Also, Caroline’s 18th birthday is tomorrow, so it’s a big weekend over here.

I do have a post planned for tomorrow, and then I’ll be taking a couple days off this weekend. I may pop in on Saturday with a post-Christmas sale roundup, but I’m going to play that by ear, so to speak.

Have a great day!

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71 thoughts on “What I Wore Lately Vol. 38

  1. Peep peep… just wanted you to get a comment. We’re all still here. Just running around baking and wrapping and straightening and grocery shopping and zooming and sweeping and watering and…

  2. Hi Jo-Lynne, I love those Lennox boots. I ordered the black brown but they’re taking forever to get here. You’ve put together some great outfits here. 😉

    1. If you ordered from Nordstrom, and they’re coming USPS, they are probably in limbo somewhere. I paid $25 rush shipping 2 weeks ago for an order from them, and haven’t received it yet. 🤪

  3. Great post! Love the blue sweater with the white jeans. I went to the Mall yesterday just to see some Christmas decorations and shop at Nordstroms. I did fine being there from 10-noon. Practicially empty, but then….! Glad to leave at 12:15! Bought some Zella pieces, the jogger pants and leggings and a long-sleeved layering T. My birthday is January 4, so I always try to buy some workout wear and/or a winter coat for my birthday!! I am sure the post-Christmas sales will be good this year. Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

    1. Glad you found some presents! I was just at the mall today, and it is weird how un-crowded it is, but at least it’s nice to see Christmas decorations and be around other shoppers at holiday time.

  4. I just read yesterday’s post this morning and when I scrolled down to make a comment, I wondered what was going on. It felt like walking into an empty room that I assumed was going to be full of people! Lol.

  5. Hi, great post! I’m on vacation this week and busy with little projects I’ve been meaning to get to. But I’m here! Hope your tech issues get solved soon. How maddening!

  6. Thank you for sharing your life with us! You have been a bright light in my life this year, and I THANK YOU! Merry Christmas!

  7. These are my favorite posts! I love the aqua sweater, it’s such a nice change from the normal colors we normally gravitate too. The last outfit was my favorite. It’s simple to throw on and looks so put together! Have a blessed Christmas and thanks for all the work you do to make shopping easier for me!

  8. Hello Jo-Lynne, I love, love, LOVE the blue sweater with the white jeans! I need some gray booties to replicate this look but it is a wonderful reminder to wear my white jeans in winter. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  9. I splurged and bought myself a pair of Birkenstock slippers that are shearling-lined. Best decision ever! They are super comfortable and feel great on my feet. You wouldn’t have to wear your boots inside if you had a pair. Maybe Santa will bring you some.

  10. Your blog is my favorite! Thank you for sharing your life with us. You do a great job of using your words to talk to us as if we were good friends sitting at the kitchen table visiting! Have a wonderful Christmas! 

  11. Sorry you’ve been having blog issues with comments/replies. I sent one but I guess it’s in limbo but that’s ok as you are always good about trying to reply. 
    I had to return those Express jeans and I loves the color. I ordered my usual 6p but they were too tight and too long 😔. Also trying to find bootie that don’t have a wide shaft around the ankle and no luck. I’m retuning my 3rd pair but maybe after the holidays I’ll find some on sale. 

  12. Great post. Love that turquoise sweater on you. Merry Christmas to you all. Look forward to your post Christmas blog. Its always fun.

  13. I’m so jealous!  Every day I see such beautiful winter outfits….today will be 77 degrees here in Texas…oh boo…

  14. I wanted to comment yesterday, but it was my 6 week post-chemo and I was finally able to hit the grocery store (I never thought I would be so happy to do that!) and the day just became a flurry of activities. I wanted to tell you that I have received your last 2 emails and an email in response to my comment, so it looks like things are working again. 
    I loved the aqua sweater outfit and thought about ordering it, but it really isn’t a good color for me, and I need to stop ordering things I know won’t work for me. 
    I finally got my fuzzy Zella pullover. It took quite awhile to get here, but I love it!

    1. Congrats on 6 weeks post chemo! And glad the Zella pullover was a hit. I think it’s great that you can like the aqua pullover and also realize it isn’t going to work for you. It’s easy to get sucked into buying something when it works for someone else and forget it has to work for you. 🙂

  15. Merry Christmas to you and your family!  Please do take some well deserved time off.   Hope your shoulder/ arm heals up.  Tech/ IT issues are such a pain.  Hope that resolves as well.  It was odd to comment yesterday and see zero comments.   I love the J Crew coat – such a classic!  Would love it but the price point is a bit too steep for me at $537 CAD with the Canadian – US exchange rate, shipping, duty tax, etc……. But do love it!  Will watch for sales. We got a dump of 7 inches of snow so it will be a white Christmas here: very pretty and not terribly cold.  Win, win!

  16. I love the blue sweater, white jeans, and short gray booties on you! That sweater was made for you! Sorry you continue to have tech issues. Although I didn’t necessarily have a comment on yesterday’s post, I figured something was not working when I didn’t see a single comment!

    **Also, I tried to comment/reply to another reader’s comment but that feature is not working. When I clicked Reply…nothing happened so I came to the top and posted a new comment. Not sure if this is something that has already been noticed and/or reported to you. I’m sure it’s a quick fix for those who know what’s going on but oh-so-frustrating in the meantime! Good luck!

  17. Hi Jo-Lynne! This is actually my first time commenting on your website, so I don’t really know how this goes, lol. I originally signed up when I saw you had *great* taste, and well, fashion! You have not disappointed! I really liked all of your pics, just thought I could add in some suggestions if thats good with you!  
    1st pic: LOVE IT! The whole teen vibe is going really well with me (maybe because I am one lol).  No suggestions, but maybe gold (faux [or real, whichever one], not big, not SO fancy [since this really isn’t a fancy look]) earrings
    2nd Pic: pretty much perfect! This look is PERFECT for a casual but stylish kinda mood. 
    3rd pic: Quite nice! Its a really good look for when its chilly outside. Feeling iffy about the scarf, maybe a smaller pop of color, but still looks good. I don’t know how you do it, rocking a puffy (ish) jacket! I’ve been on the lookout for a thin one that still keeps warm, and also doesn’t cost 100 bucks. Could you feature it in a future article?
    8th outfit: really nice, maybe a pop of color somewhere?
    I’m going to leave it at that, since this is a pretty long comment lol.
    You’re awesome!

  18. Love all these everyday looks.  I like the last one the best!  Love the color green and the boots.  Actually all the boots are all great!
    Thanks for all your posts. You are definitely my favorite blog and I learn so much from you.  I can’t remember, have you ever tried Universal  Standard jeans?  I got some a few weeks ago as part of promotion they were doing – I think it was a pair of jeans for $25 if you donated a pair?  I figured they are usually around $90 so worth a try.  I sort of like them but I think the rear pockets aren’t that flattering.  I would never even think to look at them if it wasn’t for you.  I compared them to my Madewell jeans that I think are flattering and  I think they’re just a smidge too small?  anyway, as good as a deal that they are, I guess they’re going back.  
    Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy celebrating Christmas, birthdays etc.  

  19. Happy 18th Birthday to Caroline!  There are a couple of outfits I really like.  What you wore to church on Sunday is a beautiful outfit and the sweater color is luscious.  And I like the all grey outfit for a change.  It’s definitely easy on the eye.  How is your neck and mouse arm feeling? Better, I hope!  This southern girl is wondering if y’all still have snow on the ground.  We are supposed to have storms tomorrow before the bottom falls out with the temps.  I’m glad it’s going to be really cold on Christmas Day l even though I’ll have to wear thermal bottoms and a sweatshirt with my Christmas pj’s.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

  20. Merry Christmas to you and your family!  Have a wonderful time celebrating with them and Happy Birthday to Caroline!!

  21. The other day you mentioned that you read your devotional in front of your Christmas tree. What devotional are you reading now? Looking to change mine up for next year.

    1. It’s the She Reads Truth – online here – https://shereadstruth.com/plans/advent-2020-jesus-christ-is-born/
      Some of the commentaries are better than others, but at least it gets you in the Word, and it’s short enough to be doable every day. 

  22. LOVE LOVE LOVE the white jeans and blue sweater! I will be copying that soon.

    You had a baby on Christmas Eve!! I bet there was no procrastinating that year. ha!
    Happy Birthday to your daughter and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Blessings for the new year!

  23. I’m so impressed that you’re still running and working out in freezing temps! I’m going to have to start doing daily sit-ups as I’ve heard that the new spring styles are very “body-con” – ugh. 
    I missed your email yesterday……was doing more holiday baking and making phone calls to friends I haven’t talked to in awhile. I realized after dinner that I hadn’t checked email all day! Today my housecleaners are coming and I have nowhere to go to pass the time. My son just turned on our outdoor fireplace since we’ll be sitting outside for awhile and it’s only 64 degrees here today…dare I say that’s cold for us?!  Love your turquoise sweater w/ white jeans outfit- beautiful! Enjoy the next few days and a little time off for you. 🎄

  24. I just bought the crew neck sweater from Naadam and it’s soooo soft. It’s my first cashmere sweater so I was curious do you hand wash your cashmere or wash on delicate?
    Thanks Jolynne:)

    1. I’m so glad you love it! It may spoil you for other cashmere, though. I’ve never had a softer sweater.

      I dry clean mine, but it says you can hand wash so you can try it… I tried washing a cheaper cashmere sweater on delicate once, and I didn’t like how it came out, so I dry clean all of mine.

  25. Your blog is my fav even though I don’t reply frequently.
    Wanted to wish and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
    You’re the best fashion blogger I have seen.
    Keep up the great work you do and thank you for that.

  26. I’m not sure if I missed you posting about that aqua Vince turtleneck before but it is gorgeous on you.  I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on what makes it so pricey….even at the discounted price it’s more than I would have expected for a chunky knit that is only 10% cashmere.  Do you think it’s the cut or fit that makes it worth it or is there something else particularly different about it?  It is really gorgeous and I love the idea of a winter white based outfit.

    1. Honestly, I don’t know. I mean, yeah, it’s gorgeous, but $445? I dunno… It’s not extraordinarily soft or cozy or anything. It is well worth the $106 that I paid for it, but I’m not sure I’d drop $179 on it and definitely not any more than that. If anyone is reading along and likes the color, I’d go for the other one at the Rack. I actually have that one in ivory and love it. I will warn you, though, if you’re sensitive to wool, they’re both a little itchy.

  27. I read your newsletter and blog post every day but rarely ever comment. 
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I do enjoy reading about your family and the great fashion that you share. 

  28. Leaving you a comment so you know I’m out here! I love these posts, and I also appreciate the workout attires posts, so this includes both and I’m extra happy. 🙂

  29. This is a follow up to my earlier comment.  When I click reply to you or me, it doesn’t let me or give me a place to comment.  Anyway, these are the Universal Standard jeans I was referring to. https://www.universalstandard.com/collections/denim/products/marne-bootcut-jeans-32-inch-dark-indigo

  30. Merry Christmas!!!  Enjoy your days off with family. Love your blog. You do so great with it all. So personal for not knowing us. Look forward to it each morning. I would love to have snow. Sunny and cool here…. Oregon. You look great in these outfits. I still can’t wear white pants after first of Sept. lol. 

  31. Merry Christmas! It’s so great that you work out and run and that you show us that. I love staying active. It’s my happy place and I feel like it keeps me sane. I like the outfit with the lulu joggers, athleta top and zella topper. It all looks like it came from the same place! You’re so lucky to be able to do things like get a manicure and go to church. I live in CA where it’s a dictatorship (& LA county so it’s even worse). Church and so many things are deemed “non essential.” It makes me so sad. Your blog is definitely a bright spot.😃

  32. Great post.  Always love to see all the outfits.  I tried to comment yesterday and there was no comment form.  I wondered what was going on.  Technology!  😩  Hope you are able to figure it out.  In the meantime we’ll hang in there with you!  Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  33. Great post, Jo-Lynne, thank you! What size do you have in the North Face parka?
    You look great in all of these pics.

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