Feb 24, 2017

Create28: Boots Boots Boots

The title of this post should really be, "Boots and Wrinkles."

Well friends, this is what I look like after a day of teaching!  I really do wear all of the outfits I feature here on the blog.  Most of the time I attempt to photograph them before I wear them but sometimes life says otherwise.  Oh well, this is me, wrinkles and all!

I'm really happy that Carrie and I included boots in one of our Create28 prompts.  These riding boots are some all-time favorites of mine but I'm finding that they are getting less love this year.  This challenge gave me the perfect reason to pull them out of hiding.

I combined the boots with some other old classics, my chambray dress and cognac bow belt, to create a look that I actually love!  Isn't it funny how a new combination can make you fall in love with pieces all over again?!

How are you wearing your boots this winter?  Show us on Instagram (#create28winter17)!  And pop back tomorrow to see how Carrie styles camo!

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Blogging Besties: Pastel Pink

The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile's Style. It's based on the idea of "take one, pass it on," but we're passing on an element from another blogger's outfit. It's a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!
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Feb 23, 2017

Create28: Leggings

The leggings craze has never really grabbed me fully. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are super comfy, versatile and so super easy to wear. But I definitely don’t want to wear them unless certain parts of me are covered well. That’s a personal preference and because of that I haven’t embraced them all that much. I’ve also struggled with finding a pair I really like and that fit well. Is that crazy? Fit well? They are knit and stretch and should just shape to my body but I have definitely tried on many a pair that don’t. Saggy in the wrong places is not a good look for anyone, friends. And then...
  faux leather leggings

And then there are these. Faux leather fronts and knit back. I’ve worn them out and truthfully I’ve worn them to work. Not sure that’s okay but I didn’t ask. I figured I ask forgiveness and not wear them again. Evidently, it was okay. Yay, for stepping outside of the box!
  black leggings

Now these leggings I really do love. They are a little classy and edgy all wrapped up in one. I love that!

black leggings

black leggings

Where you do fall in the spectrum of leggings? Love them/hate them? Favorite pair/favorite kind? Are you a plain color or opt for prints? I love some input because next cool weather season, I might just have to jump in with two feet! Hope you'll be back tomorrow with Whitney for boots. We all have to have some great boots in our wardrobes don't we? For sure, Whitney does!


Have the BEST day BEAUTIES! Carrie ~ xoxo Save Save Save
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Feb 22, 2017

Create28 and New Year Styled: Outerwear

Outerwear, for so many of us, it's a necessary part of the winter season!  So why not have fun with it?!  At this very time last year, I talked about ways to to jazz-up your favorite coat with different cold-weather accessories.  Since I'm all about the remixing lately and it's still winter here in Michigan (although you would hardly know it with the warm temperatures this week), I'm featuring a new way to style the same coat!

This time around, I went for a monochromatic look using a marled purple scarf and patterned mittens that I bought in Iceland.  This is definitely a more elegant look that I would wear perhaps to a nice restaurant or to a show!

Are you stuck wearing outerwear for months and months?  What's your favorite way to make the most of it?

And if you are here for New Year Styled with The Blended Blog, make sure to link-up below.  Come back tomorrow to see the chic way that Carrie is wearing leggings!

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Feb 21, 2017

Create28: Printed Pants

Hey, friends! What’s your input on printed pants and/or printed bottoms? Do you own any? Are they a fave or not? I have a few printed bottoms and most of them are skirts. My printed pants all revolve around some print that has black. I own a black and white gingham print and a black and white herringbone print. But then I found these on super clearance just as The Limited was closing. I did like them before the clearance sale when I saw them hanging on the rack so I decided to try them on. I totally loved the fit and that made me love the pattern even more.
  printed pants & blazer

The colors are more on the off-white/cream which seems to me to be a little more polished and professional. Having said that I do realize the remixability of these pants is probably not that high but I know when I walk out of the house in this outfit I feel ready to tackle the day.
  printed pants

printed pants

Of all the pants I own, I would say these are the best fitting. Good fitting pants are the bomb, ladies. Would you agree? I will truly miss The Limited as they were my go-to place for pants. Do you have a go-to store for your favorite pants? I’d love to hear recommendations. Here's some printed pants that I've featured in the past.

Tomorrow it's outerwear with Whitney. I know it will be great look! Can't wait to see what she's sharing!

 Have a beautiful day! Carrie ~ xoxo Save Save
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Feb 20, 2017

Nuggets for the New Year: 10,000 Steps

I'm back today with another installment of Nuggets for the New Year with The Blended Blog.  For this series, our contributors have been dishing-out advice on everything from budgeting to meal planning.  You may remember that, about a month ago, I posted a planner review for this very series.

Today we are talking fitness!  If you are popping over from Christy's post, welcome!  And don't forget to head to Sarah's next for information about her work-out routine.

Over here, we're discussing ways to achieve the daily recommendation of 10,000 steps per day!  So many of us are wearing fitness trackers these days but it can still be so hard to fit in all of those steps! For Christmas, my dad purchased a Fitbit Charge 2 for each member of my family so that we can hold each other accountable to being a bit healthier.  My competitive streak and my goal to be fitter in 2017 has me constantly up and on my feet!  Here are a few habits that I've inserted into my daily life to help me achieve that 10,000 step goal!

Set Mini Goals Each Day
10,000 is an awfully lofty goal!  In order to get there, it helps me to set littler goals throughout the day.  You definitely have to do this based on your own life and daily activities.  I'm a traveling teacher, so I teach for two hours at a high school first thing in the morning and then I travel to the junior high to finish-out my day.  After school, I head to a two-hour cheerleading practice (I coach) before heading home.  I make it my goal to get to 3,000 steps by the time I leave the high school, 6,000 by the end of the school day and 7,000 by the end of cheerleading practice.  Breaking my day into chunks ensures that I don't get too far behind to reach my ultimate goal!

Schedule-In Walking Time
I also look at my daily activities and schedule in little moments for walking.  For example, each time I find myself alone in my classroom (during my planning/traveling hour, during lunch and after school) I do five minutes of walking around the room.  Yep!  I do laps around my own classroom.  You'd be amazed how many steps you can get in five minutes!  And if you schedule this several times a day, you will be that much closer to your goal!

Walk Before Rewards
This one is kind of goofy because my "rewards" are things I would do anyways, like eat dinner.  After I'm done with lesson planning and grading, I make myself do another five minutes of walking around my apartment before I fix dinner.  And before I sit down to watch my latest episode of Once Upon a Time on Netflix, I'll do another five minutes.  Again, anything helps!

There you have it!  My tips for your step goal success!  And while you're here, I would love to hear your tips!

If you are a fitness tracker wearer, you might be interested in one of my previous posts about how to wear a Fitbit stylishly.  Since I've upgraded to the Fitbit Charge 2 since that post, maybe I should do another one?  What do you think?

And now, don't forget to hop over to Sarah's fitness post!
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Create28: Sweater Remix + Link-Up

Hey y'all!  As this post is published, I will be sleeping-in and enjoying a relaxing cup of coffee at home.  Yep, this teacher has the day off!  In fact, I've had a four-day-weekend.  The first two days saw the end of our competitive cheer season.  That plus the beautiful weather we've had has me feeling all sorts of happy!

How has this round of Create28 been going for you?  I'm really curious!  Have you been able to play along?  Have you been posting your looks to Instagram or just wearing your awesome new-to-you outfits?  Have you found the prompts to be helpful?

Truth be told, the end of this series has been a challenge for me.  I had the first half of my outfits pre-photographed so posting was a breeze.  But lately, trying to keep up with real life and blog pictures has been quite the trying task.  I'm hoping, after this four-day-weekend to rejuvenate, I'll be able to finish strong!

For today's post, both Carrie and I are remixing a sweater!  My mustard cardigan is by far my most worn sweater in my closet.  I've worn it bunches on the blog but also in un-photographed moments in real life.  I thought it would be fun today to look back at all the ways I've remixed it on Whitney à la mode!

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You may notice that two of these outfits have even been from this month's Create28!  Do you have a favorite of these looks?  I think I have a two-way tie for first place!  I like the look with the teal skirt and the blanket scarf as well as the polka dot shirt and black skirt.

And now it's time for our weekly link-up below!  Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to see how Carrie styles Printed Pants!

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