Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit

26 Nov 2014 Permalink

Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit @AprilGia

Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit @AprilGia

Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit @AprilGia

Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit @AprilGia

I know some of you have already gotten underway with your holiday shopping.  I started ordering a few things online last week.  I’m still debating whether or not I want to venture out on Black Friday once the turkey settles.  But if I do decide to go, you can bet that I’ll be wearing something like this…

A THICK SWEATER – One thing that I can’t stand about shopping during the cooler months is having to schlep around winter coats and accessories.  When I have the privilege of hitting up the stores by myself – meaning without kids – then I wear a thick sweater and leave my coat in the car.  It limits the layers that I wear and keeps my outfit simple so that I can focus on tackling that shopping list.

SKINNY JEANS – I like to keep my outfits balanced.  This means that if I wear something bulky, like a thick sweater on top, then I go with a more fitted bottom.  Besides, skinny jeans – or leggings – are the only pants you should wear tucked into boots.  Anything too baggy tucked into those knee-highs will give off a pirate appearance.

KNEE HIGH BOOTS – These boots are perfect for all the right reasons.  They look great with skinny jeans and they heel is the perfect height for hours of shopping.  Plus, this pair really helps protect me from the elements!  They’re warm and slush or snow wipe off super easily.

CROSS-BODY BAG – No shopping outfit would be complete without a cross-body bag!  How else can one conquer the stores without both of her hands?!  I’ve been using this Phillip Lim for Target beauty a lot during the past few weeks.  I love that it can be worn during the day for shopping, and then transitions nicely into my hand if I’m meeting up with friends at night.  Gotta love a bag that can be worn multiple ways!

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Random Wednesday

05 Feb 2014 Permalink

black and white with an army jacket

black and white with an army jacket

black and white with an army jacket

For the record, I don’t always mean to look so ticked off in my outfit pictures.  Let’s blame this pout on the 20 degree temps or the strange old man who pulled up next to me as pictures were being taken.

Alright.  I’m done complaining.

Here’s a bunch of stuff that I’ve been up to…you know, to keep my mind off of the temps…and weird men…

Troy from Thriftanista in the City interviewed me (blush) for her 10 Questions for a Thriftanista series!  If you’re wondering why I thrift and how much of my closet is actually thrifted, you’ll have to click here to find out.  And if you’re local, Troy is putting together a party bus to take us thrifting!  (Woot woot!)  I’ve already gotten my ticket.  You can get yours here.

One cool thing about being the beauty contributor for Sassy Moms in the City, is that I get to try out loads of beauty products.  With winter killing my skin, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect lotion.  Well, the hunt has ended and AmLactin is my catch.  No joke, this brand has beaten out all others that I’ve tried.  You can find them at Target.  But, if you hurry up, you can still enter to win a basket filled with $75 worth of AmLactin goodies.  Head over here for a quick and easy entry.

And one last thing I’ll leave you with…

Wearing this diy necklace had me realizing that I haven’t done anything myself recently.  So, I actually made something over the weekend…something I really like.  I’ll be sharing on Friday.  See you then!

sweater – Bevello // jacket – Loft // pants – thrifted

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Casual Winter Outfit | Bold Sweater and Jeans

27 Dec 2013 Permalink

Casual Winter Outfit | Bold Sweater and Jeans

Casual Winter Outfit | Bold Sweater and Jeans

This is my typical casual look for winter – especially for days when we explore the museums!  During my preblogging days though, my “casual” consisted of jeans, sweatshirts, and gym shoes.

After I had my first kid – once my body found its way back – I didn’t want to wear my old clothes anymore.  Being pregnant wasn’t fun for me.  My body wasn’t mine.  It just felt so weird.

So after the whole thing, I really had an appreciation for my body –  flaws and all.  I made a conscious decision to pay attention to what I wore and how I presented myself.

One of the first steps I took was with my tops and shoes.  T-shirts and sweatshirts got traded for blouses and sweaters, while my shoes were upgraded to ballet flats and wedges.

I’ve come to realize that when I put effort into how I look, it makes me happy.  And when mommy is happy, everyone is happy.

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