Cognac, the Color not the Drink

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I honestly didn’t mean to dress in more than 50% of the same shade, but.. it is what it is. I guess something about cognac is real appealing to me. The color that is, not the drink.

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I think I was channeling my girl Kendi of www.kendieveryday.com

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My Outfit

  • Tshirt – Forever 21
  • Belt – Levis
  • Colored denim – Forever 21
  • Flats – Target
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Holidaze

I am really not meaning to sound like a Grinch here, but this holiday season has been a little more frustrating than most. I did myself a favor by picking up some gifts here and there early on so I don’t have to scramble at the last minute, but I still have a few important pieces to get along the way. The major source of stress is from work, naturally, and not finding the time to actually go out and get said gifts or being able to enjoy all the special holiday activities… and when I do have time I somehow find myself on the couch with hot cocoa and Netflix… whoooops. With all that being said I am still hopeful I’ll get a few days squeezed into December to do all the sparkly, cozy, festive, fun-filled Holiday traditions!

Here is the way I styled the plaid jacket I found at Target I had mentioned in the previous post.

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Don’t ask me why I hardly ever have shoes on in these posts. I do not have an answer for you, other than by the time I walk out the door I can assure you I have found a pair.

Festivities

I hope it was a happy Thanksgiving for all yesterday! Mine was a nice little break from the daily grind. We drank (Merlot and seasonal brews), we ate (delicious appetizers made by my sister’s boyfriend including Rosemary roasted nuts and homemade hummus followed by all the traditional Thanksgiving fixins’), and we hung by the fire while trying to come up with decent holiday pictures (totally didn’t happen). We just stayed at my house for the day so I definitely wasn’t about to break out the LBD and heels, but still wanted to be a step up from pajamas.  Here is the live version of the Polyvore set I created in the previous post.

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Sidenote: Got this jacket on sale at Target for right under $18 the other day, I thought it was a pretty good investment with the Holiday season here now. It’s a little hard to tell in the picture but the pockets and the zipper detail going down the front is pleather and there are gold buttons on the wrist, makes it look a lot more expensive than it was. FYI – I got an XS and it’s still pretty roomy if you wanted to wear a comfy sweater underneath.

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Currently Pinning

I love Pinterest. I always wished there was something like Pinterest that existed, and then finally one day it did and I was all – about dang time. I especially love it for it’s categorization…Not sure if that is a legit word, but you understand, no? Autumn is my favorite season and I get so giddy for it each year that having one place to put all my inspirations is the best way for me to quickly reference any styles, beauty trends, recipes, and activities that make Autumn for what it is. I created an Autumn Inspiration board not too long ago and I get excited looking at it every time I log on! Is that nerdy? Nerdy for fashion, that is. Here are a few of my favorite looks I’ve found to compliment my board perfectly.

P.S. FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST! LINK ON UPPER RIGHT TAB.

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Something about this season man, mmm.

All links and photo credits are linked to photos via my Autumn Inspiration Pinterest board.

iPhone Photo Roundup

I have been feeling so blasé about my wardrobe lately, which has caused me to do more shopping than usual but I’m totally okay with it considering the awesome sales I’ve been scoring. I went to a boutique opening hosted by the blogger Happily Grey (http://happilygrey.com/) on Thursday and then just made a night of shopping on the town with my sister. I scored two shirts from Express for $20! I mean.. really. Later on this week I went to a trendy store, Altar’d State, where their sale was Buy One Get One FREE. Yes, free. So I walked out with four shirts for right about $20. Can you beat that?! I think not.

A couple of outfits from this week

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It’s finally sweaaaater weaaaather

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What I wore to the boutique opening; with my new RACHEL Rachel Roy bag

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While out shopping on Thursday I made a quick stop by the jewelry counter at Nordstrom and found this beauty

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Ahh, that watch! The band is the most gorgeous black quilted leather and I must have it soon. Perhaps an early Christmas gift.. to myself?

Weekend Picks

Pinterest is a terrible, terrible place where all logical thinking and well-thought-out budgeting goes to die. Ever since the turn of “Fall” my Pinterest boards (link in top right) have been maxxed out with pins of moody nail polish & make-up colors, any and everything leather, and all the best autumn hues. So, naturally, I felt the need to do the same to my own closet. I did a very quick trip out this weekend and these are the goodies I found.

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L’Oreal nail polish in the color ‘Haute Couture’ – I mean, even the name is perfect. It is the fourth from the left in the picture.

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Forever 21

Cat eye glasses $5.80

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Wine-colored skinnies $15.80

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Cynthia Rowley leather accent pants $24.99

I wasn’t kidding. Leather. Everything.

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RACHEL Rachel Roy crossbody bag $19.99

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Ugh. Those iPhone pictures are basically insulting to this bag. This bag yelled my name across the store, told me to snatch it up and never leave my sight again in all it’s perfect-ness. I had one of those moments when you’re shopping and you just get so excited that your face/body starts doing all sorts of weird convulsions. I always wonder what loss prevention/security guards think of me if they catch me in a weird shopping-induced hyper-ventilating attack. I mean, it happens to the best of us.. right?

iPhone Photo Roundup

I’m still trying to establish a regular routine to this here blog, so I figured in the mean time I’d start a few different series and see which ones show up on the regular. Totally not an actual plan by any means, but I’m the boss of this thing and that’s just how things are gonna run around here.

So — here are a few randos found on the iPhone from this past week.

My hair goodies – and yes, both dry shampoos are necessary.

Sidenote: Holy crap how have I not tried Batiste until recently?! Scooore.

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A wedding rehearsal outfit (taken in the BF’s room.) I feel like my main past-time of the past four months has been attending wedding/wedding shenanagins.

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Work outfit. Simple because my brain hurt too much to come up with anything better.

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Outfit when I met up with a friend to catch the Head and the Heart at a local record shop. In which the following video was recorded…

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Parking lot party with the Head and the Heart! They were super nice and went outside to play their last song of their set for the few stragglers who didn’t get a chance to make it inside because of the max capacity limit. We met up at their truck and afterwards they stayed and chatted with everyone. My friends and I got to talk to Josiah for a bit, and after one hyper-active tween interrupted us he thanked us for being “cool”. Yeah, we are pretty cool.