So forgive me if I am MIA for a few days... :)
What are you doing this weekend?
I have had this jean jacket in my closet for a while now, it was a gift from my mother for either my birthday, Christmas, or a random Saturday (she likes to give me gifts).
The only problem was I had nothing to wear it with! I feel like jean jackets are tough because you really can't wear them with jeans. So I have been on the look out for some khakis or light pants to pair them with. Well, I found them!
Pink shirt is from J. Crew and the pants are from Banana Republic. Once again, I am not a model. Repeat, not a model!
I actually looooooooove this outfit. My office tends to run very cold, so the jacket was great and I wore it all day! Best part is the pants are machine washable! Yay for fall clothes!
Ok, so I will be the first to admit that I am not a fashionista. Not that I don't have a sense of style, I just don't usually keep in the loop with what is trendy and what is not.
I recently came across J's Everyday Fashion blog, and it sort of changed my life. Everyday, she posts a new outfit based on a picture she has seen in a magazine and copies the outfit form her wardrobe. It really is great inspiration, and made me realize that I needed a revamp! Most of my clothes I have had forever, and they have had a good run, but it is time to phase some out and bring in the new and fresh!
Which is how I justify my outlet shopping extravaganza that took place a few weekends ago. Soo many clothes bought, but they were each bought for a reason. Either to replace a garment that was falling apart or as part of an ensemble that I had put together.
The first outfit I was looking for was the classic gold (mustard yellow) with navy.
Now, I saw a navy skirt at the Banana Republic outlet (did I mention i have their credit card?) that I loved. However, I was only going to buy it if I knew I had something in my closet already, or I could find something relatively cheap to go with it. I think that is my biggest problem, buying one piece to an outfit because it looks good, and then not having anything to wear it with! Sadly, I could not find the exact skirt on polyvore to show you what I was working with, but the one above is very similar, minus the bow. So anyways, I remembered reading that mustard yellow looked great with navy blue. So I sought out a mustard yellow top, and lo and behold I found one! I tried it on annnd.... yuck. The color completely washed me out, if you don't know I have pretty light skin, and it made me look even more pale.
But I was determined.
So I bought the skirt anyway, because I knew I had tops in my closet that would go with it, but I was still in denial that I couldn't wear mustard yellow. So we headed over to Old Navy and I found this top. "Perfect," I thought. "This shirt has some white to it so it will help soften mustard yellow and will look great." Fail. It still did not look right. I was in such distress running around looking for mustard yellow, Jake was just laughing at me the whole time.
Finally we reached J Crew. Now I love J Crew, but even their outlet prices are a little high for me, especially since I had already spent a small fortune (more on those clothes later). But, we went in and of course I found a mustard yellow sweater. I thought, "Ugh, here we go again." I tried it on and ta da! It worked! I don't know what it was but something about the outfit made it work, and I now have this super cute work outfit!
Works with the sweater buttoned up or open and I just paired it with a white tank! (P.S.- This was definitely an awkward moment for me... I am clearly not a model...)
More to come on other great combos for fall!
This past weekend was just crazy, but what else is new? I volunteered on Saturday during the day for the ASPCA walking Lucille, and then babysat for 5 hours. Needless to say I was exhausted when my head finally hit the pillow at 1:30 am.
I was actually looking forward to what I had planned for Sunday. On a day when honoring our nation and remembering what is important in life takes front and center, I would be celebrating my grandfather's 75th birthday. I couldn't think of a better way to have spent Sunday.
We had a good old fashioned BBQ, filled with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, fruit salad and baked beans. There was laughter, there was football, and there were gifts.
There were balloons, candles, carrot cake and party hats. Lots of smiling, as always. My grandfather is such an amazing man. The things he has done in his life and seen are what he would call, "incredible". What I love about my grandfather the most is how much he loves his family. Especially my grandmother. He still calls her cutie pie after over 50 years of marriage.
When he finished opening his gifts he looked up and said, "We are so blessed." It made me realize, we really are. We are blessed because we are able to do these kind of things with one another. We have the freedom to celebrate and live our lives because we are Americans, protected by those who serve.
So on Sunday I celebrated life, family and country, because although we would carry on and never live in fear, there was an American flag waving out front reminding us to never forget.
Thank you to all those who serve and protect us, and a big Happy 75th to my grandpa!