Happy Friday! It’s been one of the coldest weeks I can remember here in Ohio. So that has meant that, while I’ve shared some spring fashions and trends on the blog and YouTube channel this week, I’ve been dressing for winter. I have seven winter outfits to share with you today. This is how I really dressed for my day this week.
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These are my real life outfits from my own closet. Many of these things are available, but some may not be. When I can locate one quickly I’ll share substitutes and/or more economical options. But if I don’t provide one and you’d like for me to, just ask.
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What I Wore Out and About Friday
Friday I had a hair appointment and then did a little “blog research” at the mall. It was a rainy, blustery day as the cold front began to move in. So I knew I needed to wear my lug sole Chelsea boots and a wind and rain resistant coat. I opted to start my outfit with some new wide leg jeans from Talbots.
Talbots boot cut and wide leg jeans never seem to be quite as long as I’d like for them to be for my 5’8″ frame. But then again, these days I’m noticing that hem lengths are all over the place. I imagine I’ll mostly wear these wide leg jeans with sneakers later in the spring. But for Friday I felt fine wearing them with my cognac boots, a white tee and a camel cashmere sweater. I completed the ensemble with my cognac Astrid organizer. I love the combination of camel clothes and cognac accessories.
How I Dressed Saturday
I took Saturday as my day of rest. I didn’t wear any makeup that day because I needed to let my skin rest a big and I wore an Intense Hydrating Mask all day. My skin has really taken a toll from the constant running of the heater, and that’s with the thermostat set at 63 degrees Fahrenheit!
To feel comfortable and warm, but still look at least a little pulled together, I wore my black stretch pants with a black cotton turtleneck. Then I topped that all black casual combo with my favorite flannel shirt. Honestly, I wear my Orthofeet slippers all day most days. I have put my custom made orthotics in them and I’ve discovered that if I wear them most days, then I can wear most any other shoes here and there without any trouble. Good thing I work from home!
Oh, just in case you’re wondering how I spent my day of rest. I sat in front of the fire most of the morning after my workout. I did a lot of brainstorming for the blog and YouTube channel, mostly formulating my ideas for Monday’s blog post. Then I took a nap! And I cooked us a big pot of chili for dinner.
What I Wore to Church Sunday
By Sunday the cold temperatures had moved into place. So I wanted to be warm and comfortable for our house church meeting. I wore my black wide-leg jeans with that same black cotton turtleneck and my black and taupe striped sweater (use code KayH15 for 15% off at LilySilk – more economical option).
I placed a pretty big order with Me+Em recently because I’d been hearing so much about this brand. I’ve been getting their catalogs and swooning over them for several years now. They are on the pricey side, but everything I received was of stellar quality. After much inner-debate, I decided to keep the cropped wool jacket. It really fits my personal style aesthetic and I think I’ll wear it for years. I went with my smaller size, an 8, for a really nice fit.
How I Dressed to Work From Home Monday
Monday was a typical work from home day, but I wanted to dress up a little. You may (or may not) be surprised to hear that I really struggle with getting dressed for my day during the winter. Everything in me wants to stay in my pajamas or workout clothes or loungewear all day during the winter. But invariably my days go so much better if I push past that temptation and even dial it up a notch.
So I inspired myself to use a couple of new things I’d gotten in to create a modern work outfit. I wore my new rattan colored Southampton pants from Talbots (swoon-worthy!!!) and a graphic tee from Me+Em (marked down, but still a little pricey) topped with a cashmere relaxed fit hooded jacket, also from Me+Em. Here’s a more economical option for that jacket. I think the understated graphic tee (it’s their flagship store address) really makes the outfit work. And I completed it with my super comfortable chunky sneakers. I adore this outfit. And I’d wear it every day if I could. Which inspires me to work to create more like this one in the future.
What I Wore to Edit Video on Tuesday
Again, I was at my desk most of Tuesday, this time editing Wednesday’s YouTube video. I wore another new purchase from Talbots, my straight leg jeans in the new Carolina wash. I’m wearing my usual size 8 comfortably. Like their other straight leg jeans, they have a nice amount of stretch, but don’t stretch out on me as I wear them. I really appreciate the high waistline, too.
What I Wore to a Movie and Dinner
I ran into a lot of technical difficulties and was up late Tuesday night working on Wednesday’s video, so James offered to take me to a movie on Thursday. We saw Boys in the Boat. Great movie! I wanted to be comfortable in my theater seat, but I also wanted to take advantage of a day out to wear something a little more creative than just jeans and a sweater.
So I topped my new Me+Em navy blue cargo pants (more economical option) with a striped long-sleeve t-shirt (similar striped tee and another option) and a green sweater vest (more economical option). These cargo pants were ultra comfortable and so fun to wear. I completed the look with my cognac accessories, including this new London saddle bag(c/o). Patricia Nash Designs gifted me the bag recently to share with you, and they were generous enough to give us a coupon code, too. Use code KAY10 for 10% off only at Patricia Nash Designs.
How I Dressed for Lunch with Friends
Thursday James and I carried pizza to the home of two precious friends who have been struggling with health issues for a while. It was so good to see them, and I loved getting out to visit with them. I wore my dark grey/light black Paige straight leg jeans (from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last July) with my red cashmere turtleneck. I completed the look with my black Chelsea boots and mixed metals jewelry.
When it was time to head out the door, I put on my cropped military jacket and carried my black Coach bag. I know someone will surely ask, so I’m wearing my new lipstick in 131 Bois de Rose. Such a perfect color with red.
So that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for dropping in. I hope you have a fantastic Friday!
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Blessed for My Day
Thursday as I read Proverbs 3:27-30 in my daily Bible reading, I was struck by the fact that this passage is about wisdom, but it encourages thoughtfulness towards other people. When I think about wisdom, I think about being shrewd, sharp-thinking, discerning. But I hadn’t ever before put together the concepts of being a thoughtful person and being wise.
As I meditated on this passage it occurred to me that, indeed, it is wise to be thoughtful. We are thoughtful when we consider other people and not just ourselves. We’re thoughtful when we go above and beyond to make sure that other peoples’ needs are met, that they are not inconvenienced unnecessarily, that they feel secure and appreciated. I think this teaching applies in so many areas of life, especially in those in which we are in a place of leadership or authority, such as the family, work or organizations we may participate in. How can you wisely treat other people with consideration today? Who in your life is depending on you to be thoughtful of them?
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it to you,”
When you have it with you.
Do not devise harm against your neighbor,
While he lives securely beside you.
Do not contend with a person for no reason,
If he has done you no harm. ~ Proverbs 3:27-30