Happy Friday, dear friends. Today I’m rounding up photos of my daily outfits and sharing a couple of things I received from Talbots and Nic+Zoe yesterday. This is about the time of year when I start getting a little bored with my winter clothes. What about you? So it was fun to get some colorful, lighter weight things in yesterday.
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Just for reference, I’m 5’8″ and weigh about 155. I generally wear a size 8 or medium in dresses, tops, jackets and pants (or 29 or 30 in jeans), so that’s what I’m wearing in these looks unless I tell you otherwise. That way you can assume everything I show you is true to size unless I alert you to sizing up or down. I wear a size 9.5 shoe and, again, I’ll just let you know if I sized up or down in a shoe, otherwise it’s true to size.
Remember, most of this is old. So a lot of things are no longer available or sizes are picked over. But I’ll list what I can in the captions below the photos. I’m not taking the time to find substitutes in this post because I’d rather spend my time on sharing the hows and whys behind the outfits. I hope that works for you. But if you see something that you just really want to find a sub for, let me know and I’ll help you.
What I Wore Friday
I think I’m always a little convicted after writing these posts on Thursday and that prompts me to put a little more effort into my outfits on Fridays. Ha! I say that, but I don’t really remember not dressing great last week either. At any rate, I do indeed like that I wore my mid to dark wash jeans with this colorful pink and red sweater on Friday. It was a cold, snowy day, so it felt appropriate and warm.
I chose not to wear a necklace because I felt like the neckline had enough going on without one. Plus, I knew I’d be bundling up in a coat and scarf, too. Both my sweater and straight leg jeans are still available and deeply discounted, but they’re also both final sale. I can tell you that the sweater runs true to size. In the jeans I went with my higher size 30 and they’re quite roomy, but I wear them happily anyhow. (And then I just frequently wash them with hopes they draw up a bit!) This is what I wore to get my hair cut and then out to lunch with James.
Friday evening presented me with one of those winter conundrums. We had been invited to dinner at the home of some neighbors about three doors down, I think it is. We had a good bit of snow on the ground and it would have been silly to drive. So I knew we’d walk and I’d need to wear boots that could tolerate the snow and ice. Plus, I’d need to be warm. But I wanted to dress up a bit, too. Ha! These are issues I never dealt with in Arizona!
So after much thought and many try-ons I settled on this warm and pretty cashmere pairing. I would have loved to have worn simple pretty slacks and a pretty blouse. But on this particular night a blouse would have looked silly and out of place. So I decided I’d need to wear a sweater. And to keep the sweater outfit a bit more feminine, I opted for a skirt instead of pants. And to make the skirt practical, I needed to wear tights and booties. I would have worn knee high boots if the weather would have been otherwise. But, as it turned out we removed our shoes upon walking in the door anyhow. Ahh! Winter!
What I Wore to the Movie on Saturday
Saturday James surprised me with an invitation to see another movie. We’ve been to so many movies lately! I guess that’s due to the theater being very close and the fact that we didn’t get to see any for well over a year. We saw American Underdog, the Kurt Warner story. It was a great movie. Since it was quite cold outside, I wore my navy fleece lined pants and a green v-neck cashmere sweater. Both of these are quite old, at least two or three years. But I’ve fallen in love with the pairing of navy and hunter green this year.
I confess, I added that belt and thought it looked great. But before I left the house I decided against it. If I was just going to be sitting for over two hours, why wear a leather strap right at my waistline? And the sweater sits right at my hips where I like my tops, so it worked well without the belt.
What I Wore Tuesday
Sunday I wore a great outfit that we took photos of afterward, so I’m saving that for next week. Then Monday we shot videos all. day. long. So I never really wore “one thing.” Let’s move on to Tuesday.
Tuesday I put on those same navy fleece lined pants. I hadn’t worn them all winter, so I guess I decided to wear them lots this week. Ha! I also realized I hadn’t worn this pretty striped sweater in a while, so I topped the navy pants with it. That sweater is 70% off, by the way. And it’s a nice one.
I finished the outfit with simple gold jewelry and later added my Chelsea boots when I got out for just a bit.
Work from Home Outfit
Wednesday I just worked from home all day and comfort was at the top of my list. I pulled out my dark heathered grey Everyday Stretch Straight Leg pants. These are my go-to when I want to look and feel polished, but I also want to feel comfortable and relaxed.
I topped the Everyday Stretch Straight Leg pants with my navy cashmere 3/4 length sleeve sweater. This definitely wasn’t a very exciting outfit. And I probably wouldn’t have even worn it out if we’d stepped out for dinner. But it suited me for working at home. By the way, since both of those pieces are from Talbots, Classic Awards members can get 25% off full price items right now with code CLASSIC. You’ll also get 3X points and 100 bonus points if you shop this week. This discount is not listed on the website, but the code does work.
Thursday Try-On Session
That brings us to yesterday. I worked out in the late morning and then when I finally got dressed I decided to do a try-on session on Instagram. The mailman had just delivered a box of new arrivals from Talbots and a new shirt from Nic+Zoe, so I was anxious to try them all on. I’ve saved the try-on session in my Talbots tab on my Instagram stories highlights reels. So you can check it out there. I’m planning to do more of those because that one went really well, so be sure to follow me on Instagram.
My only problem with this outfit is that I want the neckline of the blouse to lay back like I have it above. It’s actually a front neckline and it wasn’t really laying like this. But if I can iron it into place I think it’s good. Everything here fits true to size.
I also love my Stella suede loafers for now and for spring. They’re slightly roomy, but not so much that they slip off my feet at all. Really, they’re quite comfortable and the color is perfect for transitioning into spring.
Above I’m wearing the same shirt with the white straight leg jeans in curvy fit (regular fit) and the Hannah sandals. Unfortunately I sized up .5 to the 10 in these Hannah sandals and they’re just too roomy on me. So either go with your exact size (if you wear a whole number) or maybe size down if you’re between sizes. They’re great sandals otherwise.
I’m definitely keeping the colorful bangle and stretch bracelets I purchased. They’ll be fun for spring and summer. And I was glad to see that Talbots restocked my classic gold and silver hoop earrings. I wear these a lot and think they’re such a smart purchase.
Remember, if you’re a Classic Awards member (join if you’re not!), you can get 25% off your full price purchase with code CLASSIC. You’ll also get 3x the awards points and a one time bonus 100 points.
I was so curious to see if I would like the jersey tapered travel pants as much as I have the full length travel pants that I’ve been wearing this fall and winter. I love those travel pants, you know. And yes, these jersey tapered travel pants fit just the same and are made from the same fabric. They have a polished look but feel super comfortable. I’d say they run a little large, maybe just roomy. I can slip them off and on without unfastening, let’s put it that way. But I still like the regular size. I definitely envision traveling in these this spring. Perfect for any kind of travel, and great for dinner out while on your trip.
I topped the jersey tapered travel pants with a Nic+Zoe Essential Shirt that also came in yesterday. This is a GREAT shirt. I looks and reads like a crisp cotton button up shirt, but it’s actually a very comfortable, breathable, stretchy knit. It’s pricey, but right now you can get 30% off your order with code TREAT22. That’s just through Friday. Shop through my link and put “essential shirt” in the search engine and you’ll also get $20 off your order over $100.
The Edison Embellished Napa flats I’m wearing above exceeded my expectations. I had feared they would be stiff and uncomfortable. But they’re quite comfortable and oh so chic. They also come in other color combinations. And they run true to size.
Finally, I was also curious to see what the difference was between the Talbots joggers I have now and these Stretch Joggers. These Stretch Joggers also come in navy and black and they’re a polyester/Spandex blend. So they’re silky soft and a little more elevated than the pima cotton joggers. I’m definitely keeping these. They’ll be great for this spring.
So that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a lovely day. We have snow on top of a big layer of ice, so we won’t be going anywhere today. In fact, I envision sitting in front of the fire most of the day with my laptop.
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Blessed for My Day
Sometimes in the past I have begun to feel far from God if I have not “heard from Him” in some time. I’ve been guilty of believing that I needed to hear something fresh and profound from Him everyday or I must not be close to Him. But isn’t that unnecessary pressure to put on a relationship? Do I expect to hear something new and invigorating from my husband or good friends daily? No. I relax into those relationships and enjoy those people’s presence as much as I do their words.
In the same way, I’ve learned that if I will simply enjoy spending time in God’s presence – through daily Bible reading and prayer – then I can expect to “hear from Him” in due time. God is always good to speak to me just at the right moments. He wants to make Himself known and to provide guidance and the answers I need. I do not have to fret that I’ve not heard from Him. He will always speak to us when it is time and in a way that we can best hear Him.
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son. ~ Hebrews 1:1-2