2019 Doesnโ€™t Like Me

Happy New Year friends! Seriously this is what I thought last week! (I have this thing against odd numbers!) but seriously I experienced some unexpected difficulties at work which hijacked my whole week of blogging and life as a hopeful-positive person. Life is hard sometimes but then I just have to keep going right??

So I thought instead of focusing on the negative parts of my week, I would share another closet shopping trip!

It started out as a cold day! Which should have clued me into the negative storm heading my way, but I digress…..

So I wanted to wear some warm leggings (sequin leggings from Express last year are what I decided on๐Ÿ˜‚) YES Then I paired them with a thermal black shirt (tip for dressing warm) and a leopard dress from ASOS last year. I added my leather looking sneaks and my (actually this is new) deep green leather like moto jacket with faux fur collar from Express (at least it was 50% off) and a cute appliquรฉ bag I snagged from Charming Charlie’s a couple years ago.

I stayed warm, I wore a flippin cute dress, and if you looked close- you could see sequins peeking out as I went about my work day. That’s almost enough to balance out a bad work week right??

YES

(My week in emojis)

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Grateful Streak Continues…..

Hello Friends!

If you’re new to reading my blog, I’ve dedicated my last three or so weeks to shopping my closet instead of new wardrobe items to focus on gratitude before Christmas.

Today I’m sharing several things: First I had a somewhat lengthy and irritating debate with a client yesterday (he might not be willing or open to change) which can be normal in my field….yet….I have all these resources, education, training, and support which could help my client and it is super frustrating if someone is in front of this wonderful buffet and not willing to eat. GRRR that ticks me off, especially when I care about a client.ย  So yesterday after the lengthy, complicated, and challenging debate, I thought to myself….I wouldn’t be the therapist I am today without my challenging teenagers from the past. Boy we had our challenges and honestly there really is not a name a client can call me that I think (pbsttt, I’ve heard worse!) Which is actually really helpful as a therapist. I’ve had experiences with my own children that at times mimic what my clients or their parents struggle and it’s helped me a great deal.

So I called my daughter last night and said thank you for doing what you did as a teenager and being the smart a$$ she still is, she said “Your welcome” LOL, we had a good laugh but all seriousness, all these experiences I’ve had…some terrible, some painful, some difficult, some so daunting…have all benefitted me personally and as a therapist. For that I am truly thankful.

I’m also thankful that yesterday hubs and I purchased him a new car (it’s actually used, but you know what I mean). I’ve never seen him so happy (his old car has 250,000 miles, so many things don’t work anymore). I’m so thankful that together, we can get him a car to make him happy and make his work life and commute more enjoyable and dependable. How blessed am I???

Now for my regularly scheduled fashion gratitude post:

I’ve had most of these items some time: my black long sleeve shirt from Costco, beaded jacket and layered necklace from Chicos, gray jeans from Express, and leopard boots and faux fur coat from Target. I never thought about pairing the typical way I wear this jacket along with the leopard, but the leopard just makes everything pop in a new way! The different textures between faux fur, embroidered/embellished jacket, and layered necklaces is so luxe. Seriously I’ve had this jacket and layered necklace for at least five years, I’m guessing. How fun is it to wear anew??

CLOSET SHOPPING IS DEFINITELY PAYING OFF RIGHT???!

Inspiration Outfit

Hello Friends and happy Monday!

I normally don’t like Mondays, I mean they come every week and I really should make peace with them but ew, I would just rather not have Monday part of my lineup. I know that’s unreasonable and that would mean Tuesday would be the same as Monday now is, but honestly it’s not a rational feeling I have about Monday. I’m sorry I just can’t let it go LOL (I really like the weekend to be honest-don’t we all?)

Anyway, I’m doing more CLOSET SHOPPING!! YAY!

This week I have some inspiration from a fellow IG fashion boss babe @oysterstopearls- Shannon, some time ago wore this gorgeous blue cardigan and I was in love! I looked up on LTK and she did not link the cardigan (it was lovely, trust me)โ€ฆ.

And then I realized DUH I have a frosty blue cardigan (duster actually) that I don’t wear often enough and it’s so pretty and velvety and soft (all the reasons I gave hubs when I bought it at Nordstrom Rack last year (or year before?). And I got so excited to wear it in a new way! This is the fun of closet shopping! It’s as if I’m wearing new clothes when I wear something I haven’t wore for awhile, plus it’s very economical! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I paired my duster with a black long sleeve top, black leggings, my two year old OTK Macy’s black boots, a black and silver choker (it’s from Chicos- one of my older items-it’s a four piece necklace set. You can wear the choker with three other strands or wear each on it’s own, so fun) and I added my leopard bag for that ooh baby pop!

All of these items are older in my closet yet fun and trendy and I’ve got lots of compliments today. Try out shopping your closet, you will not regret!

Thrifting to be Thankful

Hello Friends!

Wow I hope everyone is staying warm! We had a huge snowstorm last night into today and there is about 8 inches of wet cold snow out there. Be safe too!

I’m continuing my thankful thrifting/shopping my closet today! This will be a regular feature until after Christmas. I hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I’m sharing a pink/gold/cream ensemble from last year and earlier this year. I snagged these gorgeous gold pull on pants from TJMaxx in July (In Jackson Hole when I was visiting family) and this cream knit top, leopard boots (last year), and scarf from Target this year. I always have a hard time thinking of something to put with these pants but until my thrifting thankful challenge, never had I ever thought of putting them with pink! It’s such a pretty combination don’t you think?

Just to make sure I was warm just in case things turned cold (this was last Thursday-I plan my pictures in advance) I wore my tan coat snagged in September from Oldnavy for like $5 (I had some rewards) and I stayed really warm because it did start to rain/snow.

I am really enjoying my thrifting challenge. Some people might think it’s not a real thrifting challenge because I’m not buying things at a thrift store, but I think it’s thrifty because I’m shopping my closet! It’s such a challenge but yet it’s so fun! And it let’s me focus on being thankful for what I have while also being aware of others needs around me. Win/win!

So friends, the next time you think you need to shop…just look around the corner in your closet ๐Ÿ™‚

Shopping my closet for Pink

Hello Friends!

I thought I would start out the week right by sharing a recent shopping trip to my own closet!

I have a pink pleated skirt (Asos) a pink sweater (H&M) both from last year and I love pink! I got some inspiration from my friend @trinagrand to wear all one color as a bold styling tip. I paired my skirt and sweater with some glittery earrings (Charming Charlies), a leopard scarf (Target), and my leopard pumps (Oldnavy). All these items are at least a year old but they look new when paired together!

Monochromatic pairings are very chic and trendy right now and get a special boost with the leopard accessories and sparkle. I think it also gives me a special boost in confidence by just wearing these bold colors!

I am thinking of wearing this ensemble to hubs Christmas party in the next couple weeks; it will be cold so I might add my faux fur leopard coat, won’t that be festive??

I hope these next weeks of posts inspire you to SHOP YOUR CLOSET too!

Faux Fur Fun

Hello friends and welcome!

It’s starting to get brrrrrr cold here (there was a bitter wind blowing today-went right through me) and I wanted to share how fun faux fur can be and stay warm at the same time! Score! Plus it’s so trendy right now which is a big bonus!

First I have my new leopard faux fur coat that I’ve blogged about before (amazingly enough it’s also in the new copy of InStyle magazine (with Jlo on the cover) so I thought myself soooo on trend cause I already have this lovely coat from Target! Yep Target! (Evil laugh ๐Ÿ˜† because I foiled the dastardly enemies luring me to pay heinous prices for clothes!)

Last year I also had a sweet snag of a red faux fur coat from H&M before it totally sold out! I think it was a wee bit more than my Target coat but not much and the color is so pretty-it looks very luxe.

The year before last year I found a black coat with faux fur around the hood (I think it was 50% off) at Target. I have three faux fur vests- two from TJMaxx and one 50% off from Cabi (one is tan, one black, and one is a combination of black/gray/dark blue) I used to have a white one but I have it away (never get rid of special items like this BTW ๐Ÿ˜‚) and there is a pink one at JCPenney that has my ๐Ÿ‘!

About 18 years ago I had a favorite black leopard sweater with black faux fur on cuffs and collar and that was one of my first faux fur forays from Kmart(YES Kmart) – (I’m trying to think of as many applicable “F” words as I can ๐Ÿ˜‚- I’m in a silly mood!)

Anyway!! Don’t be afraid of wearing something a little bold! Find yourself a little bit or a lot of faux fur and see how much attitude you develop!

Leopard Print Inventory

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday !

I’ve been a bit preoccupied as it was Halloween during the week, we had family visitors, and it’s now the weekend!

Time goes by quickly when I have a bunch of events all smack together!

I want to show my leopard items obtained this season (so far!) to demonstrate how fun this particular print can be and also to give you courage in obtaining a couple items of your own!

First the faux fur jacket- it’s really a coat, very cozy and perfect for winter. It goes with anything and it’s from Target! Here is a pic of an outfit:Next is the skirt from Ann Taylor- I was trying to find a leopard skirt forever because it’s such a fun print (look at it as a neutral-you can pair with anything) I wore it with my burgundy RachParcell Everyday sweater, some fishnet black hose, open toe black booties, and a black vest with a fur hoodie. The next fun item is the leopard bag I snagged from ASOS which I paired with this black patterned jumper (Target) and beige trench (OldNavy) and I know you think-WHAT? A leopard backpack?? But it’s seriously so fun and again- you can pair it with so much!!

My next items are a sweater from Target, Fanny pack ASOS, and a vest from Loft.

I hope this has inspired you to add some ๐Ÿ† into your wardrobe! It’s so fun and you won’t regret it!!