Pastels for the Win (Ter)

Hello friends!

I had a wonderful day off (thanks to all the past presidents)-work holiday. But tomorrow I go back to work 🙁 I wish I could figure out a way to get paid and NOT work. I haven’t figured that out yet 😂🤣

Anyway! It’s still WINTER and one way I cheer myself up is through fashion; specifically fashion that defies winter!

When you think of Winter, do you think of darker days, cold weather, snow, and slick roads? Well I do too, and so I think it’s fun to play opposite game and switch to something opposite of all that which in this case is PASTELS! Pastels are usually reserved for spring or weddings right?? Not anymore!

I found this awesome mint green faux fur jacket on clearance at Target, combined with these cute mint Nike’s from JCPenney; then I added white just to be feisty! White jeans (also JCPenney) and a pastel striped “Hello” sweater I accidentally snagged from Walmart! (Score!)

Isn’t this the perfect attitude when facing winter?? Gimme all you got, I’m not scared… yep that’s what we’ve got to do to get through- chin up and show some attitude 😊

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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 😆 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 😂) and there is a pink one at JCPenney that has my 👁!

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 😂- 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!

Hitting Snooze

Good morning Friends!

My alarm went off at 6am this morning. I set it early because there is a winter storm predicted, I need to wash my hair, I have a client at 9am, and I am driving 40 minutes north to work. Six am seemed a reasonable time until it actually happened.

I hit snooze four times….four! Each time I deducted important things on my list, like

1. washing my hair- nope not gonna do it

2. Taking a shower- I wasn’t sweaty yesterday…I can just sponge bath

3. Putting my hair in a bun is faster right?? I don’t need my hair down (really, let’s be honest…long hair girls have it so easy. I can wear a hat, put my hair in a bun, wear braids (that is even trendy) IT’S SO EASY TO CONCEAL DIRTY HAIR IF YOUR HAIR IS LONG! When I had short hair you bet I always did my hair…there’s no such thing as dirty short hair, you just can’t hide stuff like that.

So I didn’t actually get out of bed til 6:30….and adding together all of my deductions…I was ready in record time! (And I even wore something cute, pics are below! I love my leopard coat with my cute little gingham bag!) Score! Which is a good thing because it’s WINTER AGAIN.

Yes Tuesday was 70 degrees but today is a blizzard and it took me 75 minutes to get to work…slush on the road and low visibility….ahhhh this is Utah in the winter. The crazy thing is weather will be like this (cold/snowy and then 70) until around the end of May and then BAM it’s 95…Utah does not have transitions in weather….makes me want to move to South Carolina or California but then I would really miss the mountains.

Anyway, happy blizzard/snooze Thursday!

White in Winter?

Hello friends!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I have had a lovely Saturday! I really adore sleeping and not using an alarm to wake. It’s so heavenly 😍 Saturday and Sunday are made for me!

I thought I would share my love for white today! I found a beautiful white coat on clearance at Express a couple weeks ago -40% off the already 40% off. It was the last one and perfect fit (what are the chances right?) it was waiting for me 😉

All my life I’ve heard this rule: No white after Labor Day. I have more white hue clothing now than I’ve ever had in my life but I’ve always had a great pair of white jeans! They really go with everything! I had one pair forever that I washed all the time and they always looked perfect! I wore them out LOL.

So I’ve always wore white fairly regularly and as I’ve aged I’ve kind of been a rebel in regards to what is “normal” and “appropriate” for a woman my age so when I hear someone say don’t wear white- I really go out of my way to do just that! LOL

I thought I would share some of my white looks this week in the middle of January! I think you will see that Winter White is very pretty and you might want to snag more white for yourself!

The Blustery Day

Hello Friends!

Do you all remember Winnie the Pooh and The Blustery Day?? Well that’s how today feels to me! It’s windy and rainy and snow is falling in the mountains (kind of odd for Utah because there should be snow in the valley’s too) and it reminds me of “The Blustery Day” LOL.

Blustery day’s sure make for the best pictures though, it seems to bring out the colors of what I’m wearing and today is no exception although I’m wearing a lack of color along with all colors. (I learned that in art class a long time ago-white is no color and black is all colors mixed together).

I’ve discovered through the years that when my hair was platinum, darker colored hats looked really good on my head. Now that my hair is dark, lighter color hats look good. It’s the contrast that makes things pop.

My son spent two years in Moscow Russia on an LDS mission and brought me back this black fur hat which is gorgeous although hard to see now that I have dark hair. It looked great with my platinum hair (I’m enclosing a picture).

Today I wore my patterned embossed pants and striped/ruffled shirt both by Target along with my white coat (on clearance!) by Express and a cute pom pom beanie I snagged at Kohl’s. I love the contrast of the black and white along with stripes and patterns. This is a fun look for me and to be honest was somewhat hesitant at first in getting the coat cause it’s kind of trendy but who am I to resist trends?? I’ve found I really like my white coat (and it’s super warm, so out in the blustery day, I was cozy).

I hope you all have a great Wednesday (hump day)! You can make it through the week! Stay warm wherever you are, beware of the Blustery Day’s! 🙂

Happy New Year -be prepared to battle January

Happy 2018! Wow the years seem to fly by don’t they? I remember being young (high school) and always wished time to go by faster…now that I’m not in high school, time seems to go by too fast.

Take for instance the holidays…I just love the holidays (and time off work) and here we are in January….not my favorite month in my whole life! LOL EVER NEVER has January been my favorite month. Granted I live in a typically cold climate in January ALL MY LIFE, so maybe that has something to do with it. Maybe if I lived in Florida I would be more friendly with January and not give it so much CRAP! Bahahaha!

This January I’m going on vacation in a couple weeks, so I hope to cut these January blues off at the knees! Haha…I guess that sounds a little violent? It’s a battle people, one I’m going to win!

I worked out this morning which was a total win cause I didn’t want to get up and then to show my determination…I’m in battle fatigues….(not to offend veterans) I’m battling my frustration with it being January and the January blahs….I’m wearing my camo jacket by OldNavy, studded jeans by Gap, and sweater by H&M….this way I figure I’m prepared to fight hard! I always normally have a cheery attitude but if I don’t some days, I need to prepare and be strong and that way I weather the hard times.

Check out my battle garb below! And for anyone else feeling the same as we head into January…you are not alone!!

Getting a good picture

Hello Friends!

I have a quandary…how to I continue to get good pictures (lighting, interesting background, variety) in the winter? ….

I’ve tried numerous settings close to my work locations, cause ya know the paying job comes first 🙂

One afternoon on my lunch break, I stopped at a lovely area next to a business park (it has a little stream and two pretty bridges) to take some pictures, and the landscaping company sat on their mowers and watched me the whole time I was there. Granted they were also there doing their job so I can’t fault them. It just felt awkward….just a little

Yesterday I thought to go to a local river trail that I frequent in the summer, it’s so beautiful. There were actually a lot of ducks on the river and even though foliage is somewhat dried up, it’s still very pretty this time of year. The only drawback is the temperature…17 degrees. That’s kind of a deterrent for me and for a lot of other people too. The trailhead was empty…and I’m out there propping up my phone/camera tripod on a big rock next to the river LOL and it is brutal cold…it could be worse. This time last year it was below zero…so yesterday was balmy compared to last year. But I have to get a picture of these awesome jeans! My whole outfit looks so cute together! It’s a studded tough girl look, I love it.

As I was finishing taking pictures, I saw someone walking up the trail toward me…a guy with a hood over his head….I have a very active imagination. Those that know me will attest to this! I hurried out of there cause I got kind of a sketchy feeling and my imagination is running wild, thinking I would be a murder victim by the river and it was lucky I left in time…my mind goes on like this sometimes…

In October, I watched the second season of “Stranger Things” and freaked myself out. One time home alone watching episodes, I happened to see someone post a picture (on Facebook) of a werewolf creeping up someone’s stairs! Obviously this is a gif and it’s not real, but I soon turned on all the lights in the house and really was very wary going down my stairs! Me and my imagination could start a war…seriously…

So what are the funniest/weirdest things you’ve ever done to get a good picture??? Check mine out below 🙂

Super high rise embellished jeans