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Brown and Black

It’s a gross day here in Cleveland…the snow is beginning to melt, which has left dirt, mud, and water EVERYWHERE! On these days, flats are a must. I’m not taking any chances on ruining a good pair of heels πŸ™‚ OH and say hello to my sweet little monster Ronaldo…nothing he loves more than having his picture taken so I can guarantee you will see a lot more of him around here. And if you just can’t wait to see more of his adorable mug, just check out my Instagram!
Now, let’s talk fashion. I know a lot of people prefer not to mix brown and black, but I have become quite fond of the pair in recent years. I’m not talking about dark brown though; as that is something you will only see sporadically on this blog…dark brown is not kind to this face! This lovely camel color though….I just can’t get enough! So much so that the bag, the shoes and the sweater have all been purchased in the last month. Can you say shopping addiction?
If you haven’t already, invest in a pair of black jeans. I often wondered why someone would buy black jeans when you can wear leggings, but these jeans have paid for themselves ten times over as you can see in the pictures (they’re obviously very worn and not at pitch black due to lots of washing). 
I wanted to add a little color to spruce up my day and to match my gloves (you’ll see these beauties in a future post), so I added this simple pink button down that ties in the brown and black for those non-believers. 
What do you think? 
Outfit Details
Sweater; Old Navy
Owl Button Down; Kmart – similar here and here
Jeans; Express
Watch; Michael Kors
Crossbody; Kate Spade – similar here and here

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Juicy Fruit

There’s nothing I love more than the weekend…it’s my time to catch up on all the sleep and tv I missed throughout the week, and I find the weekends to be my little getaway from the hectic and stress of the work week. Since Cleveland is only about 4 degrees outside, and we currently have around 3 inches of snow, I figured y’all would not be very interested in my style today. Especially considering keeping warm when it’s this cold outside is frankly not that pretty or stylish.
So today I wanted to take a moment away from relaxing to some football and a good book to share this awesome juice I made for my mid afternoon snack. I bought a juicer about a year ago after watching a documentary about processed foods, sugar and eating better. If you haven’t watched such a documentary, I recommend watching “Fed Up”, but only if you are serious about changing your lifestyle and how you eat. After buying the juicer, I started juicing a lot of different fruits and vegetables and since my juicer also doubles as a blender, it can make smoothies too. 
Today I used kale (Hello superfood!), 4 strawberries, 1 apple, 1 orange, 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1 banana and a spoonful of greek yogurt. Since fruits are naturally high in sugar, this will satisfy my “sweet” cravings for the rest of the day. To start, I juiced the kale, strawberries, apple, orange, carrots and celery. Once this was all in liquid form, I put it in the blender with the banana and the greek yogurt and viola – 2 servings of a super delicious, healthy and very filling treat for your mind, body and soul. 
What fruits and vegetables do you think you would like to juice?
Outfit Details
Sweater; J Crew
Nail polish; OPI – I’ve got the blues for red

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Plaid Please

Well, in case you didn’t notice from the picture, yes this outfit predates Christmas, but I was so excited to get this out to y’all and then failed epically about releasing it while on vacation. Nevertheless, I thought I would share anyway. Just disregard the fact that there are gifts under the tree because as you can imagine, those were ripped into on Christmas morning and the tree was finally taken down last night. So long Christmas πŸ™
Anyway, I have found myself really pining over tartan print since last winter. I don’t know what it is about this plaid but I love it and something about it screams Christmas. This summer during a trip home to see my momma, I found this lovely (and seriously HEAVY) tartan fabric on sale at Walmart (score!). I bought the whole roll of fabric and promised myself I would make pillows, curtains or anything at all, so long as I could justify the purchase.
Well the fabric never made its way into pillows, curtains or anything that this heavy duty upholstery fabric should be used to make, but it did make its way into a skirt! A blogger that I happen to adore and follow (check her out at www.merricksart.com) had written about a DIY box pleated skirt, and although my sewing skills are not perfected, I figured I would give it a whirl. Viola…this beauty was born.
Now it’s not perfect, the pleats were a pain in the butt and I still really dislike zippers, but it’s wearable, it’s cute and I happen to think its super trendy.
What do you all think?
Outfit Details
Sweater; Old Navy
Skirt; Made by me! – find similar skirts here and here
Shoes; Colin Stuart (old) – similar here
Purse; Vintage (thanks Momma!) – similar here and here
Necklace; Target (old) – similar here
Watch; Michael Kors

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“Stay-Cation”

Happy New Year my lovely readers!!! It’s hard to believe that it is already 2015, and the vacation I looked forward to for months, has passed. I had every intention of updating the blog while traveling, but who reads a fashion blog to see pictures of pajamas? I’m not kidding, my pajama game was on point the last 12 days.
During my vacation, I did manage to accomplish the following:
1. Slept in past 10 am!!! I haven’t slept past 8am in a lonnnngg time.
2. Jumped in the ocean when it was 30 degrees outside. Hello Polar Plunge!
3. Did not open my laptop at all. Not working was blissful and I strongly encourage each of you to do the same for a week.
4. Shopped til I dropped!
So while today’s pictures are nothing too stylish, I have some real goodies in store for y’all soon πŸ™‚ And I managed to sit down and write out my resolutions for 2015, some of which are all about focusing on me and the things I enjoy – like this blog! 2015 is going to be a FANTASTIC year, so check back to the blog regularly for all sorts of treats.
What’s on your resolution list this year?
Outfits
Chambray button down; Buffalo David Bitton
Striped top; H&M (old) – similar here and here
Boots; Michael Kors – similar here
Scarf; Walmart – simlar here
Cheers Sweater; J Crew – similar here

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Stripes Galore

I seriously have an obsession with stripes…especially black and white stripes. Something about the harsh contrast between the black and white just makes my heart flutter. I went through a phase where everything I purchased had black and white stripes. While my closet was interesting to look through, it led to a wardrope full of duplicates. During a recent purge, I parted with most of these items, but this dress, (which has survived wash after wash, year after year) one of my favorites, survived the cut and remained in the front of my closet. 
What I love most about this piece is that it can be multi-functional. I’ve worn this dress with heels, boots, capes, cardigans, chambray, button downs, dressed up or dressed down. Its cotton, making it breathable and ultra comfortable, and it’s three quarter sleeves makes it wearable for summer or winter. 
Have any style obsessions? I’d love to hear about them. Also, if anyone has tips for preventing static with tights – dear God please comment on this post! I feel like I have tried everything, but the static is never ending!
Outift Details
Dress; Express (old) – similar here and here
Cape; Kmart (old) – similar here and here
Scarf; Walmart – similar herehere and here
Shoes; Michael Kors – similar here and here
Hat; Forever 21 – similar here
Bag; Kate Spade – similar here
Watch; Michael Kors

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