11/20/17

Black Cardigan, White Cami

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Happy Monday (I hope!) and welcome to the official start of the holiday season. According to Instagram and retail stores, the season kicks off the day after Halloween, but I've avoided buying gifts, decorating the house, or sharing a lot of holiday content here aside from a few of my tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes here. But that will all be changing this week since at the very least I need to do some shopping and food prepping for Thanksgiving and I do have a bit of holiday content planned for the blog. So why not balance out the craziness of the season with a very back-to-basics outfit of the day?


Outfit Details:

I don't always have the best luck with Old Navy pieces but this cardigan has been a favorite this fall. I also have it in "Mauve" (which really isn't mauve if you ask me...it's more earthy-taupe) and "Light Grey" (see it here). It's a simple basic, but they got the texture, weight and length just right for me. It's true to size, and it also come in a longer version if you're taller or just prefer the very long cardigan look. I personally like having a variety of lengths on hand depending on what I'm doing or which one just happens to look best with a given outfit.

Even though Express brought back the Barcelona Cami (see Categories > Barcelona Cami on my menu bar up top for outfits and details on that one), I'm still really like this soft v-neck version as well. The single layer is just a little less fussy and it has a bit more coverage at the chest than the Barcelona Cami. This runs true to size and I took the same size as I did in a Barcelona Cami.

I took a half size down from my normal size in these taupe mules. When I tried these on in store I thought they were reasonably comfortable and stayed on well when walking, but when I wore them in real life for the first time I wasn't so sure. But now that I've worn them multiple times, I'm either used to them or they've broken in because I don't have any issues with comfort. I wouldn't choose to wear them for a long walk, but for my average everyday and errands life they're fine.

I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of this red bag! See three more outfits with it in this post. Eventually I'll have to put together a post with multiple ways I've worn it. I'm so pleased with how easy it's been to work this into my wardrobe.

This is a different clip-in hair extension  than the "messy bun" version I shared here.  What can I say? I like variety and I also like not spending a lot of time on my hair! This is a little more poufy than the other one which I don't mind since I generally like big hair anyway! It also has a built-in clip for attaching to your head so it really doesn't get any easier. The color I'm wearing is "Swedish Blonde."

Monday Motivation: Thanksgiving
For the rest of this week, I'll have all the standard blogger holiday content...gift guides, giveaways, sale alerts, and shopping guides. And honestly I enjoy creating all of that content or I wouldn't still be blogging at this point! Sales and shopping and new things are fun! However, to be honest it all comes with a little extra dose of guilt at this time of year. Why? Mainly because it's not at all what the holiday season should really be about, and I know that. Yet I still contribute to the material side of it all through blogging. It's a tough balancing act between personal values vs. maintaining a relevant blog with useful, timely content.

I wish I had a practical solution to this or some other winning strategy here, but I'm mostly thinking out loud. I think I primarily wanted to say that even though the material stuff is the main focus of the blog this time of year in particular, it's not the main focus of my real life. When we go around the table at Thanksgiving and say what we're grateful for this year, "shopping" isn't going to be one of the things I mention! That said, I am really thankful that I get to connect with you all (albeit mostly through shopping) because it is a really fun, enjoyable part of my life. It might be difficult to express that in a non-forced way ("hey, here's a gift and, ohthanksforfollowingyouarethebestbye") in any of the other posts coming this week so I'm saying it here. It might be a blogger cliché to tell you how much I appreciate your support via comments, likes, saves, shares, emails, direct messages, etc. but I'd rather be cliché than ungrateful so thank you all so for sharing your time with me!


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12 comments:

  1. Love this classic look and your mules are so fun. I am thankful for you.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Thanks Rachelle! You are such a great friend! :)

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  2. And I'm thankful I "met" you. You really are a beautiful, nice and authentic person and I'm grateful for you. And hopefully, none of us say we're thankful for shopping at Thursday's table. Ha! (even if secretly, we really are).

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    1. LOL yes, not-so-secretly in the case of bloggers but still not up to confessing it at the table! And thank you SO much for your sweet words here and continued support. It means so much!!

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  3. I love classic basics that can really take you through each season with a simple change of accessories! you totally nailed it! I'll have to check out that cardi for sure!
    xo

    www.katrinagwenrose.com

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  4. I love my cardi from ON too...I grabbed the slightly longer one but it's been perfect! Love that you kept it classic here.

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    1. I am so tempted to get the longer version of the black one too but trying to talk myself out if bc I'm not sure I can justify BOTH!

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  5. Shopping is fun and helps take the edge off stress! But yes, despite how time consuming it is to do and share and photograph and write about it, it is not life. But blogging brought me to you so i am ever indebted to thay! And I love that bag with this outfit!
    Also confession- mules are just not flattering on me! The one trend I have not partaken in!
    Caryl | http://morepiecesofme.com

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    1. What!? I need to see you try on a pair or two to understand how they are not flattering on you! I'm finding it hard to imagine! And yes, I'm always grateful for my you, my very first blogging friend! :)

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  6. This is such a great, classic look! I've been searching for the perfect black cardigan!

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    1. This one really is pretty perfect! Basic but sometimes it can be hard to find the *right* basic!

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