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Friday Favorites 1/17/19

Hello and Happy Friday! Last weekend we did a lot of de-cluttering around the house while we had some holiday clean-up momentum still going, and I extended that to doing a little closet clean out of my own. I usually wait until the end of a season to do that so I know for sure what really got used (or not) during its appropriate season. But I was motivated to do it, and that's half the battle so I got rid of some things I felt I wouldn't re-purchase if I were to see them in the store today. That said, I also saw things I still liked and wanted to re-wear ASAP to justify their existence in my closet. So I made a list of Things I Need to Wear and used that as my guide for getting dressed this week.

Everyday Outfits

1. Camel Cardigan + Grey Jeans

One thing I noticed while making my list is that a lot of my daytime casual pieces don't get used as much lately. I've been wearing a lot of athleisure to work from home M-F, then a little bit dressier stuff for date nights. So in order to put some of the things I love to good use, I needed to "dress up" and more and wear jeans instead of leggings and joggers. Sometimes I'm just not motivated to do that, but this week I was and it felt nice! This cardigan is from Abercrombie about two years ago, and it was a splurge because it's cashmere. They do have some current options for cashmere cardigans, they just don't look as similar to mine as the one I linked above. Anyway, this is super cozy and comfortable to wear, but quite warm so I needed to wear it while we're having our version of winter!

1.2 Camel Coat + Black Tee

This was the evening version of the outfit above, and an example of my strategy for having similar pieces in my wardrobe that can easily change an outfit for the weather or occasion. It gets chilly here at night, so when I'm working the night shift (a.k.a. driving my kids to and from their lessons, which I usually sandwich with some errands while I'm waiting for them) I often need to dress a little warmer than I do for daytime. If you work in a business casual environment, I think this would also look really nice with a camel blazer. (Express has one that looks really nice!) I am also loving these grey Daily Ritual jeans! I initially got these as a sponsored item, but I got the short length and that didn't fit quite right. They were a non-returnable sponsored item, so I went ahead and purchased the correct size for myself. I take the same size in these as I do in Express jeans, though I will say they stretch a little with wear. I could almost size down, but I have a feeling that would feel too tight and uncomfortable for every day wear. I guess what I'm saying is if you're in between sizes you might want to size down, and I only recommend the Short length if you're 5'2" or shorter!

2. Military Sweater + Jeans:

I love this zip-up sweater because it has a little bit of structure, almost like jacket, but it still has the comfort of a sweater! It comes in sizes Small-Large and I'm wearing Small here. I had a little bit of trouble figuring out shoes for this sweater and jeans combo.  Last time I wore it with taupe OTK boots (posted here), but lately those just feel like "too much" for everyday wear. And these particular jeans don't go well with ankle boots because of the hem, but I did like them with the sweater. So I felt like if I wanted to wear ankle boots, I'd have to change my jeans too and that was too much trouble by the time I had them on! Since I wasn't planning on seeing many people that day I just left it alone with the nude boots even though I didn't 100% love it. But don't you hate it when you're almost ready, only to find out one last detail of your outfit doesn't quite work and you practically have to start from scratch? Hopefully I'm not the only one who has that problem!

3. Blue V-Neck Sweater + Jeans
Blue V Neck Sweater (c/o) (Similar w/ more sizes) | Similar Jeans | Similar Necklace | Boots (c/o)

This is such simple, common sweater and jeans outfit, but funny enough I don't wear a combo like this very often! I'm more inclined to wear a tee or cami with a completer piece like a cardigan or jacket. But I really liked this sweater since the pretty blue color isn't something I wear very often. It's a medium weight so it will probably be too warm for Spring here, which means now is the time to put it to use! The sizes on this particular color are dwindling, so I added a similar link with more sizes available.

Front View:

On the one hand, I wish my camel cardigan were a bit longer. I think I'm used to the current longer cardigan style that's trending and hits closer to mid-thigh, and that's probably why I don't reach for this as much even though it's super comfy. On the other hand, I have to say the shorter length was actually nicer for working from home and sitting at a desk all day because I wasn't sitting on the back of it all day! I end up flapping the back of my cardigan out like the tails of a tux so I don't sit on them, and I didn't have to bother with this! I'll put the front view of the Camel Coat outfit with the next set since it looked a little redundant here.

4. Pink Cover Up + Jeans
Pink Cover Up (c/o) | Similar Cami | Jeans (c/o) | Boots

This pink cardigan/cover-up is meant to be a workout wear cover up (it's from Amazon's Core 10 workout wear line)This striFinall, but I didn't see why it couldn't be just a casual cardigan too. I've shared it before as an athleisure piece with leggings, but since I was on a roll with jeans this week I went a little dressier this time. It's true to size but roomy, and a sweatshirt type material on the inside, so it's very comfortable. These jeans look almost black here, but they're actually a very dark, inky blue. The color name for this pair is "Indigo Blue Overdyed," and they're also true to size. I didn't have anywhere special to go on this

5. Striped Sweater + Olive Jacket

Last but not least, this I just can't get enough of this striped top.  I just shared it last week layered under a different jacket in this post, but since it cost a little more than what I usually spend on this type of top, I'm wearing it a lot to bring down the cost per wear. Plus, it's ultra-soft and comfortable so I look forward to wearing it! It's somewhere between a thick t-shirt and lightweight sweater, so I'm layering it now but will be able to wear it by itself for a few more months here I'm sure.

Front View:

I felt very dressed up compared to my athleisure style last week, but it was nice! I also really liked having a list of "things I need to re-wear" to get me started on my outfit each day so I may try it again next week.

I've missed sharing some random Friday Favorites the past few weeks, but my list started to add up so I thought I better get back to it! As usual I'm joining up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for this!

1. Winter Nails:

My nails in all photos above are CND Dark Lava. This is a favorite winter nail color for me since it works as a neutral and matches with basically any outfit I wear. It's almost-black, but the shimmer makes it a little more wearable, along with the deep dark plummy-burgundy hints. As you can see in outfit photos,  sometimes it photographs more black or more burgundy or more red, but it is actually the same color in all photos above.

2. Honey Lemon Water with Kick:

In the Winter I love drinking honey lemon water, and sometimes I will add a little dash of cayenne pepper to it for some extra kick. When Amazon suggested I might like Mike's Hot Honey, I was intrigued! I ordered it, tried it, and now I love and recommend it! It gives my honey lemon water the same kick as a dash of cayenne pepper but it's one less step in the process and also less messy! I'm sure you could use this honey on other foods, but so far I've only used it for that drink. Also, I was concerned it would be too hot/spicy/overpowering, but it's really not. It's a subtle kick (to my tastebuds anyway) so I'll be ordering it on the regular!

3. Shiatsu Back & Neck Massager with Heat

My husband got this Shiatsu Back & Neck Massager for me as a Christmas gift, and I am hooked!! (Andrea, this one is for you!) I have chronic neck, back and shoulder pain from past injuries and sitting at a computer all day. I'm sure my family is tired of me asking if they can work out this knot in my neck for just two minutes, and now that I have this, I don't have to ask that anymore! If you've ever had a pedicure and sat in their massage chairs, this feels a bit like that. But you can move this all over your back to places that chair can't reach, and focus it on where you need help the most. You can put it up over your shoulders, set it against your lower back, middle back, etc. You can also control how intense it is either by leaning back into it more or putting your wrists through the arm slots and pulling it forward/down to apply more pressure. It takes a bit of adjusting and trying different positions and placements to figure out what you like best, but it's well worth it!

4. Fitness Update
. For my Fitness Friends, I don't want you to think I've forgotten about sharing Fitness Favorites. I'm just finding that I don't have a favorite to share every single week. When I do a workout and remember how much I love it, then I'm motivated to share. But some weeks my workouts are just fine, and others I'm repeating a favorite I've already shared. For 2020, that means I'll just be sharing a Fitness Favorite periodically rather than weekly. I don't want to feel pressured to highlight a workout every week just to have content if it wasn't really a favorite.  I hope that makes sense, and thanks as always for your support and understanding!

With that housekeeping out of the way, it's time to get the weekend started! I hope you have a great one and see you back on Monday!



  1. The neck massager looks like something we need at this house! I would love to use that while I'm watching TV or at the computer. Love the idea!
    I tried a pair of Daily Ritual jeans in a recent Prime Wardrobe box and I was so impressed! I tried gunmetal. They were so comfortable and so flattering. Although I sent them back I am still considering getting a pair in a different color.
    Have a super weekend Gina!

  2. Bless your heart, I got down to the massager I thought immediately that I needed it and then I saw you mentioned me, totally ordering now! Thank you!! So many cute looks this week, my favorite are the military sweater And the Olive jacket! May your weekend be wonderful, relaxing!

  3. I think I need to order that neck massager! That hot honey sounds intriguing! I noticed that I never wear my shorter cardigans anymore and really need to rotate them in! I love your pink cover up! Have the best weekend!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  4. you know I actually love the length of you camel cardigan. I like Mike's hot honey but I usually put it on roasted veggies, pizza and chicken. It's so good.

  5. That v-neck sweater/jeans look is me! I am with you on sitting on longer cardigans. I think that is why I got away from wearing them to work. I love that camel, black cami, grey jean color combo! And, I finally ordered the SE Hai boots in the beige suede and wore them this week. I have a feeling they will be wearing them a lot. I hope you have a great weekend!

    Daily Style Finds

  6. Yep, I totally get the not dressing up while working from home. I used to get dressed in the morning and stay in those close til' bed. Now a lot of times I get dressed, run my errands and when I get home I can't wait to get back in comfy clothes or jammies. HA! Kent wonders half the time if I really got dressed. LOL. I'm going to remember that honey. Luke (Katie's BF) LOVES honey. Happy Friday! XO

  7. The massage tool sounds like a great gift! How thoughtful :)

    I really like the outfits too - going through your wardrobe and making a list of things you need to wear is a great idea to wear those older pieces that need some more love! :)

    Hope you have a fun weekend planned! We have a birthday party to go to today :)

    Away From Blue

  8. I love the style inspo today. I hadn't thought of styling my camel coat with a black tee and grey jeans. I might have to try that myself. What a great idea to make a list of pieces you need to wear and get more use out of and then wear them that week. I do tend to gravitate towards the same pieces each week so I like your intentionality of making sure everything gets worn! Smart way to make sure you're getting good cost per wear out of all those pieces in the closet! Have a great weekend, Gina.

  9. I think I need that neck massager! I always seem to get a tight neck when my hubby is traveling and he can't rub it for me! The light blue sweater is so pretty on you! It's a classic piece and a great color!

  10. Oh boy does my closet need a go-through. I'm trying to get inspired and I really really need to dig out some of the clothes I haven't seen in a long time and try to wear them with something different. It's just finding the time and getting the motivation to do it. Your outfits all look great - I love every one of them! The combinations that use camel and gray or camel and black are probably my favorites since I don't tend to wear those colors together but really should. And I love that light blue sweater! I was grocery shopping at WalMart yesterday and saw a couple of light blue sweaters but nothing in my size. Then I saw a soft pink one on clearance (the side seams are sewn on the outside so it's weird but I can take care of that in under 10 minutes) and I'm so excited to get to wear it. I used to work from home and it IS really hard to dress up even a little bit. I mean I definitely showered daily and got out of my pajamas but not much beyond that. I have that massager! I need to get it out now while I'm blog surfing. If you like a light massage do not get this one. This one digs in and gets serious about it. They do say you can fold up a towel or put a thin foam pad between it and the areas you want massaged and it won't be such a vigorous massage. Thank you so much for this inspirational post - oh, and that nail polish is gorgeous!



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