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12/5/18

Sweater Vest + Currently

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This year I've been trying to venture out of my comfort zone and try some new pieces rather than just buying multiples of my favorite things. In some cases it's worked out well and I've found new styles and pieces I really like. In other cases...not so much. Vests are one of the new-to-me pieces I've tried this year and so far it's hit or miss. I have a black cargo/military vest I've worn a couple of times that I'm just not completely loving on myself (see it here). But this shawl-collar sweater vest is another story!

Don't ask me why I like this vest style so much more than the other one because I don't think there's any logic to it! What I can tell you is that it's soft, comfortable, and runs slightly large. I'm wearing an XS in this and it's plenty roomy. As far as styling this piece, I did wrap the belt pieces around my back before bringing them around to the front to tie it. You might notice that the model has it tied in a bow and still has a lot more fabric hanging down on the belt. When I tried tying it in the front, the extra fabric on the sides bunched forward and didn't give a smooth line. There's probably some bunching in the back due to tying it this way, but I wasn't overly concerned about that.
Sweater Vest  (c/o) | T-Shirt | Similar Jeans | Boots | Similar Bag | Necklace | Earrings | Ponytail Extension | Nail Polish

My t-shirt and boots are both true to size as well, making this outfit breakdown about as easy as it gets! No sizing tricks or surprises. I just got these Target Scrunch Boots and you just cannot beat them for the $40 price! I've tried lots of budget-friendly shoes from other places and the quality is often not that great. A lot of bloggers have the taupe version of these and I really love those too, but I couldn't justify that color since I already have a very similar pair from last year that's holding up well.
Since I didn't have too much to say about today's outfit, it's a good thing it's the first Wednesday of the month so I can join Anne for her "Currently" link up. Today we're are sharing what we're currently gifting, baking, singing, mailing, and decorating!

Gifting...in a very simplified manner this year. With close friends the gift plan is intentional quality time (if possible). Most everyone else will be getting gift cards! I know it's not creative but it's practical and functional, and I'm good with that. We also do gift cards for my kid's private music teachers and fitness coaches that they work with closely. My siblings and I usually go in on a travel gift card for my mom since that's the most useful for her. And my kids have been advised to hurry up and give me a wishlist if they want to see any presents under the tree! I'm hoping to tackle their stuff this weekend.

Baking...my family's favorite Molasses Sandwich Cookies. I love to bake but in order to cut down on my family's sugar consumption I try to limit baking to holidays and special occasions. This season definitely calls for a batch of these cookies!

Singing...All of the songs from Wicked, but with the words changed up to suit the situation. e.g. if I need my kids to hurry up and get dressed for the day, the song "Loathing" becomes "Clothing." (If you're familiar with the tune, my lyrics end up something like: "Clothing. Time to go put on your Clothing!) This is a longstanding family tradition and as much as my kids roll their eyes at it, I still love the challenge of trying to make them laugh with my rhyming skills!

Mailing...Returns from my Black Friday purchases. I only ordered items with Free Shipping...and most of them with free returns. But it's worth it to me to pay the occasional return shipping fee in order to avoid the mall this time of year. My sanity is worth eight dollars! What I'm not mailing this year is holiday cards. After sharing about this last Wednesday a few of you helped convince me this is not mandatory and I can let it go. It's just too much this year!

Decorating...is not my forté. It's kind of embarrassing how terrible I am at this for holidays and with home decor in general. I have a feeling when my kids are grown they'll be the types to go ALL OUT because they grew up so "deprived" in this area. I'm self-motivated when it comes to a lot of things, but with this...I just lack the decorating gene. #trueconfession

And that's the latest from here! See you all back on Friday!


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33 comments:

  1. I like the other vest on you as well as this one but I can see that this one would be soft and kind of cozy so maybe it just feels better on than the other one. Wow, that was a very long run on sentence, ugh. Anyway...your gifting sounds a lot like mine. Gift cards and quality time. I honestly prefer getting together with good friends as opposed to giving gifts and my nieces and nephews like to shop on their own. I am still waiting on my older son to send me links for clothing he'd like but that's about it. I wish I wasn't so crazy about decor - I'd have a lot more money!!! Ha!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Haha! I appreciate that run on sentence because it makes a good point! :) That probably IS why I prefer this one! I'm glad you can relate to my gifting strategy!

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  2. I just finished writing some Christmas cards and I need a break so I'm back to blogs, haha! It's exhausting for sure! I'm a big fan of keeping things simple at Christmas time.

    I like that vest, I can see why it's your favourite! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! Our heatwave has finally ended which is a relief! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  3. Great outfit! I love the tall boots with the long sweater vest. And I am with you on decorating! Minimalist and haphazard is about all you get from me!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Ah, so glad you can relate to my decorating woes!!

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  4. I can see why you like that sweater vest so much! The wrap style is super cute and it looks so cozy! Love your styling with tall boots! I've decided not to do holiday cards this year also. I love the idea of just doing gift cards and focusing on quality time!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. Hooray for the holiday card boycott! LOL! I feel badly because I do love receiving them. But it's such a relief not to do them!!

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  5. Now, that is one darling vest!! I love it and am already thinking of all the cute ways to wear it. Those tall boots are flipping fantastic!!! Mmmm Molasses cookies sound sooo good, send me one, lol. Have a great day beautiful!

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  6. This vest is adorable and looks so cozy! Loving those Target boots too!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  7. Such a good reminder that in this season it's definitely okay to choose things to just let go! Enjoy the traditions and activities that work for you, and don't stress about the rest. Gifting gift cards is a good way to go on that too... and actually I've always LOVED receiving gift cards, because I love the guilt-free shopping I get to do with them later! :)

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    1. SAME HERE! I know my tastes better than anyone! LOL!

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  8. The vest is super cute on you and you're so nice and trim it perfect. I got those boots in the taupe and I did really like them, but for me they ran small and I couldn't find my size (I think they're restocked now). I really like the color of yours, so if I give it another go, I might get those.

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    1. Yes! I did try to get this color earlier in the fall but they were sold out. I'm so glad they re-stocked!

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  9. I love that vest! I feel like vests are things I like to buy, but can find hard to wear! I hate paying for return shipping, so I usually will bring things back to the stores. Unfortunately a lot of the locations of the stores I love to shop have closed near me, so if I make a special trip it's probably not even worth it after the gas cost and the time cost.... but I do it anyway. I'm such a nut!
    https://www.iamchiconthecheap.com/

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    1. Honestly, calculating the gas cost has made me realize I was saving only a few bucks at most by paying for return shipping. But A LOT of time and irritation. So it's been worth it!

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  10. That wrap vest looks really cute on you. I really like the length if it.
    x, Julie | thismainlinelife.com

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  11. There are are so many different styles of vests I think you need to find what works for you and is most comfortable to wear. This wrap style is really cute! I love to sing goofy songs to my kids too!

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    1. LOL glad I'm not the only one who makes up weird songs!!

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  12. I can see why you like this vest. It is versatile, the wrap add a fashion forward look. It is neutral so any color underneath will look flawless. and it looks stunning on you. And you got me hooked to hunt one similar :)
    www.chez-rama.com

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  13. Lol I love decorating but this year I fell flat. So i feel you!

    The sweater looks lovely :)

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  14. That vest is so cute! I need one like that! The cinching at the waist is so flattering and makes the rest of the outfit literally look more tied together...bad pun lol! The boots are really great too! I was just in target and should have looked at the shoe section!

    I’m with you on the simple gift giving...spending time together is gift enough :)

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    1. Ha ha ha!! I love your pun!! And I can't wait for our quality time gift this month!

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  15. I love layering different types of vests, and this one is perfect for winter!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

    https://www.avecamber.com
    https://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

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  16. I love your fashion sense and style. These outfits are simple, timeless and look really great on you!

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