Military Sweater + Friday Favorites | On the Daily EXPRESS

1/4/19

Military Sweater + Friday Favorites

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With my kids/photographers home from school for the holiday this week, I was able to get a few extra outfit photos on any given day that we were out and about and I was dressed for public life. So today is just a regular single outfit post instead of a weekly selfie round-up. I'm sure I'll be back to those soon since school starts up again in a few days! But I have been considering changing the way I share outfit selfies on Fridays, so this is a nice way to give me some time to mull on that. If you have strong opinions on that topic feel free to share in the comments or send me an email! I've tried various things over the years and I guess I just get the itch to make a change now and then!
Zip Up Sweater (c/o) | T-Shirt | Jeans | Boots | Handbag (c/o Shopbop) | Earrings

This sweater is another Pattyboutik option could easily go in with my stay-warm sweaters post. This line does run a bit small and I'm wearing a Small here. You may want to order up a size from what you order in sweaters at Express if you don't want it too tight. I was worried that the mock neck would be itchy on my neck, but it didn't bother me since I left it slightly unzipped. I think it would irritate me if I zipped it all the way up, but I don't plan on trying that to find out for certain! The material is pretty soft and not itchy...but it's still a sweater around your neck so it can only be so comfortable! 
Zip Up Sweater (c/o) | T-Shirt | Jeans | Boots | Handbag (c/o Shopbop) | Earrings

I wore these over-the-knee boots a lot last year, but I only recently got around to putting my "winter" boots into my bedroom closet and wearing these again. Both of my sons have to share a little bit of closet space with their parents since we don't have a huge closet in our bedroom. Thankfully they don't seem to mind right now since they are more interested in collecting video games and Nerf guns than clothes right now. But we're just getting started in the teenage years so who knows how long it will be before they complain! Anyway these boots are true to size and comfy for plenty of walking with a reasonable block-heel. They are the "taupe" color even though this taupe has a lot of grey in it!

The t-shirt I'm wearing under the sweater is a Daily Ritual staple. I have it in all three colors: Black, Navy and Grey. I just wish they would make it in white! I love the neckline and hem of this. I will say I probably don't need black and navy. The navy is so dark it's almost black. I can hardly tell it's navy unless I'm in direct sunlight. I've noticed this a few times with Daily Ritual products, so even though I'm wearing neither black nor navy here, I guess it doesn't hurt to pass it along!

I think that covers all the outfit details, so let's go on to a few favorites!

1. Crossbody Favorites: Every couple of years my bag preference seems to change a bit with my lifestyle. Right now I am all about the crossbody! I have moved a lot of my essentials into the center console of my car (gum, spare lipstick, etc.) so I mainly just carry my wallet, keys and phone now. For me, my favorite, most-used crossbody bags are a nude, black and red option! I've been carrying burgundy a lot lately (as shown above) because it's new, but I've noticed that red gets more use year after year!
ONE: Shop: Tory Burch Bags
THREE: Shop: Kate Spade Bags

My favorite splurge bags are from these three brands, and right now there are a lots of designer bags on sale at Shopbop. Go here to view all sale bags and use code HELLO2019 for an additional 25% off sale items!

Another way to save at Shopbop is to join their Rewards Program! You get a special discount for your birthday month! My birthday is in January and I was pretty excited to see that coupon code come into my inbox! Looks like I will be doing some shopping there to "save" money! (#girllogic right?)

2. Posing 101. One of my favorite things this week was reading the comments on Monday's post! I was relieved to hear I'm not the only one who thinks that posing for pictures is so much harder than it looks! I think one of my blog goals for 2019 is going to be to work on a new pose. I've noticed a lot of people doing more sitting poses lately and have dabbled in that, so maybe I'll give it another go. Some people set blog goals to get 100K followers or $100K in brand deals, I aim to get comfortable sitting in pictures! It's all progress, right?

3. Newsletter Giveaway: This note is for my favorite newsletter subscribers! I announced a giveaway in my last newsletter but I forgot to tell you when it ends! I'm going to have it run for one week, then I'll contact the winner and announce it here next Friday! I have also switched my newsletter from a Monthly publication to a "Whenever I Have Time" thing for 2019. It might be quarterly, bi-monthly, semi-monthly, semi-annual...we'll see. So if you've thought about subscribing but didn't want a lot of extra email, I assure you it's not a lot. If you are subscribed, thank you for being part of that community! I have loved getting to know more of you that way so I definitely want to continue, just at a slower pace

That sums it up for this week! I really don't know what my plans are for the weekend but I'm looking forward to it all the same and I hope you are too!


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16 comments:

  1. Such a cute top, I love the button detail! :) I think it's natural to want to change things up a little, so good luck with your goal to make your Friday posts different and trying new poses! I was trying to get a different angle of a pic today and my son came over to ask if I was finished taking pictures yet as I took a while, haha! I ended up with 15 pics instead of my usual 3 or 4!



    Happy New Year! Hope that your 2019 is off to a great start and you've been having a great week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Ha, you have to love family commentary on this stuff!

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  2. Love this look, a lil military inspiration is so fun. I feel like I do the same poses over and over, lol. You always look sensational! Yay to a low key weekend. Happy Friday gorgeous friend! xo

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    1. Glad I'm not alone with the repeat poses. And thank you Andrea!

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  3. That sweater is terrific on you, love how you styled it and love your hair! Even though my boys were home for several weeks I really got no photos taken. We did so many projects around the house that I was barely dressed for the public! Crossbody bags are so useful and I am linking them more and more myself. It's nice to be hands free and not be weighed down by a heavy handbag!
    Have a wonderful weekend Gina!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Totally agree about the crossbody! And my "hair" is just a different extension. I haven't been linking them because zero people click on them. But at some point I might do a "my favorite hair extensions" post for easy reference. :)

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  4. Ok that sweater is so my style. Thats the general style of sweaters I reach for, for winter/fall travel. Super cute on you!

    Posing for photos is wayyyy harder than it looks and I give up on trying not to look awkward lol

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    1. So glad you like this sweater! It would be great for travel actually!

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  5. I love the military inspiration and button detail on you sweater! I'm all about the crossbody bag! They're so much easier to carry! Have a great weekend!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  6. The sweater ;looks so good on you
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  7. Love that military inspired sweater and I totally agree about posing for pictures. I still feel soooo uncomfortable doing it. Have a great weekend.
    x, Julie | thismainlinelife.com

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    1. Glad I'm not alone! It really is awkward. I'm a little used to it now but if people are watching...forget it! LOL!

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  8. I normally have smaller (more realistic?) blog goals for myself too! I would love to learn more posing and also some coding skills! I've been loving all the crossbody bags too. It's nice for when you need your hands free!

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    1. oh gosh yes, I could always stand to improve the tech stuff! There's always something to improve for sure!

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