Burgundy Sweater + Back to Basics | On the Daily EXPRESS


Burgundy Sweater + Back to Basics

For the past few months I've been trying to make my Monday posts something other than, "here's an outfit." I have Wednesday posts for that, and besides, most of the time my outfits don't feel worthy of an entire blog post in and of themselves! But as I constantly juggle the work-family-blog balance in my life, sometimes, "here's an outfit" is all I can manage. So today I'm keeping it simple and back to basics in terms of both my outfit and the post!
Sweater (c/o) | Jeans | Boots (SimilarSimilar) | Necklace | Handbag (c/o) 

It's still plenty warm here in San Diego, but I decided to suck it up and be a little toasty in this outfit so I could post this sweater again before it sells out. I shared this in my October Amazon Try On session, and I have to apologize because I mistakenly gave some incorrect size info. I thought I ordered this in XS, but apparently not, and I didn't realize it until I was creating this post. So I'm actually wearing a Small in this sweater, which means it's still a relaxed fit but not quite as oversized as I thought. Hopefully I didn't cause a major hassle for anyone on that, but thank goodness for free returns with Prime! This sweater is by Daily Ritual, which made the Best category in my post of Best & Worst Amazon Sweater Brands.

I linked my exact Target boots even though this color is sold out. They're still great boots and worth getting in another color if it suits your closet needs. The first Similar Option will take you to a Walmart pair that I've seen on other bloggers that look very similar to mine and are very affordable! Unfortunately they're also selling out in a lot of sizes, so the second Similar Option has more sizes, but they are a bit more expensive. These jeans are definitely one of my all time favorites from Express. They're just a great classic pair of non-distressed jeans but with a little bit of visual interest in the rinse. True to size for me and I take the Short length at 5'4".

Well I haven't done a Monday Memo in ages, but it just hasn't made sense to tack one on to a post with an entirely different theme of something like, "twelve ways to wear black pants." But since today's post is short and sweet, let's catch up a little on what's going on with the blog and in real life:

On the Blog This Week: Tomorrow is book review day! I've read some good books I'm excited to share, so stop by tomorrow if you need a recommendation. On Wednesday I'll share a day-to-night look and Friday will be my usual everyday outfits and Friday Favorites.

Aside from this week's schedule, with the holidays coming up my calendar is filling up, mostly with events and concerts related to my kids. While I love those things, it also tends to stress me out a little about my work-family-blog balance. I'm going to try to give myself grace here and miss posts here and there on the blog if I need to. I mainly put pressure on myself to keep a consistent M/W/F schedule because I just like consistency! But I hope you'll understand if I need to miss some posts here and there going forward. I am thinking I will just skip Monday posts if needed. Wednesday and Friday might seem like random days to stay consistent, but they make the most sense for my blog community engagement, and that's a big part of what makes blogging enjoyable for me!

In Real Life: Well this is sort of related to the "on the blog," but, a couple of weeks ago my computer died and I had to replace it. We had an old one on hand (normal for us since my husband works in technology...maybe not normal for other people? I'm not sure), so that's been working fine for me...except when it comes to photo editing! I re-installed my software (Lightroom) and everything looks different so I'm feeling very lost. I was overdue for a software update, and I'd been avoiding it for this exact reason! With any software it seems when I install an update there are some new things that give me a struggle. So if my pictures look different for the next little while until I figure things out...that's why. I always edited them the same basic way, and now I'm re-learning how to do that. It's been a frustrating process for me and I honestly wanted to throw in the towel entirely. Thanks to Rachelle for talking me down from the ledge this weekend! I'm trying to work through it, but ugh. Just when I think I've got something figured out, life throws me a curve ball!

On a more positive note, today is Veteran's Day so the kids will be out of school and I'll be reaching out to my favorite veteran (Older Brother #3 of 5) in appreciation for his service. The rest of the week is looking pretty ordinary, but I think this is the calm before the holiday storm. The next few weeks are filling up so I'll try to enjoy this week for what it is and and brace myself for what's next!

I hope your week gets off to a good start and see you back tomorrow for Book Reviews!



  1. Technology can be so frustrating! Sorry about your computer and issues with Lightroom but I'm so glad Rachelle talked you down from the ledge! I've been there myself so many times. I know what you mean as well about consistency with posting too. But grace is a good thing to give yourself especially in lieu of what is occupying your time - your family. They are what is most important. Travelling has knocked me for a loop here and there lately and I get upset when I can't make the rounds to all the blogs I follow but when it starts to feel like an obligation it's time for me to step back. I hope you enjoy the day off with the kids and talking to your brother - my thanks to him as well for his service!

  2. That burgundy is so nice on you and I like the tan accessories with it! I think the beauty of blogging is that we can always adjust things to suit us and we don't have to stress ourselves about a schedule - just do what makes you happy!

    It's frustrating about your computer but good you had another one you could use!

    Hope that you had a great weekend!
    Away From Blue

  3. Love this classic look! The burgundy and cognac color combo is so pretty! Technology issues are the worst! You are lucky your husband works in technology and can help you! I updated Lightroom awhile back and had a hard time trying to figure out the newer version. It's hard to balance everything during the holidays and you just have to focus on what's important and do what you can with everything else!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  4. Technology issues drive me batty, they are the one thing that sometimes make me want to throw in the towel on this blog thing! You sure do look beautiful, I am wearing a top that exact same color today! You look beautiful and I hope it is a wonderful day!

  5. I really like the fit of that sweater! It's relaxed without being too oversized. It looks really nice on you especially with your blonde hair!

  6. I really like how you mix up your content, so don't worry about whether a particular outfit is worthy of a post or not! Your outfits are always chic and we all enjoy seeing your everyday style :) My posting is pretty haphazard these days and although I feel a bit guilty about that, I don't find that my engagement has slowed down too terribly much. If you miss a post here and there, no biggie. The holidays can be so chaotic that I think your readers will understand and are probably in the same boat!

  7. Such a cute color for the season! Love it dear.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com


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