Clothed with Grace: November 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Casual Perfection

Happy Black Friday! I hope you are all enjoyed your Thanksgiving, We sure did.  Today Brian has to work, whomp, whomp, but Grant, my mom, sister and I plan to do some shopping.  Nothing big, but if there's a deal to be had, I'm in : )

I was able to do a little Black Friday shopping early at J.Crew Factory and Gap Outlet.  They has 50% off on Wednesday day and I picked up this in a solid chambray, this in red, and this beauty.  Having the outlet mall so close could be dangerous.... I also found the perfect dup for the J.Crew herringbone vest I missed out on here.  I seriously think I have a dozen outfits already planned for it.

As for today I need to do some decor shopping for the basement.  Luckily we already have a nice couch set, end table, and coffee tables to put down there, but it's looking pretty naked in the accessorizing department. I love this pillow and this lamp.  We'll see how I make out at Target.  I'm lovin' that new Cartwheel app, I can also get an extra discount. : )

The inspiration for this look came a few weeks ago Whitley wore the cutest casual outfit, and I knew I wanted to put together something similar.  I wore it to go to a craft show with my mom and the Grantster. The puffer vest for perfect for being inside, but it didn't leave me too hot, which is a total plus because I hate lugging a coat around.  I ended up getting a cute leopard scarf, my mom found a super cute window with Santa painted on it, and Grant hit the mother load and got this awesome hand-carved train set and this felt superhero play set.  He's having the time of his life playing with it!

Vest: Free Via Clothing Swap similar
Sweater: The Limited $9 similar
Button Down: AE $3 (via Plato's Closet) similar
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
Jeans: Old Navy $19 similar
Booties: Jessica Simpson $37 same

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tights Weather

 It's officially tights weather here and as much as I love tights, it's the general coldness I strongly dislike.  However, this year I stumbled onto the sweetest pair of tights I've even owned Esprit fleece lined tights similar to these.  They are amazing and they go perfectly with my new booties, which happen to have fringe on the back of them.  If you follow me on Instagram you already know that my 4th grade self would be pretty jealous.  Esprit and Fringe?  The awesomeness is endless. : )  I decided to pair these two with a gray dress, my favorite cardigan, and a chunky belt.  To finish this up I added my new infinity scarf I snatched up for $10 from an old lady at a craft fair.  Last year I tried to knit one for myself and I think I did about three inches in six hours, before I ultimately gave up. I'm telling you, craft fairs are the best!

Cardigan: Banana Reublic $7 (thrifted with tags) similar
Dress: $5 (thrifted with tags) cute option
Belt: The Limited $5 similar
Scarf: Craft Show $10 cute option
Bracelets: Stella and Dot RenegadeUrbane
Tights: Esprit $5 (via TJ Maxx)  similar
Booties: Jessica Simpson $37 same

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What I Am and What I'm Not.

I don't know about you, but I can let my weaknesses be things I focus on instead of my strengths. Today I thought I'd lay out some of the weaknesses that are bugging me right now, and probably more for myself a list of things I can do well. Let's start with the weaknesses:
  1. I stink at tweeting.  Seriously.  I think I might just be too old to keep up with the young "hipster" who tweaks with ease about their delicious breakfast muffins....
  2. I am not good at saying no to chocolate, as is I have a serious case of "Eat all the Chocolate."  We rarely keep it in the house because if we did, I would need new pants.
  3. I am not very patient with Grant at bedtime and it kind of makes me feel like a bad mom.  Let's face it, I'm tired at 8:00 and I don't have the patience for shenanigans like, "I want another kiss, drink of water, story, song, etc."  I wish I was better at this.
  4. Sometimes I just want to be a person, not Grant's mom, Brian's wife, Jesse's teacher, but I totally stink at ever taking time for myself.  My one outlet is this little blog, which I totally appreciate.
  5. Once I get an idea on the brain I have to go, go, go until it's done.  This is rarely healthy.  Take a chill pill, Ginny.
So, can any of you relate? Please tell me I'm not alone. : ) Now, to my strengths:

  1. I am good at staying caught up on laundry, I used to wait until the weekends, now I do a load every time a hamper happens to be full.  It's the little successes, people.
  2. I am good at waiting to buy until there's a deal, rarely do I buy anything at full price and I always end up being happier in the end.
  3. I work with some great people and therefore it helps me to become a better teacher each day and my kids are successful because of it.
  4. I (usually) have a pretty good sense of self worth and don't often dwell on things I can't control. For whatever reason I have a good "bounce back" gene.
  5. I'm good at forgiving and getting over situations. I'm usually not one to hold a grudge. To me, no good comes from that.

Whelp, the strengths were more difficult to write! I think no one wants to feel like eyre bragging, but it's important to celebrate our strengths. Your turn, what are you good at????

Now to today's outfit: I'm styling my new black vest again.  I seriously love this thing and decided to pair it with this hounds-tooth sweater I snagged at Forever 21 for a mere $8! I love how it came together and think I might try it like this next time.  So cute, right? What did I do before blogs and Pinterest.....

Vest: Sears $18  same
Sweater: Fovever 21 $8  same
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
Bracelets: Stella and Dot same
Jeans: Old Navy $15 same
Boots: Born (three years old) similar

Monday, November 25, 2013

Chelsea and Ginny Take On: The Work Day

This week Chelsea and I are taking on the Work Day.  Today's look to me is effortless-professional.  Expresses' portfolio shirt paired with Loft's polka dot skirt instantly gives the illusion that I put a lot of thought into my outfit, when I actually didn't have to, which is perfect for a Monday morning....or any morning where I push snooze an extra time. :)  The addition of my Stella and Dot jewels helps to finish off this look and make it feel a little special too.  I think having pieces like this in your closet that are comfortable and mixable are definitely essential in your wardrobe.  What are some pieces you feel are key in your own closet?

Shirt: Express $30 same
belt: $12 Target same 
Skirt: Loft $19 similar
Necklace: Stella and Dot Phoenix Pendant
Bracelets:  Chimera, Moxie , Renegade Stella and Dot
Shoes: Bandilino $30 similar / DSW Coupons

Chelsea at Whatcha Makin' Now has put together a round-up of five great easy week night meals, which is perfect for me, being about 4:00 every afternoon I have a "What's for dinner" moment.  Anyone with me??? Stop by her blog for the details!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Guest Posting Today!

Today I'm guest posting for the lovely Jenn at The Brandied Pair while she's off having the time of her life in Europe. Lucky! Stop by and say hi! I'll be talking about tips for best utilizing your closet and showing off some of my favorite outfits too.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


So, this outfit.  I'm pretty much in love. I found this vest at the end of winter last year for a steal, but only got to wear it once before it warmed up. I kind struggled with how to wear it then, but when I saw this blouse at Target I knew it would be perfect with the vest and my favorite navy skirt.  Yep, I pretty want to wear this every day :)  When I started this little blog about a year ago I was really trying to land on a style I loved, and I feel like that's what I've been able to do. Thanks you little blog, for your help :)

Linking up with Spotlight Link Up

Blouse: Target $20  same
Vest: JC Penney $8 similar
Belt: Kohl's $1.5
Skirt: Loft $30  same
Belt: $1.5
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
Bracelets: Stella and Dot  Chimera, Moxie , Renegade 
Boots: Wanted $29 (via eBay) similar / same in black

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Stripes and Dots

Life is pretty busy right now. We've been working on finishing our basement and are finally at the painting stage, which is where I come in.  Fun. The light is at the end of the tunnel and we are having the carpet laid next week.  Everything is set to be done by Thanksgiving and I couldn't be more excited!  I'm sure I'll post some pictures once it's all done. : )

I'm loving this professional look today.  This blazer, top, and skirt were definitely smart purchases this fall, the outfit possibilities are seeming to be endless.  I rarely thrift anymore, but the one time I went this month I found this new Loft skirt for $3 and I couldn't believe it, I have a bunch of pinned looks with red skirts, but actually came up with this one on my own.  I feel like I've come a long way since last year and now see possibilities in my closet that I never saw before, and that's pretty awesome.

Blazer: Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx $29 similar
Blouse: $19 Target same / Target Coupons
belt: $12 Target same 
Skirt: Loft $3 (thrifted) cute option
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
Bracelets:  Chimera, Moxie , Renegade Stella and Dot
Shoes: Bandilino $30 similar / DSW Coupons
Bag: Coach (Christmas Gift)

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013


 I've really been trying to work on some more casual looks (that I can also get away with wearing to school).  A few weeks ago Tara wore black and red together with boots and I absolutely loved it. Then I pinned this.  I was sold! Around that time I was at J.Crew Factory and picked up this sweater, along with a number of other great J.Crew Factory options.  Great wool basics like this were definitely missing from my wardrobe! I was also on the hunt for a great black vest and Whitley posted on Instragram that Sears had this vest on super sale.  I love how this look came together and have some many outfit ideas for this vest in the future it's ridiculous.

Linking up with Glossy Blonde today.

Sweater: J.Crew Factory (Christmas gift from Mom) same
Vest: Sears $18  same
Button Down: Target $3? (via Plato's Closet) almost exact
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
Bracelets: Express and Stella and Dot same
Jeans: Old Navy $15 same
Boots: Born (three years old) similar