Clothed with Grace: December 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year in Review: Spring and Summer Favorites

I thought it would be fun to show some of my favorite looks from this last year.  Today I'll be sharing some of my favorites from spring and summer! I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve, have fun and be safe!

I loved how this unexpected combination came together, the pop of green from the necklace is my favorite part.

Here's my green necklace again. This was part of a collaboration with my blogging friend, Andi.  We both have a little thing for stripes : )

I really loved the blazer and shorts combo this summer and these white shorts have to be one of my favorite pieces in my closet.  I can't wait to wear them again!

Yep, here's the blazer and shorts combo again.  Big fan of this look. : )

Here's my striped dress again, I love it with the bright pops of color here.

Patterned Shorts.  Definitely one of my favorite things this last summer, I couldn't get enough.  Nothing look feeling put together and comfortable at the same time.

I mentioned on this post that this was one of my favorite go-to looks. Can you believe the shorts and shirt are from Forever 21???

Another easy summer look, the best part is the Grantster part of the photo shoot.

This is definitely one of my favorite dressy looks.  I just love everything about this combo and this blazer is definitely one of my best purchases.

I almost gave this shirt away until I got this outfit idea.  I easy switched to jeans to wear it this fall too.

This look was part of my "Pinspiration to Reality" Series.  I just loved Kendi's look here.  So fun.

Here's another outfit from my "Pinspiration to Reality" Series.  Such a fun outfit and I love how I wore this dress as a skirt here.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Chelsea and Ginny Take On: Winter

Today Chelsea and I are going to take on Winter. It's definitely here and this combo today is my favorite for winter this year. A couple weeks ago I showed you a Herringbone Vest Remix and I wore an outfit similar to this one, but the indoor light just didn't do this herringbone and pink sweater combo justice. I love the bright color combo! I swear it is colder this year than it was last winter and these layers are definitely a necessity. I'm not going to lie, after taking these pictures I decided to switch to my booties, it as just to cold for bare ankles. Yep, Winter is definitely here.

On another note, Chelsea and I are going to take a little break from our Take On series. Now that the holidays are over there is really nothing for us to "take on" in January. We plan to resume closer to Valentine's Day.

Born Pretty sent this necklace over and I really like it. I think I'll be able to wear it a lot. It is crazy inexpensive and good quality, they also have free shipping. The one pitfall is it takes about a month to get.


Vest: Coldwater Creek $50 would be cute with my black one Sears $18  same
Sweater: J.Crew Factory $21  same
gingham: J.Crew Factory $25 same in pink, sold out online
Necklace: Born Pretty c/o  same enter code GMT at checkout for 10% off
Bracelets:  Chimera, Moxie , Renegade Stella and Dot
Old Navy $15 same
Shoes: Vera Wang $12 similar

Today Chelsea at  Whatcha Makin' Now is sharing a recipe for spiked hot chocolate, make sure to stop by to get the details on this drink that will definitely help to keep you warm on these cold winter nights.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Year in Review: Greatest Hits

I thought it would be fun to show some of my most successful and most viewed posts today.  As much as I like showing my OOTDs, my most viewed posts were generally more focused on "How-to." As much work as these posts are to create, I also love doing them.  As I'm starting a new year, I'd love to hear some ideas you for have for other "how-to" posts you'd like to see, questions you'd like answered, or styles you'd like covered. Hit me with your best ideas!

Also, I want to thank you for your continued support.  This has been such a fun hobby and it's crazy for me to think about how many of you stop by here daily. It's so flattering to think that some of you find inspiration from me.  Thanks so much! Here's to another new year, and I'll do my best to make my posts worth your while :) 

Most Viewed and Pinned: "What's Your Style" Post

I really do love this look but am totally surprised at the number of re-pinnings and page view I've gotten.  I didn't blog it but this year I wore it with booties to switch it up a bit. : )

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Most Popular Series: "Building A Wardrobe"

This was my favorite series to write, so I'm glad it was so successful.  Lots and lots of pins of all the different parts of this series too.

Most Popular How-to Post: "Utilizing Your Closet"

I loved writing this post and am so glad so many found it useful.  Why have great clothes if you can't find them in your closet, right?

A Close Second for How-to Series: "What Shopping Has Taught Me" 

I also loved writing this series, the idea just came to me and I'm glad it turned out like it did. : )

Most Popular Remix: "Twelve Ways to Wear the Herringbone Vest

This remix was one of my favorites of the year.  I love buying and showing off a versatile piece of clothing!

Thank you to all of you who read, comment, and follow along on this little blog of mine.  It's been such a fun creative outlet and I look forward to a great 2014!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Plaid and Polka Dots

Today Grant is at daycare and my mom and I are going to go to lunch and to see The Book Thief. I loved the book, so I'm super excited. Grant and I saw Frozen on Tuesday and it as super good. Two movies in a week doesn't usually happen, so this should be fn!

I recently found this scarf  at JC Penny, it's Joe Fresh and although it looks like it's wool, it's actually not. It's lighter and easier to wear all day without getting hot, which I love. I decided to pair it with my polka for sweater, black jeans, and boots. I seriously want to wear these jeans everyday. I tried on these recently and wanted to love them, but without pockets I didn't feel they'd be appropriate for me to wear at school. What do you girls think? Am I crazy? 

Vest: Sears $18  same
Sweater: J.Crew Factory $20, sold out but would be cute with Fovever 21  same
Scarf: JC Penney $10 sold out online similar
Bracelets:  Chimera, Moxie , Renegade Stella and Dot
Jeans: Old Navy $15 same
Boots: Born (three years old) similar

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fur and Plaid

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, I know we did, although I feel like I'm in a food coma.  Grant and I are off to go to the indoor exhibits at the zoo today and it would be a great time!

I wore this outfit on Monday while I did some last minute Christmas shopping.  I ran around all day, thinking this vest and scarf would be enough.....well it was like 5 degrees here Monday.  My arms were freezing although the vest and scarf definitely did the trick.  I'm all about combos like this now, it's like I've found my casual groove and with the weather this cold skirts are definitely out of the question, even one as cute as this. Oh, who am I kidding, I think I need this skirt.

This scarf was sent over by Born Pretty, I really like it, although based on the picture online I thought it was gray.  Whomp, whomp.  It's crazy inexpensive though and I'm happy with the quality. Shipping is free, the one downfall is it's takes about a month for items to arrive.  

Vest: JC Penney $8 similar
Top: Gap similar
Scarf: Born Pretty c/o  same use code GMT for 10% off when checking out.
Bracelets: Stella and Dot  Chimera, Moxie , Renegade 
jeans: Old Navy $19 similar
Boots: Wanted $29 (via eBay) almost exact / same in black

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pink, Gingham, and Christmas Eve

I'm really enjoying getting to be home with Grant. Some recent conversations have me rolling.

Me: "Grant, should we get Grandma another Christmas present?"
Grant: "How about a cape and mask?"
Me: Dying.

Me: "When you were a baby you were in my tummy."
Grant: "when Gracie was a baby was she in Daddy's tummy?"
Gracie is our beagle....

I've got to do a better job of keeping track of this stuff.

Now to my outfit: I picked up this sweater and shirt last week when J.Crew factory was running a 50% off sale. How could I not go, right? I love this bright pink color, and this gingham is perfection! Last year I picked up a different gingham shirt at Plato's closet, but I felt it was a little big every time I wore it and it had a texture I just wasn't crazy about, so back to Plato's it will go. This outfit is perfect for spending Christmas Eve with the family.  We always go out to my parent's house for a dinner of appetizers.  Growing up I always begged to open a present early on Christmas Eve, you think as an adult I'd be over that, but I'm totally not. :)

Vest: Sears $18  same
Sweater: J.Crew Factory $21  same
gingham: J.Crew Factory $25 same in pink, sold out online
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
Bracelets:  Chimera, Moxie , Renegade Stella and Dot
jeans: Old Navy $19 similar
Shoes: Vera Wang $12 similar

Monday, December 23, 2013

Chelsea and Ginny Take On: New Year's Eve

Christmas is right around the corner, and I'm so excited for that! However, I bet some of you are already finalizing your New Year's Eve plans.  Today Chelsea and I are going to take on New Year's Eve.  Now, I have to be honest with you, Brian and I are not party goers.  We enjoy the occasional BBQ and we did host a Christmas party at our house, but it was nothing fancy and with kids involved everyone cleared out my 8:00.  Yep,  we're living on the edge.... So, I'd be lying if I said I was going to wear this outfit on New Year's Eve, even though I do think the outfit would be perfect if you're going to a party.  The patterned tights (I really want this polka dot option too!) and fancy necklace make this look perfect for a New Year's party where you want to look nice, but age appropriate.  Face it, we're not all 20 anymore.  : )  Instead I am wearing this to celebrate Brian and my wedding anniversary this following Saturday.   It'll be six years, crazy how time flies.  On New Year's Eve Brian and I typically stay and home and don't even make it until midnight, so I sure am not going to waste this cute outfit on that. 

Have you entered my giveaway for $200 in Amazon cash yet?

Dress: H&M $10 almost exact
Cardigan: Banana Republic $7 (thrifted with tags) similar
Necklace: Stella and Dot Phoenix Pendant 
Belt: $1.5 Kohl's
Bracelets:Moxie , Renegade Stella and Dot
Tights: Target similar
Shoes: Bandilino $30 similar / DSW Coupons

This. Pizza.  Holy smokes.  Chelsea at Whatcha Makin' Now might have out done herself this week.  It's definitely perfect for my kind of New Year's Eve.  Make sure to stop by her blog for the recipe.