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Coffee Run.

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I love a goooood hot cup of coffee on a cloudy gray day. I’ve had a pretty busy week, and this is just the right casual outfit while keeping me warm in the “cooler” temps when the sun isn’t shining. I bought this sweater almost 2 years ago from F21, and it’s it held up surprisingly well. I have to hand it to F21 lately…at extremely low prices, sometimes you can have some major quality issues, but in the last year or two they’ve REALLY stepped up their sweater game. I don’t know about you, but there were over a dozen winter sweaters I really wanted to snag from them this season. Some of them were rivaling MUCH more expensive brands in cut and quality, such as Free People and Wildfox Couture, for a fraction of the cost. Nice to see them step that up a little bit.

I paired this super-soft baby pink waffle knit number with my favorite ripped jeans, a pop of leopard in the belt, and these lace up booties for a bit of comfortable height on the go!

Jeans: Zara
Sweater: Forever21, long gone but similar here
Belt: Target
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Lucky Penny, via Anthropologie (similar here)

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Dressed-Down Floral.

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I got this little floral dress for Christmas in 2012, and though it was a part of the Urban Outfitters fall collection, it transitions really nice year-round. That said, this particular color and print looks adorable with so many different add-ons to handle all sorts of occasions. My life is pretty casual as of lately, with the holidays being over, so a casual dark green military jacket gives the fuschia color an unexpected color match. Sometime soon I will do a post on color mixing, and using the opposite ends of the color wheel to create unique combinations that are still easy on the eyes. For now, this little cap-sleeve, button-front, floral dress has been paired with things like tights (all colors), boots, worn as a skirt with oversized sweaters, vests (of the faux fur, denim, and military variety), as well as leather jackets. Not to mention sandals and flats for spring and summer-time. This look kept with the California winter vibe, adding the jacket, wool scrunched socks and wedge lace-ups, with minimal accessories and a fresh coat on the fingernails.

Dress: Urban Outfitters (last season)
Jacket: Gibson, via Nordstrom
Belt: Target
Shoes: Target
Socks: H&M
Necklace: 2020Ave
Ring: Kate Spade

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‘Braska Life.

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(Photos by my lovely sister, Erin.)

Being home for Christmas was awesome, and the weather was completely up and down while I was back, but that’s what you get in Nebraska. A forecast literally doesn’t mean crap. The first portion of my trip was pretty cold, but the second half started to drastically warm up. So much so, that at about 43 degrees, the little neighbor boys decided to play basketball in their driveway in shorts and t-shirts. Ummm…that may be a bit of an over-compensation, kids. Put some clothes on. It’s still December in the Midwest.

This outfit combines a few of my amazing gifts received this year! I couldn’t wait to pair this new bag (from my mom), and pumps (from my sister), with these ultra-comfy stretch coated skinnies. Coated skinnies are the greatest thing since sliced bread this past year, and I can’t even have bread so that’s saying a lot. They are more affordable and manageable than leather pants, but still have that sleek, edgy look. The best way to do anything whether it be actual leather or a coated finish is skin tight. Trust me, nothing is worse than a leather-look pant that is sagging in the butt and knees and loose at the ankles. They should essentially be like a legging, but with a normal pant/jean-style thickness, seaming, and pocket structure. That said, you should typically size down as long as the stretch factor is decent. It will seem like there is no way you are gonna get them up at first, but that’s what you want because they will always stretch like mad after the first wear. Tip: do NOT put on leather or coated pants of any kind after just moisturizing your legs. I may or may not have learned my lesson yanking them on too soon post-shower and ripping some belt loops clean off. FAIL.

To stay cozy, I added warmth with a super-soft oversized sweater that is definitely my most over-worn piece of this winter by far, and an awesome sweater headwrap to keep my little ears warm in that winter wind! For the cherry on top, I added the totally rad Nebraska outline necklace my awesome sister got me, reppin’ a little of the homeland! I wore this running some errands, meeting a friend for coffee, and transitioned it right into dinner and a night out with friends in downtown Lincoln.

Coated Skinnies: Cotton On
Sweater: H&M
Bag: DSW (Gifted)
Pumps: Jessica Simpson (Gifted — Now on Clearance!)
Headwrap: Aldo (Gifted)
Nebraska Necklace: (Gifted)
Ring: Zara

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Small Town Christmas.

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Sister love on Christmas. (Photos by Jenna Spurlin)

My dad’s family is from a very small town in Nebraska, just over 7,000 people. I look forward to spending a day here every year for Christmas. This year, it was especially important to be here, and celebrating with my grandmother, as it marks almost a year since my grandfather passed unexpectedly. It’s been a hard year for us as a family, and having that at-home feeling at my grandma’s house was pretty important for everyone. I love my grandma’s cute home, and her small town floods me with memories from my childhood with every visit. This year, we were blessed to have one of my good friends, Jenna, join us for the big family celebration, and she fit right in with the sarcasm and off-color jokes my dad’s side of the family is known for.

With the formality of Christmas Eve gone the night before, Christmas day is a little more about over-eating, games, opening gifts, and relaxing with the family. In keeping with this comfortable tone, I chose to dress comfortably as well. I always try to look a little nicer for a holiday, because that’s part of what makes it special for me, so I opted for a fun floral surplice dress I’ve had on hand for a while. Though I bought the dress during the spring season, it’s muted color palettes work really well with fall and winter elements. Not to mention, the print is perfect for hiding a food baby! Don’t act like you don’t know.

I chose to layer heavily, mixing a lot of my favorite comfortable styles together for one cozy look. On top of the dress, I layered my favorite denim shirt, followed by a fur vest gifted from my Aunt a couple of years earlier, as well as colored tights, a belt, and the fringe boots that I apparently live in, according to my other posts.

My wonderful friend Jenna, who is a fantastically talented photographer, (view her work here) offered to take these photos for me and she did a great job directing me in a natural way. Thanks Jenna! :)

Dress: Nasty Gal
Denim Shirt: Zara
Vest: Ann Taylor (Gift from my Aunt)
Scarf: H&M
Tights: Target
Belt: Target
Booties: Target
Ring: Zara

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White Christmas…almost.

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Christmas Eve has always been fun for my sister and I, because from a fashion point of view we get to dress up. Ok, not get to dress up, choose to dress up. Looking nice for the holidays is fun, and reinforces that it’s a special time of year. Every year we eat dinner, go to church with my parents, and come home to open all the “Non-Santa” gifts. It’s great, we like to sleep in before going to celebrate with the rest of the family on Christmas day, so it is convenient, fun, and something to look forward to that seems to make the celebration of Christmas last longer. Traditionally, every year my family takes photos in front of the Christmas tree, with my sister and I in our carefully selected and pre-planned church outfits. All propriety aside in this family though, we snap a few “good ones” and tend to end up with more hilarious photos than well-behaved ones.

This year, I’ve been especially loving the idea of clean whites in the winter time. Especially in a cold winter time. Though it didn’t snow this year when I was home in Nebraska (bummer), I did get to watch everyone else enjoy a few days of sunshine and warmer-than-average weather. I decided to go with a white dress this year for a couple of Christmas occasions, one being a holiday party with my boyfriend, and the second being Christmas Eve. For both occasions, I paired the dress with bold red lips, red nails, and a red clutch bag. Due to an open bar sort of situation, I have no pictures of the white dress and red accented ensemble from the Christmas party in California, but here is the dress worn for Christmas Eve in Nebraska…only with tights and pumps, because, well, you have to here.

Sidenote: my beautiful little sister makes her RSWL blog debut wearing a festively pretty red lace dress. I think we accidentally coordinated quite nicely.

On Me:
Dress: Nasty Gal
Bracelet: Nasty Gal
Tights: Target
Pumps: Steve Madden

On Erin:
Dress: Tobi
Belt: Target
Sweater: Gap

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