The weirdest sweater

I don’t even know where I got this sweater. If you gave it to me, or if it’s yours, please tell me! Especially if you want it back. I found this sweater in a box while unpacking and was like, “uhmmmm who are you and why are you so amazing and weird?”

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Do you see what I mean? It has giant cuffed sleeves that fall down, it’s both tight and giant at the same time, and the pattern/colors are amazing! Anyway, it’s a keeper.

Fall fashion for me right now is all about sweaters over dresses. And tights of course! I’ve been buying up as many crop sweaters as I can find since I think those are easiest to pair with dresses in my closet because they aren’t all bulky at the waist. Ignored that with this outfit though; I think bulky sweater is okay the shorter the skirt. Heyyyyy!

Life isn’t slowing down any time soon I suppose. Charlie turned 3 last week which is just nuts. 3 seems so much older than 2. 2 he was still baby-ish. 3 is all, “Momma, your face smells like bread in a bad way” and “I do not like mushrooms and pepperoni but I do like bats.” What I mean by this is that he’s turning into this hilarious little human instead of a cute little sack of potatoes. What an adventure! Except the potty training. That adventure sucks.

Outfit details: Sweater :: no idea (Jessi, is this yours?) | Bow necklace :: Forever 21 | Navy blue dress :: Urban Outfitters | Oxford heels :: Dollhouse via Buffalo Exchange | Ruffle socks :: Target

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Gone Patchin’

Every fall since Joe and I have been together, we’ve gone pumpkin patchin’. Is that a verb? Anyway, this year was no exception and we had so much fun! Charlie is old enough this year to really get into all the stuff they have for kids: climbing hay bales, sliding down a giant tube slide, making mud pies, taking a hay ride and of course the key part: picking out pumpkins. I was definitely overdressed for the occasion but I feel like that on a daily basis so I was okay with it. Shout out to Howell’s Pumpkin Patch! We had too much fun.

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I just really love gourds

I just really love gourds

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The 30 for 30 Fashion Challenge is finally over! I’ll post the results some day soon, promise! Just know that it’s been so fun to unpack all my clothes and find real gems I’ve been missing for what seems like a lot longer than a month. Like this cowl I put on when I found it Friday and haven’t taken it off all weekend. It’s just like this warm little snuggle kitty on my neck, without any stray fur stuck in my mouth.

Well, I am currently sitting in a coffee shop typing this since we still don’t have internet at our new house yet, and my computer decided to take a big crap on me last week. But I’m back in action and feeling good about it! Hope everyone is well, xoxoxoxo

Outfit details: Cowl :: gift from Jessi, made by Ramona | fall cape :: thrifted, Found Things | striped gold and white sweater :: JCP | polka dot shorts and tights :: Target | black booties :: Jessica Simpson, Amazon | Hair bow :: Forever 21 | Cuff :: gift from Joe, Betsey Johnson at Von Maur

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Favorites: Fall Booties!

This past week started the beautiful season of fall for us here in Iowa. I say that with authority because on Wednesday I broke out the tights! And what looks better with colorful tights than cute little fall booties? We think every pretty kitty needs at the very minimum a black pair and a brown pair. Here are some of our faves this season:

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1. I just bought these and I’m in looooove! -Mar
Jessica Simpson Orsona Bootie :: 6pm

2. Love a chic cut-out!
Started from the Blossom Booties :: Modcloth

3. A wedge is a great way to change it up.
Blowfish Luminate Wedge Bootie :: DSW

4. The quilted pattern makes these look so comfy.
Disc Golf Debut Boot :: Modcloth

5. Great for a girls night out.
Montoro Boot :: ALDO

6. Splurge on a pair of Frye booties: you won’t regret it!
Reina Booties by Frye :: Piperlime

7. Perf with a skirt and tights!
Black Polish Ankle Boots :: ROMWE

8. Pair with dark high-waisted jeans and a crop sweater.
Anda Triple Buckle Boots :: Topshop

9. Classic, reliable go-tos.
Lucky Penny Booties :: Seychelles

10. With an almost 3″ heel, these are perfect for stomping around in the leaves.
Cool Tan Boots :: Lulu’s

So are you more of a black or brown boot girl? We like both but there is definitely more brown than black in our closets!

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Me & my Miley Cyrus sweater

Now that I work full-time and it’s dark by the time I get home, Jessi and I have been meeting up on Sunday afternoons to take outfit pics. On this particular week we couldn’t, so instead I coerced my coworker/friend Kristen to snap some pics of me outside of our office on a pretty (and snowless) afternoon! Luckily it’s actually kind of pretty around! This may not be the last time this happens.

Kristen mentioned I reminded her of Miley Cyrus in my crazy cat sweater. I’m pretty oblivious about pop culture in general (I have been gaped at when admitting I can’t name one Bieber song) so I didn’t actually know what she meant! But I did find Ms. Cyrus very emotionally singing to a giant cat while in a tiny little cat ensemble on the internetz and I was like, “Oh yes, I am okay with this.” So here it is, kitties! My work-friendly version of honing my inner Miley:

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I have been searching for a lovely long, pleated skirt for years. YEARS. I have always wanted a pretty plaid one, but this color is so vibrant and perfect I quickly forgot all about my plaid desires. Big Button Vintage is a shop owned by my pals Jes & Josh. They do Market Day every month and I was lucky enough to go preview everything before the big Black Friday sale and have first picks!

My Miley Cyrus sweater is a crop sweater, and it really works perfectly belted with this high-waisted skirt. Try it out! It beats a cold midriff when it’s 5 degrees out.

Outfit details: black cat sweater :: gift from Jessi! Forever 21 | black woven belt and boots :: Target | cobalt pleated skirt :: Big Button Vintage

Hope you’re staying warm and happy! I have to go get ready for Jessi & John’s big holiday party. Pics soon!

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A bit of nostalgia

I love clothes that I can still remember the day I bought them. This dress is the best dress and I’ve had it for years. One summer I wore it so much my mother exclaimed, “Do you own any other clothes?!” But I just love it! I was with my bff Mindy, super hungover after St. Patty’s Day in St. Louis, and we were shopping in the Galleria at Urban Outfitters. I was feeling TERRIBLE and Mindy grabs this very dress and says, “You should try this on, it will look great on you.” I was doubtful, mainly because I felt like I was lacking the necessary skills to take off my clothes without getting dizzy. Kitties: the sky parted that day. When I put this dress on, my hangover vanished and I gaped in the mirror. The stripes! The cute open back (sorry, you can’t see it)! The little gold buttons! Even today, about 5 years later, I slipped it on and felt instantly better about every little thing there is.

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What do you start with when putting together an outfit? Usually I’m normal and start with the main piece, like this dress, but today I started with this belt. I’ve been on the hunt for thicker belts since I have so many skinny ones, and lo and behold this one I uncovered in my own belt drawer. Win win!

Outfit details: earrings :: Urban Outfitters (old) | best dress ever :: Urban Outfitters (SO old!) | gold cardigan :: Charlotte Russe (you guessed it: old as can be!) | belt :: thrifted | shoes :: Seychelles (sadly the plum color is gone) | clutch :: Vitae Design Collective 

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Favorites: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We here at HPK are ready to dress up for the fabulous feast (no sweatpants here!) and have selected a couple of pretty outfits for the big event:fall-thanksgiving-favorites-2013

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1) Plaid + Fall = perfection
Director’s Cute Dress :: Modcloth

2) Grab this cape for when you’re feeling fancy, and for when it’s not too chilly out
Tweed Leather Look Piped Cape :: Dorothy Perkins

3) Love this unique gold accent
Feeling Fancy Necklace :: Modcloth

4) ASOS is killing it with their tights selection!
Wolford Carre Square Dot Tights :: ASOS

5) Who doesn’t love a classic black bootie?
Boulevard Bootie by Chelsea Crew :: Ruche

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6) I’m such a sucker for a bow
The Pennsylvania Polka Dress in Floral :: Modcloth

7) It might say its butterflies, but they look like precious little bows to me.
Butterfly Print Bolero :: MANGO

8) I’m feeling 12 again
You Have My Heart Clutch :: Go Jane

9) This can be worn with literally every outfit you own. Aaaand it’s $6.
Classic Bow Cuff :: Forever 21

10) Nothing says fancy to me like pretty fake pearls!
Regal Faux Peral Cuff :: Forever 21

11) As Jessi stated above, ASOS is on top of it in the tights department!
Floral Over-the-Knee Tights :: ASOS

12) Obsessed. I thought I’d be over chevron by now, but am totally not.
High Hopes Wedges :: Seychelles

Well we hope we’ve inspired you to break out a pretty dress for tomorrow’s big event!

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P.S. Don’t forget about our giveaway, going on strong until Monday! xoxo

Sunny side up

I have been loving fall this season. I’m usually all about winter, truthfully. I love bundling up, snuggling up, and comfort food-ing it up. But it’s been so pretty around here that it’s inspired me to layer, layer layer! Like these red thigh high socks I’ve had for years that I’ve just never really pulled off before. I love them! They are the perfect addition on a blustery day.

This dress was bought a million years ago on a trip to Chicago, which I (like Jessi in NYC) promptly grabbed a pair of scissors and butchered it that very day so I could wear it asap. Unfortunately it’s pretty short now and I rarely wear it with just tights; I usually wear it with a thicker legging.
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Really I have to say that the accessories are what excite me the most about this outfit: this bow I bought for Jessi’s wedding I wish I could wear every day, these amazing kitty shoes, my dainty little daisy ring, and this gorgeous feather necklace we received from the lovely Asa over at Hopeless Designs. Speaking of which, you’ll have to check back next week for our very first Here, Pretty Kitty Giveaway! One lucky reader will get to wear this pretty accoutrement as their very own!

Outfit details: hair bow :: EsmerAccessories via Etsy | necklace and daisy ring :: courtesy of Hopeless Designs | dress :: thrifted | striped sweater :: Gordman’s | polka dot tights :: Target | red socks :: gift from my mom! | cat flats :: gift from Jessi! from Modcloth

Have a beautiful weekend and stay warm!

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