Favorites: Valentine’s Day!

We admit it: we love Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re married to your husband or to your cat, it’s time to celebrate looooooove. We’ve picked out some fun items to wear, to eat, and to give this week. xoxo

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1. Two hearts are better than one.
Heart Charms Necklace :: Forever 21

2. This is adorable on so many levels!
MinkPink Marie Sweater :: NastyGal

3. Chocolates are so passé! Send your love some macarons from your local bakery or make these! You won’t be sorry.
Heart-Shaped Red Velvet Macarons :: Sweet Treats Baking Blog

4. Guarantee yourself flowers on the big day with this cute cut-out dress.
Floral Tulip Back Dress :: Forever 21

5. Hearts come in all colors.
Look Into Your Heart Bag :: Modcloth

6. Share some tea with your lover, your BFF or even have a tea party with your imaginary friend!
Sweetly Sipping Tea Set :: Modcloth

7. The most subtle way to celebrate V-Day? Heart nails!
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Nail Polish :: Encore Nail Polish via Etsy

8. You’re never too old to give valentines to your friends! It’s always fun to scour vintage stores for old-timey valentines or visit Etsy for super cute and original valentines from the heart. (p.s. these are printable for procrastinators!)
Printable Valentine’s Day Card Beatles Quote :: AllTheBestQuotes via Etsy

9. Don these fire engine red booties and spark some love.
BC Footwear Cinnamon Schnapps Booties :: Modcloth

Happy Valentine’s Day! We ❤ you.

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My Holiday Outfit Post Holidays

Kitties! I say this is my holiday outfit because I’ve literally worn this dress for every major holiday as of late. Thanksgiving? yep. Jessi & John’s Holiday Party? you got it. Christmas Eve? totally. And I would’ve worn it on New Year’s Eve but we stayed in and I wore pajamas.

I do have to admit I didn’t wear it the same way at any point. This top happened for Jessi & John’s party, and it was a total accident. I was walking out of the door wearing this amazing vintage black velvet bolero and the arm sleeve ripped when I pulled my coat on. Devastated and panicky, I threw this garage sale find on and I am so happy I did! I had never worn it before (proof being Jessi found the $2.99 tag still on it when I arrived) and it was one of those instant gratification pieces.

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Mixing sequins on sequins is over-the-top and I love it.

Can we bring back old lady bedazzled tops? Please? I’ve always loved them, but the price tag on most are pretty steep. The only drawback is that they are so delicate and I’m not super…. nice…. to my clothes. Case in point, this top has been leaving little sequins behind, like a graham cracker trail of glitz.

Outfit details: Bedazzled top :: thrifted (here’s a $795 By Malene Birger top that’s amazing and similar!) | dress :: Charlotte Russe (similar) | polka dot tights :: Target | teal boots :: Charlotte Russe | sequin clutch :: thrifted (similar)

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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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Date Night : Omaha

All right guys, I see 2 things when I look at these here pictures:
1) The look on my face in the first picture says, “I know, I’m SORRY these pictures were taken in a hotel lobby, but I love this dress and was excited for the night out and it was ice storming outside. So this is what we’ve ended up with. And p.s. the hotel lobby patrons did not seem to understand…

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2) That belt! I’m not even gonna mention it anymore, but it ends up in most outfit pics (accidentally, mind you!) What can I say, it’s part of my fashion soul.

So, truth be told, long sleeved dresses are usually not my thing. I just don’t think they’re the right look for me and I’m not super comfortable in them. And, if we’re gonna get technical, this is a 3/4 sleeved dress, but you get the idea. This dress though, for some reason just works. I actually bought this as an Xmas gift for a friend last year but selfishly decided to keep it (I can’t help myself!) I abstained from taking scissors to the sleeves like I normally would and, as a bonus I don’t have to cover up with a sweater, which is an Iowa miracle!

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John and I took an overnight trip to Omaha to see Cults at The Slowdown, which is my favorite Omaha venue. Despite the poor weather we got some solid shopping in, a few yummy meals and a decadent hotel stay. We’re old and married now, so instead of going out for more drinks after the show we went back to the hotel, splurged on a few snacks from the lobby and watched Netflix in bed. And you know what? It was purrrrfect!

Outfit details: earrings, dress, shoes :: forever21 | belt :: thrifted

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Sweater Serendipity

This week I get to highlight my current obsession: animal sweaters! Now, I know this isn’t groundbreaking fashion news, and this sweater here isn’t the first animal sweater I’ve ever owned. I met my friend Tiffany for brunch one Sunday and she was sporting a super cute animal sweater, which sparked my desire to own as many as possible as quickly as possible. After brunch that day we went shopping together and voila! My animal sweater void was quickly filled.
This sweater is from Old Navy, which isn’t somewhere I routinely shop; it just doesn’t usually occur to me. But we were looking around the store and I spotted this horse print, along with other cute prints in the kids section. “Uh!” I thought. Kitties, just because I’m a thirty year old woman doesn’t mean I don’t want to wear animal prints, right?! Well, on closer inspection, I picked up a large and realized, this just might work! Now, I’m not saying I can always fit into children’s clothes, that’s hardly the case. But it was worth a shot and it worked out for me this time!

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I layered this sweater over this striped, strapless dress. Fall and winter are all about layering, and there’s no reason to leave warm weather dresses all lonely in your closet until spring and summer come round again.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! As I write this I’m waiting for a Thanksgiving leftovers pot pie to finish baking in the oven. Basically I threw most of my leftovers into a frozen pie crust (potatoes, turkey, stuffing and gravy). It’s an experiment, and hopefully it’ll turn out tasty. Until next time!

Outfit details: sweater :: Old Navy | belt, boots :: thrifted | dress :: Forever 21

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And kitties! You only have until tomorrow to win this pretty necklace from Hopeless Designs!

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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Pumpkin Patch Party

Hi Kitties!

So technically it’s not my turn for an outfit post, but my lovely co-captain blog heroine Jessi is gone away on her honeymoon! That’s right: the wedding was last weekend and now she’s living it up with her new husband for the week. Bonus perk for being the maid of honor: I got the leftover macaroons since they couldn’t take them along! Anyway, look for a couple fun posts to come all about the Best Wedding Ever; for now, though, it’s just little ol’ me at an apple orchard/pumpkin patch:

Charlie, Joe and I took a little day trip up north to Center Grove Orchard a couple weekends ago. I’ve been to probably 3 others over the years and this one is the best. Although maybe I only say that because we now have a little crazy boy running around to make it more fun. He fed goats, pointed at pigs, road a little tractor, jumped in a pool of corn, and picked out two little Charlie-sized pumpkins to take home.

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I’ve wanted to put a sweater over this dress since I bought it back in the spring, but could never find a sweater that didn’t just add bulk to my ensemble. I think we have a winner! I’ve had this unicorn sweater since college; I distinctly remember spilling red wine on it while watching Wet Hot American Summer on fall break in fact. Oh the memories! Luckily that wine came out and I can still wear this beauty years later.

We’ve had a super busy couple of weeks! In addition to the Big Wedding, Charlie turned two on Tuesday (Twosday?) so Joe and I threw him a little Glow-in-the-Dark Birthday Party with just the three of us. We had his favorite foods for dinner (shells & cheese, pickles, and blueberries in Rice Krispies), opened some gifts, played with glow sticks, and now he’s been happily going to bed with a different race car every night.

Outfit details: sunnies :: Forever 21 | polka dot shirt dress :: Old Navy | unicorn sweater :: thrifted | tights & bow flats :: Target

Have a lovey dovey rest of your week!

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