The Perks of Being a Clothes Hoarder

Happy new year kittens! I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m ringing in the new year busy as a bee. I’ve started another job (!!!) that is totally different from anything I’ve ever done before and it’s great and exhausting. The dress code for my new job is suuuuuper casual, so leggings, a big t-shirt and comfy hoodie have been my recent uniform. That means that putting on a skirt, fun tights and a pair of booties has some novelty for me!

This polka dot skirt has been a wardrobe staple for me since I unearthed it from a garage sale last summer. For the rest of this outfit though, I dug into the depths of my closet for some old favorites. These mint green tights don’t often make an appearance in my life, but I keep them around just in case. I’ve found they add a perfect pop of color to a drab winter day.

I’ve had this lil sweatshirt for years and it was hiding in a plastic bin shoved in the back of my closet. It was a little big for this high waisted skirt so I tied a side knot and voila!

Here’s a fun fact: this gold headband I’m wearing is not actually a headband but all, but instead gold gift-wrap ribbon that I tie around my head and call a headband. Genius or crazy?!

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I, for one, had a pretty great holiday season full of friends, family, food, gifts and wine! By the time New Years Eve hit I was partied out and gathered two of my besties to ring in the new year with me by eating takeout and watching the ball drop on TV. Newsflash: I’m officially old!

Outfit details: Headband :: gold gift-wrap | Necklace :: Urban Outfitters | skirt :: thrifted | sweatshirt :: Forever21 | tights :: Target | booties :: Fergalicious

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New Year’s Eve: Outfit Inspiration

Need some last minute inspiration on what to wear tonight? New Year’s Eve is all about stepping it up a notch! So take a classic look: pretty dress, heels and a clutch, and make it memorable! Add a pop of color, some sequins, a luxe fabric… or all of the above!

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Outfit 1
1. Sequins always make it festive.
Sequin of Events Dress :: Lulus

2. This fringe adds a little sass.
B-Low the Belt Twiggy Clutch :: Shopbop

3. These are such a statement heel.
L.A.M.B. Tomas Ankle Pumps :: Shopbop
BONUS! Shopbop is having a “sale is on sale!” sale! 25% off with offer code CHEERS2015 until 1/1. Go buy cute stuff!

Outfit 2
1. Stun in a white dress with lace detailing.
For Love and Lemons Rosette Dress :: Nasty Gal

2. This crazy awesome clutch is the perfect accessory for NYE.
Santi Jewel Clutch :: Shopbop

3. Finish the look with the brightest heel you own!
Mojo Moxie Billie Pump :: DSW


Outfit 3

1. Blue velvet = always a good idea.
Sirens of the Time Dress :: Modcloth

2. Charlotte Olympia is killing me!
Charlotte Olympia Fantastic Chain Clutch :: Selfridges

3. Finish off the look with gold sequin heels with an adorable strap.
Yes I Candescent Heel in Gold:: Modcloth

Now that I’m looking at it, you could seriously mix and match all of these things in a number of ways!

Have fun tonight, and Happy New Year from us here at HPK!

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Perfect timing

“Mama, you look like Elsa!”

That was the feedback from my 3-year-old Charlie when he saw me in this dress out in the snow. If you’re anything like me and are about to Google who on earth that is, I’ll save you the trouble: it’s a character in his movie of the moment, Frozen. He went on to suggest I let Santa know I need a purple cape so I can look more like Anna. Apparently Anna is where it’s at?

Anyway, these were taken on the only real snowy snow day of the year so far, the day before Thanksgiving. We were getting ready for our trip down south to St. Louis [which took 7.5 hours I might add. Ugh] and I forced Joe to take some pics of me in the pretty white blanket of snow before we left. It was one of those times when it’s snowing really hard but it magically doesn’t feel super cold outside. Of course, I was sure to bundle up Charlie in his vintage snow suit because: come on! I never need an excuse to put him in that.

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Speaking of things I can’t get enough of, I can’t enough of these boots! Boot Story Time: I was thinking about buying these boots at Target for awhile, but had never made the jump to purchase them. So one evening after work I happened to see them again and I was like, “You really don’t NEED these boots.” (I was in one of those moods.) And I walked away from them. But as I was walking away, the boots I had on (which I admit I did have the heel super-glued together…) completely broke right there in the store! I thought, “Well if that’s not a sign, what is?” The Target gods win again. And so do I really! I love these boots. They go with nearly everything (hello, brown and black) and are super comfortable, especially over jeans. Love!

Outfit details: Blue dress :: Gift from Jessi, thrifted | Red coat :: Charlotte Russe | Riding boots :: Target | Bracelet :: Gift from Joe | Red socks :: Gift from my mother | Charlie’s snow suit :: Hill Vintage & Knits | Shark hat :: Gift from his cousin Matthew

Happy Friday!

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For the Pretty Kitty in Your Life :: A Gift Guide

Weeeee! That was fun. We just scoured the internetz for some great gift ideas for your favorite fashion loving friend! Or ya know: you!

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1. Give her something to keep the holidays alive with this gold headband.
Twist Scarf :: Ban.do

2. Every little kitty needs a pair of heels that really purrs!
You and Meow Forever Heels :: Modcloth

3. This Dear Creatures sweater is at the top of my wish list! -Jessi
More Sea Sweater :: Dear Creatures

4. The gift that keeps on giving! This tights-of-the-month-club sounds like a dream come true (wink wink nudge nudge…)
Tights of the Month Club :: Hello Holiday

5. Watches are such a classic, classy gift.
Nixon Kensington Leather Watch :: Shopbop

6. Polka dots are such a safe bet!
Monserat De Lucca Allegre Allegre pouch :: Shopbop

7. Love this take on a gold fringe necklace.
Sashi Sasha Necklace :: Shopbop

8. Style doesn’t end with sleep!
Flannel pajamas :: H&M

9. Don’t forget Etsy for your holiday shopping needs! Everyone knows a fashionista loves her phone and macaroons equally, right?!
Macaroon iPhone Case :: KasiaKases via Etsy

10. Lavish your lady with these festive Kate Spade earrings!
Kate Spade chandelier earrings :: Shopbop

Happy Holidays! Now can someone tell our husbands that this exists and we want everything on it?

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Sunday Funday!

The hubs and I don’t always get weekends off together, but we recently had a Sunday to ourselves and took full advantage of the situation. This means that we slept in late, stuffed ourselves with brunch and went to a movie matinee. Sooooo pretty much my perfect day!

There is almost nothing I love more than a good brunch on the weekends. I mean, at no other time is it appropriate to accompany Mac and Cheese with Biscuits and Gravy (my fav combo), plus a refreshing mimosa AND hot cup of tea, and don’t forget pastries! Brunch is where I hope to go when I die… So I’m sure you can imagine my delight when John agreed to hit up our favorite brunch spot on a rare Sunday off. I threw on this little number and coerced him to take my pictures, post brunch, in the sculpture garden downtown.

I’m obsessed with this top I recently got from American Apparel. The colors are super eye-catching and I love a good geometric print. The fabric is really stretchy and it’s a warm little crop top for winter! I’ve been pairing it with everything that I can, from high-waisted skirts to this mint, peter-pan collared dress. I’ve been so into crop tops recently and they transition nicely from summer to fall to winter when topped off over a dress.

We took these pictures right before it got to be unbearably cold and I was able to be jacket-less for what will probably be the last time in months. So many tears…

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We kept the rest of the day very chill and saw the movie Nightcrawler (anyone seen it?) It was fantastic, especially if you love to see Mr. Gyllenhaal do his thing, and who doesn’t love that?

Outfit details: Sunglasses :: Ray-Ban | Top :: American Apparel | dress :: H&M (in black) | shoes :: ASOS (similar) | necklace :: Domestica

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Texas Forever: Texas Part 2!

Just wanna make sure y’all catch my Friday Night Lights reference there in the title? I think one of my favorite parts about visiting Texas is the fact that I got to tag all my Instagram pics #texasforever. If you don’t know what I’m talking about Netflix the show already, alright?!

Here is the glorious dress I bought for the wedding of one of my very dear BFFs. At the very end of this post you’ll see a picture of the gorgeous bride, but first check me out! I got this vintage inspired dress from Hello Holiday, an online store based out of Omaha very near to us in here in the Midwest. I love the colors, the fit, the pockets! It’s an exceptional dress and the quality is outstanding as well. Overall a great party dress and I got tons of compliments (yay!)

The day of the wedding we got our hair done, and I knew ahead of time I wanted some big Texas hair. Since I keep my hair short I wasn’t sure how big we could go but thanks to the help of some magical texture powder and teasing my hair like crazy I got some cute hair to go with my cute dress. Success!

I have to say I love a good wedding, and kitties, this was one of the best! The ceremony was very beautiful and magical and I was bursting with joy for my friends. And after the ceremony I was bursting with joy because of all the delicious food that accompanied the reception! We’re talking mini grilled cheeses, stuffed mushrooms, a food truck with gourmet sliders annnnnnd a Poutine station! Oh wait, did I mention 4 different cakes and handmade Popsicles?! I mean, heaven on earth, for real.

Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this post for a peek at the bride and a group shot of me and my two oldest friends and the men we’ve gathered along the way!

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Outfit details: Dress :: Hello Holiday | shoes :: vintage

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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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Dress Rehearsal Dress :: Texas Part 1!

Earlier this month John and I drove to Texas because one of my very best friends from childhood got married!! We took this opportunity to turn a mere weekend trip into a week-long vacation!
On our first day of driving we made it to Tulsa, Oklahoma just in time to grab a bite to eat and see a band that’s been on my bucket list for a long time: Interpol. They were very fun to see live and although they didn’t play my favorite song they otherwise lived up to my expectations. Success!
The next day we made it to Dallas with several days to spare before the wedding. This gave us plenty of time to help the bride and groom with any last minute details and hang out and catch-up before the big day! Because they live in Texas our reunions are few and far between so getting this extra time with friends was crucial for us all. We had a couple of nice dinners and some downtime together before the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.
The venue they chose was absolutely beautiful! It was almost like being in a whole other world apart from Dallas! The house had a lovely vintage feel and there were beautiful flowers and lush greenery everywhere. There was also this little koi pond, which is where I chose to take the pictures you see here.

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The rehearsal dinner was a low key pizza party with some DELICIOUS pizzas, salad and homemade (by the bride herself!) pound cake.
I chose this wrap dress last minute. I wouldn’t normally ever buy a wrap dress; they’re just not my style. This one stuck out to me though because of the pattern. I’ve discovered a few things that are quite nice about a wrap dress: 1) since the waist is adjustable there’s lots o’ room underneath which makes for a comfortable and flattering fit. 2) no need to slip this dress over your head! Just wrap it around your body to avoid messing up your hair (if that’s a concern for you, and it usually is for me.)

We were in a hurry to get ready post-pedicures so these sandals were the perfect choice to throw on and go and I think it turned out great!
Stay tuned for part 2 where I show off my wedding attire and fancy Texas hair!

Outfit details: Dress :: Charlotte Russe | Sandals :: Hello Holiday | necklace :: Urban Outfitters (several years old)

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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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Farewell Summer

It’s officially fall in Iowa and in an attempt to bid adieu to summer I’m sharing one of my favorite summer looks! In the dead of winter I long for nothing more than to throw on a dress and sandals in order to be ready for the day. Don’t get me wrong, I love layers but I’m trying to preserve the tights-free and sweater-free days that are left, and those days are numbered.

This dress to me is quintessential summer. Gingham will forever remind me of picnic blankets and if I had my way I’d spend every obligation-free day sprawled on a picnic blanket, eating bread and cheese and drinking sangria… But that’s not a reality, my life is not a Pinterest board! But if I could, I would.

I love the fit and length of this dress. Often when I buy a dress it’s too long and I have to hem it up or it’s too short which makes it a tights only dress, which means I can only wear it in the fall or winter. This was a birthday gift and on the pricier side, but I’ve learned you really do get what you pay for. Here I get fantastic fit and adorable details like the buttons up the back!

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And then there’s the elephant in the room… My new cat tattoo!! I’ve been wanting a cat tattoo (or Cattoo) for awhile now but nothing I saw or thought of seemed quite right. Then along came John to save the day. Oh the perks of having an artist for a husband! I asked him to draw something up for me and he came up with this and I fell in love. It’s purrrfect, it’s just what I wanted and I’m happily to officially be a member of the crazy cat lady club!

Outfit details: Dress :: Modcloth | shoes, belt :: thrifted | sunglasses :: Ray-Ban | necklace :: White Rabbit

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