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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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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What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: Part 2

I, for one, die for fall weddings! I mean, I met my hubs in the fall, we got married in the fall… Fall is the perfect time for love in my humble opinion! Weather-wise you’re typically going to be in luck. Hopefully it won’t be too cold, it won’t be too hot, it’ll be juuuuuuust right.

I love weddings for the obvious reasons: the friends, the food, the drinks, the dancing. And I simply LOVE love! However, another reason I’m totally into weddings is it gives me a chance to dig deep into my vintage dress treasure trove and pull out dresses so rarely worn and let them shine. This one here just happens to be one of my vintage babies that I love dearly.

For my outfit I went sans sweater and tights, but those are both easy elements to add last minute if necessary. Or if you’re not feeling like having a sweater moment add a little blazer or even maybe even a cute jean jacket for the after party.

Even though it can be a bit of a drag to keep track of a purse all night I absolutely cannot go without one. If you’re like me and must have a purse or handbag, make it a statement piece. Again, I’m very into pulling something out of my closet that I love but doesn’t see much action, save for special occasions.

Another must: bring an alternate pair of shoes!!! A simple pair of ballet flats will work for sure. These vintage kitten heels I’m wearing are comfortable, don’t get me wrong, but weddings can go on for hours and sore feet are the worst! I like to glam it up for awhile, then once everyone has had a few drinks slipping off your shoes and changing them out ain’t no thing. No one will notice but you!

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I really love what Devan did with my hair! I went in with just a few ideas: big and curly, and she took the reigns from there. I tend to get stuck in hair ruts, so it was a total luxury to have her curl and tease my hair and definitely gave me some ideas for how to glam it up myself in the future! For a wedding I think it’s fun to get out of your comfort zone and do something different. I usually pin my hair back in one way or another, so big curly hair (well as big as it can be with short hair!) was a total treat for me.

One of my best friends is getting married this fall and I can’t wait to replicate this look for what is sure to be a totally fabulous time!

Outfit details: hair: Devan Elbel at the Beauty Parlor | dress, shoe, handbag :: vintage, vintage, vintage! | bracelet :: F21

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Green Acres, Take 2!

This is part 2 of the farm photo shoot I took when visiting my mom in Mt. Vernon a few weeks ago (see my first farm post here!). If you want to get another peek at cute kitten Thomasina, you’re in luck!
I got this dress from White Rabbit in Iowa City (can I just live in that store please? I’m obsessed!) This dress is a true summer go-to with the light fabric and floral print. I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture lying down in the grass, I missed a great Virgin Suicides moment for sure.
I know I’ve gushed about Worishofer sandals here on the blog before but I can’t stress how great they are! These are my second pair and they’re truly like walking on air. One of the worst parts of my job is the fact that I can’t wear open toed shoes to work. Sorry to be shallow but this really bums me out! Instead I save these puppies for gallivanting around on days off.

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I don’t know about you all but I’m having a pretty great summer so far. I’ve got a bit of a tan going, have been hanging outside with my cats as much as possible and going on ice cream dates with my love.  The weather really turned up a notch today so I plan on hitting the pool hardcore this next week and I’m super excited about that!
outfit details :: dress, necklace :: White Rabbit | sandals :: Worishofer via Zappos  | belt :: thrifted

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On crop tops in your 30s

As Jessi mentioned in her last post, 80/35 is always a highlight of the summer, and this year was no different! Fashion-wise, I declared this year to be Crop Top Year at the music festival. Before you cringe and think, “Oh God, isn’t she in her thirties?” please know that high-waisted skirts are the solution to the “How DO I make this a crop top year when I’m 32?”

DAY ONE

I found this gem of a denim crop while thrifting with Jessi in Kansas City earlier this summer. It actually has a hole in the middle of it to show off your totties but I opted out of that little circus and instead tied this scarf around myself like a little gift and pulled the bow part out! The first day of the music festival was July 4th, so naturally I had to milk that for all it was worth. This amazing Western-style skirt I found just days before the festival, and it’s really the perfect skirt to get your twirl on in.

Friday highlights: Watching my son tap his little foot to the beat of the music and Conor Oberst taking me back to 2002 when I loved Bright Eyes!

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Outfit details: sunglasses, earrings :: Forever 21 | Denim crop top :: Re-Runs in Kansas City | red scarf :: thrifted | skirt :: Atomic Garage | sandals :: K-mart (yep. and I love them. AND they are on sale right now for $8)

DAY TWO

Day two I of course continued with my crop + high waisted skirt theme, although this time I left the country at home and went with a bit bolder ensemble. I decided on tights because I felt like I was going to end up accidentally flashing my butt to strangers every time I sat down on the street curb to eat a corn dog. Problem solver!

This outfit is my favorite of the two, which surprises me since I admittedly didn’t have it on all day. In the morning I opted for an easy, summer dress because my hangover was saying to me, “You want to wear what? Here, just put this on.” But in the middle of the day Joe and I went with my mother-in-law and Charlie to my brother-in-law’s house for a fun BBQ and after we got back I decided to step it up.

Saturday highlights: Boy and Bear, Har-di-Har, cheeseburger at Proof, Those Darlins, banging down the bathroom door and running full speed to get to my girls for “The Distance” by Cake. Yes, I am that fan.

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Outfit details: gold bow :: seriously found this at the Dollar Tree | sunglasses :: Forever 21 | Triangle necklace :: Nicole & Dime (bought this the day before at 80/35!) | Crop top :: I Heart Ronson at JCPenney | skirt :: Vitae Design Collective | Tights :: Target | Booties :: Charlotte Russe

Talk to you soon kitties!

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A fun take on mixing patterns

Kitties! I’ve been digging on some plaid + stripes these last couple of weeks. Try it out! Of the outfits I’ve tried, this one is by far my favorite. Bright colors + black and white are a no fail combination in my eyes. The last time I wore this dress on the blog I dressed it up for a Christmas party, and my goal was to dress it down for this post but it’s ended up in that fuzzy area of not overly dressed up but definitely not dressed down either. That fuzzy area is pretty much where I like to dress 98% of the time.

Also in classic Marlena fashion, I have three different bows on (belt, shoes, and a small bow on my purse). Bows! I just love them. This top has no bows but does include ridiculously puffy sleeves, and every time I wear it I definitely get some sidelong glances. I feel like a space commander in it, albeit the type that wears purple kitten heels.

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So I do have to take a time out and talk about my new purse, especially since I never want to use another one again. Joe and I just celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary, and we like to do the traditional wedding gifts. Joe was like, “Leather? That seems hard; any ideas?” haha uhhhh yeah! So now here I sit with easily the nicest purse I’ve ever owned and I love love love it! I got him some cute oxford shoes by Cole Haan. We definitely went overboard…

Speaking of presents, I can’t believe it’s my birthday month already. Yesterday I had a blast at our company golfing trip (I was lucky enough to score the position of Gator Driver instead of Golfer… I can say with real confidence I left all of my athletic hopes and dreams back in high school) but the entire time I was like, “Why is it so hot?” Uh, because it’s June, dummy! Still isn’t kicking in I’m afraid, but now I have sunburned knees to remind me.

Outfit details: plaid ruffle top :: thrifted | black and white stripe dress :: Charlotte Russe | brown belt :: Francesca’s | purple bow heels :: Grey Dog Boutique | Kate Spade bag :: gift from Joe, Kate Spade

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Pssssst! Did you miss our $50 ASOS gift card giveaway, happening right now? Hop to it and good luck! We will announce the winner on Monday.