On Not Being Outdoorsy

Not so secret confession: I am not super outdoorsy. Sure, I’ll have a walk in the park moment but for the most part I’d prefer to be indoors. I’ve really always been that way:  when I was a kid my mom would push me outdoors and I’d just sit on my bike and read the latest Sweet Valley Twins book (am I the only one on Team Elizabeth?). My childhood (and current!) BFF Kim was (still is) super outdoorsy, loved sports (her street hockey phase was unbearable) and just being outside in general. We definitely had to take turns playing in the woods vs. playing Girl Talk.

So when we went on a little winter adventure with the frozen lake this past weekend, I wasn’t super pumped. I mean… you can literally hear the ice breaking and gurgling! Despite my husband’s soothing voice saying, “Honey, look at this ice. It’s super thick!” I just kept imagining our little family making the 5:00 news: FAMILY OF THREE DIES IN ANKLE DEEP CRACKED ICE, ALL FOR FASHION BLOG PHOTOS. This is how irrational I’ve become with my accident-prone 3 year-old!

Anyway, you will notice I am not in fact on the frozen lake in any of these pics and now you know why!

 

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Fashion time! I bought this skirt in a moment of desperation before Jessi’s Holiday Party. Nothing was working in my closet so I made a last ditch effort at the Target 2 minutes away and luckily it all turned into a success story. This cute top came to us courtesy of Shopbop, and I love it. It’s the perfect amount of crop mixed with the a lovely combination of comfort and style. Plus it’s a color I don’t have a lot of in my closet, so it’s been fun to mix it up.

Outfit details: Crop top :: c/o Shopbop | Hooray of Light Necklace :: Xmas gift from Joe, Modcloth | Striped skirt :: Target (similar) | Cupcake Contest Bag :: Xmas gift from Joe, Modcloth | Riding boots :: Target (these are on sale for $30!)

Hope you’ve had a great week, and happy weekend!

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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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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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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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Winter Nail Colors + Tips

Well pretty kitties, turns out winter is here already (3 inches of snow yesterday! that exclamation mark is 40% excitement mixed with 60% hatred) so we are trying to see the upside to this madness: winter fingernail polish! What colors do you like to bust out against the bright white snow? Here are our top picks!

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1. Glittery nails are essential for any holiday party this season.
Celestials :: Formula X via Sephora

2. This pop of color can really brighten up the wintertime blues!
Rapid Red :: Sally Hansen via Ulta

3. This color is so versatile it will go with everything!
Joanne :: Julep

4. A warm color like this is perfect for day to day.
School of Hard Rocks :: Essie

5. For a dramatic dark color (but not too goth-y black) go for this stunner.
Ilsa :: Julep

6. Add some fun to a gray polish with this beauty.
PixieDust in London :: Zoya

Speaking of winter, it’s time to get those nails ready for the harsh temps! Here’s an easy way to get your nails ready for winter with a quick at-home mani.

1. Start your mani by trimming up those claws (meow!) with clippers and shape them with an emery board. Start with the coarser side and end with the finer side: you’ll end up with nice, smooth edges that way. We at HPK are fans of short, round nails, but follow your heart!

2. Stop ignoring those cuticles! Get a cuticle softener and soak your digits for about 30 seconds in the stuff. Then push those puppies back using a cuticle pusher or soft nail wood stick.

3. Using a buffer, buff out those hang nails or snip them off. Be careful though cuz they can hurt if you trim too close! Now it’s time to wash your hands with soap and water.

4. Time for the fun fun part: polish those nails! Get your new favorite winter polish from above or find your own. Friendly reminder: base and top coats are a necessity!

5. Use a cuticle serum on your nails to keep them healthy. Also, just keep your hands nice and moisturized because winter is infamous for drying them out! We like to keep lotion in our purses so it’s always at the ready.

Happy Snowy Sunday!

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A chameleon in winter

Looking at these pictures I feel a bit like a chameleon. The black/white/brown/blue palette i’ve got going on blends in pretty easily with the barren landscape… Thank goodness for those red lips!
I wear this denim shirt shirt often but rarely button it all the way up. I’m a big fan of a plunging neckline, both for aesthetic and comfort, but I guess the button-up bug bit me on this particular day. I was rummaging through my jewelry drawer and found this cutie bow pin. (And by “rummaging” I mean grabbing anything that wasn’t tangled together and swearing a bit. Anyone semi-disorganized with a jewelry drawer knows what I’m talking about!) As far as my other accessories go I’d love to say they were strategically plotted, but my scarves are about as well organized as my jewelry drawer, so I grabbed the first favorite I saw and tied it atop my head.
I pulled the ole ‘wear a dress as a skirt trick’ (is that a thing? I guess it is for me!); I love this dress but it’s sleeveless, and therefore not conducive for a February photo shoot.

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Something that’s been getting me through the last bit of winter is my obsession with Spotify. I know I’m the last person on the planet to jump on this train but I’ve had a lot of fun discovering some new music and revisiting lots of old favorites. Suffice it to say, I’ve been spending many nights on the couch with my Spotify and a cat on my lap, and it’s pretty great!

Outfit details: shirt :: Charlotte Russe | dress, earrings :: forever21 | pin, scarf :: thrifted | boots :: Dorothy Perkins

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Practicality is for Suckers

This skirt is what I call a “standing only skirt.” It’s very 80s, very high waisted and very tight (and therefore very hard to sit down in.) But very worth it, I say! The fact that I can manage to wiggle into this thing is a miracle and watching me do so is, I’m sure, simultaneously hilarious and disturbing (just ask my husband!) But the heart wants what the heart wants, and my heart wants this skirt. I love this skirt because it goes with pretty much anything. Because it’s so high waisted I love to pair it with smaller sweaters, crop tops and button-ups tied at the waist. It transitioned beautifully from summer to fall to winter and has proven to be super durable (it’s not bursting at the seams yet!)

I’ve been working on purging my closet and in the process have unearthed some tops I haven’t worn in ages but can’t bring myself to part with. I love the fabric, color and print of this shirt but it really doesn’t do a great job of staying buttoned, which is why it sat in the back of my closet for so long.
Finally, the last secret about this outfit: the shoes are a tad broken, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing them. Pretty much this is the perfect outfit for doing absolutely nothing: no sitting, no walking… I never claimed to be practical!

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So I’ll pose this question: do you guys have clothes that are anything but practical yet you can’t part with them because you love them??? I hope I’m not the only one!

Outfit details: sweater, bow :: Urban Outfitters | shoes :: Hill Vintage | shirt, skirt :: White Rabbit | earrings :: Domestica (gift) 

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