blanket scarf

The blanket scarf has become more than just a cold weather accessory.  For the past three fall and winter seasons it has been on the top of the “must have accessory list”.

I’m sure I own anywhere between twenty to thirty scarves, and at least ten of them are blanket scarves.   I figure if an item can keep me warm and totally stylish at the same time, it’s definitely a win win!  Wearing a blanket scarf is a great way to add color to your outfit.  I will admit I am guilty of purchasing one that matches absolutely nothing in my wardrobe.  I then use that as my excuse to buy a new sweater, don’t judge me..lol.  Some of the color combinations are so pretty, I just can’t say NO.  I know you can totally relate to what I’m saying right?

blanket scarf

Friday as we all know is the biggest shopping day of the year.  This is the perfect time to add a blanket scarf to your wardrobe.  And don’t forget the ladies on your Christmas list.  Blanket scarves make wonderful gifts, they are budget friendly.  In case you were wondering, YES, I have thrifted blanket scarves from anywhere to three to five dollars.

The scarf that I am wearing can be found at ilymix.  They have a great variety of colors and prices for every budget.

Below are links to a few of the scarves that will be on sale for Black Friday, most retailers have started their sales online.

Happy Shopping!

Outfit Details:

  • Vest/ Khols
  • Sweater / Banana Republic
  • Jeans / Ann Taylor / Thrifted
  • Booties / Gianni Bini / Dillards
  • Scarf / Ilymix

Over The Knee BootsBoot season is finally here and a must have is a nice pair of over the knee boots.  Now I must admit when the trend emerged back on the scene last fall I was a little skeptical about purchasing a pair.  I know that not all 40 plus women feel the same, but I don’t think every trend is for me.  The beautiful thing about fashion is you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in, there are really no rules, I just have personal rules for myself.   So, I honestly wasn’t sure if over the knee boots were age appropriate for me.  I know what your thinking, “are you serious”, yes, I’m very serious..lol.  But I quickly realized that just like all fashion trends it’s really all about how you wear them.

Over The Knee Boots

When I first saw these boots it was love at first site.  Since my knee surgery I just have not been able to stay in heels for long periods of time and the older I get comfort is key.  The low heel on these boots satisfy my need for comfort and style.  They are a beautiful shade of grey and have a rustic, broken-in look.  I styled them with leggings and a long cardigan for a casual look.   I took the same leggings, and added a swing dress, leather vest and  this beautiful blue and grey multi-colored scarf (also from soft surroundings) for a more polished (work/office) look.

Over The Knee BootsSoft surroundings is definitely my go to place for quality staples.  I do a lot of thrifting and bargain shopping but I don’t mind investing in items that will last me for years to come.  Honestly over the knee boots are available every fall in almost every shoe store it’s just that some seasons they are more popular.  So even if they are not showcased in every major fashion magazine  next fall, I will definitely be rocking this pair (this is me being hip..lol).

Over The Knee Boots

Outfit details:

  • Cardigan / Old Navy / My Fall Clothing Swap
  • Grey Leggings / Vera Wang / Kohl’s
  • Cream Sleeveless Blouse / Ann Taylor Loft
  • Grey Swing Dress / Old Navy
  • Grey Leather Vest / Jones New York / Macy’s
  • Falling Feathers Scarf / Soft Surroundings
  • Grey Suede Over the Knee Boots / Soft Surroundings

Romper

Okay so I literally own 2 pair of shorts, one pair I made by cutting a pair of old denim pants and the other pair I thrifted last year.  I just don’t buy short pants because to be honest I am not absolutely in love with my 40 plus knees…lol.

Rompers are such a huge fashion trend this year and when I stumbled upon this blue and yellow plaid one at the banana republic factory store last month for 19.99, I had to give it a try.

Romper

We took the kids to Chicago a few weeks ago for our yearly family vacation and let me just tell you it was HOT!!!  The weather was perfect for me to try out my new romper.  It was the perfect outfit for our day of sightseeing and shopping.  I paired it with my yellow cardigan and white sneakers for a totally dressed down look.  The romper was the perfect length and the lightweight cotton material was great for the hot summer temps.  With near 100 degree temps, my knees were the last thing I was thinking about.

RomperSo ladies YES, you can wear a romper if you are 40 plus.  There are so many different styles and lengths to choose from.   My suggestion would be to try a few on to see which style is best for your body type and comfort level.    Add a cardigan (long or short) or a denim jacket and vest and your ready for any casual outing.  I was definitely ready to take on Chicago in mine!

Outfit details:

  • Blue and yellow plaid romper / Banana Republic Factory Store / 19.99
  • Yellow cardigan / Gap Factory Outlet Store
  • White leather sneakers / Liz Claiborne / J C Penny / 24.99
  • Handbag / Tory Burch

 

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scarf

This post has nothing at all to do with the outfit I’m wearing (I will list the outfit details below) but mainly I want to talk about the hair accessory I’m wearing.  Since I decided to go natural I have been having such a love/hate relationship with my hair.  Some days I can get it to look great and other days I literally want to order up some hair and schedule a sew-in appointment as fast as I can (I’m being totally honest here).   Sunday morning I woke up and I was having one of those “not so great natural hair days”.  I had previously planned to take a few photos in the afternoon and since it was so beautiful outside I didn’t want to cancel.  What did I do???  I remembered the cute printed scarf that I purchased a few weeks ago and thought to myself, “I can probably make this work as a headband”.  Spray bottle, gel and 15 minutes later, I was rocking a curly afro and a super cute headband.

scarf

A scarf is probably one of the most versatile accessories you can own.  The one that I’m wearing in the photo can be worn around the neck, on a handbag, or even on your wrist as a bracelet (I will definitely have to try this one day).    You can definitely be as creative as you want.

scarf

Needless to say I didn’t let a bad hair keep me from enjoying a beautiful afternoon outdoors!

Outfit details:

  • Knit sweater/H&M
  • Fringe hem jeans/ The Limited
  • Black wedge sandals / Macy’s
  • Clutch/ Coach
  • Tortoise and black necklace/ The Limited
  • Leopard Head Scarf / H&M

maxi dress

Once again I have waited until the very last minute to do Mother’s Day Shopping.  My mom is not a picky person at all so it’s usually fairly easy to shop for her.  And of course since I’m a mother I have to treat myself to a little something right (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)?  This soft surroundings maxi dress is “everything”.  Not only is it the perfect length but the A-line style makes a perfect fit for all body types.  I choose the Burnt Sienna color because I love earth tones and it is really hard to find a solid “brown” maxi dress.

maxi dress

Let’s talk versatility.  The awesome thing about a basic tank maxi dress is the endless possibilities when it comes to styling it.  Wedges, flip flops, stilettos, you name it the shoe fits.  And toppers, let’s see, a denim jacket, cardigan, button down shirt, pashmina, I think you get the picture.

maxi dress

Now for the most important question, “how much does it cost”?  You guys know that I’m a bargain shopper but as I have said before, sometimes I like to splurge.  This dress is $89.95 and worth every penny.  I will wear this dress all spring and summer long and in the fall with boots and a cute sweater or blazer, definitely getting my money’s worth!  So if you are looking for a a gift for mom that she will love the Santiago Dress is it, oh and   definitely pick one up for yourself 🙂