Fashion Finds: Walmart

I have told you all many times before that Walmart is really trying to step up their style game.  You really have to take your time and look to find them, but you can find some really cute pieces there for great prices. I did a little dressing room photo shoot for you guys with some of the adorable pieces I found over the weekend. I will say that the photo quality is not that great.  My Walmart’s dressing rooms are super small and dark, and the mirror is right next to the wall, so it was hard to get good pics.  I tried to edit them to brighten them a little bit, but they still aren’t great. Oh, I can’t forget to mention the multiple layers of dust on the mirror, which makes the pictures look grainy too. Sorry about that! I just had to go with it.  As you will see from the pictures, plaid, camo, animal print (especially snake print), and shades of cranberry, mustard, and olive are really popular for fall. While I did find some cute clothes, my favorite finds were in the shoe and purse departments. Check them out below.

Top/Pants (Olive Reach)

Top/Pants (Olive Reach)

Sweater

Top/Pants (All Spice)

Sweatshirt/Joggers

These two pieces are both soooo soft. The sweatshirt is lined with fleece inside. 

Top

Top

Top

Sherpa Pullover (This particular one is not available online, but others are.)

Tote: Pink/Camo/Mustard/Grey

Crossbody: Camo/Cranberry

Hobo

Mini Backpack

Ankle Boots

Grey Wedges Booties/Buckle Booties

Snake Print Booties/Red Booties

Snake Print Mules

Flats: Pink/Leopard/Mustard

Quilted Slip-ons/Leopard Slip-ons

Grey Flannel Slip-ons/Corduroy Slip-ons (not available online)

Don’t count Walmart out when it comes to shopping for clothes, shoes, and accessories.  You can really find some hidden gems if you take the time to look.  Happy shopping!

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Fashion Finds: Target

I follow a bunch of people on Instagram that post Target finds all the time.  I have been seeing some really cute things in their feeds, so I decided to head to my favorite store and see what I could find. Surprisingly, a lot of the pieces they had been posting were not at my Target, but I did find my own cute pieces that are perfect for this time of year when the cooler fall temps start creeping in. There were tons of cute cardigans that are perfect for layering during the cool mornings and evenings, and there were several cute dresses.  Animal print is huge again this season and it was all over the place.  I’ll do another post about just animal print coming up. Check out my finds.

Shirt (Green/Black)

Hoodie

Blouse (not available online)/Necklace

Cardigan/Necklace

Dress/Necklace

I think this dress is the perfect color for fall and would look adorable with a denim jacket. The website says that it is brown, but I think it is more of a burnt orange color. I will caution you, though, because the hook to hold the top together in front to keep from showing everyone your business is not very well made.  It can open very easily, which is not really great for bustier ladies!

Dress/Necklace

I absolutely adored this dress.  However, it was a bit short on me for my comfort level. I considered purchasing it in a smaller size for my teen, but I highly doubt she would wear it.  On the other hand, my husband says that it looks like I stepped out of the Flintstones cartoon, so there’s that. I still think it is really cute! 

Cardigan/Long Sleeve T-shirt/Necklace

Oversized Waffle Cardigan/Long Sleeve T-shirt/Necklace

This cardigan is designed to be oversized.  However, I am wearing the M/L in this picture, but I think if I were to buy it, I would go with an XS/S. I felt like it was a little too oversized for me.  It comes in a few colors and is super soft and lightweight. 

Dress/Cardigan

Dress (not available online)/Necklace

This dress is super soft and also comes in pink.  It would be great with a denim jacket or with a cute pair of leggings.  

Dolman Sleeve Sweater/Jeans/Necklace

Leopard Sweater/Necklace

Sweater/Jeans/Necklace

Head over to your local Target and check out these cute pieces and so much more to give your fall wardrobe a little update.  

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Friday Favorites: TOH Fall 2019 Collection

I know that you are all probably getting tired of hearing about Trades of Hope these days, but it is such a huge part of my life now that it is hard to not write about it.  I promise this will be the last time for a little while.  We just launched our Fall 2019 line entitled Shades of the Savanna, and I have to share with you my favorite pieces from the line.  They are all so good, but I have managed to narrow it down to my favorites in each category.  This line was inspired by a visit to Africa by our founders and is comprised of elements that could be seen on a journey through the African Savanna.  Things like feathers, various stones, hammered metals, and leather are seen throughout the collection. Each piece is beautifully handcrafted by our artisan partners who are working to change their lives every day. These pieces give them hope and power to rise up and live a better life.

Earrings: Trove Earrings

I am totally obsessed with these earrings created by women in Asia who have been rescued from brothels and sex trafficking. They feature tan, brown, and black shades to mimic the pattern of a leopard or tortoise shell in this cool geometric shape. They are extremely lightweight and very much on trend right now. We even have a Trove Cuff that matches them perfectly. 

Bracelet: Sanctuary Bracelet

Women in Haiti create this bracelet with its vibrant colors. These women are now able to keep their own babies instead of dropping them at an orphanage because they had no means to care for them.  This bracelet is created with hand-rolled cereal box beads and hand-painted Haitian clay. This clay is the same clay that they have had to use to make cookies for their children because they didn’t have anything else to feed them. Through this sustainable business they are now able to provide real food for their families and provide for them in ways they never could before.

Necklace: Radiant Necklace Set

While this set is more on the expensive side of our products, it is absolutely gorgeous.  It features 3 separate necklaces of varying lengths that can be worn together or apart.  They feature hammered discs, labradorite stone, and a blue topaz crystal drop.  These necklaces are handcrafted by women in India rising up out of extreme poverty. 

Scarf: Patrika Scarf

This scarf is so unique and versatile.  It is created by women in India using a hand blocking method.  Wooded blocks are carved to created the desired design. Then using natural dyes, these women use the block to stamp the design onto the fabric. How cool is that? Each scarf has slight variations due to the hand blocking technique.  This scarf is large in size and can be worn as a vest, bathing suit cover-up, head wrap, or as a regular scarf. 

HandBag: Rabia Bag

Women in India who are escaping extreme poverty handcrafted this gorgeous genuine leather bag. It comes with a detachable crossbody strap. The inside is lined with a beautiful blue-stripped fabric. It features an interior slip pocket and a zipper pocket. This bag does not even look handmade, but it is.  It looks like any designer bag you would get at a department store, but this bag is handmade and sold through fair trade to empower these women out of poverty. It is so beautiful.  Check out these adorable giraffe and zebra handbag charms that you can add to this bag made by our artisans in Guatelmala.

Home Decor: Batwa Basket Set

These baskets are handcrafted by women from the Batwa Tribe in Uganda who have been forced out of their native land as a conservation effort to protect the mountain gorillas. These people are treated like animals. Their partnership with TOH has given them dignity and a means to survive. These women weave each basket by hand using tall grasses and natural materials as dyes.   It takes 2 weeks to complete one basket!   Aren’t they adorable?

To check out the entire Fall 2019 collection and more, you can visit my website.  These truly are some of my new favorite things and the stories behind them melt my heart.  Aren’t they all so great?

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Vest: An Accessory

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fall-tastic weekend.  It was absolutely gorgeous here.  Fall, my favorite time of year, is in full swing and the weather this weekend was just perfect. There was a cool fall breeze, lots of sunshine, and breathtaking colorful trees and brightly colored leaves swirling in the wind.  I knew that I missed fall when we were down in the south but I didn’t realize just how much I missed it until this weekend.  Of course, today, Monday of all days, it is gloomy and rainy outside.  Hopefully, it won’t last and the sun will be back soon.  My kids are out of school today so it seems like the perfect day to curl up and watch Hallmark Christmas movies or read a book.  Anyone else obsessed with Christmas movies?  They are my absolute favorite, and I love that they are already playing.  Of course, I could probably watch them year round.  So good!

Ok, enough about the weather and stuff. I’m sure you are getting tired of hearing me talk about the fall all the time, so let’s get on to the topic of today’s post.  One of the things that I love to wear in both the fall and winter are vests.  I want you to get it out of your head that vests are just something you wear to keep you warm.  I want you to look at them as an adorable accessory.  I love wearing vests as an accessory to my outfit versus just a cold weather item like a jacket. Of course, they will keep you warm depending on the thickness and type of vest, so if you’re in a warm area, you will want to avoid the thicker, puffy or fur-lined vests. I’ve worn vests for years, and I always had people asked me when I’m was inside at work if I was cold because I had a vest on.  My answer was always no, and they would give me a puzzled look.  You guys, vests don’t have to be taken off when you are inside unless you are super hot because they can be part of your outfit. I want you to get it out of your head that they come off inside because that’s what this post is all about. Yes, keeping you warm is a great purpose for them, but it’s not the only purpose of a vest nowadays.  Vests are being made to be more stylish so that you can look cute.

What I tried to do for you today is to show you different types of vests in different shapes and materials.  With each of us the vests I own, I have I shown you two different ways that you can wear it. Now the vests that I have to show you are ones that I’ve had for years and many are no longer available.  I have found you some more options that are similar. What I really want you to do with all of my fashion posts and photos is to get inspiration.  I will tell you that I do that all of the time.  I will see an outfit or item of clothing on Pinterest, Facebook, or on other blogs that I will either save to a Pinterest board or take a screen shot of; and then I will use them as inspiration for my own outfits. When I’m out shopping later, I can go back and look at it and use it to grow my own wardrobe.  I don’t want to necessarily copy somebody else’s look exactly. I want to make it my own and maybe add my own personality or colors so that I can achieve a similar look.  I will try to do another post to show you how I use other outfits as inspiration at another time. Just be open-minded and see how you can add these things into your own wardrobe.  I will tell you that 90% of what I will show you today are items that I already had in my closet.  It’s just all about using what you have and changing it up a little.  I am all about versatility and getting the most bang out of your buck.

The Thin Quilted Vest

This particular vest is very lightweight and one that is great for the fall when it’s not super cold or for my peeps down south where it never really gets cold.  This vest has a fitted shape to it, which will help define your figure and make you look slimmer. This is also a great vest to wear over bulkier clothes like sweaters.

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Plaid Button Up-Old Navy, Grey Sweater-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Shoes-Famous Footwear (currently on sale)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Plaid Button Up-Old Navy, Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Shoes-Converse

The Puffer Vest

Here I have the exact same vest in two different colors.  These particular vests are more of a muted color and not shinny like some puffer vests can be.  Again, this is an example where you can use these outfits as inspiration and get vests in colors that you love, and you can decided if you like the shinier materials or not.  This type of vest is going to be pretty warm.  If you are in a warmer climate and like the look of this vest, I would recommend that you wear it with something lightweight underneath. I would not wear this type of vest with bulky sweaters. These vests are going to be thicker and more boxed shaped so, again, avoid wearing it with super bulky clothes underneath.

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Turtle Neck-Old Navy (similar-Target), Jeans-Target (similar), Leopard Belt-Target, Booties-Target (similar-Old Navy)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Leggings-Lularoe (similar-Old Navy), Denim Dress-Target, Boots-Old (similar-Belk) (suede option-Old Navy)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-Amazon), Jeans-Walmart, Shirt-Old Navy, Scarf-Old Navy (similar-Amazon), Boots-Old (similar-Belk) (suede option-Old Navy)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-Amazon), Leggings-Lularoe (similar-Old Navy), Top-Target, Camo Shoes-Target

The Classic Herringbone Vest

This is probably one of my favorite and most versatile vests.  You can literally wear it with almost anything and still be cute.  This vest isn’t super lightweight or super heavy and is a great vest for most climates.  I love pairing this vest with a blanket scarf as well and wearing it both zipped and unzipped.

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Vest-Amazon, Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Booties-Target

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Vest-Amazon, Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Polka Dot Button Up-Old Navy (similar) (similar-Belk), Sweater-Old Navy (similar), Scarf-Target (similar-Amazon)

The Basic Black Vest

Now this particular vest is pretty warm because it has a furry lining inside. The one I have found for you that is similar does not have the furry lining but it does come in a variety of colors.  This vest is quilted and goes with many things.  It can be dressed up or dressed down depending on what you pair it with.

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Vest-Amazon (similar), Leopard Shirt-Target, Black Jeans-Old Navy, Black Flats-Payless

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Vest-Amazon (similar), Chambray Top-J. Crew Factory (similar) (similar), Black Jeans-Old Navy, Leopard Belt-Target, Leopard Shoes-Target

The Short, Fitted Puffer Vest with Detachable Hood

This vest is similar to the two green and red puffer vests above in thickness and warmth.  The difference is that this one is more fitted than the other two and is a little shorter in length.  This particular vest also has a detachable hood with a faux fur trim.  I did not take any pictures with the hood because it somehow got lost in the move or is in a box I have yet to open, but the hood just adds another fun detail.

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-lightweight-Amazon) (similar-heavyweight-Amazon), Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-Walmart, Shoes-Toms

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-lightweight-Amazon) (similar-heavyweight-Amazon), Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-Walmart, Boots-Old (similar-Amazon)

The Soft Cotton Vest

Unfortunately, I have had this vest for a while and the company that I got it from went out of business, but I wanted to show it to you as an option for a more vibrant color and different material.  This vest is super soft, lightweight, and made from cotton so it has a different feel than the other vests.  A fleece vest would have a similar feel and look as this one.

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Vest-Old (similar material-Amazon) (fleece option-Amazon), Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-Cabi (similar-Old Navy), Shoes-Converse

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Vest-Old (similar material-Amazon) (fleece option-Amazon), Top-Belk (similar with reversed colors) (similar-Gap), Jeans-Cabi (similar-Old Navy), Shoes-Converse

As you can see, there are so many options of how you can wear a vest as an accessory and as a cold weather piece.  I hope you are inspired to add this fun item to your wardrobe to increase your coolness factor. It can totally be dressed up or dressed down.  You will be cute and cozy at the same time!

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Scarves, Scarves, and More Scarves

I think I have mentioned a few times now how much I like scarves.  I wear them year round.  You can wear the heavier materials in the fall/winter and the lightweight materials in the spring/summer without feeling too hot. When the springtime comes around, I will show you how to wear scarves in warmer weather.  Many people are afraid of scarves because they don’t know how to wear them. I am going to show you a few different ways to wear scarves that are pretty easy and will add a little pizzazz to your wardrobe.  Now I know that scarves come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.  The ones that I am going to show you today can be styled in more than one way.  I will show you my 3 favorite types of scarves. If you have a scarf that is a different shape and size than what I am showing you, it is very easy to get ideas on how to style it by doing a simple search on Pinterest.  I have also included a few ways on my Pinterest board that you can check out here.

The Infinity Scarf

The trusty infinity scarf is probably the easiest for people to style.  An infinity scarf is one that has the ends sewn together to form a circle with the scarf.  Infinity scarves come in all different sizes and materials.  I will show you a few different ones and how to style them. Don’t get stuck in the rut of only wearing the infinity scarf one way. I love how versatile they can be.

First up is a silky, voluminous infinity scarf in my favorite animal pattern.  This scarf has made an appearance on the blog before because I love it so much. There are several ways to wear it. This particular scarf is fairly long which makes it easier to style in multiple ways. Check out this videos to see three ways to wear it.

Super easy, right? You can do it!

This is another infinity scarf.  This particular one is made from felt and is super soft.  It is not as voluminous as the leopard one, but it can be worn in some of the same ways.  For the first look, I actually wrapped the scarf around three times instead of the typical two times for a tighter, warmer look.  The second look is the same pull-through method as I did with the leopard scarf above.

This infinity scarf is what I would call a tube infinity scarf.  It has a much smaller hole in the center and, therefore, doesn’t work well to twist it over your head more than once.  It looks more like a tube shape than a circle. This is a super stretchy, fringe scarf.  It can be worn as a typical scarf once around your neck or as a shawl with it pulled further down on your shoulders.

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Finally for our infinity scarves, I have another tube infinity scarf.  It has a very small hole in the center and is short in length so it is tighter to your neck. It is super warm and fuzzy. In fact, I wore this scarf yesterday and I was pulling fuzzier out of my mouth all day! There is really only one way to wear this scarf and that is just once around your neck. This is the kind of scarf that you want to wear when it’s really cold outside and you want to be warm. It is made from a soft knit material and is so comfy.

The Square Blanket Scarf

This is a scarf that is typically larger in size and is in the shape of a square when opened all the way up. It is going to be a bit bigger and bulkier than most infinity scarves, and it will keep you pretty warm depending on the material.  There are multiple ways that you can wear this type of scarf as it is very versatile.

This square blanket scarf is a favorite because it is the classic black and white scarf that can be paired with almost anything.  Any color top would look great with this scarf. Check out the videos below to see how I achieved these looks.

This is just a sampling of ways that you can wear this type of scarf.  The possibilities are endless.  Just use your imagination or find more ways on Pinterest!

Blanket 2

Here is just an example of a another square blanket scarf with a little more color.  I love these colors for fall.

The Rectangle or Oblong Blanket Scarf

This one is probably my favorite because the ways you can wear it are limitless.  It is a very versatile scarf.  This scarf is in the shape of a rectangle and is very long which makes it easier to style and allows you to have more options.

This particular scarf that I am wearing is thick and a little heavier material with fringe at the ends.  It will definitely keep you warm, and I love the vibrant colors. Check out this video to see how I achieved these looks.

I bet you never knew that you could wear one scarf in so many different ways! I think my favorite is turning it into a vest.

Belted

This scarf is also a rectangle, but it is a little more lightweight and not as thick and warm as the one above. The colors in this one are a little more muted, but it still adds a dash of color to your outfit. I am wearing this one with a belt, but I could also wear it all of the other ways that I’ve show above.

Time to Shop

There are so many scarves that are available for purchase and so many ways to style them.  My best advice is to stand in front of a mirror and play around with it.  Who knows?  You may come up with a new cool way to style your scarves. There really is no right or wrong way to style them.  It is up to your personality and what makes you feel good. I have linked a few scarves that I love below, but you can really find scarves anywhere, especially this time of the year. Go out and shop! Remember if you see a really cute lightweight scarf out there now, grab it with spring and summer in mind.

Old Navy has some really cutes scarves right now on sale for 40% off with the code STYLE.  These infinity scarves come in a variety of colors and look so comfy. Here are some really cute blanket scarves as well. Go check these out and more!

Target is a great place to find scarves and is where several of mine above came from in past seasons. I actually got the white and black one there a month ago in the dollar spot (You know, that trap of cuteness right when you walk in the door?). You can shop here for all of their scarves or go in the store and try them out.  I don’t know about you, but I like to know what they feel like before I buy them.  I don’t want anything scratchy around my neck! I like the subtle sparkle to this infinity scarf. I also really like the vibrant colors of this square blanket scarf. This is a great oblong scarf if you like more muted colors.

Amazon is another place to find tons scarves in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. There are endless amounts of blanket scarves on there.  This is one of my favorite oversized blanket scarves that comes in a variety of colors. Here are some super cute infinity scarves that come in solid colors and prints. This is a great option for a rectangle/oblong scarf in a variety of colors.

Let me see what you come up with. You can post pics in the comments here or over on my Facebook page. I would love to see!

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All About that Plaid, ‘Bout that Plaid

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Fall is finally in full bloom up here where I live, and I couldn’t be happier! I think I have mentioned before how much I love fall.  I love the cool mornings.  I love that I have been able to turn on my gas logs to warm up in the afternoons. Fall has this smell about it too that just makes me feel all warm and cozy.  It makes me be in a better mood.  I don’t know how, but it does. We actually had to turn our heat on last night because we were under a frost warning! There is nothing better than climbing in a cold bed and covering up with a warm blanket to me. I know, I’m not normal! LOL!  Oh, and let’s not forget about the trees! They are so gorgeous! It’s my favorite part. I love it!

When I think of fall fashion, I think about jeans, boots, scarves, cardigans, sweaters, and PLAID. I think plaid has always been a part of my fall attire, and this year is no different.  The fall runways came with a lot of really bright colored plaids on a large scale, as well as, muted plaids and hounds tooth prints on men’s style blazers and pants. While looking at pictures from fashion shows is fun, you have to be realistic in how you can apply it to your own wardrobe.  Most of what you see on the runway is always a little outrages and not what the average person like you and I would wear, so how can you incorporate it into your own style? Well, there are tons of ways and I will show you a few.  You may automatically connect plaid with flannel, but adding plaid into your wardrobe does not mean that you have to add flannel. I know many of you also fear that plaid will make you look like a farmer. Ha ha! Plaid can be fashionable, I promise. You don’t have to wear the plaid flannel shirts and overalls!

**Just a forewarning, most of the pieces that I am showing you have been in my closet for a while.  I have tried to find similar options for you to choose from if you like the look, but I wanted to give you different options on how to style plaid.**

Plaid 1

Outfit #1

Now, I know what you are thinking.  This outfit could actually be considered a farmer’s outfit, and this shirt does have a flannel feel to it. However, it is super comfortable and cute. This is a very relaxed way to wear flannel.  This particular shirt is a tunic so it is a little longer in the back than the front to cover all of your business.  I have paired it with a pair of skinny jeans and slouchy boots. This is an outfit that is good for those lazy weekend days when you don’t have much going on, or when you have errands to run and you want to be comfortable. You could also pair this top with a pair of leggings for an even more comfortable outfit while still looking cute.  You could go with a range of plaid patterns and colors depending on your preference. Choosing a color other than the typical red plaid like mine can make it look a little less farmer-like.

Plaid 2

Outfit #2

I think I have mentioned before how much I love scarves.  I have an obscene number of them, including a variety of plaid ones. Scarves are not just for warmth to take on and take off when you go out in the cold.  Scarves are a great accessory that can add just a little interest to your outfit. (I’ll do a post on just scarves another day.) They can also add a pop of color to an otherwise boring outfit.  I think this plaid scarf is my favorite of all of my plaid ones, and it is super soft. This scarf is a blanket scarf, which means it is a giant square and gives you a fuller look.  I cannot for the life of me remember where I got this scarf from so I found you some similar ones. Really any plaid blanket scarf would work, though.  Here I have paired it with a simple t-shirt, jeans, and ankle booties. It adds just a little pizzazz to my outfit.

Plaid 3

Outfit #3

This outfit/look is one of my favorite ways to wear plaid.  I think of this as a fall preppy look.  I don’t know why, but it just feels a little preppy to me.  This is a basic plaid button down shirt.  I have rolled up the sleeves and left the bottom button unbuttoned and took the two ends of the shirt and made a knot.  You could also wear this tucked in for a similar look.  I don’t know about you (and this is probably showing my age); but when I was younger, I tucked everything in.  I mean everything! It was not cool to wear shirts un-tucked back then because you were considered a slob.   I think it was when I was in college that the whole un-tucked phase came where you never tucked things in and wore long, tunic-type shirts or long t-shirts.  That was hard to get used to for me.  Then came the half tucked look where you just tuck in a part of the front of the shirt. I still wear many shirts this way, and you could also do that with a button down shirt like this if you are into that look.  Here I have paired the plaid shirt it with a pair of jeans and my trusty Converse shoes for a casual look.

Plaid 4

Outfit #4

This look is a little more dressy than the previous ones.  This top has a silky feel to it and is very flowy.  I have paired it with a pair of black jeans and heeled ankle booties, but you could pair it with a nice pair of slacks and heels to make it a more professional look. It makes a great work outfit.

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Outfit #5

As I mentioned there were a lot of plaid men’s style blazers on the fall runway.  I don’t know about you, but I just don’t see myself wearing a men’s blazer in my everyday life.  Insert this little jacket.  This jacket has a similar effect as the men’s blazer, but it is more feminine and cute, or at least I think so. I got this at TJ Maxx the other day so you could possibly find it in your local store, but sadly I couldn’t find it online for you.  I found you some alternatives, though. This jacket has a little bit of a bell sleeve on the ends and is cropped to give it that feminine style.  This type of jacket can be dressed up or dressed down.  You could wear it with a black pencil skirt or nice slacks for work or with a pair of jeans for a more casual look.  The possibilities are endless.

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Outfit #6

This is my newest plaid addition to my wardrobe.  I got this off of Amazon.  I have always been a little afraid to order clothes from Amazon, but I took a chance on this dress.  This is my attempt to add in the bold colored plaid. I wouldn’t normally wear this bright of a color, but I wanted to give it a try.  I will say that this dress arrived and felt very stiff so I was thinking I wouldn’t like it.  However, after washing, it softened up a little. I have paired it with leggings because as you can see, it is way too short to wear without something underneath for this old girl.  I also added the belt to give my waist a little definition, and I think it turned out pretty cute.   Dresses are a good way to add a little plaid to your wardrobe whether it is a bold pattern like this or a more subdued, simple pattern.  I also really like the shirt dress look in plaid too which is another great option.

Plaid 7

Outfit #7

Finally, I have one more way to add plaid into your wardrobe with another scarf.  This one is for those of you that are hesitant towards plaid.  This scarf has a very subtle plaid pattern to it that is not as obvious and in your face as some others. This is a good way to ease yourself into wearing plaid.  It just brightens up this outfit.  This is a long rectangular scarf that I simply tied in a knot over a chambray shirt and colored denim pants.

I hope you can see a few different ways that you can add plaid into your wardrobe.  Don’t be afraid of it! You don’t have to buy flannel and you don’t have to look like a farmer! You can do it!

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Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh, My!

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What is your favorite season? Mine is definitely fall.  Living in South Georgia for the past 3 years has been tough because there really is no fall there. In fact there is really only one season there…summer! I missed fall a lot during the three years we lived there.  I am so happy to be back further north where we will actually have 4 seasons a year.  I HATE being hot, so summer is probably my least favorite season.  I’m not really a beach girl because I can’t stand the sand all over me or the creatures swimming out in the ocean. (Remember, I don’t like animals of any kind.) Oh, and let’s no forget the dreaded swimsuit and having to shave everyday! The only thing I really like about summer is that it is usually the time for family vacations, and there is no school. Other than that, I am not in love with summer. I know that is probably the opposite of most of the world as many people live for their summers, but I just don’t feel the same.  Spring brings on the pollen, allergies, and the beginning of the heat so it is probably my next least favorite.  I know that this is an unpopular opinion but I actually like winter, and it is definitely a close second to fall.  I LOVE the cold.  I love sitting by the fire.  I love curling up inside a warm house covered with a blanket with a good book or movie. I love Christmas and time with family through the holidays.  Sweaters and boots and jeans are my jam.  Snow is so pretty.  I love looking out the window and seeing the world around me covered in white.  Of course, I don’t like to be out in it getting all wet. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I do not like to be dirty.  LOL! It’s just another part of my self-diagnosed OCD.  As a teacher, I loved getting snow days off, too.  Many of the same reasons that I love winter are why I love fall most of all. I love it when the air starts to get crisp.   Any temperature between 55 and 75 makes me happy. The changing leaves on the trees in the fall are just gorgeous to me.  I love the shades of orange, yellow, and red.  It is breathtaking.  I was a cheerleader in high school and cheering during the fall football games brings happy memories. Fall is also the start of a new school year and school supplies, and I might have a slight obsession with school supplies. The reasons I love fall are numerous, so I will just leave you with those.

Now on to the real topic of today’s post.  Fall fashion trends.  For the next few Mondays, I will be sharing some of my favorite fall trends.  I absolutely love clothes.  If you were to see my closet you would see that I am a shop-aholic. I really do have a problem.  I admit it! My husband has to put me on shopping restriction sometimes. Although, he would tell you that I never really do stop.  I just can’t!  I really can’t pass up a deal.  I love a good sale.  My favorite places to shop are really stores that won’t break the bank.  Target is my absolute favorite, but I also love Old Navy, Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom Rack.  Another favorite is to go to outlet malls to shop at places like J. Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, and American Eagle at a discount. I will also say that Walmart has stepped up their clothing game lately, and I have gotten some cute things from there that I will be sharing with you soon.  I am also kind of obsessed with Lularoe so you will see a lot of those pieces make their way into my outfits.

One of the big trends for this fall is animal print.  I would say that I think animal print has been on trend for several years, and this fall is no different.  Leopard or cheetah is probably the most popular of animal prints; but zebra, snake, and others animals can be seen when out shopping.  Most of my animal print is from previous seasons and no longer available, so I have compiled some of my outfits for you so get some ideas of how you can style animal print and add it to your wardrobe.  You can see that there are ways to subtlety add it and also ways you can go all out.  I tried to find some items that are similar to the ones that I have so you can purchase if interested, but I encourage you to use these outfits as inspiration to find your own style with animal print.

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Outfit #1

This outfit is simple and only adds a little pop of animal print in the shoes.  You guys, these shoes are my new obsession.  I got them at Target, and they are comfy and so cute! You may see them appear in another fall trend soon in another pattern. Wink, wink! The vest I am wearing is from Lularoe and all of their pieces are limited edition.  Any type of vest or cardigan would work with this outfit, though.

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Outfit #2

This is another simple outfit that you can spice up with just a hint of leopard print with the belt.  You could put a variety of colored tops with this look. The possibilities are endless.  The good thing about most animal prints is that they pretty much can go with most anything.

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Outfits #3 and #4

Scarves are a great way to add a touch of animal print.  I love scarves for both fall and winter.  I have even been known to wear them in the spring and summer as well.  They are such a fun way to add a little bit of interest to your outfit.

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Outfit #5

Animal print dresses are so fun.  This one is a Carly from Lularoe and if you know anything about LLR, you will understand when I say that this dress was one of my unicorns, and I am so glad that I found it.  You can add a pair of leggings underneath for warmth or to cover up your stark white legs like mine!

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Outfit #6

Graphic tees were pretty popular for a while.  I think the trend is dying down, but it is still a great way to incorporate animal print into your outfit.  For those cooler fall evenings, throw on a jean jacket or a vest and you are good to go.

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Outfit #7

I love a good cardigan and this one from Lularoe is super soft and cozy which makes it even more fabulous.  Short or long cardigans can add not only warmth to your outfit, but they can also add a little fun or pop of color.

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Outfits #8 and #9

A bright pop of color is another great trend for this fall so why not mix the two? Both have been seen all over the runway for this season.  In the first outfit I have the bright pink pop of color with a subtle note of animal print in the shoes.  In the second outfit, I have the pop of red in the pants with a neutral top and animal print flats.  Put these two trend together, and you are ready to walk out the door looking cute. Side note: The red pants below are some of my favorite pants.  They are stretchy and super comfy.  I have them in several colors.

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As you can see, there are many ways to add animal print into the wardrobe you already have.  It can take your outfit from drab to fab in an instant.  Check out my Pinterest Board to get some more inspiration. Go find the inner animal in yourself and give this trend a try.  Show me what you come up with!

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