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Pops of color


11.29.13b

A pop of color can brighten a dreary, cold day in an instant. My preferred “pop” color is red! Reds can be a little tricky – they can range from blue/cool red to warm/orange red and pretty much every hue in between. I tend to wear more red/orange since it looks better with my skin tone. I’ve found that the red/blue hues wash me out so I try to stay away from them. It’s amazing what a subtle change in color can make against your skin!

It’s pretty cold here today (high of only 45) so I needed warm layers. I love the black and white cardigan and wanted to experiment by pairing it with my olive pants. I had a chambray shirt on first, but it was a little too busy for me, so I opted for a simple black t-shirt instead. It’s a little less bulky and actually warmer since it fits closer to the body. I tried tucking the pants into the boots, but it looked a little too military so I just cuffed them instead. Overall I like this outfit because it fits my main criteria. It. Doesn’t. Itch!

Today’s outfit:

Say What? Black and White tribal print cardigan: Ross
Merona black t-shirt: Target
Democracy Olive pants: Ross
Red scarf: Target
Black boots: DSW

Frugally yours,

Lori

Orange in winter?


11.29.13

I love bright colors in winter. Especially on a cold, dreary, rainy day. The orange sweater in today’s outfit was an end of season clearance purchase at Macy’s ($10!!) and I’m so glad I bought it! It works great alone, but I like the brown checked flannel shirt under it as well. I’ll also pair it with a chambray shirt and black and white checked shirt just to mix things up a bit. It definitely fits into the “must be paired with at least three wardrobe items” rules of frugal dressing. Here’s how I’ll probably wear it:

Orange zip neck sweater from Macy’s paired with:
Black and white checked shirt/denim leggings or black skinny jeans/black boots
Chambray shirt/khaki pants/scarf/brown booties
Brown turtleneck/denim skirt/brown (or maybe orange!) tights and boots
White button front shirt/denim leggings/brown riding boots

Today’s outfit:

Orange zip neck sweater: Macy’s
Brown and White checked flannel shirt: Old Navy
Jordache denim leggings: Walmart
Bandolino brown riding boots: DSW
Brown/orange/green print scarf: Ross

Frugally yours,

Lori

Scarves


11.27.13

I’m so glad winter is finally here! I love cold weather (we’ll see how long my enthusiasm lasts…) because I love sweaters, boots and scarves. I love sitting by the fire drinking hot tea with a good book on a rainy afternoon. Oh, and Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday!

The key to winter dressing is layers. I don’t have a lot of bulky sweaters because it just doesn’t get freezing cold (for very long, anyway) in Texas. I’ve never been a huge fan of wool (it’s too itchy), so cotton sweaters are my preferred layering pieces. You’ve seen my statement necklace collection, so now you’ll get to see my scarf collection. I like to wear scarves in winter the way I wear statement necklaces the rest of the year. Layered. Any now that I’m on the mixing patterns bandwagon you’ll be seeing some interesting combinations!

Today’s outfit is, again, a little out of my comfort zone. I almost put two solid scarves together but decided it was a little boring so out came the leopard print. Makes the whole thing a little more interesting, don’t you think?

Today’s outfit:

Merona striped cotton sweater: Target
Merona black turtleneck: Target
Jordache denim leggings: Walmart
Scarves: Target
Brown boots: DSW

Frugally yours,

Lori

Challenge – Part 2


11.20.13

I know closet organizing is right up there with getting a root canal, but I promise if you do it you’ll be much happier! Once you’ve tried on everything and determined what stays and what goes, you’re ready to move on to Phase 2!

The first order of business is to organize. I know, it sounds like a huge task and it can be, but take baby steps and you’ll get there. I find it’s helpful to color block my closet. I put all shades of a color together (red/orange, blue/purple, brown/tan, etc). I tend to gravitate toward color more than a specific clothing item, so this works best for me. I also separate and color block by category (shirts/sweaters, skirts and pants/jeans).

Now that you know what you have to work with you can start putting outfits together! This is where Pinterest boards are such a huge help. I need to “see” what works together so I put a multi-hook hanger on my closet door. This way I can hang several pieces together along with accessories for no-brainer dressing each morning.

Today’s outfit is so simple, but so comfortable! The blue sweater was purchased last year at Ann Taylor Loft (clearance – $9.00!!!) and is a great weight for layering. It’s wonderful for those days that I’m feeling a little muffin-toppy… I think you know what I mean…

Today’s outfit:
Blue cotton sweater: The LOFT
Diva boot cut khaki’s – Old Navy
Scarf: Target
Black leather booties: DSW

Frugally yours,

Lori

Challenge – Part 1


11.23.13

It’s a typical morning. You wake up with what should be plenty of time to get ready for your day. You walk into your closet full of clothes, look around and see nothing. Absolutely nothing. Sure there are clothes; shirts, pants, jeans, skirts, dresses, sweaters, the usual suspects. But you can’t see a single thing you want to wear. Everything looks boring. Nothing fits. You’d rather go naked than wear anything in the closet. Well, maybe not naked, but you know what I mean.

You, my friend are suffering from Closet Blindness. And it can be a serious condition. Symptoms include: hopelessness, anger, fear and sometimes tears. You might rail against the fashion world for raising your expectations to unrealistic levels. You might sit on the floor of your closet and weep. You might give up and put on that same pair of jeans and a sweatshirt. Again. For the third day in a row. Don’t. Do. It. There’s hope even for the most disorganized and hapless closet. The key is to start small.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing ideas for organizing and streamlining your wardrobe. In the meantime, check out my Pinterest boards (www.pinterest.com/stylesavvydfw/boards/) for inspiration. I would be willing to bet a pair of new boots you have more outfit potential than you realize! As you look through the boards think about your favorite pieces and search specifically. I do outfit searches all the time:

Black blazer
Skinny jeans and a brown sweater
Riding boots
Chambray shirts (I have an entire board dedicated to these awesome shirts)
Polka dots! (Again, I have a board for this)
Denim skirt outfits

I think you’ll be amazed at the potential in your very own closet! So here’s your assignment for this week: Take some time and try on anything in your closet that’s questionable. If it doesn’t fit, is old and ratty looking or just isn’t your style anymore set it aside and either store it, give it away or throw it away. BE. HONEST. Seriously, it’s not doing you any good if you won’t/can’t wear it! This exercise will give you an idea of exactly what you have to work with.

Today’s outfit:

Merona camel blazer: Target
Leopard print knit top: Ross
Merona skinny cropped pants: Target
Black leather boots: White House/Black Market
Statement necklaces: Sample sale (you can find similar ones at Charming Charlie)

Frugally yours,

Lori

Wardrobe challenges


11.22.13

Getting dressed every day can be a challenge. There are so many questions to be answered: what’s comfortable? What’s cute? And most importantly – what’s clean? When your life is crazy busy and there’s no guarantee your favorite shirt (or pants or sweater) is clean it’s imperative that you have a couple of “go to” outfits that can be put together in a hurry. Today’s outfit is one of those outfits. You’ve seen this sweater before, but I switched things up with a different scarf and boots. Just goes to show, there are tons of ways to change up a single item in your closet and make it look totally different!

Today’s outfit:

Light brown cotton sweater: Old Navy
Jordache Denim Leggings: Walmart
Brown/green/orange scarf: Ross
Bandolino leather riding boots: DSW

Frugally yours,

Lori

Need more inspiration? Check out my Pinterest boards! http://www.pinterest.com/stylesavvydfw/

Mixing it Up


11.17.13

A friend asked the other day if I was getting tired of writing this blog. The answer? NO!!! I love writing. I love clothes. I get to encourage women of all ages to look and feel their best without spending a fortune. What’s not to love?? Thank you, dear readers for faithfully following, commenting and liking this blog – you inspire me to keep writing!

Today’s outfit was, quite honestly out of my comfort zone. A LOT out of my comfort zone. Mixing stripes and florals was not something I’d ever tried before and I was very nervous about it. Then I saw this post from Kendi Everyday (http://www.kendieveryday.com/2013/11) and knew I had to at least try it. I got enough positive responses to my outfit that I figure it was a success. What do you think? Do you mix patterns?

Today’s outfit:

Grey striped ¾ sleeve t-shirt: H&M
Floral print shirt: Ross
Jordache denim leggings: Walmart
Black leather boots: DSW

Frugally yours,

Lori

Inspiration photo

Kendi inspiration photo cropped

Need more inspiration? Check out my Pinterest Boards! http://www.pinterest.com/stylesavvydfw/boards/

Riding boots


11.18.13

There was much rejoicing in my house on Saturday. My new boots arrived! I ordered these awesome Bandolino riding boots from DSW and had anxiously awaited their arrival. They fit perfectly and the leather is wonderfully soft. I don’t even think they’ll need breaking in! I’ve been pinning outfit ideas for these little beauties for a couple of weeks, so I had a hard time deciding what to wear for their debut on the blog. I opted to challenge myself with the sweater in this outfit. I purchased it at Old Navy about a month ago and honestly thought about returning it several times. It’s a little boxy and I couldn’t figure out quite how to wear it. Then I saw the orange tank hanging in my closet and somehow knew just what to do! The longer line of the tank top actually helps mitigate the boxiness and made me feel much better about the way the whole thing looks.

Do you have something in your closet you just don’t know how to wear? Send me a photo and I’ll see if I can help! In the meantime, check out my Pinterest boards for inspiration!

Today’s outfit:
Brown open knit sweater: Old Navy
Merona tank top: Target
Jordache denim leggings: Walmart
Leopard print scarf: Target
Bandolino brown riding boots: DSW

Frugally yours,

Lori

riding boots

Scarf closeup

Blazer Love


11.15.13

If you’ve read the blog for any length of time you know how much I love blazers. I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to these wonderful wardrobe staples. The camel colored blazer in today’s outfit has become one of my favorite go-to pieces to complete a look. I appreciate a well constructed garment, and this one definitely falls into that category. I also love the little pop of hot pink lining under the color – it adds just a little bit of sass! Well done, Mossimo/Target. Well done.

Today’s outfit:
Mossimo camel colored blazer: Target
Merona black turtleneck top: Target
Mossimo oxblood skinny cropped pants: Target
Leopard scarf: Target
Nine West black booties: DSW

Frugally yours,

Lori

Need more inspiration? Check out my Pinterest boards! http://www.pinterest.com/stylesavvydfw/

Purple Haze


11.16.13a

Wow, when it decides to get cold in Texas it doesn’t mess around! Brrrrrrr…. Today’s outfit needed to be really warm – since the temps didn’t get out of the 40’s all day. For those of you in colder climates you might think that’s a balmy day, well we’re quite honestly (and happily) thin blooded here in the south! Layering is the key for days like to day, so I doubled up on my purple and paired a purple turtleneck with a loose knit purple sweater – I love this color!! On its’ own the sweater would be itchy, but the turtleneck takes care of that issue. Besides, I like the fact that the colors are just a bit different – it adds dimension.

About the skinny jeans. Does anyone remember Jordache jeans??? I wore Jordache jeans in junior high and high school and honestly hadn’t looked for them since then. On my recent hunt for a higher-waisted skinny jean (at Walmart, no less) I found these and wow! I’m impressed! They’re a little higher than the Levi’s skinnies I wore last week (also from Walmart) and the super dark blue almost reads black. They are stretchy without stretching out of shape and extremely comfortable. The fact that they were under $20? Well that’s just the whipped cream on my hot chocolate, now isn’t it?

Today’s Outfit:
Mossimo loose knit sweater: Target
Merona purple knit turtleneck: Target
Jordache skinny jeans: Walmart
Black leather boots: White House/Black Market
Yurman inspired necklace: Sam Moon

Frugally yours,

Lori

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