Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Outfit Details: Sweater: Old Navy; Jeans: Per Se via Ross; Boots: Bandolino, via Macy’s.

You know those people who are always really excited to wear new clothing? So excited that they immediately change when they get home so they can wear said new clothing? Yeah. That’s me.

Because once I made it home from Black Friday, I fell asleep for a total of three hours and then woke up and pulled out this cozy sweater I had bought less than twelve hours ago.

Of course, my family was decorating for Christmas when I woke up. I (as is tradition) hung the wreath and a bunch of Christmas lights outside. I’ll be posting pictures of the decorations soon…

Black Friday Purchases

As I mentioned, Black Friday is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I go out every single year and snag great deals. This year was not nearly as fruitful as last year (or the year before), but I managed to grab a couple great items.

I also went in of a list of people I needed to shop for, along with items that I was looking for. My list included: sweaters, a variety of pants, button-ups, scarves, and other such things.

First, I headed to Walmart at 10pm when doorbuster sales started. I snagged these DVDs, though I sadly was unable to get Bridesmaids.

Walmart Deals: Moulin Rouge: $1.96; The Mummy: $1.96; The Hangover: $1.96; Beastly: $5.00; Easy A: $5.00. 

They also had TV seasons for $10. I ended up buying some for X-mas gifts. The Wal-mart deals were really the best around in this case. I haven’t ever seen any movies (even on Amazon) for a lower price, even on Black Friday.

The second place I headed was Old Navy. My sister really wanted to go there, so we ended up waiting in line until they opened at midnight. Then I snagged a couple things and immediately popped into the dressing room before it filled up.

Old Navy Deals: White Jeans: $20 (marked down from $34.50); Oatmeal Sweater: $15 (marked down from $36.94). 

Target: Grey Sweater: $17.99 (full price); 2 pairs of gloves (not pictured): $2. 

Rue 21 Deals: 7 pairs of underwear (not pictured): $7.00 ($1 per pair deal); Scarf: $12.99.

Old Navy had decent deals, but my sister had gone there the Sunday before Black Friday and told me they had even better deals then. So in that sense, it was a little disappointing. However, I chose to snag a pair of white jeans since I’ve been hunting for a pair of a bit. And then a comfy sweater.

Target yielded it pitiful results. The best deals they had were on movies, but the deals weren’t as good as Walmart’s. I ended up purchasing a sweater I found, even though it was full price because it was exactly what I was looking for.

Rue 21 was perfect for the cute underwear stop since Victoria’s Secret was too crowded to be worth going in to (seriously). The scarf was an unexpected adorable bonus.

My last “real” Black Friday purchase was from American Eagle. They were having 40% off the entire store, so I couldn’t resist finding the perfect plaid button up.

American Eagle Deals: Plaid Button-up: $23.70 (full price $39.40).

I purchased this dress on Saturday, from a small boutique in my town called Les Saisons. They have the most stunning clothing, and I fell in love with this dress they had a couple weeks ago. When my sister said she was going down there, I jumped at the chance to try it on and I couldn’t resist bringing it home.

I also ended up hunting around on Amazon, and purchased a year’s subscription to Cosmo ($5.00), a year’s subscription to Vogue ($15.00), and a three barrel curling iron ($30 marked down from $85). Which satisfied my Black Friday deals mania.

Obviously, I also purchased a couple Christmas gifts, but they weren’t included in the post for obvious reasons. 🙂

Just Like Jam and Bread

Outfit Details: Sweater: Target (exact); Scarf: Rue 21 (similar); Jeans: Per Se, via Ross (similar); Boots: Bandolino, via Macy’s (exact, similar).

I’ll be honest. Black Friday was not nearly as fruitful this year as it was last year. Last year’s deals were a lot better. I hardly got any of my Christmas shopping done, when I should usually be completely finished now. I ended up really disappointed and only purchased a several items. I’m actually planning a breakdown of my Black Friday purchases in a later post.

This sweater and scarf were two items I purchased. I seriously love this sweater, and it was exactly what I’ve been hunting for these past several months. I chose to size up so it would be more ‘comfy knit’ and less ‘tight long-sleeve top’. The net scarf was also too cute to pass up.

New boots! I had a couple gift cards to Macy’s so I decided to splurge on some much-needed knee high boots. These were perfect and oh-so-comfy. I’ve been wearing them constantly since they arrived on Wednesday.

Title borrowed from The Rosenbergs’ Birds of a Feather.

Saturday Manicure

Whenever I’m looking for something subtle, I immediately hit up this combination. Essie’s Fiji paired with Konad’s stamping polish in white is girly, simple, with just enough detail to cheer me up. Plus? It goes with pretty much everything.

I’m thinking of moving my manicure posts to Mondays. I want the alliteration.

Saturday Link Round-up

A bit short this week, but it’s a shopaholic’s weekend so can you really blame me? 🙂

If you love mixing patterns the way I do, then these pretty ways to mix prints are right up your alley.

Gold nails are perfect for fall and winter. A great holiday party manicure? This DIY gold leaf manicure really is the golden ticket.

Looking to learn the history of hosiery? This post has got you covered.

This is timely: 5 Thing I Love About Shopping Online, and 3 Things I Wish I’d Learned Sooner.

And for those thrifting geniuses, Already Pretty posted a power thrifting guide.

Remember all those maxi skirts you bought in summer? Here’s how to style them for fall and winter.

And with my insane love for holidays… here’s a cute holiday doormat DIY.

Alright, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to make their own coffee syrup?! Sure, it’s a great gift idea… but I’d be keeping most of it for myself.

My obsession with scarves knows no bounds. This infinity scarf made out of lace and an old t-shirt is so cute!

Ever wonder how shoes can “make” an outfit?

Love this article on Suzanne Opton’s portraits of soldiers. Our eyes really are the windows to our souls. The pictures definitely speak for themselves.

Zooey Deschanel is one of my favorite celebrities. Which is why I love this body image letter she penned to Vogue when she was only 17.

Another celeb I love? How about Miranda Kerr? After seeing these, I want a pair of leather pants…

Pale skin? Here are seven makeup tips for all the vampire girls out there (myself included).



Black Friday: Out For Today

By the time this posts, I will (hopefully) have crashed into my bed and be sleeping off a successful Black Friday shopping trip.

I’m writing this at 9 PM on Thanksgiving Day, and leave in an hour to hit Wal-mart for DVDs. After, I’m heading towards the mall which opens at midnight and shopping until 3-4 AM. By the time I get home, I should have finished all my X-mas shopping and whatever else I decided to pick up.

Now, instead of reading my blog–why don’t you hunt around for some great deals of your own? Even if you decide to hunker down in your house, try online shopping. There are so many great deals out there today, that you should (at the very least) take a look!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I’m off to enjoy myself some pumpkin pie, and prepare for some Black Friday shopping at 10 PM. I can’t wait to get those good deals and stay out until 4 AM shopping to my heart’s content.

I keep meaning to post holiday decorations around the house, but I always seem to forget. I certainly forgot to post the awesome Halloween decorations. However, here are the fall/Thanksgiving ones…

And as a preview for my next outfit post… Check out my new boots:

I hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving and picks up some wonderful deals on Black Friday (or Cyber Monday).

You Make Me Feel Like I Am Just A Child

Outfit Details: Tank Top: gift; T-shirt: Old Navy; Button Down: Cotton Candy, via Nostalgia ; Scarf: borrowed (*cough*); Jeans: Per Se, via Ross; Boots: Steve Madden, via Better than New.

For this outfit, I took a lot of inspiration from my sister’s outfit yesterday. I really liked how she paired her plaid button up shirt, so I attempted to emulate her look. I loved it so much, I even “borrowed” (read: stole) the exact scarf she used in her outfit (in all fairness, she wasn’t around for me to ask and I don’t have a scarf in this color)! It probably would have worked a little better if the button up I was using wasn’t made of of soft cotton.

However, I’m relatively pleased with how the outfit came out, even though there are a couple minor changes I would make if I could. I ended up trying something new with my hair too. My little sister, Christine, loved the tutorial from Love Meagan that I added in my link roundup awhile back and she does it all the time. She did my hair for me and then I slept on it and got waves when I woke up. This is day one, and I actually liked the second day’s a little better.

Ridiculous supermodel pose, coming right up!

In other news, I had a lot of horsing around in front of the camera for a couple shots.

Title borrowed from Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

You Be My Star, I’ll Be Your Sky

Outfit Details: Cardigan: via Ross; Top: Forever 21; Necklace: Simply Vera, via Kohl’s; Jeans: Per Se, via Ross; Rain boots: Gift.

I don’t really have much to say about this outfit. It was a quick throw together so I could wear this specific necklace that I snagged from Kohl’s. I ended up remembering these rain boots at last minute, and was delighted that they matched my color scheme.

Some days, getting dressed is surprisingly simple.

Title borrowed from Gregory and the Hawk’s Boats and Birds.

The Pastoral Symphony

Outfit Details: Shirt: Wal-mart; Shorts: via Ross; Tights: Delia’s; Boots: via Ross; Earrings: via Hawaii

Have you ever seen Fantasia? My favorite scene as a kid was The Pastoral Symphony, with the pegasus(es?), unicorns, centaurs, and fauns. My outfit today reminds me of the fauns.


I’ll be honest, I really hate this outfit. I debated posting it on here, actually because I hated it so much and everything was wrong about it. I only wore it for an hour or so before I decided I would not be wearing it for the rest of the day. It just felt a little too costume-y.

I think my other problem is it makes me look short. The shorts come up a little too far, making me look short waisted on top. Then the boots/shorts combo makes me look short and I probably wouldn’t have attempted it if Clothed Much hadn’t suggested it for this week’s Rule Breaking Monday. The proportions of the whole outfit are just… off.

However, I do think that failure is a learning experience. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I don’t want to pretend that every outfit I wear is wonderful and turns out perfectly. This is simply not true. Oftentimes, I put together a total dud of an outfit. This is one such dud. I like each individual piece, but I just don’t think any of them go together (Least of all those tights, urgh).

I did like my attempted new hairstyle, though. If my hair was cleaner it probably would have turned out a bit better. Sadly, no clear shots of it.

So, let’s play a game. How can this outfit be fixed?