Saturday, October 31, 2015

Wear What Where October Style Challenge Recap

For the month of October, I participated in the Instagram style challenge Wear What Where October, hosted by @wearwhatwhere, @blondieesquire, @gverastyle, @poshlula44, @prylb and @vanessabenefiel. The rules were super simple: follow a style calendar, interpret a list of prompts however you wish and use the hashtag #wearwhatwhereoctober. Super easy, right? There were several chances to win goodies throughout the month and a grand prize winner. Which was just icing, I had fun just participating and discovering a lot of great Instagram feeds!

#WearWhatWhereOctober Style Prompts

1. Grey Gradients (see original post here, see blog post here)
2. A (J) Crew of Blue (see original post here, see blog post here)
3. Tee Time (see original post here)
4. Denim Darling (see original post here, see blog post here)
5. Buffalo Plaid & Gingham (see original post here)
6. Hint of Fall Print (see original post here, see blog post here)
7. Emerald City (see original post here)
8. Fall HarVest (see original post here)
9. Orange Your Savvy (see original post here, see blog post here)
10. Going Bananas (see original post here)
11. Deep Pockets (see original post here)
12. Finest Fringe (see original post here)
13. Dark Florals (see original post here, see blog post here)
14. We Wear Pink (see original post here, see blog post here)
15, Sweater Weather (see original post here)
16. Bucket Bags and Crossbodys (see original post here, see blog post here)
17. Blanket Scarves (see original post here)
18. Dances with Wools (see original post here)
19. Fall Leaves Call for Long Sleeves (see original post here)
20. Blanc, Merlot and Rose (see original post here, see blog post here)
21. Metallic Miss (see original post here)
22. PerSueded (see original post here)
23. Capes, Blazers and Cape Blazers (see original post here)
24. Hunters, Duck Boots, Sorrels (see original post here)
25. Oversized (see original post here)
26. Teal and Ice Blue (see original post here)
27. A Fox in Camel (see original post here)
28. You Hit the Target (see original post here)
29. Did You Say d'Orsay? (see original post here)
30. Draped in Druzy (see original post here)
31. Costume Cutie (see original post here)

Style Challenge Breakdown 

Top 3 Posts (most likes)*

*As of October 31, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Personal Favorites

  • #1 Metallic Miss: This outfit is a close recreation of what I wore for my bachelorette dinner four years ago, so it holds a fond place in my heart. And seriously, how awesome is this top?! Can't wait until I'm skinny enough to wear it again..
  • #2 Orange You Savvy: One of my favorites because it challenged me to wear a color I never, ever wear - and I ended up loving it! Orange + Blue = Awesome
  • #3 Hunter, Duck Boots and Sorrels: I love the color-combo, and it was the first time I got to wear my new Hunter Boots. I can't wait until it's cool enough outside to wear this for real!

Least Favorites

  • #1 Finest Fringe: I actually really liked this outfit in real life, but this photo does it absolutely no justice. I've got an ugly energy meter in the background. What was I thinking? 
  • #2 Grey Gradients: Such a boring outfit. Too much grey, I should've added a pop of color or something. 
  • #3 You Hit the Target: Funny that one of the most popular posts would one of my personal least favorites. I don't like the collage, which I did because I hated the individual photos. The cardigan is too long and sloppy as well. 

Most Challenging Posts

  • Teal and Ice Blue: Two colors I don't own a lot on in my closet. Ironic considering teal is one of my favorite colors and the name of my blog. My house is all kinds of teal, aqua mint and blue, but my wardrobe not so much. Then I remembered this look from July and decided it was close enough.
  • PerSueded: I don't own one single suede thing. I was stressing about what to do until I went to Target to get diapers and milk for the baby and saw these shoes just waiting to be tried on. Saved!
  • Draped in Druzy: I tried taking completely different photos with a aqua druzy necklace, but hated them. Scrolling back though my Instagram feed, I thankfully found a pic with a druzy cuff I could regram. 

Final Thoughts

I am so, so glad I did this challenge! It was kind of a relief not to have to worry about what to wear everyday, because I had a prompt to telling me exactly what to do. On the other hand, sometimes it was really hard to figure out what to wear, because I had a prompt telling me exactly what to do. During the challenge I gained about 55 new Instagram followers and discovered some great feeds.

One of the biggest challenges I faced was that it is NOT fall in Florida. I wanted to have real outfits that I actually wore everyday, but with temps in the 80s, there was no way I was going to rock a puffer vest, thick scarves, or boots. I decided to do flatlays instead, which I hadn't done much of prior to this challenge. I also went on vacation toward the end of October, and since I didn't want to have to pack all these special items to take prompt pictures, I took about a week's worth of pictures beforehand.

I would happily do another Wear What Where challenge, but I think need a break first. Whew, props of all the girls who do this every month all year long! Want to play along in November? Here's a link to the calendar, and remember you do not have to be a blogger to participate, just have an Instagram account!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sunshine and Rain Drops

I swear it rained the day I wore these boots. It poured in the morning, but anything liquid dries up fast in Florida, so I made my poor long-suffering husband drive around until we found a spot with a big puddle. We took photos, then about an hour later, it poured for the rest of the day. I thought about reshooting, but eh, these are good enough. You get the idea, right?

After looking for months, I finally decided to get a pair of Hunter rain boots as a birthday present to myself. I tried the original ones in store, but sadly my calves were just a bit to wide to comfortably fit. Thankfully the adjustable back boots fit perfectly with plenty of room to spare. I have 17" calves and Nordstrom's website says these extend out to 17",  but they definitely will go wider. If you're looking for a wide-calf rain boot, I highly recommend these. The soles are surprisingly comfortable and I love the gloss finish. I had originally planned on getting the matte until one of my friends talked me into the gloss, and she's right, in the darker colors, the gloss adds a little something extra to the boots. The only problem I've had is getting the buckles in the back right, I might have to see if there's a video or something about how to adjust them and get them to stay. User-error I'm sure.

Sweater: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Jeans: The Limited (very similar)
Rain Boots: Hunter (exact)
Watch: Target (save, splurge)
Earrings: Baublebar (very similar)

For reference, in these photos, the boots are coming out a dusty blue, but in real life they're a pretty, dark gloss navy. 

Do you have Halloween plans? My husband and I are pretty much big kids and love any excuse to dress up. This year we're taking the kiddo trick-or-treating in our neighborhood and are dressing up as a lion tamer (husband), lion (the small one) and the lion tamer's assistant (that would be me). We alternate on who gets to pick the costume, and it was the hubs turn. Per the husband's request, my outfit involves fishnet and short-shorts, so this costume is going to be quite interesting...though I'm trying it keep it as un-slutty as possible. Probably an oxymoron with fishnet anything...I'll be sure to post a pic or two on Instagram! 

//  Today I'm linking up with A Pocketful of Polka Dots for Fabulous Friday!  //

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Roaring Fork

The Roaring Fork Motor Natural Trail was one of my absolutely favorite things we did will in Gatlinburg. The route is 5.5 miles long, with amazing places to stop along the way including scenic bluffs, mountain streams and abandoned log cabins. Since it was peak foliage season, the colors were alive with vibrant reds, burnt oranges and bright yellows. This now-Florida girl was beyond in love with all the beauty and more than a little homesick (Chattanooga will always be home). Maybe one day I'll move back to my beloved mountains. :) You can read my post about our trip here.

I feel like a real blogger with this gorgeous backdrop. Maybe in the future I'll have to take some Florida nature shots, after all, we do have our own unique beauty. I've got the adventuring bug now and it's perfect weather for exploring!

Shirt: Old Navy (exact)
Jeans: Loft (similar)
Sweater: JC Penny (similar)
Shoes: Target (similar)
Scarf: Banana Republic (similar save, beautiful splurge)
Bag: Sole Society (cute alternative)
Watch: Target (exact)
Earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)

//  I'm linking up with Mix Match Fashion for What I Wore to Work.  //

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October Budget

October budget: $150
$11.87 left from September - $167.58 purchased = $5.71 over budget

I'm feeling pretty good about this month's budget. I'm over, but just every so slightly! Victory! I feel like I was incredibly spendy in August and September, so it feels good to be more on track this month. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my purchases and looking forward to styling them.

Forever21 Polka Dot Tee (see how I wore it here)
After seeing this tee on Girl with Curves, it was an immediate, moment. I wasn't sure what size to buy, so I got a 2XL, which turns out was a bit too big. It works tucked into a skirt, but I've tried wearing it a couple of times with just pants or jeans and haven't liked it. I might try slimming the sides to make it fit better. Not the shirt's fault, I should have ordered a smaller size and didn't want to bother with exchanging.

Loft Mustard Cardigan (see a sneak peek of it here)
I've been wanting a good mustard cardigan to replace my ill-fitting ones from Target and Walmart of all places. This one feels great, has a nice shape and should last for seasons to come. For reference, I got this in an XL.

Loft Dotted Ruffle Shell (see how I wore it here)
I knew I had to try this lovely top on after seeing it paired with the above mustard cardigan. It looked so cute in the store and I loved the way it looked in the dressing room. So I bought it. I got it in an XL and it's actually a little big. I tried the L, but it was too short in length. Since it's sleeveless, I don't plan on wearing this top on it's own, and I'd rather have a little extra bulk to get the extra length.

J. Crew Flannel Button Down (see how I wore it here and here)
I love the bright, cheery colors of this shirt, and even though it's flannel, it's on the thin side, which makes it perfect for Florida fall. I got it in an XXL and the fit is perfect in the chest and waist, though the arms are rather wide and long. That's a common problem for me with J. Crew, I guess in their mind if someone's my size they most be a giantess! Nope, just short and round, that's me. :) I usually wear these kinds of shirts cuffed, so it isn't a deal breaker, but worth noting all the same.

Sole Society Purse (see how I wore it here and here)
I wanted a crossbody bag to take to Gatlinburg and decided to try this bag after seeing it on Franish. I'm so sad it's out of stock, because it's been the perfect day-to-day bag. I loved carrying it in Gatlinburg and I've found myself reaching for it more often than my Coach purse and Lulu*s bag. I did find a similar option here.

Old Navy Blue Plaid Shirt (see a sneak peek of it here)
Months ago, when we decided to take a fall Gatlinburg trip, I had a very different packing list in mind. Thick scarves, comfy sweaters, cute jackets, etc. I held out hope until the end that we would have my dream weather, but instead it was cool before our vacation and cool again after, but unseasonably warm the week we where there. Go figure. A few days before our trip, I knew I needed to find another transitional shirt to pack. I like that this one is flannel, but not thick, and it was perfect to wear during the warmer day, and look cute layered under a scarf and sweater at night. Up close it's blue, white and red, but from a distance it's definitely looks lavender. I got it in an XL and found it runs true to size.

What I Got As a Gift


Plaid Blanket Scarf (see a sneak peek of it here)
My sweet stepmom bought me this lovely scarf while we were in Gatlinburg. It's from The Boutique in the Island, which sadly doesn't have a website, only an Instagram. I'm already having fomo that I didn't pick up some of the other colors. Oranges, greens, deep reds, they were lovely and weren't nearly as bulky as my other blanket scarves. After literally trying on every blanket scarf in the store, I decided on this one mainly because I wanted something that would match both my red pea coat and my olive field jacket. J. Crew Factory has a similar scarf if you're interested.

Looking forward

I don't have any definite plans for shopping next month. I'm still wanting some booties similar to the Vince Camuto booties in wild mushroom from Nordstrom. I've been hesitant to pay $160 for a shoe, but I've got a little blogging income coming my way and I haven't been able to find something comparable at a lower price point, so I may pull the trigger. Maybe. I'm feeling pretty good about what I have in my closet at this point, and since I've been trying to lose a little weight (doctor's orders) I don't want to go crazy buying clothes that may not fit next season. But on the bright side, less clothing purchases means more money for shoes and accessories! I keep eyeing all these lovely blanket scarves, but I keep reminding myself I live in Florida, so it's impractical to own any, much less keep adding to my every growing collection...and I kinda want to buy the white pearl Kendra Scott necklace from my latest Rocksbox set, but I already own three (in black, rose gold/navy and chalcedony) so adding a fourth seems excessive...#firstworldpromblems iamiright?

// Today I'm linking up with Franish and all the other Budgeting Bloggers! //

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gatlinburg Adventures

Yesterday we got back from our lovely vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It was amazing to see fall color and feel cooler temps. (Sadly it's mid-80s here in Florida, so it was fun to have real fall for a few days.) It was a great trip and wonderful to spend time with family.

The total drive is about nine and half hours, so it made for a pretty long haul. We left last Wednesday and drove to my parents' house in Chattanooga then followed them the cabin the next day. With a small kid, I totally recommend splitting a long drive. We did it in a straight shot coming home yesterday and it.was.rough. Thankfully, we were armed multiple Curious George movies on the iPad to keep the 17-month-old entertained during the drive. Seriously, a life saver! Though I'm not sure I'll every get the "Christmas Monkey" song out of my head.


What I Wore

Before leaving for our trip, I created a five-day packing list. I stayed pretty faithful to my planned outfits, and had every intention of taking daily outfit photos, but in the end I only photographed one day. Opps. But you can see some selfie snaps here and on Instagram. It was pretty warm during the day, but my extra layers came in handy in the evenings when the temps dropped quite significantly! I'm so glad I made a packing plan, it made deciding what to wear super easy. We had to pack light since we needed most of the car space for baby stuff, and the list really helped me from over packing.


Where We Stayed

My parents rented an absolutely beautiful cabin in Gatlinburg. The view was out of this world and there was more than enough space for my brother, parents, husband and baby. My sister, her husband, and three of her four kids joined us on Saturday, and there was still plenty of room! Every morning we ate out of the deck overlooking the mountains. We saw incredible sunrises and amazing sunsets. If you're ever in Gatlinburg, I highly recommend staying at the Mountain Laurel Chalets.

What We Did

We were all pretty lazy in the mornings. Baby girl had quite a few rough nights, and we all ended up sleeping in pretty late. But, we still managed pack a lot of sight-seeing into the trip!

What we ate

Did we ever eat. There are so many good restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! We ate at the cabin every morning, had a snack during the day, and saved ourselves for dinner. One of my favorite places we ate at was the Pledder Steakhouse, a steak joint where they carve the hunk of steak right before you eyes. The wine list is extensive and delicious. I had the filet mignon and it was ridiculously good. Blane's Bar and Grill is a great place for burgers and sandwiches and has a casual family-friendly vibe. My absolutely favorite place we ate at was at Paula Deen's Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge. Fried chicken, roast beef, mac and cheese...yum, yum, yum. Not to mention the ooey-gooey pumpkin cake. I about died it was so good. Before leaving yesterday, we all had breakfast at the Pancake Pantry. I had the cinnamon and spice pancakes and they were so freaking amazing. 


On Thursday evening we walked around the Village Shops, a cute little shopping area in downtown Gatlinburg. If you've ever been to the area, you know that it can been a little cheesy: T-shirt shops, mountain knickknacks, etc. The Village has stuff you would actually want to buy and take home, no cheese. Friday we went to the Craftsman Fair, which had handmade goods from all over the south. I got a cherry-pit pac which you warm up in the microwave and place on sore muscles. Sounds odd, but I swear it works! My favorite was the glass-blowing demonstrations. Three students from Tennessee Tech were making glass pumpkins and I bought the pumpkin they made during the demonstration. You can get one of your very own at Glass By Glass. Saturday we went to The Island in Pigeon Forge. There are lot of nice shops and a huge enclosed Ferris wheel. It was fun to the see the city from up high! The small-one's favorite was the show fountain, she was obsessed with watching the water sprays and listening to the music.

Experiencing nature

We spent a lot of time just walking around, enjoying the cool air and the beautiful fall colors. We saw some wild turkeys and a bobcat and my dad saw a bear (but thankfully I missed that one). Friday evening we drove up to Newfound Gap and watched the sunset. It was spectacular. I made sure to get my picture at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line since I've lived in both states! On Sunday my parents watched the kiddo, so my husband I took a driving tour through Roaring Fork, making sure to take plenty of stops along the way to check out the scenic bluffs, streams and abandoned cabins along the route. It's only 5.5 miles long, so you can make it as long or as short of an experience as you like. If you ever go to Gatlingburg, Roaring Fork is a must! On the drive into Gatlinburg we went through Cades Cove, which was an absolutely stunning explosion of fall color.

Final Thoughts

We had a really great trip, though traveling with a small child can definitely be difficult. I'm so grateful we had my parents along, because at some points, it was definitely four against one and I still think the kiddo won most of the time. We only scratched the surface of all the things we wanted to do. There's still Ober Gatlinburg, Dollywood, riding the sky lift and the tethered balloon ride, and I'm pretty sure I already need some more chocolate creams from the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. We hoping to make this an annual trip, so there will be plenty to do next time!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Thoughts and Whatnots 10.25.15

  Gatlinburg love via Instagram:  one  //  two  //  three

Blog Love:

On Teal and Polka Dots:
Favorite Sales:
  • Greetings from Gatlinburg! I'm sorry I have been a bit MIA lately, but decided to focus on spending time on family and enjoying our vacation. The best way to do that was to take a break from blogging. We come back on Monday, so I'll be back to regular posting on Tuesday! :) You can see trip updates on Instagram and Snapchat (username TealandPolkaDot).
  •  What I'm crushing on: I love the blown glass purple pumpkin I got at the Gatlinburg craftsman fair. I saw it being made and got to pick up the finished product the very next day. You can get your very own at Glass by Glass pumpkin and a variety of other blown glass products on his website.
  • Coming up on the blog: My October budget post goes live on Wednesday! See if I stayed on budget, or spent all the monies. Also, I'll be doing a wrap-up post on my Instgram #wearwhatwhereoctober style challenge on Saturday. 31 days, 31 different style prompts!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Five Day Getaway Fall Packing List

Today is the start of our mini vacation to Gatlinburg! We're driving to my parent's home in Chattanooga this afternoon/evening to take advantage of the kiddo's sleep time (because no way do I want to drive eight hours with a crying toddler) and then making the last leg of the journey to G-burg tomorrow morning. For those of you who have read my blog recently, you'll know I'm beyond excited about this trip. It may not be elaborate, but I'm looking forward to spending time with family, relaxing and seeing some fall color. I'm so grateful to my sweet parents for renting the cabin and making this trip happen.

I've been a little stumped on how to pack for this trip since the weather is going to be in the 70s during the day, but only in the low 50s and 40s at night. Layers are the way to go! My goal was to get everything to fit into a weekender bag since most of the car is going to be crammed full of baby-gear. Who knew a 17-month-old needed so much stuff!?

The Pieces:

(5) Tops:
J. Crew Factory pink and blue plaid (similar)
Boden Breton stripe tee (exact)
J. Crew Factory red stripe shirt (exact)
Old Navy purple plaid button down (cute alternative)
Loft gray long-sleeve tee (similar)

(1) Sweater:
J.C. Penny black and white polka dot sweater (similar)

(2) Bottoms:
Banana Republic distressed skinny jeans (similar)
Loft black skinny jeans (similar)

(2) Outerwear:
J. Crew Factory herringbone puffer vest (exact)
J. Crew Factory field jacket (J. Crew version, Factory hooded version)

(2) Shoes:
FRYE red boat shoes (similar)
Target cap-toe espadrille (similar)

(5) Accessories:
Banana Republic black and white scarf (similar)
Plaid scarf (very similar)
Sole Society purse (exact)
J. Crew Factory crystal trio earrings (exact)
Target rose gold watch (similar)

Since we're not sure if we're coming back Monday or Tuesday, I went ahead and made a sixth look. You could easily make a bunch more outfit combos...I'm seeing either of the plaid shirts layered over the grey tee or one of the stripe tees. The polka dot sweater would look darling with either of the striped shirts as well. I love being able to mix and match!
shirt: J. Crew Factory (similar)  // jeans: Banana Republic (similar)  // vest: J. Crew Factory (exact) // shoes: Frye (similar)  // scarf: Banana Republic (similar)  //  bag: Society (exact)  //  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  //  watch: Target (similar)

shirt: Loft (similar) // jeans: Loft (similar)  // jacket: J. Crew Factory (J. Crew versionFactory hooded version)  //  shoes: Target (similar)  //  scarf: ebay (very similar) //  bag: Society (exact)  //  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  //  watch: Target (similar)

shirt: Boden (exact)  // jeans: Banana Republic (similar)  // vest: J. Crew Factory (exact) // shoes: Frye (similar)  //  scarf: ebay (very similar) //   bag: Society (exact)  //  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  //  watch: Target (similar)
shirt: Old Navy (similar)  // jeans: Loft (similar)  // sweater: JCPenny (similar) //  shoes: Target (similar)  //  scarf: Banana Republic (similar) //  bag: Society (exact)  //  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  //  watch: Target (similar)

shirt: J. Crew Factory (exact)  // jeans: Loft (similar) // vest: J. Crew Factory (exact)  //  scarf: ebay (very similar) // shoes: Frye (similar)  //  bag: Society (exact)  //  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  //  watch: Target (similar)

shirt: Loft (similar)  // jeans: Banana Republic (similar)  //  sweater: JCPenny (similar)  // shoes: Frye (similar)  //  scarf: Banana Republic (similar)  //  bag: Society (exact)  //  earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)  //  watch: Target (similar)

I usually just throw things into a bag and hope it all works out, so it feels nice to have a plan in place, even though I'll probably end up switching it up anyway. :)

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Blanc, Merlot and Blush

This pink beaded necklace is one of my absolute favorite pieces of jewelry I own. It belonged to my my great-grandmother who was an absolutely amazing lady. She was kind and generous and made the best cheesecake I've ever tasted. She passed away when I was young, but I still remember spending time at her house and listening to stories from her youth. Every time I wear this necklace I think of her. I'm not sure how old it is, but looking at the art deco detailing and from what I can find on the internet, I'm guessing the 1930-40s.

For this outfit, I paired it with an additional necklace to give is a bit of a modern flare, but it's lovely on it's own. I don't wear it often because I don't want to risk losing or breaking it, but every time I do, I'm reminded of my great-grandmother's sweet spirit and try to infuse a little of her goodness into my day.

Top: Loft (exact)
Cardigan: Target (similar)
Pants: Loft (similar)
Shoes: Madewell (similar)
Necklaces: Banana Republic Factory (cute alternative)
vintage/my great-grandmothers (cute alternative)
Watch: Target (exact)
Earrings: Fossil (exact)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Make it Work Monday: Pink Plaid

Often plaid makes me think of lumberjacks and hipsters, but pink plaid? That's totally, amazingly girly. I found so much great inspiration Pinterest, but since it was 88 degrees the day I wore this outfit, I knew I was going to have to keep it simple with jeans, sandals and a necklace. I'm looking forward to cooler weather so I can give these other looks a try. Especially the plaid with a black and white polka dot sweater and plaid with a herringbone puffer vest, mainly because I already have very similar pieces in my closet! Now I kinda really want a hot pink puffer vest, because how awesome does it look on these ladies?!

one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  | eight

Shirt: J. Crew Factory (exact in limited sizes, similar)
Jeans: Banana Republic (exact)
Sandals: Loft (exact)
Necklace: Kendra Scott (other colors)
Watch: Target (exact, upgrade)
Bracelet: Sage K. and Co. (exact)
Earrings: Fossil (exact)

(via Instagram)

Join me for Make It Work Monday! The rules are simple:
  1. Follow Teal and Polka Dots via bloglovin'
  2. Link to your specific blog post, not your blog's main page. 
  3. Link up an outfit that is inspired by a Pinterest pin, a fellow blogger, magazine or other muse.
  4. Pretty please link back to me! Feel free to grab a button (on the right sidebar) or create your own link.
I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! And go...!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thoughts and Whatnots 10.18.15

Pretty in pink:  one  //  two  //  three

Blog Love:
  • I just adore Franish. Her recent post about being an average girl in a non-average size online world is spot on. I'm obviously larger than Fran, but I can completely relate to her struggles with body image. Fantastic post. 
  • Breakfast is just not my thing (unless it's brunch and involves banana's foster waffles). I'm usually too busy to grab something before work and sugary stuff early in the morning upsets my tummy. However, I'm trying to be make healthier choices and eating breakfast is one of them. Since I can't eat sugary waffles every morning without getting sick or weighing a million pounds, Sarah has two great, simple breakfast ideas that I can't wait to try. 
  • I have a serious case of wonderlust, and McKenna's post on Savannah is making me so want to go back for a visit!

On Teal and Polka Dots:
Favorite Sales:
  • Extra 40% off final sales at J. Crew with code LAYERUP
  • 2-Day shipping an and extra 40% off at GAP and Old Navy with code FAST
    • A buffalo plaid puffer vest similar to the J. Crew one everyone went nuts over last year...
    • I've been into plaid shirts lately, and this one comes in a lot of great color options. 
    • Love the floral pattern on this scarf.

  • What I'm Crushing on: This coat in tomato red is to die for! (Though the navy is equally lovely.) I think this cluster necklace would look equally pretty with a crew-neck tee or a fancy dress. 
  • What I'm Reading: You guys, I'm kinda embarrassed to admit this, but I stumbled on Kiera Cass's Selection series and I kinda love it. I know, I know, it's teen fiction and I'm a grown women, but sue me, it's entertaining and an easy, light read. I read a review that said it's The Bachelor meets the Hunger Games, which is what amused me enough to get me to start reading it in the first place. 
  • What I'm Looking Forward to: Going to Gatlinburg this week for a very much needed vacation! Life has been crazy busy the last two week and the next two days are going to be equally stressful, so I'm beyond ready for a little R&R time. My parents rented a lovely cabin up in the mountains and I'm looking forward to family time and *hopefully* experiencing a little fall weather and see some fall leaves (which we definitely don't get in Florida). 
  • Coming up on the blogTomorrow (October 19) is the Make it Work Monday link- up! Simply link an outfit that is inspired by a Pinterest pin, a fellow blogger, magazine or other muse. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pink and Pearls

This is my girly girl outfit. The combination of pink, polka dots, pearls and lace reminds me of something my eight-year-old self would have gone ga-ga over. I remember as a little girl desperately wanting a pair of sparkly shoes and was crushed when my dream shoes apparently didn't exist. Fast forward to today, now you can find glitter flats everywhere! My eight-year-self is much appreciative. :)

This is actually the third time I've worn this skirt on the blog (see the other outfits here and here), but this combination is hands down my favorite so far! One of things I've really enjoyed about blogging is seeing the evolution in my looks (for the better, I think). In the past year I've noticed a subtle shift in how I dress as I learn more about what works for my body-type.

On a side note: This Monday (October 19) is the Make it Work Monday link- up! Simply link an outfit that is inspired by a Pinterest pin, a fellow blogger, magazine or other muse. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! 

Cardigan: Loft (pretty alternative)
Shirt: Loft Outlet (LOVE this option)
Skirt: Boden (solid pink option
Purse: Lulu*s (exact)
Necklace: Ann Taylor (exact)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar)
Earrings: Reed's Jewelers (similar)

// Today I'm linking up with A Pocketful of Polka Dots for Fabulous Friday. //