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Day job: a world language teacher Hobbies: style, fashion,gardening, food, travel and music.

Boxing Day Bargain Hunting!

I always like to go out the day after Christmas to bag all those post-holiday sales on next year’s paper, cards and decorations. There are usually throngs of like minded shoppers at my local Walmart or Target but I always like to stand out from the crowd by keeping comfortable but still stylish. For me a large purse like my tan Michael Kors leather satchel is a good choice. This type of bag is a true classic and its best feature is the cross shoulder strap so I can keep both hands free to dig into those half-off bins of ribbons and bows. I prefer shopping at Target as they are a bit higher level usually. And today I actually scored some clearance rack clothes with a downloaded 20% coupon to sweeten the deal! Of course when the register topped the $300 mark it may have dampened my enthusiasm just a tad but “’tis the season!”








Michigan is experiencing an unseasonably pleasant stretch of weather so I was actually able to wear my short leather look skirt. This is usually unheard of this close to the New Year but I’m certainly not complaining! It is winter though so I wore my appropriately themed reindeer print blouse. Coordinating with the leather look skirt is a denim jacket with leather trim accents.
Not wanting to look completely biker chic while still keeping warm I toned this outfit down and added a bit of color by covering up with a big burgundy knitted wrap. I have to confess that I don’t have the time or ambition to wash my hair every day so if I’m in between shampoos I often wear a hat to help compensate for any unruliness! For this outfit I played with both an orange wool hat with purple band and also a dark green fedora. It was an easy choice since they both worked equally as well.

Orange with Purple Wool Hat @Saks Off 5th Avenue
Dark Green Fedora @Lord & Taylor
Purple Knitted Wrap @Forever 21
Denim and Faux Leather Jacket @Kohl’s
Leather Look Skirt @Nordstrom Rack
Boots @DSW


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From Ho, Ho, Ho to Hoo, Hoo, Hooooo.

Owl Sweater
Owl Sweater






What a day! I’m looking outside at a beautiful blue sky. The sun is shining and there’s still no snow on the ground! I know the song talks about a white Christmas but I’m really OK with the green grass still showing. We had a great holiday, lots of food and family time. Oh, and maybe some gifts, including a new camera! I hope you’ll be seeing some better pictures as soon as we figure out all the functions!
I really love big, fun graphics on an otherwise solid colored sweater. Animals, objects, characters or other graphics really add a bit of whimsy to your outfit. I often mix this type of casual sweater with a plaid or denim button down shirt but I wanted a bit more sophistication in this outfit. To accomplish this I paired with a dressy and timeless pencil skirt. These skirts are an absolute must for your wardrobe as they never seem to go out of style. They remind me of the old movies I would watch when I was younger. Set in the 30’s and 40’s I have always loved that era of glamour and style. When I found the little pillbox hat with net veil I just knew it would be the right piece to complete the nostalgic feel of this look.
Now to add that slash of bold color that I can’t live without I grabbed a bright blue quilted purse. The velvety finish is soft to the touch and very feminine. The black of the skirt flowed into black tights and ended with some bright red high heels for another colorful highlight. My necklace is keeping right in with the latest trend. A statement pendant style large pearl on a short not quite choker length chain really makes sure the fun sweater is still taken seriously! After all, fashion isn’t all fun and games!

Pillbox hat and Velour Purse @Forever 21
Pendant necklace @Express
Sweater and Pencil skirt @Sears
Shoes @DSWy


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