Buffalo Girl

Details: Gap scarf and pants / Halogen riding boots via Nordstrom / Old Navy puffer vest / The Limited sweater / Michael Kors watch and bangle

The thing I miss most about the warmer weather besides the … warmer weather are the unabashedly bright colors. I like that with this outfit, I still get to be bright while looking appropriately wintery at the same time. Also, I am currently obsessed with this buffalo plaid scarf. I searched high and low for it at my local Gap after I saw it in a Christmas ad. I finally found it in the men’s section. It goes with any winter outfit and was a perfect complement for our date night, which involved ice skating at PPG plaza downtown and the Winter Lights Show at the Phipps.

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Winter Work Outfit: Long Layers

Here is an outfit that achieves the amount of warmth I need on a day when it is 6 degrees out, but still has a nice silhouette. To picture my outfits lately, think of Randy from A Christmas Story with all of his layers. I also like that the pleated skirt just flairs out at the bottom, making this look like one piece. Scroll down to see another way I wore this sweater.

Details:
H&M sweater, earrings and necklace
Arden B skirt
Franco Sarto boots via Nordstrom

Details:
H&M sweater
Gap belt
Forever 21 skirt
Target gloves

Winter Outfit: Puffer Vest

For all of you ladies and gents who live in places where the snow is unrelenting and the cold weather is  seemingly never ending, this post is for you. Generally, my strategy in winter is to wear the warmest outfit possible. OK — so sometimes I just wear the cutest outfit possible, but the point is winter dressing gets old fast. I start to feel like I am watching reruns of a TV show. Actually, it turns out I am watching reruns of a TV show because Friends has been off the air for 8 years. The point is I am wearing my Marty McFly puffer vest (as my boyfriend refers to it), layered over a chambray shirt, layered over a striped tank, with a floral print scarf on top. How’s that for some creative winter dressing?

Details:
Old Navy vest
Target button down and scarf
H&M tank
Gap jeans
Hunter Wellington boots

Winter Makeup Routine

Lately I have been drawn to a much more simple look when I do my makeup. I was inspired when I saw Miranda Kerr wearing just a bright lip and smokey bronze eyes. Although the simple looks probably works best when the rest of your “outfit” is stealing the show, I thought I’d give this a try for my everyday office look.

Here is how I achieved this look: 

1. I have been skipping the heavy foundation and instead I put on Aveeno Positively Radiant tinted moisturizer everyday for a more natural but even skin tone.Plus it helps to stop my skin from drying out in this winter weather.

2. Next I put on a very light blush. I like Dandelion Benefit blush.

3. One time I had my makeup done at an Aveda salon. They used bronze eye shadow on me and I have been meaning to try that look on my own for years. I love Mac eyeshadow in bronze with Maybelline mascara in blackest black. I forgot to picture it but I always use Too Faced primer before I put on any shadow.

4. For noticeable lips I wear Maybelline lip gloss in gleaming grenadine.

5. If I am going out and I want to add more to the look, I wear Mac eyeliner in graphblack on both my top and lower lids.

Top photo: Sweet Something Design Bottom photo: Photo Credit: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Also Miranda Kerr’s tips for keeping a husband. Do you agree?

Fun-in-the-sun Package!

When I received this recipe for a cucumber foot mask from Glamour, I thought of a great gift idea for my sisters (they both have birthdays in January). I found a cute pair of sandals (they are on sale now), a bright nail polish, and put this homemade foot mask in Ball Jars and tied on the ribbon. I call them Fun-in-the-sun packages to help deal with the snowy, gloomy weather. They may not be able to use the sandals right away, but they can make their feet sandal ready with the foot mask and nail polish. I just used the leftovers of the foot mask and it makes your skin feel nice and soft.

Winter chic

Yesterday, the high was 26 degrees. So based on the peak in temperature, I thought it would be a good idea to take my outfit pics outside. Too bad the snow is so bright it blinded me, and I am squinting in all of these photos. I was going for warmth and comfort with this outfit. I really like the way the casual knit sweater contrasts with the bright pink, flowy skirt. I feel like these gray, fold over ankle boots add to the contrast of city chic and country chic.
NY&Co sweater; Gap skirt; F21 leggings; Thrifted shoes

Jack Wills: Holiday Looks

Jack Wills, UK clothing line and recent arrival to the U.S., has some perfect looks for the winter/holiday season. You can always count on their preppy plaids, blazers, and oxford button downs, but I am loving the glittery detailing on the Arkendale Sequin Dress and Runfold footless tights. I will definitely be using these looks as inspiration, especially pairing my plaid shirt with a ruffled skirt.