well ok then

This post is probably going to end up being one of those completely random thought collections that are more depressing than not, so just check below the cut if that works for you. If not, here's a video of one of my favorite songs from Moana (which you should definitely see).

2016 Top Ten

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This has been an...interesting year to say the least. Completely ignoring the political unrest over the entire world that I feel helpless to affect in any way that is at all meaningful, I'll try and keep it to fashion.

I feel like I did a good job of adding pieces that built upon what I already owned, and (especially with the move) purging a lot of pieces that no longer felt like "me". I don't feel like I did enough work on narrowing down what my style actually is, and there are still a lot of pieces that I've kept because I feel like I should. I don't need to be minimalist about my closet, but I do want to feel like my choices are deliberate (with the occasional fun) and that I'm creating an overall look that I love.

I'm going to try and challenge myself not to buy any new clothing items in January, to help things. I just don't want to be that person with a closet full of pieces they don't want to wear, lol. 

Also, in real life? I've noted a significantly decreased propensity for heels. I'm lazy yo, and walk a lot - no matter how many inserts you use there are some shoes that just don't jive with that lifestyle.

Go Big Or Go Home

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I'm very lucky in my friends, that they'll help me pose in slightly ridiculous locations and take the most perfect pictures (even going so far as to dig up antique tea sets). This year my holiday card photos were taken at the beautiful Belle Haven Country Club, and damn if the locale didn't just set the mood perfectly.

Top: Banana Republic (old, similar also from BR)~ Skirt: Lindy Bop Clothing* ~ Shoes: J.Crew (old, similar from Nine West) ~ Necklace: Banana Republic (old, some beautiful necklaces they have right now: one, two) ~ Ear Muffs: Nordstrom Rack

Fit Note: I'm wearing an XL and it's a tad big - I've got the waist pinned in these pictures. I'm also wearing it with a petticoat in these photos, but it's not really necessary (I just liked the extra drama).

Christmas in NY

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(on me)
Coat: Cole Haan (old, similar here, here, or here) ~ Sweater: G.H. Bass & Co ~ Shirt: Banana Republic ~ Leggings: Hue ~ Scarf: Banana Republic ~ Boots: Report ~ Gloves: Nordstrom Rack

In case you don't follow me on Instagram, I spent this past weekend in NY and it was freaking fabulous (it even snowed!). I focused less on pictures and more on video snippets, so I'll let you know when those are up :).

Oh and if you were wondering, I wore the exact same outfit both days, switching out the shirt I wore underneath my sweater to keep things fresh. Those leggings made 4+ hour bus rides much more pleasant.

Holiday Ready

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I bought this skirt last year during one of Banana Republic's Friends & Family sales. I think buying it was one of those "who I want to be rather than who I am" purchases, because you've all probably noticed by now that I don't really wear pencil skirts. I love them in theory (& on other people) but I've got weird stomach issues and they usually end up making me feel self-conscious.

I decided to say f*ck it on this post though, because this skirt was made for the holidays. Made for get togethers with coworkers or friends, where a fun texture and a pair of heels are the perfect amount of festive. 

Jacket: Marc New York (old, similar at Bloomingdale's, under $40 at Target) ~ Shirt: J.Crew Factory (old, this year's version) ~ Skirt: Banana Republic (old, similar feel at Eloquii) ~ Shoes: ASOS (old, similar) ~ Sunglasses: Kate Spade (old) ~ Tights: Target