Friday, October 23, 2020

A Beautiful and Warm Puffer Coat

Puffer Coat// Jeans// Booties (old, similar
Sweater// Scarf (inexpensive and can be monogrammed- would make a great gift!)
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I posted a sponsored Instagram post on Monday with Lands End and while that was sponsored, this blog post is not and not at all part of that campaign! I just wanted to write a blog post about this down puffer coat because it is SO good and is currently 40% off with code HAYRIDE.

The irony of me posting this today is that it is literally 80 degrees outside... which is pretty crazy for Pittsburgh in late October but it looks like we are going back to the 50s on Saturday! 

I don't know about where you all live, but a puffer coat is pretty much a necessity for winters in Pittsburgh. It gets SO cold here and while puffers are not the most beautiful, they really do keep me warmer than anything else. 

Here's what I love about this down coat:
- The fabric is water-resistant so even in snow, you aren't going to be a soggy mess!
- It has a 'wrap' silhouette. So it's roomy but the lines are sleek and the cut is almost elegant! It only has snaps (no zipper) so when the snaps are done, it looks seamless and I think that's what makes it look dressier than a typical down coat. 
- The hood is adjustable. 
- It has roomy pockets and they are lined with the SOFTEST fleece fabric. I think this is my most favorite part of the coat! 
- It has stretchy cuff liners so the wind is not going to get in! 
- It's a down coat but according to the care instructions you machine wash it!!! 
- It feels very lightweight but it's still somehow extremely warm. It's not a packable coat but you can definitely pack it down in a bag and it doesn't take up much room at all. 

In terms of sizing, I would say it runs roomy. I got a size small and it's slightly big on me, but I don't mind the extra room and it will be nice when I'm wearing my heaviest layers. I still think you could size down from your usual size and be able to layer because the silhouette is not at all fitted on top of having a generous fit. It comes in two other colors but I always find that a black puffer looks the sleekest and works with all of my winter outfits. This is the kind of coat you could wear day in and day out whether you're wearing workout leggings or a nicer outfit!

Thursday, October 22, 2020


I hope you all have been enjoying your week! Mine was probably the busiest I have had since March- workwise. It is only going to get crazier from now through December and I welcome it. For me personally, having a fuller schedule and/or to-do list helps me to stay on track (as weird and backward as that sounds). 

We got our Christmas card photo done this weekend and it didn't exactly turn out how I envisioned, but the end product is great, so it's all good!

This weekend is a little bittersweet for me as I had penned '6 month wedding anniversary' on the calendar (at the beginning of the year) and it's still marked on there for this Sunday. I have practically used an entire bottle of whiteout on my 2020 calendar, so I decided to just let that one sit there and not erase it but rather embrace it.

We got 'booed' last night which is something I had never heard of before but wanted to share it with all of you because it was SO cute. Basically, we found a bag of goodies on our doorstep with a paper that said to pass it on to two other houses. So last night I created two goodie bags to secretly place on two neighbor's doorsteps and then they go and do the same. I can't wait to place them out tonight!!! Once you receive a 'boo', you put the sign in your window to let others know you have already been booed. Love the neighborly spirit of this gesture. I wrote a whole post on being a good neighbor and I truly think it's more important than ever! I googled 'you've been booed' and also saw this concept used for other holidays- like for St. Patrick's Day 'you've been pinched' and Christmas you've been 'jingled'!! So cute!! 

Wearing: I wore some wardrobe classics but they are OLD- like several years and I checked and they are still available! I love these Faux Suede Leggings as they feel like you are wearing athleisure but look much cuter. And I love Booties because they are weatherproof which is hard to find in a suede shoe! 
Eating: One of the recipes we made this week was delicious and the easiest thing ever. It's called Mississippi pot roast. I edited the recipe a bit as I added onions, carrots, and potatoes like a more traditional pot roast. But the flavor was unreal and made the house smell incredible. 

Sale: I ordered a set of these pajamas as I already own a set and love them. They're currently 50% off with code FALLTIME and these are an item that is often excluded in the promos or the promos aren't always as deep of a discount as this!!! A really good savings if you do matching holiday pajamas- they don't have to scream holiday as these are such classics!

Sale II: This is the concealer that I have been sharing on instastories. It's outrageously expensive for concealer, unfortunately. I got it for 15% off from Nordstrom but found it (only in beige) for $39!!! It's regularly priced at $72. It's 100% worth the hype that you see everywhere. It covers my dark circles better than anything I have ever tried. 

 I just watched The Village on Amazon Prime. It's a good spooky October movie!! 

Listening: I've been into Kenny G on Pandora. Kind of funny, but also relaxing and SO easy to work to. 
Loving: I got these mini ornaments in last week's Anthro sale and they arrived and I LOVE them. They bring me so much joy. They truly look like the traditional vintage ornaments and I love the little tinsel bits on them. I absolutely cannot wait to use them on my mini tree!! 
Wanting: I didn't have a ton of time to browse this week, but I did find a few cute things!! 

Pittsburgh: We got the hot ranch wings from the Crafty Jackalope on Sunday for the Steeler game and you guys, I am telling you, the BEST wings!!!!! 

Smelling: I just got this diffuser for our powder room and I LOVE it. The scent is not overpowering for the tiny powder room, which can be hard to find in a diffuser. It smells a bit cedary and cozy... I am awful at describing scents but this is a good winter one and it does not smell cheap. They didn't have the candle version in stock in our Target but I want to order it and try it out because I am guessing it would be good. 

Quoting: 'Do things that make you feel good.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Decorating My Office

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I shared my home office in this post, here and I really haven't done much in the room since then. It's sat on the back burner for quite some time. I get burnt out quite easily as well as overwhelmed when it comes to decorating so I like to take a little at a time and then take a break and then start up again when I feel interested again.  Q4 is my busy season so I find myself in my office WAY more than usual and it has me looking around and getting distracted with how I can jazz things up a bit in there!

You can see in the photo above (from my original office post) that there is this pretty empty corner to the left of my mirror. My mirror is HUGE and while I don't necessarily think it's the most beautiful mirror in the world, I don't mind it and I have never been able to find something of that scale. I've since moved the mirror over more to the right so there's an even bigger 'dead' area. So I have mocked up the kind of corner I'd like to create. I wanted something inviting and comfortable- an area where I might curl up with a cup of coffee while I do some work on my phone or even just take a little break! 

There is not a ton of space, but I think a chair, a tiny cocktail table, floor lamp, and possibly (if space permits) a small ottoman will work! I also think it will add a little more character to the room. Don't get me wrong, I do like my office, but I just feel like I haven't decorated it totally to my liking. 

One other thing I have been on the hunt for is a new chair for my office. The blue and white chair you see in the original office photos is a little too high for the desk. It works, but it's not as comfortable as I would like. I also have a gray velvet slipcovered parsons chair and that one is fine but I don't love the way it looks. So I've also been keeping my eye out for something pretty for my desk that's also comfortable. I don't want anything that actually looks like a 'desk' chair! 

I was also thinking about potentially having bead board/chair rail added and then some very neutral grasscloth hung above, but I go back and forth on that as that's a bit of a bigger lift and expense. 

I love to dream about my idea of a 'perfect' office, too, and that would look like something you see in the photo above (and nothing like my current office-LOL!). I don't know what it is, but I have always been drawn to a 'handsome' look. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

How To Wear White Jeans In The Fall

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I definitely get in a rut of wearing jeans over and over again in the colder months. On Friday you saw me style coated jeans, which is another go-to style of jeans to wear in the winter, but to switch things up even more, I like to keep my white jeans in rotation year-round! 

I know many like to keep their white jeans tucked away from September-May. My mom does this and I used to, but rules are made to be broken, right?!  Now, I wear white jeans a lot! I try to go for jeans that are more of a creamier white rather than a really stark, bright white. I find Ralph Lauren does this really well (I'm wearing RL jeans in the photos above) and Club Monaco, too! 

When you are looking for a creamier white pair of jeans, notice what the color is named. I often see them called 'ecru', 'off-white', ivory, or 'cream' and usually not just 'white'. To make the outfit feel seasonally appropriate, I try to make sure that I am balancing my white jeans with a fall/winter texture. For example, this is a beautiful, neutral chunky knit sweater and most definitely not something you'd be wearing in the summertime. 

If it's still warm where you live, you could wear a lightweight top, but add booties to give the outfit a more fall look like the photo above... which if you can believe it, is from almost 4 years ago! If I didn' have the booties on in the outfit above, it might look a little too 'summery'. 

Besides jeans, I really love cream/ivory corduroys like these. Since corduroy is typically a fall/winter material, they feel a little more seasonally appropriate. So maybe if you are apprehensive about pulling out your summer white jeans, something like this will be a good start! 

I thought I would roundup a few photos of me wearing white jeans during non-summer months so you could get a little more inspiration!
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