Saturday, November 29, 2014

a Day of Thanksgiving

Millions of families, friends, and loved ones gathered together this week to spend time with one another and give thanks for the many blessings they have been given. (They most likely ate some turkey too.)

I love Thanksgiving, Christmas, heck any holiday for that matter in which I get to be with my family & gorge on yummy foods! This year I was fortunate enough to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving not once, but TWICE! 

I am thankful for many things; as God has continued to bless me with a wonderful life. One of these blessings happens to beeeeeeeeee......Mr. McWilliams. Shayne spent the whole morning on Wednesday cooking and baking a wonderful feast for myself and his family to indulge in later that day.

 On Thanksgiving we headed to get our buffet on with my family. After eating we always go to my grandparents' house for pie and more fellowship. (Who doesn't love pie right?)

 Another thing I am thankful grandparents, parents, and brother. I am blessed to have all of my grandparents still here with me on this earth. (Above is my dad with one of his goofy faces & my grandma B) I have two wonderful parents, and my brother Michael who is an interior architect working in Dallas, TX. I could not ask for a more loving family!

Another thing I am thankful for includes catching a squirrel to relocate Thanksgiving morning! (Yes, you read that correctly.) We have had issues with squirrels trying to nest in between the walls of our house, by entering a small hole in the side of the gutter. Shayne even boarded it up, and....they chewed right through it. It reminds me of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, when the squirrel is in the Christmas tree...soo funny (but scary)!

Because it was a holiday I wanted to dress with a bit of.. SPARKLE, so I chose to layer two embellished sweaters for a bit of pattern mixing and extra interest. (Navy, Grey, and White seemed to be the theme--bringing me back to my several years employed at Abercrombie & Fitch.)

This navy skirt has elastic all the way around and is perfect for year round wear! I have it in acorn as well too. Both were purchased from J. Crew Factory. The retail price is over $70, but often you can find a great deal online when they run special sales/promotions like I did! (You know I would never pay that much for a basic skirt). Sign up for their emails and you can be notified of all the promotions and sales :)

I loooove this cream sweater with embellishment from Kohl's (Elle) ( I have probably gotten too much wear out of it ). This is probably one of the only items I have ever purchased from Kohl's that was not on clearance, only on sale. Several months later I was shopping and came across the same style in black on clearance (under $10!), so you know I had to scarf it up! 

The light grey cardi I chose is one of my thrifted finds from Goodwill for less than $4. It was originally from Target (tags still attached), and there are little bows on cute!

Pearls are always a great classic! This necklace is from Charming Charlie ($20), and is a basic they always carry. I had my bridesmaids wear it for my wedding, and loved it so much I had to go back to purchase one for myself. 

Because every good outfit needs an #ArmParty I chose assorted styles from Kohl's, J. Crew, and thrifted finds. These grey flats with bows on the toes are the final touch tying the look together. I found them at J. Crew Factory on clearance for $40 (originally $100).

Now that the snow has fallen a coat is always a must when leaving the house. I have two perfect peacoats. (Always a great classic.) One of which is a military inspired one from dressbarn, and the one below is from J. Crew. I found it on clearance at Nikki's Next 2 New for $25 last year! 

I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving & have many things to be thankful for :)

<3 CMM

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jumping in the Snow

Last week we had our first snowfall. As you can see from above it was less than an inch, but snow is snow. It was funny to watch all the weather persons say over and over again, "Please be careful when driving, and please remember how to drive in the snow."

I chose this jumpsuit for last week's Sunday ensemble. I love that the black and cream is such a classic look and was less than $16 on clearance at dressbarn! The thing I hate about this ensemble: The Buttons!!! It is fine if you only plan on wearing it for an hour or two, but if you plan on all day prepared to spend lots of time unbuttoning and re-buttoning the buttons each time you have to use the restroom...not so fun.
 Since this was a summer piece it was sleeveless (now it's winter..well technically still fall I suppose) so I chose my favorite oxblood stretch blazer from dressbarn for some added warmth.

Because there was no pattern in this ensemble I decided to incorporate my favorite...leopard! I chose a printed belt found at Nikki's Next 2 New for $2, Michael Kors leopard gold-tipped flats, leopard ring, and a black and gold stack of bracelets to accessorize. 

Although this is the first jumpsuit I have purchased I think I will get more this coming spring/summer. It is an extremely comfortable style that I would highly recommend!

<3 CMM