December 2014 Purchases

I had a few extra little things that I let the BHW give me as Christmas gifts, but overall I am doing pretty good on sticking to my guns. Next year I am going down to $50 a month. Can I do it? We shall see.

Edit: Actually, I am going to give myself $100 every three months and see if I can do that.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Normally I wouldn't go out on the day after Christmas, but my niece was here from AZ, and so I (and my DDs) needed to go to a baby shower for her. The roads were pretty good even though we had a huge snow dump yesterday, so it wasn't so bad. This was a little edgy for a baby shower, but, hey, with my blue streak, I feel like I can be edgy anytime I want!
Skinny Jeans in Red Pepper, Boden; Travelers Floral Shirt, Chicos; Coated Moto Jacket, Loft; Jewelry, Harry Mason and Coldwater Creek.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Today was a very relaxed Christmas -- with no little kids around to wake us up we didn't get up until 8:30. Everyone got something fun, and then we spent the next part of the day enjoying time together as a family. I even got a nap, nobody complained too much about not having our traditional bacon (the BHW and I have gone vegan/vegetarian; the kids are reluctantly on board), the BHW got to play a lot of board games, and peace and love abounded. This cute plaid shirt made for the perfect Christmas day shirt. To make things even more fun, the BHW wore his sort of matching shirt -- we were a matched set!
Buffalo Plaid Shirts - J.Crew; Denim Stretch Jeans, Coldwater Creek; Earrings, Macy's.

Wednesday, December 25, 2014

We have a family tradition of all getting PJs on Christmas Eve, so here is what I was wearing this evening. It was the perfect comfort style to wear during our famous circle of love with the family -- sharing why we love and appreciate each different member. Merry Christmas!
Charter Club Holiday Lane Flannel Notch Collar Top and Pajama Pants Set, Macy's.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Well, the inexorable head cold that I always seem to get this time of year is back. Darn it. Anyway, this sweater outfit kept me cozy all day.
NYDJ Alisha Skinny Jeans in Cobalt, Nordstrom; Chunky Cable Sweater dyed Orange Crush, Talbots; Classic Stripe Perfect Shirt; J.Crew; Jewelry, Love Your Bling.

Monday, December 22, 2014

BYU plays Memphis in the Miami Beach Bowl today; this is what I'm wearing to root on the team. This is also what I'll be wearing as I run around to do the last of my Christmas shopping.
Go, Cougars!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Today is the Christmas program at church, and I am singing in the choir. Usually I wear red, but this year I've been rather enamored of blue, so I decided to go blue instead. Blue is a Christmas color, right? I love how the diamanté buttons look peeking out of the 3/4 sleeves of this jacket--love the blue boots--love the fringe net scarf--just love the whole outfit together. I'll probably change into black jeans for the family Christmas party this evening.
Hue Sweater Tights in Black, Macy's; Piped Houndstooth Skirt, Diamanté Cuff Merino Sweater in Cobalt, Talbots; 3/4 Sleeve Wool Jacket in Black, Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots and Shopko.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

This is what I wore to watch the live concert of So You Think You Can Dance, and then to watch BYU basketball win a nail biter over Stanford.
Denim Jeggings, Chicos; Stripe Tee in Arctic Blue, Talbots; Puffer Vest in Arctic Blue, Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots and Macy's.

Friday, December 19, 2014

I think the caption says it all. Today is my last day to work this year. I have two much needed weeks off before going back.
Snowman Sweatshirt, Shopko; Macbeth Plaid Puffer Vest, Talbots; Denim Stretch Jeans, Coldwater Creek; Earrings, Harry Mason from the BHW.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Is it purple? Is it burgundy? It's hard to tell with both this sweater and this skirt. However, they are the perfect match to wear together with some styling Hue tights on the bottom. I added the d'Anjo Liberty shirt to achieve hopefully something like the look for the model (no bare legs, though--too cold!)
Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt in Purple Nectar, Nordstrom; Charter Club Long Sleeve Crewneck Cashmere Sweater in Black Cherry, Macy's*; Hue Tights in Blackberry; Liberty Print Perfect Shirt in d'Anjo; J.Crew; Jewelry, Chicos.

*Pill report on this super bargain cashmere -- after one day of wearing, a fair amount under the arms, but nowhere else. I can live with that. It's the chest pilling that drives me up the wall.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today is my four hour night class. It was also a very trying day -- I have a new student from Iran who doesn't speak any English, and he is a bit hard to handle, AND my aid is out because this is her finals week. This skirt (which feels like a big soft blanket on) and a cashmere sweater got me through a very long day.
Wrap Wool Skirt in Red Plaid, Eddie Bauer; Hue Tights in Black, Macy's; Cashmere Crewneck Sweater in Red, Talbots; Puffer Vest in Black, Talbots; Velvet Scarf, Chicos; Jewelry, Talbots and Banana Republic.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Plaid on checks? Sure why not. This gave me a chance to wear my boo-tiful new earrings from Love Your Bling. These are the quintessential blue DYT4 earrings - I love them!
NYDJ Alisha Skinny Jeans in Cobalt; Nordstrom; Flannel Shirt in Buffalo Check, J. Crew; Macbeth Plaid Puffer Vest, Talbots; Jewelry, Chicos and Love Your Bling.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Only five more days until Christmas break--not that anyone is counting...
Mondays are often rough for me. My students are a little lethargic, and sometimes I am too. I wore this outfit to wake both of us up.
Skinny Jeans in Red Pepper, Boden; Liberty Print Perfect Shirt in Tresco Floral, J.Crew; Crewneck Cashmere Sweater in Hot Pink, Talbots; Jewelry, J.Crew and Macy's.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The outfit on.
Today was a special session of stake conference. I sang in the choir, so I tried to dress it up a bit. This tribal skirt from Anthropologie always makes me feel cheerful, so I went with it today. I added a classic black jacket from Talbots that always makes me feel like a million dollars.
Tracy Reese Montagne Skirt, Anthropologie; Charter Club Merino Wool Sweater in Aster Blue, Macy's; Hue Tights in Black; Macy's; 3/4 Sleeve Wool Jacket in Black; Talbots; Earrings, Gift from the BHW.

Me, trying to get a good shot of my blue streak -- can you see it?

Hmmm... I don't know if this is working.

Can you see it now? I'm loving this blue streak, BTW.

Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Friday!! Today just felt like a corduroy day; there is a change in the weather that might mean snow or rain leading to a bit of dreariness. I felt like the pattern play in this outfit fought back against the doldrums. (And everything blue looks smashing right now with that blue streak in my hair!)
Boyfriend Cords in Dark Berry, Eddie Bauer; Dotted Audrey Sweater in Navy/Burgundy, Talbots; Macbeth Plaid Puffer Vest, Talbots; Jewelry, eBay.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Today I went with these old favorites. I've had all of them for years, and I thought they went rather well together. I felt like the hoodie grounded it all in type 4-ness.
Forest Green Bootcut Cords, Shopko; Zip Sweater Hoodie in Fuchsia, Chicos; Floral Tee, Talbots; Jewelry, USF Souvenir.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hmmm....It feels like I've been wearing a puffer vest every day. I don't leave them on all the time -- it's much too hot to wear them at school, actually. With the weather so unseasonably warm, they just seem like the perfect layer right now. I added this cute plaid one* over a purple corduroy shirt from Talbots that I've had and loved for some time.
Thinwale Corduroy Shirt in Pansy, Talbots; Jodhpur Jeans in Black, Chicos; Macbeth Plaid Vest, Talbots; Jewelry, Chicos and Designed by Denée.
*Yes, I know there is no purple in this plaid. But there is a lot of blue and green and red and even a bit of yellow, and they all look great with purple -- so, it worked!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

One of the nice things about working right next to a university is that you can walk the whole school over for a field trip. That's what we did today, which is why I'm going a little retro lumberjack.
Platinum Denim Jeans in DarkRinse, Chicos; Flannel Shirt in Buffalo Check, J.Crew; Puffer Vest in Red, Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots and Macy's.

Monday, December 8, 2014

As long as our 55 degree days and sunny weather holds up, I may as well keep wearing the sunshine!!
I wore this styling outfit to get my hair cut with a blue streak in it like the picture above. I guess I'm just getting a lot more daring in my old age.
Toothpick Jeans in Golden Sunflower; J.Crew; Medallion Cardigan, Talbots; Purple Sweater Shell, Chicos; Jewelry, Chicos.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

This is what I wore to church and double choir practice. Royal Paisley Pencil Skirt, J.Crew via eBay; Purple Cardigan, Dress Your Truth Store; White Ruffle Tank, Talbots; Hue Tights in Purple, Macy's; Jewelry, Chicos; Majesty Peacoat in Golden Sun, J.Crew.

Pantone Color of the Year 2015

The important thing to remember about the Pantone colors is that some of them are going to look better in interior design than they are going to look on people. This is one color of the year that won't get any love from me, as I know it won't look good on me. Too much brown. Does this excite any of you?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

This is what I wore to go see Interstellar with the BHW and the kids today. I don't know that it was my favorite movie ever -- it was a little long. It was definitely interesting in some spots, while it dragged in others.
Denim Stretch Jeans in Darkrinse, Coldwater Creek; Yellow Tee, Talbots; Puffer Vest in Arctic Blue, Talbots; Earrings, Designed by Denée.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Why am I wearing a skirt on a Friday? Hmmm...
Anyway, this is what I wore. My students loved the zebra necklace -- it is rather blingy. I'm just trying to enjoy the 55 degree temperatures we've been having before we are back to normal.
Tracy Reese Blockprint Pencil Skirt in Orange, Anthropologie; Chunky Cotton Cable Sweater dyed Orange Crush, Talbots; Hue Black Tights, Macy's; Jewelry, Talbots and Chicos.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Today was a liberty/cardigan day. I've been trying to get more wear out of my liberty shirts. I got a lot of compliments on this look.
Liberty Print Perfect Shirt in June's Meadow, J. Crew; Skinny Jodpuhr Jeans, Chicos; Heart-Jaquard Cardigan, Talbots; Jewelry, Designed by Denée.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Today was a bit of a stressful day. I took the DD #2 to take the driving test for the second time. Unfortunately, she failed again, and we have a very unhappy camper on our hands.
Brushstroke Rose Skirt, Talbots; Hue Tights in Black, Macy's; Travelers Jacket, Chicos; Cashmere Sweater in Pine Green, Talbots; Jewelry, Talbots and Banana Republic--oh, and my shoes were flats rather than cute heels, because, hey, I'm a teacher.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Today was all about being comfortable and keeping warm. I went with these cute purple jeans I dyed this summer and an icy lilac cashmere sweater. I added some major bling to break up the purple.
Platinum Denim Jeans dyed Grape; Chicos; Audrey Cashmere Sweater in Iced Lilac, Talbots; Denim Jacket, Costco; Jewelry, Chicos.

Monday, December 1, 2014

So, I have had this Talbots scarf for a long time after picking it up cheap on eBay. I loved the colors, but I could never think of a good way to wear it as it had a kind of stiff texture to it. I finally just tied it into a necklace per some instructions on the internet and wore it that way. I really liked how this came out.
Skinny Jeans in Red Pepper (actually an orange color) Boden; Garment-Dyed Sweatshirt in Blue, J.Crew Factory; Puffer Vest in Arctic Blue, Talbots; Scarf, Talbots via eBay
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November 2014 Purchases

I haven't been all that excited about the jewel sweatshirt trend, but for $15, I bit at Costco. I love the teacup sweater, and I got the buffalo check shirt for a very good price because something I had ordered previously didn't work out, so J.Crew let me select any shirt for the same price. I haven't got it yet, so it may or may not stay with me.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


This is what I'm wearing today. Today is really all about my sweet momma though. She is 69 years old today! Happy Birthday, Mom!!
She is the queen fashionista.
Wool Flannel Pencil Skirt in Red, Talbots; Floral Stripe Shirt, J.Crew; Ponte Jacket in Navy, Talbots, Hue Tights in Red, Macy's; Jewelry, Harry Mason. And, I am adding my boots that I painted red.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

This is what I wore for a day of mostly house cleaning and errand running (so I actually spent most of the day in socks rather than those styling boots).
As I was out erranding about, I ran into one of my fellow LJHS teachers working at Home Depot. It made me sad to think that he was having to work during his time off in order to provide for his family. We need to pay our teachers more!! Okay, off my soapbox now.
Chunky Cable Sweater dyed Orange Crush, Talbots; Scarf, Designed by Denée; Denim Stretch Jeans, Coldwater Creek; Earrings, Chicos.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Well, my cold has fully settled into my head, and I have a lovely canker sore to go with it. Arghhh... Anyway, today was extremely casual. Originally we thought we'd go to a movie, but we stayed in and enjoyed second Thanksgiving. The DD and her husband cooked everything, so that was awfully nice.
Pima Cotton Striped Crewneck Tee in Red/Persimmon, Talbots; Puffer Vest in Arctic Blue, Talbots; Denim Stretch Jeans in Darkrinse, Coldwater Creek; Jewelry, Harry Mason.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I really have a lot to be thankful for this year
-- my shoulder is doing really well, I'm almost through with the TELL endorsement, I have a fantastic aide at school, I love my job 95% of the time, I have a wonderful, caring husband, and of course, I have four irreplaceable children who I love very much.

I'm going very casual here. I'm not sure how long the puffer will stay on -- I keep our house very cool, but with 22 people here, it could get pretty hot pretty fast.
Modern Skinny Jeans, Loft; Rhinestone Sweatshirt, Costco; Puffer Vest in Red, Talbots; Jewelry, eBay.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

So it's the first day of my vacation, so of course I have a head cold!! Argh. Anyway, today I thought I would copy this look from Economy of Style. I only wish I had her lovely striped scarf, but the one I added is pretty colorful. Today is last minute errands before Thanksgiving Day.
Baby Cable Crewneck Sweater in Mustard, Talbots; Scarf, Christopher & Banks; Denim Stretch Jeans in Darkrinse; Coldwater Creek; Earrings, J. Crew Factory.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


This is what I wore today, except that instead of a plain mint tee, I wore my Talbots V-Neck Ruffled Tee in Mint (the same style but in a lovely mint color rather than the green color in the picture up above). This top looks so cute with the cashmere cardigan over it buttoned up just to where the ruffle starts! This cardigan is probably not really DYT 4, but I love how it looks like a Monet painting, and I wasn't about to give it up. I added a lot of silver pearl jewelry to add to the overall icy effect.
Yeah! I have a very long weekend coming up, and I plan to take full advantage of it.
Ruffle V-Neck Tee in Mint, Talbots; Hazy Cashmere Cardigan, Talbots; Black Skinnies, Chicos; Jewelry, Banana Republic and Talbots.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Now don't get me wrong. I love my job, especially my students. But...this is a two day work week, and it's already half over!! Woot!!
Anyway, I recently pinned the outfit shown here, and I knew I wanted to copy it. I don't have a cardigan exactly like hers, but I do have this lovely ikat cardigan from Talbots that filled in nicely. I really liked the continuity of navy on the top and bottom and yellow in the middle. I didn't go for the red belt today, but I did wear a bright red cashmere scarf with my navy trench for the trip to school (in the snow). Does that count?
Halogen Mustard Yellow Ponte Skirt; Nordstrom; Ikat Cardigan in Indigo/Cream; Talbots; Travelers Tank in Navy, Chicos; Hue Tights in Navy, Macy's; Jewelry, J.Crew Factory and Ily Couture.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This is what I wore to church today and to the LDS Family Fellowship meeting in the evening. These cobalt boots used to be oily brown, but I painted them cobalt blue (because now that I've got rid of all my brown things, I have nothing to wear them with). I rather like how they turned out. This sweater is the gray merino wool one with the rhinestone neckline that I tried to dye cobalt blue. Instead it came out a rather heathered blue. It went well with the blue of the raj paisley.
Raj Paisley Pencil Skirt, J.Crew via eBay; Rhinestone Sweater in Blue, Talbots; Hue Tights in Navy; Tahari Jacket in Red, Macy's; Jewelry, Macy's and Banana Republic.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I planned on wearing this outfit to the Utah LGBTQ/SSA Individuals, Family, and Friends Thanksgiving Celebration. I ended up switching out the blue Macy's jacket for the more casual look of my cobalt blue denim jacket. I got the outfit idea from the lovely J at J's Everyday Fashion.
Cigarette Dogtooth Trousers in Black and White, Topshop; Hot Pink Crewneck Tee; Chicos; Denim Jacket dyed Cobalt Blue, Talbots; Jewelry, J Crew and Talbots.