Friday Favorites Winter Outfits

Friday Favorites 1/17/19

Hello and Happy Friday! Last weekend we did a lot of de-cluttering around the house while we had some holiday clean-up momentum still going, and I extended that to doing a little closet clean out of my own. I usually wait until the end of a season to do that so I know for sure what really got used (or not) during its appropriate season. But I was motivated to do it, and that’s half the battle so I got rid of some things I felt I wouldn’t re-purchase if I were to see them in the store today. That said, I also saw things I still liked and wanted to re-wear ASAP to justify their existence in my closet. So I made a list of Things I Need to Wear and used that as my guide for getting dressed this week.

Everyday Outfits

1. Camel Cardigan + Grey Jeans

One thing I noticed while making my list is that a lot of my daytime casual pieces don’t get used as much lately. I’ve been wearing a lot of athleisure to work from home M-F, then a little bit dressier stuff for date nights. So in order to put some of the things I love to good use, I needed to “dress up” and more and wear jeans instead of leggings and joggers. Sometimes I’m just not motivated to do that, but this week I was and it felt nice! This cardigan is from Abercrombie about two years ago, and it was a splurge because it’s cashmere. They do have some current options for cashmere cardigans, they just don’t look as similar to mine as the one I linked above. Anyway, this is super cozy and comfortable to wear, but quite warm so I needed to wear it while we’re having our version of winter!

1.2 Camel Coat + Black Tee

This was the evening version of the outfit above, and an example of my strategy for having similar pieces in my wardrobe that can easily change an outfit for the weather or occasion. It gets chilly here at night, so when I’m working the night shift (a.k.a. driving my kids to and from their lessons, which I usually sandwich with some errands while I’m waiting for them) I often need to dress a little warmer than I do for daytime. If you work in a business casual environment, I think this would also look really nice with a camel blazer. (Express has one that looks really nice!) I am also loving these grey Daily Ritual jeans! I initially got these as a sponsored item, but I got the short length and that didn’t fit quite right. They were a non-returnable sponsored item, so I went ahead and purchased the correct size for myself. I take the same size in these as I do in Express jeans, though I will say they stretch a little with wear. I could almost size down, but I have a feeling that would feel too tight and uncomfortable for every day wear. I guess what I’m saying is if you’re in between sizes you might want to size down, and I only recommend the Short length if you’re 5’2″ or shorter!

2. Military Sweater + Jeans:

I love this zip-up sweater because it has a little bit of structure, almost like jacket, but it still has the comfort of a sweater! It comes in sizes Small-Large and I’m wearing Small here. I had a little bit of trouble figuring out shoes for this sweater and jeans combo.  Last time I wore it with taupe OTK boots (posted here), but lately those just feel like “too much” for everyday wear. And these particular jeans don’t go well with ankle boots because of the hem, but I did like them with the sweater. So I felt like if I wanted to wear ankle boots, I’d have to change my jeans too and that was too much trouble by the time I had them on! Since I wasn’t planning on seeing many people that day I just left it alone with the nude boots even though I didn’t 100% love it. But don’t you hate it when you’re almost ready, only to find out one last detail of your outfit doesn’t quite work and you practically have to start from scratch? Hopefully I’m not the only one who has that problem!

3. Blue V-Neck Sweater + Jeans

Blue V Neck Sweater (c/o) (Similar w/ more sizes) | Similar Jeans | Similar Necklace | Boots (c/o)

This is such simple, common sweater and jeans outfit, but funny enough I don’t wear a combo like this very often! I’m more inclined to wear a tee or cami with a completer piece like a cardigan or jacket. But I really liked this sweater since the pretty blue color isn’t something I wear very often. It’s a medium weight so it will probably be too warm for Spring here, which means now is the time to put it to use! The sizes on this particular color are dwindling, so I added a similar link with more sizes available.

Front View:

On the one hand, I wish my camel cardigan were a bit longer. I think I’m used to the current longer cardigan style that’s trending and hits closer to mid-thigh, and that’s probably why I don’t reach for this as much even though it’s super comfy. On the other hand, I have to say the shorter length was actually nicer for working from home and sitting at a desk all day because I wasn’t sitting on the back of it all day! I end up flapping the back of my cardigan out like the tails of a tux so I don’t sit on them, and I didn’t have to bother with this! I’ll put the front view of the Camel Coat outfit with the next set since it looked a little redundant here.

4. Pink Cover Up + Jeans

Pink Cover Up (c/o) | Similar Cami | Jeans (c/o) | Boots

This pink cardigan/cover-up is meant to be a workout wear cover up (it’s from Amazon’s Core 10 workout wear line)This striFinall, but I didn’t see why it couldn’t be just a casual cardigan too. I’ve shared it before as an athleisure piece with leggings, but since I was on a roll with jeans this week I went a little dressier this time. It’s true to size but roomy, and a sweatshirt type material on the inside, so it’s very comfortable. These jeans look almost black here, but they’re actually a very dark, inky blue. The color name for this pair is “Indigo Blue Overdyed,” and they’re also true to size. I didn’t have anywhere special to go on this

5. Striped Sweater + Olive Jacket

Last but not least, this I just can’t get enough of this striped top.  I just shared it last week layered under a different jacket in this post, but since it cost a little more than what I usually spend on this type of top, I’m wearing it a lot to bring down the cost per wear. Plus, it’s ultra-soft and comfortable so I look forward to wearing it! It’s somewhere between a thick t-shirt and lightweight sweater, so I’m layering it now but will be able to wear it by itself for a few more months here I’m sure.

Front View:

I felt very dressed up compared to my athleisure style last week, but it was nice! I also really liked having a list of “things I need to re-wear” to get me started on my outfit each day so I may try it again next week.

I’ve missed sharing some random Friday Favorites the past few weeks, but my list started to add up so I thought I better get back to it! As usual I’m joining up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for this!

1. Winter Nails:

My nails in all photos above are CND Dark Lava. This is a favorite winter nail color for me since it works as a neutral and matches with basically any outfit I wear. It’s almost-black, but the shimmer makes it a little more wearable, along with the deep dark plummy-burgundy hints. As you can see in outfit photos,  sometimes it photographs more black or more burgundy or more red, but it is actually the same color in all photos above.

2. Honey Lemon Water with Kick:

In the Winter I love drinking honey lemon water, and sometimes I will add a little dash of cayenne pepper to it for some extra kick. When Amazon suggested I might like Mike’s Hot Honey, I was intrigued! I ordered it, tried it, and now I love and recommend it! It gives my honey lemon water the same kick as a dash of cayenne pepper but it’s one less step in the process and also less messy! I’m sure you could use this honey on other foods, but so far I’ve only used it for that drink. Also, I was concerned it would be too hot/spicy/overpowering, but it’s really not. It’s a subtle kick (to my tastebuds anyway) so I’ll be ordering it on the regular!

3. Shiatsu Back & Neck Massager with Heat

My husband got this Shiatsu Back & Neck Massager for me as a Christmas gift, and I am hooked!! (Andrea, this one is for you!) I have chronic neck, back and shoulder pain from past injuries and sitting at a computer all day. I’m sure my family is tired of me asking if they can work out this knot in my neck for just two minutes, and now that I have this, I don’t have to ask that anymore! If you’ve ever had a pedicure and sat in their massage chairs, this feels a bit like that. But you can move this all over your back to places that chair can’t reach, and focus it on where you need help the most. You can put it up over your shoulders, set it against your lower back, middle back, etc. You can also control how intense it is either by leaning back into it more or putting your wrists through the arm slots and pulling it forward/down to apply more pressure. It takes a bit of adjusting and trying different positions and placements to figure out what you like best, but it’s well worth it!

4. Fitness Update
. For my Fitness Friends, I don’t want you to think I’ve forgotten about sharing Fitness Favorites. I’m just finding that I don’t have a favorite to share every single week. When I do a workout and remember how much I love it, then I’m motivated to share. But some weeks my workouts are just fine, and others I’m repeating a favorite I’ve already shared. For 2020, that means I’ll just be sharing a Fitness Favorite periodically rather than weekly. I don’t want to feel pressured to highlight a workout every week just to have content if it wasn’t really a favorite.  I hope that makes sense, and thanks as always for your support and understanding!

With that housekeeping out of the way, it’s time to get the weekend started! I hope you have a great one and see you back on Monday!