What to Wear Shopping (Other Than Your PJ’s)

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Let’s look good while snatching up the savings.

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Anyone else having trouble getting anything done because all they want to do is shop??? I mean, come on! HOW am I supposed to function on the internet when EVERYTHING IS 250% off!?

Good thing we can snag deals both online and in person. Sometimes one is better over the other. And I figure you don’t need style advice for what to wear when shopping at home – you do you, girl.

But when shopping out in public I have a few key style pointers to help make your life easier. These tips also apply to any extended outing (which there can be a lot of this time of year – Dollywood, Caroling, Light looking, etc.)

Obviously comfort is key. I love taking a pair of “workout leggings” and turning them into a stylish outfit. I think I’ll call it athleisure and turn athletic wear into a billion dollar business, wait someone beat me to it.

To achieve this look take your most “pant like” work out leggings and pair them with a graphic tee or other relaxed t-shirt and throw over it a jacket and some slip on sneakers. Switch out any of these items with more polished work out attire if you need to (and when I say “polished” I mean no visible sweat stains please).

I bought these pants at Marshal’s but here’s a similar style; got the shirt and jacket at Target; shoes are from Amazon.

Hope this helps you to stylishly nab the deals this holiday shopping season!

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Food + Friends = ThankFULLness. (I thought this posted last week! Boo technology!)

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Last year we tried our hand at this #Friendsgiving thing and it was so delicious we decided to do it again! This year we went full boar – rented tables and chairs and decked out the entire back patio.

Party planning was a part of my job there for 5 years and it wasn’t something I necessarily jumped at, but I’m so glad I had that experience because it really helped grow me as a party throw-er. Plus after you’ve planned corporate Christmas parties for 60-70 adults, having a handful of friends over is nothing. ;)

I wanted to share pictures from our Friendsgiving in hopes that any of these might inspire you for the big day coming up this Thursday!

And let me just say, I’m so thankful for you! I hope you’re able to stop, breathe and take time to enjoy this weekend :)

Follow me on Instagram for peaks into some great sales going on at West Town Mall!

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Items That Make it Easier to Get Dressed This Fall

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Not listed: a giant vat of coffee. That would certainly help me get dressed.

It’s just nice to be pulling clothes out of a different part of my closet. You know? It’s no secret that I love fall, and believe me, I can give you 1,000 reasons why this season is the best, but any time a drastic change in weather happens it feels a little like you got a whole new wardrobe.

Other times when a new seasons hits – you’re hit with the realization that you must have gone naked all last fall because you have absolutely NOTHING to wear.

I’m going to list for you today some products that will help enhance your fall wardrobe and hopefully make it easier to get dressed in the morning without having to buy a truck load of new things.

There are whole blogs, books and fashion beliefs based around this next sentence. So you can bet that if there were a fashion bible, this would be its “golden rule” – Leopard is a neutral.

Grab some leopard to jazz up your ensembles this fall. And can I mention that while surfing for leopard items, I found at least 250 things I want to add to my Christmas list because I LOVE LEOPARD.

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Grab all of those things at White House Black Market in West Town Mall.

With this new(ish) season comes cooler weather which means BOOTIES.

And what do you need with booties? No show socks. If there are shoes in your closet you’ve stayed away from because you don’t know what footwear to pair with them – go with these!!

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These puppies are the best. I wear them with everything and they rarely fall down or slip off. Scoop up your own on Amazon.

Leggings open up a whole new world of layering and I’m so excited about that.

The ongoing debate about leggings has died down a bit, but some people walk around clearly confused as to whether or not leggings are pants. Come back tomorrow for the answer to that question, meanwhile, get comfy leggings here.

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Soma leggings are soooo comfy!

Scarves will be making an appearance and they’re a great way to jazz up your basics. And since scarves can be expensive, why not spend less on some great earrings and pair them with your favorite scarf for a fancier feel.

I’m a firm believer in your accessories not interfering with your scarf. So I’ve gathered a couple pairs of earrings that would pair quite nicely with a big ole’ scarf…

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Pick up all of these beauties at Charming Charlie in West Town Mall!

I hope this gives you a fresh look at some items in your closet for this season! Come back tomorrow for all your fall fashion questions answered!

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Advice for Creative Costumes

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Also a part of that group, but not pictured is my 2013 costume of Jessica Day!

I love getting to be creative with these things and think outside the box. Obviously I didn’t go too far out of the box for myself, as all my characters are my favorite brunettes from TV and movies (Julia Louise Dreyfus has to be my all time favorite actress).

But for Jackson, I enjoyed thinking outside the baby box.

His cousin Eddie costume was decided super last minute and was really easy to create thanks to Amazon. I just hope every year I get to have some kind of say in what he wears. There may have to be lots and lots of candy involved.

My biggest pieces of advice are this…

Don’t over complicate it. Sometimes you can get inside your own head and talk yourself out of ideas that would actually be really cute. Especially if you’re dressing your kids – they’re going to look cute in whatever, so just have fun!

If you’re super stuck, base the outfit around something they love. Jackson currently loves carrying things around. So this year’s costume has something he can carry and he’s wearing something he’s comfortable in and won’t fuss with.

For yourself? Dress up in something you’re comfortable in! Last year when I dressed up as the neighbor from Christmas Vacation (in a literal sweat suit) I was mostly comfortable and also I probably lost 10 pounds in sweat after standing outside in it. So another note: think about your surroundings so you don’t pass out.

Have fun! And if you’re in/around Knoxville and have kids, come to this!

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