Turkey day outfit

For Thanksgiving, I decided I didn’t want to wear jeans or anything else that felt too restricting on my midsection. I also wanted to look cute while avoiding sweatpants, so a dress fit the bill perfectly! This dress is one I’ve featured in one other outfit post and many other outfits I didn’t document. I just love it so much. It goes with so much in my wardrobe and has a nice weight to it.

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My boyfriend and I participated in Black Friday. I’m not one to line up days, hours, or even minutes in advance of a store opening, but I’ll go the next morning and catch whatever deals I can. We didn’t end up getting much in the way of things for ourselves. We did stock up for Christmas and got a tree, lights, ornaments, and things for a craft I want to do! The cats also got their Christmas presents–new beds, a new scratcher, and much to their chagrin, reindeer antler headbands.

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There’s a kitty behind me! Rosie was curious about whatever the heck I was doing! She wanted me to plug her fountain back in, I’m sure.

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Dress: American Eagle Outfitters | Sweater: J.Crew Factory | Tights, earrings: Forever 21 | Shoes: Minnetonka Moccasin via Nordstrom Rack | Fashionably Ornate Necklace: ModCloth

Giving thanks

My boyfriend and I hosted Thanksgiving this year, and the thought of preparing and cooking all of the food really freaked us out at first! Luckily, everything went smoothly; we didn’t even have to run to the store for a forgotten ingredient!

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We gave the raw giblets to the cats, but only Rosie seemed interested in them. She absolutely LOVED them! She definitely has more expensive taste than the other two cats. She went back to her plate three or four times before napping the afternoon away.

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We hosted my dad, step mom, and two of my three brothers. It was super fun! We set out Juanitas tortilla chips (the best) and cherry pomegranate habanero sauce to dip. Of course, football was on the TV! It wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving with my dad without it.

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We cooked the turkey in a really hot oven (435 degrees F) for a little less than two hours. Only olive oil and LOTS of salt and pepper graced its skin, and we kept the apple sausage stuffing to the crock pot. Salt and pepper were also put in the cavity. We made sure we had a self-cleaning oven because it splattered EVERYWHERE! Our oven is quite a mess now, but it was so worth it. We didn’t baste it or anything and it came out juicy and delicious.

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We made everything from scratch except for the cranberry sauce. It was really hard timing everything to be done at the same time! It was basically impossible because the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts went into the oven after the turkey came out and the sweet potatoes were done sooner.

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We decided to make Brussels sprouts instead of green beans because we tried this amazing recipe a few weeks ago. My brothers didn’t enjoy them as much as the rest of us, sadly. They really are incredible with maple syrup, balsamic vinaigrette, and bacon! I’m planning on featuring them in their own post next time we make them.

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Yum! I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings! I spent a lot of time on the couch after my meal online shopping. I am so thankful for the delicious food we indulged in and spending the day with part of my family! 🙂

Lady lumberjack

Thanksgiving is in three days! Weee! Who else is excited?! We got our Thanksgiving food today. There is currently a 12 lb. turkey sitting on the top shelf in the fridge. If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be hosting the next Thanksgiving, I would have laughed in your face. I’ll be doing at least one blog post on Thanksgiving, so stay tuned!

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Today, I channeled my inner lumberjack a little bit. I wanted to remix my plaid flannel shirt and decided to throw it on over this lacy, feminine dress. I had to finish off the look with my combat boots!

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Don’t mind my crazy hair. I threw it into a low ponytail this morning but didn’t tame those flyaways near my face. I have no idea what’s going on with it!

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Dress, socks: American Eagle Outfitters | Flannel shirt: L.L. Bean | Tights: H&M | Belt: Forever 21 | Boots: Collection by Carrini via Hautelook

Creamy, dill-lectable chip dip

Ohh my gosh, you guys. This. Dip. Is. Amazing. It’s totally not my fault if you make it and end up eating the whole bowl.

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My boyfriend made this dip a few weeks ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s creamy, a little bit crunchy with the addition of scallions, and completely addictive. He makes it whenever we’re bound to have company over, like when we play a big game of Settlers of Catan, but sometimes I convince him to make it for just the two of us to gobble up.

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My pictures aren’t the best, but I promise you, it is so good. It’s the perfect dip to accompany college and pro football games (or any sports event, really–why discriminate?!). We eat it just because we can. You really don’t need an excuse to eat this dip!

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Dill-lectable Chip Dip

  • Equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream (We normally do half a cup of each for just the two of us.)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion or scallion (add more if you desire)
  • 1 teaspoon dill paste (or fresh dill–about the same amount; adjust to your taste)
  • A pinch each of salt and pepper

In a bowl, mix everything together. Then take your favorite potato chip (we love the Lay’s Wavy chips), dip it in, and enjoy!

My boyfriend made this recipe up all by himself! Let me know if you end up trying it! 🙂

Black and brown

Yep, I did it. I wore black and brown next to each other. I saw some girls on campus pulling it off with their dark brown boots, so I decided to give it a shot. I think my boots are a little bit darker than I think they are. They’re a little too close to black. I’m not really sure if I’m a fan.

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Save for the boots, I’m happy with the rest of my outfit! Striped dresses are definitely my thing. I’ve been trying to think of outfit ideas for when the weather turns snowy and generally cold. I definitely want to pick up some fleece-line leggings/tights to keep my legs warm under dresses!

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Besides Catching Fire, the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is premiering this weekend. I still have about six episodes to go until I’m caught up–yikes! I’m hoping I can get all caught up before the episode airs, though depending on when it is aired, we may be recording it. Thank goodness for DVRs!

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Dress, boots (old): Delia’s | Your Fireside of the Story Cardigan in Rust: ModCloth | Necklace: ILY Couture | Leggings: Forever 21

Primary colors and patterns

Busy, busy busy. That’s how I’ll be for the next couple of weeks. Sleep feels so nice lately (not like it doesn’t usually, of course). Rosie knows how to do it right.

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I think we’ve hit our last above-60-degree day for the year. I was really excited for this outfit–partially because I mixed patterns and partially because I managed to wear red, yellow, and blue without looking like a preschool teacher (or maybe I do, whatever, it was fun!). I decided to wear a skirt without leggings or tights… I know, I know. It was a bit cold. My shoe choice wasn’t the best, either; my outfit as a whole is clearly a juxtaposition. Let’s mainly focus on my outfit from the knees up!

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The skirt is one I scored in one of ModCloth’s 70% off sales. I can’t even believe how lucky I got with it. It originally retailed for $90, and the quality is amazing. It’s likely my favorite ModCloth purchase thus far! Honestly, I couldn’t pass it up because of the name–“A Chance of Showers Skirt”. I’m attracted to any item of theirs with a weather-themed name! Isn’t it amazing?!

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My boyfriend and I are going to see Catching Fire this weekend. We are so excited! It looks so good. I just rewatched The Hunger Games last weekend for the first time since seeing it in theaters when it came out (I saw it three different times in theaters!). I read the books a couple of years ago, so I’m going to have to read the synopsis of Catching Fire before going. I don’t want to be too surprised/anxious watching the movie. I still get SO nervous, even when I know exactly how it’s going to end!

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Top: Gap | A Chance of Showers Skirt, Yellow Brick Cold Scarf, Unisexy Sunglasses: ModCloth | Shoes: American Eagle Outfitters

My November wishlist

It’s crunch time lately at work. I have a lot of data to analyze for a conference coming up and a paper I need to write. When I’m not thinking about my endless to-do list, my mind is wandering to my ModCloth Love List. (If you make an account, you can “love” things, which saves them to a list that you can view. It’s nice for keeping everything you love together! If you don’t have an account, feel free to use this link to sign up. You get $15 off your first order of $50+ and free shipping!)

Here’s a few things on my ModCloth Love List that I am lusting over this month. I don’t need anything, especially with Christmas coming up (and snow tires to buy…yay), but it’s fun to dream! These items scream late fall/early winter to me.

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Velvet, If You Please Dress in Merlot — I’ve been dreaming of the perfect burgundy velvet holiday dress for a few years now. Unfortunately, this one is out of stock and won’t be coming back. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for a new one!

Logging Miles Boot in Black — This faux-shearling lined chunky winter boot would be perfect when the snow starts falling (and sticking).

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Baking Day Sweater — This long, mint green sweater over a pair of black skinny jeans and black booties would be DARLING. I love the color for winter. I hope it comes back in stock in my size!

Glad Student Coat in Camel — The color of this coat goes with anything and everything, so naturally, I love it. I’ve been looking for an alternative to my black coat; while my black coat is a great every day coat in the fall, my three cats contribute many a white hair to its exterior.

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Strut the Strut Bootie — It was love at first sight. Not surprisingly, they sold out in my size in a day and out of every size in a few days. They should be restocked soon; I may have to get these if they’re around on Black Friday because I just adore them for the holiday season. I have many outfit ideas in my head incorporating these booties! I just…the bow…

Sugar and Pumpkin Spice Sweater — You can’t really go wrong with a cable knit sweater in a perfect autumn shade. Comfy post-Thanksgiving dinner sweater, anyone?

Eeee! That was fun! I hope you enjoyed my first wishlist! I’ll probably do some more in the future featuring different stores/websites. Now back to fighting with MATLAB code. 🙂

Outfit Re-creation: Selective Potential

My favorite fashion blogger, Tieka, the brain behind Selective Potential, has some seriously adorable style. I love the way she balances loose tops and tight bottoms, not to mention her dress and tight combinations. Her fits with skirts that sit at her natural waist are some of my favorites. She always looks so put together, even on her lazy days. I find myself lusting over her clothes! She is also a twenty-something and has been blogging for just over four years!

One of my favorite looks of hers thus far is seen in this post from the end of October.

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Holy adorable simplicity. Love.

I decided to make a series based off of outfits I love that I want to recreate with my own clothes. I didn’t really plan on this series, but somehow I ended up with all the pieces that make up this outfit. Heehee.

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The rain deterred any outdoor photos, so these less-than-ideal indoor ones will have to do. Also, I’m not sure how I feel about the serious-model-face-thing I have going on.

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Gotta love the cats’ water fountain in the back! If only I had a super cute corner set up with perfect lighting for all of my indoor photo needs…

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So besides the fact that my cardigan is a little more giant than Tieka’s and the fact that I don’t wear headbands, my outfit is pretty similar. I hope you check out her blog; you might find yourself just as inspired as I am!

Flannel shirt: L.L. Bean | Skinny jeans: American Eagle Outfitters | Cozy Companion Cardigan: ModCloth | Shoes: Minnetonka Moccasin via Nordstrom Rack

My Autumn/Winter ’13 Signature Look

I’ve read quite a few fashion blog posts recently about the signature look. I’ve been thinking a lot about my own lately because I feel like I don’t fall one way or another with my style. I like a little bit of everything! I got a little overwhelmed between this realization and the thought that each person only had ONE signature look and that’s all anyone is allowed through all four seasons. Well, that’s just not the case. I live in all four seasons, so I am obviously not going to be wearing the same type of outfit throughout them all. Also, signature looks change from year to year. And it’s perfectly okay.

For autumn/winter, I couldn’t quite decide if I was more the sweater + jeans type or the dress + tights/leggings type. I think in years past, I was definitely more the sweater + jeans type. This year, I’m trying to incorporate more dresses + tights/leggings, but it wouldn’t necessarily be the first outfit I think of in the morning if I have to get dressed in a hurry. So, for A/W ’13, my signature look stands at sweater + jeans. In particular, I prefer more snug-fitting sweaters to the slouchy ones (I haven’t found any I particularly like on me yet). My signature jeans are definitely skinny jeans. For shoes, I think I would grab flats, but boots are a very close second. It really depends on if there’s snow on the ground or not! I also can’t forget a super cute necklace (or scarf, but those usually end up coming off once I’m in my office).

I didn’t realize this at the time, how one styles their hair/makeup also ties into the signature look. For me, I go super simple with my hair and makeup. I wear foundation (lately–BB cream!) and mascara. I throw on chapstick. I wear my hair down if it’s behaving and in a ponytail or side braid if I’m not pleased with it (which is usually). It’s really not that memorable, but I’m the most comfortable like this.

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I’m entering ModCloth’s Snapsnot-to-Studio contest; the winner receives a $500 gift certificate and a trip to visit ModCloth and have a photoshoot done! It would be a dream to win. I’m really enjoying the questions they ask in the entry, such as one about my signature look and my various style inspirations. I hope to do a post soon about my various inspirations. It’d be fun to look back at them in future years.

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Sweater: J.Crew Factory | Camisole: Forever 21 | Skinny jeans: American Eagle Outfitters | Retro Brunch Necklace: ModCloth | Sparkly flats (old): Charlotte Russe

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Sweater (old): Forever 21 | Skinny jeans: Forever 21 | Shoes: Minnetonka Moccasin via Nordstrom Rack | Fashionably Ornate Necklace: ModCloth | Earrings: Forever 21

Follow me on Bloglovin!

I recently discovered the website Bloglovin. It’s super cool! You can follow all of the blogs you like in one place. There’s a feed (sort of like the Facebook feed) of posts, and you can pick how you want to be notified of new posts from the blogs you follow (I get one email every evening telling me the new posts). You can use the search feature to find more blogs you might like! There are so many cool fashion and lifestyle blogs floating around the internet that I wouldn’t know about had I not found Bloglovin!

If you enjoy reading my blog, please follow me! I added a button on the sidebar so you can follow my blog on Bloglovin (make sure you follow my blog–not my account!). If you don’t want to make a Bloglovin account, you can always follow me if you have a WordPress account, or you can follow me via email.

If you found me via the ModCloth Style Gallery, hello, and thank you for checking my blog out!

Thank you so much to all of my followers! I know ten isn’t a lot, but it’s a lot more than I thought I would have considering I’m a newbie.

And now, some cat pictures, just for good measure…

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