Knits & monograms

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Yesterday’s look was comfortable and oh-so cozy. I mixed up my forest green corduroy pants by throwing my lovely wool/cashmere sweater by Joie over it and topping it off with my burgundy scarf. No, I did not wear the scarf indoors, but I liked how it looked with the pants so I kept it on for the photos. (Plus, it was freakin’ cold.) I felt the need to mix up my footwear with my cognac ankle boots. The SmartWool socks you see peeking over the top are probably my most comfortable pair of socks. I highly recommend. They also kept my feet perfectly warm!

P.S. I think I figured out the trick to good-looking photos on the retina screen: doubling the size of them so that when they are resized in the column, they appear to look normal. Who knew that retina screens would change everything! 🙂

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Joie sweater via TJ Maxx (similar) / J.Crew pants (similar) / SmartWool socks / Carrini boots via Hautelook / ModCloth scarf

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I tried the sweater-over-skirt look again today. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite look… I guess since I’m hesitating, I can say it’s not, haha. I’m still glad I wore it, though. Often times it takes me looking through photos to realize something doesn’t really work how I imagined it would. The loafers, though? LOVE! I still can’t believe I found these at Goodwill. I don’t go thrifting very often because I end up just feeling overwhelmed, so I’m happy I had one successful trip.

You may have noticed a new addition around my neck! My Monogram Necklace generously offered me one of their products in exchange for a review. After quite a bit of debate, I decided to go for it. (I will only work with brands that fit in with my brand/style, of course.) The giant monograms that you’ll see often on preppy bloggers aren’t really my style, but this pretty sideways monogram caught my eye. It’s delicate and understated–just what I like. 🙂 This necklace is gold plated sterling silver, and I picked an 18″ chain so that I can wear it comfortably with collared shirts. Most of their products have sterling silver as the base metal, though some are made of brass–just check the item title/description if you’re curious. I was pleasantly surprised by how “sturdy” the plating is. The clasp on my necklace is slightly difficult to use; the opening isn’t that large and it feels stiff, so it takes a bit of extra time to get it done. My Monogram Necklace is based in Israel, but I had no problems with shipping. My package arrived in about 14 days, and they have faster shipping options as well (USPS: 8 days, UPS: 3 days worldwide). I also had a wonderful experience communicating with their customer service! I really appreciate that. If you’re interested in placing an order (their products would make perfect Christmas gifts for the monogram lovers in your life), they’re currently offering 10% off their monogram necklaces!

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Joie sweater via TJ Maxx / Uniqlo skirt (similar) / Hue tights via Nordstrom Rack / Nordstrom loafers (thrifted) / My Monogram Necklace necklace (c/o)

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