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second hand scarf, cardigan, belt, vintage coach purse, bean boots – j. crew striped shirt – gap navy skinnies

a good transition outfit. layers that are light but warm, easy to take off and put on in the fluctuating temperatures. this scarf was my absolute go-to this winter. it’s neutral, huge without being heavy, and warm.







vintage (i think) cardigan from gram, belt – target grey dress, black tights – l.l. bean bean boots

well all this snow is gone now. (thank goodness!) but considering how epic this winter was, i felt like it needed some proper documentation. this will be one of those seasons that is referred to in future… ‘oh, do you remember the winter of ’14?’ we’ll say. ‘now THAT was a bad one,’ they’ll reply. and the children will roll their eyes.


mostly unrelated, have you seen the photoset of the couple that took a picture in their front yard every season for several years?

i have really been making an effort this year not to get fed up with winter. and, for the most part, i’ve been succeeding. every day that it reaches -18 fahrenheit here, i know that my dad has dealt with -30 fahrenheit, which really helps to keep my attitude in check. but what i have been getting frustrated with is my cold weather gear. i feel like only a tiny percentage of my wardrobe has been seen in the last three months, and frankly, i’m pretty sick of seeing only that tiny percentage. so i’ve been making an effort, diving into lesser used corners of my wardrobe to try and feel like i can still have fun getting dressed.


in this case, a longer wool pleated skirt that i inherited from my grandma, but is too heavy most of the year. it gets pushed to the back, where i tend to kind of forget about it.


it’s also cold enough that most outfit pictures happen as close to the warmth of indoors as possible. more interesting locales will happen when it’s warm enough to do more than dash from indoor space to indoor space!

inherited from grandma talbots scarf, wool pleated skirt – thrifted old navy sweater – j. crew boots


jones new york blouse – j. crew belt – anthropologie skirt – topshop green tights – thrifted boots

christmas season is in full swing over here! as usual, i am deeply enamored with our christmas tree! for the first time, we managed to get a tree that is small enough for our short ceilinged apartment. usually our tree will be bursting out of the corner it is allocated to. this time, it fits! there’s even room for some presents!

we watched our usual movies while putting the tree together, but we also listened this swedish christmas music. anna has posted it multiple times before, but this is the first year i’ve bothered to download it or listen to it, and i was totally charmed and won over almost immediately.

i made my first cookie press cookies! spritz! the recipe called for a LOT of flour, and they were very difficult to press. after the first three dozen, my forearms couldn’t handle it anymore and i had to bring in jake’s fresh strength to use up the rest of the dough. sheesh! i might try a recipe with less flour next time in the hopes that it’s friendlier to my forearms. they were delicious, though! i find my sweet tooth is the hardest to resist first thing in the morning. a few cookies are so good with the first cup of coffee.

what are your favorite things about the season? any new discoveries sweetening your life?

when i get a new piece of clothing, i want to wear it allll the time. i come up with a dozen different outfits for it. that’s the case with this skirt.


and the blouse, actually.


old navy brown cardigan – swapped lace blouse – thrifted belt – gifted skirt, boots

both are new to me and i looooove them. so it’s the most natural thing in the world that i tried them together. and what did i pair them with? old stand-bys. this cardigan, bought for cheap off the super sale rack at old navy years and years ago, and boots that i have already sung of my love for on the blog. metaphorically. i promise you don’t want to hear me sing. but if we’re ever driving anywhere together, you’ll almost certainly get to hear my enthusiastic* sing alongs.




* that’s pretty much the best thing one could say about my singing.

i usually only document outfits when i feel like i am making some kind of effort. i put on a blouse, or a skirt, or coordinate things in a new way, or bothered to put on jewelry (although you may have noticed that i tend to stick to the same pieces for like a month before rotating them for something else). for a change of pace, here’s an outfit with no real effort. slouchy jeans, t-shirt, big cardigan, warm boots. can you get more comfortable?

casual weekend

casual weekend

casual weekend

target gifted cardigan – thrifted h&m striped tee, boyfriend jeans – l.l. bean bean boots

this necklace doesn’t count as effort, as i haven’t taken it off for a month. taking it off would have been more of an effort! i like this outfit at least as much as some of my fancier outfits. but i feel kind of cheater-y posting it because it is so easy. but it’s the weekend! weekends are for sitting on the couch and knitting sweater sleeves, and occasionally sneaking in some housework, all while drinking coffee and listening to music, right? that’s my story, and i’m sticking to it!





thrifted cardigan, silk blouse, j. crew skirt – topshop green tights – j. crew knee socks – l.l. bean boots – gifted robot necklace, agate ring

ahhh… outfit pictures in the winter during the work week means pictures in the kitchen! i hope y’all like my kitchen, because it’s about time for:

tall grass banner
(pssst- my brother in law took this picture. ain’t it pretty? he’s pretty talented. go check out his photostream!)

that’s right!


can you tell i had fun making these banners? i couldn’t pick just one.

rebecca and i are gonna kick it off on monday! i have the weekend to make selections (and try to figure out some way to take pictures of my selections in a more than adequate way. i will conquer this yet!) and prep! anyone want to join? we’re gonna try a cool new thing where you can link up! remixing fun!

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