Classy Holidays Part 1: Reindeer Sweater & Plaid

WOW, where has the time gone??  In one week I will be on my way to GERMANY for Christmas (I already have several offers from people to be my "bag holder"/ride in my carry-on), and just like that my first semester will be FINISHED.

With the holiday season comes festive sweaters, plaids on the daily, and the green light to sing aloud the Christmas carols I've been humming since July! :D  (I'm that girl who thinks Christmas music should be sung year round)....and I'm also that girl who wears plaid like it's going out of style, but I digress.

If you've planned out your outfits for the entire month of December (guilty), that's AWESOME--however, if you're struggling with deciding on something festive to wear, I will be sharing three Classy looks for the holidays, and how you can make them your own, so let's dive right in with Part One!

If you're attending a low-key work party, having a few friends over, or heading out on a date, this outfit is perfect for you!  Skinny jeans, pumps and a sweater are taken up a notch by choosing bright, festive colors and patterns.  If you've been hesitant about jumping on the pattern-mixing train, Christmas-time is the perfect season to try it out!  Just remember that if you pattern mix up top, keep the bottom portion pretty simple...unless your shoes happen to match your color scheme, which mine definitely do! *happy dance*

Ok, can we switch gears and talk about fair isle and reindeer sweaters for a sec???  I'm sure you've heard me say this, but seriously you all, I love them just as much as plaid!  I went to Nashville with my sisters and mother for Black Friday shopping, and the first thing I grabbed when I stepped foot in J.Crew Factory was this sweater.  He-LLO, how cute is that reindeer face???  His name is Herbert, btw.

That's right, I named the reindeer.

That's on my sweater.


But seriously, how #totesadorbs are these reindeer paws??

Let's keep it festive but simple---try pairing bright red pants or skirt with a plaid button down and grey sweater, and add some festive pumps (or flats).  Keep the rest of your accessories simple, especially if you've got lots of patterns and bright colors happening in your outfit---you don't want to look like you belong on a Christmas tree!

 sweater:  J.Crew Factory | plaid shirt:  Walmart, love this one
pants:  Charlotte Russe (old), similar here & here | pumps:  J.Crew Factory
bracelet:  Pink Pineapple Shop, c/o (sold out) but other options available!
ring:  Charming Charlie (old) | lip color:  BareMinerals in Cherry Red

There is just something so festive and cozy about a fair isle sweater.  Whether you are from the North or just love the Christmas-y feel, nothing says the holidays quite like a festive print.  So naturally, like any reindeer-fair-isle-sweater-obsessed person would do, I went on a *window* shopping spree and rounded up all my favorites.  Check some of them out below!

And if you still aren't convinced, check out the "motherload" of festive sweaters at boohoo.com, but don't get crazy.

So whether you're heading out to a friend's house or date night with your man, add a festive sweater, top your look off with a bright lippie, and enjoy the holiday season.

Merry Christmas, everyone,

Stay Classy!


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I hope everyone had safe travels last week and a wonderful time spent with family and being thankful for just the everyday things in your lives!  I had a wonderful time with my family, had a girls' shopping trip to Nashville with my sisters, mother, and nephew, and somehow managed NOT to get in a food coma :D.

While I did make it out for some Black Friday shopping, my preference is to cozy up in my fuzzy socks, grab a cup of tea, and relax with some Netflix and my iPad.  Since I am a teacher, calling in sick for the day would not go over well, I did spend 30 minutes curled up in bed this morning before my alarm went off and managed so snag some goodies from J.Crew Factory!  Today is the perfect day to cross off names on your Christmas or holiday shopping list, and with lots of businesses offering free shipping, it's hard to say no.  Check out my favorite sales below, and Happy Shopping!

J.CREW FACTORY is 50% off everything, no code needed, PLUS an additional 10% off with code YOUVEGOTSALE

KATE SPADE is 30% off everything with code CYBER30

TORY BURCH is spend $300 receive 30% off, spend $500 receive 25% off, and spend $750 receive 30% off with code LUCKY

ANN TAYLOR | 50% off your entire purchase with code CYBER50
ASOS | 30% off with code ILOVEMONDAYS
BAUBLEBAR | 20% off with code CYBER20
CWONDER | 40% off everything, no code needed + free shipping on orders of $100
GAP | 40% off your purchase with code CYBER
50% off everything + extra 10% + free shipping with code YOUVEGOTSALE
H&M | 30% off + free shipping on orders of $50 or more with code 2896
LOREN HOPE | 20% off with code THANKFULLY + free shipping
OLD NAVY | Up to 40% off everything with code CYBER
SOLE SOCIETY | 30% off all shoes and bags, no code needed

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Plaid it's Not (yet) Winter

As I am looking over these pictures from a week and a half ago (I'm behind, I know), I can't believe it was just that---a week and a half ago!  Let me explain; if you've watched the news, or have summoned up the courage to poke your head outside within the past couple days, you more than likely met with an icy blast a not-so fond memories of last year's Polar Vortex.

Here in my area, we got a little bit of snow and below freezing temperatures....and most of the leaves fell off of the trees.  My favorite part of fall, the changing of the leaves and falling to the ground, is over just like that.  Thankfully the weather is supposed to return to fall-like temperatures this week, because I am not mentally prepared for winter, just yet!

Hats do not a good hair day make, :P

Sooo, plaid and houndstooth...Probably my favorite fall pairing of all because it keeps making a regular appearance in my outfit rotation!  As in, this particular dress and plaid shirt combination keeps making an almost weekly appearance in my outfit rotation.

You know what it's like when you put together an outfit that just really clicks and you want to wear it over and over again?

I can't be the only one :D.

But it's not just because of the pattern mixing, this dress is super COMFORTABLE!  The dress is made out of a thick jersey-like material, almost like wearing athletic apparel.  I kid you not, I was pleasantly surprised just how comfortable, and it has pockets.  As a teacher, comfort and pockets are two of the most important things I look for in work wear, so this dress was a no-brainer!  Unfortunately if you're not on the petite side, this dress will not fit as it is from Crewcuts.  I haven't tried on the dress from the women's section, so I cannot attest to the comfortable-ness, but it looks pretty versatile!

And can we talk about these shoes???  Plaid loafers...Plaid + loafers.  Loafers that are plaid.  

And they're comfortable.

And they're on sale.

You're welcome.

This Roman numeral and pearl faced bracelet quickly became my daily go-to piece, it so easily stacks with other bracelets!

With it being much colder this morning than when I took this pictures, I've traded in the flats for a thick pair of boot socks and riding boots.  As much as I love my plaid loafers, I am not willing to sacrifice for the sake of fashion just yet :D.  

 The Deets:
dress:  Crewcuts, love this dress | button down:  Walmart (love this one) | shoes:  J.Crew Factory (on sale!!)
necklace:  The Crystal Feather Boutique, c/o | cuff:  Pink Pineapple Shop, c/o lipstick:  MAC in Charismatic

 I never truly appreciated fall until the season grew shorter and winter seemed to grow colder.  It's funny how you never really appreciate things until they are (almost) gone!  You tell yourself "next time I'll do X, Y and Z," or "I don't have time today but tomorrow, maybe..."  And just like the cold weather that crept upon us, you miss out on whatever it was you had pushed off doing.

With the weather warming back up this week, I am going to make more of an effort to spend time outside and enjoy the last bits of fall before it disappears until next year.  I hadn't planned on turning this into a make-the-most-of-what-you-have speech, but there have been so many things in my life that I have missed out on because I kept putting them off, thinking I had "more time".  If you have an opportunity to make a memory, to enjoy an experience you keep saving for a better day, take it.  You do not know what tomorrow will bring.

Or if another Polar Vortex will show up.

Stay Classy!


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"Orange and Golden, Red and Brown" feat. Leopard & Latte Blanket Scarf

The Deets:
scarf:  Leopard & Latte Inc. c/o  use code CLASSYSASSY10 to receive 10% off your order!
polka dot shirt:  Boden, similar, gingham would look nice! | dolman top:  H&M, love this poncho
denim:  Paige Denim | boots:  Ariat, c/o | handbag:  Kate Spade, similar 
lipstick:  MAC in Charismatic | nail color:  Julep in "Joyce

Part of the title from today's post are lyrics from a song I've been singing with my kindergarten and 1st graders.  "In the autumn see the leaves, soaring gently in the breeze!  Now they're falling, falling down.  Orange and golden, red and brown".  The kiddos and I have had a blast exploring our singing voices and learning about the directions they can move....And it helps that they got to play with leaves at the same time :D.  Not going to lie, seeing my young ones learning to use their voices and creating their own, albeit short, vocal song has been a HUGE joy these past several days!  Some of my Autistic kids have even gotten up in front of the class to show their singing voice...Kids who, up until this point, have not participated much in music.  When their eyes light up, I know why I am teaching! :)

With that being said, I am SUPER glad it's the weekend!  Most certainly there are wonderful moments, but getting to those wonderful moments takes hard work, and I am exhausted!  The weather has been getting colder, it's been rainy, and casual Fridays have meant more to me now than they ever did in the past! (haha)  One of the things that I CANNOT live without this fall/winter season is a soft, warm BLANKET scarf...or eight....because you wear different outfits! *duh* :D  An obsession?
Most definitely.

Do I need an intervention??  
My husband certainly thinks so, but when a shiny new plaid blanket scarf pops up on the radar, girlfriend's on a mission to put that in her closet!  Sorry, statement necklaces, you just don't keep my neck warm enough.

So when Leopard & Latte began carrying blanket scarves....and in lots of pretty colors...I'll just let that last picture speak for itself!  Other than purchasing from Zara, Leopard & Latte has been carrying some of my all-time favorite blanket scarves, and seeing how quickly they've sold out, many of you think so, too!  If there is a scarf that is sold out that you were dying to get your hands on, you can email them here to inquire about restocking.

Not going to lie, I am COMPLETELY obsessed with this orange and navy scarf!!  I am not ashamed to say that I've worn this outfit twice this week, I've paired this scarf with an olive vest, and I've worn it as an infinity scarf with my striped excursion vest and leggings.  If you've been wanting to jump on the blanket scarf trend but didn't like the humongous size of the Zara scarf (unflattering hair-poof in the back), I highly recommend trying out a scarf from Leopard & Latte.  They are the same length as the original blanket scarves, but the width is cut almost in half, making it less bulky when folding and wearing it *blanketscarfhairpoofbegone. It's still large enough to be worthy of the title BLANKET scarf, but waaay more manageable. 

So treat yo' self!  Use code CLASSYSASSY10 to receive 10% off your order, and one (or two) before they disappear.  And if you're wondering how to style it, check out this tutorial for some ideas!

Stay Classy!


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It's Time to Layer with Elbow Patches & Tweed Skirts

With the weather bouncing back and forth between 50s one day and almost 80 the next, I did a happy dance when I saw the forecast for the weekend predicting much cooler weather.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE sunshine and warm weather, and the thought of another Polar Vortex of a winter leaves me nauseated, but there is nothing better than snuggling into a cozy sweater!


shirt:  H&M, similar herehere, and here | skirt:  J.Crew Factory (similar plus an additional 30% off!), last styled here 
vest:  Esprit, similar here, here and here | tights:  Target, love these | boots:  Ariat, c/o, similar here

Ok, if elbow patches existed on every shirt and sweater, all would be right with the world...I'm pretty sure that's not the first time I've said this, but seriously, don't you agree??  I got this shirt last year from H&M but they've come out with an almost identical one (complete with elbow patches), so I highly recommend snatching one before they go!

And another thing I recommend?  Nabbing this tweed skirt while it's on sale!  Is very similar, fabric wise, to the skirt pictured above, but I love the straight silhouette of the mini skirt.  Let's face it, besides elbow patches, tweed and herringbone will never be going out of style!  Certainly a preppy staple in any fall and winter wardrobe, it can easily be dressed up with a silk blouse and pumps, or dressed down with a plaid shirt and riding boots.  Tuck the your blouse into the skirt for a more polished look, or tie the shirttails in front for a fun flirty feel.  Throw on a slouchy sweater to balance out the slim silhouette of the skirt.  The possibilities for this skirt are endless!  Oh, and did I mention that tweed is basically a (sophisticated) neutral?  Any color, any time.

I ended up purchasing this dress from Crewcuts because I loved the tweed front (just so happens to be the same material as the skirt), buuuut I just might have to snag the skirt now that it's on sale...And i may not be able to resist these loafers...What can I say, my obsession love of tweed is right up there with plaid and fair isle! :D

How would you style a tweed skirt?

Stay Classy!


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