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military shirt

I don’t shop at J.Crew often, but my search for quality basics (and a glass of wine) led me to their website during the after-Christmas sale. Extra 40% off sale prices? Fill up the cart! Fill up the cart! Do we need it? Don’t think about it. Fill up the cart!  Please tell me you watch Girl Code. Anywhoozle, these kinds of shopping sprees are typically followed by a good dose of buyers remorse, but everything I ordered from the Crew has been on heavy rotation. I think I’m really getting the hang of this edited wardrobe business!

sweatshirt chic

Here are 8 reasons we all need a good basic sweatshirt or two in our closet this winter. In high school, I had a hand-me-down Navy sweater from my cousin who served, and it was one of my favorite things in my closet. I don’t know what happened to it — Mom, do you have it? — but I wore that sweatshirt all the time with jeans and cut-offs. I love how these girls paired their sweatshirts with colorful skinnies, cute skirts, and fancy [faux] furs! Now let’s all run to the Wal-Marts and stock up on Hanes sweatshirts. Because seriously, they may be the best basic since sliced bread. Sweatshirt up! {Said in a Barney Stinson voice, of course.} sweatshirt + striped skirt | sweatshirt + bright skinnies | sweatshirt + fur stole | bejeweled sweatshirt | sweatshirt + distressed jeans | sweatshirt + boyfriend jeans | sweatshirt + pleated mini | sporty sweatshirt

comfort zone

I could happily live out the rest of my days in giant sweaters and good leggings. By “good leggings,” I mean high quality ones made of substantial fabric for grown ladies; not the flimsy show-every-bit-of-your-business leg wear found in the juniors department. I know it’s tempting, but just, no. I found these INC stretch leggings at Macy’s just before Thanksgiving — because, hello, comfy glutton pants — and forked over the retail price because they’re that awesome.  Now they’re on sale, so you can scoop them up for almost half of what I paid and pair them up with your favorite boots and chunky knits this winter. And I can get a backup pair (or two).

bargain basics

bargain basics

For the first time in years, I ventured out to shop the after-Christmas sales last Thursday. After stopping in Bath & Body to see my friend, Anne, and spend the gift card that burned a hole in my pocket on a 50% off Tuscan Herb candle, I strolled a few doors down and hesitated at the entrance to Aeropostale. “Am I getting too old for this place?” I have a simple formula for determining whether I’ve outgrown a store: If, 1.) I can’t squeeze my almost-30 thighs into the skinny jeans, 2.) the graphic tees make me blush or leave me befuddled, 3.) the teenaged staff calls me ma’am, 4.) the cologne-soaked inventory gives me an instant migraine, or 5.) there are words embroidered on the seat of any sweatpants/swimwear/undergarments, I accept that I probably have no business shopping there. I’m definitely approaching the Aero expiration date (see numbers 1 and 3) but that afternoon I gathered an armful of clearance sweatshirts and cotton tees priced from $6-12, perfect everyday basics for working in the flower shop.

out of focus

Since my resident blog photographer and right hand man left our blooming business, I’ve been working on ways to keep this place updated semi-regularly. {Admittedly, some weeks are better than others.} So I’m working on cozying up to my tripod. Which is exactly as awkward as it sounds. Since I don’t have a remote-capable DSLR, I have to set the continuous-shot timer, run in front of the camera before the last warning beep, and pray for the best through 10 consecutive shutter snaps. All while trying to look cool and nonchalant in front of passerby, you see. It’s a work in progress. Out of 50 self-timed snaps yesterday afternoon, I managed to get one focused shot of my shoes. The rest looked something like this… Don’t give up on me, friends. We’ll get there. Photography tips welcomed ;-)