What to Wear for Valentine’s Day if You’re a Neutral Style Lover

It’s Valentine’s week! No matter if you’re married, in a relationship, single, etc.–there are so many people you can show love to and things you can celebrate! Whatever your week looks like and the things you might have planned, I’ve put together some outfits to help you decide what to wear. However, I typically do not wear colors like red, purple, or pink–everything in my closet is pretty much grey, black, navy, olive, and stripes. I have recently found a few pieces of clothing, though, that I’ve integrated into my wardrobe to provide a bit more color. I also used ASOS for the first time not long ago and I was really impressed by their selection and range of price points! If you are a neutral style lover, like me, here are some ways you can dress for Valentine’s Day–without having to wear a lot of the traditional colors. I am, also, pretty much a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl–so these outfits are more on the casual side but can be dressed up easily. Enjoy!

*Oh, and I’d like to introduce the hair chop! I’m still getting used to short hair, it’s been forever since it’s been this short. Any styling tips are welcomed!

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SWEATER: Loft TSHIRT: ASOS JEANS: Old Navy SLIDES: ASOS

Some of these items are still on sale! I wore these slides in California and received so many complements about them! I think these are a perfect statement piece for wearing color when you don’t typically wear bright colors.

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CARDIGAN: ASOS TSHIRT: GAP JEANS: Old Navy FLATS: Lucky Brand (I found mine at Nordstrom Rack for a little less expensive)

I love this cardigan because of the color and detail! This will be a great piece to have during the spring.

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JACKET: Old Navy (this color is sold out but this is a nice coral colored one) LONG SLEEVE TEE: ASOS JEANS: GAP (similar ones hereFLATS: Lucky Brand

Black and white is such a classic look and a colored jacket can help make the whole look pop!

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CARDIGAN: similar one here TSHIRT: similar one here JEANS: GAP BOOTIES: Target (similar ones here)

A basic maroon/wine colored t-shirt, a grey cardigan, and black booties can be such a staple outfit for a casual Valentine’s Day.

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CARDIGAN: Target (similar one here) TSHIRT: ASOS JEANS: similar ones here FLATS: similar ones here

Look! I’m wearing some pink! I do like this shade though because it’s a little more on the blush\neutral pink side. This is such an easy outfit to wear!

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TOP: ASOS JEANS: GAP FLATS: similar ones here

If you like an all-black outfit, here’s an idea for you! Throw on a slightly dressier top with some black jeans and ballet flats, and you’re set!

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Whole30 Must-Haves

Hi my friends! Happy hump day! The beginning of a new year always seems to bring around the “new year, new me” mindset and desire to become healthier than ever. Lots of people go on diets, hit the gym more, or determine to just make better choices. One thing I like to do a couple of times a year is Whole30. If you’re never heard about Whole30, I wrote a post about it last year that can be viewed here. I have, personally, seen amazing results from doing Whole30, I’ve felt better than I have in a long time, and it’s helped me to make better choices. If you are interested in doing Whole30, or you’re planning on doing Whole30, or you’re just curious to know what you can eat–I have some must-haves to share that I would recommend you keep in stock. This post is not sponsored by Trader Joe’s, by the way, but I just have a lot of things that I like to get there for Whole30.

RX BARS: These protein bars are great because they only contain a few ingredients! Make sure you read the labels though because I think a few are not Whole30 approved.

LARABAR: These have been a staple for me ever since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease years ago. Certain flavors are also not Whole30 approved so make sure you read labels.

SPARKLING WATER: I love drinking sparkling water or mineral water on Whole30 because it’s helps to satisfy the craving for something sweet. The flavors of sparkling water at Trader Joe’s are so good and they usually have seasonal flavors, as well. La Croix is also another thing that I like to have on hand during Whole30. But then again, would I really be a basic white girl if I didn’t love La Croix?

CHOMPS: I have not tried these yet but have heard they are really good if you need some protein. I have been doing the Daniel Fast with my church this month and haven’t been eating meat during the fast. I will give these a try though once that fast is over.

ALMONDS: Always, always, always have these on hand! Almonds are a good source of protein and healthy fat and nobody likes a hangry person.

DRIED FRUIT: Be careful to read labels and not get dried fruit that has sugar added. These “Just Mango Slices” at Trader Joe’s do not have any added sugar and it’s also another good snack to throw into a bag when you’re on-the-go.

CAULIFLOWER RICE: This is nice to buy because it’s been “pre-riced” and less of a mess. I will sometimes “rice” my own cauliflower but stuff just gets everywhere. This definitely doesn’t taste just like rice but it’s a great alternative during Whole30.

RICED BROCCOLI: This is another thing that has been good to have when you want to make a “pasta” dish, salad, or just to pan steam.

SWEET POTATO CHIPS: I bought these at Aldi and there are only two ingredients. These are great for when you have the munchies!

PLANTAIN CHIPS: These are also another thing that I love to have on hand for a snack, to dip in guac, salsa, or make “nachos.”

GHEE: This is an alternative to butter and it’s really yummy! It definitely has a more bold flavor than butter does but I really like it.

SEASONINGS: Trader Joe’s has really good seasonings that can help make more bland meals taste so much better. My favorites are seasoning salt and the everything bagel seasonings.

COCONUT MILK: A good alternative to dairy and can be used in SO many different dishes. Definitely taste test with coconut milk though because you don’t want to overpower your meal with coconut.

ALMOND BUTTER: So good! I eat almond butter with plantain chips, apples, bananas, in smoothes, etc.

GUACAMOLE: Always. Just. Always.

Have you ever done Whole30? What was your experience like and what kinds of things do you like to eat during Whole30?

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Black Friday Traditions

Black Friday is next week and I’m really excited for that day. I’m not excited because of shopping and sales, but because of a Black Friday tradition my family and I have done for probably close to 15 years. Each Black Friday morning, we sleep in a little bit, throw on comfy clothes, and then meet up at Utica Square in Tulsa for coffee and shopping. Utica Square is located in mid-town Tulsa, OK and it’s such a gem to the community. The Square is an outdoor shopping center that houses stores like Madewell, Gap, Loft, Ann Taylor, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Kendra Scott, Starbucks, etc. It is so beautiful there around the fall and the holidays! On Thanksgiving night, the Square has the tradition of gathering people there to watch as they turn on the Christmas lights–that is such a fun event to go to also. Utica Square just holds a special place in my heart because of the memories, it’s a great place to take a walk, it’s where I take the majority of my blog photos, and because it always makes me so excited for the holidays.

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Maybe I’ll see you there on Black Friday! What are some of your Black Friday traditions?

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Ways to Style: Fall Outfits

Fall is here again! I’ve broken out the flannel, sweaters, jackets, boots, etc and I couldn’t be happier. Today I’m sharing with you some different fall outfits and how to style different pieces of clothing, in case you’re needing some outfit inspiration. If I can find the exact item again, I’ll link it below. If I can’t find the original, I’ll try to link a similar item.

Flannel Shirts

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FLANNEL SHIRT: Madewell (similar one hereVEST: (similar one here) JEANS: KUT from the Kloth RIDING BOOTS: Old Navy (Similar ones here)

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 FLANNEL SHIRT: (similar one hereJEANS: KUT from the Kloth BOOTS: Target

 Cardigans

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CARDIGAN: (similar one here) TEE: Gap Factory  JEANS: KUT from the Kloth BOOTS: Stitch Fix (similar ones here)

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CARDIGAN: Target (in petite sizes in-store) TSHIRT: A.N.A. JEANS: Gap Factory BOOTS: Target PURSE: Stitch Fix (similar one here)

Sweaters

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SWEATER: Skies Are Blue (similar one here) JEANS: KUT from the Kloth BOOTS: Stitch Fix (similar ones here)

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SWEATER: LOFT (similar one hereJEANS: KUT from the Kloth BOOTS: Target TOTE: (similar one here)

Button Downs

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SHIRT: Amazon  JEANS: KUT from the Kloth BOOTS: Stitch Fix (similar ones here)

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SHIRT: LOFT JEANS: KUT from the Kloth FLATS: Lucky Brand

Jackets

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TSHIRT: Gap Factory (similar one here) JACKET: Old Navy JEANS: KUT from the Kloth  BOOTS: Target

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JACKET: Amazon SHIRT: Amazon JEANS: KUT from the Kloth BOOTS: Target

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My Experience with ThredUp

If you’re like me, you have probably seen commercials, adverts, etc., about ThredUp on social media. I am all about trading in clothes for some cash or credit, when it’s time to purge my closet, and I wanted to give ThredUp a try, this time around. Today I’m going to share with you all about my experience using ThredUp and show you some of the things I purchased with my credit.

The first thing you should do is clean out your closet and make a pile of things you want to sell or donate. Next, go to the ThredUp website to order a “Clean Out Kit.” ThredUp will then send you a clean out bag, with postage, and instructions of how to send in your clothes.

Once you fill up the clean out bag, drop the bag off at your nearest FedEx or USPS location and it’ll be on it’s way.


The items that ThredUp may not be able to sell, they will then donate the remaining items on their end. I love that because I don’t have to go to several drop off sites to donate my clothes.

Of the clothing items that you send in, ThredUp will notify you each time something of yours sells on their site. You will receive an amount of credit from the things you sell and you can use it toward a consignment purchase on their website. You will also be charged a small free once your clean out bag is processed, so just keep that in mind. I think it took about 6 weeks for my clean out bag to be processed, because of the high demand. Overall, the process of sending in clothing, shoes, and some jewelry, was very easy and I didn’t mind the wait. ThredUp will also send you an email with the status of your bag so that you can keep checking to see when it will be processed.

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Once a few of my items sold and I had some credit on my account, it was time to look for some things I need this fall! I think I received my order within just a few days of ordering, so that was great! You have the option of trying on the clothes and then returning them if they don’t work out, but, again, you will be charged a small fee.

A black and grey sweater? My favorite! (Not even joking) I found this sweater from Loft and really liked the damask print.

I have been wanting a pair of leather pants for a couple of years now but could never find any that I liked. I found this brand new pair, with tags still attached, from Free People for about eighty percent off. What a bargain!

You wanna know what’s crazier than me wearing leather pants, it’s me wearing something pink! This sweater is also from Loft and I think it’ll be a great addition to my fall wardrobe. I love the sleeves on this sweater and the fact that it’s loose and tunic-style.

Including the small amount of credit I made, I purchased these three items for less than $30! I’m really happy with my ThredUp experience and I know that I’ll buy clothes through them again. I would love to hear from you if you have ever traded in/bought clothed through ThredUp and what your experience was like!

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