my everyday style: leopard print vest!

Each holiday season I like to snag a few quintessentially "festive" pieces for my wardrobe.  A plaid scarf (I'm loving this one), something a little glittery (how about these beauties!?!?) or something that is over the top and wintry like this leopard faux fur vest. I can see this getting pulled out for LOTS of holiday parties and events this year.

I loved pairing it with a long sleeve striped tee for a mild late fall day, but I can also envision wearing it with a sweater for cooler temps or even layered over a leather jacket for very chilly days. Wouldn't that be so cute? And the best part is that while it looks festive and fun it feels super comfortable and easy to wear.  That is the best combo in my opinion. This outfit would be a great Thanksgiving Day look... or perfect for tackling those Black Friday deals.  Or dress it up with black pants or leather-look leggings for Christmas party season.

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Jeans - on sale!

decorating the home for the holidays with Gordmans!

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I am pretty excited about getting in the holiday spirit here at my house these days and today I'm partnering with Gordman's to pull together a super cute and wintry holiday mantel at my house! If you've never checked out a Gordman's near you... put it on your holiday to-do list! I recently stopped by our local Gordman's store (it's in Grandville for all you local ladies and it's HUGE!) and had a blast pulling together some holiday decor for my home. Gordman's mission is to thrill and delight every guest with  unique finds and great deals at every turn.  There's no "hunting" for deals at this off-price retailer.  The good deals find you... or at least they found me!

As you may know our home has recently gone under a full renovation on our main floor.  Last year we had contractors in our house until the week before Christmas and we couldn't really decorate around their work (brutal!) so this is the first year we actually get to decorate the new house! yay!  Our fireplace and mantel is the centerpiece of our family room and since we didn't have a very big mantel at our old house I was sorely in need of some supplies to decorate it for the holidays.

So off to Gordmans I went!  First I snagged a gorgeous faux garland for under $25. They had a great selection of garlands and I love how real this one looks without the mess of needles everywhere.  The BELIEVE swag was a must have, I mean, I LOVE some glitter this time of year, and it and white mini trees were all under $13 each if you can even believe it!  I picked up a number of these pinecone ornaments for under $3 each - they are SO beautiful in person and since they aren't glass there is no worries with kids in the house. Then finally I snagged a bright red fleece blanket that was under $8 and a wire basket that was only $12 for all our families' Christmas books. To set up a cozy reading nook by the fire.  In the end the entire looks was a breeze to pull together and I absolutely love how it turned out.  Bonus, the grand total was under $100!  Please note I was provided with a gift card to purchase the above mentioned products. A big thank you to Gordmans!

Outfit details: top, jeans, shoes, similar earrings

my everyday style: a classic peacoat!

When it comes to outerwear you can't go wrong investing in a new coat (or two!) every winter. Especially here in the midwest where the winters can be bitterly cold and endlessly long.  I like to have a few super warm and more utilitarian coats in my closet like the one I wore here and then a few dressier options like this navy peacoat. The red details on the button holes and the gold buttons made this coat so irresistible - I just knew I had to have it. And the best part is at $125 it's a great value as well. While it's not the warmest coat in my closet right now it sure wins the award for the most beautiful and I'm wearing a size 2 with plenty of room underneath for a sweater to keep warm.

I loved pairing it with a plaid scarf with red accents (red and navy: swoon!) and a simple camel sweater which I also wore here - it's quickly found it's place in the rotation. From now until about February I use any chance I can get to sneak some plaid into my outfits. Plaid lovers unite! And this plaid scarf is only $26! Snag one now if you love it, because this baby is likely to sell out quickly this year - it's too cute and at that price, such a deal!

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