Five Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

I don’t know about you, but when it gets really cold outside, all I want to do is wrap myself up in a blanket. I’m not alone here, right?! Unfortunately with a job and a baby at home, staying snuggled on the couch 24/7 is not a possibility. But a great alternative for those times when you actually have to leave the comfort of your home? The blanket scarf! Yes, they are actually big enough to double as a blanket, and there are so many different ways you can style them!

1. Triangle Wrap

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Fold diagonally into a triangle. Center the triangle at your chest and wrap the two ends around your neck.

2. Rectangle Drape

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Fold in half into a rectangle. Continue to fold until you have the thickness you desire. Drape around your shoulders!

3. Belted

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You can belt the scarf in many different ways. Here I did the rectangle drape a bit thicker, but try it folded smaller as well!

4. Twisted and Looped

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If you feel completely swallowed by your scarf, then this is the best way to eliminate some volume. After folding into a triangle, twist your scarf. Then half it and pull the ends throw the loop!

5. Shawl

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Do a triangle fold, but put the triangle at your back. Loosely tie the ends for a shawl look!

Looking to snap up a blanket scarf of your own? You can get a look-alike version of mine from Amazon! There are also cute, inexpensive options from Target and ASOS. Happy blanket scarf wearing!

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Affordable Work Out Gear: Where to Get It, What’s Hot

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I really do not care if it is cliché, but every year in January I recommit to exercise. You know, like every single other adult in North America. The combination of holiday overindulging and the promise of a new year make for the perfect time to get our bodies on track with increased activity.

Well-made work out gear is a great boost and incentive to hit the gym more frequently. If your old gym gear is worn out and falling down mid-jumping jack, or consists solely of free promotional t-shirts, you truly do need to purchase new items. To begin, a supportive sports bra, a top and bottom are all you need to start. You can hand wash them after each use and they will be dry by the next day. Here are my affordable high performance picks – everything is priced $9-49!

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H&M Sportswear 

This one-year-old line of work out gear from budget-friendly H&M is stocked with budget-friendly basics. It has sports bras with three levels of support (high, medium and low), sports tops of all sleeve lengths, pants, jackets and accessories. Most items are fitted and body conscious.

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My picks:

Running Tank Top $14.95 – Support up top, breathable mesh around underarms, reflective details for night runs.

Yoga Tights $29.95 – Ultra-wide waistband that won’t slip down during down dog, hidden key pocket.

Sports Tank Top $9.95 - Fast-drying, racer back, array of colors and patterns for less than ten bucks.

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Fabletics

This new company is co-founded by Kate Hudson and is based on a monthly membership structure, much like StyleMint, JewelMint or ShoeMint, if you are familiar. Basically you join as a VIP and receive your first complete workout outfit of two-three top + bottom pieces for $25. Then every month after you receive outfits curated for your style and fitness preferences that will cost you $49-$59.

However, you can skip any month, as long as you log in the first week of each month and remember to skip. VIP members also receive reduced prices on a la carte items, so if you fall in love with a certain running pant you can order more at a discount. There is no membership fee, just the responsibility to remember to skip or choose each month.

The clothing items are extremely flattering and on-trend. The items I have purchased seem to be holding up well after several months and multiple gentle washings and line dries.

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My picks:

Lima Capri $44.95 (member price) – The most slimming and booty-lifting general workout capri I have found. Gentle compression means everything stays put while you run or lift.

Norwalk Tank $34.95 (member price) – A built in bra, banded top and flowing back make for a super yoga friendly top.

Nadi Legging $49.95 (member price) – Maximum compression and a cool street camo print will make your legs look slender and feel energetic.

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Under Armour

This classic high performance brand is not just for mega jocks, and it is not always expensive. Shop the women’s sales, outlet site and sign up for e-mail deals to find tons of well-made, long-lasting pieces for your gym wear collection.

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My picks:

ColdGear Infrared Crew $36.99 – Super soft, this long-sleeved crew has a thermo-conductive inner coating to absorb and retain your own body heat while pulling moisture away.

Twisted Tech Short Sleeve T-Shirt $18.99 – Made of UA’s signature, sweat-wicking high tech fabric, this tee will serve you in any exercise activity and last for years. 

Studio Luxe Fitted Flare Capri $39.99 – For the gym class hero, this capri will keep you cool and is a shape that is flattering without being overly tight. Perfect for Body Pump, Step and other cardio/weight training group exercise.

What is YOUR go-to place to find new gym gear?  

Cozy Holiday Looks: Dress Up, Don’t Freeze!

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Is it not such a cruel, cruel irony that the time of year that we are most likely to have a reason to get dressed up is also the coldest? Holiday parties, New Year’s Eve, end-of-the-year celebrations abound as the wind chill factor drops.

But just because the invitation says “cocktail attire” does not mean you are required to don a LBD (little black dress) and freeze AFN (all freaking night.) Here are three outfit ideas that will keep you warm and looking hot for that special event.

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Jumpsuit with Gold Accents

Gals, do not knock the jumpsuit until you have tried it. It is the most flattering piece of clothing on the planet! This three-quarter sleeve, flared leg number from Zara will make you look long and lean. The plunge front is just low enough to be chic, but not so low you will be squirming. Personalize your jump with classic gold-tone accessories like statement earrings, a clutch and pumps and you will be the hottest woman in the room, even on the coldest night.

Jumpsuit – Zara $99
Earrings – BaubleBar $34
Clutch – C. Wonder $68
Pumps – Penny Loves Kenny at Zappos $69

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Tunic Sweater + “Leather” Leggings

We know, we know: a sweater, leggings and boots is your go-to look for every day. But choosing luxe details such as faux leather pants (that are crazy slimming, by the way!) and a long chunky woven but close-to-the-bod sweater takes it up a notch. Add some sultry heeled booties and some modern jeweled ear cuffs and you will look smokin’, even when it is freezin’. (Check out these additional on-trend sweaters, too.)

Sweater – Nasty Gal $128
Pant –  American Apparel $148
Ear Cuff  – Forever 21 $4
Ankle Boot – H&M $40

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Long-Sleeved Dress with Cozy Touches

When nothing but a dress will do, skip the strappy short ones and go for a long-sleeved, mid-length frock. Pair it with chic pieces that will also keep you cozy. Over-the-knee boots, a faux fur vest and coordinating gloves will warm you up elegantly.

Dress – Soma $69
Vest – Guess $98
Necklace – Express $15 
Boot – Chinese Laundry at DSW $60
Glove – Ann Taylor $40

Which look is your favorite? Where would you wear it? Share in the comments! 

How to Wear White for Fall

Do you still abide by that old “no white after Labor Day” rule? Well, it’s time to ditch that outdated mentality and embrace white year-round – yes, even for Fall! The key to pulling off the look is creating the perfect pairing of colors and textures that are seasonably appropriate.

A great way to start is to mix white with neutrals. Earthy tones like tans and browns balance out the brightness of white denim. Heavier knit sweaters add a Fall-like texture. how wear white for fall

Layering denim is another way to add an autumnal edge to white. Camo prints and army-inspired pieces like cargo jackets also create the perfect contrast.
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But wearing white for Fall isn’t just limited to denim. Keep your other white pieces (including your jackets!) in your wardrobe. Mixing a white blazer with distressed jeans and Fall-like patterns, like animal print, also feels appropriate for Autumn!

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All the Boots You Need for Fall

When it comes to Fall fashion, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s always boots. From ankle booties to knee high styles, they’re my favorite part of cool weather fashion. But are you unsure of where to start with your boot collection? I’ve got you covered with the boots you need for Fall!

Buckled Up

Edgier boots and booties are having a major moment this Fall. Add a touch of toughness to your style or fully embrace the leather-clad moto look by trying a pair of buckled up boots!

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Equestrian Style

Do you have more of a classic style? Then timeless riding boots are a must-have. The clean lines will work with everything in your wardrobe. Bonus: this classic will never go out of style!

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Target / Nordstrom / Zappos / Nordstrom / DSW

Suede

Suede leather boots and booties are another always-classic style, but what makes them great for Fall is the added texture. They are a simple, easy way to add interest to any Fall look!

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DSW / DSW / Target / Nordstrom / Nordstrom

Stacked Heeled

Even if you’re not a high heel fan, you can still rock a pair of stacked heel boots. The thick, substantial heel offers plenty of comfort and stability along with a little height!fall boot trends 2014

 

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Tell me: what’s your favorite style of boot for Fall?

5 Minute Makeup Tutorial – Doing the Minimum for a Maximum Effect

I don’t know what your mornings look like, but in my house, the chaos is real. Between getting the small people (and myself) out of bed, breakfast, helping with hair and uniforms and getting out the door for carpool, I often don’t have too much time to dedicate to makeup….however, full disclosure, I feel better when I at least do something.

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So, just for fun, here is a look at what and how I do my basic morning routine. Because it’s me and I love the ‘show-and-tell’ aspect of video (and because I KNOW seeing me without any makeup to start must be at least vaguely entertaining), I put it all together for you here. Why is the video a little more than 5 minutes? Because I talked through the entire process instead of just doing it.

Here are a list of the products I mentioned (and love).

BareMinerals Concealer, Bare Minerals Broad Spectrum Powder, Mac Cream Colour Base Blush, Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, Bare Minerals EyeShadow, Cover Girl InkIt Eyeliner – Cocoa Ink , Younique Mascara and Buxom LipGloss in Dolly. As for Makeup Brushes…. you could do an entire set like this one from Sephora (many of mine are from there) or you could do the individuals. This slanted brush is what I use for blush and this is the one I use for powder.

What are you favorites and how do you look your best in the least amount of time? I’d love to hear your tips as well.

For more ideas… hop around to visit a few of my friends – all of whom wanted to share their very own 5 Minute Makeup Routines.

Ever curious about how other women are doing it? Check out these other 5 minute makeup routines:

Jodi from Mom’s Favorite Stuff, Nicole from Momtrends, Kate from The Shopping Mama, Whitney from Mommies With Style,  Melissa from Married My Sugar Daddy, Jo-Lynne from Musings of a Housewife, and Laura from Hollywood Housewife.

So…come on, share your tips and tricks!

Seize the Day with Jockey Skimmies® – Embrace Comfort AND Style

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I was trailing about two feet behind her as we traipsed across the grass heading for yet another soccer game. It was hot, the type of heat that sits – thick and heavy, the sun blinding in its brilliance. And I loved everything about it. This is MY kind of weather. I live for the warmth of Spring and Summer.

And then I saw it – her wheels turning as she looked around and then shook her head in disbelief. My nine year old daughter burst out with her fashion assessment, “Who in the WORLD wears a skirt or a dress to A SOCCER GAME?”

I glanced down and slowly, I raised my hand, “Hey Punky, yoo-hoo…. that would be me.”

I have a habit of dressing for both comfort AND fashion. More often than not, you will find me in a skirt or a dress at all of my kid’s games – soccer, baseball, softball, basketball. I LIKE skirts and dresses. They make me feel fresh and happy. My small girl, on the other hand, prefers basketball shorts, high socks and tennis shoes.

As you can imagine, she was appropriately dismayed to realize her MOTHER was of the offending-skirt-dress-wearing-to-a-sporting-event type.

Do I run the risk of a wind gust blowing my dress up? Or my skirt sliding as I sit in the stands? Sure. But I have that covered.  How, you ask? Jockey’s Skimmies ®.

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Here’s what I love about Skimmies®

They are designed for comfort – meaning, I am comfortable in whatever I wear – no worries about twirling, dancing or sitting in my role as a professional fan at my kids games.

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They are soft – they feel like a slip, but cover me as though I’m wearing shorts.

They can be worn to ‘skim’ over any problem areas and make pants, tighter dresses or skirts fit beautifully.

They come in different colors to easily match (or hide) underneath whatever you choose to wear.

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Have you tried them? You should.

For the next few weeks, on Jockey’s Fackebook page – they are challenging women like you and me to ‘Seize the day’.… knowing that we often have only one or two outfits we always grab (they are easy, comfortable-ish, but signal being stuck in a rut), knowing that we sometimes worry about how a dress, pants or skirt ‘fits’ us, and knowing that we often pick comfort over fashion – the idea is to step outside that comfort zone and wear what makes you feel FABULOUS.
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Since I DO worry about my dresses and skirts clinging AND I know that modesty is often a need, especially when playing and jumping with my kids – or, as I mentioned, heading to their games….this challenge above is the one I embraced. Note: my jump for joy without fear of exposing anything you don’t need to see.

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When you enter the Seize the Day daily challenge, you are entered to win $5000 towards the adventure of a lifetime, a style consultation with Rachel Zoe, or a $1000 shopping spree (among other amazing prizes).

Additionally, because I love you (and I’m loving these Jockey Skimmies®) I would love for you to have the chance to win a pair of your own. From now until June 9th, enter to win a pair of Jockey Skimmies®. From this giveaway 240 winners will be chosen. Comment below telling me what fashion or comfort challenge you believe the Skimmies® would solve for you.

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If only I could show you my daughter’s face when she realized that I was, in fact, well within my fashion and comfort rights to wear a dress to her games. Priceless.

Good luck entering the Seize the Day Challange and the giveway above.

Don’t forget to share your challenges with me!

Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with Jockey. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.