Friday Favorites - December 1st 2017

Happy Friday!  Can you believe it's here?  The holidays are HEREHERE.  Are you excited yet?   We can officially celebrate CHRISTMAS with decor, music, our trees, and other merriment without being frowned upon by others who choose not to begin celebrating Christmas in June like I do.  ;) I kid, I kid.  Sort of... If you've been following along with my blog for a while then you do know that I started listening to Christmas music many months ago intermittently and I'm not the least bit ashamed.  It helped keep me in a good mood on days I felt stressed out.

So now here we are!  Praise God.  

I am linking up with Andrea today to share my Friday Favorites.  In no particular order:

Favorite #1

"As It Is" by Hillsong Worship. 

I bawled like a baby...for a long while.  It is so beautifully written and sung.  My heart might have exploded with an outpouring of love and the gratefulness for what Jesus died to give me each and every day.  Nine minutes is nothing compared to the worship and praise we should be giving our Lord each day.  Please spend at least your next nine minutes listening to this!

Favorite #2

Boots & Booties.  All the boots.  All the time.  Is it just me or have boots gotten cutie this year?

My go-to brands are Nine West, Steve Madden, and Dolce Vita for comfort.  Read reviews before ordering a size!  This is very helpful to determine if a brand/style runs smaller or bigger.

Favorite #3

This outfit combo.  Comfy.  Chic.  Easily mixed and matched, dressed up or down.  What's there to lose?  Absolutely nothing.

The Gibson twist front top is surprisingly flattering and comes in multiple color options (Christmas red!!!).  It's long enough in the back to just cover up if you wear leggings and has a high neckline for modesty and a blank canvas for all those dazzling statement necklaces for the holidays OR to don a scarf with your statement earrings.  

My Old Navy gray jeans I scored on sale for $15 and I am so glad I did!  Not only for the color that is so versatile, but also the comfort.  Watch for Old Navy sales and you're bound to get them for a similar price.

My Sam Edelman boots were on sale too, but you can find similar styles in just about every brand and price point.

OTK boots / grey jeans / twist front top / fringe infinity scarf

Favorite #4

Cashmere anytime, anywhere.  Add in a blanket scarf and these low heeled booties and I was oh-so-cozy.  I wore this outfit to work last week and didn't want to change out of it when I got home!

I bought my cashmere tunic in five colors (oopsie) as they would pop up on sale over the past 2 years on Rue La La.  They are my absolute favorite winter item to wear because they're loose, cover the rear, look great with jeans, slacks, skirts, etc and can be dressed up or down.  That being said I must let you down.  I cannot locate them online (yet...).  Here's another sweater similar in color.

I shameless wear these 1822 Denim "Butter" black jeans for work and play.  They feel like pajamas and look nice enough that no one seems to notice that they're even jeans!

These BP earrings are the best!  They look similar to Kendra Scott but without the price tag and heavy weight.  For $12, they can't be beat.  I've received compliments on them multiple times since I received them a couple of weeks ago.

Low heeled booties are my new must-haves.  My feet have been hurting me in every imaginable way lately for various reasons and as the fall/winter season approached I knew I'd keep my eyes open for sales on low heeled booties.  There's a a gagillion to choose from and I read a lot of reviews.  I bit the bullet on these inexpensive ones (they were on sale) to get a feel for if I would wear them enough to actually purchase a nice pair.  I ended up wearing them all weekend this past weekend, so I guess that's a yes!  #savethefeet

Similar sweater / 1822 Denim Butter Jeans / similar scarves /

BP drop earrings / Style&Co booties


Favorite #5

Fun jewelry.  'Tis the season.

My friend sent me a pic of this necklace she recently purchased from Anthropologie and I thought it was beautiful so wanted to share!  I rarely think of shopping at Anthropologie so this was a nice reminder to me to take a look every now and then.  It comes in four different colors and not only is it pretty for you, it would make a nice Christmas gift for someone else. =)

Have you checked out Baublebar?  I am a huge fan.  They have gorgeous statement earrings and really good flash sales to snag up great pieces for yourself or for gifts (as I have made a point of doing over the past year).  Tassel earrings for everyone!  And I'm not even ashamed of it.  I love the pop of color they give.  Here's a few examples that come in multiple color options:

Click on the earrings to be taken directly to Baublebar's site.

Favorite #6

This guy on Instagram.  @wolfgang2242 He rescues senior dogs and other various animals.

I've been following him for a while and delight in his animal pictures and captions.  They never disappoint.  

And that's a wrap!  I have more to share but don't like to make these too long of a post.  I'll save it for another day.  Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend ahead!



My Favorite Blanket Scarves

Blanket. Scarves. For. Life.

I love them so, so much!  I wanted to jump on the bandwagon last year when blanket scarves started popping up everywhere, but I wouldn't let myself splurge when I have more scarves than I can wear.  Well, by July of this year I took the plunge because I "needed" it for a trip I took to Aspen.  Blanket scarves are larger than regular scarves and typically square versus how a regular scarf is a rectangle and can be worn in multiple different ways.  You can check out various ways to wear them here.

A couple of weekends ago I visited Portland, Oregon as well as some areas outside of the city such as: the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, Forest Grove, and Cannon Beach.  It was ridiculously beautiful everywhere we went.  The weather is much cooler there than it currently is in Texas so I made sure to pack for warmth.  This is where my blanket scarves really came in handy.  Not only are they thick and warm, they're also great for accessorizing what seems to be my go-to black on black ensembles.  I plan to review my trip to Portland on TripAdvisor as well as share insight about our trip on here at a later date so will share more pictures then.  Therefore, this post will be quick and to the scarves and outfits.

My first favorite blanket scarf is the BP Autumn Plaid Scarf from Nordstrom.  I bought this back in July because I loved the rust orange color.  It is PERFECT for fall, especially Thanksgiving coming up!  I made sure to wear black and orange on Halloween as seen below.  I paired it with black leggings, a black long sleeve top, a black puffer vest, my black duck boots (LOVE), and a beige felt hat.

You can shop this whole outfit by clicking here or copying and pasting this link below into your browser.

Pumpkin picking at Bella Organic Farm in Portland on Halloween.

Somewhere on the side of the road in Forest Grove on our way to a vineyard on Halloween.  It was so pretty we had to stop!

On another day I mixed up some patterns a bit.  This isn't always easy for my untrained eye to see and put together, but I liked my combination in the end.  I wore this "red and turquoise" blanket scarf that actually looks like a fuchsia color in person, not red at all.  I purchased it on a while back and cannot find the precise scarf online, however, I found similar ones.  I paired it with a black herringbone vest (also from Zulily), (the BEST ever) black Zella "Live In" leggings, a black long sleeve shirt, my black bomber jacket from Marshall's, and red Hunter boots. To tie in more color and shield myself from the intermittent rain, I also wore a burgundy fedora hat. 

You can shop this whole outfit by clicking here or copying and pasting the link below into your browser.  One of the scarves shows brown on the link but that is because it comes in multiple colors and there is one that is more fuchsia.

Latourell Falls in Oregon

And last but certainly NOT least is an outfit I wore that is BEGGING to be worn again around Christmas time.  Not only did the colors scream Christmas, we also stayed at a hotel right above/next to Macy's and they already had their Christmas displays up in all of their windows.  I was in heaven.  

I paired a red, green, & taupe blanket scarf with a bright red sweater, a black puffer vest, my Denizen by Levi's jeans (that I've shared before here), my black bomber jacket from Marshall's, and tall black faux fur lined brown and red duck boots (snow boots?).  I bought the boots on Zulily (notice a trend?) so I can't link up the precise pair but they look identical to some Sorel boots.  I think the red sweater brought out the perfect Christmas colors in the scarf as well as synced up with the red in my boots perfectly.  *Note: You can find some great things on Zulily, but buyer beware that you cannot return anything and shipping literally takes forever.  They have had multiple sales this week on these same type of blanket scarves so be on the lookout if you want to use their site.*

You can shop this whole outfit by clicking here or by copying and pasting the link below into your browser.

At the Portland Old Town Saturday Market, but I've edited to sign to show it's now only 6 weeks until Christmas!!!  Woo hoo!

One of Macy's window displays.

Random moment walking through town when we decided to stop and play in a pile of beautiful leaves!

You can peruse the outfits suggested above by using the widget below.  Images of the items will appear/expand when you click on each individual picture.

I hope you enjoyed the post and outfit ideas.  Please share if it made you think of someone who might just need a blanket scarf in their life!

Happy Shopping!  Happy Friday!  Fashion Friday!